6 NEWS Wednesday, February 7 2018 | NEW ERA Ondonga chief reconciles with councillors Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva The Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) secretary Nepando Amupanda says he is unaware of reports that the axed councillors will be reinstated as reported in the media. Amupanda, who last year took over the reins from the axed Joseph Asino following squabbles at OTA, says he is only aware of the royal family meetings to reconcile and unite. “We have not been told anything about any replacements. We something maybe it is still to be brought to our attention,” he said. He maintained that he and the rest of the team were put in their positions by the King of Ondonga Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, thus only the king has the power to remove them. “We will only leave if the king writes us letters. I am still operating from the palace as usual,” maintained Nepando. Nepando was responding to questions on what will happen took over from the axed senior “We have not been told anything about any replacements. We if there is something maybe it is still to be brought to our attention. We will only leave if the king writes us letters. I am still operating from the palace as usual.” – Nepando Amupanda councillors. Last year, controversy dogged the OTA following the dismissal of senior traditional councillors John Walenga, Joseph Asino, Vilho Kamanya and Peter Shimweetheleni. The senior councillors were replaced with business mogul Mvula Munyango, Ondangwa mayor Paavo Amwele, Naeman Fillemon Kambala and Nepando Amupanda the former bodyguard of the founding president Sam Nujoma. Other councillors who were dismissed were Kashona Malulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili. Meanwhile, King Elifas’ press that talks were had within the royal family to unite the axed councillors He said there is a possibility for the axed councillors to be reinstated. “But all that will be determined in the meetings with the royal family,” stressed Amalwa. He added that the royal family is engaged in talks to unite the Ondonga populace and bring peace within Ondonga. Delivered… Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa handing over a house to Epson Shapata last Friday in the presence of Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua and the mayor of Swakopmund, Paulina Nashilundu. “As you are aware by now, the mass housing development programme was introduced as an intervention aimed at reducing the housing backlog in the country, especially for the ultra-low and low-income group.” – Sophia Shaningwa Monday, 5 February 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Gobabis Town (NG Church Hall) 13:00-18:00 Walvis Bay Town (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Ramos Realtors Namibia (Walvis Bay) 09:00-16:00 Thursday, 8 February 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Elgin Brown & Hamer (Walvis Bay) 10:00-15:00 Friday, 9 February 2018 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Shoprite (Swakopmund) 10:00-15:00 Sponsored by: I will monitor you, warns Shaningwa Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund Outgoing Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has warned local authorities, contractors and the National Housing Enterprise to pull up their socks and deliver quality and affordable houses on time in sync with their mandate for timeous service delivery. Shaningwa sent out a stern warning last Friday when she handed over 400 houses in Swakopmund. minister – however she would see that the ministry delivers on its mandate as she will be working closely with the incoming minister. “I will ensure that Swapo Party’s manifesto is implemented and will monitor you and deal with you,” Shaningwa said last Friday. She added that the fact that someone else will take over from her does not mean that people should relax in their positions, whilst they have a mandate to deliver on. “I do not know why people sit there is so much to be done. It’s either you do or I will do you. You are not only denying the people a basic right to have a roof over the heads, but are also denying people employment during the construction of the houses. The more we delay work the more we delay bread. We must be sensitive towards our people’s needs,” she said. She also expressed her disappointment in the contractors in towns such as Opuwo and Swakopmund that take ages houses for the people in Erongo and Kunene regions. “As you are aware by now, the mass housing development programme was introduced as an intervention aimed at reducing the housing backlog in the country, obvious challenges that were and continue to be encountered during the implementation of the programme, we will not waver in our commitment to deliver affordable houses to other needy Namibians.” She added that 1,521 houses should be constructed under the mass housing programme in Swakopmund. About 883 were completed already of which 400 were handed over on Friday. A further 638 still need to be constructed in Swakopmund. “I therefore urge the contractors to pull up their socks and complete the incomplete houses. Likewise, be hard at work to ensure that the allocation process is completed and no houses t stand empty and become exposed to vandalism,” Shaningwa said.
