4 NEWS Wednesday, July 12 2017 | NEW ERA esettlement benefits ew in Khomas Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Only thirty families in the Khomas Region have benefited from the government’s resettlement programme since its inception, Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua revealed on Monday. McLeod-Katjirua was speaking during the launch of the consultation workshop on preparations for the 2nd national land conference scheduled for September 18 – 22. She said since the inception of the land reform programme and despite growing demands for land in the region Khomas has witnessed a scarcity of land acquisition by the Ministry of Land Reform through the willing buyer, willing seller principle. “The ministry only managed to acquire nine farms measuring 72,421 hectares,” she said, adding that of the nine farms only 30 individuals were resettled on the land. Additionally, the region has four group resettlement farms with more than 90 households, which are now overcrowded with people and livestock. “The Khomas Region, through the Land Reform Advisory Commission and Khomas Regional Resettlement Committee, has received thousands of applications for resettlement purposes over the years.” However, she said, the supply of land is not forthcoming to meet regional land demands and needs. “We may be aware that Khomas Region does not have a communal area which makes the land issue in the region very complex,” she said, adding that this issue has resulted in some people residing and/or farming in farm corridors and next to national roads, while others occupy land illegally which subjects them to evictions. McLeod-Katjirua said the situation fuels one of the government’s key aspirations to have land reform that reflects the public interest and harmonises the nation’s relationship with land. The vision is to foster a strong relationship in which ownership and use of land deliver greater public benefit through a democratically accountable and transparent system that promotes Photo: Nampa Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua fairness and social justice, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. She said the aspiration is for a fairer and more equitable distribution of land where communities and individuals can own and use land to realize their potential. “Land must be an asset that benefits many, not only a few, whether in urban or rural areas,” she said. Furthermore, she said the convening of land reform consultation is timely “given that we are decades behind addressing this single most important hurdle to development”. “The majority of inhabitants of this region derive their livelihood from land, hence our deliberations on land issues affecting this region, and the country needs our collective dire consideration,” she said. She said land was fundamental in the struggle for liberation. “The fundamental basis of all wealth and power is the ownership and acquisition of leasehold title to land.” McLeod-Katjirua called on participants in the deliberations to be mindful of the sensitivity surrounding the land issue and to discuss it as Namibians. “Let us respect each other’s opinions, without any confrontations, harassment, victimisation, interception and interruption that might derail the objective of this democratic consultation.” She said that as the regional governor and chairperson of the Khomas Regional Resettlement Committee she can attest that Khomas is faced with numerous land-related challenges. Second IRF Africa regional congress underway in Windhoek WINDHOEK Namibia is hosting the second International Road Federation (IRF) Africa regional congress, with over 100 delegates from across the globe registered to attend. The three-day congress, hosted by the Roads Authority of Namibia, aims to help policymakers, planners and infrastructure operators from across Africa and beyond to translate challenges into concrete policies and plans. Officially opening the event on Tuesday, Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb noted how one of Namibia’s main priorities is to maintain the existing road infrastructure to avoid deterioration. The country also aims to develop the road network in previously neglected areas and to upgrade road links in and around the country. !Naruseb said the platform provided by the congress complements these goals as it will assist and promote road safety in the country. “I am also entirely pleased with the progress which has been made with the road construction projects forming part of the Trans-Zambezi Highway, which is a vital link along the Walvis Bay-Ndola- Lubumbashi development corridor,” he added. He said the overall objective of the Trans-Zambezi Highway is to provide Namibia with an all-weather transport route eastward to connect with the road networks of landlocked countries: Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. But the minister expressed his concern about road safety, labelling it as one of the major challenges in the transportation industry. He said that despite the efforts of custodians to promote road safety, the desired results have not been achieved. !Naruseb said that for the country to succeed, action should be taken across a range of areas, including adopting better road engineering, data systems, strengthening enforcement capacity and adopting more comprehensive traffic safety laws. IRF vice-president Mike Dreznes described regional congresses such as this one as valuable platforms where regional and international