TANZANIA LOSES TWO MORE PEACE KEEPERS TO REBEL ATTACKS IN DRC

Tanzania People’s Defence Force mourns gallant comrades
United Nations Secretary General ANTONIO GUTERRES strongly condemns ADF rebel raids in NORTH KIVU

SADC: WAR/DAILY NEWS/11/10/17 SABANews 1

BENI-DRC – The TANZANIA People’s Defence Forces has announced the killing of yet another TWO of its soldiers on a UNITED NATIONS Peacekeeping Mission to neighbouring DRC.

The DAILY NEWS newspaper says the incident comes ONE month after the ALLIED DEMOCRATIC FORCES, ADF rebels killed Private MUSSA JUMANNE MURYERY.

It says a military statement has named the latest victims as Corporal MASELINO PASCHAL FABUSI and Private VENANCE MOSES CHIMBONI, bringing the total number of lost TANZANIAN soldiers to THREE so far.

The Army says the killings took place this MONDAY after a group of rebels attacked the soldiers 24 kilometres outside the north eastern city of BENI, lying immediately west of the VIRUNGA National Park and the RWENZORI Mountains.

UN Spokesperson STEPHANE DUJARRIC says 18 other peacekeepers were injured during the MONDAY attack, and the world body has formed a board of inquiry to investigate the incident.

Secretary-General ANTONIO GUTERRES has in turn strongly condemned the series of raids blamed on the ADF rebels in the NORTH KIVU Province.

The UN statement says he has offered his condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, as well as to the Government of TANZANIA; wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

Meanwhile, the UN Chief has warned the DRC rebels of possible prosecution for war crimes under international law for attacking peacekeepers – also saying all armed groups should lay down their weapons./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON MURDER OF SUSPECTED BLOOD SUCKERS

Villagers living in fear of ‘blood suckers’ (Pic Times Malawi)

MALAWI: WITCHCRAFT/NYASA TIMES/11/10/17 SABANews 1

THYOLO – At least SEVEN people have been brutally killed by mobs of villagers over the past few months on accusations of sucking the blood of humans in Southern MALAWI.

The NYASA TIMES newspaper says President PETER MUTHARIKA has finally broken his silence on the scaring developments, which he says are affecting development in affected areas.

It says vigilante mobs are directly executing people suspected to be vampires in the southern districts of MULANJE, PHALOMBE and THYOLO, and the Head of State has pledged to visit the communities from 13 to 17 OCTOBER.

President MUTHARIKA has revealed the plan at a political rally at KALIYEKA Primary School, where he was campaigning for ruling DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY Candidate REUBEN NGWENYA ahead of a by-election on the 17TH.

He has described reports of fatal mob violence resulting from the imaginary blood sucking stories as agonising and distressful, saying he is deeply concerned with the developments.

President MUTHARIKA says he does not know who started the rumour in the country, but he understands the claims originated from Northern MOZAMBIQUE.

He says he has sent out officials to sensitise the villagers and the situation has improved, as cases of mob justice are slowly dying down; but he will still make a tour to address the communities personally.

Traditional leaders and villagers have teamed up with the State-funded MALAWI Human Rights Commission to seek government intervention after the mob killings of suspected blood suckers had gone out of hand./Sabanews/cam

REGIONAL INTEGRATION SLOWLY BECOMING A REALITY

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MAPUTO – SADC is slowly realising its hopes for regional integration, given the number of cooperation deals between member states in different economic, political and social sectors.

MOZAMBIQUE and MALAWI have just signed an agreement worth TWO-BILLION-500-MILLION US dollars to expand the NACALA Development Corridor.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the project involves improvement of rail and road facilities stretching over some 900 kilometres crossing both countries to the INDIAN Ocean.

It says the signing, held in the capital, MAPUTO, involved MOZAMBICAN Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister OLDEMIRO BALOI and MALAWIAN Transport and Public Services Minister of JAPPIE MHANGO.

The TWO governments expect the Corridor to encourage economic growth through viable businesses in the transportation, agriculture, commerce, mining and tourism sectors.

