4 NEWS Tuesday, February 20 2018 | NEW ERA SPCA accused of stock theft Loide Jason Ongwediva Some residents of Epyeshona in Okatana constituency in Oshana region have accused the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of having stolen and killed their cow. Residents who spoke to New Era on condition of anonymity claimed they had been searching for their cow for more than two weeks, only to learn that the cow was impounded by the SPCA because of its ‘abandonment’. However, the residents claimed they knew about the whereabouts of their cow since the day it gave “We felt that due to the dryness of the area, we couldn’t stray our cow every day from the grazing area to the kraal, and to the grazing area from the kraal. Since the cow calved during the dry period, we wanted to give it time for recovery. We have been monitoring her situation since day one. Therefore, we are very disturbed by the fact that, the organisation transported it to its kraal,” said a furious cattle owner who refused to be named Residents said the organisation is supposed to consult people before they load their animals and advertise them on social networks (Facebook) because not everyone is technologically literate. “How can one just come and load up a cow from a grazing area and claim to protect the animal after keeping it in a condoned area disheartening because I have now lost two animals this way. Cattle are one of the resources I and my family survive from and it hurts to lose it just like that,” said the owner. The cow owner said that when approached the manager of the northern regional SPCA, Wilmarie Horn, insisted they either pay about N,900 for medication she bought to treat the cow or she would give away the animal. This, the cow owner said, is criminality as animals are roaming around grazing areas looking for green grass since some parts of the country did not receive enough rainfall. Local farmers are now demanding their cattle from the organisation. When New Era visited the SPCA of animal abandonment, animal neglect and animal cruelty had been opened. The case was filed against the owners at Oshakati, CR 54/02/2018. Horn said the cow had been lying on the road the whole week, in the sun without water or shade. “I could see the cow needed immediate medical attention, food, water and shade. She was extremely thin and breathing rapidly. There was something wrong with her right eye, it looked like an untreated infection as the white part was bulging a bit and red,” read the sworn statement of Horn. She admitted that she asked the owners of the cow to pay N,800 because she had bought food and medication for the animal. Omaheke council funds worthy causes Staff Reporter Windhoek The Omaheke Regional Council has Miss Republic of Namibia beauty pageant, Rejoice Nunuhes. Nunuhes, 18, will be representing the Omaheke region in the beauty pageant which will take place on March 3 in Windhoek. During the official handover ceremony of the donation held in the council chamber on Friday, Omaheke Regional Council chairperson Ignatius Kariseb said the council decided to donate the money to Nunuhes to ensure the region would be represented nationally as her participation would put the region on the map. “The participation of Miss Nunuhes in this beauty pageant should, therefore, not be taken as her individual endeavour, but a regional collective,” Kariseb said. The Miss Republic of Namibia pageant is an initiative of the Paulina Malulu Trust, owned by Miss Namibia 2013 Support… Okorukambe constituency councillor Raphael Mokaleng, Rejoice Nunuhes, Omaheke Regional Council chairperson Ignatius Kariseb and Otjombinde constituency’s Katjanaa Kaurivi during the handing over of the cheque on Friday. after whom the trust was named. The pageant will be held this year the handover ceremony, Nunuhes said she would use the donation to purchase items required for the event. Kariseb further mentioned that during the current financial year, the council availed financial assistance to the Eastern Bulls, a local rugby club in Gobabis, to the tune of N,500 to enable them to participate in national rugby tournaments. Council further to N,000 to the Tsjaka Fun Day, an annual event held in Tsjaka where the youth in the Kalahari constituency participate in different sport codes as part of recreational activities. Omaheke Radio, a local community radio in Gobabis, received N,000. All these contributions are part of the council’s social responsibility aimed at assisting the council in its quest to ensure regional development, improve the welfare of communities and promote a positive image of the council, he said. Source of dispute… The cow in question and its calf. back in court Maria Amakali Windhoek Two former employees of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) made a return to court for their pending fraud case yesterday. Ivonne Nande, 35, and her co-accused Walter Haseb, 46, are charged with embezzling N.9 million from the commission’s coffers. Making a brief appearance before magistrate Vanessa Stanley in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, Nande and Haseb were informed