Western Sahara – 29 November 2014

New Ambassador Received By Namibian Foreign Minister
New Ambassador, Maalainine Sadik, on Monday received by Mrs. Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwah, foreign minister of Namibia, to present copies of his letter of accreditation as an Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the Republic of Namibia. After welcoming and assuring him to provide all assistance to carry out his mission, the Namibian Minister reiterated, on behalf of the government and people of Namibia, solidarity and support to the people of SADR in their fight to regain national sovereignty.
During this meeting, Saharawi diplomat informed the Minister on the latest developments of the struggle of the Saharawi people, including the obstacles placed by Moroccan regime to the path of a just and lasting peace in Africa. Maalaini Sadik on Sunday arrived in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, where he was welcomed by the Director-General of Protocol and some ambassadors of sisterly countries accredited to Namibia. To recall, SADR and Namibia will celebrate next year a quarter century of diplomatic relations.
AllAfrica.com


‘Western Sahara’: The Non-negotiable Road Map
Algiers and Tindouf never expected King Mohamed VI’s speech to be bluntly forthcoming. They were convinced that in light of Morocco’s latest skirmishes with UN envoy to Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, were sufficient enough to corner Moroccan authorities to a place where they could no longer maneuver their way out of the trap they have set.
The king’s speech came as a shock, and every hope they had was dashed when he forcefully said that the Sahara would remain in Morocco until the end of time. The language he used was unprecedented: he essentially specified the criteria and the limits of any future negotiations with Morocco’s foes. There is no more ambiguity that any peace talks will have to take place with an understanding on all sides that independence is not an option.
During his speech, the king purposefully mentioned the cost and the sacrifice that Moroccans had to endure to develop and maintain their southern territories, sending a clear signal that the sacrifice will not be in vain. His role as the prime protector of the kingdom’s territorial integrity is not about to change, now or any time in the future.
Morocco World News


 

Envoy of President Mohamed Abdelaziz Received By Mauritanian President
Envoy of the President of the Republic, Mr. Mhmaed Khaddad, on Thursday received at the Presidential Palace in Nouakchott by H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, said Mauritania news agency.
Envoy Mhamed Khaddad, also Coordinator with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), delivered a message from the Saharawi President to his Mauritanian counterpart.
According to the same source, the message of President Mohamed Abdelaziz is related to the latest developments on the national question at the AU/UN levels and the issues of common concern.
It, added the source, focused on the need to revive the efforts aimed at bringing about a fair and lasting solution ensuring the legitimate right of the Saharawi people to self-determination in accordance with resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU), with a view to strengthen peace and security in the region and in the continent as a whole.
Addressing media following the meeting, Saharawi envoy said that he discussed with President Ould Abdelaziz the latest developments on the continent and all issues of mutual concern. It is to be recalled that Mauritania is currently assuming the rotating presidency of the African Union.
AllAfrica.com

Somalia – 29 November 2014

‘Al-Shabab Doesn’t Want a Truce With Infidel Powers’
The violent campaign between Kenya’s government and Somali militants is escalating. On Sunday, a day after members of the al-Shabab group executed 28 passengers on a Kenyan bus, Kenya’s Vice President William Ruto announced that the country’s military had crossed into Somalia and attacked al-Shabab camps where the bus attack was planned. The combined air and ground attack killed over 115 militants and, according to Ruto, “identified, followed and struck the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.” A spokesman for al-Shabab denied Ruto’s claim, and the attack could not be independently verified.
The most recent round of violence began last week, when the Kenyan government conducted raids on at least four mosques suspected of being staging zones for terrorist attacks, leading to the arrest of 350 Muslims. Kenya claimed that it found weapons such as hand grenades in the mosques, proving that the places of worship had been turned into strategic locations for al-Shabab militants.
The Atlantic


Kenyan leader calls for joint efforts to ensure security
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called for joint efforts to help restore security amid increased terror attacks in the East African nation. Kenyatta also urged the people of Kenya to play their part in ensuring the country’s security.
“The government will do more in the security sector but the responsibility of security first and foremost lies with you and me as citizens of this country,” he said in Nairobi when he launched 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. Kenyatta emphasized that as the government allocates more resources to the security sector, Kenyans need to be more vigilant to curb cases of insecurity. “Unless we change our mindset and take security matters as a personal responsibility, we will not succeed in solving the problem of insecurity because no matter how many police officers we deploy, they will not be everywhere to watch over us,” he said.
ShangaiDaily.com


