Zuma, Youth, Mark Youth Day

President Jacob Zuma has praised the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) for its work in improving the lives of young people, but remained baffled by people who torched public buildings to complain about services.

Speaking during this year’s Youth Day commemoration in Thulamahashe, Mpumalanga, Zuma pointed out that, “It is still baffling as to why someone would torch down a clinic because they do not have a school or destroy a library because the water taps have run dry."

Politicians Stole Billions Since Independence

Nigeria has lost more than US$300 billion to corrupt leaders since independence in 1960. This is according to that country’s chairperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola.

Ayoola, who spoke at a sensitisation lecture on corruption at the Federal College of Forestry, Jos, said the amount could have made lives ‘much better’ for ordinary Nigerians.

National Planning Commission Announced

President Jacob Zuma has unveiled a new National Planning Commission (NPC), tasked with charting a long-term and cohesive development strategy for the economy.

The NPC, whose 25 members are drawn from as broad a spectrum as possible of industry and society, will be chaired by National Planning Minister, Trevor Manuel.

Zuma points out that, "While each of these areas of work relate to an aspect of government's work, the commission is asked to take an independent, cross-cutting, critical and long-term view."

SA Urged to Tackle Poverty and Unemployment

Independent political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says poverty and the high rate of unemployment in the country still poses a huge challenge to South African citizens, 16-years into the country's democracy.

Fikeni points out that while some work has been achieved, unemployment, HIV and education are still the biggest problems the government must work hard to improve.

Global Fund Case Postponed to 2011

The hearing of an appeal of two directors of a Ugandan NGO, Valued Health, against their conviction for embezzling over sh38m from the Global Fund has been delayed until the next session.

Annaliza Mondon and Elizabeth Ngororano embezzled money, which was meant to sensitise Kampala youth on preventing HIV/AIDS.

The two were sentenced to five years imprisonment by Justice John Katutsi for embezzling the money in 2005 as the directors of Valued Health.

Civil Society Briefed on Angolan Constitution

Angolan citizens, representatives of the civil society in Cacuaco district, Luanda, were briefed by the members of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament) on the Constitution, promulgated on 5 February.

The coordinator of the national commission for Cacuaco, Sérgio Joaquim, informed that the document replaces the Constitutional Law used after the independence of Angola, on 11 November 1975.

Zambian Govt Investigates NGOs

The Department of Home Affairs in Zambia has disclosed that more than eight Zambian NGOs are under investigation for alleged money laundering and other illegal activities.

Minister Lameck Mangani says the government, through the registrar of societies is also scrutinising some NGOs that have drifted from the mandate for which they were established.

Report on Kenya’s Post-Election Violence

A report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) lists more than 200 individuals it accuses of facilitating that country’ post-election violence in 2007.

Amongst those listed as having either incited, mobilised, transported or funded gangs to attack rival communities are seven Cabinet ministers, several members of parliament and councillors, political activists, retired military officers and even church leaders.

UNDP Donates US$25m for Good Governance

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged US$25 million towards strengthening credible national institutions like parliaments, human rights organisations and anti-corruption commissions in developing countries, during 2010.

Some US$13 million of this amount will be spent on supporting election processes in Sub-Saharan countries during 2010-2011.

The funds will also go toward promoting inclusive governance programmes such as access to information and channels that allow stakeholder voices to be heard in governance processes.

IMF Restores Zimbabwe’s Voting Rights

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to restore Zimbabwe's voting rights after a seven-year suspension over failure to pay US$1.3 billion it owes the organisation and other creditors.

The decision by the IMF's executive board constitutes a first step toward endorsement of the economic policies of the coalition government formed a little more than a year ago by President Robert Mugabe and long-time rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.


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