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New Era Newspaper Wednesday August 30, 2017

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18 AFRICA Wednesday, August 30 2017 | NEW ERA m seized from former Nigerian oil minister Photo: Nampa/ANA In a tight spot… Alison-Madueke’s millions have been seized. VACANCY: Senior Technical Advisor FOR JOHANNESBURG The Sustainable Development Goals Initiative The joint Namibian – German Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Initiative is a Project implemented by the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government. The goal of the SDG Initiative is to establish the prerequisites for planning, financing and monitoring of the national implementation of the Agenda 2030 in Namibia. For the SDG Initiative, GIZ is seeking to recruit a Senior Technical Advisor to establish processes for integrating the national priorities of the Agenda 2030 in national planning and budgeting systems, and to support Namibia to submit its national report to the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. GIZ provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. Our corporate objective is to improve people’s lives on a sustainable basis. Responsibilities include: • Providing professional advice to the Minister, Director General and NPC Secretariat on development planning and implementation • Providing professional advice to the NPC Secretariat with regard to policies, research priorities, quality management and monitoring and evaluation • Liaison with stakeholders involved in SDG implementation in terms of development planning and reporting, both locally and internationally • Implementing capacity development measures and promoting knowledge management among stakeholders involved in SDG implementation in Namibia • Contribution to the GIZ project management, including planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting Required qualifications, competencies and experience: • Masters/MSc or Doctorate in an area that is related to the project objectives, with a focus on a relevant field • 5-7 years’ professional experience, with at least 5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies and computer applications (e.g. MS Office) • A proven track record in a managerial position • Fluent written and oral knowledge English language • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management Recruitment period: 09/2017 – 06/2020 A former Nigerian oil minister, who is facing corruption allegations, has had m (N2.1 million) seized from bank accounts linked to her by a Nigerian court. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was once one of Africa’s most prominent female politicians, was ordered by federal high court judge, Abdulazeez Anka, on Monday to immediately forfeit the sum held in her local bank accounts. “Nigeria’s anti-graft Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which accuses Alison-Madueke of corruption, argued in the Lagos court that she had Closing date for applications is Wednesday 06 September 2017 at 17h00. Interested candidates, who meet the abovementioned requirements, should submit their applications for attention: Human Resources Manager to: applicationsnam@giz.de or 88 John Meinert Street, Windhoek-West (no faxes will be considered). All applications should contain an application letter, indicating availability, which should be submitted with a CV including three references only. Supporting documentation will be requested from applicants if and when required. Please note that no documents will be returned and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. illicitly laundered the funds with the help of top oil officials,” Al Jazeera reported. She has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States, since leaving office in 2015. However, the former president of the global oil cartel OPEC, and the first woman to hold the post, has vigorously denied the allegations, which involve billions of dollars syphoned from oil deals and state accounts. Earlier this month, the EFCC seized properties worth m that Alison- Madueke had allegedly purchased with the proceeds of corruption. In addition to Monday’s ruling, the court also ordered an interim forfeiture of 56 houses linked to the former minister, valued at m. These developments are just the latest in a series of corruption scandals by top officials in the African country. In April, the EFCC uncovered m worth of cash during an apartment raid in Lagos. Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) alleged JOHANNESBURG While the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) has lauded last Wednesday’s general elections in Angola, the main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) has said it will fight what it called a rigged election. Provisional results by Angola’s Electoral Commission (AEC) showed that over 98 percent of votes had been counted, with the ruling People’s Party for the Liberation of Angola’s (MPLA) winning by 61.05 percent and UNITA getting 26.72 percent of the vote, the BBC reported on Monday. The MPLA now has 150 of the 220 parliamentary seats. In a press release the AUEOM said it considered the elections - which saw MPLA candidate Angola Defence Minister Joao Lourenco take over from former President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos - as an important step towards the consolidation of democracy in the country. “The AUEOM concludes that the 2017 general elections were generally conducted in line with the national legal framework as well as the international, continental, and regional standards for democratic elections.” However, UNITA complained that the results had not been collated properly and by announcing the provisional results the AEC had “committed a gross violation of the law”. The opposition group lashed out at Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for “prematurely congratulating” Lourenco for becoming president-elect. UNITA said it was amazed and disappointed to hear de Sousa congratulate the new leader. Portuguese newspaper D Noticias added that activist Nuno Dala sent an open letter to the Portuguese president criticising him for congratulating Lourenco for, what he says are “forged results”. UNITA said it would not only the money belonged to the NIA, which then prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend its head, Ayodele Oke. Also suspended and under investigation is Lawal Babachir, Buhari’s secretary and long-time ally, following his indictment by the legislature for an alleged 200 million naira (5,000) scam. Political corruption is also a persistent phenomenon in Nigeria, which Buhari has defined as the greatest form of human rights violation. Since the creation of modern public administration in the country, there have been numerous cases of official misuse of funds and resources. The rise of public administration and the discovery of oil and natural gas are two major events seen to have led to the increase in corrupt practices in the country. The government has tried to contain corruption through the enactment of laws and the enforcement of integrity systems, but success has been slow. In 2012, Nigeria was estimated to have lost over 0 billion to corruption since independence in 1960. (US = N2.96) – Nampa/ANA Unita slams Portugal over support for ‘rigged elections’ contest the results in court, but accused the government of manipulating the vote by denying opposition groups access to the media. “We do not accept these results, not because they show the MPLA in front, but because we don’t think they are true,” said deputy party leader Rafael Massanga Savimbi. He said UNITA had found “substantial differences” between its own tallies at voting stations and those of the electoral commission. “We are going to the courts,” said the son of UNITA founder Jonas Savimbi, whose death in 2002 during the civil war against Dos Santos’s forces paved the way for a ceasefire after 27 years of fighting. “It’s a crime to manipulate or distort the people’s will,” he said. Meanwhile, electoral disputes aside the country’s first new president in nearly four decades faces a big challenge in addressing the poverty that the majority of the population struggles with – and the glaring gap between the rich elite and the poor. Runaway inflation and high unemployment continue to cripple the country. In an attempt to address these issues Lourenco plans to develop agriculture, industry, tourism, fisheries, and other branches of the economy. “This poverty is not because of a drop in oil prices,” opposition lawmaker Manuel Fernandes told the Voice of America (VOA), adding: “It is because of bad governance”. Long time government critic and journalist Rafael Marques said Lourenco was in a difficult situation because Dos Santos still controlled much of the nation’s wealth. “The question is: how is he going to run the country without money? Because these individuals who were members of the government and some are living like Dos Santos, they are living with a tight control over the economic assets of the country, which they will not pass on to the new president.” – Nampa/ANA