Officials say US threatens aid cuts to Somalia
The United States has threatened to make significant cuts in the financial assistance it gives to Somalia because of political bickering by its leaders, officials said.
The top U.S. representative to Somalia, James P. McAnulty, recently threatened an aid cut unless the country’s bickering president and prime minister begin working together, a Somali official said Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of providing details about private discussions.
The international community is losing confidence in the Somali government, and the United States has threatened to pull military and financial support from Somalia, said a United Nations official who insisted on anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
The U.S. Embassy declined to comment on the reported threat of an aid cut. In a statement this week, Washington said it was concerned about “recent political turmoil” in Somalia and that plans for a no-confidence vote “do not serve the interests of the Somali people.”
Washington also this week announced it would not attend an international conference on Somalia next week in Denmark, saying political divisions are distracting Somalia’s leadership.
“I think they’re basically saying if you want more money and support from us, you need to fix these problems,” said E.J. Hogendoorn, an Africa expert at the International Crisis Group.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed have feuded since Mohamud last month rejected a Cabinet reshuffle by the prime minister. The president has been trying to call a no-confidence vote in parliament, and the U.N. has said it’s concerned about vote buying allegations surrounding the vote.
The U.S. gave $58 million to Somalia in development assistance in this fiscal year and an additional $271 million in military assistance for the Somali national army and the African Union force in Somalia.
Sunherald


Somalia faces ‘no confidence vote’ with fear of instability
reported this note: Somalia’s prime minister will face a ‘no confidence’ vote next week, a lawmaker said on Friday, as frustrated donors voiced concerns over another bout of political infighting which could slow an economic recovery from more than two decades of war.
Western donors who have promised to help rebuild Somalia’s battered institutions worry that the removal of a second prime minister in less than a year will weaken the government and leave it rudderless in its fight against Islamist rebels.
Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, an economist who has been in charge since December 2013, fell out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud last week over a cabinet re-shuffle, prompting the no-confidence vote. Legislator Dahir Amin Jesow told Reuters the parliamentary motion against Ahmed, which had the backing of 140 lawmakers, was presented to the speaker of the 275-seat chamber on Thursday and would be debated on Nov. 15.
Geeskaafrika

South Sudan – 29 November 2014

South Sudan warns U.N. that sanctions could fuel confrontation
South Sudan warned the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that imposing sanctions to try to end nearly a year of violence in the world’s youngest state would likely “harden positions towards confrontation rather than cooperation.” Fighting erupted last December in South Sudan after months of political tension between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy and rival, Riek Machar. The conflict has reopened deep fault lines among ethnic groups, pitting Kiir’s Dinka against Machar’s Nuer.
The United States told the 15-member Security Council three weeks ago that it would draft a resolution establishing an international sanctions regime for South Sudan, which declared independence from Sudan in 2011. Diplomats said council members have not yet received a text. “The primary responsibility for resolving the problems of South Sudan rests squarely with it’s leaders. The international community can support these efforts but cannot deliver a solution from outside,” South Sudan’s U.N. Ambassador Francis Deng told the council.
The European Union and the United States have already imposed bilateral sanctions for frequent breaches of a first peace agreement signed in January. Ongoing talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, brokered by East African regional bloc IGAD have yet to reach a lasting deal.
Reuters


Rebels accuse South Sudan of breaking truce
South Sudanese rebels have accused the government of violating their latest ceasefire deal, just hours after both sides pledged to end almost a year of fighting. Taban Deng Gai, negotiator for the ethnic Nuer rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, said on Saturday government troops had “advanced from Bentiu and Pariang and attacked our positions at Tor and Hofra in Unity state”. Unity is South Sudan’s oil hub and saw fighting last month. Neither the government of President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, nor the eight-nation regional bloc IGAD, were available for comment.
Seyoum Mesfin, chief mediator in the conflict, had announced earlier in the day, after two days of talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, that both sides had agreed to cease hostilities unconditionally and bring the war to an end. “The parties commit to an unconditional, complete and immediate end to all hostilities, and to bring the war to an end,” said Seyoum, adding that they had also pledged to stop recruiting and mobilising civilians.
Aljazeera


