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Zimbabwe:What’s Going On At Air Zimbabwe?

editorial

There is some merit to assertions that aviation, in poor countries such as Zimbabwe, is an elitist pursuit.

Following this logic, issues relating to flying are, necessarily, elitist issues.

However, where national airlines such as Air Zimbabwe are concerned, the public interest is not hard to locate.

Air Zimbabwe is bankrolled by tax funds and should, therefore, be accountable to the public.

Apart from direct transfers from Treasury to the airline, Zimbabweans have also frequently and unwittingly kept Air Zimbabwe through various ways.

The New Number Plate Revolving Fund, which collects revenue from motorists registering their vehicles, has sunk close to $40 million into Air Zimbabwe, with no prospect of recouping the money.

Zimbabwean motorists pay $160 for number plates, as much as ten times the cost in comparable African countries, to sustain government’s expensive habit of holding onto loss-making firms that are not even accountable to the taxpayer.

Air Zimbabwe is yet to present audited accounts since dollarisation.

Government, which plans to burden the taxpayer with $330 million in yet another no-questions-asked parastatal bailout of Air Zimbabwe, is complicit in the airline’s disregard for transparency and accountability.

Since news of a planned new national airline broke in June, government has spiritedly beaten off all queries over its plans for Air Zimbabwe.

Government’s secretive “restructuring” of Air Zimbabwe, which we hear will mutate to Zimbabwe Airways, reeks of sinister motives.

Government will do Zimbabwe a huge favour if, while procuring some aircraft from Malaysian Airlines, they study how that company was restructured.

Following the twin disasters of March 2014, when MH370 disappeared, and July 2014 when MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, Malaysian Airlines restructured into a new company and moved to rebrand.

The government took over the firm, which had to be de-listed from the stock exchange, and appointed a seasoned administrator to oversee the $1,7 billion revamp.

All this did not take place under the kind of secrecy government and Air Zimbabwe’s leadership are keeping over the airline’s affairs.

That no public statement has been made regarding who is in charge at Air Zimbabwe reflects the disdain both government and the airline’s board have for transparency and accountability to the people, the company’s ultimate shareholders.

All this makes government’s commitment to a new corporate governance culture ring hollow.

As does its stated intention of reducing parastatals’ unending, costly reliance on central government for bailouts.

South Africa:Sixth Death at Platinum Mine in Three Months

British platinum mine giant Lonmin has raised “deep concerns” following the death of employee Tholakele Dlunga this week, the sixth in the platinum belt in the North West in the past three months.

“Lonmin is deeply concerned by the recent fatal shootings across the platinum belt. The company is aware of at least six deaths and three injuries in various shootings across the region in the past three months, including three at Lonmin,” company CEO Ben Magara said in a statement on Thursday.

In the latest incident, an unidentified assailant shot Dlunga, who later succumbed to his injuries, the company said.

One of Dlunga’s relatives was injured during the shooting, Magara added.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He is survived by his wife and three children.”

Stakeholder engagement

The company has called for calm, peace and tolerance, adding that it was invested in the success, peace and stability of the company, its employees and its communities.

“This violence is deeply concerning. We have worked hard to establish a sound rapport with unions and employees. The recent violent attacks across the platinum belt only serve to undo these efforts,” he said.

He also pointed out that an urgent multi-disciplinary stakeholder engagement process was necessary to help bring peace.

“The company has already commenced discussions with Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula as well as the president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Joseph Mathunjwa,” he added.

“We also appeal for thorough investigations to bring the perpetrators to book,” Magara said.

Dlunga, also known as “Bhele”, was one of the rock drill operators who took part in an unprotected wage strike in Marikana in 2012 which resulted in more than 44 people being killed.

The rock drill operators were demanding a R12 500 monthly salary.

AMCU, which was a small union at the time, grew in its prominence and eventually replaced the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) as the majority union.

Tribalism

Dlunga, who survived the Marikana shootings, became the union’s Branch Chairperson for Health and Safety.

