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2 NEWS Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA No bad blood between Geingob and me - Ekandjo Former Minister of Sport, Youth Ekandjo, has downplayed talks that his recent removal from the ministerial role was an act of vengeance for trying to unseat President Hage Geingob. In an exclusive interview with the seventh session of the sixth parliament in the capital, Ekandjo said there was “no bad blood” between him and the president. “I have no ill feelings. That is what the press said. The press wants to make something out of small things,” he said. When asked whether Geingob’s decision to give him marching orders was premised on what transpired in the run-up to the Swapo congress last year as purported by media reports, he said: “That is your assertion, not me. That is how you understand. You don’t understand Swapo. You must separate the executive [Swapo from the government]. The press mixes everything.” Ekandjo reasoned that he has been a leader in Swapo for almost 50 years, hence, his removal from Cabinet merely paves the way for new blood. “I don’t understand why the press is concerned that Jerry Ekandjo is not in Cabinet. Do you really think Jerry Ekandjo can be in Cabinet for 100 years?” he asked, adding that he has been a Cabinet member for the Swapo elective congress last year, Ekandjo and former Home Affairs and Immigration Minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, accused Geingob and the government of among other things being weak, elitist and driving the At the congress, Ekandjo and – under the banner of the now defunct Team Swapo – lost to Geingob for Swapo’s presidency. challenged Deputy Prime Minister position of Swapo vice-president. Geingob’s preferred candidate for the position, emerged victorious over Iivula-Ithana, who was Team Swapo’s candidate. Before Geingob announced his new Cabinet here last week, both Ekandjo and Iivula-Ithana were axed from their ministerial positions. Since losing his positions in Cabinet, the Swapo central committee and Swapo political bureau, Ekandjo remains tight-lipped on his leadership ambitions in the ruling party. “Every Swapo member has the right to elect and to be elected. This furniture in your house,” he stated. – Nampa is for me a cherished period that not only shaped my academic career but also – Lazarus Hangula UNAM From page 1 She addressed Unam students and staff about her vision to help reduce violence through her anti-violence campaign. “Today is my last commencement address to you all, esteemed staff members and dear students. So, I deemed it, rather necessary, to spend this day with you here. As I prepare to bow out, albeit de facto that will I would like to thank all the council members under and with whom I served for a number of years, for their guidance and trust,” Hangula stated. Hangula earned his Master of Arts and Ph.D. (both cum laude) from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany. Before his appointment as vicechancellor he served in various other roles at Unam, among them pro-vicechancellor for academic affairs and research. In preparing to retire, he requested that Unam staff uphold standards, continue working hard and building national capacity, maintain justice, keep united, build consensus, and Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 shun gossip, xenophobia and other evils. “Although life was not always 25 years is for me a cherished period that not only shaped my academic career but also propitiated me quality – from a higher education perspective, her development perspectives and from the country’s human resources needs,” Hangula noted. Under his tenure, he said, he was happy that the institution was of help to members of industry such assisted with the research on barley. Equally, Hangula thanked the government for the trust and for the material support without which Unam would have never reached the stage of a trademark where it is today. He also thanked his two chancellors with whom he worked closely on development, namely the founding for their accessibility, wisdom, invaluable advice as well as inspiring skills and visionary leadership. Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 He was also thankful to his dependable Unam management colleagues who always stood ready to tackle any problem, any hour of the day or night. “During my tenure as vicechancellor I understood and took Unam to be my national concern. I started living for Unam, dreaming Unam, praying for Unam and defending Unam’s interests and rights at all cost. In such a situation of total commitment, dedication and zeal it is possible that I may have hurt someone, although that was neither intentional nor personal. For any such grievance I would like to ask for forgiveness,” he said. Thus far, he revealed, Unam has registered about 23,000 students from other African, and American, Asiatic and European countries. Since the registration is still data consolidation. Looking at the queues at the registration venues, we are certain that the number of Unam students this year will be higher than that of last year,” he noted. Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 “After the signing of the new agreement, hopefully some producer will qualify but not all of them will qualify because the Chinese are bringing in new requirements,” he said, adding that the ministry’s aim is to start trading and then negotiate conditions so that more people can participate. was expected to start exporting bone-in beef to China, making it the only country in Africa to export beef to that country. Under the signed agreement beef exports must come from areas south of the veterinary cordon fence that are free of disease, including the contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (lung sickness), LSD and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease. Furthermore, the two parties also agreed that the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry shall be responsible for the inspection and quarantine of beef to be exported and the issuing of veterinary products to South Africa per annum, about 10,000 metric tons to the BASHED From page 1 BEEF From page 1 The company, after fruitless attempts to get back its cargo, then instructed their legal representative, Khadila Amoomo to lodge an urgent application in the High Court to declare the “warrantless” search, seizure and continued detention of the company’s two Scania trucks, the four containers with the timber and permit documents, as unlawful, and to be set aside. Judge Masuku ruled in favour of the ACC pay the costs of the lawsuit on the scale of attorney and client. Amoomo was correct in his arguments that the fact that ACC did not have a warrant to search the property of his client did not authorize it to act as they did. In fact, the judge said, he agreed with Amoomo that the search, seizure and attachment of the applicant’s goods were “warrantless” which makes the laws applicable to searches and seizure without a warrant applicable, which in turn caused the ACC to fall seriously foul of the provisions they sought to rely upon. This had the effect that they were merely paying lip service to their own provisions, he said. According to Judge Masuku, the main question – which may be dispositive of the entire matter – was whether the ACC complied with the provisions of its own Act when it searched, seized and attached the applicant’s property. He asked whether the argument of Amoomo that the ACC violated its own law was viable in the circumstances. be answered has to do with the lawfulness of the search, seizure and attachment of the applicant’s goods. “In this regard, what has to be ascertained, is whether properly carried out their duties in terms of their Act.” Judge Masuku said that the power to search, seize and attach property, without a warrant, including bodily searches of suspects, without a warrant are invasive and have farreaching consequences. “It is, in my considered opinion, very important and actually crucial and critical that the state of mind of the person, in the context of this case, who searches, seizes and attaches property without a warrant, is laid bare for the court to assess. I say so for the reason that the acts complained of in this case negate certain fundamental of the respondent, both under the ACC Act and the Forestry Act, have to disclose to the court what considerations led them to conclude that there was indeed a reasonable suspicion of the commission of a named offence and the reasons why, in their peculiar circumstances, feasible to obtain a warrant,” the judge stated. He went on to say that the court must be taken into the the prevailing facts were; what information was at their disposal; what caused the suspicion and why was it reasonable under the circumstances, together with the reasons why a warrant could not be obtained. In the present case, the judge said, the respondent (ACC) fell short of the standards imposed on it by the legislature and must accordingly fall on its sword. It is accordingly clear that the and unlawful crusade.

Thursday, February 15 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Same content, different containers, says Dienda on reshuffle Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek While some political experts and analysts have welcomed President Hage in the right direction, Elma Dienda of the Popular Democratic Movement The outspoken PDM parliamentarian has described it as the “same was the biggest since President Hage Last week’s political earthquake follows the recent dismissal of the Minister of Home Affairs Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Jerry Ekandjo, from their ministerial The cabinet shake-up also saw Geingob announcing the resignation of long-serving Swapo member Dr Nicky Iyambo from his duties as the vice-president on medical grounds and the appointment of former Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba Dienda who seems unimpressed by the president’s move said the aspects of competence and gender “This has proven to women that there is hardly an opportunity for them in the executive, given the fact two female ministers, Honourable Sophia Shaningwa and Honourable Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana leaving their Although Dienda praised Geingob for allowing women to remain as prime minister and deputy prime minister, she said the failure to include any women in the recent changes to the executive is an indication Namibia is regressing in terms of reaching gender balance in legislature and in She further acknowledged this is not only a practice in the public sector, but the private sector too has Elma Dienda a serious syndrome of undermining the competency of women in key leadership positions where there are “The fact that the Director of the National Planning Commission, the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, the Minister of Mines and Energy were deputised by women, those women were supposed to be elevated to executive positions, but very sad that the president has turned progress made so far in empowering women in our land, this exclusion sets us some steps backwards in as According to the SADC Gender Monitor “the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development aims to empower women socially, economically and politically, eliminate discrimination, and achieve gender equality through gender-responsive The SADC Gender Monitor further indicates that the protocol caters for constitutional and legal rights, governance, education and training, productive resources and employ- as