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New Era Newspaper Wednesday July 5 2017

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6 NEWS Wednesday, July 5 2017 | NEW ERA Govt confirms pension payout delays Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare has confirmed there were slight delays in NamPost pension payments yesterday, saying the problem was attended rapidly to and that the monthly N,200 pension grants would be paid to tens of thousands of pensioners, as normal. This follows an alarming communique circulating on social media purportedly issued by NamPost, stating: “There will be no Nam pension payment due to non-payment from the Ministry of Poverty [Eradication] and once payment has been made the money will be processed.” Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare I-Ben Nashandi said: “There was a delay by the Ministry of Finance to release the money to Nam- Post, but this has been solved.” He, however, could not provide information as to the cause of the delay in the pension payouts. NamPost corporate communications manager Wilson Shikoto dismissed the information circulating online, saying NamPost would like to apologise to the pensioners for any the inconvenience suffered as a result of the wrongful message circulating online and asked them to disregard it, as the pension payout would continue as normal. Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Former Epukiro councillor Ruth Kaukuata-Mbura and the incumbent Swapo regional coordinator in Omaheke region, Kejamuina Mungendje, are among the candidates campaigning for the Omaheke regional coordinator’s job. This was confirmed yesterday by the Omaheke secretary of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), Ebben Handura, who said those nominated are Kaukuata-Mbura and Mungendje for party regional head, while he (Handura) will be running for the information and mobilisation position. Former NFA president Elliot Photo: Emmency Nuukala On payday… Yesterday Katrina Uiras escorted her parents, Ouma Uiras and Oupa Uirab, both in there 90s, to Katutura NamPost branch to collect their pension grants, only to be told there was no money to disburse. All the elderly waiting in line were evidently disappointed with the delay and the fact that NamPost did not inform them accordingly. The problem appears to have been sorted in the course of the day. Former councillor vies for Swapo top job Photo: Nampa Time to nominate… In this file photo former president Hifikepunye Pohamba (right) talks to the former Epukilo councillor Ruth Kaukuata Mbura (left) while Pio Nganate, special advisor to Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele looks on. Hiskia will contest for regional treasurer. However, yesterday Mungendje denied there were any nominations submitted, saying that today’s regional executive committee meeting is tasked with making such announcements. “As far as I am concerned, Handura is not the right person to make such announcement,” said the incumbent Swapo party regional head. Kaukuata-Mbura became the second Epukiro constituency councillor, after the area was severed from Otjinene Constituency.Previously the area was represented by Brave Tjizera, then Kaukuata-Mbura and the current incumbent councillor Cornelius Kanguatjivi. Mungendje recently went public in support of President Hage Geingob, calling upon party members in Omaheke to rally behind Geingob ahead of the party’s congress scheduled for later this year. “Being voted by the majority of the Namibians shows that Namibians wanted President Hage Geingob to be the president of this country. Let’s stand firm and support Geingob,” said Mungendje while addressing a one-day Swapo Party educative workshop in Gobabis recently. “Let’s stand firm in supporting President Hage Geingob in order to maintain peace and stability,” he added. Land Rover to help vulnerable Namibians WINDHOEK Land Rover Windhoek and the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) on Tuesday launched an international partnership to reach vulnerable communities in Namibia through humanitarian assistance. Speaking at the launch, Land Rover Windhoek Marketing Manager, Hayley Allen said the initiative will focus on two extensive humanitarian initiatives: restore and uplift the dignity of teenage Namibian girls by providing the NRCS with items to fill a ‘Dignity Pack’; and assist the most vulnerable with some of their basic needs. The Dignity Pack will include sanitary towels to assist teenage girls and prevent them from missing school or not being able to attend to other important matters. “The assistance will be done through collecting anything such as tinned food, non-perishable items, blankets and clothes,” said Allen. Land Rover Windhoek will set up collection points around the capital through boxes that are branded with the NRCS logo. These boxes will allow community members to voluntarily donate items relevant to the initiative. “NRCS will distribute the items as they work closely with the vulnerable and they know exactly which communities are in need,” said Allen. Speaking at the same event, Chairperson of the NRCS Governing Board, Bience Gawanas said the initiative is recognising the importance of assisting mothers with items such as nappies and clothes or other baby related items. “When you start taking care of babies and the youth, in fact you are creating the adults that Namibia needs one day,” said Gawanas. The pilot project will begin in the Khomas Region to allow room for improvement and further engagements before expanding to other regions. Land Rover Windhoek is offering the assistance through the ‘Hope Crosses Any Terrain’, an initiative of the Land Rover corporate social responsibility globally. – Nampa

