2 NEWS Wednesday, October 25 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 email@example.com Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 email@example.com Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 CNN From page 1 The new State House, constructed by North Korean company Mansudae Overseas Projects, was inaugurated on March 21, 2008. And while Windhoek may not boast the tallest skyscrapers and glitzy streets, as those of New York or Atlanta, Georgia where CNN is headquartered, referring to it as a “sleepy capital” is surely belittling, but provides some insight into the mindset that informed the spurious allegations. Namibia’s concerted attempts to comply with the directives of the UN and her numerous assurances that the country had indeed severed trade ties with North Korea are best illustrated by the fact that all projects North Korea was involved in here in Namibia are currently static white elephants. International Relations Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah’s explanation of the status quo was portrayed as having no iota of credibility, with CNN scribes prefering instead to rely on hearsay, even when they found abandoned Korean construction sites resembling deserted islands. Namibia has indicated on numerous occasions that while it adheres to international law, as well as UN statutes, it would never trade its sovereignty for anything. In this line Nandi-Ndaitwah maintained that terminating North Korean contracts did not mean the two countries - that have a history of solidarity stemming from Namibia’s liberation struggle - would abandon their longstanding friendly relations. In fact, Nandi-Ndaitwah last year visited Pyongyang to, rather courteously, formally inform that country’s leadership that Namibia would comply with the UN and in Namibia. The CNN report on Sunday, like many others from that side of the globe, did not include this crucial element. On September 1, Presidential Affairs for a casual engagement on a range of issues, including ties with North Korea. He told the assembled editors: “There were attempts by Korean companies to sue us after we terminated their contracts, but we told them we had no choice but to comply with the UN. Maybe they will still go ahead and sue us, but there’s nothing we can do,” At the time, he said the last batch of North Korean nationals, who oversaw the handover of the capital projects to new contracted companies, were due to leave the country the following week. CNN reporters appeared to have had their minds made up already before they touched down in Namibia. This apparent bias is evident in their description of the Namibian State House, which they claimed was designed according to North Korea’s “totalitarian style”. Lineekela Mboti, the ministry’s acting permanent secretary, yesterday said: “The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation rejects the widely circulating CNN newsclip, alleging that Namibia has not submitted a report for more than a year to the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee on the DPRK. “The government of Namibia wishes to [categorically] state that it has submitted reports to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee, as required, the last having been submitted on 8 April 2017.” Mboti cited Minister Nandi-Ndaitwah’s interview with CNN on October 10, in which she made clear that “Namibia has terminated the contracts with KOMID and MOP in Namibia, for as long as the UN Security Council sanctions against the DPRK are in place, and all DPRK nationals have departed from the country, as part of the implementation of the UN Security Council sanctions resolutions on the DPRK.” 724 people get preventative anthrax treatment WINDHOEK Seven hundred and twenty-four people are receiving prophylaxis treatment against anthrax, which killed 117 hippos and seven buffaloes two weeks ago in Kavango East Region over the past month. Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s (MET) spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said in a media statement on Monday that the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) had placed residents in the Mukwe Constituency on treatment as a preventative measure. “There are no clinical cases of MPs From page 1 As of Monday, th in Omaheke Region’s Eiseb Block, from where they will proceed to Otjozondjupa’s Gam Settlement to speak to Botswanans of Namibian origin, who had migrated back to the country. Speaking to New Era yesterday, the committee’s chairperson, Rosalia Shilenga, said the meetings were follow-ups to assess the progress in the issuance of national documents to persons repatriated from Botswana. out the challenges facing those without national documents. We are also gauging their views as to how they want government to assist them. We will then go back to the line ministry and inform them what the communities are complaining about,” she said. LEADERS From page 1 Church leaders raised their concerns about the CSE manual after the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, made a presentation at the #BeFree movement event organised by First Lady Monica Geingos on Monday. The #BeFree movement takes the form of youth-focused debates and panel discussions on topics, including the high rate of school dropouts, poor academic performance, alcohol and drug abuse, cyber-bullying, teenage pregnancies, dating, violence, including incest, among others. Geingos on Monday hosted an information-sharing session with church and community leaders from Khomas Region to introduce them to the #BeFree movement and to discuss possible areas of collaboration and partnership with the aim of working towards strengthening families and empowering the youth. Reacting to Steenkamp’s presentation, a local pastor said: “CSE is from the devil” and that most parents were not aware of the explicit content of the manual. Therefore, several pastors called for another opportunity and platform for consultation on the CSE manual. One said the CSE manual should be sensitive to the country’s culture and the predominant religion. Hence, the participation of church leaders, parents and people in rural areas needs to be considered. “We want to know our children are anthrax detected so far in humans and livestock. Livestock movement restrictions in Mukwe Constituency remain in place,” Muyunda said. Prophylaxis is treatment taken to prevent the spread of diseases, such as anthrax, an infectious disease caused by bacteria