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Vol. 22 No. 97 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, December 7 2016 Namibia’s ivory stockpile reaches 63 tonnes Inside Today EU avails N0 million for Namibian ECD The government through the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the European Union (EU) signed a N0 million funding agreement towards early childhood development (ECD) and pre-primary education in Namibia. Page 3 Namibia’s economic development must be more inclusive Namibia’s economic sustainability can only be guaranteed through the promotion of an export-led economic development strategy, Economic Planning Minister Tom Alweendo has said. Page 9 ‘I didn’t see Indongo’s punch’ - Troyanovsky On Saturday night in Moscow, Russia, unknown junior welterweight contender Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) likely pulled off the “upset of the year” when he knocked out heavily favoured Eduard Troyanovsky (25-1, 22 KOs) in 40 seconds of the first round to capture the IBF/IBO junior welterweight world titles. Page 24 Up in smoke… The tusks of some 6 700 elephants piled in pyramids in Kenya ready to be set alight in April. Photo: Nampa/ Reuters We fought at Cuito Cuanavale - Shalli Setting the record straight… Former Namibian military chief Martin Shalli Elvis Muraranganda Windhoek Decorated former chief of the Namibian Defence Force Martin Shalli has strongly dispelled claims that no Namibians were involved in the historic battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which compelled the apartheid regime towards talks that led to Namibia’s independence. Shalli, who was also a commander of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), Swapo’s military wing, was speaking yesterday at the memorial service held in honour of fallen Cuban leader and Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. “Whether PLAN, Swapo or Namibia participated in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale or not, the answer is, yes of course we did,” a seemingly irritated Shalli said. According to history the battle of Cuito Cuanavale comprised a series of engagements between the Cuban-backed forces, including PLAN and the Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (FAPLA) on the one side, and the apartheidera South African Defence Force (SADF) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) on the other side. Speaking at the same event President Hage Geingob said Cuito Cuanavele was a watershed for southern Africa in general but particularly for Namibia as it led to the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 435. “The high stakes battle of Cuito Cuanavale is yet another example of Fidel’s [Castro’s] unflinching belief in the liberation of the oppressed. Under his command, Cuba risked its own national security in order to repel apartheid South Africa,” said Geingob. “Defeat at Cuito Cuanavale would have been defeat for all the oppressed people of southern Africa and victory to racist South Africa and the imperialism they represented.” “Fidel [Castro] described how thousands of courageous and tireless combatants from Namibia joined Angola and Cuban troops in this battle of ideology,” he added. SHALLI on page 2 Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia’s elephant tusk stockpile, which is worth millions of dollars, currently stands at 62.9 tonnes. Although the government has been reluctant to disclose the size of the stockpile, saying this would compromise security, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) finally revealed that the size of the ivory stockpile now stands at 62.9 tonnes. The ministry’s spokesperson Romeo Muyunda revealed in an exclusive interview with New Era on Monday that out of the 62.9 tonnes, about 26 tonnes are legal ivory and 36.85 tonnes are illegal ivory. Clarification… First Lady Monica Geingos Presidency explains Geingos’ role Elvis Muraranganda Windhoek IVORY on page 2 The Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi said First Lady Monica Geingos has never formed part of official government-related programmes and engagements of her husband President Hage Geingob, locally and abroad. ROLE on page 2 Stanford Lambert Hairdresser & Beautician Making inroads into an industry dominated by women! Read more about Stanford Lambert, a passionate young graduate of the Shadonai Beauty School, making his mark as a skilled and sought-after Hairdresser/Beautician, in today's Youth Corner. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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