Seychelles Police fight drug trafficking

VICTORIA – Police in SEYCHELLES have arrested a KENYAN woman allegedly found with 210 grams of cocaine.

SEYCHELLES News Agency says MARIETTA ANYANGO has appeared before a Magistrate’s Court, which remanded her until mid-APRIL.

It says she faces charges of conspiracy to import controlled drugs, importation of a controlled drug and trafficking in controlled drugs; and she is due to return to court on 16 APRIL.

The news agency quotes an officer of the Anti-Narcotics Bureau as saying Ms ANYANGO arrived in SEYCHELLES last FRIDAY aboard an ETHIOPIAN Airlines flight.

The official says the authorities arrested the KENYAN woman while she was going through the scanner at the airport, after they detected the drugs in her private part.

A statement from the Anti-Narcotics Bureau says the arrest of the suspect has been due to good alliance and exchange of information between the TWO countries in the fight against narcotics.

It says further investigations are ongoing in pursuing other associates involved in the case.

Meanwhile, the JAMHURI News of KENYA quotes an officer privy to the investigations as saying the accomplices are in the KENYAN capital, NAIROBI, where the drugs were packed.

JAMHURI News also says the suspects are among a number of KENYANS who have been arrested in the last few months for being in possessions of drugs.

A KENYA Airways cabin crew was arrested in JANUARY after being found in possession of narcotics believed to be heading to CHINA.

SEYCHELLES authorities say drug running is so well organised that the drug lords have links to some of the most feared global drug groups, a position of influence which would make traffickers in EUROPE envious./Sabanews/cam



Ban on South African processed meats lifted

LUSAKA – ZAMBIA has, with immediate effect lifted the embargo on ready-to-eat meats imported from SOUTH AFRICA.

However, Health Minister CHITALU CHILUFYA says foods from the SOUTH AFRICAN companies, ENTERPRISE FOODS and RAINBOW CHICKEN, remain banned from entering ZAMBIA.

He has told ZNBC News in the capital, LUSAKA, the new move comes after laboratory tests on risky foods from SOUTH AFRICA and ZAMBIA have shown no signs of listeriosis.

Minister CHILUFYA says his Ministry will continue to monitor risky foods, but encourages people to seek immediate medical attention should they experience symptoms of listeriosis.

Medical experts say signs of the listeria disease include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhoea, and in severe cases, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsion.

The SOUTH AFRICAN Ministry of Health declared listeriosis outbreak on the FRIST of this JANUARY after the death of 183 people out of a total 967 confirmed cases in the SADC country./Sabanews/cam



A community school class in Zambia

CHAWAMA – The authorities in ZAMBIA have been urged to support children from poor communities in their search for education.

ZNBC News says the call comes from Policy Monitoring and Research Centre Executive Director BENADETTE DEKA.

It says she has led a team from the group to paint a Teen and Youth Ablaze community school in the CHAWAMA Township of the capital, LUSAKA.

Ms DEKA says there is a lot of potential that needs to be tapped from children in high-density compounds and remote areas.

She says education should be a priority for everyone, regardless of where they are coming from, if the country is to address the issues of poverty.

Ms DEKA has applauded the young people of CHAWAMA for starting up a community school, which she says will go a long way in promoting elementary education in the country.

She also calls on other youths to emulate what the owners of TAYA Community School have done, a project likely to add to the number of children attending school.

The Centre’s Research and Analysis Head, SALIM KAUNDA, has called on all ZAMBIANS to support the initiative by the youths.

The ZAMBIAN Policy Monitoring and Research Centre is a public policy think tank established in 2012 to promote public understanding through research and education./Sabanews/cam



Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

WINDHOEK – The ruling SWAPO Party of NAMIBIA has sent a condolence message to all SOUTH AFRICANS following the death of liberation icon, WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA.

Secretary-General SOPHIA SHANINGWA has described the late Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA as a fearless freedom fighter whose mission was to end apartheid and colonialism in her country.

Ms SHANINGWA says Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA was ONE of the brave women who fearlessly confronted the enemy head on.

She says during the imprisonment of her former husband, the late former President NELSON MANDELA, Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA apartheid authorities jailed and placed her in solitary confinement.

Ms SHANINGWA also says the legacy Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA has left will continue to inspire women the world over, given her contribution to the liberation struggle.

Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA, widely known as Mother of the SOUTH AFRICAN Nation, died at the age of 81 after a long illness at the MILPARK Hospital in the commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG.

Meanwhile, media reports from SOUTH AFRICA say the ruling AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS has plans for 10-day-long activities meant to honour the late revolutionary.

They say ANC Secretary-General ACE MAGASHULE has visited MADIKIZELA-MANDELA’s home for discussions on the major events with the family.

SABC News quotes President CYRIL RAMAPHOSA as saying the late Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA will get an official burial on 14 APRIL.

The Head of State says there will be an official memorial service on the 11TH of this month, as well as many other commemorative functions in almost every province of SOUTH AFRICA./Sabanews/cam