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ol. 22 No. 128 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, February 6 2017 Inside Today Education ministry freezes financial study aid for staff The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will - until further notice - not give financial assistance to staff members, who previously benefited from financial assistance for their studies. The ministry last week informed staff members that they will henceforth have to make own arrangements to pay for their studies. Page 3 Cobus Bruwer is NWR’s new COO Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has confirmed the appointment of Cobus Bruwer as its new chief operations officer (COO) as of February 1. Page 9 Loide Jason Omhedi President Hage Geingob says Namibia has no intention of expanding its borders into Angola, even though the territorial demarcation has split the home of the Oukwanyama people, with one part in Angola We want our ancestral land back – Swartbooi Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop A fired-up Bernadus Swartbooi, the former deputy minister of land reform, has vowed that landless Namibians will do all in their power and use all legal means at their disposal to get their land back, saying the right of any citizen to settle anywhere in the country does not give Namibia has no intention to extend borders into Angola and the other in Namibia. President Geingob was speaking at Omhedi Village in Ohangwena Region during the centenary commemoration of the late king Mandume ya Ndemufayo on Saturday, where he acknowledged that the arbitrary borders imposed by Europe have spawned significant difficulties in post-colonial Africa. Late registration Dates 2017 All Campuses & Regional Centres 08 - 10 February (Excluding Health Sciences Campus) “However, this does not mean that we should start to claim the territories of fellow African states by using ancestral boundaries as justification… There is no basis for Namibians to claim Angolan territory as their own. Whoever dreams of that notion must stop it today,” he advised. Paying tribute… President Hage Geingob and the queen of the Ovakwanyama, Meekulu Mwandinoomho Kristiaan yaNelumbu, before the unveiling of the statue of Mandume ya Ndemufayo. them the right to deprive and deny others of their land, nor does it allow anyone to occupy other people’s land. “We’re not begging for our land. We’re demanding our land,” Swartbooi said during a well-attended meeting of the newly formed Landless People’s Movement at Keetmanshoop on Saturday. LAND on page 2 Bernadus Swartbooi 380 poaching suspects arrested over three-year period Maria Amakali Windhoek BORDERS on page 2 No less than 380 people have been arrested in connection with illegal poaching since 2014, with five suspect arrested already in just the first five weeks of 2017. Last year alone, the number of people arrested in Namibia on suspicion of involvement in poaching activities stood at 158. “We have realised that wildlife crime in Namibia has reached a new quality of violence and an enhanced frequency of incidents,” says Nampol spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi. POACHING on page 2 For a specific Campus, School, Faculty and Qualification registration dates visit: Two lions escape from Etosha National Park Malakia Nashongo Oromauua Two male lions escaped from Etosha National Park recently, causing damage at Oromaaua Village in the Omusati Region, where they killed three cattle and a dog. No loss of human life has yet been reported. It is believed the two lions escaped from the park on the night of January 27, killing one ox that same night and another ox and a dog over the following two days, about two kilometres from the western fence of the park. According to Michael Mumbaru, a nature conservation officer in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) in Omusati Region, MET officials were immediately dispatched to the scene to assess the situation after a complaint was lodged with his office in Ruacana by affected residents in that area. LIONS on page 2 Photos: Contributed Hunting the predator… Nature conservation officials at Oromauua Village in the Omusati Region with the slain lion that escaped from Etosha National Park last month. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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