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New Era Newspaper Wednesday February 21, 2018

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2 NEWS Wednesday, February 21 2018 | NEW ERA KUNENE From page 1 Thus, the priority on his to-do list is to tackle the disunity in the region. The youthful governor, plucked from relative obscurity when President Hage Geingob named him governor late last year, revealed that through community and leadership consultations, he promised them two things; namely working in unison and to develop the region. “So if somebody has to come ing letters we are not going to entertain those things. What we are really sitting with is serious issues. If you go to Okanguati and see where people get water from you will start crying,” Sheya said Through various consultations, Sheya also learned that there was a duplication of projects from different ministries and local authorities. “They do not have an end result because nobody is taking ownership of these issues. I want us to concentrate on projects that will really change people’s lives,” said Sheya. Kunene Region was plagued by severe drought for the past seven years and is one of the poorest regions in the country. According to a recent report by the Namibia Statistics Agency, Kunene Region is one of the poorest regions in Namibia, with Epupa Constituency in that region, being amongst the very poorest. Despite this, most poverty indicators suggest that poverty levels years, as per the NSA’s Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2015/2016 report. In addition, Sheya noted that giving to the communities is not enough. “We want to teach people so that they can maintain and innovate for themselves,” he added. The Kunene Region has been rated the last in terms of customer service, according to a survey by said Sheya. “Our region is rated last in terms of service delivery. We need to address that. We want to address that and collectively as a team we have said we are going to address that,” said Sheya. Stressing on development, Sheyasaid he is aware of the rich natural resources of the region and inhabitants. “We are going to do things collectively to develop this region equally and fairly for everybody,” Sheya, a former mayor of Outjo, said. He also touched on the vastness and uniqueness of the region, saying: “The level of poverty and the absence of economic activi- on the grassroots are some of the challenges. We have quite a lot to offer as a region but we have not really used or tapped into that potential.” POHAMBA From page 1 Pohamba was particularly happy that the hub is encouraging those aspiring to venture into agribusiness to do so, by providing a market for them. “Encouragement comes with the provision of the facility that ‘if I produce I have somewhere to take my produce’,” said Pohamba, when he toured the fresh hub on Monday. Pohamba – Namibia’s president between 2005 and 2015 - said the fresh produce hub is a beacon of hope for the Namibian people. However, the former president appealed to the Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) that manages the hubs to ensure they pay their suppliers a market-related price. Pohamba was referring to an incident where mahangu producers allegedly retained their mahangu harvest after AMTA asked them to reduce their prices. “I think there should be a reconsideration if we want people to produce. Let us make the people happy if we want them to produce,” said Pohamba. Also speaking at the same event, AMTA’s Managing Director Lucas Lungameni said the hub has increased its volume over a period of four years from 635 tons to almost 5000 during the Lungameni assured the former president that Namibia will be fed and saved from poverty and food insecurity at all cost. Lungameni said the hubs present marketing avenues for producers to market their fresh produce and for formal and informal sectors to source fresh produce. In addition, the hubs create an opportunity for the local produce to enter the mainstream fresh produce market and serve as central points for various trader and consumer groups to access fresh produce from all local farmers who are scattered around these regions. According to Lungameni, the national fresh produce business hub facilities were established for the purpose to stimulate agricultural production, marketing and value addition. Success of food bank depends on committee members Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta says the success of the food bank programme would depend on street committee members tasked to run the scheme. opening of the training of street committee members at Keetmanshoop on Monday, Kameeta reminded the street committee members of the huge task and responsibility they have signed up for, saying it is up to them to make the food bank at the town a success. “You are the success and failure of this programme, you need compassion, you need to feel sorry for what is happening, and you must be passionate about helping people,” he said. He urged members to have the right attitude and mindset and be willing to go the extra mile to assist people in the community, and he warned them not to do it for the allowance only, but do it from their hearts to serve people well. He added that the ministry is serious about eradicating poverty, and hence the introduction of the food bank and other programmes aimed at eliminating poverty. He was adamant that despite some people’s criticism of the food bank programme, it is the right thing to do to ensure that no one dies of hunger. “Those who criticise this programme have probably never slept with hunger – we cannot allow people to go and eat at the dumpsite, this