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New Era Newspaper Tuesday May 8, 2018

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New Era Newspaper Tuesday May 8,

Tuesday 8 May 2018 N.00 (incl VAT) Vol. 23 No. 166 newera.com.na Fishcor opens N million ice plant in Lüderitz Page 3 Construction on new Kavango East fisheries office to resume Page 11 The demise of traditional front runners Page 24 National Business Sport Sevenhorse race for Meatco plum job •Kuzeeko Tjitemisa WINDHOEK – Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, yesterday confirmed to New Era that there are seven candidates shortlisted for the position of chief executive officer at Meatco. Meatco has been without a substantive CEO since the suspension and subsequent resignation of Advocate Vekuii Rukoro mid-last year. Jooste yesterday briefly told New Era that seven candidates were shortlisted and four candidates have already been interviewed and the remaining three will be interview next week Tuesday. Meatco on page 2 M i n i s t e r o f P u b l i c Enterprises, Leon Jooste State pushes for convictions in Avid case The Avid accused in the dock Photo: Roland Routh •Albertina Nakale WINDHOEK – The Katima Mulilo Town Council might have fallen foul of the country’s anti-corruption law by failing to report alleged bribes in its mass housing scheme, an offence that is punishable by a fine of N0,000 or 25 years in prison. This is according to Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) Chief of Investigation and Protection, Nelius Becker. ACC is unhappy with the town council for failing to report corrupt transactions by council officials, who allegedly took bribes to allocate the mass housing units at the town. “They are supposed to report these officials to the ACC. If you fail to report such corrupt transactions, then there is a penalty under Section 49,” Becker told New Era. New Era reported last month that the Katima Mulilo Town Council had suspended three officials on allegations that they had corruptly accepted kickbacks ranging between N,000 and N,000 in exchange of top spots on the housing waiting list. The government’s Mass Housing units are allocated according to a waiting list of home seekers that the town council compiled. acc on page 2 •Roland Routh WINDHOEK - The State yesterday demanded the conviction of all people standing before the High Court in the Avid corruption case involving N million that went missing from the Social Security Commission (SSC) through dubious investments in between December 2004 and August 2005. Standing before the court are former Member of Parliament and deputy minister Paulus Kapia, Inez /Gases, who served as board chairperson of Avid, former Avid director and lawyer Otniel Podewiltz, lawyer Sharon Blaauw and her husband Ralph, who is the former Acting Secretary-General of the National Youth Council. avid on page 2 Katima’s silence on bribery infuriates ACC ACC Chief of Investigation and Protection, Nelius Becker Photo: Screengrab @The Namibian Air Namibia eyes four new destinations in Angola •Albertina Nakale WINDHOEK - Plans are at an advanced stage for Air Namibia to increase routes into Angola, with additional destinations to Ondjiva, Lubango, Namibe and Benguela, a spokesperson at the airline confirmed yesterday. The routes and destinations are to supplement the current route between Windhoek and Luanda. President Hage Geingob made the revelations of the advanced discussions on the matter during the State visit of Angolan President João Lourenço, which ended over the weekend. Geingob said this increased connectivity and air traffic between Namibia and Angola would be a catalyst for business activity, trade and tourism. Air Namibia spokesperson, Paul Nakawa, has confirmed to New Era that the airline had requested the government to engage the Angolan government to secure traffic rights for Air Namibia to fly to these destinations. “Air Namibia is still waiting for an official response from the Namibian and Angolan governments regarding the matter. If the request was approved, the Namibian government is yet to brief Air Namibia on the developments,” Nakawa said. air NaMibia on page 2

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