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Namibia: Oranjemund Youth Forum Hosts Mining Youth Week

By Tuulikki Abraham

Lüderitz — The Oranjemund Youth Forum together with its partners will host the first ever Mining Youth Week this month on 23 – 30 in Oranjemund and Rosh Pinah, under the theme Together we are one.

A successful gala dinner took place on July 14 in Oranjemund where the executive chairperson of the National Youth Council, Mandela Kapere, the event’s patron, officiated.

Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga, appeared as guest of honour while the adviser in the Office of the President on youth matters, Daisry Mathias, delivered a motivational address.

One of the event coordinators, January Ivula, says the main aim of the Mining Youth Week is to bring all the stakeholders together to value the contribution of Namibian mining industries to the country, specifically the youth. The event will also serve as a platform for networking.

“We aim at sharing and creating awareness of the mining industry in the country, in order to educate and motivate the youth about the future of mining in Namibia,” emphasized Ivula.

Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, is to officially open the event on September 23 at the Skorpion Stadium in Rosh Pinah, with the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga, making some observations.

The Mining Youth Week is expected to host a variety of events such as a march before the official opening, youth training day, mine touring day, sports competitions, Miss/Mr Youth and an entertainment extravaganza.

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Kenya: IEBC Directed to Deploy Alternative on Oct 17 in Case Technology Fails

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(file photo).

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — The Supreme Court has directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to put in place a complementary system for the fresh October 17 presidential poll, in compliance with Section 44A of the Elections Act.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the court could not simply overlook the negation of guidelines on the use of technology in the transmission of results saying the electronic transmission was the bedrock upon which the new election laws passed by the bi-cameral Parliament were anchored.

In its ruling on Wednesday, the court also found that no reasonable explanation was given as to why not all Forms 34B did not possess security features.

Maraga for instance pointed out that the requirement for accountability and transparency was therefore in doubt as no plausible explanation was given for discrepancies in the forms.

“It was obvious to us that IEBC misunderstood the petition and therefore jumbled its responses… IEBC should do some soul searching and go back to the drawing board,” Maraga stated.

“As judges, we have taken an oath of fidelity to the Constitution. For what is the need of having a Constitution if it is not respected?” Maraga wondered.

The court however found no evidence that President Uhuru Kenyatta used the release of funds to IDPs as a campaign tool to entice voters.

Maraga noted while reading the detailed ruling of the September 1 decision of the apex court nullifying the re-election of President Kenyatta that the Supreme Court is among institutions the sovereign power of the Kenyan people has been vested by the Constitution.

Maraga refuted claims that the Supreme Court discredited the sovereign decision of the voters in the August 8 presidential election by annulling the election based on technology malfunction.

Ahead of the commencement of the court session, Maraga explained that Justice Smokin Wanjala, with whom he, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola made the majority ruling voiding President Kenyatta’s re-election, had travelled out of the country, hence his absence in the courtroom.

Kenya

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Al Shabaab Poses Biggest Threat to Kenya’s Security

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has singled out terrorism as the biggest threat to Kenya’s national security and development.

In a report presented during the induction of MPs Wednesday, NIS Deputy Assistant Director Alexander Muteshi said that the threat remains high in border counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Lamu.

Mr Muteshi told the MPs that the threats are propagated by terrorist organisations like the Al-Shabaab that has its cells in neighbouring Somalia and the Islamic State (IS) group that operates in Puntland, Libya, Syria and Iraq.

“What makes the threats dangerous is that they are targeting churches, malls, schools and other public places. But the success against this is the multi-agency approach we have adopted to deal with them,” Mr Muteshi said.

He pointed out that the threats have been pushed away from the cities to the border areas.

He also noted that the National Counter Terrorism Centre has helped in building resilience through educating the youth, the masses and religious groups.

According to Mr Muteshi, the country is already dealing with over 200 returnees from Somalia in South Coast, who are targeting Nyumba Kumi elders, locals and the police.

Some of these gangs are said to operate in groups christened as the Gaza boys, Wakali Wao and Wakali Kwanza, among others.

He also said that online radicalisation, which is a global problem, is another threat.

It is propagated by IS and targets the youth tertiary learning institutions like universities and colleges.

“We are facing an enemy [who] is highly radicalised, [who] has no value for human life, highly idealised and highly trained both militarily and intelligence-wise. They have logisticians who are responsible for transporting weapons and their other logistical requirements,” he said.

Mr Muteshi also warned politicians that ethnic local politics has affected cohesion, development and unity of the country and that it is polarising.

“If it is not dealt with, it will always be there every election year,” he said.

Other external threats, according to the NIS report, include espionage, regional instability like in Somalia and South Sudan and the competition for benefits arising from national interests.

The MPs, more so the new ones, were advised on how they should engage with diplomats as they may fall into the trap of espionage.

