UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF PRESIDENT LEAVES NATION IN DEEP ANXIETY

SOUTH AFRICA: GOVERNANCE/SABC/7/2/18 SABANews 1
Anxiety deepens as President fails to resign
CAPE TOWN – SOUTH AFRICAN has been gripped by heightened anxiety over the fate of President JACOB ZUMA after Parliament postponed his State of the Nation Address this TUESDAY.
 
The opposition DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE says the ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS motion of no confidence in the President must move forward if he refuses to resign now.
 
SABC News says DA Leader MMUSI MAIMANE has made the statement to the media in CAPE TOWN, following the postponement of the State of the Nation Address.
 
He says it is only Parliament that elects the President, not Chief ALBERT LUTHULI House – the Headquarters of the ruling ANC and other subsidiary organizations – and not even the ANC Conference.
 
Mr MAIMANE says the National Assembly has the right to remove the Head of State, and his party believes the EFF motion of no confidence must be scheduled sooner rather than later if President ZUMA does not come through.
 
He says they also believe if President ZUMA does resign, it is vital for Parliament to have a sitting urgently and elect a new president; because it is waste of SOUTH AFRICAN time to have an acting president and further delays.
 
SABC quotes political commentators as saying the proposed motion of no confidence in President ZUMA is a move by opposition parties to show they are activists against corruption.
 
The developments in SOUTH AFRICA come barely THREE months after similar events in neighbouring ZIMBABWE, where former President ROBERT MUGABE unceremoniously left office after 37 years in power./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH CAPE VERDE

ANGOLA: DIPLOMACY/ANGOP/7/2/18 SABANews 1

Welcome to Angola

LUANDA – ANGOLA and CAPE VERDE are discussing ways to strengthen and diversify bilateral relations in different areas.

ANGOLAN Foreign Minister MANUEL AUGUSTO has announced the move in his capital, LUANDA, during talks between delegations of the TWO PORTUGUESE-speaking nations.

He says the visit by the CABO VERDEAN officials reflects the common will to increase existing relations.

Minister AUGUSTO says their talks have yielded some 40 legal instruments, including agreements, conventions, and memoranda, at bilateral level.

Meanwhile, CAPE VERDE President JORGE CARLOS FONSECA has sent a message to the ANGOLAN Head of State, JOÃO LOURENÇO.

CAPE VERDE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Communities and Defence, LUÍS FILIPE TAVARES, delivered the message from his President.

Minister TAVARES has told journalists he has also given the ANGOLAN Leader an invitation from his CAPE VERDEAN counterpart to visit the Republic of CAPE VERDE this year.

He says President FONSECA has also invited the ANGOLAN Head of State to take part at the Summit of the Community of PORTUGUESE-Speaking Countries (CPLP), which his island is hosting this JULY.

The CAPE VERDEAN Diplomat says his country wants to strengthen existing bilateral ties with ANGOLA, with emphasis on the economic and business sectors, mainly in fisheries, tourism, maritime, and air transport./Sabanews/cam

ARTISTS JOIN ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM

MALAWI: ALBINISM/NYASA TIMES/7/2/18 SABANews 1

Albino girl looks after sibling

BLANTYRE – A number of artists in MALAWI are working with the ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM on an ambitious movie project to promote public awareness on the plight of affected people.

The NYASA TIMES says the film, titled INHUMANA (or HEARTLESS PEOPLE in SPANISH), features prominent as well as award-winning Actress FLORA SUYA and should be out soon.

It quotes Movie Writer and Director GIBSON BEZA as saying while the issue of the plight of people with albinism is seemingly going down, the issue is still evident in the country.

He says they have been working on the project for TWO years now and they are determined to make the most impact possible.

Mr BEZA says Award Winning Videographer GIFT SUKEZ will direct the movie, while the Association is committed to ensure the project succeeds and will have impact on the entire world.

He says the Association invites all willing companies to support the venture, which will be the biggest cinematic production ever made in the country.

The MALAWIAN artist says their movie campaigning for the rights of albinos has a rich story, sophisticated production and a global audience./Sabanews/cam

WHO AND GOVERNMENT RENEW AGREEMENT ON HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

SEYCHELLES: HEALTH/SNA/7/2/18 SABANews 1

WHO helps improve health delivery

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES and the World Health Organisation, WHO, have renewed an agreement to improve health systems in key areas for the next TWO years in the INDIAN Ocean island nation.

