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New Era Newspaper Thursday March 15, 2018

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New Era Newspaper Thursday March 15,

Vol. 23 No. 133 Windhoek Namibia Thursday, March 15 2018 Health inspectors to recall Rainbow products Suspect… Various meat products such as polonies, Russians, frankfurters, Viennas, all types of hams, all types of salamis, and smeerwors (liver spread) are at risk of containing Listeria monocytogenes, which causes the disease listeriosis. Inside today State funeral declared for Schimming- Chase President Hage Geingob has declared an official state funeral for the late Ambassador Nora S c h i m m i n g - C h a s e . “President Geingob has conferred the honour of an late Schimming-Chase,” the presidential spokesperson Dr Alfredo Hengari said in a statement. Page 3 Selma Ikela Windhoek The president of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani has called on President Hage Geingob to reform the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) as the agency has two de facto director generals – since its former chief Lucas Hangula refuses to leave. Speaking at the PDM monthly press of Hangula’s refusal to go, NCIS permanent secretary Benedict Likando is also refusing to go on retirement. Geingob appointed the current NCIS Alvine Kapitako Windhoek A team of health inspectors has been dispatched to the country’s 14 regions to ensure food outlets comply with the government’s directive that imported ready-toeat meat products from Rainbow be removed from shop shelves. The foods to be removed include polonies, Russians, frankfurters, Vienna sausages, all types of hams, all types of salamis, and smeerwors (liver spread) as they have been found to be Former NCIS chief refuses to go – Venaani director general Philemon Malima in June 2015 replacing Lieutenant- General (retired) Lucas Hangula. But Venaani said right now at the agency there is a predecessor by the name of Hangula who is paid the same salary as the director general – he gets the same perks and amenities. FORMER on page 2 contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which causes the disease listeriosis. The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the health ministry recently ordered a recall of ‘ready to eat’ cold meats from all shops and banned the import of these products from Rainbow South Africa. So far the disease has killed nearly 200 people in South Africa. In Namibia one case has been RAINBOW on page 2 Lucas Petrus Hangula Namcor to manage N.6 billion fuel storage facility The newly appointed Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, has called the National Oil Storage project, strategically located close to the port of Walvis Bay, one of the most important national public projects that can be a positive catalyst for future economic growth. Page 9 Big guns enter Debmarine Namibia Cup The Debmarine Namibia Cup continues to hog the limelight as it enters the round of 32 with the draw slated for today as Premier league clubs enter the fray while the winner from Omaheke between Nampol and Swallows will settle matters at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis. Page 24 Simataa commits to preserve Tweya’s ICT blueprints Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek Information Minister Stanley Simataa this week said he is committed to protect and develop further various information and communication technology initiatives midwifed by his predecessor Tjekero Tweya, who was recently shifted to the trade and industrialisation ministry. At the centre of such safeguard would be the N.2 billion ICT City, a highly ambitious 40-storey integrated hub where people and technology would connect. Simataa, formerly a deputy to Tweya in the same ministry, has an advantage of having been part and parcel of the conception of the ICT City idea. SIMAtAA on page 2 Photo: Kundana A real struggle... Mobile network remains a rare commodity in many rural areas of Namibia. In this photo, taken in June 2017, a 10-metre ladder is used by cattle herders in the Uuvudhiya area of Oshana Region to access network. Poverty, inequality gap narrows Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Although there has been a slight decrease in poverty and income inequality levels, poverty remains communities, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has revealed. According to the just launched Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey of 2015/16 the of income inequality, has reduced by two percent from 58 percent during the 2009/10 survey to 56 percent in the last 2015/16 census. There is also a slight decrease of 1.1 percent of people who cannot afford minimum food of N3.10 a month, from 7.2 percent to 6.1 percent. The severely poor category of people who cannot afford food and a basic expenditure of N9.90 has POVERtY on page 2

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