“Be very careful with what you share with diplomats, they are intelligence officers,” Mr Muteshi told them.

Oulanyah Calls for Calm Amid Tensions Over Age Limit Bill

By GODFREY SSALI

Kampala — The Deputy Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has confirmed that he has received two notices of motion in relation to a constitution amendment.

In his communication to the members, Oulanyah who chaired the Tuesday session said that he had received two motions. The first is from Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi seeking leave of parliament to introduce a private members bill to amend the constitution on issues which include the age limit.

Another motion before the speaker is from MPs opposed to the removal of the presidential age limit and seeking for the establishment of the constitution review commission to get views from the public about the constitutional amendment.

Oulanyah said the notices of motion will be discussed first with the house business committee chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to decide if it can be scheduled for business Thursday afternoon.

The Business Committee is provided for under Rule No.150 of the Rules of Procedure and it is mandated to arrange the business of each meeting and the order in which it shall be taken.

Tension at parliament

Oulanyah warned the MPs against inciting the public by stoking violence even within the precincts of parliament for the police to respect their immunity from prosecution.

The precincts of parliament were tense as the premises had been surrounded by Military Police and Mambas, anticipating a backlash of citizens and MPs opposed to the lifting of the controversial Age Limit Art 102 (b).

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— The Independent (@UGIndependent) September 19, 2017

Oulanyah defended the heavy security deployment around parliament saying it’s been prompted by mps who have been threatening violence.

Oulanyah who was reacting to concerns raised by the opposition deputy chief whip Roland Mugume Kaginda (Rukungiri municipality) about the unusual deployment that is scaring the mps justified the presence of the security forces noting that they were there to keep law and order given the current tense situation at parliament.

Oulanyah noted that a number of mps have been heard in electronic, print and on social media threatening to cause war in parliament when it comes to the proposed amendment of constitution to lift president age.

“I have watched a clip on social media where an honorable member of this house is calling for a war in parliament that has never been seen over the age limit. When you do that you make parliament look like a scene of crime and you cannot stop police from deploying,” said Oulanya.

Magyezi death threats, Abiriga brawl

The Member of Parliament for Igara West Raphael Magyezi has meanwhile told reporters at parliament that he is receiving death threats because of his private members’ bill on proposed amendment of article 102 (b) of the constitution to lift the age limit of the presidency.

“I have been to police to report threatening messages on my life and family because it is my right to be secure. If you say you will finish Magyezi and his team, what do you mean??” said Magyezi

Magyezi said he has already written to the speaker about his intention to present a motion seeking leave of parliament to introduce an omnibus Private Member’s Bill to amend Articles 102 (b), 108(3a) and 108(4) in a move seen as a significant step towards securing a free run for President Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election in 2021.

Flanked by a host of other MPs including, Juliet Ssuubi Kinnyamatama (Rakai) and (Rtd) Col.Ibrahim Abiriga (Arua Municipality), Margaret Komuhangi (Nakasongola), Robert Musoke (Budiope west) Magyezi noted that they are going to consult their constituents about the matter and that they will not be intimated.

Earlier in the afternoon, Bernard Atiku (Independent, Ayivu County) had a brawl with Abiriga Ibrahim (NRM Arua Municipality) over the now very hot issue of the age limit removal.

Abiriga was seen taking a bottle of cold water to cool off the steam after the scuffle with the police coming in to separate the dueling duo.

Liberia: President Sirleaf Breaks Ground for Modern Clinic in Bomi

Photo: Liberian Observer

President Sirleaf breaks ground for a modern clinic in Towon Town, Suehn Mecca District.

By Webmaster Admin

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken ground for the construction of a modern clinic at the River Bank in Towon Town, Suehn, Mecca District, Bomi County. She commended the River Bank Women for their resilience and commitment in working to bring the clinic project to fulfillment.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement at the ground breaking which she chose to attend instead of the Unity Party’s formal launching in Monrovia last Saturday.

The President thanked the legislature for the cooperation in support of development projects in Liberia. She noted the persistence of the River Bank Women in ensuring the realization of the project. She termed the project as a great relief to the people, especially of River Bank and adjoining communities in the district.

Paying tribute to former Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf who accompanied her for the grounding-breaking ceremony, she described him as an honest and trustworthy person who anyone can rely on.

The head of the River Bank Women’s Association, Madam Maimi Dargbeh, commended President Sirleaf for a promise fulfilled.

In separate remarks, Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown and Senator Sando Johnson praised President Sirleaf for her continued development initiatives and engagement with the people of Bomi County.

The ceremony was attended by Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin; Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis N. Kateh; former Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf – also a son of Bomi; J E. Goll, District Superintendent; citizens and well-wishers.

