Thursday 18 January 2018
(ABC News 03/06/13)
Wildlife rangers in Zimbabwe put the northern resort town of Kariba on full alert Wednesday after rogue lions mauled to death two people near a suburb there. The National Parks and Wildlife Authority said fliers were being handed out in the town and volunteers were using a loudspeaker to caution townspeople on the dangers of lion attacks on the shores of Lake Kariba, a man-made hydroelectric dam popular for fishing and tourism. It said one man escaped from a lion attack on Tuesday, but the woman with him was savaged to death. An arm and a few remnants of a second corpse were found by rangers hunting for the lions. The predatory animals had eaten most of one corpse but...
(Allafrica 03/06/13)
The Faith-based media group the Christian Media Center says recent developments in Liberia show how volatile and fragile the peace in the county remains. The Christian Media Center in a release issued Tuesday says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has spiritually lost control of the state and there is serious need for Liberians to pray for God's intervention to advert what lies ahead of the Liberia. The faith-based group noted that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is largely to blame for most Liberians loss of faith in her government and recommends that the president and leaders of the three branches of government take a spiritual retreat to ask God to help them maintain sanity of Liberia. Christian Media Center in the release...
(ABC News 03/05/13)
Egypt's Islamist president is considering whether to give the military full control of the restive Suez Canal city of Port Said after days of deadly street clashes stoked by excessive use of force by riot police, officials said Tuesday. A handover of the city to the military would be a recognition of the failure of Mohammed Morsi's government to bring calm to Port Said, which has been in turmoil since late January. With protests and strikes that have turned into an outright revolt, residents have been venting their fury at both the president and the security forces. A third day of clashes erupted at around daybreak Tuesday as police opened fire with tear gas and birdshot at protesters throwing stones...
(The Independent 03/05/13)
Incident shines a light on South Africa's much-criticised police force Eight officers, thought to have been involved in the death of a man handcuffed to a police van near Johannesburg, have been charged with murder, South African police have announced. Late today, eight policemen from Daveyton were charged with murder, said Moses Dlamini of the police investigation unit. Police chief Riah Phiyega said earlier that she shares "the extreme shock and outrage" over a video showing the abuse of the immigrant by police officers. General Phiyega said she fully supports the investigation by the police watchdog agency and added that the rights of Mido Macia, a 27-year-old from neighbouring Mozambique, were "violated in the most extreme form". The incident caused...
(New Era 03/05/13)
WINDHOEK - The matter in which four teachers from the private school Windhoek Gymnasium face charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm will continue on May 8 and 10 in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court. The matter could not continue because of the transfer of Magistrate Helvi Shilemba to Otjiwarongo. Magistrate Tuvoye Nuule postponed the matter. The accused teachers are Stephanus van Zyl, Etiene Odendaal, George Frederick Maartens and Estelle Oberholzer. They allegedly beat a Grade 9 learner in 2010 with objects, varying from blunt pieces of wood to blunt wooden sticks. The incident resulted in the boy’s father removing his son from the school. Last year October, Senior Advocate Raymond Heathcote applied for the discharge of his...
(Allafrica 03/05/13)
The President of Eritrea’s Letter on Human Trafficking to The Secretary General of the UN We note that a letter signed by the President of Eritrea addressed to the Mr. Ban Ki-Moon informing the Secretary-General that “For the past ten years or so, Eritrea has remained to be a target of malicious and concerted practices of “human trafficking” and requested “the UN to launch an independent and transparent investigation of this abominable affair so as to bring to justice the culpable parties.” Since the letter has not been published in the official websites of the Government, we cannot fully establish its authenticity. However, since it was published in one of the pro-Government websites, and since it has not been contested...
(Allafrica 03/05/13)
Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the weekend to explore the possibility of getting water from Lesotho. The MoU was signed by ministers responsible for water in Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. Speaking during the signing ceremony in Gaborone, the South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa said that the collaboration was an effort to assist Botswana with water for socio-economic development. Botswana and the two countries are member states of the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) and can benefit from the utilisation of the river. The three countries have signed a SADC protocol, which provides a forum for consultation and coordination between the states to promote integrated water resources management and development. "We share rivers...
