INDUSTRIAL INSPECTORS FINE ABOUT 200 COMPANIES FOR ANOMALIES

Angolan men at work

ANGOLA: LABOUR/ANGOP/9/11/17 SABANews 1

 
LUANDA – The ANGOLA Labour General Inspection has collected fines from at least 187 companies charged with a variety of irregularities within the THIRD QUARTER of this year.
 
National news agency, ANGOP says Labour Ministry Inspector General NZINGA NGOLA has revealed the information in the capital, LUANDA.
 
It quotes the official as saying hundreds of other firms had their tickets cancelled after they corrected their anomalies within the deadlines given.
 
Mr NGOLA says sectors found with the highest number of infringements are trade, with ONE-THOUSAND-685; services, 644; hotels and tourism, 247; industry, 236; construction, 156; and health, 67.
 
He says others are education, with 43; transports, 24; agriculture, 16; and finance, 13; with offences ranging from non-registration of workers with the National Social Security Institute to lack of regular medical exams.
 
Other firms were guilty of salary payment delays, lack of insurance against accidents at work and professional illnesses, irregular work schedules, and tampering with workers’ holiday rights.
 
Economic experts say ANGOLA, the SEVENTH-largest state in AFRICA, experienced high growth rates in the last decade despite its violent history, and the General Labour Law aims to address the most recent labour market demands./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER CALLS ON CHURCHES TO OBSERVE THE NATIONAL LAWS

Culture Minister CAROLINA CERQUEIRA

ANGOLA: RELIGION/ANGOP/9/11/17 SABANews 1

 
LUANDA – Culture Minister CAROLINA CERQUEIRA of ANGOLA has urged religious groups in her country to respect the national laws and defend the common wellbeing of the people.
 
She has made the call in a meeting with the leader of the IGREJA TEOSÓFICA ESPÍRITA, Prophetess SUZETH JOÃO and Reverend LUÍS NGUIMBI of the ANGOLAN CHRISTIAN FORUM.
 
Minister CERQUEIRA says churches are the privileged partners of government; and their social duty must contribute to the comfort of the population as well as help strengthen national material and spiritual factors.
 
She also emphasises on the role churches play in the process of socialisation of people and bolstering of social, moral, civic, and patriotic values – based on brotherhood, solidarity, and respect.
 
However, Minister CERQUEIRA says she is concerned about the increasing number of sects and self-proclaimed religious groups that are creating instability through anti-social practices offensive to public moral and human dignity.
 
The ANGOLAN Cabinet member says the authorities are going to make efforts to fight against bogus churches through the legal systems of the country./Sabanews/cam

EXPERT BLAMES UNREGULATED CIRCULATION OF PORNOGRAPHY FOR GBV

The High Court of Namibia

NAMIBIA: VIOLENCE/NBC/8/11/17 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – An expert in the office of FIRST Lady MONICA GEINGOS of NAMIBIA has blamed free circulation of content such as pornography for some serious cases of gender-based violence, GBV, in the country.

VERONICA-ROSE THERON, who is the Technical Director, says absence of laws to regulate or prohibit possession and sale of such material contributes to the widespread crimes.

She has addressed delegates to the Cyber Security Conference held for members of Parliament in the capital, WINDHOEK, saying children are exposed to indecent and inappropriate content and information on social media.

Ms THERON says peddlers of such unbecoming images mainly target young people in the age group of 15 to 21; and, in most cases parents of victim school children are not aware of their kids are watching.

She has told the lawmakers her office has approached the NAMIBIAN Police and the Prosecutor General for appropriate laws to control adult content, but none of them has offered any help.

Ms THERON, who is also the Project Leader of a Gender-Based Violence awareness program, says the current laws neglect childcare and protection.

She further accuses the law-enforcement agencies of failing to investigate and prosecute criminals who use the loopholes in the legal system to spread pornography.

Gender-based violence, mainly the killing of women, has gone on for years in NAMIBIA, a situation that forced former President HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA to declare a Day of Prayer against Passion Killings on SIX MARCH 2014.