The SEYCHELLES News Agency says the deal will help finance key developments worth up to 739-THOUSAND-600 US dollars after the previous plan ended last DECEMBER.

It quotes Health Minister JEAN-PAUL ADAM as saying focus is on key priorities such as communicable and non-communicable diseases, health promotion, health system strengthening and disease preparedness, surveillance and response.

He says WHO will provide funding and technical support for other health priorities the government has identified, as well as other issues that arise during the TWO years.

Minister ADAM says the scheme provides a clear framework for WHO technical cooperation for the period, and will help in the implementation of a health strategic plan and capacity building.

WHO Liaison Officer TENIIN GAKURUH says funds provided in the work plan are only part of the support in the health sector that the organisation is providing to the island nation.

WHO has so far played an active role to improve the health system in SEYCHELLES and has even commended steps taken to increase equity to access by making health services free.

Minister ADAM says the global agency also helped his country set up a preventative and rapid response program during the plague outbreak, which swept MADAGASCAR recently.

The WHO Liaison Officer says SEYCHELLES is on its way to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and has good prospect to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

A 2013 report says the island nation has already achieved THREE out of the EIGHT goals: the Universal Primary Education, the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, and the Maternal Health.

SEYCHELLES is on track to Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; Reduce Child Mortality; Combat HIV and AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases; Ensure Environmental Sustainability and Develop Global Partnerships for Development./Sabanews/cam

SCHOOLS FLOODED AS HEAVY RAINS PERSIST IN THE NORTH

NAMIBIA: RAINS/NBC/7/2/18 SABANews 1
Rains are welcome for food security, but they can stress when floods hit
KATIMA MULILO – Northern NAMIBIA has received continuous heavy rains that have caused flooding at a number of schools in the ZAMBEZI Regional capital, KATIMA MULILO.
 
NBC News says ONE of the most affected learning institutions is the CAPRIVI Senior Secondary School, whose grounds are literally under water.
 
It quotes Principal RICHARD MUZILIZO as saying the flood waters have already started entering the girls’ hostels and are damaging the sewerage system as well.
 
The other one is NGWEZE Primary School, which has also been forced to release learners early today (WEDNESDAY) due to the continuous rainfall.
 
Weather experts say KATIMA MULILO Town has today recorded about 14-POINT-SIX millimetres of rainfall, a trend expected to continue until the weekend.
 
Meanwhile, the AFRICA Hazards Outlook by the Climate Prediction Centre says the FIRST SEVEN days of this month have seen a seasonable rainfall distribution in many provinces of SOUTH AFRICA, LESOTHO, and BOTSWANA.
 
It says satellite estimates show rainfall amounts have ranged between FIVE to 50 millimetres, with the highest moisture accumulations received across the FREE STATE and KWA-ZULU NATAL regions of SOUTH AFRICA.
 
Northwards, the organisation says there has been an increase in seasonal rainfall over the ZAMBEZI Region in Northern NAMIBIA and across the border in Northern BOTSWANA.
 
However, the Centre says seasonal rainfall has remained very limited in Eastern ZIMBABWE, as well as in Central and Southern MOZAMBIQUE.
 
Heavy rains above 75 millimetres were concentrated in the north-east region of Southern AFRICA, with many areas registering weekly totals above 100 millimetres in South-western TANZANIA, Northern MOZAMBIQUE, and Northern MADAGASCAR./Sabanews/cam

AMERICAN AMBASSADOR EMPHASISES ON MARITIME SECURITY

SEYCHELLES: AMERICA/SNA/7/2/18 SABANews 1
US Ambassador David Reimer
VICTORIA – The new UNITED STATES Ambassador to SEYCHELLES has spelt out what his government expects from the INDIAN Ocean country in their bilateral ties.
 
DAVID REIMER says the DONALD TRUMP Administration expects maritime safety, good governance, and strong institutions in the SADC country.
 
The SEYCHELLES News Agency, SNA, says he has revealed the information after presenting his credentials to President DANNY FAURE at State House in the capital, VICTORIA.
 
He says he has told President FAURE maritime security is a matter that is extremely vital to the UNITED STATES, which has a long history of cooperation with the SEYCHELLES in such matters.
 
Ambassador REIMER says a good example of the ties is the ongoing SEVENTH Annual Multinational Maritime Exercise, CUTLASS EXPRESS, taking place in SEYCHELLES.
 
