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ol. 22 No. 202 Windhoek, Namibia Monday, May 29 2017 Cultural tradition… A group of Aakwambi women carry clay pots of omagongo during the Omagongo Festival at Onamega village, in Omusati region, over the weekend. The Omagongo Festival has been included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritages by UNESCO. Story on page 3. Inside Today Subsistence farming and services sectors crucial to job creation Strengthening and stabilising the country’s subsistence farming and introducing controlled farming methods that are not reliant on seasonal rainfall patterns can go a long way in mitigating job losses due to persistent drought. Page 3 Welwitschias record historical win A brilliant first-half performance by the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias helped secure their first victory in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge when they beat the Hino Valke 45-43 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday. . Page 24 The murder and rape of Namibian children Staff Reporter Windhoek/Walvis Bay Innocent Namibian children continue to pay with their blood for the misdeeds of jealous adults, while girls as young as six years old continue to be victims of rape at the hands of Namibian men. There is the case of a jealous teenager girlfriend stabbing to death an infant as ‘punishment’ for the infant’s mother, who had begun a relationship with the teenager’s ex-boyfriend. Then there is the man breaking into a home and attempting to rape a woman whom he found in a deep sleep next to her boyfriend. And the case of the 37-year-old man who raped his six-year-old stepdaughter. In a bizarre incident two minor boys were arrested for sexually assaulting their 10-yearold male friend. Last week Friday a 16-yearold teenager appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court for stabbing to death a 17-monthold toddler. The baby was fathered with another woman who is now the man’s current girlfriend. In what the police described as jealous rage the teenager, whom police identified as Flora Classen, is alleged to have stabbed the infant twice in the stomach with a knife. Karas regional crime investigations coordinator Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo told New Era that Classen stabbed the baby because the baby’s mother had started dating Classen’s ex-boyfriend. In Walvis Bay, again on Friday, a 37-year-old man was arrested for raping the six-year-old daughter of his girlfriend. CHILDREN on page 2 ‘Show respect when in dispute over traditional matters’ Helvy Shaanika Onamega President Hage Geingob President Hage Geingob has asked Namibians dealing with disputes concerning traditional authorities to do so in an atmosphere of respect. “Our chiefs, captains, hompas, gaub and aakwaniilwa are our greats, and if as young Africans we plan to pave the way for our own greatness, then we should pay respect to them.” TRADITIONAL on page 2 Amathila bemoans ‘lack of trust’ in Swapo Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek There is currently a “lack of trust” among members of Swapo Party, which if not addressed could destabilise the party, the long-serving Swapo member Ben Amathila has warned. Amathila, who is also a member of Swapo’s politburo and central committee, gave the warning during a public lecture titled ‘Swapo, the Formative Years’, at the party school on Saturday in Windhoek. Amathila said currently the trust issue among Swapo leaders “is hot” and chances are that if this continues something will go wrong. “Right now I do not even know who to whisper to, to speak to or even socialise with, as at the end I might be linked to a certain camp, a camp that I might not even be aware of [its existence],” he said to about 100 delegates who gathered to listen to the lecture. The public lecture was attended by among others the former speaker of parliament Theo Ben-Gurirab, former Swapo secretary general Nagirikutuke Tjiriange, Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Jerry Ekandjo, and Swapo Party Women’s League (SPWL) secretary Eunice Ipinge. AMATHILA on page 2 Ben Amathila 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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