DATES SET FOR MULTI-STAKEHOLDERS NATIONAL DIALOGUE

Acting Prime Minister MONYANE MOLELEKI

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MASERU – LESOTHO has come up with 16 and 17 NOVEMBER as the dates for a planned multi-stakeholder national dialogue, aimed to help bring lasting peace to the mountain Kingdom.

RADIO LESOTHO says Acting Prime Minister MONYANE MOLELEKI has announced the decision when he opened a TWO-day-long Post-Elections National Dialogue organised by the LESOTHO COUNCIL OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS.

It says he has told delegates to the gathering at the MANTHABISENG Convention Centre the government has consulted other parties involved and come up with a program, in line with SADC decisions.

Mr MOLELEKI says his country advocates for common values and hopes such as promotion of peace and security, respect for human rights, good governance and the rule of law as enshrined in the Constitution and articulated through the Foreign Policy.

He has commended members of the civil society for their efforts to bring the Kingdom to stability since the military coup attempt of 2014, especially in light of the volatile political situation that followed.

Acting Prime Minister MOLELEKI says civil society, including faith-based organisations, has remained devoted to mediation efforts to bring peace to LESOTHO during these challenging times.

He has further commended the SADC Facilitator to LESOTHO, Vice President CYRIL RAMAPHOSA of SOUTH AFRICA, as well as the Regional Oversight Committee, for selfless efforts to help resolve differences and bring about lasting peace.

Acting Prime Minister MOLELEKI says the determinations are a clear indication of the commitment of SADC to maintain and further strengthen the already existing cooperation between his country and other regional members.

He says the last FOUR years are a period when LESOTHO has been in a political turmoil due to a number of issues, including what he calls floor crossing in Parliament, to the detriment of peace and security.

Acting Prime Minister MOLELEKI says BASOTHO have a common destiny that compels them to work closely to defeat their common enemies like crime, corruption, lack of youth unemployment, HIV and AIDS, as well as poverty and others.

The just ended TWO-day-long Post-Election Dialogue has been meant to discuss events following the 2017 National Assembly Elections, and it involved political parties as well as non-governmental groups from LESOTHO and abroad./Sabanews/cam

DEPUTY PM ENCOURAGES KINGDOM TO UNITE AND REBUILD

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MASERU – LESOTHO is recovering from a serious military and political discord over the past months, and the government is calling on the citizens of the Kingdom to unite during this period.

Deputy Prime Minister MONYANE MOLELEKI says the opening of Parliament next FRIDAY is a vital moment, when the nation will launch the process to implement decisions of the SADC Regional leadership.

RADIO LESOTHO says Deputy Prime Minister MOLELEKI has addressed the Kingdom, saying the government has so far taken the actions it can afford on its own.

He says serious and genuine investigations are underway into the deaths of Lieutenant General MAAPARANKOE MAHAO, the Former Army Commander shot dead by soldiers in his village home on 25 JUNE 2015.

Deputy Prime Minister MOLELEKI says police are investigating, arresting and bringing before the courts of law all the members of the security forces implicated in the criminal activities.

His comments come amid reports saying the law-enforcement agents have picked up former Defence Force Commander Lieutenant General TLALI KAMOLI on an array of charges, including murder.

General KAMOLI is to answers many questions about the instability in the Kingdom, including the 2014 coup attempt and the killing of former Army boss MAAPARANKOE MAHAO and the Army Commander KHOANTLE MOTSOMOTSO.

Deputy Prime Minister MOLELEKI says BASOTHO will unite and face the challenges in order to write a new chapter for the nation together; and he calls on others out of the country for political reasons to come and freely take part in all the areas of the reform process.

He says the government has decided to take all actions necessary to ensure the safe, comfortable and respectful return to LESOTHO of MATHIBELI MOKHOTHU, MOTHEJOA METSING and TS’ELISO MOKHOSI.