On Wednesday, Mathunjwa addressed a gathering at Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana in an effort to dispel reports that the killings could be a result of tribalism within the area.

Speaking in isiXhosa, Mathunjwa told the union members that he had always helped workers, regardless of their culture and background. He said workers needed to be unified.

“I just know a poor worker looking for a better life, not a tribe member. Capitalism delays the progress of workers by using tribalism and division. Media, as you have witnessed, there is no tribalism here,” he said before a roar of applause erupted.

Mathunjwa discussed the union’s history and said it had been under attack from those who wanted to see it fall.

He denied rumours that AMCU leaders and members were responsible for the death of miners, as well as some NUM leaders in the mining town.

Mathunjwa said he had gone so far as to hire private investigators to find the perpetrators because police were not doing their jobs, despite being given evidence.

He said that he would hire investigator Paul O’Sullivan if he needed to, adding that he had reached out to Mbalula for an urgent meeting to address the claimed lack of police action.

“The money of the workers must be used for the protection of the workers. We want to unite the working class.”

He said miners were not living in the platinum mine belt by choice.

“If there was money or jobs back home, you wouldn’t have travelled 1 000 or 2 000 kilometres to provide for your families only to be killed… You are not at these hostels to be killed.”

He said the AMCU was the majority union at Lonmin and, if necessary: “We will bring Lonmin to a standstill until there is safety.”

Mathunjwa is to hold a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday to shed more light on the killings, retrenchments and details of Dlunga’s memorial service.

Source: News24

South Africa:Finance Minister Announces SAA Board

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced the appointment of new members to the South African Airways (SAA) Board.

New board Chairperson Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza replaces Dudu Miyeni. The other five new board members are: Deputy Chairperson and non-executive director Nolitha Fakude; Geoff Rothschild, Ahmed Bassa, Tinyiko Mhlari, and Martin Kingston. They will serve as non-executive directors.

Current non-executive directors who will continue to serve on the board are: Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala, Peter Tshisevhe, Thandeka Nozipho Mogoduso, Peter Holmes Maluleka, and Akhter Hoosen Moosa.

The changes to the SAA board will be with effective from 3 November when Minister Gigaba has a special meeting with them.

In addition to the former chairperson, board members who will no longer serve are Tryphosa Ramano, Mzimkulu Malunga, Siphile Buthelezi, Nazmeera Moola and Gugu Sepamla.

Minister Gigaba is hopeful that the new board, which was approved by Cabinet — together with its incoming Chief Executive Officer Vuyani Jarana — will implement the airline’s structural strategy and bring it to financial stability, as set out in his 14 Confidence Boosting Measures.

Jarana, who was appointed to the top post in August, will commence his duties at the airline on 1 November.

“The new board is well experienced and diverse, and the Minister encourages them to ignore the political noise, and focus on the business of strengthening SAA. At the heart of these appointments is a commitment from the South African government to strengthen the airline, and create conditions to see the transformation of all our state-owned companies,” said the Finance Ministry.

The ministry said the new board brings talent, expertise and energy to the airline.

“The Minister would like to thank all outgoing board members for their work at the airline, [and] wish incoming members well with their tenure at the airline.”

All board members, incoming and those who will no longer serve, have been notified of these developments.

SAA was moved from the portfolio of the Department of Public Enterprises to National Treasury in 2014.

Last month, government announced the transfer of R3 billion to the airline to allow it to meet its debt obligations to Citibank.

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South Africa:Communications Authority Ready to Receive Data Theft Complaints

Newly-appointed Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is ready to receive complaints related to the theft of mobile phone data.

Responding to oral questions, the Minister made her maiden appearance in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday in her new Communications Portfolio.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Parliament Nkagisang Mokgotsi had asked whether the department has conducted an investigation into the alleged theft of customer data.

The Minister, who had chaired hearings on the cost of data under the banner #DataMustFall, said ICASA was yet to receive complaints.

