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Lesotho – To Restore The Dignity Of Girls, Reusable Sanitary Pads Comes Handy

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Pascalinah Kabi

LERIBE – The late Whitney Houston, a world-famous musician, once sang about how we all have dreams and how “everyone wants a chance to become someone”.

The rest of the song was about the importance of believing in the power of your dreams and how they could be realised through hard work and determination.

This is the kind of message most of us are constantly fed and people are seldom warned how sometimes, the small, apparently trivial issues can be the stone in the sling that slays dreams bigger than any goliath.

Just a small issue, a small circumstance of life. In the case of young *Selloane from Leribe, it was just one drop of blood that jettisoned her long cherished dreams.

Terrified and alone, the young girl fearfully peeped into her panties at the few drops of blood that stained her underwear.

From her sexual reproductive health (SRH) lessons in school, the young terrified teenager knew the blood drops were ushering her into womanhood – a stage she would rather skip.

“I come from a poor family. Buying pads for us is something of a luxury we cannot afford,” the 17-year-old recently told the Lesotho Times.

“I hated seeing that blood on my panties and so I had to choose between my dreams of going to the National University of Lesotho (NUL) to study nursing and finding an alternative to cut-short the menstrual cycle.”

That ‘alternative’, for many from disadvantaged backgrounds like Ms Selloane, was to fall pregnant.

Ms Selloane said there was that myth among most young girls in the Leribe community that pregnancy cured period pains.

“I didn’t suffer from period pains but I knew I wouldn’t worry about sanitary pads for a full nine months.

“So four months into my menstrual periods, I gave in to my boyfriend’s pressure to have sex for my own selfish reasons,” she said, adding that their sexual encounters became regular and she fell pregnant a few months later.

“But now I know better and pregnancy isn’t a solution to lack of access to pads because even today, I still don’t have pads,” she said.

Ms Selloane’s is an example of the tragic tale of crushed dreams due to lack and ignorance which Help Lesotho is seeking to end through its work of assisting at least 500 disadvantaged girls in the Leribe, Butha-Buthe and Thaba-Tseka districts.

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The Leribe-based organisation which is dedicated to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, gender equality and providing support to disadvantaged groups, decided to donate reusable sanitary towels to the girls after realising their monthly plight.

These washable towels can be used for at least six months with two shields with a moisture proof barrier and “wings” that wrap around a pair of underwear; eight tri-fold liners.

Each square liner can be folded in three to act as the pad and zip-lock bags used to wash the pads without touching the soiled towels as well as portable carrying bags.

One of the beneficiaries, 18-year-old Motebele Monotsi said the reusable pads are user-friendly and portable.

“My days of using cloths are over and I love the fact that these are very portable,” Ms Monotsi said.

“In the past, I would be forced to stay at home during my monthly menstrual cycle and at times I would miss important commitments like piece jobs.

“So with the reusable sanitary towels I don’t have to miss any commitments because they are easy to carry and the used pads can be stored in the sealable plastic bags,” Ms Monotsi said.

She said this would also save her at least M10 per month which would have been spent on buying sanitary towels.

Help Lesotho Youth Leadership officer, Thato Letšela told this publication that the reusable sanitary towels restored the girls’ dignity.

“Menstruation is a natural stage of womanhood every woman passes through regardless of one’s financial muscle and Help Lesotho realised that among the many challenges facing girls in these three districts was their inability to buy sanitary towels on monthly basis,” Ms Letšela said.

Ms Letšela said menstruation was uncomfortable and the lack of sanitary towels made the experience even more tortuous.

“Not only are we giving pads to the disadvantaged adolescents but teenage mothers have also received the reusable towels. Knowing how dispersible menstrual blood is, we have also provided the beneficiaries with sealable plastic bags which they can use to wash their reusable towels without touching them,” she said.

Help Lesotho Country Director, Shadrack Mutembei said his organisation took a sample of a reusable sanitary towel from Canada to a Maputsoe-based company, which in turn managed to produce the much-needed product.

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“Each pack costs M150 and to date we have distributed over 500 sanitary towels to girls in Leribe, Thaba-Tseka and Butha-Buthe districts,” Mr Mutembei said.

He said they initiated the project after realising that girls in these three districts were missing school at least five days every month because of lack of sanitary towels.

He said that missing school five days in every month put girls at the disadvantaged point, compromising efforts being made to empower female in all aspects of life.

