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New Era Newspaper Wednesday July 19,

ol. 22 No. 239 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, July 19 2017 N million fine for possessing lion bones Albertina Nakale Windhoek Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta has said that anyone found in possession of lion bones would be fined up to N million, or serve a 10-year jail term. Namibia’s lion population currently stands at a meager 700, with the bulk of the big cats found in Etosha National Park. Shifeta said in terms of the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Amendment Bill currently before the National Council for review, the penalty is very high. Inside Today First cop on scene testifies in child murder trial One of the first officers who found the lifeless bodies of the two minor boys of a former police officer, who is accused of murdering the boys, narrated the horrific find in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Dinah Usiku yesterday. Page 3 Impressive Namibia U-18s clip Falcons’ wings Trailing 19-31 at the halftime interval, Namibia turned on the style in the second half to outscore their opponents Falcons by eight tries to five. Falcons dominated early exchanges and found reward in the seventh minute when their pressure paid off. Loose forward Thabo Ndimande used his massive frame to power his way over the try line for the opening score. Page 11 Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Bill proposes that the fine for illegal possession of controlled wildlife products be increased from N,000 to N million and that the imprisonment period be increased from five years to 15. It also proposes that the fine for illegal trading in controlled wildlife products be increased from N0,000 to N million and the imprisonment period be increased from 20 years to 25. The fine for non-compliance with regulations will be increased from N,000 to N0,000 and the imprisonment period from two to 10 years. The Swapo Party politburo has assigned party veterans Theo- Ben Gurirab, Marco Hausiku and Libertina Amathila to verify the procedures followed during four chaotic district conferences in Omaheke FINE on page 2 Theo-Ben Gurirab Libertina Amathila Marco Hausiku Swapo old guard to defuse Omaheke infighting Region, where some cadres tackled each other physically to get into plum positions. The three senior veterans tasked with verifying the processes leading up to the district conferences at Otjinene, Otjombinde, Aminuis and Okorukambe will be accompanied by Katrina Hanse- Photo: Contributed Endangered… Namibia’s environment minister is concerned that South Africa’s proposal to export 800 lion skeletons a year could impact negatively on the lion population in Namibia, which numbers around 700 only. Himarwa, who serves as the country’s minister of education. In a letter to the regional coordinator for Omaheke, Kejamuina Mungendje, Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba said the politburo had resolved to set up a verification team to verify the procedures SWAPO on page 2 Health PS Mwoombola suspended Staff Reporter Windhoek The permanent s e c r e t a r y o f the Ministry of Health, Dr Andreas Mwoombola, was suspended yesterday to allow for an unhindered probe into allegations of misconduct implicating him. Secretary to Dr Andreas Mwoombola Cabinet George Simataa the made the announcement last night. “In view of the alleged misconduct implicating the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Dr Andreas Mwoombola, is suspended from office in terms of Section 27 of the Public Service Act with immediate effect for a period of time,” Simataa said in a brief statement. Bertha Katjivena has been temporarily appointed as acting permanent secretary, he said. Health Minister Dr Bernard Haufiku last night declined to disclose what misconduct Mwoombola is suspected of having committed. New Era understands, however, that Mwoombola was suspended in connection with the awarding of a linen-supply tender to an associate. Steep increase… Prices are escalating everywhere because of the current recession that has hit all sectors of the economy and consumers seem overwhelmed. A few months ago, one could get pieces of open-fire roasted pieces of meat – popularly called kapana – for as little as N, but according to vendors of this local delicacy, the prices now start from N each. “What can we do? The prices of cattle have gone up at the farms, so we need to adjust. The economy is hard on everyone,” they say. Clients are seen here having a quick bite during lunchtime yesterday. Photo: Emmency Nuukala New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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