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World Mourns Elephant Warrior Wayne Lotter

By Elvis Ondieki

Wildlife enthusiasts across the globe are in mourning after a man who has been fighting poaching in Tanzania, amid death threats, was shot dead in Dar-es-Salaam.

Mr Wayne Lotter, a former vice president of the International Ranger Foundation and a co-founder of an organisation that has been combating poaching in Tanzania for the last eight years, was killed when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle as he was being driven from an airport to his hotel.

POLICE

London-based newspaper The Guardian reported online that one gunman opened the car door and shot Mr Lotter.

Pams Foundation, an anti-poaching organisation Mr Lotter has been running in Tanzania since 2009, said in a Facebook post on Thursday evening that the killing happened on Wednesday night in Dar-es-Salaam’s Masaki District.

It added that Tanzanian police had launched an investigation into the death.

Mr Lotter, The Guardian reported, had received numerous death threats before, following the success of his anti-poaching programme that has seen more than 2,000 poachers and ivory traffickers arrested since 2012 with an 80 per cent conviction rate.

One of the major achievements was the February 2016 arrest of Yang Feng Glan who had been christened “Queen of Ivory”.

KENYA

The conservationist has been in Kenya previously in his mission to protect animals.

One of his notable visits was in April 2016 when he was among the attendants of a three-day Giants Club Summit.

Leaders from Kenya, Botswana, Gabon and Uganda were present.

Voice of America quoted Mr Lotter saying that the event provided “an opportunity to come and network with other people, share best practices and learn that there’s some good people here, and we can also share some of our experiences”.

Pams Foundation said in its tribute that Mr Lotter started his service to wildlife in South Africa, his country of birth, as a ranger before he moved to Tanzania to step up his conservation efforts through the foundation that he co-founded with Krissie Clark.

HIS APPROACH

“Wayne cared deeply about the people and animals that populate this world,” said the foundation.

“He died bravely fighting for the cause he was most passionate about.”

The foundation also gave a glimpse into the work ethic of Mr Lotter, saying he was operating on a policy of empowering Tanzanians to fight poaching.

“Wayne believed communities were the best protectors of the continent’s animals. Through his work with Pams he helped train thousands of village game scouts in every corner of the country.

“His ground-breaking work in developing an intelligence-based approach to anti-poaching helped successfully reverse the rampant rates of poaching facing Tanzania.

“Wayne’s charm, brilliance and eccentric sense of humour gave him the unique ability to make those around him constantly laugh and smile,” said Pams Foundation.

COWARDLY

Joining in the wagon of tributes was conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, an Ambassador for the Thin Green Line Foundation that supports Rangers training.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Wayne’s anti-poaching efforts made a big difference in the fight to save Tanzania’s elephants from the illegal ivory trade. Moreover, his courage in the face of stiff opposition and personal threats, and his determination to keep on fighting have inspired many and encouraged them also to keep fighting for wildlife,” she said in an obituary published on Facebook by the International Rangers Foundation.

“If this cowardly shooting was an attempt to bring the work of the Pams Foundation to an end it will fail. Those who have been inspired by Wayne will fight on. But he will be sadly missed by so many,” added Dr Goodall.

FEASSSA Games – Musafiri Tips Rwandan Team on Discipline

By Frederic Byumvuhore

Education minister Papias Malimba Musafiri has urged the Rwandan teams that will represent the country in this year’s Federation of East African Secondary School Sports Associations (FEASSSA) Games to observe discipline and be accountable during the competition.

The minister was speaking during the flagging-off event at IPRC-Kigali, on Tuesday. He addressed over 360 students from different high schools’ under 21 teams that travelled to Uganda on Wednesday for the regional school competitions.

The games will kick off on August 19 and run up to 27 in Gulu District, Northern Uganda.

The competition brings together High schools from the East African countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda. Teams compete in different sports disciplines.

This year, Rwanda will have 21 teams (girls and boys) in nine sports disciplines including football, volleyball, basketball, handball, Netball, rugby, tennis, swimming and Athletics. They will be accompanied by 26 coaches.