“We want our girls to stay in school so that they will in future be able to secure jobs of their choice, have a say in their future when it comes to marital choices and be able to provide for themselves,” he said, adding that we have also managed to restore their dignity.

He also said that the pads were easy to change and they were also environmental friendly.

Impact of sanitary towels on environment

The Conventional to Conscious study, published in October 2016 found that many people did not know that conventional sanitary pads contain a staggering amount of plastic — 90%.

The study found that each year more than 45 billion feminine hygiene products entered the waste stream.

“They are either incinerated, which releases harmful gasses and toxic waste, or sent to the landfill where they take hundreds of years to break down. On a planet, with a growing population, we must consider how the products we purchase impact the environment — the land, our water supply, and the ocean — for generations to come,” reads part of the study.

Another study, titled The Ecological Impact of Feminine Hygiene Products, claimed that the next big environmental challenge was that of disposable feminine hygiene products.

The American-based study said close to 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators were dumped into North American landfills every year.

“When wrapped in plastic bags, feminine hygiene waste can take centuries to biodegrade. The average woman uses over 11 000 tampons during her lifetime, leaving behind residue far beyond her lifespan,” reads part of the study.

The colossal waste burden however, isn’t the only ecological impact of disposable feminine hygiene products.

A Life Cycle Assessment of tampons conducted by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, found that the largest impact on global warming was caused by the processing of LDPE (low-density polyethylene, a thermoplastic made from the monomer ethylene) used in tampon applicators as well as in the plastic back-strip of a sanitary napkin requiring high amounts of fossil fuel generated energy.

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A year’s worth of a typical feminine hygiene product leaves a carbon footprint of 5.3 kg CO2 equivalents.

The study noted that over 50% of the world’s population menstruates, and yet conversations about feminine hygiene and the ecological impact of product choices woman make in the space, were not discussed.

“In fact, the taboo surrounding menstrual periods stunted the development of new products in the space with little to no innovations for over 80 years,” the study noted.

The study alleged that major corporations such like Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble have argued that there would be tremendous friction involved in shifting consumer behaviour away from disposable products to reusable ones.

“Menstrual cups, reusable pads and sponges are readily available but haven’t gained much traction so far.”

The study called for an urgent need to innovate and find sustainable and yet practical solutions to feminine hygiene challenges.

It further said the problem with stigma was that it often denies women a vocabulary to deal with the issues around menstrual health and hygiene.

“Open dialogue is the first step in changing the way women deal with menstruation and can create awareness around the need to make a switch.”

Contacted for comment, Lesotho Meteorological Service (LMS) principal meteorologist France Mokoena said they had not conducted a study on the impact of sanitary towel production on the environment.

“Our main interest or focus is the impact products have on the space which might cause climate change and up to date we haven’t conducted any study on the cause of sanitary towels on changing climatic conditions,” Mr Mokoena said.

The Ministry of Health’s Senior Health Inspector Mosepeli Ralikae is on record, saying that sanitary disposal was still a huge problem in Lesotho.

“Waste management in Lesotho is still a serious matter, especially when it comes to sanitary towels, condoms and disposable nappies. They all have dire consequences on our environment and toilets,” she said, adding the best way of disposing of sanitary towels was to burn them.
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Pastor Arrested For Impregnating His 14 Years Old Niece

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Police in Petauke are holding a 32-year-old Baptist Church pastor for allegedly defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old niece.

Eastern Province police commissioner Alex Chilufya said the pastor, Masautso Mwanza, is said to have committed the offence in June this year.

“Petauke police are holding a pastor named Masautso Mwanza, aged 32, of Baptist Church, in the case of defilement of a minor, whereby he defiled and impregnated his niece, aged 14yrs, of the same abode. This occurred in June 2017 in Petauke. The suspect is in police custody helping with investigations,” Chilufya said.

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And Chilufya said a 10-year-old girl drowned in Lunkuswe river in Chipata.

“This matter was reported by Thomas Njobvu of Chaola farms, chief Chikuwe in Chipata district that his daughter Falace Njobvu aged 10 of the same abode drowned and died in Lunkuswe river in Mbenjere area near Eastern Girls Secondary school. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at 10:30 hours at Lunkuswe River in Mbenjere,” he said.

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Chilufya said the body was retrieved by Fire Brigade and inspected by the police and it had no injuries.

He also said a seven-year-old boy drowned in Mambwe while swimming with friends.

