NATIONAL POLITICS TAKES SUDDEN TURN FOLLOWING VP DISMISSAL

Robert Mugabe General Josiah Tongogara and Emmerson Mnangagwa in Mozambique

ZIMBABWE: POLITICS/SABANEWS/9/11/17 SABANews 1

HARARE – The recent dismissal of Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA of ZIMBABWE from both government and the ruling ZANU PF Party has cast a cloud of confusion over the SADC country.

President ROBERT MUGABE fired his deputy after FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE accused Mr MNANGAGWA of undermining the authority of her husband and fomenting divisions within the former liberation movement.

President Mugabe and First Lady Grace

The Head of State supported the accusations, saying the former Vice President has for some time, kept quiet while a group of people campaigned against President MUGABE in the name of Mr MNANGAGWA.

President MUGABE took action on MONDAY before his Politburo fired their former colleague from the ruling party yesterday (WEDNESDAY), while also lining up his perceived sympathisers both in the party and in government for the same fate.

Organisers of the current presidential rallies have advised the Head of State to crack the whip on all people who have suspected or known ties with the former Vice President; and he has assured them that is what is going to happen soon.

The 10 political provinces, after endorsing the FIRST Lady as incoming Vice President of the country, have already submitted names of leaders linked to Mr MNANGAGWA, including veteran Central Committee and Politburo members, they want out of government and party.

President MUGABE says he cannot stand by and watch mischievous elements destroying and distorting the revolution; but his critics accuse him of hypocrisy, claiming his campaign aims to sneak his wife into the presidium through the back door.

Media reports say fighters of the war that dislodged the RHODESIAN-BRITISH colonial rule, instead, want him, the FIRST Lady, and a number of other party stalwarts, out of the way.

The NEWSDAY says the ZIMBABWE NATIONAL LIBERATION WAR VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION has described President MUGABE as an unrepentant and deceitful tyrant, whose end is inevitable.

The group has issued a statement soon after the ejection of Mr MNANGAGWA from ZANU PF, saying President MUGABE has betrayed the revolution – hence they are now reclaiming their party and want him to quit its leadership with immediate effect.

The former guerrillas say President MUGABE is free to go and form his party with his wife, because the PATRIOTIC FRONT belongs to the fighters of the liberation war.

Their statement, signed by Association Spokesperson VICTOR MATEMADANDA, says the uncalled-for and abrupt sacking of the Vice President has shocked them; and they definitely affirm President MUGABE is deceitful and not a revolutionary.

They allege the Head of State actually supports, but pretends to hate, the principles of the BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY that colonised the country, and his knighting by the Queen of ENGLAND confirms their thinking.

President Mugabe and Queen Elizabeth the Second of Britain at Buckingham Palace

Actually, records show President MUGABE was in 1994 created an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, a prize for doing something outstanding for the BRITISH Monarch.

King GEORGE the FIRST in 1725 established the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, or order of BRITISH Knighthood, as a reward either for military service or for exemplary civilian merit.

The war veterans, whose group has fallen out with ZANU PF and has been replaced by another faction, say they are launching an exercise to mobilise the masses against what they claim are hijackers of the ruling party.

However, President MUGABE has not responded to them but has blasted his former deputy for allegedly sponsoring disturbances during his NINTH Presidential Youth Interface rally at the weekend in BULAWAYO City.

He says Mr MNANGAGWA organised and sponsored the people who booed the FIRST Lady when she addressed the crowd, to display a picture showing him as the most popular.

On the other hand, Ms MUGABE has also assured her husband he is going to remain the President because GOD anointed him to lead the country, and no one is going to remove him.

Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Her comments come amid reports saying Mr MNANGAGWA has pledged to fight President MUGABE and remove him from leading the party and government in the next few weeks.

Media reports claim he has issued a statement from SOUTH AFRICA, to where he allegedly fled this TUESDAY and from where he has challenged President MUGABE and the FIRST Lady; accusing them of living in the past and hindering national progress.

Mr MNANGAGWA has called on ZIMBABWEAN to bury their differences and rebuild a new and prosperous ZIMBABWE that tolerates divergent views, respects opinion of others, and does not isolate itself from the rest of the world.

