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ol. 22 No. 175 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, April 13 2017 Inside Today Single parenting contributes to GBV Single parenting is one of the contributing factors to gender-based violence (GBV), which at times leads to murder, according to Cecilie Tjikenda, the founder of the Single Parent Support Foundation. Page 3 Indongo plans to take advantage of Burns ‘flaws’ Namibia’s Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo plans to take advantage of the flaws he says he has seen in Scottish opponent Ricky Burns when they clash tomorrow in their unification world championship super fight at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Page 44 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Hand in hand… Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi holds hands with former president Hifikepunye Pohamba as they arrive at the National Assembly for President Hage Geingob’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday afternoon. See page 13 for views on SONA. Government to remain in charge of genocide talks Staff Reporter Windhoek President Hage Geingob yesterday said the government, as an elected representative of all Namibians, will remain in charge of genocide negotiations with Germany until the matter comes to its logical conclusion. He made the remarks during question time after he had just finished delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday in the National Assembly. Geingob was also asked to confirm reports suggesting that a settlement has been reached with Germany to pay reparations worth President Hage Geingob N0 billion. The president said he doubted if any cash reparations would be paid by Germany, although he said there could be a small baseline fee. Geingob did not say what form any reparations would be in. GENOCIDE on page 2 Geingob succeeding at good governance Photo: Emmency Nuukala Good governance… President Hage Geingob (second from right) arrives at parliament alongside First Lady Monica Geingos yesterday. Staff Reporter Windhoek Yesterday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Hage Geingob suggests his administration has made great inroads on governance – probably outscoring achievements recorded under all other pillars of the president’s flagship Harambee Prosperity Plan. The president’s personal involvement in cancelling the N billion airport tender awarded to Chinese company, Anhui, as well as his queries into the escalation of the cost of the oil storage facility at the coast, seem to have propelled his ratings on governance. He cited in his address yesterday the investigation by state arms into the SME Bank’s N0 million saga and the N.5 billion tax evasion case in which a business partner of his, Chinese businessman Jack Huang, is among the suspects. This series of actions, under Geingob’s watchful eye, has inspired confidence in the country’s fight against corruption and could boost good governance ratings internationally. Speaking in a fully packed National Assembly, Geingob said the government’s governance architecture is further made strong by the promulgation of the new Public Procurement Act, effective from the 1st of April 2017. He stated that regulations and guidelines to the act have been finalised, and the members of the Central Procurement Board and its review panel were appointed. GOVERNANCE on page 2 5 star International Safety Management rating New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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