well as media, information and communication, among other issues One of the greatest criticisms made of the SADC regional grouping is its habit to make numerous commitments and intentions only on paper without the corresponding practical activity and drive to implement the plans – and the recent cabinet Dienda therefore called upon the president to consider gender in his equation to ensure more women are equally appointed and treated the “Women in most cases are best performers, less corrupt and obedient, very close example of most of the corrupt activities in the country – that less women are involved, and institutions where women are in leadership are performing, and one hardly hears of corrupt practices by the top leader- Her views echo those of some political observers and analysts who had singled out Iivula-Ithana for having done an exemplary job at home affairs where her turnaround strategy was one of a few such interventions in the public sector that have proven effective as she managed to reduce the time it takes to issue IDs and passports, among other important Kavekotora WINDHOEK In the aftermath of the Cabinet Progress (RDP) secretary general Mike Kavekotora said moving to another is not a remedy to Kavekotora said this during an interview with Nampa on his reaction to President Hage According to the RDP lawmaker, the solution to “corrupt “You first investigate, charge them, recover whatever they took by President Hage Geingob is Alvine Kapitako Windhoek An inmate at the Windhoek Correction Facility has urged members of the public to refrain from smuggling contraband into the prison as it diminishes the chances of parole Paulus Shimweefeleni, a former member of the notorious ‘Rooi Oog’ (Red Eye) gang, said every month inmates are caught with prohibited items such dagga, tobacco and cellphones “These people should stop because each time people are found in possession of those goods their parole is revoked but families don’t know this,” said Shimweefeleni who is serving In 1999 Shimweefeleni was sentenced to an effective 22-year prison term for robbery with aggravating Mike Kavekotora shocking and lacks logical He further argued that last Thursday’s Cabinet reshuffle was Geingob’s golden opportunity to root out corrupt circumstances and illegal possession There are numerous programmes and activities to rehabilitate inmates and the smuggling of contraband only reverses the efforts of the “hard-working” employees at the “What they have to do is to come here and give us love,” said Shim- to receive toiletries from their loved ones every month when they request This, he noted, is an effort to re- people smuggled contraband into prison because there was no provision for them to get toiletries from their the smuggled goods in order to make “Why should families bring dagga and tobacco to inmates so that they He said Geingob should have used message to politicians with corrupt ambitions, while also addressing the “Geingob failed to define the identify who are involved in these to deal with the corrupt ministers appropriately as a warning to others who might want to venture in similar Kavekotora premised his argument on the basis that each ministry is a recipient of State funds and swapping ministers whom he categorised as “If these ministers are really can get more sentences? These things are destroying lives here and people The smuggling of contraband has also contributed to the formation of “When one person is selling they want to control everything and everybody – that is how gangs are Correctional facility, 100 grams of tobacco is sold for N,000 and a “I’m lucky because I don’t smoke Meanwhile, the Commissioner- General of the Namibian Correctional Service, Raphael Tuhafeni caught assisting inmates to smuggle cellphones got paid between N,200 and N,000 just to smuggle the cell- corrupt, what would prevent them from doing exactly the same in their merely an exercise to hide corruption “You don’t move a thief from a goat post to a cattle Kavekotora did not explicitly pinpoint Cabinet members who he believes are corrupt possibly for fear those accused of corruption could time when three Cabinet members or ministries they once ran are mired “I have particularly been disturbed by various allegations of corruption, maladministration Inmate condemns smuggling of contraband also spoke about the distribution of condoms in correctional facilities, saying sexual activities in the Windhoek Correctional Facility have reduced drastically compared to when He admitted there are a few who may be engaging in sexual activities but that is something that inmates only “People that still want to consider those things (sex in prison) as part of correctional facility is very close to eliminating what is happening (sex) here,” he said, emphasising that the rehabilitation programmes are trans- “Now if you bring condoms you want to destroy the rehabilitation that is taking place in correctional facili- directed at the ministry of works; ministry of mines,” the President these claims however, Geingob maintained that Government had the Prior to announcing his new Cabinet, the Head of State acknowledged that allegations and perceptions of corruption among Government officials continue to taint the posed by the party parliamentary list in his speech – saying like a football coach, his choice of Cabinet members was only limited to the pool of individuals availed to him through that list, a sentiment echoed by several – Nampa the beginning he did not associate “I would not be here talking to you some people from the media who But I allowed you to interview me so that I tell you what is in my heart – it’s because rehabilitation is really taking place in this correctional facility,” said Paulus Shimweefeleni

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