WHO AND GOVERNMENT RENEW AGREEMENT ON HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

SEYCHELLES: HEALTH/SNA/7/2/18 SABANews 1

WHO helps improve health delivery

VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES and the World Health Organisation, WHO, have renewed an agreement to improve health systems in key areas for the next TWO years in the INDIAN Ocean island nation.

The SEYCHELLES News Agency says the deal will help finance key developments worth up to 739-THOUSAND-600 US dollars after the previous plan ended last DECEMBER.

It quotes Health Minister JEAN-PAUL ADAM as saying focus is on key priorities such as communicable and non-communicable diseases, health promotion, health system strengthening and disease preparedness, surveillance and response.

He says WHO will provide funding and technical support for other health priorities the government has identified, as well as other issues that arise during the TWO years.

Minister ADAM says the scheme provides a clear framework for WHO technical cooperation for the period, and will help in the implementation of a health strategic plan and capacity building.

WHO Liaison Officer TENIIN GAKURUH says funds provided in the work plan are only part of the support in the health sector that the organisation is providing to the island nation.

WHO has so far played an active role to improve the health system in SEYCHELLES and has even commended steps taken to increase equity to access by making health services free.

Minister ADAM says the global agency also helped his country set up a preventative and rapid response program during the plague outbreak, which swept MADAGASCAR recently.

The WHO Liaison Officer says SEYCHELLES is on its way to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and has good prospect to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

A 2013 report says the island nation has already achieved THREE out of the EIGHT goals: the Universal Primary Education, the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, and the Maternal Health.

SEYCHELLES is on track to Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; Reduce Child Mortality; Combat HIV and AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases; Ensure Environmental Sustainability and Develop Global Partnerships for Development./Sabanews/cam

SCHOOLS FLOODED AS HEAVY RAINS PERSIST IN THE NORTH

NAMIBIA: RAINS/NBC/7/2/18 SABANews 1
Rains are welcome for food security, but they can stress when floods hit
KATIMA MULILO – Northern NAMIBIA has received continuous heavy rains that have caused flooding at a number of schools in the ZAMBEZI Regional capital, KATIMA MULILO.
 
NBC News says ONE of the most affected learning institutions is the CAPRIVI Senior Secondary School, whose grounds are literally under water.
 
It quotes Principal RICHARD MUZILIZO as saying the flood waters have already started entering the girls’ hostels and are damaging the sewerage system as well.
 
The other one is NGWEZE Primary School, which has also been forced to release learners early today (WEDNESDAY) due to the continuous rainfall.
 
Weather experts say KATIMA MULILO Town has today recorded about 14-POINT-SIX millimetres of rainfall, a trend expected to continue until the weekend.
 
Meanwhile, the AFRICA Hazards Outlook by the Climate Prediction Centre says the FIRST SEVEN days of this month have seen a seasonable rainfall distribution in many provinces of SOUTH AFRICA, LESOTHO, and BOTSWANA.
 
It says satellite estimates show rainfall amounts have ranged between FIVE to 50 millimetres, with the highest moisture accumulations received across the FREE STATE and KWA-ZULU NATAL regions of SOUTH AFRICA.
 
Northwards, the organisation says there has been an increase in seasonal rainfall over the ZAMBEZI Region in Northern NAMIBIA and across the border in Northern BOTSWANA.
 
However, the Centre says seasonal rainfall has remained very limited in Eastern ZIMBABWE, as well as in Central and Southern MOZAMBIQUE.
 
Heavy rains above 75 millimetres were concentrated in the north-east region of Southern AFRICA, with many areas registering weekly totals above 100 millimetres in South-western TANZANIA, Northern MOZAMBIQUE, and Northern MADAGASCAR./Sabanews/cam

AMERICAN AMBASSADOR EMPHASISES ON MARITIME SECURITY

SEYCHELLES: AMERICA/SNA/7/2/18 SABANews 1
US Ambassador David Reimer
VICTORIA – The new UNITED STATES Ambassador to SEYCHELLES has spelt out what his government expects from the INDIAN Ocean country in their bilateral ties.
 
DAVID REIMER says the DONALD TRUMP Administration expects maritime safety, good governance, and strong institutions in the SADC country.
 
The SEYCHELLES News Agency, SNA, says he has revealed the information after presenting his credentials to President DANNY FAURE at State House in the capital, VICTORIA.
 
He says he has told President FAURE maritime security is a matter that is extremely vital to the UNITED STATES, which has a long history of cooperation with the SEYCHELLES in such matters.
 
Ambassador REIMER says a good example of the ties is the ongoing SEVENTH Annual Multinational Maritime Exercise, CUTLASS EXPRESS, taking place in SEYCHELLES.
 