known as Bacillus Anthracis that affect both wild and domestic herbivores, including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, elephants and antelopes. Due to the rapid course of the disease, most animals that are exposed to anthrax are soon found dead and may Shilenga reported that communities such as the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration responsible for national documents, are located far from them. Further, she said they reported that many live on farms and transport is rarely available to reach town. Therefore, she said the affected communities were pleading with Home Affairs to reach them through mobile teams to register and offer them national documents. Although attendance has been good in the Karas Region, fewer people turned up at the Eiseb Block meeting, she said. The committee is expected to investigate Karas, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kavango West, Kavango East, Omusati, Ohangwena and Kunene regions. The regional consultative meetings are to take place in two phases, from October 20 to November 26. safe in schools,” the pastor lamented. In her presentation, Steenkamp explained that CSE does not focus on sexual intercourse, nor does it teach learners how to have sex. “It does not encourage young people to have sex. It does not teach young people how to take away their innocence by engaging in promiscuity.” She said it does not follow an ‘abstinence until marriage approach’ though. Steenkamp said the manual proposes abstinence as an option, but aims to respond to the reality of the situation that not everybody will abstain. She said the CSE manual by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is under review. Namibia has made its input on issues relevant to the country. She said the manual was produced for 20 countries and serves as guideline. It does not say teachers must tick off everything. “We have our own curriculum and syllabi. If you go through it, it talks about sexual identity ,sexual intimacy, reproductive and sexual health, incest and rape. It talks about things we don’t want to talk about. “We have found that a sexual debut for many 13-year-old girls has not been a sugar daddy, but a family member (incest), or stepfather or [biological] father. We must move past feeling uncomfortable with topics such as this.” Steenkamp said for example in Grade 4, learners are taught about good topics, such as baby dumping in Grade 9. In her presentation, she highlighted the high rate of HIV prevalence among the youth, pointing out that among 15 Anthrax carcasses normally bloat and decompose rapidly. Muyunda said awareness campaigns are being conducted and that the public’s support during the outbreak had been remarkable. He further reported that a total of 117 hippos and seven buffalo carcasses were destroyed since the operation to dispose the carcasses started on October13. He added that the vaccination process of livestock would continue this week in the affected area and farmers are advised to take their livestock to the vaccination points. – Nampa Committee clerk Mwala Neo said the visits were going as planned and that communities were cooperative. Neo noted that the Ministry of Home Affairs was doing a good job in reaching most communities. “The ministry is doing a great job. Information is readily available. Sometimes people are just lazy to go and get their national documents. We will gather the information and then share it with the line ministry. The process is going smoothly. We are mainly targeting people who are near the borders.” Last month, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued national documents to more than 100 members of the San community in eastern Ohangwena. ID documents were issued to Namibian citizens or permanent residence permit holders, 16 years or older. The natonal ID card serves as a valid with public and private institutions. to 24 year olds there were on average 42 reported cases of new infections every week, according to a UNAIDS report in 2013. She also noted that last year, 4,076 learners dropped out of school due to pregnancy. “That’s not just a number. It is presented by a name, someone’s child, somebody’s sister, a personality, identity and a name. It is presented by someone with dreams and aspirations and not just a number,” she remarked, adding that it involves a great loss of potential. She further said the Life Skills curriculum was reviewed in 2012 by UNICEF, UNFPA and UNESCO in 10 countries and it was found that key information was missing, inadequate and incorrectly represented. “In terms of sexual reproductive behaviour goals, Namibia emphasises abstinence over and over: ‘Don’t fall pregnant; don’t have sex.’ “And yet, we avoided addressing sexual behaviour, such as homosexuality, gender complexities and controversies surrounding abortion. “A number of topics were framed in a judgmental way,” Steenkamp said, adding that during lessons some teachers were also uncomfortable in names, instead prefering to refer to the vagina as “Selima” and the penis as “Matheus”. Steenkamp said learners need to have correct, relevant and factual information about sexual health, because - like adults - they are sexual beings. Critical thinking should be promoted, she said.
Wednesday, October 25 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Zambezi to combat harmful cultural practices Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati Libula and Chinchimane residents in Zambezi Region have expressed their against harmful practices enforced against girls and women, which violate their human rights and adds to the high HIV prevalence rate in the region. Participants at the one-day training workshop on Human Rights and Culture were in unison that some cultural practices are abusive and should be deterred to protect girls from violence and exposure to HIV/AIDS. The training, organised by the Women Leadership Centre (WLC), was held in Katima Mulilo last Friday. Programme manager Liz Frank said the workshop covered national laws and international Togetherness... Traditional leaders and community members at the workshop. Photo: Contributed instruments aimed at protecting the human rights of girls in the country. “And it analysed how these rights are violated by an array of harmful cultural practices in various communities across the country that expose girls and women to all forms of violence, as well as a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS,” said Frank. “Traditional