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New Era Newspaper Wednesday February 7, 2018

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2 NEWS Wednesday, February 7 2018 | NEW ERA MUHEUA From page 1 Yesterday Kashona Muheua, the wife of the deputy minister, told New Era that her husband was recovering well at home. “Due much,” she said. When con tacted for comment yesterday, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Kat CYBERCRIMINALS From page 1 An exploratory research study on knowledge, attitudes and practices of ICT use and online protection risks by adolescents in Namibia, conducted in 2016 by the University of Science and Technology, showed that 68 per cent of children reported having seen sexual content they did not wish to see, while 31 percent had been sent sexually explicit images of people they didn’t know, and 29 percent had seen child sexual abuse material online. The study revealed that up to 80 percent of all cybercrimes go unreported due to the lack of awareness about cybercrimes. that violence and exploitation of children in Namibia frequently have an online component and contribute to creating an unsafe environment for children, only a very minimum number of cases have been successfully prosecuted as no legislation is in place that comprehensively criminalises child pornography and other cy bercrimes. The only legislation directly CLOSING DATE: 21 February 2018 before 17H00 (Only short-listed candidates will be contacted) No CVs or attached documents will be returned. javivi, said he had not received any news of Muheua. ”I have checked with the secretary to the National As sembly, no communication in that regard, I have checked with our legal department, nothing was communicated to them, I have checked with the party chief whip, nothing was com municated to all of them in that regard,” he said. addressing child pornography is the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA). However, some child rights activists are of the opinion that even though the Act criminalises child pornography, the provision tent with international law as it pornography’’. Child rights activists quoted in the study further stress that the provision itself is too narrow as it only criminalises the creation of child pornography and various support actions to the creation of child pornography, but fails to criminalise distributing, dis seminating, importing, exporting, offering, selling and possessing child pornography, according to the activists. In an interview with New Era, Steven Haragei, programme man ager for counselling at LifeLine/ ChildLine Namibia, singled out the absence of cyber security laws, lack of digital literacy and aware ness as some of the contributing factors to cyber bullying. “The absence of cyber security laws is key to why the country has turned into a safe haven Muheua is a former president of the National Union of Na mibian Workers (NUNW), the country’s biggest trade union federation. He was elected to the National Assembly in the 2009 general election. nye Pohamba appointed Muheua to the position of deputy minister of labour and social welfare in his second cabinet. for cybercriminals. It is hard to regulate child online sexual abuse and grooming without an act in place. Of course, there have been cases of cyber bullying that involve children and women but the only help organisations such as LifeLine/ChildLine can offer is counselling and sociological support,” he said Haragei, although commend ing the government for providing training to law enforcement agen cies on cybercrime investigation, suggested that more still needed to be done in term of creating awareness to ensure citizens are fully aware of cybercrimes and how to respond to such crimes. Parliament is busy with draft ing the electronic transactions and cybercrime bill, however, accord ing to Haragei, such bill, once it becomes law, might not fully address cybercrime as it focuses services and electronic commerce and communications and does not say much about cyberspace security. This year Safer Internet Day was held under the theme “Cre ate, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.” Another Congo fever case recorded Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The Ministry of Health and Social of Crimean Congo fever in the country. The medical superintendent at the Windhoek Central Hospital, Dr David old man is being kept in isolation at Windhoek Central Hospital because the disease is highly