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New Era Newspaper Wednesday April 25, 2018

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New Era Newspaper Wednesday April 25,

Inside today Over 270 graduate from Katima Unam Campus Page 3 Basil employees protest over Harry, Meroro unfair working conditions finally agree to Page 9 lock horns Page 24 Vol. 23 No. 159 Windhoek Namibia Wednesday, April 25 2018 Ex-NAC bosses ‘handpicked’ Chinese contractor TIMELINE Events as they unfolded following NAC board’s authorisation that management use Aurecon Consulting to engage contractors by obtaining quotations for rehabilitation of Ondangwa airport: NAC’s then Acting CEO Tamer El-Kallawi and engineering executive Courage Silombela agree with Aurecon that to save time, NAC would give Aurecon two contractor names to include in the list of tenderers. Aurecon must only find two other contractors. NAC give China State and another company. Aurecon recommends appointment of China State for Phase 1. NAC board resolves to award Phase 1 contract to China State. El-Kallawi writes appointment letter to China State for Phase 1, at cost of N8 million. NAC enters into contract with China State for Phase 1. China State submits to Silombela a bill of quantity totalling N8.58 million for Phase 2. NAC board had not yet made any decision regarding Phase 2. Silombela submits to NAC board N8.58 million as cost estimates for Phase 2 (based on Aurecon cost estimate). Silombela submits to NAC board that China State be reappointed for Phase 2 at cost of N0.4 million. Says Phase 2 is continuation of Phase 1, therefore no need for public tender. El-Kallawi as substantive CEO. China State asks Silombela permission to revise the 18 April quotation, and submit new one. tIMELINE on page 2 Courage Silombela Windhoek President Hage Geingob was in Luanda, Angola, yesterday for the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika on the political and security environment in the SADC region, particularly the Kingdom of Lesotho and preparations for elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Double Troika deliberated on consolidation of democracy in the SADC region focusing on the forthcoming elections in Madagascar, eSwatini and Zimbabwe. The DRC, Madagascar, Mozambique, eSwatini and Zimbabwe are due to go to the polls in 2018. Angolan President Joao Lourenco led the meeting as the chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, GEINGOB on page 2 Windhoek Former NAC CEO Tamer El-Kallawi and engineering executive Courage Silombela are accused in papers before the High Court of having handpicked a Chinese company for work on the Ondangwa airport that has already netted the company N8 million during Phase 1. The two executives, who convinced the previous NAC board to re-appoint the same company, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, for Phase 2 of the project without going on tender, were eventually charged for bribery, fraud, corruption, forgery and dishonesty. Windhoek BOSSES on page 2 called for a downgrade of the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) from its current status as a state-owned corporation to be a mere department within the ministry. The minister told parliament on Monday that NIP is to be placed under the auspices of the yet to be established Namibian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), and asked fellow lawmakers to support the ministry’s legislative efforts to establish the NIPH. “not be a state-owned enterprise but an agency tasked with disease surveillance, outbreak prevention and preparedness, medical disaster management, Photo: Namibian Presidency NIP on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper appclassifieds/discover

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