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4 NEWS Wednesday, February 7 2018 | NEW ERA Money will not put genocide to bed - Khama WINDHOEK As the Nama and Ovaherero communities seek reparations and restorative justice from Germany, Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama said no amount of money would undo the genocide suffered by the two communities at the hands of German imperial forces. Responding to media questions in Windhoek on Monday, Khama said he was aware that the Hereros and Namas were seeking restitution from Germany. “You spoke of putting the genocide to bed once and for all. I know they are seeking some kind of restitution from the German government. And even if they succeed, and I don’t know if they will, it will not put it to bed,” said Khama. Explaining his view, he added: “When that kind of atrocity has happened in history, it has happened and money will not remove it from the books of history.” Khama believes the 1904- 1908 Nama and Ovaherero genocide should rather serve as a lesson to the world. “If anything, we should just learn a lesson from it to ensure that it doesn’t happen Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama anywhere else in the world.” Khama pointed to the 1994 Rwanda genocide and mass killings in Myanmar that continue in the present day as countries that suffered genocide, something he strongly believes ought never to have happened. “The reparation talks have been an initiative by the Herero community in Namibia and we are aware of it. And we are not as a government directly involved in it,” he said. to neighbouring Botswana in the aftermath of the genocide and many continue to reside in that country till this day. Khama advised the affected groups to pursue the genocide case through avenues available in Namibia, particularly parliament. – Nampa Ineptitude turns waterfront into white elephant Standing idle… Bungalows at the Zambezi Waterfront have turned into a white elephant because the Katima Mulilo Town Council has been unable to transfer the land it had donated to government. The land in question is where the tourism project is located. Photo: Aron Mushaukwa Aron Mushaukwa Katima Mulilo The immediate future of the Zambezi Waterfront and Tourism Park (ZWFTP) remains unknown as it has been over a year since it was temporarily closed by the government, following allegations of mismanagement. Its closure made 60 salaried employees join the growing army of unemployed. Government invested over N0 million on the develop- included the construction of a multi-storied administration building, bungalows and conference facilities. VACANCY Human Resource Assistant However, since its closure its fate remains unknown despite shortly after its closure the government seconded former Development Bank of Namibia communication manager Jerome Mutumba as acting CEO, and to assist the board to formulate, design and implement a new business model that would sustain the state-owned tourism enterprise. Speaking to New Era, ZWFTP board chairperson Frans Kwala stated the delay by the Katima Mulilo Town Council to transfer land it had donated in 2003 to the government is one of the stumbling blocks in resurrecting the waterfront that has now turned into a white elephant despite its impressive infrastructure. “The town council is still the owner of the land. So that land has not been transferred, we have engaged them, we are just waiting on them. That is where we got stuck because the infrastructure belongs to the waterfront but the land belongs to council,” he said. Kwala also stressed that not having a management in place solve. He was however adamant that once the land ownership issue is resolved it will be a big step moving in the right direction. Efforts to get comment from the Katima Mulilo Town Council proved futile as questions sent to them on Monday were not still answered by the time of going to print yesterday. Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia | ensuring sustainability 46 given vocational skills training Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Forty-six youths received voca- pleted a course in panel beating and spray painting. at Ongwediva on Tuesday. The training was made possible by the Northern Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) northern branch and International Projects, German Chamber of Skills Crafts. The trainees are from companies from Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto regions that seconded them for vocational training in order to improve their skills. In addition they also received training in bookkeeping. Speaking at the ceremony the governor of Oshana region, Clemens Kashuupulwa, said imparting vocational skills is important in meeting the needs of a developing country and its people. He said the two trades in particular have immense potential for Namibia as they create employment and subsequently wealth. “One simply needs to look at northern roads, the