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New Era Newspaper Tuesday January 30, 2018

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2 NEWS Tuesday, January 30 2018 | NEW ERA RUNDU From page 1 Houses under this project were to cost between N0,000 and N0,000. On November 23, Armstrong was informed in a letter from council lawyers that the contract they signed was nullified and that the council was no longer going to continue with the PPP. Council lawyers told Armstrong Properties to rather buy the land at N per square metre or give it back to the town council. The contractor, who contends that council in recent years sold huge tracts of land to a Chinese firm for N per square metre, turned down the price and has decided to give back the land on condition the town council pays the cost spent on servicing the 600 plots. The company confirmed its position on the matter when contacted for comment by New Era. “Yes we are going to give the land back to them. We did our calculations on how much we have put into the project and since the contract is being stopped, all the estimated profit that SHACKS From page 1 They moved to the piece of land last year September when her father lost his job as a security guard. He was the only breadwinner in the family. The father, Andreas Kasavi, 49, said he moved from the place he was renting in Okahandja Park after he lost his job as he could not afford to pay rent anymore. He came to occupy land illegally in Okuryangava with his wife, children and grandson. The place is under high voltage power lines. “I came here because I had nowhere to go. I couldn’t stay where I was renting as I couldn’t afford rent,” stated Andreas. The family fetches water some 500 metres away and cook on an open fire. Yesterday the children went to school without bathing or eating. “I feel bad and I just want to cry. We are really struggling,” added Andreas. A 36-year-old man employed as a security guard found his shack demolished and his belongings confiscated by the municipality Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 208 0800 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 we were supposed to make and the damage that we have suffered have to be paid for,” its representative, Ferdinand Olavi, said yesterday. “Our lawyer has written to them that they have to pay us N7 million before the 2 nd of February.” “We had gotten more than 100 bank approvals for our clients and more than 40 of them have cancelled due to these disputes we had, and a lot of people want to bring in applications but we have stopped taking applications,” Olavi added. News of the project being called off has disappointed many youths who had hoped to get a roof over their heads, but the project which was aimed to reduce the housing backlog in Rundu did not deliver as there were complications from the start. New Era understands that the decision to cancel the PPP agreement came after several councillors started having differences on the project. Some were of the opinion that the project invaded mahangu fields of some residents. Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo referred New Era to the town’s acting CEO Fransiska Thikerete, who in turn property division, upon his return from work. The man, Kauiyu Amos, said he was shocked to find his shack gone. “They took my zinc, bed, clothes, pots and everything. I got the shirt I am wearing from a friend and the short pants were under my uniform,” he narrated to New Era. He moved to the piece of land in October after his previous landlord sold his erf. Amos has to pay N,000 for contravening municipality by-laws by erecting a shack in an unauthorised area so that he can get his belongings back. Speaking in unison the group members claim they have nowhere to go and called on municipality to avail land that is not already designated. They claimed they applied for land across the road from where they are, but it is now being cleared for construction. “They claim we are here illegally but then why do they bring voting centres here during elections?” asked one man among the crowd. City Police superintendent Gerry Shikesho refuted the group’s allegations saying they are only enforcing the law. EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Omuthiya Office: Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 said she can only comment after a council meeting scheduled for today. Armstrong was scheduled to develop a new suburb on an 82-hectare plot in an area south of the Rundu- Nkurenkuru road in Rundu. According to the design previously seen by New Era the new suburb was to have a fuel station, private doctors’ consulting rooms and a supermarket, to name a few facilities which were lined up. The project would have been the first suburb to be developed by local investors in the town. Rundu has since independence, seen development of suburbs such as Millennium Park, Queens Park and recently Rainbow Village, the old NHE township – also known as Kings Park – and the new NHE mass housing township development next to Unam Rundu Campus. The town of Rundu with its housing backlog currently at around 30,000 units, has a huge demand for houses; yet several projects have failed to take off; and thus residents had placed their hopes on this project which had shown some progress. Shikesho explained that the City of Windhoek contracts a company to remove shacks and only calls in contractors when the shack owner refuses to remove their shack as requested. He added that it is impossible for the contractor to just take down structures of an occupant while they are present. Shikesho said they demolished incomplete structures that were partially built or in