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South Africa: Minister Meets With Western Cape Fishing Communities

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana on Sunday met various leaders from the Western Cape’s fishing communities.

The meeting was held in response to a memorandum handed over last Monday to the Fisheries Branch in Cape Town, according to a statement from the ministery.

One of the demands in the memorandum was to meet with Zokwana within seven days of handing over the memorandum.

Hangberg, Hout Bay has been the scene of violent protests, with fishing rights one of the main concerns of residents.

Among the issues discussed were the slow progress with respect to transformation in the fisheries sector, communication between the department and the affected communities, an update on the “fish basket” allocated for small-scale fishermen and the demarcation in the near shore, offshore and small-scale fisheries.

“The meeting agreed on peaceful and constructive dialogue and further agreed to establish working committees to address all issues raised on behalf of fishing communities. The meeting clarified issues that needed urgent attention, and issues that needed regular interaction between the department and the fishing community leaders,” reads the statement.

“It was recognised by all affected that there are immediate concerns that need urgent attention.”

This Monday, the fishing community will meet with the Deputy Director General of the Fisheries Branch, Ms Siphokazi Ndudane.

“The meeting also agreed that investigations of cases wherein communities have been robbed of their fishing rights by big companies- deals like Foodcorp must be done as a matter of urgency.”

Zokwana has also committed to publishing a notification calling for nominations for the establishment of the Fisheries Transformation Council (FTC) by the end of September. This council will look comprehensively at transformation issues to ensure meaningful participation by all in our society.


South Africa

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Rwanda Poll Was Not Free or Clean, UK Now Claims

Photo: Newtimes

Presidential polls attracted many voters including the elderly.

By Ivan R. Mugisha

Over a month after the presidential election in Rwanda, the United Kingdom now claims there were irregularities in ballot counting and the registration process of candidates.

In a statement released on Friday, British ambassador to Rwanda, William Gelling, said that he personally witnessed irregularities that may have undermined the poll.

“I saw irregularities in the counting of ballots and vote tabulation. I know that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) is committed to improving the system. I hope that Rwanda will take this opportunity to continue to amend its electoral processes in advance of the 2018 parliamentary elections as part of the democratic journey here,” he said.

This was quickly refuted by the Commission.

“He did not report the claims to us so that we can follow up and verify. We met several ambassadors and talked about those but they could not be specific,” Charles Munyaneza, executive secretary of NEC told The EastAfrican.

“None of the other observers including the AU, the civil society and the EAC, has mentioned that. So I do not understand why it is the UK coming up with this now.”

Opposition candidates

Mr Gelling also stated that he was encouraged to see broader media coverage of the presidential elections, noting that incidents of obstruction of opposition candidates were addressed rapidly by NEC and the government.

“I was concerned by the lack of clarity in the registration process for candidates which appears to have made it impossible for certain credible candidates to register,” he said.

“I am concerned by the arrests and legal challenges in recent weeks. While Rwanda’s political situation and recent terrible history is unique, it is concerning to see the targeting of opposition figures,” he added.

He also responded to the recent government criticism of envoys who “meddle in the country’s affairs”, agreeing that diplomats are “rightly” accused of focusing too much on the short term.


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Heavy Rain Destroys Over 200 Houses in Ngoma

By Frederic Byumvuhore

A stormy downpour which battered several parts of Eastern Province on Monday left up to 221 families in Ngoma District homeless, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs (MIDIMAR).

The ministry said relief intervention was already underway to ensure that those affected are swiftly supported.

Since the beginning of the rainy season back in August, MIDIMAR said, at least two people have lost their lives, while four sustained injuries, with 384 houses and 76.5 hectares of different crops being destroyed in various parts of the country.

Philippe Habinshuti, the director of disaster response and recovery at MIDMAR, said 15 districts countrywide have been affected by heavy rains since August.

Over that period, he said, one person died while two others were injured in Burera Disrict in Northern Province, with one death recorded in Nyagatare District in Eastern District. Two people were injured in Karongi District, while rain also killed livestock in Ngororero and Nyamasheke districts in Western District.

“We have already distributed non-food items to victims in Nyagatare. For other districts, we are working with officials to erect and repair walls of the destroyed houses so that we provide them iron sheet for roofing,” he said.

Recently, the Rwanda Meteorology Agency released a weather forecast for next three months in which the agency predicted normal rain during this year’s wet season.

Habinshuti advised the public to clear water channels, strengthen their roofing and for those in high risk zones to relocate to safer areas.

