ANGOLA: DIPLOMACY/ANGOP/7/2/18 SABANews 1
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
MALAWI: ALBINISM/NYASA TIMES/7/2/18 SABANews 1
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
SEYCHELLES: HEALTH/SNA/7/2/18 SABANews 1
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
TANZANIA: PASSPORT/DAILY NEWS/7/2/18 SABANews 1
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
ZIMBABWE: EDUCATION/THE HERALD/7/2/18 SABANews 1
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