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

PRESIDENT CONDEMNS HIGH TAXATION IN THE COUNTRY

TANZANIA: TAXES/DAILY NEWS/15/3/18 SABANews 1

DODOMA – President JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA has lashed out at the national Revenue Authority for punishing taxpayers in the SADC country.

President John Magufuli not happy with tax collectors

He says paying levies should be an honourable obligation rather than a burden and has ordered the Minister of Finance and Planning as well as the Permanent Secretary to act.

President MAGUFULI says they should help seek an end to the challenges facing the Revenue Authority to improve relationships with taxpayers.

The DAILY NEWS quotes the Head of State as saying he is concerned about reports of fixing tax rates against a government directive to have uniform charges across the board.

He has addressed delegates to a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the construction of a 426-kilometre-long railway line from MOROGORO to MAKUTUPORA in the capital, DODOMA.

President MAGUFULI has expressed concern over alleged unethical acts of some officials, whom he says are ready to destroy the good deeds of the Revenue Authority and the country.

Moreover, he says the Revenue Authority should revise taxation procedures to ensure the agreed taxes do not appear to be a disturbance to the people.

President MAGUFULI has revealed his government needs a lot of money to construct a railway line from the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM to MWANZA.

It needs another huge amount for the RUFIJI Hydropower project to generate at least TWO-THOUSAND-100 megawatts for the country’s industrial economy and FIRST ever speed train.

President MAGUFULI says his administration is carrying out a strategic plan involving the expansion and rehabilitation of 11 airports as well as the DAR ES SALAAM, TANGA and MTWARA harbours.

He says the Revenue Authority should work ethically because the State needs money to improve access to water across rural and urban areas, and to connect all villages to the power grid by 2021.

The Head of State says the issue of TANZANIA having a population of 55-MILLION is not a problem, when a country like CHINA, with more than ONE-BILLION citizens, has become highly advanced./Sabanews/cam

AUTHORITIES TIGHTEN SECURITY DURING TRIAL OF MURDER SUSPECT

SWAZILAND: MURDER/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/15/3/18 SABANews 1

Suspected Swazi killer businessman in custody (Pic. Swazi Observer)

MBABANE – The authorities in SWAZILAND have this week been forced to beef up security at the High Court where a prominent businessman faces charges of murder.

MATSAPHA UNITED Director SIPHO SHONGWE is in custody after being arrested for the murder of MBABANE SWALLOWS Boss VICTOR GAMEDZE.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND newspaper says officials took precautions after rumours about his friends planning to snatch the suspect from the Court.

It says they left nothing to chance, deploying police officers and sniffer dogs from the Bomb Disposal Unit in a move that was the FIRST of its kind in the Kingdom.

The precautions were in addition to the usual contingent of armed police officers who provide security during Mr SHONGWE’s court appearances.

A bomb disposal machine was also used to detect if there were any explosives planted in the courtroom in which his bail hearing was scheduled to be held.

The TIMES says the security measures came after the intelligence department picked information saying the friends of the accused from SOUTH AFRICA planned a snatch.

According to the officers who were present in court, there were threats to security, which resulted in them making sure that there were no foreign elements at the High Court.

The suspect gunned down the deceased, who was also the Vice President of the NATIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF SWAZILAND, on 14 JANUARY at a petrol station./Sabanews/cam

AUTHORITIES VOW TO FIGHT POACHERS AND ILLEGAL LOGGERS
ANGOLA: ENVIRONMENT/ANGOP/14/3/18 SABANews 1

CABINDA – The Ministry of Environment in ANGOLA has pledged to fight poaching and illegal logging activities in order to protect animal and plant species in the country.

Environment Minister PAULA FRANCISCO COELHO has given an interview to the national news agency, ANGOP in the northern region of CABINDA.

Angolan Environment Minister Paula Francisco Coelho

She has visited BUCO-ZAU and BELIZE municipalities in the region to explain a program to recruit former military personnel to protect fauna and flora at MAIOMBE National Park.

MAIOMBE National Park Manager JOSÉ MARIA BIZI says the nature reserve needs 65 more officers because the current 15 are failing to manage the 193-THOUSAND hectares.

To mitigate the shortage of staff, the administration now relies on members of the public who volunteer information on poaching and illegal logging, as well as other evils against nature.

The move comes after the AFRICA Sustainable Conservation publication in JANUARY claimed illegal logging of primary forests continued without any real control, with the agreement of corrupt officials.

It alleged columns of trucks belonging to CHINESE companies carried hundreds of cubic metres of wood to ANGOLAN ports, bound for ASIA.

It said there was lack of information on HUAMBO, BENGUELA, BIÉ and other regions regarding forestry resources, which have been inaccessible for 40 years due to armed conflict.

The publication called on the authorities in ANGOLA to end the problem, saying no country should allow indiscriminate plunder of its natural resources for export as raw materials./Sabanews/cam

NEW TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL IN TWO YEARS

SEYCHELLES: EDUCATION/SNA/15/3/18 SABANews 1

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES plans to have a new technical and vocational school within the next TWO years.

National news agency, SNA, says the academic facility is scheduled some time in 2020 on ILE SOLEIL, a man-made isle on the east coast of the main island of MAHE.

Technical and vocational training helps Seychelles avoid unemployment woes

It says President DANNY FAURE has announced the plans for the school in his State of the Nation Address, saying the country should better prepare the youth from a young age.

He says such an arrangement will enable youngsters to gain the knowledge and make them competent to integrate into the economic sector.

