GENDER VIOLENCE COSTS NATION MILLIONS OF DOLLARS YEARLY

SEYCHELLES: GENDER/SNA/28/6/18 SABANews 1

Delegates have agreed violence against women and girls are a priority development issue (Pic. SNA)

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES is losing about 17-MILLION-300-THOUSAND US dollars each year due to violence against women and girls.

National news agency, SNA, says the information is in a new COMMONWEALTH report launched today (THURSDAY) in the capital, VICTORIA.

The study, entitled Measuring the Economic Cost of Violence against Women and Girls, says the amount of money lost represents ONE-POINT-TWO percent of the national GDP.

It says the losses are in the cost of health care, the justice system, social services, as well as the loss of earnings and productivity in the country’s economy.

Health Minister JEAN-PAUL ADAM says violence against women and girls makes everyone vulnerable and, unlike threats such as climate change, the problem is something that citizens can address right now.

He says the government appreciates immensely that the COMMONWEALTH has chosen SEYCHELLES as the pilot for the project.

The scheme seeks to contribute to efforts to end violence against women and girls through development of a revolutionary and living framework measuring the real impact violence has on society.

Minister JEAN-PAUL ADAM says his government is committed to acting, and it firstly needs to lead with advocacy and sensitisation as to the scale of the problem, acknowledging there is significant underreporting.

SNA says speakers during the launch of the study outlined that the 2016 national baseline study in SEYCHELLES, concluded there is a serious underreporting of gender-based violence.

It says the best sources of information on prevalence patterns and consequences are population-based surveys rather than police and hospital statistics or studies.

The National Bureau of Statistics key findings in the gender baseline survey of 2016 show 59 percent of women have experienced violence once in their lifetime.

The study further shows most of the violence occurs in the home between intimate partners, while 54 percent of women have experienced intimate partner violence.

At least 172 women out of the ONE-THOUSAND-560 respondents reported having experienced physical intimate partner violence, with 78 percent confirming they have experienced some form of abuse before they reached 18 years.

COMMONWEALTH Secretary General PATRICIA SCOTLAND presented the report to SEYCHELLES Minister Designated MACSUZY MONDON./Sabanews/cam

RENAMO PROPOSES TO DISARM MILITIA WITHIN THREE MONTHS

MOZAMBIQUE: DISARMAMENT/RM/28/6/18 SABANews 1

Group of RENAMO terrorists (Pic. Afro Cache)

MAPUTO – The opposition RENAMO Party in MOZAMBIQUE says it needs some THREE months to disarm and demobilise its armed terrorists.

The group says the 90 days will be sufficient to allow it gather the militia and reintegrate them into the MOZAMBICAN society or incorporate them into the defence forces.

RENAMO Secretary General MANUEL BISSOPO has made the announcement during a media briefing today (THURSDAY) in the northern province of NAMPULA.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says his pledge comes barely FOUR days after President FILIPE NYUSI challenged the former rebel movement to disarm its militants and denounce violence.

It quotes Mr BISSOPO as saying THREE months will be long enough for rules and principles set up under the current agreements with the government to be followed.

He says RENAMO wants peace to last forever, and it wants the country to have only a single armed force to ensure people do not kill each other tomorrow.

Mr BISSOPO has also told journalists his group wants the whole procedure to take place in a healthy environment.

He says such a development will ensure the integration of RENAMO occurs within the spirit of harmony that President NYUSI and the late rebel commander AFONSO DHLAKAMA had achieved.

Mr BISSOPO says the demilitarisation is proceeding normally under the accords between the State and RENAMO, and the group is greatly committed to keep the peace.

The late DHLAKAMA and his members have clashed with government forces since he lost a disputed election FOUR years ago, although he had been set to run again against President NYUSI in 2019.

RENAMO had re-launched a low-intensity guerrilla campaign in late 2012 that forced tens of thousands of MOZAMBICANS to flee across the border into neighbouring MALAWI and ZIMBABWE.

The organisation, which was trained by RHODESIANS and SOUTH AFRICANS to destabilise the country as far back as 1975 and waged a campaign in which about ONE-MILLION people were killed.