MIDMAR recently announced plans to introduce a legislation that will facilitate the establishment of a Disaster Response Fund aimed at improving readiness to handle disasters.


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Lionesses Determined to Break South Africa Jinx

By Alex Isaboke

Nairobi — Having failed to stop big wigs South Africa in the past three outings, the Kenya Lionesses have vowed to get one over the top seed side when the Africa Cup Sevens cum 2018 World Cup Qualifier gets underway this weekend in Tunisia.

South Africa have been dominant in the continent, winning the tournament for record five-times with four of them being back-to-back.

The Lionesses, who are the second most ranked team in Africa, have reached three consecutive finals of the Africa Cup Sevens tournament but they have lost all of them to South Africa.

However, the last time the two sides met at the same tourney in 2016, the Lionesses nearly caused an upset to South Africa when they led at some point in the final before losing by a late try to finish second after the match ended 22-17.

The Kenya Lionesses team say it will be banking on that result to get one over South Africa since they have polished on their weakness during their intensive 11 weeks training.

Head coach Kevin Wambua has handed debut to rookie Judith Auma while retaining most of the seasoned players in the team that will be captained by Philadelphia Olando.

“If you look at the scores for the past two seasons against South Africa we have been reducing the deficits. If you look at last year’s Africa Cup we lost that game in the last minute, we were winning it, but what this has done to us is that it has given my team believe that they can finally break the jinx,” Wambua said while naming the travelling squad of 12 on Wednesday at the RFUEA Ground.

“We have done our homework well, we have been working hard for the past 11 weeks and we have polished areas that let us down last year. There is a positive vibe and they (players) are ready to take the game to South Africa,” the coach added.

Team Captain Olando, who has been with the team all along echoed the coach’s sentiments, saying their sights are focused on clinching the World Cup slot.

“I have believe in my team and I have faith South Africa will not be a threat to us this time because we have worked hard for them. At the last tournament in Zimbabwe they defeated us with only one try so I believe all that is going to change. The young new blood Judith is going to give us was we need,” Olando, who turns out for KCB RFC noted.

However, to make the mouthwatering duel against South Africa happen, Kenya will be looking to first maneuver through Group B where they are drawn with Zimbabwe, Senegal and Madagascar and Wambua has disclosed that it is not an easy pool as many think.

“It’s not an easy pool, it’s a World Cup qualifier and I do believe that all the eight teams participating in this tournament want to go to the World Cup. For us we know we have to win every game because if you look at the tournament there is going to be seeding so that means we have to win and win by a big margin so that at the end of the day we top the pool,” Wambua asserted.

Group A comprises of power house South Africa, Uganda, Morocco and hosts Tunisia.

-Four changes-

Wambua has made four changes to the side that reached the Main Cup quarterfinal at the Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong in April with Catherine Abilla and Linet Moraa relegated to non travelling reserves while Irene Otieno and Prisca Nyerere were not included.

Their absence paves way for Rachael Mbogo to make her first appearance since Rio 2016 while star Janet Okello and Cynthia Camila make their first appearance since December’s Dubai Sevens.

“Four changes bring a lot of energy to the team because if you look how we selected our squad, we went for players who were on form and those who achieved our target. We are lucky to have Janet Okello back who is arguably one of the best players not only in Kenya but also in Africa,” Wambua noted.

“Having her (Janet) in the team is a big morale in this competition. Judith Auma is making her first appearance and she deserves it because she has really worked hard since she began training. We have been monitoring her progress since she joined the team last year and she is going to give us the edge we need in terms of energy,” the coach said.

Kenya Lionesses squad to Africa Cup 7s

Philadelphia Olando (Captain), Sheila Chajira (Vice Captain), Judith Auma (Debut), Sinaida Aura, Celestine Masinde, Cynthia Camila, Doreen Remour, Janet Okello, Grace Adhiambo, Rachael Mbogo, Janet Owino, Stacy Awuor.

Non Travelling Reserves: Catherine Abilla, Diana Awino, Linet Moraa.

Management: Kevin Wambua (Head Coach), Camilyne Oyuayo (Team Manager), Ben Mahinda ( Physio), Sam Njogu ( S&C )

Former Presidential Hopeful Rwigara Re-Arrested

Former Rwandan presidential hopeful accused of forgery, tax evasion

Rwandan police on Sept.04 arrested Diane Shima Rwigara, a leading critic of President Paul Kagame, charging her with forgery and tax evasion.

Her mother and sister were also arrested on the tax charges.

