20 AFRICA Tuesday, February 20 2018 | NEW ERA Nigeria frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for lack of evidence ABUJA Nigeria has freed another 475 Boko Haram suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence, Over the course of the week, hundreds of suspected Boko Haram extremists have appeared tary base in central Niger state. The release order was issued on Friday, with the 475 suspects to be returned to their home states for “proper rehabilitation” before being sent back to their families, ministry spokesman Salihu Othman Isah said. He said they had been arrested on grounds they either belonged to Boko Haram, or had concealed information about the group’s plans or its members’ whereabouts. “However, the Prosecution Counsel could not charge them with any evidence against them. Therefore, the suspects were released.” Among those released was a young girl with a three-monthold baby from Borno State who was taken to a Boko Haram enclave by her brother and married off to his friend when she was 11. She was arrested in 2014 while trying to escape. Also freed were two mechanics, identical twins who were arrested in Bauchi State in 2010 after servicing a vehicle at their workshop which belonged to a Boko Haram member. – Nampa/AFP Vacancies Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) set up in terms of Cabinet Decision NO: 38th /05/12:00/0.00 to perform the powers and functions assigned to it by the Notarial Deed of Trust No: T76/01. To meet this strategic objective the NFCPT is looking for dynamic leaders, team players and self-motivated individuals to fill the following vacancies at the Head Office, Walvis Bay. The candidates must be self-managed and result-driven, with an ability to operate under pressure: 1X SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR: WALVIS BAY DEPARTMENT: FINANCE Purpose of the job: To configure, maintain and administer physical and virtual servers, backups and disaster recoveries. To provide support to application, network and desktop functions. Key Performance Areas: Server Administration, User Administration, Server Security and Firewall, Disaster Recovery, Technical Support, Safety , Health and Environment. Qualifications/Experience Required: MCITP Certificate or relevant server NQA Level 5, A minimum of 5 years’experience in Information Technology Systems Administration with at least three (3) years with virtualization technology and disaster recovery, Valid Code BE Driver’s license. 1X PROCUREMENT CLERK: WALVIS BAY DEPARTMENT: FINANCE Purpose of the job: To provide administrative support to the Procurement function. Key Performance Areas: Purchase Request Administration , Quotation Evaluation, Purchasing, Vendor Database Management. Qualifications/Experience Required: Grade 12 with a Certificate in Supply Chain Management or Accounting NQA Level 4, Minimum of one (1) year working experience in a similar environment, Driver’s license code BE. 1X BRANCH ADMINISTRATOR: LÜDERITZ FISH SHOP DEPARTMENT: OPERATIONS Purpose of the job: Responsible for all sales and administrative activities assigned at the Fish Shop. Manage subordinates and ensure quality and consistency of product and service delivery. Key Performance Areas: Administration, Sales and Marketing, Product Management, Customer Service, People and Performance Management. Qualifications/Experience Required: Grade 12 certificate plus 3 years appropriate experience, Two (2) years’experience as a supervisor (attach proof), Experience in working with money, Computer literacy (Ms Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) is a compulsory. NFCPT is an equal opportunity employer and would like to encourage people with disabilities to apply. Comprehensive applications supported by a detailed CV and cover letter, with certified copies of educational qualifications should be addressed to: By Hand: NFCPT Head Office, John Ovenstone Street, Industrial Area, Walvis Bay By Post: The HR & Administration Department, Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, P O Box 568, Swakopmund Enquiries: Mr. Elias Kandjinga, Human Resources Practitioner at: Tel: (064) 204 508/11 CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, 07 March 2018 Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no documents will be returned. No emailed, faxed, late and incomplete applicants will be considered. Should you not be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. Documents not certified will not be considered. No documents will be returned. Bringing fish to the nation Zimbabwe president hails late opposition hero Tsvangirai, urges unity HARARE Bringing him home… Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s widow Elizabeth Tsvangirai makes her way through a crowd as she goes towards a cargo handling area where the body of her husband Morgan Tsvangirai arrived from South Africa on Saturday, February 17. The body of Morgan Tsvangirai, who died at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with colon cancer in neighbouring South Africa, arrived home for burial. Tsvangirai, was a fearless opponent to the ruling ZANU-PF party. Photo: Nampa/AFP Zimbabwe’s president on Sunday praised opposition icon Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week as an outstanding political cal hardship and deserved his place in the country’s history. Tsvangirai, the strongest and ert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party’s four decades of rule, died on Wednesday, aged 65 at a hospital in South Africa where he had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer. “When we write the history of this country we cannot leave out the