Pillay submitted his resignation letter to the office of the clerk of the National Assembly on Monday. (Pic: Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency)

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES Parliamentary Speaker PATRICK PILLAY has resigned from his post and from his seat as the elected MP for ANSE BOILEAU District.

The national news agency, SNA, says his sudden move has attracted mixed reactions in the country, with many political leaders commending his service but residents questioning why there has been no reason for the resignation.

It says Mr PILLAY submitted his resignation letter to the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly on MONDAY.

President DANNY FAURE has thanked Mr PILLAY for the leadership role he played as Head of the Legislature since his election.

He says the former Speaker discharged his duty in his own unique style, transforming the National Assembly by opening it up and bringing it closer to the population.

SNA says the resignation of Mr PILLAY from his seat as MP for ANSE BOILEAU District means voters in the affected area have to go to the polls in the next 30 days to choose a new representative.

It says the Electoral Commission has already announced the bi-election will take place on the 24TH and 25TH of FEBRUARY.

Mr PILLAY was the leader of the LALYANS SESELWA, which was part of the opposition coalition LINYON DEMOKRATIK SESELWA, LDS Party, comprising FOUR parties in 2016.

LINYON DEMOKRATIK SESELWA Leader ROGER MANCIENNE says the members of the Executive Council respect the decision Mr PILLAY has made.

He says Mr PILLAY made a great contribution to bringing about a new era in the political developments after he became the THIRD Speaker in SEPTEMBER 2016.

Mr MANCIENNE says the situation poses some challenges, but the LDS Executive Council will deal with them with the best interests of the party and the country in mind.

The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, WAVEL RAMKALAWAN, has also thanked Mr PILLAY for his contribution in effort to bring change to the country and the political landscape.

SNA quotes ONE resident, RICKY PIERRE, as saying whether Mr PILLAY resigned for personal or other reasons, he should have explained at least to his supporters, because they deserve it.

The next SEYCHELLES National Assembly elections are scheduled to take place in 2021./Sabanews/cam



Fisheries and Sea Minister Victoria De Barros Neto

BENGUELA – Fisheries and Sea Minister VICTORIA DE BARROS NETO of ANGOLA says her country has reached a stage where it is now focusing on exports.

She says fishing companies should, therefore, improve their production systems in order to meet the requirements of markets such as EUROPE and North AMERICA.

Minister BARROS NETO has addressed delegates in the BAÍA FARTA Municipality, where she introduced the Program to Support Production, Diversification of Exports, and Substitution of Imports to business people.

The national press agency, ANGOP, quotes her as saying the fisheries and the sea sector has resources that, if properly exploited, can contribute to increased exports and reduced imports.

Mostly foreign firms do the fishing in Angola

Minister BARROS NETO says there is need to emphasise on the production of processed fish, canned fish, salted fish and semi-prepared fish.

She says such products can, in the short and medium term, mitigate the importation of canned goods and produce surpluses with quality for the international and regional markets.

Mainly foreign fleets perform fishing in ANGOLA, and the government requires some of them to land a portion of their catch at ANGOLAN ports to increase the domestic supply of fish./Sabanews/cam



Fishing on Lake Victoria

KAMPALA – The giant Lake VICTORIA in East AFRICA and its largest source of water, the KAGERA River, are under threat by a high rate of pollution.

The DAILY NEWS of TANZANIA says the situation is now worrying all the authorities in the region.

It quotes the Chairperson of the EAST AFRICAN HEADS OF STATE Summit, President YOWERI MUSEVENI of UGANDA, as saying they want immediate action to save the water bodies.

EAC Chairperson President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

The Summit groups heads of nations in the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, comprising KENYA, UGANDA, TANZANIA, BURUNDI and RWANDA with headquarters in ARUSHA, TANZANIA.

President MUSEVENI says the leaders are all worried by the continued destruction around and within the TWO important water bodies that link almost all the countries in economic bloc.

He has addressed the East AFRICAN Legislative Assembly sessions held in the UGANDAN capital, KAMPALA, saying the legislators should promote the protection of the resources.

President MUSEVENI says River KAGERA and Lake VICTORIA are both polluted by, and continue to face the wrath of irresponsible human activities around the banks and shores.

He says the authorities in East AFRICA must unite and ensure people protect the water bodies by planting trees around them to help filter the water they receive.

