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Vol. 22 No. 113 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, January 16 2017 Psychologists condemn Gymnasium’s ‘military initiation’ Inside Today Govt buys locomotives worth N0 million for TransNamib The government has bought six modern locomotives to the tune of N0 million for TransNamib, the national railway carrier. Government is the sole shareholder in Trans- Namib. Page 3 Selma Ikela Windhoek There are many ways to welcome new learners to an institution than what happened at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School last week, says a Windhoek psychologist who described the initiation as ‘psychological violence’. Dr Shaun Whittaker described the incidents as embarrassing to new learners after photos went viral showing Grade 8 pupils strapped to a pole during initiation at the school. “We need to stop this cycle of psychological violence,” remarked Whittaker. Whittaker explained that this kind of initiation arose out of the psychology of militarism and is intended to humiliate the individual and subvert personal boundaries in order for the individual to submit to the psychology of the group. He said this is a standard practice in the military and it really should have no place GYMNASIUM on page 2 Photo: Facebook Mind-boggling… The photo of a learner strapped to a pole that caused a stir. ‘BaHerero’ repatriation at advanced stage Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Talks between the Namibian and Botswana governments are at an advanced stage to repatriate over 250 Ovaherero and Ovambanderu living in Botswana who have shown a willingness to return to their country of origin Namibia. This was confirmed in a communique issued by the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, addressed to the Secretary of the Repatriation Committee. Between 1904 and 1908 large numbers of Ovaherero, Ovambanderu and Nama people fled then German South West Africa to Botswana to escape the indiscriminate and genocidal wrath of German colonial troops, who were acting on an extermination order from the infamous General Lothar von Trotha. Many now live in villages such as Tsau, Semboyo, Makakung, Kareng, Bothatogo, Toteng, BAHERERO on page 2 Nearly 150 000 'weapons' surrendered in Khomas Second-hand clothing vendors in Kavango face uphill battle Frustrated small business owners selling second-hand clothes at the Rundu open market are appealing to the government to amend the Second Hand Goods Act 23 of 1998. Page 9 Maria Amakali Windhoek In only four months the Namibian Police Force (Nampol) in Khomas Region has stockpiled 147 668 weapons, inlcuding bullets, handed in by the public after it called on the public to hand in illegal firearms and ammunition in their possession, without facing the possibility of prosecution. The weaponry handed in by the public range from rifles and pistols to ammunition and explosive ordnances. The first phase of the amnesty period which ran from August 16, 2016 till November 18, 2016 saw the public hand in 96 366 items, comprised of 1 160 firearms, 95 125 rounds of ammunition and 81 explosives. During the second phase which lasted from November 18, 2016 to Photo: Nampa Voluntary surrender… Some of the explosives, unlicensed guns, ammunition and other war materials which have been surrendered by farmers in the Otjozondjupa Region since the announcement of the amnesty period from August 18 to November 18, 2016. December 15, 2016, 235 firearms, 51 052 rounds of ammunition and 15 explosives were handed in. Even though it is not yet clear whether the amnesty period will be extended for a third phase, Immanuel Lazarus, a warrant officer and a spokesperson for Nampol, said the public are still urged to report or surrender illegal weapons. He added that hopefully the period will be extended as it was done in other regions. “There is no need for the public to be in possession of these weapons as they are under the protection of law enforcement,” said Lazarus. According to Nampol, weapons lying around are at times used for crimes such as murder. Explaining the process to New Era on Friday, Lazarus said that Nampol is working hard to ensure the nation is free of illegal explosives and firearms, thus the weaponry collected will be destroyed. The public can still surrender illegal weapons without facing the possibility of prosecution. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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