TWO SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES PLEDGE CONTINUED COOPERATION

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Neighbouring presidents Joao Lourenco of Angola (Left) and Edgar Lungu of Zambia (Right) (Pic. ZNBC)

LUSAKA – ANGOLA and ZAMBIA have renewed commitment to cooperate in a number of areas including development of the LOBITO Corridor, a transport infrastructure linking the TWO countries.

ZNBC News says the LOBITO Corridor aims at boosting intra-regional trade as well as improving access to markets outside AFRICA.

It says ANGOLA and ZAMBIA have also agreed to explore cooperation in the oil and gas sub sectors, including the construction of an oil pipeline between the TWO SADC nations.

Presidents EDGAR LUNGU of ZAMBIA and JOAO LOURENCO of ANGOLA have further agreed to exchange teachers and lecturers in ENGLISH and PORTUGUESE, which are used in different international forums.

They have also decided to further improve efforts to work closely together under the SADC Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, to find sustainable and amicable solutions to conflicts in the region.

President LOURENCO has been visiting ZAMBIA and has jointly addressed the ZAMBIA-ANGOLA Business Forum with host President LUNGU.

Both leaders say there is need to increase the levels of bilateral trade, which should be much higher, given the close proximity of the TWO countries to each other and the existing potential.

ZNBC News says President LUNGU has invited traders from ANGOLA to exhibit at the 54TH ZAMBIA International Trade Fair from 27 JUNE to THREE JULY in the northern town of NDOLA.

He says business operators from the neighbouring country should also take part in the 18TH Annual World Export Development Forum that will take place from FIVE to SIX SEPTEMBER in his capital, LUSAKA.

The ZAMBIAN Information Ministry has released to the national broadcaster a joint communique on the TWO-day-long State Visit by the ANGOLAN Head of State.

ANGOLA and ZAMBIA are members of the SADC Region, which aims for economic, political, and social integration of the 15 member countries./Sabanews/cam

FORMER VETERAN REBEL LEADER DIES

MOZAMBIQUE: DHLAKAMA/SABC/4/5/18 SABANews 1

Afonso Dhlakama (Pic. AFP)

GORONGOSA – Former rebel RENAMO leader AFONSO DHLAKAMA of MOZAMBIQUE has died.

SABC News quotes media reports as saying Mr DHLAKAMA passed away after an unconfirmed heart attack at the age of 65.

He has died after his group and the government of MOZAMBIQUE agreed to share power in the country, which had known limited peace since independence in 1975.

Mr DLAKAMA led a terror group with an undisclosed number of bandits trained by the RHODESIAN Central Intelligence Organisation in 1975, to block the movement of ZANLA guerrilla forces of ZIMBABWE across the MOZAMBICAN Border.

RENAMO is an acronym of the RESISTENCIA NACIONAL MOCAMBICANA, which is PORTUGUESE for the MOZAMBICAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE.

The RHODESIANS and apartheid SOUTH AFRICA sponsored the group to punish the FRELIMO Government of the late SAMORA MACHEL for hosting the ZIMBABWEAN fighters.

Mr DLAKAMA took over after the death in 1979 of the FIRST RENAMO Leader, ANDRE MATSANGAISSA, a dissident killed in combat after raiding a FRELIMO position.

In OCTOBER 1992, way after the independence of ZIMBABWE in 1980, RENAMO signed a ceasefire accord after killing almost ONE-MILLION MOZAMBICANS and a number of ZIMBABWEANS.

Mr DLAKAMA transformed the rebel group into a political party, but still retained huge catches of weapons and military bases in the mountains of GORONGOSA and other areas.

He won 33-POINT-SEVEN percent of the presidential vote in 1994; but grabbed a decisive majority of parliamentary seats in FIVE of the country’s 11 provinces, with the UNITED NATIONS declaring the polls fair and free.

RENAMO contested the processes and results of the 1999 Elections, in which FRELIMO won a much narrower majority of votes, and RENAMO supporters staged widespread protests throughout 2000 in the cities of BEIRA and the capital, MAPUTO.

Repeated discord between the TWO sides led to the resumption of the RENAMO terror war that claimed yet more lives and displaced tens of thousands of others up to around mid-2016.

President NYUSI managed to silence the guns and brought the veteran rebel leader to the discussion table, in a process saw some stability since CHRISTMAS 2016.

He said they had agreed with Mr DLAKAMA to revise the national Constitution soon, in order to bring a fresh provision for the governance of regions of the country.

President NYUSI said the system would start to apply from 2019, when a political party or a coalition would propose to the Head of State a Governor for each province in which they win general elections.

The authorities in MOZAMBIQUE have not announced any arrangements for the burial of the former rebel leader./Sabanews/cam

UNKNOWN ASSAILANT KIDNAPS FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY

SWAZILAND: KIDNAPPING/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/4/5/18 SABANews 1

TIMPHISINI – A FIVE-year-old boy is missing after a masked man allegedly kidnapped him while playing with other children in the MSAHWENI Area of SWAZILAND.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the kids were playing near their home when the assailant pounced and grabbed NKHOSINAYE DLAMINI early this week.

It says the dreadlocked suspect, dressed in black, and covering his face, took the boy and ran away, leaving his friends terrified.

The children ran away and reported the matter to their elders before members of the community launched a search of the boy, but could not find him.

His mother, LUNGILE TSABEDZE, says she recently moved to the homestead with NKHOSINAYE after marrying another man.

She says the incident has shocked her, and she only hopes her son, who was a pupil at a local preschool, is still alive wherever he is.

The latest kidnapping comes amid reports of ritual killings being common in SWAZILAND and elsewhere in AFRICA, with practitioners of traditional medicine and witchcraft using body parts./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER COMMENDS ROLE OF MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

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Minister Frederico Cardoso (Pic. ANGOP)

LUANDA – ANGOLA has joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Press Freedom Day this THURSDAY.

 
The Minister of State and Chief of Staff of the President, FREDERICO CARDOSO, has commended media professionals for consolidating democracy over the years in the country.
 
He has addressed delegates to the Conference on the Challenges of Press Freedom in ANGOLA, held as part of the World Press Freedom Day.
 
Minister CARDOSO says journalists contribute with their knowledge, dedication, and selflessness in reporting about the country as well as in consolidating its young democracy.
 
He has also welcomed the creation of the Social Communication Regulatory Body for the delicate role of watching over the actions of the public and private media.
 
Minister CARDOSO also says freedom of the press exercised with responsibility allows the sharing of multiple views and exchange of ideas among the people.
 
The Conference on the Challenges of Press Freedom in ANGOLA has been held under the theme: Keeping Power in Check – Media, Justice, and the Rule of Law./Sabanews/cam