Friday 20 April 2018
(Times of Zambia 05/23/13)
THE Zambia Small-Scale Farmers Network (ZSSFN) says the removal of the subsidy on maize is based on reality and that the Government has to be firm in the implementation process. ZSSFN national coordinator Boyd Liambai said millers had been making huge profits at the expense of the masses. “We are pleased to note that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government wants to run affairs based on facts and truthfulness regardless of consequences that might arise from these actions. People should learn to face facts and stop pretending,” Mr Liambai said. Meanwhile, Global Partnership for Africa Development regional coordinator Edward Nsama said the fuel subsidy was not benefitting poor Zambians but only enriching those in the transport sector and other well-to-do people...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/23/13)
Government says it has only received about 108,000 bottles and still expects some more of the Anti-retroviral (ARV) drug Nevirapine which has been in short supply the past one month. After a Zambian watchdog exposure of the drug shortage, ministry of health (M.O.H) officials refuted the claim saying there were enough drugs but the rationing was due to the rehabilitation works at the Medical stores. But today national Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coordinator Dr. Albert Mwango told ZNBC that the drug had been in short supply. Dr. Mwango however said that 108,000 bottles have arrived in the country and delivered to medical stores for onward distribution to public health centres. He also said about 200,000 more bottles are expected in the...
(In2 East Africa 05/23/13)
Irish Ambassador to Uganda Ann Webster has urged stakeholders to critically evaluate whether Uganda still needed the Amnesty Act if all their concerns and fears are addressed in the transitional justice policy draft that is in its final formation. However, the envoy said that there was need for the Government to expressly come out with a policy on the categories of persons who are to go through the transitional justice policy process and how it would be handled at national and local levels. The envoy was reacting to remarks by Internal Affairs minister, Hillary Onek, who had said that they were harmonizing the Amnesty Act that originally looked at only the LRA combatants and had loopholes in many issues that...
(News Day 05/23/13)
THE value of the tobacco crop delivered to the country’s auction floors has inched closer to the half a billion dollar mark as the cash crop consolidates its position as one of the top foreign currency earners, official figures have shown Statistics provided by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) show that the value of tobacco deliveries stood at$466 142 098, up 27% from the same period last year. The figures also show that more deliveries were made during the period under review as more farmers turn to the golden leaf to improve livelihoods. A total of 125 million kilogrammes of the cash crop were sold by Friday compared to $97 million kgs sold during the same period last...
(The Citizen 05/23/13)
Mtwara/Dodoma. Violent demonstrations erupted in Mtwara yesterday after Prof Sospeter Muhongo, the minister for Energy and Minerals, announced in Parliament that construction of the Mtwara-Dar es Salaam gas pipeline would continue according to plan. Mtwara town had all the appearances of a ghost town earlier, with empty streets and businesses shut from dawn, but chaos erupted soon after Prof Muhongo’s speech mid-morning. Gangs of youths hurled stones and burnt down and vandalised houses belonging to Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and its leaders. A TV journalist was also attacked. Other reports said four Tanzania People’s Defence Forces soldiers died and 20 were seriously injured in a car accident as they were rushing from Nachingwea in Lindi region to Mtwara to help...
(Dw-World 05/22/13)
Sierra Leone has one of the world's fastest growing economies, according to an International Monetary Fund report. But the post-civil war boom has not yet brought benefits for everyone. Residents of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, wake up every day to the thudding sounds of construction work. Ten years ago, noise like this signified another bloody day in the country's civil war. But today it is the sound of a country rebuilding its damaged infrastructures. Throughout the city, old roads are being ripped up and neighborhoods are riddled with construction sites. Road construction is being presented as one of the government's major success stories. In almost every street, new structures are rising up. The government recorded the highest rate...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/22/13)
(Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe signed a new constitution into law on Wednesday, replacing a 33-year-old document forged in the dying days of British colonial rule and paving the way for an election later this year. Approved overwhelmingly in a referendum in March, the constitution clips the powers of the president and imposes a two-term limit. However, it does not apply retroactively so the 89-year-old Mugabe technically could extend his three decades in office by another 10 years. A beaming Mugabe, flanked by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, his main political rival, and Deputy President Joice Mujuru signed multiple copies of the charter at State House in the capital to cheers and applause from aides. The constitution was rewritten under...
