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4 NEWS Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA Shifeta calls for Green Climate Fund visibility in Africa Albertina Nakale Windhoek Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta says the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the Convention and should be of the means of implementation operationalise the implementation of million dollars with the Green Climate This is in line with the immense for GCF submission before the end the GCF for the formulation of its measures to address adaptation to Albertina Nakale Windhoek Private sector could help feed learners PUBLIC PARTICIPATION NOTICE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR RENEWAL OF MINING LICENCE ML24A IN UIS - KHORIXAS AREA, KUNENE REGION Notice is hereby served to inform all potentially Interested and/or Affected Parties that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Assessment Regulations (2012) for the above mentioned activity. Rock Solid Mining (Pty) Ltd intends to renew their mining licence and continue with existing mining activities on mining licence (ML24A). The renewal application with Ministry of Mines and Energy requires that the proponent conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment and obtain an environmental clearance certificate as condition for renewal. Project Location: Mining License (ML24) is located in Sorris Sorris Conservancy approximately 69 km North-West of Uis in the Kunene Region. Nam Geo-Enviro Solution has been appointed to conduct the environmental impact assessment for the intended project. We invite all Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) to register with this study, submit your name and contact details with any issues, comments to Nam Geo-Enviro Solutions by 7 th December 2017. STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ENQUIRIES - CONTACT Nam Geo-Enviro Solution Nam Geo-Enviro Solution Venue: Sorris Sorris Conservancy Office Tel: +264 61 402 246, Date & Time: 23 Nov 2017 – 10:00 am Fax to Email: 088 6554084, E- Mail: sustainable development speaks of partnerships for Call for nominations! as a means to meet the nutritional She said the ministry has taken “I am reliably informed that the and move the partnership between “Women Who Impacted 2017”. Question: Which Namibian woman made a positive change this year and how? Send the name of your nominee and a short summary of her accomplishment to Closing Date: 30 November 2017 We want to hear from you! Contact Desie Heita Tel: +264 61 208 0800 for enquiries undation at national best to improve the relationship delivery and ensure better value for

Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Gangster-style ‘executioner’ faces trial Maria Amakali Windhoek A year after the execution of Malian national Gamby Maya at dumpsite in Kleine Kuppe, Windhoek, the prosecutor general has decided to prosecute Yemeni national Murad Esmail Ali Al-Hersh. The prosecutor general said 39-year-old Al-Hersh should stand trial for murder and appear for trial Roland Routh Windhoek Judge Christi Liebenberg of the Windhoek High Court last Thursday convicted a Keetmanshoop resident on a charge of murder – read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act – for killing his girlfriend by stabbing her at least eight times with a knife. Judge Liebenberg ruled that Andrew Britz, 59, acted with the direct intent to kill Juliana Sarvanda the stabs, of which one proved fatal, at the upper body of the deceased. Britz pleaded not guilty to the charge when his trial started last week and claimed he was not present when the killing of Garises took place. At the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Britz came looking for Garises at the room at the Windhoek regional court in Katutura. the Prosecutor General’s decision and my lawyer has explained it to me,” Al-Hersh said while standing in the dock yesterday (Monday). The police arrested Al-Hersh on 2 August 2016 in Ongwediva while in possession of more than N,000 after people discovered Maya’s corpse discarded at a dump Garises shared with another woman, Christellah Minnie, but Minnie told him Garises was not there. He then left and returned a while later in the company of Garises The deceased went to lay down on the bed next to Minnie, and the accused entered and wanted to kiss Gariseb, but she rejected his advances saying she did not love him anymore and that he must leave her alone. Britz then told Gariseb if he could not have her nobody else would because she belonged to him, whereupon he stood up and fetched a knife from the cutlery drawer. He then proceeded to stab her several times before he ran away. The deceased then asked another witness, Eveline Hartung, to call the police because she was bleeding. However, Hartung said she did not have airtime and Minnie then went to collect a candle but they site in the suburb of Kleine Kuppe. Police said Maya was discovered with a gunshot between his eyes. Maya was shot in the head while seated in his green Hyundai Elantra 2014 model car. The car was later found abandoned in the Olympia residential area. Al-Hersh, who had been remanded in custody, appeared before magistrate Venatius Alweendo. The charges against allege that found the deceased was no longer breathing. While the accused denied being present when the murder took place, the judge said there was corroborating evidence that placed him at the scene of the crime and evidence about him stabbing the deceased. He said that none of the State witnesses who implicated the accused as the perpetrator were discredited during cross-examination, and neither was there proof of these witnesses having jointly concocted their respective versions to falsely implicate the accused, as the accused wanted the court to believe. “As for the accused, though admitting having been with the deceased shortly before the incident that ended her life, he distanced himself from the offence claiming an alibi i.e. that he was at home at the relevant time. he gunned down Maya as part of unlawful dealings in money. Maya allegedly failed to account for US0,000 (N,014,500) of US0,000 (N.8 million), at the prevailing exchange rate, which then resulted in his tragic execution. The court ordered that a complete transcription of the court proceedings be forwarded to the clerk of the regional court in “There is no duty on the accused to prove his alibi, and if it is reasonably true, then he must be acquitted. The