Thus, the stage has been set. Politically, ZIMBABWE is now clearly a divided nation as the majority of people in the ruling party find themselves with TWO choices of following either of the factions that are forming in their organisation./Sabanews/cam

AUTHORITIES STEP UP ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS AHEAD OF XMAS

Police Inspector-General SEBASTIAN NDEITUNGA

NAMIBIA: ROADS/NBC/9/11/17 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – Police in NAMIBIA have ordered all drivers with outstanding fines for traffic offences to pay up or face arrest before the start of the forthcoming festive season.

National Police Inspector-General SEBASTIAN NDEITUNGA says officers will mount roadblocks across the country during the holidays, looking out for absconders – who will be arrested on spot.

He has told NBC News in an interview that from 12 DECEMBER, or any time without warning, drivers may be confronted with their outstanding warrants of arrest for traffic offences.

The National Police Traffic Unit and the WINDHOEK City Police have together issued at least 85-THOUSAND-400 warrants of arrest for unpaid traffic fines this year alone; and if collected, this will amount to some THREE-MILLION-500-THOUSAND NAMIBIA dollars.

Inspector-General NDEITUNGA says offenders will have to settle all outstanding monies at a court of law or, alternatively, apply for bail within 48 hours, or go to jail until the courts resume next year.

WINDHOEK City Police Chief ABRAHAM KANIME says they also have some 52-THOUSAND warrants of arrest outstanding, and plans are underway to arrest offenders.

Meanwhile, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund has kicked off its Road Safety Awareness Campaign at the OTJIWARONGO-OTAVI Roadblock in OTJOZONDJUPA Region.

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund has teamed up with the National Police, the Fire Brigade, and the Road Safety Council to organise the event in OTJOZONDJUPA, mostly because it is the region with the highest number of fatal accidents each year in the country.

Motor Vehicle Accident Fund Acting Chief of Corporate Affairs, SIDNEY BOOIS, says the campaign aims to sensitize travellers on road safety rules on national roads, including the B-ONE and B-TWO routes, especially during the holiday period.

The NAMIBIAN Police say they will be screening motorists at fixed roadblocks as from 27 NOVEMBER this year until the 16TH of JANUARY 2018, an exercise that will run along the national road safety campaign./Sabanews/cam

INDUSTRIAL INSPECTORS FINE ABOUT 200 COMPANIES FOR ANOMALIES

Angolan men at work

ANGOLA: LABOUR/ANGOP/9/11/17 SABANews 1

 
LUANDA – The ANGOLA Labour General Inspection has collected fines from at least 187 companies charged with a variety of irregularities within the THIRD QUARTER of this year.
 
National news agency, ANGOP says Labour Ministry Inspector General NZINGA NGOLA has revealed the information in the capital, LUANDA.
 
It quotes the official as saying hundreds of other firms had their tickets cancelled after they corrected their anomalies within the deadlines given.
 
Mr NGOLA says sectors found with the highest number of infringements are trade, with ONE-THOUSAND-685; services, 644; hotels and tourism, 247; industry, 236; construction, 156; and health, 67.
 
He says others are education, with 43; transports, 24; agriculture, 16; and finance, 13; with offences ranging from non-registration of workers with the National Social Security Institute to lack of regular medical exams.
 
Other firms were guilty of salary payment delays, lack of insurance against accidents at work and professional illnesses, irregular work schedules, and tampering with workers’ holiday rights.
 
Economic experts say ANGOLA, the SEVENTH-largest state in AFRICA, experienced high growth rates in the last decade despite its violent history, and the General Labour Law aims to address the most recent labour market demands./Sabanews/cam

MINISTER CALLS ON CHURCHES TO OBSERVE THE NATIONAL LAWS

Culture Minister CAROLINA CERQUEIRA

ANGOLA: RELIGION/ANGOP/9/11/17 SABANews 1

 
LUANDA – Culture Minister CAROLINA CERQUEIRA of ANGOLA has urged religious groups in her country to respect the national laws and defend the common wellbeing of the people.
 
She has made the call in a meeting with the leader of the IGREJA TEOSÓFICA ESPÍRITA, Prophetess SUZETH JOÃO and Reverend LUÍS NGUIMBI of the ANGOLAN CHRISTIAN FORUM.
 
Minister CERQUEIRA says churches are the privileged partners of government; and their social duty must contribute to the comfort of the population as well as help strengthen national material and spiritual factors.
 
She also emphasises on the role churches play in the process of socialisation of people and bolstering of social, moral, civic, and patriotic values – based on brotherhood, solidarity, and respect.
 