The LESOTHO Deputy Prime Minister says a THREE-member delegation led by THESELE MASERIBANE assisted by the High Commissioner to SOUTH AFRICA, RALECHATE ‘MOKOSE, will meet the THREE men to discuss their return home./Sabanews/cam

TWO TRADITIONAL LEADERS PLEDGE TO FIGHT BLOOD SUCKING CRUSADERS

Paramount Chief NGOLONGOLIWA of the LHOMWE

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CHIRADZURU – Paramount Chief NGOLONGOLIWA of the LHOMWE in the MULANJE District of Southern MALAWI has pledged to fight suspected witches allegedly sucking the blood of humans in his area.

The traditional leader, also known as the MWENE WA MAMWENE of the MULHAKO WA ALHOMWE grouping, has assured the government and his people village heads will catch the suspects by the end of this OCTOBER.

NYASA TIMES newspaper says he made the remarks at a primary school in CHIRADZURU District, where President PETER MUTHARIKA heard testimonies from some of the blood sucking victims.

The Head of State has warned the suspected vampires to stop terrorising communities, saying village chiefs should help stop the people who are using witchcraft to suck human blood.

The TIMES says he has visited the area after serious reports of a vampire scare in some districts of the southern region, which triggered mob violence and left about SEVEN people dead.

Scared villagers have recently taken the law into their own hands and mobbed people suspected to be members of the vampire crusade since mid-SEPTEMBER.

The publication says beliefs in witchcraft are widespread in Rural MALAWI, ONE of the world’s poorest countries, where many aid agencies and NGOs are working.

It quotes Paramount Chief NGOLONGOLIWA as saying reports of bloodsuckers are not a myth, but real acts of witchcraft by some magicians who want to undermine the powers of traditional leaders.

He says such people can only be dealt with by traditional leaders, because the police do not have the capacity to fight their powers.

Senior Chief MPAMA of CHIRADZURU District has also echoed the same sentiments, saying traditional leaders are now well equipped for the battle against the suspected vampires.

Meanwhile, the MALAWIAN Head of State has pleaded with the people to stay calm, as his government has deployed a number of police officers to protect communities during the widespread bloodsucking scare./Sabanews/cam

LAWMAKERS ADVISED TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA WITHIN LEGAL CONFINES

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ZANZIBAR CITY – Members of the ZANZIBAR House of Representatives have been advised to avoid abuse of social media and the internet, especially use of emotional and offensive statements.

The DAILY NEWS says officers from the Communications Regulatory Authority have made the call during a seminar on the Cyber Crime Act 2015, learnt about the law before its application extends to the Islands.

The lawmakers have hard why the law was introduced, its challenges in implementation on the Mainland, different types of crimes under the law, and ethical behaviour when online.

ZANZIBAR comprises the INDIAN Ocean islands of ZANZIBAR, or UNGUJA, as well as PEMBA and 48 others, which joined TANGANYIKA in 1964 to form the United Republic of TANZANIA, but is a semi-autonomous territory with its own Parliament and President.

TANZANIA Communications Regulatory Authority Senior Legal Officer PHILIP FILIKUNJOMBE has told the ZANZIBARI lawmakers to observe ethics, even when they are attacked.

He says they should not respond using offensive language because they may also be committing a crime.

TANZANIA National Assembly Speaker ZUBEIR ALI MAULID has told the legislators they need to understand the Cyber Crime Act and communicate the message to their respective constituencies to minimize offences on the fast growing online and social media.

Cyber Crimes are different offences committed online, using the internet through computers, laptops, tablets, internet-enabled televisions, game consoles and smart phones.

The TANZANIA Cyber crimes Act 2015 makes provisions for criminalising offences related to computer systems, although the law already enforced on the Mainland, is not fully operational in ZANZIBAR./Sabanews/cam

COUNTRY TO USE RENEWABLE ENERGY ONLY BY 2050

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DAR ES SALAAM – Climate Action Network TANZANIA has carried out a joint study with THREE foreign expert organisations to determine the potential to use renewable energy in the country.

The DAILY NEWS newspaper says researchers have produced a report saying at current trends, all the electricity produced within TANZANIA will come from renewable energy sources by 2050.

It says the study, dubbed 100 Percent Renewable Energy for TANZANIA, has been unveiled in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

The report says new renewable energy, including mainly wind, photovoltaic systems, ocean and geothermal energy, will then contribute 75 percent to the total electricity consumed.

