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4 NEWS Wedneday, December 6 2017 | NEW ERA Katjavivi dismisses 'baseless' news report Staff Reporter Windhoek Speaker of the National Assembly a new article that appeared in a daily newspaper accusing him of bias is baseless. He says the article in question seeks to purposefully tarnish the image of the National Assembly in general and his “The article emanates from The Urban And Regional Planning Bill introduced in Parliament recently. In the article, the opposition is said to be crying foul over what they allege to be blockage by the Speaker aforementioned bill. This was after they had walked out of Parliament several times in an attempt to frustrate the continuation of “They cite a decision taken by Parliament this year to put any land discussions on hold pending the land conference that was postponed to next year for further consultations as the reason for their They further accuse the Speaker of being biased and in the process weakening the lawmaking process. As if that was not enough, the same reporter seemed to continue with his relentless crusade, in a totally unrelated remarked. He said the article, with the read like an opinion piece and alleges that party in Parliamentary discussions, adding that the report was “totally baseless and [the the person being accused in order to have a fair and balanced story. “This reply which should have been misinformation and unfounded rumours which were peddled by the opposition in Speaker said. “First and foremost, the Urban and Regional Planning Bill should be put into context. This bill is not about land distribution or resettlement. The intention of this bill is to have a framework within which local authorities would function in their day-to-day operations. “The name of the bill is very clear and its principal aim would be to empower local authorities when it comes to the planning and proclamation of towns and settlements. Therefore, the bill has nothing to do with land distribution or the land conference and “The bill, which has now been referred to the National Council for review had gone through all the stages and had been approved by Members of the National Assembly by way of voting. As dictated by democracy, Members of Parliament were afforded the chance to vote for the bill and it sailed through based on those votes. “It had reached its third reading when statement to that effect. Unfortunately, at this stage since the bill had already been stages, no further debate is allowed. “What is allowed is merely a chance for a member to have their opposition to the bill formally recorded in the minutes is duty-bound to respect the rules of the House at all times. Reference is made to the Standing Rules and Orders of the National Assembly, rule 78 clearly stating the following: ‘Whenever a question is put by the presiding member, any member may, instead of demanding a division, inform the presiding member that he/she wishes his/ her opposition or that of the party to which he/she belongs, to be formally recorded in the minutes of proceedings: provided that the presiding member may order that a division shall take place in the event of three or more members wishing to record their individual opposition.’ ‘’The opposition’s criticism of the Speaker, who was only performing his duty according to the standing rules and orders, is totally groundless and lacks logic. This is so considering the fact that some of the members concerned are long-serving lawmakers, who should be well versed with the rules of the House. “We would advise that in future, it would be better to seek clarity whenever accusations are levelled against the Speaker in order to get a fair and factual account of events in the pursuance of one of the and balanced reporting. Peddling falsehoods is a desperate campaign to undermine governance in the country and has no room Heart patient requires N0,000 for medical costs Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Oshikoto Regional Youth Development is set to host a gala dinner in Omuthiya next week to raise funds for its maiden Miss Othithiya contest. Part of the funds will be directed towards the medical expenses of a three-year-old boy, Tangi Amutenya Nakambuli, who is suffering from a congenital heart defect known as an atrial septal defect. The defect can only be repaired through cardiac surgery and is to be done in Cape Town, South Africa at an estimated cost of N0,000. The family has been struggling to raise funds since his diagnosis in September, and this is one of the reasons to host the fundraising event. “Miss Othithiya is an initiative of the youth in Oshikoto, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services. The purpose of the organisation is to contribute to the socio-economic development of our country and advocate for youth empowerment and explained the event organiser, Risto Ashikoto. The show will be held at Heka conference hall where tickets will cost N0. “The main event will then be on December 30 at Othithiya, some 10 kilometres south of Omuthiya, and we are expecting well experienced models from as far as Windhoek and Ongwediva. So, this will be an exciting occasion whereby we promise our revellers Ashikoto, who is also Nakambuli’s uncle, said the event is very important to them as a family to be able to raise the needed amount of money for the boy’s heart surgery. Vacancy: SUB-EDITOR Grade: C4 KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS: special projects publications; MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: COMPETENCY/SKILLS: The Human Resources Department RECEPTION New Era Publication Corporation New Era Publication Corporation Private Bag 13364 Or Cnr of Dr W.Külz and Kerby Streets Windhoek Windhoek Email: Closing date: 18 December 2017 Working together… School patron and the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Erastus Uutoni (left) with Okandjengedi Primary School Principal Albertina Shituleni-Uusiku (centre) and Ali Dharani of Rani Traders. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala N,000 collected for school hall Nuusita Ashipala close to N,000 and collected 100 bags of cements towards the construction of a school hall. Businessman Ali Dharani of Rani Traders pledged N,000, while the Northern Electricity Distributor (Nored) pledged N,000. Governor of Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa pledged 50 bags of cement through the Regional Governor’s Fund, while Ongwediva Town Council’s Councillor Malakia Petrus pledged a further 50 bags of cement. Kashuupulwa applauded education stakeholders for supplementing government efforts to create a conducive learning environment, as government alone is struggling to meet the demands of all learners. Deputy Minister Uutoni encouraged the community to inculcate a culture of giving, adding that development should be fostered from small beginnings. “Development is there because of the little that we have. We cannot say we Uutoni also cautioned parents against giving their learners educationally destructive gadgets, such as cellphones. Echoing the same sentiments, Dharani said parents should instil discipline in their children and ensure that technology is used to develop the country. “Use your brains to develop learners. He further encouraged the leaners to study hard and ensure that the future Namibia is poverty-free and industrialised. Principal Albertina Shituleni- Uusiku said the construction of the school hall would come in handy, as the school has no assembly space, especially during harsh weather conditions. The principal said the school currently assembles and holds parent meetings under a tree at the school. The school also faces a risk of their learners being run over by cars when crossing the road to school, because the school is very close to the road. Shituleni-Uusiku is appealing to the relevant authorities to look into how best to address the matter. Although there are road signs restricting road users to 60km per hour, Shituleni- Uusiku said some road users do not adhere to the rules.

