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Vol. 22 No. 165 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, March 30 2017 Adios, Tender Board! Inside Today Kidney dialysis for state patients – a first for Namibia Patients with chronic kidney disease will for the first time in the history of Namibia be dialysed at state facilities, when the first government-run renal dialysis units become available in July. Page 3 Tourism index continues on positive note The latest FNB/FENATA Travel Index indicates that the tourism industry contracted by 7.5 percent (real terms) for the final quarter of 2016. Staff Reporter Windhoek Government’s push for transparency and improved governance yesterday hit a new high when finance minister Calle Schlettwein announced that the Tender Board of Namibia would cease to exist from tomorrow and be replaced with the newly formed Central Procurement Board (CPB). Schlettwein, who is scheduled to hold a press conference this morning on new radical changes in the public procurement space, also announced board members for the new body as well as its administrative chiefs. Patrick Swartz, who has an academic background in accounting, was appointed on a five-year contract as full-time chairperson of the CPB, and will be deputised by Lischen Ramakutla, who has the same academic background. Mansueta-Maria Nakale, Maria Iyambo, Hendrik Cronje Loftie-Eaton, Hilja Nandago-Herman, Titus Ndove, Epaphras Pendapala Shilongo and former MVA Fund CEO Jerry Mwadinohamba were appointed as CPB board members on a three-year term. Schlettwein announced Malaria sickens over 11 000 this year Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The latest statistics from the Ministry of Health and Social Services revealed that 18 people died of malaria between January to date this year, while 11 902 people tested positive for the disease. Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku said earlier this month the most affected regions are Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena and that 67 applications for CPB board membership were received, of which 35 were shortlisted after meeting the academic and experience requirements. “The shortlisting of the Central Procurement Board was based on the number of years of experience in various disciplines, number of years of experience in procurement, the applicant’s own field of expertise, and the gender of each candidate,” the minister told the National Assembly yesterday. TENDER on page 2 Zambezi. Statistics obtained from the health ministry indicate that during the week of March 8 to 14, a total of 2 266 people in Kavango East and Kavango West were tested for malaria of whom 132 tested positive. In Zambezi Region, 718 people were tested for malaria of whom 34 tested positive during the same week. MALARIA on page 2 Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein Page 9 Geingob’s timely intervention revives hope All the hullabaloo of the last couple of months was finally put to bed yesterday when the country’s football heavyweights were summoned to State House for a hastily assembled session under the stewardship of President Hage Geingob. Page 24 SPYL slams shack demolitions Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) acting secretary Veikko Nekundi has blasted the Windhoek City Council, in which Swapo Party holds the majority, for what he termed the ill-treatment of the electorate by demolishing their shacks and clamping down on car washes. Nekundi, who addressed a press briefing yesterday, particularly referred to the City Police dismantling 13 shacks and leaving 40 families homeless in Otjomuise’s 7de Laan informal settlement on Tuesday. The demolitions sparked public outrage in certain quarters. Those left homeless claimed no Not impressed… From left, Neville Andre Itope, SPYL secretary for information, mobilisation and publicity with Veikko Nekundi, the acting secretary of the SPYL, at yesterday’s media briefing. prior notice was given to them regarding the demolition of their homes by the police. “The SPYL is concerned that some local government institutions such as City of Windhoek, where Swapo Party councillors are in the majority, are oppressing the voting masses of Swapo. Their actions are leading to our people to hate the party, thereby weakening our party – the party we trust,” Nekundi remarked. He made the charges in the presence of two local authority Swapo councillors who serve on the city’s management committee, namely Paulus Immanuel and Ian Subasubani. Both councillors declined to comment on the issue. SHACK on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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