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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Moroccan fans to miss out on MessiMoroccan fans to miss out on Messi Moroccan football fans will be disappointed that superstar Lionel Messi will almost certainly not play for Argentina against the Atlas Lions in a friendly match in Tangier tomorrow.

    The match is part of Morocco's preparations for the upcoming African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.

    Messi, who captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team, would obviously have been a huge drawcard and the match would have given Moroccan fans a chance to see the icon in action.

    But despite a likely invitation from Argentinian coach Lionel Scaloni, the Barca star might not play in the friendly match, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

    The publication said Messi would rather preserve his strength for the Catalan derby against Espanyol four days later.

    He also wants to be in his best shape for the rest of the Champions League programme, which has now entered the quarterfinal stages.

    NAMPA/ANA

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  • 03/24/19--15:00: Spending spree slammed
  • Spending spree slammedSpending spree slammedPDM says 'we are not yet Uhuru' While Nudo has slammed the spending on Independence Day celebrations, PDM says it can never be said that we are “Uhuru” when the vast majority “return to poverty and despair, when the music dies down”. The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has expressed its dismay over the millions spent on this year's independence celebrations, while the country faces an economic crisis.

    It said the event should have been cancelled.

    Nudo secretary-general Josef Kauandenge said the reported N$2.3 million that was spent on the Independence Day celebrations is also not a true reflection of the total costs.

    He claimed there are “hidden costs”, such as the expenses associated with Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta being the guest of honour at the Independence Stadium last Thursday.

    “Indeed, now it is a fact that we have the most wasteful president in Namibian history. History will never be kind to the memories of our current president, as history will recall and name him as one of those presidents who just had an appetite for spending, irrespective of the dire financial situation at the time in his country,” said Kauandenge.

    He said they expected Geingob to instead call off any celebration of independence, owing to the current hard economic realities

    “Alas, but it was too much to expect this consideration from the president, as we have a very boastful president, a high-spending president, everything that he does must be on a grand scale; that is Hage Geingob for you, nothing comes in small packages for him.

    “No wonder then that the yearly independence celebration budget was increased from N$1 million to N$2.5 million over the past two years all under his watch,” Kauandenge said.

    He said Geingob chose to pour champagne and eat caviar in the face of jobless, destitute, hungry and malnourished Namibians, in the name of celebrating independence.

    “What is there to celebrate 29 years down the road of independence? We hold this truth to be self-evident, that there is nothing to celebrate for poor ordinary Namibians, but pure misery has come to manifest itself in Namibia.”

    Kauandenge said by holding this elaborate celebration, Geingob has in fact mocked Namibians across the country for their stupidity to elect him and Swapo, time and time again, while they continue to plunder the country's resources and spend on non-priority areas.



    'Not yet Uhuru'

    Meanwhile, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani said Namibians are among the most resilient people in the world.

    “We have proved that pre-independence and we continue to prove it every day, when we face immense challenges to simply put a meal on the table for our families.”

    Venaani said to highlight the challenges that ordinary Namibians face is in no way belittling the celebration of Independence Day.

    “We love Namibia, which has sheltered and nurtured us all, amid its splendour and beauty. What we do understand is that the patience of our people is running out. The status quo cannot continue - the centre cannot hold.”

    “I have said many times on many platforms that Namibia must come first, not politics - especially the kind of politics that simply uses our people like voting cattle.”

    Venaani said he wants to see Namibians immediately cease hurting the most vulnerable, especially women and children.

    “May we return to the values of our forefathers, who stood against oppression, so we could achieve political freedom!” he said.

    “But as many have expressed over the years, and which is particularly apt in our current context in the Land of the Brave, poverty is the worst form of violence.”

    He said Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga's autobiography titled 'Not yet Uhuru', in which he talks about the fact that even though the chains of colonialism had been broken in Kenya, his country is not quite free, has immense lessons for Namibia today.

    Venaani said Namibia celebrates political freedom, largely without the restoration of the dignity of its people, “whether this is in the form of economic liberation or even owning a piece land in the place of our birth”.

    “It can never be said that we are Uhuru when the vast majority - even those clapping and singing today - return to poverty and despair, when the music dies down.”

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    'Herbalist' case postponed to July'Herbalist' case postponed to July Cheryl Antoinette Green (51) again appeared before Magistrate Conchita Olivier in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court last week on a charge of dealing in a dependence-producing substance.

    The case was postponed to 8 July to allow for further investigations, as lab results are still outstanding.

    Green's bail of N$5 000 was extended. She was given a few bail conditions, which include the handing in of all travel documents.

    She is also not allowed to leave Swakopmund without informing the investigation officer.

    Green was arrested at her home on 23 February in connection with the alleged cultivation of 71 cannabis plants with an estimated value of N$21 104.

    She was represented by Barend van Rensburg and the State prosecutor was Beata Mwahi.

    Green claims she cultivated the cannabis for medicinal use and said none of it had ever left her yard.

    She said during an earlier appearance that her husband was suffering from a life-threatening disease and depended on the cannabis oil she produced.

    Green's arrest followed that of her son (20) by members of the drug law-enforcement unit and the neighbourhood watch during a stop-and-search operation.

    Eight grams of dagga with an estimated street value of N$80 were allegedly found on the young man.

    It is further alleged that he subsequently led the officers to a house in Kramersdorf where they found his mother and questioned her.

    The police conducted a search and allegedly found the dagga plants, as well as 26 grams of seeds and cannabis oil.



    Adolf Kaure

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    Additional domestic, regional flights delayedAdditional domestic, regional flights delayed Air Namibia has announced the postponement of additional flights on some of its domestic and regional routes, which were due to start on 31 March.

    The national carrier said the postponement was to ensure operational readiness from an aircraft availability perspective and related reasons.

    Air Namibia initially planned to introduce three additional flights per week on the Eros/ Ondangwa/Eros route, which would have resulted in three flights per day on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

    The number of flights on this route for those days would now instead remain at two per day.

    With regard to the Eros/Katima Mulilo/Eros route, Air Namibia said the launch of the additional rotation envisaged for Thursdays was delayed, resulting in flight frequencies on this route remaining at four per week, operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday.

