Malawi Police making an arrest

KASUNGU – A prostitute in the CENTRAL Region of MALAWI has allegedly brutally killed a THREE-month-old baby by forcing a 30-centimetre-long stick into her private parts.

KASUNGU District Police have arrested MEMORY KANJERE for the murder, allegedly committed at KATENJE Trading Centre, after suspecting the mother of dating her boyfriend.

The NYASA TIMES says the mother of the infant, MADALITSO LIMBIKANI, is also a prostitute and a friend to the 34-year-old accused woman.

It quotes KASUNGU Police Deputy Public Relations Officer HARRY NAMWAZA as saying the TWO were soliciting for clients last week at KATENJE on the fateful night.

He alleges Ms LIMBIKANI left her child in a room and went to, try, and get a man at the shops, and Ms KANJERE took the chance to sneak in and snatch the unattended baby.

The accused allegedly took the baby to a groundnut garden where she forcibly inserted a 30-centimetre-long stick through the private part of the small child.

She also allegedly forced yet another stick into the mouth until it protruded through the head, before carrying the corpse and dumping it in the house of a man only named as MOFFAT KASALA.

Officer NAMWAZA says they arrested Ms KANJERE after investigations, and post mortem results from SANTHE Health Centre show the child died of head injuries, internal bleeding and fire burns.

He says the suspect will appear before the Courts to answer the charge of murder soon after police investigations are complete.

The TIMES says Ms KANJERE comes from KATENJE Village, Traditional Authority SANTHE in KASUNGU District, while the killed child and her mother are from LONGWE Village, Traditional Authority KAYEMBE in DOWA District.

In yet another development, the police are looking for a woman who dumped a THREE-day-old baby at CHINSAPO 11 NSEWA Cemetery in the capital, LILONGWE.

The TIMES quotes LILONGWE Police Spokesperson KINGSLEY DANDAULA as saying the authorities have secured and sent the infant to BWAILA Hospital for care and medical attention.

The MALAWIAN Police official says the mother of the abandoned THREE-day-old faces serious charges of baby-dumping, with media reports showing rampant child abuse and neglect in the SADC country./Sabanews/cam



LUSAKA – The government of ZAMBIA has pledged to protect the existing and new business actors in the country.

ZNBC News says Commerce Minister CHRISTOPHER YALUMA has addressed a delegation of 23 business people from INDIA at his office in the capital, LUSAKA.

Old Africa-India ties continue to grow

It quotes him as saying the EDGAR LUNGU Administration has come up with deliberate policies aimed to protect every investment in the country.

He says the 23 INDIAN men and women form the FIRST group of its kind, which clearly shows the confidence of the INDIAN Government in the ZAMBIAN market.

Minister YALUMA has advised the team to consider working with ZAMBIAN traders to help the Sub-SAHARAN AFRICAN traders build their capacity too.

NIRVANA Leading Delegate RAYEES ANJUM has commended the political climate and State policies, which says attracted his team to take a tour of the SADC country and find ways to invest.

He says his group comprises representatives if firms interested to invest in the agriculture, education, health, food processing, and energy sectors, as wide variety of others.

The INDIAN businessperson, whose country boasts of a population of ONE-BILLION-324-MILLION, says he is grateful they have managed to assess areas capable of strengthening the INDIA-ZAMBIA bilateral ties.

Improved farming adds to the current economic boom (Pic. Daily Mail)

A 2017 World Bank ZAMBIA Report: Reaping Richer Returns from Public Expenditures in Agriculture says economic recovery continued that year, although the revival failed to pick up the fiscal pointers.

The country is also a beneficiary of about 450 white farmers who left ZIMBABWE after the then ROBERT MUGABE Administration launched a chaotic land grab and displaced them over the years.

Media reports say the agriculture sector in ZAMBIA flourished to the extent of exporting maize to the former breadbasket of the SADC Region during the 2016 EL NINO drought.

The traders are sampling the ZAMBIAN markets after INDIA has developed ties with most AFRICAN nations, with whom it shares a long and rich history of interaction marked by cultural, economic and political exchanges./Sabanews/cam



JOHANNESBURG – The AHMED KATHRADA Foundation in SOUTH AFRICA says it is hosting an Anti-Racism School Assemblies Initiative to highlight the inequalities facing the nation.

Anti-racism protest in South Africa (Pic. ILO)

Foundation Spokesperson ZAAKIRAH VADI says the move is part of the Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA, and marks the Anti-Racism Week 2018 from 14 to 21 MARCH, to commemorate the World Human Rights Day.

