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Vol. 22 No. 134 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, February 14 2017 Inside Today Flood-prone villagers refuse to relocate Thousands of villagers in the flood-prone Kabbe South Constituency in the Zambezi Region have refused to move to higher ground saying they will miss out on seasonal delicacies that come with fresh-water fishing. Page 3 Local consumers not affected by suspension of poultry imports Government’s recent suspension on the import of live poultry due to an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza only affects countries where poultry diseases outbreaks have recently been reported. Page 7 Tjiuee Uanivi returns to action for Glasgow Warriors Namibian rugby international Tjiuee Uanivi was one of the eight players that returned to action for Scottish giants, Glasgow Warriors, over the weekend - featuring in Friday’s 7-36 defeat against Ayr Rugby Club during their BT Premiership match, as the quest to reach the playoffs and avoid relegation continues. Page 24 Staff Reporter Windhoek Even though Namibia did not manage to stop the admission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the African Union, the country says it remains confident that fellow African countries would hold Morocco accountable to the constitution of Use Valentine’s to fight GBV – FLON Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek While social media is abuzz with jokes that some lovers would go in hiding today, or fake their deaths until Valentine’s Day – often characterised by exchange of expensive gifts – is over, First Lady Monica Geingos believes the day should also be used to drive home a strong message against gender-based violence (GBV). While literature is littered with men who supposedly died for love – from the Six injured in Keetmans tribal clashes Photos: Matheus Hamutenya Struck by a bullet… Loide Kalume tells Swapo regional coordinator Matheus Mumbala how she got shot in the left hand. the African Union. Namibia bases its hopes on the promise made at the acceptance of Morocco into the AU that Morocco come into the AU unconditionally and then be subjected to respect the constituting act of the AU, which requires its members to uphold and respect sovereignty and selfdetermination. biblical Samson to Romeo as narrated by William Shakespeare – today women are the leading victims of what is supposed to be love relationships – with GBV the leading cause. Geingos, celebrating two years of marriage to President Hage Geingob today, says apart from the traditional formalities of celebrating Valentine’s, the day should provide a window of reflection on issues such as lack of love, fatherlessness, mental health, poor parenting and unstable homes. Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Namibia’s hopes have not been dashed by the pronouncement by Morocco’s deputy foreign minister, Nasser Bourita, immediately after the admission to the AU, that Morocco would never recognise the Polisario, the group fighting for the independence of Western Sahara. Morocco had quit the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) FLON on page 2 A young woman was hit by a bullet and a young man badly assaulted as all hell broke loose at Ileni informal settlement in Keetmanshoop on Sunday afternoon when confrontations between Nama and Aawambo erupted into ugly running battles. Residents armed with machetes, knives, knobkerries, spears and other weapons chased each other around shacks and threw stones at each other, while gunshots were also fired, injuring one person. Although details of how the confrontations began – which started around 15h00 on an otherwise peaceful Sunday – are still sketchy, New Era understands the spark was the assault of a young man by a group of men who accused him of stealing their belongings. This allegedly led to the Photo: File Happy anniversary… President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos mark their second wedding anniversary today. The First Lady describes the journey so far on Page 6. Accused of theft… Clive Piete narrates his side of the story to Swapo regional coordinator Matheus Mumbala. victim’s tribesmen attacking the attackers in retaliation and in the blink of an eye the confrontation had turned into one of tribe versus tribe. Although the police were called to the scene to restore law and order the two tribal groups in 1984 in protest of the admission of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) declared by the Polisario Front at the height of a war for the territory. “Not only does Morocco not recognise - and will never recognise - this so-called entity,” Bourita told website Le Desk in an interview on Sunday. “It will [also] redouble its continued to throw stones at each other, with the police stuck in the middle. The police could simply not stop residents from pelting each other with stones. TRIBAL on page 2 Namibia stands by Polisario, wants AU constitution enforced efforts so that the small minority of countries, particularly African, which recognise it, change their positions.” AU membership would not change Morocco’s stance that the Western Sahara is an integral part of its territory, said Bourita. NAMIBIA on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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