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New Era Newspaper Wednesday July 26, 2017

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2 NEWS Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA Dausab guilty of killing his trainee pastor girlfriend WINDHOEK A Windhoek resident on trial in the High Court for murdering his student pastor girlfriend by stabbing her to death three years ago, was on Tuesday found guilty. The 37-year-old Andre Fidel Dausab was found guilty of murder with direct intent for the death of Motlamme Gotaone, who was 33 when she died. The judgement was handed down by High Court Judge Naomi Shivute here on Tuesday morning. The judge told Dausab he personally called the police officers and informed them that he killed Gotaone out of anger because she wanted to end their relationship. She said Dausab declared his intention to kill Gotaone a day before the incident when he sent her text messages threatening to kill her if she terminated their affair. “You knew exactly what you were doing before, during and after the commissioning of the crime. You used three kitchen knives to stab the deceased to death,” said Shivute. The judge furthermore dismissed Dausab’s personal defence that he was suffering from temporary non-pathological insanity or criminal incapacity before and while committing the crime, and this is why he allegedly remembers nothing about the incident. The accused pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder with direct intention to kill in respect of the incident that claimed the life of Gataone at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary Paulinum Campus, in Windhoek on February 22, 2014. Dausab, a former information technology technician, started crying uncontrollably when he testified in his evidence-in-chief before court. A post-mortem showed that a broken knife was found stuck in the deceased’s back and she suffered a total of about 27 stab wounds all over her body. When police arrived at the scene, Gotaone had already died. Constance Moyo is appearing for the State while Brownell Uirab is defending Dausab. Dausab returns to court on August 30 for submission of evidence in mitigation and aggravation of sentence. He is a first-time offender with no previous criminal record. - Nampa Andre Fidel Dausab SWAPO From page 1 Swartbooi during the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) gala dinner held at Keetmanshoop on Saturday warned that he would resign within 30 seconds as a Swapo member if he was recalled from parliament. Asked what repercussions Swartbooi’s departure might have on the party, especially in //Kharas where he hails from and has a huge following, Mumbala said the party would continue with business as usual – as people do not join parties in groups but as individuals. “Therefore, in general principle, whoever wants to leave, leaves the party as they found it, you come alone and you leave alone,” he said. Mumbala further questioned Swartbooi’s intentions, saying he does not understand why he has to wait to be recalled for him to resign, instead of doing it voluntarily if he is not happy with the party. “Why do you want to be recalled? You joined freely but when you want to leave you want to blame someone else, why wait to recalled? And who told him that he will be recalled?” Mumbala asked. The Swapo regional head further questioned why Swartbooi, who has been a loyal member of the party for years, is now suddenly blaming Swapo for allegedly failing in its efforts at land redistribution, saying no one should point a finger at anyone, as it has been a collective journey. “Why is he saying Swapo, who is Swapo? Why is he not saying we, he included – Swapo is all of us, and we did not fail,” Mumbala added. Moreover, Mumbala said Swartbooi’s tribalism tag does not make sense. “Go to Oshakati, and ask yourself if there is a Swartbooi or a Thomas that is given even a local authority council position, we are one of a few regions that have voted people, who are not originally from here, into positions of authority,” Swartbooi had said in his speech at the LPM dinner. But in response Mumbala said Namibia is an independent country and people can live where they want and are free to participate in any political activities wherever they live, and no one will be refused a position if they are capable, adding that colour is not a requirement for any position. “I want proof that someone was refused a leadership position because he or she is from a certain group, whether you are black, yellow or red, you are free to participate in any elections, wherever you live,” he said. Mumbala cautioned leaders not to have destructive tendencies of regionalism and tribalism, saying unity amongst all Namibians is core. In a related development the Namibian Sun has quoted Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba as saying Swapo “will deal” with Swartbooi over the controversial remarks he made over the weekend in accusing Swapo of oppressing minorities. WINDHOEK From page 1 As the city’s chief executive officer, Robert Kahimise, says in the recently launched strategic plan, the costs for the next five years merely “reflect the realities (both inherited and anticipated)”. The municipality’s public transportation system would require N million a year, for the next five years, which is for the procurement of public buses. The plans also include acquiring 100 hectares of land every year for the next five years, so that it is able to service land for residential areas. It also promises to service land for informal settlements so that each year it would have formalized the setting up of three new informal settlements complete with basic services of water, sanitation and electricity. “Housing and land delivery have been identified and listed as a top priority,” Kahimise says in the document. With over N.5 billion earmarked for capital expenditures – the money is to be secured from the central government – the municipality now aims at upping its implementation level. Currently the council only records a 60 percent implementation level, but it now wants to push that up to 70 percent in the next year and ultimately to 80 percent of capital expenditure spending. The municipality is also looking forward to have a clean audit report every year, which Kahimise says is “non-negotiable”, as opposed to having financial reports with a disclaimer. He says having a clean audit “has a direct bearing on the city’s revenue collection potential”. Additional areas of focus in the next five years include investments in renewable energy generating 50 megawatts and waste-to-energy power plants that generate 5 megawatts. Also high on the council’s agenda is urban agriculture, which will be rolled out during the next strategic period. “This initiative is a key focus area under the