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New Era Newspaper Wednesday July 26, 2017

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4 NEWS Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA Sixteen learners hauled in for drinking Clemans Miyanicwe Khorixas The police in Khorixas have confirmed that 16 learners were last Friday taken to the police station after they were either found at bars at night or during the day during the operation called ‘Say no to alcohol and drugs.’ The campaign is to curb drinking among learners. Khorixas has become notorious for under-age drinking involving learners. During the operation the police could be seen patrolling the streets of Khorixas looking for under-age drinkers at bars and shebeen, where they also searched for knives and other weapons. They used five vehicles. According to Inspector Hiskia Nuuyoma, the Khorixas station commander, 16 children were taken to the local station. Alcohol was confiscated from eight learners from Cornelius Goreseb High School on Friday morning, while another eight were rounded up from the bar near the #Aodaman Traditional Authority offices at night. “We brought them in and warned them. Nobody was detained,” Nuuyoma said. Bar owners were also warned at the local station after dozens of children were seen on their premises where they usually drink and casually smoke cigarettes. He praised parents for discouraging their children from going to bars, saying, “Last Saturday no children were taken to the police station,” after Friday’s operation. A meeting will be held today at Cornelius Goreseb High School with parents. Nuuyoma warned bar owners not to sell alcohol to children and also to chase away children from their outlets. “Business owners do not hear what we tell them about the children. Maybe they are deaf,” said Nuuyoma. The local police chief also revealed to New Era they are planning to ban alcohol consumption at public events in the near future. A warning form was designed by the police which the parents of the children will sign after their children are taken to the police station. At last week’s parents’ meeting a call was made for a curfew after 20h00 for all schoolchildren. Operation ‘Say no to alcohol and drugs’ will take place for three consecutive weeks after which police will evaluate the success of the operation. Nuuyoma said they might extend the operation but for now the police will heavily patrol alcohol outlets. “We will face the problem head on and on busy days such as paydays we will mobilize our forces,” Nuuyoma said. “The police operation is a success and it bears fruits. We see children less at bars. Police must be praised for this,” one businesswoman who owns a nightclub told New Era. Mother watches in horror as son struck dead by car KEETMANSHOOP Recommended… A man in a hospital theatre undergoing circumcision. Oshana VMMC reaches 70 percent target Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Oshana Region’s Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) programme has reached at least 70 percent of its circumcision target by circumcising about 3,151 men of the set target of 4,500. The target was set between last October and September this year. VMMC demand creation coordinator in Oshana, Harold Kandjii, said given the number of men turning up for circumcision he is confident that come September they will reach the set target. Kandjii said VMMC is currently targeting learners and is in negotiations with the education ministry to release learners willing to be circumcised during weekdays. Currently learners are only circumcised on Fridays, Saturdays and during school holidays. “If such permission is granted we will definitely reach our target,” stated Kandjii. He further said the office is also working towards increasing the number of community mobilizers to eight, from four, to ensure they target more people. In addition, the Oshana office will further strengthen the outreach teams and is planning to set up at least two teams at two schools in the region during the school holidays. “The learners are really coming in big numbers and on Saturday alone we had circumcised 91 boys altogether,” stated Kandjii. Apart from the plans in place, VMMC Oshana also awarded certificates of appreciation to Omagongati Combined School and Olukolo Primary School for working towards getting a large number of boys below 10 years circumcised. Omagongati Combined School Grade 10s were circumcised during this month while Olukolo had 85 percent of all learners in Grade 4 circumcised. Since March this year, the VMMC programme started to track and count the number of boys who were circumcised in each grade at the various schools in the region. As part of further encouraging learners, VMMC has further resorted to present a platinum award to schools reaching a target of 90 percent and a gold award to the school reaching 80 percent. A Keetmanshoop mother was on Monday morning left distraught after witnessing the death of her son. The 8-year-old boy was hit by a car while crossing a road on his way to Krönlein Primary School. Namibian Police Force //Kharas regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo, said the incident happened at around 06h50 on a road next to St Matthias Primary School, which is close to the school of the Grade 2 learner who died. “A car crossed over the speed hump outside the school and hit the learner as he was crossing the road,” Mubebo said. The speed hump in this instance simultaneously serves as a pedestrian crossing, particularly for learners of nearby schools. Describing the incident as horrific, Mubebo said the boy died on the spot due to the impact. He warned drivers to be extra cautious when driving near schools. The mother of the victim was inconsolable, a witness to the incident told Nampa. “She cried her heart out. It was a very sad moment,” he said. A case of culpable homicide was opened against the driver of the vehicle. – Nampa Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo

Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Spate of burglaries rattle Khorixas Clemans Miyanicwe Khorixas Police in the northwestern town of Khorixas are concerned about the increase in burglaries targeting residential homes and the upsurge in cases of assault. Seven cases of assault have been recorded over a three-week period while five burglaries were also registered during that time. Nampol community affairs officer Sergeant Amon Kapiye confirmed the cases. “GBH [grievous bodily harm] has become the greatest concern for the local police force. It is on a rapid increase and its needs immediate intervention from the community, police and Staff Reporter Windhoek The Executive Secretary of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Paulina Elago says that Namibia to take some essential steps to exploit and maximise the benefits of regional integration. Specifically, the country needs to develop a clear strategy and ensure policy coherence and mainstreaming of regional integration across all sectors of the economy. Elago made the remarks during a public dialogue titled “SACU and Namibia, the future,” held recently at a Windhoek hotel. SACU, the world’s oldest customs union, is a conglomerate made up of members Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. The Agricultural Trade Forum organised the dialogue in conjunction with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). Elago stated that a strategy on regional integration would articulate and ensure policy coherence between national policies and regional initiatives. The country would further have accelerate efforts towards economic diversification to broaden its industrial base to take advantage of the growing SACU market as well as the market opportunities the conclusion of new trade agreements had created. “Namibia needs to ensure full implementation of ongoing programmes especially trade facilitation and regional customs modernisation programmes,” she said. Elago expressed appreciation to the Agriculture Trade Forum (ATF) and Friedrich- Ebert-Stiftung(FES) for inviting her to take part in the public dialogue. She added that Namibia needed a clear articulation of its interests and positions to inform the discussion that would now ensue under the approved work programme. “Through such efforts, these could propel the country to be able to optimise economic benefits arising from its membership of SACU and other trade arrangements concluded with third parties. In turn, this should stimulate growth and strengthen the country’s ability to withstand global economic shocks.” She said that the dialogue came at an opportune time as SACU entered yet another phase in its history. SACU could now reposition and transform itself to not only to remain relevant, but also to become responsive to the development needs of its member states in the face of regional and global developments. On behalf of FES, Heiner Naumann, Resident Representative of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung(FES) said that the “America first” slogan could be the beginning of a new area of protectionism and that other stakeholders to address it,” Kapiye said. Based on their records the biggest contributing factors to crime at the town were drug and alcohol abuse. “Most members of the public use alcohol and drugs excessively resulting in these cases. “We urge members of public to drink responsible and refrain from assaulting each other,” he said. With regard to housebreaking cases, Kapiye said the police had noted that most house break-ins took place during the day when owners were at work or are out for some other reason. The police appealed to residents to deploy workable strategies such as neighbourhood watches, Women and Men Network Against Crime, Youth Against Crime and other policing initiatives to tackle crime head-on. Four cases of theft were reported and three cases of dealing in, and possession of cannabis were reported in a three-week period, which was a high figure for the normally sleepy, sparsely populated town. Namibia needs clear strategy to maximise SACU benefits some interpreted the just ended G20 meeting in Germany as an approval of trade barriers. “I believe that the current discussion about SACU has been in connection with what I called a shift of paradigm in international economic integration,” he said. He added that last Thursday’s dialogue was the 38th public dialogue organised by FES and ATF. The pillar of their partnership was the strong conviction, that political decision-making had to be based on consultations between the most relevant stakeholders in a society. This holds true for decisions and strategies for the agricultural sector as well as for all government decisions. Finance minister Calle Schlettwein as a keynote speaker highlighted that whatever aspect dominated at regional level, the bottom line remained that the country’s national interest must come first. He said that while SACU, as the oldest customs union in the world, was created for the benefit of all its members, integration and free trade could only be beneficial if the local economy benefitted. For example, he said, the ‘America first’ policy had always been there, although people had only started saying it openly now. “Namibia also has to frame our policies in the national interest,” he noted. The minister added that if Namibia did not tackle its own problems such as poverty and unemployment, no one else would care. “We must use free trade benefits to improve the lives of our citizens without harming the interests of our neighbours,” which was the tricky part he said. Anton Faul of the ATF said there was a big international company that wanted to invest in Namibia because of the good macro-economic environment, political stability and so on. However, the company would rather operate from South Africa because of that country’s bigger domestic market. “We can all sell our country to investors. But we also need to come together as a region and agree on some things for the benefit of all states,” he noted. Namibia Trade Forum CEO Ndiitah Nghipondoka-Robiati asked why the African Union(AU) did not regard SACU as a regional building block when it had such a big role to play. Elago responded that the Abuja Treaty named five regional building blocks on the continent and that SADC represented the southern region. During the discussion, SMEs Compete’s Danny Meyer asked why SACU, as a “regional building block” could not allow other neighbours such as Mozambique and Zimbabwe to join. Elago responded that the union had a provision for incorporating new members, but those countries never applied to become members. HENTIES BAY Henties Bay Mayor Herman /Honeb and co-accused Walter Hoeseb made their second court appearance here on Tuesday in connection with suspected stolen meat. /Honeb, 54, and Hoeseb, 37, who are related, were arrested last month. /Honeb is charged with accepting and/or buying and transporting meat without legal documents, while Hoeseb allegedly delivered and sold a full cow carcass worth N$ 8,000 to /Honeb without legal documents. Hoeseb did not have a legal representative but told the court that lawyer Vetu Uanivi would represent him. Prosecutor Dalon Quickfall told the court that police had obtained all statements and investigations on the matter were at an advanced stage. Only photos from the scene of the crime were missing, he said and asked the court to postpone the case Henties Bay Mayor Herman /Honeb Henties Bay mayor in court over stolen meat NOTICE to 27 September 2017 so they could obtain the photos. Representing /Honeb, lawyer Shakespeare Masiza asked the court and the investigation officer to make sure there would be no further postponement due to incomplete investigations. “If it happens that we come here again and the investigations are not complete, I suggest the case be struck from the roll because obviously somebody is not doing their job,” Masiza said. He said police hastily arrested his client but were now slow to complete investigations. “If this case drags on for long it could deny justice to my client.” He suggested they use the next court appearance to set aside a trial date. The court then postponed the matter to 27 September when it will decide on the way forward. The two suspects are out on bail. – Nampa CUT- OFF EXERCISE This notice serves to notify all our postpaid customers WITH ACCOUNTS IN ARREARS that we have embarked upon a power cutoff/disconnection exercise effective Wednesday, 26 July 2017. Kindly note that this exercise will be ongoing. Customers without any payment arrangements are encouraged to come forth by contacting our Ms Sylvia Kalimba, Accountant: Debtors. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tel : 065 -282 2132 Email :

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