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2 NEWS Thursday, July 6 2017 | NEW ERA Two-year-old assaulted with fists Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 273 300 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 Roland Routh Windhoek A two-year-old boy was seriously injured on Monday at Fransfontein when a 25-yearold Namibian male reportedly assaulted him with clenched fists in the face, the Namibian police reported. It is alleged the perpetrator took Clinton Hendricks from his mother under the pretence of playing with the boy, but then assaulted him. The suspect was later arrested. A nine-year-old boy was allegedly raped on Saturday at an unknown time at Katjinakatji Village at Mururani. According to the police crime report, the suspect - who is well known to the police but not yet arrested - took the victim into bushes, where he undressed him and had sexual intercourse with the minor, causing unspecified injuries. A three-year-old girl was allegedly also raped by a 14-year-old male suspect on Monday at about 15h30 at DRC settlement in Mondesa, Swakopmund. The suspect lured the little girl to his aunt’s ghetto and had sexual intercourse with her, while the victim’s mother was in her shack next door. The suspect is a nephew to the victim’s aunt and has been arrested. An Angolan citizen, Thefelus Hangula, 45, was stabbed and killed by a 30-year-old Namibian male, apparently over Damara music at Oshivelo Southern Location. The girlfriend of the deceased was dancing at the shebeen and the suspect pulled her outside and asked why she was dancing to Damara music. An argument then erupted between the deceased and the suspect, who stabbed the deceased with an Okapi knife on the left side of the chest, killing him instantly. The suspect has been arrested. Immanuel Mauritius, 34, died three days after he was attacked by a group of four men at Big Brother Bar in Okangwena Area, Tutaleni Suburb on Saturday between 20h00 and 21h00. The victim was taken by family members to Walvis Bay State Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The incident was only reported to the police on Tuesday and no arrests have been made in connection with the case as yet. Three unknown suspects armed with pistols allegedly entered a rented house at Erf 4444, Valombola, in Ongwediva yesterday at about 00h30 and stole five Samsung cellphones and two black and silver HP laptops valued at N,800. No arrests or recovery of the stolen items were made so far. On Tuesday between 16h00 and 17h00 at a bar in Omatando Location in Ongwediva, Mandume Shipetama, 25, an Angolan national was stabbed by an adult Namibian male with a knife on the left side of his chest – for no apparent reason. Witnesses related to the police that there was no quarrel between the victim and the suspect. The victim was taken to Oshakati State Hospital in serious condition. The suspect fled the scene and is still on the loose. EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tsumeb Office: Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 BoN Governor Ipumbu Shiimi Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Luderitz Office: Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 SME From page 1 Yesterday, a legal team representing the central bank, led by Charles Visser, told New Era they cannot give any details regarding the case, as it is currently before the High Court. In his statement earlier this week, Governor Shiimi also did not elaborate on the details of case, saying on that further information will be availed at the appropriate time. He said the BoN was “aware of the anxiety the legal actions may cause employees, depositors, creditors and TENTS From page 1 The schools are already hosting afternoon classes and thus it was impossible to add more classes, as there is just no space. In fact, the schools are normally built to accommodate about SWAPO From page 1 Police Commander for Omaheke Region Josephat Abelonfirmed that the police had to be called to the Swapo office in Gobabis to resolve tension and misunderstanding between the two factions. “What we do as police officers is to maintain peace and stability and that’s what we did this morning,” other interested parties alike” and called for calm during this period of transition and urged all stakeholders to cooperate fully and exercise the necessary patience. 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. This came after the central bank failed to get satisfactory answers regarding N0 million of depositors’ money SME Bank had invested with South African 600 learners, but schools at Walvis Bay on average accommodate about 1,400 learners. This puts added pressure on infrastructure that results in money being spent on repairs, he explained. Awaseb said their only option at he said. Mungendje maintains that he was supposed to organise that election yesterday but that failed to materialise after the police and Esau ordered him to hand over the keys. New Era understands that one faction - believed to include Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele, chairperson of Omaheke Regional Council Ignatius Gariseb, Okorukambe institutions. BoN also relieved the SME Bank’s board of their duties and sacked the top management, including chief executive officer Tawanda Mumvuma, along with the general manager for treasury and the finance manager. The central bank has since gone on record to say it believes much of that money was likely “lost”, as there was no assurance it would be recovered. Two weeks ago, the South African Reserve Bank subpoenaed all South African banks and financial present is to accommodate the learners in tents, although it is not the ideal solution. “We do not have a choice, as education needs to be accessible to all,” he said. He added that although alternative structures and extra classrooms could be used to accommodate learners it is Constituency Councillor Raphael Mokaleng, and Phillipus Katamelo MP, on Tuesday night elected former Epukiro councillor Ruth Kaukuata- Mbura as the regional Swapo chief to replace Mungendje. Mungendje said he didn’t take part in the election, therefore it was null and void, as he is still the Swapo regional coordinator for the region. Mungendje is believed to be in the institutions that dealings with SME Bank in Namibia to confirm what SME Bank funds were still on their books, if any. New Era previously reported on the vast amounts deposited by SME Bank in South African institutions before the money was disinvested – without making any return on investments – and channeled to other institutions, apparently without any valid explanation. One institution had in fact flagged SME Bank transactions as “suspicious” and closed the accounts. not practical in the long run, as adding more classrooms makes the schools unmanageable and could result in learners performing poorly, whilst alternative structures have a shorter lifespan and could be easily replaced, unlike brick structures. other faction consisting of Epukiro Councillor Constituency Cornelius Kanguatjivi, the former Epukiro Constituency councillor Brave Tjizera, former Swapo Women’s Council member Bianca van Wyk, as well as Frans Murangi. Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba was also not available for comment, as he was in a meeting at the time.