    The launch of the additional rotation envisaged for Mondays on the Eros/Rundu/Eros route is also delayed, resulting in flight frequencies on this route remaining at three per week, operated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday.

    According to Air Namibia three flight frequencies per week will be withdrawn from its service offering, effective 31 March, on the Ondangwa/Walvis Bay/Ondangwa route.

    Therefore, passengers wishing to travel this route must do so by travelling via Windhoek.

    The Walvis Bay/Johannesburg/Walvis Bay route will be withdrawn from the service offering, also effective 31 March, and the market for this route will be serviced via Windhoek.

    “We would like to apologise to the flying public and our esteemed clients for the postponement of introducing these additional frequencies, and we will ensure that as soon as it becomes feasible for us to launch these services, related announcements will be made,” Air Namibia said.

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    Tourism 'can reshape economy'Tourism 'can reshape economy'Shifeta sees sector as a way out of hard times The tourism minister says the country is undergoing a painful period, but we should be determined to turn the situation around. Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta says the sector has the potential to reshape Namibia's economy during the hard times the country is currently facing.

    Shifeta was speaking at the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) tourism business meeting held last week in Windhoek.

    The meeting discussed the tourism sector as a strategic area for potential business and investment, as well as the role of the business community.

    “As we all know the Namibian economy is not growing the way it should be and in the manner expected. It is a painful period for us, but we should be determined to turn this situation around,” said Shifeta.

    He said government agrees that tourism has a significant effect in stimulating economic growth nationally, given its multifaceted and cross-cutting nature, adding tourism is a powerful tool for development and economic growth.

    Shifeta said in realising this potential, the ministry has developed the National Tourism Investment Profile and Promotion Strategy (NTIPP) which aims to transform Namibia into the most competitive tourism destination.

    He said the strategy has economic incentives that play a major role in the development of the sector.

    This is especially relevant if the goal of attaining economic and social equity and social empowerment is to be achieved.

    According to Shifeta economic incentives in the tourism sector include fiscal tax incentives, which include special tax exemptions, deductions or allowances, as well as custom duty exemption and financial incentives, which include direct subsidies as well as soft loans.

    Shifeta said there are also non- financial incentives, which include fast-tracking registration and waving deadlines to be met under certain circumstances, and handholding potential investors to help them navigate additional required processes through the public system.

    “The success of tourism depends on collaboration and cooperation among all tourism stakeholders to share experiences and propose viable interventions that are required to optimise the role of tourism as an engine and a catalyst for economic development and growth in Namibia,” Shifeta said.

    He added by working together with NCCI members the ministry is also determined to achieve meaningful transformation in the sector.

    He stressed it is not the business of government to be in business, but that the private sector should take charge.

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    Sibanda takes charge of BokkiesSibanda takes charge of BokkiesNew head coach unfazed by tough assignment New Unam Bokkies coach Thuba Sibanda has her work cut out for her. Zimbabwean national Thuba Sibanda has been appointed as the head coach of Unam Bokkies on a year contract.

    Her first order of business is to lift the club from the bottom half of the log in the Skorpion Zinc Women's Super League.

    She has also been instructed to raise the status of the club to that of a professional outfit, which is able to contend against the giants of the women's game, effectively heralding a return to the glory days.

    This, Sibanda said, is not an impossible task if everyone plays their part.

    “Bokkies have to live up to the Unam brand, which is well-known in different sporting circles, especially male football, basketball, rugby, netball and hockey.

    “I took over the club in the second leg and have to see the season off, and then of course finish in a good position, in order to build on that foundation in the new season,” explained Sibanda.

    Currently the club sits in the bottom half of the Women's Super League log with six points, and the aim is to finish in the top half by the end of the season.

    “The long-term target is to hopefully build the development arm of the club and see how to additionally attract the players we need to the club. Hopefully this will lead us to one day winning the Super League,” Sibanda added.

    Her contract is a paid one, which is a milestone for a female coach in the country.

    “This is an incredible honour. The focus was never on money, but rather the opportunity to work in a club of this nature. We have never seen this in football, where clubs advertise for a coaching position and despite high-quality applicants, appoints a woman.

    “This not only shows their interest in diversity and inclusivity, but it shows that they have the interest of women footballers at heart.

    “Unam is a pioneer in this regard and I hope more institutions and clubs can follow their example,” the new head coach said.

    Sibanda explained the club is loaded with potential, and the biggest and key ingredient in winning and getting better will be the mindset of players.

    “I told the team that I will work with whoever I have, and if they bring their part, we will all grow together and take the team to another level.

    “It's my job as coach to plan training sessions that develop their physical skill and build their talent.

    “The true role of a leader is to harness their strengths and to help them overcome their weaknesses. These players also have the potential to be Brave Gladiators' players one day, and I will help them reach their goals pertaining to football.”

    Sibanda also touched on the limited investment in women's football at club level.

    “We received the first boost from Skorpion Zinc when they stepped in as sponsors last year. But we need corporate Namibia to back the women's game by investing in clubs and coaches working in the game as volunteers.

    “We need more competitions on a regional level to ensure quality in the national team, and we also need to attract more women to take up leadership roles at various levels, so that we can be able to continue professionalising the game.

    “It's incredible to see that we have qualified Fifa referees and now we need the same for administrators and medical staff.

    “We should see how to additionally strengthen and support the present structure to reach more women and to see players getting paid for playing football, so that it becomes a career and not just a social activity,” Sibanda emphasised.



    Fresh start

    Unam Bokkies captain Hilma Shapumba said Sibanda's appointment gives the club a fresh start.

    “Everyone is eager to impress her which will bring out the best in all of us. Her leadership is not like most other coaches. She doesn't bark orders and I feel that her approach will work for us as a team. She is knowledgeable about football and understands the game,” Shapumba said.

    “The rest of the team is happy and we have strong belief that things will get better for us under her.”

    Sibanda is a qualified Fifa Master (international master in the management, law and humanities of sport). She has a BSc honours degree in sports science and coaching, a Fifa women coaching certificate, an NFA C-licence and Fifa grassroots instructors' certificate.

    Sibanda has always been passionate about sport and strives to make a difference in the lives of many youngsters.

