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NGOs, CBOs, Face Deregistration Over Leaflets

Some Kenyan NGOs and CBOs risk deregistration if that country’s government confirms suspicions that they are behind hate-leaflets that were found in Burnt Forest in the Rift Valley Province.

The leaflets found in Kamuyu and Kondoo areas of the forest warned members of the Kikuyu community to vacate immediately for voting for the new Constitution in the recently concluded national constitution referendum.

NGO Petitions SADC Over Zim Elections

Zimbabwean civic society organisations have asked the Southern African Development Community (SADC) come up with a clear roadmap that will guide the holding of any future elections in Zimbabwe.

This is to avoid the electoral violence that left about 500 people dead in 2008.

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CZC) petitioned SADC leaders to put in place mechanisms to prevent the recurrence of state sponsored violence.

NGO Commends Rwanda Over Elections

The Civil Society Election Observation Mission (CSEOM) has announced that Rwanda’s presidential election was conducted in a transparent and conducive atmosphere.

Chief observer and spokesperson of the Rwanda Civil Society Platform’s Eugene Rwibasira, points out that, "According to the information from our teams, the election procedures were respected, both during the campaigns and on election day."

LRA Recruiting Child Soldiers, Says HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says a notorious Ugandan rebel group has abducted hundreds of villagers in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and forced them to fight.

According to the HRW research, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has seized more than 697 adults and children over the last 18 months in CAR and the Bas Uele district of northern DRC.

NMCF to Look Into Diamonds Saga

The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) will call its former chief executive, Jeremy Ractliffe, to explain why he did not disclose that British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, had handed him three uncut diamonds.

NMCF spokesperson, Oupa Ngwenya, who is of the view that Campbell's testimony will not have a significant effect on the fund's ability to raise funds, states that, "There will be due processes where the trustees will meet and he [Ractliffe] can make a formal submission."

Compulsory Water Licences to Farmers

The Department of Water and Environment says it will soon start issuing compulsory water licences to farmers in some river-catchment areas in a bid to divert water to other priorities, such as Eskom's water-guzzling power stations.

Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, points out that licensing will begin in four of the most sensitive catchment areas ‘as soon as circumstances will allow’.

Fundraisers Are As Scarce As Hen’s Teeth

Recruiting the right person for a top post as a fundraising manager or development director is challenging. Only a handful of fundraisers with the right level of abilities and experience to raise multiple millions exist in South Africa. There’s a perception that this is a local problem but in fact it is a global crisis!

NGO Criticises North Korea Over Healthcare

Amnesty International (AI) say surgery without anaesthetics, unsterilised needles and epidemics worsened by malnutrition illustrate the desperate state of North Korea's healthcare system.

The organisation says food shortages have persisted since the 1990s famine and some North Koreans survive partly on grass, tree roots and bark.

It says healthcare is free for all, adding that many witnesses told it they have had to pay for all services since the 1990s.

Threat to Strike Over MPs’ Salaries

Kenyan workers and civil society groups are threatening mass action to force President, Mwai Kibaki, to dissolve Parliament and hold fresh elections after the referendum next month.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions, Kenya National Union of Teachers, Union of Civil Servants, Nurses Association of Kenya, National Civil Society Congress, National Convention Executive Council and the Multi Sectoral National Yes Campaign, have jointly declared that they will leave Kibaki no option other than to dissolve Parliament if he does not cooperate with them.

Sudan Not Prepared for Referendum, Say NGOs

With six months until a referendum on Southern independence, Sudan is alarmingly unprepared. This is according to a new report published by a global coalition of 26 humanitarian and human rights organisations.

Titled ‘Renewing the Pledge: Re-Engaging the Guarantors to the Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement’, the report calls for urgent action from African heads of state who will meet shortly at a major summit of the African Union in Uganda.

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