Rwandan players include 191 boys and 172 girls.

Discipline and solidarity key to success

The minister wished the teams success, saying that the success will come from the package of unity, friendship, solidarity and discipline that they will show during the tournament. He also urged them not to take the opportunities and country’s efforts invested in tournament for granted.

“You are ambassadors of the country. You carry the flag of Rwanda and this is the time to build a good image of the country in the tournament. We have thousands of students across the country and you were selected because you have many things you are good at, you should maximise your potential,” Musafiri told the teams.

He noted: “During local competitions, you have been competing against schools but at this level you are one team called Rwanda Team and you will be competing against other countries. We need solidarity, unity and discipline among you.”

Emelance Muhoza, the captain of Lycee de Kigali Basketball team, said that their main target is to win the competition.

“This is our third time to participate in the competition. We have learnt more and this year’s target is to be champions in our discipline,” she noted.

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Karatu Road Tragedy Survivors On Their Way Home From the US

By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — The survivors of a fatal bus accident in Karatu District, Doreen Elibariki, Wilson Tarimo and Sadia Ismail on Thursday started their journey to Tanzania from the US where they have been receiving specialised medical attention.

The flight carrying the three children left Charlotte North Carolina for Kilimanjaro International Airport by plane with registration number SP DC-8 N at 3pm East African time, according to reports confirmed on Thursday by Singida North MP, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu who coordinated the children’s travel arrangements to the US.

Accompanied by their parents, the children are expected to land at KIA tomorrow morning at 7am, Mr Nyalandu revealed in a post on his Instagram account.

“The aircraft carrying the three children have just taken off a few seconds ago from Charlotte NC airport for KIA. I wish them safe journey..,” Mr Nyalandu, the former minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, said.

Doreen and the other two children were transferred to the US in April this year for intensive medical treatment following critical injuries they sustained in a grisly road accident that killed more than 30 students of Lucky Vincent Primary School in Arusha. Two teachers and the driver also lost their lives.

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Maize Flour Supply Erratic in CBD Retail Chains

By Gerald Andae

Scarcity of subsidised cheap flour has once again hit Nairobi’s Central Business District despite millers saying they have enough stocks in factories.

The shortage of the staple hit the market on election day-eve but the situation normalised by Friday last week, only for the stocks to be cleared over the weekend in what the Cereal Millers Association (CMA) attributes to high demand.

A survey from Monday to Wednesday revealed the CBD was facing an acute shortage with Tuskys supermarket limiting customers to no more than four 2kg packets at its OTC branch. Millers argue that the situation was occasioned by the fact that factories have not been working at full capacity since the election week.

“There is no cause for concern. Mills were not working at full capacity during the election period but are now getting back to normal,” said CMA chief executive officer Paloma Fernandez.

She said millers made deliveries to retail outlets in town on Monday but the uptake was very high with stocks exhausted within a short time.

“Many millers will be delivering today (Wednesday) to all the branches and we expect normalcy to return before the end of the week,” she said.

Ms Fernandez said there were enough stocks of maize. Tuskys managing director Daniel Githua said the shortage witnessed in the better part of last week resulted from logistical challenges as they could not get stocks.

“Millers normally supply our outlets in town but during the election period deliveries were interrupted. However, the situation is coming back to normal,” said Mr Githua.

His sentiments were echoed by Willy Kimani, chief operations officer of Naivas Supermarket. He said that there had been disruption in supplies but normalcy was returning.

“There were disruptions in supplies but we are getting more stocks this week,” Mr Kimani said.

A spot check in supermarkets Wednesday morning showed Tuskys had a handful of Sh90 flour packets at the OTC branch, while Naivas, along Ronald Ngala Street, had none.

However, Naivas had flour on Monday and an attendant said it was later exhausted due to high demand.

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Tanzania: Doctors Warn of Chronic Conditions

By Valentine Oforo

Dodoma — Doctors here have warned of increasing cases of diseases such as cardiac ailments, prostate cancer, eye diseases and those that affect the bones, known as osteoporosis.

