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.
TANZANIA: DRUGS/DAILY NEWS/27/3/18 SABANews 1
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
TANZANIA: RIGHTS/DAILY NEWS/27/3/18 SABANews 1
DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA is leading the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY Region in the defence and protection of the rights of its citizens and other individuals.
The DAILY NEWS says the development comes after the country agreed to the Protocol in the AFRICAN Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
It says TANZANIA has also recognised the competence of the AFRICAN Court on Human and Peoples` Rights to receive cases from non-governmental groups and from individuals.
The continental Court Summary says TANZANIA is ONE of the EIGHT countries among 30 states that have ratified the Protocol and declared the Court’s competence to receive cases from NGOs and individuals.
Other countries are BENIN, BURKINA FASO, IVORY COAST, GHANA, MALI, MALAWI and TUNISIA.
All other EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY countries, KENYA, UGANDA, RWANDA, and BURUNDI, except SOUTH SUDAN, which joined the Community recently, have ratified the Protocol.
However, the DAILY NEWS says only TANZANIA has gone the extra mile by recognising the Court’s competence to receive cases from individuals and NGOs.
It says RWANDA had earlier made the declaration to recognise the Court’s competence to receive cases from NGOs and individuals, but soon withdrew for undisclosed reasons.
Member countries of the AU established the AFRICAN Court on Human and People’s Rights to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights on the Continent.
It complements and reinforces the functions of the AFRICAN Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; but only 30 out of the 54 nations have ratified the Protocol.
They are ALGERIA, BENIN, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CHAD, IVORY COAST, COMOROS, CONGO, GABON, GAMBIA, GHANA, KENYA, LIBYA, LESOTHO, MALI, and MALAWI.
Others are MOZAMBIQUE, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, NIGERIA, NIGER, RWANDA, SAHRAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, SOUTH AFRICA, SENEGAL, TANZANIA, TOGO, TUNISIA and UGANDA.
States that have not ratified the Protocol are ANGOLA, BOTSWANA, the DRC, MADAGASCAR, NAMIBIA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA, and ZIMBABWE.
The rest are CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GUINEA, GUINEA BISSAU, LIBERIA, MOROCCO, SIERRA LEON, SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN, and SUDAN.
Only EIGHT of the 30 State parties to the Protocol had as at FEBRUARY 2018, made the declaration recognising the competence of the AFRICAN Court on Human and People’s Rights to receive cases from NGOs and individuals./Sabanews/cam
MALAWI: DISABILITIES/NYASA TIMES/27/3/18 SABANews 1
BLANTYRE – The ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM IN MALAWI has lashed out against the Presidential Adviser on Local Policies in their country.
The group accuses HETHERWICK NTABA, who also chairs the National Technical Committee on Abuse of Persons with Albinism, of failing to do the work at hand.
The NYASA TIMES says the Association has issued a statement saying it has asked President PETER MUTHARIKA to review the activities of the committee.
It says the development comes after the suspected abduction and disappearance of a 22-year-old man with albinism, MACDONALD MASAMBUKA, early this month.
Association President OVERSTONE KONDOWE says the committee has failed to deliver to the expectations of persons with albinism and its existence is merely ceremonial.
He says his Association has never heard anything from Mr NTABA, who should have, but has failed to lead the fight against attacks and killings of albinos.
Mr KONDOWE also says neighbouring KENYA and TANZANIA have managed to end the vice because of their political will.
Unknown people reportedly abducted Mr MASAMBUKA on the night of NINE MARCH near CHIKWEWO Trading Centre and remains missing.
Mr KONDOWE says his Association has lost confidence in the police and the Presidential Committee led by Mr NTABA following the incident.
However, the TIMES says Mr NTABA has defended his Committee, saying it has done its best to end attacks on persons with albinism and they will meet the Association to report on progress.
He says National Technical Committee has been lobbying for the death sentence against murderers of persons with albinism in order to deter other would be offenders.
The MALAWIAN Government official says their appeal for the death sentence follows a fact-finding mission that shows a good number of people favour the move as a protection for disabled people./Sabanews/cam
NAMIBIA: CRIME/NBC/23/3/18 SABANews 1
WINDHOEK – Residents in the NAMIBIAN capital, WINDHOEK, have received a serious warning from the municipal authorities to look out for criminals during the coming holidays.
A Spokesperson of the City of WINDHOEK Police says members of the public need to be vigilant against house breaking, robberies, and other social evils during EASTER.
Superintendent ELIASER IYAMBO says residents should always alert their neighbours or the law-enforcement agents before departing for the long weekend.
His warning comes after the arrest of FOUR people suspected of stealing goods from a residence along WASHINGTON Street in the OTJOMUISE suburbs.
Superintendent IYAMBO says the stolen items, worth between 15-THOUSAND and 17-THOUSAND NAMIBIA dollars; include a television set, a laptop, amplifiers, shoes, and DVD players.
He says WINDHOEK City Police seized the suspects after flagging down a suspicious sedan vehicle between KHOMASDAL and OTJOMUISE.
They have since identified TWO of the accused persons, and all FOUR will appear before the KATUTURA Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (WEDNESDAY).
In another development, OTJOZONDJUPA Regional Police Spokesperson Warrant Officer MAUREEN MBEHA has announced TWO recent murder cases in OKAHANDJA City.
She says FRANS URI-KHOB, whose age is unknown to police, was stabbed with a spear on the left shoulder after a fight with TWO men at OSHETU settlements of NAU-AIB residential area.
Warrant Officer MBEHA says the victim died upon arrival at the local hospital where he had been ferried soon after the attack, while the TWO arrested suspects face murder charges.
Meanwhile, she says a 28-year-old man has been killed during a fight in the same town.
MARCO MURANGI succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the left side of the chest, but the police have arrested a 25-year-old suspect and charged him with the murder.
The NAMIBIAN Police official says all the accused in the TWO separate cases have been due to appear in court this MONDAY, while the next of kin of both victims are all informed./Sabanews/cam