MYSTERIOUS FIRE TORMENTS POLICE OFFICER TO DEATH

SWAZILAND: MYSTERY/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/26/4/18 SABANews 1

Swazi Police search for their colleague in the bush (Pic. Times of Swaziland)

MHLANE – An officer with the SWAZILAND Police Force has been found dead and his body on fire close to 50 kilometres from the place he had disappeared 24 hours earlier.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the deceased, only named as Sergeant MDUDUZI of MATSAPHA Police Station, reportedly had lost everything to a mysterious fire.

It quotes the bereaved wife, MARY, as saying her late husband had been living a miserable life since AUGUST last year, when all the things he handled went up in smoke.

She says before his death on TUESDAY afternoon, they had gone to the bank to withdraw some money, but the whole amount caught fire in their motor vehicle when they reached home.

Ms MDUDUZI says the late Sergeant got burnt on the stomach as he tried to put out the fire to save the car and the cash.

She says everything he owned has been burnt and in a strange way, from his clothing, work uniform, shoes, food items and even the house they currently occupy at the police camp.

Ms MDUDUZI says each time her late husband withdrew some money, it all got burnt; a situation that has been frustrating him since he was the sole breadwinner in the family.

She says the couple had tried to take Sergeant MDUDUZI to prophets and pastors for prayers in vain; and on the day of his disappearance, he had revealed he was going to kill himself.

His children saw him retrieving a rope before he left the house, and when the wife realised his departure she followed him into the MHLANE Forest, where he usually went after such similar episodes.

However, Ms MDUDUZI says she searched for her late husband but failed to locate him and decided to return to the Camp to inform his colleagues.

More than 100 police officers launched a search for Sergeant MDUDUZI and only found his burning remains near USUTHU River at SIPHOFANENI, about 50 kilometres away from home.

The TIMES says authorities in traditional mysteries describe what had been happening to the late police officer as a curse known as LUBANE.

It says the deceased always wanted to kill himself and people had stopped him from committing suicide many times by shooting himself with his service pistol.

The tearful wife of the deceased SWAZI Police officer says her late husband had remained with nothing after his uniforms, as well as the only clothes donated by church members, all got burnt up too last week./Sabanews/cam

POVERTY BITES HARDER AS SETTLEMENT BECOMES TOO SMALL

NAMIBIA: LAND/NBC/26/4/18 SABANews 1

Poor Dorbabis settlers cry foul (Pic. The Namibian)

DORBABIS – Residents crowded at the DORDABIS settlement in the KHOMAS Region of South-central NAMIBIA are complaining of overwhelming poverty due to overcrowding.

They are crammed on a small, narrow corridor surrounded by privately owned commercial farms; and they access very small pieces of plots on which to grow food for consumption.

The residents say their settlement has no pastures for livestock to graze, and it is impossible for them to get fuel for cooking, since the only wood available is fenced off.

ONE of them, FREDERIKA KOMAGAS, has told NBC News she lives with more than 10 people in a small house built out of corrugated iron sheets.

Poverty has taken over her life, as she is unable to feed the huge family, considering she does not even have a small piece of land on which to start a small garden to grow vegetables.

The national broadcaster says people at DORDABIS face yet another humanitarian situation in which they lack clean drinking water and sanitation facilities.

It quotes their representatives as saying their attempts over the years to lobby local authorities to expand settlement have proved fruitless.

DORBABIS Settlement, 80-kilometres east of WINDHOEK in the WINDHOEK Rural Constituency of the KHOMAS Region, has some ONE-THOUSAND-500 people crowded in it.

Authorities are struggling to meet the high demand for both farming and residential land due to a floppy willing-buyer-willing-seller arrangement it has with white commercial farmers, beneficiaries of the apartheid era.

The World Bank says NAMIBIA has a relatively strong economic growth, but it has not been enough to deal with its levels of poverty, inequality, and unemployment./Sabanews/cam

HEAVY RARE EARTH ELEMENTS MINING LIKELY SOON

NAMIBIA: MINING/NBC/25/4/18 SABANews ONE

WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA is poised to benefit greatly from

Namibia Rare Earths outfit at work (Pic. Economist)

the mining of heavy rare earths that include copper, graphite, zinc, and other similar minerals.