South Sudan crisis: Conflicts hits three states
Government and rebel forces have clashed in three states in South Sudan, just days after their leaders agreed to unconditionally end fighting.
A rebel spokesman blamed the government for attacking their positions, including oil fields. But the army accused the rebels of restarting the conflict, saying their attacks were repelled.
On Friday, regional body Igad gave the two sides a 15-day deadline to end conflict or risk sanctions. The fighting has displaced some 1.5 million people and more than seven million are at risk of hunger and disease, the United Nations (UN) says. The latest violence broke out in Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states, where rebels allege that oil fields had been targeted, says BBC Africa’s Emmanuel Igunza in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
BBC Africa

Sudan – 29 November 2014

15 killed in ambush in Sudan’s Darfur
At least 15 people were killed and 10 others injured when gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying religious students and Imams in Sudan’s South Darfur State, Khartoum’s Al-Sudani daily reported Thursday.
Four unidentified gunmen attacked the students and imams as they were on their way back to Manwashi area after visiting their relatives in Hamada village, the paper quoted South Darfur State Governor Adam Mahmoud Jaral-Nabi as saying.
The governor said a committee has been formed to investigate the “heinous” attack. Hamada village, some 85 km northwest of the state’s capital city of Nyala, came after repeated attacks that left dozens dead and injured 10 years ago, forcing many of its residents to flee to Manwashi area. Some of the displaced residents have recently started to return to the village. No one has claimed responsibility for the latest ambush, but Jaral-Nabi, the governor, said the attack could be perpetuated by those with interests in hampering the return of displaced villagers.
ShanghaiDaily.com


 

Sudanese army denies conducting airstrike in Upper Nile state
The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) has denied South Sudan allegations that its planes bombed a village in the Upper Nile state sheltering Sudanese refugees wounding six civilians.
The spokesman for the South Sudanese army (SPLA), Col. Philip Aguer, told the independent Radio Tamazuj that several bombs had been dropped on Wednesday on Maban, county’s Kortumbak area in the Upper Nile state, where more than 120,000 refugees from the neighboring Sudanese Blue Nile state have been sheltered. “It is only Sudan that is capable of using [an] Antonov in the region and there is no doubt about that,” he told Sudan Tribune when asked what evidence existed that neighboring Sudan was responsible for the latest air attack.
Sudan Tribune


Sudan president guards killed at Khartoum palace
Two security guards have been killed by a man armed with a knife outside Sudan’s presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, officials say.
The attacker seized one of the guards’ weapons before other guards killed him, a presidential spokesman said. He said the man appeared to be “mentally unstable”. President Omar al-Bashir was not there at the time.
Mr Bashir first seized power in a coup in 1989, and announced last month he would run for office again next year. Press secretary Emad Ahmed said the assailant did not respond to calls to stop before he was shot dead by guards. The International Criminal Court (ICC), which Sudan does not recognise, has indicted President Bashir for genocide in the Darfur region. He denies the charges.
BBC Africa


Sudan military role during mass rape investigation raises doubts
The heavy presence of Sudan’s military during an investigation by international peacekeepers of an alleged mass rape incident in Sudan’s western Darfur region has raised serious concerns at the Security Council, Australia’s U.N. envoy said on Monday.
Those concerns were reinforced by remarks from a U.N. official, who described the menacing atmosphere the alleged rape victims were subjected to due to the presence of Sudanese troops while they were interviewed about possible acts of sexual violence.
Last week the United Nations said Sudanese troops had denied U.N. and African Union peacekeepers access to a town in Darfur called Tabit where they wanted to investigate reports of an alleged mass rape of some 200 women and girls.
The joint U.N.-AU force in Darfur, known as UNAMID, issued a statement on Monday saying a verification team it sent to Tabit had been granted access to the village after a delay of nearly one week. UNAMID said none of those interviewed confirmed they had been raped and the investigation team found no evidence to support the allegations.
The issue was discussed by the Security Council. Australia Ambassador Gary Quinlan said U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in armed conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura and a number of council members voiced concern about the Sudanese military being present when alleged rape victims were interviewed.
Euronews.com

