FEAR GRIPS REGION FOLLOWING GRUESOME MURDER OF STATE OFFICIAL

TANZANIA: MURDER/DAILY NEWS/4/5/18 SABANews 1

RUKWA – Armed criminals have brutally killed a government official in an incident that has left residents of RUKWA Region in Western TANZANIA in great fear and shock.

The DAILY NEWS says the unknown assailants attacked MWADUI Ward Executive Officer BENEDICTO CHAPEWA early this week as he was drinking with others at his own bar.

It says the armed gang gunned down the late Mr CHAPEWA before mutilating his body with machetes.

The paper quotes RUKWA Regional Police Commander GEORGE KYANDO as saying the horrific and tragic incident has brought fear to residents in the ward, located along Lake RUKWA in SUMBAWANGA District.

He says the RUKWA Regional Crime Officer, only named as Mr N KITINKWI, and his team are working round the clock to search for the killers.

Commander KYANDO says the suspects vanished into the darkness after the crime, but without harming or robbing other patrons nor stealing money from the bar.

He says they could not establish if the suspects were either gangsters or robbers, because they simply shot Mr CHAPEWA and sliced him into pieces before the horrified patrons.

The TANZANIAN Police official says the murder has left both the law-enforcement agents and residents confused./Sabanews/cam

NATION RISES HIGHER IN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA RANKING

SEYCHELLES: MEDIA/SNA/3/5/18 SABANews 1

VICTORIA – The FRENCH-based REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS organisation has placed SEYCHELLES on position 85 out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Day rankings.

The release of the rankings aims to mark the World Press Freedom Day on the THIRD of MAY, a date on which the global community celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom.

The SEYCHELLES News Agency, SNA, says the latest ranking shows the INDIAN Ocean island country has moved TWO places up from last year.

It quotes an official of the ASSOCIATION OF MEDIA PRACTITIONERS SEYCHELLES as saying the ranking shows the country has made some remarkable improvement in terms of free press and dissemination of information.

BARBARA COOPOOSAMY says progress has come in different forms like changes in the TWO key media houses, the SEYCHELLES Broadcasting Corporation, SBC, and the SEYCHELLES NATION, NISA.

She says a board set up for both entities has led to transformation in the composition and the way information is presented to the public, while other independent news outlets have also played a good role in improving the ranking.

However, SEYCHELLES Media Commission Chief Executive Officer IBRAHIM AFIF also says the ranking is showing progress; but he is not happy about it.

The REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS study says the size and remoteness of the 115-island archipelago in the western INDIAN Ocean limit advertising revenue and job opportunities for journalists.

It says as a result, the general interest media practise a degree of self-censorship in order to avoid endangering their earnings from advertising.

Mr AFIF says SEYCHELLES has no laws prohibiting access to and distribution of information.

His Commission is lobbying the State to decriminalise defamation laws to attract a better ranking in the future.

The REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS report says although SEYCHELLES has strict defamation laws, they have not been used for years – and there are few reports of abuses against journalists.

THREE EUROPEAN countries, NORWAY, SWEDEN and NETHERLANDS, are at the top of the Press Freedom Index; while GHANA, the top-ranking AFRICAN country, is 23RD and NORTH KOREA is at the bottom globally.

The yearly international survey covers about 180 countries and classifies the degree of freedom that journalists, news groups and internet users have in each country, and the efforts by authorities to respect the freedom./Sabanews/cam

OMBUDSMAN CONDEMNS SUPPRESSION OF MEDIA FREEDOM

NAMIBIA: MEDIA/NBC/3/5/18 SABANews 1

Media Ombudsman, John Nakuta

WINDHOEK – The NAMIBIA Media Ombudsman has warned high-ranking officials against the misusing their powers to suppress media freedom and access to information.

JOHN NAKUTA says there has recently been a number of incidents where politicians and senior State officials attacked media houses and their workers.

He says such developments are some of the factors that contributed to the downgrading of the country on the global press freedom rankings.

Mr NAKUTA’s remarks come after the REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS organisation removed NAMIBIA from position ONE to position TWO on its latest World Press Freedom Index; which means the country has lost its position to GHANA.

He gives as examples the pending case between the NAMIBIA Central Intelligence Agency against the PATRIOT newspaper and the clash between the SWAPO Secretary General and a journalist from the NAMIBIAN newspaper.

Mr NAKUTA says there is need for the speedy implementation of the access to Information Bill.

He has made the remarks during an exclusive interview with NBC News on the World Press Freedom day today (THURSDAY).

The UNITED NATIONS General Assembly proclaimed World Press Freedom Day in DECEMBER 1993, following a recommendation by the UNESCO General Conference.

Since then, the THIRD of MAY, which is the anniversary of the WINDHOEK Declaration, is celebrated as World Press Freedom Day.