vehicle demographics and vehicles that are damaged beyond repair, you and spray painting is demanding people with the technical know- vehicles roadworthy,” said the governor. The governor lamented that local panel-beating outlets are overbooked, leaving many in need of services unattended to. Also speaking at the same event, the chairperson of NCCI northern branch Tomas Iindji said vocational trades serve as a link that has been missing in the economic set-up. Apart from creating employment Iindji said they create opportunities to enhance vocational skills and knowledge. The project manager at the German Chamber of Skills Crafts Alexander Schneider said the training will improve employment opportunities for job-seekers and also enable them to have specialities. In addition, Schneider said the skills obtained are closely aligned to the needs of their companies. The German vocational education and training system, also known as the dual training system, is highly recognised worldwide due to its combination of theory and training embedded in a real-life work environment resulting in less unemployment. of the day-to-day operations of the human resources functions and duties of the Fund. Duties and responsibilities The HR Assistant will carry out responsibilities in the following functional areas: Planning and budgeting; Recruitment and staff selection; Remuneration and payroll; At least a University Diploma specializing in Human Resources Management. A Bachelor Degree in HR is an added advantage; Minimum 3 years relevant experience; management systems; Knowledge of the Namibian Labour Act and corporate governance principles; A valid Driving Licence. A detailed terms of reference for this position can be obtained from the Head of Human Resources at the Fund on or on Tel: 061-4317700. Alternatively a digital copy can be obtained from the EIF website at Head: Human Resources Environmental Investment Fund Capital Center Building, 2nd Floor Independence Avenue, P.O. Box 28 157, Auas Valley Windhoek Namibia Scanned applications complete with supporting documents can be emailed to No faxed applications will be accepted! Women, physically disabled and the youth are encouraged to apply. Closing date: 16:00, Monday, 19 February 2018 Recognition… Alexander Schneider greets Mateus Tulipomwene Petrus after he received his award. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala

Wednesday, February 7 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Armyworms invade Etunda maize plantation Devastating … Farmers of the Etunda Green Scheme Irrigation Project have been battling an armyworm attack on their crops. Photo: Nampa ETUNDA Farmers at Etunda Green Scheme Irrigation Project near Ruacana in the Omusati Region have been battling an armyworm attack on their plantations over the last three months. One of the farmers, Antonio West confirmed the armyworm invasion in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Monday. According to West, the worms attack mostly the maize plantations. “The worms are destroying our maize plants to the ground since we started the planting in November and continue causing havoc despite the fact that we are using He said the farmers spent a lot of money in buying chemicals to spray their plants against the infestation without any success. The farmers are now calling on Government to intervene in order to help “I have 2.5 hectares (ha) of land Farmers believe maize of a compromised quantity and quality will be produced at the project this year Trial date set for Zim academic fraud case Maria Amakali Windhoek A group of students who were arrested allegedly attained from various colleges in Zimbabwe are set to stand trial in October. Thirty-three people were arrested group of 19 Namibians apprehended in 2014 and the remainder getting arrested last year. Currently only 15 of the accused are expected to stand trial after the prosecution withdrew charges against 18 of the accused due to lack of evidence against them. Regina Nelumbu, Josephina Iita, Benedictus Stephanus, Eliah Kaiko, David Ndemusunye Shivinga, Monica Itengula, Paulus Ndara, George Mbanze Sikerete, Samuel Samuel Sem, Lineekela Nghaanekwa, Fillemon Jatileni, Elmo Matias, Martha Kolutu Etuhole Mwandjekange, Neliwa Miina Ndapewashali and Gregor Mbanze Sikerete are set to stand trial on charges of forgery and fraud for their possession of fake The group made a brief appearance in Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday before magistrate Brand van Platzen. as a result of the worm invasion. Project manager, Albertus Viljoen saying the problem of worms deterring good harvests at Etunda was also experienced during the 2016/17 season. He pointed out that armyworms destroy maize plants at all stages of growing. “The worms are protected from the spray by penetrating the plant, especially the maize head, and remain hiding during the spray- The armyworm is described as a common early season pest. – Nampa