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ol. 22 No. 177 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, April 19 2017 Inside Today NDF soldier in court for rhino poaching The 49-year-old Petrus Mutako Damaseb, who is a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), and 29-year-old Isak Steven Omeb, both arrested over the weekend for suspected rhino poaching, were denied bail by Magistrate John Sindano during their court appearance. Page 3 Weathermen & Co scoops MTC’s lucrative advertising contract Advertising industry insiders have revealed that one of the country’s most lucrative advertising contracts has changed hands after MTC recently chose Weathermen & Co as its new advertising agency. Page 9 Ekandjo blasts ‘detractors and haters’ Six in court over N million fraud Maria Amakali Windhoek Six people accused of defrauding N million from a loan scheme of the retirement fund of Local Authorities and Utility Services for Namibia, that was administered by Alexander Forbes Financial Services in 2007, were brought before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo this week, with one of the alleged victims testifying. Sharon Desiree Ramann, Hendrik Francisco Davis, Jan Johannes Jansen, Jeremiah Metaatu, Severen Iiyambo and Alta Norma Visser face a total of 265 charges, of which 163 charges are counts of fraud (alternatively theft) and 94 counts of corruption. Their alleged fraud caused the fund to lose N,083 million. Christophine Mbingeneeko, a former employee at City of Windhoek’s traffic department, FRAUD on page 2 Photo: Nampa Centre of attention… A file photo of the king of the Ondonga, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas (left), and Youth and Sports Minister Jerry Ekandjo. Govt steers clear of Ondonga squabbles Oshana SPYL split over AR activist Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Some Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) members claim there is a plot under way to oust newly elected Oshakati West district treasurer Paulus Paulus, known to be an Affirmative Reposition (AR) activist. Paulus was elected as district treasurer at a district conference held a week ago at the town, but Oshana SPYL secretary Matilde Nakwedhi says plans are in motion to nullify the results. She said the conference fell short of a quorum to hold the elections, something other SPYL members disputed. Nakwedhi’s statement is at odds with a press release issued briefly after that conference by district secretary Hofeni Mutota, who stated that the election process was free and fair. SPYL on page 2 MTC’s chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Tim Ekandjo, yesterday heavily fumed over the negative attitude of some Namibians whenever a fellow countryman achieves something magnificent. Page 24 Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Government yesterday said it would remain an onlooker to the squabbles tearing the Ondonga kingdom to shreds, expressing hope that reason will prevail and eventually put the divisions to bed. The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development yesterday poured cold water on suggestions it has intervened in any way in the Ondonga royal dispute. Its permanent secretary, Daniel Nghidinua, said claims of his intervention could not be further from the truth, saying the matter is for the traditional authority to solve. The latest twist in the marathon saga surfaced when the Ondonga King’s Council meeting - slated for yesterday - could not take place, ONDONGA on page 2 Veikko Nekundi Kleopas Martin Brewer Brewers are responsible for almost the entire process of creating and distributing beer. Meet Kleopas Martin, a Brewer employed by Namibia Breweries Limited who’s luck and trial led to his passionate career. Read his story in today’s Youth Corner. QUEEN on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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