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ol. 22 No. 158 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, March 20 2017 Inside Today Ten-year-old shoots six-year-old A six-year-old girl lost her left eye in a tragic shooting accident on Friday evening in Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay. A 10-year-old boy accidently shot the girl when he was playing with his father’s pistol. Page 3 Football bosses are disorganised - Geingob President Hage Geingob on Friday confirmed that despite the dire state of football in the country, which saw the domestic league not kicking off for the new season, no organised delegation had visited his office to seek help or propose the way forward. Former Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairman Johnny ‘JJD’ Doeseb, threw in the towel recently by announcing his resignation from the embattled body. Page 40 Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek President Hage Geingob says instead of feeling pity for himself because of the blame he gets for the current economic conditions Namibia faces, he relishes the opportunity to prove his leadership acumen and determination by steering the country out of troubled waters. Speaking exclusively to New President Hage Geingob Photo: Emmency Nuukala Staff Geingob sees opportunity in slowdown Era on Friday, Geingob refused to concede that his tenure came at a bad time, coupled with sharp declines in SACU revenues, GEINGOB on page 2 SADC defers Burundi application to August meeting Reporter Windhoek The Southern African Development Community has postponed the discussion of whether or not to accept Burundi’s application as a member of SADC. Heads of state and government from the 14 SADC member countries, including Namibia’s President Hage Geingob, met for a one-day meeting in Swaziland on Saturday to discuss issues concerning southern Africa. According to the SADC communiqué issued after the meeting, the southern African leaders “agreed to defer to August a request by Burundi and Comoros to join the SADC family”. The application by central Africa’s Burundi to join SADC has been seen by some eastern African countries as a complication for the East African Community (EAC), which is in the process of regional integration. Further, ever since President Pierre Nkurunziza pushed through his third term in office, BURUNDI on page 2 Kavango East ready for Independence Day John Muyamba Rundu Kavango East Region is ready to host Independence Day celebrations. “We can confirm that the region is more than ready to host this event – residents are excited. We have engaged with businesses and they are looking forward to receive guests,” the chairperson of the national preparatory committee Gabriel Sinimbo said in an exclusive interview with New Era. Sinimbo, who is a native of Kavango East, says the Rundu Town Council has also entered agreements with private homeowners to avail accommodation to guests who can not find accommodation in hospitality establishments in town. “We have been having meetings, we have done inspections at the Rundu sports stadium as well as inspection of where the event catering will be and other KAVANGO on page 2 A week of rape, ivory smuggling and drugs Selma Ikela Windhoek At least four cases of rape were reported to the police across the country during last week. The cases included CHANGE OF DATES: Graduation 2017 Windhoek Campuses 12 & 13 April Safari Hotel & Conference Centre the rape of a two-year-old girl by a 19-year-old man in Oshikoto Region. The young man is said to be a cattle herder in Onashikuvu village. The incident took place on March 14 and the teenager has since been arrested. “The suspect is a cattle herder and had sexual intercourse with the victim in the house. Police investigations continue,” said police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi. RAPE on page 2 Northern Campuses 20 April Trade Fair Centre, Ongwediva Photo: John Muyamba Geared up… The navy wing of the Namibian Defence Force during rehearsals together with the air force and the army at the Rundu sports stadium yesterday, in preparation for the main Independence Day celebrations to be held in Rundu tomorrow. Katima Mulilo Campus 25 April Katima Mulilo Campus, Main Hall Rundu Campus 27 April Rundu Campus, Main Hall New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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