Wednesday, February 7 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Boy drowns at Onamungundo village Staff Reporter Windhoek A one-year-old boy drowned when he was left alone at Onamungundo village in Olukonda area in Oshikoto region. who was working in her mahangu incident happened around 11h30. In a police statement issued by Nampol spokesperson warrant officer Hilma Amutenya, the victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be conducted to determine the exact CORRECTION cause of death. In an unrelated incident, a human skeleton was discovered by a farm worker who was searching for mushrooms in a Amutenya said that only a skull, an arm and thigh bones were found. Meanwhile, police opened an inquest docket after a 25-yearold man committed suicide on Monday in Omusati region at Okakukanyaluwili village. Serubabel Lungameni. “A suicide note was left behind and the next of kin were informed,” said the police. In similar case, in Keetmanshoop a woman hanged herself with a cloth on a tree. Amutenya said no suicide note was left behind and her next about her death. OTA counteracts Nam- German Foundation Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Authority’s spokesperson, Uazuva Kaumbi, has said the authority shall never incite the Ovaherero and Nama people against Namibians of German descent. Kaumbi stated this on Monday, while reacting to the Namibia- German Foundation which claimed in a statement that recent utterances allegedly by Ovaherero Chief to German-speaking Namibians being a target of violent attacks. Kaumbi said the Ovaherero, Nama and the German-speaking Namibians have lived together peacefully and past with each other in our daily lives and dealings”. “We know that German-speaking Namibians as citizens of Namibia maintain good relations with all population groups, because we have regular consultations with them on many issues of mutual interest, including the issue of the genocide and our collective desire to have it resolved in all our interests,” Kaumbi stated. “We do not need to be told that by a foundation that styles itself ‘Namibian-German Foundation’ and yet seeks to speak on behalf of Namibians of German descent. “Wearing blinkers as they have done on the issue of genocide and which they lack the courage to acknowledge, the Namibian-German Foundation may not have heard of the term radicalisation amongst the dispossessed and disempowered,” Kaumbi said. He said this notion is being debated extensively in Europe and the Namibia-German Foundation may want to acquaint themselves with that debate. Kaumbi says the Namibia-German Foundation arrogantly offers to play a mediation role, a role which they have rejected with the contempt it deserves. informed to play such a role – they don’t seem to understand that Germany herself set a precedent in negotiating directly within a tripartite framework with the State of Israel and the Jewish Victims Groups represented by the Claims Conference. We as Hereros and Namas are asking for no less than adherence to that precedent,” Kaumbi said. He said the foundation does not seem to appreciate that, contrary to their assertion, international law in fact, through amongst others of Indigenous Peoples, to which both Namibia and Germany are signatories, enjoins state parties to ensure the direct and full participation of directly affected communities in seeking solutions pertaining to them. of the fact that there is a large Herero and Nama diaspora in Angola, Botswana and South Africa – persons who are victims of genocide, which caused them to become citizens of those countries.” Kaumbi said the Foundation has yet to interrogate German recognition of the Armenian genocide in contrast to her refusal to recognise the genocide she committed against the Hereros and Namas. “At the root of such denial and the refusal to engage us directly is racism. We are not white Europeans – and thus in the eyes of Germany, we are black African savages who needed to be killed and cleared off our lands in order to make way for the ‘volk’ that needed a lebensraum,” said Kaumbi. Small stock auctions calendar opens on Thursday In an article in Farmers Forum yesterday on the opening of the small stock calendar, we erroneously reported that the 2018 calendar would have opened yesterday. Actually, the auction takes place tomorrow at the Namboer pens in Windhoek with the Coetzee brothers of Zirk and Xico marketing their quality stock. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience the error may have caused the breeders and the farming public at large. - Editor Namibia hails Khama visit Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia’s international relations Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi on behalf of government has hailed the just ended two-day State visit by Botswana President, Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama as a success. “We are very happy as it was a successful visit. As you know the purpose was really for him to come and say goodbye but it turned out to be a substantive State visit where the heads of out of those talks,” she said. One outcome she mentioned is the joint commission of cooperation with Botswana, which is the framework to deliberate on bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Further, she hailed that such deliberations have positive developments since the two countries attached importance to bilateral cooperation. 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Furthermore, she explained Kalahari railway line. “If we don’t tackle connectivity in Africa then we can honestly not effect integration because people have to move their goods and there has to be connectivity for that to take place.” of Botswana and Namibia have expanded the scope of Line project from being a dedicated coal export route to a multisectoral project designed to unlock the potential of other economic sectors along the corridor. 2010 as a 1,500 km railway line for the transportation of European-bound coal exports from the Mmamabula Colliery, in Botswana, to the port of Walvis Bay. However, the project had to be remodelled in 2015 Tel: 061-205 1111 Fax: 061-205 1232 Visit www.gipf.com.na as coal prices slumped and ruined the viability of the single-commodity railway corridor business model. During his visit, Khama and President Hage Geingob signed the boundary treaty between Namibia and Botswana. govern jointly the use of the shared water resources between the two countries along the three rivers namely; Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe. Both Namibia and Botswana are semi-arid countries that face a devastating water crisis which threatens the livelihood of their citizens. During the visit, Khama to jointly set up a multi-billiondollar water pipeline that will draw water from the Atlantic Ocean and is shared by the two countries, is still on the cards. Moreover, Ashipala- Musavyi said government wishes Khama all the best in his future endeavours as he steps down. She is hopeful that Khama will still be active in other SADC related matters.