The MOZAMBICAN terror group fought the government up to 1992 after a peace deal that gave combatants a blanket amnesty and allowed RENAMO to regroup as an opposition party./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT SUSPECTS RULING PARTY RENEGADES OF BOMBING

ZIMBABWE: BOMBING/THE HERALD/28/6/18 SABANews 1

Two people were killed and 47 others inujured in the blast (Pic. Bulawayo 24)

HARARE – President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE says he suspects a faction from his ruling ZANU PF is responsible for his recent attempted murder.

The Head of State narrowly escaped death last weekend after a device exploded soon after he addressed a rally at the WHITE CITY Stadium in the commercial capital, BULAWAYO.

He says he suspects members of a group known as the G-40, who allegedly have made numerous attempts on his life in the past, had a hand in the bombing.

The explosive killed TWO of his bodyguards and left 47 other people injured at his campaign rally.

President MNANGAGWA says he also does not trust former FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE, whom he claims has been used as a tool by the group that wants to eliminate him.

THE HERALD says Ms MUGABE appeared on social media dancing happily and showing a victory sign while in the FAR EAST, THREE days after the bombing.

It says President MNANGAGWA has told BBC News this week that there is no need to press the panic button and place his country on security alert following the incident.

He has emphasised his hunch, without evidence, is the people who are aggrieved by his new administration style are the G-40 cabal; and there is no need for a security clampdown.

President MNANGAGWA says the explosion is a criminal activity that does not undermine national stability nor the law and order of the country, although there is need for public protection by ensuring the criminals get arrested.

He says ZIMBABWE remains a stable country that is safe for investment in the region; therefore, traders should not worry about an incident that occurred at a political rally.

President MNANGAGWA says while he does not trust the former FIRST Lady, he felt pity for her exposure to the machinations of a group that wanted to get at him before he came to power.

The people suspected to be baying for his blood are a number of former ministers from the deposed ROBERT MUGABE Government and some senior members of ZANU PF.

They include former Higher Education Minister JONATHAN MOYO, former Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare PATRICK ZHUWAO, who are both in self-imposed exile, and the recently returned former Local Government Minister SAVIOUR KASUKUWERE.

The group is alleged to have launched a campaign against targeted former liberation struggle veterans in ZANU PF and government, using Ms MUGABE to win support of her husband in their schemes.

President MNANGAGWA says the new dispensation in his country has brought many positive changes, and the people should focus on what he has managed to deliver since he took over in November LAST year.

The ZIMBABWEAN Leader, who has flown to TANZANIA today (THURSDAY) at the invitation of President JOHN MAGUFULI, is facing a stiff election against 22 other presidential candidates at the end of JULY./Sabanews/cam

UNCONTROLLED LIVESTOCK THEFTS FRUSTRATE PUBLIC-POLICE RELATIONS

NAMIBIA: LIVESTOCK/NBC/28/6/18 SABANews 1

Herd of cattle recovered from a suspect in Oshana in March 2018 (Pic. Namibian Sun)

DORBABIS – Widespread thefts of livestock around the DORDABIS area of the KHOMAS Region in Central NAMIBIA have strained relations between affected farmers and the police.

NBC News says the law-enforcement agents have recorded 13 cases of stock theft since the start of this year from the area, which in the WINDHOEK Rural Constituency.

However, it says the farmers believe more of animals have gone missing than the numbers reported, and they accuse the police of failing to do enough to stop such crimes in the area.

Farmer NICOLAS ORLAM says intervention by the security personnel is long overdue, because suspects now roam freely around DORDABIS even after having been arrested.

He says the thieves mainly target cattle, goats, and donkeys, and the police never help farmers recover their livestock.

KHOMAS Regional Crime Coordinator SILVANUS NGHISHIDIMBWA has denied police reluctance to act, saying they are receiving few cases of stock theft from DORDABIS.

He says the producers should understand that the law-enforcement agents cannot keep suspected thieves in custody after having taken them to court.

Commissioner NGHISHINDIMBWA says the majority of DORDABIS farmers are based in the capital, WINDHOEK, and they report stock theft cases over weekends, which in most cases is days after the act.

The NAMIBIAN Police official has appealed to farmers across the country to work closely with the police, and follow up on cases they would have reported./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT CALLS ON REBELS TO SURRENDER ARMS

MOZAMBIQUE: REBELS/SABANEWS/27/6/18 SABANews 1

Mozambique Independence Day is a celebration of independence from Portuguese rule (Pic. Afro Tourism)

MAPUTO – President FILIPE NYUSI of MOZAMBIQUE has urged the opposition RENAMO movement to disarm its militia members still carrying guns in the countryside.

