• Masses to Support Letsie, Thabane

    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.

    SABC News
  • Media Urged to Give Women Voices

    Women Parliamentarians in Zimbabwe have urged the country to promote females in politics in order to bridge the gap between them and their male counterparts who hold the bulk of positions of authority in political parties and government.

    The women decried lack of media attention and accused some sections of the media of always pulling them down through stereotyped coverage which portrayed them as less influential in the administration of the country.

    Information deputy minister and Zimbabwe Women Parliamentary Caucus (ZWPC) chairperson, Monica Mutsvangwa, argues that the country's media should be seen as getting to the forefront of enhancing women's participation in politics and governance processes.

    To read the article titled, “Media urged to give women voices,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Calls for transparent, Accountable Political System

    The Constitutional Court will hear an application by a non-governmental organisation seeking to determine whether Parliament has failed in its constitutional obligation to get political parties to disclose the source of their private funding.

    Currently, political parties are not obliged to disclose their funders and the applicant in the matter, My Vote Counts NPC, is calling for a more inclusive, transparent and accountable political system.

    Forming the basis of its case is the constitutional right to access information and the right to vote.

    To read the article titled, “NGO calls for transparent, accountable political system,” click here.

    News 24
  • Mugabe Urged to Address Rights Concerns

    Amnesty International says that there is an urgent need for the African Union (AU) to take more concrete steps to effectively address the massive human rights violations resulting from the many conflicts taking place in several parts of the continent.
    The organisation states that President Robert Mugabe should use his time as chairperson of the AU to restore stability in parts of the region that have been ravaged by conflicts.
    The organisation’s Africa Director for research and advocacy, Netsanet Belay, further points out that Mugabe should use his position to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country.
    To read the article titled, “President Mugabe should urgently address human rights concerns,” click here.

    Amnesty International
  • Hate Speech Ahead of Zambian Election

    President of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) monitoring Zambia’s election, Lewis Mwape, says his organisation has noted with concern increasing levels of hate speech among several political leaders.

    Mwape states that tribal talk and branding of political competitors is retrogressive and does not only deter democracy but also threatens national security.

    He says the council has also observed that ambitious promises have heightened in the campaigns.

    To read the article titled, “Hate speech worry monitors,” click here.

    Daily Mail
  • YALI Criticises NGOs Political Stance

    The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has expressed concern that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Zambia are getting involved in partisan politics and active campaigns for political candidates.

    YALI governance advisor, Isaac Mwanza, says even if he believes in the right of NGOs to be critical of government and politicians, he also believes that civil society organisations must avoid the temptation of engaging in active partisan politics that favour one candidate against another.

    Mwanza states that YALI will not join in campaigns aimed at undermining any candidate in Zambia’s electoral process irrespective of the fact that they may hold views that are different from those being championed by presidential candidates.

    To read the article titled, “YALI disappointed with NGOs political stance,” click here.

    UK Zambians
  • Civil Society Warned Over ‘Regime Change Agenda’

    Zimbabwean civil society has been urged to drop the ‘narrow’ ‘regime change agenda’ and refocus on political, social and economic reforms which have a direct bearing on the lives of Zimbabweans.

    This recommendation was made by Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya, director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), a local political think tank, in its recently published policy document titled ‘Priorities for Civil Society-Donors Engagement in Zimbabwe’.

    Dr Ruhanya is of the view that the articulation of the national question and practices in terms of the ‘will to power’ is the fundamental problem facing Zimbabwe at this historical juncture.

    To read the article titled, “Drop ‘regime change’ agenda: ZDI tells NGOs,” click here.

    Nehanda Radio
  • Small Business Minister Taken to Task

    The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship says the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has been taken to task for not engaging with relevant experts in a sector that is at a critical low point in South Africa.

    The centre’s director, Dr Michael Herrington, states that the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) shows that during the past 14 years, between six and 10 percent of the adult population in South Africa were in the process or considering starting a business.

    Herrington, who is also the executive director of the GEM and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, argues that South Africa’s entrepreneurial levels are about 25 percent of countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia.

    To read the article titled, “Small business minister taken to task,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • HSF in Court Over Dramat’s Suspension

    The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has launched an urgent application to overturn the suspension of Hawks commander lieutenant general, Anwa Dramat – as well as the appointment of the acting head, major general, Berning Ntlemeza.

    Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko purported to suspend Dramat on 23 December 2014 and appointed Ntlemeza to act in his stead.

    In papers filed at the Pretoria high court, HSF director, Francis Antonie, argues: “The minister’s decisions are clearly unlawful. The minister does not have the power to suspend the national head in the manner in which he has purported to do.”

    To read the article titled, “Suzman Foundation challenges Dramat's suspension in court,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Zapiro Warns of Shrinking Media Freedom

    Following the killing of 12 people at France's Charlie Hebdo weekly, renowned cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro known as Zapiro warns of shrinking media freedom.

    Zapiro, whose drawings are published by the Mail & Guardian, told the paper he hoped the attack in Paris "doesn't have a further chilling effect on satirists, commentators and journalists; any free thinkers in society".

    The cartoonist who has been twice sued by President Jacob Zuma, calls out South African politicians for their repeated attacks on the media, urging political leaders, corporate leaders and corporations in general to stand up more than they do against the narrowing of freedom of expression.

    To read the article titled, “Zapiro warns of shrinking media freedom,” click here.

    News 24
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