Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 2 NDC From page 1 Sabuta faces 16 fraud charges connected to the fraud case of Charity Mujohn-Kaali, 35, a former executive at the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC), who faces 24 counts of fraud. Mujohn-Kaali is alleged to have used her position while employed at NDC to influence the awarding of tenders to benefit relatives and friends. She was arrested in 2015 after her estranged husband reported her suspected illegal dealings to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). She reportedly facilitated the awarding of a N0,000 NDC tender to her aunt, Precious Mbuywana Kamwi, 56, through a company she owns, Broad Wings Investment. The firm was awarded a tender to supply office equipment to NDC’s Rundu branch. Kamwi, who was charged alongside her niece, faces 14 charges of fraud. With them in the dock is co-accused Songiso Chrispin Kamwi, 63, who faces three charges of fraud. Mujohn-Kaali is further accused of using her position to facilitate the awarding of an N$18.5 million tender for the construction of Omumbonde Industrial Park in Okahandja in favour of her friend. The charges against Sabuta and her three co-accused range from fraud, using and providing a false document, using their position for gratification, and disguising the unlawful origin of property. All four accused are out on bail and are expected to make their next appearance in court in August. Opuwo hospital runs out of cleaning materials WINDHOEK Opuwo District Hospital has been without cleaning materials since April and the building has started smelling. “As I am speaking to you now the wards have started smelling, leaving patients in very unhygienic conditions. And imagine, this is a heath institution,” a source who asked not to be identified, told Nampa recently. Some cleaners told this agency they have been bringing cleaning materials from their homes for the past few months to clean the wards and do laundry. “We have been trying our best to keep up with the situation until it started affecting us financially,” one of the cleaners in the laundry department said. Asked how they deal with the situation at present, the cleaner said they just wash the laundry, such as linen and clothes, in water, then hang it out to dry and give it to the patients to use. Other complaints are that the ambulances have not been functioning for quite some time, because there is apparently no money to have them repaired. “Just imagine that the man who was recently attacked by a lion at the Onguta village in the Sesfontein Constituency had to be transported in a vehicle availed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, because an ambulance was not available,” the source said. Confirming the worrisome conditions at the hospital, Kunene regional health director Thomas Shapumba said they have in the meantime requested the head office in Windhoek to release funds for cleaning materials. Shapumba did not say when they submitted the request, but said they were still waiting for approval. – Nampa LAND From page 1 During a visit to the area yesterday afternoon, security guards watching the area said although no one sleeps in the erected tents at night, there were additional tents erected after the initial group who went to court had initially occupied land there. Occupants on the piece of land in question were ordered by the High Court in April to vacate the area by the latest April 28. The High Court had dismissed the group’s urgent application after the aggrieved people could not provide valid proof that they had been living in the area for the past three years before the City Police demolished their shacks on March 28 and 29. The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement, representing the group, appealed the High Court ruling and submitted a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court against the entire judgment and its orders. There are currently over 40 tents on site. A brief inspection showed that in some of the tents, mattresses and blankets were placed inside to indicate that people live in the tents, but the security guard watching the area was adamant that no one sleeps there. Security guard Victoria Ndevapwa said they are there to prevent people erecting shacks, but people find a way to put up their tents, as the guards are at times dropped off late at the site. She said when they spot a person erecting a tent they call their office, which then contacts the City Police. Ndevapwa added that some tents had been stolen, blown away by the wind, or children played with them, which caused problems as the owners tend to ask the security guards where their tents are. “If they can’t find their tents they throw stones at the guard room and insult us,” she remarked. During the visit New Era found one only occupier, Haufiku Joseph, 24, who came to see if his tent was still intact. Joseph explained that during the day there are no occupants, because they are mostly at work. “If you come at sunset you will find several people here,” he said. He told this reporter the number of tents were growing, “because people need land.” Joseph, who is temporarily employed at a construction site, said he occupied the plot, because he needs