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Vol. 22 No. 140 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, February 22 2017 Inside Today Unidentified worms attack Etunda The Etunda Irrigation Project, still reeling from a devastating attack by American bollworms, is now trying to battle an attack by unidentified worm species that are neither American bollworms nor Armyworms. Page 3 Improved revenue collection good news for SACU members states Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Executive Secretary, Paulina Elago, yesterday told President Hage Geingob that an improvement in revenue collection was good news for members states of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. Page 9 NPL clubs threaten to shun Debmarine Cup The round of 32 of the inaugural edition of the Debmarine Namibia Cup is in serious jeopardy after clubs plying their trade in the financially spineless Namibia Premier League (NPL) threatened not to honour their fixtures. Page 24 Kohler sorry for N.8 million fraud Maria Amakali Windhoek South African national Peter Tyran Kohler, 45, who stands accused of embezzling company funds to the tune of N.8 million, has voluntarily admitted guilt to all charges and vouched to hand over all his assets to cover the company’s losses due to his criminal actions. So far some of Kohler’s household goods and immovable assets to the Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The vice-president of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Namibia (Unam) Southern Campus, Shikulo Eben-esser, has made explosive claims that some lecturers at the campus deliberately fail value of N9 590 were seized and sold on auction to recover a portion of the money that he embezzled over a five-year period. Kohler embezzled funds from Pennypinchers Timbercity for personal use and or to pay some of his creditors. Kohler stated that his pension fund from Old Mutual is worth N4 000 and his assets have been forfeited to recover some of the losses. Sex pests lurk at Unam campus - senior SRC member Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Swapo politburo has strongly condemned the recent violent street fights in Keetmanshoop, which were triggered by negative tribal attitudes. Last week, confrontations erupted after Nama and Aawambo people got into ugly running battles at Ileni informal settlement in Keetmanshoop. Yesterday the Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba, in announcing the outcome of the party’s first 2017 politburo meeting, expressed concern over the incident. “The political bureau called upon FRAUD on page 2 students who refuse to have sexual affairs with them. In a strongly-worded statement delivered during the opening of the academic year last week, he raised the issue as one of the problems students face in their quest to obtain an education. He said some female students struggle because they have been purposefully failed in their modules Swapo denounces Keetmanshoop street fights all Namibians, irrespective of their social status, to always strive for unity and shun tribalism and discrimination. Namibia belongs to all Namibians, all of them. We must be able to live together in peace and harmony,” he cautioned. It was reported that 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. Mbumba said President Hage Geingob called upon the Swapo leadership to combat retrogressive tendencies of tribalism, ethnicity, SWAPO on page 2 Nangolo Mbumba Photo: Nampa South African fraud accused Peter Tyran Kohler by lecturers embittered after their sexual advances were turned down. “It’s the struggle of students who have been failed by their lecturers just because students resisted having an affair with them,” said the SRC leader. Speaking to New Era on the sidelines of the opening ceremony, to elaborate on the allegations, Ebenesser said the SRC office has been approached by some students who complained their continuous assessment marks as calculated by them didn’t match those of their lecturers, who allegedly put up low marks to disqualify students from writing exams after the lecturers were denied sexual favours. De Beers diamonds show excellent returns Desie Heita Windhoek UNAM on page 2 De Beers has reiterated its commitment to the beneficiation of Namibian diamonds, as the group turned in positive results for the 2016 financial year and looks forward to new projects, including the commissioning of the SS Nujoma, the group’s new technologically advanced sampling ship. DE BEERS on page 2 Marthin Shikongo Automechanic Automechanics repair and maintain motor vehicles of all types. Engines and automotive systems are what they live for. Meet Marthin Shikongo, a qualified automechanic who has established himself as an important team member at the Wilderness Safaris mechanical workshop. Read his story in today’s Youth Corner. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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