“Mambwe drowning incident; reported by Patrick Zimba aged 47 of village Chipumba, chief Jumbe, Mambwe, a peasant farmer, that his grandson Dalitso Phiri aged 7 of same abode drowned in Lutembwe stream whilst swimming together with his friends. The body was retrieved and no foul play suspected. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at around 15:30 hours in Lutembwe Stream,” said Chilufya.

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Four Men Rape A 15 Years Old Girl

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Police in Solwezi have opened a docket for a case in which four men allegedly took turns defiling a 15-year-old girl of Mangrade area.

North Western Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka disclosed in a statement yesterday that that the incident happened on Tuesday between 16:00 and 18:00 hours near Solwezi Trades School when the victim used a short cut on her way home.

Daka said the girl’s mother reported the matter to police after she complained of general body and vaginal pains.

“The victim was complaining of general body pains and pains also on her genitals and birth canal. When the incident happened, the victim with several other children were following a Mascurate (Likishi) and as she was returning home, she decided to take a short cut alone and that’s how she met her fate. The victim is able to identify the suspects as the incident happened during broad day light. She was issued with a medical report form to enable her access examination and treatment,” Daka stated.

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Daka said the police had opened a docket into the matter despite no arrest had been made so far.

Meanwhile Daka said a 22-year-old man of Rentals Compound in Kabompo district has been arrested for unlawfully wearing an official police uniform.

“The incident happened after the suspects’ friend who is a tailor left him in the shop as he went out to buy cotton and whilst gone, the suspect picked a police uniform which had been brought for adjustment and started taking photos in it which he later posted on social media platforms,” he stated.

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He identified the suspect as Muhanga Leyani.

“Kabompo police last night picked M/ Muhanga Leyani aged 22 years of Rentals Compound in Kabompo Village Sahono in Chief Sikufele, in Kabompo district for the offense of unauthorized wearing of official uniform Contrary to Section 183 (3) Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

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The incident occurred on Tuesday at around 18:00hrs at Kabompo market, after his friend who is a tailor left him in the shop as he went out to buy cotton and in the process the suspect accessed and put on the Police uniform combat shirt which was left with him for adjustment and had photos which he then posted on Facebook and are now in circulation. Upon interview he admitted having worn the uniform as police is his dream career,” said Daka

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Zimbabwe – Controversial Dancer Zadwa Wabantu Banned From Performing In Zim

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Controversial dancer and Durban socialite Zodwa WaBantu will not be allowed to perform at the Harare International Carnival next week, said the Zimbabwe Censorship Board on Friday.

The Herald in Zimbabwe reports that Censorship Board chairperson and former cabinet minister Aeneas Chigwedere said Zodwa’s act had “immoral overtones” and they needed to protect the youth and the community at large.

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Yesterday, Zodwa told TshisaLive that she was ready for her trip to the neighbouring country.

“I am ready for my trip to Zimbabwe, as you’ve seen, I’ve even posted my gigs on social media. I’ll perform at the private club on the September 8 and at the carnival on September 9. I’ll be traveling by myself because I don’t need a glam squad or anything like that and I am looking forward to it.”

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She may have to pack her clothes back to her closet, as the country’s censorship board said she could not perform.

“I have reserved my comment on this matter, but I might as well make it now. There is no doubt that her appearance is a travesty to our culture. We are told that she will not be wearing a panty. It has some serious immoral overtones. We will not expose our youths to such behaviour,” said Chigwedere.

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Zimbabwe Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo said government supported the move by the board.

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Ibo Fortress In Mozambique Gets A Make-Over To Boost Tourism

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The rehabilitation of the São João Baptista Fortress in the Ibo Island district, part of the government’s efforts to boost tourism in this part of Cabo Delgado province, will be completed next year.

The announcement was made by Cabo Delgado Celmira da Silva during her presentation of the 2018 Economic and Social Plan and budget to the provincial assembly a few days ago.

The idea is to transform the Fort of São João Baptista do Ibo into a tourist attraction and open up the space for other community and commercial activities.

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The government started efforts to finance the rehabilitation works with cooperation partners last year, with the Provincial Directorate of Education and Human Development taking the lead.

Built in 1781 and last restored in 1953, the Fort of São João Baptista do Ibo is the second largest fortification of Mozambique. Star-shaped and located next to the sea, the fortress has interior buildings able to house about 300 men and a chapel, as well as 15 iron cannon.

In addition to the São João Baptista fort, Ibo also has the 1760 Fortim de São José, which it replaced, and the 1847 Santo António do Ibo fort that once defended the local port.