Minister BALOI says his government and MALAWI will now be able to respond to the transport challenges their countries have been facing all along.

He says the recent deal strengthens an accord they signed NINE years ago in 2008 to set up the Corridor, which the authorities now want to expand and modernise.

The NACALA Development Corridor will further help the countries face the current logistics and transport challenges suffered because of the budget deficits they have been recording lately.

MOZAMBICAN Transport and Communications Minister CARLOS MESQUITA, who has also witnessed the signing ceremony, says the agreement will benefit both MALAWI and MOZAMBIQUE.

He says the facility is enabling his country transport coal from the MOATIZE Region to the Port of NACALA for export, with passenger trains also operating from NACALA to ENTRELAGOS in NIASSA Province and on to MALAWI.

Minister MESQUITA says the NACALA Development Corridor is a tool that will have a very strong impact on the development of the TWO neighbouring countries.

He says the project will help develop agriculture, tourism, trade, and other areas linked to the development of the involved countries – including other landlocked nations like ZAMBIA and the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.

The MALAWIAN Transport Minister says his government will work to ensure both public and private operators use the MOZAMBICAN Port of NACALA for their imports and exports, to fulfil the cooperation deal./Sabanews/cam

DOCTOR CALLS FOR TOLERANCE IN DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH CASES

NAMIBIA: HEALTH/NBC/11/10/17 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – The Head of the NAMIBIA Mental Health Unit has called on society to treat mental illnesses like any other health problems, because that is what they are.

HILEN NDJABA says mental illnesses are treatable and patients can continue to function in their daily lives the same way other people with problems like heart diseases and diabetes can.

She says the rest of society, especially employers and workers, should learn to respect people suffering from mental complications in order to remove the current misconceptions.

DR NDJABA says many people are reluctant to disclose their mental medical reports to their bosses for fear of losing their jobs.

She says employers, in fact, do not want to take employees back once they produce records of mental illness, which is why people are scared to admit they need help and seek treatment.

On the other hand, DR NDJABA says the patients also plead with their doctors to write anything else on their medical certificates, except a mental illness condition.

She says companies should put in place initiatives to promote mental health care and support for workers with such disorders, instead of sending them home or victimising them.

Medical authorities say mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behaviour, or a combination of them.

They say mental illnesses are common conditions associated with distress and/or problems functioning in family, work or social activities, and they do not discriminate.

Anyone can suffer from the diseases regardless of age, gender, income, social status, race or ethnicity, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity.

The illnesses can occur at any age, but 75 percent of all mental cases begin by age 24 – and they take many forms, some being fairly-mild and only interfering in limited ways with daily life, like certain phobias or abnormal fears.

However, a number of other mental health conditions are so severe that a person may need care in a hospital; yet they can all be treated.

NBC News gives an example of LUKAS AMAKALI, a bank employee who the broadcaster says has proven a person with mental illness can be as productive as anyone else can.

Mr AMAKALI had ONE of the common illnesses, Bipolar Disorder, involving episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs, which diagnosed 22 years ago.
They admitted him into a Mental Health Unit for ONE, after which he returned to his job at the bank and has since spent many years of service.

The NAMIBIAN bank worker says it is not easy to deal with mental illness when the rest of society judges and isolates you./Sabanews/cam

Mental illnesses can attack anyone any time

LAND OWNERSHIP AND OCCUPATION REMAINS AN ISSUE

The government of NAMIBIA is inviting all the people claiming ancestral inheritance to land in the country to come up with proposals for a way forward.

State radio, NBC News says President HAGE GEINGOB has made the call while addressing delegates during the 2017 Independence Celebrations in the northern town of RUNDU.

It quotes the Head of State as saying it is vital to reach national consensus through consultations, before proceeding with new measures to address the land problem.

Researchers say NAMIBIA inherited many economic, social, and political challenges from the colonial and apartheid eras after independence, including land dispossessions.

THE NAMIBIAN newspaper says thousands of landless NAMA, SAN, HERERO, and DAMARA ethnic groups have gathered in the southern town of KEETMANSHOOP to demand their ancestral land.

