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Vol. 22 No. 102 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, December 14 2016 Inside Today Swartbooi resigned, not fired – Kapofi Construction sector loses 10 000 jobs – NUNW Job losses in the construction industry amounted to 10 000 as a result of government not paying contractors on time because of a contraction in the economy, according to the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW). Clinton Swartbooi Staff Reporter Windhoek Outspoken Deputy Minister of Land Reform Clinton Swartbooi yesterday offered to resign rather than apologise to his senior, Minister Utoni Nujoma, whom he accused of resettling people from other regions in southern Namibia ahead of the landless local communities, whose ancestral land had been seized by the then colonial German regime in southern Namibia. Swartbooi made the accusations during the Kai// Khau Festival at Hoachanas recently. President Hage Geingob subsequently issued a 24-hour ultimatum for Swartbooi to apologise, but the deputy minister – who received backing from some Nama tribal chiefs – remained defiant. In a closed-door meeting at State House yesterday, attended by Swartbooi, President Geingob, Vice- President Nickey Iyambo and Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi, Geingob explained the context of his demand for an apology. KAPOFI on page 2 Page 3 Oil pact could quickly sop up market glut: IEA A pact by leading producers to cut output could quickly begin sopping up the glut on the oil market that has weighed on prices, the IEA said Tuesday as it also hiked its demand forecast. Page 11 Wilson’s Sport Commission appointment questioned It never rains but only pours for the troubled Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) as the dust refuses to settle in the aftermath of the mysterious exit of Walter Haseb, who was NSC interim chief administrator (AC) until his removal. Page 24 Photo: Nampa Latest update… President Hage Geingob, seventh from right, yesterday gave a full account of what has been achieved through his Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). Harambee: The year in review Elvis Muraranganda Windhoek President Hage Geingob yesterday highlighted some of the achievements made under his Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), which is aimed at ushering in an era of economic prosperity for all Namibians. This was clearly laid out in the 2016 targets of the HPP in terms of five pillars, which Geingob in a close to three-hour press briefing described as a successful year of implementation. Geingob noted that the past year saw Namibia retaining its rating as the most free press in Africa and also moved up one place to fifth position in Africa on the Mo Ibrahim Governance Index. “This year all ministers declared their assets and income and have done so on time. One minister even publicly shared his declaration and I commend him for taking that initiative. The practice of asset and income declaration has been emulated by members of parliament and civil servants,” the president observed. Geingob added that another target, developing the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, was successfully implemented in the year under review and in the spirit of transparency it is accessible to the public on the website of the Office of the Prime Minister. “Significant progress with the rolling out of e-governance to all OMAs (offices, ministries and agencies) has been made. Omaheke farmers profit from illicit land deals Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The illegal sale of fenced communal land in both Eiseb Block and Otjinene areas in Omaheke Region has become a lucrative business for some communal farmers. During a recent visit to the region, New Era established that communal farmers – notably in Otjinene and Eiseb Block – had fenced off large portions of land that sell for prices ranging between N 000 and N0 000. HARAMBEE on page 2 OMAHEKE on page 2 Martha Abed Massage Therapist Turning her disability into an asset! Read more about Martha Abed, a visually impaired massage therapist, trained and employed by the African Nomad Spa and how she continues to defy the odds in establishing herself as a client favourite. Catch her story in today's Youth Corner. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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