President FAURE says the college will cater for students from SECONDARY THREE Level, calling on the private sector to collaborate in the construction and management of the facility.

The Head of State says the government will pay for the education of all children who go to the school.

Education and Human Resources Development Minister JOEL MORGAN has commended the facility as another national instrument to better train students technically and in skills development.

He says the State is finalising the plans and mobilising resources for the new school, aimed to allow students to learn in a specialised place and prepare them before post-secondary education.

Minister MORGAN says after the technical training in mechanics, plumbing, electrical, masonry, carpentry and others, students can then fit directly into the SEYCHELLES Institute of Technology.

He says they will also be able after the school to join the Maritime Training Academy, since there currently is a lot of emphasis on aquaculture, which will open different possibilities for the nation.

Minister MORGAN says people in the INDIAN Ocean island country should prepare for chances in areas like fisheries science, navigation, technical expertise in biology, chemistry and food science.

ONE primary school teacher, JOHNACIA SULTAN, has commended the imitative, saying it will encourage some previously reluctant students to take interest in technical studies.

SNA quotes a parent formerly in the education sector, KATHLEEN BONNELAME, as saying the technical and vocational school will help address poor performances in State schools.

She says parents welcome the move because children who perform poorly in academic studies will have the chance to develop and acquire skills that qualify them to join the world of work.

Minister MORGAN says the authorities are discussing ways for the new school to integrate students from PRASLIN and LA DIGUE, the other TWO major islands among the total 115.

The SEYCHELLES Cabinet Member says the government further plans to build a similar technical and vocational school to cater for all kids in the country of some 95-THOUSAND-235 people./Sabanews/cam

POVERTY AND INEQUALITY FAR FROM OVER

NAMIBIA: LIVELIHOODS/NBC/15/3/18 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – With income disparities ranging as high as 58 percent countrywide, poverty and inequalities remain the major concerns in NAMIBIA, even after independence on 21 MARCH 1990.

Poverty-stricken families lack decent livelihoods

NBC News says the Household Income and Expenditure Survey of TWO years ago (2015 to 2016) shows had then dropped by TWO percent from 60 to 58 percent.

KUNENE, OMAHEKE, KAVANGO EAST and WEST, as well as ZAMBEZI are the regions with the highest levels of poverty, compared to the provinces of KHOMAS, ERONGO, HARDAP, OSHANA, and KARAS.

The national broadcaster says the survey further shows poverty is most prevalent in rural areas of the country than in towns and cities.

The Household Income and Expenditure Survey says 36-POINT-THREE percent of most household incomes go towards food and drinks at, while 31-POINT-EIGHT percent is spent on other domestic expenses.

SEVEN-POINT-FIVE percent of income cover transport and communication, and families only spend about FIVE-POINT-THREE percent of their incomes on furniture and equipment.

Health expenditures consume the least at ONE-POINT-SIX percent, after education at TWO-POINT-SIX percent and clothing at FOUR percent.

However, rural households have been found to spend more than HALF their income on food and beverage.

The NAMIBIA Household Income and Expenditure Survey, launched WEDNESDAY in the OSHANA Region, says male-headed households earn much more than female-led families./Sabanews/cam

COPS NAB PROSTITUTE FOR MURDER OF INFANT IN FIGHT FOR BOYFRIEND

MALAWI: MURDER/NYASA TIMES/15/3/18 SABANews 1

Malawi Police making an arrest

KASUNGU – A prostitute in the CENTRAL Region of MALAWI has allegedly brutally killed a THREE-month-old baby by forcing a 30-centimetre-long stick into her private parts.

KASUNGU District Police have arrested MEMORY KANJERE for the murder, allegedly committed at KATENJE Trading Centre, after suspecting the mother of dating her boyfriend.

The NYASA TIMES says the mother of the infant, MADALITSO LIMBIKANI, is also a prostitute and a friend to the 34-year-old accused woman.

It quotes KASUNGU Police Deputy Public Relations Officer HARRY NAMWAZA as saying the TWO were soliciting for clients last week at KATENJE on the fateful night.

He alleges Ms LIMBIKANI left her child in a room and went to, try, and get a man at the shops, and Ms KANJERE took the chance to sneak in and snatch the unattended baby.

The accused allegedly took the baby to a groundnut garden where she forcibly inserted a 30-centimetre-long stick through the private part of the small child.

She also allegedly forced yet another stick into the mouth until it protruded through the head, before carrying the corpse and dumping it in the house of a man only named as MOFFAT KASALA.

Officer NAMWAZA says they arrested Ms KANJERE after investigations, and post mortem results from SANTHE Health Centre show the child died of head injuries, internal bleeding and fire burns.

He says the suspect will appear before the Courts to answer the charge of murder soon after police investigations are complete.

The TIMES says Ms KANJERE comes from KATENJE Village, Traditional Authority SANTHE in KASUNGU District, while the killed child and her mother are from LONGWE Village, Traditional Authority KAYEMBE in DOWA District.

In yet another development, the police are looking for a woman who dumped a THREE-day-old baby at CHINSAPO 11 NSEWA Cemetery in the capital, LILONGWE.

The TIMES quotes LILONGWE Police Spokesperson KINGSLEY DANDAULA as saying the authorities have secured and sent the infant to BWAILA Hospital for care and medical attention.

The MALAWIAN Police official says the mother of the abandoned THREE-day-old faces serious charges of baby-dumping, with media reports showing rampant child abuse and neglect in the SADC country./Sabanews/cam