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Vol. 22 No. 120 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, January 25 2017 Inside Today Zambezi governor issues flood alert The Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu has warned that the Zambezi River could come down in flood and hence urged villagers in Kabbe South Constituency to move to higher ground. Page 3 Angolan banks appeal for bailout as oil slump cuts liquidity Angolan banks are appealing to the government to help put together a bailout package to protect account holders as lenders reel from low oil prices that make up almost all of the nation’s foreign-exchange earnings. Page 9 Golden Arrows release Chris Katjiukua Brave Warriors hard-tackling defender Chris Katjiukua has been released by his South African premiership club Lamontville Golden Arrows - along with his teammate Nkosinathi Zitha. Page 24 Staff Reporter Windhoek The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that training of health extension workers in various regions of the country would be halted until further notice. Board members milk Boxing Board dry Carlos Kambaekwa Windhoek While the entire Namibian sports fraternity and various sporting disciplines are feeling the pinch as a result of the widespread economic downturn, some sports honchos are having the time of their lives. New Era has been reliably informed that barely three months into their tenure in office, newly appointed board members of the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPB- WCB) have accumulated sizable amounts of cash through sitting Neville Itope Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services Andreas Mwoombola said in a letter addressed to regional health directorates last week that the shortage of funds due to budgetary cuts implemented by the Ministry of Financeobliged them to stop the training of these officials until Williams Ngupahua Solar Installations Technician allowances, totaling over a quarter of a million Namibia dollars. According to sources close to the unfolding saga, each of the five board members pocketed a handsome figure of N,000 in October and November, while the amount was reduced to N,000 in December. This has skyrocketed the total amount in sitting allowances for board members to over N0,000 within a period of three months, surely a new record for the embattled boxing controlling body. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that he board has appointed a new private secretary, believed to be Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) yesterday voiced its support for the proposal by Health Minister Dr Bernard Haufiku that setting up private practices by medical doctors should a close associate of an influential board member on a monthly remuneration fee of N,000. The designated functions of the new appointee at the NPBWCB are yet to be outlined, notwithstanding the precarious financial position in which the boxing presiding body currently finds itself. Insiders claim members of the board have made it their sole priority to milk the system at the slightest provocation. To back their claim, they point towards the exorbitant sanction fee the board obliges promoters to pay. SPYL backs restrictions on private medical practices further notice. Amongst others, health extension workers provide primary health care services in rural areas. “The Ministry (of Health and Social Services) is aware of the health extension workers’ training currently being conducted in nine regions, which require funds to BOXING on page 2 be restricted in future. Haufiku’s appeal applies to both Namibian medical graduates and to foreign nationals, who can without much dificulty establish a medical practice in Namibia without any major restrictions. SPYL on page 2 cover the subsistence and travelling allowances of the regional trainers, as well as payments for the training facilities” until the completion of the training, which was due to end in March. But due to unforeseen financial circumstances, the training programme has been put on hold, Mwoombola Solar energy systems are steadily gaining in popularity. Meet Williams Ngupahua, Windhoek VTC graduate and how his company, Speedy Solar, has become a leading service provider in this field. Read his story in today’s Youth Corner. No bail for rhino horn suspects Roland Routh Windhoek Two Chinese nationals caught with two rhino horns on Thursday were denied bail in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday following their first appearance before Magistrate Eden Iyambo. Yonghui Lu, 41, and Nan Chen, 29, who were both noted as Namibian citizens on the chargesheet were not asked to plead. Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk told the court they are charged with possession of two rhino horns, weighing 5.5kg, valued at N4,000. He objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the offence and the interest of justice and society. He also cited fear of abscondment and of interference with the investigations as further reasons for withholding bail at this stage. Mabushandje Ntinda from the Sisa Namandje stable, who appeared on behalf of Lu on private instruction, confirmed his appearance and told the magistrate that he will seek all warrants used at the time of the arrest for the purpose of a bail application, as well as records of an interpreter who was used at the time of the arrest. Ntinda said he will also want to know if the horns were lawfully taken from his client and the sealing process of the exhibits. RHINO on page 2 MoHSS suspends training of health extension workers wrote in the letter. “Regions currently involved in the training of health extension workers are requested to suspend such training until the situation improves,” his letter further reads. He also said outstanding allowances for the services rendered up until December last year would be paid. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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