Wednesday, July 5 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 7 Namibian MPs champion women’s rights Elma Dienda Agnes Limbo Petrina Haingura Sophia Swartz George Sanzila Windhoek Swapo MP Petrina Haingura has lamented the fact that gender-based violence continues to increase despite progressive legislation that exists to deter such violation of women’s rights. Haingura, and other parliamentarians Agnes Limbo and Sophia Swartz join over 100 other delegates in what is poised to be a historic convergence of women lawmakers at the first ever African Women’s Parliament, taking place in Seychelles from today and tomorrow. Women and girls continue to bear the brunt of all forms of abuses in the world – one in three women globally experiences physical or sexual abuse – and Namibia is not an exception. Namibia has continued to grapple with sexual reproductive health rights challenges, with mostly women and girls at the receiving end. “We have talked a lot about gender-based violence. We have demonstrated against it, but no change has been forthcoming. We have so many good laws dealing with these criminal acts but implementation has always been a problem. We need to find new ways of dealing with this scourge,” bemoaned Haingura. Limbo shared similar sentiments, saying that the empowerment of women and girls would help curtail the underlying causes of gender-based violence. She believes issues of gender-based violence, adolescent pregnancies, HIV and early marriages, among others, are intertwined. “We have been talking about gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy, HIV and early marriages. These issues emanate from lack of empowerment. Most women don’t have the means to survive and depend on their male partners, which makes them vulnerable,” noted Limbo. Another Namibian lawmaker, Elma Dienda, who also supports advocacy against gender-based violence, called for an examination of laws governing abortion, saying that the current state of affairs does not favour women. “People should be made aware that there are instances when abortion is allowed in Namibia and avenues to give the baby up for adoption or a place of safety. The lack of awareness makes most of our girls to either have unsafe abortions or dump their babies, which is very worrisome. Some of these girls are afraid to approach health facilities for fear of prosecution,” stated Dienda. Namibia’s HIV prevalence rate has slightly increased from 16.9 percent in 2014 to 17.2 percent in 2016, according to the latest National HIV Sentinel Survey released in 2016. A large chunk of these statistics comprises women and girls. Social ills such as unsafe abortions, baby dumping, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence that are widespread in Namibia add to a myriad of challenges hampering the realization of women’s health rights. This is a worrisome trend that has prompted women parliamentarians in Namibia to join their counterparts in Mahé, Seychelles to find a solution during a gathering on the SADC-sponsored Resolution 60/2, which focuses on women, the girl child and HIV and AIDS. Expectations are that the Women’s Parliament would further strengthen already existing obligations by SADC countries that have ratified various international and regional legal instruments meant to protect the rights of women and girls. The Women’s Parliament will provide a platform for lawmakers to share experiences in strengthening national legal and policy frameworks to promote sexual reproductive health rights and HIV and AIDS governance. Expectations are that it will, also, develop strategies on how women parliamentarians can NA SALES AGENTS (PETROLEUM PRODUCTS) OPPORTUNITY abo NAMCOR hereby invites able individuals and business entities to apply for the on abovementioned opportunity, the application and selection process will be undertaken App on an ongoing basis. Applicants with the following qualities can apply: • Ability to bring customers to Namcor to purchase petroleum products. • Able to demonstrate knowledge of the various customer sector value propositions especially in the Commercial line of businesses. • Demonstrate technical and operational knowledge of the downstream sector. • Dynamic and self-motivated. • Committed to customer service excellence. • Good standing in the business community. Written applications should include the following: play an effective role in promoting women’s participation in decisionmaking relating to the well-being of women and girls. 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