4 NEWS Wednesday, August 30 2017 | NEW ERA Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Not impressed… NamVet members Gustav Kasirua, Shimwafeni Fillipus and Jabulani Ndeunyema at a press briefing earlier this month. Ex-soldiers stick to demand for war veteran status Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva The chairperson of the Namibian War Veterans Trust (NamVet), Jabulani Ndeunyema, has said the statement by President Hage Geingob at the Heroes Day commemoration in Oshakati on Saturday was merely political public statement to appease Swapo sympathisers and supporters. Speaking at the Heroes Day celebrations at Oshakati over the weekend, Geingob reiterated his stance that government will not compensate former colonial soldiers, who served in the South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) and Koevoet. He said government will never compensate them and that they should demand payment from their former employers, who recruited them to do the dirty work of oppressing the Namibian people for their support to Swapo. However, Ndeunyema said the Head of State’s remarks were contrary to what he told them at a closed-door meeting last year and that their demand to be accorded war veteran status or to receive the associated benefits still stands. “There is a difference between a political public statement and a closed door-meeting. This remains a very sensitive issue, because veteran status should be accorded to everyone [who fought in the war], regardless of which side you were fighting,” he said. He added that the president during their meeting earlier this year had said they were part of the proverbial Namibian House and that government was looking into how they will benefit from the such inclusion. Since the Heroes Day celebration, Ndeunyema said he has received over 700 calls from NamVet members and sympathisers about the future of veterans in the country. “I have told my people to be calm following the president’s remarks on Saturday, because he has made us a promise. One thing you should know is that we are not in a hurry to be accorded veteran status. But the truth of the matter is that we are hungry and we need something to survive on.” Ndeunyema stressed that NamVet was aware of the economic slowdown in the country, saying its members are ready to take up projects to fend for themselves. “But we need to be compensated. It has been almost 28 years since we last received salaries from our then employers,” he said. Apart from their demand for monetary compensation, Ndeunyema’s said his members were also entitled to rehabilitation and psychological counselling, as provided to other war veterans through the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. Maamberua gives Kalkfeld development hope Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro Kalkfeld Having passed through the town on occasion as parliamentarians on a mission in the country to assess the development needs of rural communities, Kalkfeld was one of the places which could not but attract the attention of visiting MPs. And this was for all the wrong reasons, the glaring lack of development in the area. That is why one of these MPs last Saturday returned to the town with a new idea. Five years ago when he was here he was also pitifully struck by the bucket toilet system in the town. Not only this but there was also a lack of grazing, water, etc. The lack of basic services and overall lack of development in the town were as glaring five years ago as it is today. With the return last Saturday to the town of Swanu of Namibia MP Usutuaije Maamberua, there may be some hope for the residents terms of development. That is once the Maamberua Solidarity Trust is up and running and fully operational. The Trust was launched by the Swanu parliamentarian on Saturday. The dire need of the residents was obvious because shortly after its launch the residents present at the launch could not but bombard him and fellow trustees with various requests for help. Among them help for disabled child who for a very long time now has been in need of a wheel chair, amongst many other needs. The need of the settlement for development was further accentuated by the hope, which seemed common to most of the community leaders who welcomed the initiative that this Trust was not just an empty promises from Maamberua and fellow trustees. Explaining the idea behind the Trust, Maamberua said it is a free organisation that does not require anyone to belong to it and the idea is to raise funds from various instances that would be used towards the various needs of the residents of Kalkfeld and other communities beyond it. He emphasised that the launch was not by any means meant for the community members to join the Trust, but to be informed of its existence, so that when in need they could approach to see how it can help them. He said the Trust is registered with the High Court of Namibia and it terms of such registration its financial books must be audited by qualified auditors, in this case the auditors being Saunderson and Co. Among the objectives of the