transportation experts discuss and offer solutions to growing infrastructure and mobility challenges. He added that the IRF’s vision meets the African continent’s need to develop the technical and managerial capacity of its road professionals. The workshop, held under the theme ‘Sustainable Transport Practices: Tools for Modern Connectivity’, ends on Thursday. – Nampa Teenage pregnancy rife at rural schools Obrein Simasiku Omeyantalala Many learners and young girls living in remote areas are vulnerable to falling pregnant at a young age because they are not well sensitized to the negative socio-economic effects of early indulgence in sexual activities. The situation is somewhat aggravated by the lack of parents’ involvement in their children’s lives, as well as living in abject poverty. This is the case at Omeyantalala Combined School where teenage pregnancy is rife, although this year the number is said to have dropped drastically compared to previous years. Acting school principal Saima Ihonya said only two girls in Grade 9 are pregnant this year. Ihonya could however not give comparative figures of cases of teenage pregnancy recorded over the years because she only resumed duty at the school this year. “I was informed that for the past years it was worse, and the situation was only calmed due to upscale efforts of teachers who became proactive in advising learners, parents and the community at large regarding the issue of teenage pregnancy at the school. This year the number reduced because of that,” stated Ihonya. A Grade 9 pupil is expecting her second child in a span of just three years as she is presumed to have given birth to her first child when she was in Grade 7. “The situation here is worsened by a lack of exposure as these kids here do not know anything apart from coming to school and going home to do domestic work. “They even are amazed when they see a lot of cars like today. This vacuum has left them vulnerable and men in the community are taking advantage of that,” stressed Ihonya when speaking on the sidelines of the Onkumbula circuit educational awards ceremony. “Parents are also to be blamed for this, because they are not closely involved in their children’s lives. They do not monitor and guide them. Imagine, they do not even have a vision of what they aspire to become in future – for them it is only to come to school. The only job they know is herding cattle or becoming a domestic worker, that’s all,” stated Ihonya. Nipam announces upcoming training programmes Staff Reporter Windhoek The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) has announced that it would host two training programmes for central, regional, local government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) employees. Its course is designed to prepare newly appointed staff members at operational level to adapt effectively to the demands and expectations placed upon them. “It is a completed learning resource providing basic knowledge of how the public sector works, from democracy, daily challenges of a public sector employee, official communication, public sector organisation websites, to standards of integrity and HIV/AIDS in the workplace,” stated Andrew Ndishishi, the executive director of Nipam. He further explained the programme is aimed at interpreting the Namibian public sector structures and systems. “The programme will further develop a range of personal development skills, and explain key public sector service delivery challenges and strategies to deal with such challenges,” said Ndishishi. Meanwhile, the supervisory development programme is designed to give the public sector supervisors a deep understanding of leadership, management and supervision concepts and to equip them to play a firm, fair and effective role in service delivery in the public sector. “Participants will acquire communication skills to apply them effectively to both staff and external stakeholders,” added Ndishishi. He said the programme would improve participants’ competencies in dealing with customer relations in service delivery and the application of performance management tools and techniques to deliver quality services. The training will take place from July 17 to 21 and 24 to 28.
Wednesday, July 12 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Maria Amakali Windhoek Magdalena Narib, 30, walked out of court a free woman on Monday following her acquittal by Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi. Narib, a nanny and mother of three, was facing a charge of murder, following the death of oneyear-old Hope Mbimuii Uhongora, who had been in her care in 2015. Magistrate Velikoshi explained that based on the evidence presented and the witnesses who took the stand there was no evidence that provided proof that Narib caused the injuries that led to the death of the baby. Velikoshi thus found Narib not guilty on a charge of murder and acquitted her. Babysitter not guilty of toddler’s murder “There are no eyewitnesses who can attest that the accused caused the injuries that led to the death of the deceased,” Velikoshi noted, adding that, even the substantial summary of facts contained on the charge sheet does not indicate how the accused committed the offence and thus seemed incomplete. According to the prosecution, on February 22, 2015 Narib intentionally caused the death of baby Uhongora while the infant was in her care in Khomasdal, Windhoek. Narib has, however, denied guilt throughout. The post-mortem report indicated that the deceased was