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New Era Newspaper Tuesday November 28, 2017

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New Era Newspaper Tuesday November 28,

Vol. 23 No. 065 Windhoek Namibia Tuesday, November 28 2017 Inside Today Team Swapo disbands, calls for unity Home Affairs Minister Pendukeni Iivula–Ithana, who contested the party’s vice-presidency in the just-ended Swapo elective congress, has said her campaign group, dubbed ‘Team Swapo’, is henceforth disbanded, as it no longer serves any purpose. Page 3 Equitable network access crucial for development – Tweya The only way to unlock economic opportunities for development and sustainable reality is to ensure equitable access to network connectivity across the board. Page 11 Staff Reporter Windhoek The just-ended Swapo congress has resolved that the ruling party do everything in its power to help government emerge out of the ‘junk status’ it was downgraded to by rating agency Moody’s. About a week ago, another rating agency, Fitch, downgraded Namibia to the same status. Victorious Geingob strikes reconciliatory tone Call for nominations! “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 Selma Ikela Windhoek Swapo’s newly-elected president, Dr Hage Geingob, vowed to serve all Namibians and unite all members of the ruling party following emotionallycharged campaigns for positions at the just-ended 6th congress. Geingob inherits a fractured party, still haunted by divisions of the 2012 congress that saw him being elected party vice-president. He has been in charge of Swapo since 2015 in an interim capacity after then president Hifikepunye Pohamba resigned as party president. It was during Geingob’s interim presidency that four youth leaders were expelled from the party, before the Windhoek High Court ordered their reinstatement. But yesterday morning he struck a reconciliatory tone with his rivals, saying there were no losers at congress because Swapo as a party was the only victor for its solid democracy and diversity. Geingob made the remarks yesterday morning as the results for the Swapo congress were announced for the coveted top-four Swapo Turning a new page... Swapo presidential rivals Nahas Angula and Hage Geingob embrace after the leadership positions, as well as for the Central result of their contention was announced yesterday morning. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Committee. GEINGOB on page 2 Congress directs Swapo to help with economic recovery Calle Schlettwein Fitch said its downgrading of Namibia and that public debt-to- GDP will continue to rise over the medium term. Namibia has been in the doldrums for nearly two years now, in part as a result of global economic contraction. Several cost-cutting measures were put in place, CONGRESS on page 2 Maria Amakali Windhoek Five men accused of murdering well-known coastal businessman Hans-Jörg Möller in Walvis Bay appearance in the High Court last week as per the prosecutorgeneral’s decision. Gotlieb Panduleni, 31, David Tashiya, 30, David Shekundja, Arraigned… Murder accused Gotlieb Panduleni, David Tashiya, David Shekundja, Elly Hinaivali and Malakia Shiweda during 36, Elly Hinaivali, 30, and Malakia Shiweda, 29, made a brief appearance before Judge Christie Liebenberg before their case was remanded to January 18, 2018. The case was transferred from Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court. The prosecution charges each of the accused with a count of murder, attempted murder, housebreaking with an intent to rob, possession of an ammunition, and housebreaking with aggravating circumstances for the happenings on June 16 -17 last year. Although the accused pleaded not guilty in June this year on all charges levelled against them, MURDER on page 2

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