Zim Takes EU to Task Over Sanctions

The Zimbabwean government has taken the European Union (EU) to task over its piecemeal removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe while expecting the latter to celebrate the bloc's ridiculing of President Mugabe and his wife by keeping them under the embargo.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo, and his deputy, Supa Mandiwanzira, say the EU states and the international media are unjustifiably attacking President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

Ses’khona Demonstrates in Cape Town

Now the group of African National Congress (ANC) members, who also run a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Ses’ khona, have turned on the ANC and will be marching on the party’s provincial headquarters in the Cape Town central business district on Thursday, 6 November 2014.

ANC leaders have voiced their concern with the behaviour and conduct of Ses’khona, a NGO that is led by former ANC councillors, Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili.

Zim Urged to Guarantee Safety of Journos

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), a global media watchdog, urges Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by the police.
Tapiwa Zivira, a journalist with the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper was attacked days after President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, accused reporters at independent newspapers of writing lies about her.
The CPJ states that, Zivira was attacked with batons after filming police beating street vendors and others.

Boards, Heads of PF-Affiliated NGOs Suspended

Zambia’s Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general, Edgar Lungu, has with immediate effect suspended boards and executive directors for the PF-affiliated non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

In a statement issued, Lungu, who is also acting President, said the measure has been taken to strengthen the decision made by President Michael Sata on 28 August 2014.

The PF, through the office of the secretary general, formed various NGOs to help with research, capacity and institutional growth.

Getting on with the Business of Parliament

It is easy, with all the brouhaha taking place in Parliament recently - the expulsion of members of the Economic Freedom Fighters for ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour; their failure to respect the office of the Speaker; the presence of riot police in the parliamentary precinct; the vilification of the Public Protector by some members of parliament (MPs); and the withdrawal of opposition parties from the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla – to forget that much of the work of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces takes place in the Portfolio Committees and the Select Committees resp

Call for a Modern Leader for Mozambique

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa says the time has come for a modern leader to be elected in Mozambique's elections.

The organisation’s executive director, Denis Kadima, says that people need a modern leader who does not come with baggage of liberation fighting.

The comments come as the ruling party, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) chose a presidential candidate with no struggle credentials and comes from a different province.

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.


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