struck by a blunt force object on the chest, which was found to be the point of impact. Baby Uhongora died as a result of a slash to his liver and further sustaining six fractured cartilages on his ribcage. The doctor who conducted the post-mortem did not rule out the possibility that the deceased might have fallen on a blunt object, thus injuring himself in the process. “The doctor stated that the deceased would have died within minutes or an hour after sustaining the injuries. However, the baby died hours after being placed in the mother’s care,” Velikoshi observed. The deceased’s mother during her testimony informed the court that she did not see any external injuries when she took the baby from the accused. The doctor, however, indicated that the injuries would have been visible and hard to miss since they were still visible three days after his death. Velikoshi dismissed the State’s version that the accused might be responsible on the ground that the nanny apparently did not seem affected by the news the baby had passed away. “The State needed to establish the nexus between the death of the deceased or injuries that caused his death, or any omission on the part of the accused that will indicate that the accused caused the injuries,” Velikoshi ruled. Narib was represented by defence lawyer Max Lameck, with Erastus Hatutale prosecuting. Photo: Maria Amakali Not guilty… Magdalena Narib who was acquitted on Monday. SPYL elects new leaders in Omusati Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has endorsed Immanuel Shikongo as its new regional secretary. He takes over from Senia Uushona, who was recently elected to the position of regional information and mobilisation officer for Omusati Region. Hilma Iikela was elected as SPYL regional secretary for information, publicity and mobilisation, while Gerson Dumeni will serve as the regional treasurer. The new leadership was elected at the 6th SPYL regional conference held at Outapi over the weekend. The conference also saw the election of Jackson Iipinge, Victorina Neingo and Olavi Akamwele as candidates for the regional executive conference slated for this coming weekend. Hans Haikali and Gerson Dumeni were elected as candidates for the SPYL congress, slated for August 24-27 in Zambezi Region. Consultations crucial for land conference – Nujoma Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma has urged Namibians to be open and to listen to each other and, most importantly, to come out of the regional consultations on the Second National Land Conference with concrete resolutions to inform and direct the current land reform process. Nujoma made the call on Monday during the launch of the first regional consultation ahead of the planned land conference that is scheduled for September 18 to 22. “As we start the discussion to the build up to the Second Land Conference, let us be mindful of the responsibility to provide and maintain a platform for open discourse on land matters,” he said. He further said the consultations are meant to be inclusive and would be conducted in the language of choice that local people understand, so that no Namibian is left out of the discussions. “All inputs are important and none are small. We want everyone to participate and contribute to the agenda that has been set for today,” he stressed. He said the land question is a political, social and economic issue that is about addressing dispossession, equity and promoting productive and sustainable livelihoods through implementing programmes aimed at poverty eradication. Consequently, he said, after 27 years of implementing the 24 consensus resolutions on land that adopted at the National Conference on Land Reform and the Land Question in 1991, the ministry, as directed by the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), found it important to again re-group, consult and accord all Namibians a platform to contribute to the future of the land reform process. “We are asking the nation to be ready to re-assess, discuss and map the way forward in terms of our mandate,” he said. “This time we are also guided and make reference to our different experiences as Namibians on what has worked, what did not work, what is currently not working, what needs to be adjusted, fine-tuned or totally discarded in terms of our land policy and The youth at the congress also called on Swapo Party members to unite and to refrain from negative and harmful political campaigns. “We should at all times be 100 percent Swapo before individuals,” read a press release that stressed the need for unity. The youth league also appealed for the printing of SPYL cards to be given to a competent company who will deliver promptly. They also appealed to Swapo that SPYL officeholders be remunerated. legal framework.” He said participants at the consultations should ask questions and take note of how various programmes and projects have been implemented within the ministry. The Land Reform Ministry will be facilitating regional consultations ahead of the Second National Land Conference at Windhoek in Khomas Region from July 10 -11; Hardap, Mariental from July 12-13; Swakopmund in Erongo Region from July 14-15; Keetmanshoop in //Kharas from July 12-13; and Gobabis in Omaheke from July 14-15. Similar meetings will also be held at Rundu in Kavango East from July 17-18; Nkurenkuru, Kavango West from July 19-20; Otjiwarongo in Otjozondjupa from July 12-13; and Opuwo in Kunene from July 14-15. 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