18 AFRICA/WORLD Tuesday, December 5 2017 | NEW ERA imbabwe truck ccident kills 21: tate media HARARE At least 21 people were killed at the weekend when a truck overturned in western Zimbabwe, state media reported on Sunday. The truck was carrying 69 passengers when it “failed to negotiate a curve and overturned” at a business centre in the district of Tsholotsho on Saturday evening, according to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). Among the 21 known deaths, 15 people died at the scene and six in hospital, reported ZBC. A further 21 people were wounded in the accident. Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect. In June, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north of the country, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia. – Nampa/AFP DR Congo govt recruited rebels for deadly crackdown on protests: HRW BRUSSELS Former militants were recruited by the Democratic Republic of Congo government for a bloody crackdown on protests against the president that left dozens of people dead last year, a rights group alleged Monday. Human Rights Watch said President Joseph Kabila’s regime had viously active in the M23 rebel group from Uganda and Rwanda to suppress the December 2016 demonstrations, which erupted when he refused to step down at the end of his term in power. The right group’s allegations came as the country faces a new Kabila pushed back a much-delayed new vote until December 2018, with the opposition demanding that the veteran leader resign sooner. “Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilized over 200 former M23 rebel ing countries to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila in December 2016,” HRW said in a report. It said Congolese security forces acting at least 62 people and arrested hundreds more as the protests swept through the vast African country between 19 and 22 December 2016. M23, a mostly ethnic Tutsi rebel group, was defeated in November 2013 at the hands of Congolese and UN forces. and residents in the eastern region of Kivu have said they had seen militants return. Congo’s resourcerich eastern provinces have suffered years of brutal conflict, with neighbouring states backing rebel groups in a civil war against Kinshasa’s authority, and roaming armed militia of terrorised civilians. HRW said its research was based on more than 120 interviews and that during the protests, the streets of Congo’s main cities, firing on or arresting protesters or anyone else deemed to be a threat to the president”. “Covert operations to abusive armed group to suppress any resistance show how far President Kabila and his coterie are willing to go to stay in power,” said Ida Sawyer, the organisation’s Central Africa director. should end all unlawful use of force against protesters and allow peaceful political activities by activists and the political opposition.” – Nampa/ AFP Militia chief arrest ‘dangerous moment’ for Sudan’s Darfur KHARTOUM Warpath… Photo: Nampa/AFP By arresting Darfur’s powerful militia chief Musa Hilal, Khartoum has tightened its control over Sudan’s strife-torn region but analysts say it might open a new chapter of violence. Hilal, a former aide to President Omar al-Bashir, was arrested last week by Sudan’s counterinsurgency forces near his hometown of Mustariaha in clashes that left several dead. “This is a dangerous moment actually,” Magnus Taylor, Sudan analyst with the think-tank International Crisis Group, told AFP. “By taking out Musa Hilal, they have pitched two different Darfuri Arab clans against each other.” Hilal, the top leader of the Mahamid clan of Darfur’s biggest Arab tribe, the Rezeigat, was captured by a unit of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by other members of the broader Rezeigat tribe. “This is the start of intra- ning,” said Ahmed Adam, a research associate at London University. “No doubt, Hilal’s arrest will impact the security and stability of Darfur.” During the initial years of ed in 2003, Arab militias fought alongside government forces against the region’s black African rebels. Hilal then led the governmentallied Arab Janjaweed militia, notorious gunmen on horseback who swept through Darfur ing rebels who had taken up arms against Khartoum’s Arab-dominated government, accusing it of economic and political marginalisation. The United Nations says hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and another 2.5 The RSF has also been used to crush rebels in a brutal counterinsurgency launched by Bashir. A joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force was deployed in 2007 to bring stability to Darfur – a vast region in western Sudan the size of France. “The previous dynamic in Darfur was militia versus Darfur rebel groups violence,” Taylor said. “Now the most dangerous element is inter-Arab militia violence.” Hilal is subject to a United Nations travel ban and on a list of individuals sanctioned for “human rights atrocities” during the early years of the conflict. Bashir himself is accused by The Hague-based International Criminal Court of genocide and war crimes related Khartoum’s use of scorchedearth tactics against ethnic minority rebels had also been a key factor for Washington to maintain a trade embargo against Sudan imposed in 1997. Washington lifted the embargo on October 12, noting an overall fall in violence in Darfur since last year. Khartoum now insists has even launched a campaign to disarm militias operating there. Analysts say the disarmament campaign is primarily aimed at weakening Hilal - who according to a UN report controls several gold mines in Darfur - after a rift with Khartoum. “It is mainly about containing or liquidating Musa Hilal, as well as targeting other black communities and the internally displaced persons,” said Adam, adding that Khartoum had armed “Musa Hilal was created by Bashir to carry out his counterinsurgency in Darfur... but recently he had become politically ambitious. “Thus, there is no love story between the two men.” Up to 10,000 pro-government bilised to nab Hilal, who himself commands about 3,000 militiamen, sources said. With his arrest, Khartoum is sending a signal to the international community that it is “in control” of Darfur, said Taylor. “Hilal was the big one they wanted to take out. He was seen as becoming this over-mighty overall violence has fallen in Darfur, a permanent peace deal between Khartoum and rebels has proved elusive. – Nampa/AFP US, South Korea begin largest-ever joint air drill SEOUL The US and South Korea on Monday kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise, an operation North Korea has labelled an “all-out provocation”, powerful intercontinental ballistic missile. - involving 230 aircraft, including tens of thousands of troops - began Monday morning, Seoul’s air force said. Pyongyang over the weekend blasted the drill, accusing US President Donald’s Trump’s administration of “begging for nuclear war”. days after the nuclear-armed North brings the whole of the continental United States within range. As tensions surged, US Senator Lindsey and foreign policy hawk, warned that the US was moving closer to “preemptive war” with the North. “If there’s an underground nuclear test (by the North), then you need to get ready for a very serious response by the United States,” Graham told the CBS show “Face the Nation”. The isolated and impoverished North has staged six increasingly powerful atomic tests since 2006 -- most recently in September. In recent years, Pyongyang has accelerated its drive to bring together nuclear and missile technology capable of threatening the US, which it accuses of hostility. “The pre-emption is becoming more likely as their technology matures. Every missile test, every underground test of a nuclear weapon, means the marriage is more likely,” Graham said. His remarks echoed those of Trump’s National Security Adviser HR McMaster, who told a security forum on Saturday that the potential for war with the North “is increasing every day”. This year’s US and South Korean wargames feature a mobilised for the event, including six F-22s and 18 units of F-35 combat jets, the US air force said. It also involves simulated precision attacks on the North’s military installations, including its missile launch sites and artillery units, Yonhap news agency said, citing unnamed Seoul sources. The North has boasted that the Hwasong 15 ICBM tested on Wednesday is capable of delivering a “super-large” nuclear warhead anywhere in the US mainland. Analysts agree that the latest test showed a big improvement in potential range, but say it was likely achieved using a dummy warhead that would have been quite light. They say a missile carrying a much heavier nuclear warhead would struggle to