She says celebrities, struggle heroes, and human rights campaigners will visit primary and high schools during the planned program as ambassadors talking to pupils about racism under the theme: Root out Racism.

Ms VADI says the meetings aim to identify as well as create awareness on and tackle racism, to encourage people to learn about prejudice, speak out against, and report it.

SABC News quotes Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA Director NEESHAN BALTON as saying it is hard to spend a few years dealing with something that has a lifespan of more than 300 year.

However, he says there is determination by victims of racism not to merely accept it but to challenge it through courts and police action.

The Anti-Racism Network SOUTH AFRICA Director says they are also seeing, on a day-to-day basis, ordinary SOUTH AFRICANS taking to social to expose instances of racism in the country.

Researchers say the end of apartheid might have removed the legal framework allowing official racism, but the problem is still rampant in SOUTH AFRICA./Sabanews/cam



WINDHOEK – The DOLAM Children’s Home in the NAMIBIAN capital of WINDHOEK has launched a new accommodation scheme to help needy children.

Informal settlement in Namibia (Pic. Africa Review)

NBC News says the organisation has built the facility to help orphans, abandoned or destitute children living in deplorable conditions in the city.

It quotes the Founder of the DOLAM Children’s Home, ROSA NAMISES, as saying they expect to accommodate some 18 children between the ages of  FIVE and 18 at the centre.

She has told the national broadcaster dealing with children raised under destitute conditions brings a number of challenges.

Ms NAMISES says their new house, comprising FIVE bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen, cost of ONE-MILLION-700-THOUSAND NAMIBIA dollars from local and international donors.

In another development, the Institute for Public Policy Research has urged government to reduce housing costs by considering new technologies and alternative construction materials.

Institute Research Associates DIETRICH REMRNERT and PAULINE NDHLOVU say demand for affordable land and housing in cities and towns have exhausted supply.

They say the existing formal market does not readily cater to the majority of NAMIBIANS, who earn much less money and find it difficult to afford decent houses.

NBC News quotes a study by the research associates as saying rapid urbanisation over the last decade has put more pressure on urban land and service delivery.

The report also says local authorities are failing to address the nationwide housing crisis and lack of service in the mushrooming informal settlements often leads to disease outbreaks.

On the other hand, it urges the Government to focus a lot more on providing land for the people to build their houses instead of building houses for the people.

Nevertheless, Urban and Rural Development Deputy Minister DEREK KLAZEN says dishing out land could encourage construction of more shacks and other unplanned structures.

He says such a development will undermine strategic development and good administration; although he admits there is need for urgent attention to the land and housing issue.

A 2009 article on the ruling SWAPO Party website says there is no land problem in NAMIBIA, except for a lack of political will to solve the issue./Sabanews/cam



WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA has this TUESDAY become the latest country to report a case of infection by a bacteria that causes fever and muscle aches, often after diarrhoea or other stomach problems.

Listeriosis has a fatal impact on humans (Pic. Daily Maverick)

NBC News says the condition, medically known as LISTERIOSIS, has been detected after an outbreak at the beginning of last year in neighbouring SOUTH AFRICA has so far killed 183.

It says a 41-year-old NAMIBIAN man was diagnosed with the disease on MONDAY and is receiving medical treatment in the capital, WINDHOEK.

The national broadcaster says the report is in a statement from Health Minister BERNARD HAUFIKU, who has banned imports of processed meat products from SOUTH AFRICA.

He has warned NAMIBIANS to avoid eating any such items still for sale in the country, saying the national surveillance and monitoring systems are in full force.

Authorities describe the condition of the current victim as stable, saying he fell sick after he bought and ate so-called VIENNA Sausages in his hometown of TSUMEB in Northern NAMIBIA.

Meanwhile, media reports say more than 900 people have contracted LISTERIOSIS since the FIRST month of last year in SOUTH AFRICA.

They say experts have traced the source of the disease to TIGER BRANDS, producers of a variety of ready-to-eat chilled meats, 300 kilometres north-east of the capital, PRETORIA.

The reports also quote the UNITED NATIONS as saying the LISTERIOSIS outbreak in SOUTH AFRICA is likely the largest-ever worldwide.

People with LISTERIOSIS can suffer from a flu-like illness, infection of the bloodstream as well as, in severe cases, infection of the brain, which can result in death.

Infection mainly affects children and has a THREE-week incubation period, making it difficult to track.