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Ibo was elevated to the category of village in 1761 after the detaching of the province of Mozambique from the Portuguese State of India in 1752, thus becoming the first capital of Cabo Delgado.

 

Its government was installed in 1763, and comprised a municipal council and court.

Ibo saw its economic apogee at the time of the slave trade, whose abolition spelt a slow economic decline that was consummated, politically, with the transfer of the last divisions of the administration of Cabo Delgado to Pemba (then called Port Amelia) in 1929.

  • The Qurimbas archipelago consists of about 32 islands, including Ibo, Matemo, Medjumbe, Quirimba, Metundo, Quisiva, Vamizi Island and Rolas Island all going up to the Tanzanian border. The Quirimbas National Park, spanning an area of 7,500 square kilometres (2,900 sq mi), includes the 11 most southerly islands, which are partly surrounded by mangroves. The park was established in 2002 as a protected area

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Super-Talented Zimbabwean Inventor, Sangulani Chikumbutso Showcases His Inventions

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A Zimbabwean inventor is showcasing various  technologies and solutions that are putting Africa on the global technological map. All over Africa, a lot of talented and creative people abound and are not afraid to showcase their wonderful innovations. A Zimbabwean man identified as Sangulani Chikumbutso, has made several inventions, including a hybrid helicopter, a drone and an electric car. He made these inventions through his company, Saith Technologies. In 2015, Chikumbutso, who dropped out of school at Form 2 level, showcased several of his prototypes. Check the photos out below.

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South Africa – Jubilation As Jacob Zuma Survives Vote Of No – Confidence

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Zuma survives, vote of no confidence

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has narrowly survived a motion of no confidence against him in parliament, the most serious attempt yet to unseat him after months of growing anger over allegations of corruption and a sinking economy.

It was the sixth such vote of his increasingly beleaguered presidency, but the first involving a secret ballot, with a broad coalition of opposition parties and renegade MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) falling just short of the simple majority needed to force Zuma and his cabinet to resign immediately.

The ballot counting was accompanied by scenes of singing and dancing on both sides of the assembly, as rival parties sought to project confidence. “We taught you this song, and you don’t even sing it properly,” jeered the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, dressed in signature red overalls, addressing his ANC counterparts.

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has narrowly survived a motion of no confidence against him in parliament, the most serious attempt yet to unseat him after months of growing anger over allegations of corruption and a sinking economy.

It was the sixth such vote of his increasingly beleaguered presidency, but the first involving a secret ballot, with a broad coalition of opposition parties and renegade MPs from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) falling just short of the simple majority needed to force Zuma and his cabinet to resign immediately.

The ballot counting was accompanied by scenes of singing and dancing on both sides of the assembly, as rival parties sought to project confidence. “We taught you this song, and you don’t even sing it properly,” jeered the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, dressed in signature red overalls, addressing his ANC counterparts.

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Baleka Mbete, the National Assembly’s speaker, announced the result: 198 MPs voted against, compared with 177 in favour. There were nine abstentions. “Therefore the motion of no confidence in the president is accordingly negative,” declared Mbete.

ANC MPs in parliament whooped and danced at the news.

An upbeat President Zuma arrived at the parliamentary precinct about an hour after the result was announced. “I’ve just come to say thank you to all of you. Those comrades who are in parliament needed the support from the membership. You came in your numbers to demonstrate that the ANC is there, is powerful, is big. It is difficult to defeat the ANC, but you can try,” he said.

He then gave a rendition of Yinde Lendlela, his signature tune. The title translates from Zulu as “It’s a Long Road”, and the implication is clear: his journey is not over yet.

In the hours before Tuesday’s vote, a series of coordinated protests across South Africa demanded Zuma’s removal. A petition signed by more than a million people was delivered to the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is seen as Zuma’s main rival.

Pro-Zuma supporters celebrate after the vote of no confidence against the president was defeated.
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Zuma, 75, has never been far from scandal since he became president in 2009. Another major criticism raised during the parliamentary debate included allegations that he had allowed the state to be “captured” by the Guptas, an Indian business family that has been at the centre of a string of media exposés about graft in government and state-owned enterprises.

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The no-confidence motion was brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the largest opposition party, in response a cabinet reshuffle in March, in which Zuma sacked the popular finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The president was playing “Russian roulette” with the economy, according to the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane.

“I never imagined that one day I would be here in this parliament fighting a new form of oppression,” Maimane said during the debate on the motion. “A corrupt system that keeps our people imprisoned in poverty. If you told me that one day our democratically elected president would end up corrupted and captured by a criminal syndicate, I would have never believed you. But here we are.”

