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Vol. 22 No. 153 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, March 13 2017 Inside Today I’m too busy to contest for political office – Namwandi Former Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Dr David Namwandi has reiterated he will not actively participate in politics, as he is too busy for that. Page 3 Suburbs vs Unam rugby thriller sends crowd into wild frenzy Undisputed domestic rugby champions FNB Unam Rugby Club fired a warning to their rivals this term when the students came from behind to forge a narrow 24-23 triumph over their resurgent stablemates, FNB Western Suburbs, in an otherwise entertaining local derby at the latter’s homeground in Windhoek on Saturday. Page 24 Magnitude of floods ‘far worse’ Helvy Shaanika Ongwediva The flood situation in the Cuvelai catchment area has reached alarming levels and residents are being warned to take necessary precautions, in expectation of the worst possible flooding experienced here in living memory. All institutions and sectors and relief agencies that normally participate in disaster management have been urged to activate Deluged… A learner in a classroom filled with floodwater. their contingency plans for flood management in preparation for the potential disaster. Communities are being advised not to cross rivers in the flooded areas and to take precautionary measures to avoid loss of life and damage to property. This is according to a joint press release by the Ministry Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the Disaster Risk Management Division in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Namibia Meteorological Services. The joint statement warned that the magnitude of flooding expected in the northern central regions is likely to surpass that of 2011, which was the highest level of flooding in Namibia in recent history. “The 2017 floods are predicted to become even higher if good rains continue, as they are both in the headwaters of the Cuvelai catchments in southern Angola and in the northern border areas of Namibia within these catchments.” Photos: Helvi Shaanika Ankle-deep… An unidentified woman draws water from an earthdam. Environmental experts have warned that flooding in the north could be far worse this year than previous flood disasters. Don’t play with fire – Geingob warns President Hage Geingob Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop President Hage Geingob has warned Swapo Party members that the country could go up in flames if the peace and stability that prevails is undermined. Geingob was addressing a well-attended Swapo star rally at Keetmanshoop on Saturday where he warned that development can only be achieved if there is peace and stability within the country and cautioned that people should not get bored of peace. He said some people ridicule him and the party when they talk of the importance of sustaining Namibia’s hard-won peace, but maintained that the country cannot afford political chaos and social unrest, as has happened in many countries that are now in ruins. “When we say that after our independence we must maintain our peace, you are being ridiculed that you are just hand-clapping people, FLOODS on page 2 who must go and eat peace. Don’t play with fire, comrades!” He pointed to countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya, saying in those countries certain factions disrupted the peace, with dire consequences for the people of those countries and warned that Namibia cannot afford to find itself in a similar situation. “Look at Libya. The Americans went there to remove Gaddafi and thought they are going to bring peace... GEINGOB on page 2 Second Congo Fever case in Omaheke Staff Reporter Windhoek The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Friday confirmed a second case of the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in the Omaheke Region. Health ministry spokesperson Ester Paulus said a 19-year-old man from Okongoua Village was reportedly bitten by a tick on March 1 and that the “patient presented CCHF-like symptoms on 5 March 2017 at the Corridor Post 13 primary health care clinic.” Swakop demolishes 90 mass houses due to poor workmanship Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund FEVER on page 2 About 90 houses built in Swakopmund under the mass housing programme are currently being demolished at the town due to poor workmanship. The houses are situated close to the dumping site on the northeastern side of coastal town. When New Era visited the area this week workers were already demolishing some of the houses. The said houses are part of 400 low-cost units constructed by Delta Group Holdings, who were awarded a N million contract under the mass housing programme. Industry sources on Friday told New Era the houses were poorly constructed and deemed a health and safety risk for those who would have been allocated the houses through the National Housing Enterprise (NHE). SWAKOP on page 2 Broaden your Horizons! New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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