VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES is sending THREE young women to take part in the forthcoming Miss World Beauty Pageant taking place on 18 NOVEMBER in CHINA.
SEYCHELLES News Agency says HILLARY JOUBERT, FALAINE DORA and NAOMY KING will meet with 120 other beauty queens.
It says HILLARY JOUBERT clinched the Miss SEYCHELLES Another World 2017 among 14 contestants in AUGUST.
She says she has spent THREE months preparing for the event and she is excited to meet the other contestants and learn more about their culture as well as sharing hers with them.
FALAINE DORA was also a contestant in the Miss SEYCHELLES pageant and is taking part for the FIRST time in the Miss University AFRICA Pageant end of NOVEMBER in NIGERIA.
SNA says she will be competing against 53 girls from the AFRICAN continent and the INDIAN Ocean islands; and the winner of the pageant will receive a full scholarship to any AFRICAN university as well as 50-THOUSAND US dollars.
The national news agency says NAOMY KING is already a winner, while the others gear up, after scooping the most photogenic title at the Top Model of the World 2017.
She competed against 40 young ladies from across the globe for the Top Model of the World title at the pageant’s grand finale held earlier in JULY in EL GOUNA, EGYPT.
A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants; and SEYCHELLES happens to be ONE of the top-most competitors on the globe./Sabanews/cam
MUTUKULA – The MUTUKULA One-Stop Border Post in the RAKAI District of Southern UGANDA on the frontier with TANZANIA is now officially open.
MUTUKULA is rated an important border post and major crossing point for both human and commercial traffic.
TANZANIA and UGANDA merged operations of their border posts in FEBRUARY 2016, allowing vehicles and passengers to clear customs and immigration once in the country of departure, with officials from both countries present.
The MUTUKULA-UGANDA and MUTUKULA-TANZANIA Border is now open 24 hours every day of the year.
The DAILY NEWS newspaper says Presidents JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA and YOWERI MUSEVENI of UAGANDA officially opened the facility today (THURSDAY).
It says the TWO leaders have pledged to safeguard the interests of both countries and strengthen their diplomatic ties.
President MAGUFULI is in UGANDA for THREE day following an invitation from the UGANDAN Head of State.
TANZANIA and UGANDA are both in the AFRICAN Great Lakes Region, covering water bodies like Lake VICTORIA, the THIRD-largest freshwater lake in the world by area, and Lake TANGANYIKA, the SECOND world largest freshwater lake by volume.
Environment experts say the lakes collectively contain 31-THOUSAND cubic kilometres of water, and the total is about 25 percent of all the unfrozen surface fresh water of the planet.
The AFRICAN Great Lakes Region comprises BURUNDI, the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, KENYA, RWANDA, TANZANIA and UGANDA./Sabanews/cam
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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