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2 NEWS Thursday, February 22 2018 | NEW ERA ANDJABA From page 1 The veteran diplomat would replace ingob’s list of parliamentary nominees. Kooper now be- own merit, having moved into the National Assembly after the recent resignation of Alpheus Muheua, who was until recently the deputy minister of labour. He suffered a stroke and has since been unable to continue working. “The vacancy left by Honourable Mr Martin Andjaba,” Speaker of the National As- - New Era yesterday without giving a time frame. Kooper moved into the National Assembly in August last year af- deputy minister of lands Bernadus Swartbooi, who was eventually recalled from parliament. With Swartbooi gone, Jerry Ekandjo, who was also a nominee on Geingob’s nominee list, requested to change his status from presidential nominee to elected rights. It is believed that after Muheua resigned, Kooper, who was next in line, also requested to change her status from presidential nominee to elected rights. Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 This created a vacancy on Geingob’s nominee list, culminating in the appointment of Andjaba. Y e s t e r d a y , presidential affairs minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko resigned from Cabinet due to ailing health, but it was not clear if he would vacate parliament too, which would create another vacancy. Businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun would be eligible to join the National Assembly should a vacancy exist. Katjavivi also said the Swapo nated Elifas Dingara in terms of Article 48 (1) (c) to replace newly appointed Vice- Mbumba in parliament. Mbumba was the ruling party’s secretary-general. Former Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa has since taken over the post of Swapo secretary-general, following her victory at the Swapo elective congress of last year. Katjavivi also Geingob has appointed Swapo secretary Eunice Ipinge, in terms of Article 32 (5), Haingura whom Geingob recently recalled from the National Assembly. Dingara and Ipinge were sworn in the National Assembly yesterday afternoon. Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 NGATJIZEKO From page 1 It is not yet clear whether the 66-year-old would also re- in the National Assembly. Yesterday, the Speaker of the National Assembly, not get any communication regarding Ngatjizeko's seat in parliament. “As far as I know he is still a member of parliament, unless there is going to be a follow-up later to recall him. So far, we did not receive any communication. As a minister he could resign due to the reasons he gave, but we are of the view that he continues to be a member of parliament until there is such a recall,” Katjavivi said. BAIL From page 1 It amounted to N,935.50, and was handed over to Shoongeleni’s father at the court. Students cheered as Shoongeleni, shielding his face with a black blazer, walked past to climb onto the university bus parked outside the court. According to Shoongeleni’s charge sheet, he unlawfully and intentionally killed Gaseb by throwing a stone at him and stabbing him with a knife. The charge sheet further indicates that the incident occurred at or near Unam Khomasdal campus on Monday. According to the police Shoongeleni had gone to the nearby shops where he encountered Fidel Jacob Gaseb, 19, who demanded N. Shoongeleni is said to 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 YA NDAKOLO From page 1 have said he had no money to spare but Gaseb is alleged to have become persistent, and had harassed and followed Shoongeleni from the shops back to the university campus in Khomasdal where Shoongeleni is a hostel resident. At the campus entrance Gaseb is alleged to have become violent, and had threatened Shoongeleni with knife fell on the ground. “The suspect [allegedly] picked it up and fatally stabbed the deceased twice,” police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi said earlier. Shoongeleni is a third year junior primary education student. Unam’s Khomasdal student representative council (SRC) Kambamba told New Era that students came up with two contribution forms, one In his address to the National Assembly, ya Ndakolo said not only was farm Oropoko purchased in March 2017, but it was also purchased after 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 Hage Geingob appointed Ngatjizeko as minister in the presidency, replacing Frans the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration. Geingob yesterday commended the outgoing minister, calling him a true servant. “You have been a model cadre and an outstanding servant to the people of Namibia, and this is evident through your reputation as an admired leader within