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New Era Newspaper Tuesday February 20, 2018

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2 NEWS Tuesday, February 20 2018 | NEW ERA SURVIVOR From page 1 “She said a white man, dressed in shorts, dropped a bag in the bank and left. I am not saying the white man had a bomb in that thing [bag],” said Zaaruka yesterday at Oshakati. He made the revelation when the attack was commemorated yesterday, speaking publicly on what could happened prior to the Oshakati bomb blast on February - ancée told him this two days before she passed away on February 26, According to Zaaru- in a bank receipt before he dropped the bag on the floor. But before Onesmus could tell the white man that he was leaving his bag behind, having presumably forgotten it, she was struck by the shrapnel from the explosion. Strangely, said Zaaruka, there were no police or army personnel in sight at the bank, as they only showed up an hour later after he and other civilians had transported the injured to hospital. “I stayed away for 30 years because it was war, we could not talk about those things,” said Zaaruka, who himself was at the bank but survived the explosion. Zaaruka had met his day as she needed assistance before she would travel to Lüderitz. He said he had previously shared the story with close acquaintances. He has ugly vivid images of arms and legs Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 lying around and a body sliced in half requesting assistance, he told those in attendance yesterday. He recalls lying almost three metres from the door on his back, motionless, with money “Next to me I saw a body cut in half with only the top part saying I am in pain, I need help. The bottom part of the body was not there, and that is when I drew the courage to sit up,” said Zaaruka. Speaking at the event, punye Pohamba said the attack on the bank was politically motivated and joined Zaaruka in suspecting the white apartheid regime of planting a bomb as those who were in charge of security were nowhere to be found. “Perhaps what that man carried is what caused the death of our people,” said Pohamba. “It was an attack designed to sow the seeds of fear among Namibian people at the time when the attainment of our independence was approaching,” said Pohamba. Speaker after speaker hailed and asked the nation to uphold the spirit of reconciliation. Pohamba also appealed to the nation to reject tribalism, calling on those with issues hindering them to come to the table and talk, saying that tribalism is dangerous and not good for any country. The governor of Oshana region Clemens Kashuupulwa also called on the nation to strive for national reconciliation as a precondition for economic emancipation. The event was graced by the presence of a number of politicians and clergymen. Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 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 IUM From page 1 Addressing the audience, he said IUM has students from more than 29 countries around the world which, he says, versity ranked IUM among the top 200 institutions. He says this is an indication that the world recognizes IUM’s contribution to the body of knowledge. According to him, at times the students operate under extremely dif- decided unfairly to criticise IUM. “They work so hard day and night sending SMS’s to discourage students, saying all sort of things. That’s is why they don’t even write their names because they know whatever they are saying is not true,” noted the IUM founder. Namwandi encouraged students to study very hard and ensure they attend RAPIST From page 1 Nakanene faces two charges of housebreaking with intent to rape, three counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape, two counts of attempted murder, one count of murder and one count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice. He denied guilt on all charges at the start of his trial in February last year. the state alleges that Nakanene kicked open the door of his cousin’s room and attempted to rape her on September 3, 2006 in Kuisebmond. According to the indictment, Nakanene and the victim were socialising and after they went to their separate rooms in the same yard, Nakanene returned and forcefully tried to rape the It is further alleged he used the same modus operandi when he managed to TEACHERS From page 1 Initially the government was concerned about the shortage of teachers when it introduced the system of In- Service Training (INSET) at Unam 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 their lectures punctually and regularly and also do their academic assignments themselves. “Note that at IUM any academic dishonesty is not tolerated and will render you to disciplinary action. Plagiarism is academic theft and is considered a serious crime. We encourage you to read. Not just pass the exams but read to acquire knowledge for yourself,” he urged the students gathered at the opening. Namwandi, who spoke of the many achievements by IUM, including newly-introduced courses, said he would forever remain indebted to the Namibian government and its people as well as international partners for the support in the continued growth of IUM. cessfully reviewed the curricula that guarantee relevant and market-driven programmes for students. He says these programmes ensure that graduates will not only be marketable but in fact be much sought after rape another woman, who may not be He also faces two charges of attempted murder for allegedly strangling his victims, leaving them unconsciousness during the rape. The second count of attempted rape lowed his victim, who was on her way home, on foot using the route she normally took, which passed nearby the premises where the accused resided in Kuisebmond. According to the indictment, Nakanene pushed the victim to the ground when he caught up with her and then attempted to rape her. After this Nakanene allegedly upped his ante. The state alleges that he killed Benedine Letesia Baumgartner after he raped her in his room in He allegedly strangled her with his bare hands and she died in his room junior primary teachers are enrolled in the programme, with the same number again to be enrolled each year over the next