should not happen in an independent Namibia,” he stated. Speaking at the same event Keetmanshoop Urban constituency councillor and veterans affairs deputy minister Hilma Nikanor said the region and the constituency is ready for the food bank rollout. She urged everyone to take ownership of the programme, if it is to be a success. “Let us take ownership of this programme and make sure it is workable, I am sure we are ready to go out there as foot soldiers and make this a success,” she said. There are 16 committee members and one coordinator undergoing training. BRIDE From page 1 “Our culture dictates that a man can take for himself a wife while she is young. There is nothing I can do, [this] is something that we found here,” said Kavari. Kavari added that a child is not forced to remain married to her elderly husband. However, the family may not return the cow even after the child refused move in with her elderly husband. “If she wants, she can go. We don’t force, when a child refuses to get married to the man who chose to marry her she can refuse,” explained Kavari. He also did not seem bothered that Muhenje, whose parents died while she was young, did not go to school. Meanwhile, Popa Mbendura, a 14-year-old relative of Muhenje was also ‘engaged’ as a child. “I have never met my husband [yet],” she said, explaining that she too will become a victim of child marriages, which are so rife in this part of the country. Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 UNAM From page 1 The student is expected to make an appearance in the Katutura court today. His name cannot be revealed until after his court appearance. According to the police, the student stabbed to death 19-year-old Fidel Jacob Gaseb, who had been demanding N from him. The incident took place on Monday afternoon in Khomasdal. The student, who is in his third year studies towards a diploma in junior primary education at Unam’s Khomasdal campus, had gone to the nearby shops where he encountered the deceased. According to Namibian Police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi, it is alleged that at the shops the deceased teenager harassed the student over N, and had produced a knife with which he became violent after the student indicated he had no N to spare. The deceased is said to have followed the student back to the hostel at the campus, where the student is a resident. Shikwambi said when the student said he had no money the teenager became angry and started harassing the student. to the entrance gate of the campus as the suspect was returning back to the campus and the deceased was still a knife in his hand. The deceased’s knife then allegedly fell to the ground and the suspect picked it up and fatally stabbed the deceased twice,” remarked Shikwambi. She said the student thereafter went to report himself at Katutura police station where he was detained. She added that the student was however taken to hospital for injuries sus- fellow students are mobilising each other to show up in numbers at the court to demand his release. Unam public relations officer Simon Namesho advised students to make sure they do not put themselves in danger and to not walk alone after their demonstration.

Wednesday, February 21 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Four annual board meetings not sufficient for ailing SOEs – NHE chairperson Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek The board chairperson of the state-owned National Housing Enterprise (NHE) Sam Shivute says the directive by the Ministry of Public Enterprises to only have four board meetings per annum, for which board members are paid sitting fees, would not help boards tasked with turning around ailing state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Shivute, who also serves as the chairperson of the University of Namibia Council, said although he did not yet receive the directive from the minister, for him the suggested number of meetings are just not enough for board members to articulate the challenges currently in a crisis. “For example, boards are responsible for the recruitment (CEO) and this process cannot be concluded in one or two meetings. All factors considered, the process of recruiting a CEO can take up to three meetings and it is of recruitment and the process will have to start again,” Shivute Aron Mushaukwa Katima Mulilo said. He nevertheless admits that matured, well-functioning institutions with strong executive leadership will not need many board meetings. However, Shivute contends that for SEOs in a crisis or facing a multitude of strategic challenges, a board may be required to have more board meetings than the recommended four meetings per annum. While some experts hailed the directive as an effective cost-cutting measure and in line with President Hage Geingob’s call for ministers to introduce such measures, Shivute said there is the misconception that people are serving on parastatal boards to make money, which is not the case. “This cannot be correct in all cases. The majority of people that I know serve on boards not for money but as part of their commitment to serve their beloved country Namibia and as part of their social responsibility.” He said unlike in other countries in the region, in Namibia, on average, a director on the board of parastatals would be remunerated less than N0,000 per annum for more than four meetings. “Considering the reputational risk, strategic c o r p o r a t e c h a l l e n g e s , strategically managing corporate politics and ensuring that an institution delivers on its mandate, it can safely be argued that not all directors on the board of parastatals in Namibia serve for the