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2 NEWS Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 SOLDIERS From page 1 He said Cabinet approved as per SADC request the immediate appointment of an eminent person to represent Namibia to the oversight committee on Lesotho. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah explained that the request to send the soldiers came from SADC. She said since the request came from SADC, they would take care of all the funding while member states would only provide the personnel required. Cabinet also approved that Namibia considers pledging experts to the expanded oversight committee on Lesotho and personnel to the force. “This extended oversight committee will be funded by SADC. They are gone because it was urgent to deal with the situation. As for the military contingent, proper preparation must be made. The oversight committee is on the ground and things are stabilizing. We are trying as a region to see if we can get a permanent solution to the issue of Lesotho that has been with us for a long time,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said. Tweya noted that Cabinet ap- to form part of the expanded oversight committee to the Kingdom of Lesotho. These include the deputy director (regional organizations) in the international relations ministry Vasco Sampofu, Colonel Japhet Onemutshi Iiyambo from the defence ministry, Colonel Mathew Shipulwa also from defence, deputy commissioner Joseph Shikongo from the safety and security ministry and Esegiel Nguvauva, senior manager at the Namibia Central Intelligence Services. He said Cabinet also deliberated on the report of the 37th SADC summit of heads of state and government, which took place from August 19-20 in Pretoria. Cabinet directed the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development to continue engaging the SADC secretariat to determine the national indicative public coordination costs for a costed action plan for the SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap. Further, he added Cabinet directed the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to consult with the governments of Angola and South Africa on the modalities and funding formula for hosting the SADC solidarity conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. Equally, Cabinet directed the same ministry to continue to pay Namibia’s assessed contribution to the African Union (AU) on time and in full, without implementing the 0.2 percent import levy. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation was directed to par- the preparatory work to operationalize the SADC University of Transformation, and coordinate on a national level to ensure that Namibia’s input is provided in this process. Cabinet also approved the Prevention and Combating of Torture Bill, 2017, and authorized the Minister of Justice to table the Bill in the National Assembly. The Bill places an emphasis on the criminalisation of torture and on the important role the prosecution of perpetrators of torture plays in the prevention and prohibition of torture, including by extraterritorial jurisdiction as set out in Article 7. The Bill’s provision on immunity in Article 4 is particularly noteworthy and underlines Namibia’s commitment to prosecute torture irrespective of the position of the perpetrator. 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 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 HOSTEL From page 1 It is not known how much is owed for other regions. The revelation yesterday comes hot on the heels of the statement in parliament last week that the education ministry has a shortfall of N8 million, the money required to continue feeding learners in hostels until year, which is March 2018. Compounding the problems for the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture is the N million debt owed to the Northern Regional Electricity Distribution Company (Nored), which is now threatening to cut electric- Monday if the ministry fails to pay the outstanding invoices by this week Friday. Nuuyoma Senior Secondary School and Negumbo Senior Secondary School in Omusati Region are among the schools said to have run out of food. New Era understands that the warehouse from where food to schools in the two regions are distributed stands empty. Acting director at the education directorate in Omusati, who is also the chief inspector for FINED From page 1 The woman was found guilty and convicted of abandoning her four biological children of whom she had sole custody, from December 2015 to October 2016. She was convicted under Section 18(1) of the Children’s Act 33 of 1960. The section makes it an offence to abandon one’s biological children when you are liable and in a position to support them. The magistrate convicted the woman on four identical counts of ill-treatment or neglect of her children, with the only difference being the names and respective ages of the children, on May 24 this year. On review judges Liebenberg and Shivute however converted the four convictions into one. According to the judges, the four