Lately, VICTOR KAMWALA, a 34-year-old cattle herder from neighbouring ZAMBIA, has been convicted of raping a toddler in the northern border town of KATIMA MLILO.

In his judgement, Magistrate BONGANI NDLOVU says injuries the FOUR-year-old child suffered show KAMWALA, a close relative, had raped her continuously.

The child has told nurses at NGOMA Clinic and a doctor at KATIMA MULILO State Hospital KAMWALA would commit the crimes each time he bathed when his wife was not at home. He will receive sentence next week./Sabanews/cam

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WALK OUT ON MINISTER

Minister Sophia Shaningwa

NAMIBIA: LEGISLATION/NBC/8/11/17 SABANews 1

 
WINDHOEK – Opposition members in the Parliament of NAMIBIA have walked out of the National Assembly to protest against government insistence to table a Bill forcibly.
 
Urban and Rural Development Minister SOPHIA SHANINGWA had brought before them the Urban and Regional Planning Bill for debate.
 
However, the lawmakers emphasised on an earlier agreement by the House not to discuss land related matters until after the SECOND Land Conference, earlier scheduled for 18 SEPTEMBER.
 
President HAGE GEINGOB suspended until next year the discussions, expected to run over FOUR days, to allow for more consultations among all stakeholders in the vital national issue.
 
NBC News says Land Reform Minister UTONI NUJOMA had to withdraw the Land Bill, while a motion by SWANU Lawmaker USUTUAIJE MAAMBERUA on Land Resettlement fell out as well.
 
However, Minister SHANINGWA has insisted on having the Urban and Regional Planning Bill discussed – saying it mainly deals with urban planning.
 
She says if adopted, the proposed law will move approval of town plans from the Cabinet to regional councils and local authorities, reducing bureaucracy, speeding up urban planning and improving delivery of housing to the people.
 
Lawmakers from the POPULAR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT, NUDO OF NAMIBIA, SWANU, WORKERS REVOLUTIONARY PARTY, and the UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT would not take it – and they walked out.
 
MPs of the RALLY FOR DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESS have been divided, with Secretary-General MIKE KAVEKORA leaving behind Vice-President STEVE BEZUIDENHOUDT, who has chosen to stay put.
 
NAMIBIA is facing serious problems with landless people, who have been expecting the ruling SWAPO Party to deliver on the pledges of the liberation struggle to correct settlement imbalances created under the apartheid rule./Sabanews/cam

GRENADE BLAST KILLS AND INJURES SCHOOL CHILDREN

TANZANIA: GRENADE/DAILY NEWS/8/11/17 SABANews 1

KAREGA – A grenade explosion has killed FIVE children and injured 24 others this (WEDNESDAY) morning at KIHINGA Primary School in the NGARA District in North-western TANZANIA.

The DAILY NEWS newspaper quotes police in the area as saying the survivors of the incident have been rushed to RULENGE Mission Hospital in the district.

KAGERA Regional Police Commander AUGUSTINE OLOMI has told the publication the blast occurred when pupils gathered at the assembly.

He says THREE of the children died on the spot and the other two succumbed to injuries receiving treatment at the hospital.

The police have teamed up with officers from the TANZANIA People’s Defence Forces to investigate the incident./Sabanews/cam

MORE BIG WIGS FACE THE EXIT BARELY A WEEK AFTER FORMER VP

Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and wife Auxilia
President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe

ZIMBABWE: GOVERNANCE/SABANEWS/8/11/17 SABANews 1

 
HARARE – The ruling ZANU PF Party in ZIMBABWE has intensified a program in which the bulk of its original leaders are leaving their positions unceremoniously and in groups.
 
The development comes amid reports saying the authorities have blocked former Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA from leaving the country and allegedly placed him under surveillance for security reasons.
 
However, the State has not commented on the reports in the privately run newspapers and the social media regarding Mr MNANGAGWA, who was fired this week for allegedly undermining the authority of President ROBERT MUGABE.
 
Meanwhile, provincial structures across ZIMBABWE are submitting names of leaders they want expelled from the former liberation movement, which in the 1960s and 1970s fought the RHODESIAN minority regime to bring independence in 1980.
 