CAR – 29 November 2014

Polish Catholic Missionary Kidnapped in Central African Republic Now Free
A Cameroonian army operation has freed 16 hostages, including a Polish Catholic priest, who were abducted by rebels from Central African Republic last month,Cameroon’s government said on Wednesday. Mateusz Dziedzic, a priest who has been a missionary since 2009, was abducted by eight armed men on the night of Oct. 12 in the town of Baboua. The kidnappers, belonging to a rebel group known as the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC), demanded the release of their leader, who is imprisoned in Cameroon.
“A special operation of Cameroonian defence and security forces permitted the liberation last night of 15 Cameroonian hostages …as well as the Polish priest Mateusz Dziedzic,” Cameroon’s army said in a statement. The FDPC, headed by Abdoulaye Miskine, is one of a number of armed groups that has fought the Central African Republic government and also each other in an off-on conflict in the former French colony over the past decade.
Christian Daily


Central African Republic Losing the Next Generation
The Central African Republic has been unsettled since 2013. First, the Seleka rebel group ousted the government. The Seleka fighters were mostly Muslim. Christian militias answered with rebel attacks. Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting. Millions have been forced from their homes.
Among the victims are children whose parents died or have gone missing. For these boys and girls, joining an armed group is one of the only ways to find protection.
A boy named Jerome said he joined a militia when an opposing group attacked his village. Some people were burned in their homes. Others were shot when they sought to run away. I’ll never forget that day,” he says. “The Seleka killed my uncle. That pushed me to join the anti-balaka militia.” The anti-balaka is a coalition of armed groups opposed to the Seleka rebels. Another boy, Serge, joined the anti-balaka just before it attacked the capital in December 2013.
He says, “I was a good fighter. Fearless. The commander liked me. Serge says he is 17 years old. But he has a boy’s face and a thin body. He looks much younger. Most children in the armed groups are teenagers. Some are younger than 10.
Serge says children’s ages and sizes help to determine their positions in the armed groups. Strong boys such as Serge might become fighters. Younger children clean up. Judith Léveillée is a deputy representative of UNICEF, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund. She said the number of children who are part of armed groups has risen over the past few months. She says that up to 10,000 children have ties to the armed groups. Some have been part of the militias for two years.
UTC


 

Central African Republic women stage topless protest sectarian violence
Residents say hundreds of women have marched topless through a town in the Central African Republic to protest sectarian violence.
Saturday’s unusual demonstration occurred in the southeastern town of Zemio, with the women saying that going partially nude would bring a curse on those responsible for the violence. The fighting in the country between Christian and Muslim militias has killed at least 5,000 people this year and displaced thousands.
This week it reached Zemio, wounding about 10 people and displacing most of the local population, which contains Christians and Muslims. The Central African Republic has been rocked by violence since a rebel coalition toppled the nation’s president last year. Widespread human rights abuses committed by the coalition led to the formation of a Christian militia.
FOX News

DRC – 29 November 2014

Democratic Republic of Congo: Rebels Kill Dozens
Dozens of people were killed last week in an eastern region, lawmakers said Monday. The attack took place near Beni in North Kivu Province, where a mainly Ugandan rebel group has been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians since October. Juma Balikwisha, a member of Parliament, said 104 bodies were discovered after the latest attack, and another lawmaker, Albert Baliesima, put the toll at 70 to 100. The Civil Society of North Kivu, a nongovernmental group, blamed rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces and National Army for the Liberation of Uganda for the massacres. The rebels were driven out of Uganda in 1995.
New York Times


Security Council condemns massacres of civilians, attacks on peacekeepers
The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the massacres perpetrated against civilians on 20 November near the city of Beni in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as the ongoing attacks targeting peacekeepers.
“These attacks have increased to more than 200 the number of civilians killed since mid-October in this region,” said a statement released by the 15-member Council Tuesday evening.
Members of the Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims and also condemned attacks against peacekeepers of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
They emphasized that any effort to undermine MONUSCO’s ability to implement its mandate “will not be tolerated and that those responsible for threats or attacks against peacekeepers must be held accountable.” Members also urged that the DRC government along with MONUSCO to “permanently reduce threats against civilians, immediately redouble efforts to provide proactive protection of civilians and neutralize armed groups still operating in eastern DRC.”
Those responsible for these attacks must be held to account, the Council stressed.
UN New Centre


Democratic Republic of Congo – Massacres near Beni in North Kivu Province
France condemns the massacres perpetrated on November 20 near the town of Beni in North Kivu Province. It also condemns the unacceptable attacks targeted against peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last few days. The death toll resulting from the violence in the region since the middle of October exceeds 200.
At this tragic time, we extend our condolences to the victims’ families.
Given the risk of further destabilization in North Kivu, the Congolese authorities and the UN mission must do everything possible to protect the civilian populations, combat the armed groups, identify those responsible for the violence and bring them to justice.
France Diplomat