convictions constitute a duplication education in the region, Shali schools in the region are without food. “All the schools [in the region] do not have food, but we are still verifying [the extent of food shortage],” said Kankondi. Regarding plans to remedy the situation, Kankondi said the regional directorate “is still contemplating what to do.” He did not give any further details. Nored is threatening to cut electricity supply to circuit the ministry does not pay the outstanding invoice of N.6 million. “We are demanding immediate settlement of this account by the 20th October 2017. In an event that we cannot receive settlement, we are hereby also giving special notice that power will be cut off on the 23rd October 2017 at any time from 08h00 without any further notice,” reads the letter addressed to the directorate from Nored, signed by the executive manager Aimwata. The termination of food and power supplies come at a bad time – when grades 10 and 12 learners are sitting for year-end of convictions as the intent of the woman when she abandoned her children was with single intent. With regard to the sentence the woman received, Judge Liebenberg said this is one instance where the legislation should step in expeditiously to set in motion the process of having the penalty provisions provided for in the Act adjusted to be more realistic and in step with the present dictates of justice. Judge Liebenberg remarked that the sentence imposed, which is maximum penalty provided for in the old, but still active Act. The Act states that any person convicted under Section 18 (1) shall hundred pounds or in default imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years. Since this Act dates back to 1960 and was promulgated in the Union examinations. A week ago the director of education in Omusati, Laban Shapange, said the debt owed the electricity distributor could sabotage the printing of examination papers for non-exit grades Last week the Deputy Education Minister Anna Nghipondoka told the National Assembly that the ministry needed to cover a shortfall of N7.96 million to feed learners until the end of 2018. The ministry has budgeted the amount of N3 million to feed about 44,000 learners in school hostels dur- However, the ministry only received N4.71 million of the projected budget for hostels. “I am providing this picture to demonstrate to the honourable members that the ministry is While this is so, despite the situation it faces, [it has not] approved any adjustment to the current menu nor the meal times and neither is the ministry aware of any deviations from the prescribed menu,” Nghipondoka remarked. She was responding to questions from the All People’s Party (APP) Member of Parliament of South Africa under British reign before 1961, it is guided by the Decimal Coinage Act, which states that the South African rand would be valued at two rands to one pound. This now meant that the woman N0 under the old Act. According to Judge Liebenberg, for a period of 57 years there has been no amendment made to the penalty provisions set out in Section 18 (5) of the Act which prescribes the penalties to be imposed and this creates the “untenable situation” where presiding officers, when sentencing offenders under the which are shockingly inadequate and inconsistent with principles of fair justice. “It is not in the interest of the administration of justice where a court’s sentencing jurisdiction is inhibited by outdated legislation,” Reinholdt Nauyoma, who asked whether it’s true that meals at boarding schools that used to serve four meals a day have been reduced to only three – scrapping mid-morning drinks. Nghipondoka addressed concerns that the menu for hostels has been changed. Nutritious but expensive items are allegedly being replaced with cheaper alternatives, which are not healthy for children’s dietary requirements. The deputy minister emphasised that there are no drastic changes to the menu as speculated. She said the legally approved menu makes provision for replacements of certain food items, which are communicated to the regional directorates before such an envisaged replacement takes place. For instance, she said, for vegetables and fruit, a company can interchange spinach, green beans or peas with each other, while for starch requirements rice, pasta, potatoes, maize meal or mahangu can be interchanged. For protein, she said, chicken, mutton, mince, goulash, boerewors can be replaced with turkey, liver, Russian or Vienna sausages. he lamented. The judge further said the frustration of magistrates regarding the inadequate maximum sentence applicable to crimes committed in contravention of Section 18 is quite understandable because disproportionate to the maximum alternative sentence, which is two years’ imprisonment. But, he said, this will be the case legislation. In the end the judge substituted six months’ imprisonment wholly tion that she is not convicted of contravening Section 18 (1) during the period of suspension and she performs 1,500 hours of community service at Sambyu Clinic. The sentence is backdated to May 24, 2017.

Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 ored offers refunds o customers Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored) has vowed to refund clients who have put up large sums of money as deposit for transformers. eas with no readily set-up electricity transformers to connect households were previously required to post large deposits and payments for the cost of a transformer. The payments at times amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. were never given back a portion households and individuals were connected to the transformer at a lesser cost. Toivo Shovaleka The practice has been a thorn in individual clients have come to regard such transformers as their own refuse to have other households and individuals connected to the grid through that transformer. connection would charge whatever amount they wanted for any person who wished to get connected to the transformer. “Nored will proportionally refund customers who made the the person made a capital payment people will pay will be determined based on the capacity of the trans- can be accommodated. be refunded to the capital payment individual. This was created to make [electricity] affordable and last week during a stakeholders’ meeting at Okashana. In the past there were incidents when the person who initial laid out from those wishing to be connected. Speaking at the same occa- manager for operation and main- transformers remain the property are required to pay for it. “The transformer will always remain the property of Nored. People should know that paying for the transformers does not guarantee - response to questions from people who felt the transformers belong to them and that they have the right to decide who can be connected or not. - Will you afford to buy another one? transformers need to be changed thing happens we will always be there at anytime to attend to the issue. That why it always remains Shinana added. said customers should know that the value of transformers depreci- with high amounts based on the price they had paid. Nanso says it will shut down NSFAF Selma Ikela Windhoek The Namibia National Student Organisation (Nanso) said it would rally students at various tertiary institutions for a protest demonstration that would shut down the Namibia Student Financial As- Windhoek on Wednesday. The planned demonstration comes in response to the apparent non-payment of student refunds: which are non-tuition fees intended to cover ancillary costs. Nanso is demanding that money owed to students be transferred to the student’ accounts by Wednesday at the latest. Nanso Khomas region chairperson ity of students awarded loans by NSFAF had not yet received their non-tuition fees. This is money intended to cater for students’ and other basic needs throughout the year. “But the Fund has failed to deliver on making these payments to the students and continue to do so. We are very frustrated and year is almost coming to end. It has actually been 10 months without that the fees should be paid dur- is intended to help the students throughout the year and it is not right that it is paid only at the end of the year. Amunine also said Nanso wants NSFAF to respond to applicants by whether their application for a study as this would allow students to seek for assistance elsewhere. Amunime said Nanso had received complaints about the manner in which the disbursement of award letters for students seeking tuition and non-tuition fees. He said Nanso organised a student leaders forum in September at the International University of Kanepolo Amunime all student leaders from all institutions approach NSFAF as a collective to address the issue of approval of loans and the payment issue. The NSFAF had reportedly issued a statement saying they will September 30. But the NSFAF failed to imple- prompted Nanso and various student leaders from all institution of high learning to meet last week with the minister of higher educa- CEO of NSFAF and board deputy In support of Amunime’s state- council (SRC) president Violla Hamunyela said only fourth-year students were left in the dark. Nanso said SRCs from the Uni- University of Science and Technol- Training Centre and the National pected to gather at NSFAF as early as 05h00 tomorrow. NSFAF did not respond yesterday to questions sent to them. Tough times for police border posts Albertina Nakale Windhoek equipment and suitable vehicles are mibia’s law enforcement personnel. This came to light after the Parliamentary Standing Committee on For- undertook regional visits to capital - Ministry of Home Affairs and Im- and Hardap regions between August and September. The parliamentary standing com- Trying times…stances, a parliamentary committee has found. Photo: File last week in the National Assembly presented some of the worrisome Region. Katoma told Members of Parliament that at Singalamwe (Kamenga) border post police were found sleeping in tents. - making it virtually impossible to use their cellular phones and prepare their well as physical inspections of sites and facilities. At the Hardap Correctional Fa- makeshift rooms in an old corrugated zinc barn or storeroom partitioned cloth. where the correctional service war- that they were informed that some wardens even had to use the beds of other members who are on duty at the time. “We request the Ministry of Safety and Security to do an investigation. We should be mindful of the reality that our Namibian Defence Force inherited temporary structures at military bases from the apartheid Bwabwata National Park were also facing stark challenges. The committee also detected issues in terms of demarcation and beaconing of borderlines on the border posts in all three regions and said it need urgent attention. “Despite all the challenges and - - three regions have portrayed high cate that progress on the implemen- constraints and challenges at some sites and facilities that were clearly Some of the challenges pertain to quality of workmanship and general of contractors. the impact of budget cuts on capital and Ministry of Home Affairs and or suspended due to budget cuts. “We are mindful of the situation Katoma said.

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