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New Era Newspaper Wednesday April 18, 2018

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2 NEWS Wednesday, April 18 2018 | NEW ERA GeinGob From page 1 The business forum will be held across the Guildhall and Mansion House in London and the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster and will be addressed by heads of government, ministers and global business leaders. Geingob will also partake in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and Commonwealth Summit in London and Windsor. The meeting and summit have four sub-themes focusing on climate change and its impact, the promotion and protection of democratic principles, including the Commonwealth’s shared vision of democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law. Presidential press secretary Dr Alfredo Hengari said the summit will also discuss security threats such as crime and serious organized crime. On the margins of the summit, Hengari noted, Geingob will meet with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge who will pay a courtesy visit on the President. Furthermore, the President will visit technology facilities of the De Beers Group at Maidenhead Berkshire, where he will be holding meetings with its leadership on Saturday. The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The CHOGM is a biennial summit meeting of the head of government from all Commonwealth nations. The forums offer an opportunity for Commonwealth dialogue and provide a platform for wider debate of some of the key issues and challenges, in advance of discussions by leaders at CHOGM. For the first time, all of the Commonwealth forums will come together in the same venue on a single day to discuss shared agendas, forge important new partnerships and celebrate common interests. Every two years the meeting is held in a different member state and is chaired by that nation’s respective prime minister or president, who becomes the Commonwealth Chair- exports From page 1 flood From page 1 Shindinge’s newborn baby, the only member of his family he could rescue, is currently in the care of Katutura State Hospital. His girlfriend’s lifeless body was discovered along the riverbed about three kilometres away from their shack on the outskirts of Havana informal settlement at around 09h30 yesterday. The three-year-old boy is still missing and the police’s search continues. The unemployed Shindinge, who lived at the settlement for 10 years, described his ordeal as he battled through the heavy rain to save his children and girlfriend. Shindinge said he has never experienced such heavy rain at the settlement before. The sorrowful Shindinge, in company of a relative, watched from a distance as the police picked up the body of his girlfriend. Shindinge tells this reporter ing dinner for his family on Monday evening around 19h00 The company exported its first production shipment during December 2017. She added that the mine is expected to produce to full capacity by the end of this year. Additionally, Shilunga said B2Gold mine near Otjiwarongo has produced 5,436kg of gold during the same period, an increase from 4,845 kg in the previous Also, she said the cooper cathode production at Tschudi mine remained on target as planned, producing 15,466 tons during the same Shilunga said the Okanjande graphite project, situated about 70 km northwest of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region commenced with production in 2017. According to her, the anticipation is that the mine will have a lifespan of about 35 years. The company employs 139 people on the mine and 108 others on the plant. The deputy minister said Namibia’s diamond production for the period under review was just over 1.8 million carats. “Over 240,000 carats of Namdeb run-off mine were offered locally to Namib Desert Diamonds (Pty) Ltd (Namdia) and local sight holders at the value of USD360 million as compared to USD292 million the previ- The place where the tragedy occurred. when it started raining. After eating, the family of four went to bed and while sleeping Shindinge heard a heavy bang on the corrugate iron sheets of their shack. It was water that pushed through the zinc and gushed into their shack, lifting up their bed. Clad in only underpants, he took their two children, carrying the newborn in his arms while carrying the older boy on his back. “I told her (girlfriend) to go outside and hold on to a pole but the pole was uplifted by She said this achievement has yielded an increase in mandate. cant improvement of rough diamonds converted into polishing has been observed due to improved monitoring, reporting and stakeholders' engagement by the ministry, agenda. To that effect, she said, 54 percent of rough diamonds offered to the local sight holders has been processed locally. She said the ministry also hosted the Kimberly Process Review visit in September water and washed away with it. I was trying to go drop the children at nearby shacks and come back for her – I fell in a hole up to my neck. I fell in with the newborn baby in my arms while the older one was still on my back. As I fell in the hole, the three-year-old was washed off my back into He swam holding his newborn with one hand while the other holding on a fence that was supported by a pole. “I eventually held onto a maize stalk that was strongly 2017, which found and con- compliant to the Kimberly Process’ minimum requirements and thus continues to trade its diamonds, which are In a move to improve the unemployment situation in rural areas, Shilunga said the ministry continues to support a slate processing facility in Noordoewer in the //Kharas Region at which 13 workers are employed. In terms of exploration for oil and gas, Shilunga said during the year under review, the ministry enhanced its database with up to 834 line km of 2D seismic data and about 1.150 square kilometres of 3D data are currently ongoing within the Walvis basin. rooted and managed to get out of water. I left the newborn baby at a bar and went back The father, assisted by neighbours, then embarked on a search in the morning until the girlfriend’s body was found. Yesterday Moses Garoeb Constituency Councillor David Martin donated 18 corrugated zinc sheets, seven poles and six planks to Shindinge to rebuild his shack. Clothes were also availed for Shindinge to choose from. Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 ‘real sona’ From page 1 He said when Geingob held his SONA last Wednesday, he [Venaani] listened attentively in the hope that the head of state would capture the mood and “I waited to hear him admit that we are in a crisis and I willed him on to offer a glimmer of hope and ask all of us Namibians to help resolve the said, adding that he also expected the President to admit that Namibia was, indeed, a nation in crisis. “I was forced to the conclusion that the President chose to tell us a tale of two Namibias during his 2:30 hour speech. There is the Namibia inhabited by the President, his family, business friends and a small select group. Then there is the real Namibia inhabited by the remaining 2.5 million “Thousands of Namibians remain unemployed despite his much vaunted war on poverty, even more thousands remain without decent housing and despite promises of serviced erven and government housing schemes, economic growth continues to elude us while desperate attempts to stem the downward slide have stubbornly failed to improve business prospects in key sectors such as construction He said a few months after tak- justify his bloated newly appointed cabinet by expressing the hope that “the effectiveness of government will “It is clear to everybody in April 2018 that this hope has not become Venaani acknowledged that poverty by increasing the old-age grant and introducing food banks, but this is too little in the bigger picture of widespread poverty in the country.

