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New Era Newspaper Wednesday July 5 2017

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4 NEWS Wednesday, July 5 2017 | NEW ERA bsence of CCTV footage delays 0,000 armed robbery probe Maria Amakali Windhoek The investigative officer in the N0,000 heist case has assured the court that investigations into the case will be finalised within the next two months. Warrant Officer Vatilifa is the investigative officer in the case in which 40-year-old Jafet Ekandjo, Johannes Kambonde, 28, Nehale Gabriel, 31, Simeon Nangolo, 28, Laurentius Iipinge, 30, and Nghilivali Johannes, 28, are accused of having robbed employees of Puma Service Station at gunpoint in February. The six suspects are said to have walked away with N0,000 in cash. Vatilifa explained to the court that the CCTV footage was yet to be obtained from the Namibian police forensics experts, as they are yet to extract the necessary footage. Vatilifa was called to give an explanation why investigations were not yet finalised. “Officials from Katutura scene of crime, who took pictures of the crime scene, have guaranteed me that they will be done in a month or two,” explained Vatilifa. According to him, the delay in obtaining witness Under construction… Houses at Osona Village near Okahandja. Osona housing project on track Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek Data from the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) shows that only 78 houses have been commissioned out of the 2,500 applications made for houses at Osona Village near Okahandja. The 1,100-hectare Osona village project worth N0 million is an Namibian cattle recovered in Zambia Hilma Nakanduungile Katima Mulilo A herd of eight cattle that were stolen two weeks ago from Kaliyangile village in the Zambezi Region was recovered a week ago at Ngweze in Zambia. The owner of the cattle, Mulelela Chimpompa, said the cattle got lost after the cattleherder released them in the afternoon for grazing. However, the herder - a Zambian national - only realised eight cattle were missing after he went back to the pasture in the evening to herd them back to their kraal. Speaking during the handover of the recovered cattle to their owner at Wenela Border post, Regional Commander Commissioner Karel Theron said the Namibian police and the Zambian counterparts managed to recover the cattle. Stock theft in the region is said initiative of GIPF in partnership with local business Preferred Investment Property Fund under its unlisted investment programme (UIP) for the construction of houses. “During the first four years of construction years we want to build 3 709 houses,” GIPF marketing and stakeholder engagement officer Daylight Ekandjo told New Era. to be rife and, according to Theron, the main contributing factor is the fact that farmers in the region do not recruit Namibian cattle herders, but employ foreigners from Zambia and Angola. In this way they create a loophole for criminals to collaborate with cattle herders to come and steal cattle and goats in Namibia. “Sometimes we are not that lucky to recover the stolen animals, because they are driven deep into Zambia. This time we are very happy that our counterparts in Zambia showed us that the cooperation between the two countries is very good,” Theron said. Equally important, the regional commander urged farmers to employ Namibians. “I would like to humbly request our farmers to recruit Namibians instead of foreigners to avoid this type of instances,” Theron cautioned Situated 10 km from Okahandja and 50 km from Windhoek, Osona will be home to low and middleincome earners. The houses at the village range in price from N5,000 for a one bedroom house and N5,000 for a twobedroom house. Preference will be given to men and women in uniform from the ministries of defence, health and and urged farmers to take necessary measures to prevent stock theft. “We can advise them what to do, but if they do not implement it these type of incidents will continue. Farmers should keep counting their animals on a daily basis and also report the missing ones to the police on time,” said Theron. Chimpompa in turn said he was not happy, as this was the third time that cattle had been stolen and on previous occasions he was unable to recover his animals. His son, Lameck Mubano, expressed gratitude during the handing over of the cattle. “I am very happy that we got our cattle back. I therefore would like to thank the Namibian and Zambian police for their cooperation and I hope that the two countries continue to work together.” statements from police officers, photos and video footage are all due to unforeseen circumstances emanating from printers. Ekandjo and his five co-accused are facing charges of robbery and assault all in connection to the robbery outside the Pick n Pay complex in Katutura, which took place while the service station employees were on their way to deposit money at a local bank. The six are said to have assaulted Genevieve Mireille on that day and allegedly managed to escape using a black sedan without a number plates, but were later apprehended. According to the police, only N,000 of the money was recovered. Although the investigative officer had objected to the accused being granted bail before, on the grounds that the investigation was at an early stage, he had a change of heart stating that since the investigations were nearing an end, he was no longer objecting to having the accused men released on bail. All six were then released on bail ranging from N,000 to N,000 with normal bail conditions attached. Ekandjo and his co-accused are expected to make their next court appearance on September 27. Photo: Contributed social welfare, safety and security, as well as environment and tourism, but applications from all other government ministries and private individuals will also be considered. To apply for land at Osona one can contact the fund manager at Prefered Management Services, shop no 9, 78 Bougain Villas Estate on Sam Nujoma drive, or call 061- 248318/9 or 061-240583. Home at last… Mulelela Chimpompa, the owner with the recovered cattle at the Wenela Border Post where the recovered livestock was handed over. Photo: Hilma Nakanduungile Mubano appealed to farmers to brand their animals for easy identification, saying: “Farmers without brand marks should apply for them as a matter of urgency. It was easy for our animals to be recovered, as some had brand marks.” Speaking at the same occasion, Warrant Officer Kisco Sitali urged Namibian farmers to employ people with identity documents, as in many cases farmers employ any person without verifying their identity documents, thereby making it easier for herders to commit stock theft or other related crimes. * Hilma Nakanduungile is an information officer in the Ministry of Information and Communication technology, based in the Zambezi Region. Small farmers have trouble reaching markets WINDHOEK Many Namibians are willing to grow vegetables and other fresh produce but their products do not reach the markets, said Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa. Speaking at the official inauguration