However, Minister CERQUEIRA says she is concerned about the increasing number of sects and self-proclaimed religious groups that are creating instability through anti-social practices offensive to public moral and human dignity.
 
The ANGOLAN Cabinet member says the authorities are going to make efforts to fight against bogus churches through the legal systems of the country./Sabanews/cam

EXPERT BLAMES UNREGULATED CIRCULATION OF PORNOGRAPHY FOR GBV

The High Court of Namibia

NAMIBIA: VIOLENCE/NBC/8/11/17 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – An expert in the office of FIRST Lady MONICA GEINGOS of NAMIBIA has blamed free circulation of content such as pornography for some serious cases of gender-based violence, GBV, in the country.

VERONICA-ROSE THERON, who is the Technical Director, says absence of laws to regulate or prohibit possession and sale of such material contributes to the widespread crimes.

She has addressed delegates to the Cyber Security Conference held for members of Parliament in the capital, WINDHOEK, saying children are exposed to indecent and inappropriate content and information on social media.

Ms THERON says peddlers of such unbecoming images mainly target young people in the age group of 15 to 21; and, in most cases parents of victim school children are not aware of their kids are watching.

She has told the lawmakers her office has approached the NAMIBIAN Police and the Prosecutor General for appropriate laws to control adult content, but none of them has offered any help.

Ms THERON, who is also the Project Leader of a Gender-Based Violence awareness program, says the current laws neglect childcare and protection.

She further accuses the law-enforcement agencies of failing to investigate and prosecute criminals who use the loopholes in the legal system to spread pornography.

Gender-based violence, mainly the killing of women, has gone on for years in NAMIBIA, a situation that forced former President HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA to declare a Day of Prayer against Passion Killings on SIX MARCH 2014.

Lately, VICTOR KAMWALA, a 34-year-old cattle herder from neighbouring ZAMBIA, has been convicted of raping a toddler in the northern border town of KATIMA MLILO.

In his judgement, Magistrate BONGANI NDLOVU says injuries the FOUR-year-old child suffered show KAMWALA, a close relative, had raped her continuously.

The child has told nurses at NGOMA Clinic and a doctor at KATIMA MULILO State Hospital KAMWALA would commit the crimes each time he bathed when his wife was not at home. He will receive sentence next week./Sabanews/cam

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WALK OUT ON MINISTER

Minister Sophia Shaningwa

NAMIBIA: LEGISLATION/NBC/8/11/17 SABANews 1

 
WINDHOEK – Opposition members in the Parliament of NAMIBIA have walked out of the National Assembly to protest against government insistence to table a Bill forcibly.
 
Urban and Rural Development Minister SOPHIA SHANINGWA had brought before them the Urban and Regional Planning Bill for debate.
 
However, the lawmakers emphasised on an earlier agreement by the House not to discuss land related matters until after the SECOND Land Conference, earlier scheduled for 18 SEPTEMBER.
 
President HAGE GEINGOB suspended until next year the discussions, expected to run over FOUR days, to allow for more consultations among all stakeholders in the vital national issue.
 
NBC News says Land Reform Minister UTONI NUJOMA had to withdraw the Land Bill, while a motion by SWANU Lawmaker USUTUAIJE MAAMBERUA on Land Resettlement fell out as well.
 
However, Minister SHANINGWA has insisted on having the Urban and Regional Planning Bill discussed – saying it mainly deals with urban planning.
 
She says if adopted, the proposed law will move approval of town plans from the Cabinet to regional councils and local authorities, reducing bureaucracy, speeding up urban planning and improving delivery of housing to the people.
 
Lawmakers from the POPULAR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT, NUDO OF NAMIBIA, SWANU, WORKERS REVOLUTIONARY PARTY, and the UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT would not take it – and they walked out.
 
MPs of the RALLY FOR DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESS have been divided, with Secretary-General MIKE KAVEKORA leaving behind Vice-President STEVE BEZUIDENHOUDT, who has chosen to stay put.
 
NAMIBIA is facing serious problems with landless people, who have been expecting the ruling SWAPO Party to deliver on the pledges of the liberation struggle to correct settlement imbalances created under the apartheid rule./Sabanews/cam

GRENADE BLAST KILLS AND INJURES SCHOOL CHILDREN

TANZANIA: GRENADE/DAILY NEWS/8/11/17 SABANews 1

KAREGA – A grenade explosion has killed FIVE children and injured 24 others this (WEDNESDAY) morning at KIHINGA Primary School in the NGARA District in North-western TANZANIA.

