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New Era Newspaper Wednesday November 29, 2017

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2 NEWS Wednesday, November 29 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era cinambao@nepc.com.na newsroom@nepc.com.na 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 jmuyamba@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 north@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 osimasiku@nepc.com.na Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 edeklerk@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 mhamutenya@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 tabraham@iway.na eapollus@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 fgoseb@nepc.com.na sales@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 REPORT from page 1 tabled it, but the house did not understand its recommendations, which forced the council to resolve that the report be withdrawn and sent back. Kandjii, who was not in the house, also received criticism that he on many an occasion was absent and failed to attend sessions. The committee comprises of its chairperson Kandjii, Nangula Namuhuja (vice-chairperson), Steve Biko Booys, Victoria Mbawo Kauma, Nambondi, Damian Haikera Nakambare, Johannes Anstino and Jason Ndakunda. The workshop aimed to enlighten the committee members on the SDGs and strengthen the oversight role of the committee on those goals that fall within the sphere of the committee’s mandate. Some of the unclear recommendations include that members of parliament engage the National Planning Commission to conduct a comprehensive analysis PLANT from page 1 “A delegation from Iran was here two months ago and they have seen the sites that could be allocated for that purpose. It could either be in Windhoek or Walvis Bay, but it all depends on the company everything goes well within a year we tors in Namibia,” enthused the Iranian ambassador to Namibia. “My job as ambassador is to connect the people - as for the details, they are going to work them out when they meet,” he said in response to a question on the number of jobs to be created and the magnitude of Iranian investment in the contemplated tractor assembly plant. He was very optimistic: “The planned tractor assembly plant will help to create jobs and help in the transfer of knowledge jobs among previously disadvantaged groups, especially for women, people with disabilities and indigenous people”. Other recommendations include “increase[ing] the rate at which suitably ously disadvantaged groups are hired”, and to “speed up their promotion prospects”. The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation (labour ministry) has been asked to Labour Commission “creates awareness among employers and employees of the prohibition of discrimination in employment and the remedies available to victims”. The other tasks include developing and disseminating programmes and strategies to eliminate discrimination in employment and providing support to victims of discrimination. The Labour Commission is also asked to “speedily resolve, through mediation, arbitration or conciliation, disputes relating to discrimination in employment, [and] if it fails, assist workers who wish to enforce their rights through the courts, to apply for legal aid.” The recommendations are contained in the report by the ombudsman and indicate that effective remedies for racism and recommend corrective measures for implementing the SDGs. One recommendation calls for increased involvement of the grass-roots communities through measures that reform the SDGs so that women, men, girls and boys in the regions are involved more in the planning phase of SDGs. Another says a platform and means must be created whereby SDGs monitoring and evaluation are institutionalized across the board for parliament and all Yet another states that “for sustained progress, implement a twin-track approach, with emphasis on gender equality that require women’s empowerment, including ensuring that all members of parliament are trained on this approach”. Swapo MP Cletus Sipapela said the report is really bad. He said the committee comprises of young MPs of the National Council who and skills. In the agriculture area I am sure it will create lots of jobs.” Karimi noted the present administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is keen to boost trade and diplomatic relations with the 54 African countries, and in this vein he gave the assurance: “I’m trying to bring more Iranians here. As you might be aware, Iran’s immediate neighbour is Europe, and many Iranian business people used to go to Europe but now the priority of my present government is Africa, so they are coming to African countries in big numbers where they are engaged in business. I give you the example – during the last year our trade with Kenya increased more than 150 percent, and in some African countries Iranian cars are produced and used as taxis.” Karimi was also quick to point out that youth unemployment affects both are unavailable or unhelpful to victims of racism, racial discrimination and discrimination in general. The report suggests the creation of informal and inexpensive tribunals where victims can tell their stories “so that systemic