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Vol. 22 No. 121 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, January 26 2017 N8 million spent on resettlement Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Ministry of Land Reform has spent N8 million during the 2015/2016 financial year to acquire 22 farms measuring 141 million hectares for the resettlement of landless Namibians. This is against the 98,000 hectares that would be acquired for resettlement in the 2017/2018 financial year. Addressing staff yesterday, the Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma, said 78 families have been resettled on 22 farms acquired by the government last year. He added that three farms measuring just over 10,000 hectares are pending final purchase by the ministry at a cost of just over N million. Furthermore, Nujoma announced that to date 167,034 communal land rights have been mapped and digitized, representing 83 percent of 196,000 communal land rights that are presently registered nationally. According to Nujoma, a total of 103,336 customary land rights have been registered and 92,780 certificates were issued countrywide, representing 62 percent of the communal land rights currently digitized, MILLION on page 2 Photo: Nampa Land sustains life… An unidentified cattle herder milking a cow at the Queen Sofia government resettlement farm in the Outjo District in Kunene Region. Inside Today Three arrested for oil theft Police in the Ohangwena Region have arrested three men including an employee of an oil transporting company who were caught redhanded stealing petrol from an oil tanker. Page 3 Skorpion Zinc says outsourcing necessary to extend life of mine The owner of the Scorpion Zinc Mine in the //Karas Region, Vedanta Zinc International, says it has officially notified the relevant stakeholder of its intention to restructure the mine and refinery. Page 9 CAF bans referee Ndjadila for eight years Former Namibian Football Association (NFA) disgraced referee Edwardt ‘Boy-Boy’ Ndjadila has been slapped with a hefty eight-year suspension from all forms of football activities by the no-nonsense Confederation of African Football (CAF). Page 24 Cops seize 13 elephant tusks in Bwabwata Photo: Contributed by police Good police work… Some of the elephant tusks that were recovered on Tuesday at Tjova village, Mukwe district, Kavango East Region, about 55 kilometres from Divundu. Selma Ikela Windhoek Loide Jason Windhoek The Elephant Tusk Bwabwata Joint Operation members arrested three suspects – two Angolans and one Namibian – after they were found selling 13 elephant tusks at Bwabwata in Kavango East Region. The incident happened on Tuesday at about 23h45 at Tjova village, Mukwe district, about 55 kilometres from Divundu heading west. Deputy Commissioner William Peter, who is second in command of the Elephant Tusk Bwabwata Joint Operation, said the suspects crossed from Angola but it was unclear if the The City Police started their long-planned clampdown on illegal car washes and closed 19 such businesses in Katutura. The operation started at the Single Quarters in Mungunda Street that teems with car washes. It began in the morning and ended in the afternoon. The illegal car washes were issued with a fine of N 000 and a notice to immediately cease operations, besides having their water and electricity disconnected. City Police members were accompanied by City of Windhoek officials from the water and electricity departments who were on hand to disconnect the water and electricity of car washes that fell foul of municipal regulations. Water and electricity will be restored within 48 hours once the owner pays water and electricity reconnection fees. But before the reconnections the municipality with inspect the car wash. According to the City Police’s last audit, done end of last year, Windhoek has over 300 car washes of which less than 20 are legal. City Police spokesperson Cillie Auala confirmed that before water and electricity would be reconnected an inspection will be done to see if the car wash complies with regulations and had remained closed during the stipulated 48- hour shutdown period. origin of the seized elephant tusks is Angola or Namibia. The Elephant Tusk Bwabwata Joint Operation was established between 2012 and 2013, mainly targeting elephant poachers. Bwabwata is a national park. Currently the task force is headed by the Zambezi Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Boniface Mukendwa. The three suspects are being detained at Divundu Police Station and have been charged with contravention of the Nature Conservation Act 9/2008 and Ordinance 4 of 1975, as well as contravention of the Immigration Control Act as they entered Namibia without valid documents. The police managed to arrest three suspects, while two others bolted from the scene. “The two managed to run away during the time of the arrests and the police are kindly requesting information from the community that may lead to their arrest,” said the deputy commissioner, adding that it is not yet known what nationality they are. Deputy Commissioner Peter said the gang were caught after they tried to sell the tusks. “The community tipped off members of the operation, which is why we managed to succeed in arresting those criminals. City Police close illegal car washes POLICE on page 2 BWABWATA on page 2 Clampdown… Abnel Petrus (L) who sublet his municipal water connection and operated a car wash on municipal land also had his water disconnected. Petrus waits to receive a notice to cease operating the business. Photo: Selma Ikela New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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