contagious. The man, who has a history of tick bite, was transported from Gobabis and is from a nearby village in the area. The man is doing well and has re sponded well to treatment since being admitted to hospital, authorities said. that he has Congo fever, it was said at KHAMA From page 1 “We don’t just put up words there, we also take action,” he said. According to him, the Botswana tion agency, which is an independent and autonomous body that investigates corruption allegations and prosecutes where necessary. Further, he revealed that the govern in every ministry especially those prone to graft to ensure they trace any opportunities of corruption. responsible for educating and creating ministries against the effects of cor ruption,” he said. In this regard, Khama said, they don’t allow corruption cases to drag on for long, unlike in other African countries. He said this is made possible by the “We are not aware of any other contacts that are sick apart from his partner who was also treated and her temperature is under control,” said Uirab. Congo fever is transmitted to people by tick bites or through contact with infected animal blood or tissues during and immediately after slaughter. The majority of cases have occurred in people involved in the livestock industry, such as agricultural workers, slaughter house workers and veterinarians. occur resulting from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or Uirab stressed that the risks are with people who work with animals. “Once there is an epidemic it can be passed on to humans through any body dedicated members of the judiciary who ensure that cases get resolved urgently and those found guilty face the wrath of the law. when they go through the courts. If they drag on forever, you won’t really see the impact. People won’t see the perpetrators of corruption are being dealt with. We have dedicated judges who ensure that any corruption cases that appear before them are not held up by other civil and criminal cases. Any corruption case goes straight to the judge and he deals with it, and we see justice being served expeditiously.” In Namibia, for instance, several corruption cases have appeared on the court roll for years without anyone facing justice. Equally, Khama emphasized that the government also ensures that these ness among schools and councils for community members to be aware that corruption is a disease that “we can’t tolerate”. 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However, when the case came be fore the Supreme Court, three judges of the court decided to cast a wider approach and invited arguments on are within the scope of Article 8 of the Namibian Constitution which provides for dignity for all. Chief Justice Peter Shivute, togeth er with Judges of Appeal Dave Smuts, Elton Hoff, Yvonne Mokgoro and Theo Frank agreed that the imposi would effectively dash the hopes of such prisoner of ever seeing daylight is against the provisions of Article 8. with the court in its submissions, saying the most severe form of pun ishment Namibian courts can impose is life sentences, and sentences that surpass the threshold of 25 years be fore parole can be granted are not in accordance with the right to dignity. In fact the Supreme Court said, that while punishment by courts is aimed at deterrence, prevention and rehabilitation, any punishment which “takes away all hope of release from an offender should be contrary to the values and aspirations of the Namib the inherent right to dignity afforded to such incarcerated offender and maintained that after the abolition of the death penalty, a sentence of life imprisonment is the most severe form of punishment a court can impose on an accused”. The Supreme Court further said that the Correctional Services Act makes provision for a range of re habilitation programs to address the needs of offenders to contribute to their successful reintegration into so ciety and mechanisms for the release of offenders. But, the Supreme Court said, it must be borne in mind that the release of an offender on a life sentence does not automatically happen after he or she served 25 years. A lot of consideration must be taken into account such as the be havior of the offender during his incarceration and whether the parole board believes such an offender is rehabilitated.The appellants were represented by Advocate Werner Boesak on instruction from Trevor by Advocate AP van Wyk SC assisted by N Kandovazu and the state by Advocate Dominic Lisulo.

