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2 NEWS Wednesday, November 1 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 2 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 FARMERS From page 1 BAIL From page 1 heard of the offences he is accused of was when he was arrested. According to Judge Usiku, while the accused denied knowing any of his co-accused, it became apparent during cross-examination that he knew his co-accused and was seen with them on several occasions – and they lived in the same street. She further stated that in considering bail applications the nature of the crime must be taken into account. In the present matter the accused is charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and conspiracy to commit murder, Those opposed to the housing project feel it should be stopped as they claim it is adverse to their crops. New Era has seen a copy of a letter from Sisa Namandje and Co. Incorporated saying Armstrong Properties and Construction invaded his clients’ agricultural land, but the construction company says the project is within the 82-hectare plot given to it through an agreement with the Rundu Town Council. Despite the letter from the law Construction is adamant the project is on track. “Yes we got the letter too but it has nothing to do with us. The town council must respond to that, the project is going ahead. We started with the construction and we are almost done with installing services,” said Ferdinand Olavi from Armstrong Properties and Construction. “Our instructions are that a few years ago it was agreed between our clients and the council that any development to be undertaken by any developer, including Armstrong Construction, should be 100 metres away from our clients’ agricultural activities. To the surprise of our clients Armstrong interfered with our clients’ agricultural activities by, inter alia, destroying crops,” the letter states. The letter further requested the council to take immediate action and stop Armstrong company from going ahead – failing to do that the council will be held responsible or liable for all damages suffered by several community members that reside at Kansukwa, next to the housing project. Sources informed New Era that certain politicians on the council the project for personal reasons, but the mayor of Rundu, Verna Sinimbo, refused to comment on these allegations and instead referred this reporter to the acting CEO Mathews Naironga, who ignored the reporter’s calls after getting the query via WhatsApp. Armstrong company say they are almost done with installing services such as roads, sewer, water facilities and aluminium window frames are to be built starting this month (November). The servicing phase started in May and the actual construction of the houses was supposed to start in June. The construction of to have been completed by this December, but servicing of the 82-hectare virgin land took longer than expected. According to the developers the housing units will embrace twobedroom houses with a garage and some with no garage, as well as three-bedroom houses with garage and some without. “Currently we have 106 bankapproved applications of clients that are waiting to be handed their keys as soon as we complete their houses,” Olavi noted. The company is developing the new suburb on an 82-hectare plot in an area south of the Rundu- Nkurenkuru road in Rundu. which could result in substantial sentences if convicted. It would also not be in the best interest of the public and the proper administration of justice to release the applicant on bail considering the serious nature of the crimes alleged to have been committed, Judge Usiku stressed. In this case, the judge said, there exists a likelihood that Uazeua may interfere with the witnesses for the prosecution, in that his girlfriend who is a state witness has given a witness statement. “The chances of the applicant in- against him are quite high and the court should not lose sight of that fact,” the judge concluded. Uazeua and Annastancia Lubinda, 33, David Matali, 45, David Kondjara, 32, Donald Hindjou and Orivitje artist Dollam Dollam Tjitjahuma, 27, are charged with murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, while all except Lubinda are charged with murder for the killing of Lubinda’s husband Peter Riscoh Muleke, 36. They also face a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances for robbing the deceased of his cellphone and SIM card while hitting him with stones and other unknown objects. The lifeless body of Muleke was found near Penduka at the Goreangab Dam on March 30 last year. According to reports, Lubinda hired her co-accused to kill her husband The suburb will also have a fuel station, private doctors’ consulting rooms and a supermarket, to name a few. This project is a private-public partnership between Armstrong Properties and Construction and Rundu Town Council and will be built in two phases – the council will get their cut from the plots. to be developed by local investors in the town. Rundu has since independence seen developments of suburbs such as Millennium Park, Queens Park and recently Rainbow Village, the old NHE township – also known as Kings Park – and the new NHE mass housing township development next to Unam Rundu Campus, as well as the suburb now under construction. The town of Rundu has a housing backlog currently at around 30,000 