Ebola ban on Democratic Republic of Congo visas lifted
THE federal government has lifted its ban on refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo after the World Health Organisation declared the West African nation free of Ebola. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison last month temporarily suspended processing visas from those in Ebola-affected countries. Last night he said more than 200 applications from Congo would now be processed.
“It is pleasing that the outbreak has ended in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which according to the World Health Organisation resulted in a total of 66 cases, including eight health workers,” he said.
“The government’s strict health screening requirements for other Ebola-affected countries in Africa remain in place.” He urged Australians travelling home from West African countries to alert border officials up to 21 days ahead and provide details of their travel history.
Australia has not recorded a single case of Ebola but has had a number of scares.
The Australian

Madagascar – 29 November 2014

WHO confirms outbreak of the plague in Madagascar
The prime minister of Madagascar confirmed that the country is dealing with an outbreak of the plague. Prime Minister Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger said the government is implementing prevention measures and says there is free medical care for patients with plague-related illnesses.
The World Health Organization said that the outbreak of one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases since late August. It also said the disease could spread rapidly in the capital of Madagascar.
KFOR-TV & K. QUERRY AND NBC NEWS


Plenty more fish in the sea: preserving stocks in Madagascar
When some of the older residents of Andavadoaka village in southwestern Madagascar were children, they were forbidden to swim in the sea at dawn or dusk, for fear of attracting unwelcome attention from sharks. Today the sharks have all gone. Fished, along with sea cucumbers, for lucrative export markets. Most of the larger fish and invertebrates have also vanished, sold to local markets or consumed by a coastal population that’s doubling in size every 10 to 15 years.
Rural Malagasy people in the arid south west have been hit particularly hard by the decline in fish populations. For the nomadic Vezo communities that inhabit this region, seafood is the sole source of protein (pdf) in 99% of household meals. Income is just over a dollar per person per day.
The Guardian

Swaziland – 29 November 2014

Swaziland miners and police in ‘Marikana style’ face-off

Striking workers at a mine in Swaziland linked to the ANC fear that a strong police presence could lead to a second Marikana.

In a scene reminiscent of the Marikana massacre, hundreds of striking miners were on Tuesday engaged in a tense stand off with heavily-armed police at a Swaziland mine owned mostly by the ANC-linked Chancellor House.
Over 250 miners downed tools on Monday at Maloma colliery mine demanding between R425 and R800 a month in housing allowances, general secretary for the Amalgamated Trade Unions of Swaziland (Atuswa) Wander Mkhonza told the Mail & Guardian on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Swaziland police officers wielding riot shields, protective headgear, guns and teargas descended on the mine, according to Mkhonza. He said police presence at the mine began as soon as the union served their notification to strike two weeks before the strike.
He insisted that the strike had been peaceful to date and that the police presence was unwarranted.
The Times newspaper in Swaziland reported on Tuesday that the striking miners had retreated to a hilltop near the mine, following a minor confrontation with the police after they tried to cross a barrier line put in place by police officers.

Mail and Guardian


 

Swaziland’s Huge Military Spending

A new report shows Swaziland spent about US$112 million on the military in 2013 and US$478 million over the past four years.
In 2013 military spending amounted to 8.6 percent of all government, spending in Swaziland, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in its Military Expenditure Database for 2014.

In 2011, the Swazi Government set aside more than E1 billion (US$100 million) for spending on the army and police force and the then Finance Minister Majozi Sithole admitted that the army was prepared for an uprising by the population in Swaziland.

This followed a series of prodemocracy uprisings in North Africa, leading to what became known as the ‘Arab Spring’. King Mswati was fearful something similar could happen in his kingdom. A Facebook group calling itself the April 12 Uprising had already called for an overthrow of the King.
All Africa


 

Thousands of slaves in Swaziland

Nearly 7 000 slaves are held in subjugation in Swaziland, according to the Global Slavery Index 2014.
Swaziland is listed as having a medium-high level of slavery, compared with South Africa, which has a low level.
However, in absolute numbers South Africa’s population, which is five times higher than Swaziland, contains 105 000 persons defined as slaves.
Calling modern slavery a hidden crime often involving forced labour and human trafficking, the Australia-based human rights organisation Walk Free Foundation said: “All forms involve one person depriving another person of their freedom: their freedom to leave one job for another, their freedom to control their own body.”
In Swaziland, 6 700 people were reported as being possessed or controlled “in such as a way as to significantly deprive that person of their individual liberty, with the intention of exploiting that person through their use, management, profit, transfer or disposal”.