It says they claim they were dispossessed of the land during the colonial GERMAN and apartheid SOUTH AFRICAN regimes.

ONE MP of the ruling SWAPO Party has addressed a mass meeting held under the banner of the LANDLESS PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT at the J STEPHANUS STADIUM in KEETMANSHOOP.

THE NAMIBIAN quotes BERNADUS SWARTBOOI as saying the gathering has been the most glaring display of legitimate discontent in the administration of the country, calling on the President to address the issue now.

NBC News also quotes President GEINGOB as saying the land issue is complicated, because no records exist to clarify, for example, to whom the land of the capital, WINDHOEK, and surrounding areas belong.

He says the SAN people or BUSHMEN also seem left out of the discussion, even though they have more right to claim a large proportion of the country than any other group of NAMIBIANS.

President GEINGOB says NAMIBIA wants to apply fairness in governance, and not visit wrongs done by the fathers on the children of today.

The NAMIBIAN Leader has asked all citizens of his country to hold hands in dealing with the land problem, to get it solved amicably; and while maintaining a strong foundation of peace, stability and unity.

IMF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CALLS ON PRESIDENT FAURE

VICTORIA – President DANNY FAURE of SEYCHELLES has met with the IMF Executive Director for the ASIA and PACIFIC constituencies and small island states.

State radio, SBC News says HEENAM CHOI has paid a courtesy call on President FAURE at State House in the capital, VICTORIA.

It says discussions between the Head of State and the IMF boss have touched on ways to ensure equal distribution of the national wealth to the population.

They have also talked about means by which the IMF can help SEYCHELLES regarding the issue of de-risking, amid reports saying international banks are cutting off their correspondent relationships with the SADC country.

Economic experts say de-risking, especially in a business context, means taking steps to make something less risky or less likely to involve a financial loss.

Mr CHOI has emphasised on the importance for countries to have sound and regulatory systems on anti-money laundering and safety issues, which he says might be ONE of the major IMF roles.

He says the SECOND role the world body can play is to strengthen dialogue with international rule setters like the EIS and the FSB.

The IMF Executive Director for the ASIA and PACIFIC constituencies and small island states says through dialogues, like the one he has held with the SEYCHELLES Leader, the IMF raises the de-risking issues.

PRESIDENT DEMANDS FULL PROBE OF AIRFORCE MEMBER DEATH

LUSAKA – President EDGAR LUNGU of ZAMBIA has ordered thorough investigations into the alleged killing of an officer of the ZAMBIA Air Force at a police station in the capital, LUSAKA.

 

State radio, ZNBC News says Sergeant CHOONGWA died while detained at the WOODLANDS Police Station.

 

It quotes LUSAKA Provincial Police Commissioner NELSON PHIRI as saying the late ZAMBIA Airforce Officer died allegedly after other inmates brutally assaulted him.

 

Defence Minister DAVIES CHAMA and Home Affairs Minister STEPHEN KAMPYONGO have since issued a joint statement, saying the probe directed by the Head of State is already underway.

Defence Minister CHAMA says investigation will be done jointly, and he has called for calm between the Police and the Air Force officers.

Home Affairs Minister KAMPYONGO says there will be no sacred cows in the exercise, and anyone found wanting is going to get legal punishment; although cases of such nature require serious investigation and conclusion.

Meanwhile, High Court Judge CHALWE MUCHENGA has sentenced an officer of the ZAMBIA Air Force to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for manslaughter.

SONNY WALANGA shot and killed DORCAS CHIBWE after she and her friends, who were drunk, refused to stop at the TWIN PALM ZAMBIA Air Force residential check point.

Judge MUCHENGA said the incident did not warrant the force that the convicted soldier used because he knew the people who were in the car.

He also said the officer should have considered the fact that TWIN PALM is a residential area, while the deceased and her friends were heading to their house and not the armoury.
ZNBC News says the Court reduced the charge against the ZAMBIA Air Force Officer to manslaughter because he officer was on duty when he committed it.