inequalities, racism, racial discrimination may be eradicated”. This is because, says Walters, “our anti-discrimination law fails dismally to bring about social change as it disempowers those who experience racial discrimination.” Part of the report also draws on the 2016 recommendations by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights that asked the country to equip the la- the “necessary human and effective application of the Labour Act and other relevant enactments”. The report deals with issues of access to justice, derogatory expression and racial slurs, disability and education, rights to employment, health, land resettlement, sport, and issues of lesbianism, gayism, bisexualism and transgender. The many observations presented in the report, and anecdotes of experiences and complaints gathered from the public through a national enquiry, speak of a public that is unhappy with how work opportunities are shared among the country’s diverse tribal mix. The major complaint is that 80 percent of job opportunities and the workforce in the country, are with one tribal group, especially in the security forces. A general complaint was that a Khwe person who has completed Grade 12 is not employed “because it is said that a Khwe cannot teach”, while a non-Khwe person who is a Grade 10 dropout There are also complaints that non-educated people are discriminated against, because the interviews for menial jobs such as a cleaner or driver are still conducted in English. This discriminates against the candidates who drive but are unable to speak English, the report says. The ombudsman assumed a national inquiry to assess the extent to which human rights violations in terms of racism, racial discrimination, tribalism and discrimination in general are still perpetrated in the country. This was necessitated by concluding observations and recommendations by the UN treaty monitoring committee with regard to racism and racial discrimination, and media reports on persistence of racism, tribalism and racial discrimination in the country. have done a sloppy job. He also accused Kandjii of missing sessions for reasons unknown. “This is a committee that comprises young members of parliament and you would want to see it in that direction but it’s messed up. It’s either the absence of the chairperson – and all work is pushed to the deputy chairperson,” said Sipapela. “You need to put your house in order. We want you to bring your chairperson and see what is happening in the National Council. He has been absent and missed sessions. He must come and explain to us why he is always absent in all sessions. As to this skeleton that they brought to us.” Meanwhile, Swapo chief whip Lebbius Tobias said the report seems to be a good report “but honestly towards the end, I think there is a mix-up”. He said either the one who captured it happened to mix things up or the committee members themselves, who compiled the report, messed something up. Namibia and Iran, the latter where oil and gas account for 80 percent of public revenue and that saw the Persian Gulf country, which is endowed with massive oil reserves, generate over US5 billion in foreign reserves as of last December. The Iranian ambassador feels the tractor investment has a multiplicity of single dimensional viewpoint, as tractors are multi-purpose and could be used for fruit production, poultry production and many other agricultural applications. “I do remember one word from President Hage Geingob – he used to say that production it is not independent, and he was absolutely right. I am happy that I am doing my duty to do something good for Namibian food production. It is very important,” he said. LABOUR from page 1 FEUD from page 1 At the time of renovation, about seven years ago, the house had accumulated municipal debts amounting to over N,000, explained Merlyn !Gaoses, a granddaughter of !Gaoses. The house was close to being sold off but at a family meeting it was supposedly agreed that Leonardt “rescue” the situation by settling the municipal debts. “Little did we know that he transferred the house from Ouma’s (grandma’s) name to his and we never saw the money that he gave her. Ouma doesn’t have a bank account. He should tell us who witnessed the signing over of the house,” said Merlyn. She further alleged the house was sold for N,000. “But he should tell us where the money is,” she added. She explained that the issue was long in coming and several efforts for an amicable solution failed. “We were served with an eviction notice on Tuesday. Where are we supposed to go at such short notice?” she asked. However, Leonardt had a different tale to tell. He said the feud started in 2015 because the family refused to pay the municipal bills. He also said the house was transferred into his name but he allowed the family to stay in the house after they verbally agreed they would settle the municipal bills. Following renovation and “I wish to humbly request the members to please just go back and doublecheck what they really wanted to put under recommendations. They should make it really clear. One can hardly understand what the recommendations want to say,” he advised. In the absence of Kandjii, Booys responded that they acknowledged they let the house down with their “messy recommendations”. “I