8 NEWS Tuesday, February 27 2018 | NEW ERA Food bank committee established in Lüderitz Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Baby dies in shack OTJIWARONGO A one-year-old baby died after a shack she was down on Friday night. Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant The incident occurred at about 23h30 at the Nau-Aib informal settlement. “We suspect a candle caused the fire. The little girl was sleeping in the shack with both her parents and two siblings when a vi- The 28-year-old mother, 58-year-old father and two siblings of the deceased suffered serious burns and were admitted to the Okahandja State Hospital the same day of the incident. On Sunday afternoon the four were reported to be in a stable condition at the hospital. An inquest docket has been opened at the Okahandja Police Station and investigations into the matter continue. - Nampa Rollout… From left: Lüderitz town councillor Betty Wilskit, Mayor Hilaria Mukapuli, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Bishop Zephania Kameeta and food bank consultant Angel Dalmau Fernandez, during the Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Minister, Bishop Zephania Kameeta, has established a street committee for the food bank initiative in !Nami#nus constituency in the //Kharas Region. The committee consists of seven community members, including one coordinator. It has been mandated to work with the senior admin- the community development the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare in Lüderitz regarding the food bank. The newly established committee is undergoing training that started yesterday, ending on Friday at the !Nami#nus constituency of the training yesterday, Kameeta encouraged committee members to embrace this opportunity, which would equip them with skills such as how they could identify the needy. He stated that in order for his ministry to move forward, they decided to initially select and train street committee members and a street committee coordinator. The retired bishop said hunger is the extreme consequence of poverty and it must come to an end in Namibia sooner than later. He said the country can abolish hunger through the spirit of Harambee. Lüderitz Mayor Hilaria Mukapuli thanked Bishop Kameeta and his delegation for identifying the Lüderitz community as an integral part of the food bank. She said eradicating poverty in all its forms is a national challenge, but also a vital requirement for sustainable development. The street committee will be regarded by the community as the front image of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. Its members have thus been urged to behave and work in an exemplary fashion. Mukapuli urged street committee members to work hard as they will be required to serve the community to the best of their abilities. She advised them to act as servants and not masters. She said the role will require them to be committed to the task, be hardworking, work odd-hours and, most importantly, serve their community with dignity and distinction. Consultant of food bank Angel Dalman Fernandes is training. Shikongo urges UDF women Man arrested after crashing into quick shop OTJIWARONGO A 20-year-old man was arrested at Otjiwarongo on Sunday afternoon for drunken driving after he bumped into a fuel station shop and injured two people inside. Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, on Sunday that the suspect failed to stop in the parking lot and drove straight into the fuel station shop along Dr Hage Geingob Street. A portion of the shop’s front glass wall was left in pieces after the crash. “A petrol attendant on duty and a customer sustained injuries in the process,” Mbeha said. The two were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital shortly after the incident for medical treatment and are reported to be in a stable condition. The suspect was arrested after he allegedly tested 0.74 milligrammes (mg) of alcohol in his body, which is far beyond the legal blood alcohol level of 0.37mg. He is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrates’ Court this week on charges of drunken driving, and reckless and/or negligent driving. The suspect and his male passenger escaped unhurt. Police investigations continue. - Nampa Clemans Miyanicwe Windhoek The secretary-general of the United Democratic Front Women’s League (UDFWL), Dorcas Shikongo, says women still believe in the entrenched stereotype that men must lead them in political positions. “Our women still believe that men must take the lead due to customs but there are positions women can be in charge of,” Shikongo said during a telephonic interview from Braunfels. Shikongo urged women to challenge for positions in the national executive committee when the party holds its elections, as presently she is the only one serving in the executive by virtue of her being the leader of the women’s league. Men currently occupy eight of nine executive positions in the party. Shikongo called for the implementation of the 50/50 policy before next year’s elections to give equal opportunities to women in the party, however, such a move has to be endorsed by the central committee. Shikongo also said she would seek clarity on the issue of the zebra style from the UDF secretary general, Justus Gawaseb. Although UDF did not supported the 50/50 policy for local and national elections during the 2009 elections; but in the 2014 elections, it was supported for local elections only. However, Shikongo has said the 2014 local elections zebra style lists were not properly constituted, as some lists had more women while others had more men. “There must be two lists – one for men and the other for women,” he stated. Shikongo told UDF women that it was time they challenged these leadership positions and put men on the spot on what they have achieved. “Life’s is moving on, we cannot allow men to tell us how we feel. It is time women tell their stories and successes,” Shikongo advised. She urged women to believe in themselves and stand as candidates, as they have potential. “UDF is empowering women but during the last elections women were unsure how to stand in huge numbers as candidates but we