Friday 20 April 2018
(MmegiOnline 05/30/13)
FRANCISTOWN: Opposition parties believe that they have been vindicated following an announcement by Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) that it may be forced to retrench some workers at its Palapye opaque beer plant. In a press statement released to the media last week, the company, which currently employs 57 people at its Palapye opaque beer wing, said it may be forced to shutdown the Palapye operation.The release said some of the employees will be absorbed into other branches around the country, while others will be retrenched.Opposition parties blame the ailing KBL business on the alcohol levy, reduction in alcohol trading hours and banning of selling alcohol from homes. Apparently, KBL announced that it will close its Palapye operations due to low...
(BBC News Africa 05/30/13)
The subjects that upset people in a country are usually a good indicator of the way they would like to think about the country itself. South Africa is no exception. In the third edition of the BBC's new programme BBC News: The Editors, which sets out to pose difficult and challenging questions about our world, I asked whether white people really had a future in South Africa. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22708507
( 05/30/13)
Zimbabwe still has much work ahead of it if the country is to hold a fair election this year, a top European Union official told journalists in Harare. "I think there is still a lot to be done if elections are to be peaceful and credible," EU Managing Director for Africa Nicholas Westcott said during a visit to the southern African nation. The country recently passed a new constitution in a national referendum. This paved the way for general elections later this year which should end a fragile coalition government between President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change, headed by Morgan Tsvangirai. In light of the new constitutional path Zimbabwe has taken, the EU...
(The Herald Online 05/30/13)
Government has sourced US$25 million that would cover the 30-day intense voter education and registration provided for in the new constitution, Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said. The mobile exercise is expected to begin next week with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission saying it was ready to conduct the exercise. "Treasury has secured the sum of US$25 million in the consolidated revenue fund. This will be channeled towards the intense voter registration exercise that is defined in part six of the new Zimbabwe constitution," Minister Biti told a press conference on the state of the economy this afternoon. "We spent the whole morning in Cabinet and Government is going to publish the consolidated plan for how this voter registration exercise is...
(The Guardian 05/30/13)
Secretary of state John Kerry urges government troops to remain disciplined in latest offensive against Islamic terrorists. Nigeria has the right to defend itself against an Islamic terrorist group threatening the country's north, but it must not condone human rights violations committed by its own forces fighting the Boko Haram Islamist group, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, said last Saturday. Kerry, in his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office in February, addressed what Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among others, have charged is a campaign of violence, harassment and killing carried out or abetted by government forces fighting in the north. "Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation, and they have killed wantonly and so we...
(Times of Zambia 05/30/13)
ZAMBIA will continue to contribute troops to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions to help revive social and economic development in war-torn countries, Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has said. Mr Mwamba also commended the serving members in various missions and fallen heroes for their contribution to peacekeeping in war-torn countries. He said this yesterday during the commemoration of the International Day of the UN peacekeeping held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, under the theme ‘adapting to new challenges’. The minister said Zambia was a member of the UN and had an obligation to contribute troops to peacekeeping missions as war tended to have spillover effects. He said the huge number of refugees being hosted in Zambia...
(Daily News (zw) 05/30/13)
HARARE - President Robert Mugabe and his coalition partner Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai should agree on a poll date soon to salvage the economy which is bleeding because of continued bickering, Finance minister Tendai Biti said yesterday. In his state-of-the-economy address, Biti said uncertainty over poll dates has driven the country’s economy to the precipice. “A disturbing position that is coming from our analysis of the economy in the first four months is that there has been an obvious shrinkage of the economy,” Biti told reporters. “The hanging factor that has been brought by the uncertainty of elections is not good to our economy given the lack of clarity on the dates for elections. “The politicians must resolve the outstanding...