SNA says CUTLASS EXPRESS, which ends today (WEDNESDAY), is sponsored by US AFRICA Command, AFRICOM, and conducted by US Naval Forces AFRICA, NAVAF, bringing together 17 countries from East AFRICA.
US forces training African maritime security personnel under CUTLASS EXPRESS
It says the exercise is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity and promote regional security in the region.
 
Ambassador REIMER says President FAURE has assured him of his strong desire to strengthen institutions in SEYCHELLES.
 
The Envoy says he has discussed how his country has gone through a variety of crises, saying the things that sustained AMERICANS throughout were strong democratic institutions.
 
Ambassador REIMER says the UNITED STATES has done a number of training for officials and the security services from SEYCHELLES, and it expects to continue with the training and assistance as strong as ever.
 
He has also called on Vice President VINCENT MERITON and again discussed maritime security, how vital it is for SEYCHELLES.
 
The new UNITED STATES Ambassador to SEYCHELLES will be based in the capital city of MAURITIUS, PORT LOUIS, and says his mandate depends on what President TRUMP desires./Sabanews/cam

MORE HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS GET BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS

TANZANIA: PASSPORT/DAILY NEWS/7/2/18 SABANews 1

President John Magufuli launches East African e-passport

ZANZIBAR – More high-ranking officials and politicians have received their biometric passports in both Mainland TANZANIA and on the islands of ZANZIBAR.

Immigration officials this week issued the documents, commonly known as e-passports, to SIX diplomats, TWO service officials and THREE ordinary citizens in ZANZIBAR.

The development comes after President JOHN MAGUFULI launched the travel document last WEDNESDAY in the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM.

Authorities say a biometric passport has a fixed electronic microprocessor chip containing biometric information that officials can use to authenticate the identity of a passport holder.

The DAILY NEWS says the Minister of State for Union Affairs has handed over the 11 passports after receiving his diplomatic passport from ZANZIBAR Commissioner of Immigration, JOHAR MASOUD SURURU.

Minister MOHAMED ABOUD MOHAMED, as guest of honour, handed over similar passports to Chief Secretary ABDULHAMID YAHYA MZEE, and Speaker ZUBEIR ALI MAULID.

Chief Justice OMAR OTHMAN MAKUNGU, Agriculture Minister HAMAD RASHID MOHAMED, and Minister without portfolio, JUMA ALI KAHTIB, also received diplomatic e-passports.

The DAILY NEWS says conventional passport holders still have enough time to acquire their new East AFRICAN e-passport, before the phasing out of the document in JANUARY 2020.

It says Immigration Department Spokesperson, Police Superintendent ALLY MTANDA, has revealed the information in an interview, after widespread public concerns over the issue.

Superintendent MTANDA says holders of the old passport should not panic but wait for official notifications on when the process of replacing it will begin.

The TANZANIAN Immigration Official says they are currently servicing new applications and others submitted before the launch of the new passport, while existing old passports are also still valid./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT UNDER PRESSURE TO RESIGN AMID SERIOUS ACCUSATIONS

SOUTH AFRICA: PRESIDENCY/AGENCIES/7/2/18 SABANews 1
President Zuma calls it quits under heavy pressure
JOHANNESBURG – President JACOB ZUMA of SOUTH AFRICA is under pressure to leave office about ONE-AND-A-HALF years before the end of his SECOND term in 2019.
 
Media reports say the 75-year-old Head of State has avoided an obvious showdown with his ruling AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS Party, which this week had plans to unseat him.
 
The SOWETAN newspaper says the ANC has delayed its National Executive Committee meeting after President ZUMA met Deputy President CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, who replaced him as party leader in DECEMBER
 
It quotes Parliamentary Speaker BALEKA MBETE as saying Vice President RAMAPHOSA will outline the fate of his boss very soon.
 
The publication also says President ZUMA last night (TUESDAY) agreed to step down following a deal struck with Vice President RAMAPHOSA at their meeting in CAPE TOWN.
 
It says the mood in the ANC has been to take the fight to President ZUMA after his refusal on SUNDAY to step down, but Vice President RAMAPHOSA has always sought to ensure the Head of State steps down decently.
The powerful ANC Party finally pushes Zuma out of office
The SOWETAN says President ZUMA had refused to leave office and challenged his Deputy and other officials to bring the matter before a full National Executive Committee meeting.
 
Nevertheless, facing a possible recall by the ANC or a vote of no confidence sponsored by the opposition, as well as the move by the National Assembly to put off his State of the Nation Address, he has finally realised his time is up.
 
President ZUMA was to deliver the State of the Nation Address tomorrow (THURSDAY) evening, but National Assembly Speaker MBETE and other presiding officers cancelled the plans amid doubt over his future.
 
