Kids trying to avoid sewerage water (Pic. Agencies)

HARARE – The new economic, political, and social system in ZIMBABWE is receiving lots of approvals abroad; but the picture at home is depressing.

President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA has pledged to hit the ground running and is proving it with his attention to both government and political business.

However, although senior civil servants, mostly in the capital, HARARE, are emulating him, urban council authorities have maintained a relaxed mood in the face of humanitarian disasters.

ONE of the major looming calamities is a serious disease outbreak due to lack of proper sanitation in the most densely populated areas of HARARE and the dormitory town of CHITUNGWIZA.

THE HERALD has carried out a survey of SAINT MARY’S Suburbs of CHITUNGWIZA following reports saying both municipalities have recorded 24 suspected cases of cholera over the past week.

The State-run newspaper says the area has over the years been experiencing erratic supplies of water, with perpetual flows of raw sewerage in front of their houses daily.

A number of residents have even given up hope of ever using the municipality sewer system and decided to dig up septic tanks in their homes.

THE HERALD has interviewed BELIEVE BEMBERE whose father died of suspected cholera this WEDNESDAY.

The young man says CHITUNGWIZA Municipality has neglected the people of SAINT MARY’S, resulting in the emergence of diarrhoeal diseases.

Mr BEMBERE says their area only receives water TWO times a week, MONDAYS and TUESDAYS; and people rely on unprotected wells, because communal boreholes no longer function.

He says his father had diarrhoea and vomiting on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, before his death on THURSDAY. They do not know if he really died of cholera yet, but the sanitation situation in their area worries them.

Another resident, LAYTON CHIDEMO, has accused the Municipality of what he describes as its reactionary approach to the provision of safe water and sanitation to the area.

He says the authorities only attended to the burst sewer pipes after reports of the suspected outbreak, but they still have not disinfected the spill over.

ZIMBABWE is among SADC countries that are receiving above normal rains this season; amid warnings of potential heavy flooding that causes outbreaks of water-borne diseases like cholera./Sabanews/cam



Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, SA (Pic. eNCA)

SIYENDLE – A number of people attending the funeral of a young man in the SIYENDLE area of SWAZILAND have escaped death after a petrol bomb exploded in their packed house.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says unknown assailants attacked the mourners in the early hours of this SATURDAY.

It says the device went off and left JOYCE MASILELA, 58, a neighbour, and 12 other family members chocking in smoke.

The family say they suspect the attack was an attempt to kill them by people who may have had a hand in the death of 21-year-old NHLANHLA KUNENE, the son of Ms MASILELA.

Ms MASILELA says they found NHLANHLA lying dead on his bed, and suspected he had been poisoned during a night out with unknown people.

She says although his body still had a pulse, he could not provide answers to many questions because he had lost his speech by the time he was discovered.

Ms MASILELA has been reluctant to discuss the suspects or the discord between them and her son; saying the family members have a slight idea but they have left everything to the police.

She also says the petrol bombers attacked as the family were mourning and making preparations for the burial of the deceased, which is scheduled for this SUNDAY.

In another development, the case of the murdered prominent businessman, VICTOR GAMEDZE, has taken a new twist.

The TIMES says the TWO SOUTH AFRICANS suspected of the killing are now challenging the jurisdiction of the magistrate presiding over their extradition from the neighbouring country.

It says the accused, MBUSI ‘NCAZA’ NKOSI and SIMPHIWE NGUBANE, are currently detained in SOUTH AFRICA following their arrest almost TWO months ago.

They made their SECOND appearance at the JOHANNESBURG Magistrates Court last THURSDAY, when they argued they should appear before a SOWETO-based magistrate instead.

Advocate DEON VAN VYK from the National Prosecuting Authority of SOUTH AFRICA is representing the SWAZI authorities, while a lawyer from Legal Aid SOUTH AFRICA stands for the suspects.

The accused SOUTH AFRICANS argue their matter should be heard in SOWETO, where they were arrested in connection with the murder of the SWAZI businessman and football administrator.