(Zambia Reports 05/30/13)
Wester Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba has given Mongu Trades Training Institute management a seven-day ultimatum to account for more than K1.2 billion (KR1.2m) that has allegedly been misappropriated at the learning institution. In a letter addressed to Mongu Trades Training Institute principal Elvis Mooto dated May 24, 2013, Mwamba expressed concern that management was allegedly abusing resources. He said an internal audit he commissioned had revealed glaring financial irregularities. Mwamba said in a statement yesterday that he had instituted the audit to verify numerous reports of alleged abuse of resources by management and was saddened that the report had established that. He said the internal audit report revealed that Mongu Trades Training Institute management made payments amounting to K833,197,692.00...
(Tanzania Daily News 05/30/13)
CCM Secretary General Abdulrahman Kinana said here that the ruling party will deliver on most of electoral pledges ahead of 2015, including buying of a new ship to improve transportation for residents around Lake Nyasa. Mr Kinana told a rally at Lupingu village that arrangements for the purchase of the ship have started and plans were underway for the vessel to be operating before the next general election. The government also plans to buy two new ships to provide services in Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria. He said the party was monitoring implementation of its 2010 Election Manifesto and would go back to the people to explain to report progress, as well as provide feedback where there were delays. The...
(The Guardian 05/29/13)
Tea Party star announces decision not to run in 2014 as FBI and Office of Congressional Ethics probe staff behaviour. Michele Bachmann, the outspoken Minnesota lawmaker who ran for the Republican party's presidential nomination last year, announced on Wednesday that she will not seek re-election for her seat in the US House of Representatives. The announcement, which Bachmann made on a video posted on her website and Facebook page and on YouTube, came six months after she was narrowly re-elected to the House for a fourth term, after her most challenging campaign so far and amid investigations into her 2012 presidential campaign's fundraising activities. In the video, which runs for nearly nine minutes, Bachmann tells her supporters that her decision...
(Alarabiya.net 05/29/13)
Syria’s opposition coalition said on Wednesday it would only take part in a planned peace conference in Geneva if a deadline was set for an internationally-guaranteed settlement based on President Bashar al-Assad leaving power. In its first official reaction to the conference being prepared by the United States and Russia, the coalition voted to adopt a declaration seen by Reuters that said it was committed to the aim of removing Assad and his most senior officials. “The participation of the Syrians in any conference is tied to the presentation of a deadline for a solution and giving the necessary binding international guarantees,” said the statement, issued after seven days of meeting riven by internal dispute. “The Syrian Coalition welcomes the...
(News Day 05/29/13)
THE new 30-day mandatory voter registration exercise will begin next week, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said. This follows the resent assenting of the new constitution by President Robert Mugabe last week. Speaking on the sidelines of a two-day workshop with faith-based organisations in Harare yesterday, Zec deputy chairperson Joyce Letitia Kazembe said all the 1 958 wards will be covered. “We need to conduct the voter registration exercise at each ward and we are hoping to start this by next week,” Kazembe said. “We require $21 million for the voter registration which should start next week, we have not set the dates yet, but hopefully by next week we should start. We need to have all the 1...
(Cocorioko 05/29/13)
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Pilgrimage, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar yesterday received Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Honourable Moijueh Kaikai and team at the Hajj Ministry in down town Jeddah. The minister was accompanied by a team comprising of Alhaji M.S Kargbo, Special Assistant to His Excellency the President on Political Affairs who also doubles as a senior member of the National Hajj Coordinating Committee and Dr. Ahmed Ramadan Jalloh, one of the senior Muslim scholars representing the Muslim community in Sierra Leone. elcoming the Sierra Leone delegation, the Saudi Minister praised President Koroma for sending Minister Kaikai to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj arrangements. He says that shows the importance the President attaches...