REUTERS news agency says his presidency has been marred by alleged corruption scandals and an economic decline, with his position weakened since Deputy President RAMAPHOSA replaced him as party leader last year.
 
President ZUMA, despite allegations of corruption against him, took over from former President THABO MBEKI who left office under pressure from ANC in SEPTEMBER 2008.
 
Former President MBEKI had reportedly hoped to make a dignified exit and retain some of his legacy as a peace broker on the continent, where he mediated conflicts in the IVORY COAST, the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, and ZIMBABWE.
 
The THIRD SOUTH AFRICAN Head of State after NELSON MANDELA came to power amid charges of an illegal arms deal, which are likely to resurface on top of fresh corruption charges./Sabanews/cam

FORMER FIRST LADY PhD DEGREE CAUSES HAVOC AT VARSITY

ZIMBABWE: EDUCATION/THE HERALD/7/2/18 SABANews 1

Lecturers want her PhD degree canceled

The State-controlled HERALD newspaper says the 10 lecturers are challenging the decision to award a Doctorate Degree, but Professor NYAGURA has described the tutors as ignorant individuals with no academic capacity to supervise a PhD student.

He has dismissed their demand for the university to revoke Ms MUGABE’s PhD, saying PhD students are supervised by the Post-Graduate Centre and not a teaching department.

Professor NYAGURA also says it is not true Ms MUGABE’s thesis was not in the library until this year, because it was in fact deposited at the university library in 2014 and has always been there.

Professor NYAGURA says TWO professors who supervised former Vice President JOICE MUJURU also supervised the former FIRST Lady.

He has also defended the appointment of Professor CLAUDE MARARIKE, saying the position requires a candidate with traceable academic credentials – which the whole department lacked.

Professor NYAGURA says whoever is challenging the selection is ignorant of the University Ordinance Laws, which is why maybe they are not Professors, and the university is ready to defend its position legally.

The 10 lecturers from the Department of Sociology have challenged Professor NYAGURA to revoke and nullify Ms MUGABE’s Doctorate because it was allegedly awarded without following the right procedure.

They have hired Lawyer FIONA ILIFF from the ZIMBABWE Lawyers for Human Rights to represent them.

Their letter says they were shocked to hear Ms MUGABE had attained a Doctorate from their department, when they never saw her application, acceptance letter, supervision, and even the awarding of the degree.

It says the Sociology Department Board has never approved anything in respect of the candidate’s research or thesis, and Board members were shocked at the news of her being awarded the degree.

The lecturers are Professor RUDO GAIDZANWA, Doctors SANDRA BHATASARA, JULIUS MUSEVENZI, FENTON RUPARANGANDA, GUTSA, MANDIZADZA, SADOMBA, MATE and Messrs NELSON MUPARAMOTO and T CHEVO.

The ZIMBABWEAN university lecturers maintain the awarding of the PhD Degree to the former FIRST Lady constitutes academic corruption and criminal abuse of office on the part of anyone implicated./Sabanews/cam

OPPOSITION PARTY DEMANDS BROADCAST COVERAGE

MALAWI: POLITICS/NYASA TIMES/7/2/18 SABANews 1
National broadcaster under opposition fire
BLANTYRE – The opposition MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY, MCP, has complained to the Communications Regulatory Authority against the MALAWI Broadcasting Corporation.
 
The group says the publicly-funded national broadcaster is refusing to open up the airwaves for opposition parties, while its content is largely biased in favour of the ruling party.
 
The NYASA TIMES newspaper says the MCP also complains against what it calls a propaganda campaign against the opposition, in a new program called SAPITA KAWIRI.
 
It says MCP SECOND Deputy Secretary General EISENHOWER MKAKA has written a letter to Communications Regulatory Authority Director General GODFREY ITAYE.
 
The MCP official claims the national broadcaster is also airing some allegedly biased programs such as CHINDUJI, MANIFESTO YANU and NDIKATI CHETE.
 
Mr MKAKA says the use of broadcast media perpetuated the infamous RWANDAN Genocide that killed about ONE-MILLION people between APRIL and JULY 1994.
 
He says the national broadcaster should know the hate messages it is allegedly airing to promote the ruling DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY can put the nation on fire.
 
However, the TIMES does not give comment from the MALAWI Broadcasting Corporation or the Communications Regulatory Authority on the serious allegations by the former ruling, but now opposition, party./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER ANNOUNCES DIAGNOSIS OF DEADLY CONGO FEVER

NAMIBIA: HEALTH/NBC/7/2/18 SABANews ONE

Dog ticks are some of the carriers of Congo Fever virus

WINDHOEK – The government of NAMIBIA has announced the detection of CONGO Fever in the eastern region of the country.

