RITUAL KILLER GETS FOUR LIFE-IN-JAIL SENTENCES

SOUTH AFRICA: MURDER/SABC/27/3/18 SABANews 1
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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

DRUG PUSHERS TARGET RICH CHILDREN AS DEMAND RISES

Illegal drugs manufacturing chemicals

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

NATION LEADS EAST AFRICA IN RIGHTS PROTECTION

AU Heads of State and delegates in plenary session in the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Pic. Agencies)

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

ALBINOS ACCUSE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR OF FAILURE

Ntaba denies his committee has failed disabled people

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

FORMER PRESIDENT DRAGGED TO COURT OVER UNPAID DEBT

MALAWI: DEBT/NYASA TIMES/27/3/18 SABANews 1
Former Malawian President Joyce Banda
LILONGWE – Former President JOYCE BANDA is facing a legal battle with the SOUTH AFRICA-based ENGELEC International Limited Company over an outstanding debt.
 
The firm alleges Ms BANDA and the MUDZI Transformation Trust Fund, which she set up to build houses for the poor in LILONGWE District, have failed to pay for supplied materials.
 
The NYASA TIMES says ENGELEC International is demanding 214-MILLION MALAWI kwacha (299-THOUSAND-951 US dollars 15 cents) for the work.
 
The newspaper says Ms BANDA launched the MUDZI Transformation Trust Fund in MAY 2013 at NTHOSO Village, Traditional Authority KHONGONI in LILONGWE.
 
It says the SOUTH AFRICAN firm alleges it supplied building materials including iron sheets to the project, which aimed to build some 20-THOUSAND homes nationwide.
 
ENGELEC International has cited registered trustees of MUDZI Transformation Trust Fund as FIRST defendant and Ms BANDA as SECOND defendant.
 
The TIMES says the Court has ordered the Trust Fund and Ms BANDA to fork out about 28-THOUSAND-AND-33 US dollars as part payment to the SOUTH AFRICAN company.
 
It says legal records show Ms BANDA’s Lawyer, LUSUNGU GONDWE, and the company agreed on the amount on 31 JANUARY 2018, but the money is still unpaid.
 
Meanwhile, Lawyer GONDWE says the former Head of State should not be associated with the money because the trustees are the ones who owe the firm.
 
The lawyer of the company, POWELL NKUTABASA, claims the Trust Fund owes his client more than 828-THOUSAND US dollars.
 
Meanwhile, the TIMES says the FIVE-year project by MUDZI Transformation Trust Fund had managed to build 500 out of the targeted 20-THOUSAND houses by the end of Ms BANDA’s term.
 
However, the departure of MALAWI’s FIRST female president in JUNE 2014 saw the massive housing scheme coming to a halt up to date./Sabanews/cam

RESIDENTS WARNED TO LOOK OUT FOR CRIMINALS DURING EASTER

NAMIBIA: CRIME/NBC/23/3/18 SABANews 1

Nam Police in action (Pic. The Namibia)

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