alibi must further not be considered in isolation, but in the light of the totality of the evidence. “When the court is faced with an alibi that is false, the effect thereof on the accused’s case is that it places him in a position as if he had never “The giving of a false alibi in circumstances where there is direct evidence of the commission of the offence, it tends to strengthen the direct evidence against him as there is no evidence gainsaying it,” Judge Liebenberg stated. The adequacy of proof in a criminal case was whether the evidence established the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt. If there was a reasonable possibility that the accused’s innocent Katutura, and further warned the accused to make an appearance in court as scheduled. Al-Hersh has been detained in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility since his arrest in August 2016. The state has opposed his release on bail on the grounds that he could potentially abscond from Namibia before his trial begins since he has Al-Hersh is expected to make Court in Katutura on November 24 for the start of his trial. Keetmanshoop murderer guilty as charged Where to for Zimbabwe? After the Zimbabwean Defence Force rolled the tanks onto the street of Ha- Mugabe to his palace, the South African president Jacob Zuma, who is also the chairperson of SADC, sent special envoys to meet with Mugabe and the military commanders. According to Zimbabwe’s Herald cant progress has been made to weed out criminals around Mugabe”, and soonest. The statement was issued after a meeting between the military and Mugabe on Thursday. Those present at the meeting included Zimbabwe Defence Force Commander General Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe Air Force Vice Marshal Elson Moyo, together with Zimbabwe’s Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi and Zimbabwe’s State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi. South African envoys participating in the meeting comprised Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo, and in addition Zimbabwean Mukonori also attended. Desie Heita spoke to Dr Charles Mubita and Strategic Communication Specialist and university lecturer, to gain some insight into what is happening in Zimbabwe. Question: How are things likely to pan out and is this not a situation that should concern the SADC region, as far as peace and stability is concerned? Answer: “The situation in Zimbabwe should concern not only Zimbabweans but all citizens of the SADC region because it has the potential to disturb peace and political stability in the region. The second concern is that outside forces, with vested political and economic interests in Zimbabwe, should not be allowed to hijack the situation in their favour. SADC is that is taking place in Zimbabwe. hours a day on what is happening through the SADC Early Warning Centre which monitors, observes and strengthen the SADC mechanisms and resolution in line with the provisions of the Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ. SADC is under obligation, under the Protocol on Defence and Security Cooperation and the Treaty through peaceful mechanisms. It is unfortunate that events have turned out the way they have, however one should be pleased to note that the players in the situation are aware of a coup in the region.” Question: So far SADC member states have been firm on that Zimbabwe must be allowed to sort out its own internal issues. Are we likely to have SADC member states stepping in to resolve the problem in Zimbabwe? Answer: “Whether or not what is happening is a coup, soft coup or step in to ensure political stability and sustainable peace. I am sure that as we speak the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation is consulting with all the players in the Zimbabwe crisis. SADC’s role will be to facilitate the will be the ones to decide. However, SADC will not sanction a coup in any member state.” Question: President Robert Mugabe is an elected president, through a democratic process that was declared free and fair. How is the military involvement not deemed as a coup, and why has SADC not spoken out against the Zimbabwean military becoming involved in political matters? Answer: “Obviously SADC is engaged in consultations with all parties in the Zimbabwe crisis. The one thing that SADC will not do is to make pronouncements publicly on sensitive matters that are under discussion. The military involvement is surely a coup in any manner need to note that Section 212 of the Zimbabwe Constitution empowers the Zimbabwe Defence Force to protect Zimbabwe, its people, its national security and interests and explanation or alibi, which he had proffered, might be true then he was entitled to be acquitted. The judge said that in this case the evidence proved that there was no possibility that the version of Britz might be true and the court therefore rejected it as false. Judge Liebenberg ruled that evidence had duly established that it was Britz who stabbed the deceased and that he had a direct intention to kill with his unlawful act. Jan Wessels who represented Britz on the instructions of Legal Aid yesterday made submissions on the sentence to be imposed. Wessels asked the court to be lenient and to show mercy while state advocate Hesekiel Ipinge informed the court that Britz had a long list of previous convictions, all involving violence and knives, and was therefore a danger to society. its territorial integrity and to uphold the constitution.” end of what can be called ‘Robert Mugabe ruling era?’ Answer: “It could be the end of the Mugabe ruling era, but I doubt that it will be the end of the ZANU-PF ruling era. The veterans of the liberation struggle are merely trying to protect the revolution from an army of politi- party for self-gain.” Question: Namibia and South Africa (as well as Botswana) have had to carry the burden of economic refugees from Zimbabwe. Is the current situation not set to open ing into the neighbouring countries, where economic conditions have already stoked up anti-foreign and xenophobic feelings? Answer: “On the contrary, if the Zimbabweans in the diaspora will rebuild their country and not the other way round. However, if the situation becomes violent, which I strongly countries.” The Weekend DISCOUNTER All your specials for the weekend, in one section! SEE INSIDE FOR DETAILS... Contact us: Tel: +264 61 208 0800 | Website:

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