are ready to stand as candidates for next year’s elections,” said Shikongo. After the last local authority council elections, women occupy only eight out of 23 seats. Renate Aubes occupies one of the two seats at Henties Bay, at Arandis Cecilia // Hoabes and Rudolfine Geises occupy both seats, while at Usakos, Magdalena Gaugoros occupies one of two seats. Vicky Amamus occupies one of the two seats at Outjo and Cristabela Mbarondongo occupies one of the two seats at Kamanjab while Lina #Gaeses occupies one of the three seats of her party at Khorixas. #Gaeses is the only female to occupy a position in the management committee, as she is the vice chairperson of the management committee at Khorixas. #Gaeses and Mbarondongo are also among the few women in the 15-member central committee. Gawaseb said UDF is busy with zebra style or 50/50 policy and the central committee will discuss the matter on a date yet to be decided. Gawaseb echoed Shikongo’s sentiments that women still believe men must lead them and feels this must change. The UDF secretary general admitted that the party does not have an internal policy on the zebra style but plans to have such policy by the 2019 elections. However, he said that such a policy is the government policy. “It’s not a must that all political parties must have it but the government asked us to implement it and we will work towards it,” Gawaseb said. Gawaseb says he fully supports the zebra style and during 2013 elections his camp, which included the current UDF president Apuis !Auxab, supported #Gaeses for the position of vice president but she did not get enough votes and the position was won former Kunene governor Dudu Murorua. “We support the 50/50 policy, it’s a good thing as it brings in quality. If women out there want to stand as candidates they must do so,” Gawaseb stressed.
Tuesday, February 27 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 9 The Ministry of Defence Query: Prime Minister and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, why is the pension of those who resigned or were discharged from the NDF taking too long to be paid out? Response: The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has noted the concerns of the complainant with regard to the delay on payment of pensions for NDF members after they resigned or are discharged. However, the MoD would like to inform the complainant that pensions of all civil servants, including members of the NDF, are paid out by the GIPF and not by the MoD. The MoD is only involved in the process of facilitating the approval of resignation or discharge as well as facilitating the documents required by the GIPF to process the pension pay out, which is always done on time. The submission of documents is always done on time from our side. The incidents of delay could be experienced when the amount to be paid to the member exceeds N,000 because the MoD has to seek a tax directive. This means, they have to verify whether the member owes tax to Government through the office where the member was registered as a taxpayer. It is unfortunate that this is the due process that has to be complied with by all Government institutions. * Mr. Gideon Shuuya, Chief Media Officer, Ministry of Defence, Contact Number: 061204 9111 Namibian Correctional Service Query: Commissioner-General of the Namibian Correctional Service, Raphael Hamunyela, what is the use of advertising case management posts externally, while we still have fair? Response: acting as Case Management facilities where the Offender Risk Management Correctional Strategy (ORMS) is rolledout. However, the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) takes pride and recognition in its efforts of rehabilitating through the implementation of the ORMCS. The ORMCS is a methodical and multi-modal approach designed to manage offenders aim of ensuring their successful re-integration as law-abiding members of society. Pivotal to the ORMCS are the functions of Case Management, which is a collaborative process that entails the assessment of offenders’ criminogenic needs/ risks, planning and determining the direction of intervention, engaging with offenders to target identified criminogenic risks/ needs, and the regular monitoring of progress made against targeted interventions and emerging dynamic risks. C a s e M a n a g e m e n t i n corrections is a core function, which requires a broad set of skills including writing skills, analytical skills, interviewing skills and counselling skills. Therefore, it is imperative to discharge this function to be appropriately qualified, both in terms of academic working experience with hardto-serve populations. It is against this consideration that the NCS has set the following minimum requirements for Case A Bachelor’s Degree in the human or behavioural sciences, and Experience with working with hard-to-service populations. It is indeed true that at some point the requirements were lowered due to budgetary for the NCS to externally recruit individuals who meet the set criteria. Consequently, an interim measure was devised whereby carefully selected members of the correctional service were appointed to function as Case Management Officers upon proving their competencies after rigorous training and evaluation. In order to ensure that the NCS complies with its mission to achieve its vision, it should operate in line with modern best correctional practices that provide exceptional correctional services to empower offenders for effective reintegration into society. While the NCS is committed to developing and rewarding its by prioritising them for certain positions, it also recognizes the skilled individuals to inject new ideas and skills by recruiting externally when possible. Notwithstanding, the recent advert is open to all applicants meeting the set requirements, including those who are already in the NCS. * Deputy Commissioner Ms. and Public Relations, Namibian Correctional Service, Email Address: eveline.january@ncs. gov.na nepc_22_09_17 Guaranteeing returns, as we reach your target markets. Namibia’s most loved daily Everybody grabs a copy... #TalkToUs Contact us: Tel: +264 61 208 0800 Website: www.nepc.com.na