Earlier this year, electoral authorities barred Rwigara from standing in August’s presidential vote, which Kagame won, saying she had not submitted enough supporters’ signatures and some of the names she did sent in belonged to dead people.

Rwigara denied the allegations.

“They are accused of tax evasion and secondly Diane Rwigara is accused of using fake documents while she was gathering signatures for (her) presidential candidacy,” police spokesman Theos Badege told reporters on Sept.01.

Police said they had a warrant issued by a prosecutor to arrest them.

Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant, has repeatedly accused Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his Rwandan Patriotic Front’s near total hold on power. Kagame won last month’s election with 98.8 percent of the vote.

Rwigara claimed she was being held under house arrest before Monday’s police action.

“Tell us why we are being arrested? Why should we go to the police while you have confined us to this place and took away all our money without leaving us any?” Rwigara said as she and her family was being taken away.

Asked about this, Badege, the police spokesman, said that earlier police had only searched Rwigara’s home and taken a few items and money away in line with the law.

It was a clear application of the law,” Badege said.

Rwigara was disqualified as a candidate after allegedly failing to collect enough supporting signatures ahead of the election. According to electoral laws, independent presidential candidates are required to present 600 signatures, with at least 12 from each of Rwanda’s 30 districts, in order to run for president.

Rwigara allegedly turned in signatures of some people who had been long dead and others who belonged to a rival political party, according to Rwanda’s electoral commission.

Rwigara is the daughter of the late Assinapol Rwigara, a tycoon who fell out with Kagame before his death in a car accident in 2015.

Kagame won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

But he has also faced increased criticism for what human rights groups say are widespread abuses, a muzzling of independent media, and suppression of political opposition.


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Diallo Sets Season Target After Al Mu’aidar Switch

Former AFC Leopards striker Lamine Diallo has set a 15-goal target as he prepares to make his debut for Qatar second division league side Al Mu’aidar Sports Club.

The 22-year-old joined the club earlier in the month on a one-year contract from SportPesa Premier League side Kakamega Homeboyz.

“Everything is good here. The teammates are corporative and the technical staff. The coach, Phillipe (Burle) is a nice guy. He speaks French which makes it easier for me,” the former Leopards and Ushuru FC man told Nation Sport.

“I want to score at least 15 goals this season. So far I have played in three friendly games against Garafah, Al Saad and Al Rayyan and scored two goals. This gives me confidence heading into the new season.”

The Ivorian managed two goals in his six-month stint at the Mike Mururi-coached side.

Mu’aidar kickoff the 2017/18 season with a home fixture against Al Shamal on September 20.

Diallo is optimistic that he will earn regular playing time in Burle side.

The team is based in Doha and hosts their matches at the 2400-capacity Thani Bin Jassim Stadium.


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Eliud Kipchoge Reveals His Greatest Challenge

Nairobi — The world’s fastest marathon runner and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has enjoyed a dazzling career for the best part of 15 years.

The incomparable Kenyan long distance star says that learning to cope with a high level of expectation is his greatest obstacle.

-Handling the pressure of expectations-

“The greatest challenge of my career has been learning how to handle the pressure. In my younger days, I used to struggle. I couldn’t sleep before races and I couldn’t eat on the morning of my race.

“I used to find the tension before a race really hard. I used to put myself under too much pressure and the tension built up.

“However, it was after I transferred to competing in the marathon that I learned to handle the pressure better. The tension is still there; but now I can eat before a race when I used to get very nervous.

“My coach Patrick Sang told me about the importance of the mind and I put in a number of techniques to support that. One of them was trusting that I had the best training behind me but the other was believing that I was the best.

“When I first moved to the marathon, the pressure was big at the beginning. But I tried to relax before a race and keep my mind free. I won my debut marathon in Hamburg – that was key. I won that race and it gave me a new belief.

“In terms of trusting in my training, I aim for consistency and I treat the sport professionally.

“I have been lucky in that I have not had too many injuries. I’m serious about looking after my body. I do stretching. I’m careful about massage. For a month of every season I carry out gym work. I do the maximum I can to build up good conditioning.

“I maintain my motivation because I want to inspire the youth to like sport. Sport is life, it is healthy. I like running. I set my goals at the beginning of each year

“I have no regrets about my younger career. I don’t look back. I am satisfied I have come to terms with handling the pressure.”



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Simbas Drop in Latest World Rugby Standings

By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — The 43-34 loss at the hands of Hong Kong on Saturday evening has proved costly for the Kenya 15s team as they have dropped two places in the latest World Rugby Standings, moving to 27th from a previous rank of 25th.