In response, ANC MPs argued that the party remained united behind Zuma, and had set up internal processes to deal with accusations of corruption and poor governance. The no-confidence motion was dismissed repeatedly as an attempted power grab by the opposition.

“[The opposition] are using the constitution so as to collapse government, deter service delivery and sow the seeds of chaos in society so as to ultimately grab power … Shame on you!” said Doris Dlakude, the ANC’s deputy chief whip.

Although Zuma has survived this battle, he is still fighting for his political future. His term as president expires in 2019 and under the South African constitution he cannot run again.

More immediately, his term as president of the ANC expires in 2017. He is lobbying hard to install the former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is his ex-wife, as his successor. Opponents within the party are largely rallying behind Ramaphosa, although there are other names in the mix.

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Despite the parliamentary defeat, Maimane hailed the close vote as a victory for the opposition DA. “Today’s motion of no confidence result is closer than anyone expected. The result reveals an ANC that is totally divided against itself. Jacob Zuma has survived, but he has nothing to celebrate tonight. He is mortally wounded and his party is in tatters. Tonight’s result, despite the slender victory, signals the death of the ANC,” he said in a statement.

But outside parliament, where hundreds of pro-Zuma supporters were gathered, a celebratory atmosphere prevailed. The police minister, Fikile Mbalula, told the crowd. “We were inside [parliament], they said they’re going to topple the president. But with your support, we have defeated them inside. There are those who have been asking [us to vote with] our conscience. We’ve got political conscience to keep the ANC in power forever, and that is political conscience … The African National Congress will survive!”

While the ANC, Africa’s oldest liberation movement, and the president live to fight another day, there is little doubt that both are wounded by Tuesday’s proceedings. “ANC MPs were ordered to vote to retain President Zuma. It looks like at least 25, possibly as many as 30, willingly defied that order. This looks like the first big sign of a possible rebellion against him in the ANC,” said Stephen Grootes, a political analyst with Eyewitness News.

Zuma must also contend with a supreme court of appeal hearing on 15 September, which will decide whether to reinstate 783 criminal charges against him, including fraud, corruption and racketeering.

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Namibia, Elderly Woman 79 Years Old Dies After Being Tortured By Three Men

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A 79-year-old woman died yesterday after she and her husband were viciously attacked and tortured in their Swakopmund home by three men.

The couple were tied up, while the woman was hit in the face and choked.

The attack happened between 08:00 and 09:00 in Richthofen Street, Swakopmund.

One suspect has been arrested. By late yesterday afternoon the police were still on the hunt for two more suspects.

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According to a police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, three men forced their way into the house through the kitchen door.

Kanguatjivi said the men demanded safe keys from the woman, tied her up and choked her.

When the three suspects moved into another room, apparently looking for a safe, the woman’s husband came out and was knocked over the head. He was also tied up and assaulted.

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The three men fled and from what could be established nothing was stolen.

The woman was taken to hospital and later died from her injuries.

According to reports the husband identified one of the suspects as a former employee. This information led the police to the suspect’s house, where he was found washing his clothes and cleaning mud from his shoes.

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The shoes matched footprints found at the house.

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Namibia – Angola Promises To Pay $2.6 Billion Owed To Namibia

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Angola Promises To Pay $2.6 Billion Owed To Namibia

Windhoek-Angola has promised to honour its outstanding N$2.6 billion financial obligations to Namibia in a 2015 currency conversion agreement that saw Angola unable to pay over on time the billions owed to Namibia.

The governor of Angola’s central bank, Banco Naçional de Angola (BNA), Valter Filipe da Silva, promised President Hage Geingob that despite the ongoing economic challenges facing his country, Angola would continue to honour its repayment schedule.

Accordimg to Bank of Namibia deputy governor Ebson Uanguta, BoN received about US$51 million (approximately N$661 million) from the BNA last week.

“There are still four payments to be done. Two will be done this year and two will be done early next year. What is remaining now is slightly an amount of about US$200 million (N$2.6 billion),” Uanguta said, emphasising that all payments made by the BNA were as per the payment schedule.

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Da Silva visited Geingob at State House on Friday, where he revealed that the traditionally oil dependent Angola is on a major drive to diversify its economic portfolio and is looking to its neighbours to assist in venturing into alternative yet sustainable industries.

