Angolan Tax Police (Pic. ANGOP)

LUANDA – The ANGOLA National Police and the Criminal Investigation Service have pledged to intensify the fight against corruption and financial crimes.

National news agency ANGOP says Interior Minister ANGELO VEIGA TAVARES has addressed delegates to the Police Broad Consultative Council in the capital, LUANDA.

He says the law-enforcement agency should combine forces and face offenses linked to corruption, which have been contributing to the difficulties faced by citizens.

Minister TAVARES says dishonesty cases have gone before the Attorney General’s Office in recent times.

He says there is need for global ties among law-enforcement agencies to fight transnational crimes, through INTERPOL, as well as bilateral and multilateral deals in order to recover financial assets abroad.

Minister TAVARES says his Ministry further wants to speed up the training of police officers to combat cybercrime, as well as civilians to help the public to take part in their own security.

However, he has commended the National Police for reducing the crime figures and urged other security departments to continue working for lower records of criminal offenses.

The ANGOLAN Interior Minister recommends more training for the security sector to adapt and respond promptly to modern systems of handling migrants and foreigners, which needs more openness to encourage investment and tourism./Sabanews/cam



Government fights for domestic workers’ rights

LUANDA – The authorities in ANGOLA are calling on employers of home servants to contribute towards the tax obligations of their employees.

The Social Security Institute says it has registered at least TWO-THOUSAND-262 domestic workers between JANUARY last year and this MARCH.

National Director JOSE MANUEL CHIVALA has told reporter on the side lines of a roundtable on the rights of domestic workers only 40 percent of the total contribute to the scheme.

The national news agency, ANGOP, says the official has appealed to employers to avoid registering their workers and fail to deposit the contributions.

State regulations say Social Security is legally mandatory for all employees in ANGOLA who are nationals or foreign residents.

However, the law does not require expatriates to make their contributions in the country, provided they fall under a similar social security system in their homelands.

It says employers and employees pay their social security contributions monthly to the National Social Security Institute, known here as Instituto Nacional de Segurança Social.

They calculate the payments at THREE percent of monthly gross salaries and a few other payments the employees receive.

An employer must withhold contributions owed from their employees and pay the amount to the authorities; and the employer must pay another EIGHT percent of the same gross salary.

The employer must pay the total of 11 percent of a worker’s gross salary to the Social Security Authorities by the 10TH of the month after the month of salary payments.

Social Security National Director CHIVALA says his teams are no longer concerned much about registration of domestic workers, but more about monthly contributions.

He says the Institute has created new conditions under which they are using information communication technologies and other applications to manage business.

The National Director says there is also need for awareness campaigns to ensure the actual number of domestic workers in ANGOLA contribute to the Social Security Institute./Sabanews/cam



President John Pombe Magufuli

DAR ES SALAAM – President JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA has ordered the national Electricity Supply Company and the Rural Energy Agency to avoid unnecessary bureaucracy in connecting village households with electricity.

He has told a gathering to launch the KINYEREZI-TWO Power Plant in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM, the authorities should also charge cheap power tariffs.

The DAILY NEWS says the facility will produce 240 megawatts after completion in a few months.

It quotes President MAGUFULI as saying currently, more than FOUR-THOUSAND villages are connected to electricity, and his government is working hard to ensure rural connections by 2020.

He says research shows only 36 percent TANZANIANS have access to power while the rest rely on charcoal and firewood, which have some negative health implications and damage the environment.

President MAGUFULI has also directed the Ministry of Energy to reduce power tariffs to the lowest prices possible as the nation embarks on simple sources like natural gas and hydropower.

Airspace surveillance to improve

In another development, the Head of State says TANZANIA can save more than 531-THOUSAND-444 US dollars each year following the installation of FOUR radar stations.

He has made the announcement at a ceremony to lay the foundation stones ahead of construction of the facilities in DAR ES SALAAM.

The President says his country is paying neighbouring KENYA the same amount in surveillance charges; since TANZANIA currently has only ONE radar that covers a mere 25 percent of its airspace./Sabanews/cam



Hyena man out of jail

BLANTYRE – An HIV-positive MALAWIAN man who has been serving a sentence for having ritual sex with more than 100 women and girls is now out of prison.

ERIC ANIVA is HYENA, a traditional title in some parts of the SOUTHERN Region held by a man paid to initiate young women into adulthood through sex.

Cultural researchers say the man has sex with children between the ages of 12 and 17, as a part of a ceremony of passage called KUSASA FUMBI or brushing off the dust; meaning sexual cleansing.

They say the THREE-day-long ritual is believed to prevent disease, since HYENAS are said to be immune to diseases such as HIV and AIDS; although of course some catch fall sick.

The outdated ceremony can place the young girls at risk of HIV infection because the HYENA has sexual intercourse with all the girls; and the ritual requires the exchange of sexual fluids.

The NYASA TIMES says the BLANTYRE Magistrate’s Court in NOVEMBER 2016 jailed ANIVA for TWO years on charges of indulging in harmful cultural practices against the law.

It quotes his Lawyer, MICHEAL GOBA CHIPETA, as saying the former 47-year-old convict has been out of prison since DECEMBER 2017 after he served his full sentence.

ANIVA appeared in a BBC feature in which he confessed to having sex with 104 women and girls, prompting President PETER MUTHARIKA to order his arrest and that of all HYENAS.

Sexual cleansing exposes girls and women to HIV infection

Sexual cleansing involving HYENAS is known as Kulowa Kufa, a practice in which women take part at different points in their life, including if their husband has died or if they have an abortion.

Primitive-thinking families send young girls to initiation camps before puberty to learn how to have sex, over THREE days after their FIRST period, supposedly to avoid infection with their parents or the rest of the community.

Generally, sexual cleansing is an outdated AFRICAN tradition practiced in parts of KENYA, ZAMBIA, MALAWI, UGANDA, TANZANIA, MOZAMBIQUE, ANGOLA, IVORY COAST, and CONGO./Sabanews/cam



Depression can lead to mental health problems

DUZE – A woman in the LUBOMBO Region of Central SWAZILAND has killed herself allegedly after her husband decided to end their THREE-year-old marriage.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the deceased, only named as THEMBI, had also tried but failed to kill her 12-month-old daughter.

It says she committed suicide by taking the deadly weevil tablets, a pesticide that contains aluminium phosphide and emits phosphine gas, which she also gave the toddler.

The newspaper says the late 39-year-old mother killed herself in KAJIMBA Area of SIPHOFANENI Town.

It further quotes family members as saying THEMBI had a misunderstanding with her 31-year-old husband, also only named as MANDLA, after he allegedly wanted to divorce her.

The TWO are said to have been married between 2014 and 2015, through the SWAZI Law and Customs; and a daughter was born from the union.

Relatives say after being informed of plans to end the marriage, THEMBI found it difficult to come to terms with the development as she had high hopes for the relationship.

They also say before her death, THEMBI had travelled with her husband and child from their house at PIGG’S PEAK to SIPHOFANENI, the home of the husband’s parents.

The couple reportedly had an argument that forced the husband to alight from the public transport they were using before reaching their destination; and it was their last time together.

Meanwhile, earlier media reports say about 125 people, 102 of them men and 23 women between the ages of 13 and 23, committed suicide in 2017.

ONE publication quotes National Psychiatric Hospital Administrator VIOLET MUWANJE as saying most of the cases were a result of depression.

The official says about 18 percent of the ONE-MILLION-343-THOUSAND people in SWAZILAND have attempted to kill themselves, and only FOUR-POINT-FIVE percent of them have survived the suicides./Sabanews/cam



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