3 months ago

New Era Newspaper Wednesday December 13, 2017

  • Text
  • December
  • Namibia
  • Namibian
  • Windhoek
  • Ministry
  • Gangster
  • Nujoma
  • Sensei
  • Regional
  • African


4 NEWS Wednesday, December 13 2017 | NEW ERA Divundu unhappy with Hambukushu authority’s ‘interference’ Divundu John Muyamba Divundu The Divundu Village Council CEO Athanasius Maghumbo says the Hambukushu Traditional Authority is interfering in the council’s jurisdiction, especially when it comes to land distribution in the area. He says that the traditional authority is still allocating land in Divundu without the council’s knowledge and people who have been compensated to vacate are resisting moving, which delays development at the village. “They [residents] are saying that they are not going to move but they have already been compensated, and if you try to move them they go to the traditional authority – then you are summoned, warned and threatened, so what can you do?” Maghumbo said. Maghumbo, in an interview with New Era, said that the residents who refuse to vacate their land after being compensated are also claiming that they were not well informed about why they were paid. Before Divundu was proclaimed a village council, the then Kavango Regional Council surveyed and serviced plots. The regional council had compensated some landowners, but only some of them have actually vacated their land. Village Council CEO Athanasius Maghumbo whether the regional council followed the compensation policy which says that where a traditional homestead is bought by council, it should be subdivided into at least four plots and offer the occupant one of them to buy before other applicants are considered. “That option seems not to have been exercised. The regional council didn’t follow that procedure – now what is happening is people have started to sell privately and if you tell them not to, they will tell you it’s their land, they sell council land privately and move,” he said. Divundu is situated 200 kilometres east of Rundu along the Trans-Caprivi/Zambezi Highway on the south-eastern banks of the Kavango River in the Kavango East Region. The village has about 5,430 residents, according to the last census results. Following the swearing-in ceremony of councillors on December 6, Joseph Dinyando retained his position as the village Maghambayi (Swapo) retained her position as vice-chairperson, while Fulgensia Mukerenge (Swapo), Christopher Kupembona (Swapo) and Frans Mwamo (APP) retained their roles as ordinary members of council. Nujoma happy with operation of Etunda clinic ETUNDA Founding president Sam Nujoma has voiced his satisfaction with the operation of the clinic at Etunda, noting it has helped close the health gap in the area. Nujoma built the clinic on his farm Etunda, through the Sam Nujoma Foundation. It is located some 30 kilometres south of Otavi in Otjozondjupa Region. The clinic was handed over to the Ministry of Health and Social Services earlier this year, and mainly serves workers and their families of nearby farms. It is open to the public and also treats accident victims from collisions occurring on the busy B1 highway. Nujoma told Nampa here recently that the clinic has brought about a positive change in the area, where there are many farm workers. “Since their farms are far from health centres, and the fact that they often do not to get treatment,” he said. Nujoma said he was grateful that his family were able to contribute to this achievement. So far, two babies – a boy and a girl – were delivered at the clinic. It is staffed by two nurses who are accommodated – Nampa NAPOTEL Katima mayor reelected for third time VACANCY FUND PRINCIPAL OFFICER - WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA The successful candidate will manage the day-to-day operations and governance of the Funds according to laws applicable to retirement funds in Namibia, the Funds Rules, and Board of Trustees instructions/decisions. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Ensure that the Rule of the Funds comply with applicable legislation. 