the community,” the president said. Geingob wished Ngatjizeko well and further thanked him for the invaluable and exemplary contribution to government and Namibia as well as its people. Ngatjizeko has not been well since 2015 when he for students and another for community members as means of collecting money to help Shoongeleni. Shoongeleni’s defense attorney, Henry Shimutwikeni, told the court, which was packed to the rafters, that Shoongeleni is a Namibia Financial Assistance Fund to pay a hefty bail amount. The state initially proposed N,000 bail. “The charge arises from a dispute over N and as such N,000 is not an amount he (Shoongeleni) can afford. He will endeavour to raise N,000,” noted Shimutwikeni. Magistrate Michelle Kubersky said the court takes into account the seriousness of the allegation as well as the circumstances of the accused. As a condition for his abandoning an approved and budgeted spending of setting up a shooting range at farm Etiro in Karibib area, at a cost of N.37 billion. That spending, he said, was reg- Commission to take place in phases. to accommodate 300 soldiers. “While pondering on the huge costs of the base [at Etiro farm], an offer to purchase Oropoko farm was given,” says ya Ndakolo. He maintains that Oropoko is suitable for the base that was to be set up at Etiro farm. “Oropoko has well developed infrastructure such as accommodation facilities for up to 300 soldiers, aircraft landing strip, helicopter pad, shooting range, swimming pool, laundry, conference centre, a mechanical workshop, independent water infrastructure and besides being connected to the national electricity grid, it has a local electricity generating capacity,” says ya Ndakolo. He also insists that at N million, the costs of purchase are much cheaper when compared to the original asking price of N million and the N0 million that was planned had to receive treatment in alleged pneumonia. At the time, he and the ministry’s permanent secretary Gabriel Sinimbo were returning from Gabon in West Africa when the minister was for treatment. Hengari yesterday said Geingob would at an appropriate time announce the new presidential affairs minister. Ngatjizeko was a Swapo organiser since 1978. He served on the party’s internal National Executive Committee before Namibian independence and was elected to the Swapo central committee in 1991, and to the politburo in 2007. Ngatjizeko has been a member of parliament since 2000, and member of Cabinet since 2003 when then president Sam Nujoma appointed him as directorgeneral of the National From 2000 to 2005, he also served as Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy. In the 2005–2010 Cabinet ister of Trade and Industry and from 2008 Minister of Labour and Social Welfare. In the 2010–2015 Cabinet, he served as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare until 2012, and as Minister of Safety and Security for the remainder of the legislative period. Geingob, Ngatjizeko was moved to the post of Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development in March 2015. release, Shoongeleni was warned not to interfere with ongoing police investigations and state witnesses. One of Shoongeleni’s relatives expressed appreciation to students who contributed money and showed up at court for Shoongeleni. “We really value, thank and appreciate their contribution,” said a woman Shoongeleni’s aunt. Meanwhile, students who came to court expressed concern about safety on and around Khomasdal campus. Matheus Shilumbu from Unam’s Khomasdal campus said there is a long list of students being robbed each month. “Students are suggesting we get our own ATMs on campus. ATMs are the main cause of these robberies. Thieves are targeting students at ATMs near our mall,” stated Shilumbu. for the development of the same base at Etiro farm. Ya Ndakolo maintained that although he failed to inform Geingob on the matter, all procedures were followed. “The purchase contact was negotiated through the necessary legal processes, including passing through The settlement of the contract was also done through the Ministry of Finance as per State Finance Act and was signed between the owner and the permanent secretary of Works and Transport which is the custodian of government properties,” he said. nancial crisis, there exists the need to purchase the farm due to lack of infrastructure to accommodate the national defence force as most of the infrastructure built during the colonial era were made from prefabricated material and have since dilapidated, while some were turned into private properties after independence. “The purchasing of Oropoko farm is not only a gain to the Ministry of government and to Namibian people in general,” he said.

