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ol. 22 No. 135 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, February 15 2017 Inside Today ‘Geingob should order Nujoma to release resettlement list’ The pressure group the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) wants President Hage Geingob to order the Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma, to make public the list of beneficiaries of the current land resettlement programme. Page 3 Africa must own its development agenda - Alweendo Minister for Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo, has stressed the need for effective partnerships and cooperation that are beneficial for African economies. Page 9 Albertina Nakale Windhoek President Hage Geingob yesterday challenged the newly-formed Landless People’s Movement - who held public gatherings in protest over ancestral land - to come up with tangible proposals, acceptable within the context of a united, free and reconciled Namibia. Geingob’s remarks, made at the opening of the first decisionmaking session of Cabinet, came hours before the movement, linked to Swapo backbencher and former lands deputy minister Clinton Swartbooi, marched to the Zoo Park yesterday, where they handed over a petition to the National Assembly deputy speaker Loide Kasingo. The petition cites issues ranging from ancestral land, which the group demands should be returned to tribes, to halting of the resettlement programme, agrarian reform and the dismissal of land reform minister Utoni Nujoma, whom they accuse of a string of misgivings. Swartbooi – who was relieved of his ministerial duties in late 2016 – LANDLESS on page 2 Messiah or desire… Swapo backbencher Clinton Swartbooi at one of the series of meetings he held in the south of the country regarding landlessness. Geingob breaks silence on new landless movement N0 000 cash stolen by armed robbers Parliament urged to pass life-changing laws Esme Konstantinus Windhoek President Hage Geingob yesterday urged members of parliament (MPs) to rededicate themselves and engage in respectful debates regarding the 40 bills to be tabled this year, so as to pass laws that are aimed at improving the lives of Namibians. This, the President said, is in line with the ideals of the Namibian Constitution. Among the 40 bills to be tabled this financial year are the combating of abuse of drugs, education, financial institutions and markets, micro lending, Namibian property practitioners and trafficking in persons bills. Geingob - who officially opened the fifth session of the sixth parliament yesterday - explained that parliament’s role within the country’s system of governance is highly significant given the LAWS on page 2 President Hage Geingob Maria Amakali Windhoek Three employees of a Puma Service Station along Eveline Street in Katutura on Monday became the latest target of an unknown number of armed robbers who approached their vehicle, held them at gunpoint and allegedly stole N0 000 in cash that the service station workers were going to deposit at a local bank. It is reported the three service station employees were heading to the bank with N0 000 at the time they were stopped and held at gunpoint by an unknown gang of robbers. Confirming the robbery, Namibian police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi explained that employees of the service station, STOLEN on page 2 Mighty Mwashekele Chef Chefs are highly trained and skilled professional cooks who are proficient in all aspects of food preparation of a particular cuisine. Meet Mighty Mwashekele, a Chef employed by the NICE Restaurant in the capital, who has turned his passion for food into a successful career. Read his story in today’s Youth Corner. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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