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Vol. 22 No. 114 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, January 17 2017 Inside Today 1439 road fatalities since 2015 – MVA A shocking total of 1439 people lost their lives on Namibia’s roads in a span of two years, with the number rising from 718 in 2015 to 721 in 2016, which translates into an increase of two percent in the number of fatalities, despite the fact that a reduction of 10 and 12 percent was recorded in road crashes and injuries sustained, respectively. Page 3 Schlettwein represents Namibia at 27th session of Africa-French Summit Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein was in Bamako, Mali to attend the 27th session of the Africa- French Summit that ended on Saturday. Page 11 Lazarus Kaimbi joins Navy F.C. Former Brave Warriors striker Lazarus Kaimbi has found a new home in the Thai Premier League following an announcement this week that the veteran net-rattler has joined Navy F.C. from Chiangrai United FC on a one-year contract. Page 24 Holding the purse strings… Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga, pictured on the right with safety and security minister Charles Namoloh, has confirmed the delicate financial position of the force. Police in tight financial squeeze Selma Ikela Windhoek The Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga, has confirmed a lack of adequate resources has forced the decision to abolish the provision of free transport to police officers, and that recruitment of new officers has been suspended for the next three years. The police chief said only officers on night duty and those guarding VIPs would be transported at the force’s cost. Ndeitunga was quick to point out that the provision of transport to and from work for police officers is not a condition of service and was merely permitted by police chiefs. “It’s not a condition of service,” he emphasised to New Era yesterday. “We were assisting because of the nature of work they find themselves in and we take care of them because it’s difficult for them to buy houses or vehicles.” He cited the escalating cost of providing free transport to officers, saying it costs the police millions of dollars in fuel bills and reduces the lifespan of vehicles as they have to drive from one end of the city to the other to pick up and drop off officers. The purchase of new vehicles has also been placed on ice for the next three years, the inspector general further revealed. He said if police officers were well paid the provision of free transport would not have arisen in the first place. “We are paid lower than City Police and Anti-Corruption Commission investigators, yet we are a national police,” a seemingly frustrated Ndeitunga said. Boreholes drilled for thirsty Uis Photos: Contributed Emergency… Bottled water being delivered at Uis. Alvine Kapitako Windhoek POLICE on page 2 NamWater has drilled boreholes some 50 kilometers from Uis to address the water crisis at the settlement, the manager for corporate communications, Johannes Shigwedha, told New Era. He said the boreholes are high hilled and what remains to be done is to connect them to the settlement. “We have trucks supplying water to the settlement every other hour. We Delay in delivery of school stationery Albertina Nakale Windhoek Despite the 2017 academic year already commencing last week, some public schools are still waiting for the government to deliver stationery for learners to begin classes. This situation has led to many schools going against the government policy on providing free primary and secondary education. Parents who contacted New Era last week said some schools had asked them to buy stationery for their children because government supplies are usually late and sometimes insufficient. SCHOOL on page 2 Sanet Steenkamp have been supplying them with water ever since. It’s not something new. It’s just that all the boreholes have dried up,” said Shigwedha. Meanwhile Uis resident Basil Calitz, who is the manager of Brandberg rest camp lodge at the settlement, said Namibians, especially from the coastal areas, have been sympathetic to Uis residents. “People delivered a lot of water over the weekend,” said Calitz, who explained that they received 20 000 litres of water in a truck, delivered over the weekend, as well as 5 000 litres of bottled water. BOREHOLES on page 2 Proudly brought to you by the: Elizabeth Mutileni Water Treatment Technician “WATCH MY STORY TONIGHT” @ 18H45PM 1 #NTALiveYourPassion New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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