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ol. 22 No. 136 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, February 16 2017 Inside Today Calm returns to tribally fragile Ileni After tribal confrontations triggered by an alleged case of theft that erupted between Nama and Aawambo residents of Keetmanshoop, life has now gone back to normal at Ileni settlement. The informal settlement saw unpleasant scenes on Sunday, as residents armed with machetes, knives, knobkerries, spears and other weapons chased each other around the shacks, stoned each other and gunshots also rang out injuring several people. Page 3 Suspended sentence for day-care owner Still grieving… Suzette Jansen van Vuuren, the mother of the deceased toddler. Maria Amakali Windhoek Catharina Agnes van den Berg, 52, the owner of the day care where an 11-month-old toddler drowned five years ago, walked out of court a free woman yesterday after she was handed down a suspended sentence. Van den Berg was found guilty of culpable homicide on January 16 by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court. Van den Berg was sentenced to five years in prison, which was wholly suspended. When handing down judgement the magistrate Ingrid Unengu said the case was an emotional one not only for her but for the mother of the deceased toddler, and deciding on an appropriate sentence was hard as the accused chose not to testify in court. “It should be noted that there was a momentary lack of concentration on the part of the accused, which caused the unfortunate death of the toddler,” explained Unengu. Unengu said that although Van den Berg faced a serious charge and has to carry a huge burden on her shoulders for the rest of her life, the court looked at the fact that Van den Berg is a firsttime offender, keeping in mind that she is 52 years of age and had never had run-ins with the law. Unengu explained that the accused’s financial situation in which she is the breadwinner of the family, who only earn N0 a day, SUSPENDED on page 2 Moment of relief… Catherine van den Berg embraces a family member after hearing she won’t be going to jail. Rugby legend Burger inspires Kenya I’m incorruptible - Geingob Nairobi, Kenya – Retired Namibian rugby legend Jacques Burger believes Kenya’s 15 has a realistic chance of qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after coming so close three years ago. The Simbas nearly made history in 2014 when they needed just one point from their last match against Zimbabwe to qualify for their first ever World Cup. Page 24 Albertina Nakale Windhoek President Hage Geingob this week challenged anyone hinting that he acquired his wealth dubiously to prove their case, saying he declared his assets publicly because he had nothing to hide. Geingob, worth N million about two years ago, said that when he declared an all-out war on corruption, which included asking Cabinet ministers also to declare their assets to him, he knew he would attract scrutiny. He had also been warned that many corrupt people would react by attacking him through the press in an attempt to look for “so-called corrupt things”. “Well, recently we have read and witnessed the manifestation of that warning. It is a sign that the fight is working, so let us continue. I declared my assets in public because I was hearing rumours,” he said when addressing the first meeting of Cabinet for 2017 on Tuesday at State House. However, Geingob said he was confident that no investigation would find any hint of corruption on his part, as well as that of Cabinet ministers who have declared their assets with the presidency. “You can hunt and hunt, you are not going to get anything on me. That is why I had openly declared. Try it. Go to the Anti-Corruption now and submit it there,” Geingob said. He emphasized that the inclusion of his interests in real estate, Photo: Nampa Parliamentary bigwigs… President Hage Geingob accompanied by Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi and Chairperson of the National Council Margaret Mensah-Williams, arrive at Parliament Building for the official opening of the 5th Session of the 6th Parliament on Tuesday. GEINGOB on page 2 President Hage Geingob National Council to introduce Junior Council Esme Konstantinus Windhoek The National Council has announced the formation of a Junior Council which comprises of youth from all 14 regions of the country whose members will be announced today. This was revealed by the Chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams, during her 2017 opening address in the National Council (NC) yesterday. COUNCIL on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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