2. Oversight and guidance in respect of risk, governance and legal for the Funds; 3. Provide technical preservation retirement fund advice and policy development to the funds Strategic objectives as approved by the Board of Trustees; 4. Overview and management of Funds Strategic objectives as approved by the Board of Trustees; 5. Pro-actively manage engagements with and for the Board of Trustees; 6. Monitory the investment performance of the Funds in accordance with the Investment Statement Policy of the Funds; 7. Ensure the submission of Annual Financial Statements and Valuator Reports to the Registrar of Pension Funds; 8. Submit statistics and any other information to the relevant authorities; 9. Maintain and strengthen the relationship with all stakeholders of the Funds such as NAMFISA, bank of Namibia, Ministry of Finance; 10. Manage Member complaints and reporting thereof to the Board of Trustees of the Funds; 11. Liaise with Members of the Funds as per the communication policies and strategies approved by the Board of Trustees; 12. Liaise with and supervise service delivery of service providers in accordance with their service level agreements; 13. Arrange and attend all the meetings of the Funds; 14. Secretarial services to the Funds such as taking Minutes, compiling agendas and managing the completion of Board of Trustees instructions. KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES 1. Namibia citizen; 2. A relevant legal or business or commerce Bachelor’s degree 3. Drivers licence, 4. Fit and proper person; 5. Organized and disciplined; 6. Good communication and presentation skill; 7. Process, business and Member orientated, 8. Able to translate complex concepts into practical operations and recommendations for implementation, 9. Logical and analytical in problem solving; 10. Determined and self-motivated; 11. At least 5 years retirement fund/ investment/related industry experience. The successful incumbent will be appointed on a full time, contract basis, with regular performance reviews being conducted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contracted. TO APPLY, PLEASE SEND DETAILED CV TO: The Chairperson, NAPOTEL Pension Fund Holger Sircoulomb E-mail address: Kindly use the vacancy name in the subject line. CV SHOULD INCLUDE: Personal information: 1. Name of candidate; 2. Up-to-date contact details; 3. Proof of Namibian citizenship; EXPERIENCE AND REFERENCES: 1. Description of your relevant retirement fund/ investment related experience for this vacancy; 2. List of reference applicable to this vacancy. - COSTS 3. Annual fee for service required expressed as a Namibian Dollar amount; 4. Termination conditions; 5. Bases for charging for other resources and services and rates that will apply; 6. Any other information deemed relevant. CLOSING DATE: 22 DECEMBER 2017 Aron Mushaukwa Katima Mulilo Georgina Mwiya-Simataa was re-elected as the mayor of Katima Mulilo for the third consecutive year last Friday. Mwiya-Simataa will continue to be deputised by Charles Matengu, who was also re-elected to the position for the third consecutive year. The two were elected on Friday unopposed at council chambers. Surprisingly, members of the management committee were not re-elected, with only the chairperson of the management committee, Lister Shamalaza, retaining his position for the second year running. No one from the town council explained why members of the management committee have not been elected yet. Some of the councillors were previously under investigation for corruption and dubious dealings, and were found guilty as per the the Swapo regional executiveappointed committee in 2014. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had said its own investigation into the same alle- doings. The committee had also urged the then regional coordinator of Swapo, Linus Mafale, to recall the accused councillors but to no avail. In her acceptance speech Mwiya-Simataa emphasised that she is committed to serving the people of the town to the best of her abilities, and that she will be devoted to the community. “I want to inform you, our community, as I promised previously upon the appointment of the CEO, that Katima Mulilo has now a ture and council will not tolerate excuses in the implementation of council activities,” said Mwiya- Simataa. She also said the council has 2018/2022 strategic plan, which will be launched in February next year. She commended the strategic plan and said it would play a crucial role in bringing development to the town. “This was a marathon exercise as we are required as council to evidently account to our community by providing substantial evidence regarding the activities and expenditures of council, including its plans,” she said. Mwiya-Simataa further pointed out that the Katima Mulilo Town Council has chalked up notable achievements recently, which are in line with NDP5, Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan. “Katima Mulilo Town Council has entered into six PPPs (publicprivate partnerships) that will help our people with affordable houses and shelter for the inhabitants of this town. One of the PPPs is 75 percent done and two others have started, while three are yet to start,” she said

