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New Era Newspaper Thursday February 22, 2018

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New Era Newspaper Thursday February 22,

Vol. 23 No. 118 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, February 22 2018 Ambassador Andjaba to join National Assembly Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia’s ambassador to the USA, Martin Andjaba, is set to take up a Swapo parliamentary seat in the National Assembly. ANDJABA on page 2 Paula Kooper Elifas Dingara Martin Andjaba Eunice Ipinge Ya Ndakolo explains N million farm purchase …admits he did not inform President Lahja Nashuuta Inside Windhoek Today Redline haunts smallscale farmers The veterinary cordon fence (VCF) north of Oshivelo, also known as the redline, haunts northern small-scale farmers who say they are unable to export their horticultural produce beyond Namibian borders because of the boundary. Page 3 Ithete sounds warning to nonperforming SOEs Deputy Finance Minister Natangue Ithete yesterday sounded a warning to ill-managed and underperforming public enterprises, as well as entities and individuals defaulting on tax payments, that their time is running out. Page 9 Defence Minister Penda ya Ndakolo admitted to fellow lawmakers in the National Assembly this week that he did not inform President Hage Geingob, who doubles as commander-inchief of the country’s armed forces, about the military’s decision to purchase the N million Oropoko farm. The reason for failing to inform President Geingob ahead of the purchase, said ya Ndakolo, was because of Geingob’s heavy schedule. “At the time of the purchase of Oropoko farm, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Namibia and commander-in-chief of Namibian Defence Force, was not briefed due to his heavy schedule. He has however now been properly briefed on the matter,” ya Ndakolo told the National Assembly. The purchase of Oropoko farm, situated some 60 kilometres north-west of Okahandja, peared in the media especially given its costs and at a time the defence ministry was reportedly sending soldiers home to cut operational costs. This prompted Geingob to publicly remark: “I hope what I read is not true, that the Ministry of Defence bought a farm for N million while they are sending troops home. I do not know if it was done last year. Minister, we need to talk, because I do not see the urgency, while we are sending people back (home).” YA NDAKOLO on page 2 Solidarity… Students count money collected to help pay the bail of Simon Sam Ileni Shoongeleni. Photo: Selma Ikela Defence minister Penda ya Ndakolo Court grants Unam student bail Selma Ikela /Maria Amakali Windhoek The University of Namibia student accused of stabbing to death a 19-yearold man over N in Khomasdal this week was yesterday granted bail of Ngatjizeko resigns from Cabinet on health grounds Albertina Nakale Windhoek The newly appointed Minister of Presidential Affairs Immanuel Ngatjizeko has resigned due to ill health after barely two weeks in the new portfolio. Alfredo Hengari, press secre- Ngatjizeko’s resignation saying it is with immediate effect. Hengari, in a statement issued yesterday, said Ngatjizeko, the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development until recently, was relieved of his duties on the recommendation of his own physician. NGATJIZEKO on page 2 N,500 by the Katutura Magistrate's Court. The 25-year-old Simon Sam Ileni Shoongeleni did not have to struggle to raise money for the bail, as fellow students who had come out in numbers to render emotional support at the court, had pooled together nearly N,000 for his bail. The money was collected in crisp and cramped N, N, N notes and coins, and collected in a plastic shopping bag. The total amount was then immediately tallied in the corridors of the courts. BAIL on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper

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