Burnt braai meat led to birthday party kiling

May 19, 2015, 9:28am
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has ordered ministers, deputies and permanent secretaries to submit an overview of their plans for the next five years.
In a letter dated 27 April, Geingob said through the contract, ministers, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries will be held accountable on what he regards as a “sacrosanct” promise to the people.
“For the sake of comparability and for monitoring and evaluation purposes, I am attaching a template of how I would like the declaration of intent to look like,” he wrote.
Geingob said the ministerial statement of intent should outline the statement of responsibility for the minister, deputy minister/s and chief accounting officer.
He also requested that ministers provide a brief overview of the role and vision for their ministries.
“Briefly explain what is done in your ministry and how it is achieved. What are the key challenges and opportunities (not more than five) in your operating environment?” Geingob said.
They should give a brief explanation of how their ministries contribute to the government's key priorities.
“In the next five years focus will be on poverty eradication, industrialisation, reduction of income disparities, economic growth/wealth creation and job creation,” Geingob said in his letter as he gave ministers his main targets to work around for their key performance indicators.
He also asked the ministers to provide three to six strategic intentions their ministries would like to carry out during the next five years. This he said will constitute their promise to the public, which he says should be ambitious, yet also realistic and attainable.
“Explain in brief why they are important and what you intend to do to achieve them. Describe how you will manage your functions and operations to achieve your strategic intentions-teamwork.
“You are requested to complete and return the template to my office, on or before the 30th May 2015,” the President said.
As a result of Geingob's directives, the minister of urban and rural development Sophia Shaningwa recently wrote to all regional governors, chairpersons of regional councils and mayors inviting them to a meeting.
Shaningwa wrote in her letter dated 7 May 2015 that she was required by the President to provide a plan on how her ministry and sub-national governance structures plan to fast-track the delivery of affordable and quality houses as well as access to and provision of serviced land to the many homeless and landless Namibians.
“As a strong believer in teamwork and in the spirit of Harambee as passionately advocated by our President, I would like to consult and obtain your views as fellow decision-makers and leaders in the sector that has been entrusted to me to lead and who also have the same responsibility of promoting and ensuring good governance and the delivery of goods and services to the electorate,” she wrote.
The meeting is scheduled for 22 to 23 May 2015 at Grootfontein. The meeting will brainstorm and jointly work out the issues that will form the content of the statement she is to submit to the President as well as the interventions to pursue in order to fast-track the delivery of affordable and quality houses and serviced land.
“In order for us to do justice to the issues at hand, I wish to advise you to convene consultative meetings in your respective localities and regions prior to the retreat,” Shaningwa said, adding that this will help them to obtain inputs from the members of the teams that they are leading including the executive management structures falling under their offices and general areas.
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PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has ordered ministers, deputies and permanent secretaries to submit an overview of their plans for the next five years.
In a letter dated 27 April, Geingob said through the contract, ministers, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries will be held accountable on what he regards as a “sacrosanct” promise to the people.
“For the sake of comparability and for monitoring and evaluation purposes, I am attaching a template of how I would like the declaration of intent to look like,” he wrote.
Geingob said the ministerial statement of intent should outline the statement of responsibility for the minister, deputy minister/s and chief accounting officer.
He also requested that ministers provide a brief overview of the role and vision for their ministries.
“Briefly explain what is done in your ministry and how it is achieved. What are the key challenges and opportunities (not more than five) in your operating environment?” Geingob said.
They should give a brief explanation of how their ministries contribute to the government's key priorities.
“In the next five years focus will be on poverty eradication, industrialisation, reduction of income disparities, economic growth/wealth creation and job creation,” Geingob said in his letter as he gave ministers his main targets to work around for their key performance indicators.
He also asked the ministers to provide three to six strategic intentions their ministries would like to carry out during the next five years. This he said will constitute their promise to the public, which he says should be ambitious, yet also realistic and attainable.
“Explain in brief why they are important and what you intend to do to achieve them. Describe how you will manage your functions and operations to achieve your strategic intentions-teamwork.
“You are requested to complete and return the template to my office, on or before the 30th May 2015,” the President said.
As a result of Geingob's directives, the minister of urban and rural development Sophia Shaningwa recently wrote to all regional governors, chairpersons of regional councils and mayors inviting them to a meeting.
Shaningwa wrote in her letter dated 7 May 2015 that she was required by the President to provide a plan on how her ministry and sub-national governance structures plan to fast-track the delivery of affordable and quality houses as well as access to and provision of serviced land to the many homeless and landless Namibians.
“As a strong believer in teamwork and in the spirit of Harambee as passionately advocated by our President, I would like to consult and obtain your views as fellow decision-makers and leaders in the sector that has been entrusted to me to lead and who also have the same responsibility of promoting and ensuring good governance and the delivery of goods and services to the electorate,” she wrote.
The meeting is scheduled for 22 to 23 May 2015 at Grootfontein. The meeting will brainstorm and jointly work out the issues that will form the content of the statement she is to submit to the President as well as the interventions to pursue in order to fast-track the delivery of affordable and quality houses and serviced land.
“In order for us to do justice to the issues at hand, I wish to advise you to convene consultative meetings in your respective localities and regions prior to the retreat,” Shaningwa said, adding that this will help them to obtain inputs from the members of the teams that they are leading including the executive management structures falling under their offices and general areas.
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Burnt braai meat led to birthday party killing

