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ol. 22 No. 240 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, July 20 2017 Inside Today Swanu calls for universal healthcare Swanu president Tangeni Iijambo has called for the establishment of a universal government-run health plan whereby all Namibians would enjoy a socialized healthcare system. Page 3 Govt reaches out to development partners for NDP5 Namibia’s development partners should assist the country in addressing its priority areas and not only in their own areas of expertise. Page 9 Nambala wins second medal at IPC Championships Johannes Nambala won Namibia’s second medal in the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships after finishing second in the 200m final on Tuesday night. Page 24 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Dream big… Former Ghanaian president John Mahama (left) with President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday. Mahama drums up Namibia’s energy potential Albertina Nakale Windhoek Former Ghanaian president John Mahama says Namibia has been identified among several African countries with the capacity and comparative advantage to supply its own power and meet the needs of the wider sub-region. Mahama, who recently lost the presidency to Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo in December, is in Namibia on a three-day visit to advocate for clean energy supply in the region through public-private-partnership investment. Mahama, who paid a courtesy visit to President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday, said due to Namibia’s strategic geographical location, the country can supply sufficient MAHAMA on page 2 Landless grab land at Katima Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Hundreds of people at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region, frustrated by the snail-pace at which residential land is being serviced and allocated to applicants, have since last month started to illegally occupy unserviced land in the bushy area between Choto and Cowboy. Although the exact number could not be independently verified, those directly involved in the land grab, as per their own register, said they currently number around 2,000. Ovaherero Chief Vekuii Rukoro The latest bout of land grabbing comes nearly two years after Katima Mulilo Town promised to avail 1,000 unserviced residential erven to members of Lwa Yaha (that loosely translates into ‘We Build’), a group that has been advocating for land to be availed to the landless. The council entered into agreement with the land activist movement after the group launched a mass land occupation at Macaravan East in July 2015. The agreement then was that the council would start allocating land within three months, while municipal services would follow later, but locals say this proved to be yet another empty promise. This time around, the group, which includes both young and old, targeted prime municipal land. The latest occupation happened despite last week’s meeting between the parties, where the town council advised the group to desist from such action and to vacate the land they had illegally occupied. Kate Schoenbach New York RESIDENTS on page 2 Second genocide hearing postponed in NY … as Germany rejects summons The second hearing in the case lodged against Germany for colonial-era genocide in Namibia, scheduled for July 21, has been postponed until October after the Namibian plaintiffs requested an adjournment of the July conference last week, because Germany refused to accept the summons. The plaintiffs, which include Ovaherero Chief Vekuii Rukoro, his Nama counterpart David Frederick, and Veraa Katuuo, a founding member of the U.S.-based Association of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation, contend that Germany has excluded representatives of the GENOCIDE on page 2 END THIS YEAR IN STYLE The end of your year should be a special occasion. Have an unforgettable Year End Party at one of our resorts for as little as N$ 270 per person. This offer includes meals Venue, and a 50% discount on accommodation. This is a time limited offer so don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. BOOK ONLINE OR CONTACT US! +264 61 285 7108 | +264 61 2857167 +264 61 285 7169 | +264 61 285 7188 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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