2 NEWS Tuesday, February 13 2018 | NEW ERA Vice President sworn in… Nangolo Mbumba seen here taking an oath before Chief Justice Peter Shivute. Mbumba was see him being responsible for the veterans, marginalised people and those living with disabilities. When asked how he felt about the appointment, Mbumba said, “I am grateful.” SHANGHALA From page 1 Attorney Generals, Amupanda posed certain questions to the panel, and in the process made the follow- “That the people of Namibia is Attorney General is not a practising attorney, and thus not subject to the rules of practice and ethical conduct pertaining to practising legal practitioners…”. The documents also say Amupanda allegedly said Shanghala, ing the Herero genocide matter against Germany and the defendant (Amupanda) uttered words to the affect that the lawyers who were 23 hours whilst it was biologically where the Attorney General is involved in corruption.” In addition, the court documents further say in November last year, Our Contact details and information Product of New Era firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Amupanda posted a tweet on his Twitter account, which contained a picture of Shanghala and Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah intimat- you stollen (sic) enough? Please anymore. If imaginations could November 20, posted again on Symbol of corruption in Namibia.” terances and comments published by Amupanda on social media implied that their client engages in fraudulent and corrupt activities; also implying that Shanghala the fees as invoiced by independent immoral conduct unworthy of an Attorney General. state that the statements and, “the content of the publications are false Cell: +264 81 156 4114 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 email@example.com Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: +264 81 144 0646 email@example.com Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 email@example.com and defamatory...” and as a result, Shanghala has had his reputation tarnished suffering damages in the amount of N0,000. In response yesterday, Amupanda Shanghala, then as Attorney Gen- at an academic discussion; Interna- in the Genocide lost millions, same the President and Finance Minister. “For a start I will demand to be supplied with all invoices and docu- corruption in court!” are representing Shangala, while Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 SWAPO From page 1 Amwele could not provide the location where Nelongo was arrested or the value of the cattle on grounds that investigations are still at a preliminary stage. However, police sources alleged that Nelongo stole 30 cattle valued at N0,000 of which only one cattle was recovered. MAN From page 1 The body was exhumed just before lunchtime, and eye-witnesses saw a dead woman dressed in jean shorts and a torn white t-shirt. The body seemingly had no scars or any other visible injuries, with only blood coming out of its mouth. friend, and a case of this murder is currently under investigation. The boyfriend was seen there and that led us following it up and traced him and brought him in and after thorough interrogations abusive relationship some time ago but this allegedly did not go down well with the boyfriend, as he never accepted it and had It was further reported the deceased was in Rundu on Friday and waiting for her. Reports are that she called her mother notifying phone went unanswered. “People should report violent relationships. When parents come report it, because upon my enquiry I found out that these people were not in a very good relationship - at least we could have stopped it by trying to separate them. I was informed that the relationship went sour and he was allegedly always forcing his way even though
Tuesday, February 13 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Namibia continues losing global competitiveness Albertina Nakale Windhoek President Hage Geingob has expressed concern that Namibia’s global competitiveness ranking continues to decline. He said this is partially attribut- bottlenecks and the slow pace of developing enabling legislation for the reform of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Recently, the government had the governance system for public enterprises, as they are now christened. After much research, the new Ministry of Public Enterprises, headed by Leon Jooste, settled on a ‘Hybrid Governance System’ and a whole spate of governance measures to improve performance. However, the bill that would usher in the new regulatory framework, which was promised for February last year, did not materialize. opening of the 2018 Cabinet said the enabling legislation for the reform of SOEs must be passed without further delay. President Hage Geingob “Our investment climate has been perceived to be not conducive, due to the lack of implementation of agreed-upon reform measures. This has become an impediment to investment and economic growth,” he said. He noted the line minister must be given the necessary support and power to execute his mandate, through the enactment of the enabling legislation. Equally, he directed that the findings and recommendations contained in the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, conducted by measure service delivery standards in the public sector, be followed up. “I expect that improvement plans will be developed and implemented this year, without delay,” he remarked. He therefore requested the prime minister to expedite the implementation of agreed-upon reform measures and to conduct a bureaucratic bottleneck audit, to decongest systems and institutions. As previously resolved, he reiter- lifestyle audits will be broadened. “Those found wanting shall be handed over to relevant law enforcement agencies,” he warned. In 2016, Geingob had vowed that subjected to audits to assess whether their salaries match their lifestyles. Such lifestyle audits have been carried out in countries like Ke- Civil society organisations such as the Institute for Public Policy Research have over the years been asking for lifestyle audits for all ministers and senior public servants. The Public Service Commission has also called for the introduction of lifestyle audits as one of the ways to What to expect from parliament in 2018 Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Parliament will resume its business today and will carry on where it left off in 2017 in terms of crafting and adopting laws, but there will also be a few new bills on the horizon, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter H. Katjavivi, announced. Katjavivi said the opening will take place at the Parliament Building today under the theme ‘Enhancing Partnerships to Strengthen Good Governance in Namibia.’ As per the provisions of Rule 15 of the Standing Rules and Orders and Constitutional Responsibilities, President Hage Geingob will attend the event that will bring together the three main organs of the state (executive, legislature and judiciary) under one roof, and is to be accompanied by a guard of honour (military parade) and a 21-gun salute. Some of the bills that will potentially be tabled during the parliamentary sessions of 2018 include the Education Bill, Seeds and Seed Varieties Bill, Plant Breeders’ and Farmers Right Bill, Control of Importation and Exportation of Dairy Products and Dairy Products Substitutes Amendment Bill and Meat Company Bill. The Financial Institutions and Markets Bill, Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority Bill, Financial Service Adjudication Bill, Dismantling Bill/ NPTH Bill, Magistrates’ Courts Amendment Bill, Magistrates Amendment Bill, International Cooperation In Criminal Matter Bill, and Prevention and Combating of Torture Bill are also among the bills projected to be tabled this year. Katjavivi said the last session of the National Assembly dealt with important bills, including the Appropriation Bill of 2017, which was passed, amongst others. Later, the Appropriation Amendment Bill of 2017 was also passed. The Appropriation Bill in any given parliamentary jurisdiction Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi Photo: Nampa is an important bill as it seeks approval for the usage of funds meant for government operations and activities. Other bills tabled and passed during 2017 included the following: the Namibia Revenue Agency Bill, the Namibian Time Bill 2017, Usury Amendment Bill, Micro Lending Bill, Whistle-Blowers Protection Bill, Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Amendment Bill, One-Stop Border Posts Control Bill, Local Authorities Amendment Bill, Lottery Bill and the Education Amendment Bill. Furthermore, the following bills, among others, were sent to the National Council for review and they were referred back to the National Assembly for further deliberations: the Regional Councils ing in Persons Bill. Furthermore, several parliamentary standing committees undertook visits to the regions to acquaint themselves with the progress of various government projects and to conduct public hearings on items referred to them by the House during recess. Among the public hearings concluded were those on the Namibian Time Bill, on Motion on GRN Payment System as well as the Consultations with Traditional Authorities, Stakeholders and Members of Public to determine and declare a suitable day for ‘Genocide Remembrance Day’. Katjavivi said some of the reports on these undertakings have already been tabled for the House’s consideration, while other reports are still pending and would likely be tabled during 2018. Tebele jailed for 23 years for murder Roland Routh Windhoek The Business and Intellectual Property Authority is an independent institution established by business and intellectual property in Namibia. BIPA is an equal opportunity employer and invites Department A resident of Gobabis convicted of the murder of his live-in girlfriend did not show genuine remorse, Windhoek High Court Judge Dinah Usiku said yesterday when she sentenced him to an effective 23 years behind bars. Erwin Tebele was convicted by Judge Usiku of murder with direct intent – read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act – for killing Nina Katjatenja with a single knife wound to the chest at their common home in Epako location of Gobabis on the evening of September 3, 2013. He pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial and claimed that he stabbed Katjatenja in self-defence after he dispossessed her of a knife she had used to stab him twice on his arm. According to the judge, while Tebele professed his remorse about the death of the deceased and said he felt bad about it, he persisted that what happened was an accident and as such he denies his guilt. showing genuine remorse is to acknowledge the wrongfulness of one’s conduct and then demonstrate remorsefulness. “From the evidence adduced before court by the accused, it is clear that although the accused did confess remorse at this stage only, he did not show remorse immediately after the incident, even though there is evidence that he held the deceased in his arms until the police arrived at the scene” the judge said. Tebele also had the opportunity to apologise to the deceased’s father during the trial, but he failed to do so in order to take the court truly remorseful for what he had done, she stated. “In my view, having closely observed the accused during the trial, I did not see a hint of remorse on his part,” Judge Usiku stressed. She said that murder is indeed a very serious crime that calls for severe punishment. “The sanctity of life is a fundamental human right enshrined in the law by the Constitution and must be respected and protected by all. Our society is currently plagued by violent crimes. The spilling of blood and the taking of lives have become commonplace. Women and children are particularly vulnerable and the courts are called upon to protect these vulnerable VACANCIES Positions HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT HR PRACTITIONER: HR PRACTITIONER: Get full information from our website: www.bipa.gov.na//vacancies Enquiries: Human Capital Practitioner @ 061-2994400 Closing date for applications: 28 February 2018 groups who are mostly young women and children,” the judge added. What makes this offence even more serious, the judge went on, is that the deceased’s children had to witness their mother being stabbed to death in their home, which has left them with a scar their memories. “They were helpless young children,” Judge Usiku said, adding that it is against this background that she is entitled to attach more weight to the seriousness of the crime and the interest of society. However, the judge said, she also had to consider that Tebele a considerable period of time in his case. But, the judge said, Tebele is undoubtedly a person who has no respect for human life. “He went on to kill the deceased whilst the latter’s children watched in disbelief. It is society’s expectation that such persons be removed from society for a long time as they pose a serious danger to it,” she concluded. State Advocate Felisitas Shikerete-Vendura prosecuted and Mbanga Siyomunji represented Tebele on instructions of legal aid.