Wednesday, August 30 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 19 China says N. Korea tensions reach ‘tipping point’ BEIJING China warned that tensions on the Korean peninsula have reached “tipping point” after North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile over Japan, but said the United States and South Korea are partly to blame. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged all sides to avoid provocations and repeated Beijing’s call for the North to suspend missile tests in return for a halt to US-South Korean military exercises. The situation is “now at a tipping point approaching a crisis. At the Towards a crisis… Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. same time there is an opportunity to reopen peace talks,” Hua told a regular news briefing. “We hope relevant parties can consider how we can de-escalate the situation on the peninsula and realise peace and stability on the peninsula,” she added. Sirens blared out early Tuesday and text messages were fired off across the north of Japan, warning people in the missile’s flight path to take cover. Seoul and Washington last week began annual war games which China opposes and are viewed by nuclear-armed Pyongyang as a highly provocative rehearsal for invasion. The North always meets them with threats of strong military counteraction. Hua said the United States and South Korea “held one round after another of joint military exercises and they exerted military pressure on the DPRK (North Korea)”. “After so many rounds and vicious cycles, do they feel they are nearer to peaceful settlement of the issue? “The facts have proven that pressure and sanctions cannot fundamentally solve the issue,” she said, referring to UN sanctions imposed against North Korea. China has backed the sanctions but also called for peace talks. –Nampa/AFP Mexico helped push vaquita porpoise to brink of extinction: activists MEXICO CITY Mexican fishing authorities have boycotted the effort to save the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise, environmentalists said Monday, calling them “accomplices” in the near-extinction of the world’s smallest porpoise. While Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has embarked on a much-vaunted campaign to save the estimated 30 vaquitas that remain – winning the backing of Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and billionaire Carlos Slim – the effort is too little, too late, said Greenpeace and other groups. Worse, fishing authorities in Pena Nieto’s own government have contributed to the vaquita’s demise, they told a press conference. The National Aquaculture and Fishing Committee (Conapesca) “has been an accomplice within the government in pushing the vaquita to the near-imminent extinction it faces today,” said the head of Greenpeace Mexico, Miguel Rivas. The groups accuse Conapesca of failing to carry out inspections to detect illegal fishing, raising the limit of fish that boats are allowed to bring in and increasing the number of boats authorized to fish in vulnerable areas. The vaquita is found only in the Gulf of California, which is also the source of half of Mexico’s fisheries production. It has been nearly wiped out by gillnets used to fish for another species, the totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China and can fetch ,000 per kilogram. In June, Mexico announced a series of measures to protect the vaquita, including a permanent ban on gillnet fishing in its habitat. The government has also launched an unusual program to use dolphins trained by the US Navy to find vaquitas so they can be ushered into a -million marine reserve. Activists criticized what they called major shortcomings in those efforts, and said fishing authorities were only concerned with boosting fisheries output. “The fishing authorities in this country are hoping the vaquita will disappear so they can say goodbye to the problem once and for all,” said biologist Maria Elena Sanchez of the environmental group Teyeliz. Conapesca officials were not immediately available to comment. – Nampa/AFP

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