units, a huge demand for houses, but several projects have been introduced but no houses have been seen being built, thus residents have placed their hopes on this project which has shown some progress. for the fee of N,000. Uazeua and Dollam Dollam further face a charge of possession of drugs after the police found 15 grams of dagga in the room they rented in Katutura on April 1 last year. They also face a charge of defeating or obstructing the course of justice for allegedly destroying dagga inside the house after the police came knocking at the door. According to the indictment, the accused conspired to kill Muleke. The state alleges Lubinda hired her co-accused to kill her husband who was a municipal worker at the time of his demise. Their trial is set to start today before Acting Judge Salionga at the Windhoek High Court. Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Xmas is near… Community members of Otjiwarongo on Monday attend- 2017 Christ- Tsumkwe and Otjiwarongo Otjiwarongo. Photo: Nampa Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 NAMIBIANS From page 1 Between 2014 and 2015 home affairs and immigration issued around 890 als who became Namibian citizens by virtue of marriage. “We have picked up that more Namibian women are the ones marrying foreigners compared to Namibian men actually taking foreign brides,” explained the immigration ministry’s spokesperson Salome Kambala. People from Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe top the list of nationals that are marrying Namibian women and men. Kambala said that although marriage is a wonderful thing, some foreigners are taking advantage of young girls especially to get Namibian citizenship. She said that although Namibian women seem more keen than their male counterparts to marry foreigners, the ministry receives complaints mostly from women – that their husbands have disappeared into thin air after having tied the knot. “Namibia is a peaceful nation, with a small population and unfortunately it has become a target for foreigners. That is why we are scrutinizing foreigners that are coming to our borders and into our precious country,” said Kambala. Although citizenship requirements are strict and dual citizenship is not permitted, some foreign nationals attain citizenship, she added. “The easy way is simply to marry a Namibian national and one gets domicile by virtue of marriage,” said Kambala. According to Kambala a thorough screening process is conducted before a couple is allowed to proceed with marriage. “When a couple approach us they where we ask questions in order to gather information such as marital status in Namibia and outside, and passport information. Once we at home affairs are happy with the answers and information gathered, only then can we proceed with the marriage,” said Kambala. The ministry is working hand in hand with the Namibian Police Force (Nampol) because in many cases cross-border criminals are running away from their crimes in their native countries. “We caution young girls to study their partners before they get married. Rushing into any marriage is not an advisable thing to do. Before you get married make sure that the person you marry really wants to marry you,” cautioned Kambala.

Wednesday, November 1 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 No subject advisors for Kavango West John Muyamba Nkurenkuru Kavango West Region is yet to get subject advisors, among other key positions, since the separation of education administration with Kavango East Region in September last year. This situation has raised fears that the region’s education would be adversely affected, especially the Grade 10 and 12 results. Kavango West, with 177 schools and seven education circuits, has no single advisory teacher while key positions remain vacant. The region needs more than 10 advisory teachers, two senior education planners, as it only has one chief education planner, and two school counsellors. It also needs a senior education the HIV RACE coordinator’s of education plus additional ad- the administration of the regional education headquarters. New Era followed up the situation with the education director of the region, Teopolina Hamutu- and said the region is grappling of subject advisors. She said in the past, subject advisors from Kavango East would assist but stopped since the administration changed. “So far only 39 percent of the total staff establishment for Therefore, we are finding it extremely hard to cope with the workload having so many key positions vacant, pending approval as directed PSM circular 11/2017 by Cabinet,” Hamutumua said. At the Kavango West Regional have been appointed to date and about 105 posts are still vacant. The region started working independently from September last year after a director was appointed. Its staff is all based in Kavango East Region due to lack of facilities in Kavango West, during that time they would then use the services Kavango East but it stopped when took root it has not been possible to travel from Kavango East to go and assist Kavango West education directorate. Town Lodge opens in Windhoek Selma Ikela Windhoek City Lodge Group, whose portfolio comprises 57 properties in sub- Saharan Africa, spread its wings to Namibia when it opened the Town Lodge in Windhoek, one of its operations offering a wide spectrum of accommodation. Minister of Environment and