Wednesday, April 18 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Unam graduates fume over missing certificates Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Some students who graduated from the University of Namibia (Unam) last week were furious over their incorrect Some graduates who spoke to New Era said they were surprised to learn available when they went to collect them prior to alleged that some who had spelling mistakes in their names and some details omitted, while others claim blank and only contained “I went to collect my degree, but to my surprise when they handed the envelope to me, they did so together with a form telling to open the envelope but All along they knew things were not right but they are not informing us,” fumed one graduate from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, who declined to “What kind of graduation is this when you do not have your hard-earned qualification, just to go there, to sit and pretend all how long the correction will take or when one can come – we are being kept in the put their house in order and not disappoint us like this at Capped... Namibia. Photo: Nampa the last minute,” stressed a Meanwhile, Unam s p o k e s p e r s o n S i m o n Namesho urged the graduates to remain calm and rather approach their respective faculties in order for the reprinted by the university at “Once a graduate’s degree has been conferred at a graduation ceremony either in person or in absentia, they will automatically receive either presented to graduates at a graduation venue of their choice on the days before, during or after the graduation they can be collected by a advised by the university,” In addition, Namesho said in some instances can be withheld by the university especially in cases where the graduate has an unsettled account or unreturned library book, on a day of a graduation ceremony does not imply Man acquitted for treason gets the okay to sue Roland Routh Windhoek One of the men acquitted on treason charges after a successful Section 174 application was given the greenlight last week by High Court Judge Hannelie Prinsloo to sue the prosecutor general (PG) for continued malicious According to the judge, the PG should have stopped the prosecution and continued detention of Aggrey Simasiku Mwambwa after realising there was not enough evidence was arrested on March 16, 2000, while busy working Mulilo together with Richwell Mahupelo and Bennet Matuso, whom he was transporting at a He was then charged with high treason, among others, in relation to armed attacks on August 2, 1999, which caused the deaths of eight policemen arrests and was followed by what remains the longest running trial in the history of Following years of court proceedings 43 accused were acquitted after successfully applying for release under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act that authorises the courts to discharge an accused at the end of the State’s After his acquittal Mwambwa instituted court proceedings against the Namibian Police Force for unlawful arrest and detention and against the PG for unlawful or malicious prosecution, alternatively that his continued prosecution was without any reasonable or probable cause and the trial should have been stopped in terms of Section 6 (b) of the Criminal Procedure any time after an accused has pleaded, but before conviction, the prosecution in respect of that charge can be stopped and the accused acquitted in Prinsloo discharged the claims against the police saying they were only doing their job and that there is no evidence that it was the Minister of Safety and Security that instigated the prosecution of Mwambwa and as such the claims against them found that Mwambwa failed to prove the PG acted with malice in initiating the prosecution against him or that the PG instigated the proceedings with She, however, upheld the alternative claim of continued “Having considered all the the plaintiff made out a case on the balance of probabilities on claim based upon the wrongful and malicious continuation of the prosecution as at March 06, 2006, in the alternative October 18, 2011 for the crimes set out in the indictment, only against the second defendant and/or her employees,” the According to her, the prosecution should have stopped the prosecution of Mwambwa after they closed their case against him, withdrew the charges and “I appreciate the fact that the treason case was unique and magnitude and ‘after the fact attack’ on the propriety on the public prosecutor’s decision to initiate or continue proceedings against the plaintiff should decision to initiate or continue criminal prosecution lies at the core of prosecutorial discretion which enjoys constitutional protection,” the judge said, but asked: “How far should the constitutional protection that the prosecution authority enjoys be taken?” She further said that the prosecuting authority should have realised that there are no longer any witnesses to implicate the plaintiff in the commission of the offences and incorrectly relied on the possibility of co-accused persons to implicate the Whether the continued prosecution was malice can only be determined if it can be established that the PG continued the prosecution without reasonable grounds, nothing before this court motivating the further prosecution of the plaintiff in spite of the fact that no prima facie case was made out against him, as is clear from the ruling of the honorable court during Judge Prinsloo ordered the costs of the proceedings be and the Namibian government on the scale of one instructing then postponed the matter to May 17 for status hearing as the matter is returned to the roll to deal with the issue of Advocate Reinhardt appeared for Mwambwa and Advocate Ishmael Semenya appeared on behalf of the defendants on instructions of ON SERVICE PARTS AND LABOUR FOR OUT OF WARRANTY GWM’S 4 TH CONSECUTIVE SERVICE – FREE SERVICE PARTS. 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