MYSTERIOUS FIRE TORMENTS POLICE OFFICER TO DEATH

SWAZILAND: MYSTERY/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/26/4/18 SABANews 1

Swazi Police search for their colleague in the bush (Pic. Times of Swaziland)

MHLANE – An officer with the SWAZILAND Police Force has been found dead and his body on fire close to 50 kilometres from the place he had disappeared 24 hours earlier.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the deceased, only named as Sergeant MDUDUZI of MATSAPHA Police Station, reportedly had lost everything to a mysterious fire.

It quotes the bereaved wife, MARY, as saying her late husband had been living a miserable life since AUGUST last year, when all the things he handled went up in smoke.

She says before his death on TUESDAY afternoon, they had gone to the bank to withdraw some money, but the whole amount caught fire in their motor vehicle when they reached home.

Ms MDUDUZI says the late Sergeant got burnt on the stomach as he tried to put out the fire to save the car and the cash.

She says everything he owned has been burnt and in a strange way, from his clothing, work uniform, shoes, food items and even the house they currently occupy at the police camp.

Ms MDUDUZI says each time her late husband withdrew some money, it all got burnt; a situation that has been frustrating him since he was the sole breadwinner in the family.

She says the couple had tried to take Sergeant MDUDUZI to prophets and pastors for prayers in vain; and on the day of his disappearance, he had revealed he was going to kill himself.

His children saw him retrieving a rope before he left the house, and when the wife realised his departure she followed him into the MHLANE Forest, where he usually went after such similar episodes.

However, Ms MDUDUZI says she searched for her late husband but failed to locate him and decided to return to the Camp to inform his colleagues.

More than 100 police officers launched a search for Sergeant MDUDUZI and only found his burning remains near USUTHU River at SIPHOFANENI, about 50 kilometres away from home.

The TIMES says authorities in traditional mysteries describe what had been happening to the late police officer as a curse known as LUBANE.

It says the deceased always wanted to kill himself and people had stopped him from committing suicide many times by shooting himself with his service pistol.

The tearful wife of the deceased SWAZI Police officer says her late husband had remained with nothing after his uniforms, as well as the only clothes donated by church members, all got burnt up too last week./Sabanews/cam

POVERTY BITES HARDER AS SETTLEMENT BECOMES TOO SMALL

NAMIBIA: LAND/NBC/26/4/18 SABANews 1

Poor Dorbabis settlers cry foul (Pic. The Namibian)

DORBABIS – Residents crowded at the DORDABIS settlement in the KHOMAS Region of South-central NAMIBIA are complaining of overwhelming poverty due to overcrowding.

They are crammed on a small, narrow corridor surrounded by privately owned commercial farms; and they access very small pieces of plots on which to grow food for consumption.

The residents say their settlement has no pastures for livestock to graze, and it is impossible for them to get fuel for cooking, since the only wood available is fenced off.

ONE of them, FREDERIKA KOMAGAS, has told NBC News she lives with more than 10 people in a small house built out of corrugated iron sheets.

Poverty has taken over her life, as she is unable to feed the huge family, considering she does not even have a small piece of land on which to start a small garden to grow vegetables.

The national broadcaster says people at DORDABIS face yet another humanitarian situation in which they lack clean drinking water and sanitation facilities.

It quotes their representatives as saying their attempts over the years to lobby local authorities to expand settlement have proved fruitless.

DORBABIS Settlement, 80-kilometres east of WINDHOEK in the WINDHOEK Rural Constituency of the KHOMAS Region, has some ONE-THOUSAND-500 people crowded in it.

Authorities are struggling to meet the high demand for both farming and residential land due to a floppy willing-buyer-willing-seller arrangement it has with white commercial farmers, beneficiaries of the apartheid era.

The World Bank says NAMIBIA has a relatively strong economic growth, but it has not been enough to deal with its levels of poverty, inequality, and unemployment./Sabanews/cam

HEAVY RARE EARTH ELEMENTS MINING LIKELY SOON

NAMIBIA: MINING/NBC/25/4/18 SABANews ONE

WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA is poised to benefit greatly from

Namibia Rare Earths outfit at work (Pic. Economist)

the mining of heavy rare earths that include copper, graphite, zinc, and other similar minerals.

NBC News says the country held Mining Expo and Conference last year, which has contributed to improved commodity markets and to a renewed interest in the national exploration sector.

It says Chamber of Mines President JOHAN COETZEE has revealed the development during the 39TH Annual General Meeting of his organisation in the capital, WINDHOEK.

He says the NAMIBIA Rare Earths established a strategic partnership last year with GECKO NAMIBIA, which they finalised this FEBRUARY.

Mr COETZEE says although prices of heavy rare earth metals are likely to increase significantly in the short-term, development of the project depends on mining licence approval.

The national broadcaster says the government issued the organisers with an environmental clearance certificate for the project in DECEMBER 2017, but there is no mining permit yet.

However, Mines and Energy Minister TOM ALWEENDO says a delay in acquiring licences and going through other processes should not hinder the finding of more minerals.

Minister ALWEENDO has assured the Chamber of Mines boss the Ministry will attend to their matter.

Geological experts say rare earth metals are vital in the development of green technologies and often work in electronics like laptops and smartphones, as well as spacecraft and missile weaponry.

Manufacturers also use the rare earths in camera lenses, battery electrodes, microwave filters, high-temperature superconductors, x-ray machines, and many others, plus many others; and NAMIBIA has a lot of them./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT TO COME UP WITH DUAL CITIZENSHIP BILL

MALAWI: CITIZENSHIP/MBC/25/4/18 SABANews 1

President Mutharika meets Queen Elizabeth the Second (Pic. Nyasa Times)

LONDON – MALAWI is working on a proposed law to introduce dual citizenship, under which a person can legally belong to more than ONE nation.

MBC News says President PETER MUTHARIKA has revealed the plan to MALAWIANS living in the BRITISH capital, LONDON.

He says his administration will table the Dual Citizenship Bill when the National Assembly seats in NOVEMBER this year, and the formulation of the proposed law is underway.

The national broadcaster says President MUTHARIKA has been in LONDON for the COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT Meeting.

He has since left the BRITISH capital for SCOTLAND where he has other engagements including an expected to address to the SCOTTISH Parliament.

The current MALAWI Citizenship Act that came into being on SIX JULY 1966 says every person who was a national before the date continues to be a citizen of MALAWI.

It says birth within the territory of the SADC country does not automatically award citizenship, except if ONE is a child born of unknown parents.

However, children born in MALAWI on or after SIX JULY 1966, whose father or mother is a citizen of and is of AFRICAN race also qualifies.

Similarly, a child born abroad on or after SIX JULY 1966, whose parent is a native-born citizen of MALAWI and of AFRICAN race is suitable for the status.

An AFRICAN, or a person with COMMONWEALTH or MALAWIAN ties, resident for FIVE years in the country, with enough knowledge of the ENGLISH language, can also apply.

Nevertheless, the applicant must intend to reside permanently in MALAWI, and will renounce previous citizenship; and, on the other hand, aliens without the national ties must have been resident for SEVEN years.

MALAWI currently does not recognise dual citizenship, but diaspora-born children can maintain dual citizenship until the age of 21, after which the person renounces the other citizenship.

The law says a citizen age 22 or older, who obtains new citizenship through means like marriage has ONE year to declare a desire to retain MALAWIAN citizenship or it will be revoked.

ONE can renounce MALAWIAN citizenship legally, although the State can cancel it for a number of reasons like exercising rights or privileges of another country and other offenses./Sabanews/cam