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2 NEWS Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 2 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 AHTISAARI From page 1 who played a pivotal role in the UNled transition that ushered in Namibia’s independence in 1990 – said though good governance has stalled in several of the continent’s 54 countries over the past together with Senegal, Morocco and oil-producing Nigeria. “This is good news. Overall, governance in Africa has improved managed to accelerate their rate of improvement,” among them Namibia, the country where Athisaari was posted to as a UN special representative 27 years ago. of the Namibian political leaders’ commitment to good governance. “The scoring also suggests that Namibian citizens have opportunities to pursue a good life. Namibians should be proud of this achievement and ensure equal opportunities are afforded to all citizens,” the 2008 Nobel Prize winner told New Era on Monday. Ahtisaari observed that Namibia HOPE From page 1 “Timely policy interventions to improve the productive capacity of the economy and diversify economic activities are therefore critical. We need to improve the range of Southern Africa as well as the whole of Africa,’’ The breakfast meeting allowed for constructive engagement on measures proposed in the Budget Review and to streamline private sector input as regards the implementation modalities of these economic interventions. Schlettwein said emerging markets and developing economies lead global growth with an output rate at 4.5 and 4.9 percent for 2017 and 2018, respectively, due to positive growth in China and India. He noted that world trade volumes are also projected to improve, while non-fuel commodity prices are projected to taper off in 2018, after a moderate recovery in 2017. “The sub-Saharan African region also anticipates gradual growth take-off, with the this year and 3.5 percent in 2018. For Namibia, the growth outlook for South Africa and Angola is important.” South Africa projected economic growth at 0.7 percent in 2017 and 1.1 in 2018, up from 0.3 percent last year, while Angola’s growth is projected at about These contrasting growth dynamics across implications for Namibia, given that the global upswing augurs well for international trade and goods, he noted. Schlettwein said the low growth spell in Angola and South Africa placed a squeeze on Namibia, which stems According him, Namibia is already contending with the tightening squeeze on potential SACU revenue, which is anticipated to decline by “These dynamics crystallise the challenges of small, open economies such as Namibia in an increasingly integrated and globalised economy. A soft landing for large trading partners often leads to a hard landing for the small economy. “Therefore, it is necessary that Namibia focuses on economic transformation, regional integration and leveraging of regional and global value chains,” he told the meeting. scored higher than the African average of 50.8 out of 100 and higher than the regional average for Southern Africa news for the country. On the other hand, he was also of the view there are “warning signs” in 22 African countries, where “progress is slowing or even in decline” and listed Mauritius, Angola and Cameroon as countries where progress was in decline. Countries that have seen a deterioration in good governance based on the MI African Republic, Mozambique, Ghana and Botswana. Asked to give an assessment on the fact that safety and the rule of law and sustainable economic opportunity have also shown decline in some African countries, on the issue of safety and the rule of law Ahtisaari was of the view that the “decline was driven by the deterioration of national security” conditions. This, noted the tenth president of Finland, was “linked to the widening terrorist threat we pointed out last year in our report: ‘Africa At A Tipping Point’. But it also points out countries still under the radar, Cameroon, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Senegal and Mauritania.” “Personal safety also remains on the decline, driven by worsening trends Learners with special needs get early X-mas gift John Muyamba Rundu Learners from the special unit of Dr Romanus Kampungu Secondary School last Friday received an early Christmas gift consisting of new school uniforms, shirts, socks, trousers, shoes, skirts and cash from FNB Namibia Holdings Foundation Trust. The school uniform kits cost N,000 and the bank also gave N,000 cash to the school. On behalf of FNB Namibia SWAPO From page 1 court to interdict 27 of the 81 respondents from attending the congress. According to documents respondents in the case were unduly elected by the Omaheke structures to attend the congress. The respondents include Omaheke Governor Festus Uitele and Kilus Nguvauva, among others. Friday, but the deputy judge president ordered the applicants represented by Tuafeni Muhongo on instructions of YA NDAKOLO From page 1 elected to top posts at the party’s Ya Ndakolo said ministers in the Team Swapo camp were insulting Geingob, their appointing authority, and continued to describe his administration as “corrupt and bankrupt”. Without mentioning the names, Ya Ndakolo said it was high time for those ministers to be dismissed for disrespecting their appointing authority. “Comrade President, show me the way home once I start in crime and political violence,” said Ahtisaari. Although he alluded to the progress being made by the police in African countries, he felt that the progress made was being rolled back by endemic corruption, bureaucracy and a lack of accountability among those employed in the public service. On the inclination by some African leaders to cling to power long after they have become unpopular, Ahtisaari was forthright. “The means by which leaders often within the legal framework of a democratic system,” he said. “Constitutional rules are manipulated rather than abolished. In practice, this can mean that constitutional reforms