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2 NEWS Tuesday, December 19 2017 | NEW ERA MULUNGA From page 1 Namcor Board Chairperson, Patrick Kauta, at a press conference yesterday announced the board decision to put Mulunga and Namcor IT Executive, Bonifatuis Konjore, on special leave pending an internal investigation by the company. He said the two executives were placed on special leave until 20 January to pave the way for a forensic investigation into a suspect N.2 million contract tender. Kauta said the company has since conduct a forensic investigation to verify the allegations levelled against Mulunga. KOEVOET From page 1 recognised as war veterans – an honour that would see them receive a war veteran grant. A letter dated 17 October 2017, signed by Minister of Presidential President Geingob had assigned his the three Namvet representatives This was after the former soldiers wanted to march to State House for a courtesy visit and to deliver a petition to Geingob. JUDGE From page 1 before he was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Botswana and served in that capacity until his appointed as the Chief Justice of Judge Hannah joined the High Court of Namibia in an acting capacity in and subsequently became a permanent judge until retirement after a long and illustrious career. According to Chief Justice Shivute, Justice Hannah served Kauta refused to label the move a suspension, saying if a person took leave then that is voluntary. Kauta yesterday cautioned the media saying both Mulunga and Konjore are innocent until proven guilty. Mulunga yesterday said he was advised to go on leave and he is happy that an independent investigation is being undertaken. He referred all questions to the board chairperson. Konjore yesterday refused to comment saying company policy does not allow him to speak to the media. Muruko, the company’s Executive: Corporate Governance as the acting Recent media reports suggest that “I was sleeping at home when I was informed. They sneaked out of the base, all of them. They are saying they lost trust in us (Namvet leaders) and government, saying one of us is not telling the truth about the meeting,” stated Namibian founder and chairperson, Jabulani Ndeunyema. Ndeunyema said they updated and briefed their members every Friday where they told them government had not responded regarding the meeting, which they were supposed to have. He said while the president and his deputy was busy campaigning the judiciary of Namibia with dedication and distinction. “He and his post-independence pioneering colleagues have laid a strong foundation upon which our judicial values are now anchored”, the Chief Justice stated. He further said Judge Hannah’s dedicated and unwavering commitment to service delivery is evident in the qualities of the many judgments he authored as well as in his prompt delivery of decisions after hearing cases. “As a principled fostered a culture of identifying Mines and Energy Minister, Obeth Kandjoze, has been pushing for Mulunga’s suspension, following potentially nepotism in awarding tenders at the company. The Namibian quoted Mulunga in yesterday’s edition, as saying there was a conspiracy to get rid of him, assisted by some insiders at Namcor, where Kandjoze himself was once a managing director. It is, however, not clear why Konjore was placed on special leave. Kauta said the board also resolved to revoke the suspension of commercial manager, Kosmos The Villager last week reported that Mulunga suspended Service Station. for the elective congress for on hold. However, they expected the meeting to take place after congress but this has apparently not happened. Ndeunyema said the former soldiers have a message for the President. They want to hear from him where the problem is. “How can they be in the Namibian house and have nothing to eat,” he stated. Ndeunyema expects the government to get back at them before 10 January next year, the date they started camping at Commando in 2016. and narrowing down issues for determination by the court than spending valuable court’s time on peripheral issues,” Justice Shivute emphasised. He concluded by saying: “On behalf of the Namibian Judiciary and indeed on my behalf, I extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the entire family and friends of Mr Justice Hannah during Let us all remain strong and celebrate a life well-lived; a life filled with purpose to promote social justice.” RAMAPHOSA From page 1 and is an endorsement of your character, determination and leadership ability,” Geingob said to Ramaphosa, in a statement issued late last night. “As you prepare to assume your tenure as president of the ANC, I would like to avail myself, should you need to liaise with me at any time, on matters of political and mutual concern,” said Geingob. The Namibian head of state urged his new counterpart to reserve efforts to unify the party, which boasted two slates – Ramaphosa becomes the 14th president of the ANC. He became deputy president after his election to the position in the ANC in 2012. At the time he was wooed by President Jacob Zuma’s camp to give the slate “credibility” when then ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe contested Zuma for the top post. Before that he was the chair of the national planning the country’s blue print for growth towards 2030. most powerful trade unions in the country – the National Union of Mineworkers. He is credited as a skilful negotiator, playing a leading role as an ANC negotiator at Codesa, which charted the way from apartheid to democracy. a Member of Parliament, was elected chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly and played a key role in drafting the country’s constitution, revered the world over. Ramaphosa led the negotiations for a minimum wage – the the presidential candidates, he is the only one to have held the two most senior positions in the ANC’s top 6 – as secretary general and now deputy president. Investors, markets and rating agencies would react positively to his election. This is based on their view that he understands the economy. He has support from the Left wing of the ANC: SACP and Cosatu. Ramaphosa was non-executive director of Lonmin and wrote letters to ministers asking for “concomitant action” in the illegal strike by demanding salary increases. He has since apologised, but miners have disregarded his apology. After losing to Thabo Mbeki to take over from President Nelson Mandela, Ramaphosa joined the business world to build a net worth of R7.4 billion mostly through the Shanduka group. His detractors have used his roles as chair and nonexecutive director in various private entities to describe him as a “lover” of white monopoly capital seen to be against the ANC’s call for radical economic transformation. Others have said leaving “active” politics was seen as him “sulking” after losing to Mbeki. In 2012 he had to apologise for spending close to R20 million on buffalos “amid a sea of poverty”. Ramaphosa is part of Zuma’s Cabinet and cannot completely avoid being seen as complicit in some of the decisions that he has been “silent” about over the years, only speaking out against take over from him. Additional Reporting by News24 Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Dr Hage Geingob