leaders and community members spoke out strongly against polygamy, forced marriage, widow inheritance, dry sex, widow cleansing and the high price for lobola, stating these practices violate women’s rights to control their own bodies and lives and fuel the high prevalence of HIV in Zambezi,” she said. The 2016 prevalence rate for compared to the national average It was further revealed that for the past eight years the HIV prevalance rate for women tested in Katima Mulilo, in the bi-annual sentinel surveys of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, remained higher than any other testing centre in the country. Participants at the meeting also welcomed the recent recommendations from three United Nations on the need to prevent harmful practices and protect women’s rights. “They particularly welcomed the fact that government has now adopted a plan on the implementation of the recommendation of CEDAW Committee, which monitors the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW),” said Frank. The training was sponsored by the British Council and attended by traditional leaders in the region. WLC has worked in the region for the past twelve years on the need to prevent harmful cultural practices against girls and children Omuthiya to pump toxic water from wells Obrein Simasiku Omainda The Omuthiya Town Council has begun pumping toxic water from as the water was polluted with human consumption. The CEO of Omuthiya, might have exceeded the required dosage to treat the water high chemical content that accumulated in the wells. site and are pumping out the water so that it can be reusable again. We treat water sources within town just before the breeding season of mosquitoes in order to avoid an outbreak. We have been doing this for the past four years after the deadly mosquito outbreak at the time which left some animals dead and people getting malaria,” explained Mbango. Police deny hand in inmate’s death Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The police in Tsumeb have dispelled allegations of negligence that led to the death of an inmate who died last Friday at Oshakati State Hospital. The inmate was slapped in the face by a fellow prisoner and he fell so hard he hit his The two inmates reportedly had an argument. The incident happened early Friday morn- He assured that the water situation would be normalised. Over the past few weeks people were left without water as they depended on the wells as their only source of water, including for their animals. That situation forced them to take their animals for about three kilometres to the nearest dam, while the community relied on a few individuals connected to the water pipeline. However the situation worsened when some individuals ceased to assist the community with water, complaining that their water bills were skyrocketing. The wells were treated last month on September 22. “My water bill is just going up, and I have not received a single cent from the community. The situation cannot go on like this. It is terrible and I will not continue assisting them anymore, otherwise I will not manage to settle my bill,” said Esther Ndeutepo who has a tap at her homestead. New Era at the site last week was welcomed by a heavy stench, while the water is visibly whitish in colour. The community argued at the time that the treatment was done without their knowledge and they only realized it later, as their animals started to refuse to drink the water. “We did not know about this whole issue of putting chemi- they consult us whether we wanted it or not? Even though we understand it was for a good cause, our voice matters in this regard. Now they have put us in this predicament,” lamented one of the affected villagers Gabriel Nambuli while opening one of the wells. Nambuli said that they had approached the town council and town council that indeed placed the chemicals in the wells for the purpose of killing mosquitoes. Oshikoto police regional commander Commissioner Armas Shivute, who however refuted allegations there was negligence on the part of the police. “I can confirm that an inmate died at the Oshakati State Hospital. However, those allegations of negligence are unfounded. I personally went to the cells to get statements from the inmate on what exactly happened. I analysed their statements and there was no link as to whether the police responded late,” stressed Shivute. “I even asked the inmates why they didn’t separate them, but they said it just happened quickly and it was too late to the suspect just went straight and slapped him in the face, that was it. So we are now just waiting for the post-mortem results to determine the exact cause of death,” added Shivute. According to one of the po- main anonymous and was at the scene, there was indeed some negligence on the part of the police as they only acted about two hours after the incident. “The incident happened were shouting and calling for help but they just ignored thinking it’s just the normal tendency of inmates shouting and hurling insults. It was only later that they realized something was wrong, and that was already two hours late,” stated the source. The deceased, who cannot be named as his next of kin were yet to be informed, was in custody for attempted rape, while the suspect is a 30-yearold inmate who faces a charge of assault. “We are still tracing the family of the deceased but we heard he has relatives at Tsint- and formally inform them,” said Shivute. tbwa.com.na 2018 Academic Year BURSARIES nampower is committed to economic development in namibia and therefore invites applications for Undergraduate and Postgraduate bursaries from young namibians who wish to pursue studies at a university or technikon. UNDER-GRADUATE STUDIES: POST-GRADUATE STUDIES: BURSARIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY: Please note, applicants should indicate the nature of disability on the application form. ELIGIBILITY FOR A NAMPOWER BURSARY IS DEPENDENT ON: university of technology institution of higher learning. from our website www.nampower.com.na. The Bursary Administrator NamPower P.O. Box 2864 Windhoek female and racially disadvantaged candidates are encouraged to apply for applications is 31 October 2017 for interviews. KINDLY NOTE: ApplicAtions for fields of studies other thAn the ones mentioned Above will not be considered. the decision of the nAmpower bursAry committee As endorsed by the mAnAging director is finAl, And no correspondence will be entered into.