In response, President Geingob said although the currency conversion agreement was condemned by many, the agreement is worthwhile and will come in handy during financial difficulties in both countries.

The president further suggested that the two countries renegotiate the cement sales agreement which currently limits the amount of cement Namibia can export to Angola. “I know that southern Angola will need cement and we have to revisit this agreement,” said Geingob.

The curency conversion agreement between BNA and Bank of Namibia aimed to address declining trade particularly at the once thriving trading hub of Oshikango. A shortage of US dollars, which contributed to the decline in trade, prompted the currency conversion agreement. At the beginning of 2017 the two central banks renegotiated the re-payment schedule for the approximate N$4 billion debt Angola owed Namibia following the currency exchange agreement that went wrong in 2015.

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Da Silva said the ongoing oil crisis in his country is actually an opportunity to diversify its economy, specifically by strengthening bilateral agreements with neighbouring countries such as Namibia.

“Our ongoing economic difficulties can be overcome by focusing on agriculture and establishing and boosting our industrial parks,” said Da Silva, who was accompanied by BNA board members.

Da Silva asked for assistance from Namibia to boost agricultural production, particularly in the meat processing industry where he requested an increase in the number of live animals to be exported to Angola as that country aims to limit the amount of beef it imports from other countries like their traditional trading partner Brazil.

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Geingob further noted that all countries in the region can improve regional integration by adding value to their resources. Geingob said Namibia and Angola were “destined by fate” to be brothers and sisters.

“We will help each other overcome the fight for economic emancipation just like we did during the liberation struggle,” said Geingob.

Da Silva also requested assistance to improve Angola’s agricultural operations, saying Angolan and Namibian cooperation needs to be strengthened “because families in both countries depend on this cooperation”.

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Botswana – BMD Crisis, Boko Calls For Calm

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The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) says it will look into the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) crisis before the end of the week after the two warring factions submitted their congress reports.

The UDC president, Duma Boko said yesterday; “I believe UDC will address the issue as quickly as possible. We could not act on the BMD matter because they had not invited us to do so. The reports from two camps were formally presented to UDC last week. All the concerned members would not sit when the matter is looked into.”

He said before the real issues could start, both concerned members need to cool first.

Boko said since they got facts from those who were involved, then UDC would know where to start.

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He stated that the constitution of any organization is a contract and one must conduct himself according to it. “We will not be dismembering anyone on this. The child must live and not be dismembered. My mission is to unite opposition parties not to divide it,” he said.

Boko said he believes that the UDC had acted at the right time because if they involved themselves in BMD issues, then they could be compromised and they were going to fail to resolve the matter.

He said that is the reason why he has advised his party members not to be too involved on BMD issues and stop taking sides before they could even make investigation.

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“I remained firm. The reason why I did so was because I cannot be a judge in a matter where I was too involved,” he said.

The UDC constitution gives power to the national congress or the National Executive Committee (NEC) to suspend or expel a group member if it believes that one is acting against the interests of the Umbrella.

The group member may be expelled for failing to attend more than two consecutive meetings without apology acceptable to NEC or their failure to pay its group membership fees.  On issues of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS), Boko said there is nothing new, stating that intelligence agencies have always spied on opposition parties even during Sir Seretse Khama and Sir Ketumile Masire’s era.

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He said this should not come as a surprise to many since the Botswana National Front (BNF) has had cases and reports that were leaked during the time of special branch, the entity that preceded DIS.

“We have survived that and members should not panic, but rather conduct themselves in a manner that would help them to win against such intelligence. We should stay focused and know what we want to achieve as opposition parties,” Boko said.

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South Africa – Malema warns students ‘Zuma will be in Dubai in 2019, not Nkandla’

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Since the #GuptaLeaks began pouring through the gates, South Africans have been made aware that the Gupta’s may very well end up being the catalyst that SAVES Zuma from facing charges and potential jail time. That may sound odd, how can Zuma’s fellow criminals be the one that saves him? Surely their interactions would only help put him away? We’ll tell you what, not if they help him move to Dubai.

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While Zuma has denied that he “owns’ a Dubai mansion, the #GuptaLeaks emails and EFF Commander in Chief Julius Malema, say otherwise.

With the EFF’s 4th birthday on Wednesday, Malema and co addressed students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Zuma is going to stay in Dubai, he has a house in Dubai, the money that was supposed to pay for your [student] accommodation!”

Malema also warned the students that once Zuma has run away in 2019, they will be left in South Africa with the EFF. Check out the video from TimesLIVE below.

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