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Angola to Participate in Peacekeeping Mission in CAR

Angolan vice-president, Manuel Vicente, announces that Angola is preparing itself to participate in a peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), under the guidance of the United Nations.

During a ceremony organised by the Angolan mission to UN in New York, where Vicente asserts that that the country awaits to contribute to the resolution of the political and military crisis of CAR.

Malawi Set to Implement Programme to Retain Female Parliamentarians

Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare says a roll-out programme will be implemented to retain female parliamentarians, increase and achieve 50/50 representation of members of parliament in the national assembly.

Speaking in an interview, Gender Affairs director, Peter Msefula affirms that the programme will focus on training female parliamentarians on how best they can save the interest of the people in their constituencies.

Lesotho’s Early Vote to End Political Crisis

A South African official states that, Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties.

South Africa's minister of international relations and cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has announced that as a result of the coalition government not being ‘fully functional’ Lesotho's leaders are planning to ‘shorten the mandate, of the coalition’.

SA Hosts SADC Troika Summit

The Southern African region's eyes shifts to Pretoria when the second Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika summit, aimed at resolving the political crisis in Lesotho, commences.

The second round of talks comes after the governing coalition failed to meet the deadline to agree on a date for parliament to reconvene.

SADC chair, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, is already in South Africa for a meeting that will be chaired by President Jacob Zuma.

NGO Warns of a Looming Coup in Zimbabwe

A rights organisation warns that a coup remains imminent in Zimbabwe if the current ‘serious economic situation’ in the southern African country persists.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition chairperson, Dewa Mavinga, warns that there could be a military upset in the country if the cash-strapped government failed to pay the army.

Mavinga compared the situation in Zimbabwe with that in Lesotho where an attempted coup forced Prime Minister, Tom Thabane, to flee to South Africa, cautioning that the Southern African Development Community should prepare for a potential catastrophe.

Mozambique Rivals Sign Peace Deal

Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza and rebel Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama signed a peace deal in Maputo ending a two-year conflict.

Guebuza and Dhlakama signed the deal in front of around 100 diplomats and dignitaries, where the two leaders embraced, prompting jubilant cries and clapping from those gathered.

Swazi Govt Clamps Down on Free Speech

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its deepest concern at reports from Swaziland that Vincent Ncongwane, secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), was prevented from speaking at a gathering.
 
Ncongwane, who returned from the United States (US) where he attended a civil society meeting held to coincide with the US-Africa Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama, was due to address the gathering on the outcomes of this visit.
 

NGOs Urged to Shun Meddling in Politics

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been challenged to stick to their core business of being vehicles of development and shun meddling in politics.

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Manicaland Province, Chris Mushohwe, says that NGOs should not engage in politics but rather partner the government and become instruments for development.

Mushohwe was speaking at the commissioning of a classroom block in Chindoti village that was renovated by Plan Zimbabwe.

Call to Abolish Death Penalty

The United Nations (UN) has called on member states to abolish the death penalty, saying it has no place in the 21st Century.

Speaking at a special event hosted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Italian Mission to the UN, secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, described death penalty as a cruel and inhumane practice.

SANEF Slams Egypt Over Journos Case

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) expressed shock at the conviction and sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

In a press statement, SANEF points out that, "What started off as the dawn of the Arab Spring has turned into a nightmare where freedoms of Egyptian people are treated with disdain by the ruling military-aligned government."

SANEF, which is part of the African Editors' Forum, is calling on the African Union Commission to ensure that the summit condemned the sentencing of the journalists.

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