Lake VICTORIA waters KENYA, UGANDA and TANZANIA, and boasts a surface area of about 70-THOUSAND square kilometres.

It is the largest water body in AFRICA, as well as the world largest tropical lake and the SECOND largest freshwater lake by surface area, after Lake SUPERIOR in CANADA.

KAGERA River, stretching for more than 400 kilometres through BURUNDI, RWANDA, TANZANIA and UGANDA, pours SIX-POINT-FOUR-BILLION cubic metres of water into the lake every year./Sabanews/cam



Textile worker on duty
(Pic Sunday Mail)

CHEGUTU – The Reserve Bank of ZIMBABWE has released TWO-MILLION US dollars to help revive ONE of the biggest foreign currency generators in the SADC country.

DAVID WHITEHEAD Textile Company has now resumed operations at its factory in the central district of CHEGUTU after TWO years of shutdown due to capital constraints.

THE HERALD quotes Chief Production Officer TENDAYI CHETSE as saying they already have FOUR-THOUSAND metres of fabric since work started a few days ago.

He says they will have to produce between 100-THOUSAND and 120-THOUSAND metres of fabric before they start the wet process, which involves dying and printing the fabric.

Mr CHETSE says the company is also currently producing heavy weight fabric and will start manufacturing lightweight fabric by end of this week, after which they will increase weaving too.

He says they have a weaving shed capable to handle 96 looms, although they currently have 48 looms – with the other HALF likely to be available by the end of next month.

On the other hand, DAVID WHITEHEAD has rehired about 100 workers who had been laid off but are now working on a THREE-hour shift.

THE HERALD says the textile firm, formerly listed on the ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange, owes a number of creditors, including workers’ outstanding wages, about 13-MILLION US dollars.

The State-run newspaper says DAVID WHITEHEAD was under provisional judicial management since DECEMBER 2010, before confirmation of the final order in MARCH 2015.

The company was delisted in 2009 after the acquisition of a controlling stake by ELGATE Holdings, a move since reversed after ELGATE failed to pay for the stake.

The ZIMBABWEAN firm used to produce 20-MILLION metres of fabric per year, directly employing THREE-THOUSAND workers and thousands of others in down and upstream industries, before it lost steam due to a national economic meltdown./Sabanews/cam



The worm that is threatening to starve Africa

WINDHOEK – Authorities in NAMIBIA say they are ready to deal with any possible outbreak of the dreaded fall armyworm that has devastated crops in other AFRICAN nations.

The Chief Agricultural Scientific Officer at the Department of Plant Health Control has told NBC News field operatives will be using THREE different types of pesticides to destroy the insects.

EDDIE HASHEELA says they will further strengthen the campaign by reinforcing the chemicals with equipment that is able to trap the fast-moving worms on a large scale.

He says the agricultural workers will employ the traps to attract the male worms in areas where people will have spotted them, and their destruction will disturb their reproduction.

Mr HASHEELA predicts another outbreak of the Fall Armyworm when rainfall increases as weather experts have forecast, but says he is optimistic no major damage will befall crops in the SADC country.

The new move against armyworms this year comes after the previous season witnessed a massive invasion of fields by great swarms of the caterpillars.

NBC News says they caused havoc in most of the northern and north-eastern areas of NAMIBIA, where they destroyed crops and left families without enough food.

However, it also quotes Mr HASHEELA as saying the country will not be able to eradicate the caterpillars overnight; hence, there is need to prepare to battle the armyworms for a few more years.

He has called on farmers to acquire the necessary pesticides and spray them while the worms are still young, in order to stop them from developing resistance to the chemicals as they grow.

In another development, the authorities say they can now test all genetically modified organisms entering NAMIBIA as part of food products, to verify their safety for human consumption.

NBC News says the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology has opened a laboratory for the testing of such products before they reach the market.

Commission Board Chairperson NORTIN TITUS says the laboratory will serve as a means to ensure genetically modified organisms traded in NAMIBIA conform to specifications.

Higher Education Research and Innovation Director LISHO MUNDIA has launched the laboratory at a ceremony in the capital, WINDHOEK, saying it is vital for such a facility in a developing country.

He says the lab, completed last year, will ensure safety of GMOs to human and animal life as well as environmental protection; and it will be a research and training facility in different fields.

The expert says NAMIBIA had all along relied on foreign centres and expertise to test genetically modified organisms, but the country decided to have its own laboratory FOUR years ago – when construction began./Sabanews/cam