Thursday, July 6 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Selma Ikela Windhoek 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. The two ‘healers’ and another Ugandan national will be charged today and are expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court tomorrow for theft under false pretence, entering the country without passports and conducting work without a work permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration. The two were arrested after the police were tipped off while the duo were apparently contacting one of the people they had employed to distribute fliers through which they market their services that include healing incurable diseases, winning court cases and turning around business fortunes, among others. Namibian Police Inspector Christian van Dunem Fonsech told New Era that apart from the 22 cases already reported against these so-called healers – four people visited the police on Tuesday to open cases against the two fakes. In addition three people personally came to the police station to open cases against them while Fonsech’s office received eight phone calls Bogus healers face 37 charges from various people claiming to be defrauded by the two men. One of the victims, a civil servant, allegedly paid one of the ‘healers’ N,000 to make her salary last. She said she paid N,000 to begin the process, another N,000 for medicine and N,000 to cleanse her money. While the police sifted through the two arrested men’s cellphones they called a woman who visited the duo apparently to help her bring back her boyfriend. The woman said despite being assured that her boyfriend would come back to her after he deserted her – after she paid the ‘healer’ N0 the boyfriend had still not come back. Fonsech said they also received many SMS’s and calls on Tuesday afternoon from people in and outside Windhoek stating they were also defrauded by the ‘doctors’. She said these people sought these ‘healers’ to restore their broken marriages, relationships and get rid of purported bad luck. The two ‘healers’ distribute leaflets in town claiming to bring business attraction, protect cars and houses, have rats that bring their clients money, and cast away bad spells. “Some people are calling from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Ondangwa and Rundu. There is one who called from Goreangab in Windhoek who paid N,000 for his house to be cleansed by the doctors. The doctors were due to clean the house today (yesterday),” remarked Fonsech. She advised people to refrain from going to these ‘healers’. The police detained the two and an Ugandan man who distributes their leaflets in the Windhoek central business district. The police thereafter visited and inspected their rented house in Khomasdal on Monday evening. They had turned one bedroom into a consultation room where clients are ‘treated.’ The room is covered with sheets from top to bottom and only a candle is used for lighting. The room had many plastic bags with herbs, animal skins and a calabash. Upon searching the room the police came across people’s photos that were taken there by clients and a line of men’s underwear used in their rituals. The unidentified estate agent claimed the ‘healers’ have been renting for about two months. She said she didn’t know or suspect the tenants were ‘healers’ because when she once came to the house the tenants told her the key to the bedroomturned-into-consultation room was missing. Shamvhura water quality questioned ohn Muyamba hamvhura he beneficiary communities of the hamvhura-Shamangorwa water roject in Ndiyona Constituency in avango East are seriously concerned bout the groundwater being piped to heir villages for consumption as it pparently causes diarrhoea. Apart from allegedly causing iarrhoea the water is corrosive and tains white shirts, according to the ommunity. Ten villages in Ndiyona Constituncy, which previously depended on he crocodile-infested Kavango River or water, were connected to this ipeline which was commissioned n May 31 2016 by the Minister of griculture Water and Forestry, John utorwa. The pipeline was installed to bring lean drinking water to these villages cattered along a stretch of 24km long the river. The affected villages are Shamhura, Shinyungwe (North), Mbwata, Livuyi, Korokoko, Mashivi, Mukuvi, Mbambi, Manga and Shamangorwa. “We have noticed that this water is not fine because if you keep it in a bucket or container for a while you will see a dark corrosion colour at the bottom, and when the main tank had a leak the water changed the colour of the metal and fence like it had corroded and the grass and plants turned brown where this water fell,” said one concerned villager Wilbard Shikusho. “We want this water tested because a lot of people are consuming it,” Shikusho added. New Era was informed by the community three months ago that the Department of Rural Water Supply in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry attempted to hand over the facilities to NamWater but the water utility refused after inspecting the tanks saying something was not right with the water. The water utility officials questioned the suitability and quality of the water but during the site visit rural water supply officials said the water is fine and of good quality. NamWater officials told the rural water supply officials that before they can take over the supply of water to the rural communities the water should be sent for testing in a laboratory as they questioned its quality after making some observations. NamWater then sent some water samples to a lab for testing, and the community wants to know the outcome of the lab test. “If the water is not fit for human consumption as we suspect, it might cause illnesses in the long run. It looks clear when coming from the tap but after a while it turns to a brown colour. If you check the pipes and the tank you will see what we are talking about. If you want to wash white clothes you must use water from the river, as it changes colour,” said Manfred Muronga a resident of Shinyungwe village. New Era further spoke to the deputy director at the Department of Rural Water Supply, Moses Mpareke, who maintained the water was fine. Vital... One of the sub-tanks that provide water to Shamvhura village, one of the villages connected to the pipeline. Setback for man accused of setting woman alight Roland Routh Windhoek An eventful day at the murder, rape, robbery and defeating the course of justice trial of an Otjiwarongo resident ended yesterday with Judge Christi Liebenberg dismissing a Section 174 application to discharge three of the four charges. The accused in the matter, Ivan Hoëbeb, is charged with killing Elizabeth Ganses, who was 26 at the time of her death, during October 30 to 31, 2015 after he allegedly raped her, stole her cellphone and SIM card, and then setting her body alight. Milton Engelbrecht indicated to the court immediately after State Advocate Henry Muhongo closed the State’s case that he will apply to have the charges of rape, robbery with aggravating Photo: Roland Routh In defence… Ivan Hoëbeb with his lawyer Milton Engelbrecht circumstances and obstructing or defeating, or attempting to defeat or obstruct, the course of justice discharged in the Windhoek High Court. According to Engelbrecht, no credible evidence was adduced by the State to allow a reasonable court, acting carefully, to convict or to demand an answer from the accused. He said the doctor who performed the autopsy, Dr Lander Betancourt, conceded under cross-examination that no evidence was found to suggest rape occurred and the DNA evidence also did not link Hoëbeb to the deceased. He said the blood found on a blade at the scene was that of the deceased only. The confession Hoëbeb made to a magistrate two days after his arrest, only refers to the murder, Engelbrecht emphasised and stressed the confession is consistent with what Hoëbeb said in his Section 119 pleadings as well as with the instructions put to State witnesses. According to Engelbrecht, the State failed to produce prima facie evidence against his client on the three charges and it stands that he must be acquitted, but that he must be put on his defence on the murder charge. Hoëbeb admitted he was in the company of the deceased on that fateful night, but claimed her death was the result of an unfortunate accident. He denied having raped the deceased or stealing her cellphone and setting her body alight. Muhongo argued the only inference the court can draw from the evidence produced so far in the trial is that it was the accused who committed the offences he is accused of. He said that not only did Hoëbeb admit to a senior police officer, Moses Khairabeb, that he raped and strangled the accused, but that he stole her phone as well. He said the doctor testified that he found an 120mm and 112mm deep injury on the genitalia of the deceased, which together with the admission to Khairabeb and the position the body was found, on her back and undressed, could lead to only one conclusion, which is rape. With regard to the robbery charge, he said Hoëbeb admitted being in possession of the cellphone and the fact that the deceased used her phone at around 02h00 that morning indicated that she was in possession of the phone and it was forcibly taken from her. On the defeating charge, he said the only inference that can be drawn from the fact that the accused made a call from the deceased’s phone at 04h42 and the body was found at 05h15 still smouldering was that it was the accused who set it on fire. He said it was unthinkable that a passer-by would set fire to a body they found in such a manner. Judge Liebenberg agreed with most of Muhongo’s arguments and ordered that Hoëbeb be put on his defence. He will testify in his own defence today and remains in custody.

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