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2 NEWS Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA BORDER From page 1 "If there is anything, we will discuss it – but we are sure that [the shootings] is in the past according to my understanding,” Ya Ndakolo told New Era. President Khama said the signed treaty is to reaffirm a common boundary and to cooperate on transboundary issues. In the past, Khama said, the wrangling was along the northern border of the Zambezi region where there are a lot of wetlands. “But it was never really clear to either party where the border of the any doubt and mark the border so that people who commonly operate in those areas –be it members of the security forces or the general population – will know where the border past and I think it’s a positive step in the right direction,” Khama said. try of International Relations and Co- of the treaty is that boundaries are now clearly marked to avoid any contravention. “The issue of the shooting at the border has been resolved. The two ministers of international relations have engaged and that is why you have not heard of any incident. But if everyone knows that this is where the border stops, then at least you can’t blame others that you didn’t know because it’s clearly demarcated,” she said. Union (AU) has a border programme in place to deal with border dispute building between nations. ize themselves with the Boundary Treaty once it’s made available. “It’s a historic treaty and the AU this treaty,” she noted. Oshikoto launches reading pilot study Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The directorate of education in Oshikoto region has launched a pilot study themed Read Café project which aims at enhancing the culture of reading among learners. This is one step closer to addressing the widely held perception of Namibia not having a reading culture, which in turn causes a high failure rate among learners. The project will run until April and the initial period will be 2020, while its continuation beyond the target will depend on the progress to be made during its phase implementation. Three schools, Omuthiya Iipundi, Opawa and Hans Daniel selected for this purpose. The study was launched in conjunction with the Hedmark County Council in Norway, which will be providing material such as books. The project was born last year when a Norwegian delegation Keen... Learners of Omuthiya Iipundi Senior Secondary School at the launch of the Read Café project. visited the region to strengthen bilateral relations entered into in 2015, where it was agreed that they will work in areas of local economic development, small and culture and library development. “The Read Café project will be piloted with the Grade 9 learners. ing an environment under which this is to take place. The teachers and learners of other grades will be the witnesses and mentors of the Grade 9s in terms of observing the progress of their studies, behaviour said the director of education the deputy director of life long learning. “The teacher and librarian partnership would be realised more, tion literacy skills will be instilled in the minds of our learners. The practice will be strengthened by closely doing follow-ups on the outcome of the knowledge and skills acquired through reading of literacy education whereby learners visit the library alone with launch of the project at Iipundi in Omuthiya. casion, the school principal, Thomas Uupindi, said classroombased instruction alone is not adequate for the learning needs of today. “Libraries and librarians trained to understand, virtualise and manage the information environments are uniquely and strategically positioned to provide structured learning opportunities outside the classroom.” KATJAVIVI From page 1 is supposed to be in session, logical arrangements should be applied to ensure they do not disrupt the achievement of key milestones within the legislative year as set out at the opening of parliament,” Katjavivi added. in its performance, beyond what we had even set out to achieve, and as evidenced such events have not so far undermined the performance of Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 The opening will take place under the theme ‘Enhancing partnerships to strengthen good governance of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment ministerial position, all the best, adding that he fully understands that his resignation has been brought about by his prolonged ill health. On behalf of the National Assembly, Katjavivi pects with his family. 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 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 GEINGOB From page 1 According to the president, the judiciary is a catalyst for the creation of a conducive business environment and the promotion of social justice. Therefore, he said, a wellfunctioning, competent, transparent and accountable judiciary sets a nation on the correct course towards prosperity. “The successful pursuit of Namibia’s developmental objectives, the war against poverty and corruption, as well as the realisation of shared prosperity amongst our people cannot take place in the absence of social order.” He added: “The judiciary, through the application of the rule of law, is indispensable to the task of bringing order to society.” The president said that in Na- only the basic tenets of inherited colonial laws “but incorporates our innate cultures, norms and traditions, which formed the bedrock of our social order long before the days of colonial occupation”. “Unfortunately, we often hold on to certain colonial laws and traditions which hinder our efforts to modernise and streamline our governance architecture.” He urged the judiciary to review laws and customary practices that are archaic and which do not apply to the realities of modern Namibian society.He said said that despite the challenges Namibia faces, the government remains committed to improve upon the administration of justice. “We will continue to support our courts as well as other key stakeholders, namely the legal profession and the judicial and legal services to ensure fair administration of justice, for the purpose of maintaining the well-being of the population.” He said the judiciary remains a stronghold of Namibia’s democracy and represents a foundation upon which the society can construct a platform “that will launch us towards our aspirations, as stipulated in Vision 2030, National Development Plans and Harambee Prosperity Plan”. “The Namibiaan House must be characterised by a just society, because a just society will always stand up against the scourge of corruption and a just society will eventually realise the dream of shared prosperity.” He added that he has the utmost House, the judiciary will continue to ensure that justice is delivered instead of denied, that poverty is eradicated instead of enforced, that ignorance becomes a thing of the past, and that under the rule of law, Namibians will stand and hold hands as one class, where no Namibian will be oppressed or robbed and no one will degrade a fellow Namibian, thereby ensuring that all Namibians and their properties are safe.

Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Tweya discredits ‘malicious’ IPPR report Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek 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 crafted to portray the country in bad light. The IPPR report released last year alleged access to information in Namibia is still a nightmare as agencies continue to withhold information meant for public consumption even upon request. Addressing the media on Tuesday, Tweya said based on a fact- to 80 percent of the information requested by IPPR is already in the public domain and is easily accessible; whilst most of it is available at ministries and on state agencies’ websites; therefore the report is misleading and devoid of any truth. “It is disheartening for a reputable research institution such as IPPR to misinform the public in such a manner. We need to strive to not always opt for malicious, vexatious Setting the record straight… Tjiuai Kaambo, the Director of Media Affairs in the ministry of information and the Minister of Information, Tjekero Tweya. and irresponsible publications to portray the country in a bad light. One wonders what the motive was to carry out research with no clear purpose and no raw data supporting information minister. According to the discredited IPPR report out of 20 ministries and government agencies approached or requested to provide information by IPPR, 80 percent of these institutions did not respond or could not provide the information that was requested. It further claimed that nearly 60 percent of the institutions that responded could not provide 85 percent of public enterprises approached for information were unresponsive. The IPPR Access Denied Report also claimed out of the 14 regions approached only one region responded with the information requested and within a reasonable time. However Tweya said based on the access points of all government whom the ministry contacted in this regard indicated that they did not receive queries from the IPPR research team. “Upon enquiry by the ministry as to whom the IPPR contacted to obtain information on government programmes and activities, IPPR came short of providing the list of for the ministry to follow up and why public information was withheld,” he said. Tweya said as per the Access Denied report most of the ministries were reached through the made it exceptionally hard for the ministry to identify the person who received such queries. “We feel that this was done deliberately to suit their malicious agenda,” Tweya said. He said as part of government’s efforts to making information accessible to the public; MICT introduced a Communication Plan aimed at aligning the functions of function of information dissemination in accordance to the Harambee Prosperity Plan. Apart from that the information ministry also developed a Social Media Use Policy for all government PROs to have access to and deploy relevant social media tools responsibly across the public service. The minister said the government is drafting of the National Information Policy and Access to Information Bill. The two legal documents are expected to be tabled in parliament this year. “It was therefore shocking to hear that despite all these efforts, many government institutions are still not making information accessible to the public as it was alleged by IPPR,” said Tweya. Responding to the Minister’s reaction, IPPR director, Graham Hopwood maintained the report showed high levels of non-responsiveness from the private sector and even civil society and was not simply aimed at exposing problems in government when it comes to access to information. “There is no point in denying that access to information is problematic across different sectors of Namibian society. Improving access to information is something we can all work on together - in the spirit of Harambee - to ensure the public have the information they need,” Hopwood said. Female prison almost complete Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The construction of the female section at the Windhoek Correctional Facility is expected to be completed by mid-March. Commissioner General of the Namibian Correctional Service, Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela said female offenders are currently being incarcerated at Walvis Bay at a prison for both men and women and in Gobabis. In total, there are 105 sentenced female prisoners while there are also trial-awaiting offenders. “We had a female section at the Windhoek Correctional Facility but it was changed to a programmes’ area,” Hamunyela told New Era yesterday. Once transferred to Windhoek, female offenders will participate in comprehensive rehabilitation programmes that will prepare them for when they are released. Currently, there are 1,000 male offenders at the Windhoek Correctional Facility with a staff complement of over 400. Hamunyela said last week that managing these prisoners has not been easy, as the group includes hardcore and repeat offenders. This has contributed to challenges, especially relating to security and the provision of rehabilitation programmes. “We often have to deal with and those with low morale. But the management of the Namibian Correctional Service is hard at work innovating to counter these challenges such as smuggling of contraband, indiscipline and low morale,” said Hamunyela. PDM condemns killing of commercial farmers Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Opposition party, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has condemned the killing of white commercial farmers, Giel and Sarie Botma at their farm in the //Kharas region, over the weekend. New Era on Tuesday reported that three men accused of murder of an elderly couple at the farm, were denied bail in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court. The suspects Julius Arndt, Johannes Christiaan and Andries Afrikaner, are accused of the brutal murder of the couple, and were remanded in custody until their next court hearing on April 23. In a statement yesterday, PDM secretary-general, Manual Ngaringombe said he has noted with a great concern brutal killings of white commercial farmers, as well as women and children in Namibia. “Please stop the killings. Stop, stop, stop,” he said. He said commercial farmers play a great role in the country’s agricultural sector and economic growth, for they contribute to the country’s GDP. “Namibia has become a safe haven for these brutalities and it must be condemned with the contempt it deserves.” He added these brutal murders tarnish the country’s good image and result in foreign investors and tourists eyeing other safe destinations. Ngaringombe however applauded efforts by the members of the society as well as the Namibian police for their efforts to combat crime and bring the culprits to book. Hence, he said, PDM is urging the strengthening of neighbourhood groups on commercial farmers in order to tighten the safety and security of those vulnerable similar acts, especially pensioners living on their farms. “All these actions are not the government’s making, but a failure to respond, is direct result of the current government that has over the years failed to adhere to its constitutional obligation on ensuring the protection of the general welfare of all its citizens, including safety and security, because the measures in place are very minimal and only come aftermath.” Ngaringombe also said, the state without cooperation from the general public, hence a need for all members of the public to be actively involved “We are also calling upon the perpetrators of these crimes to embrace and act within the legal frameworks, and refrain from any criminal activity. We call upon the leaders from all walks of life to strongly condemn all unlawful acts.” Ngaringombe also called upon the government and private sector to create employment opportunities for the unemployed so as to stem crime. “This will eventually reduce crime if everyone lives in peace and harmony,” he said. Development Bank of Namibia Information sessions for the Kavango West, Kavango East and Zambezi Regions Local authorities and prospective entrepreneurs are cordially invited to attend information sessions and infrastructure. Mail or call 061 290 8000 for more information. Nkurenkuru Kavango West Pahukeni Guesthouse From 14h30 Tuesday, 06.02.2018 Rundu Kavango East From 18h00 Monday, 05.02.2018 Katima Mulilo Zambezi Protea Hotel Zambezi River From 17h00 Friday, 09.02.2018 Expect more.

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