Former “Life President” now without security?

HARARE – The Government of ZIMBABWE has reportedly recalled all security personnel and other workers allocated to former President ROBERT MUGABE.

Unconfirmed media reports say the move has also affected his daughter, BONA CHIKORE, and the TWO sons CHATUNGA and ROBERT Junior who are living in neighbouring SOUTH AFRICA.

They say Mr MUGABE and family have also lost the privilege of State-paid staff in foreign countries like SINGAPORE and other locations.

If true, it then means the 94-year-old former Head of State will no longer enjoy the service of security personnel and other workers on government payroll.

The development comes after Mr MUGABE addressed the media recently and described his NOVEMBER 2017 departure from office as a coup, accusing his successor of leading an illegal government.

Mr MUGABE last year dismissed President MNANGAGWA after FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE accused the former Vice President of fomenting divisions in ZANU PF and plotting to topple her husband.

The removal of President MNANGAGWA from both government and the ruling party was to  precede mass dismissals of top civil servants and military staff accused of association with him.

The good old days, as they came to an end

However, the soldiers quickly moved in and launched what they dubbed Operation Restore Legacy and ZANU PF recalled Mr MUGABE from office and threatened to impeach him in case of resistance.

The then Army Commander General CONSTANTINO CHIWENGA, now Vice President, said security forces had no plans to take over government but had to intervene due to political developments threatening national security.

Mr MUGABE wrote a letter of resignation to Parliament Speaker JACOB MUDENDA after massive demonstrations nationwide in support of the call for him to step down.

And it became a New Dispensation

President MNANGAGWA took over power on 24 NOVEMBER, promising to forgive his predecessor and allow him all benefits befitting a former Head of State.

However, his former leader and mentor has refused to recognise his new role as he reportedly has teamed up with a group of fugitive former ZANU PF heavyweights plotting to launch a fight.

The developments in ZIMBABWE have raised speculations that the ousted former President for 37 years will not let the country rest until his currently unknown favourite candidate takes over the seat he left at State House./Sabanews/cam


Raleigh Fitkin Hospital
MANZINI – The family a woman who died recently at the RALEIGH FITKIN Memorial Hospital after a shot illness are crying foul over the manner the medical centre handled the illness.
The daughter of the late 52-year-old NCAMSILE MALINDZA says they even suspect their mother was stacked away in the morgue while she was still alive.
BONAKELE LANGA says the late woman fell sick last MONDAY night while they were at home in the MALIYADUMA Area in the commercial capital, MANZINI.
The family had to call paramedics with an ambulance after her illness got worse before daybreak and she was ferried to the hospital.
Ms LANGA alleges the emergency staff asked them why they brought the patient at night, complaining that they could not attend to her because since there was no doctor on call.
She says they decided to take care of their mother until TUESDAY morning when a doctor would be available to see her; but a nurse turned up to attend to her, as no doctor had come.
However, the nursing staff threw out the family out of the ward when the doctor finally surfaced on WEDNESDAY morning, although they would have liked to see her treated.
Only after about TWO hours, a nurse approached the waiting relatives with the news that Mama MALINDZA had died, but they could not go in to see her body until the funeral parlour people came.
Ms LANGA says the incident confused them because they had not even see the physician who attended to their mother, and they had no idea what the medical team had done to her.
Worse still, DUPS Funeral Home personnel refused them access to the body at the parlour despite a promise made at the hospital: which had rushed to release the body to the parlour before other relatives arrived.
Ms LANGA says some of the relatives had heard their mother yelling as her supposed dead body was taken out of the vehicle, but DUPS Funeral Home workers dismissed the claim
The workers told the relatives a staff member had been shocked by the size of the body and yelled, but the mourners remained concerned because those who had touched the body had found it warm as if still alive.
Ms LANGA says while they reluctantly let it go, new doubts emerged when the parlour workers again refused to let them clean the body before placing it in a coffin; saying they would see bodies of other people.
Moreover, when they finally managed to access the remains of her mother on FRIDAY, they allegedly found the body, which had not gone under post-mortem, with bloodstains on the face and back, with more blood coming out of her mouth.
After failing to solve the puzzle, the SWAZI family finally decided to bury their mother, whom they believe was wrongly declared dead before being sent to the morgue and only reported the matter to the police./Sabanews/cam



Attorney General HELDER PITTA GROZ (Pic. ANGOP)

LUANDA – Attorney General HELDER PITTA GROZ of ANGOLA has pledged commitment to lead the fight against corruption and suppression of money laundering.

ANGOLA Press Agency, ANGOP, says he has made the declaration before delegates to the opening of the 24TH General Consultative Council of the Attorney General’s Office.