The DAILY NEWS newspaper quotes police in the area as saying the survivors of the incident have been rushed to RULENGE Mission Hospital in the district.

KAGERA Regional Police Commander AUGUSTINE OLOMI has told the publication the blast occurred when pupils gathered at the assembly.

He says THREE of the children died on the spot and the other two succumbed to injuries receiving treatment at the hospital.

The police have teamed up with officers from the TANZANIA People’s Defence Forces to investigate the incident./Sabanews/cam

MORE BIG WIGS FACE THE EXIT BARELY A WEEK AFTER FORMER VP

Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and wife Auxilia
President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe

ZIMBABWE: GOVERNANCE/SABANEWS/8/11/17 SABANews 1

 
HARARE – The ruling ZANU PF Party in ZIMBABWE has intensified a program in which the bulk of its original leaders are leaving their positions unceremoniously and in groups.
 
The development comes amid reports saying the authorities have blocked former Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA from leaving the country and allegedly placed him under surveillance for security reasons.
 
However, the State has not commented on the reports in the privately run newspapers and the social media regarding Mr MNANGAGWA, who was fired this week for allegedly undermining the authority of President ROBERT MUGABE.
 
Meanwhile, provincial structures across ZIMBABWE are submitting names of leaders they want expelled from the former liberation movement, which in the 1960s and 1970s fought the RHODESIAN minority regime to bring independence in 1980.
 
The State-run HERALD says MATABELELAND SOUTH, and NORTH, and HARARE have joined SIX other regions to support the dismissal of Mr MNANGAGWA and the decision to replace him with FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE.
 
It says others are BULAWAYO, MASHONALAND CENTRAL, MASHONALAND EAST, MASHONALAND WEST, MASVINGO and MANICALAND; while Mr MNANGAGWA’s home region, the MIDLANDS, still has to announce its stand.
 
The provinces are demanding expulsion of leaders suspected of links with or sympathy for the former Vice President, with some members saying the Head of State should even pounce on government departments and weed out more suspects.
 
In the capital, Politburo members CLEVERIA CHIZEMA and OMEGA HUNGWE, as well as HARARE EAST MP TERRENCE MUKUPE, are to go, while 22 others face suspension for being part of the alleged MNANGAGWA Faction.
 
The HERALD quotes HARARE Provincial Coordinating Committee Chairperson CHARLES TAWENGWA as saying many things have been happening in the party in the past few days, with some people creating their own centres of power against the President.
 
Criticising members who booed the FIRST Lady at the weekend rally in BULAWAYO, he says his province will protect the party, the President, the FIRST Lady and the FIRST Family and the country.
 
State Security Minister KEMBO MOHADI and Interior Deputy Minister OBEDINGWA MGUNI also face the axe after their MATABELELAND SOUTH approved to boot them out with 13 other members for alleged collusion with Mr MNANGAGWA.
 
Provincial Vice Chairperson SOUL MAHALIMA NCUBE says the President has dismissed Mr MNANGAGWA and the region needs to do something about his sympathisers to ensure unity in the party.
 
He says the province endorses the exit of the former Vice President, whom he can no longer address as Comrade, and is in full support of the amendment of the constitution to have a female Vice President – who should be FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE.
 
While the MIDLANDS has not announced decisions, Provincial Chairperson DANIEL MACKENZIE NCUBE says there is tension in the region; with some elements organising meetings to plot against each other.
 
The HERALD says the province is meeting today, amid reports saying some youths have already started efforts to seize party vehicles from suspected MNANGAGWA allies including MBIZO Legislator USHEUNESU MPERERI.
 
It says MASVINGO Province faces expulsion of Party National Production and Labour Secretary JOSAYA HUNGWE, Legal Affairs Deputy Secretary PAUL MANGWANA, Security Deputy Secretary LOVEMORE MATUKE.
 
Others are Central Committee member CLEMENCE MAKWARIMBA Provincial Chairperson EZRA CHADZAMIRA for allegedly leading efforts to undermine the authority of President MUGABE in the province.
 
MANICALAND Province wants 38 leaders allegedly linked to Mr MNANGAGWA out, among them Politburo members OPPAH MUCHINGURI, PATRICK CHINAMASA and CHRIS MUSHOHWE.
 
