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New Era Newspaper Tuesday December 5, 2017

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4 NEWS Tuesday, December 5 2017 | NEW ERA Nampol teams up with Italian Carabinieri Roland Routh Windhoek Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Hilaria Mukapuli of Swapo Party was on Monday sworn in after she was re-elected as the mayor of Lüderitz, where she will also serve as chairperson of the Lüderitz Town Council, while Brigitte Frederick - also of Swapo Party - was re-elected to serve as deputy mayor. Frederick will also serve as the deputy chairperson of council. Magistrate Philanda Christiaan announced the re-appointment of Mukapuli and Frederick during the swearing in of council members at the council chambers here on Mon- mayor in 2015, succeeding Suzan Ndjaleka. Councillor Calvin Mwiya of Swapo Party was re-elected as chairperson of the management Committee, while Shipola Shihepo of Swapo and Johannes Abraham, also of Swapo, retained their position as members of the management committee. Willem Gumede of Swapo and Elizabeth Wilskut of the opposition PDM were elected as ordinary members of council. Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga exchanges the Memorandum of Understanding with his Italian counterpart, General Commander of the Carabinieri Lieutenant-General Tullio Del Sette Photo: Roland Routh The Namibian Police Force and the Italian Carabinieri - as that country’s police force is known, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Windhoek on Friday, signalling cooperation in various aspects of policing. Namibian police chief Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga and Carabinieri chief Lieutenant General Tullio Del Sette signed the agreements on behalf of both their forces. The Carabinieri, which has been in operation for more than 200 years, is today considered one of the best forces in the world with the capacity to maintain law and including public order management, counter-terrorism, peace support operations, VIP protection, border control and forensic investigation, among others. According to Ndeitunga, Nampol put out feelers to countries with well-established police forces and the Italians responded positively by offering to train Namib- disciplines. The training will take place in Namibia with Carabinieri instructors be- government and Namibia providing accommodation, transport and per diem expenses. The Namibian police chief further said Nampol, as one of the youngest police forces from what the Carabinieri can offer in terms of training. “The MoU provides for, inter alia, the exchange of experts for initiatives organised by each of the two parties, including courses, seminars, workshops, meetings, exchange of experiences training, under relevant international standard procedures, Mukapuli said the year 2017 was a mixed year with successes and challenges due to a lack of proper planning, limited resources, and other socio-economic factors, but she wished 2018 to be the year of implementation and hard work. “We have to acknowledge that we as well as assistance in the building security capacity, the establishment of specialised permanent desks at respective training institutions, upon request of either party; as well as joint participation in projects funded by national and international counterparts or donors,” Ndeitunga explained. He further said 20 Nampol staff members have already been trained by the Carabin- vestigation. The Carabinieri is a police force with military status composed of a central organisation, which is also logistical and technical support, a training organisation made of several schools, centres of excellence and specialisation institutes. Speaking on behalf of his organisation, the Carabinieri chief said the MoU would allow them to cooperate with sensitive illegal phenomena and promotes higher operative and training standards. He said the Carabinieri are intertwined with service delivery challenges and the quality of our leadership in resolving the socioeconomic issues. Land delivery, unemployment, housing, sanitation and other related issues will not be measured by good speeches or titles, but only through collective deeds is a two-century old institution that has been bloodied by two world wars, and a lacerating war of liberation to become what it is today: an institutions that can count on of garrisons on the territory and an institutions, which shares with other police forces the responsibility for the protection of the law and the security of citizens and with other armed forces the responsibility of the defence of the State and assistance in the event of emergencies. He said more than ever, police forces are working together to develop the best technologies, and the most advanced techniques to address new threats and protocols or quick and concrete responses to current and future threats. Del Sette added that it was precisely in this regard that the Carabinieri can offer support. “Developing the most up-to-date procedures for proximity police activities, best investigative techniques and best equipment, using state-of-the-art systems, training on computer tools and systems for the