NBC News says the country held Mining Expo and Conference last year, which has contributed to improved commodity markets and to a renewed interest in the national exploration sector.

It says Chamber of Mines President JOHAN COETZEE has revealed the development during the 39TH Annual General Meeting of his organisation in the capital, WINDHOEK.

He says the NAMIBIA Rare Earths established a strategic partnership last year with GECKO NAMIBIA, which they finalised this FEBRUARY.

Mr COETZEE says although prices of heavy rare earth metals are likely to increase significantly in the short-term, development of the project depends on mining licence approval.

The national broadcaster says the government issued the organisers with an environmental clearance certificate for the project in DECEMBER 2017, but there is no mining permit yet.

However, Mines and Energy Minister TOM ALWEENDO says a delay in acquiring licences and going through other processes should not hinder the finding of more minerals.

Minister ALWEENDO has assured the Chamber of Mines boss the Ministry will attend to their matter.

Geological experts say rare earth metals are vital in the development of green technologies and often work in electronics like laptops and smartphones, as well as spacecraft and missile weaponry.

Manufacturers also use the rare earths in camera lenses, battery electrodes, microwave filters, high-temperature superconductors, x-ray machines, and many others, plus many others; and NAMIBIA has a lot of them./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT TO COME UP WITH DUAL CITIZENSHIP BILL

MALAWI: CITIZENSHIP/MBC/25/4/18 SABANews 1

President Mutharika meets Queen Elizabeth the Second (Pic. Nyasa Times)

LONDON – MALAWI is working on a proposed law to introduce dual citizenship, under which a person can legally belong to more than ONE nation.

MBC News says President PETER MUTHARIKA has revealed the plan to MALAWIANS living in the BRITISH capital, LONDON.

He says his administration will table the Dual Citizenship Bill when the National Assembly seats in NOVEMBER this year, and the formulation of the proposed law is underway.

The national broadcaster says President MUTHARIKA has been in LONDON for the COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT Meeting.

He has since left the BRITISH capital for SCOTLAND where he has other engagements including an expected to address to the SCOTTISH Parliament.

The current MALAWI Citizenship Act that came into being on SIX JULY 1966 says every person who was a national before the date continues to be a citizen of MALAWI.

It says birth within the territory of the SADC country does not automatically award citizenship, except if ONE is a child born of unknown parents.

However, children born in MALAWI on or after SIX JULY 1966, whose father or mother is a citizen of and is of AFRICAN race also qualifies.

Similarly, a child born abroad on or after SIX JULY 1966, whose parent is a native-born citizen of MALAWI and of AFRICAN race is suitable for the status.

An AFRICAN, or a person with COMMONWEALTH or MALAWIAN ties, resident for FIVE years in the country, with enough knowledge of the ENGLISH language, can also apply.

Nevertheless, the applicant must intend to reside permanently in MALAWI, and will renounce previous citizenship; and, on the other hand, aliens without the national ties must have been resident for SEVEN years.

MALAWI currently does not recognise dual citizenship, but diaspora-born children can maintain dual citizenship until the age of 21, after which the person renounces the other citizenship.

The law says a citizen age 22 or older, who obtains new citizenship through means like marriage has ONE year to declare a desire to retain MALAWIAN citizenship or it will be revoked.

ONE can renounce MALAWIAN citizenship legally, although the State can cancel it for a number of reasons like exercising rights or privileges of another country and other offenses./Sabanews/cam

OPPOSITION CALLS ON RULING PARTY TO APOLOGISE FOR HATE SPEECH

MALAWI: POLITICS/AGENCIES/24/4/18 SABANews 1

Malawian businessman-cum-politician Sidik Mia expresses support for both Muslims and Christians (Pic. Nyasa Times)

BLANTYRE – A member of the opposition MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY has called on the ruling DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY, DPP, to apologise for what he describes as dangerous hate speech.