the process of being built. “If property was removed, there are two reasons, that the structure was busy being constructed or half built and there was no occupation. The reason I got from my area commander is that the people are saying they don’t have the means to take back their property somewhere and they need until end of the month to hire a car to help transport their belongings,” said Shikesho. He added that they are waiting on the municipality property department to advise them on what to do next. “We would advise property department to tell those people to move because they are inviting other people to come.” Luderitz Office: Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES AND PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 VENAANI From page 1 “There is no way that one can incriminate a party for venturing on the business arena in an open and transparent manner unless it is clear that the party in power has looted treasury to advance its endeavours,” said Riruako in an interview with New Era yesterday. The biggest problem in Namibia, Riruako stressed, is the lack of innovation; and greed that manifests amongst parties’ leaderships. Riruako feels some leaders in opposition parties have access to business opportunities but only use such opportunities to build their personal empires and not to amalgamate and amass these opportunities for the benefit of their political parties. Arena unequal Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president, McHenry Venaani confirmed that for a political party to compete on the business field is not unheard of, but that the playing field should be levelled for all political parties. “I see nothing wrong with a political party trying to complement its income by venturing into business. But there is something wrong when one party uses its position in government to advance tenders to its entities,” Venaani maintained. He revealed that his newly rebranded outfit is slowly embarking on the establishment of its business arm but refused to divulge more information on the ventures at this stage. He did not mince his words when he stressed that in one way or another, there are manoeuvres that prevent businesses owned by members of opposition parties from getting equitable access to existing business opportunities. “The business sector is shy or scared to support businesses linked to opposition parties because of fear of victimisation, perhaps when it comes to government tenders. And it goes without saying that government is the biggest supporter of business in the country,” Venaani stressed. He added the status quo in the country is a far cry from the situation in neighbouring South Africa where the Democratic Alliance is said to be thriving as a result of support from the business sector in that country. Landless People’s Movement (LPM)’s, Henny Seibeb fingered Swapo’s perceived monopoly in business as a limiting factor to other parties’ endeavours. “One of the areas that we are intending to venture into as LPM is cooperative business alliances. But the system of governance that currently prevails in Namibia is not going to make it easy,” Seibeb said adding that problems will arise when a business owned by a known member of an opposition party tries to do business with the State. “We are in a patrimonial system. People who have influence at the Tender Board, let alone the ministers who have to approve the EPLs are all sympathisers of the ruling party, which in turn has a competing interest,” Seibeb said. He maintained that as the LPM prepares to enter the fray, the party will step in with a few strategies up its sleeves. “The only way that an opposition owned venture can thrive in Namibia is through innovation because as it stands Swapo has employed its status to monopolise the best of the existing opportunities,” he said. Disadvantaged Workers Revolutionary Party’s MP, Salmon Fleermuys told New Era that his party’s business ambitions were blocked by a number of things including government’s delay in disbursing the party’s funding. “We would have ventured into other income generating streams to supplement our income had it not been for the infightings within the party, the court battles that ensued and the delay in the party getting the funding,” Fleermuys said. In November last year the party received N0,000 for the first time from treasury - after having been in parliament for almost three years. The party also received a further N,5 million from treasury last week ‘from the remaining N million that was still due.’ “They didn’t even give us interest that may have accrued on the money for the two years that it was being held. We are just waiting for parliament to resume and then I will demand for the rest of the N, 5 million from the Minister of Finance,” Fleermuys said adding that getting all the funds will enable the party to put its structures in place. Big business Swapo has business entities amongst them, Kalahari Holdings which was established in 1989 under the Registration Number 89/186 in terms of the Company Act, 1973 as amended. The company is wholly owned by the ruling party. According to online sources the enterprise has grown from a medium sized company to a large corporation with an asset base of over N0 million. For the past five years, the company is said to have grown by almost 50 percent, having assets of N million in 2006 and N0 million in 2012. Kalahari Holdings, together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures employ close to 300 permanent employees, and also makes use of seasonal and casual workers. Kalahari Holdings prides itself in the ability to fund Swapo activities and services throughout the country.

