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Vol. 22 No. 178 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, April 20 2017 Kameeta seeks N.2 billion for social protection Inside Today Smoking at Katutura hospital a concern Health professionals at Katutura Hospital are concerned that patients and staff members who publicly smoke at the hospital may present a health hazard, especially to patients seeking treatment at the hospital. Page 3 Business appeals for fast tracking procurement law implementation The NCCI is appealing to the government, particularly the newly appointed Central Procurement Board, to fast-track the implementation of the new procurement legislation to avoid stagnation of business activities. Page 9 NTB directed to increase levy collection Due to the low amount of levies collected through local tourism activities the Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta has directed the newly appointed Namibia Tourism Board members to up their game and change the status quo. Page 24 Staff Reporter Windhoek Poverty Eradication Minister Zephania Kameeta yesterday asked parliament to approve his ministry’s N.2 billion budget, 99 percent of which would go to social protection programmes administered by the ministry. This is in sharp contrast to many other ministries, of whose budgets the largest chunk goes to salaries and staff remuneration packages. With President Hage Geingob approving the N,200 monthly social grant for senior citizens - who now total 164,832 countrywide - it was almost inevitable that the Poverty Eradication Ministry would need billions of dollars to successfully fulfil its mandate. Kameeta told parliament yesterday that 99.7 percent of eligible senior citizens are currently on the social grant scheme, while 71 percent of citizens with disabilities are receiving monthly grants. There are slightly over 39,000 citizens living with disabilities, who benefit from government’s social grant scheme. John Muyamba Rundu The town of Rundu, where the housing backlog currently stands at around 30,000 units, will soon get a new suburb with 600 modern housing units and townhouses, with 100 of the houses to be completed by the end of this year. The 600 units will comprise two bedroom houses with a garage and some without a garage, as well as Maria Amakali Windhoek The ministry also takes care of nearly 80,000 residents in Khomas Region, who receive dry food items as part of the foodbank pilot project, which was initiated last year as part of Geingob’s declared war on poverty. three bedroom houses with garages and some without. The house prices will range between N0,000 and N0,000, the developers of the housing project said this week. The servicing of the erven is being done by Armstrong Constructions and the construction will be done by Armstrong Properties. Both companies belong to Ferdinand Olavi and Mathew Hungamo. In an interview with New Era, the owners of Armstrong Constructions Three suspects in the fatal shooting and killing of University of Namibia (Unam) employee Gideon Jimmy Shililifa in 2013 walked away scot-free yesterday, because the investigating officer failed to comply with the instructions of the prosecutor-general (PG) several times. “This is a mockery of justice. The State deemed the charges serious, which I do not dispute. However, it should have treated this case with the outmost seriousness it deserves,” said Magistrate Celma Amadhila. The court highlighted that the accused cannot be punished while the State investigates the case. Food worth N.5 million has been donated towards the foodbank initiative, while N.1 million was donated in cash. “I’m equally happy to inform this august house of a certain individual New suburb with 600 houses planned for Rundu and Properties said the project is just what Rundu needed as a solution to the housing backlog, which has over the years become an issue of serious concern, especially for people in the low-income and ultra-low income categories. The company will develop the new suburb on a 82-hectare plot in an area between the Trans-Caprivi Highway and the Rundu-Nkurenkuru road. The suburb will also have a fuel station, a private doctors’ Three walk free in Unam murder case Furthermore, they are considered innocent until proven guilty. Gideon Kalume, Samuel Linelao Shawelaka and Cowen Behji Lebereki were ecstatic after their case was struck from the roll, as they were facing charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstance, theft and housebreaking with intent to steal. MURDER on page 2 Timely intervention… In this file photo Poverty Eradication Minister Zephania Kameeta (left) and Karibib Councillor Melania Ndjago (right) hand over a food hamper to Otjimbingwe Chief Betuel Haraseb in late 2015. Photo: Nampa from the Kunene Region, who has been contributing N0 monthly to this donation account through a stop-order,” the minister told fellow parliamentarians. KAMEETA on page 2 consulting room and a supermarket, to name a few. Currently the company is busy constructing roads leading to the area and will start with installing sewerage lines in May before the actual construction of the houses starts in June. Electrification of the suburb would then follow. This is a private-public partnership project with the Rundu Town Council and will be built in phases. RUNDU on page 2 Photo: Roland Routh Scot-free… Samuel Linelao Shawelaka, Cowen Lebereki and Gideon Kalume were charged with the murder of a Unam employee in 2013, but were yesterday released. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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