his own place, as he is currently squatting with friends. Joseph further told New Era that he does not sleep in his tent at night, but lives nearby. “We are waiting on the municipality to give us this land, if not, then they should take us to a place where there is land,” he said. AR founder Dimbulukeni Nauyoma refuted claims that there were more tents being erected in defiance of the High Court order. He said those who went to court are the ones who are still there. “As far as I’m concerned the number that is there is the number that ought to be there,” he said, adding that there is a group leader in the area who does roll calls of people occupying the site. He indicated that they do not want to frustrate those who have been occupying the area for some time by allowing newcomers to settle there. WATER From page 1 Photo: Nampa Big plans… The City of Windhoek has approved the development of Herero Mall in Katutura Central at the cost of N million, among many infrastructure projects in the current financial year. CAPITAL From page 1 He said the projects approved include, among others, the new wastewater treatment plant at Ongos at a cost of N.5 million, an upgrade of Monte Cristo Road for N million, a new fire station at a cost of N million – all in the Moses Garoeb Constituency. Further, Kazapua said the city council had also approved the servicing of land in Okahandja Park in Tobias Hainyeko Constituency at a cost of N million, as well as the servicing of land in Samora Marchel Constituency in Goreangab Extension 4 at cost of N million. He said CoW further approved the development of Herero Mall in Katutura Central at a cost of N million; the new Lafrenz reservoir, or alternative at N million; Lafrenz electrical load centre at N million, and the upgrading of Bonsmara Street Market in the Northern Industrial area for N.5 million. Kazapua said the city plans to upgrade roads in Otjomuise to the tune of N million, with road tarring in Otjomuise expected to cost some N million, as well as electricity provision for the new Otjomuise Extension in Khomasdal Constituency at N0,000. In Windhoek West, Kazapua said the city would upgrade the Sam Nujoma West route at N.6 million and the Western Bypass off-ramps at N.6 million; the Auas road upgrade at N million, Academia Extension 1 arterials at N.1 million; as well as construction of a cremation furnace at N.2 million; construction of a family park in Dorado Park at N,000, a new cemetery site in Rocky Crest at N million; an electrical feeder at N million and the reconfiguration of the central business district MV circuit at N.5 million. Windhoek East received N.5 million for deep well-drilling; N0,000 to link the Southern Bypass with Sam Nujoma Drive and N million for the development of the Kupferberg landfill site. There are also plans to replace the Luiperds Valley electrical line for N million, while N million will be spent on developing a new residential area in Auasblick. Windhoek Rural Constituency, mainly Mix Settlement at Groot Aub, as well as Brakwater, will receive a new reservoir and bulk pipeline at a cost of N million and a road master plan for Brakwater for N.5 million. Mid-last year Geingob appointed a committee that consists of Cabinet ministers, assisted by a special technical committee composed of government technocrats and water experts to address Namibia’s acute water shortage The Cabinet committee consists of Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa as chairperson, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa and Minister of Presidential Affairs Frans Kapofi, who were all present at the briefing yesterday. The technical committee of experts consists of Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) CEO Dr Vaino Shivute, water expert Maritz, City of Windhoek strategic executive for infrastructure, water and technical services Pierre van Rensburg, presidential economic advisor Dr John Steytler, presidential advisor on policy monitoring and implementation Penny Akwenye, as well as government technocrats from the National Planning Commission, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, who were also in attendance yesterday.
Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Desie Heita Windhoek For many European airline and tourism operators Namibia is this rare gem that has either been always overlooked or not appreciated enough. And for a country whose stability and tourist attractions are world class, its world standing as one of the best tourism destinations is elevated by the fact that other countries that had traditionally competed with Namibia are marred by threats of terrorism, and that the journey there is expensive or passes through so many airports. It is for these reasons Lufthansa’s low cost carrier Eurowings also turned its attention to Namibia. The airline looks at attracting “price sensitive customers,” Dr Andre Schulz, general manager Lufthansa Group, Southern Africa, tells New Era in an exclusive interview. This also means Namibian travellers wishing to visit friends in Europe can grab one carry-on luggage, hop on the airline, where they simply pay for their seat, and receive complimentary drinking water for the duration of the flight. For those with additional funds