Wednesday, February 7 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Ex-manager snatches tenders from Mukupi kids “How is this allowed? Namibian opportunities should be enjoyed by Namibians, or Zambians. What Namibia needs is skilled workers from other tenderpreneurs.” – Aldrin Mukupi Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Njangula Security Services owner Aldrin Mukupi has accused government of awarding lucrative security tenders to a security company owned by a foreigner at the expense of well-established local security companies. Mukupi, the son of the late Sibbinda constituency councillor and security company owner, Felix Kabuku Mukupi, said of late security tenders have been awarded to a certain security company (name withheld) which he said is owned by a Zambian national (name withheld). In-fact, he said, the Zambian man used to work for Njangula Security as a manager when his father was still alive but he has since turned against Mukupi’s children ‘using insider information from his former employer’ to secure lucrative security tenders from the government. The disgruntled son says such doings could make the late Felix Mukupi -who was affable and had a larger than life persona- turn in his grave considering the fact he treated the former manager as a relative. When he was alive Felix Mukupi was a Swapo foot-soldier who assisted the party to make substantive inroads in Sibbinda and other constituencies that were strongholds of the former DTA (renamed PDM) and he made generous cash donations unequalled by his peers in the Zambezi. Mukupi says what troubles him the most is the fact that business opportunities supposed to benefit Namibians are being given to foreigners thus enriching other countries instead of Namibia and its citizens. “How is this allowed? Namibian opportunities should be enjoyed by Namibians, not foreigners or Zambians. What Namibia needs is skilled workers from other countries not foreign tenderpreneurs,” he stressed, adding that he is not trying to instigate xenophobia but simply wants fairness. “We have good Namibian security companies that have been operational in this country for over two decades good reputation with the government, why are they being sidelined, for the countries?” he questioned. Efforts by New Era to get a comment from the Zambian national proved futile as his phone was continually off. Other heroes excluded from state funerals – Venaani Matheus Hamutenya Bethanie Venaani feels government is unfair in the manner in which it accords state funerals to some heroes This comes after Venaani wrote an open letter to President Hage Geingob about two weeks ago to request that the late Chief David Frederick of !Aman Traditional Authority be accorded a state funeral, a call which government did not respond positively to. And speaking at the burial of the late Chief Frederick at Bethanie on Saturday, Venaani spoke out against government for reserving this accolade only to a select few people from a certain group. He said it is evident that government has made state funerals only exclusive to some while other groups are completely excluded, despite their dedication and good deeds in their communities and the country at large. Venaani said the late chief had an unparalleled record of commitment and dedication to his people and his dignifying traits warranted him a state funeral, and it is therefore a pity that he could not be accorded a state funeral that he deserved, just because he is not from the exclusive group. He added that it is wrong that government does not recognise and praise leaders that are dedicated to their communities, but rather sings praises only to leaders that most of the time rob the poor by corruptly getting their hands on millions that are meant for the less privileged. “Every day we hear how many of us powerful leaders are amassing wealth through corruption, and none of us go to prison, but we do not hear of leaders that unify communities, but yet we give accolades to those that do not unify, but those that unify our people are getting a lesser treatment,” he said. Venaani said that while he is glad Geingob responded to his request, saying that he is waiting for a committee to make a recommendation, many people as the case with the late Chief Frederick, continue to be denied government’s recognition. He called on the government to refrain from government, government is quick to claim that everything belongs to all Namibians, while state funerals and accolades of this magnitude are reserved only for a select group. “On one hand we are developing a narrative that is not consulted. We are saying the genocide money is for all Namibians, we have not even talked about it, but we are saying it is for all, while we know very well the communities that have suffered, and while we are saying that, state funerals are only for some,” said Venaani. McHenry Venaani Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund The Namibian prosecution has so far only recorded one successful conviction in terms 31 cases have been reported in the country since 2010. About 35 key players including members of the police, prosecutors and social workers are currently attending the training that will enable them to deal more effectively with successful prosecutions and eventually convictions. Police Deputy Commissioner, Sidney Philander, who spoke to New Era shortly training of trainers for criminal justice practitioners on victim centred investigations and prosecutions, said the first human in 2010, at Walvis Bay. According to Philander, a minor was the as a domestic worker by a female Walvis Bay resident. Statics he provided also indicated that in 2017, while 2016 and 2015 each had six cases reported. Philander also pointed out that two cases are currently featuring in the High Court, which could also lead to successful convictions. In 2017, 45,000 victims were assisted of which 37 percent were female and children. Meanwhile, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) officer in charge of Namibia, Sascha Nlabu says the revealed that it assisted 40,000 human globally. He explained that 43 percent of the victims were women while 57 percent were men. The report, according to Nlabu indicated 81 percent of registered victims suffered labour exploitation while 11 percent suffered sexual exploitation. largest international crime industry behind it displaces thousands and strips victims of their human rights and dignity. There are approximately 20 million to 30 million slaves in the world and about 80 percent of the victims are women and children. real number of victims is not known as the majority of the cases go unreported. because every country is involved, be it as a country of origin or destination or country in transit. 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