He says RENAMO, which is the main opposition in the National Assembly but still has an unknown number of armed men under its command, should also speak publicly against violence.

President NYUSI has made the call as he addressed delegates to a gathering in the capital, MAPUTO, to mark 43 years after independence from PORTUGUESE colonial rule.

He has spoken after laying a wreath at the HEROES Square in MAPUTO, emphasising the demilitarisation of the terrorists is vital for a democratic, stable, and peaceful MOZAMBIQUE.

President NYUSI says there is no other alternative to the demobilisation and disarming of the RENAMO militia, and integrating its members, either into the defence and security forces, or back into civilian life.

Preparations for municipal elections scheduled for 10 OCTOBER have hit a snag over the question of armed bandits, even after the last month death of AFONSO DHLAKAMA, who had led the group more than 40 years.

Military and political commentators had described his death as a game-changer for the terror movement that never completely disarmed its combatants at the end of a 16-year-long civil war in 1992.

Instead, the insurgents launched a low-level guerrilla campaign in late 2012 until early last year when tens of thousands of MOZAMBICANS fled across the border into neighbouring MALAWI and ZIMBABWE.

MOZAMBIQUE gained independence in 1975 following 10 years of armed struggle, from 1964 to 1974, against PORTUGUESE colonial rule.

The FRENTE DE LIBERTAÇÃO DE MOÇAMBIQUE, PORTUGUESE for the MOZAMBIQUE LIBERATION FRONT, FRELIMO, led liberation war and has ruled the SADC country since then./Sabanews/cam

PRIME MINISTER DEFENDS ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION

NAMIBIA: CORRUPTION/NBC/27/6/18 SABANews 1

Namibia Anti-Corruption Commission Offices (Pic. The Villager)

WINDHOEK – The Government of NAMIBIA has dismissed as false allegations that the Anti-Corruption Commission covers up activities involving members of the Executive.

Prime Minister SAARA KUUGONGELWA-AMATHILA says the Commission is accountable to the National Assembly and the Executive’s involvement in their operations.

Her comments come after an opposition POPULAR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT member in the House tabled a motion questioning the credibility and impartiality of the Commission.

VIPUAKUJE MUHARUKUA says there is need to set up a Parliamentary Committee to look into the operations of the anti-graft body after alleging corruption is rampant in NAMIBIA.

His Party President, MCHENRY VENAANI, says corruption reports are widespread, yet there is little evidence of what is being done to curb the scourge.

However, Prime Minister KUUGONGELWA-AMADHILA says the Government has introduced measures and strategies to end dishonesty.

She has addressed the House during continuation of the debate on the motion yesterday (TUESDAY) saying support for the Commission will help it fulfil its mandate successfully.

Information and Communication Technology Minister STANLEY SIMATAA says evidence, rather than perception, should be the basis of all allegations of corruption.

Corruption is a form of dishonesty undertaken by someone, or a group of people, entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit, and Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA has been a victim of the disease.

ONE study shows companies face a moderate risk of corruption in NAMIBIA because the country suffers from less dishonesty compared to others in the region, but the problems remains common.

It says the public procurement sector is particularly exposed due to the monopoly of State-owned companies.

The NAMIBIA Anti-Corruption Act is the primary law in the area, covering passive bribery, active bribery, attempted deceit, extortion and bribing a foreign public official./Sabanews/cam

GERMANY FUNDS EDUCATION SECTOR THROUGH UNICEF

ZIMBABWE: FUNDING/SABANEWS/27/6/18 SABANews 1

UNICEF and Zimbabwean Government officials at handover ceremony (Pic. UNICEF)

HARARE – The education sector in ZIMBABWE has benefitted from another 15-MILLION euro from the Government of GERMANY under the UNICEF Education Development Fund.

The UN agency has released a statement saying the GERMAN money has come through the KfW Development Bank, which finances governments, public enterprises, and commercial banks.

The contribution to the SECOND Phase of the Education Development Fund aims to improve access to quality education for children in the SADC country, by strengthening the resilience of schools to external shocks.