Other AFRICAN countries that have banned meat imports from SOUTH AFRICAN due to LISTERIOSIS are BOTSWANA, KENYA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE./Sabanews/cam



Earthquakes can result from crustal strain, volcanoes, landslides or the collapse of caverns (Pic. UN)

OPUWO – An earthquake has hit the North-western NAMIBIA region of KUNENE, this (WEDNESDAY) morning, leaving a trail of damaged homes and other infrastructure in the ANKER Settlement.

NBC News says the tremor, measuring FOUR-POINT-ZERO-ONE on the RICHTER Scale, occurred about 80 kilometres north-west of KAMANJAB Village – the administrative centre of KAMANJAB Constituency.

It says the authorities have had to evacuate the EDWARD GAROAB Primary School after cracks started opening in the walls and corners of classrooms.

The dining hall, which caters for 178 children resident at the learning institution, suffered extensive damage to the walls and ceiling, including part of the lighting system.

EDWARD GAROAB Primary School Officials say the learning institution remains closed until the SECOND of next month.

They say they have decided to let the young learners stay at home in order to help them recover from the trauma they suffered after the earthquake experience.

KAMANJAB residents say this morning’s quake is the most violent and most scaring of the continuous tremors that have been afflicting them since last year.

Science experts say earthquakes involve movement or shaking of the EARTH’s crust due the release of stresses accumulated because of the rupture of rocks along opposing fault planes./Sabanews/cam



NEW YORK – The political shift and the State bid to rejoin the global community by ZIMBABWE have finally received the most vital recognition.

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner

UNITED NATIONS Development Program Administrator ACHIM STEINER is this week touring the Sub-SAHARAN AFRICAN country to discuss with President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.

The BRAZILLIAN-GERMAN environmental expert comes to ZIMBABWE some FOUR months following the ouster of ONE of the world’s oldest presidents, ROBERT MUGABE.

The UNITED NATIONS Mission in ZIMBABWE says Mr STEINER will be around from 15 to 18 MARCH, holding meetings with development partners, civil society, and the UN team here.

His discussions will focus on the forthcoming General Elections to see how the world body can support the voting process, and how it can help the country recover its battered economy.

The Communications Specialist in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, SIRAK GEBREHIWOT, has issued a statement saying Mr STEINER will also hold other meetings to better-understand issues.

He will meet neutral entities like the ZIMBABWE Human Rights Commission, Electoral Commission, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and the Gender Commission.

Mr GEBREHIWOT says Mr STEINER will deliver the key address at the launch of National Human Development Report on Climate Change on 16 MARCH 2018 in the capital, HARARE.

The study aims to advise on policy, give more evidence for resilience and livelihood building projects, as well as for advocacy to address Climate Change-related disasters that are now regular in ZIMBABWE.

Mr GEBREHIWOT says Mr STEINER will inspect a variety of projects; including a voter registration facility, a farming expansion scheme, and an HIV and AIDS program.

The official says the FOUR-day-long trip will cover the MBARE high-density suburbs of HARARE and the eastern rural district of MUTOKO, where the UN supports booming community schemes.

The high-ranking UN dignitary, whose visit gives more credit to the new government in ZIMBABWE, will hold a press conference this SATURDAY at the MEIKLES Hotel in HARARE./Sabanews/cam



UN SDG Number 5 calls for Gender Balance worldwide

DAR ES SALAAM – Rights campaigners in TANZANIA have commended the country for leading others in the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, in the global program to boost the rights of women.

Their sentiments come after a report by the INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION, IPU, saying TANZANIA, also a member of SADC, now has a good number of women leading different sectors.

Records show the IPU is a global inter-parliamentary institution set up in 1889 by FREDERIC PASSY of FRANCE and WILLIAM RANDAL CREMER of the UNITED KINGDOM, as the FIRST permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations.

It was initially for individual parliamentarians, but has now become a world grouping of the lawmakers from sovereign nations.

Parliaments of 178 countries are members of the IPU, which has permanent observer status at the UN General Assembly, while 12 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members.

The TANZANIA GENDER NETWORK PROGRAM, TGNP MTANDAO says the country is yet to attain the desired 50-50 ratio, but it is happy the number of leading women is convincing.

TGNP MTANDAO Executive Director LILIAN LIUNDI has made the comments when she addressed the Women Leadership Summit 2018.

She says TANZANIA ranks number 25 worldwide, with women forming 36-POINT-NINE percent of parliamentarians, compared to neighbouring RWANDA, which tops the list with 61-POINT-THREE percent.