acquisition of and analysis of the information necessary for effectiveness of preventative activities” he added. He went on to say that with that comes the exchange of experts and knowledge and participation in training activities. Mukapuli re-elected as Lüderitz mayor Seated from left, is the chairperson of management committee, Calvin Mwiya, Lüderitz mayor and member of the central committee Hilaria Mukapuli, member of the management committee Shipola Shihepo. Standing from left, ordinary member of the council Willem Gumede, member of the management committee Johannes Abraham, Deputy Mayor Brigitte Frederick, and ordinary member of council Elizabeth Wilskut. aimed at enhancing or delivering the required services,” Mukapuli elaborated. At the same occasion, Deputy Mayor Brigitte Frederick congratulated Mukapuli on her election to the Swapo Party central committee, following the recent party congress. Prisoners live better than rural learners, says former inmate WINDHOEK Prisoners live more comfortably than most learners in rural areas, a former inmate has said. Pakee Kanganga from the Otjohorongo village in the Omatjete area of the Erongo Region said inmates eat three meals per day and are privileged to bath with hot water, while some children go to bed on empty stomachs. “They (inmates) are even provided with shoes, while our own children have to battle the heat of summer and the cold in winter barefoot,” said Kanganga on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation Otjiherero Radio Service recently. He pledged his support for the best performing learners in the Dâures Constituency of the Erongo Region. “I will do everything in my power to make both life and the academic performances easier for some of the learners,” Kanganga promised, without saying what form his assistance will take. He appealed to other people, including communal farmers in Erongo and the entire Namibia, to assist needy learners. Epupa Constituency Councillor Nguzu Muharukua told Nampa in an earlier interview that the lack of food at schools was a contributing factor to learners dropping out of school, especially in his constituency in Kunene Region. “There are times when teachers have no other option but to send the learners home because there is no food at the schools,” Muharukua said. A few teachers from mobile schools in the Kunene Region, especially in the Opuwo Rural and Epupa con- the dire situation to Nampa on Thursday, saying at times they use their own money to buy food for the learners. – Nampa

Tuesday, December 5 2017 | NEW ERA 5 Namibia to host PIDA Week Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia will host the Third Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) from December 10 to 14 in Swakopmund, under the theme “Regional Infrastructure Development for Job Creation and Economic Transformation.” The third PIDA week is organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Nepad Agency and the African Development Bank (AfDB). PIDA, developed by the African Union Commission, Nepad Agency, AfDB, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and regional economic communities, is a continental initiative aimed at addressing the infrastructure competitiveness in the world market. It promotes regional economic integration by strengthening the ability of countries to trade and establish regional value chains for increased competitiveness. The 51 PIDA Priority Action Plan programmes and projects are spread across the four sectors of energy, transport, information and communication technology and transboundary water. The programmes and projects are expected to lead to an integrated continent, fuelling international trade, job creation and sustainable economic growth, according to a media release issued on Monday. In order to boost intra-African trade and raise economy, the programme sets out short-term goals to be achieved by 2020, medium-term goals to be achieved by 2030 and long-term goals by 2040. PIDA is a solution by and for Africans, which was endorsed by African heads of state and government at their 18th Summit in January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. PIDA programmes and projects are expected to lead to an integrated continent, job creation and sustainable economic growth fuelling continental trade. Building on the achievements of the inaugural event in 2015 and the second event in 2016, the 2017 PIDA Week will centre on the critical role that PIDA plays in streamlining enhance PIDA as a brand and framework for regional infrastructure development. Projects which will be featured at the event include: the Central Corridor, Dar es Salaam to Chalinze toll road; Kinshasa-Brazzaville road and railway bridge; Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya power interconnection; Batoka hydropower plant; the INGA III hydropower project, which is projects and PIDA water sector projects. PIDA Week will thus provide space for discussions on PIDA project implementation, creating synergies between the different implementing institutions, partners and stakeholders. Among the stakeholders expected at PIDA Week are continental and global infrastructure institutions, export credit agencies, project