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New Era Newspaper Tuesday July 25,

ol. 22 No. 243 Windhoek, Namibia Monday July 25 2017 Inside Today Foreign bogus healers denied bail Two alleged fake healers and a fellow Ugandan man were all denied bail when they appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Friday. Page 3 NIPA calls for extension on taxpayers’ amnesty The Namibia Institute of Professional Accountants (NIPA) has appealed for government to extend the deadline for the current amnesty for taxpayers. Page 11 Lucrative prizes at stake in Debmarine Cup quarters The ongoing Debmarine Namibia Cup sees giants of the now-defunct Namibia Premier League (NPL) heavyweights Tura Magic up against Civics in the peak of quarterfinals matches slated for the Legare Stadium in Gobabis on Saturday. Page 24 Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila AU members should honour financial contributions – PM Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on all member states of the African Union (AU) to honor their assessed contributions on time and in full in accordance with the approved scale of assessment. Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the 29 th African Union recently, Kuugongelwa- Amadhila said members states should continue to ensure that the AU has adequate financial resources to pave way for successful and effective implementation of Agenda 2063, including the Continental Flagship Projects. “With regard to the 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports, while supporting principle of self-financing of the union, it has become evident that the levy cannot be implemented until the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is fully established in order to comply with the rules of the World Trade Organisation,” she said. CONTRIBUTIONS on page 2 Namibia’s food security improves … No major price increases for cereals Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibians can breathe a collective sigh of relief following major local commercial millers’ guarantee that the situation is under control as there are no major problems experienced so far in importing cereals in Namibia. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says key local millers have assured the nation that there will be no major price increase in the next few months, except in the event of significant weakening of the South African Rand (to which the Namibian dollar is pegged) against the US dollar. Namibia imported large amounts of cereal in 2016 to feed over 50 per cent of the Namibian population. These cereals included pearl millet, sorghum, wheat and maize that are subsistence rain-fed crops. It is the major staple food for more than half of Namibian residents. These imports were necessitated by the fact that most households who could harvest in 2015 reportedly depleted their poor harvests and had to depend on the retail market and the Government Drought Relief Food Programme to access food. Aggregate cereal estimates indicated the country received a good cereal harvest which is FOOD on page 2 Endjala apologises over Aandonga audio remarks Staff Reporter Outapi Omusati governor Erginus Endjala has issued a public apology to the nation regarding tribally-charged remarks he made in a secretly-recorded audio clip against Aandonga people, politicians and youth activists. During an urgent press conference at Outapi yesterday morning, Endjala admitted to have had a private conversation with Swapo member Taimi Tekla Iimbili at the end of June, but said he was not aware that their conversation was being recorded. An audio clip of more than 50 minutes has since surfaced, during which the governor appeared to accuse Aandonga of being power hungry and non-adherent to Swapo statutes and traditions. He cited, as an example, Swapo’s Oshikoto regional coordinator Armas Amukwiyu, Affirmative Repositioning co-founder Job Amupanda and the late Andreas Shipanga as among those who have had clashes with the Swapo leadership. Endjala expressed shock at what he termed as betrayal by Iimbili, whom she accuse of leading him into temptations of saying the things he said. He accused Iimbili of having ulterior motives. ENDJALA on page 2 Sexagenarian guilty of drug dealing Maria Amakali Windhoek A 69-year-old man was found guilty by the Windhoek Regional Court for dealing in 75 kg of dagga with a street value of N25 000. Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi found John David Toto guilty on a charge of dealing in prohibited dependence-producing Culpable… An elderly man was found guilty of dealing in dagga. substance but acquitted him on an alternative charge of being in possession of cannabis. Toto was allegedly found in possession of 300 parcels containing cannabis weighing 75kg, with a street value of N25 000. “The court is satisfied that the state has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was found in actual control and possession of three bags that contained 300 parcels and further that the accused was aware that the content contained in the bags was cannabis,” explained Velikoshi during his judgment. Toto was arrested on October 29, 2009 following a tip-off from an informer that he was expected to pick up drugs from a house located in the Otjomuise area of Windhoek. DRUG on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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