Nevertheless, Ms LIUNDI has expressed dismay that political groups still lack trust for women as none of the registered parties has a female chairperson, yet the country ratified the international and regional protocols.

She says TANZANIA is signatory to conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the SADC Gender and Development Protocol.

Number FIVE of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals calls for Gender Equality, demanding an end to all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

Countries should abolish all violence against women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual, and other types of exploitation; as well as practices like child, early, and forced marriages, including female genital mutilation.

SDG Number FIVE also recognizes and values unpaid care and domestic work, and it calls for the delivery of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies, as well as promotion of shared duties within the household and the family.

It says countries should ensure women take part fully and effectively, with equal chances for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.

The Goal further demands total access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, reforms women rights to economic resources, access to ownership and control of land and other property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, under national laws.

Governments need to enhance use of mainly information and communications technology to promote women empowerment, while they adopt and strengthen policies that promote gender equality and empower all women and girls at all levels.

The TANZANIAN GENDER NETWORK PROGRAM Executive Director says AFRICA is losing 105-MILLION US dollars every year by failing to engage women in economic activities./Sabanews/cam



Zambian Police launch war against ritual killers

LUSAKA – Police in ZAMBIA have seized an undisclosed amount of cooked human hearts and livers, as well as other uncooked body parts, during investigations into ritual killings in the country.

Home Affairs Minister STEPHEN KAMPYONGO says the team has managed to carry out the job while working with ONE person suspected to be the mastermind.

He has told the National Assembly in the capital, LUSAKA, the authorities have since submitted the recovered parts to the forensic laboratory for professional examination.

Minister KAMPYONGO says they suspect some neighbours of the accused person are likely to have eaten the human flesh without knowing.

He says the investigations are still ongoing and the suspect is scheduled to appear in court soon, while the police have intensified security measures to curb the spate of ritual murders.

Minister KAMPYONGO says such killings are a result of false beliefs promoted by some traditional herbalists who claim use of human meat can help people accumulate wealth.

He has called on communities to help bring the culprits to book, although members of the public should avoid taking the law into their own hands.

The ZAMBIAN Cabinet member says his country has recorded SEVEN suspected ritual killings of men between the age of 25 and 40 since 21 OCTOBER last year.

Nigerian ritual killer (Pic. Agencies)

Researchers say ritual killings and human sacrifice take place in almost all AFRICAN countries, with cases reported in BOTSWANA, LESOTHO, SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE.

They say ZAMBIA has recorded cases in which human heads were found in ASIAN-owned shops, while some politicians in SWAZILAND allegedly commission ritual killings so they can win elections.

The numbers of ritual murders is quite scary, as the bodies of victims are mutilated and certain parts go missing; and in SOUTH AFRICA body parts can be sold for as little as THREE-THOUSAND rand (about 230 US dollars)./Sabanews/cam



Africa shaking off the Dark-Continent label

LIVINGSTONE – ZAMBIA has called on the SADC countries to ensure cooperation between TWO major forums in the region if the economic bloc is achieve success in its energy programs.

ZAMBIAN Energy Minister MATTHEW NKHUWA says the Southern AFRICAN Power Pool, SAPP, and the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency should work together.

ZNBC News says he has made the call in a speech read on his behalf by SOUTHERN PROVINCE Minister EDIFY HAMUKALE, at the 50TH SAPP Management Committee Meeting in LIVINGSTONE Town.

It quotes Minister NKHUWA as saying energy efficiency and renewable energy are areas that SADC values.

However, he says the region depends heavily on hydro generated power that leaves it exposed to inconsistent supply of electricity due to Climate Change effects.

The Managing Director of the ZAMBIA Electricity Supply Company says his country now has a national Grid Code, which enables it to offer choice of supply for customers and ensure competition among producers.

VICTOR MUNDENDE says most domestic private enterprises continue to take part in the electricity supply industry through power purchase agreements or power supply agreements with his institution.

COPPERBELT Energy Corporation Managing Director OWEN SILAVWE has also attended the 50TH SAPP Management Committee Meeting, and has pledged his firm’s commitment to help increase electricity generation capacity in the country.

The SADC Summit held in AUGUST 1995 in SOUTH AFRICA created SAPP, after member governments, excluding MAURITIUS, signed a deal to form the Power Pool.

Energy ministers also approved the formation of the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and decided it would be hosted by NAMIBIA./Sabanews/cam