Muhimbili National Hospital patients (Pic. The Citizen)

DAR ES SALAAM – The TANZANIA Ports Authority has this week marked its 13TH Anniversary by helping ONE of the busiest medical institutions in the country.

The DAILY NEWS says the firm has donated 20 wheelchairs and 40 digital thermometers to MUHIMBILI National Hospital Paediatric Unit to boost medical service delivery to children.

It says apart from the FOUR-THOUSAND-400 US dollars’ worth of the items, workers of the Ports Authority have also donated blood to save lives of the needy patients.

The Paediatric Unit has 13 divisions covering pulmonology and critical care, neurology, nephrology, adolescent, acute care, infectious or diarrhoea, malnutrition, oncology or hematology, neonatal, gastroenterology, dermatology, diabetes and endocrinology.

The DAILY NEWS says Ports Authority Acting Director General NURU MHANDO has handed over the donation during a ceremony held at the medical centre in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

She says her company recognises and values government initiatives to improve medical services; and as a parastatal, the agency has a duty to support delivery of basic community services.

Ms MHANDO says the equipment will ease treatment of children admitted for different ailments, and the Ports Authority will contribute especially to improve services like education, health, development and during natural disasters.

She has expressed hope the support provided will help serve many children who visit the MUHIMBILI National Hospital Paediatric Unit because they are the future, and it is vital the country values their good health.

Ms MHANDO says her company also respects the health of people living around where it operates and of its employees, which is why they have staged a health screening and blood donation exercise to cater for the needy.

The TANZANIA Ports Authority acting boss describes good health as an asset, saying it is important to have knowledge about one’s health and donate blood to save lives in need./Sabanews/cam



Mental health patients need attention just like other people (Pic. Doctors Without Borders)

GOROMONZI – The ZIMBABWE National Association for Mental Health has launched a campaign to reach out to people suffering from mental disorders in the country.

ZBC News says hundreds of people have today (WEDNESDAY) gathered at CHINYIKA Clinic in the eastern area of GOROMONZI for a community outreach programme on psychosis.

Medical experts say psychosis is a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.

The condition results in difficulties telling what is real and what is not, with symptoms like false beliefs and seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear; as well as confused speech and behaviour that is not suitable for the situation.

ZBC News quotes the Public Engagement Officer of the ZIMBABWE Early Intervention in Psychosis, NEFASI MLAMBO, as saying psychosis can be treated just like other condition if detected early.

It says 12 drama groups from CHINYIKA Ward 16 and RUSIKE Ward 18 have performed before the gathering to raise awareness on mental health.

The national broadcaster says they have been focusing their plays on ways to combat stigma as well as giving communities the platform to discuss methods of dealing with mental conditions.

It says the ZIMBABWE National Association for Mental Health has organised the just ended community mental health outreach program with the help of the WELLCOME TRUST, amid scaring reports.

A 2017 story by the FINANCIAL GAZETTE weekly newspaper says some 20 percent of the country’s 14-MILLION people are mental patients.

It blames the situation on the 20 years of what it calls an economic free-fall that has had a devastating mental, emotional, and physical toll on the generality of the people facing the meltdown.

The paper quotes the World Health Organisation as saying at least ONE-MILLION-300-THOUSAND suffer from mental problems, compared to just more than 600-THOUSAND in 1999.

On the other hand, the WHO says ZIMBABWE only has 14 psychiatric experts to attend to the ONE-POINT-THREE-MILLION patients, which means there are ZERO-POINT-ZERO-EIGHT doctors per 100-THOUSAND sufferers./Sabanews/cam



AU meeting in session in Addis Ababa (Pic. EyeAfrica TV)

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – The AU Commission has made entered into the cyber world by officially launching its online Knowledge Management platform of the AFRICAN Internet Governance Forum.

The Commission says the Knowledge Management platform is in response to overwhelming requests of the Internet stakeholders on the Continent.

It says the requests came especially during the SIXTH AFRICAN and the Global Internet Governance forums held DECEMBER 2017 in EGYPT and SWITZERLAND respectively.

The Head of the AU Commission Information Society in the Department of Infrastructure and Energy Head says the platform is connected to the resources of the AFRICAN Internet Governance Forum: www.afigf.africa.

MOCTAR YEDALY says the facility will be a space for regular exchange of information as well as for better planning and implementation of AFRICAN related Internet Governance programs.

He says the platform is active with multiple Communities and Forums, to help stakeholders address the ICT challenges in general and the Internet policy issues in particular, as well as help establish common AFRICAN positions on many issues.

The AU Commission says Internet Governance is the evolving policies and mechanisms under which main stakeholders like governments, businesses, civil society, and the academia recommend about the development and use of the Web./Sabanews/cam



Voting queue in rural Zimbabwe (Pic. Pindula News)

HARARE – ZIMBABWE will this year see a different kind of General Elections after more than 100 political groups have registered to take part in the historic ballots.