participation and role that the former prime minister played in the effort to entrench democratic values in this country,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa said shortly after offering his condolences to Tsvangirai’s family. and we should remember that.” Mnangagwa also urged unity as the country mourned the death of a man who had become the symbol of resistance to authoritarian rule and of the fight for democracy. “Let us all be united, let us be brothers and sisters and come together and mourn our former prime minister with that spirit. We are all Zimbabweans.” Before being forced into a power-sharing deal with ZANU-PF as a prime minister, Tsvangirai was beaten up by police, his rallies were banned and he was Mnangagwa said the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe, expected by July, should be free, fair and credible as a tribute to Tsvangirai. “I am appealing to all political parties in this country to hear my call that we need no violence in this country. We need fair, free and credible elections this year,” he said. Tsvangirai, a former trade union stalwart and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), pulled out of an election up in violence which claimed at least 200 opposition supporters. He had beaten long-time ruler Mugabe in the first round of presidential elections that year, narrowly coming short of garnering enough votes to be declared the winner. Tsvangirai’s death came as tensions over his succession are threatening to tear apart the MDC, which he had led since its formation in 1999. A split in the MDC could hand advantage to Mnangagwa who took power from Mugabe following a military takeover in November. Tsvangirai will be buried at his rural home in Buhera on Tuesday. - Nampa/AFP
Tuesday, February 20 2018 | NEW ERA WORLD 21 13 killed in minister’s quake zone copter crash MEXICO CITY A 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rattled Mexico on Friday triggered a tragedy when a minister’s helicopter killed 13 people during a crash-landing on the way to the epicentre. The UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter landed on its side, crushing a van. There were no reported casualties from the quake itself, which damaged buildings. The chopper was carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed, President Enrique Pena Nieto said. “Unfortunately, multiple people on the ground lost their lives and others were injured,” he wrote on Twitter late Friday. On Saturday, the Oaxaca prosecutor’s children, while another victim died en route to hospital. Fifteen other people were injured, Rescuers quickly swarmed the accident site searching for survivors. Navarrete told the Televisa TV network that the helicopter pilot lost control of the aircraft about 40 meters above the ground as it was HAMMURIYEH Syrian warplanes hit rebel-held Eastern Ghouta with fresh air strikes yesterday, after regime reinforcements and a salvo hinted a ground assault could be imminent. Held by rebels since 2012, Eastern Ghouta is now the last opposition-controlled pocket around Damascus and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dispatched reinforcements there in an apparent bid to retake it. Talks were under way for the evacuation of a jihadist faction that has a limited footprint in the enclave and failure to reach a deal soon would likely signal the start of an assault. Regime troops carried out campaign earlier this month that left around 250 civilians dead in the enclave and hundreds more wounded. Since then, government forces have intermittently bombed Eastern Ghouta towns, including with fresh air strikes on Monday morning. Surveillance planes buzzed overhead before carrying out raids on a pair of Eastern Ghouta towns, AFP’s correspondents in the enclave said. Residents walking outside in the nearby town of Hammuriyeh could be seen rushing inside in a panic as soon as they heard the sound of airplanes. Alaa al-Din, a 23-year-old coming in to land. He added that some passengers were hurt. The helicopter went down in the south-western town of Pinotepa de Don Luis – 37 kilometres the quake epicentre, according to the US Geological Survey. About 50 homes in the nearby town of Santiago Jamiltepec were damaged, as well as the town hall and church, but no one was killed in the quake, the interior ministry said. Oaxaca state authorities opened shelters for those affected, and nearly 6 000 soldiers and federal police were deployed to help with the emergency response. Both Mexico’s National Seismological Service and the US Geological Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 7.2. It struck at 17h39 (2339 GMT) at a relatively deep 24.7 km, said the USGS. The earthquake came less than six months after two quakes killed hundreds of people in the country On September 7, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake shook the nation and killed 96 people, mostly in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Then on September 19 – the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed 10,000 – a 7.1-magnitude quake hit the country, leaving 369 Syrian in Hammuriyeh, said civilians were afraid of a potential government offensive. “Ghouta’s fate is unknown. We’ve got nothing but God’s mercy and hiding out in our basements,” he told AFP yesterday. “There’s no alternative.