According to the on-going special mobile services clinic introduced by the government in the region, there is a high prevalence of the said diseases in different parts of region, especially in rural areas.

Thge regional medical officer, Dr Charles Kiologwe, told The Citizen yesterday that antenatal mothers and newborns were also vulnerable to diverse heath complications in most rural areas in the region.

“Most patients in rural areas are grappling with several challenges at getting timely and reliable health services due to numerous factors, and thus we have decided to organise the mobile clinic in order to extend quality health services to the needy population in the region at an affordable cost, especially for those in remote,” he detailed. Dr Kiologwe added that the health initiative has managed to cater for about 8,000 people with diverse health difficulties in various areas in the region.

He added that in Mpwapwa, the clinic offered care to least 3,673 patients, whereby in Chamwino and Kongwa, the initiative served 1,711 and 2,800 patients respectively.

“Some patient used to travel a long way from their villages to the regional referral hospital in order to meet with specialists. But with this project such services are now at their doorsteps” he observed.

He said the region was now receiving many new-comers from different parts of the country due to relocation of the government administrative headquarters to designated capital city, a situation which necessities for upgrading of health facilities from basic levels in all districts.

“The clinic is scheduled to end on November, this year, by covering all districts within the region and it is our expectations that majority of people with health difficulties in the region will benefit from it before its completion,” he observed.

The on-going clinic is manned by high-profile specialized doctors from Dodoma, KCMC, Muhimbili, and Bugando hospitals.

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Govt Goes for Indicative Prices in Farm-Input

By Stephano Simbeye

Vwawa — The government says it has suspended the issuance of agro-input vouchers in the next farming season. In its place, it will introduce a procedure, whereby it will place orders for agricultural inputs and set indicative prices that will reduce fertilizer costs by 30 per cent.

This was revealed early in the week by the deputy minister for Agriculture, Irrigation and Cooperatives, Mr William Ole Nasha, in Vwawa Town, Mbozi District, when launching a project on involving youth in agriculture and livestock sectors.

The six-year-project, which started in 2016 under the financing of the Heifer International Organisation, will cover Mbeya, Njombe, Iringa and Songwe regions up until 2021.

“In implementing this, we will start with two kinds of fertilizers, DAP and Urea, which are widely used. A farmer will purchase them as much as he likes contrary to input subsidy vouchers that enabled the farmer to get only a bag of fertilizer,” he said.

He said the programme had also the advantage of placing orders for fuels and would not give a chance to racketeers to hike prices.

According to Songwe RC Chiku Galawa, her region has 24,266 households that engage in agriculture.

She said a total of 3,543,924 hectares are under cultivation, hence over 70,000 tonnes of fertilizers are needed. Previously farmers only got 4 per cent of subsidy vouchers.

The RC clarified that a big section of farmers in the region were using fertilizers, adding that subsidies were not enough to attain production goals.

For his part, the Mbozi MP, Mr Pascal Haonga, explained that groups of youth failed to engage in farming because of exorbitant prices of inputs.

A farmer, Hamisi Hankungwe from Wellu Village, said the decision was timely as they did not benefit from the voucher system. “The government should supervise well this plan of indicative prices so that it can benefit the targeted group,” he said.

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Police Investigate Mbale Fuel Station Fire

By Olivier Mukaaya & By Yahudu Kitunzi

Mbale — Police in Mbale District have launched investigations into the fire outbreak that gutted Net Gas Energy fuel station in Busajjabwakuba Trading Centre, Mbale District on Tuesday.

Three trucks were also destroyed in the inferno.

The district police commander, Mr Godwin Ochaki told Daily Monitor on Tuesday: “This is a serious incident that risked so many people’s lives. It calls for thorough investigations, which we have started. The police fire brigade managed to evacuate staff and people from the scene, safely.”

Mr Ochaki warned that fuel stations should ensure that they have functioning emergency fire response equipment to contain any fire outbreaks in their early stages.

