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Vol. 22 No. 197 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, May 19 2017 Inside Today Agribank defies court order on Witvlei Meat Despite a court order issued in April last year requiring the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) to restore Witvlei Meat’s possession of the abattoir at Witvlei, Agribank still holds the keys to the premises and has not allowed the beef export company access. Page 3 General Motors leaves southern Africa, again American car manufacturer General Motors (GM) has announced its withdrawal from South Africa, saying it will hand over its vehicle manufacturing plants to its partners, Isuzu Motors. Page 17 Tobias, Indongo head to USA ‘to spy’ on Crawford Namibian triple world boxing champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo will be at ringside watching his potential next opponent, Terence Crawford of USA, at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. Page 44 Hasn’t lost hope… Metjavi Kamaze is a 20-year-old burn victim who sits and begs in the city centre, and has a story to tell. She says the money she receives as a disability grant is not enough for her and her children. The money she gets from begging she uses to pay back her cousin for the shack she burned in. The little she gets is also used for buying stock to sustain her small home shop at her one-bedroom shack in Havana. “I am saving up so that I can take care of myself and my children,” says Metjavi. She does not want to continue depending on small cash handouts. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Shafudah rejects oil storage accusations Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Finance permanent secretary Ericah Shafudah yesterday said the ‘final written warning’ letter she received from secretary to cabinet George Simataa has no basis in law as she was not given a chance to be heard as is procedure under the country’s laws. She also strongly rejected the picture being painted of her as an incompetent and negligent person. She received a final written warning letter last week over her alleged role in the national oil storage facility project, whose cost has risen from N.8 billion in 2014 to N.5 billion in 2016. Shafudah, in a statement issued late yesterday, maintained she had given the correct advice on the matter to Ericah Shafudah the technical committee and to relevant authorities, a point she said she can provide proof of. “It is common logic that in a democratic society any person accused of any offence is considered innocent until proven guilty through a court of law or a disciplinary process duly conducted,” she said. SHAFUDAH on page 2 Choice made… Vincent Likoro (left), the advisor to Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba and Swapo coordinator in Omaheke, Kejamuina Mungendje. Mungendje urges Omaheke to back Geingob Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Swapo Party’s regional coordinator for Omaheke, Kejamuina Mungendje, has called upon party members and supporters in Omaheke to rally behind the party’s president, Hage Geingob, ahead of the party congress scheduled for later this year. Mungendje said this during the opening of a one-day Swapo Party educative workshop that took place in Gobabis on Tuesday. The workshop was facilitated by Vincent Likoro, the advisor to Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba. “Being voted by the majority of the Namibians shows that Namibians wanted President Hage Geingob to be the president of this country. Let’s stand firm and support Geingob,” said the outgoing regional Swapo leader. “Let’s stand firm in supporting President Hage Geingob in order to maintain peace and stability,” he added. OMAHEKE on page 2 Bike’s R king Insure your’s for only 1N$ Licence no. 16/ST/31 | Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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