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New Era Newspaper Thursday March 22,

Vol. 23 No. 137 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, March 22 2018 Namibia congratulates Putin on his victory Back in hot seat… Russian President Vladmir Putin has secured another sixyear mandate. Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek The Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has congratulated President Vladimir Putin on winning the Russian presidential election with over 75 percent of the world power to congratulate him on the resounding victory, which grants him a six-year mandate. China said it would take its relationship with Putin to “a higher level”. US President Donald Trump congratulated Putin on Tuesday on his re-election, and the leaders raised the prospect of a summit in the near future while sidestepping alleged Russian meddling in the American election. PutIn on page 2 Guard of honour… President Hage Geingob inspects the guard of honour shortly before he delivered his speech at Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb, where thousands of Namibians gathered to celebrate the country’s 28th iandependence anniversary yesterday. Inside today China conveys congratulatory message Chinese President Xi world leader to convey a cordial message to his Namibian counterpart President Hage Geingob to congratulate Namibia on its 28th independence anniversary yesterday. Page 3 Namdia should have happened 20 years ago Exclusivity leads to conflict – Geingob Obrein Simasiku Tsumeb Fully packed… A section of the crowd that gathered at the stadium in Tsumeb to celebrate Namibia’s 28th independence anniversary yesterday. Photos: Obrein Simasiku President Hage Geingob has reminded the nation that prosperity for the majority of citizens is the only insurance to sustainable development, peace and prosperity – and that a country having inequality and a large gulf between the rich and the poor cannot be successful. “As I always emphasise, inclusivity spells harmony – and exclusivity years, it is time to take stock, assess the road going forward and see how best we can accomplish the urgent tasks of unity and shared prosperity,” celebration of Namibia’s 28th independence anniversary, which took place at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region. The fully packed event was attended by former presidents Sam Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, cabinet ministers, service chiefs, governors, diplomats and thousands of ordinary Namibians from different parts of the country. Geingob said peace and unity are important preconditions for national collective success. “There were no textbooks to prepare us for accomplishing the task of development and shared prosperity after independence. But our conscience and actions animated our conviction that we needed to build a new Namibia. A Namibia in which the chains of the injustices of the past would be broken and the protection of each citizen – the reason why a government is elected – became a reality,” stressed the president to cheers from the public. Debt-hit black farmers petition Agribank geIngob on page 2 Aggrieved… A WINDHOEK Last year, Agribank embarked on an intensified Since Namib Desert section of the Diamonds (Namdia) AALS farmers was established by tion Loan Scheme (AALS) to recover N0 million arrears collection strategy that besieged the government in 2016 Agribank head farmers marched to the Agricultural Bank of Namibia black farmers that have owed mostly by emerging from various quarters... a petition that lists it was basically started to been struggling to repay their grievances, Windhoek on Tuesday to protest after their accounts were Agribank because of succes- their production loans with search for better prices for which include that Namibia’s high-quality they have been handed over to debt collectors sive droughts that affected gem diamonds market handed over to a by Agribank, which disburses production. value. debt collector loans to farmers. Page 9 AgrIbAnk on page 2

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