AFRICAN newspaper journalists came up with the WINDHOEK Declaration as a statement of press freedom principles at a UNESCO seminar held in MAY 1991 in the NAMIBIAN capital./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER CALLS ON LABOUR GROUPS TO ENGAGE STATE FREELY

ZAMBIA: LABOUR/ZNBC/2/5/18 SABANews 1

LUSAKA – Home Affairs Minister STEPHEN KAMPYONGO of ZAMBIA has called on labour movements to engage the government freely to help address challenges in the security sector.

He says union leaders should also engage the State on some of the issues affecting the men and women in uniform, because they do not belong to any group and have no one to speak for them.

ZNBC News says Minister KAMPYONGO has addressed a gathering to mark the International Workers’ Day at SAINT EDMUNDS Grounds in MAZABUKA.

It quotes him as saying trade unions are well aware of challenges the uniformed personnel go through.

The national broadcaster says Energy Minster MATTHEW NKUWA has also addressed people for the same occasion Labour Day celebrations in CHILANGA District.

It quotes him as saying the State will continue to enhance partnerships in the labour market to attract more investments.

He says such ties have the potential to attract businesses into the country, in its quest for economic growth.

CHILANGA District Commissioner EDITH MUWANA says her area has continued to witness remarkable strides in building development partnerships.

ZAMBIA has held its 2018 International Workers’ Day under the theme: Building Partnership for Sustainable National Development through Decent Job Creation and Social Justice./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF WORKERS

ZIMBABWE: LABOUR/THE HERALD/2/5/18 SABANews 1

HARARE – The government of ZIMBABWE has pledged commitment to create a safe and suitable environment for workers in the SADC country.

President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA has published a statement on his Facebook page to mark International Workers’ Day.

He says his administration has come up with a number of reforms to the labour law because the authorities realise workers need protection as the backbone of the economy.

President MNANGAGWA describes Workers’ Day as a chance to pay tribute to employed ZIMBABWEANS and honour their work that makes the nation far much richer.

He says when his declaration of ZIMBABWE as being open for business aims to create more jobs, more opportunities, and to provide the people with the greatest possible chances of success.

President MNANGAGWA says the nation salutes workers on the FIRST of MAY, but it must promote, assist and protect them, everyday; as well as continue to create more jobs and more opportunities for all.

THE HERALD newspaper says the Tripartite Negotiating Forum of labour, business and the State has continued to review and align labour laws to the Constitution; to address challenges such as unfair dismissals.

It says some employers have violated labour rights but the new legal changes deal with issues like termination of contracts on notice, retrenchments, maternity leave, and disciplinary procedures.

The paper says the authorities expect the modifications will bring sanity on the labour market, while collective bargaining platforms have also been strengthened.

It says trade unions have held celebrations to commemorate the International Workers’ Day at different venues countrywide.

The ZIMBABWE FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS had its main event at ZIMPLATS BAOBAB Stadium in NGEZI, while ZIMBABWE CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS affiliates gathered at DZIVARESEKWA Stadium in HARARE.

However, the State-run publication has accused the opposition MDC-T Party of turning the Workers’ Day gathering into a political event allegedly to attack the ZIMBABWE Government./Sabanews/cam

NAMIBIA: LABOUR/NBC/2/5/18 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – President HAGE GEINGOB of NAMIBIA has bemoaned the continued poor lives of workers in his country.

He has issued a statement read by Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister ALPHEUS !NARUSEB to mark the International Workers’ Day in the KHORIXAS Town of KUNENE Region.

President GEINGOB says the national goals to have shared prosperity and improved welfares of employees remain elusive, despite progress made in the area of labour rights.

He says the situation results from basic structural obstacles that make it difficult for many NAMIBIANS to take part meaningfully in the economy.

President GEINGOB also says NAMIBIANS should avoid corruption, political fights, and divisive attitudes, because such behaviours only leave many people at the grassroots suffering.

The Head of State says on the other hand, all workers should carry on striving for economic freedom.

Meanwhile, NATIONAL UNION OF NAMIBIAN WORKERS Acting President ALBUIS LISWANISO says workers and employers need to work towards achieving national developmental goals.

NBC News also quotes NAMIBIA EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION Secretary General TIM PARKHOUSE as saying the private sector is looking into a variety of schemes to create more jobs.

Furthermore, he says his organisation and the NAMIBIA TRAINING AUTHORITY are working on ways to introduce apprenticeship schemes.

The SADC country marked Workers’ Day under the theme: NAMIBIAN WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS UNITE FOR ECONOMIC UPLIFTMENT.

The International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day or simply Workers’ Day, and often called MAY Day, is a yearly celebration of the working classes globally./Sabanews/cam

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