Tuesday, December 19 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Daughton candidly shares views on HIV lvine Kapitako indhoek utgoing Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to Namibia, Thomas aughton, says there are still no nswers as to how to get some men o get tested for HIV and treatment f positive. One of the challenges for amibia is that men between 15 nd 29 years old are reluctant to et tested for HIV, noted Daughton. There are a variety of reasons that an explain why men are reluctant to et tested – and part of it is cultural, xplained the outgoing diplomat. Asked on how more men can be eached for them to test for HIV nd subsequently go on treatment f positive, he responded there is no nswer on how to do it. “We’ve been having these conversations with PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) people in Washington for more than two years now, where I say to them: ‘Okay, we’ve tell us how to address it and the response is often, ‘Well, we haven’t it out yourselves let us know,’” said Daughton during an interview with New Era last Thursday. However, a lot of time is spent tions. One of the current solutions to get more men to test for HIV, is contact tracing. “If a young woman comes into a clinic and tests for the positive, they don’t just say here are the drugs you have to take them. They say how many partners do Call for stiffer jail terms Albertina Nakale Windhoek The chairperson of the National Council Margaret Mensah-Williams jail terms. She made the remarks yesterday when the National Council convened an urgent session to conclude three bills that include the Combating 14 of 2017); Urban and Regional Planning Bill (Bill 13 of 2017) and the Education Amendment Bill (Bill 15 of 2017). The august house will over the next four days review these bills as passed to it by the National Assembly for review. of persons in or through Namibia, which has been passed in the National Assembly, seeks to give effect to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children. Mensah-Williams said parliament has an important role to play in ending this shameful practice. that affects many women, children and men in Namibia. I believe that the proposed sentences in the current bill are too lenient. I also think there she suggested. She said that through the review and passing of the bill, lawmakers will give government the tools it needs to protect and prosecute criminals who Furthermore, she noted that when the bill comes into force, it would serve as a deterrent to perpetrators and make citizens more alert to the problem. She maintained that Namibia has an obligation to tackle the evil of human Convention against Transnational Organised Crime. “We need to end this despicable industry and protect especially the most vulnerable in society,” she said. She urged all MPs to create awareness of the dangers of human Furthermore, she added that the National Council would, early next year, embark upon creating public awareness on the issue through its programmes. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) there are over 40.3 million people worldwide forms of modern slavery. for a variety of reasons, among others, for sexual exploitation, criminal activities such as street crimes, begging, domestic servitude, exploitative labour in beauty salons, restaurants, agriculture and so on and state grants. “Our country is both a destination and an exporter of victims of fact, a local television station recently aired the heartbreaking story of a into Namibia for sexual exploitation,” she said. Mensah-Williams said last week she also learned about the story of a Namibian woman who was sold Kingdom a few years ago. “She is still in the UK right now when I was told that she had contracted HIV/AIDS as a result of sexual exploitation. These two stories are only the tip of the iceberg, because remain unreported.” According to her, victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation because they are controlled by threats of punishment and violence, and coercion and deception. you have and who are they? Most of these young women are willing to reveal their partners’ names and that is how they are contacted,” explained Daughton. He added: “That works pretty well. It produces high rate of return. In most cases the men come in to be tested and the percentage of positives is quite high. That’s good because we are trying to identify the positive people, but that’s also expensive and it’s labourintensive.” From the very beginning testing for HIV was focused (more) on pregnant women because the whole idea was preventing transmission of the virus from pregnant women to their children, he explained. “This was great because when you test and treat a pregnant woman you are not actually two,” he noted. “So, that naturally sets the whole national programme of HIV/AIDS in a feminine direction, if I could say that,” said Daughton. However, with time it became apparent that women in Namibia avail themselves for medical care more regularly than men do and particularly young women as opposed to young men. “Young men only go to see the doctor when they break their arm or something, and so we have seen that as this country gets closer and closer to reaching epidemic control, OKAHAO TOWN COUNCIL NOTICE Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 63 (2) (b) of the Local Authorities Act, (Act 23 of 1992) as amended, that the Council of Okahao Town intends to sell by way of private treaty the following immovable properties: # Name of applicant Erf No. Size in m 2 Zoning Township Purchase price 1 Muyatwa Eric Shishango 621 338 Residential Ext.3 N, 900.00 2 Petrus Kangulohi Amutenya 626 325 Residential Ext. 3 N, 250.00 3 853 541 Business Ext. 3 N,739.75 4 854 545 Business 5 6 the big gap that’s left is young men. And, I spent time in speeches and travelling around the country encouraging young men to get tested and if they are positive, to get on treatment.” However, there’s still a lot of work to be done in that area, he stressed. Despite the success stories Namibia is one of eight high-burden countries with a high burden of new HIV infections – the other countries are South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) – by 2020, 90 percent Ext. 3 N, 038.75 Camelot Investments (Pty) Ltd 933 3851 Business Ext. 4 N5, 165.00 Elago-Lyandje Contractors cc 1834 788 – Outgoing American Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. “Because of the way statistics are it is theoretically possible for Namibia to reach 90 90 90, but still have this kind of hidden pocket of young men who haven’t been tested, who may be positive, don’t know it – and so we spend a lot of our public relations effort in the last two years, particularly trying to encourage young men to get themselves into the health system. General Residential Ext. 3 N, 203.00 7 Hertha Iithete 1285 300 Business Ext. 2 N, 725.00 Any objections to the sale of the listed properties should be done in writing and forwarded to the Chief Friday, 02 January 2018. Written objections shall be addressed to: Enquiries: Ms. B. Mwashindange Okahao Town Council Tel: 065 252204/5 P.O. Box 699, Okahao Photo: Emmency Nuukala

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