to spend, they can add one hot and one cold meal and a soft drink of their choice. The airline sees this model as ideal for passengers who wish to travel but cannot afford the huge costs of travelling associated with traditional airlines. And for a continent, or region, where economists have forecasted an increase in the middle class, with new young people with money to spend on travelling, Eurowings is betting on good passenger traffic in the years to come. “We see very positive dynamics, we see so many opportunities in [passenger traffic to southern Africa] mainly driven by Europe who come to southern Africa, which is more [security] secure than other markets,” Schulz says. “And there is good value for money – you have a beautiful country,” says Schulz, describing Namibia as a secrete gem in this part of southern Africa. While Namibia has been known for its traditional tourism attractions of national parks, visitors to Namibia have also come to realise that there is much more the country has to offer, with other parts of the country now being added to Dr Andre Schulz Namibia is a rare gem for tourists the list of must visit. “There is a special charm to Namibia,” says Schulz. Eurowings made its maiden flight to Windhoek from Cologne/Bonn’s Konrad-Adenauer airport last week Thursday. For now the airline willl operate two scheduled flights between Cologne/Bonn and Windhoek, and it plans to add another direct flight between Windhoek and Munich in May 2018. Schulz says the difference in routes operated by Eurowings makes it a complementary airline to Air Namibia, which offers routes to Frankfurt. Eurowings gives the customer the choice between Best, Smart and Basic fares. For customers who merely wish to book a flight, the Basic fare includes one piece of hand luggage as well as complimentary water. Should one spontaneously decide they would like a more comfortable on-board experience, extras such as products from the Wings bistro, or a seat reservation, for example, can be booked as an additional purchase. For the customer who wants more, the Best fare includes a premium seat in the exclusive front area of the cabin. Two items of hand luggage and a 23-kilogramme baggage allowance are included in the price. In addition to this, anything from the on-board Wings bistro is inclusive, and it is also possible to collect travel miles. Customers who book Best are subject to priority check-in and priority boarding, and can amend or cancel their tickets free of charge. A flight booked with the Smart fare includes a seat reservation and permits the customer one item of hand luggage and checked luggage up to 23 kilogrammes, as well as one hot and one cold meal with a soft drink or water. Travel miles can be collected. Other extras, for instance meals from the onboard Wings bistro, can be booked as an additional purchase. The airline makes use of the Airbus A330, which takes 306 passengers, with 17 passengers in Best, and the rest in Smart and Basic seating. “Eurowings’ long-haul flights are more than 90 percent booked. As a result, the low-cost long-haul offering is a success story that the airline will continue to expand sustainably in the future,” said the airline. Murder conviction overturned after 13 years in jail Roland Routh Windhoek The Namibian Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Deon Engelbrecht after he served more than 13 years of a 15-year sentence for murder. Ascribing the delay in bringing the appeal judgment, Judge of Appeal Sylvester Mainga said the writing of the judgement was allocated to now retired Judge Sarel Maritz in November 2012 by Chief Justice Peter Shivute, but because of medical reasons Judge Maritz was unable to comply. The then 24-year-old Deon Engelbrecht was convicted by High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in jail for the murder of 14-year-old Christo Moshoeshoe by stoning. The partly naked body of the deceased was found near Gammams Training Centre in the Southern Industrial Area on December 23, 2003, with bloodstained rocks close to the body. At the time it was reported Engelbrecht had sodomised the deceased, but Judge Ndauendapo acquitted him on a charge of rape. The judge however admitted a ‘confession’ Engelbrecht made to a police officer, Inspector Oelofse, and consequently convicted him on the basis of the ‘confession’. Engelbrecht appealed with leave of the High Court to the Supreme Court against the conviction and the appeal was heard by three judges of the Supreme Court on November 1, 2012. In the appeal submitted by Advocate Winnie Christiaans, who also represented him in his trial, Engelbrecht attacked the admissibility of the so-called confession. He argued that the High Court judge was wrong to admit the so-called confession as it was not proved Albertina Nakale Windhoek Despite a delay in the onset of the 2016/2017 rainy season and the generally poor rainfall performance experienced earlier, many farmers have said they recorded good agricultural production this year. According to farmers, this improvement brought relief and significant recovery to their ailing agricultural production, which was hit by devastating drought the past two successive seasons. These indications are contained in the latest Crop