are undertaken to remove limits of presidential terms or electoral boundaries winning elections.” as ECOWAS and SADC, to play a meaningful role to assist countries on the continent, where leaders want to stay in power by rigging elections and by using retrogressive undemocratic and unconstitutional means. “In cases where undemocratic and unconstitutional means are used, regional and international organisations can play Holdings Foundation Trust, Rundu branch business manager Geraldo Illarius said that the bank was delighted to donate to the special unit school for disabled children. “I would also like to applaud the school for the work that you do for these learners, as well as for availing FNB an opportunity to be a partner with you in making a difference in the lives of this children.” “It is vital that we support the school, because one way or the other we are all affected. We also want to celebrate the children. We hope that our small contribution will lighten the Khadila Amoomo to place the notice of motion outlining their prayers and the respondents in the New Era and Namibian newspapers and to broadcast it on the NBC English and Herero radio stations to give the respondents not served adequate time to prepare their defences, if they so wished. The case was then remanded to yesterday and all but 14 of the papers to indicate their opposition to the application. The judge after hearing from South African senior Advocate Vas Soni on instructions from Dirk Conradie, the legal representatives of the represented respondents postponed insulting you,” Ya Ndakolo said and demanded to know why ministers, who are unhappy with the Geingob administration cannot just pack their bags and go home honourably. Geingob is vying for the Swapo precidency. His slate of candidates, known as Team Harambee, consists of Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah who is campaigning for the vice-president Team Swapo campaigners include former defence minister Nahas Angula use economic sanctions or suspend membership unless constitutional rule is reinstated.” Asked if the western model has failed Africa and if the continent needs another model, Namibia’s famed independence broker said: “There is no distinctively western model of democracy. Democracy is a global value. It is important to remember that all members of the United Nations have committed themselves to promoting democracy when entering the UN. “When assessing the success or failure of democracy in Africa, it is important to look at how the individual countries, and the continent as a whole, fare in different dimensions of democracy, rather than treating the success or failure of democracy as a binary.” On the crisis in Zimbabwe, Ahtisaari said: “It is obviously a pivotal moment for Zimbabwe and the [Mo Ibrahim] Foundation is monitoring the events closely as they unfold. The leadership crisis presents a real challenge to “Zimbabwe remains one of the lowest ranking countries for Overall Governance, placed 40 th out of 54. Therefore, I would encourage all parties involved to act in the interest of Zimbabweans,” he said. lives of our children. We wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018,” Illarius said. The donation was received by one of the school’s heads of department, Hilde Katamba. “We really appreciate your charity and the good heart that you are showing. It is highly appreciated and hopefully this doesn’t end here. “We always try our level best to see how we can help our learners, but when we see the society noticing them, it shows a good heart and we hope you will keep your doors open for them. Thank you very much,” Katamba said. the matter to tomorrow to afford the rest The respondents include the Swapo Party, Bernhard Esau, Christine //Hoëbes, Erastus Uutoni, Gothardt Kasuto, Theo-Ben Gurirab, Libertine Amadhila, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Marco Hausiku, the Swapo Party Elders Council, Swapo Party Women’s Council and Swapo Party Youth League, as well as those represented by Gerson Narib and Muhongo. papers before 12h00 today and for the end of the workday. Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Swapo information and mobilisation Other Team Swapo campaigners are Swapo coordinator for Oshikoto Region Armas Amukwiyu for secretary- Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun and former Swapo Women’s Council secretary, Petrina Haingura contesting for deputy SG. Twenty-one out of 54 Oshikoto delegates to the party congress were present at the Team Harambee meeting on Sunday. – Nampa

Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Call for speedy return to Zim normalcy Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Law Society of Namibia (LSN) has expressed its solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe and its colleagues throughout the Zimbabwean legal profession amidst the turbulence in the country, underlined by calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign. This follows a huge demonstration involving hundreds of thousands of people in Harare on Saturday demanding the long-time president should cede power. The call for Mugabe to step down resonated with hundreds of Zimbabwean traders and expatriates in Namibia, who over the weekend made similar demands to their embassy in Windhoek. LSN is a self-regulating body created in terms of the Legal Practitioners’ Act (1995), which serves the Namibian public and legal profession by promoting justice, protecting the independence of the judiciary and upholding the rule of law. LSN Director Retha Steinmann said the organisation fully supported Photo: Nampa/AFP A delegate of the ruling ZANU-PF party reacts to the announcement of the party’s decision to dismiss Robert Mugabe as its president dismissal on Sunday in Harare. Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, sacked Mugabe as party leader on Sunday marking the accelerating collapse of the 93-year-old’s support and power base. the position of the Law Society of Zimbabwe as published, and said: “The Law Society of Zimbabwe has taken note of the current developments in the country.” “It particularly notes the assurances of peace and calm given Circulating others’ alleged HIV status condemned Staff reporter Windhoek by those behind the recent events. The Law Society of Zimbabwe also takes heart at the assurance that Constitutional order will be respected and restored,” she said. She added the Law Society of Zimbabwe is committed to justice and the rule of law, thus she encouraged by the undertaking not to interfere with the independence of the judiciary. She is hopeful that in everything to follow the constitution will be respected and due process will be observed for all actions to be taken. “We further call for a quick return to Constitutional order. We call upon fellow citizens to respect peace, individual rights and in particular property rights and individual security,” she appealed. Meanwhile, the SADC Lawyers Association said it had also learnt with cautious trepidation of the unfolding situation in Zimbabwe. The SADC-Lawyers Association also joined the SADC community of nations in calling for continued calm and restraint that had so far largely characterised the events in that country. In a press statement, the SADC- LA stated that as the mother body of the legal profession in the SADC region, it reminded all nations of the need to uphold the rule of law and constitutionalism in the bid to resolve the political dispute in Zimbabwe. “The rule of law is the cornerstone of the separation of powers and the bedrock for democracy and development that ought not to be compromised. It is further noted that short of the constitutionally stipulated path to democracy, any efforts towards resolution risk a stillbirth on all counts. “As close regional observation continues in relation to the ongoing situation, SADC-LA emphasises the urgent need for the expeditious return to normalcy and preservation of fundamental rights and freedoms,’ the SADC lawyers stated. To this end SADC-LA also calls upon all SADC member states to rally their support behind Zimbabwe in this time of uncertainty and as the nation strives to obtain a durable solution to the immediate political challenges. SADC-LA is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of human rights, the rule of law, democracy and good governance in the SADC Region and beyond. Our mission is to promote and defend the rule of law without fear or favour. Namibia’s Ombudsman Advocate John Walters questioned what joy some people derived from circulating others’ HIV status on social media. “Why dig into someone’s privacy? Stop it. If you get joy, what joy do you get by spreading rumour (s) and even if it is true, what joy or reward do you get,” asked Walters. He was responding to enquiries about what consequences people could face by disclosing and circulating other people’s HIV status on social media. A list consisting of 29 names including a local lecturer, businessmen and local designer alleged to be HIV positive is making the rounds on social media. “This people are HIV and AIDS (sic). Please protect our mother and sisters by circulating this message by sharing it on whatsapp.” Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya could not be reached for comment regarding what action the people mentioned could take against those who posted their status on social media. In addition to the circulating HIV list, social media has in the past been inundated with names of people alleged to be homosexuals. Walters told New Era that tracing the identity of the main person who initially posts such Ombudsman Advocate John Walters allegations on social media posed a problem. “We don’t have a mechanism other than our courts. If that’s matter of defamation, then you need to sue that person for spreading false information against you. All I can do is urge people not to do that,” remarked Walters, and added that it was not in anyone’s interest to reveal someone’s status. Walters also urged those who receive such posts to stop resending them, because even if the allegations were true it had nothing to do with them. WINDHOEK National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) presidential s p o k e s p e r s o n , J o s e p h Kauandenge has accused the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), formerly known as DTA of Namibia, of stealing his party’s name. In a media statement issued on Saturday, Kauandenge said the party was busy consulting with lawyers and would approach the highest court to prevent the PDM from using its new name. Before forming a coalition with Nudo ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections in 2014, Kauandenge was the president of the People’s Joseph Kauandenge, the Nudo presidential spokesman Kauandenge accuses PDM of stealing name Democratic Movement, also known as the PDM. Kauandenge said Nudo was not impressed with the PDM, as it had not carried out the name change with the due diligence necessary realise that the abbreviation was already in use by another party. “This action from DTA can be best described as intellectual property theft of the highest order and we will not sit idle and watch this being carried out under our very own noses,” he stated. He further distanced himself and the members of the People’s Democratic Movement, who joined Nudo in 2014, from the new PDM, adding that they did not have any links with one another. “We remain members of Nudo as we have been for the past three years and have not joined or given DTA the right to use our name,” he said. When approached for comment by Nampa on Sunday, PDM Member of Parliament, Elma Dienda dismissed Kauandenge’s statements. She said her party would only entertain such allegations if Kauandenge could provide proof that his party had registered with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN). that shows when the party was registered with the ECN, then we can talk,” she said. – Nampa

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