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Army, Police Cordon Off Parliament

By Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

Unnerved by the escalating political tensions, authorities have thrown a heavy security blanket around the parliamentary buildings to stave off possible clashes between the promoters of the lifting of the presidential age limit and those opposed to it.

Large numbers of armed, watchful civil and military police, backed by covert surveillance personnel patrolled the grounds as well as Parliament and Nile Avenues yesterday.

Positioned at strategic points were water cannon trucks among other crowd control gear, bringing a warzone feel to the House precincts and surrounding areas.

Their presence has been interpreted as a not-so-subtle show of force by elements of the security forces, that those opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limit say is meant to intimidate them.

At the end of back-to-back meetings, which drew in Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, Clerk of Parliament Jane Kibirige and police chiefs, it was resolved that access to Parliament be restricted to the public.

A day earlier, the two Parliament heads met Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Frank Mwesigwa as security agencies increased their presence around Parliament.

On Tuesday morning, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura also went to Parliament for a closed door meeting with the parliamentary leadership, further heightening the siege mentality.

Kayihura arrived shortly after 10am and hurried into Oulanyah’s office on the 5th floor of the Eastern wing of the parliament buildings. He emerged an hour later to talk to his troops deployed around Parliament even as spontaneous acts of civil disobedience played out around the legislature.

These security meetings were held in anticipation of the tabling of a motion seeking to amend the Constitution and removal of the presidential age limit – a hugely divisive proposal.

The proposed amendment has stoked anxieties at a Parliament where some MPs, especially those opposed to it, are inviting the public to pour into the House to follow the proceedings live. In a brief chat with journalists, Kayihura defended the heavy deployments.

“The deployments are because some people want to disrupt the peace of Parliament, Parliament must transact business in peace [but] everybody is marching. They want to march on Parliament without even clearance from Parliament and police,” Kayihura said.

He did not take any questions. The Observer, however, understood that in his meeting with Oulanyah, it was decided that the public gallery be closed to the public.

This was part of the instructions that Kayihura was overheard giving to his commanders at Parliament. The police have since become very suspicious of people standing in groups anywhere near Parliament.

THREATS

On Monday, four MPs opposed to the lifting of the constitutional presidential age limit were summoned to record statements at police over statements they made last week.

The MPs; Muhammad Nsereko (Independent, Kampala Central), Theodore Ssekikubo (NRM, Lwemiyaga), Allan Ssewanyana (DP, Makindye West) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (NRM, Buyaga West) were required to report to the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate (CIID) Kibuli yesterday.

Mark Paul Odong of the police’s directorate of criminal investigations said in the letters that the MPs are accused of offensive communication.

Ssekikubo and Tinkasiimire skipped their appointment with the police because they had “more important issues to attend to at Parliament” leaving only Nsereko and Ssewanyana to go to Kibuli for interrogation. They were later released without charge.

Opposition MPs criticised the police summons, arguing that they are unlawful since what MPs say within the precincts of Parliament is privileged and protected by guarantees of immunity under Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

“The arrest of MPs can’t be accepted, no amount of intimidation, no level of deployment shall scare us,” Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa said at an opposition press conference.

“I want to tell my NRM colleagues who are pushing for this amendment; if you don’t trust your martial arts tactics, better get off this campaign. We are serious about this, we shall sort ourselves out one on one should that bill be tabled. You defeat us on the floor, we shall follow you, we know where you sleep,” Munyagwa said.

The opposition caucus questioned the heavy deployment around Parliament.

“We are disappointed that the police is being used to address these political issues. In my constituency, a young man has died in police cells because he was opposed to the amendment. When I was walking into Parliament, I saw another man chained to the fence being brutalised by the police,” Denis Lee Onguzu, the Maracha South MP, said.

At a parallel press conference yesterday, Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, the designated mover of the anti-age limit bill, told journalists that the police came in after he filed a complaint.

“I was receiving text messages threatening me and my family, so, I ran to police and reported the case,” Magyezi said.

The Igara West legislator, a ruling party member, is the chief mover of the controversial amendment, which once passed will clear the way for President Museveni to cling onto power after he tops the current age limit of 75 year ahead of the next election in 2021.

“This is not a Magyezi motion…I hear threats left and right but I would rather hear the arguments; I would love to see Ugandans move away from the culture of threats and insults,” Magyezi said.

Supreme Court to Deliver Much-Awaited Full Ruling

By Sam Kiplagat

Supreme Court judges will Wednesday morning read their full judgment stating reasons for the nullification of the August 8 presidential elections.

The court, by a majority of four, nullified the presidential outcome on September 1 on grounds that there were irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

The Judges directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections within 60 days, in accordance to Article 140 of the Constitution.

On Wednesday, security personnel have already been deployed around the Supreme Court building to ensure that the proceedings in court are not interrupted.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Jubilee Party supporters demonstrated outside the court, accusing the Judiciary of overturning the peoples will.