GERMANY has been ONE of the major contributors since the inception of the Fund in 2010, with an overall engagement of 61-MILLION euro, after donating another 32-MILLION euro during the FIRST Phase (2011-2015).

It is providing 29-MILLION euro for the SECOND Phase (2016-2020), including the new grant, in an effort to help sustain the gains in the education sector against the challenging ZIMBABWEAN social and economic environment.

UNICEF Representative MOHAMED AYOYA says schemes under the GERMAN Funding are of a strategic nature; and are designed to achieve sustainable, system-wide impacts that benefit all children.

The activities have a particular focus on children who are most disadvantaged, and the funds will be used to support the School Improvement Grants.

The money covers school feeding and income generating activities, development of Disaster Risk Management strategies and policies, provision of reliable access to water and sanitation services, and implementation of the new curriculum.

UNICEF says the Education Development Fund will continue to support children with disabilities through the GERMAN support.

It provides WASH facilities and services to the most deprived learners as well as strengthens the resilience of school communities to impacts of climate change, including their capacity to respond to disasters and emergencies in an appropriate and timely manner.

UNICEF is leading the program in partnership with the Government of ZIMBABWE, with support from global partners including the governments of GERMANY and the UNITED KINGDOM as the main donors.

The SECOND Phase of the ZIMBABWE Education Development Fund from 2016 to 2020 focusses on improving equity and access to quality education, especially for marginalised children and others with disabilities./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT IN NEED OF MONEY TO RESETTLE EXILED NATIONALS

NAMIBIA: RESETTLEMENT/NBC/22/6/18 SABANews 1

German troops committed atrocities in Namibia between 1904 to 1908 (Pic. Getty Images)

WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA says it needs about 146-MILLION-920-THOUSAND US dollars to resettle its nationals who wish to return home from neighbouring BOTSWANA.

Land Reform Deputy Minister PRISCILLA BOYS has revealed the information in answer to a question by opposition RDP Member of Parliament MIKE KAVEKOTORA.

She says the State does not have land currently, and the only option is to purchase commercial farmland and resettle the returning NAMIBIANS.

Deputy Minister PRISCILLA BOYS has told the House the government has already set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to plan and come up proper measures to receive the descendants.

Some OVAHERERO and OVAMBANDERU who fled to BOTSWANA during the 1904 to 08 GERMAN War are currently registering to come back to their ancestral land.

NBC News says between 1992 and 93, the FIRST group of the TWO communities resettled at GAM in the OTJOZONDJUPA Region and EISEB Block in OMAHEKE Province.

MP KAVEKOTORA has agreed with the Deputy Minister, emphasising the returning NAMIBIANS need land, because the Genocide perpetrators robbed and displaced them.

The Legislator has condemned the current resettlement program, saying the scheme is resettling NAMIBIANS including individuals who never lost land./Sabanews/cam

EUREKA GOLD MINE REOPENS IN GURUVE DISTRICT

ZIMBABWE: INDUSTRY/THE HERALD/21/6/18 SABANews 1

Mnangagwa congratulates Eureka Gold Mine chief executive officer Michael Fowler (left) and process director Mark Evans (Pic. The Herald)

GURUVE – President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE has officially reopened EUREKA Gold Mine in the north-eastern district of GURUVE.

THE HERALD says the authorities expect the plant to produce at least ONE-POINT-FIVE tonnes of the yellow metal per year at full production capacity after the next 18 months.

It says the reopening of the mine follows a capital injection of 60-MILLION US dollars by DELTA GOLD, a subsidiary of DALLAGLIO Investments – which has interests in RUMANIA and ZIMBABWE.

EUREKA Gold Mine, which stopped operating some 15 years ago, will employ at least 400 people when operating at maximum capacity.

President MNANGAGWA says his push is to partner investors to exploit the national resources for the benefit of communities and the rest of the nation.

He says the resources that are underground in GURUVE belong to the people in the area, but if they fail to exploit them, they will remain underground while families also remain poor.

Therefore, there is need for investors who will assist in the harvest of the minerals in order to develop as communities and as a nation, meaning the resources can only be useful to people after extraction.

President MNANGAGWA says his administration is focusing on economic development more than politics, and the reopening of EUREKA Gold will contribute significantly to the national gold production.

