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New Era Newspaper Thursday August 17,

ol. 22 No. 260 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday August 17 2017 Inside Today NamWater faces enormous financial challenges NamWater CEO Dr Vaino Shivute, says the water utility is not receiving any subsidies from central government and is experiencing enormous challenges in executing its mandate in assuring the continuous supply of potable water to all Namibians. Page 3 Repo rate drop to stimulate spending Commercial banks will now marginally reduce their interest rates on loans after the Bank of Namibia yesterday announced a reduction of 25 basis points on the repo rate to 6.75 percent. Page 9 Indongo will shock the world – Harry Simon Despite almost all boxing pundits worldwide giving him zero survival chances against American boxing ace Terence Crawford, Namibian boxing legend Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon is totally of the opposite opinion, saying the world is yet to see the best of Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo. Page 24 ‘One-man laws’ hinder ACC investigations – Noa Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Anti-Corruption Commission director general Paulus Noa says certain laws in Namibia – such as the one government used to award the multi-million dollar Namdia contract without putting it out on tender – create avenues for abuse, as they lend autonomy to one person. The contract to evaluate diamonds from Namdia was awarded to C-Sixty Investment, which according to media reports, stands to make between N0 million and N,5 billion in revenue over the next five years. Namdia is mandated to distribute up Namibia can’t sell N0 million worth of ivory Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia will still be unable to sell its 62.9 metric tonnes of ivory worth about N4 million, despite the moratorium on ivory sales that the country agreed to back in 2007 coming to an end in November This is partly because Namibia has no decision-making mechanism (DMM) in place for this, a prerequisite for ivory trade. The price of ivory in China, the world’s biggest market for elephant tusks, stands at about “We want those laws giving one man power to be reviewed. You know how people are these days, they use this discretion to make certain decisions.” – ACC director general Paulus Noa to 15 percent of Namdeb Holdings’ total diamond production. Noa, responding to questions from New Era at Omuthiya this week, said the ACC has made recommendations for the review of laws that give absolute powers N,468 per kilogram, having fallen sharply from N,238 per kilogram. In 2007, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Parties agreed to a once-off sale of ivory from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to China and Japan, on condition that no country propose to sell ivory for a period of to individuals or leaders, as this creates room for the abuse of such powers. Noa, often criticised for supposedly being too afraid to investigate major cases of suspected corruption, said due to the way some laws are structured, the ACC was unable t o p r o c e e d with certain investigations. ACC director general Paulus Noa ACC on page 2 Endangered… A herd of elephants in Bwabwata National Park. Photo: Nampa nine years, a moratorium which ends in November. Namibia’s elephant tusk stockpile, worth millions of dollars, currently stands at more than 62.9 metric tonnes. Speaking to New Era about this yesterday, Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta said he was not excited about the fact that the moratorium is ending. IVORY on page 2 Roland Routh Windhoek 37 years for murder and burning body A man who was convicted of murdering a woman in Otjiwarongo in October 2015 and then setting her body alight to try and destroy the evidence of his crime was yesterday sentenced in the Windhoek High Court to an effective Ivan Hoëbeb 37 years behind bars. Judge Christi Liebenberg sentenced Ivan Hoëbeb to 34 years on the murder count, one year on a count of theft and six years on a count of attempting to defeat the course of justice. Hoëbeb was convicted of murder for killing 26-year-old Elizabeth Ganses during October 30 to 31, 2015; one count of theft for stealing her cellphone; and one count of attempting to defeat the course of justice by setting her body alight. According to the judge, the court had to rely on inferences drawn from the proven facts to determine what sentence to impose, as the accused did not take the court into his confidence. He said had the accused told the truth, the court would have had a clearer picture as to what happened, but in the absence of a motive to commit murder, it can only be seen as a senseless killing, which then makes the accused a danger to society. Moreover, the judge said, Hoëbeb’s subsequent behaviour when trying to destroy the body of the victim by setting it alight should be taken into account. He said crucial evidence and the truth of his version was deliberately withheld from the court and consequently the court had to draw inferences MURDER on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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