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New Era Newspaper Thursday July 6

ol. 22 No. 229 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday July 6 2017 Inside Today Bogus healers face 37 charges Thirty-seven people reportedly defrauded by two fake Ugandan traditional healers have opened cases of fraud against them but this number is expected to increase as more people heed the police’s appeal to come forward. Page 3 SME Bank closure bid in court today Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Bank of Namibia’s (BoN) application to have the troubled SME Bank liquidated in order to avert further financial losses will be heard in the High Court of Namibia in Windhoek at around 09h00 today. The hearing follows an announcement by BoN Governor Ipumbu Shiimi on Tuesday that he had initiated proceedings in the High Court in an attempt to close down the SME Bank that employs around 200 Namibian workers. SME on page 2 BoN had invoked Section 56 of the Banking Institutions Act in March and assumed control of the SME Bank’s assets, liabilities and all its business affairs after the central bank failed to get satisfactory answers regarding N0 million that SME Bank had invested with South African institutions. Tents to relieve Grade 1 classroom shortage Youth unemployment staggeringly high Namibia’s unemployment rate of 34 percent, or almost 350,000 people, is most prevalent amongst the youth with over 70 percent of those aged 15 to 19 out of work. Page 9 Police called to quell Swapo faction fight Kejamuina Mungendje Bernhard Esau Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Swapo' infighting in the Omaheke Region continue unabated as the race to succeed the party’s incumbent regional coordinator for that region, Kejamuina Mungendje, seemed to get out of hand. The new altercation follows Tuesday night’s disputed internal election of office bearers, which saw former Epukiro Councillor Ruth Kaukuata-Mbura elected as regional coordinator. Mungendje however disputes the validity of the Tuesday elections, and has refused to vacate the office. Mungendje said he was yesterday morning confronted by Bernhard Esau, who was accompanied by a police contingent, and ordered to vacate the office because he lost to Kaukuata-Mbura. Esau is the chairperson of Swapo national leaders assigned to Omaheke. Mungendje told New Era that police officers accompanied by Esau confronted him yesterday morning, requesting him to hand over the office keys to his rival, Kaukuata-Mbura, which Mungendje said he adamantly refused to do. "I told them that I won’t vacate this office until I am instructed either by the Swapo Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba, or a free and fair election,” said Mungendje when contacted for comment. Kaukuata-Mbura declined to comment. Upon enquiries Esau said hee went to the regional with the sole purpose of introducing the new leadership to the office." As you know, we elected a new leadership for the region last night [Tuesday night] which saw Kaukuata- Mbura being elected as the Omaheke Regional coordinator. My purpose at the office was to introduce them to the office," he said. SWAPO on page 2 Togetherness... Parents turned up in large numbers at Kuisebmond Community Hall in Walvis Bay to register their children for Grade 1, but up to 1,100 learners could not be placed. Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay John Awaseb, the deputy director of education in Erongo Region, says there are simply no funds on hand to build new schools to accommodate the about 1,100 Grade 1 learners next year, who could not be accommodated in recent placements. Responding to an inquiry from New Era with regard to the Grade 1 classroom shortage that continues to grow at the coastal town of Walvis Bay, Awaseb said they have no choice at present but to use tents to accommodate the additional learners. The children currently being registered are mostly from private pre-primary schools, as preprimary classes at government schools were already full to capacity last year, resulting in parents enrolling their kids in private institutions. Only 350 Grade 1 and 200 pre-primary children will be enrolled in seven primary schools here next year. Walvis Bay currently has seven primary schools. Hundreds of parents turned up at Kuisebmond Community Hall to register their children for Grade 1 at Tutaleni Primary school and !Nara Primary School, but unfortunately the two schools can only accommodate 38 and 35 new Grade 1 learners next year, respectively. Awaseb yesterday told New Era that Grade 1 placements remain a challenge for Walvis Bay and that the need for least two new lower primary schools at Walvis Bay and one in Swakopmund was identified in the past. “Research was conducted, hence the need to construct more schools was already identified. We also obtained land at Walvis Bay for the construction of the schools. However, a lack of funds has halted our plans,” he said. Awaseb acknowledged that government schools at the harbour town are full to capacity, stating that the 1,100 learners could unfortunately also not be accommodated through afternoon classes either. TENTS on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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