    She has spent her time in Namibia working with the Physically Active Youth programme and afterschool centre. She has also been active with the Namibia Football Association (NFA) in terms of the development of the women's national team and assisting with administrative structures.

    Sibanda will be assisted in her duties by Salome Guises and Gerson Kuzatjike.

    The technical director is McBride Kake, the team manager is Alina Karlos, while Sarah Haman is the kit manager and the team medic is Trefina Itengula.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Women football fans have their sayWomen football fans have their say Soccer, or football as it is usually known in Africa, is followed passionately throughout the continent, from Morocco in the far north down to Namibia.

    You'll know when an important match is being played either locally or abroad, because it will be all over everyone's Facebook timeline.

    More specifically, these days, women are up there with men when it comes to debating and analysing teams.

    They spill drinks and sometimes even threaten to smash smartphones or TV sets out of frustration.

    Times have moved on so fast that women footballer lovers are no longer being stereotyped because of their love for football, and their opinions and analyses of matches are appreciated. Namibian Sun spoke to 11 women and asked them which clubs they like locally and internationally, which players they enjoy watching and of course which clubs they cannot stand.



    Shandy Andreas: I support Blue Waters locally. Internationally I choose Manchester United every day. Those two teams taught me unity and strength and to always stand tall after falling. Also, I have individual favourites like Zenatha Coleman (Valencia), Virgil Vries (Kaizer Chiefs) and Willy Stephanus (Lusaka Dynamos). We all come from the south and they all make me so proud.

    I want to take my son abroad to watch United play some day. He eats and sleeps football. My favourite player will always be David Beckham. His foot just knew how to cross a ball. I watched him play ever since I can remember. At the moment I hate Arsenal. I recently made a bet worth N$500 for Arsenal to lose, and well, we all know how it ended. Arsenal ended up beating United 2-0.



    Fidelia Paulus: I support Arsenal. I stuck with the team even when we were at our lowest. I never gave up on the team. I will not spend more than N$1 500 on replica kit. My favourite player is Liverpool's Sadio

    Mané; I love his work ethic. He is an outstanding player. Did you see his backheeled goal the other day?



    Joyce Manga: Locally, Unam FC are my team. Internationally I support United. I think the craziest thing I ever did was smash my phone against the wall after Unam lost to Tigers in the Standard Bank Top 8 Cup. My favourite players locally are Aprocious Petrus (Eleven Arrows) and Jonas Dax Sakaria (Blue Waters). The contribution to their teams are superb. Internationally it has to be David de Gea, because he has been United's best and most consistent player. He is extraordinary because he makes everything look so easy. I can't even remember how many times he saved United from losing. Locally, I don't like Tigers and their unexciting history. Internationally, its Liverpool based on 1958, when United's players died in a plane crush. Liverpool mocked United and even coined a song 'Your players have been made manure'; it was sad, but they celebrated. I will buy club replica items at any cost that's affordable to me.



    Martha Ankambo: Locally I support Tigers and internationally United. At the moment I like the way a lot of players perform, so it's difficult to pick a favourite. The craziest think I plan to do is watch them play live at Old Trafford and run onto the field during halftime (watch this space). If I like the design of my club's replica items, whatever they cost, I will buy them. I really don't like Arsenal and Liverpool fans. They talk and boast too much, but their clubs don't even have enough trophies to back up their talk.



    Ndapewashali Shapwanale: The Mighty United is my club. Glory, glory Man United. Friendships have ended because of my love for this club. I'm joking; I had a United curtain in my hostel room at university and I had my office chair covered with United's fabric until it got stolen. What is the price tag when it comes to my team's replica items? De Gea at the moment is my best player. I think he is a brilliant goalkeeper; many did not give him much of a chance when he started, and here we are. Dislike is a very strong word. What I can say is that I have difficulty connecting with and warming up to a certain club nicknamed 'The Gunners'. Some would say I dislike the club, but that can never be true.



    Salome Tjimune: I support Gobabis outfit Young African locally. Internationally I choose Chelsea. I almost smashed my TV a couple of times while watching my team play. N'Golo Kanté is my favourite player. I would most probably only spend N$500 on club replica item. I really don't hate any club, even if they beat Chelsea 20-0.



    Rejoice Tjituera: I support black Africa and Unam locally. Internationally I support Arsenal. The craziest thing was removing my T-shirt and jumping up and down when my team scored and I only realised I was only in a bra after the excitement faded. I would spend a maximum of N$600 on team replica item. I also love Zenatha Coleman. She is the perfect example of what pure hard work, determination and talent can do for you. I'm not a huge fan of Tura Magic, simply because they beat my team, Unam, every chance they get.



    Sonya Somses: I support Chief Santos locally and United internationally. If I ever happen to watch United live at Old Trafford I will take off my shirt (mind you I don't wear bras) to celebrate the first goal. I'm willing to spend N$1 000 on my team's replica items. My favourite player currently is De Gea because without him my team would probably be last on the log. But my all-time favourite is Ronaldinho because he made playing football look so easy. I really don't like Liverpool, because their local supporters are loudmouths who have never seen their so-called big team lift the English Premier League trophy.



    Beverly Mumbango: Everyone knows I love the incredible United. We are a special team. I support no other club apart from them because I cannot divide my love. I will spend whatever money on my club; why not. Who does it bother? I don't do crazy things, I just support in peace. My favourite player is De Gea; that cat can catch balls. I just didn't like the fact that they hired Mourinho to coach my special team. He almost destroyed us. I really can't stand Arsenal fans. They just stress me; did you see the way they were celebrating when they beat us 2-0.? I couldn't sleep.



    Micheline Nawatises: Brave Warriors are my team. Internationally I'm with Liverpool. I really just want to run onto the pitch and fist-bump my favourite Warriors player soon. I, however, cannot reveal his name. I would only spend N$300 on team replica items. I cannot really say if I dislike a club; most have their way of doing things.



    Kavenamuua Mbetjiha: I support United. I don't think I have done anything specifically crazy while supporting my club; maybe just scream and shout while watching matches and getting involved in odd debates here and there, when someone 'pokes' me about my team. I spend any amount required on replica items. There is no budget for United! My favourite player; that is tough one because I love them all, but I would I have to say Ander Herrera. There is just something about his calmness and composure on the pitch and the way he plays its hypnotising to watch. Honestly, I don't dislike any club, in fact I have favourite players in most clubs. I do, however, dislike certain club fans.