“It’s not even clear if the fuel station had functional emergency fire response equipment. This is a caution to fuel stations proprietors to ensure that there is fire response equipment,” he said.

Mr Emma Mwabila, the manager of the fuel station, said they did not know how the fire broke out, adding that they have lost property worth millions of Shillings.

The deputy Resident District Commissioner, Ms Pamela Watuwa, said police and other responsible authorities must ensure that businesses, especially those dealing in flammable goods, are always equipped with functional emergency fire response equipment.

Last month, fire broke out at a fuel station in Manafwa District and reduced to ashes property worth millions of Shillings, including eight commercial houses.

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Sex Workers Embrace Night HIV/Aids Testing Campaign

Photo: Daily Monitor

Under the Moonlight HIV/Aids Testing campaign, health workers visit places where sex workers work and convince them to take HIV/Aids tests. (file photo)

By Alex Tumuhimbise

Kakumiro/Kagadi — After divorcing her husband in February 2013, Agatha (not real name), left her village and started living in Igayaza Trading Centre in Birembo Sub-county on the Kakumiro-Hoima Road in Kakumiro District.

Agatha, a mother of two, dropped out of school in Senior Two.

Life became very hard since she didn’t have a job at the busy trading centre where she was living.

Given the life difficulties that she was going through, she was forced to find a job at one of the busy bars where she was offered accommodation and a monthly pay of Shs60,000.

“As you can see, I couldn’t let my children die of hunger. I decided to work at the bar to raise some money for food,” she reveals.

She says as time passed by, she was influenced by her peers and slowly, she was introduced to prostitution by her peers at the bar.

Agatha adds that her peers had convinced her that her new job was to provide her with side income to supplement her salary.

The idea of a side income job sounded good and without hesitation, she joined her peers and indulged in sex without minding about contracting HIV/Aids and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

“We could sleep with men at any fee just to supplement our salary, which was not even enough to meet my needs as a mother,” Agatha reveals.

After about three years as a sex worker, Agatha started feeling weak and sickly, but did not seek medical attention.

Moonlight HIV/Aids Testing campaign

In mid-March 2016, the Health ministry, through Kibaale District Local Government health department, in partnership with Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), a non-governmental organisation, extended to the area a campaign dubbed Moonlight HIV/Aids Testing, which had started back in 2015.

Under the campaign, health workers visit places where suspected prostitutes carry out their business during the night and they convince them to do an HIV/Aids test.

The service is extended to the prostitutes’ clients too.

Agatha narrates that when the health workers pitched camped at her trading centre for a night, she reluctantly accepted to have a blood test.

As suspected, the results showed she had HIV/Aids.

“That night became horrible for me. I feared and started sensing death around me. I had slept with many men without protection and little did I know that I was going to contract the virus,” Agatha recollects.

As Agatha was contemplating her next move, health workers and counsellors convinced her to start taking ARVs at one of the nearest health centres, which advice she embraced.

Like Agatha, several sex workers have found hope in this campaign after testing and knowing their HIV/Aids status.

About the campaign

According to Dr Robert Senteza, the Kakumiro District health officer, the Moonlight HIV/Aids Testing campaign, which started in 2015 in greater-Kibaale, targets populations described as key and vulnerable to contraction and spreading of HIV/Aids virus.

He says the campaign has for the last two years been carried out in areas described as hotspots for sex workers.

He says the sex workers are categorised under the HIV reservoirs, referring to people who are highly suspected of being HIV-positive and with high chances of spreading it to others because of the nature of their work.

“The strategy of Moon light HIV/Aids Testing majorly aims to help the highly vulnerable people such as sex workers know their HIV/Aids status and access treatment and other services. Because of the nature of their work and lifestyle, night time is the only opportunity they get to be tested and linked to other HIV/Aids services,” Dr Senteza explains.

HIV/Aids fight

Government, working closely with other organisations such as the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS, among others, kick-started a campaign dubbed 90-90-90 by 2020. The US government and the Centre for Disease Control launched the campaign in March, where it aims to identify at least 90 per cent of people living with HIV/Aids through responsive HIV testing services.