The FACE OF MALAWI publication says business tycoon MUHAMMAD SIDIK MIA has demanded the DPP withdraws remarks by its Eastern Region Governor attacking MUSLIMS in the country.

The online publication and others say Governor JULIUS PAIPI allegedly called ISLAM evil, saying electing the MCP with Mr SIDIK MIA as its member is like voting for war in 2019.

The remarks even angered the ruling party Campaign Director in MANGOCHI area of the SOUTHERN REGION, WELLINGTON MANGULENJE, who tendered his resignation from the DPP this SUNDAY.

Mr SIDIK MIA has written on social media saying he is shocked over the remarks, and he wants an apology.

He says BAKILI MULUZI, who was Head of State for TWO consecutive terms, is a MUSLIM but he never caused war in the country.

Mr SIDIK MIA describes MUSLIMS as tolerant of other religions, saying he is working so comfortably with MCP President LAZARUS CHAKWERA, himself a CHRISTIAN.

He says he even attends CHRISTIAN gatherings when invited and they equally attend important ISLAMIC functions when invited.

The politician says MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS live peacefully together and must not let misguided individuals like Governor PAIPI sow seeds of hatred and discord in their country.

Meanwhile, the MALAWI VOICE says the ruling DPP has distanced itself from the remarks by the Regional Governor; saying the party has always embraced and enjoyed coexistence of different beliefs.

It has issued a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary FRANCIS KASAILA saying it is investigating Governor PAIPI, who will receive disciplinary measures if found guilty.

The ruling party says it acknowledges the support it has been receiving from Brothers and Sisters from the MUSLIM community, and wishes to assure them it will always respect their values and beliefs.

People in MALAWI are looking forward to tripartite elections on 21 MAY 2019, when they will choose councillors, members of the National Assembly and a President./Sabanews/cam

DOUBLE TROIKA HAPPY WITH SITUATION IN DRC AND LESOTHO

SADC: STABILITY/ANGOP/24/4/18 SABANews 1

Angolan President Joao Lourenco, SADC Double Troika Chair

LUANDA – The SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY, SADC Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government has commended events in troubled countries of the region.

President JOAO LOURENCO of ANGOLA, who heads the Double Troika, says he believes the steps taken in the DRC and LESOTHO can contribute to political confidence and stability of the TWO countries.

He has addressed delegates to the gathering held this TUESDAY in his capital, LUANDA, commending the move by DRC President JOSEPH KABILA to implement key aspects like scheduling the date for elections to 23 DECEMBER this year.

President LOURENCO says such actions are signs that may contribute to the urgent easing of internal tensions, to strengthen mutual trust between the government, the opposition, and civil society.

He has appealed to the parties involved in the process to show wisdom, patriotism, and maximum restraint in the most critical moments, looking FIRST at national interests.

The new climate, he says, will help tackle differences and ensure convergence that paves way for peace, security, stability, and national reconciliation.

However, President LOURENCO has expressed concern about the situation in Eastern DRC, where rebel groups like the DEMOCRATIC FORCES ALLIANCE continue to kill women and children.

Nevertheless, he says the SADC Double Troika welcomes the efforts made by the local active forces in the situation in LESOTHO for the full political stability of the Kingdom.

President LOURENCO says ANGOLA has a deep sense of duty as part of the military contingent of the regional group tasked to ensure the political and military stability of LESOTHO under the UN and the AU.

The SADC Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government aims to seek peaceful ways to help the DRC and LESOTHO overcome their political and social crises as well as consolidate democratic processes in the Region.

ANGOLA chairs the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation; while ZAMBIA is the incoming Chair; and TANZANIA is the outgoing Chair of the Organ responsible for promoting peace and security in the SADC Region.