The country is going to the polls for the FIRST time without former President ROBERT MUGABE and under a new system of voter registration that has attracted more than FIVE-MILLION so far.

THE HERALD newspaper quotes the Electoral Commission as saying it has enlisted at least 118 political parties, with more still to come, for the exercise, which is due before AUGUST.

It says Voter Education Director TAURAYI GAVI has addressed journalists at a workshop on election reporting in the central city of GWERU.

He says the Commission is trying to design a ballot paper that accommodates the 118 presidential candidates who will be vying for the top job in the land.
Mr GAVI says the Electoral Commission will not limit any political party wishing to take part in the elections as long as it meets the requirements.

He says their job is to facilitate and oversee the elections, so they have no mandate to stop anyone from contesting as long as they pay the required fee and meet the required standards.

The Commission is also due to float a tender to select a company that will print the ballot papers for the polls in processes that will be made public through the media.

Mr GAVI says the authorities are currently inspecting the voters’ roll, as well as correcting errors and duplications, which will lead to the compilation of a provisional register by next month.

However, he says the Electoral Commission does not have the mandate to audit the voters’ role, but any political party willing to do so should use its own funds.

The 2018 ZIMBABWE General Elections, likely to involve more young voters, come a couple of months after the ouster of Mr MUGABE, who had ruled the country with an iron fist for 37 years./Sabanews/cam



Commentators hope Namibia will not witness the ‘Zimbabwe-style’ land reforms (Pic. African Globe)

WINDHOEK – Land ownership and occupation have continued to be a difficult issue for the government of NAMIBIA since independence on 21 MARCH 1990.

NBC News says the Lands Tribunal has for the FIRST time, over the years, convened to hear some cases concerning land disputes in the WINDHOEK High Court in the capital.

It says the FIVE-member committee has presided over SIX cases lodged by different complainants mainly from the OMAHEKE, OTJOZONDJUPA, HARDAP and //KARAS regions.

The Land Reform Ministry has been the major accused in the cases ranging from termination of land rights as well as allocation of resettlement farms.

However, the Tribunal has just been carrying out preliminary hearings since it has delayed all cases to different dates later this year, for the actual trials and judgements.

Team Chairperson ELIZE ANGULA has told the national broadcaster they have postponed the hearings of the cases due to lack of resources.

She says members of the Tribunal have decided on their own to use the little resources they have to kick-start the hearings and ensure they address pending cases.

Ms ANGULA also says the Lands Tribunal has powers similar to the authority of the High Court, which means its judgement is binding and should be respected and implemented by all parties involved.

The Lands Tribunal Chairperson says there is real need to educate members of the public about the work of the comittee.

Meanwhile, economic and political commentators say they wish NAMIBIA will not follow the ZIMBABWE-style land reforms because of the negative impact it has on a country./Sabanews/cam


Uranium mining (Pic. Scco.it)


WINDHOEK – President HAGE GEINGOB of NAMIBIA has denied allegations of earning huge sums of illegal money in the sale of a uranium mine some 11 years ago in his country.

His Lawyer, SISA NAMANDJE, has issued a statement dismissing a media story linking the Head of State to an anti-corruption investigation into the deal involving TREKKOPJE Mine, a large open pit in the Western NAMIBIA region of ERONGO.

Authorities in FRANCE have charged former AREVA Mining Branch Head SÉBASTIEN DE MONTESSUS with corruption in relation to the purchase of TREKKOPJE Mine from URANIM Company of CANADA by AREVA, a FRENCH nuclear giant, in 2007.

President GEINGOB has maintained his HG Consultancy firm only offered advisory services to URANIM between 2006 and 2007, but was not involved in the sale of TREKKOPJE Mine to AREVA.

His lawyer has warned RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE to retract its story alleging he is also a target in the anti-corruption investigation against Mr DE MONTESSUS, or face legal action.

President GEINGOB says he was a parliamentary back-bencher, and not a Cabinet Minister when he helped the CANADIAN company to obtain a mining licence in NAMIBIA.

NBC News says FRENCH prosecutors are now investigating the acquisition of URAMIN assets in NAMIBIA, SOUTH AFRICA and the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.

RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE has cited President GEINGOB as a person of interest in the probe, as he reportedly pocketed about 300-THOUSAND US dollars from the TREKKOPJE deal.

President GEINGOB’s lawyer says the Head of State never received any such monies because he had nothing to do with URANIM takeover by AVERA.

The legal expert says no investigator ever approached the President as a party to the matter involving allegations of price inflation in the deal.

Advocate NAMANDJE has dismissed other allegations concerning the alleged payment of EIGHT-MILLION EUROS between 2008 and 2009 to President GEINGOB while he was Trade and Industry Minister.

The lawyer says RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE should withdraw what he described as reckless reports against the NAMIBIAN Leader, and has warned failure to do so could result in a lawsuit./Sabanews/cam