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New Era Newspaper Thursday August 3, 2017

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New Era Newspaper Thursday August 3,

Vol. 22 No. 250 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, August 3 2017 I was never recalled – Kazenambo Staff Reporter Windhoek Former youth minister Kazenambo Kazernambo has said he personally asked former president Hifikepunye Pohamba - whom he described as a true democrat - to relieve him of his duties and was not recalled from office, as stated earlier this week by Vice-President Nickey Iyambo. The VP, responding to claims that Swapo was treating its members differently following the recall of Bernadus Swartbooi last week, cited Kazenambo’s case as an example of highprofile officials recalled by the party for similar transgressions. Prior to vacating the post of youth minister, Kazenambo had a series of public outbursts, such as his heated confrontation with journalists Tileni Mongudhi, then of Insight Magazine, and late Jan Poolman, then editor of Namibian Sun. On camera he had torn up a copy of The Namibian Sun newspaper following a report in that paper about a trip Kazenambo had taken to Germany regarding the repatriation of genocide skulls from that country. During an interview with Mongudhi, he was said to have objected to the line of questioning and referred to “stupid Owambos” before confiscating the reporter’s recorder. An irate Kazenambo yesterday contacted New Era to respond to the VP’s remarks, saying it was news to him that he was recalled. Kazenambo Kazenambo KAZENAMBO on page 2 Inside Today Iivula-Ithana denounces child marriages The Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, says early child marriage, particularly for the girlchild, is a disservice to Namibia, the family as well as the child. Page 3 N0m already spent on Windhoek- Okahandja road upgrade The Roads Authority (RA) has to date spent N0 million on the upgrading to a dual carriageway of the Windhoek-Okahandja road. Page 9 Shitembi back in training ahead of Comoros clash Brave Warriors enterprising midfielder Petrus Shitembi is back in training and now forms part of the squad preparing for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) away qualifier clash against Comoros next Sunday, August 13. Page 24 UN Security Council shuts out 1.2 billion people … Geingob reiterates call for UN reforms Albertina Nakale Windhoek President Hage Geingob has called on the United Nations (UN) to shun the culture of exclusivity and to embrace inclusivity at the highest levels by working on a plan to make the world body more reflective of the changing geopolitical landscape. Namibia has remained steadfast in demanding two permanent seats on the UN Security Council (UNSC) for African member states. “We do so in the belief that it is unjustified for 54 countries - who represent 1.2 billion of the world’s population - to be denied a place among the permanent seats of the UN Security Council. We are convinced that democratisation of the UN Security Council will render effective the maintenance of international peace and security,” he said. Geingob, who made the remarks this week during the launch of the Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab Lecture Series, said Namibians should utilise the lecture series to analyse the likely impact that global trends have on the country’s national development programmes, and on peace and security. In view of the fact that foreign policy is an extension of domestic policy, Geingob said Namibia should Photo: Emmency Nuukala Unity in diversity… The chairperson the African Disability Alliance, Grace Massah, hands over an award to Vice-President Nickey Iyambo. seize the opportunity offered by the changing geopolitical landscape to pursue its national interest in building relations and partnerships that allow for increased trade, valueaddition, innovation and shared prosperity. He said Namibia’s goals and interests were defined by Vision 2030, the accompanying national development plans, as well as the Harambee Prosperity Plan. These plans, he said, chart the course of the developmental trajectory on which government aims to take the country over the next several decades. President Hage Geingob Disabled learners lack university education Albertina Nakale Windhoek The National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN) wants the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to investigate why the majority of learners living with disabilities do not complete their formal education and do not make it to university. Those worst affected are mainly the hearing-impaired learners, the NFPDN said. UNSC on page 2 According to the Namibia 2011 Census Disability Report, the proportion of persons with disabilities without any formal education was very high in rural areas (82.3%) compared to urban areas (17.7%). The report shows that urban areas recorded the highest proportion of persons with disabilities that have completed secondary education (64.6%), as well as tertiary education (75.6%). Namibia reportedly has 98,413 persons living with disabilities, according to the report. Among the world’s poorest, one in five persons living in absolute poverty suffers impairment. Despite Namibia having been given disability ambassadorial country status, there is little to envy when it comes to the difficulties people living with disabilities ordinarily face in trying to access and complete formal education. DISABLED on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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