of the newly appointed Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) members, Mutorwa said Namibians consume imported products because of the lack of access to local produce. “This is because those that are willing to produce something do not have assistance to be included in the mainstream so that they can market their products,” said Mutorwa. He emphasised that government should be exemplary when supplying food through tenders to institutions such as school feeding programmes, hospitals and military institutions, and have Namibian produce as part of the tender specifications. The minister said Namibia needs to drop the argument that there is not a consistent supply of local produce, when access is the problem. “If farmers are assisted then they will produce what the market needs,” said Mutorwa, noting the importance of equipping farmers with the relevant skills for their produce to reach the local market. The ministry’s permanent secretary Percy Misika said two months ago that the office of the prime minister had in May submitted a comprehensive integrated agricultural development document to Cabinet. The document contains statistics on agricultural products produced domestically and how much of it is consumed by Namibia. “Once that is known, you can look at strategic commodities that can be produced,” he said, adding there is also a need to change how government assists the agriculture sector. He said if government institutions that have significant purchasing power can buy directly from local producers, Namibia could go from being a net food importing country to one that exports food within five years. “Instead of us subsidising products such as fertilisers, seeds and ploughing services, once government institutions have contracts to procure what is produced locally, the farmer can use this contract at a financial institution to get a loan,” he said. – Nampa/ANA

Wednesday, July 5 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 5 Judgment date set for Jagger murder Edmund Jagger Photo: Roland Routh Roland Routh Windhoek Edmund Jagger, accused of killing Renelda Alien Oamite Hoeses, who was 22 at the time of her death, will hear his fate on July 21 this year, Judge Alfred Siboleka said on Monday. The judge indicated he will be ready with his judgment, after he heard submissions on the guilt or not of Jagger. It is alleged Jagger killed Hoeses by stabbing her 18 times. According to the summary of substantial facts in the indictment, Jagger entered the residence of the deceased’s father at Erf 1978, Build Together in Orwetoveni in Otjiwarongo during the late night hours of Friday March 1, 2013 or the early morning hours of March 2, 2013 armed with a knife and attacked her. The deceased died on the scene due to hypovolemic shock caused by the stab wounds. Deputy Prosecutor General Karin Esterhuizen argued that although the case hinges heavily on circumstantial evidence, it is enough to convict. She said the evidence was that the deceased’s father saw Jagger at his residence earlier that night and a text message from his daughter that said “Eddy gaan aan” (Eddy is going on). Esterhuizen also told the court that the bloody knife found at the room of Jagger as well as the suicide letters he wrote are a testament to his guilt. According to her, the court needs to draw only one inference excluding all other inferences from the evidence adduced at the trial, and that is that the totality of the evidence points directly in the direction of Jagger. On the other hand, the Statefunded defence counsel of Jagger told the court that there is not one ounce of credible evidence against his client. According to Joshua Kaumbi, the State failed miserably to prove anything against his client. “There is nothing in the State’s case that directly links the accused to the crime,” he told Judge Siboleka. The blood on the knife found at the accused’s room was not tested against the blood of the deceased and it can thus not be proved that it was her blood, he said. With regard to the letters, Kaumbi said, the accused explained it was meant for his son and that the mere fact he wanted to commit suicide is not an indication of his guilt. He asked the court to acquit Jagger. Deceased’s mother weeps during testimony Roland Routh Windhoek The mother of a girl who was 15 years old and pregnant when she was killed could not contain her tears when she described her daughter’s last day on earth. Lena van der Westhuizen cried softly into her handkerchief in the Windhoek High Court yesterday and on Monday when she narrated to Judge Alfred Siboleka the events that unfolded on October 3, 2012 when she found her daughter’s body. Charles Michael Swartz stands accused of killing his girlfriend, Sara van der Westhuizen, a minor, who at the time was pregnant with his child, on October 3, 2012 in Mariental. She told the court how she was against the relationship from the beginning, but her daughter defied her and went to stay with Swartz when she chased Swartz out of her house. According to her, during 2008 she returned from Windhoek where she stayed with her now deceased husband in hospital, to find Swartz staying in her house with her then 12-year-old daughter. After she chased Swartz, whom she constantly referred to as “Raka”, from her house the deceased left with him. When she heard during 2012 that her daughter, who was 15 at the time, was pregnant with the child of Swartz, she went to the Women and Child Protection Unit at Mariental to lay a charge against Swartz, the distraught mother said. According to her, Swartz was only warned by members of the unit to stop assaulting the girl and to assist her after she gave birth. Van der Westhuizen testified that on the day of her daughter’s murder, she and her sister and another friend went to the house where Swartz lived to collect a hat and plate of hers. While they were still at that house she received a call from her brother telling to go back home as her daughter was stabbed, she told the court. When they arrived back at her house she saw her daughter lying there in a pool of blood and she passed out, only to regain consciousness in the hospital, Van der Westhuizen narrated. Charles Swartz Photo: Roland Routh Swartz, who was 19 years old when he killed the deceased in 2012, denied guilt on all charges he faces in the High Court before Judge Alfred Siboleka when his trial started in March 2015. In a plea explanation his lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji submitted to the court Swartz admitted he stabbed the deceased and that she died as a result of the stab wounds. He however claims he acted in self-defence. He claims the deceased attacked him first with the intention to injure him and he stabbed her to stop her from killing him. During the trial so far the judge heard evidence from a police officer who said he found Swartz in a room at his mother’s residence with a nylon rope and suicide letter in his pocket. A police officer attached to the Woman and Child Protection Unit also testified she warned Swartz on the day of the incident to stay away from the deceased. 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