    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Team Namibia win 46 medals in StellenboschTeam Namibia win 46 medals in Stellenbosch Namibian athletes with disabilities won 46 medals at the recently concluded South African Toyota Disability Sport Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    The South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired (SASAPD) national championships took place between 18 to 21 March.

    The SASAPD competition was used by Namibian athletes as a qualifier for the 2019 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships set for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates between 7 and 15 November.

    Team Namibia won 32 gold, 11 silver and three bronze medals. On the opening day of the championships, Team Namibia won two medals in swimming, while on the second day they won 13 medals, comprising of 11 gold and two bronze.

    During the third day of the competition Namibian athletes continued with their winning ways as they added five gold, six silver and one bronze medal to their tally.

    On the last day of the championships the team collected 19 more medals, of which 14 were gold and five silver.

    The gold medals were won by elite athletes Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala, Mateus Angula, Lahja Ishitile and Reginald Benade.

    Upcoming athletes Silvia Shivolo, Bradley Murere, Dian Jensen, Christopher Marungu, Petrus Karuli, and Alfredo 'The Bullet' Bernado also contributed to the winning of the gold medals.

    A group of 21 athletes competed in athletics (track and field) and swimming at these championships that where held at the Coetzenburg athletics stadium.

    Michael Hamukwaya, who is the coach as well as the secretary-general of the Namibia Paralympic Committee, said with enough support, this group of athletes can do more.

    “We have a group of young athletes who are hungry to perform for their country, but this can only happen if we get enough support. Our focus at the moment is the IPC athletics world championships later this year, where we want to defend the medals we won in London in 2017,” he said.

    The coach added that for these athletes win they need to be in a camp for at least two to three months, so they perfect all the techniques.

    Hamukwaya added that if the team does not get the needed support from government, they will end up just participating at events instead of competing.

    “Paralympics always does well at competitions, but it's about time the government as well as the corporate world starts investing more in these athletes,” he said.

    NAMPA

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  • 03/24/19--15:00: 'Stop denying genocide'
  • 'Stop denying genocide''Stop denying genocide'German Left Party MP speaks out A German MP says there must be an unequivocal public apology for the genocide. Left Party parliamentarian in the German Bundestag, Helin Evrim Sommer, says the “German genocide against the Ovaherero and Nama can no longer be denied”.

    Sommer made this remark during last Thursday's parliamentary debate and vote in Germany on the latest genocide motion, titled 'Reconciliation with Namibia - remembrance and apology for the genocide in the former colony of German South West Africa'.

    “Five years of continuing mumbo-jumbo and secret diplomacy, even excluding the descendants of the survivors, are enough,” Sommer said. She said the genocide debate in Germany should be discussed in the German parliament, which she said has a special responsibility to mandate the German government to implement “appropriate reconciliation steps”, adding that “restorative justice” cannot be excluded.

    “Every child has a better sense of how reconciliation works: in the beginning there must be (an) unequivocal public apology for the genocide. Of course, one-sided - as a gesture of insight and goodwill,” Sommer said.

    She said the negotiations between the Namibian and German governments are at an “impasse” and that the “self-appointed representatives” of the victim communities “have to have their seat at the negotiating table”.

    Before the parliamentary debate kicked off the solidarity alliance, 'No Amnesty on Genocide', held a demonstration in front of the parliamentary building in Berlin to propagate for the recognition, apology and compensation for the 1904 to 1908 genocide, echoing the motion of the Left Party. The alliance said it is “shameful” that Ovaherero and Nama descendants of victims of the genocide had to go to American courts to claim their say in the “overdue reparation for their terrible human and material losses”.

    Israel Kaunatjike, an Ovaherero activist and alliance spokesperson in Berlin, said the Social Democratic Party (SPD) must stand by current federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier's demand made in 2012 for the full recognition of the genocide.

    “The German government is mistaken when it believes that it can sit the matter out. We Ovaherero and the Nama will fight for compensation until justice prevails,” Kaunatjike said.



    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Justice lays down the law on serviceJustice lays down the law on service The launch of more than a dozen customer service charters guiding the justice ministry and attorney-general office's directorates and subdivisions are set to bolster administration, as well as empower the public.

    “The ultimate goal is the delivery of quality legal services and justice for all. The ministry hereby undertakes to ensure that customer satisfaction forms the basis of every undertaking. “Before any decision is taken or action is carried out, the first question will be: 'What impact will this have on customers and stakeholders,” justice minister Sackey Shanghala stressed at the launch last week.

    Shanghala said the launch of the service charters is an undertaking to the public “to continue to put our shoulders to the wheel”.

    He said this was just the beginning of the process of implementation.

    “The ministry's vision is to be a model provider of legal services and justice for all, and we are settling for nothing short of the best,” Shanghala emphasised. He added the charters will act as a “compass of morals or a set of indicators”.



    The promise

    The individual customer service charter leaflets contain detailed yet succinct outlines and overviews of the duties of each directorate and subdivision at the justice ministry and attorney-general's office.

    The charters list each office's public commitments and services, defines customers and stakeholders, and lists service standard frameworks and promises.

    Furthermore, the charters include the various ways to contact the individual offices, and include response timelines and standards to be expected by clients, including members of the public.

    All the charters contain clear timelines on how phone calls, emails and other contact requests will be handled.

    Eight of the customer service charters commit to answering calls within three rings, and to return calls within two days if an answer can't be provided immediately.

    The charters detail how requests for information will be dealt with if received in writing, including undertaking, in most cases, to always acknowledge receipt of mails, to reply within a set timeline and to provide up-to-date information on the case as it proceeds and is dealt with.

    The charters also commit to how persons visiting offices will be dealt with and within what timeframes.

    Customers matter

    Shanghala said establishing the charters has shaped a “new mindset and a way of doing business”.

    Justice ministry executive director Issaskar Ndjoze emphasised the charters are not only a promise that will gather dust on paper, but a commitment to the public which all at the ministry, from the top leadership to the lower ranks, are “expected to live up to”.

