The United States, through its US Agency for International Development (USAID), donated close to a billion dollars into the non-governmental organisation sector (NGO) sector in pursuit of illegal regime change in the final stages of the ill-fated inclusive government.
The revelations come as Western donors announced they were stopping availing money to anti-government NGOs in Zimbabwe after they failed to account for over US$850 million extended by USAID as part of the illegal regime change agenda between 2011 and 2014.
The US and its allies were said to have been peeved by the fact that the civil society organisations had failed to prevent the massive ZANU-PF election victory July 2013 harmonised elections despite having received massive financial support.
To read the article titled, “Zim NGOs abuse over US$850 million,” click here.Source:All Africa
Former Botswana President, Festus Mogae, has hailed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Uganda for their role in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The former leader, who ruled the Southern African nation for a decade (1998-2008), says although he is no longer in office, he is still active in the fight against the scourge.
Mogae made these remarks on his most recent trip to Uganda where he officiated at the commissioning of the new home of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS Eastern Africa (ICWEA).
To read the article titled, “The 75-year-old talked of his commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS,” click here.Source:New Vision
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says nothing but a decision to mothball Gauteng's controversial e-toll system will heal the rift of trust which has arisen between the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) and the public.
In a press statement, SANRAL states that: "The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance notes (Gauteng) Premier David Makhura’s sincere desire to see an amicable solution to the e-toll impasse; however, we reiterate our call for the underlying problem to be a recognised for what it is - an unresolved historical conflict arising from the failure of SANRAL to observe basic values and principles governing public administration."
OUTA maintains that people are "not just looking for charitable financial relief for their e-toll bills, but an honest frank acknowledgement that SANRAL has not lived up to its constitutionally defined obligations."
To read the article titled, “Mothball e-tolls, urges OUTA,” click here.Source:Fin 24
According to Nthakoana Ngatane, masses are expected to protest in the Lesotho capital Maseru when the Constitutional Court hears an application in which the Attorney-General is suing King Letsie the third and Prime Minister, Tom Thabane.
Ngatane says that Thabane advised the King to appoint the President of the Court of Appeal, a move the Attorney-General describes as unconstitutional, because coalition partners in cabinet were not consulted.
He states that non-governmental organisations say it is a constitutional crisis and while analysts call it a conundrum that an office mandated to defend the state is suing that state.
To read the article titled, “Masses expected at Lesotho's King, PM's case,” click here.Source:SABC News
The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has expressed its outrage at the illegal clampdown on freedom of expression during the State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday, 12 February 2015.
The organisation states that it plans to approach the courts and seek a meeting with President Jacob Zuma and Speaker, Baleka Mbete, as soon as possible in order to prevent similar incidents in the future.
In its quarterly national council meeting in Cape Town, the organisation argued that the installation of cellphone scrambling devices to block communication from inside Parliament was unprecedented and in contravention of the Electronic Communications Act.
To read the article titled, “SANEF heads to court over violation of media freedom in Parliament,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has expressed concern about the imminent closure of the South African Press Association (SAPA).
In a press statement, “SANEF extends its solidarity and support to the 48 staff, including 35 journalists, at the SAPA who are about to lose their jobs in an industry that has already shed far too many posts under tough economic conditions.”
SANEF further says that, “We are concerned about the demise of the 76-year-old independent national news agency and how it will affect the media landscape in the country and the continent, given its important role in the daily fabric of newsrooms – big and small.”
To read the article titled, “SANEF ‘concerned’ about SAPA demise,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Oxfam, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has announced its upcoming developmental strategies to ensure good health, water, sanitation and better livelihood among the needy and vulnerable in Africa.
Oxfam West African Regional Director, Aboubacry Tall, points out that the organisation has plans to ensure that the poor and needy had access to food, clothing, shelter, potable water, good health care and education in Ghana and Africa as a whole.
Tall says that about 28 million pounds was raised in 2014 from private bodies and bilateral donors including the British, German and United States governments to assist Ebola affected countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Mali.
To read the article titled, “Oxfam designs strategies to develop Africa,” click here.Source:Ghana Web
Southern Africa Network Against Trafficking and Abuse of Children (SANTAC) has urged journalists in Malawi to help in lobbying Parliamentarians to pass the Trafficking In Persons Bill.
SANTAC president, Maxwell Matewere, points out that the push for the trafficking legislation follows the statistically proven increased cases of human trafficking.
Matewere expressed concern that with only two weeks before close of the deliberations, it was worrisome that not much progress had been made as per debate on the Bill, raising fears of its being postponed to the next parliament meeting while trafficking cases continued to go on an upward spiral.
To read the article titled, “Media urged to lobby for Trafficking Bill,” click here.Source:All Africa
Greenpeace anti-nuclear activists have unfurled a banner at the 2nd Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2015 in Sea Point which read ‘nuclear investments cost the Earth’.
The banner hung for a short while in the hotel foyer where delegates were registering for the congress, until hotel security asked activists, perched on a ledge above it, to come down.
Greenpeace’s Melita Steele, says that their intention have been to ‘communicate directly with the congress delegates, which we did, so we came down’.
“In fact nuclear projects are a distraction from the real solution to the crisis: investments in renewable energy. It would take at least 15 years for new nuclear projects to deliver electricity to the grid, which is far too little, far too late and comes at far too high a price.”
To read the article titled, “Renewable energy can resolve urgent problems,” click here.Source:IOL News
SECTION27, a non-governmental organisation, says activism is central for a democratic country like South Africa as it encourages accountability and engagement to ordinary people.
SECTION27 executive director, Mark Heywood, believes that activism must be linked with the Constitution because it demonstrates change in society.
Heywood adds that activism is a powerful tool that is used by people to voice their problems and challenges in government.
To read the article titled, “Activism seen as crucial to SA's democracy,” click here.Source:SABC News