(The Washington Times 05/22/13)
Libya’s prime minister has nominated a new interior minister to fill the first spot vacated in his Cabinet, a consequence of a new law that bars officials who had served under late dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding public office. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan picked Mohamed Khalifa Sheikh to replace Ashour Shuail, Libyan government sources said. Mr. Shuail served as police chief in the eastern city of Benghazi under Gadhafi. The law, which the legislature approved on May 5, is expected to result in the resignations of the president of the General National Congress, dozens of lawmakers and a half-dozen Cabinet members. “We are dealing with a law that is going to cause a lot of problems ahead,” Hassan El Amin,...
(The Associated Press 05/22/13)
WASHINGTON — Five men are under round-the-clock U.S. surveillance in Libya, wanted for questioning in the attack last year on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. The White House believes there is enough proof for a military force to seize them as terrorist suspects, officials say, but prefers to wait until investigators have enough evidence to try them in a U.S. civilian courtroom. The decision not to seize the men militarily underscores the White House aim to move away from hunting terrorists as enemy combatants and toward a process in which most are apprehended and tried by the countries where they are living, or arrested by the U.S. with the host country's cooperation and tried in the U.S. criminal justice...
(Midnimo 05/22/13)
Hundreds of Somalian people have been cured at the Shifa Hospital supported by the Turkish Red Crescent and TIKA. Shifa Hospital heals the wounds of hundreds of Somalian people every day. Supported by the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), the hospital offers health services with its 66-bed capacity. The Project Coordinator Seyda Sever said all the services are free including the surgical operations and the medicines. Stating that most of those who go to the hospital are living in refugee camps, Sever said “We have no aims of making profits. With this project, we should bring up new strategies in order to hand over the system to the local people there.” Sever pointed out...
(The New Republic 05/22/13)
Liberian delegation in a meeting with World Bank officials in DC. In response to a detailed summation of pos-twar Liberia’s financial growth and development challenges from Finance Minister Amara Konneh, the World Bank has pledged to leverage financial resources needed to jumpstart the country’s medium term development agenda, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT). A press statement issued over the weekend said. Making the disclosure last Wednesday in Washington, D.C. during high level stakeholders meeting with donors and the visiting Liberian delegation, World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Mr. Yusufu Crookes, disclosed that the Bank will work with the Government to develop a framework through which the Bank’s supports would be channeled. “We will be more than...
(CNN 05/22/13)
Libya may want to move on from its past, but a law passed earlier this month with the backing of more than 90 percent of lawmakers is the wrong way to go about it. The “Political Isolation” law would be sweeping enough if it just stuck to the provisions barring anyone that held a senior position in the Gadhafi regime from holding office again for a decade. But it also states that intellectuals, academics, civil servants, security and army officials and leading media personnel should also be barred from doing so. Even exiles and defectors in opposition during Gadhafi’s reign who held senior positions in the distant past could also be barred from serving again for 10 years. The law,...
(Suna Times 05/22/13)
Buhodle - The Silanyo’s rebel movement TV has been airing emotional anti-Somali, anti-unity programs to commemorate the day that Isaq clan declared themselves as an autonomous Republic from Somalia. It was written somewhere in the programs [this live broadcast was facilitated by Somtel], a company belonging to Dahabshiil. The company was inciting hatred by interviewing people with deep animosity toward Somalia and the unity. Somtel, a Dahabshiil’s sister company, operates among other regions, Khatumo State where they generate millions of dollars without any accountability. During the fighting waged by Silanyo and his clans in Kalshale 2010 – 2011, Somtel has been supporting them by distributing cell phones to facilitate communication freely. Somtel has also dedicated a hotline at the Morgan...