    Attorney-General Albert Kawana underlined that quality service provision from public servants to their customers, including the public, is no longer “an option, but a requirement”.

    The attorney-general emphasised that the customer service charters are important tools that can help determine the rights and obligations of the public and other stakeholders.

    “The main objective of these tools is to set priorities, the better utilisation of resources, strengthen operations and ensure that our office and our stakeholders are working towards common goals.”



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Mozambique LNG terminals echo global risksMozambique LNG terminals echo global risksA tale of two projects The US companies diverge in their financing, marketing and shipping strategies, reflecting uncertainties in a growth industry that has yet to achieve the flexibility and liquidity of its sister crude oil market. Sabina Zawadzkin - Mozambique, one of the world's poorest nations, is set to become a top global gas exporter thanks to two huge terminals about to be built in a northern province.

    The two liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, by Anadarko and Exxon Mobil, will extract, liquefy and ship gas, found in such quantities offshore Mozambique that it amounts to a decade's worth of European consumption.

    But the plans by the US companies diverge in their financing, marketing and shipping strategies, reflecting uncertainties in a growth industry that has yet to achieve the flexibility and liquidity of its sister crude oil market.

    Exxon will use its might as a decades-old LNG producer with a 20-million-tonne portfolio to partially pay for the project and absorb the LNG - together with its equally hefty partners.

    LNG novice Anadarko, meanwhile, has had to go through the time-consuming process of locking in long-term buyers for its gas and multi-billion-dollar financing from banks mindful of Mozambique's 2016 credit default and geopolitical hazards.

    For this reason, Anadarko's project has been fully exposed to risk assessments made by buyers and financial institutions.

    "I think what they've done is built the first project that across the board responds to the shifts to contract structures and pricing and how you finance an LNG project," said Jason Feer of Poten & Partners, an industry consultancy.

    Although the gas projects are 1 000 km north of Beira, the town at the heart of the devastation caused by a cyclone and floods last week, the country's poor infrastructure and flare-ups of violence are also large risks.

    Industry insiders say Anadarko will avoid the fate of London-listed Ophir Energy, which ended up losing its Equatorial Guinea licence, its chief executive and over US$300 million after it failed to get financing for its LNG project.

    But concessions have been made by Anadarko and its partners Mitsui, Mozambique state energy company ENH, Thailand's PTT and Indian energy firms ONGC, Bharat Petroleum Resources and Oil India.

    Concessions

    Anadarko had to seal binding contracts with long-term buyers of the LNG it plans to produce to present to banks as proof of the venture's viability before receiving financing for what it hopes is two-thirds of the cost of the US$20 billion project.

    But in a fast-expanding, volatile market, such multi-year, multi-billion-dollar commitments are difficult to clinch.

    "There are multiple price indexations, some flexibility in terms of volumes and there are a variety of contract durations," said Gary Regan of industry consultancy Gas Strategies.

    "Those are some of the ways in which they had to provide concessions to buyers during negotiations."

    Over 9.5 million tonnes a year (mtpa) of the project's 12.88 mtpa capacity is committed to eight buyers from seven developed and developing countries with various credit ratings, including utilities, major LNG portfolio holders and two state companies.

    The contract duration varies from 13 to 20 years and volumes range from 0.28 mtpa to 2.6 mtpa.

    All of the contracts are on a delivered ex-ship (DES) basis, Anadarko told Reuters, which means the company needs to organise LNG shipment. This is risky as the LNG tanker market, tiny and undeveloped by global shipping standards, is volatile, experiencing record-high charter rates last year.

    Finally, Anadarko had to lock in lower LNG prices than in the last wave of projects. One source familiar with the matter pegged Anadarko's prices above 11 but below 12% of Brent crude oil, compared to 14% five to seven years ago.

    Anadarko said its contracts had exposure to crude oil and gas index-linked prices but declined to comment further.

    There is every chance Exxon too will face low prices for its LNG but as it need not lock them in now, it can market the gas when it chooses to do so and for the best price.

    "Balance sheet financing by majors such as Exxon enables projects to proceed at optimal timing regarding contract strategy and market openings," Credit Suisse analyst Saul Kavonic said.

    Exxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Risk it later

    Anadarko said it would take a final investment decision (FID) by June thanks to the offtake agreements it now has providing the financing is agreed - still a significant hurdle. But once it does, it has a smoother path to production, due in 2024.

    "We are well placed to meet the objective of taking FID in the first half of this year," an Anadarko spokeswoman said.

    Exxon, meanwhile, has effectively pushed back the risk Anadarko has had to face today closer to the start date of its own project, also 2024.

    Together with partners Eni, the Italian major from which it took over the project in December 2017, LNG buyer Korea Gas Corp and state-owned China National Petroleum Corp, Exxon will take on the LNG volumes itself in a bet that there will be sufficient demand in 2024.

    Exxon is also seeking project financing but its experience, robust balance sheet and eager LNG consumers as partners, mean finding money will be easier, industry sources say.

    Here, Exxon is like Royal Dutch Shell, which has the world's largest LNG portfolio and which took FID on the US$30 billion LNG Canada project in October with few buyers signed.

    "The majors have kind of had to make a judgment call," said Freer of Poten & Partners.

    "They've had to decide they're not going to be in the LNG business because they don't have the pre-sales, or they've had to take more risk on the balance sheet. And the decision is they believe the demand for LNG is there."– Nampa/Reuters

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    Oil-rich Angola gripped by fuel shortageOil-rich Angola gripped by fuel shortage I have been queueing now for two hours. - Adao Samba, Resident: Luanda Luanda - Long queues formed at petrol stations in the capital Luanda on Thursday as Angola, a major oil producer, struggled with a fuel shortage that is now in its second week.

    Filling stations were low or out of petrol, also known as gasoline, in most of the country's provinces, according to local people contacted by AFP.

    "I have been queueing now for two hours," said Luanda resident Adao Samba, who had come to a petrol station by foot.

    "My motorbike is at home, and I couldn't drive it here because of the fuel shortage," he said, adding that he had been unable to work the previous day.

    Fuel rationing has caused a surge in prices on the black market.

