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4 NEWS Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA Ohangwena to get new CRO soon Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Almost three years of Ohangwena councillors (CRO), the region will by the start The region is in its third year New Era is reliably informed councillors rejected to be instated marks in two interviews to select a new head, will eventually start council, Erickson Ndawanifa a new CRO but refused to give “It is true that the region has candidate will be disclosed at a Daniel Kashikola was elevated to interview conducted in November and a second round of interviews interviews were held had wanted to recruit a female candidate on existed of marks of 26 between In the second interview, New Era understands that there was a difference of about 30 marks some councillors wrote two letters in the interview recruited for the The letters also led to a reduction At the same time, New Era dragging the council to court letter addressed to council from was intentional for reasons only Currently, seven regions in the country are still without CROs, but Regions without CROs are Ohangwena, Erongo, Omaheke, //Kharas; while the CRO for Kunene, George Kamseb has been The Omaheke region, which has been without a CRO for recruitment of a new CRO as the Pederius Tjihereko was on The council in 2015 also court to reinstate him as CRO and the matter was still with the courts Alvine Kapitako Windhoek “There is a notion that archives are boring but if you want to discover I discovered are lost in the archives,” launch of her new book, ‘Little Research The title of the book is derived from a citation from a letter in 1979 when the chief archivist in Windhoek asked for was granted,” said Namhila who said there are many missing historical records of VACANCIES United Nations Development Programme, Namibia Closing Date: 20 February 2018 1. International Project Development Specialist 2. International Specialist Sustainable Forest Management/Landscape Restoration 3. National Specialist in Natural Resources/Land Management Expert 4. National Specialist on Livelihoods/Gender & Stakeholder Engagement 5. National Specialist on CBRNM, Nature-based Business/Enterprise Development Interested Applicants are encourage to visit the UNDP Jobs website for further details and placement of applications online. Click on View Current Vacancies, select Climate and Resilience Group from the Group listing to locate this Vacancy as listed above and click on “apply now” to upload applications on The positions can be directly acceeas @ links: African records... Author Ellen Ndeshi Namhila and former President Namhila “…It came to light that requests of other cases, nothing could be found in were easily retrieved and served to clients,” history of the entire nation and they should Pohamba said that colonial archives were instruments discrimination ensuring that Africans had nothing to look back to to look forward to with “This book informs the reader that as a young country we need to ensure that our national the full extent of the different facets of our history so that future generations can learn about this history with Six drowning incidents recorded Selma Ikela Windhoek Two toddlers aged one and two drowned in a well after they were left unattended on surrounding the drowning of the toddlers are being investigated to determine if there was any during this season and children should not be left “We urge the Namibian society to be careful In light of that, as the Namibian Police Force we want to reiterate on safety and caution around “We cannot afford to lose more lives due to on Friday in a lake at Onaame village, Anamulenge “It is alleged that the deceased drowned in water by his granddaughter a day after he left body was found in the water the next day by his

Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Food bank volunteer allowances delayed Selma Ikela Windhoek Food bank street committees tasked with distributing food to the needy have not received their January allowance, New Era can reveal. New Era was informed there have been delays in previous allowance payments, with street committees not being paid at the end of November. However, they received a double allowance in December. Street committee members who preferred anonymity for fear of being victimised said the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare does not have an exact date they pay the allowance. Although payments vary between street committees and Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Following the twin outbreak of cholera and hepatitis E in Windhoek, the Ongwediva Town Council plans to embark on an awareness campaign on Valentine’s Day, which is today. country in October, while cholera surfaced at the end of January. Ministry of Health and Social Services Manga Libita said only one case of cholera was detected in a 10-year-old boy, but further cases have not surfaced. and has since returned to school. The sensitisation campaign will educate residents on how Receiving… Lot Ndamanomhata the spokesperson for the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare has assured those affected that the ministry is attending to their concerns. Photo: Nampa street coordinators, the street committees New Era spoke to receive an allowance of N,500 per month. Ongwediva mitigates cholera, hepatitis E to protect themselves against contracting the two diseases. Public relations officer at Ongwediva Jackson Muma said although no cases were reported in the town the council deemed it important to sensitise residents on personal and environmental hygiene. Council thus invited members of the public to attend the various meetings scheduled in the town. Muma added that the success of the campaign will depend on the cooperation of the general any outbreak, saying that ill health has a negative impact on development. “Community talks will be arranged in various parts of the town to sensitise the public on the spread and prevention of the Street committees are tasked with distributing food to hundreds of thousands of the less privileged people whose income falls below N0 a month. The food bank is one of the tenets of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), a government initiative aimed at eradicating poverty and inequality. when we will be paid. We are left in the dark,” stated a street committee member from Windhoek who said they were supposed to receive their allowance on the 28th but later the ministry paid them on the 16th of each month. “The ministry does not have a date on when to pay us,” remarked a street committee member that requested anonymity. Another street committee member said: “We have schoolgoing children and homes. We need to buy food and take care of our schoolchildren’s needs – imagine until now we have not been paid for January.” Lot Ndamanomhata the spokesperson for the poverty eradication ministry said the ministry is experiencing technical delays and is trying to move away from the current form of effective one. Ndamanomhata said: “The ministry regrets the current situation – we are attending to the problem and once it is sorted the allowances will be processed.” “Again the ministry requests all street committee members to channel all challenges and issues that arise with regard to the food bank to the ministry,” he urged the affected street committees. Action… Rauna Jeleva of Ondingwanyama village in Ohangwena region promoting hygiene. Photo for illustration. two diseases,” said Muma. So far, 643 cases of hepatitis E have been recorded and three Over half of the cases were recorded in Havana and Goreangab informal settlements in Windhoek where there is overcrowding and basic hygiene is poor in the settlements. A report by the health ministry singles out mushrooming of informal settlements and delayed reporting of cases as the major challenges to curbing the spread of the disease. “Challenges include illegal mushrooming of informal settlements, without corresponding provision of adequate access to safe water and appropriate sanitation facilities,” reads the report. TUN disturbed by teachers recruiting teachers Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) is disturbed by the current ‘internal policies’ of some schools whereby teachers are requested to when they go on leave. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, TUN secretary general Mahongora Kavihuha said any school’s internal policy should be in line with the national policy. Teachers, he said, should not be reduced to recruiting agents, adding these same teachers end up paying their temporary replacements from their own pockets and have to fork out at least N0 to N0 a day. Some of the teachers who are recruited do not have the neces- noted Kavihuha. This practice is happening across the country, including Windhoek, he said. “I’ve addressed this one at many schools,” said Kavihuha. Furthermore, he urged the Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and Culture to redeploy school inspectors and subject advisors who have school management expertise to schools. “Inspectors are just sitting and doing nothing,” charged Kavihuha. He said school inspectors and subject advisors with school management experience could work at schools that don’t have principals - “After the recovery the Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and Culture can go back to their wasteful behaviour of having structures that do not add any value to education,” said Kavihuha. 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