SNA says CUTLASS EXPRESS, which ends today (WEDNESDAY), is sponsored by US AFRICA Command, AFRICOM, and conducted by US Naval Forces AFRICA, NAVAF, bringing together 17 countries from East AFRICA.
US forces training African maritime security personnel under CUTLASS EXPRESS
It says the exercise is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity and promote regional security in the region.
 
Ambassador REIMER says President FAURE has assured him of his strong desire to strengthen institutions in SEYCHELLES.
 
The Envoy says he has discussed how his country has gone through a variety of crises, saying the things that sustained AMERICANS throughout were strong democratic institutions.
 
Ambassador REIMER says the UNITED STATES has done a number of training for officials and the security services from SEYCHELLES, and it expects to continue with the training and assistance as strong as ever.
 
He has also called on Vice President VINCENT MERITON and again discussed maritime security, how vital it is for SEYCHELLES.
 
The new UNITED STATES Ambassador to SEYCHELLES will be based in the capital city of MAURITIUS, PORT LOUIS, and says his mandate depends on what President TRUMP desires./Sabanews/cam

MORE HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS GET BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS

TANZANIA: PASSPORT/DAILY NEWS/7/2/18 SABANews 1

President John Magufuli launches East African e-passport

ZANZIBAR – More high-ranking officials and politicians have received their biometric passports in both Mainland TANZANIA and on the islands of ZANZIBAR.

Immigration officials this week issued the documents, commonly known as e-passports, to SIX diplomats, TWO service officials and THREE ordinary citizens in ZANZIBAR.

The development comes after President JOHN MAGUFULI launched the travel document last WEDNESDAY in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

Authorities say a biometric passport has a fixed electronic microprocessor chip containing biometric information that officials can use to authenticate the identity of a passport holder.

The DAILY NEWS says the Minister of State for Union Affairs has handed over the 11 passports after receiving his diplomatic passport from ZANZIBAR Commissioner of Immigration, JOHAR MASOUD SURURU.

Minister MOHAMED ABOUD MOHAMED, as guest of honour, handed over similar passports to Chief Secretary ABDULHAMID YAHYA MZEE, and Speaker ZUBEIR ALI MAULID.

Chief Justice OMAR OTHMAN MAKUNGU, Agriculture Minister HAMAD RASHID MOHAMED, and Minister without portfolio, JUMA ALI KAHTIB, also received diplomatic e-passports.

The DAILY NEWS says conventional passport holders still have enough time to acquire their new East AFRICAN e-passport, before the phasing out of the document in JANUARY 2020.

It says Immigration Department Spokesperson, Police Superintendent ALLY MTANDA, has revealed the information in an interview, after widespread public concerns over the issue.

Superintendent MTANDA says holders of the old passport should not panic but wait for official notifications on when the process of replacing it will begin.

The TANZANIAN Immigration Official says they are currently servicing new applications and others submitted before the launch of the new passport, while existing old passports are also still valid./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT UNDER PRESSURE TO RESIGN AMID SERIOUS ACCUSATIONS

SOUTH AFRICA: PRESIDENCY/AGENCIES/7/2/18 SABANews 1
President Zuma calls it quits under heavy pressure
JOHANNESBURG – President JACOB ZUMA of SOUTH AFRICA is under pressure to leave office about ONE-AND-A-HALF years before the end of his SECOND term in 2019.
 
Media reports say the 75-year-old Head of State has avoided an obvious showdown with his ruling AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS Party, which this week had plans to unseat him.
 
The SOWETAN newspaper says the ANC has delayed its National Executive Committee meeting after President ZUMA met Deputy President CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, who replaced him as party leader in DECEMBER
 
It quotes Parliamentary Speaker BALEKA MBETE as saying Vice President RAMAPHOSA will outline the fate of his boss very soon.
 
The publication also says President ZUMA last night (TUESDAY) agreed to step down following a deal struck with Vice President RAMAPHOSA at their meeting in CAPE TOWN.
 
It says the mood in the ANC has been to take the fight to President ZUMA after his refusal on SUNDAY to step down, but Vice President RAMAPHOSA has always sought to ensure the Head of State steps down decently.
The powerful ANC Party finally pushes Zuma out of office
The SOWETAN says President ZUMA had refused to leave office and challenged his Deputy and other officials to bring the matter before a full National Executive Committee meeting.
 
Nevertheless, facing a possible recall by the ANC or a vote of no confidence sponsored by the opposition, as well as the move by the National Assembly to put off his State of the Nation Address, he has finally realised his time is up.
 
President ZUMA was to deliver the State of the Nation Address tomorrow (THURSDAY) evening, but National Assembly Speaker MBETE and other presiding officers cancelled the plans amid doubt over his future.
 