Wednesday, December 13 2017 | NEW ERA | NEW ERA COLUMN 5 STRIDES with Uncle Bob Kandetu Genocide victims return to New York Federal Court After the German government declined invitations to come and show cause in the case in which they are cited by Namibia’s victim communities, a further hearing was set for 25 th January 2018 in the Federal Court in New York. Lest we forget, Nama and Ovaherero are products of that contradiction that came to exist as a result of German imperialism and those of resistance, latter the African people. Furthermore, the Nama and Ovaherero are descendants of the victims of Germany’s extermination orders of 1904 for Ovaherero and 1905 for Namas. These orders were directed exclusively at these two nations and as such constituted acts of Genocide, by virtue of international statutes. The victim communities have over the years vainly implored the German Regime to step to center stage so that discussions can start. Namibia’s Parliament had in September 2006, adopted a resolution that charged Germany with genocide, Ovaherero for reparations and directed that the Namibian government must become an interested party. The envisaged role of the government of Namibia was further expressed by then Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Utoni Nujoma, when he said in Parliament that he saw the role of the Namibian government as mediator between the German government and the Namibian communities affected by the genocide. Yet the two governments have kept leaders of victim communities outside the negotiations. The context above places an unparalleled responsibility on Germany towards the victim communities larger than that regime cares to admit. Germany intentionally destroyed the Nama and Ovaherero nations of the time. These intentions and actions were captured in some of and Generals charged with German activities in South West Africa. I lift a few excerpts from these exchanges: On 9 th April 1904 Theodor Leutwein, Commander in Chief of the German Armed Forces in South West Africa, wrote a letter to Hendrik Witbooi, leader of the Nama people. Leutwein said: “Developments have brought about that His Majesty the German Emperor is now paramount sovereign of Namaqualand, and there is nothing to be done about it. All other Captains of the country have resigned themselves to it, you are the only one who has refused and must the German Emperor has sent me war to your destruction, unless you surrender. I do not know you and have no personal enmity against you at all, but shall of course carry out my Hendrik Witbooi replied: “I have never met the Emperor and therefore cannot have offended him by word or by deed. God has given us different realms on Earth, and through that I know and believe that it is neither a sin nor crime for me to want to remain an independent chief of my country and people. If you want to kill me for this without any fault of mine, there is no harm done, nor is it a disgrace: I shall die honestly for Witbooi’s words became prophetic. He later died of a German bullet that struck him off horseback, while inspecting the terrain of Vaalgraas. His Comrades buried him at a location yet to be disclosed. And Witbooi died honestly for that which is his own. This exchange between Leutwein and Witbooi played against the backdrop of the destruction of Hoornkranz, the traditional settlement of the Witbooi Namas that had been attacked and destroyed from the map by German artillery under the command of Curt Von Franqois. During this early dawn commotion, Witbooi helplessly watched his people dying. As he was whisked cape death or capture, he caught site of his own twelve year old paralyzed son being executed in thieve-dog style by a German soldier when the little boy coiled around as he could not stand up to run for cover from the impending danger. In 1900 the German Settlers in South West Africa sent a report to the German Parliament in which they proudly presented their impressions of the natives of South West Africa. The report read in part: “From time immemorial our natives have been used to laziness, brutality and stupidity. The dirtier they are, the more they feel at ease. Any white men who have impossible to regard them as human beings at all in any European sense. They need centuries of training as human beings; with endless patience, These are the people whom Germans have found in this land, wealthy of cattle and ‘lebensraum’. their cattle and all their wealth with a war of extermination on them and alternatively they pushed these helpless Africans into the desert to die. The day after he issued the Extermination Order at Ozombuzovindimba near present day Otjinene in the Omaheke Region, General Lotha von Trotha said the following: “Since I neither can nor will come to terms with these people without express orders from His Majesty the Emperor and King, it is essential that all sections of the (Herero) Nation be subjected to rather stern treat- many Central African tribes, Bantu and others, has made it abundantly clear to me that the Negroes will yield only to brute force, whereas They (Hereros) will either meet their doom in the sandveld or try to cross The last of these citations is a note, an observation after the conclusion of the cutting edge Ohamakari battle, when Ovaherero were driven into the history of the battle of Ohamakari hailed Lotha von Trotha’s scotched earth policy as a resounding strategy. The report thus reads in part: “The hasty exit of the Herero to the southeast would seal his fate; the environment of his own country was to bring about his own extermination in a way that no German weapon, even in a most bloody or deadly and curious cry of insanity echoed in the exalted silence of eternity. The Herero indictment has come to an end and they had ceased to exist as Evidently the last line is accurate. The Herero has indeed ceased as an independent people and this has exacerbated their misery as planned by the German regime and diligently executed by successive German Generals, culminating in Lotha Von Trotha’s scotched earth strategy. Germany’s extermination orders of Ovaherero and Nama were not incidental. They were deliberately conceived, carefully planned and diligently executed to achieve anticipated results. Against this backdrop of historical developments, descendants of Namibia’s victim communities, who continue to be riddled by the genocide injustice, invoked international legal instruments at their disposal. The victim communities charge Germany with genocide. They demand a public apology from Germany and demand that Germany enter into negotiations for reparations with the victim communities.

New Era

New Era Newspaper Vol 22 No 167