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2 NEWS Wedneday, December 6 2017 | NEW ERA MINISTERS From page 1 Simataa calls on citizens to embrace cleanliness Alvine Kapitako D MAINTENANCE From page 1 OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND INFORMATION EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 AFRICA From page 1 SME BANK From page 1

Wednesday, December 6 2017 | NEW ERA More than 428,000 condoms distributed in //Kharas Matheus Hamutenya Karasburg About 428,798 condoms have been distributed in //Kharas Region dur- attempt to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases. Condom promotion and distribution is one of the main programmes rolled out by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, together with other basic programmes such as social behaviour change communication, HIV counselling and testing, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission. of Karasburg District, Martin Tshisunta, said the programmes have helped reduce HIV prevalence in the region. Speaking at the recent commemoration of World AIDS Day at Karasburg, Martin said the ministry has put measures in place and rolled out programmes of these kinds to battle HIV/AIDS, and the results show that the region is on the right track, as there was a slight reduction in the HIV prevalence rate in 2017. “The HIV prevalence rate, which year (2016), came down to 4.4 percent, representing a decrease of 0.6 percent, as 13,522 people were tested for HIV and 596 tested HIV positive,” he said. Martin noted that despite the distribution of condoms to all health facilities, through outreach services and public outlets, combined with health talks and demonstrations on condom use, more still needs to be done as cases of sexually transmitted diseases were worryingly still high. “STI cases treated in the reporting period were still high, and therefore health education on condom usage needs to be strengthened to prevent STIs and HIV,” he said. //Kharas regional health director Barth Mutenda said the reduction in HIV prevalence can be attributed to a few factors such as the region’s ability to enrol HIV-positive people on early ARV treatment, which suppresses the disease and also decreases the transmission rate, NEWS 3 while condom distribution and behavioural change can be the other factors. “We think this is due to people behaving responsibly, in that they are using the condoms, especially those meeting with people they are aware are HIV positive, and we commend them for this,” he said. He added that the preventionof-mother-to-child programme is a huge success in the region. “All babies born to HIV-positive mothers are born HIV negative, which contributes to the reduction of the HIV-prevalence rate, as the new generation is born without the virus.” Murder suspects to make pleas in 2018 Maria Amakali Windhoek Two men who stand accused of killing Elton Kaxwab, by stabbing him multiple times, are scheduled to make their preliminary pleas in 2018. Jentley Hansen, 25, and Michael Kaweti, 27, who made a brief appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, were informed that they will only take the stand for the section 119 plea on February 9, 2018. The prosecution is charging the pair with a charge of murder for Kaxwab’s death. Kaxwab’s corpse was discovered with multiple stab wounds in Karsh Street in Katutura, Windhoek on December 27, 2016. Although the pair were present in court, the prosecution informed the court that one of the accused arrived drunk. “Accused one (Hansen) is under his alcohol level is 0.80,” said state prosecutor Tatelo Lusepani. It is alleged that Hansen, his coaccused Kaweti, and Kaxwab, were involved in an argument with resulted in a tussle. It is further alleged that on that date the trio were hanging out at a gambling house in Karsh Street in Katutura before the stabbing. The prosecution charges that the duo unlawfully and intentionally had a direct intent to kill Kaxwab on the said date due to the multiple stab wounds Kaxwab died as a result of those stab wounds that caused him to bleed excessively. Magistrate Brandt van Pletzen postponed the matter for a plea in terms of section 119. Hansen and Kaweti are on bail of N,000 each, which was extended on a warning that their failure to be present at court, as scheduled, risk a warrant of arrest being issued against them. Nampindi appeal dealt body blow Roland Routh Windhoek An elderly man who sought to have his 55-year sentence for two murders and one attempted murder conviction reduced on appeal came to a sobering reality when High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka found he has no prospects of success on appeal. Judge Siboleka sentenced Eliakim Nampindi, 67, on July 21 last year to 20 years on a charge of murder, 35 years on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act and eight years on a charge of attempted murder. He was convicted of the murders of Paul Fredericks, 46, at Hoachanas in the Mariental District on March 5, 2009 and his life partner, Anetta Jantjies, during the period of August 3 to 4, 2011 at Kalkrand, as well as for attempting to kill Salmon Rooinasie by stabbing him with a knife or sharp object in his back. Nampindi acted on his own behalf during the appeal as legal To India… New Era Publication (NEPC)’s Elwin !Gaoseb jets off to India for a two-month course, sponsored through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme. A number of NEPC employees have participated in this programme already and graduated in from left, Vinay Kumar, the Indian High Commission’s second secretary, !Gaoseb Olivia Kangandjela, during the handover of travel documents yesterday at the NEPC Photo: Emmency Nuukala aid declined his application for legal representation ‘because he had no prospect of success’. He claimed in his grounds of appeal that the judge failed to strike a balance between the seriousness of the offences and society’s interest to demand that the courts impose harsh sentences upon perpetrators making themselves guilty of serious offences, and that the judge failed to take into account the cumulative effect of the sentences. On this, Judge Siboleka said that a balance was struck between the seriousness of the offences Nampindi was convicted on and the interests of society – hence the concurrent running order of the sentences and the cumulative effect was taken care of as well. With regard to his claims that the judge ignored the fact that Nampindi was already 66 years old when he sentenced him and erred by not imposing a life sentence on all counts, as well as imposing a sentence which is bound to break Nampindi as the sentence is so shockingly severe that it leaves him with no hope, the judge said the court is not bound to impose a life sentence on a murder convictee. “Each case is considered on its own merits,” Judge Siboleka said and continued: “The extent of brutality in which these crimes were committed; the fact that the applicant was already on bail years old when he committed the years old when he committed the second murder – all these factors did not allow the imposition of life imprisonment. The sentence that was imposed by this court was not aimed to break the applicant and neither is it shocking. The seriousness of the crime, the revulsion in which society views the non-abating scourge of murders on defenceless women, all found expression in it.” The judge went on to say that despite the seriousness, and non-abating domestic violence against the vulnerable women in our society; the short space of Eliakim Nampindi murders; the fact that Nampindi was on bail at the time he committed the second murder; and the brutality he wielded in the execution of these crime, the court still ordered the concurrent running and third counts respectively, in order to mitigate the cumulative effect thereof. He concluded that he holds the view that Nampindi was appropriately sentenced and has no prospects of success on appeal. Nampindi was represented by Mbanga Siyomunji on instructions from legal aid during the trial, while state advocate Ethel Ndlovu appeared during both the trial and appeal. Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Regulation relating to domestic workers: Labour Act, 2007 TO DOWNLOAD VISIT:;;

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