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New Era Newspaper Thursday July 27,

Vol. 22 No. 245 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, July 27 2017 Inside Today Woman squanders mother’s pension An 81-year-old pensioner survives on water and salt served with the porridge that she prepares from the maize flour she received as part of the government’s drought relief programme, as her daughter takes her N,100 monthly state pension grant for own use. Page 3 CIF publishes 2017 directory of construction industry Kazenambo criticises Swartbooi’s recall Staff Reporter Windhoek Swapo politburo member and former cabinet minister Kazenambo Kazenambo said he will never join the mooted new political party linked to former lands deputy minister Bernadus Swartbooi, but deeply criticised the manner in which the youthful politician was suspended and recalled from parliament yesterday. Swartbooi has been at odds with the party leadership since last year, a situation that catalysed his sacking as deputy minister of lands last December. He has since been leading the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), which started off as a civil rights movement fighting for land but hinted last weekend at becoming a political party. During a series of LPM public meetings in recent months at which Swartbooi was the main speaker, the former deputy minister has been accusing Swapo of failure and advancing the interests of the Aawambo tribe. Swapo has consistently denied the accusation. KAZENAMBO on page 2 Kazenambo Kazenambo Swapo closes in on perceived tribalists Namibia’s construction industry is “ready for action” with the newly published Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Annual Directory 2017/2018. Page 9 Pointless to protest against Namibia – ZIFA The technical staff of the Zimbabwean Warriors feel strongly that the third penalty converted by Namibia in the CHAN first round second leg shoot-out against Zimbabwe at Harare’s National Sports Stadium should have been disallowed. Page 24 Albertina Nakale Windhoek Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba has warned senior party members who have exposed themselves to making tribal utterances that action will be taken against them at an appropriate time. Mbumba made the promise yesterday during a press conference where he officially announced that the Swapo politburo has resolved to withdraw former land reform deputy minister Bernadus Swartbooi from the National Assembly, where he served on the party ticket. Swartbooi has accused the government and the ruling party of favouring “northerners”– essentially referring to the Owambo tribe that predominantly lives in that part of the country. But perhaps the final straw was when he hinted last weekend that he intends to convert the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), which Addressing an LPM meeting in //Kharas Region at the weekend, Swartbooi said if Swapo recalled sign within 30 seconds”. The former deputy minister is to address the media today in Katutura, at which he is expected to react to his being Mbumba yesterday came under officials accused of tribalism have not been treated in the same way as The media also wanted to know whether any disciplinary action was taken against Swartbooi before the decision to withdraw him from he leads, into a political party. him from parliament, he would “re- withdrawn. heavy media scrutiny, with journalists wanting to know why other party Swartbooi. parliament. Bernadus Swartbooi Nangolo Mbumba SWAPO on page 2 Fishermen bemoan hefty permit increase Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund Local fishermen say the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has pushed them into destitution with the recently gazetted hefty fishing permit increase that went up more than hundred-fold from N to N,500 per month. Those affected by the hefty increase lamented that it flies in the face of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) that calls for inclusivity of Namibians in all spheres of economic activity and says no one should be left out. Recreational fishing/subsistence permits were recently increased by the fisheries ministry from N to N,500 per month, which was described as unaffordable by those catching fish for their day-to-day survival. Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is fishing for pleasure or competition. It contrasts with commercial fishing, which is fishing for profit, or subsistence fishing, which is fishing for survival. People New Era spoke to yesterday said the increment came as a shock as they had not been informed or consulted on the issue. An elderly fisherman, Joel Amupala, says he hasn’t been fishing for the past two weeks as he cannot afford a permit that costs N,500 monthly. “Fishing was not only a hobby for me, but it was a means to supplement my government grant so that we have enough at home. Now the permit costs more than what we get from government which I simply cannot afford,” he said. He appealed to the minister to relook the increase and rather ask about N0 a month. “They say we must also benefit from the country’s marine resources, but how can we benefit with this type of increase? How are we benefitting if we are being excluded.” PERMIT on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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