    In the northern province of Zaire, a litre of high-octane petrol, priced at 500 kwanza (US$1.6) at filling stations, was changing hands for triple that amount.

    Sonangol

    The national oil company Sonangol said it had experienced "some delays in unloading fuel" in Angolan ports, but did not provide further details about the problems.

    It said the situation would return to normal in the coming days.

    Angola produced 1.47 million barrels of crude per day last month, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

    However, the country does not have an oil refinery and petrol and other refined products are imported from abroad.

    In 2014, a slump in oil prices badly hit government revenue, unleashing a budget crisis that endures today.

    Sonangol also has a history of financial problems.

    The last major fuel shortage occurred in December 2017, and was attributed by Sonangol to payment problems for some of its suppliers. – Nampa/AFP

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    NDC in the dark about dates, grapesNDC in the dark about dates, grapes The Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) does not know how much date palms and grapes were sold over a four-year period, according to an audit report prepared by the auditor-general's office.

    It is also in the dark about the value of its grape vines and date palms.

    The NDC has approximately 269 hectares of land on which it farms dates, grapes, pecan nuts, prickly pears and pomegranates.

    In the audit report, no information was also given on sales activities regarding pecan nuts, prickly pears or pomegranates.

    The NDC operates two farms for these purposes - the Naute irrigation project situated 50 kilometres south-west of Keetmanshoop and the Eersbegin date project, situated 90 kilometres from Khorixas.

    “The fair value of grape vines and date palms were not determined as at 31 March 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. Fair value is the amount for which the assets could have been sold between a knowledgeable, willing buyer and a knowledgeable, willing seller in an arm's length transaction at the valuation date,” the report said.

    It also noted the NDC held approximately 17 840 cattle as at 31 March 2017, valued at about N$82 million.

    Namibia Industrialisation Development Agency (NIDA) acting executive director Uparura Kuvare told Namibian Sun upon enquiry that a valuation had since been conducted to assess the value of its date palms and grape vines sold.

    NIDA is to assume responsibility for the NDC and the Offshore Development Company's functions and assets.

    “An audit identified the issue that the produce had not been evaluated. As we speak, the evaluation is being added to the books.

    We have a valuation report on the two farms, Naute and Eersbegin,” he said.

    The auditor-general's report, Kuvare explained, was done prior to the NDC carrying out its own evaluation.

    “The valuation was carried out after the auditor-general's findings. In the interim we have carried out our own valuations,” he added.

    The NDC in February extended an expression of interest for the evaluation of its biological assets.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 03/24/19--15:00: Warriors among us
  • Warriors among usWarriors among us Namibia played host to the most gruelling obstacle course just outside the capital, where athletes competed for the title of warrior winner.

    Hundreds of athletes joined in the fun during the Toyota Warrior Race that took place at Heja Lodge on Saturday. Armin Botha came first, with Louis Smit and Thomas van Tonder ending second and third respectively.

    A total of 35 athletes competed in the gruelling 15km Black-Ops Elite race that saw them completing 30 obstacles during the course.

    Only one female, Dominique D'Oliviera, competed in the biggest challenge of the day. She is the second athlete in the history of the Warrior Race who won a triple crown, after winning the Black-Ops Elite, Sprint Individual and Team Sprint in one weekend.

    A number of athletes travelled from South Africa to make sure they didn't miss out on the fun.

    Other categories for the day included Commando and the Rookie. While the Rookie is all about fun and camaraderie, athletes still crawled, climbed and jumped their way through the course. Those who couldn't complete an obstacle were given a set amount of burpees to do.

    According to Hennie Scheepers, one of the organisers, each race was customised to the environment, “and we know the people from Namibia are tough as nails”. He added the event encourages people to never give up when the going gets tough, and to be brave while facing many obstacles, both on and off the field.

    This is the 9th Warrior Race that took place since its inception in 2013 and Namibia is the only country outside South Africa that has hosted this challenging event.

    Yolanda Nel

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  • 03/24/19--15:00: Nigeria triumph in Windhoek
  • Nigeria triumph in WindhoekNigeria triumph in WindhoekQualify for their first-ever U-19 Cricket World Cup Nigeria have confirmed their seat at their first-ever global cricket tournament. Nigeria secured a dramatic first-ever spot in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2020, after they beat Sierra Leone by two wickets on the final day of the Africa qualifying tournament in Windhoek on Saturday.

    Set 139 to win, Nigeria endured a nervy chase, slipping to 87/6 at one point, before man of the match Peter Aho scored a priceless 21 not out to see them home.

    The entire squad rushed onto the field in jubilation, as they confirmed their seat at their first-ever global tournament.

    Aho had also taken two wickets earlier, when Sierra Leone posted 138 all out at Affies Park in Windhoek. On the adjacent field, Namibia had posted a massive victory over Kenya, so Nigeria simply had to win.

    Sierra Leone provided them with plenty of challenges, as Haroun Kamara's 58 from 60 balls propelled his side to a testing target. John Bangura chipped in with hearty 21, and as Sierra Leone refused to go quietly.

    Osman Sankoh's late 24 also lifted the tempo, and the previously unheralded Abdulrahman Jimoh took two quick wickets for Nigeria at the end, to stop the target getting any bigger.

    In response, Nigeria endured a tumultuous time, and were not aided by a gathering storm. Isaac Danladi's responsible 25 was crucial, while Miracle Ikaige also lent a hand with a vital 22. But the wickets kept on tumbling, and the pressure kept on mounting.

    Aho's nerveless intervention, mixed with occasional aggression, whittled down the target, and Nigeria were helped over the line by the cheering Ugandan squad. Namibia, on the other hand, were understandably cheering on Sierra Leone, having completed a 198-run drubbing of Kenya.

    Skipper Divan la Cock was again in the runs, with 88 from 102 balls, and Jan-Izak de Villiers added a steady 55, as Namibia piled on the runs. Ramon Wilmot had set them on their way with a blitzkrieg 46 from just 31 balls, clubbing three sixes in the process.

    The hosts eventually ended on 294/5, as they finished the tournament like a freight train. They rolled Kenya over for 96, with Mauritius Ngupita yet again in the wickets. His 3/15 supplemented De Villiers' burst upfront, as Namibia rushed through the East Africans.