Tuesday, January 30 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Ncuncuni supplementary registration goes smoothly Albertina Nakale Windhoek Kavango West Governor Sirrka Ausiku says no hiccups have been experienced during the supplementary registration for the regional council by-election for Ncuncuni Constituency, which started last week on Wednesday in the region. The regional council by-election is necessitated by the death of Swapo politician Rosa Kavara, who was the councillor of Ncuncuni Constituency. She was buried recently at Mupini village in Kavango West Region, some 10 km west of Rundu. The by-election for Ncuncuni Constituency in the Kavango West Region will be held on March 28 to fill the vacancy left when Kavara died earlier this month. In an interview with Ausiku, she noted that registration started off smoothly at various points. “We are monitoring the situation on the ground on a daily basis. So far there are no challenges experienced,” she said. The governor had urged eligible residents of the constituency, especially the new ones, to register in order to vote for a new leader come March 28. The supplementary registration started on Wednesday and ended on Saturday. This registration process consisted of four semi-fixed teams and one mobile team. The registration points were set up at various schools such as Sitenda, Ncumcara, Mavendje, Singuruve, Hamweyi, Ncuncuni, Gcigco, Ncaute, Naingopo, Gcwatjinga among other places. Kavara passed away at the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Windhoek on January 2 after she had a stroke. According to the Electoral Act, No. 5 of 2014, an election to fill a political office that has become vacant between general elections must take place within 90 days of the position becoming vacant. Warmbad residents demand proper toilets and access to potable water Matheus Hamutenya Warmbad Selma Ikela Windhoek More inmates obtain tertiary qualifications Inmates at Namibia’s correctional facilities are transforming their lives as they prepare for re-entry into society, with a number of inmates obtaining degrees – including masters’ degrees - and other qualifications that would allow them to find meaningful employment upon release. The acting head of education at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, Superintendent Theofillus Kadhimo, told New Era that one of their success stories is an offender who completed his master’s degree in business administration through Unisa in 2015. The offender landed himself a job after he completed his sentence. Among offenders who obtained a tertiary qualification is Morris Sibitwani, 39, who graduated with a diploma in accounting and auditing from the University of Namibia. He aims to become a chartered accountant. Sibitwani was sentenced to 30 years for murdering his girlfriend. He has already served 15 years. “The time I was outside I struggled getting employment. After I am released I will be integrated into the community and fit in, that’s why I decided to study. I considered what to study because I don’t want to struggle getting employment when I’m released,” said the former long-distance bus driver. During a New Era visit to the facility, Kadhimo said a total of 819 offenders were enrolled in various programmes with universities, Namcol Grade 10 and 12 and literacy programmes. The facility also has a workshop that offers Efforts to change… Inmate Mateus Nuugonya (middle) obtained a diploma in education for development through Namcol. He is serving a 16-year jail term. Nuugonya is accompanied by his sister Josephine Nuugonya (left) and chief correctional officer Micheal Nakwatumbah Photo: Contributed vocational training in areas such motor mechanics, tailoring and electricals. Kadhimo said literacy is taught at the facility by education officers and some offenders who are undergoing training. However, Kadhimo pointed out that it is a challenge when offenders apply for bursaries, especially for tertiary students, as companies are not aware that there is education taking place at the facility. Kadhimo says the correctional facilities are not merely a lock-up for convicts but are places where convicts are rehabilitated into productive members of society. “We do not just lock them up but rehabilitate them to go back into society – with acquired skills to be civilised and make the right decisions. They also rehabilitate themselves through education,” said Kadhimo. He explained that the number of prospective students started picking up in 2015 through sensitizing offenders. “We go into the units and sensitize them about education and the programmes offered. We liaise with institutions and companies for funding, which come here and do presentations at the facility.” He added that the facility is a registered examination centre where offenders sit and write examinations and are invigilated by an education officer. He said some Namcol students are sponsored by the Namibian Literacy Trust while some themselves pay for their studies. For tertiary students, they either pay for themselves through support of relatives or are funded by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF). Warmbad residents want proper toilets and water in the comfort of their homes, with many frustrated that after so many years of independence they still use dry toilets and have to walk long distances to fetch water. The frustrated residents demand that the situation must improve, saying they have not seen any significant improvements at the settlement since independence, as they still walk to fetch water, while those lucky to have a toilet use the dry toilets, while many still have no option but to go to the bush when nature calls. Katrina Alberts, 37, told New Era that although some people have access to dry toilets, many still remain without toilets. She added that while the residents have access to potable water, residents can fetch water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, but the taps are closed for the rest of the week, and this she said is not good as people need water all the time, and therefore people should have taps in their yard to have access to water. “If we had our own meters installed we would have access to water and even flushing toilets would be easier to set up,” she said. Alberts, who had taken a five-minute walk to the nearest public tap with her containers on a wheelbarrow, narrated that residents pay about N per 20-litre container of water, and she says although it is cheap, it could get better if all residents had their own taps. Josef Swartz, 44, is also of the opinion that the residents’ situation can improve if water is brought to their houses, saying it is frustrating to use public taps, which are only accessible on certain days. “The taps are not open all the time, that is why it is needed that residents get their own taps, then we can even set up our own flushing toilets, we really need taps of our own,” he said.

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