( 03/05/13)
Mr Augustine Collins Ntim, member of Parliament for Offinso North, says it has been accepted globally and by the World Health Organisation that glaucoma is the number one cause for irreversible blindness. Mr Ntim said Ghana was highly infected with the disease quoting Dr Oscar Debrah; Head of the Eye Care Unit of the Ghana Health Service as saying that about 600,000 Ghanaians have glaucoma and out of this 30,000 had gone blind. Mr Ntim said this on the floor of Parliament when he presented a statement dubbed: ” Let us fight glaucoma.” He said in Ghana, the prevalence rate of the disease among people above 40 years was 8.5 per cent and those above 30 years being 7.7 per...
(BBC News Africa 03/05/13)
Ghana's President John Mahama has launched a project to build a $10bn (£6.6bn) IT hub near the capital, Accra, within three years. Dubbed Hope City, it will have Africa's tallest building, at a height of 270m (885ft), an investor says. It will be built on empty land and will employ about 50,000 people and house 25,000 people, the investor adds. In January, Kenya unveiled plans to build an "Africa's Silicon Savannah" within 20 years at a cost of $14.5bn. Kenya's Konza Technology City, about 60km (37 miles) from the capital, Nairobi, is supposed to create more than 200,000 jobs by 2030. "Government has led growth since independence with all the major investments... The time has come for the private sector...
(Xinhua 03/05/13)
At least four people were killed, including two policemen and 400 others were injured in clashes between the protesters and the security forces in Port Said in northern Egypt, an interior ministry official told Xinhua on Monday. "Two policemen died of gunshot in clashes with protesters in front of Port Said Security Directorate," the interior ministry official source told Xinhua. Port Said governorate has been witnessing civil disobedience for more than two weeks. On Sunday, the protesters clashed with the police as the interior ministry decided to move 39 prisoners, who are awaiting a verdict over a tragic football riot which killed over 70 in February last year, to another prison in order to avoid unrest. About 200 people of...
(The Namibian 03/04/13)
THE suspended chief executive officer of the Namibia Airports Company, Ben Biwa, has asked the Labour Court in Windhoek to put a stop to an imminent disciplinary hearing in which he is set to face charges. An urgent application in which Biwa is asking for an interdict to stop the disciplinary hearing, which was scheduled for Thursday last week, was filed with the Labour Court early on Thursday. Biwa wants the court to stop the disciplinary hearing until a dispute which he has registered with the Office of the Labour Commissioner has been dealt with. He lodged a dispute with the labour commissioner on Wednesday. Biwa was suspended from his post as CEO of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) on...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
Addis Ababa — Ethiopian authorities have banned three civic organisations, accusing the NGOs of engaging in activities that break 2009's Charities and Societies Proclamation law. The Ethiopian government alleged that the three NGOs were banned as a result of conducting "illegal religious activities" contrary to the law. The groups who had their licences revoked were One Euro, the Islamic Cultural and Research Centre and the Gohe Child, Youth and Women Development organisation. The controversial law has attracted criticism from a number of international right groups, local civil society actors and international non-governmental organisations since it was introduced in 2009. The Charities and Societies Proclamation law prohibits local NGOs from engaging in human rights advocacy or political related activities. It also...
(The Guardian 03/04/13)
Female university students are mobilising to change a culture where academic success is often dependent on sexual favours During her first few days at the University of Liberia, a male student asked Famata Adrekis if she was taking the "Sex 101" class. "I said: 'What do you mean?' I was shocked," says the fourth-year sociology student. "Sex 101" was a reference to the expectation that female students will have sex with their male lecturers to get good grades or pass their degree courses. The practice is often referred to as "transactional sex" – sex for grades – and it's common not only in Liberian universities but also throughout sub-Saharan Africa. A 2011 survey conducted by ActionAid in three Liberian universities...