The High Court has heard how a four-year-old’s birthday party turned into a scene from a horror movie when her mother died in a pool of blood after an argument with her father over burnt braai meat.
The killing on November 10, 2012 in Golgota, Katutura, sent shockwaves through the nation and was relived in court yesterday when State witness Evan Hamaseb testified against murder accused Jeffrey Barman.
Hamaseb was victim Melanie Booysen’s neighbour.
He related how the killing played out in front of his eyes.
“I found the deceased and the accused together at the back of the house, where meat was being braaied for the party,” he said.
The witness said he heard the deceased say to the accused: “My father asked who burnt the meat.”
The accused allegedly retorted by asking: “Who burnt the meat?” Although the deceased then said something, he could not hear, Hamaseb said.
“Thereafter out of the blue, Barman threw a glass towards the deceased which struck her in the neck. She was cut and the wound seemed deep and blood was oozing out of it.” Hamaseb said he told Booysen to sit down on a nearby bench.
According to him, Susanna Booysen, the mother of the deceased asked why Barman had stabbed her daughter, but the accused pushed her out of the way and she fell against the fence.
The witness allegedly restrained Barman by putting his hands around him.
Hamaseb said that prior to the incident there was no argument between the accused and the deceased. Earlier yesterday, Barman, 24, pleaded not guilty to murdering Booysen by allegedly cutting her throat. He also pleaded not guilty to two attempted murder charges, as well as assaulting the mother of the deceased. He, however, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, for an incident in which he stabbed his cousin Albertus Duncan three times during a brawl in Katutura. Duncan was stabbed, near his ear, shoulder and back and had to be rushed to the intensive care unit of the Katutura State Hospital following the attack.
The incident occurred barely three months after the accused was released on N$3 000 bail for the alleged murder of Booysen.
His bail was cancelled and he has been in custody ever since.
Hamaseb said he had come to know Barman through the deceased. He said the accused used to come to visit the deceased’s home, as he was the father of her daughter. The witness testified that on that fateful day, he arrived almost at the same time as Barman.
Barman was seated outside the house with his friends and offered him a drink, but he declined as it was too early, Hamaseb said. According to him, Barman later entered the house and asked whether he could use his cellphone to make a call. He offered the accused his cellphone and after a while followed him when he went outside, because he feared Barman might disappear with it. It was then that the killing happened. At the time of Barman’s arrest, it was alleged that he tried to flee the scene and climbed on top of a roof. He broke his leg during a subsequent jump.
The trial continues before Judge Christie Liebenberg.
Advocate Simba Nduna appears for the State, while advocate Willem Visser is representing Barman.

By Fred Goeieman: Namibian Sun