• Malawi Makes Progress Following Graft Scandal

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Malawi has made progress after a massive government corruption scandal last year, but urged action to bring soaring prices under control.

    Malawi adopted an action plan to bust graft in the wake of massive fraud last year that prompted Western donors to freeze US$150 million in aid.

    The country is heavily dependent on donors, who bankroll up to 40 percent of its national budget.

    To read the article titled, “Malawi ‘making progress’ after graft scandal,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Bill to Criminalise 'Insulting' Online Posts

    The Mozambican government proposes a Bill that would criminalise SMSes, emails and other types of online posts that are considered ‘insulting’ or ‘jeopardise the security of the state’. 

    Minister of science and technology, Louis Pelembe, explained that the tough penalties proposed in the Bill would ensure consumer protection and increase confidence in electronic transactions as a means of communication and provision of services.

    Besides the provision on insulting content, the law would cover fraudulent access to the internet, databases and financial transactions.

    To read the article titled, “Moz pushes Bill to criminalise 'insulting' SMSs, emails,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Swaziland Releases Detained Editor, Lawyer

    A Swaziland editor and a rights lawyer who were arrested over an article said to be in contempt of court were freed on Sunday after a judge nullified their arrest.

    Judge Mumcy Dlamini rejected a warrant of arrest for Bheki Makhubu, the editor of the Nation magazine, and lawyer Thulani Maseko, who is a columnist at the magazine, saying it is not in line with the law.

    Makhubu and Maseko were arrested on 18 March 2014, after the independent magazine published a report questioning the detention of a government vehicle inspector who was detained for a week without being charged.

    To read the article the article titled, “Swaziland editor, lawyer released from prison,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • SA to Meet MDGs on Sustainable Sanitation

    Human Settlements Minister, Connie September, is confident that South Africa will meet the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on sustainable sanitation.

    Speaking at the launch of the Bucket Toilet Eradication Programme in Grahamstown, September said though there are areas that are still using the bucket system, her department will be able to meet the MDGs’ 2015 target.

    Meanwhile, Eastern Cape's Human Settlements MEC, Helens Sauls August, says the province has strengthened its systems to avoid what she calls a second generation of sanitation backlog.

    To read the article titled, “SA will meet MDGs on sustainable sanitation: Minister,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Call for Enhanced Poverty Fight in Zambia

    Pertti Anttinen, Zambia’s Finnish ambassador, states that the fight against poverty should be enhanced as Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence.

    Anttinen argues that it is important for Zambia to address the high poverty levels and make economic growth all inclusive for citizens.

    He further maintains that, “Zambia has been a long-time friend and one of the seven priority countries for Finland development." 

    To read the article titled, “Envoy calls for enhanced poverty fight,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Call for Govt to Act on Human Rights

    The Zimbabwean government has been asked to urgently remove laws that restrict the work of human rights defenders and repeal offensive sections of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that inhibit freedom of assembly.

    A report released by civil society organisations is critical at the slow pace of the implementation of a number of recommendations, aimed at curtailing and improving human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

    Analysts say there has been little progress in implementing key aspects of the human rights recommendations, notably the need to repeal draconian laws and ensure accountability for past rights abuses.

    To read the article titled, “Govt urged to implement recommendations on human rights,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Mbeki: Stolen Funds Dwarf Development Aid

    Former President, Thabo Mbeki, has warned that the illicit flow of money out of Africa is at least double what the continent receives from development assistance, according to conservative estimates.

    Mbeki, who is heading the High-level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, created by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union, blames the large corporations for most of the losses, although government theft does play some role.

    “It's true that the majority on the continent is poor. But it's also true that the continent is losing a lot of its own resources, domestic resources, which - because they leave the continent - perpetrates that poverty,” he explains.

    To read the article titled, “Stolen funds dwarf development aid - Mbeki,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Nkandla Damaged Govt Credibility

    Corruption Watch says a finding that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades to his Nkandla residence has damaged the government's credibility.

    Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, warns that the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, report on her probe into the matter has ‘severe’ implications.

    Lewis is of the view that, "The massive increase in the costs of the upgrade from R27 million to in excess of R200 million, coupled with the president’s failure to take steps to prevent or even query clearly escalating costs reveal that he placed personal and family interests above those of the public."

    To read the article titled, “Nkandla report damaged govt credibility – NGO,” click here.

    News 24
  • Zambian Govt Blamed Over NGO Registration

    The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZSCD) has charged that government is wasting time by once again extending the registration for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.

    Government has again extended the registration period for NGOs by sixty days effective 4th February to 5 May 2014.

    ZCSD executive secretary, Lewis Mwape, points out that mainstream NGOs in the country will never register under the NGO Act and that government’s extension of the deadline is a sheer waste of time.

    To read the article titled, “Government wasting time extending the registration for NGOs-ZSCD,” click here

    Lusaka Times
  • Botswana Ranked 1st on Rule of Law

    An American non-government organisation ranked Botswana number one in Africa and 25th out of 99 countries surveyed around the world in terms of the rule of law.

    According to the just released Rule of Law Index 2014 by the World Justice Project, Botswana, with an overall score of 67, continues to enjoy effective systems of checks and balances, including a fairly independent judiciary and a free press.

    The report says corruption remains minimal in Botswana while all branches of government operate effectively.

    To read the article titled, “NGO ranks Botswana 1st in Africa in rule of law,” click here.

    Shanghai Daily
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