Climate Action Network TANZANIA jointly carried out the study with the BREAD FOR THE WORLD, a social services group in MASSACHUSETTS; as well as the WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL and the LILIENSTR INSTITUTE of GERMANY.

The researchers say they have used energy scenario software for the long-term projections and economic parameters developed by the GERMAN Aerospace Centre.

They say almost all renewable energy in TANZANIA is technically and economically possible, a realistic pathway to align with the PARIS Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

JOACHIM FUNFGELT of the GERMAN-based BREAD FOR THE WORLD says with renewable energy, TANZANIA will be able to eradicate poverty and advance itself to become middle-income country./Sabanews/cam

PRICE OF PETROL INCREASED, STARTING TODAY

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MAPUTO – The government of MOZAMBIQUE has increased the price of petrol by more than THREE percent, effective from today (WEDNESDAY).

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the information is in a press release from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy.

It says ONE litre of petrol has gone up to about 98 US cents from just more than 94, at current exchange rates, which is an increase of THREE-POINT-FOUR percent.

However, the authorities have left the price of diesel is unchanged, at 87 US cents per litre; and the price of domestic cooking gas also remains at 95 cents per kilogram.

MOZAMBIQUE reviews fuel prices every month and alters them whenever the import price, expressed in meticais, changes by more than THREE percent; depending on the world market and the exchange rate against the US dollar./Sabanews/cam

SADC FIGHTS TO STRENGTHEN RIGHTS OF BLIND CITIZENS

Conference of the blind in Swakopmund, Namibia

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 SWAKOPMUND – Governments in AFRICA have been encouraged to give more priority to the rights of people living with blindness, to ensure they take part fully in development.

The call has come up in the Western NAMIBIA coastal city of SWAKOPMUND, where campaigners from throughout Southern AFRICA have met this week.

The AFRICAN UNION Southern AFRICA Regional Conference of the Blind provides a platform for blind people to strengthen their fight for equal opportunities.

Conference Chairperson ISHMAEL ZHOU of ZIMBABWE says he hopes the gathering will move AFRICAN governments closer to improving access to education, information, jobs and health care for the visually impaired.

SWAKOPMUND discussions come amid World Health Organization estimates showing the unemployment rate among blind people in developing countries at 90 percent.

A census carried out SIX years ago in NAMIBIA reveals more than 98-THOUSAND people live with disabilities, with 35 percent of them being visually impaired.

Vice President NICKEY IYAMBO, who is a surgeon, says the authorities in NAMIBIA have started a campaign to improve the lives of people who lived with disabilities in exile during the Liberation Struggle.

He says the program is the reason his country has placed the Ministry of Disability Affairs under the Office of the President.

However, the NAMIBIAN Vice President admits there is still a lot to be done, and calls for more partnerships between society and the private sector to improve inclusion of the visually impaired./Sabanews/cam

MORE SEYCHELLOIS STUDENTS NOW ABLE TO STUDY IN MALAYSIA

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VICTORIA – More students in SEYCHELLES can now apply to study in MALAYSIA following the renewal of an agreement between the TWO countries.

SBC News says the accord has been signed by KAMINAL MURRUNDI from the Winning Magnitude Agency of MALAYSIA and the SEYCHELLES Human Resource Development Principal Secretary LINDA BARRALLON as well as Acting CEO NADIA LAURICOURT.

Ms LAURICOURT says the agreement confirms the strong collaboration existing between SEYCHELLES Human Resource Development Agency and the Winning Magnitude Agency of MALAYSIA.

She says she is confident the implementing terms outlined in the deal will serve to improve existing working relationships to ensure it is a long lasting and fruitful one.

The SEYCHELLES national broadcaster says about 100 SEYCHELLOIS students are undertaking studies in different universities across MALAYSIA.

In another development, State House has put up a display of gifts that President DANNY FAURE has been receiving from other heads of state, ambassadors, as well as from other foreign and local dignitaries.

The exhibition, aimed to commemorate his FIRST year in office, also features videos and pictures of President FAURE at work in the communities, visiting families and places of work.

The Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs, MOHAMED AFIF, has launched the program, saying it is a symbol of transparency in action, showing the people the gifts the Head of State has received on their behalf.

He says President FAURE believes strongly in keeping citizens well informed about the work the government does, while Cabinet decisions are communicated regularly through the media.

Mr AFIF also says government ministries make statements and answer questions in the National Assembly; and the President and his ministers hold regular press conferences.

He says the State has introduced more than 50 items of legislation since 16 OCTOBER 2016, including amendments to the Constitution, bills on the protection of human rights, access to information, employment, combating drug abuse, and on institutions of democracy.

The national broadcaster says different experts and commentators have described the event as historic, since it is the FIRST time in history for SEYCHELLES to organise an exhibition of official gifts to the President./Sabanews/cam

STATE ON HIGH ALERT AS PLAGUE BREAKS OUT IN MADAGASCAR

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VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES is on high alert after a serious outbreak of pneumonic plague in neighbouring MADAGASCAR, where the disease has killed 57 people in less than TWO weeks.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, says the plague has been affecting major cities and other non-endemic areas since it was FIRST detected last month in MADAGASCAR.

However, it says the outbreak, of which there has been a total of 684 suspected, probable and confirmed cases reported from 35 out of 114 districts, carries a moderate risk of spreading to neighbouring INDIAN Ocean islands.

The WHO says the danger has been mitigated by the short incubation period of pneumonic plague, from exposure to onset of symptoms, as well as exit screening measures at the airport and other major ports.

SBC News says the global organisation has sent TWO experts to assist with response to the plague, as the situation in neighbouring MADAGASCAR shows no signs of abating.

It says they are supporting the Department of Surveillance Response Unit and have carried out a ONE-day-long training workshop for contact tracing.

The authorities have admitted in hospital ONE person suspected to have been infected by the ailment, but who is no longer infectious; although he remains in isolation to complete his antibiotic course.

A statement from the Public Health Authority says they have effectively controlled all potential contacts with the suspected case.

Meanwhile, the authorities in SEYCHELLES are calling on members of the public to report any individual planning to travel to MADAGASCAR and they have given a hotline number for people to call for information and advice./Sabanews/cam

AFRICA DISCUSSES VIEWS FOR COMMON POSITION AT AU-EU SUMMIT

Africa now more serious about strategic partnerships

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ADDIS ABABA – AFRICA has launched a program to reflect on and review its strategic partnerships, to make them more relevant and responsive to the needs of the peoples of the continent.

Experts say strategic partnerships are long-term ties between TWO countries or continents – based on political, economic, social and historical factors; and AFRICA has such a link with EUROPE.

The AFRICAN UNION, AU Executive Council has this week held an extraordinary meeting at the AU Commission Headquarters in the ETHIOPIAN capital, ADDIS ABABA.

The Commission says delegates have discussed ways to speed up talks ahead of the FIFTH AU-EU Summit scheduled for 29 and 30 NOVEMBER in ABIDJAN, the major city of COTE D’IVOIRE.

The Commission has issued a statement saying the Ministers of Foreign Affairs have been exchanging views to have a common AU position during the upcoming AU-EU Summit.

Commission Chairperson MOUSSA FAKI MAHAMAT has opened the gathering and commended the continued commitment of the Foreign Affairs Ministers in the application of the AU Development Agenda 2063.

Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years, a program aimed to speed up implementation of past and existing initiatives.

Mr MAHAMAT says the upcoming AU-EU Summit comes at a crucial moment in the history of the AU-EU Partnership, when AFRICA is now expecting such ties to be more meaningful.

He says the Summit will also be greatly vital because it will discuss the AU theme of the year: Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth.

It therefore touches on the larger part of the AFRICAN citizens, given that young people represent more than 60 percent of the population on the continent.

Mr MAHAMAT says the AU has recognized the urgent need to improve the current state of the youth, because any action, or inaction, today, regarding youth development and empowerment will have a huge impact on future prospects.

The AU Commission Chairperson says there is need to reorganise the structure of the AU and revise its methods of work, as well as redefine the AU-EU partnership and ties with the rest of the world; based on mutual respect, equality, freedom and solidarity./Sabanews/cam