Trust, as per the document endorsed by the High Court of Namibia, it is to strive for the development of the community, especially the elderly and orphans. Among the first people to donate to the Trust was Vekondja Tjikuzu, deputy director of development in the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, no stranger to the development challenges of the town – which has since been downgraded to a settlement Tjikuzu donated N,000 to the Trust. As yet the Trust does not have any resources apart from the start-up from Maamberua himself. Members of the community were after the launch of the Trust treated to lunch, as well as a donation of clothing and shoes and in the evening some joined Maamberua in celebrating his 60th birthday anniversary. Photo: Maamberua Trust Trustees… Members of the newly launched Maamberua Solidarity Trust during its launch in Kalkfeld on Saturday. From left: Reverend Upora, Unaani Kauami, Priscilla Thlabanelo and Usutuaije Maamberua. Kunene to get 53 MTC towers Clemans Miyanicwe Khorixas The remote areas of Kunene Region will no more be cut off from the rest of country as plans are in the pipeline for the construction of 53 telecommunications towers by MTC. According to the chairperson of Kunene Regional Council, Sesfontien Constituency Councilor Julius Kaujova, Kunene is one of the most disadvantage regions when it comes to information dissemination, data capturing and sharing due to the lack of network coverage in most of rural areas here, but that will now be a thing of the past once the 53 towers are erected. Kaujova told New Era yesterday that only those in and around major towns, such Opuwo, Sesfontien, Outjo, Khorixas, Okanguati and Kamanjab, currently have access to network coverage and are able to communicate or get information on time. The region has no local facility for the national broadcaster, NBC, which tends to only send journalist during high level visits, but who otherwise rarely visit the region. Positive developmental stories and others are not reported on, according to Kaujova. He said only Khorixas and Opuwo have community radio stations and are able to receive information regularly. Most rural communities also do not have access to radio coverage and are said to get information very late, while pensioners in some areas travel to paypoints a week in advance to receive their government grants. “Old people at times travel a week to paypoints because there is no radio coverage in the area. These elders have to stay in another village for a week,” Kaujova said. Poor network coverage also prevents tourist form getting urgent medical care on time when needed. During incidents of human-wildlife conflict, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism officials also cannot warn communities about problem animals in the area. “MET cannot warn communities on time about dangerous animals, but this too will be history now,” Kaujova enthused. New Era was told that some time ago a lion attacked a man at a village in northern Kunene and partly due to the lack of network coverage in the area the community could not alert MET officials and the police in time. Kaujova believes the construction of telecommunication towers throughout the region will also save lives. “This is the indication of prosperity and the fruits of the current leadership in our country. We applaud our government,” he said. The management of NBC Otjiherero Radio service was also praised for the appointment of a correspondent for the region.
Wednesday, August 30 2017 | NEW ERA 5 Oshilambwili inaugurates new ECD Michael Samuel Ohangwena Oshilambwili village in Ohangwena Region inaugurated its first ever early childhood development (ECD) centre last Friday. The centre was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Lucia Witbooi, as part of the government’s strategy to build ECD centres in remote areas across the country and laying a foundation in developing children from an early age to help prepare them for formal education. The Oshilambwili ECD centre is one of three centres built in Oshikunde Constituency by the Ohangwena Regional Council with Ombumbu and Onakanghudi villages also benefiting from this initiative. The three ECD centres cost the regional council N8,000 to establish, with the Oshilambwili centre taking up N0,000 of the total amount. Ohangwena Regional Council’s deputy director of rural services, Natalia Ndaitwa, stated the regional council was indeed committed to bringing services to the whole community, including those in the remotest of areas and helping these communities to achieve economic development. “Education is one of the government’s primary areas of focus. It is a fundamental building block for the reservation workforce and economic development. Let us make sure that the Namibian child gets a first class education despite the situation,” said Ndaitwa. Ndaitwa urged the communities of Oshilambwili village and nearby villages to own the ECD centre and treat it as their own, as well as encouraged parents to take care of the centre by continuously maintaining it. Witbooi also urged the