(Voice of America 03/04/13)
Nigerian security forces say they killed 20 Islamist militants while repelling an attack on a military base in the country's northeast. Army spokesman Sagir Musa says Sunday's attack occurred in the village of Monguno, some 200 kilometers from the city of Maiduguri. He says those killed were Boko Haram militants who attempted to raid the military barracks there sparking a firefight which resulted in the 20 deaths. The spokesman did not mention any civilian or military casualties. Boko Haram began violent operations in 2009, and it has killed an estimated 3,000 people in attacks on churches, schools, government and newspaper offices, security forces, markets and the local United Nations headquarters. Some Boko Haram members say they to want to enforce...
(Voice of America 03/04/13)
A Somali court has dropped charges against a woman who says she was raped by government security forces. Lul Ali Osman was sentenced in February to one year in prison, after a judge said she was unable to show any evidence proving she had been raped. A reporter who allegedly interviewed her about case, Abdiaziz Abdinur, was also sentenced to a year in prison for not following journalistic ethics. On Sunday, a Mogadishu appeals court judge ordered Osman's release, saying there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charge. The court reduced Abdinur's sentence to six months. Both were accused of fabricating the story in an attempt to make money, and were charged with insulting the country's honor. The case...
( 03/01/13)
Following the murder of a political party official and the postponement of parliamentary elections, Zambia’s Catholic bishops have joined Protestant leaders in condemning election-related violence. “We are extremely disturbed and greatly saddened by the violence and the loss of precious life in the heat of the recent campaigns,” according to a joint statement of the Council of Churches in Zambia, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, and Zambia Episcopal Conference. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased and all victims of violence,” the statement continued. “At the same time, we condemn in the strongest terms possible, any form of political and electoral violence … Is this the level our politics has come to? Is this the path...
( 03/01/13)
Ni hao, Chinese for "hello," or ting bu dong, meaning "I hear you, but I don't understand," are two expressions one often overhears today in Zimbabwe's capital. It is one of the results of tenacious efforts by governments, private companies and individuals across Africa, but in Zimbabwe particularly, to learn the Chinese language and understand China's culture. Learning Chinese as a second or third language has been a global trend in the last few years. In Africa, the rapid increase of Chinese investments and trade (China is currently the continent's biggest trading partner) has spurred the trend. Zimbabwe's government has been very deliberate in enhancing its bilateral relationship with China. It launched the Look East Policy in 2003 to give...
( 02/28/13)
They prefer to be known for preaching about peace and loving thy neighbour, but Ghana's celebrity pastors are becoming embroiled by a rather ungodly row. A well-known pastor has sparked outrage amongst his colleagues by making what Ghanaians are describing as an "earth-shattering" prophecy, that the president John Dramani Mahama, will die this year. The reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah, founder of one of Ghana's burgeoning new charismatic churches, the Glorious Word Ministry International, says that the message came to him directly from God. Owusu Bempah, who first announced the prophecy on New Year's Eve and has repeated it several times on local radio, has also cautioned that the president's refusal to meet him might hamper attempts to avert the disaster...
( 02/28/13)
Prince Harry is making a return trip to the southern African kingdom of Lesotho where he has long-standing personal charity interests. Seven years ago the prince helped set up a charity to support vulnerable children affected by HIV/Aids, working with the brother of Lesotho's king. Prince Harry will visit two local projects on Wednesday. He will first go to a centre for the deaf near the capital Maseru then to a school for visually impaired children. He will be accompanied by Prince Seeiso, the younger brother of King Letsie of Lesotho, who first helped to foster Prince Harry's interest in Lesotho. Familiar with hardship The BBC's Peter Biles, in Lesotho, said Harry had become a welcome visitor to Africa's mountain...
(China.org 02/28/13)
President Jacob Zuma launched an anti-rape campaign targeting South Africa's 10 million schoolchildren on Thursday, an attempt to tackle some of the world's highest levels of sexual violence in a country where many are inured to reports of such crimes. Girls and boys suffer sexual abuse, bullying and rape in the classroom and playground on a regular basis, according to domestic media reports, and researchers say many youngsters do not know what is right and wrong. "What we are launching today is not a women's campaign. It is everybody's campaign," said Zuma, who was himself acquitted in a 2006 rape case while serving as deputy president. Police and the justice system notoriously fail to do their part in protecting victims...

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