Others are MIKE MADIRO, JOSHUA SACCO, MOSES GUTU, WINNIE MLAMBO, JOSEPH MUJATI, CHRISTOPHER CHINGOSHO, ALICE CHITIMA, OLIVER MANDIPAKA, GORDEN CHIKWANDA, TIMOTHY MAPUNGWANA.
 
The province further recommends the ouster of MONICA MUTSVANGWA, ELLEN GWARADZIMBA, TASIN DUBE, HUBERT NYANHONGO and JUDITH MAWIRE.
 
MASHONALAND WEST is expelling Politburo member PRISCA MUPFUMIRA and ZVIMBA WEST MP ZIYAMBI ZIYAMBI.
 
MASHONALAND EAST Province is targeting JOEL BIGGIE MATIZA and Deputy Parliamentary Speaker MARBEL CHINOMONA, with 12 other leaders are to be probed for alleged links with Mr MNANGAGWA.
 
The ongoing developments in ZIMBABWE threaten to shake the foundations of the ruling party, which is made up of TWO of the major liberation movements that dislodged colonial and apartheid systems in the SADC Region./Sabanews/cam

OPPOSITION WANTS PRESIDENT OUT BEFORE ELECTIONS

Opposition protests in KINSHASA (Pic. Aljazeera)

DRC: ELECTIONS/AGENTS/7/11/17 SABANews 1

 
KINSHASA – The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO is expecting to hold elections to replace President JOSEPH KABILA next DECEMBER, although opposition groups want him out of office this year.
 
Media reports say CONGOLESE citizens would have gone to the polls in 2017, under an agreement paving way for President KABILA to step down, but the process failed due to persistent squabbling.
 
The reports quote Independent National Electoral Commission Official JEAN-PIERRE KALAMBA as saying voting will take place on 23 DECEMBER 2018 to choose a president, lawmakers, as well as regional and local authority leaders.
 
UNION FOR DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL PROGRESS Spokesperson AUGUSTIN KABUYA says his group is against the timetable and demands the exit of President KABILA by the end of 2017.
 
The media reports say the Electoral Commission has announced provisional results of the presidential election will remain unpublished until 30 DECEMBER, ONE week after the vote.
 
The ultimate results will then be out by NINE JANUARY 2019, before the new Head of State takes over on the 12TH of the same month to end 16 years of the JOSEPH KABILA Administration.
 
Media reports say the announcement comes 10 days after the UNITED STATES Ambassador to the UNITED NATIONS, NIKKI HALEY, visited and called for elections next year.
 
They say AMERICA, BRITAIN, FRANCE, the EUROPEAN UNION and the UNITED NATIONS are among international forces calling on the CONGOLESE Leader to announce election dates.
 
They further quote Mr HALEY as saying for every day which goes by without holding the polls, a woman is raped, a child has an unwanted pregnancy, children are inducted by armed groups in AFRICA’s SECOND-largest country.
 
General elections come after the 2016 clashes in which soldiers shot and killed 20 protesters, demanding President KABILA to step down after his mandate expired last DECEMBER, in the streets of the capital, KINSHASA.
 
DRC has never had a peaceful transfer of power since the fall of the late Dictator MOBUTU SESE SEKO, who ruled and looted the country he had renamed ZAIRE from 1965 to 1997./Sabanews/cam

WORKERS THREATEN NATIONAL BLACKOUT TO DEMAND BONUSES

Swaziland Anti-riot Police at work

SWAZILAND: BONUSES/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/7/11/17 SABANews 1

 
MBABANE – Workers at the SWAZILAND Electricity Company have threatened to plunge the country in darkness unless the employer tells them when their bonuses will be paid this year.
 
The TIMES OF SWAZILAND newspaper says they have staged a demonstration at their ELUVATSINI House Head Offices in the capital, MBABANE.
 
It quotes the employees as saying they have worked hard and deserve to earn the bonuses, especially because they did not receive their cost-of-living adjustments.
 
The workers have defied a court order stopping the industrial action after management won an application against the strike, which the employees voted for during a weekend meeting.
 
They assembled before the ELUVATSINI House and demonstrated, demanding to see Managing Director MESHACK KUNENE, amid strong police presence.
 
The TIMES says the employees have told Mr KUNENE they want their bonuses for the financial years 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017, for which the Executive and Management have been meeting with no solution.
 
SWAZILAND Electricity Company workers say they do now trust their managers and want the Managing Director to use his power to pay out their bonuses, or they will switch of the whole Kingdom./Sabanews/cam