The SWAZI delegation now has to prove why the suspects should be extradited, and whether the JOHANNESBURG Magistrate does have jurisdiction to preside over the matter./Sabanews/cam



Electoral Commission Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba

HARARE – The government of ZIMBABWE has once again assured the international community it is dedicate to hold fair, free, and credible elections this year.

President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA has posted on FACEBOOK saying the whole world is welcome to witness the ballots that are due in JULY.

THE HERALD says the SADC country has invited delegations from 46 countries to observe the forthcoming elections, the FIRST ever without ROBERT MUGABE who ruled for 37 years until last year.

It says the call by President MNANGAGWA for free and fair elections comes amid efforts to amend the Electoral Act, which is already before Parliament.

The ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission has therefore advised political parties to make their proposed changes to the Electoral Act in the National Assembly.

The opposition MDC Alliance has recently been threatening to boycott the ballots if their demands for electoral reforms are not met.

However, Electoral Commission Chairperson PRISCILLA CHIGUMBA says her team has notified political parties to make their inputs.

She says the Commission is an independent body that does not make laws, but just makes recommendations to lawmakers; and parties should propose the changes they want in Parliament.

On the other hand, Justice CHIGUMBA says her Commission has no evidence of any of its permanent workers still serving in the military; and anyone with such proof should bring it forward.

She has been responding to allegations of military involvement in the organisation, saying all their employees go through interviews and the law does not stop the Commission from hiring retired soldiers either.

Meanwhile, the government has also invited a number international organisations to observe the 2018 General Elections.

The SADC Parliamentary Forum, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern AFRICA, the COMMONWEALTH, and Non-Aligned Movement are some of the key institutions invited.

The AFRICAN UNION Commission, the Pan AFRICAN Parliament, the EUROPEAN UNION Commission, and the EUROPEAN UNION Parliament will also send their observers.

They will join other groups like the AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC GROUP as well as the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

THE HERALD says diplomats accredited to ZIMBABWE will observe the elections on request, unlike in the 2013 ballots when diplomats accredited on full-time basis could do so.

ZIMBABWE has also invited to the elections liberation movements such as the ANC of SOUTH AFRICA, the CCM of TANZANIA, the FRELIMO of MOZAMBIQUE, the BDP of BOTSWANA, and the MPLA of ANGOLA./Sabanews/cam



Poaching, a growing disease in North-eastern Namibia (Pic. New Era)

RUNDU – Police in North-eastern NAMIBIA have shot and killed a suspected poacher in the BWABWATA National Park.

Inspector General SEBASTIAN NDEITUNGA has confirmed the incident to the national news agency, NAMPA.

He says the deceased was among a group of more than FIVE suspected poachers thought to have crossed over into neighbouring BOTSWANA via the vast BWABWATA nature reserve.

Lieutenant NDEITUNGA says the accused persons engaged and exchanged fire with the police officer who spotted them as they retreated with their loot.

He says the law-enforcement agents found the suspects carrying EIGHT elephant tusks, and it appeared they were on their way to ANGOLA.

A MARCH 2017 report by the NEW ERA newspaper says armed clashes between the Police Anti-Poaching Unit and poachers have been increasing, and at least FIVE suspects had been killed by that time.

BWABWATA National Park is a 2007 amalgamation of the CAPRIVI Game Park in the then CAPRIVI Region and the MAHANGO Game Reserve in the then KAVANGO Region.

It stretches across the ZAMBEZI and KAVANGO EAST regions, extending along the CAPRIVI Strip; bounded by the KAVANGO River to the west and the KWANDO River to the east.

BWABWATA National Park is a vital migration route for elephant and some other game species from BOTSWANA in the south to ANGOLA in the north.

The NAMIBIAN authorities say it is an unusual, protected area and home to about FIVE-THOUSAND-500 people; while the government involves the residents and neighbours to plan and manage the park./Sabanews/cam