2 NEWS Tuesday, March 6 2018 | NEW ERA HANSE From page 1 The education minister mative when asked by Magistrate Anna Kruger if she was aware of the charge she faces. Kruger then informed her that the matter will be transferred to the High Court in Windhoek, and warned her to appear on the set court date, failure of which she would have a warrant of arrest issued against her. The court further ordered that a complete record of proceedings be forwarded by the Mariental clerk of court to the High Court in Windhoek. Although she appeared without her lawyer Sisa Namandje, family members and friends gathered at court to support her, with Hardap Governor Esme Isaack (who succeeded Hanse-Himarwa in that position) and National Council Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams, among those at court to give her moral support. Hanse-Himarwa, who denied the corruption allegations in a statement last week, stood in the dock with a smile on her face as she waited for proceedings to begin, and although she shied away from the cameras for a second, she appeared not to be bothered much, asking photographers, ‘Do you want some more?’ The education minister, a resident of Mariental, left the court again all smiles, in the company of a supportive army of family and friends, and even spared a moment to pose for pictures by journalists, as her ministerial Mercedes Benz, parked alongside other government vehicles, waited for her. DRC From page 1 The Peace and Security Council of the AU, at its 730th meeting, held on November 7, 2017, considered the undertaken from October 22 to 26, 2017, and adopted several decisions therefrom. One of the decisions taken by the council was to recall the agreements signed by Congolese stakeholders on October 18, 2016 and December 31, 2016, on the organisation of peaceful, credible and transparent elections in the DRC, in order to pave the way for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in the country. Chergui, who is in the country for a two-day meeting of the AU Panel of the Wise (PoW), spoke to New Era in an interview yesterday on the continuing political violence in the DRC. “We will review the many elections that will be organised this year. One of the elections we are following closely is the DRC. We have established an institutional panel working on that election which is composed of the AU, SADC, Seychelles and United Nations. We are also working with the government and the electoral commission there to make sure we address all the shortcomings. So, at the end of the day we have a peaceful and credible election on 23rd December this year,” Chergui said. He noted the agenda of the AU PoW is very important as it will map its activities for this year in dealing with issues of prevention and the crises Africa faces. Since June 2015, Kabila has unsuccessfully tried to convene a ‘national dialogue’ to address a variety of issues, including elections. But most of the opposition parties and civil society organisations are refusing to participate. Meanwhile, tensions are rising in the resource-rich country. Former president Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is the chairperson of the AU PoW since October last year, said that with so many elections to be held this year on the African continent the advice of the panel would be very much required. Some of the many general and presidential elections slated for this year on the continent include those in Kavango West hosts regional stakeholders’ indaba John Muyamba Nkurenkuru Kavango West Regional Governor Sirkka Ausiku will from today host a two-day stakeholders’ meeting with government ministries and agencies in Nkurenkuru with the intention to gauge sentiment in terms of project implementation, service delivery and development year 2017/2018. Ausiku has made it her business agencies at stakeholders’ meetings to track developmental activities and progress in the region in order to strengthen the good working relationship with all ministries, agencies and stakeholders, including investors. “Yes, as a region we will have where we expect all O/M/As (of- ing in our region to brief us on how they implement their activities, programmes and projects as per budget allocation for the 2017/18 “As I highlighted in my state of the region address last year, our development budget was reduced to N7.3 million. As a new Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Libya, Mali, South Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Tunisia, Rwanda and Mauritania. The PoW delegation accompanied by Pohamba also visited President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday where they briefed him on their roles as the PoW. Part of their mandate is to advise the AU Council and the chairperson of the AU Commission on all issues pertaining to the promotion and maintenance of peace, security and stability in Africa. Pohamba said there is a need to set their agenda and raise critical peace and security issues affecting the African continent alongside and in support of the AU Peace and Security Council as well as the chairperson of the commission.