It quotes Mr GRÓZ as saying it is vital to meet the public expectations created during the electoral campaign of President JOAO LOURENÇO regarding the fight against dishonesty and impunity.

He has repeated the words of the Head of State saying no one is so rich or powerful to feel above the Law, and no one is so poor or devoid of property that they cannot be defended by the Law.

Mr GROZ says the inauguration of the new President in SEPTEMBER 2017 was the beginning of a dream of creating a more just society and hoping for better days.

He says his Office stands to guard against lawlessness, defend collective interests, rights, and freedoms, as well as to investigate corruption or fraud by public agents and prevent money laundering.

Meanwhile, Mr GROZ has issued a statement read on his behalf by Deputy Attorney General MOTA LIZ to the press at the end of a meeting with a specialised commission of legislators.

He says the days of impunity are over; as the authorities will soon go after public officials who fail to declare assets and incomes, after having improved their technical and human capacity to handle case by case to fish out offenders.

The ANGOLAN Attorney General says the move to have all State officials declare their wealth helps the country fight against corruption and create public confidence in government institutions./Sabanews/cam



The map of Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA says it is planning to set up a network comprising professionals who will teach the KiSWAHILI language worldwide.

Information Minister HARRISON MWAKYEMBE says the government will create a database of KiSWAHILI teachers to popularise the language internationally.

He has told the Public Service and Social Development Parliamentary Committee the State is researching to find out the exact available number of such professionals.

Minister MWAKYEMBE says the exercise aims to enable the authorities allocate teachers across the globe, thereby creating more job opportunities within and outside the country.

Historically, KiSWAHILI was and remains part of the BANTU languages like IsiZULU, ChiSHONA, KiKUYU and others.

Researchers say the language is not a kind of mixture of ARABIC and AFRICAN languages, a kind of creole born out of trade and intermarriages along the INDIAN Ocean coast of AFRICA, as sailors of the 15TH to the 19TH centuries believed like many people still do.

The NORDIC Journal of AFRICAN Studies says such a belief is far from the linguistic and historical discoveries of today, which show all the AFRICAN people were neighbours more than 10-THOUSAND years ago.

The group now known as the AFROASIANS lived in the north, next to the NEGRO people, with PYGMIES in the forest and the BUSHMEN freely roaming the eastern and southern savannas of East and Southern AFRICA.

The NORDIC Journal says the languages spoken by all the NEGRO peoples are related and they probably spoke one language some FIVE to SIX-THOUSAND years ago.

However, the common language began to change as the people discovered agriculture and started moving in groups further and further from each other to found new settlements and farms.

The publication says NEGROS adopted KiSWAHILI as ONE of their languages, according to evidence showing it is what is known as an agglutinating class language, whose particles or morphs are glued together to form words or sentences.

It says KiSWAHILI, therefore, shares not only grammatical forms with the other BANTU languages, but also a large measure of vocabulary items with all the about 640 languages in the BANTU family.

It also says KiSWAHILI is now a language of all the peoples in East and Central AFRICA, and not just of MUSLIMS on the coast or of north versus south.

The CORNELL International Law Journal says it is the language of national business in TANZANIA; and while it is a mother tongue to some 10 percent of the population, about 90 percent is bilingual in KiSWAHILI and a vernacular./Sabanews/cam



Ambassador Maria Amelia Paiva

VICTORIA – A PORTUGUESE Envoy has called on SEYCHELLES to take advantage of her country in the areas of the blue economy and renewable energy.

Newly appointed Ambassador MARIA AMÉLIA PAIVA has made the call after handing over her credentials to President DANNY FAURE at State House in the capital, VICTORIA.

She says the TWO countries should share experiences in the sustainable use of sea resources and the collection of energy from renewable resources like sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

Ambassador PAIVA has told journalists her mandate is to invite SEYCHELLES officials to visit PORTUGAL to continue to work on strengthening and enhancing relationship.

She says her discussions with President FAURE covered the green and blue economies as areas she needs to promote to a better level of cooperation in her position as ambassador.

Ambassador PAIVA says SEYCHELLES can further benefit from PORTUGUESE experiences in the fight against drug trafficking as well as in the cultural and historical fields.

She says they can share a lot through ties in the area of museums, as PORTUGAL has huge archives from which SEYCHELLES can learn before building its own similar museum.

They PORTUGUESE Ambassador to SEYCHELLES, who will operate from MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE, says her country will work closely with the authorities of the 115-island archipelago to attain the objectives./Sabanews/cam



VICTORIA – An independent anti-corruption expert has called on the SEYCHELLES Government to pay close attention to business monopolies because they can breed corruption.

MALIKA AÏT-MOHAMED PARENT says such situations target areas like the management of land, which the SEYCHELLES Government fully controls.