spatial development framework, which is envisaged to be completed within the 2017/18 financial year,” said Kahimise. FOOD From page 1 He said these young gangsters then get back together and give each other feedback on how they treated their parents back home after school. They are all in Grade 7 at the village school. Sofia Angala had sand thrown into her face and was then hit with a stone by her 17-year-old son, who is also a seventh grader. Angala confirmed her ordeal saying she is fed up with her son’s ill manners and he refuses to accept that she is poor and unemployed, though she is determined not to let him go to bed on an empty stomach. She said although she works hard to make sure there is food for her son, he always tries to prove she is not doing enough for him. “When I cook food like pap with beans he kicks the pots and throws the food away because apparently it is not nice food. I am unemployed and do not have any solid income to buy the food he wants,” said the distraught mother. When she makes traditional hats out of mopane leaves that she covers with grass to make some money her son apparently destroys the hats. What surprised most people is that after Angala was assisted by the councillor in provision of the steel wire to strengthen her fence, her son deliberately damaged the fence. She said that after her son has resorted to drinking alcohol at the local cuca shop after school, and then comes home, he starts singing loudly, which makes sleep difficult for her. “I know when he makes noise he wants me to wake up and say something so that he can beat me up. However, I refuse to do so. I will rather keep quiet in my room, although I burn inside my heart,” Angala said. The Councillor of Outapi Constituency, Fillemon Shikwambi, registered his disappointment in the young people who he said are supposed to work hard to support their single, unemployed mothers. He said that it would be appropriate if the relevant authorities and the traditional leaders counselled these uncultured children on the importance of respecting one’s mother at all times. Shikwambi also suggested these children be sent to boarding school and only be allowed to come back home for a few days. However, he promised he would see what assistance he could render to make these children better citizens.

3 NEWS Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA Photo: Emmency Nuukala The Namibia Albinos Association (NAA) recently approached the Namibia Grape Company Social Development Trust for funds amounting to N,000. The association will use the money for an awareness campaign targeting parents, communities and schools. The association plans on visiting hospitals and registering people living with albinism in the northern regions. The money will go towards uplifting people living with albinism because they are a community of people who suffer. NAA president Joseph Ndinomupya noted that many of the problems faced by people with albinism were due to lack of understanding. “I therefore would like to guarantee that we are going to use the money from the donation for the benefit of our people.” Pictured in the photo are Akapandi Endjala the chairman of NGC Social Development Trust (left) and George Likukela treasurer of the NGC Social Development Trust handing over a cheque of N,000 to NAA president, Ndinomupya, in the middle. Schools with few learners face the axe Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has directed that all small schools with less than 35 learners in a class, sometimes known as “one-man schools”, should be phased out because they are un-economical for government to run. Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp said the ministry currently spends about 85 percent of its budget on remuneration of staff. This results in only a small proportion of the funds being available for spending on other areas that play a critical part in teaching and learning. The ministry has identified overstaffing at some schools and appointment of staff at schools that are uneconomical due to their small size as two areas where the ministry could reduce its huge spending on remuneration. It issued the directive about the phasing out of unviable schools in a recent circular sent out to all education stakeholders on 29 June 2017. In the circular, Steenkamp requested each regional education directorate, in collaboration with the planners and inspectors, should propose a plan to phase out uneconomical schools. Uneconomical schools are mainly found in rural areas where schools often have less than 35 learners in a class. This circular is applicable to all government and private schools with staff on the government payroll as well as in areas where it is applicable in terms of their conditions of their registration. The permanent secretary said that besides being un-economical, it also compromised quality because it was impossible to cover the full curriculum with only one teacher. Having a principal at a “one-man-school” meant the principal had to teach 100 percent of the time, while the prescribed teaching load was 25 percent to also allow for the required administrative work. Multi-grade teaching could be used only if the teacher had the necessary skills and competence Sanet Steenkamp needed for this approach. This meant that even if the education department had placed only one teacher at the school, someone else had to supervise the teacher at the school. In such a situation, she said, the school in question should rather become a satellite school of a nearby school that had a principal. “This approach may only be entertained if this small school anticipates an increase in the number of learner and or projections due to the developmental activities in the village forecasts this, or the population census indicates possible growth,” she explained. She reasoned that maintaining a ‘school’ for only a few learners was un-economical, and even more so having only one teacher and or a principal at such a school. The ministry would rather consider transferring the learners at the school to a nearby school with a hostel, but with the consent of the parents. In addition, she noted one needed to recognise that these learners might need exemption from hostel fees or fund payment and might require transportation between home and school at the start and end of a school trimester. She also directed regional directors not to fill the current vacancies for principals at schools with less than 100 learners, and this included vacancies they had already advertised or interviewed someone for the position, but not yet filled it. Steenkamp maintained inspectors must negotiate and work on transferring principals from small schools to where vacancies currently existed instead of advertising those positions. “Please do not use this avenue to transfer what the region