acknowledge that there might have been an oversight on our side. The report- anticipated work we put in. I honourably accept what was proposed – that we take the report back and re-polish it and retable it before the 30th of November,” Booys admitted. The National Council chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams together with all members of parliament then agreed that the report be withdrawn and re-tabled before November 30. Another area of potential bilateral trade cooperation he singled out is the possibility of Iran importing beef from Namibia. He says the shorter distance from Namibia to Iran could make business sense to Iranian importers of Brazilian beef – a country that is much further. He also commended “the very delicious Namibian hake” that he feels could be imported by Iran that has a population of 82 million, of whom 13 million are in Tehran, the capital city. Iranian investors are also interested to set up a pharmaceutical plant, while Namibia could reciprocate by importing bitumen and asphalt for quality highway and road construction. One of the setbacks he singled out in the bilateral relationship is that Namibia has not yet established an embassy in Tehran – and he jokingly said he is also the de facto Namibian ambassador to his country. extensions, tenants stayed in the house as a means of he sourcing extra income. However, things did not go as planned as he was accused of “stealing the house”, Leonardt told New Era. Currently, the house is in municipal arrears of N,381.60, according to documents seen by New Era. As a result, Leonardt said he was forced to evict the family “or they should come with a written agreement on settling the debts”, which are in his name. This is despite the fact that he stays in Okahandja, Leonardt explained. However, he said that his grandmother would not leave “his house”. “Ouma can stay. She is my grandmother. The others can go.” New Era understands that !Gaoses (Ouma) chose to leave the house with the evictees, saying she’d rather stay with all her children and grandchildren as has been the norm. “Ouma even expressed the desire to be buried from her house when she dies one day. How will that happen if they are evicting her?” said Merlyn. Meanwhile, Leonardt said the tenants refused to pay rent. “This was the last-ditch effort,” said Leonardt, adding that he had several gentleman’s agreements that failed. “They are saying I’m heartless but this was my last effort because the house is in my name and the municipal bills are accumulating.”

Wednesday, November 29 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 xorbitant market rent sparks protest Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati Vendors at Oshakati Open Market have petitioned Oshakati Town Council over the alleged exorbitant monthly rental fees that range between a N0 and N,200 a month. The vendors marched from the open In their songs they chanted that the rental fee per stall at the open market was too expensive and asked council to reduce the price. They say the market’s locality is hidden and this deprives them of customers. “The fee was imposed on us, we never agreed on the rental fee and that is why it so expensive. They should give us an open market for the poor,” charged the vendors. However, Oshakati CEO Werner Iita, who received the petition on behalf of the council, dismissed the claims saying that the Not happy… Vendors from the Oshakati Open Market marching to Oshakati Town Council. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop While residents of the informal area of Keetmanshoop are crying for basic services to be brought closer to them, all of the municipality’s efforts to do this seem in vain. This is so because despite the municipality’s efforts to bring potable water and ablution facilities to the reception area, where most informal settlers at the town reside are constantly vandalised, leaving residents without the needed service, while the municipality is forced to devise solutions to render these services. Vandalism at the area is so bad that toilets are usable, while the only tap residents can get water from, is broken, as residents do not need to use their water cards anymore. But while residents enjoy free water from the broken tap, the municipality has rental fee was agreed upon and consented to by the vendors through their elected committee. The vendors maintained they never elected any committee. They claim the committee currently running the open market was imposed on them by the council. “Our representatives are here with us, we do not know who elected the others. In fact, one of the people who is on the committee no longer operates from the market, so whose interest is she serving,” questioned the vendors. The vendors further accused the councilappointed committee of issuing them with fake receipts when making payments. “We want receipts extracted from a receipt book, because at times we are issued with receipts of papers drawn from any book available. Although they are stamped, how do we know our money is accounted for?” questioned the vendors. In the petition handed over to the to get funds to repair the taps, to not only stop the water wastage but to ensure that each resident pays for the services they use. K e e t m a n s h o