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Vol. 23 No. 108 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, February 8 2018 Namibia/Botswana treaty to end deadly border incidences Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Minister of Defence Penda ya Ndakolo has assured the nation that the signed historic Boundary Treaty will see an end to previous deadly border disputes between Namibia and Botswana, which left several Namibians shot dead by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers on suspicion they went into that country to poach. Botswana has a shoot-to-kill policy regarding poachers found on its territory. This shoot-to-kill policy raised grave concerns among Namibians who said the government was not doing enough to address the fatal shootings, especially during 2015 when most killings took place. During 2015, some Namibians suspected of being ivory poachers were shot and killed close to the Botswana border by the BDF. Therefore, Namibia took a decision to actively engage Bo- on the fatal shooting of several Namibian citizens along the border by members of the BDF. This week Namibian President Hage Geingob and his Botswana counterpart, Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, who was in Namibia on a two-day state visit, signed the historic Boundary Treaty which clearly marks the borders between the two countries. “To us, we hope these shootings will not happen anymore as we were assured by His Excellency, the President of Botswana. We have a permanent commission on defence and security issues between Namibia and Botswana. Last year, we held it in Botswana and this year we will have it here in Namibia. BORDER on page 2 Inside Today Tweya discredits ‘malicious’ IPPR report The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Tjekero Tweya has labelled the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) report entitled ‘Access Denied,’ as a ‘malicious, vexatious and irresponsible’ publication... Page 3 Nimbus acquires stake in Paratus Capital pool company, Nimbus, has acquired a 26.5 percent stake in Paratus Africa, at a cost of N million. Page 9 Lyn Jones parts ways with Namibian rugby Welsh national Lyn Jones, who was in late 2016 appointed by the NRU as head coach of the Namibian Currie Cup team, is said to have severed ties with NRU.. Page 24 Justice should be delivered fairly - Geingob Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi says political party activities are the main contributing factor to lawmakers often missing parliamentary sessions. The absenteeism of MPs has led to numerous parliamentary sittings having to be postponed because of the lack of a quorum – a fact that Katjavivi attributed mainly to MPs attending political party gatherings conducted during scheduled parliamentary sessions. There are two kinds of quorums in the National Assembly, namely the sitting quorum, which requires 26 members with voting powers for the house to begin with business of the day, while the voting quorum requires the presence of 49 voting (elected) members for decisions to be made. media houses, this phenomenon is not unique to Namibia,” Katjavivi “As the judiciary, you are tasked with the responsibility of being guardians and servants of the laws of Namibia, and this is a task you are expected to carry out with patriotism, dedication and integrity.” Roland Routh Windhoek The judiciary must ensure that the law is applied to all Namibians fairly, reasonably and in an understandable manner, in the legal process “which is our best hope for achieving the fullest measure of human justice, social harmony and progress”, President Hage Geingob said when he opened the 2018 legal year at the Namibian Supreme Court yesterday. “As the judiciary, you are tasked with the responsibility of being guardians and servants of the laws of Namibia, and this is a task you are expected to carry out with patriotism, dedication and integrity. Yours is a profession of trust. A noble duty, said to New Era. He however said that the advantage in most countries is that annual party events like conferences are often hosted when parliament is in recess. In this way, he said, parliamentary functions are often not disrupted. Katjavivi said in the Namibian scenario, it would be thus preferable the country hosts annual political party events when parliament is in recess. KATJAVIVI on page 2 an indispensable function of our democratic construct,” said the president. He however cautioned against what he termed “overreach”, which is when the courts are used as the forum to settle political disputes. President Geingob said “it will be a sad day when our courts disregard their aloofness and descend into the melee of politics”. He said that even though there is a problem of understaffing due to budgetary constraints, which could have an effect on the effectiveness of the judiciary, “the challenges present a true test of our integrity and we should pass this test by bluntly refusing to be compromised, situation is”. GEINGOB on page 2 In full support… President Hage Geingob during his year at the Namibian Supreme Court. Photo: Strauss Lilungwe. Meetings derail parliamentary quorums – Katjavivi Professor Peter Katjavivi New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper

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