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Vol. 22 No. 131 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, February 9 2017 President Hage Geingob Inside Today Judiciary concerned over murder, rape cases The judiciary is concerned over the volumes of rape and murder crimes perpetrated against women and children – and which currently constitutes over 70 percent of the criminal cases being referred to the Windhoek High Court. Page 3 Govt needs money to invigorate energy sector: Kandjoze The Namibian Government is in need of money to invigorate the energy sector and to initiate strategic energy projects that enable Namibian people to prosper, Minister of Mines and Energy Obeth Kandjoze has said. Page 9 I didn’t even touch her - Jonas In his recent court hearing, Namibian boxer Jonas Junias Jonas, the country’s 2016 Olympic flag-bearer who was arrested in Brazil during last year’s Olympic Games for alleged sexual assault, again stood his grounds insisting he did not have any physical contact with the Brazilian lady he’s accused of raping. Page 24 Locals majority on southern resettlement farms Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of Land Reform says over 70 percent of resettlement land in the //Karas and Hardap regions has been allocated to the inhabitants of the two regions, contrary to suggestions that people from other regions were chief beneficiaries. Last weekend, outspoken Edgar Brandt Windhoek The much anticipated 885 megawatt Kudu Gas Project, which holds the potential to make Namibia self-reliant in terms of electricity generation, has been given a new lease on life. This comes after the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) this week confirmed an investment from BW Kudu Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BW Offshore Singapore Pty. Ltd. BW Offshore is a joint Norwegian/Singaporean owned company and is one of the world’s leading suppliers and operators of offshore floating production systems with extensive experience in the develop- President breaks silence on Huang ties Maria Amakali Windhoek President Hage Geingob yesterday explained his friendship with business tycoon and suspect in a N.5 billion criminal case, Yuiqua ‘Jack’ Huang, saying the fact he did not interfere when the businessman was arrested recently is testimony of how clean their relationship is. Huang is among people implicated in a massive case of tax-evasion, fraud and money laundering – worth N.5 billion. Officiating at the opening of the Swapo backbencher and former deputy minister of land reform, Bernadus Swartbooi, started a series of meetings that he says are meant to restore tracts of ancestral land wrestled from local tribes by especially the imperial German authorities during colonialism. The former Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) spokesperson claims people who lost land to imperial forces are now overlooked at the expense of Namibians from outside the two regions. Swartbooi, an admitted lawyer, vowed landless Namibians will do all in their power and use all legal means to get their ancestral land back, saying the right of any citizen to settle anywhere in the country does not give them the right to deprive and deny others of their land, nor does it allow anyone to occupy other people’s land. Inside Namcor’s new Kudu deal ment of offshore fields. In terms of the investment Namcor granted a 56 percent interest in the offshore gas field to BW Kudu legal year yesterday at the Supreme Court, the President noted the occasion presented him an opportunity to comment on his relationship with Huang. “When my ‘friend’ was arrested and had to spend a night in jail, there was no interference or intervention,” narrated Geingob. He emphasised that this only shows that in Namibia, the rule of law is upheld and the separation of powers for total independence of the judiciary system is guaranteed. Huang was arrested on January 30 on charges linked to a massive FARMS on page 2 Photo: Contributed Light at the end of the tunnel… BW Offshore’s vessel, the BW Cidade de São Vicente. Limited. “Currently Namcor has a 100 percent of the license which was issued to us. We have transferred alleged customs duties and foreign currency scam which subsequently cost the ministry of finance N, 5 billion in potential state income. Some media houses brought the relationship under focus when Huang was granted bail of N million. “Namibian laws should be applied firmly and fairly no matter whom they may apply to; including family, friends, ‘business partners’ or any office bearer,” said the Head of State. PRESIDENT on page 2 Land Reform PS, Peter Amutenya 56 percent to BW Kudu and we will now be joint holders of the license where each party will pay a pro rata share of the cost going forward. Forty-four percent is paid by Namcor and 56 percent will be paid by BW offshore,” explained Namcor spokesperson, Nangombe Negumbo. In terms of the agreement, BW Kudu is required to reinvest in Namcor as part of the transfer of the 56 percent stake. This is to cover costs incurred by Namcor since the commencement of the current license. However, Negumbo said he was not at liberty to disclose the value of the agreement as it is a commercial transaction. KUDU on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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