opened the new Town Lodge, situated in Kleine Kuppe, on Tuesday evening. It aims to meet the accommodation needs of both business and leisure travellers and has 147 rooms ranging from double beds to twin beds (two single beds in a room). Interleading family rooms are also available and certain rooms have been specially designed to cater for the needs of physically challenged guests. The Town Lodge, which is situated next to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital, opened its doors for business on 5 October. According to City Lodge Group marketing assistant, Julie Green, the Town Lodge has a swimming pool, sundowner bar and three boardrooms comprising two 12-seater rooms and one six-seater room, which are ideal for a variety of “meeting needs”. Green added that in the morning they offer a hearty full English or continental breakfast. The hotel is within easy access of Windhoek’s international and domestic airports, as well as the CBD, sports and entertainment facilities. Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta; City lodge Hotel Group Financial and Development Director, Andrew Widegger; Divisional Director: Operations, Tony Balabanoff; Pastor Ellen Vilho, Town Lodge General Manager, Casper Marè; and Non-Executive Chairman of the board, Bulelani Ngcuka. She said they do not have a grading yet but they are aiming for a threestar hotel status. City Lodge Hotel Group originated in South Africa but has extended its business operations into sub-Sahara and now Namibia. The Windhoek hotel is the 13th town lodge in the group, complementing 10 town lodges in South Africa and one each in Nairobi, Kenya and Botswana. It is its 58th hotel and the group also owns and operates Fairview Hotel, Courtyard Hotel and Road Lodge brands in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana. Shifeta said accommodation is a fundamental element of the Namibian tourism product. He said not only is it the largest and most visible sub-sector within the tourism industry, it also accounts for one third of total expenditure but it is an essential ingredient of Namibian tourism experience. Shifeta said it is therefore vital that the availability of accommodation in Namibia be it campsite, bed and breakfast, guesthouse, lodge or hotel represent an image of Namibia as a tourist destination, as it is a basic requirement of tourists in their travel. The success of a tourism destination is highly dependent upon the appropriate development of accommodation setup, and the availability of accommodation in Namibia has been a serious limiting factor, especially this year. LAMPS NOT PRESCRIBED OR AUTHORISED ARE PROHIBITED Blindingly bright spotlights or LEDs used in some vehicles can be a distraction to safety driving, leading to increased risk of accidents on our roads. Most of these lights produce dangerous glare to oncoming traffic, which reduces the driver’s ability to see what is around them on the road. Spot lamp A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a public road if it is fitted with a spot lamp. Spot lamps are only applicable to certain vehicles in terms of regulation 195 (Road Traffic and Transport Regulations, 53 of 2001): ambulance, rescue-, fire-fighting-, police- or traffic control vehicle, vehicle of medical practitioner or veterinarian; a breakdown vehicle or electricity or other essential public services vehicle. Led Light bars cannot be used as a Headlamp due to the condition stipulated in Regulation 202 (2) and (3)(a) (Road Traffic and Transport Regulations, 53 of 2001). (2) The headlamps and fog lamps of a motor vehicle must, unless the design of the lamps incorporates some other means of preventing a dangerous glare to oncoming traffic, not be fitted with lenses of clear glass or other like material. (3) When two or more of the same lamps are fitted to a vehicle they must - (a) (b) To contact City Police: General Enquiries: 290 2239 SMS: 4444 Tollfree Number: 302 302 be placed symmetrically in relation to the longitudinal centre-line of the vehicle; and except in the case of side marker lamps and direction indicator lamps, be so placed that any lamp on the side of the vehicle has a corresponding lamp at the same height on the other side of the vehicle. Reg. 203 States that “No lamp, other than a lamp prescribed or authorised in terms of these regulations, may at any time be fitted to any vehicle operated on a public road” There are specifications that one needs to comply with when adding extra lights to a vehicle, before you consider fitting your vehicle with extra lights, please contact the Windhoek City Police Traffic Division to ensure that your vehicle is fitted with prescribed lights and cleared as fit to be used on a public road. Any lamp that is not prescribed including LED light bars will be an “unauthorised lamps” and thus render the vehicle unfit to be used on a public road. The use of such vehicle will be suspended and the vehicle be referred to the vehicle testing station for examination. For more information, please attend the public consultation meeting to be held at: Windhoek City Police Hall, C/O Essen and Sishen Street, Wednesday, 1st November 2017 @17:00 Enquiries Senior Superintendent Adam Eiseb Divisional Head – Traffic Management Office: +264 - 81 127 8338 Fax: +264 - 61 - 290 3157 E-mail: Working towards a safer city

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