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Vol. 22 No. 198 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, May 22 2017 Inside Today Kavangos bemoan exclusion from genocide narrative Communities of the Kavango regions have informed the National Assembly’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Standing Committee they have no objection to the proposed May 28 date as a genocide commemoration day, but want the unsung Malyo-Lishora massacre of 1894 and the Kavango uprising of 1903 against the Germans to be included in the planned commemorations. Page 3 Frankfurt route important to economy, says Shifeta Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein’s proposal that Air Namibia quit its direct route between Namibia and Frankfurt to save costs, which Treasury has put at N million annually, has received mixed reactions from industry players, with some saying the move could negatively affect the local tourism industry. Page 9 Cricket Namibia fires youth coach In a shock move, New Era Sport has been reliably informed that Cricket Namibia (CN) has ushered its wily youth coach Norbert Manyande through the exit door. Page 24 Developers use Shaningwa’s name to get land Albertina Nakale Windhoek Staff Reporter Windhoek Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa The spokesperson of the opposition National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) presidential, Joseph Kauandenge, says his party wants President Hage Geingob to institute a commission of inquiry into suspected dubious dealings at the embattled SME Bank, which has reportedly lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Nudo wants the president to institute such inquiry without delay, following the scandal that saw the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa has expressed unhappiness over the actions of some individuals, developers and private entities who are apparently going around with her name to local authorities to solicit land for the construction of houses. She complained on Thursday during the groundbreaking ceremony of the City of Windhoek’s pilot housing project that some unscrupulous individuals even claim she is part of their companies. She said some of these businesspeople go so far as to claim that they are her “brothers and cousins” and apparently demand to be given land, or accorded preferential treatment. LAND on page 2 Nudo wants presidential inquiry into SME Bank bank embroiled in highly questionable dealings, that resulted in its board and top executives being “disempowered” from their functions by the Bank of Namibia. “It is regrettable that looking to the founding aims and objectives of the said bank, it was a bank that was aimed at those Namibian small businesses that could not get loans from mainstream banks and financial institutions to have another way of securing funds in order to grow their businesses,” he said. NUDO on page 2 N billion U.S. funding to fight HIV/AIDS Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has availed around N billion towards the fight against HIV/AIDS in Namibia for this financial year. This year’s budgetary allocation from PEPFAR (US$ 72.3) exceeds the N1,86 million allocated by PEPFAR in the previous financial year. Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to Namibia Thomas Daughton said at a media briefing that there was a perception that the USA is not highly committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Namibia. “But that’s not the case because the fight is not over,” he said, noting that N billion is not a small amount of money. Daughton said: “AIDS hasn’t gone away. It keeps coming up. In rural areas, HIV/AIDS is felt daily, while in urban areas it may not look like so much of a problem. Technically, AIDS is still the number one health issue.” Therefore, much more remains to be done to attain the 90-90-90 target of the United Nations, which aims to help end On a mission… U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton. the AIDS epidemic by 2020. This means that by 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV in Namibia should be identified and know their status. It also means by that same year, 90 percent of those identified should be on antiretroviral treatment and 90 percent of those on antiretroviral treatment should have their viral load suppressed. “If we can do that we can control the epidemic and it means that there will be less new infections,” said Dr Simon Agolory, the country director of the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. FUNDING on page 2 Nudo Councillor Joseph Kauandenge 2018 Mature age entry Now Online Applications open 01 June - 07 July 2017: Manual application is still available (application fee still applicable). New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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