community to spread the importance of early childhood development to neighbouring villages and assured the community that the ministry was indeed busy with the process of relieving the burden of the community paying caretakers. “The ministry is currently busy with the process of placing qualified caretakers at all ECD centres in the country and also making sure that the communities no longer have to pay for caretakers from their pockets as the government is busy accommodating them on their payroll,” she said. Oshilambwili ECD centre is located nine kilometres south of Oshikunde and has 30 learners and a qualified caretaker, who underwent a seven-week training offered by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare. • Michael Samuel is an information officer at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) stationed in Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region in the north. Aron Mushaukwa Katima Mulilo Shaddy Mbala, the former police sergeant Former cop assaults elder accused of witchcraft Twenty-nine-year-old Shaddy Mbala from Lusu in Sibbinda Constituency in the Zambezi Region is at loggerheads with the Chinchimane khuta over a case involving an old man from Lusu, whom he accuses of having used witchcraft to ensure he lost his job in the police. Mbala says he was employed as a police sergeant for eight years, but apparently lost his job last September in a mysterious manner after the old man cast a spell on him. Due to this, in December he decided to go and consult a witchdoctor who told him that he lost his job because of one old man from his village who is married to his aunt. Mbala decided to go and confront the suspected wizard and the two ended up in the Lusu sub-khuta, but the matter was later transferred to the Chinchimane khuta. Another witchdoctor was then brought in by the Chinchimane traditional court in February this year and he ‘validated’ the earlier findings confirming that old man Mukuwa was behind Mbala’s misfortune. The accused pleaded guilty to these charges and he was ordered to pay eight cattle or the monetary equivalent of N,000. In addition, he was ordered to pay N,000 to compensate Mbala for all the financial losses incurred by the former police sergeant to bring the witchdoctors from Zambia. However, from February up until now, Mbala is yet to receive his compensation. “I have been going back to the khuta to launch my complaints but to no avail – at one point I left the khuta while the court was in session and I was charged N,000 for that. I was told that if I won’t pay that amount my case will never be heard in court again. I paid it but up until now I am yet to receive my payment from the wizard through the khuta,” he said. In June the case returned to the khuta, and this time the alleged witch made a U-turn by saying that the two witchdoctors had lied as he is not the one responsible for Mbala’s misfortunes. He added that he wants them to go to Zambia to go and consult another witchdoctor. The khuta then ruled that Mbala should pay for four people who will accompany him to Zambia to consult another witchdoctor. It was at this stage that the former policeman lost his temper and he allegedly assaulted the alleged wizard. He said he had been treated unfairly by the khuta. “I have asked them to refer my case to the chief because in my opinion they have faileded to administer justice – up until now they haven’t done that,” he said. Speaking to New Era a senior induna from Luusu, Gibson Mataba, confirmed the incident. “There was no boredom that day as we were entertained – we had to separate Mbala and the said wizard. We were the ones who took the issue to the khuta, and we ended up being the ones to separate them from killing each other,” he said. According to Mataba, Mbala assaulted the said wizard because he was not happy with the ruling. “All he wants is to be paid the money, he does not want to go and consult another witchfinder that is why he assaulted the wizard,” he said. Efforts to get comment from the alleged wizard proved futile. Oshakati to start construction of 978 houses Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati Oshakati is expected to construct low-income houses on the 978 fully serviced plots that were handed over to the town council by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa. The handing over of the serviced plots took place on Monday. The 978 erven at five extensions at Ehenye are part of 1,371 erven under the mass urban and land servicing programme at the town. It cost N0 million for the plots to be serviced over a period of 18 months. The minister further said the government will not allow the economic situation to define what can or cannot be achieved and therefore will continue to strive towards working smart, creating smart partnerships and finding smart solutions towards land and housing problems. It is for that reason that the town expects to fully complete the servicing of another 148 residential plots. Shaningwa said the handing over of the plots is a true demonstration of the government and the ruling’s party’s