“The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has established a complaints and compliance committee, in terms of section 17(a) of the ICASA Act number 13 of 2000, to investigate and hear if appropriate, make a finding on all matters referred to the authority and complaints received by it.

“To date, the authority has not received any information regarding the theft of data. However, upon receipt of such information, a detailed investigation will be conducted and a report can be available,” she said.

SIU commences work at SABC

Meanwhile, Minister Kubayi said the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has commenced its probe into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Last month, the Presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma had signed a proclamation to give the SIU a mandate to investigate matters related to procurement.

The investigation will look at contracting for goods, work or services by or on behalf of the SABC from various companies or service providers and payments made in respect thereof in a manner that was not fair, transparent, competitive and equitable or cost effective.

The investigation will also look at whether there was any undisclosed or unauthorised interest that certain members of the personnel of the SABC may have had with regard to contractors, suppliers or service providers, who submitted bids for work or did business with the SABC; or contractors awarded by or on behalf of the SABC.

The proclamation further authorised the SIU to investigate allegations of:

– Serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the SABC;

– Improper or unlawful conduct by board members, officials or employees of the SABC;

– Unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property;

– Unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive act, transaction, measure or practice having a bearing upon State property;

– Intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property; and

– Unlawful or improper conduct by any person, which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public or any category thereof.

Minister Kubayi said: “The SIU has already commenced its work and in fact, I am informed that they have been allocated an office at the SABC.

“Once the investigation is complete, it is only then that the truth will be known. It must be noted that government has sufficient institutions in the country, such as the Hawks and Assets Forfeiture Unit, to deal with all alleged misconduct and it is not up to the Minister to predetermine the outcome of the investigation.”

Leopards in High Spirits Ahead of GOtv Shield Final

By John Ashihundu

AFC Leopards, now out of the SportPesa Premier League relegation zone, return to Nairobi Thursday evening from their two-day Machakos training camp, ready to face Kariobangi Sharks in Friday’s GOtv Shield final.

The two top tier sides clash at Kasarani from 3pm with Ingwe players promised a windfall by the Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja should they lift the title on Mashujaa Day.

The final will be presided by a third place play-off between Vihiga United and Sony Sugar at the same venue.

Fans will part with Sh300 to watch the final from the VIP stand while those who will watch from the terraces will pay Sh200. Tickets will be sold outside the stadium on match day. The winner of the tournament, sponsored by GOtv, will pocket Sh2 million and earn the rights to represent Kenya in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup.

Leopards’ secretary general, Oscar Igaida said Ingwe players’ morale is high after Senator Sakaja paid for their Machakos camp.

“We really appreciate Sakaja’s three-week assistance where he has coughed close to Sh700,000 for the players and the technical bench’s allowances,” Igaida said.

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Kakamega Senator Malala Charged Over Poll Boycott Call

By Shaban Makokha

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was on Wednesday charged with incitement.

The Senator was accused of inciting his supporters on October 13 to boycott the October 26 repeat presidential election during a political rally in Kakamega town.

He is alleged to have dared anyone to take ballot boxes to Muliro Gardens.

The charge read that the words were meant to disrupt the October 26 repeat polls in Kakamega.

Mr Malala, who was represented by Lawyer David Masake denied the charges and was released on cash bail of Sh300,000.

Mr Masake accused police of ignoring orders issued by the High Court, prohibiting his arrest.

“My client was enjoying miscellaneous application from the superior court and showed goodwill by presenting himself to police in the morning, but the police detained him for hours irrespective of the orders,” said Mr Masaka.

Present in court during the case was Lurambi MP Titus Khamala and Vihiga Woman Representative Beatrice Adagala.

The case will be heard on January 16 next year.

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Kenyatta – I Won’t Hold Negotiations With Odinga

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday said he will not hold negotiations with the opposition, saying Kenyans should be allowed to vote in peace on October 26.

Speaking on the campaign trail at Saboti in Trans Nzoia County, President Kenyatta warned the opposition against intimidating the electoral agency IEBC.