Wedneday, December 6 2017 | NEW ERA 5 WEATHERMEN & CO Photo: John Muyamba Sinimbo retained as Rundu mayor John Muyamba Rundu Following the swearingin ceremony held at the council chambers of Rundu Town Council on Monday, Verna Sinimbo retained her position as the town mayor and all the other six local authority councillors were also retained in their political positions. Sinimbo, who was first elected as mayor in December 2015, has been mayor since then. with a lot of joy – you saw me smiling and very excited not knowing what my role was really going to be. I’m proud to be here once again elected as mayor of this great town, it is a role that I accept as a great honour and one that I intend to loyalty towards the people of Rundu,” Sinimbo said. The swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of a new term. “Although the past year had its challenges, I believe that today offers the council an opportunity to turn challenges into lessons and use what we have learned to charge ahead into the new term with fresh excitement and a new zeal,” she said in her acceptance speech. Just like last year all councillors were re-elected into their previous positions – Ralf Ihemba remains as deputy mayor while Anastasia Antonio, Toini Hausiku and Isack Kandingo retain their positions as members of the management committee, and are all from the ruling Swapo Party. Rundu Concerned Citizens Association’s Reginald Ndara will serve as an ordinary member of the council and so will Mathews Wakudumo of the opposition APP. Sinimbo said one thing that previous term is change. “We experienced change within our council and town in the most drastic ways and although the changes caused some steering to the status quo, I believe that it should be viewed as a natural evolution and that progress is impossible without change, and as leaders it is our role to be agents of change,” she noted. Rundu magistrate Helen Olaiya presided over the election and swearingin ceremony, which also decided the members of the management committee. mayor re- Ongwediva Eliaser Nghipangelwa said his retention as mayor youth in leadership positions. to groom and uplift the youth by according them a chance to tap wisdom from experienced senior councillors, he added. swearing-in ceremony at the town on Monday. Nghipangelwa said the council’s priority remains to formalise all informal settlements at the town. “Our mandate as council is to create a conducive environment – by so doing we want all our people to have access to basic services,” said Nghipangelwa. He said the council would also work towards to registered plots. Nghipangelwa is deputised by Panduleni Hainghumbi. Thomas Kandjebo Hashoongo was re-elected to serve as chairperson of the management committee. Other members who will serve on the management committee are Lylie Hashoongo and Paulus Haikali. Ester Nghidimbwa will serve as an additional member of the management committee. Ongwediva A group of PDM (Popular Democratic Movement) youths are vying to oust fellow youths and women league leaders from their positions, citing their alleged incompetence to develop youth league structures nationally and at the regional level. A letter addressed to the party president and management calls for a vote party youth league leader Benson Katjiriova, as well as the women’s league secretary Rosa Tjeundo. The letter is authored by the Omusati Regional PDM Youth League leader Immanuel Shikongo. “We are asking the secretary of the party to look at our request of a vote leaders, plus their co-elected leaders, in order for the wings to organize the congress to elect capable leaders,” he stated. Sources in the party claim about 10 regions are rallying behind the motion of no leaders. New Era understands the part of the agenda of the party management meeting that took place on Monday. However, PDM’s secretary general Immanuel Ngaringombe could not be reached to give the outcome and if indeed it was part of the agenda. Katjiriova denied the allegations, saying the motion is meant to discredit him ahead of the upcoming congress in 2018. Katjiriova said he is not going to dwell on what he has and has not done, maintaining that the author of the letter has an agenda to push through “own personal interests”. “Only time will tell. We have the evidence of what the youth league has achieved,” said Katjiriova. Similarly, Tjeundo said the allegations made in the letter are unfounded. According to Tjeundo, the author of the letter is being used by individuals who are interested in the position. “This letter will not distract us, it is an encouragement to work harder and he should do the same. In fact, he has partly written that letter to himself because he is also in the regional leadership structure of the party,” said Tjeundo. According to Tjeundo, work to mobilise women into election positions. “Today we have two women in parliament and several women in local authority councils,” said Tjeundo. According to Shikongo, the two wings are “dead and inactive” and have failed to conduct meetings for the past two years. He further said the head of wings were shoved back into their positions despite their being incompetent. “Therefore, we can’t continue letting the two important organs of the party be dead, because this will cause us a loss in the national elections,” stressed Shikongo. OLD WAY Total cost=N Sending money to your mother in the village NEW WAY Bank Better with FNB’s electronic channels Get a taxi and drive to a shop where the ATM is located (N) It takes 3 days to get the money to your mother and she ends up with less than you sent Spend 2 days trying to find someone trustworthy who can take the money to your mother The car breaks down on the way and she has to wait another day. N gets stolen from the car when nobody is looking Dial *140*321# from your phone Enter PIN Choose Send Money – eWallet Enter N0 Transaction cost: N She receives the money immediately. TIP Use FNB eWallet to send money quickly and conveniently to anyone in Namibia with a Namibian cellphone number

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