FORMER RULING PARTY FACES COMPENSATION DEMANDS

BLANTYRE – The former ruling MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY, MCP, is facing demands for compensation from the KARONGA Detainees and Retainers Task Force.

 

The organization brings together victims of forced exile and political detention during the leadership of the late former Dictator HASTINGS KAMUZU BANDA, MCP lifetime leader.

 

State radio, MBC News quotes Task Force Chairperson CHARLES M’DIMBA MWENIFUMBO as saying they want the MCP to compensate them immediately.

 

However, the national broadcaster has not given figures of the proposed compensation, and there has been no response from the MCP – which ruled MALAWI for more than 30 years.

 

The former ruling party won all the legislative seats in the 1961 NYASALAND Elections, before the country gained independence from BRITAIN to become MALAWI in 1964.

 

TWO years later, MALAWI became a republic in 1966 and the MCP declared itself the only legal party and governed for the next 27 years.

 

The group turned the country into a ONE-party state where all adult citizens were required to be party members and had to carry party cards in their wallets at all times.

 

The MCP lost its monopoly on power in MALAWI in a 1993 referendum, before it was roundly defeated in the FIRST free national elections the following year.

INCREASED MALARIA DEATHS WORRY AUTHORITIES

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MAPUTO – Health authorities in MOZAMBIQUE have expressed worry over the increased number of people dying of malaria, despite national prevention measures in place.

 

They say the mosquito-borne disease is spreading and killing, although the State has taken a number of actions to fight the epidemic, including massive free distribution of mosquito nets treated with insecticides.

 

The government says malaria has killed about 300 people out of more than ONE-MILLION cases diagnosed countrywide.

 

Experts in the Health Ministry Technical Council have met this weekend in the capital, MAPUTO, to discuss the most effective actions to deal with the deadly epidemic.

 

National Public Health Director FRANCISCO MBOFANA says the number of new malaria cases has become alarming, especially during the current rainy season.

 

It says mosquitoes have multiplied rapidly during the period due to an abundance of stagnant water pools, which enable them to reproduce swiftly.

 

The MOZAMBICAN National Public Health Director says the central regions of TETE and MANICA are the worst hit by the malaria epidemic.

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS IN KAVANGO EAST FOR FIRST TIME

NAMIBIA: INDEPENDENCE/NBC/21/3/17 SABANews 1

 

RUNDU – NAMIBIA has held its national independence celebrations in the northern KAVANGO EAST Region for the FIRST time since the end of apartheid in MARCH 1990.

 

State radio, NBC News says thousands of NAMIBIANS flocked to the RUNDU Sports Stadium to commemorate 27 years of freedom.

 

It says former Presidents SAM NUJOMA and HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA have also joined other dignitaries at the event, where President HAGE GEINGOB has addressed delegates.

 

The Head of State has commended the leadership of the KAVANGO EAST and WEST regions for organising an outstanding event.

 

President GEINGOB has condemned people who had campaigned for a national boycott of the celebrations, who he accuses of trying to disturb the peace and progress of the SADC State.

 

He says the principle of HARAMBEE means peace and will continue to promote one-ness of mind and effort amongst the people; and unity will safeguard national sovereignty.

 

President GEINGOB also says after 27 years of peace and freedom, the overriding feeling all NAMIBIANS should have when celebrating should be of gratitude; and the government has managed to maintain peace and promote unity despite many challenges.

 

He has quoted MALCOM X,  an AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSLIM minister and human rights activist, saying: YOU CANNOT SEPARATE PEACE FROM FREEDOM, BECAUSE NO-ONE CAN BE AT PEACE UNLESS HE HAS HIS FREEDOM”.

 

President GEINGOB says NAMIBIA was born 27 years ago, into freedom and sovereignty – with the legal right to determine its own destiny; yet some people are keen to boycott their own achievements of national reconciliation, freedom of movement, and of speech.

 

The Head of State emphasises national unity has been a key contributing factor to the prevailing peace, and the narrative of ONE NAMIBIA, ONE NATION, emphasises the importance of such a desire.