The prosecutor Rowan van Wyk informed the pair that certain documentation needed to be attained from the auditors and from The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested Haseb, who was employed as the commission’s acting chief administrator, together at the fund, which resulted in the NSC losing close N.9 million. The two who each appeared on bail of N,000, pleaded not an alternative charge of theft in connection with 30 cheques that were cashed, although they denied any involvement in the missing funds. During their bail application last year, the two started shifting the blame upon each other. According to the internal auditor from the ministry of arts and culture who took the stand during the bail sports associations that unfortunately never received the funds. With the case postponed for further investigations, Haseb and Nande’s defence attorneys Kadhila Amoomo and Vetu Uanivi informed OTA rebuts claim Ovaherero enslaved San Staff Reporter Windhoek The Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) has issued a rebuttal rejecting with contempt the SMS messages in the Namibian newspaper making unfounded allegations that the Ovaherero enslaved the San and Nama people in the past. In a statement yesterday, OTA spokesperson Uazuva Kaumbi said it is clear these despicable messages are being engineered by the enemies of the Nama and Ovaherero in a typical divide-and-rule fashion in order to drive a wedge between the two ethnic groups. “It is no coincidence that these messages are being publicised at a time when the Nama and Ovaherero are collectively scoring important legal victories in their class action lawsuit in the USA against Germany for the heinous crime of genocide that it perpetrated against the Nama and Ovaherero from 1904 to 1908,” he said. Kaumbi says that ordinarily, the traditional authority would not respond to such baseless statements as they are clearly intended to be a red herring – “there is a clear strategy by our enemies to distract our attention from we shall be tempted to expend our energies on nonsensical sideshows”. However, he said, the OTA was issuing this statement to let it be known “that we are aware of these futile attempts to dilute and discredit our legitimate struggle to hold Germany accountable for its evil deeds”. “No amount of covert destabilisation strategies shall break the strong and unwavering bond of unity between the Nama and Ovaherero; we are united in our struggle to ensure that Germany will pay for its past sins against our people. We shall prosecute this struggle by any means necessary,” he said.
Tuesday, February 20 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Khorixas police unaware of donated erf Clemans Miyanicwe Windhoek Khorixas Police Chief Inspector Hiskia Nuuyoma is unaware of a piece of land that was donated to the local police for the setting up of a substation in Donkerhoek informal settlement. (erf) all these years to no avail. Just heard the council discussed and apparently agreed to give us land but we have not been alerted yet,” Nuuyoma said. Ralla //Gowaseb, acting chief council, told New Era last Friday that a 1 000 square metre erf worth N0 000 was donated to the local police for the construction of a substation at Donkerhoek informal settlement. “We gave it for free, as part of our social responsibility, as we also want to reduce crime,” // Gowaseb added. However, a shack constructed Most illegal electricity connections linked to cuca shops WINDHOEK by a local church occupies the said erf. The acting chief the substation was not set up until now was maybe due to budget cuts to the Ministry of Safety and Security. Nuuyoma questioned how an unserviced erf could be used to set up a structure. “We cannot erect a tent on a place where there is no water or electricity. How can you even set up a toilet at such a place,” said Nuuyoma. Manpower shortage is also an issue of concern for the Khorixas police chief once a substation is set up, as the main police station already lacks manpower. “On a shift, there have to be four members but now at times there are two or three members during the shift so even if the land is given for Donkerhoek substation, manpower is lacking,” Nuuyoma said. Nuuyoma said, “There is lack Most of the illegal electricity connections in informal settlements are linked to cuca shops and shebeens, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua has said. He was speaking to the media on Saturday, during the mayoral clean-up campaign in the Moses Garoeb Constituency where cables used for illegal connections were visible on the ground. Kazapua said the municipality urged community members not to set up illegal electricity connections because it is very dangerous and can result in death. “We are really engaging the community in public meetings to see what type of serious measures we can take against perpetrators,” he said. of manpower here (Khorixas police station), so how can we manage another one.” The freezing of police recruitment has seriously affected Khorixas police operations. The police officers at the station number around 60. Residents