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Vol. 22 No. 123 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, January 30 2017 700 000 rely on drought relief Inside Today Malaria cases on increase in Oshikoto Oshikoto Region has reported 102 new malaria cases in the first three weeks of January 2017, a rise when compared to the 25 cases recorded in the same period in 2016. Fortunately no deaths were recorded from the disease. Page 3 Namib Mills reduces prices on its products except sugar MTC chairperson Elvis Nashilongo stands accused of meddling in football politics barely a few months after his appointment. Page 9 MTC decision on football unchanged, says board chairman MTC chairperson Elvis Nashilongo stands accused of meddling in football politics barely a few months after his appointment. Page 20 Helvy Shaanika Ongwediva At least 32 percent of the Namibian population or 700 000 people depend on the government’s drought relief programme, according to the latest Agricultural Input and Household Vulnerable… Children being fed in a rural set-up. Food Security Situation Report. The report that was issued last month states that because the country experienced the worst drought in its history, since 2012 the government has been putting more efforts and resources into mitigating the impacts of drought, which has not only affected the agriculture sector but also the national economy as a whole. Over 70 percent of the Namibian population derive their livelihoods directly or indirectly from agriculture which is mostly rain-fed agriculture. Namibia joins AU governance body Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia has voluntarily decided to unconditionally join the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), President Hage Geingob announced on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during a meeting with APRM chief executive officer Eddy Makola. In acceding to the APRM, Namibia becomes the 36th African Union member to do so. “Namibia believes this mechanism, geared towards fostering the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated economic Cops pounce on fugitive motorists Photo: Selma Ikela Paying what is due… City Police Assistant Superintendent George Moatshe (left) with Superintendent Belinda Griqua accompany David Auwanga (in the middle) from City of Windhoek Urban Property Management Department to settle his outstanding traffic fine at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Selma Ikela Windhoek Photo: Helvy Shaanika DROUGHT on page 2 The City Police Traffic Department has embarked on an operation to trace motorists with outstanding warrants of arrests at their place of employment, residence or on the road. The traffic police have over 60 000 warrants of arrest for Windhoek only. It is estimated there is an average increase of these warrants of 500 per month. A total of 49 motorists were issued with outstanding warrants of arrest on Friday at the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Works and Transport and Pupkewitz. All the 49 motorists hastily paid NAMIBIA on page 2 their outstanding traffic fines. On Saturday the police continued with their operation and 13 motorists with 30 outstanding fines were arrested. City Police spokesperson Fabian Amukwelele said of the 13 motorists, 10 were taxi drivers and three civilians with outstanding warrants of arrest. Amukwelele said one illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe found driving a taxi was also arrested. He explained that the court issues a traffic warrant of arrest when a person fails to pay a traffic fine or fails to appear in court to answer a traffic summons. MOTORISTS on page 2 registration Dates 2017 All Campuses & Regional Centres First Year Students: Closed Senior Students (Online): 16 January - 03 February Late Registration: 08 - 10 February Postgraduate First Year Students: 30 - 31 January Postgraduate Senior Students (Online): 01 - 02 February For a specific Campus, School, Faculty and Qualification registration dates visit: New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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