travel as far. They are also sceptical that Pyongyang has mastered the sophisticated technology required to protect such a warhead from the extreme temperatures and stresses encountered as the missile hurtles back to Earth. The latest launch, which saw the missile drop into Japan’s economic waters, was condemned by Tokyo’s parliament Monday, which slammed the North’s rogue weapons programme as an “imminent threat”. But even some Trump advisers say US military options are limited when Pyongyang could launch an artillery barrage on the South Korean capital Seoul – only around 50 kilometres home to 10 million people. Estimates on the potential casualties from another war vary widely. The North has thousands of conventional artillery units along the border with the South that analysts say could kill tens of thousands. In one of the latest estimates, Scott Sagan, senior fellow at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, said the toll could be as high as one million Nampa/AFP
Tuesday, December 5 2017 | NEW ERA 19 TENDER INFORMATION As an added bonus for our readers we will publish the results of all tenders opened in public from Mondays to Thursdays on a regular basis. This information is noted and reported by a New Era Reporter Closing at of Bank of Namibia 10 November 2017 Cleaning Services Twenty-three offers were received for the provision of Cleaning Services at the Bank of Namibia Head Facility when tender nr. RFP/BON/09/2017 closed at the Bank of Namibia in Windhoek at 12H00 on Friday, 10 November 2017. Tender prices (including VAT) as announced for: 1. Prince of Peace Cleaning Services 380.00 3. Oanob Cleaning Services 500.00 (excluding VAT) 4. Mubuyu Investment 1 000.00 5. Nembudu Training 500.00 6. Prime Cleaning Supplies Namibia 470.00 7. Rimota Group 839.25 8. Exclusive Maids and Cleaning Services 2 000.00 9. Jonas Heita Investment 677 000.00 10. First Fruit Cleaning Services 939.00 11. Omaalala Investment 175.00 12. Banner Logistics 000.00 13. Meme Likondjela 500.00 14. Florida Trading 100.00 15. Saint Events & Cleaning Services 744.00 16. Omega Investment 166.67 17. Bidvest Prestige Cleaning Services 643.01 18. Lida Cleaning Outsourcing 363.75 19. S. Negumbo Trading Enterprises 400.00 20. Solas Trading 000.00 21. Basharon Trading Enterprises 0 613.50 22. L. Haukongo Trading 000.00 23. Amtshila Investment 827.00 Closing at Agribank 13 November 2017 Business Process and Customer Relation Management Fourteen bids were received for the Provision, Implementation and After Sales Support of Business Process Management (BPM) and Customer Relation Management (CRM) Software to the Agribank of Namibia when tender nr. G/OIB/AGRI-01/2017 close Windhoek at 11H00 on Monday, 13 November 2017. Technical requirements comprise: 1. BPM Software Features: ‣Process Design, Mapping, Process Repository, Business Process Hierarchy (Architecture), Business Rules Simulation. ‣Process Management, Process Analysis, Process KPI setting and tracking, Real Time Process Monitoring/ Business Activity Monitoring ‣Case Management ‣ Code/Low Code App Development ‣Document Management System ‣Document Generation (Training Material/ System Documentation) ‣System Integration 2. CMR Software Features: ‣Sales, Customer Service and Marketing Financial requirements comprise: ‣Bid Security (Bank Guarantee) ‣Performance Security (Bank Guarantee) Bid prices as announced for: 1. Lemonaide (SA) once-off cost for customization of system 800 500.00 (e-mailed bid submission) 2. Relational (SA) 885 076.00 Annual maintenance 4 710.00 144 710.00 (all prices including VAT); (e-mailed submission) 3. Dimension Data 487 500.00 (including VAT) 4. BPT Consulting Services 606 998.00 (excluding VAT) 5. Exedin Training Academy 660 000.00 (including VAT) 6. Green Enterprises Solutions 705 188.10 (including VAT) (including VAT) 8. Genius Technology 500 000.00 (including VAT) 9. Lex Technologies 602 515.20 (including VAT) 10. Silnam IT Solutions 227 407.40 (including VAT) 11. Flowcentric option 1 797 912.00 option 2 214 872.00 option 3 143 256.00 option 4 7 440.00 option 5 0 000.00 12. Veya ICT 465 416.03 (excluding VAT) 13. Archiveyourdocs, IP Tech, IEC (joint venture) Business Process Management (BPM) 399 472.00 Customer Relation Management (CRM) 877 712.00 (all prices excluding VAT); (e-mailed bid submission) 14. 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