Thursday, February 22 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Redline haunts small-scale farmers Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva 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. invasion years back, New Era has established. Fysal Benner, the founder and group chairperson of Fysal Fresh Produce, said the ban is unfair to small-scale farmers in the north. “How do we encourage farmers to produce if they cannot export? Our farmers are suffering and something must be done,” said Benner. Amongst the products that cannot be exported are butternuts and watermelons. Benner was speaking at a tour around the Agro Marketing and Trade Agency’s (AMTA) fresh produce hub with former president Hifikepunye Pohamba on Monday. The tour also saw the welcoming of Fysal Fresh Produce to operate from the Ongwediva fresh produce business hub. The operation from the Tobie Aupindi’s judgement set for today Maria Amakali Windhoek Tobie Aupindi A Windhoek magistrate is set to deliver a ruling today in the case of two businessmen who have been on trial on corruption allegations. Former Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) managing director Tobias Aupindi and his coaccused Italian business partner, Antonio di Savino, have been on trial on various charges that range from corruptly providing false information defeating,l the course of justice. All charges fall under the Anti-Corruption Act (ACC). Making a brief court appearance yesterday, Aupindi and his co-accused were informed that the court would pronounce itself in their case today. Magistrate Helvi Shilemba is presiding. The Supreme Court in July 2017 dismissed the pair’s application to have Shilemba as the presiding magistrate removed from the case. Aupindi and his co-accused argued that Shilemba was biased. The allegations that resulted in the two businessmen winding up in court emanate from a swimming pool that was built at Aupindi’s residence at 25 Kestrel Street, Hochland Park. It is alleged that Di Savino paid N,000 for Aupindi’s swimming pool in exchange for tenders for the refurbishment of NWR resorts in several parts of the country. Court documents indicate that Aupindi provided stating that he himself had paid for the swimming pool in cash to a local company that installs swimming pools, when in fact he did not. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges when their trial started in February 2012. Of one mind… From left, Fysal Benner, founder and group chairperson of Fysal Fresh Produce, former president Kankoshi Photo: Nuusita Ashipala hub will entail selling and storing fruits and vegetables at the hub for distribution at Fysal stores and other retail markets in the north. AMTA’s managing director Lucas Lungameni briefed Pohamba that the best strategy to lift the ban would be to set up traps and come from. “It does not mean that Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek The Minister of Defence Penda ya Ndakolo says the ministry did not send 1,000 soldiers home because it cannot feed them, but rather as an exercise to besieging the country. “It is not a crisis response and has nothing to do with the sustainability or feeding of the troops,” ya Ndakolo said in parliament on Tuesday. “The army has no problems feeding or sustaining the troops. People must desist from using this issue to score political points,” said the minister. Earlier this month local media reports suggested that thousands of army personnel staying at the seven bases around the country were forced to take leave with effect from February as the army could no longer afford to feed them. The move was also allegedly meant to save on escalating water and electricity bills, despite the fact that the ministry received N.6 billion of the 2017/2018 national budget. Ya Ndakolo told lawmakers that sending 30 percent of the troops on compulsory paid leave while keeping the 70 percent in military bases is a standard military practice used by armed forces during peacetime and remarked Lungameni. Pohamba expressed content with the progress made by AMTA during the four years of its existence, and encouraged businesses to create links of exporting fruits from other African countries. Pohamba remarked that the trade policy of the African Union (AU) was designed for Africans to trade amongst themselves and he was happy that Fysal was looking into creating direct links with Mozambique to export fruits such as bananas rather than going through South Africa as has been the norm. Meanwhile, Fysal’s joint operation with the hub will also see Namibian produce being sold in Angola. Benner said Fysal would be importing fruits and vegetables from Angola and in turn also supply produce has nothing to do with an inability to feed them. Ya Ndakolo further maintained that the action was taken as part of a costcutting drive to reduce expenditure in view of the present economic situation facing the country. “The Ministry of Defence wants the Namibian people out there to know that the sending of a certain percent of our troops on compulsory leave is a decision taken together with other cost-cutting measures to mitigate the In addition to the compulsory leave for troops, other measures to reduce costs and wastage within the defence ministry system include postponement of some major military exercises that require lots of resources to carry out, suspension of recruitment of new members, reduction and control of troops and vehicle movements, and deferment of signing new procurement contracts, among others, to enable the ministry to weather the current storm, ya Ndakolo said. Ya Ndakolo was adamant that this was done to divert resources to a saving that could be used in support of civil authorities and civil power such as anti-poaching operations and emergencies such as droughts, emergencies. to the Angolan market. “We are planning to take produce from that side, but when we go to collect our cartons they should be packed with produce from here,” said Benner. Benner appealed to the government to support their initiative by allowing them to supply government institutions such as schools, hospitals, the police and army directly. “It is not a crisis response and has nothing to do with the sustainability or feeding of the troops. The army has no problems feeding or sustaining the troops. People must desist from using this issue to score political points.” – Penda ya Ndakolo

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