three years. The unemployed graduates are up in arms that the government is responsible for the study fees of those that are in INSET and yet they are earning their monthly salaries which makes it hard for the new graduates to secure employment. They demand that the INSET programme be halted as the country ers each year. They say those that are in the programme should go for full-time studies. “The posts that currently have terminated and replace them with must not sign recommendation principals bring to them, by this reason they are taking advantage of related to principals, it’s hard for those teachers to be recommended by principals (sic),” the teachers petitioned. Steenkamp, in an interview with New Era yesterday, rejected these by industry. He thanked all the new students for choosing IUM as their preferred university of choice, saying the university does recognize other institutions that these students could have enrolled with. To returning students, he said seeing them back to continue to the next level of their studies says a lot about their commitment. He assured the new and continuing students that IUM would continue to deliver quality education, saying, “We value your patronage and we, therefore, commit to do everything in our power to provide you with nothing but the best.” IUM management also invited some of its alumni who have since secured employment in crucial positions to speak and motivate the new and continuing students. These included Herman Walter Rutz who is employed by the Electoral Commission of Namibia, and Hamutenya Hainghumbi who is at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. due to asphyxia. He faces the charge of defeating the course of justice for allegedly removing the body of the deceased from his room and dumping it in the dunes a distance away from his house, and cleaning the yard of the house with a rake as well as destroying, or in another unknown way, disposing of a pair of shoes he was wearing dur- Yesterday a state witness, Elifas the exact date - he missed his wheelie bin and he and a neighbour followed the tracks of the bin to a house with a “ghetto” in the yard. have been used to ferry Baumgartner’s body, as his missing bin. The case continues today and Nakanene is represented by legal aid lawyer Mpokiseng Dube, the state by Advocate Innocencia Nyoni, and Judge Dinah Usiku is presiding. demands, saying they cannot remove “I discussed the issue with one the letter. I explained the recruitment process to him. I told him that some of their demands cannot be met because one of the demands is that we cancel the contracts that we have with INSET which we cannot do. It’s an employment contract that we have with the responded. She said they have shared the list with the regional directors that should any position be open, they will be specialization. In December, the Khomas Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture These cancelled vacancies include This also comes at a time when the government had just announced that grabs following immense pressure from students led by Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) secretary general Mahongora Kavihuha to release the delayed annual Teaching Vacancy

Tuesday, February 20 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 ECD funding imbalances concern Geingos Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek The First Lady, Monica Geingos, has urged the ministry of education to change its budgeting model by allocating more resources towards Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes to ensure that no Namibian child is left behind. Addressing the national Integrated Early Childhood Development Conference yesterday, Geingos expressed concern over the funding imbalances within the ministry saying the two percent of the total budget allocated to ECD is not coverage as well as to tackle the challenges that ECD faces. Representatives from the education sector, civil organisations and international organisations gathered at the NamPower Convention Centre the three-day conference. “We need to prioritise the education budget to fit our needs. The main challenge in the education sector is with early childhood development, which is the foundation and that’s where we need to focus our resources. The moment we have a strong foundation, it will be easier for the transition from primary education to secondary education and to tertiary education,” she said. She said the challenges facing formal education such as higher dropout, teenage pregnancies and higher failures as well as genderbased violence and other social ills can only be overcome if the country allows young people a perfect start to life. The Ministry of Education Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare as well as the Ministry of Health and Social services and development partners are meeting in Windhoek to map out strategies to promote early childhood development in the country. Speaking at the same event, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, acknowledged the significance of investing in early childhood development, saying although it was rewarding to create a society that is healthier and more equitable, investment in early childhood Hanse-Himarwa revealed that the ministry has been prioritising pre-primary education for the past year. She said in 2017, N million was allocated proportionally to all the regions towards the expansion of access to pre-primary education. In addition, close to N million was allocated for resources, and teaching and learning support materials for special schools. However, in order to ensure a smooth transition from ECD to pre-primary and Grade 1, more still needs to be done to ensure that no children are left behind. “We need to close the gap in our service provision with respect to quality and access. While the access expanded from 17 000 in 2011/2012 to more than 40 000, more effort is still needed for the country to meet its 80 percent target by 2022,” she stated. In order to achieve the target, Hanse-Himarwa called on the private sector and international development partners to come on board, as government cannot achieve such a goal on its own. First Lady Monica Geingos lbertina Nakale indhoek he newly appointed