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New Era Newspaper Wednesday May 16, 2018

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New Era Newspaper Wednesday May 16,

Wednesday 16 May 2018 N.00 (incl VAT) Vol. 23 No. 171 Probe into N.1 million Air Namibia fraud almost complete Page 3 Africa must consider fiscal space opportunities in AfCFTA, not falling tax revenues Page 9 Somseb, cries foul over unpaid wages Page 24 National Business Sport Bloody… Palestinian medics carry on a stretcher a protester injured during clashes with Israeli forces along the border east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photo: Nampa/AFP Namibia condemns massacre of 59 Palestinians Woman to fork out N,000 for calling cop a ‘witch’ •Roland Routh WINDHOEK – A woman from northern Namibia was ordered on Monday by High Court Judge Maphios Cheda to pay damages in the amount of N,000 to a police officer after she called him a ‘witch’. Judge Cheda said that looking at the evidence presented, Joolokeni Peneyambeko Nakale uttered defamatory statements and used a swear word against traffic officer David Kashululu. The matter arose from an incident on October 15, 2013 at about 11h30 when Nakale overtook an Iveco bus on a prohibited line. She was hailed down by Kashululu who warned her of her dangerous conduct and asked for her driver’s licence, which she handed to him. When he indicated he was going to write her a ticket she did not take kindly to it and drove off in the direction of Ondobe. He followed her and on the way received a phone call from his regional commander to the effect that Nakale’s driver’s WOMAN on page 2 •Albertina Nakale WINDHOEK – Namibia has condemned Israel for the killing of 59 Palestinians in bloody clashes near Gaza on Monday, the deadliest day there since the 2014 war, as the United States officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem just 50 miles away. At least 59 people, including unarmed women and six children, were shot dead while more than 2,700 others were injured by Israeli soldiers during protests over President Donald Trump’s controversial relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv, a move that has been praised by Israelis but has enraged Palestinians and the governments of other countries, including in the EU, and Iran and Russia. The Palestinian health ministry said more than 2,700 people had suffered injuries and that many of the dead had not yet been identified. Seemingly trigger-happy Israeli troops, who like in the past shot protesters at the Gaza border on Monday, MASSACRE on page 2 Former environment deputy PS passes on Aggrey Simwanza Simenda, the former deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism who retired about two years ago, was found dead in the bathroom at his residence in the leafy suburb of Olympia, confirmed one of his nephews Liswani Sinvula. His body was found yesterday at around noon after family members got concerned that they could not reach him via mobile phone since last Saturday and dispatched the nephew to check on the US-educated former deputy PS, who boasted two master’s degrees among other qualifications and was described as a brilliant technocrat when he was still in employment. •Jeremiah Ndjoze WINDHOEK – Treasury may have to step in if the Road Fund Administration (RFA) of Namibia is to stay true to its governing Act of realising and maintaining a ‘safe and efficient road sector’. This according to the recently unveiled five-year business plan of the RFA, which came into Photo: Nampa Rates hike… A section of the newly upgraded bitumen road from Gobabis in the Omaheke Region to Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region. All road user charges have been increased by seven percent across the board after the increments were approved in June 2017. RFA justifies increase of road user charges effect from April 2018 and to run up to March 2023. The document reveals that the amount of funding that can be collected through the road user charging system by the parastatal is substantially inadequate to achieve the object of the state-owned enterprise. RFA on page 2 Cheaper premiums… Better insurance SMS ‘king’ to 44 000 for a quote Licence no. 16/ST/31 | T’s and C’s apply | Standard SMS rates apply

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