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Vol. 22 No. 201 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, May 26 2017 Inside Today Omusati farmers justify killing of lions Farmers who controversially gunned down six lions in the Omusati Region said they were left with no choice as these big cats held the lives of their farm workers and their livestock hostage. Page 3 Tunacor plans N0 million vessel Oshiveli The Oshiveli will be designed as a dedicated fishing vessel for fishing within Namibian waters, and marks a departure from the standard practice of refitting foreign vessels for the local fishing sector. Page 17 Namibia’s SuperSport Rugby Challenge performance scrutinized With the halfway stage of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge having come and gone this past weekend, the Namibia Welwitschias and the SWD Eagles stand out as the two teams yet to register a win in the competition. Page 44 Namibia among countries with low sanitation Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek Namibia is ranked among the countries with low sanitation coverage, with over 50 percent of the country having no access to proper sanitation services especially when it comes to the provision of clean drinking water and sewerage disposal. Unicef country representative Micaela Marques de Sousa made the revelation during the handing over of water tankers to the government on Wednesday. She said the intense drought faced by the arid southern Africa during the 2015/2016 agricultural season, followed by floods in the northern part of Namibia, Staff Reporter Windhoek Farmer loses 2 000 cattle to drought Nuusita Ashipala Otjiu West SANITATION on page 2 The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said Namibians will never be spied on as the government is committed to safeguard all freedoms in the country. He said the government is committed to protecting individual freedoms as well as media freedom. Farmers in Otjiu West in the Kunene Region are in agony as they count their “Information and knowledge on how to reduce contamination during water transportation, storage, treatment, and safe handling of the water are thus vital to ensure the water supplied to families remains safe.” – Micaela Marques de Sousa ‘Namibians will not be spied on’ He was addressing a media press conference on Wednesday in response to an article published this week in The Namibian newspaper under the headline ‘Govt reveals spy plans’. “I know there are those who were not here when this nation was badly spied on and maybe we sleep praying this nation should be spied on again. That is never to be allowed. We are to lead our free but responsible lives. SPIED on page 2 livestock loses running into thousands due to recurrent drought that has lasted for almost eight years now. Seventy-year-old Zariama Koruhama, who was considered the village’s richest man, has lost over 2 000 cattle and is now only left with three. After losing his cattle, he tried to commit suicide as the drought has robbed him of what amounted to his life’s savings. “What are three cattle? I am hungry, I have nothing left to feed my family, this is not even my usual body,” said Koruhama as he pointed to his stomach FARMER on page 2 Child marriages still rife among Ovahimba Nuusita Ashipala Okapembambu Children as young as five years and some aged eight, far below the age of consent of 16 years, are being coerced into marriage among the Ovahimba people who premise these nuptials on culture. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to participate in sexual activities. A New Era investigation can reveal the Ovahimba who are nomadic pastoralists in Kunene still engage in forced child marriages, which is possibly in breach of existing criminal statutes. Another cultural practice involving the Ovahimba are polygamous marriages that are not legally recognised under Namibia’s civil marriage law, OVAHIMBA on page 2 Child brides… Eight-year-old Wararamuzo Tjipukua and 11-year-old Keeja Tjuumbwa Price and Birdie Insure your golf clubs for only 1N$ Licence no. 16/ST/31 | Terms and conditions apply New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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