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said talks have been taking place for the evacuation of jihadist faction Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls small pockets of Eastern Ghouta. “The collapse of the negotiations will signal the start of an assault,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britainbased Observatory, said. According to the Observatory, the regime began dispatching military reinforcements to Eastern Ghouta on February 5, the region. The war monitor said Monday morning’s air strikes on Al-Shayfuniyeh left people wounded and caused material damage. Regime troops fired more than 260 rockets on towns across Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, it said. The rockets, as well as artillery at least 17 civilians across the enclave on Sunday, according to the Observatory. “In just a few hours, all of Eastern Ghouta was sprayed with rockets,” Alaa al-Din recalled. people dead. Friday’s quake triggered Mexico City’s alarm system and caused buildings to sway in the capital. It was also felt in the states of Guerrero, Puebla and Michoacan. Panicked residents flooded the streets, fearing a repeat of last September’s deadly quakes. “To be honest, we’re all pretty upset. We start crying whenever the (earthquake) alarm goes off,” 38-year-old publicist Kevin Valladolid told AFP through in La Roma, in central Mexico City. “We’re stressed out, we have the street. It’s all we can do.” Patients from a nearby hospital were forced outside, some in wheelchairs or carting their IV lines. Similar scenes played out in Veracruz. On the north side of Mexico City, Julia Hernandez said she felt like she was “in a boat” as the ground swayed beneath her feet. “Is it ever going to stop?” she said. Standing in the middle of the street, her eyes glued to her Escalante, 72, could hardly Syria jets pound rebel enclave as ground assault looms Eastern Ghouta is held by two main Islamist factions, Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman, both of which denied being in talks with the regime. The regime is keen to regain control of the area to halt the deadly salvo of rockets and mortars that those factions have About half a dozen rockets hit the capital on Sunday night, AFP correspondents said. State news agency SANA reported that one person was killed in the shelling. More than 20 civilians have month alone in regime-held Damascus. All was quiet in the capital on Monday but since rumours of an imminent assault on Eastern Ghouta started spreading, residents of neighbourhoods that are nearest to the rebel enclave started packing their bags. Jawad al-Obros lives with his mother, father and sister in Al-Qassaa, which lies just one kilometre from Jobar, a major Ghouta enclave. Shells have rained around his home in recent weeks and the 30-year-old man this weekend started asking about hotel price in Yaafour, which lies to the west, on the other side of the city. “We’re tired of this situation. It seems that there’s no solution but a full-blown military one. We’ve been patient for a long time, and now it’s time that we rest,” he said. - Nampa/AFP INVITATION FOR BIDS Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) hereby invites competent local companies to submit bids for the following tender: TENDER INVITATION Tender No: Description: Closing date & time: Bids Opening Session: G/ONB/NFCPT-02/2018 Supply and Delivery of a Scania Truck tractor & tri-axle semi-trailer with refrigeration unit (Equivalents are also acceptable) Friday, 02 March 2018, at 14H30 Friday, 02 March 2018, at 14H30 Documents: Available as from Monday, 5 February 2018 Levy: speak. “It was terribly strong. We barely managed to get down the stairs. It was the longest staircase in the world,” she told AFP. “We thought everything was going to collapse again.” were inspecting buildings damaged by last year’s quakes, which are especially vulnerable to collapse. Enquiries: Pick up address: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Delivery address: N0.00 (Non-refundable) Ms. Paulina Shinana (Procurement Officer) Tel: 064-204508/11 Email: email@example.com Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust Head Office, John Ovenstone Street, Walvis Bay Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) hereby invites competent local companies to submit proposals to render the following services: SERVICES NEEDED REQUIRED: The development of NFCPT’s information technology policy and procedures The development of NFCPT’s insurance policy and procedures REFERENCE NO SC/RP/NFCPT-03/2018 SC/RP/NFCPT-04/2018 The request for proposals bid documents are available for free in soft copy only and can be requested via email from: Ms. Paulina Shinana, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing Date and Time: Friday, 02 March 2018, 14h30 REQUEST FOR SEALED QUOTATIONS SERVICES NEEDED REQUIRED: Supply and Delivery of Desktop Computers and Printers REFERENCE NO G/RFQ/NFCPT-02/2018 The request for quotations bid documents are available for free in soft copy only and can be requested via email from: Ms. Paulina Shinana, email address: email@example.com Closing Date and Time: Friday, 02 March 2018, 14h30 “Obviously people are afraid,” said the emergency response chief for the city of Puebla, Gustavo Ariza. Pena Nieto tweeted that the National Emergency Committee had been activated because of the magnitude of the quake. tectonic plates come together, making it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. – Nampa/AFP Tender Box (In a clearly marked and sealed envelope) Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust Head Office John Ovenstone Street Walvis Bay P O Box 568 Swakopmund Disclaimer: The NFCPT shall not be responsible for any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a response to this tender and furthermore reserves the right not to extend this tender into any future tenders, negotiation or engagements with those companies which responded to the advert.