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ol. 22 No. 132 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, February 10 2017 Inside Today Court date set in US genocide lawsuit A court date has been set in a federal lawsuit lodged in a U.S. court against the German government for reparations over the Ovaherero and Nama genocide of 1904-1908. Page 3 Local pilots claim systematic victimisation by aviation industry Previously disadvantaged pilots claim they are being systematically victimised by private players in the local aviation industry. It is no secret that the Namibian aviation industry has been dominated by whites since and before independence, which is clearly visible in the fact that all flight charter companies as well as the three registered flight schools in the country are owned by whites. Page 17 Air Namibia cabin attendant busted for drug trafficking Desie Heita Windhoek The national airline, Air Namibia, has found its livery dragged into the mud after one of its cabin attendants was caught trafficking drugs in one of its planes. The incident, which took place on December 16, and had seemingly gone unnoticed by the media, took place on the aircraft that was bound to depart for Frankfurt. The issue came to light after some of Air Namibia’ staff members accused the airline of attempting to hide the incident to save itself embarrassment in the market. Air Namibia has however denied Budgetary cuts concern judiciary Maria Amakali Windhoek The Namibian justice system too has not been spared the country’s far-reaching budgetary cuts by government that have affected health, education, agriculture, the police and many other sectors. The financial cuts have raised huge concern within the justice Chief Justice Peter Shivute system with fears the judiciary might not be able to pay court fees, such as witness and interpreter fees associated with criminal trials in both the high court and magistrates’ courts. Chief Justice Peter Shivute says given the proposed budget allocation for the 2017/2018 financial year, BUDGETARY on page 2 the allegations, telling New Era that it has taken decisive action against the suspected employee. On December 16, 2016, police at Hosea Kutako International Airport found “suspicious substance” hidden in a cabin attendant’s checkin luggage. The suspicious substance, which police confirmed to be drugs Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Contrary to media reports alleging President Hage Geingob snubbed last year’s Damara festival, the Presidency yesterday insisted the President made efforts to attend the event. In a media statement, State House press secretary Albertus Aochamub said that initially the President accepted the invitation and had confirmed to attend the festival, however at the 11th hour it was discovered Chief Justus IIGaroeb is not recognised under the relevant laws of worth over a million dollars, was discovered during a routine inspection prior to the departure of Air Namibia’s plane to Frankfurt, Germany. The drugs, believed to be cocaine, are said to have a street value of between N million and N million. TRAFFICKING on page 2 Chief Justus IIGaroeb Geingob explains Damara festival snub the country as a traditional leader. Aochamub says on that basis Geingob was unable to proceed to the planned festival. But the Damara Chief’s Council secretary general Abner Xoagub yesterday rubbished Aochamub’s claims, saying that they are shocked that the Office of the President didn’t even know that llGaroeb was not a recognised chief. “I mean the government gazette is signed off by the President so for them to give us that lame excuse is uncalled for,” he said. GEINGOB on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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