“We must develop ideas and make proposals that contribute to promoting peace, security and stability in Africa to the chairperson of the commission and Peace and Security Council. I count on your individual and collective experience and knowledge in order to strengthen the AU efforts in the prevention, management and reso- region that was a huge setback to our projects that were earmarked to year,” she added. According to Ausiku, Kavango istries and agencies should inform the public on the implementation of all their activities, programmes and projects and not only about capital projects in relation to their operational and developmental budget allocations. Moreover, she wants to highlight the economic advancement, infrastructure development, human capital development and social progression of the community of the region. “As a governor, one of my responsibilities is to monitor the activities of government programmes in the region, so this stakeholders’ meeting is part of my tools to monitor how the programmes are being implemented, and since the community is also invited to this meeting it gives the chance to ask tions directly,” she noted. When asked what are the current government projects in Kavango West, Ausiku said this would be made clear after the two-day meeting. said. Moreover, Pohamba noted that in almost all African countries the rapid growth of youth populations, combined with shrinking economies, has resulted in high levels of unemployment and rapid and uncontrolled urbanisation, which are seen by many observers to be correlated to violence. “Our meeting today is taking place at a crucial time when most of our African countries are faced with manifold insecurity. We need to help the council and the chairperson of the commission challenges,” Pohamba said. Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba who also attended the meeting said although 99 percent of the African continent has achieved, and is enjoying, political independence, the challenges of maintaining peace and security throughout Africa continues without quick solutions in sight. “The economic hardships, unemployment especially among the youth population, hunger and poverty, remain our key challenges in Africa,” Mbumba said. ROBBERY from page 1 Khomas Regional Commander, Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa, said members of the public informed the police about strange movements in the area. He said eyewitnesses told the police that seven armed men wearing balaclavas arrived at the shop at around 07h00. “When they entered the shop one of the suspects held a gun to the manager, demanding money,” said Nghishidimbwa. In the process, some employees panicked and rushed out of the shop, he said. Nghishidimbwa added that the police responded immediately and upon arrival, the were shot and injured – one in the leg and the other in the abdomen – and were taken to Katutura Intermediate Hospital under police guard. Three others were also arrested but civilians were injured during the incident,” he said, adding that nothing was stolen. suspects’ getaway vehicle – an unregistered silver Polo Vivo. Nghishidimbwa warned business owners not to keep large amounts of money in their safes, as most robberies are for money. The commissioner noted that in most cases, thieves have insiders who give them information on money kept in business premises. – Nampa/ Additional report by New Era Our Contact details and information Product of New Era email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Cell: +264 81 156 4114 email@example.com Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 email@example.com Cell: +264 81 144 0646 firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 email@example.com Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 VP From page 1 “He focused on forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of Namibia’s consolidation of democracy and economic development,” he said. He said Pohamba’s membership of the PoW is perfectly matched to what he believes in, and he quoted Pohamba: ‘I believe the new African leader must strive to deliver peace, unity and equitable development.’ Mbumba said that means governing in the best interest of all citizens, regardless of the political, ethnic or He said President Hage Geingob always says Namibia is a child of international solidarity, is a baby delivered with the supervision of the U.N. and other brotherly African countries. “It was due to such strong unequivocal support of like-minded friendly nations, including those that may be in political turmoil currently, that we are today an independent and free nation,” he added. Therefore, he said, both former and current African leaders should not give up on ”our brothers and sisters who have fallen on hard times, until they are fully restored to the African community of brotherhood and sisterhood”. The two-day 18th meeting of the AU PoW started in Windhoek yesterday. The meeting is being attended by among others the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui. The Panel of the Wise is one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union and elected members serve a three-year term. The mandate of the panel is to support and advise on the efforts of the chairperson of the AU Commission and the AU Peace and Security Council in The panel also assists the AU Commission in mapping out strategies to address threats to peace and security by providing regular advice and analysis.