sake of monetary gain,” Shivute maintained. The Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste, in a recent interview with Nampa, said SOEs boards should only have four paid board meetings annually starting from 2018. Jooste said under normal circumstances, a board does not have to sit more than four times a year, adding that they are more than welcome do so, but on a pro bono basis. Should there be a pressing need, which will require a given board to meet more than four times, such a board will be compelled to apply for an additional board meeting, which will be scrutinised by the ministry, he said. “We will pick it up in their budget. If they want to meet more often than that, they do that pro bono, so they are not paid. I would not have a problem necessarily. It should not be necessary to meet more than four times,” Jooste had responded to questions by Nampa on how the ministry intends to curb the abuse of funds by the boards of public enterprises in the form of sitting fees. Kula Lourenco Angolan suspected drug mule denied bail Maria Amakali Windhoek Plastic-coated capsules containing cocaine found in Kula Lourenco’s An Angolan national who was apprehended on suspicion of being in possession of cocaine at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Sunday, was denied bail upon Kula Lourenco, 52, is charged with a count of dealing in cocaine worth N5,000 after the police found foreign substances believed to be cocaine in his digestive magistrate Michelle Kubersky, Lourenco was informed through an interpreter that the state strongly opposes his release on bail on grounds he may abscond to his native country and not stand trial. Prosecutor Victoria Thompson explained it would not be in the public or justice’s interest given the seriousness of the offence and the amount involved for the court to release Lourenco on bail. According to Namibian Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kaunapawa Shikwambi, Lourenco is said to have swallowed the plastic-coated capsules containing cocaine to conceal them from the authorities. “He was taken for medical examination and 70 capsules suspected to contain cocaine were found in his rectum, at Katutura hospital,” explained Shikwambi. The The 52-year-old is said to be a drug mule who was transporting cocaine through Johannesburg from Sao Poalo, Brazil, to Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek. The accused was intercepted upon arrival at the airport during a joint operation between Nampol and Brazil Federal Police through Interpol, which gave an alert on a possible drug mule. The Namibian Police cautioned all drug dealers and users in Namibia, including visitors, that the police would ultimately catch up with them, even those who try to outsmart the police in terms of illicit drugs. “The youth are particularly urged to refrain from drugs or suffer the consequences, should they be arrested,” noted Shikwambi. The court postponed the matter to June 20 to give ample time to Lourenco to obtain legal counsel and for The water level of the Zambezi River has reached an alarming level and caused serious concerns that the region might water level of the Zambezi River stood at 4.10 metres on Monday compared to 2.30 metres at the same date last year. The river has risen and as of February 8 it stood at 2.57m. If the water continues to rise, schools which are normally affected Muzii Combined School, Mpukano Primary School, Namiyundu Primary School and Nankutwe Combined School might not even reach the end of the current school term which is on April 27. All the schools are currently surrounded by water. Speaking to New Era the councillor of Kabbe Floating... Learners from Nankutwe CS going to school in 2014 when the Zambezi Region South Constituency John Likando called on community members from the floodprone areas to be vigilant and start taking precautionary measures. “The water is rising very fast as it has already reached four metres. I would like to encourage people to start moving their livestock to higher grounds. They should also avoid playing in the water as the water is coming with crocodiles. Just last week a learner at Muzii was injured by a crocodile while they were coming from night study,” said Likando. Likando also called on teachers to work very hard, because if the water continues to rise lessons might soon be disturbed. “This is the time teachers should work hard if they are not already doing so, because if the water continues to rise they will have to relocate, which in the end will disturb the lessons,” he said. Notice is hereby given to all Interested and Affected Parties (I & APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and its Regulations (2012) for the following intended activity. Project Name: Project Location: PUBLIC INVITATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A NEW FUEL RETAIL FACILITY IN OUTJO, KUNENE REGION Erongo Food Products Fuel Retail Facility Erf 666, along Sam Nujoma Road, in Outjo Project Description: The proposed development will entail the following activities: convenient shop and restaurant. Proponent: Erongo Food Products (Pty) Ltd Environmental Consultant: Matrix Consulting Services All Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) are encouraged to register and raise concerns or provide comments and opinions. All Interested Document (BID) comprising detailed information for the intended. A public meeting about the development will be held at: Venue: Date: 06 March 2018 Time: from 13H00 to 15H00 Should you wish to register as I&AP and receive a BID, please contact the Matrix Consulting Services office.

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