SOUTH AFRICA Chairs the SADC Bloc, with NAMIBIA as the Deputy Chair and SWAZILAND as the out-going Chair, while representatives of the DRC and LESOTHO have attended the LUANDA Summit as guests./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT SPONSORED STUDENTS STRANDED IN FOREIGN LANDS

SWAZILAND: STUDENTS/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/24/4/18 SABANews 1

Swazi future leaders struggle at South African Embassy (Pic. Times of Swaziland)

MBABANE – SWAZI students studying in different countries of the SADC Region have accused their government of neglect due to unpaid college fees and accommodation rentals.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the situation remains a nightmare for the undergraduates, as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has still not paid some of them their allowances.

It says the affected are mainly FIRST Year individuals enrolled at the different universities; who have to stress about the allowances as landlords also demand rent.

Some of the children studying in SOUTH AFRICAN colleges moved into flats at the end of JANUARY, and have been struggling to pay their rentals since then.

The TIMES says parents have found themselves in a difficult situation as their children are complaining about home owners who are threatening to evict them if they do not pay up.

It says just a few months ago, SWAZI students were going through the headache of failing to get study permits from the SOUTH AFRICAN High Commission.

The situation was so serious they had to spend nights sleeping on the floor at the NEW MALL in the capital, MBABANE, because the Commission closed early and only attended to a specific number of students per day.

The situation at the foreign mission has been blamed partly on government negligence, since some students needed to present proof of payment before getting the permits.

Interviewed SWAZI students have told the media they are disappointed with the authorities in the Kingdom, who they feel does not care about their welfare./Sabanews/cam

NEW ENERGY PROJECTS ON CARDS AS AFRICA ATTRACTS FOREIGNERS

ZAMBIA: ENERGY/ZNBC/SABANEWS/24/4/18 SABANews 1

Renewable energy may be the way for Africa to go

LUSAKA – GERMAN investors have expressed interest to invest in the ZAMBIAN energy sector, amid reports saying global financiers have set up schemes to help the AFRICAN continent.

The ZAMBIAN Ambassador to GERMANY, ANTHONY MUKWITA, says the business people have recognised the efforts the country is making to improve power supplies.

He says the EDGAR LUNGU Government decision to remove energy subsidies has made the sector attractive for private investment and expansion.

Ambassador MUKWITA says the situation is the reason the SADC country has been invited to attend the forthcoming 12TH GERMAN-AFRICAN Energy Forum in GERMANY.

He says the massive planned gathering will attract 400 national and international delegates as well as business associations in the energy sector.

Meanwhile, an earlier report by RENEWABLES NOW says the EUROPEAN Investment Bank, GERMAN Insurer MUNICH RE, and the AFRICAN Trade Insurance Agency have a new initiative.

It says the THREE organisations have launched a joint political risk reinsurance facility targeting to support the clean energy sector in AFRICA.

The AFRICA Energy Guarantee Facility aims to attract about ONE-POINT-FOUR-BILLION USD dollars of private investments in the renewable energy, efficiency, and access in 25 Sub-SAHARAN AFRICAN countries.

It will offer long-term insurance against non-payment under power purchase deals; expropriation and breach of contracts; currency inconvertibility; war; civil unrest, and arbitration award default.

Authorities expect the initiative to have a major impact on business, since firms are usually cautious to launch fresh energy projects unless assured of long-term protection for their money against changing political environments.

MUNICH RE Chief Executive Officer JOACHIM WENNING says the AFRICA Energy Guarantee Facility will remove a major obstacle for renewable energy investments on the AFRICAN Continent./Sabanews/cam

OPPOSITION PROTESTORS TAKE TO THE STREETS AGAIN

MADAGASCAR: VIOLENCE/SNA/AGENCIES/24/4/18 SABANews 1

Madagascar turns violent after electoral law changes (Pic. Agencies)

ANTANANARIVO – SADC is witnessing yet another mass uprising against a sitting president and electoral reforms, as opposition supporters have clashed with the police in MADAGASCAR.

SEYCHELLES News Agency quotes media reports as saying thousands have this MONDAY taken to the streets to protest against the president and a deadly crackdown by security forces.

