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New Era Newspaper Wednesday November 22, 2017

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4 NEWS Wednesday, November 22 2017 | NEW ERA Kunene farmer converts shop into cattle shelter GIZ - Transport, Mobility, Logistics TENDER INVITATION For Tender preparation and support for procurement of planning, ticketing and tracking software The German Government through its implementing agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is supporting the Namibian transport sector in achieving its objective to improve service delivery by state actors operating in the transport, mobility and logistics sector in terms of quality and quantity. Fundamental challenges in the transport sector are particularly a sector. In the area of Sustainable Mobility, GIZ is cooperating with the City of Windhoek (CoW) on the operations of public transport service provision, modern bus operations use IT based solutions, e.g. for scheduling of drivers and buses and monitor vehicle movement. At the same time, IT supporting CoW in the procurement process for a modern software system. The objective of this assignment is: ticketing software solutions to establish an adequate Terms of Reference for appendant services for the following 10 years to support in the technical evaluation of the biddings to assist in the contract design with the winning bidder Closing date for applications is 08 th December 2017. If you are interested, please request 88, John Meinert Street, Windhoek West. Email: WINDHOEK Some farmers in the Kunene Region are now keeping their cattle and small livestock in buildings to protect them from lions. In the past few weeks, lions in the Khorixas Constituency have reportedly killed over 200 goats and sheep. One farmer is said to have lost 136 goats to lions. Ripanga Rupembo, a farmer in the Sesfontein Constituency, keeps his cattle in a building he intends to use as shop. Rupembo said in an interview on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Otjiherero Service on Saturday he had 31 cattle and now only has two after lions killed the rest. “I had no choice but to convert my shop into a shed to protect the remaining two cows I am left with,” he said. to support his family as his income is not enough to cover all the necessary expenses, including paying for the education of his children. “While the government has declared war against poverty, some of us are pushed right into poverty by the conservancy policy which does not allow for the killing of lions (if they have not been declared to be problematic or a threat to human lives), while they kill our livestock,” Rupembo said. He requested the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) to translocate the lions to other areas, where they will not be able to cause so much harm. Ngaisiue Muheue, who also farms in the Kamanjab area, told Nampa Monday they feel left out when they look at how MET reacts when a lion is killed compared to when a lion kills livestock. “Our guns and traps are being means of defence against predators,” said Muheue. A few weeks ago, Samuel Gawiseb, a communal farmer at Awantapos in the Torra Conservancy in Kunene, lost 86 goats and sheep to a pack of lions shortly after the same pride of lions killed another farmer’s 145 goats and 26 sheep days earlier. A meeting will be arranged between MET, conservancies and the Kunene regional leadership to look into the issue of predators in the region, said Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council, Julius Kaujova on Monday. “I spoke to the chairperson of the Torra Conservancy, Tommie Adams, and we agreed on a meeting after the 6th national congress of the ruling party to discuss the challenges presented by predators to our farmers,” Kaujova told Nampa. Asked why the meeting will only take place after the congress set for 23 to 26 November, Kaujova explained they have to engage about the situation, including environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, are occupied by congress preparations. He urged the farmers to be patient and to allow for talks to pave the way for an amicable solution. – Nampa On the rampage… Lions in Kunene have killed hundreds of livestock worsening the human wildlife Photo: Nampa

Wednesday, November 22 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Geingob to appoint Kunene governor in due course President Hage Geingob Alvine Kapitako Windhoek A new governor for Kunene Region will be appointed when President Hage Geingob is ready, the press secretary in the presidency, Albertus Aochamub, said on Monday. “The absence of a governor doesn’t mean that government stops working,” said Aochamub, when asked when the country can expect the appointment of a new governor for the region, following the death of the late governor Angelika Muharukwa on October 1. Aochamub, who did not give details on a possible date of appointment, said there was a mourning period to be observed, explaining that it would seem “uncultured” or insensitive if a new governor were appointed right away. He however stressed that President Hage Geingob would appoint the Governor in due course “It will not be (Katuutire) Kaura as some people are assuming,” Aochamub added. Opuwo Rural Constituency Councillor Kazeongere Tjeundo said it was not so much about the person who is appointed, but whether they would execute the vision for the region. Kunene Region was plagued by severe drought for the past seven years and is one of the poorest regions in the country. According to a recent report by the Namibia Statistics Agency, Kunene Region is one of the poorest regions in Namibia, with Epupa Constituency in that region, being amongst the very poorest. Despite this, most poverty indicators suggest that poverty levels have declined over the last Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2015/2016 report. In a telephonic interview this week Tjeundo said: “We need a person who will look widely towards the needs of the people of Kunene and who understands the dynamics of the region.”

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