Zimbabwe – 29th November 2014

Democratic Union Formed in Zimbabwe
Two breakaway factions of Zimbabwe’s main Movement for Democratic Change party officially signed a unity pact on Wednesday, coming together under a new movement dubbed the Democratic Union.
The two factions are those set up by former MDC secretary general Welshman Ncube and former finance minister in Zimbabwe’s 2009-13 coalition government, Tendai Biti.
“We have done the first part of the reunification exercises. We have heard speeches from both political parties, so we are just waiting for the signing ceremony now,” former MDC MP Pishai Muchauraya told a Sapa correspondent in Harare.
Ncube broke away from Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC in 2005, while Biti and other veteran MDC politicians parted company with Tsvangirai earlier this year to form another splinter group, the MDC Renewal Team.

News 24


 

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF split as Robert Mugabe ejects his vice-president Joice Mujuru

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party has split into factions after President Robert Mugabe removed Joice Mujuru, his vice president and a front-runner to succeed him, from power.
Mrs Mujuru, 59, fought for independence alongside Mr Mugabe and spent 10 years in the second most powerful political office in the country.

She is widely believed to have been removed after Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace launched a surprise political career and formed an alliance with the other pretender to the presidency, the shadowy former defence and now justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Analysts say Mr Mnangagwa, who is locally nicknamed The Crocodile and thought to have masterminded a massacre of tens of thousands of Mr Mugabe’s political opponents in the 1980s, has made a deal with Mrs Mugabe to take over and protect her family and the sizeable assets it has built up after the nonagenarian leader dies.

Mrs Mujuru was popular within the party and along with her senior leaders, including at least six government ministers, have been purged, with others still vulnerable in a cabinet where an estimated half openly supported the former vice-president.
The Telegraph


 

Sikhala Moved to Harare, Could Be Charged With Treason

OPPOSITION MDC-T activist and former St Mary’s legislator Job Sikhala who was arrested early Wednesday at Beitbridge border post has been moved to Harare with indications he is likely to be charged with attempting to overthrow the government.
The opposition party’s secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, told New Zimbabwe.com that Sikhala who had arrived in Harare and locked up at the Law and Order Section had by Thursday afternoon been “cynically moved to the homicide section”.
“I have been able to talk to him over the phone and we are battling to get access to him. One of our lawyers Charles Kwaramba (a human rights attorney) is trying to get to him,” said Mwonzora.
“He (Sikhala) has since been moved to the Homicide Section but we are still not sure what charges they would want to prefer against him.
“It appears though that they want to charge him with trying to overthrow the government. We are not sure how he is alleged to have sought to achieve that.”
All Africa

Sweden and South Africa – looking back and moving forward: Together for tomorrow – 27 November 2014

panel5Embassy of Sweden in cooperation with the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO)

Sweden and South Africa – looking back and moving forward:Together for tomorrow

Can old fashioned solidarity still play a role in foreign policy? Examples from history and today.

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Date: Thursday 27 November 2014

PROGRAMME:

9.30 SESSION 1: LOOKING BACK…

SALO moderator, Ms Molly Dhlamini: Welcome and introduction

9.40 Amb Anders Hagelberg: Introductory Remarks

9.45 Amb Bengt Säve-Söderbergh: Looking back – Swedish foreign policy based on solidarity

9.55 Amb Birgitta Karlström-Dorph: A personal story of practical diplomacy in South Africa 1981-88

10.15 Mr Aziz Pahad: Commentary by former Minister for Foreign Affairs – A South Africa perspective

Mr Aziz Pahad

10:25 Discussion and questions

10.45 TEA BREAK

11.15 SESSION 2: MOVING FORWARD

Amb Bengt Säve-Söderbergh: Liberating a country – liberating people. Dialogue and international exchange as part of building a society based on solidarity

South African speakers include:

Mr Khulekani Skosana, The Gauteng Provincial Secretary of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS): The role of young people in building a society based on solidarity

12.00 Discussion, questions

Conclusion by moderator

12.30 LUNCH