Malika Ait Mohamed Parent at the Grand Bargain Report Launch (Pic. IRIN)

She says he has met with senior managers in the Ministry of Land Use and Habitat to discuss prevention measures against dishonesty and bribery, because soil managers are a huge target for crooks on all continents.

SEYCHELLES News Agency, SNA, says Ms PARENT made the remarks after a public lecture organised by the TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE SEYCHELLES, a new NGO affiliate to TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL.

She says she is in the island nation for ONE week and has already met with many officials from different ministries including the local Anti-Corruption Commission, to talk about issues relating to dishonesty.

Their discussions covered issues relating to corruption trends, bribery practice, and corruption schemes, as well as different preventive actions applicable in different contexts.

SEYCHELLES, a group of 115 islands in the Western INDIAN Indian Ocean, is in the process of revising the Anti-Corruption Act of 2016.

SNA says Ms PARENT has shared with Attorney-General FRANK ALLY her observations on the complexity of the subject and the revision of the Anti-Corruption Act; as vital issues that need the right thinking.

She says while an Anti-Corruption Commission is good, the country is on a learning curve; and the body will need people with investigation skills to work on complex cases.

TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE SEYCHELLES Chairperson CHRYSTOLD CHETTY says they have invited the expert to enable the public to learn about the practice of corruption.

TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE SEYCHELLES is a not-for-profit organisation launched in APRIL last year to help fight against corruption and bribery.

Mr CHETTY says his group organised the workshop to ensure children born last year in the VICTORIA Hospital can say no to corruption by the time they reach 18.

He also says people always need to stay vigilant, as corruption is no longer a perception; and, in fact, there have been cases where some are scared to come forward to report dishonesty.

The Anti-Corruption Commission has to date, recorded THREE cases of corruption, TWO of which have been sent to the Attorney-General’s Office for further action.

In the 2017 Global Perceptions Index, SEYCHELLES is ranked 36 out 180 countries, the best performance for the island nation since the Index started in 1995./Sabanews/cam



Continental Free Trade Area for Africa endorsed

WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA supports the AFRICAN Continental Free Trade Area but has decided not to sign the deal at the recent AU Extraordinary Session in KIGALI, RWANDA.

President HAGE GEINGOB says the integration of AFRICA is vital for unity and Pan-AFRICANISM.

However, he says NAMIBIA has to analyse conditions of its membership and commitments to the SOUTHERN AFRICAN CUSTOMS UNION, SACU, before signing up.

The AU began talks on the creation of the area THREE years ago to boost intra-continental trade among all its 54-member states, and 44 nations have signed up within 18-months.

TWO of AFRICA’s biggest economies, SOUTH AFRICA and NIGERIA, as well as BENIN, BURUNDI, LESOTHO, ERITREA, SIERRA LEONE and GUINEA BISSAU are yet to join.

The 18TH Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of AU leaders in JANUARY 2012 in ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, resolved to set up the CFTA by 2017.

They also endorsed a plan to boost intra-AFRICA Trade in SEVEN clusters; trade policy and facilitation, productive capacity, trade infrastructure, finance, information and factor market integration.

The CFTA aims to bring together the 54 countries with a combined population of more than ONE-BILLION and a gross domestic product of more than THREE-POINT-FOUR-TRILLION US dollars.

A report by the AU says such a market creates opportunities for largescale production for producers on the continent.

It quotes the World Trade Organisation as saying the level of intra-AFRICAN trade in 2012 was 12-POINT-EIGHT percent, which is very low compared to other regions in the world.

Meanwhile, the share of total AFRICAN exports in global trade flows is just THREE-POINT-FIVE percent, which is also extremely low compared to other regions.

AFRICAN exporters face an average non-agriculture applied tariff protection rate of SEVEN-POINT-EIGHT percent, which exceeds what they would face when exporting to EUROPE and the UNITED STATES.

On the other hand, trade among the major economies of AFRICA that do not belong to the same Regional Economic Community is on the basis of the most favoured nation principle.

commercial reality of cross border trade in AFRICA simply calls for more to action to come up with a framework to reduce tariffs, eliminate non-tariff barriers, and bring rules for contract enforcement and dispute settlement among other things.

The AU says the CFTA provides such a framework and is in line with the goal of the ABUJA Treaty establishing the AFRICAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY./Sabanews/cam



LUSAKA – FIVE political parties and TWO civil society groups in ZAMBIA have condemned the Impeachment Motion filed by the opposition UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, UPND.

Zambia National Assembly Speaker Patrick Matibini (Pic. ZNBC)

ZNBC News says their leaders have petitioned National Assembly Speaker PATRICK MATIBINI to dismiss the proposition.

It says the leaders have accused the UPND and its allies of deliberately abusing the national democracy by attempting to disrupt the smooth governance through a frivolous motion.