He says the event offers an opportunity for the mine to make its contribution to the national gold output expected to reach 100 tonnes per year in the next FIVE years.

People in GURUVE should therefore, start thinking big from the onset – because there are new immense possibilities that are overflowing in the sector.

President MNANGAGWA has also called on the miners to adopt new technologies to maximise output, saying equally vital is need to create more jobs gradually and foster mutually beneficial ties with communities around the area.

He says they have shown confidence in the country and their funding of the resumption of the mine shows how sure investors have become about the bright future of the SADC country.

President MNANGAGWA says his administration has resolved to take advantage of the natural resources in the country to grow the economy that has been battered for close to FOUR decades since independence in 1980.

He describes such a move as essential to create decent jobs and improve the standard of living of the people throughout the country.

The Head of State has told investors he will ensure their moneys are safe in ZIMBABWE, and the State will continue to facilitate exploration and establishment of new mines, re-open closed ones, and increase capacity utilisation.

EUREKA Gold Mine Process Director MIKE EVANS says they will equip the repository with a Carbon-in-Pulp plant, a modern facility to trap gold.

He says the company will employ 250 to 300 workers between now and construction, and another 400 when in full production.

They will start with a target of about 150 kilogrammes of gold per month, and, as they go deeper, more than 200 kilogrammes per month; and they expect to be running at maximum within 18 months.

Mr EVANS says TWO pumps arrived this week to remove the water from the pit, and FOUR more pumps are on the way, while they plan to get additional power reticulation to the pit to power them up.

He says the management hopes to start that within TWO weeks so that in THREE months later, they will be ready for the miners to comments operations.

The mining sector, like most other industries, had for some 90 years, up to independence, been connected to the mostly white commercial farming community who benefitted from the RHODESIAN colonial minority rule.

However, biting economic hardships following a World Bank and IMF sponsored Economic Structural Adjustment Program, and persistent droughts, the majority blacks could bear it no more and they violently invaded the farms en masse.

Since the fall of the former dictator ROBERT MUGABE last NOVEMBER, ZIMBABWE has been on the diplomatic offensive to win back foreign investors who left in sympathy with the displaced former commercial farmers./Sabanews/cam

GOVERNMENT SIGNS DEAL WITH EU TO IMPROVE TRADE FACILITATION

SEYCHELLES: TRADE/SNA/21/6/18 SABANews 1

Foreign Affairs Secretary Barry Faure and EU Ambassador Marjaana Sall (Pic. SNA)

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES has received about 12-MILLION US dollars to improve trade facilitation and enhance the capacity of the public and private sectors.

National news agency, SNA says the arrangement is under a newly signed economic partnership agreement with the EUROPEAN UNION.

It quotes the SEYCHELLES Foreign Affairs State Secretary BARRY FAURE as saying the accord goes beyond a conventional free trade agreement, because it opens the EU markets fully and immediately.

He says it allows long transition periods for partner countries to open up partially to EU imports while providing protection for sensitive imports.

The economic partnership agreement is expected to boost SEYCHELLES exports by encouraging economic diversification, production of higher value products and exploitation of niche markets.

SNA says currently, 58 percent of SEYCHELLOIS exports go to EUROPEAN markets.

It further quotes Secretary FAURE as saying the agreement will support the upgrading of value chains in the manufacturing, agriculture and fisheries sectors, as well as job creation through high-value addition.

EU Ambassador MARJAANA SALL says the new support program will focus on reinforcing capacities of governmental institutions and private enterprises so they can better see trade opportunities in the region and with the EU.

The Envoy says more trade and higher export will boost economic growth, provide more opportunities for private sector development and create more jobs.

Private enterprises will benefit with assistance to increase their productive capacities through acquisition of new equipment and EUROPEAN know-how on how to produce high-value products with export potential.

Public institutions will get help with training so as to better understand and implement trade agreements, and better promote SEYCHELLES products abroad; while the parties have already identified 32 projects for implementation under the deal.

The agreement also makes provisions for business-to-business forum to put EUROPEAN and other regional importers, including investors, directly in touch with traders in the western INDIAN Ocean archipelago.

SEYCHELLES has to date received 46-MILLION US dollars in development aid from the EU under the European Development Fund covering sectors from environment to economic reform programs and education./Sabanews/cam