    In the final game of the tournament, Uganda's Zephania Arinaitwe clattered a 40-ball 102, to blaze his side to an eight-wicket victory. He made light work of the target, after Tanzania had been bowled out for 144.

    Ashish Shah scored 40 and Aahil Jasani 28, as Tanzania tried to mount a challenging total. Skipper Frank Akankwasa and Juma Miyagi took three wickets apiece, as Uganda finished off their tournament in some style.

    The stage was then set for Arinaitwe to hammer nine sixes and six fours in his astonishing innings. He rushed to their total of 145 in just 12.2 overs to demolish Tanzania and finish off a dramatic week in Windhoek with quite a flourish.

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    Hardap selects provisional squad for Newspaper CupHardap selects provisional squad for Newspaper Cup The Hardap Region has selected a provisional 30-man under-20 team to compete in the The Namibian Newspaper Cup in Mariental next month.

    The competition starts on 19 April and ends on 22 April and will see all 14 regions represented in what is Namibia's biggest youth football competition.

    Trials were held in all eight constituencies for the selection of the players who will represent Hardap.

    Hardap won the competition in 2006 against their fiercest rivals and then hosts, //Karas. They finished as runners-up in 2004 and 2005 and finished third last year, after beating pre-tournament favourites, Khomas, 1-0 in the third/fourth place playoff.

    Hardap team manager Ivan Pieters said the team is better prepared this time around.

    “The team composition is good, as we have a very experienced team that has all the potential to go far in the competition. The team spirit is high and we are banking on our home support to be successful and win the cup on home soil,” Pieters said. He said Christy Guruseb has once again been given the reins to coach, and the technical team will be selected in the coming week.

    “We have former players like Dumisa Jantze, who are working with the team,” Pieters added.

    The provisional squad is as follows: Bohme Amunyela, Patrick Amutyakala, Eden Araeb, King Boois, Genivo Brendell, Hilden Davids, Silvanus Dirkse, Oiwa Eixab, Elmar Gawachab, McCanon Gowaseb, Johannes Hollombach, Kazombiaze Ihana, Chris Jacobs, Shane Jantze, Jason Karigub, Ngarizemo Kautembu, Hitjivirue Kazedjkuria, Johannes Kheibeb, Hamutenya Kudumo, Breyton Lamberth, Romaltino Lamperth, Armando Lukas, Denzil Matroos, Roberto Pienaar, Marius Skrywer, Brendon Snyer, Sedney Swartbooi, Terrence Taseb, Nazhar Topnaar and Romario Umati.

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    Grotesquely irresponsible conductGrotesquely irresponsible conduct Revelations regarding government spending N$70 million towards the upgrading of former president Sam Nujoma’s house on the outskirts of Windhoek were laid bare last week.

    The Namibian reported that construction work for Nujoma’s house was initially estimated to cost N$20 million, but it increased by a whopping N$50 million to bring the total cost to N$70 million. Just last week we were also critical of government having reportedly discussed an idea to erect a N$2 million elevator at the state property being used to house former vice-president Nickey Iyambo, while a new bill is being rushed through parliament to make provision for his upkeep. While government is unlikely to explain the ballooning costs associated with the N$70 million upgrades to Nujoma’s house, the Namibian people are growing increasingly sickened by the bloated sense of entitlement these days. It must be mentioned that the former president, according to media reports, never wanted the upgrades to his house, but clearly some people saw this as an opportunity to loot.

    Measures to cut costs are ruthlessly being implemented at many government offices, agencies and ministries. As I pen this editorial, thousands of jobs have been shed due to a poor performing economy, which has resulted in big and small enterprises cutting expenses to the bare minimum. We have also seen an acute shortage of medicine being reported countrywide, while there are not enough classrooms and textbooks for learners. It clearly appears now that the economic crisis befalling our nation has presented an opportunity to loot from the meagre government resources. Or how else does one explain N$70 million being paid to upgrade a one-storey home? Where did the extra N$50 million go to and where is the entire bill of quantities to prove this? The nation needs answers and whoever sanctioned these huge costs must account to the Namibian people. This grotesquely irresponsible conduct, when it comes to taxpayer funds, can and should no longer be tolerated.

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    Women football lovers on the riseWomen football lovers on the rise Ever-increasing numbers of Namibian women are opting to devote their free time to watching football.

    Their influence is rapidly transforming the atmosphere of Namibia's stadiums and social media pages.

    The once traditionally male-dominated sport is witnessing a quiet revolution. In the past, women would have been mocked for having an opinion of offering an analysis on a game, but today they are seen as an integral part of a happy football family.

    Many female fans share their views on WhatsApp groups, while gatherings take place often, where debates rage while beer and meat is enjoyed.

    Women fans are vociferous when it comes to talking about which player is performing well or not, and whether a certain coach needs to be sacked.

    Women and men gathered to discuss José Mourinho's exit from Manchester United.

    These discussions and many others involve those who actually play the game and those who just enjoy watching others play.

    For those who play the game, their profile and value have increased. A perfect example is that of Namibian football star Zenatha Coleman, who now plays for Valencia in Spain.

    Back in the day, nobody bothered to find out how many female players ply their trade overseas, but now there is a huge following, with the introduction of social media and so forth.

    People are aware of Coleman's left foot, as well as her right, and the number of goals she continues to net in Spain. Her game clips are being shared across Namibia.

    The support for women footballers from their male counterparts can be seen, and this too is changing the mindsets of parents who thought football is a boys' game.

    For those who merely love to watch, there has been growth in match attendance locally as well as internationally.

    Women have moved away from asking silly questions regarding offside rules to actually debating and analysing matches. Look at South African sport anchor Carol Tshabalala.

    It's evident that many women support local and international clubs. They are out there buying Juventus, Manchester City, and Barcelona jerseys, and some actually also believe they are in relationships with certain star players (*sips Woolworths water).

    Surnames have been changed on social media pages to 'Pogba's Wife', 'De Gea's future', 'Mbappe's side-chick and the like.

    Women are actually arguing on pages about this. None of them have ever met these players in person, mind you.

    People, mostly women, go to the extent of even tattooing the names of these players on themselves or even printing them on their favourite items.