perceives to be problematic or incompetent principals to other schools, as this will not solve the problem but will transfer the problem to the next school,” she cautioned. Moreover, she said, regions should deal with specific problems or incompetency of the principals at their schools of origin in line with the Public Service Act (Act No 1 3 of 1995), before considering transferring them. Namcol suspends contact sessions …due to financial constraints Albertina Nakale Windhoek Grade 10 and 12 learners, who are already struggling to make it through formal education, could be in for a rude shock following the latest announcement from the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol). Namcol has decided to suspend its last contact sessions for the Secondary Education Programme (SEP), which had originally been scheduled for 5 to 21 September 2017. Because of the serious impact of the current financial crisis on the Namibian economy, Namcol as a government-funded educational institution undertook to put in place measures to help the institution cope under these difficult circumstances. Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi said that for this current term, the contact sessions at the normal tuition centres ceased on Tuesday (yesterday). This would to allow time for the mock examinations that will start on Wednesday (today) and end on Wednesday, 23 August 2017. He however, clarified that this unforeseen arrangement did not include contact sessions for block tuition centres that would end on 1 September 2017. As part of its strategy to increase the pass rate among its learners, Namcol has introduced a block tuition system that takes place during school holidays only. The first block tuition took place between 20 to 24 March, while Namcol held the second from 1 to 19 May leading up to the next one from 29 August until 1 Alvine Kapitako Windhoek HIV negative people who have significantly exposed themselves to the virus can now reduce their chances of infection by up to 100 percent by taking antiretroviral medication daily. The Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) approved the antiretroviral drugs, namely TDF (tenofovir) and FTC (emtricitabine), for PrEP use (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in May this year. This means that people who are at a high risk of being infected with HIV, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who do not use condoms consistently can reduce their chances of contracting the virus that causes HIV/Aids. This also applies to people who tend to have sex under the influence of alcohol, have recurrent sexually transmitted illnesses and young people in general, as well those with multiple sex partners. The drugs reduce the infection rate by between 92 to 100 percent, depending on correct use. The Ministry of Health and Social Services will roll out this intervention at various state health facilities in the country, and it will be available on prescription to patients with medical aid. Last week, the NAPPA clinic rolled out PrEP intervention in Windhoek. This intervention forms part of other interventions aimed at preventing new HIV infections. Statistics from PEPFAR Namibia (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) show that HIV/AIDS remains the number one killer in Namibia with up to 3,900 deaths annually. In addition, health workers identified 14,961 new HIV positive people, while the national HIV prevalence rate for the 15 to 49 years group stands at 13.3 percent. “Oral PrEP should be offered as part September this year. Given this background, Murangi said the announcement served to inform Namcol regional staff, head of centres, tutors, learners, parents and all other stakeholders that it had suspended contact sessions in the third term at all Namcol tuition centres. He added that Grade 12 learners’ who registered for examinations in English and African languages had to undergo oral assessment as per the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment (DNEA) requirements between 4 and 15 September 2017. Furthermore, Murangi explained that Namcol encouraged all Grade 10 and 12 learners to sit for the mock examinations starting on Wednesday (today) at the centres they have registered at. “Learners are highly encouraged to study on their own when lessons end,” he announced. Head of centres should be at centres on 6 September 2017 for three hours (from 14:00) to collect marked scripts from tutors and forward them to regional offices. Equally, he informed learners to collect their marked scripts from the mock examinations at their respective centres on 14 September 2017. To facilitate this process head of centres and tutors needed to be at centres for three hours on that day to give the marked papers back to the learners. He advised officials and learners that if they should need any additional information in this regard, they could contact regional managers and area coordinators in their respective regions for clarity. HIV prevention medicine becomes available of the combination prevention package that includes HIV testing services, male and female condoms, lubricants and antiretroviral treatment for HIV positive partners in sero-discordant couples (where one partner is positive and the other negative). “[Together with] voluntary medical male circumcision and sexually transmitted illness prevention and management,” control health programme officer in the special programmes directorate of the Ministry of Health and Social Services Sarah Tobias,” said. She made the remarks at the opening of a media seminar aimed at educating journalists about PrEP. Also speaking at the seminar, Dr Kevin Rebe, a specialist medical consultant at the Anova Health Institute/EQUIP in South Africa said that Namibia was one of the first countries to move forward in scaling up its PrEP programme. “It has to be taken daily in order to be effective,” Rebe said, who also explained that unlike PEP, which a person takes when he or she thinks they have been exposed to HIV, PrEP is more of a longer-term commitment to prevent HIV. “PrEP is effective where traditional methods have failed. We just have to promote correct use of the intervention if Namibia is to succeed,” Rebe added. He said that the side effects do not last for a long, but they include nausea and bloating. With regard to the affordability of the drugs, Rebe explained that someone on PrEP could spend N0 a month and for the generic version of the medication, but it could be as little as N0 per month. “The cost of treatment is always higher compared to the cost of prevention,” Rebe remarked. The Ministry of Health and Social Services together with its partners, PEPFAR Namibia, USAID and the Society for Family Health made the seminar possible.

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