PROTESTS

There were also protests in Nakuru, Kikuyu, Nyeri and Eldoret.

In their September 1 ruling, Chief Justice David Maraga, agreed with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola that there was a mess in the transmission of results. The

Judges, however, absolved President Uhuru Kenyatta from any blame.

Justices Jackton Ojwang’ and Njoki Ndung’u disagreed stating that Mr Raila Odinga, the petitioner in the case, failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of President Kenyatta.

The two said the polls were free, fair and credible as described by international observers.

BAD FAITH

Justice Ndung’u said challenges are there in every election and if they occurred, they were not deliberate or in bad faith.

The seventh judge, Mohamed Ibrahim, fell sick on the second day of the hearing of the case and did not participate in the final judgment.

“A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void,” Justice Maraga had said.

The Judges said the electoral body failed, neglected or refused to conduct the elections in the manner and dictates of the constitution.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has set October 17 as the date for the repeat poll, although the opposition has threatened to boycott the poll if a raft of demands they have made are not met.

Kenya

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Namibia: Mining Sector Contributed Billions in 2016

By Eveline De Klerk

Swakopmund — The Namibian mining sector contributed N$3.2 billion in corporate taxes and royalties to government in 2016. The figure excludes the Pay-As-You-Earn Tax (PAYE) and Value Added Tax (VAT).

This was said by Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga at the official opening in Swakopmund last week of the Uranium International Conference organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). Shilunga said the mining sector – despite continuous low uranium prices – contributed about N$161 million in royalties, whilst N$1 billion was paid in wages and salaries in fiscal year 2016. Also, N$25 million was contributed toward social responsibility projects.

“Thus mining, especially uranium mining activities, significantly contributs to the development agenda of the government as expressed in our guiding tools, Vision 2030, the National Development Plan, as well as the Harambee Prosperity plan,” he said.

“Namibia also benefits greatly from the N$2.8 billion sulphuric acid plant at Dundee Precious Metals smelter at Tsumeb. The mines require huge volumes of sulphuric acid, which is being transported via rail… which in turn means less reliance on imports, and more job opportunities,” she explained.

Shilunga went on to say government recognised that presently the uranium market was depressed with serious implications for uranium mines, as public opinion had turned strongly against nuclear power generation, especially after the Fukushima event in Japan in 2011.

“However, great strides are being made in the generation of electrical power generation through alternative technologies, such as nuclear energy,” she said.

The deputy minister added that countries, such as China, have clearly chosen the nuclear power option. China has embarked upon a major building programme of nuclear stations. “This will eventually impact uranium prices in a way that will not only benefit our uranium industry” but the whole country, she said.

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You Stole Our Victory, Jubilee Supporters Tell Supreme Court

By Sam Kiplagat

Hundreds of Jubilee supporters have held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court accusing the country’s top court of “stealing their victory”.

Waving placards, the demonstrators, mostly youth accused the judges of rendering an illegal judgment.

They said the court should have ordered for a recount of the votes following a petition filed by the Nasa coalition after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the August 8 election.

The demo was held as Kenyans await the full judgment of the court.

It also comes amid petitions filed at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) seeking the removal of judges Philomena Mwilu (Deputy Chief Justice) and Isaac Lenaola.

JSC members were also meeting at the Supreme Court amid the petitions.

The demonstrators had earlier converged at Uhuru Park.

They were shouting “Maraga must go” and “Uhuru mpaka 2022”.

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Germany Pledges Support for TZ

By Deogratius Kamagi

Dar es Salaam — Germany has, in the past three years, granted a total Sh520.86 billion to Tanzania, it was disclosed yesterday.

The Tanzanian government used the money to finance projects in various sectors, which include tourism and environment, health, water, energy and good governance in public finance.

Part of it was also directed to support refugees in Kigoma Region.

This was said yesterday by the deputy Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Finance and Planning, Ms Amina Shaaban, during the signing of bilateral development consultation between the two countries.

Ms Shaaban represented Tanzania in the signing while Germany was represented by Mr Georg Rademacher, the head of East Africa zone of the federal ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In the agreement, Germany has expressed intention to extend its support on the said sectors with effect from 2018 to 2021. According to press release from the ministry, the meeting was part of preparations of bilateral negotiations planned for 2018 when Germany is expected to declare the amount that would be issued to support the aforementioned projects.

“We thank the federal government for being among our key development partners for a long time. We appreciate their support,” she said and assured that Tanzania would further cooperation for the benefit of the two nations.

For his part, Mr Rademacher commended Tanzania for maintaining peace and preserving its natural resources. He also hailed the efforts made in the fight against corruption and embezzlement of public funds, adding that his country would keep its support in order to help improve social services.

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