REUTERS news agency says his presidency has been marred by alleged corruption scandals and an economic decline, with his position weakened since Deputy President RAMAPHOSA replaced him as party leader last year.
 
President ZUMA, despite allegations of corruption against him, took over from former President THABO MBEKI who left office under pressure from ANC in SEPTEMBER 2008.
 
Former President MBEKI had reportedly hoped to make a dignified exit and retain some of his legacy as a peace broker on the continent, where he mediated conflicts in the IVORY COAST, the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, and ZIMBABWE.
 
The THIRD SOUTH AFRICAN Head of State after NELSON MANDELA came to power amid charges of an illegal arms deal, which are likely to resurface on top of fresh corruption charges./Sabanews/cam

FORMER FIRST LADY PhD DEGREE CAUSES HAVOC AT VARSITY

ZIMBABWE: EDUCATION/THE HERALD/7/2/18 SABANews 1

Lecturers want her PhD degree canceled

The State-controlled HERALD newspaper says the 10 lecturers are challenging the decision to award a Doctorate Degree, but Professor NYAGURA has described the tutors as ignorant individuals with no academic capacity to supervise a PhD student.

He has dismissed their demand for the university to revoke Ms MUGABE’s PhD, saying PhD students are supervised by the Post-Graduate Centre and not a teaching department.

Professor NYAGURA also says it is not true Ms MUGABE’s thesis was not in the library until this year, because it was in fact deposited at the university library in 2014 and has always been there.

Professor NYAGURA says TWO professors who supervised former Vice President JOICE MUJURU also supervised the former FIRST Lady.

He has also defended the appointment of Professor CLAUDE MARARIKE, saying the position requires a candidate with traceable academic credentials – which the whole department lacked.

Professor NYAGURA says whoever is challenging the selection is ignorant of the University Ordinance Laws, which is why maybe they are not Professors, and the university is ready to defend its position legally.

The 10 lecturers from the Department of Sociology have challenged Professor NYAGURA to revoke and nullify Ms MUGABE’s Doctorate because it was allegedly awarded without following the right procedure.

They have hired Lawyer FIONA ILIFF from the ZIMBABWE Lawyers for Human Rights to represent them.

Their letter says they were shocked to hear Ms MUGABE had attained a Doctorate from their department, when they never saw her application, acceptance letter, supervision, and even the awarding of the degree.

It says the Sociology Department Board has never approved anything in respect of the candidate’s research or thesis, and Board members were shocked at the news of her being awarded the degree.

The lecturers are Professor RUDO GAIDZANWA, Doctors SANDRA BHATASARA, JULIUS MUSEVENZI, FENTON RUPARANGANDA, GUTSA, MANDIZADZA, SADOMBA, MATE and Messrs NELSON MUPARAMOTO and T CHEVO.

The ZIMBABWEAN university lecturers maintain the awarding of the PhD Degree to the former FIRST Lady constitutes academic corruption and criminal abuse of office on the part of anyone implicated./Sabanews/cam

OPPOSITION PARTY DEMANDS BROADCAST COVERAGE

MALAWI: POLITICS/NYASA TIMES/7/2/18 SABANews 1
National broadcaster under opposition fire
BLANTYRE – The opposition MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY, MCP, has complained to the Communications Regulatory Authority against the MALAWI Broadcasting Corporation.
 
The group says the publicly-funded national broadcaster is refusing to open up the airwaves for opposition parties, while its content is largely biased in favour of the ruling party.
 
The NYASA TIMES newspaper says the MCP also complains against what it calls a propaganda campaign against the opposition, in a new program called SAPITA KAWIRI.
 
It says MCP SECOND Deputy Secretary General EISENHOWER MKAKA has written a letter to Communications Regulatory Authority Director General GODFREY ITAYE.
 
The MCP official claims the national broadcaster is also airing some allegedly biased programs such as CHINDUJI, MANIFESTO YANU and NDIKATI CHETE.
 
Mr MKAKA says the use of broadcast media perpetuated the infamous RWANDAN Genocide that killed about ONE-MILLION people between APRIL and JULY 1994.
 
He says the national broadcaster should know the hate messages it is allegedly airing to promote the ruling DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY can put the nation on fire.
 
However, the TIMES does not give comment from the MALAWI Broadcasting Corporation or the Communications Regulatory Authority on the serious allegations by the former ruling, but now opposition, party./Sabanews/cam