(AL Jazeera 05/29/13)
Law banning officials who served under Gaddafi holding government jobs prompts Mohamed al-Megaryef's resignation. The president of Libya's top political body, Mohamed al-Megaryef, has resigned his post to comply with a new law banning officials who served under Muammar Gaddafi from holding government jobs. Megaryef, who heads Libya's General National Congress, announced his decision on Tuesday, despite having played a part in toppling the now slain Libyan leader, saying that the law must apply to everyone. Critics and diplomats fear the so-called "political isolation" law could strip government of experienced leaders, further complicating the transition to an orderly democracy. "Everyone must obey the law out of respect for legality and democracy," Megaryef said at a plenary session of the General...
(The Maravi Post 05/29/13)
BLANTYRE(MaraPost)—The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) says strong cooperation and co-existence among electoral players mostly at the district level will ensure free, fair and credible elections. Speaking at the opening of a multiparty liaison committee (MPLC) training assessment report validation workshop in Blantyre on Tuesday, Mec commissioner responsible for electoral services, Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri pledged that the electoral body will do everything possible to ensure that MPLCs are functioning effectively at all times and that capacity gaps that affect their performance are addressed. “MPLCs are the unsung heroes all the time we have elections. The cooperation and co-existence among electoral players at the district level contributes to the health of our democracy in the country. You will agree with me that if...
(Voice of America 05/29/13)
TRIPOLI — The head of Libya's national assembly said he was stepping down on Tuesday following the passing of a law banning anyone who held a senior post in Muammar Gadhafi's regime from government, regardless of their part in toppling the dictator. In a televised speech to the General National Congress, the country's legislature, Mohammed Magarief announced his resignation - which had been expected - after the passing of the "political isolation" law, which critics and diplomats fear could strip government of experienced leaders, further complicating the transition to an orderly democracy. "The people's representatives have expressed their word - the political isolation law - and it must be respected," he said. "And I will be the first ... I...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/29/13)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed her pleasure that narratives on Africa are changing, and that these new narratives are a clear testimony that Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance have brought the continent closer together, thereby changing the narratives of doom to those of opportunities, progress and development. According to a dispatch from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, President Sirleaf made the comments following a debate on “Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance,” as part of celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on Saturday, May 25. Panelists included: the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Donald Kaberuka, who spoke on the continent’s...
(24 Tanzania 05/29/13)
Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have commended the institution’s organ on Politics, Defence and Security under the chairmanship of President Jakaya Kikwete for its efforts in resolving the political crisis in Madagascar. Madagascar has been in political crisis since 2009 when President Andry Rajoelina seized power with military support, ousting former President Marc Ravalomanana and triggering turmoil that scared off investors and devastated the vital tourism sector. Both Rajoelina, a former disc jockey and Ravalomanana, a wealthy businessman now in exile in South Africa, said several months ago that they would not contest the July 24 presidential election. But earlier this month, Rajoelina reneged on his promise and vowed to contest the election, saying the deal between...
(Myjoyonline 05/29/13)
President John Mahama and French President Francois Hollande have agreed on a number of projects to be financed under the French Development Agency's support for Ghana. The two presidents, in a meeting in the Elysee Palace, discussed trade and development assistance to Ghana. They also talked about ways to improve military cooperation, security and democracy in Africa and the need for Ghana to take advantage of its presence within a Francophone block to enhance the teaching and learning of the French language. President Hollande, who just marked his first year in office, observed that Ghana's economic progress has been widely recognised, noting that Ghana is one of the few countries in Africa with huge potential for growth a time of...
(Vibe Ghana 05/29/13)
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday expressed the desire and determination of Government to strengthen business relations between Ghana and France in the coming years. He said although there had been existing relations in construction, natural resources and the sciences, more emphasis would be placed on the re-structuring of urban areas of Ghana, energy generation, education and the utmost development of technology. President Mahama said this when he visited Dassault Systems and GNPC-Techniq companies that had been playing vital roles in Ghana over the years. While Dassault Systems had been engaged in training and general consultancy for the mining, oil and gas, water and eco-culture in Ghana, Techniq, on the other hand, had been working with the Ghana National Petroleum...

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