Prospects and Food Security Situation Report released in June. The main findings of this assessment are that most parts of the country received normal to above normal rainfall, resulting in significant improvement in agricultural production. The assessment noted that the crop producing regions recorded a good crop harvest, which according to producers is much better by far than the previous two seasons. The Namibia Early Warning and Food Information Unit (NEWFIU) in collaboration with its cooperating partners undertook its second crop assessment mission in the seven major communal crop-producing regions as from May 8 to June 5. The main purpose of this assessment was to assess and quantify the 2017 crop harvest in the major cropgrowing regions of Namibia and provide an early warning report on geographic locations of agronomic anomalies, the effects of floods, droughts, and other significant events. According to most households interviewed, the current harvest is significant and is expected to sustain households through to the next harvest in May next year. However, the north-east, particularly the Zambezi Region, has suffered excessive rainfall and floods resulting in some crop fields being flooded. Furthermore, the north-central regions, especially Omusati, Oshana, the western part of Ohangwena and the extreme south-western part of Oshikoto, are reported to have been affected by floodwater which came because of heavy rains received in the southern part of Angola. beyond a reasonable doubt that his rights were properly explained to him, that he was not unduly influenced to make the confession, that he was in his sound and sober senses when he made the confession and that he made the confession freely plus that there is no evidence outside the confession that he committed the offence. In the disputed confession Engelbrecht admitted that he was in the company of the deceased on the day in question, but they parted ways after using drugs including dagga and mandrax tablets. He however later returned to the scene, he said, where he found the deceased had passed out and proceeded to have anal intercourse with him. During the act, he said, the deceased woke up and started to fight him According to Engelbrecht, he then threw a piece of paving at the deceased and when the deceased fell down took a huge rock and threw it at the head of the deceased. During the trial it was discovered the rock weighed more than 18kg. Engelbrecht, however, disputed the confession and said he was not told of his constitutional right to legal representation before the statement was taken. According to Judge Mainga, it is trite law that an accused must be fully and properly advised to their legal rights, including the right to have a lawyer present during interrogation and the taking of a confession. In this instance it was not done and the result thereof is that the so-called confession the trial court relied upon must be ruled inadmissible and the conviction be set aside. “It is sad that those that are guilty should walk free due to blunders occasioned by police officers in the investigation of crimes,” Judge Mainga concluded. Good harvest recorded over past rainy season The report states that despite a delay in the onset of the 2016/2017 rainy season, rainfall conditions are reported to have improved significantly, resulting in good and above normal rainfall received in the greater part of the country. The farmers reported that productive rainfall was only realised as from end of November to early December as opposed to a normal start for the season in early November. The report further reported that some parts of the country, especially the north-central, north-west and south-east were affected by poor rainfall performance in the first half of the season stretching to early February this year. The report indicates the revised crop estimates indicate a substantial improvement in the crop harvest, which is much better by far than last season’s harvest in all the regions. Aggregate cereal estimates in the report showed that the country is expecting an increase of at least 84 percent in last season’s harvest and 16 percent above average production. The report also reveals that household food security is reported to have improved following a significant improvement in agricultural production recorded this year. It was noted that the majority of households were dependent on the current production, which according to farmers is sufficient to sustain them till the next harvest in May next year. The report highlights that an outbreak of lumpy skin disease was reported in the north-central regions, Omaheke, Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions. At the time of this assessment, it indicates that the Directorate of Veterinary Services was in the process of mobilizing resources to procure vaccines to respond to the situation. The report further noted that grazing conditions have improved significantly in most parts of the country, except in some few areas which were affected by poor rainfall, mainly in the //Karas and Erongo regions. For areas affected by poor agricultural production that resulted from poor rainfall performance, the regional council in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.