6 NEWS Wednesday, February 21 2018 | NEW ERA Middle-income countries meet to share development ideas United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala SWAKOPMUND Representatives of four middle-income countries ( M I C s ) i n E a s t e r n and Southern Africa met in Swakopmund on Monday and Tuesday to share information on their development gains and challenges. One of the activities of this two-day event was to visit the impoverished DRC informal settlement in the coastal town to learn more about their hardship and incorporate this in development planning. Hosted by the United Nations Development Group in Eastern and Southern Africa, the experiencesharing forum was attended by representatives from Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. These included ministers responsible for economic planning as well as staff of the United Nations serving in different portfolios, such as regional directors. The United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala, said the aim is to share experience on development and identify areas for collaboration in and across participating countries. “We also want to identify challenges and opportunities faced by MICs to achieve development,” said Pakkala. The group will further discuss opportunities to mobilise resources and strengthen partnerships, as well as share related data. Namibian Minister of Economic Planning Obeth Kandjoze in his opening speech said achieving thorough development is a mammoth task for many African countries, including Namibia. to do things differently to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor,” said the minister. Also speaking at the event, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Namibia, Kiki Gbeho, said Namibia has effected one of the fastest reductions in poverty on the continent and managed to slightly reduce inequality while growing its gross national income. She pointed out achievements such as gender parity in parliament, good governance as recognised by the Mo Ibrahim Index, as well as media freedom. She said there are however challenges that Namibia still needs to meet such as reducing poverty, youth unemployment and avoiding diseases such as hepatitis E and cholera through the provision of clean drinking water and sanitation. “We hope that among issues we discuss, this forum will help us examine our approach, such as developing policies and implementing them to strike the balance between upstream and downstream development. This will help us better tackle inequality in the countries we serve,” Gbeho said. – Nampa Redo… Part of the administration block that is being rebuilt. Photo: Obrein Simasiku Contractor rebuilds damaged Omuthiya police headquarters Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Restoration of the Oshikoto Police multi-storied administration block in Omuthiya is underway with the contractor to cover the repair costs. It was initially reported that the damage to the newly constructed building, which was yet to be occupied, was caused by last month’s storm. However, authorities maintain that poor workmanship was the contributing factor, as the storm ripped off the roof, and walls cracked, damaging the ceiling and causing extensive damage to electrical cables and the air-conditioning system. “What I can say is the contractor is the one responsible for all the costs to repair the damaged side,” said the police regional commander Commissioner Armas Shivute, who confirmed the new developments and that an inspection team was expected on site before the end of this week. China Jiangxi International Namibia is the contractor, which is now expected to do the repairs at own costs. have now been demolished and the roof removed. The facility will house close recreational facilities. It will also include holding cells. 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Narrating the organization’s achievements through a press statement issued yesterday, Toni Hancox, director of LAC, said in the past years the organization has managed to produce several major research studies and given input on legislation on a wide variety of issues relating to women and children, including gender-based violence, family law and child protection. Honcox said GR&AP has managed to successfully execute its mandate that includes explaining existing and proposed laws in accessible language, as well as producing educational materials ranging animations and comic books aimed at the general public. Hancox said GR&AP has also developed a good working relationship with the nongovernmental organisation community of Namibia, and often works on lobbying and advocacy campaigns alongside a range of other groups, and regularly works in partnership projects, and has a particularly close working relationship with the Law Reform and Development Commission, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and the Ministry of Justice. GR&AP also regularly works with development partners such as UNICEF. “GR&AP manages to produce a huge volume of work with only a very small staff of three fulltime employees, but it has been assisted over the years by more than 100 volunteers and interns from Namibia and countries around the world, producing a cadre of visitors who return to their home countries as ambassadors for Namibia,” said Hancox in the statement. Diane Hubbard, the coordinator of GR&AP, said Namibia as a nation has made great strides in the advancement of women’s and children’s rights since independence, although there is still much more work to do on gender-based violence and family law in particular. “I have been fortunate to work with dedicated and committed staff and volunteers over the years, and I am proud to be a part of the Legal Assistance Centre,” she said.
