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Vol. 22 No. 254 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, August 9 2017 Cattle smugglers face N million fine Charles Tjatindi Gobabis The men accused of stealing cattle from neighbouring Botswana and driving them into Namibia some three weeks ago could face up to a N million fine, or 20 years behind bars, if convicted of the offence. The fine is relatively hefty because despite being charged with stock theft, the two will also have to answer to a charge relating to the violation of livestock import laws. Such punishment is in accordance with the Animal Health Act 1 of 2011, which provides for severe punishment for offenders in a bid to protect the beef sector. The two men, Michael Karuuombe, 33, and Kito Maasdorp, 35, allegedly stole a cow and a calf from Botswana’s Ghanzi District some three weeks ago and illegally drove them into Namibia through the Omaheke Region’s Otjombinde Constituency. They were subsequently arrested and made their initial court appearance on July 26 before Gobabis magistrate Godfried Chazande. CATTLE on page 2 Domestic animals… This illustrative photo shows livestock herders milking cattle. Households shun HIVsurvey Inside Today Supreme Court reverses key judgment Five judges of the Supreme Court reversed a previous judgment by the court relating to the jurisdiction of Namibian courts on accused persons brought into the country unlawfully by state security agents. Alvine Kapitako Tsumeb Many households have reportedly refused to participate in the populationbased HIV survey, which aims to generate detailed data on the extent and scope of the HIV epidemic in Namibia. Karen Banda of the Ministry of Health and Social Services told reporters last Friday that participants’ refusal to be surveyed has the potential to negatively affect the data outcome. “We are supposed to meet a certain percentage of our target population so that our results can have enough power to be representative in terms of statistical power,” explained Banda. She said the Namibia Populationbased HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) survey, which will measure the impact of HIV programmes in the country and covers at least 12,000 randomly selected households countrywide, started last month in Khomas, Erongo and Omaheke regions. By Friday, the teams had covered about 140 out of 461 enumeration areas. While in the field, the teams realised that many people refused to participate in the survey. “We realised that something is wrong and so we stopped. We didn’t go to all the households. We are going to try different mobilization strategies and then we go to the remaining ones because we want to make sure we give them the required information first, and then hopefully they will participate,” said Banda. She added that there is an attitude in affluent neighbourhoods “that HIV is not for rich people”, which she termed a “misconception” that needs to be addressed. Banda, who singled out Windhoek and Swakopmund as having the most refusals, said there is a difference in participation rate according to the socio-economic background of the areas. “Most people are not home when we go there but when we find them they are too busy to take part in the survey. We try to give them information so that they can make an informed decision, but then at the end of day it’s up to them whether they take part or not.” HIV on page 2 Page 3 Payment of outstanding invoices critical for industry – CIF The Construction Industries Federation (CIF) says government’s pledge to pay outstanding invoices by the end of August means the construction industry will be able to meet their financial obligations, which will keep many businesses from going under. Page 9 Margaret Mensah-Williams National Council passes Time Bill in favour of summer time Albertina Nakale Windhoek The National Council has passed several bills, including the much-debated Namibian Time Bill that will now see the country abandon the winter time switch in favour of summer time all year round. National Council Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams yesterday announced that the House has passed the Namibian Time Bill without amendments, among other Bills. BILL on page 2 Another victory... A file photo of President Jacob Zuma dancing at a previous ANC event. Zuma survives despite ANC revolt President Jacob Zuma is to remain in office after narrowly surviving the eighth motion of no confidence in his leadership last night. The motion was defeated after 198 MPs voted against it while 177 voted for Zuma to go with nine abstentions. “The motion is accordingly negative‚“ announced national assembly speaker Baleka Mbete. Speaking to ANC supporters at the gates of parliament shortly after the results were announced‚ police minister Fikile Mbalula said Zuma was going nowhere. “Asijiki‚ we are not going to be told Zuma must go - if he must he will be removed by us as the ANC. We have defeated the useless motion. We can’t dance to Mmusi Maimane and all the small boys and girls. People who vote with the motion are suicide bombers.” In a statement‚ the ANC said it has reclaimed its position as leader of the society. ZUMA on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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