“There will be no sitting in boardrooms to negotiate and share government. It is Kenyans who have the right to decide who will be president,” President Kenyatta said.

The President said those who do not want to participate in the October 26 fresh election were free to do so but should not curtail the rights of those who want to vote on that day.

COALITION GOVERNMENT

“The same way nobody is being forced to participate in the October 26 election, similarly no one has the right to stop those who want to participate,” President Kenyatta said.

On Wednesday, Nasa leader Raila Odinga said he was ready for dialogue with President Kenyatta, but maintained that the agenda for such a meeting would be about free, fair and credible election and not a coalition government.

Mr Odinga told the media on Tuesday afternoon that his team was ready for such dialogue “as soon as yesterday” and vowed never to attend if it was about forming a coalition government.

“The impression has been created that it is me who is wants nusu mkate (coalition government),” he said in reference to claims by Jubilee Party leaders that he has called for mass protests to demand for a coalition government having lost in the August 8 presidential election.

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Kenya:Wanjigi Challenge Excites Kenyans Online

By Mwende Kasujja

Kenyans online have taken up the #WanjigiChallenge posing with their friends and partners to mimic an iconic photo of businessman Jimi Wanjigi and his wife.

The businessman was pictured in his wife’s tight embrace as he spoke on Wednesday about a 72-hour police siege on his home in Muthaiga estate in Nairobi.

In the same photo, Nasa co-principal Moses Wetangula is captured flanking the couple while holding his own chest.

Mrs Wanjigi’s embrace of her troubled husband after the ordeal at their home by the police wowed many Kenyans online leading to the recreation.

#WanjigiChallenge it’s never a dull moment in Kenya😂😂😂😂carry on fam pic.twitter.com/gvcdKjNAAI

— Lowkey Shawty (@lilly_deluxe) October 18, 2017

😂😂😂@swalehmdoe has taken the #WanjigiChallenge lol 😂 @KoinangeJeff I’m waiting for yours cc @edailykenya pic.twitter.com/16Erxbk1ni

— Willis Raburu (@WillisRaburu) October 18, 2017

CREATIVITY: Kenyans are the most creative people in the world. How and when did we have the #wanjigichallenge pic.twitter.com/ixLozWCYcx

— Peter Aming’a (@Peter_aminga) October 18, 2017

Amidst all the confusion,it’s never a dull moment with Kenyans #wanjigichallenge 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/8zx64Bjfjf

— Linda Tuwey (@linda_tuwey) October 18, 2017

This is how we hold down our customers at DTB! 😂😂 ^Juma. #WanjigiChallenge pic.twitter.com/OweJ81ZTtQ

— #CustomerCentricBank (@DTBduo) October 18, 2017

Wololo… this #Wanjigichallenge is so dope! pic.twitter.com/uoyL0MV4zc

— Mary Wangari (@WangariMarie) October 18, 2017

Reverse #wanjigichallenge pic.twitter.com/oNOGWfX0G9

— Murage Munene (@ragemurage) October 18, 2017

Welcome shoppers. Customers is King#UchumiNgongHyper #wanjigichallenge @UchumiKenya @Kipngetichjk @CiruMansur @mtalamiii @benkimisa pic.twitter.com/gopYRFiH14

— RAYMOND K SEREM (@seremrays) October 18, 2017

Kenyans remain undefeated 😂😂😂 #WanjigiChallenge pic.twitter.com/wJ4rnnL7Ru

— Gitz (@iGitz_) October 18, 2017

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Wanjigi Challenge Excites Kenyans Online

By Mwende Kasujja

Kenyans online have taken up the #WanjigiChallenge posing with their friends and partners to mimic an iconic photo of businessman Jimi Wanjigi and his wife.

The businessman was pictured in his wife’s tight embrace as he spoke on Wednesday about a 72-hour police siege on his home in Muthaiga estate in Nairobi.