Wednesday, February 21 2018 | NEW ERA CRIME & COURTS 7 Woman arrested for throwing baby in toilet pot Staff Reporter Windhoek A 21-year-old woman was arrested for concealment of birth in Okatope after she left her baby in a public toilet. The incident took place in the afternoon of last Saturday with the discovery made by an 11-yearold girl who told her grandmother. Nampol spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said the grandmother then questioned the 21-year-old woman who is in Grade 10. The woman admitted to have terminated her eight months pregnancy. Shikwambi said it is alleged that on Wednesday, February 14 at 22:00 at Onambugulu village, Onyaanya, the suspect gave birth to a baby girl while family members were sleeping. “She wrapped the foetus in a plastic bag and threw it in a public toilet. She then took her grandmother to the toilet and the body was retrieved,” said Shikwambi. In an unrelated incident, a 28-yearold man is alleged to have raped a 29-year-old woman at the mining town of Rosh Pinah, in // Kharas region. The suspect was arrested. An 18-year-old man is alleged to have raped a six-year-old girl on Friday evening at Ombili in Bail for security guard arrested for stealing over N0,000 Maria Amakali Windhoek Jonas Simon Mbangu, a security guard who was arrested late last year for stealing more than half a million, was released on bail in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court after the state withdrew its objections. Mbangu, 41, who had been in police custody since his arrest in August 2017, was granted bail in the amount of N,000, with reporting conditions and mandatory appearances in court to be made as scheduled. Making a brief appearance before magistrate Mbangu was informed that investigations into his case have been concluded. State prosecutor Rowan van Wyk explained during the proceedings that since the amount in question is in excess of N0,000 there is a need for Mbangu to make a preliminary plea. The prosecution is charging Mbangu with a count of theft for allegedly running off with N6,134. 75 in August 2017. Mbangu was working for a Windhoek. Shikwambi said the suspect took the victim to an outside shower where he is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with her. The suspect was arrested. Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man died when the car he was driving overturned and hit a tree where Kaurivi. The incident happened on Sunday at about 06:00 on the road to Elisenheim village, Brakwater about 5km north of Windhoek. Shikwambi said the vehicle was travelling from south to north on the Elisenheim tarred road. “At a sharp curve the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree. The vehicle burnt to death,” stated Shikwambi. She said a passenger escaped from the burning vehicle with serious injuries. In an unrelated incident, police in Windhoek arrested two people, aged 39 and 47 years old, for being in possession of controlled wildlife products in Havana informal settlement after they were found in possession of python meat and its head and a tortoise shell. The value is yet to be determined. Jonas Simon Mbangu with the money that he had collected from various shops in the vicinity of Otjiwarongo for banking purposes. It is alleged that Mbangu failed to deliver which consequently resulted in his arrest when his employer became suspicious of his disappearance. According to police reports, Mbangu abandoned money in a sedan headed allegedly to the northern parts of the country, before his arrest. Upon his arrest, it is alleged that of all the money that he had run off with that was concealed in three plastic bags, Mbangu only spent N0. Mbangu is expected to tender his preliminary plea on March 9 when he makes his compulsory appearance in court as scheduled. Namibia aims at reducing poaching by 50 percent Albertina Nakale Windhoek According to the latest statistics, Namibia’s anti-poaching unit is proving a success with the country only having recorded three cases of rhino poaching this year. Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta yesterday said the aim for this year is to reduce poaching cases by more than 50 percent. “Even though rhino and elephant poaching seem to be decreasing, brought to zero. Let us rededicate ourselves to ensuring that fewer rhinos and elephants are poached this year,” he said. Namibia has one of the largest black rhino populations in the world; but as in neighbouring South Africa, it is under threat from the lucrative market for rhino horn, especially in Asia. By October last year, 27 rhinos were poached compared to 60 in 2016 and 95 in 2015 – while 20 elephants were poached since January last year compared to 101 in 2016 and 49 a year before. Shifeta says poaching is driven by international criminal syndicates and is a complex phenomenon. In their effort to address this crisis, he said there is a need to recognize that the anti-poaching unit is not dealing with the normal subsistence poaching as it was in the past. He explained that rhino and elephant have become commercialised participate in this crime. He commended the anti-poaching team under the leadership of retired Oshana regional police commander Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa who was appointed last year as the head of the newly established unit. Equally, he applauded private individuals and the private sector who have come on board and support government efforts to eliminate the poaching problem. He encouraged all Namibians who value their wildlife and its protection which he says has frustrated many people, in particular farmers, to the point where they have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. He encouraged his staff members to be prompt in responding to issues He said delayed responses will trigger a bad reaction from the already frustrated farmers, some of whom hunt and kill predators that have caused havoc to their properties without consent from the ministry. Invitation for Bids (IFB) | NCS/ONB/NTA – 01/2018 Provision of Courier Services for a Period of Twenty-four (24) Months on an “As-and-When-Required” Basis The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) hereby invites bids through the Open National Bidding (ONB) procedure for the Provision of Courier Services for a period of Twenty-Four (24) Months on an “As-and-When-Required” basis. NamPol receiving counter-terrorism training WINDHOEK A two-week training course on counter-terrorism for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) The training forms part of a memorandum of understanding signed with the Carabinieri – Italy’s military force charged with police duties. Speaking at the start of the training, Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said terrorism is a global threat that knows no boundaries. This necessitates coordinated efforts, counter strategies and multi-disciplinary action from international and national role players, he added. The course is expected to enhance the participants’ knowledge and skills in gathering and “What we are witnessing today is just another crucial project undertaken in the strengthening of our existing cooperation, in the sphere of training and capacity building,” Ndeitunga said. The course is being attended by 37 representatives of NamPol, the Namibian Correctional Services and the Namibian Central Intelligence Service. - Nampa The invitation is open to all Namibian bidders. Interested bidders may obtain the bidding document upon payment of a non-refundable fee of N0.00. Bids must be deposited in the Bid Box at NTA Village, Administration Building, Rand Street, Khomasdal, Windhoek, before 11H00 on Monday, 19 March 2018, at which time bids will be opened, and which session bidders are welcome to attend. Late and electronic bids will not be considered. Interested bidders may obtain further information from the NTA’s Senior Procurement Officer, Mr. Richard Ndjahera, at telephone number, 061-2078 520, or via e-mail, email@example.com. 523/19/02/2018