commitment towards land delivery to the most affected members of society. PUBLIC INVITATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE HARDAP VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE (EXISTING KAI//GANAXAB YOUTH SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE), MARIENTAL, HARDAP REGION Notice is hereby given to all Interested and Affected Parties (I & APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and its Regulations (2012) for the following intended activity. Project Name: Development of the Hardap Vocational Training Centre (existing Kai//Ganaxab Youth Skills Training Centre). Project Location: Mariental, Hardap Region. The Kai//Ganaxab Youth Skills Training Centre is located approximately 10 kilometers west of Mariental, in the Hardap Region. Project Description: An upgrade and expansion of the existing Kai//Ganaxab Youth Skills Training Centre. The existing centre will be transformed into a fully-‐fledged NTA Vocational Training Centre. New classrooms, workshops, hostels, internal roads and sports facilities will be constructed. Matrix Consulting Services has been appointed by Namibia Training Authority (NTA) to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed development. Proponent: Namibia Training Authority (NTA) Environmental Consultant: Matrix Consulting Services All Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) are encouraged to register and raise their concerns or provide comments and opinions. All Interested and Affected Parties will be provided with Background Information Document (BID) comprising detailed information for the intended. A public meeting is scheduled as follows: Venue: Persianer Hall, Mariental Date: 12 September 2017 Time: 14h30 to 16h30 Should you wish to register as I&AP and receive a BID, please contact the Matrix Consulting Services Office. Tel: (+264-‐61) 224197 E-‐Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 18 SEPTEMBER 2017 “It is through projects such as this one that we see the efforts that the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the Oshakati Town Council are making in ensuring that the land and housing needs in Namibia are addressed,” said Shaningwa. While commending the Oshakati Town Council for successfully servicing the plots within the specified time frame, Shaningwa said the ministry wants to continue seeing more serviced land as well as more low cost housing delivery in the whole country. “Accelerating serviced land delivery and access to low cost housing must be a benchmark in every town. Indeed, we would like to continue to ensure that the process of acquiring serviced land PUBLIC INVITATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE KEETMANSHOOP VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE, KEETMANSHOOP, KARAS REGION Notice is hereby given to all Interested and Affected Parties (I & APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and its Regulations (2012) for the following intended activity. Project Name: Development of the Keetmanshoop Vocational Training Centre Project Location: Portion A of the Remainder of Erf 383, Keetmanshoop, Karas Region Project Description: The proposed development will entail the following activity: The development of the new Vocational Training Centre with new classrooms, workshops, recreational area, hostels, internal roads and sports facilities. Matrix Consulting Services has been appointed by Namibia Training Authority (NTA) to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed development. Proponent: Namibia Training Authority (NTA) Environmental Consultant: Matrix Consulting Services All Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) are encouraged to register and raise their concerns or provide comments and opinions. All Interested and Affected Parties will be provided with Background Information Document (BID) comprising detailed information for the intended. An information sharing session is scheduled as follows: Venue: Project Location, Keetmanshoop Date: 12 September 2017 Time: 10h00 to 12h00 in Namibia should be equitable and done in a transparent manner.” The minister called on all stakeholders to join forces to ensure that more projects of this nature are established so that the land issue does not remain at the core of issues in the country. She reiterated that with the same efforts in accelerating serviced land and housing delivery from all towns, Namibia can in the near future foresee land and housing being a problem of the past. Governor of Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa in a speech read on his behalf by his special advisor, Michael Mwinga, said the initiative of mass urban land servicing would improve the situation of basic housing and sanitation provision. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Another milestone… The serviced plots officially being handed over. Should you wish to register as I&AP and receive a BID, please contact the Matrix Consulting Services Office. Tel: (+264-‐61) 224197 E-‐Mail: email@example.com DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 18 SEPTEMBER 2017