    The interest is truly remarkable and has changed stereotypes, because not only are their female sport anchors but broadcasting agencies, radio stations and newspapers are pushing women to the fore front, and they are running the show.

    Also, the interest in the national side, Brave Warriors, has never looked stronger. If ever there were vocal supporters, it is women. Screaming at the top of her lungs, urging the team to play better, and if not, there is always that call for a substitution.

    Look at the local leagues as well. Women are running the administrative side of things, urging fans to fill stadiums. It is the same with the Skorpion Zinc Women's Super League.

    Women flock to spend the afternoon watching football and sometimes also give great advice.

    There is truly a transformation in women's coverage as well. It's no longer about the male player doing it for himself abroad. But there are women who are changing and engaging others.

    Social barriers are being broken, stereotypes are fading away slowly, and even though there is still a long way to go, the game is in a great place, and it will continue to stay that way for a long time to come.



    limba@namibiansun.com

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    Benade targets Paralympics goldBenade targets Paralympics goldLocal athlete guns for top honours in Tokyo Namibian Paralympian Reginald Benade is happy to return after a three-year absence from the sport due to injury. Reginald Benade, who competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China where he won a bronze medal in the men's F35/36 discus event, made a successful return at the South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) national championships held in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    While at the SASAPD champs, Benade won two gold medals in shot put and discus, recording a personal best of 10.28m in the shot put event and a throw of 30.42 in discus.

    His 10.28m shot put throw qualified him for the 2020 Paralympic Games, as well as the 2019 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships.

    Benade said he still has a lot of work ahead of him, as he is eager to represent Namibia at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

    “I know I can do better than what I did at the SASAPD because in the past I used to throw 12 metres in shot put and 40 metres in discus, which at the moment I am very far off from, but I feel happy that after the competition I am not in pain, as I used to be in the past,” he said.

    Namibia's first Paralympic Games medallist added that he went to the SASAPD champs so he could see if he could still continue with the sport.

    “I used to have back pains after training but I travelled to Taipei, Taiwan for a year where I received treatment, which really helped with my back pains, because at the moment I feel really good right now,” he explained.

    “I wanted to quit the sport, but after seeing that I still have something to offer, I will start training well again, so I can improve on my techniques,” he said.

    Benade, who qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil but could not participate due to injury, expressed optimism about once again winning a medal for Namibia next year. “I threw a Paralympic Games qualifying standard, but it's not good enough. I have a couple of months to improve on that, because I still believe that if I get the right support, once again I can win a medal for Namibia in Tokyo,” he said.

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    Anti-Bouteflika protests shake Algeria business communityAnti-Bouteflika protests shake Algeria business communityFCE leader Haddad under pressure to quit The key measure of real change will be to what extent the old, stagnant political system will be dismantled. It is quite possible there is a serious debate going on within the highest echelon of the army. - Hugh Roberts, Profesor: Tufts University. Lamine Chikhi - One of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's few remaining allies in the face of mass protests, tycoon Ali Haddad, is facing pressure to quit as head of Algeria's main business association, a move that would further weaken the embattled head of state.

    Bouteflika's long-time strategic partners, from members of the governing FLN party to trade unionists, have abandoned the president, peeling away layers of his ruling elite.

    The 82-year-old president also relied on influential figures like Ali Haddad, who has made billions through public works projects awarded by the government and investments in the media.

    He also funded Bouteflika's election campaigns and heads the FCE, a top business association whose leaders have been long-time supporters of the president.

    The forum for entrepreneurs has been hit by a series of resignations from members who have turned their backs on Bouteflika since the protests began on February 22.

    "Voices inside the FCE exist and they have publicly called for an extraordinary General Assembly to replace Ali Haddad," said Laid Benamor, former vice president of the organisation, who resigned from it after the demonstrations began.

    "He is today associated with cronyism and favours. The union must return to its original purpose, an apolitical economic space, to regain credibility."

    Haddad was not immediately available for comment.

    No clear successor

    A second businessman, Ourahmoune Nabil, described Haddad as one of the symbols of Bouteflika's system of rule and added that he must go, echoing public sentiment.

    "There won’t be a real change if Bouteflika leaves and Haddad stays," he said.

    The FCE was not immediately available for comment.

    Bouteflika, 82, rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke five years ago, bowed to the protesters last week by reversing plans to stand for a fifth term. But he stopped short of quitting and said he would stay on until a new constitution is adopted, effectively extending his present term.

    His move failed to appease Algerians, who want veterans of the 1954-1962 independence war against France who dominate the establishment to quit so a new generation of leaders can create jobs, fight corruption and introduce greater freedoms.

    Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets since peaceful protests erupted a month ago.

    "The Bouteflika camp have not made a serious concession. They are seeking to extend Bouteflika’s term indefinitely. This has gone down like lead," said Hugh Roberts, a professor of North African and Middle Eastern History at Tufts University.

    Even if Bouteflika exits, a new crisis could erupt in Algeria, a major oil and gas producer. There is no clear successor with the backing of the army and aged under 70.

    The key measure of real change will be to what extent the old, stagnant political system will be dismantled.

    Protesters insist on a clean break from the past.

    Bouteflika and his inner circle have built a secretive network of power over the years that includes the military.

    ‘Noble aims’

    On Wednesday, chief of staff lieutenant general Ahmed Gaed Salah threw the army's weight behind protesters, saying they have expressed "noble aims".

    The generals have intervened at times in the past, including cancelling an election in 1992 that Islamists were poised to win, triggering years of war that killed up to 200 000 people.

    Many Algerians are haunted by conflict which ravaged the North African country in the 1990s and want to avoid bloodshed.

    "For as long as things remain peaceful the army will probably hold back for a while. It is taking up a watching stance," said Roberts.

    "It is quite possible there is a serious debate going on within the highest echelon of the army. In a sense that has to be resolved before the army can act decisively."

    Radical Islamists are unlikely to play any role if Bouteflika is forced out because they army would not tolerate it. But moderate Islamists could be part of a new political landscape.

    While Bouteflika has been an astute political survivor over the years, wresting power from security service power brokers, he is now politically weaker by the day, as allies abandon him. – Nampa/Reuters

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