ZNBC News says the civil society groups are the ZAMBIAN DNA represented by SPUKI MULEMWA and the NETWORK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGAINST VIOLENCE represented by MOSES KALONDE.

It says the petitioners have also urged all other Members of Parliament to dismiss the motion with the contempt it deserves.

PATRIOTIC FRONT Founder Member EDWIN LIFWEKELO says the UPND is using the Impeachment Motion as a platform to raise issues regarding their failed presidential petition.

He says the allegations show the UPND is not serious about dialogue, because it is trivializing serious issues of national development instead of debating policies.

Mr LIFWEKEKO has issued a statement to the national broadcaster in the capital, LUSAKA, saying the opposition party does not mean well for ZAMBIA.

The RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT AND DEMOCRACY Director MALAMA KAPANDA says the push for Presidential Impeachment and dialogue is hypocritical.

The research expert says the stance by the organisation, which is the THIRD-largest party in the Parliament of ZAMBIA, is an act of double standards that should not be entertained./Sabanews/cam


Image by SABC News
PIETERMARITZBURG – The High Court of SOUTH AFRICA in PIETERMARITZBURG City has handed down FOUR life-in-jail sentences to a man who brutally killed FOUR young children last year.
SABC News says BEN MBHELE (32) teamed up with another unnamed men and went to the home of his sister, S’LINDILE MBHELE, the mother of the kids he then slaughtered in cold blood.
It says S’LINDILE had visited friends and left the children, aged between FOUR and 12, watching television at home in KWA-NZIMAKWE in the coastal province of KWA-ZULU NATAL.
MBHELE and his accomplice stabbed their victims to death and cut off their ears, which later turned out to have been destined for a witchdoctor in the city of DURBAN.
The Court has established the motive for the killing was financial gain, as the killer-uncle had taken out insurance with a number of companies on all the FOUR children he murdered.
Meanwhile, research shows while the murder of people for their body parts is a crime in any country of the world; the practices continue in Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA in the 21ST Century.
Ritual killer confesses to Nigerian Police after arrest

In the SADC Region, such cases in which criminals kill human beings to remove body parts for use as medicine or for magical purposes in witchcraft are widespread.

While most reports are about targets of people with albinism in countries like MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, SWAZILAND, SOUTH AFRICA, and TANZANIA it is also emerging that no one is safe elsewhere in the region.
Authorities agree such murders occur and sometimes go unreported in BOTSWANA, LESOTHO, MOZAMBIQUE, SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA, and ZIMBABWE.
Nevertheless, SADC currently has no publicly known regional position or legislation to fight against the practitioners of the common ritual killings, which individual nations have to face alone./Sabanews/cam


Illegal drugs manufacturing chemicals


DAR ES SALAAM – Illegal drug dealers in TANZANIA are now going after children from rich families for more profits as demand for the narcotics continues to rise at an alarming rate.

The DAILY NEWS says State officials have told the HIV and AIDS Affairs Parliamentary Committee operations targeting drug traffickers across the country have affected supplies.

They say traffickers are now increasingly investing in secret industries to produce new psychotropic substances as an alternative to scarce cocaine and heroin on the market.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, JENISTA MHAGAMA, says the children from rich homes are now used to deliver drugs to other users.

Officials say the price of a pellet has since jumped to 10-THOUSAND TANZANIA shillings (FOUR US dollars 43 cents) from just TWO-THOUSAND shillings (89 US cents).

They say the situation has further limited many of the drug users to pay for increased dosage, with unofficial figures showing a drop from about ONE-MILLION-500-THOUSAND users to HALF-A-MILLION nationwide.

The DAILY NEWS quotes PETER MUSISI, Commissioner for Prevention and Treatment of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority, as saying they have controlled importation of illicit drugs to Mainland TANZANIA.

He says operators on the Mainland have since moved most of their operations to ZANZIBAR where they claim legislations are still friendly.

DR MUSISI says his Authority had impounded more than 400-THOUSAND litres of imported chemicals in less than a year.

He says if converted, the chemicals would form part of new psychotropic substance that could cause serious health complications including death, if not administered by physicians.

DR MUSISI says they have since inspected around just half of at least TWO-THOUSAND companies that import such drugs.

Most of the substances are allowed to be imported for use to suppress severe pain but must only be administered by the doctor, but traffickers now use the substances instead of fighting to import illicit drugs.

Drug Control and Enforcement Commissioner General ROGERS SIANGA says his teams are also cleaning up production of cannabis starting with ARUSHA, before TANGA and MOROGORO regions.

The TANZANIA official says they need financial support to ensure the country is completely protected from drug abuse, because drug traffickers are developing new smuggling routes and techniques each day./Sabanews/cam