(The New Republic 05/22/13)
The Liberia anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in its latest report on officials of government asset declaration has booked some public officials for what it described as intentional material misrepresentation and unexplained wealth accumulation while serving in government. Those hooked for the false declaration of assets are the Managing Director of the National Port Athority (NPA), her deputy, Oretha Zeon and Comptroller Blayon Brown Sarlee, amongst others. LACC Chairperson Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison said of the four persons booked so far, Oretha Zeon National Port Authority-port of Buchanan Operations Manager who is on a net salary declared no other source of income. Cllr. Allison told a news conference yesterday that that she declared under oath the value of a storey building under...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/22/13)
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has ordered Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, to close the SKD Boulevard Road currently under renovation in Paynesville to traffic in order to avoid ongoing works obstructed and delayed by cars and pedestrians. “Mr. Minister [Samuel Kofi Woods], block the road so you can get the work done! You can’t be building the road and you have people passing cars there. You want development, you got to make the sacrifice, be discipline,” said President Sirleaf. President Sirleaf issued the order upon her arrival to Liberia Tuesday and immediate presence at grounds breaking ceremony for a US $10m China-aided Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) in Paynesville. Driving through the SKD Boulevard Road to the MVTC project site,...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/22/13)
The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission or LACC has released the names of several government officials who lied about their wealth when they declared their assets. LACC Cllr. Francis Johnson Allison named National Port Authority or NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker, the Port of Buchanan Operations Manager Oretha Zeon, Ministry of Internal Affairs Comptroller Blayon Brown Sarlee and Charles Gono, Deputy Commissioner, Marine Safety and Environment as some of the state officials who attempted to outsmart government’s Asset Declaration (AD) policy. These officials and others likeminded presented intentional and material misrepresentation to the commission, officials said Tuesday. LACC Johnson Allison told journalists here that NPA Parker "embarked on a campaign of misrepresentation from the beginning of the process to the end...
(The Informativenews 05/22/13)
MASERU- The leader of White Horse party, Mohau Thakaso says his party supports the Prime Minister (PM) Tom Thabane in his efforts to intervene in the judicial system of Lesotho which saw the President of the Court of Appeal Mathealira Ramodibedi and the former Chief Justice Mahapela Lehohla battling for seniority.At a media briefing held on Tuesday last week, Thakaso said the nation had looked desperately at the Prime Minister to help the judicial system to run smoothly.He said the uproar between the duo has hobbled the operations of the courts of law in the Mountain Kingdom making the entire nation to despair and question the authenticity of the judiciary in the country. Thakaso said there are people who have...
(Sudan Views 05/22/13)
UN Security Council is morally and legally standing idly by vis a vis the aggressions committed by the Sudanese armed groups in North Kordofan and Darfur where former rebel leaders were assassinated by jibreel Ibrahim led Justice and Equality Movement. JEM has has assassinated the leaders of the splinter faction for signing peace agreement last April with the Sudanese government in Doha. The aggression carried by Sudan Revolutionary Front has resulted in genocide and raping in Kershola and Um Rawaba. The unjustifiable attack has targeted the civilians and threatened regional and international security in Kershola and the Sudanese-South Sudanese border areas where muti ethic groups groups live. The attack is completely unjustifiable since the rebels have attacked and destroyed populated...
(Sierra Express media 05/22/13)
During 2010/11, London Mining invested $200m to build a modern magnetic separation plant at Marampa, producing Iron Ore Concentrate putting Sierra Leone back on the map as one of the worlds high quality producers. In January 2012, we commenced exports from the historic Marampa mine, exporting Iron Ore Concentrate to Europe – Sierra Leone’s first such export in over 30 years. During 2012, a second plant is being built. We continue to invest in our workforce, training staff in international best-practices. We continue to invest in our communities with agricultural, health and scholarship programs, and we continue to protect our children’s futures with trusted environmental management practices. Globally, London Mining has assets in Sierra Leone, Greenland, Columbia, and Saudi Arabia;...
(Public Eye 05/22/13)
MASERU – Katleho James Thelingoane, 49—an employee of a Maqhaka-based firm—on Monday this week told the High Court how miserable he felt when his company was looted and burnt down during political riots that rocked the country 15 years ago. Thelingoane was testifying in a case in which his firm, Cee Bee Industries (Pty) Ltd and UB Technical Services, is suing government for M11.6 million as compensation for the destruction. The company’s lawyers are arguing it was the state’s responsibility to prevent the annihilation through its various security agencies, hence the unprecedented lawsuit. The 1998 riots, which erupted soon after the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) retained power, saw several Maseru, Mafeteng and Berea companies being looted and burnt down...

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