It says yesterday protests come after armed police units reportedly killed TWO people and injured at least 16 others on SATURDAY in the capital ANTANANARIVO.

President HERY RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA has denounced the weekend demonstrations by the about ONE-THOUSAND protestors as an attempted coup.

MONDAY has seen large crowds gathering to honour the victims parading quietly past the coffins of the TWO deceased placed in MAY 13 Square, the symbolic heart of the capital.

The SEYCHELLES national news agency says security forces had been blocking access to the city centre by SUNDAY morning, but later retreated to allow protesters to gather peacefully.

It says Defence Minister General BENI XAVIER RASOLOFONIRINA has told reporters they left to avoid violent clashes, which could cause great damage among the MALAGASY.

However, he says protesters should know the police will never accept any state institution set up outside the election process, because such developments are against the Constitution.

The MALAGASY opposition supporters have been protesting against new electoral laws they claim are likely to block some candidates from standing in the upcoming presidential vote.

Media reports say MADAGASCAR may hold general elections in late NOVEMBER or in DECEMBER, although President RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA, elected in 2013, has not yet revealed whether or not he will stand.

TWO former heads of State, MARC RAVALOMANANA, who ruled from 2002 to 2009, and ANDRY RAJOELINA, who removed Mr RAVALOMANANA in a coup, say they are contesting.

They were barred from running in 2013 and their parties have been involved in the current protests, while both leaders attended the MONDAY gathering to honour the SATURDAY victims.

Disturbances in MADAGASCAR come as SADC has witnessed the fall of TWO presidents, ROBERT MUGABE in ZIMBABWE and JACOB ZUMA in SOUTH AFRICA; who both were pushed out due to poor governance./Sabanews/cam

ECONOMIC BOOM EXPECTED FROM STRONGER TIES WITH ISRAEL

TANZANIA: DIPLOMACY/DAILY NEWS/24/4/18 SABANews 1

Farm Africa trained farmer demonstrates simple but effective sesame seed planter (Pic. Jonathan Banks)

DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA says it is working to strengthen bilateral relations with ISRAEL to help boost its own agriculture and other strategic economic sectors.

ISRAELI Justice Minister AYELET SHAKED has been visiting the SADC country, and has attended the TANZANIA-ISRAEL Business and Investment Forum in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

She has commended host President JOHN POMBE MAGUFULI for seeking stronger ties with her country, saying the relations are strategic for both TANZANIA and ISRAEL.

Minister SHAKED says TANZANIA is also opening its Embassy in ISRAEL next week; a development she says is a symbol of what the TWO countries can do together.

The DAILY NEWS quotes her as saying ISRAEL is superior in technology and TANZANIA is the superpower in natural resources, endowments that they can combine.

Minister SHAKED says ISRAEL possesses high technology in agriculture, medicine, irrigation, security, and pharmacy.

TANZANIAN officials like the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment have displayed excitement at the prospect of increased cooperation with the ISRAELIS.

CHARLES MWIJAGE has told reporters the government has been discussing with ISRAEL issues of agriculture, a sector that is highly developed in ISRAEL.

He says the ISRAELIS are capable of farming even in the desert and producing more crops than people cultivating arable land.

Minister MWIJAGE says TANZANIA wishes for farmers from ISRAEL to help ensure efficient production; given the highly needed ISRAELI expertise in science and technology.

TANZANIA Private Sector Foundation Board Member FELIX MOSHA says the MIDDLE EASTERN country is far ahead in technology and agriculture.

The TANZANIAN official says it will be a great opportunity for local producers to partner ISRAELI farmers.

The FARM AFRICA organisation says most people in TANZANIA are rural small-scale farmers, but about 35 percent of the population does not have enough nutritious food to eat.

It says villagers in the large forests rely on selling timber products like firewood and charcoal to make money, which calls for higher and more sustained agricultural growth to reduce overall poverty.

Expected ISRAELI expertise comes as FARM AFRICA has since 1990 sent out teams to help small-holders, pastoralists and forest communities in TANZANIA become food self-sufficient./Sabanews/cam