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Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Father accused of incest granted bail Maria Amakali Windhoek A father of seven – and begetting his eighth child – who was arrested for allegedly raping his own daughter and forcing her to have abortions numerous times was - informed he was free on condition that an amount of N,000 be paid as bail. “The accused has proven on the bounds of probability that he will stand trial and that he will not interfere with state witnesses,” explained the magistrate. The accused, who is a soldier in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), was arrested on November 8, 2017 on charges of rape, abortion and incest. According to the substantial charge sheet, the accused raped his daughter on numerous occasions. The state further says the accused forced his daughter to terminate the pregnancies. According to the prosecution the two are guilty of incest given the fact that a father-daughter relationship exists between two. The sexual abuse took place between 2013 and 2017. made by the boyfriend of the victim (now 18 years old) who revealed she had terminated her fourth pregnancy. During the bail application hearing the said the victim had confessed the abuse that had taken place for several years. According to them, the victim indicated that although the abuse started in 2013 she 2015. In another twist to the saga it is alleged the suspect was 11 years old when he fathered the victim with a woman who was 15 years his senior. The state objected to having the accused released on bail, saying it will not be in the best interest of the public nor justice to have him released. there is fear the accused would interfere with investigations and state witnesses as he and his wife have managed to contact the victim already, demanding why she is not on board with him being released on bail. But according to the social worker and been placed in a shelter, is not against the accused being released on bail provided he not contact her. It is alleged the victim is suffering from trauma due to the abuse that has been going on for several years, according to the social worker. The 29-year-old father was warned not to have direct or indirect contact with the victim in any manner and not to interfere with the ongoing investigations or state witnesses as part of his bail conditions. The accused is expected to make an appearance in court on February 28 following a postponement for further investigations. Defence attorney Immanuel Udjombala represented the accused. Iran marks Islamic Revolution Chrispin Inambao Windhoek Iranian Ambassador to Namibia Vahid Karimi has highlighted Iran’s remarkable road to prosperity since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that culminated in wave upon wave of American-led sanctions. Karimi spoke at an event in Windhoek attended by diplomats of International Relations and Cooperation to mark the Islamic Revolution that replaced Iran’s mad Reza Pahlavi, with Iran founder Ayatollah Khomeini. Despite the harsh sanctions orchestrated by various American administrations, the Persian Gulf powerhouse, with its population of 82 million people, “is the 25th largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity (PPP)”, stated Karimi. Iran, he noted, is a major East that holds 10 percent of the world’s oil reserves and is the second largest oil producer. It is furthermore endowed with 15 percent of proven reserves of natural gas and has the second largest reserves of the global total of natural gas. The economic giant has strong economic fundamentals, a well-educated workforce, well-developed infrastructure with seven free-trade industrial zones and 30 special economic zones, “making it less dependent on oil”, said Karimi. Iran has one of the lowest levels of external debt in the Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Amkongo quit his job as a technician installing security systems for his boss to pursue his own At the time Amkongo, who was 25 years old, was among into the business of installing security systems, including security alarms. It was no walk in the park as he had to work hard to secure clients and also to meet the demands of his suppliers who were very strict with supplying materials. “I was fed up,” Amkongo says, motivating why he wanted to venture into business. At the time there were about seven security system companies in the country but none of them were blackowned, Amkongo explains. ond, black guy to have a securitysystems installing company,” world, which makes it resistant to global economic shocks and aftershocks. Following a deal signed in July 2015 between Iran and global powers after a watchdog requests to halt developing nuclear weapons, Tehran has tions and signed new contracts to boost cooperation and various opportunities in tourism, transportation, technology, foodstuffs, aviation and machinery, said the ambassador. Businessman’s journey to success Forward… From left, Narges Karimi the wife of the Iranian Ambassador to Namibia, Vahid Karimi, the Iranian Ambassador Vahid Karimi and Maureen Hinda, who performed her last engagement as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation at Monday’s event. adds Amkongo. He remembers taking “a risk”. “I just thought enough is enough, why can’t I do my own thing. I never had a loan and getting materials was not easy because there were two suppliers and they were strict,” he says of the hurdles he faced. Amkongo had to travel between Windhoek and the north (Ongwediva and surrounding areas) to meet and serve clients in the early days of his business. Today, Amkongo’s security systems company, which is called OPP (Only Protecting Properties), only serves Windhoekbased customers. This is due to the high number of similar companies in the north and other parts of the country. Amkongo has since ventured into other businesses, including farming, and he employs 25 people. His new kid on the block is a laundry service based in Katutura. TATAZ Laundry Services opened its doors to the public in January. Iran as the next biggest investment attraction for international investors, Karimi told fellow diplomats. Regardless of its oil and gas sectors, Iran has witnessed an extraordinary expansion and investment potential in petrochemicals, mines, industry, agriculture and engineering service sectors, he said, adding: “It is worth mentioning that the government’s continued privatization drive opened new investment and trade opportunities for Iran, in both the oil and non-oil sectors.” Since assuming power in “I saw the need to start this because we have very few dry cleaners around Windhoek,” he says. TATAZ Laundry Services is different from the rest because of its cheap prices, says Amkongo. “We want to attract clients,” he motivates. There is provision for pick-up and delivery of clients’ laundry, notes Amkongo. For now, clients get their clothes on the same day, he adds. This is because “we are not very busy”. For five kilogrammes of laundry, clients pay N0 for washing. Then there is TATAZ Cleaning Services that specialises in other cleaning services. Amkongo feels youth need to do more to empower themselves 2013 the administration of President Hassan Rouhani has ridden out the recession and presided over a growth rate of four percent in 2017. To underline his country’s steady economic progress, Karimi elaborated that its trade volumes with African countries grew by 23 percent. According to the European Commission, the E.U. exported over €8.2 billion worth of goods to Iran in 2017, up 27.8 percent year-on-year. During the same period, the European bloc imported about €5.5 billion worth of goods from Iran, up by 344.8 percent year-on-year. Iranian airlines will spend billions of dollars to acquire 323 (with the option of adding 50 more) new passenger jets, some of them from Boeing. Addressing her last engage- International Relations and Co- the two countries “have longstanding and excellent bilateral relations dating back to the years of the liberation struggle for the freedom and independence of Namibia”. She said Iran was one of the steadfast supporters of Namibians’ quest for independence and self-determination. She commended Karimi for “being so active in terms of strengthening our bilateral rela- peoples of our two countries”, adding that the visits by Iranian investors will boost economic cooperation. Walks the talk… Mahevo Amkongo, a multibusiness owner. Photo: Emmency Nuukala in business. “Before that, however, it is important that people know what they want before they venture into business. Seek advice and do research before you do anything. We need to come up with more ideas.” Furthermore, Amkongo feels that the agricultural sector has been neglected, especially by the youth. Yet, this sector has so many opportunities, especially in crop production, he says. “If the youth really want to work they should look at that sector of crop production. There are risks here and there but it’s worth it.” Amkongo’s future plans include expanding his businesses beyond Windhoek and to empower people with business skills.