Health and Social Services Minister BERNARD HAUFIKU says the authorities have identified the deadly disease in ONE male patient at the WINDHOEK Central Hospital.

He has told the media in the capital the man is from GOBABIS City in the OMAHAKE Region and was admitted last week THURSDAY.

NBC News also quotes WINDHOEK Hospital Chief Medical Superintendent DAVID UIRAB as saying the victim initially tested negative of the disease.

However, he says this is the only confirmed case of CONGO Fever in the country so far; and the patient is getting the utmost attention from the medical team on the ground.

Meanwhile, TWO people died of CONGO Fever last year in GOBABIS City, the capital of OMAHEKE Region.

CONGO Fever, medical called Crimean–CONGO Haemorrhagic Fever, is a viral disease whose symptoms include fever, muscle pains, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, and bleeding into the skin.

Medical experts say infection signs appear in less than TWO weeks after exposure to the virus, which is spread by tick bites, infected livestock, or between people via body fluids.

They say complications include liver failure; and patients who survive can recover in about TWO weeks after infection, while the risk of death is between 10 and 40 percent.

CONGO Fever occurs in AFRICA, the BALKANS, the MIDDLE EAST, and ASIA, and it often occurs in outbreaks./Sabanews/cam

LAND REDISTRIBUTION TAKES NEW TURN AS WHITE FARMERS REAPPEAR

ZIMBABWE: LAND/THE HERALD/1/2/18 SABANews 1

Their situation was just hopeless at the time

HARARE – ZIMBABWE is heading to a big change in the farming sector after a government policy shift on allocation of land to displaced white farmers and those still on their properties.

The EMMERSON MNANGAGWA Administration has directed all regional and district offices to abandon the regulation that restricts white citizens to FIVE-year farm leases.

A statement from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, and Rural Resettlement says the former and current white commercial farmers should now get 99-year leases just like anyone else.

THE HERALD says the development echoes the call by the new Head of State to restore confidence in agriculture, which had almost crumbled due to the violent farm invasions of 17 years ago.

It says the COMMERCIAL FARMERS’ UNION, which represents mostly the former white producers, has commended the announced policy shift.

However, Union Director BEN GIPLIN says his organisation has not received what he calls a formal communication – but they are very encouraged.

He says white farmers want more clarity on what will happen to their members who are still on their farms but do not hold offer letters introduced in the land regulations just reversed.

Black mobs descended on homesteads at any time

After the violent repossession of farms, the State had TWO conditions for allocation, with whites getting FIVE-year leases and offer letters, and blacks getting 99-year leases with offer letters.

Mr GIPLIN says only a small number of the 200 whites who managed to remain on their properties have the lease deals and the offer letters: while those without are exposed to eviction any time.

The invasions were often violent and bloody

Nevertheless, President MNANGAGWA has encouraged all displaced former commercial farmers to return and apply for land.

The ZIMBABWEAN Government has pledged to compensate white farmers for the losses suffered in the land invasions, and has banned new illegal farm occupations./Sabanews/cam

HEALTH MINISTRY CONFIRMS OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA

NAMIBIA: CHOLERA/NBC/1/2/18 SABANews 1
Children exposed to dirty water are easy cholera targets
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Health and Social Services in NAMIBIA says there has been a cholera outbreak in the SADC country.
 
The disease is an acute illness caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, with symptoms of watery diarrhoea, and vomiting.
 
Health and Social Services Permanent Secretary PETRONELLA MASABANE has issued a statement saying even ONE cholera incident represents an outbreak.
 
NBC News says the only confirmed case of the disease is that of a 10-year-old boy admitted last THURSDAY at a private health care facility in the capital, WINDHOEK.
 
He was taken in with symptoms of infection – and test results have confirmed the boy had cholera, but has since been discharged and is said to be doing well.
 
The national broadcaster says he had shared a sausage at school with TWO other boys, who also had vomiting and diarrhea but have since recovered and are back at school
 
It quotes Health Permanent Secretary MASABANE as saying they are investigating the cholera outbreak, and a rapid response team of experts has visited the affected community.
 
She says the authorities are urging people to be alert to any new infections to ensure proper case management.
 
The cholera occasion in the KATUTURA Township comes when the country is battling against an outbreak of Hepatitis E in TWO areas.
 
Hepatitis E killed TWO people in HAVANA informal settlements and GOREANGAB DAM suburbs of WINDHOEK, with more than 40 out of 500 suspected cases confirmed positive.
 
NAMIBIA has announced the cholera outbreak after infections in neighbouring ZAMBIA since late last year, while ZIMBABWE has ordered that health workers should supervise funerals after FOUR people died of the disease in ONE town./Sabanews/cam