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ol. 22 No. 161 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, March 24 2017 Inside Today Prison murder suspects fume over postponement Three convicts who stand accused of killing a fellow inmate became furious in the Windhoek High Court yesterday after one of their defence counsels did not show up in court, consequently causing the case to be postponed to May 8. Page 3 Rukoro warns against congested fixtures With the Namibia Premier League (NPL) Interim Committee having announced their decision to kick start league activities in May this year, a large segment of the local football fraternity is not entirely impressed with the NPL’s decision to kickoff the league without providing clarity on how they arrived at such a conclusion. Page 40 Desperate times… More than 300 jobless seamen demanded their jobs back yesterday during a peaceful march to the ministry of labour at Walvis Bay. Photo: Contributed Seamen want their jobs back Staff Reporter Walvis Bay In a desperate move to get their jobs back more than 300 seamen marched to the Ministry of Labour offices at Walvis Bay yesterday morning to hand over another petition demanding their re-instatement. The seamen have been unemployed since November 2015 after participating in what was declared an illegal strike, led by the Metal, Mining Maritime and Construction (MMMC) union. At the time, about 4,000 fishermen threatened to go on an all-out strike to cripple the lucrative local fishing industry if their concerns were not addressed. The fishermen claimed they were paid a pittance, despite working long hours and that salary disparities were rife, while fishing companies raked in millions of dollars for government and for private fishing companies. SEAMEN on page 2 Maria Amakali Windhoek Govt to offer more support to communal farmers John Muyamba Rundu Almost a week after Victor Elia applied for bail in connection with the murder of Iyaloo Ndapandula Hainghumbi, 25, an International University of Management (IUM) student whom he allegedly murdered on January 17, her relatives and friends strongly objecting to the court granting him bail. Municipal bus overturns… The City of Windhoek has confirmed that a municipal bus was “seriously damaged” yesterday when it overturned on Sam Nujoma Drive, not far from Avis on the outskirts of Windhoek. “Our records indicate that there were 26 passengers on board, including the bus driver, at the time of the accident. Sixteen of these passengers were transferred to Katutura hospital for treatment, while nine were treated by paramedics at the scene,” the municipality said. Fifteen of the 16 passengers treated in hospital were later released and transported to their respective homes. One was still undergoing treatment at Katutura Intermediate Hospital late yesterday The bus driver also sustained multiple serious injuries and was admitted to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital, City officials said. The exact cause of the accident is not yet known. Photo: via West Coast Safety Initiative President Hage Geingob says government plans to provide ploughing and crop planting services to assist people in the rural areas, where many depend on subsistence farming for food, so as to increase their crop yields and help eradicate hunger. “NEEEF [the New Equitable Empowerment Framework] is also a programme that we intend to implement. It will have to come with conditions in regard to terms of government tenders,” FARMERS on page 2 Murder victim’s family oppose bail for suspect Katutura Magistrate’s Court was full to capacity yesterday with family and friends of the deceased and curious members of the public all hoping for one thing, that the 36-yearold student’s suspected killer should not be granted bail, because of the gravity of the case. Elia, 36, yesterday took the stand in connection with the killing of IUM student Hainghumbi, MURDER on page 2 Insist on speaking to Namibians in Namibia... always SMS ‘king’ to 44 000 Standard SMS rates apply Licence no. 16/ST/31 | Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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