sponsors (public and private) and representatives of governments. AIDS Day… From left, Leornard Shikulo, Councillor of Okahao, Liskia Kamati advisor to the Ongandjera Traditional Authority, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna, Andreas Shitama, Councillor of Ruacana and William Iyambo of Ogongo during the commemoration of World AIDS Day. Stigma jeopardises health rights - Kavetuna Loide Jason Oshuukwa Hundreds of residents of Okahao and surrounding villages in Omusati Region joined the global commemorations to mark World AIDS Day, at Oshuukwa Primary School in Okahao Constituency. The day was marked with several educative dramas depicting various scenarios faced by society on all aspects of the disease as well creating awareness on the various preventative measures and promoting the use of antiretroviral drugs. In Omusati more than 35,000 people were tested for HIV between April 2016 and March 2017, of whom 5.3 percent tested positive. Statistics show that over 90 percent of those who tested positive are on treatment, which the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, says is commendable. She encouraged society not to stigmatise people living with the disease. “No doubt, HIV/AIDS is not just a public health problem. The epidemic has far-reaching consequences for all social sectors and development itself. Therefore, the government and communities should take the necessary steps to end stigma and discrimination as a cornerstone for ensuring the right to health for everyone. These rights are jeopardised when people face stigma and discrimination,” she commitment to ensure that those infected are given life-saving treatment and the much-needed counselling to forge towards acceptance and live positive lives. But she said that besides the excellent progress made, there are still people who “As a result, some clients throw away treatment instructions. Consequently, their viral load is still high, despite that they have collected ARVs on a regular basis.” Julia Rudwig was diagnosed with the 2006. Rudwig says she has survived the worst stigmatization in the past, but is thankful that society is slowly learning to accept those infected. “When I was diagnosed, I had to move in with my relatives because I could not do anything for myself and I encountered the for those living with the virus. I encourage those who are on treatment not to default because of the stigma they might endure.” The commemoration was held under the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as made memorable in 1966 with the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights. Namibia condemns Libyan slave trade Staff Reporter Windhoek The Government of the Republic of Namibia has learned with utter shock and dismay, from media reports, about the abhorrent and despicable phenomena of slave auctions being masterminded by certain moral-less groups and individuals in Libya. “We resolutely condemn these degrading and inhumane practices. In the ‘Africa any form of slavery, including modern slavery,” stated the Permanent Secretary for International Relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi. The Government of the Republic of strong condemnation of these inhumane practices, and the undertaking that “Libya will take the necessary measures against those involved and provide the necessary cooperation to the African Commission that the high authorities of Libya will do everything possible to arrest this new dreaded phenomena, and bring all those directly and indirectly involved to justice,” said Ashipala-Musavyi. In this connection, the Government of the Republic of Namibia recalls the contained in the Political Declaration of the “High-Level Meeting on the Large Movement of Refugees and Migrants,” which took place on September 19, 2016 in New York. “The declaration serves as a rallying call by member states to, amongst others, increase efforts in assisting migrants and refugees, address the root causes of irregular migration and enhance responsibility-sharing between countries of origin and receiving countries,” said the P.S. The Namibian government supports the efforts of the chairperson of the AU Commission who has dispatched the AU commissioner for social affairs to engage in discussions with the Libyan government is happening in Libya – and to propose the most practical measures aimed at improving the plight of African migrants in that country. Explosive footage released by CNN shows men being sold at an auction in Libya. The footage shows an auctioneer standing in front of a group of young men, shouting: “Big strong boys for farm work. 400? 700? 800?” CNN travelled to Libya to verify the authenticity of the footage. There, they Libyan capital Tripoli. Referred to as “merchandise”, the men sold into slavery were migrants and refugees. Twelve Nigerian men were sold at the auction. “Does anybody need a digger? This is salesman said. “Within minutes it is all over and the men, utterly resigned to their fate, are CNN reported. The Weekend DISCOUNTER All your specials for the weekend, in one section! #TalkToUs Contact Ms. Bernadette Nyambe: Tel: +264 61 208 0318 | Email:

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