Minister of griculture, Water and Forestry, lpheus !Naruseb, has said he xpects nothing but professionalism rom his staff. He said they all need to treat ellow staff members and customers ith the necessary courtesy and espect while observing the public ervice staff rules and procedures. !Naruseb made the remarks ast Thursday at an event to elcome him to the ministry, hich was previously headed by ohn Mutorwa. The two swapped oles following a recent Cabinet eshuffle, which saw Mutorwa ransferred to the Ministry of Works nd Transport. He highlighted the directives ecently issued by Prime Minister aara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, hich detail cost-cutting measures. “These directives and all other xisting ones must strictly be dhered to. As such, I expect he ministry to contribute to the eduction of uncoordinated travel SA [daily subsistence allowance], !Naruseb calls for professionalism Alpheus !Naruseb overtime and utility costs,” he directed. He also touched on the importance of the three sectors [agriculture, water and forestry) under the mandate of the ministry. Furthermore, he said he expects total commitment and support from each and every one to implementation of the ministry’s programmes and projects and ultimately to deliver on the mandate and the strategic plan of the ministry. As such, he said it would be important for everyone to have a collective sense of responsibility towards prompt and timely implementation of decisions and directives. “I strongly believe in teamwork as a way of delivering effectively on the mandate of a ministry as big as this one. I believe that creativity and learning thrive when people work together as a team because through teamwork individual strengths are blended in a complementary manner,” he said. According to him, there cannot be development without water, while improved sanitation requires access to Similarly, he added there could be no development without food security. Although the agriculture sector contributes around 3.4 percent to Namibia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), about 70 percent of the population directly or indirectly derives its livelihoods from the agriculture sector. Equally, he said he is aware of the harsh and worsening climatic conditions under which Namibia’s agriculture is conducted. “I am sure that I will learn more details about the existing sector policies, laws, strategies and programmes to develop the agriculture, water and forestry challenges facing the three sectors.” He added that he would also Waterfront Tourism Park (Pty) Ltd learn of the development initiatives undertaken at the ministry, through Permanent Secretary, as well as those from all our stakeholders through their representatives. that of the permanent secretary would be open for consultations through the chairpersons and respective boards, as well as heads of associations that may not have boards. He maintained that he would be guided by the national policies such as the National Development Plans (NDPs), Harambee Prosperity Plan, the ruling Swapo Party Manifesto and Vision 2030 in steering the and prosperous development and growth path. Reg. No 2005/743, Vat NO. 4139858-0-1-5 Website: E-mail:, Cell: 264-812713400 NDF a breeding ground for corruption - Smit WINDHOEK The secretive operations of the Namibia Defence Force’s business wing and lack of accountability to Parliament has made the NDF untouchable and has created room for rampant corruption. This is according to Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) treasurer general, Nico Smit. Speaking to the media on the NDF’s purchase of Farm Oropoko northwest of Okahandja for N million, Smit said the farm is a liability to the taxpayer. “It is clear that from being a nett earner for Namibia, it has now, in the hands of the NDF become a nett consumer as the taxpayer will be expected to pay for the maintenance,” he said. The Ministry of Defence has said the farm will be used to train soldiers to live in harmony with wildlife and practise their shooting skills. It also has an transform into a military airport. Another issue of concern for PDM is that unlike other parastatals, the NDF subsidiary August 26 is not audited by the Auditor General, nor does it account to Parliament. Smit said all government institutions and ministries are accountable to Parliament as the highest law in the land, and not Cabinet. “It is becoming clearer by the day that the NDF, by means of its carte blanche ticket from Cabinet, is the main driver of corruption in Namibia because there are absolutely no checks and balances in their activities. The NDF clearly sees itself as above the laws and the constitution of Namibia,” he said. Smit said the mere fact that President Hage Geingob – the commander in chief of the NDF – was unaware of the farm’s acquisition until it was reported in the media meant that the NDF is now “out of control”. Speaking at the opening of Cabinet recently, Geingob argued that there was no urgency to buy a farm and hoped the reports were not true. These remarks come at a time when the NDF sent thousands of its troops on paid leave because it cannot afford to house and feed them and foot its water and electricity bill. According to the PDM, the money could have been better spent to address social issues such as buying school textbooks, the maintenance of schools, medicine and housing. - Nampa EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Purpose The Zambezi Waterfront Tourism Park (ZWTP) intends to procure the shall assist in safeguarding the (ZWTP). Therefore the ZWTP is inviting all interested bids who wish to apply to do so before the closing date. Copies of the bidding documents are obtained from the ZWTP reception desk on payment of a fee of N$ 500.00. The contact person is Ms Connie Situmbeko, reachable on email indicated above. TENDER NUMBER: ZWTP-2018/02. Description: PROVISION OF SECURITY SERVICES FOR ZAMBEZI WATERFRONT TOURISM PARK. No proposal shall be considered unless it is delivered before the closing date and time. accompanied by the proof of tender fee payment. Document available from: 16 /02/2018- 16 /03/2018 Closing time: 10H00 Closing date: 19 March 2018

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