The Dragons who drew 19-19 with the Simbas in the first test a week ago have climbed two places courtesy of the decent result on the road, moving to 22nd.

Kenya had hoped to wind up the season at home on a high when they faced Hong Kong on Saturday, but a series of errors saw them finish just as they started, with a loss.

The team will now have two weeks to rest before embarking on pre-season training ahead of the four-nations invite tournament in Hong Kong in November where they will face the Dragons again as well as Russia both who are ranked above them and Chile who are ranked 28th.

“We need to go back to the drawing board and after the rest look to put in the shifts during pre-season. One of the key areas we will work on is the set piecse especially the scrum where our weaknesses were exposed. The less errors we have, the more we get to enjoy our game,” team captain Wilson Kopondo said after the disappointing loss against Hong Kong.

Assistant Coach Charles Ngovi was not entirely deflated with the game on Saturday, but has urged the players to ensure less mistakes especially at the high level, coming at a time when qualification to the World Cup is a major priority.

“The important thing is that the players do understand our systems. This season we have achieved most of our goals. One of the key things we have identified is the pre-season. Our players didn’t have a good pre-season and that is one area we will rectify as we prepare for next season,” Ngovi said.

He added; “We want to build on our strength, cardio and agility; we also need to work on our endurance to play at a high level with high speed for a long period of time.”

In Saturday’s match, Hong Kong looked fitter than the Kenyans despite playing at an unusual high altitude and their conditioning looked in tip top form.

Head coach Leigh Jones who said he brought in a squad of mostly young players said he was impressed with the tour where he exposed most of his uncapped players and he looks forward to perfecting the team’s flow during the four-nations tourney.

“We are in our pre-season phase and this is mostly about mixing youngsters with the experienced players. It has been a pretty decent tour for us because the youngsters have picked vital lessons which in the next few months will help us prepare for the World Cup qualifiers,” Jones noted.

The Simbas will now look to finish the season on a high. In 2017 they have played nine matches, lost three, drawn two and won four. In the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, the Simbas finished second behind Namibia, their biggest stumbling block to World Cup qualification.


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CHAN Win Evidence That League Is On Right Path

Photo: The Observer

Cranes interim coach Moses Basena, second left, and his players celebrate after dumping Rwanda to qualify for 2018 Chan finals

editorialBy Editor

On Saturday, Uganda Cranes were beaten 2-0 in Rwanda but advanced to next year’s Africa’s Nations Championship with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The latest qualification means that Uganda have now made it to four successive editions of a tournament that is eight years old.

To advance to the continental edition of the Africa Cup of Nations for home best players, Uganda saw off South Sudan and Rwanda.

Those are not two terrifying opponents and harder tasks await Cranes in Kenya next January where the fifth edition will be staged.

What is beyond question, however, is that the Uganda Premier League is growing in leaps and bounds.

The hard work put in by the country’s topflight teams is being rewarded by the Cranes’ habitual participation in Chan.

With every passing day a semblance of professionalism is being embraced by club owners and managers in the UPL and long may it continue.

Of course it helps the country’s fortunes that League and Cup champions KCCA enjoyed a fantastic run on the continent and no doubt that experience helped stand Uganda in good stead.

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Big-Scoring Mathare, Sofapaka Thrash Opponents

By David Kwalimwa

Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi says his team displayed its best performance of the season in Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing of Zoo Kericho in the SportPesa Premier League.

And the former Harambee Stars coach believes the performance has marked the start of team’s escape from relegation. In the other high-scoring match of the weekend, Sofapaka beat Nakumatt 5-2.

Mathare and Kimanzi have struggled for form all season. To put things into perspective, the triumph over newly-promoted Zoo Kericho was Mathare’s fourth in 20 matches this season.

Eight of the other league assignments the ‘Slum Boys’ have played have ended in a draw. Kimanzi, too, has suffered this term. In May, he was handed a six-match touchline ban by the league’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee after an altercation with a match official. The suspension was reduced to four games after an appeal.

“We badly needed this result, just to get our confidence of back. Such a result can help us put together a run of wins we need to get out of trouble,” the coach explained in his post-match interview.

“This is a result of persistent hard work. We have been playing well of late but positive results have not been coming our way. Today was our best outing of the season, scoring six goals is no joke,” Kimanzi said on Saturday.

Harambee Stars triallist Chrispin Ochieng scored a hat-trick, Derrick Onyango scored a brace and Edward Seda added the third as Mathare jumped four places to 13th in the league standings.


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