Tuesday, March 6 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Hard-times… Young girls feed on thick porridge, which they dip into plain water that they use as a soup. Photos: Nuusita Ashipala Destitute Angolan immigrants starving at Outapi Nuusita Ashipala Outapi Starving illegal immigrants from oil-rich Angola have resorted to eating porridge with plain water as soup after they failed to secure odd jobs with the local community in Outapi. Angola is Africa’s second largest oil producer but proceeds from this God-given endowment elite while the majority languish in poverty. It is one of the countries that have been hard hit by the fall in oil prices. Its once booming construction sector has ground to a screeching halt with construction - to Outapi in search of greener pastures, include mothers and their babies and young children. They have descended on Namibian’s northern town due to erratic rains this year they have not been so fortunate as jobs are very scarce here. rain,” said one Angolan illegal immigrant who declined to be named. The immigrants said while they are at liberty to share their life stories, they are not at liberty to share their identities. “But obviously we are Angolans,” said one immigrant. The majority on the site adjacent to Extension 9 and not too far from the Outapi District Hospital are women and there are at least 10 babies and 10 school-going children at the campsite. In exchange, they are given money, clothes and sometimes food or whatever their temporary masters have to offer. Apart from doing odd jobs, some of them are Outapi District Hospital. Previously, the immigrants camped alongside expectant mothers who have since been provided with a temporary shelter within the hospital prem- New Era visited the area just about lunch time and each group under the tree had prepared its water as soup. There are at least four trees under While one group was eating from a pot, another group had their porridge served in a plastic bag, which they said they would eat on their way when Members of this particular group had already Tuesday, but since there are no jobs here, we will have money to pay for transport,” related one immigrant. One of the mothers said they bring years, their coming to Namibia has been unpleasant as there are no jobs and appeals to the Namibian government come to their rescue. it only means that we will only starve to death. Our government has not done anything for us and that is why we are crossing illegally into Namibia,” lamented one of the immigrants. They, however, applauded the Namibian people, especially those in Omusati where they always the years. “And we see that even our Namibian counterparts are affected this year. The question elderly immigrants. Namibia usually treats Ango- of the role that country played to accommodate Swapo as a liberation movement. Police complete antiterrorism course Roland Routh - while two each were from correctional services and intelligence services, informed her that he was immensely pleased with their performances, out above the other units Dragani trained before. intensifying the cooperation between the two police forces. in a joint special forces training exercise with the Rwandan Police in Kigali, Rwanda, next month and in June and October 2018 courses on peace and stability in Namibia, its neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan rhino poachers and the smuggling of protected animals while its airports and borders are becoming transit routes for drugs and the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade. Nampol expressed his profound gratitude to Dragani, who he described as a dear friend to Namibia. - tion of the agreement between the two police forces. binieri is to, inter alia, provide an overview of the history of terrorism in Africa, distinguish between the different types of terrorism, provide an understanding of the strategic and tactical objectives of terrorism, enable of the strategic role of the analyst in the era of globalisation and provide era of globalisation. terrorism is a global threat which poses a threat to any nations security as it does not have borders and can manifest itself at any time and in coordinated efforts, counter strategies and multi-disciplinary actions of international and national role players,” stated Shilunga. Aupindi corruption case postponed again Maria Amakali Local businessman, Tobias Aupindi, and his coaccused Antonio di Savino are yet to receive a verdict for their prosecution on charges under the Aupindi and Di Savino’s fraud case was on the court roll for judgment yesterday but had to be postponed as the presiding magistrate was unavailable. Reasons were not provided as to why Magistrate Helvi Shilemba was not available to deliver the verdict as scheduled. The case has been on the judiciary’s court roll delayed numerous times. Aupindi, who made an appearance in the Di Savino, was informed that the delivery of the judgment has now been postponed to May 30. Aupindi and Di Savino were standing trial after they were charged with corruptly providing false defeat or obstruct the course of justice. All the charges emanate from the installation of a swimming pool at Aupindi’s residence in Wind- The prosecution alleges Aupindi provided false stating that he had made payments for the installation of the swimming pool. The prosecution charges that Di Savino paid for the installation of the swimming pool at Aupindi’s residence. It is alleged Di Savino paid tenders for the refurbishment of Namibia Wildlife the country. However, one of the witnesses who the pool installation. was still the Managing Director at the NWR and Di Savino was doing business with NWR. SUBJECT: SUBMISSION OF INVOICES SERVICES RENDERED: 2017/2018 FINCIAL YEAR Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation hereby requests all its service providers of works, goods and services to submit in order to ensure timely processing of all payments due before the end of for enquiries in this regard VILBARD USIKU ACTING PERMANENT SECRETARY REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA MINISTRY OF LABOUR, INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT CREATION NOTICE