The State-run HERALD says MATABELELAND SOUTH, and NORTH, and HARARE have joined SIX other regions to support the dismissal of Mr MNANGAGWA and the decision to replace him with FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE.
 
It says others are BULAWAYO, MASHONALAND CENTRAL, MASHONALAND EAST, MASHONALAND WEST, MASVINGO and MANICALAND; while Mr MNANGAGWA’s home region, the MIDLANDS, still has to announce its stand.
 
The provinces are demanding expulsion of leaders suspected of links with or sympathy for the former Vice President, with some members saying the Head of State should even pounce on government departments and weed out more suspects.
 
In the capital, Politburo members CLEVERIA CHIZEMA and OMEGA HUNGWE, as well as HARARE EAST MP TERRENCE MUKUPE, are to go, while 22 others face suspension for being part of the alleged MNANGAGWA Faction.
 
The HERALD quotes HARARE Provincial Coordinating Committee Chairperson CHARLES TAWENGWA as saying many things have been happening in the party in the past few days, with some people creating their own centres of power against the President.
 
Criticising members who booed the FIRST Lady at the weekend rally in BULAWAYO, he says his province will protect the party, the President, the FIRST Lady and the FIRST Family and the country.
 
State Security Minister KEMBO MOHADI and Interior Deputy Minister OBEDINGWA MGUNI also face the axe after their MATABELELAND SOUTH approved to boot them out with 13 other members for alleged collusion with Mr MNANGAGWA.
 
Provincial Vice Chairperson SOUL MAHALIMA NCUBE says the President has dismissed Mr MNANGAGWA and the region needs to do something about his sympathisers to ensure unity in the party.
 
He says the province endorses the exit of the former Vice President, whom he can no longer address as Comrade, and is in full support of the amendment of the constitution to have a female Vice President – who should be FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE.
 
While the MIDLANDS has not announced decisions, Provincial Chairperson DANIEL MACKENZIE NCUBE says there is tension in the region; with some elements organising meetings to plot against each other.
 
The HERALD says the province is meeting today, amid reports saying some youths have already started efforts to seize party vehicles from suspected MNANGAGWA allies including MBIZO Legislator USHEUNESU MPERERI.
 
It says MASVINGO Province faces expulsion of Party National Production and Labour Secretary JOSAYA HUNGWE, Legal Affairs Deputy Secretary PAUL MANGWANA, Security Deputy Secretary LOVEMORE MATUKE.
 
Others are Central Committee member CLEMENCE MAKWARIMBA Provincial Chairperson EZRA CHADZAMIRA for allegedly leading efforts to undermine the authority of President MUGABE in the province.
 
MANICALAND Province wants 38 leaders allegedly linked to Mr MNANGAGWA out, among them Politburo members OPPAH MUCHINGURI, PATRICK CHINAMASA and CHRIS MUSHOHWE.
 
Others are MIKE MADIRO, JOSHUA SACCO, MOSES GUTU, WINNIE MLAMBO, JOSEPH MUJATI, CHRISTOPHER CHINGOSHO, ALICE CHITIMA, OLIVER MANDIPAKA, GORDEN CHIKWANDA, TIMOTHY MAPUNGWANA.
 
The province further recommends the ouster of MONICA MUTSVANGWA, ELLEN GWARADZIMBA, TASIN DUBE, HUBERT NYANHONGO and JUDITH MAWIRE.
 
MASHONALAND WEST is expelling Politburo member PRISCA MUPFUMIRA and ZVIMBA WEST MP ZIYAMBI ZIYAMBI.
 
MASHONALAND EAST Province is targeting JOEL BIGGIE MATIZA and Deputy Parliamentary Speaker MARBEL CHINOMONA, with 12 other leaders are to be probed for alleged links with Mr MNANGAGWA.
 
The ongoing developments in ZIMBABWE threaten to shake the foundations of the ruling party, which is made up of TWO of the major liberation movements that dislodged colonial and apartheid systems in the SADC Region./Sabanews/cam