ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT GAINS MORE SUPPORT IN REGION

SADC: POLITICS/THE HERALD/9/2/18 SABANews 1

President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA

GABORONE – President SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA of BOTSWANA has invited the new ZIMBABWEAN Head of State for a State visit to his country.

THE HERALD newspaper of ZIMBABWE quotes a statement from the government of BOTSWANA as saying EMMERSON MNANGAGWA will be in GABORONE for TWO days.

It says the TWO leaders are scheduled to discuss a number of matters of mutual interest on MONDAY and TUESDAY.

President MNANGAGWA will take along Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant-General SIBUSISO MOYO and other senior Government officials, as well as a business delegation to the neighbouring country.

The government of BOTSWANA says the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation will discuss a wide range of issues.

It says the talks aim to broaden and deepen bilateral ties in areas such as trade and investment promotion, energy, control of trans-boundary animal diseases, and tourism promotion.

Delegates to the meeting will further discuss matters of education, health, shared water courses, transportation, and cultural cooperation to mention but a few.

President MNANGAGWA has been to SOUTH AFRICA, MOZAMBIQUE, ANGOLA, ZAMBIA and NAMIBIA, apprising his counterparts on political developments in the country since he came to power last NOVEMBER.

The ZIMBABWEAN Leader took over from former President ROBERT MUGABE, who left office after running the SADC country for 37 years./Sabanews/cam

DISTRICT BEMOANS INCREASED DEATHS OF EXPECTING MOTHERS

MALAWI: MOTHERHOOD/NYASA TIMES/9/2/18 SABANews 1
No end to unsafe motherhood
CHITIPA – At least NINE women have died due to pregnancy-related complications while 65 others have delivered babies at home within SIX months in Northern MALAWI.
 
CHITIPA District Hospital Matron GRACE CHAMDIMBA has revealed the shocking news during a community awareness campaign by the WHITE RIBBON ALLIANCE this week in Traditional Authority MWENEMISUKU.
 
The NYASA TIMES newspaper quotes her as saying the NINE dead women include SIX MALAWIANS, TWO ZAMBIANS and ONE TANZANIAN.
 
Matron CHAMDIMBA says the authorities are worried that some women are still delivering at home and dying, despite vigorous campaigns on the need for them to give birth in health facilities.
 
She says all stakeholders should be more serious and work as a team to make communities aware of how vital it is for pregnant women to deliver at hospitals.
 
The TIMES says referral cases in CHITIPA are a nightmare, as the only ambulance available at the hospital caters for 12 health facilities located far apart from each other.
 
However, it says the WHITE RIBBON ALLIANCE has strengthened capacity building of local structures to reduce the number of women delivering at home in the district, which borders TANZANIA and ZAMBIA.
 
WHITE RIBBON ALLIANCE National Coordinator NANCY KAMWENDO says there is an improvement of attitude among workers in some health facilities.
 
Nevertheless, she says some of them are still using abusive language and are failing to attend to patients on time.
 
The international NGO official says WHITE RIBBON ALLIANCE continues to sensitise communities in MALAWI about their rights in matters of health./Sabanews/cam

MINISTRY TAKES MEASURES TO PROTECT KIDS ON THE WEB

The Internet is increasingly becoming dangerous to kids

NAMIBIA: INTERNET/NBC/9/2/18 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Education Arts and Culture in NAMIBIA says it has put measures in place to protect children on the internet.

Deputy Permanent Secretary CHARLES KABAJANI says they have introduced a trainer manual in schools to help teachers carry out the task.

The booklet guides teachers to equip learners with skills needed to deal with cyber bullying, indecent exposure and other cybercrimes they may face when using the web.

Mr KABAJANI says the Ministry is finalizing the National Safe School Framework, which prescribes standards and guidelines to ensure safety of internet users in learning institutions.

NBC News quotes UNICEF Country Representative RACHEL ODEDE as saying NAMIBIA now has laws and policies to ensure prosecution of anyone who targets a child for harm.

Ms ODEDE says once the Electronic Cyber Bill becomes law, it will put in place an even stronger legal framework to address on-line exploitation and abuse of children.

The UNITED NATIONS official has called on parents and caregivers in NAMIBIA to pay close attention to their children’s on-line activities.

Researchers say new technologies such as the internet are very valuable, but they can put children at risk of exploitation and harm.

They say the world-wide-web can give people who want to abuse or manipulate kids a medium to network, share information and fantasies, and explore new identities.

To make matters even worse, the use of the internet has both national and global implications that make the monitoring and policing of exploitative practices all the more difficult.

Authors TINK PALMER and LISA STACEY say new technologies make children far more accessible to people wishing to abuse them, while sexual abuse through the net can take many forms.

Internet child sexual abuse includes distribution of abusive images of children, grooming victims for later abuse through teen chat rooms, bulletin boards and online communities where abusers befriend kids to gain trust.

The writers say grooming aims to pacify a young person to sexual activities, which may become increasingly abusive, and to feed the groomer’s fantasies of introducing a young person to such material./Sabanews/cam

POLICE CHASE AND CAPTURE TWO ARMED ROBBERS IN TETE

MOZAMBIQUE: ROBBERY/RM/8/2/1/18 SABANews 1
Mozambique Police patrol
CHANGARA – A gang of FOUR men armed with a MAKAROV Pistol has raided a petrol station and took off with large amounts of cash in Western MOZAMBIQUE.
 
RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the incident occurred in the CHANGARA Town of TETE Province, and the thieves managed to grab some EIGHT-THOUSAND-AND-60 US dollars.
 
It says the petrol station was unguarded because the gang had allegedly arranged with the private security company that was supposed to be protecting the facility.
 
The robbers drove off towards the port of BEIRA after escaping arrest using their getaway vehicle, a TOYOTA COROLLA.
However, the police say they caught up with them in the GURO District of MANICA Province when they were trying to change a flat tyre.
 
TWO of the robbers escaped but the authorities arrested the other TWO, FRANCISCO MACHAVA and SANSAO MBOENE; and they managed to recover part of the stolen money, the pistol and 16 bullets.
Anti-cholera campaign teams at work
In a separate development, a cholera outbreak reported in the northern province of NAMPULA has now spread to the LURIO Administrative Post in MEMBA District.
 
Provincial Chief Doctor SULAIMANA ISIDORO has told reporters the FIRST cases in LURIO were diagnosed on 30 JANUARY.
 
She says 22 people have so far tested positive for the disease, which has since killed ONE patient in the area.
 
However, Dr ISIDORO says she is pleased campaigns promoting individual and collective hygiene in the city seem to have paid off, bringing the cholera situation under control.
 
The health authorities in MOZAMBIQUE say they have recorded TWO deaths and ONE-THOUSAND-552 cases of cholera since the outbreak began in SEPTEMBER last year./Sabanews/cam

STATE EXPECTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE FROM GAS

MOZAMBIQUE: GAS/RM/8/2/18 SABANews 1

Natural Gas extraction plant

CABO DELGADO – MOZAMBIQUE says it expects to collect more than 30-BILLION US dollars from gas revenue by 2047.

The UNITED STATES-based company, ANADARKO, has clinched a deal to extract natural gas off the coast of the northern province of CABO DELGADO.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the State has approved a plan for Offshore Area ONE in the ROVUMA Basin, where a consortium headed by ANADARKO has discovered vast reserves.

It says approval of the scheme paves the way for ANADARKO and its partners to take their Final Investment Decision on the project.

Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister ANA COMOANA, the Government Spokesperson, has revealed the information to reporters after a weekly Cabinet Meeting in the capital, MAPUTO.

She says the plan covers extraction of gas from undersea wells, its transportation to onshore liquefaction plants, and storage equipment with the capacity to handle almost SIX-MILLION tonnes of gas a year.

The MOZAMBICAN Cabinet Spokesperson says her country estimates by the year 2047 the natural gas project will generate revenue of 30-POINT-SEVEN-BILLION US dollars, from taxes and shared profits./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT AND FORMER REBELS REACH AGREEMENT ON GOVERNANCE

MOZAMBIQUE: PEACE/RM/8/2/18 SABANews 1

Afonso Dlakama

MAPUTO – The government of MOZAMBIQUE and the former RENAMO rebel movement have agreed to share power in the country, which has known limited peace since independence in 1975.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says President FILIPE NYUSI has disclosed the information in a report to MOZAMBICANS on the peace dialogue between his administration and AFONSO DLAKAMA.

Mr DLAKAMA leads a terror group with an undisclosed number of bandits trained by the RHODESIAN Central Intelligence Organisation in 1975, to block the movement of ZANLA guerrilla forces of ZIMBABWE across the MOZAMBICAN Border.

RENAMO is an acronym of the RESISTENCIA NACIONAL MOCAMBICANA, which is PORTUGUESE for the MOZAMBICAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE.

The RHODESIANS and apartheid SOUTH AFRICA sponsored the group to punish the FRELIMO Government of the late SAMORA MACHEL for hosting the ZIMBABWEAN fighters.

Mr DLAKAMA took over after the death in 1979 of the FIRST RENAMO Leader, ANDRE MATSANGAISSA, a dissident killed in combat after raiding a FRELIMO position.

In OCTOBER 1992, way after the independence of ZIMBABWE in 1980, RENAMO signed a ceasefire accord after killing almost ONE-MILLION MOZAMBICANS and a number of ZIMBABWEANS.

Mr DLAKAMA transformed the rebel group into a political party, but still retained huge catches of weapons and military bases in the mountains of GORONGOSA and other areas.

He won 33-POINT-SEVEN percent of the presidential vote in 1994; but grabbed a decisive majority of parliamentary seats in FIVE of the country’s 11 provinces, with the UNITED NATIONS declaring the polls fair and free.

RENAMO contested the processes and results of the 1999 Elections, in which FRELIMO won a much narrower majority of votes, and RENAMO supporters staged widespread protests throughout 2000 in the cities of BEIRA and the capital, MAPUTO.

Repeated discord between the TWO sides led to the resumption of the RENAMO terror war that claimed yet more lives and displaced tens of thousands of others up to around mid-2016.

President NYUSI seems to have managed to silence the guns and brought the veteran rebel leader to the discussion table, in a process that has seen some stability since Christmas 2016.

He says they have agreed with Mr DLAKAMA to revise the national Constitution soon, in order to bring a fresh provision for the governance of regions of the country.

The MOZAMBICAN Leader says the system will start to apply from 2019, when a political party or a coalition will propose to the Head of State a Governor for each province in which they win general elections./Sabanews/cam

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