In the same photo, Nasa co-principal Moses Wetangula is captured flanking the couple while holding his own chest.

Mrs Wanjigi’s embrace of her troubled husband after the ordeal at their home by the police wowed many Kenyans online leading to the recreation.

#WanjigiChallenge it’s never a dull moment in Kenya😂😂😂😂carry on fam pic.twitter.com/gvcdKjNAAI

— Lowkey Shawty (@lilly_deluxe) October 18, 2017

😂😂😂@swalehmdoe has taken the #WanjigiChallenge lol 😂 @KoinangeJeff I’m waiting for yours cc @edailykenya pic.twitter.com/16Erxbk1ni

— Willis Raburu (@WillisRaburu) October 18, 2017

CREATIVITY: Kenyans are the most creative people in the world. How and when did we have the #wanjigichallenge pic.twitter.com/ixLozWCYcx

— Peter Aming’a (@Peter_aminga) October 18, 2017

Amidst all the confusion,it’s never a dull moment with Kenyans #wanjigichallenge 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/8zx64Bjfjf

— Linda Tuwey (@linda_tuwey) October 18, 2017

This is how we hold down our customers at DTB! 😂😂 ^Juma. #WanjigiChallenge pic.twitter.com/OweJ81ZTtQ

— #CustomerCentricBank (@DTBduo) October 18, 2017

Wololo… this #Wanjigichallenge is so dope! pic.twitter.com/uoyL0MV4zc

— Mary Wangari (@WangariMarie) October 18, 2017

Reverse #wanjigichallenge pic.twitter.com/oNOGWfX0G9

— Murage Munene (@ragemurage) October 18, 2017

Welcome shoppers. Customers is King#UchumiNgongHyper #wanjigichallenge @UchumiKenya @Kipngetichjk @CiruMansur @mtalamiii @benkimisa pic.twitter.com/gopYRFiH14

— RAYMOND K SEREM (@seremrays) October 18, 2017

Kenyans remain undefeated 😂😂😂 #WanjigiChallenge pic.twitter.com/wJ4rnnL7Ru

— Gitz (@iGitz_) October 18, 2017

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Fans Now Want ’24-Hour Weddings’ Scrapped at Rugby Festivals

By Mwende Kasujja

A section of rugby fans are signing an online petition to stop tournaments organisers from allowing 24-hour mock weddings to be held in their events.

The symbolic unions are usually among off-field activities held in rugby tournaments in the spirit of merry making.

But a petition launched on Citizen Go dubbed #StopMockingMarriages is urging the Kenya Rugby Union to ban the holding of such weddings in its tournaments.

IMMORALITY

The petitioners argue the weddings allow “immorality to prevail during tournaments” and may water down achievements that rugby players have made locally and internationally.

The petition comes after Nairobi News reported how fans at the September Prinsloo Sevens Rugby tournament in Nakuru were afforded the privilege of getting married for 24 hours only.

The presiding priest, one Mr Fidel Castro, said 120 couples enjoyed the privilege after he led them in reciting wedding vows before issuing them with specially printed certificate and wedding rings.

The symbolic union allowed couples to enjoy the benefits of marriage without carrying any baggage after the expiry of the deadline.

In the petition addressed to Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela, the petitioners urge him to put a stop to the mockery.

UNFORTUNATE CEREMONIES

“We write this petition urging you to ban fake 24 hours “marriages” that are instituted during rugby tournaments where participants are allowed to enjoy privileges only allowed to legally married couples that include among others, sex. The unfortunate ceremonies have seen hundreds of youth being involved!” stated the petition.

“Previously, Kenyan rugby games have been synonymous to free sex, alcohol and drug abuse and scanty dressing. We are very proud of the Kenyan Rugby team for the far they have soared while flying the Kenyan flag but they can’t allow their events to be home to evil, mischief and mockery of very vital societal norms,” read the petition.

Over 1,400 Kenyans have signed the online petition so far whose target is 2,000 signatures.

Here is a link to the petition.

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