Nelumbu and her co-accused were arrested following a tip off from (NQA) management. It is alleged that the group used institutions such as University of Namibia, College of the Arts and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in granting them admission. They further allegedly used those admission and potential employment into the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and City Police. Nelumbu and her co-accused are all on bail ranging from N,000 to N,000 respectively. Van Platzen extended their bail on warning that they make an appearance for the start of their trial scheduled to take place from October 10. Confession in Swakop murder trial admitted Roland Routh Windhoek A confession by one of the two men accused of brutally killing and raping a Swakopmund resident in September 2005 was admitted into evidence yesterday by Judge Nate Ndauendapo in the Windhoek High Court after a protracted trial within a trial. Michael Tsowaseb, 42, disputed the confession he made to then Chief Inspector Otilie Kashuupulwa on February 11, 2006 wherein he admitted the gang-rape and murder of 34-year old Menesia Owoses at Swakopmund during the night of September 3 to 4, 2005. Tsowaseb and Kingsley Dausab, 45, face charges of murder, rape, violating a dead body and theft. According to the State, the deceased whereafter they violated her body by cutting/ stabbing her neck and private parts with a broken bottle, stone or other object and by inserting an object into her privates and by having sexual intercourse with her corpse. The cause of death was given as manual strangulation. Both men pleaded not guilty at the delayed start of their trial before Judge Ndauendapo. They were supposed to go on trial in June 2011, but the trial has been delayed due to a number of reasons including the no-show of both accused which led to their bail being cancelled and being remanded in custody. The State represented by Advocate Erich Moyo intended to submit into evidence the confession Tsowaseb made, but his legal aid lawyer, Mese Tjituri objected to the admissibility because as he claimed, the confession was the result of continuous assaults perpetrated on his client. He further informed the court the confession was not made freely and voluntarily by threats by many police of- confession. He further submitted that Tsowaseb was not properly warned of his right to remain silent or his right to have a legal representative present during the interrogation process and when the confession was made. According to Judge Ndauendapo, Detective Inspector Litota said he knew Tsowaseb prior to 2006 as he was a witness in a case he was investigating and when he went to fetch Tsowaseb on instructions of Inspector Xoagub, he explained his rights to him and again when they arrived at Xoagub’s of- that upon his rights being explained to him, Tsowaseb immediately wanted to reveal his involvement in the matter, but Xoagub stopped him and told him not to implicate himself. This, the judge said was corroborated by Xoagub. As far as the taking down of the confession was concerned, the judge said that Kashuupulwa’s explanation of Tsowaseb’s rights was con- admission. He further said she explained his rights to him and he understood. The judge also recounted that Tsowaseb admitted that Kashuupulwa explained his rights to him, but his claim that it was after he was brought from Walvis Bay Prison where he was allegedly assaulted by inmates is wrong. “That version is clearly wrong because according to Kashuupulwa, the accused was only brought to her office when she recorded the confession and when she explained his rights to Tsowaseb was only taken to Walvis Bay Prison after he made the confession. In the end, the judge said, was made freely and voluntarily and the accused was in his sober mind and senses when he made it. Fraudsters…. Some of the students accused of being in possession of fake quali- Photo: Nampa INVITATION TO A CPD-ACCREDITED PRESENTATION Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited has the pleasure to invite you to attend a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accredited presentation on: TOPIC: EMERGENCE OF HIV DRUG RESISTANCE AND ASSOCIATED RISK FACTORS RUNDU DATE : Thursday, 08 February 2018 VENUE : Hotel Rundu, Rundu TIME : 18:00 to 19:30 REGISTRATION : 17:30 PHYSICAL ADDRESS : ERF 7862 Extension 25, Kehemu-Tuhingireni, Rundu, Namibia Presenter: Dr. A.N. Shiningavamwe Chief Medical Scientist, Molecular Diagnostics Unit KATIMA MULILO DATE : Saturday, 10 February 2018 VENUE : Oshana Rest Camp, Katima Mulilo TIME : 09:00 to 10:30 REGISTRATION : 08:00am PHYSICAL ADDRESS : ERF 505, Trans-Caprivi Highway, Katima Mulilo Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, 07 February 2018. Teopolina Nashandi : 081 149 5638 Indileni Kawedi : 081 160 8840 Email : Follow us on Website: Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited

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