of the informal settlement have for years asked for a substation in the area, as the main station is far away from them and police take long to attend to reports. In an unrelated development, electricity was restored at Khorixas police station at the beginning of this month after it was cut off last November over a debt of about resort to cellphone torches, lamps, and candles, a situation that was untenable, as residents would shun seeking assistance at the Khorixas police station. The police also had to bring tinned food, since there were no means to store meat in fridges due to the power cut. Germany, Netherlands planners plant trees Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Two city planners from Germany and the Netherlands last Friday planted more trees at Helene Van Rhijn Primary School, where they also shared tips on gardening with learners. Michel Weijers from t h e N e t h e r l a n d s a n d Martin Lyhme from Germany planted fruit trees, vegetables, and a few shade trees at the school. The two city planners, currently enjoying their holiday in Lüderitz, could not hide their joy to see the plants they planted two years ago growing. trees they planted two years ago and said the fact that the trees they planted have grown is an indication that learners and teachers took good care of them. “Trees can even grow in the desert. If you can make the soil better, and take care of the plants, we can make the town more Caring for nature… Martin Lyhme and Michel Weijers planting shade and fruit trees with Grade 1 learners at Helene Van Rhijn Primary School in Lüderitz beautiful,” said Lyhme. Weijers explained that they planted the trees at primary schools to teach learners how to grow, plant and take care of trees. He further said they did this with the aim of getting the learners to emulate this practice at home, which would one day lead to a green town of Lüderitz. In 2016, the duo promised to conduct follow-ups every year but failed to travel to Namibia last year. Weijers promised that they would come back next year to check on the trees. “Here in the desert, it is important to learn how to grow a plant from scratch, trees in this part of the country compared to the northern part,” he said. He further said electricity is connected illegally on a daily basis and people go into hiding when they see City of Windhoek approaching. He also said the illegal connections are mainly for shebeens and cuca shops and to a lesser extent, for houses. “Most people who are owners of these shebeens do not even reside in the informal settlements, as they just recruit people while they stay in other suburbs,” said Kazapua. He said when confronted, the shebeen owners use their employees as an excuse, saying they are employing people in need of jobs. The mayor said it is one of the city’s priorities, along with central government and the shebeen associations, to see what solutions they can come up with as the high number of shebeens is a problem. “The environment here is not conducive, especially for kids who need to study, because noise pollution is high as every second household in the informal settlements is a shebeen. We really need to do something as the city and central government,” he said. - Nampa HELAO NAFIDI TOWN COUNCIL PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT OPEN NATIONAL BID INVITATION Procurement Ref No: Description: NCS/ONB/HNTC-16/2018 Levy: This photo of a rhino in its habitat is for illustration purposes No rhino poached in Khorixas area Clemans Miyanicwe Windhoek The rhino poaching case reported to Khorixas police last Thursday was a false alarm, according to the station commander of Khorixas police Chief Inspector Hiskia Nuuyoma. Khorixas police received a report that poachers were in the White Lady area near the famed Twyfelfontein area and launched an operation, which turned out to be a false alarm. “Tourists saw individuals in the bushes and thought they were poachers. The police were immediately mobilised from Bergsig, Kamanjab, and Khorixas,” Nuuyoma revealed. The report of rhino poaching was made after 16h00 on Thursday but police found out that the individuals were not poachers, as reported, but were Save the Rhino and Ministry patrolling the area. Bids Documents: Nuuyoma added that only three cases of poaching were reported, one of which involved a rhino and the suspects were successfully apprehended. Three of the four suspects are out on bail of N 000 while one remains at Khorixas police holding cells, as he cannot foot the bill. Nuuyoma advised would-be poachers to desist from the illegal practice and said there is a process to be followed for those who need meat while those who engage in poaching to enrich themselves were warned that bail for rhino poachers is high. “You will not be able to afford bail and spend unreasonable time in jail, which was supposed to be spent outside in a useful way,” he said. Nuuyoma also pleaded with local communities to be on the lookout for suspicious activities in their areas and to immediately alert the local police. Kunene region has been one of the hotbeds for rhino poaching over the years.