o p M u n i c i p a l i t y New Era that providing basic services to residents at the reception area has been a big headache for the municipality, saying nothing seems to work to ensure the residents have access to sanitation and water services. She said everything the municipality up being vandalised, often by the same residents who require these services, and that the municipality has now almost run out of ideas on how to solve these problems. alternative ways to provide basic services to these people on unserviced land. If you bring public taps and toilets, they are vandalised and it doesn’t matter how many times you repair them, they are still vandalised,” she said. council, the vendors also accused council of threatening them. permits because they apparently have water or electricity [in their] areas, while others are threatened to pay up their rental fees or face eviction from the market. Why should they call us individually? They should come out and speak to the whole group.” Lukolo said. While receiving the petition Iita said the vendors had not given council adequate time to deliberate on their concerns. The letter to hold the demonstration was written and delivered on Monday and the demonstration is took place on Tuesday. He further advised the vendors to channel their concerns through their elected committees. The council was given 10 days to respond or expect another demonstration. The demonstration on Tuesday follows on the heels of the one held earlier in May. Vandalism and service interruptions a headache for Keetmanshoop in 2015 are not usable anymore, as they were damaged beyond repair, and the municipality is considering demolishing them. She added that the municipality was looking at short- and long-term solutions to the vandalism problem in that area, but they have no solution in sight as yet. “It is a very big problem. We do not know what to do anymore, but we are working on possible permanent short- and long-term solutions,” she said. Some of the residents New Era spoke to were of the opinion that setting up public taps and toilets will always create problems, as no one feels responsible to take care of the facilities. “We want water and toilets, but as you can see public toilets will not work. Some people do not know how to take care of things. Some break it on purpose because they feel it is not their property. In the end the community suffers,” said Amalia Ndeumona. More compensation for humans killed by wildlife demanded Albertina Nakale Windhoek There are calls to adjust the compensation in relation to loss of human life to N,000 for funeral arrangements, and N0,000 for death reimbursement for injuries sustained by wildlife animals. These recommendations were revealed by Weich Mupya yesterday, a committee member of the National Council standing committee on Habitat on the public hearings conducted from September 9 to October 6. The committee also recommended a trust be introduced that would take care of all losses incurred due to HWC. “Effect, therefore, allowances of N00 for kids and N00 for school going ones per month. The grant payments to continue up to the age of 21 years,” Mupya told the National Council. The committee found that the current compensation scheme in relation to the current National Policy on HWC Management of 2009 was overwhelmingly scoffed at by all witnesses in all the places where hearing sessions were run. He said in the Zambezi and the two Kavango regions, issues involving loss of human life were almost indistinguishable in terms of the contexts, the agents of violence and the fashion in which the violence on human beings took place. Further, he noted motives that put residents into harm’s way services such as portable water. “People descended on rivers to access water for consumption lilies. Crocodiles and hippopotamuses attack were quite frequent in the Zambezi and in the Kavango East Regions,” he revealed. Equally, he noted, in the Zambezi and Kavango regions, low-socio-economic situation of many rural women saw these people lose their lives as they frequented the riverside in search of reeds that grew by the riverside. Some forms of losses to human life came about as a result of attacks human beings suffered from elephants that encroached upon villages especially during night. For livestock attack compensation, they proposed that all compensation should encompass calves, heifers, cows, bulls and oxen, and the offset amounts were established. He said the compensation should be inclusive of all places where such cases occur, that is either in the kraal or anywhere on the grazing areas. For crops, the committee recommend that an amount of N,500 per quarter of a hectare be compensates while an amount of N,000 to be paid per hectare. They recommended to the ministry of Environment and Tourism to respond quicker to HWC concerns and that responses to loos of human life and injuries be carried out on helicopters. /489 ‘SHE SAID I WAS MOVING TOO FAST’ PRE-OWNED CARS LOOKING FOR A PARTNER TO PAINT THE TOWN RED WITH. OFFER VALID UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2017. TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. Visit our Nedbank Branch, Call 061 295 2222 or go to www.nedbank.com.na

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