NAMIBIA: PARLIAMENT/NBC/14/2/18 SABANews 1
WINDHOEK – President HAGE GEINGOB of NAMIBIA has called on members of Parliament to engage in debates that can help resolve national socio-economic issues.
He also says he expects the lawmakers to be accountable and serve the interests of the people, rather than their own benefits.
President GEINGOB says only accountable policy makers who also pass bills on time can give meaning to the SIXTH Parliamentary Theme: Enhancing Partnership to Strengthen Good Governance in NAMIBIA.
He says the Year of Reckoning Declaration means the Government will be judged by its ability to govern effectively, given the increased expectations of citizens.
President GEINGOB says lawmakers, including backbenchers, have been travelling excessively before he banned foreign trips for government officials to cut spending.
NBC News says he has addressed the SEVENTH Session of the SIXTH Parliament in the capital, WINDHOEK, where he has also emphasised the issuing of diplomatic passports to lawmakers should not be seen as an entitlement.
Lawmakers in NAMIBIA are due to debate 20 law proposals, including the Education Bill; the Plant Breeders and Farmers’ Rights Bill; and the Financial Institutions and Market Bill./Sabanews/cam
TANZANIA: CORRUPTION/DAILY NEWS/9/2/18 SABANews 1
DAR ES SALAAM – The Parliament of TANZANIA Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee says it is concerned about lack of action against proven corrupt officials in the country.
The DAILY NEWS says the team has called on the State to prosecute thieves and dishonest people who have abused public funds and sabotaged national development plans.
The committee has issued a statement to the National Assembly, raising alarm over former officials of the National Social Security Fund who were dismissed in 2016.
It says they were accused of corruption and embezzlement of public funds, but none of them has appeared before the courts over the TWO years.
The committee says the government has been firm against corruption and over expenditure, and it should act now on the case of the dismissed National Social Security Fund officials.
Committee Chairperson MOHAMED MCHENGERWA says organs like the Social Security Regulatory Authority, the Bank of TANZANIA, as well as the Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau have worked on the matter.
Meanwhile, TWO more parliamentary committees have tabled their reports in the National Assembly demanding action on the shortage of civil servants and fast track reviews of subsidiary legislations in TANZANIA./Sabanews/cam
SADC: POLITICS/THE HERALD/9/2/18 SABANews 1
GABORONE – President SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA of BOTSWANA has invited the new ZIMBABWEAN Head of State for a State visit to his country.
THE HERALD newspaper of ZIMBABWE quotes a statement from the government of BOTSWANA as saying EMMERSON MNANGAGWA will be in GABORONE for TWO days.
It says the TWO leaders are scheduled to discuss a number of matters of mutual interest on MONDAY and TUESDAY.
President MNANGAGWA will take along Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant-General SIBUSISO MOYO and other senior Government officials, as well as a business delegation to the neighbouring country.
The government of BOTSWANA says the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation will discuss a wide range of issues.
It says the talks aim to broaden and deepen bilateral ties in areas such as trade and investment promotion, energy, control of trans-boundary animal diseases, and tourism promotion.
Delegates to the meeting will further discuss matters of education, health, shared water courses, transportation, and cultural cooperation to mention but a few.
President MNANGAGWA has been to SOUTH AFRICA, MOZAMBIQUE, ANGOLA, ZAMBIA and NAMIBIA, apprising his counterparts on political developments in the country since he came to power last NOVEMBER.
The ZIMBABWEAN Leader took over from former President ROBERT MUGABE, who left office after running the SADC country for 37 years./Sabanews/cam
NAMIBIA: INTERNET/NBC/9/2/18 SABANews 1
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Education Arts and Culture in NAMIBIA says it has put measures in place to protect children on the internet.
Deputy Permanent Secretary CHARLES KABAJANI says they have introduced a trainer manual in schools to help teachers carry out the task.
The booklet guides teachers to equip learners with skills needed to deal with cyber bullying, indecent exposure and other cybercrimes they may face when using the web.
Mr KABAJANI says the Ministry is finalizing the National Safe School Framework, which prescribes standards and guidelines to ensure safety of internet users in learning institutions.
NBC News quotes UNICEF Country Representative RACHEL ODEDE as saying NAMIBIA now has laws and policies to ensure prosecution of anyone who targets a child for harm.
Ms ODEDE says once the Electronic Cyber Bill becomes law, it will put in place an even stronger legal framework to address on-line exploitation and abuse of children.
The UNITED NATIONS official has called on parents and caregivers in NAMIBIA to pay close attention to their children’s on-line activities.
Researchers say new technologies such as the internet are very valuable, but they can put children at risk of exploitation and harm.
They say the world-wide-web can give people who want to abuse or manipulate kids a medium to network, share information and fantasies, and explore new identities.
To make matters even worse, the use of the internet has both national and global implications that make the monitoring and policing of exploitative practices all the more difficult.
Authors TINK PALMER and LISA STACEY say new technologies make children far more accessible to people wishing to abuse them, while sexual abuse through the net can take many forms.
Internet child sexual abuse includes distribution of abusive images of children, grooming victims for later abuse through teen chat rooms, bulletin boards and online communities where abusers befriend kids to gain trust.
The writers say grooming aims to pacify a young person to sexual activities, which may become increasingly abusive, and to feed the groomer’s fantasies of introducing a young person to such material./Sabanews/cam
MOZAMBIQUE: GAS/RM/8/2/18 SABANews 1
CABO DELGADO – MOZAMBIQUE says it expects to collect more than 30-BILLION US dollars from gas revenue by 2047.
The UNITED STATES-based company, ANADARKO, has clinched a deal to extract natural gas off the coast of the northern province of CABO DELGADO.
RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the State has approved a plan for Offshore Area ONE in the ROVUMA Basin, where a consortium headed by ANADARKO has discovered vast reserves.
It says approval of the scheme paves the way for ANADARKO and its partners to take their Final Investment Decision on the project.
Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister ANA COMOANA, the Government Spokesperson, has revealed the information to reporters after a weekly Cabinet Meeting in the capital, MAPUTO.
She says the plan covers extraction of gas from undersea wells, its transportation to onshore liquefaction plants, and storage equipment with the capacity to handle almost SIX-MILLION tonnes of gas a year.
The MOZAMBICAN Cabinet Spokesperson says her country estimates by the year 2047 the natural gas project will generate revenue of 30-POINT-SEVEN-BILLION US dollars, from taxes and shared profits./Sabanews/cam