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ol. 22 No. 183 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, April 27 2017 Inside Today Werengendje boosts food production Kavango East Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo has informed Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo that “Werenjedje”, an agricultural scheme he initiated to complement existing government programmes, has so far assisted 304 communal farmers with ploughing, weeding, harvesting and marketing. Page 3 Jonas Junias finally back home! The anxiety of the last nine months was yesterday temporarily put aside, after Namibian amateur boxer Jonas Junias Jonas - who was placed under the care of the Namibian Embassy in Brazil following his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro during last year’s Olympics - arrived back home yesterday following his conditional release. Page 28 Chrispin Inambao Divundu Maize meal produced by inmates incarcerated at the Divundu Correctional Facility is being supplied to police stations in Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kavango East and Kavango West to feed hundreds of trial-awaiting inmates, saving the government a substantial amount of money. Surplus maize meal produced by inmates at the Divundu rehabilitation centre has also been trucked to the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management in the Office of the Prime Minister, from where it was distributed to feed thousands of Namibians affected by a series of consecutive droughts. This came to light on Sunday when Germany’s Evangelical Church asks forgiveness over Namibia genocide Staff Reporter Windhoek The Evangelical Church in Germany has officially asked descendants of the victims of the Nama and Herero genocide in Namibia for forgiveness. Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber, the vice president of the Evangelical Church in Germany, who heads the Department for Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad, spoke to Deutsche Welle this week about the church’s role in the genocide and admitted the church was “heavily involved” in colonialism. Asked by journalist Wolfgang Dick why has the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) decided to make its statement on the genocide - Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber GENOCIDE on page 2 Photo: EKD Divundu convicts feed other inmates Deputy Commissioner Metusalem Hamukwaya briefed Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo, who on Tuesday winded up his six-day visit to the two Kavango regions. Though the rehabilitation centre was not spared the recent outbreak of army worms, it supplied hundreds of 50kg bags of maize meal to police stations in Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kavango East and Kavango West. Last year the medium-security prison at Divundu supplied 600 tons, comprising 12 000 bags, of maize meal for distribution to drought victims while the quantity of wheat grain it supplied to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication was 5 000 bags each weighing 50kg, said Hamukwaya. CONVICTS on page 2 Photo: Chrispin Inambao Supportive… A section of the hundreds of people at the consultative meeting that was convened by Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo at the Rundu Trade Fair Centre on Tuesday. Iyambo calls for unity in Kavango Chrispin Inambao Rundu Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo on Tuesday expounded on the virtues of peace and unity, saying Namibians should resolve their differences through dialogue rather than fighting. Iyambo made the remarks at the end of his six-day visit to Kavango East and Kavango West that concluded with a consultative meeting attended by over 1 000 people from all walks of life at the Rundu Trade Fair Centre. Photo: Chrispin Inambao Consultative… From left, Assistant Commissioner Meinolf Kambukwe, Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo and Deputy Commissioner Metusalem Hamukwaya inside one of the storage shades at the Divundu rehabilitation centre that is manned by 164 correctional officers and has 205 inmates. “I, together with my delegation that I will introduce shortly to you, are very happy to be here today to listen to your views, exchange ideas and work with you to overcome the developmental challenges you are facing in this part of the country,” he said at the beginning of the consultation. “Rest assured that the promise of shared prosperity, inclusivity, and peace and stability for all Namibians, as given by our President, His Excellency, Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob, and the ruling Swapo Party whom you have voted to lead us to that destination, UNITY on page 2 Shack dwellers approach Supreme Court Maria Amakali Windhoek The owners of shacks that were demolished in 7de Laan, Otjomuise on March 28 by police officials from the City of Windhoek have approached the Supreme Court to reverse the order made by the High Court that they vacate the land. On April 12, Judge Shafimana Ueitele ruled against the 15 people whose homes were demolished by city officials and ordered them to vacate the municipal land by no later than April 28. “No doubt that we as a country are facing extremely serious problems relating to poverty, unemployment and more importantly housing. But these intolerable living conditions cannot be a licence to impel people to resort to land grabbing,” said the judge at the time. SHACK on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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