However, Dr Senteza warns that the campaign may hit a dead end if some people, including sex workers, are left out of all efforts to curb the HIV/Aids plague.

He says it is in this regard that Moonlight HIV/Aids Testing was started.

Dr Senteza observes that there is an increase in the number of sex workers in the region due to the socio-economic growth linked with the anticipation of oil and gas production activities.

Other activities that are fuelling the increase in the number of sex workers in the sub-region include construction of oil roads, mushrooming rural trading centres, increase in the number of bars and lodges and the wide income disparities, which leave some people unable to earn a decent living.

“The growth of rural towns like Kakumiro, Igayaza, Mwitanzigye, Kisiita and Kisengwe provide fertile environment for sex workers who can easily spread the virus to other people,” Dr Senteza says.

Other services

Besides sex workers and their clients, the Moonlight HIV/Aids Testing campaign has helped health workers reach out to other people with risky lifestyles and occupations such as the fishing community, long distance truck drivers, uniformed men and women, among others.

The IDI HIV/Aids field coordinator, Mr Robert Bossa, says under the campaign, besides testing sex workers and their clients, they also give them a package of other services, including counselling and link them to medication enrolment in health centres.

“We also give them condoms and sex lubricants after sensitisation. Neglecting these people poses a danger to the general population and can ruin all efforts of fighting against HIV/Aids.

Mr Hatib Sayd, an HIV/Aids counsellor attached to Kakumiro Health Centre IV, says in a single day, they test and counsel at least 200 clients at a hotspot.

“We have used this strategy to sensitise people on ground, especially in highly-populated rural areas. We mobilise them through different ways. We use Village Health Teams and local leaders,” Mr Sayd notes.

The Impact

High prevalence. According to Dr Robert Senteza, the Kakumiro District health officer, out of every 10 sex workers tested, seven are found HIV/Aids positive and immediately advised to start getting ARVs and other relevant medication forms.

For Kakumiro District only, the HIV/Aids prevalence rate has tremendously reduced from 6 per cent in 2016 to 3.9 per cent in 2017. The national HIV/Aids prevalence rate stands 7.3 per cent and 8.2 per cent for Bunyoro sub-region.

Campaign life span. Mr Robert Bossa, the Infectious Disease Institute HIV/Aids field coordinator, says the campaign will continue as long as the organisation continues to get funds from donors.

Death rates. According to Mr Bossa, annual HIV/Aids-related deaths have reduced from 100,000 people in 2004 to 28,000 in 2016. Every day, approximately 151 people get infected with HIV/Aids in Uganda and nearly 44 per cent of these are young people.

South Africa: Limpopo Transport Officials Dismissed Over R7.4 Million Fraud

The Limpopo transport department says it dismissed at least three officials after R7.4m was stolen from its traffic summons account.

The department said the corruption was uncovered by its Anti-Fraud and Corruption Unit.

Department spokesperson Joshua Kwapa said three officials have been dismissed while 10 resigned following the investigations.

One official is currently going through a disciplinary hearing.

“The investigation and the breakthrough followed information that revenue was lost at various traffic stations at the district offices,” said Kwapa.

According to the information, contravention officers, traffic officers as well as revenue officers were collecting postal order payments from various post offices in Limpopo, which were destined for various traffic stations.

The officers would then redeem those postal orders but fail to deposit the money into the department’s bank account, Kwapa said.

Started in 2009

An investigation into this revealed that the rot began as far back as 2009, he said.

“It was further discovered that some officials reduced amounts on summonses, even though the traffic offenders sent the correct amount on postal orders, for their own selfish benefit.”

The investigation revealed that the implicated officials did not bank the money into the department’s bank account, instead they stole it and used it for their personal gain.

The department then decided to open criminal cases against the officials through commercial crimes unit.

Transport and Community Safety MEC Nandi Ndalane welcomed the breakthrough by the department and hailed the anti-fraud and corruption unit for its hard work and tenacity.

“As a department we condemn and despise fraud and corruption.

“We do not tolerate officials who abuse their positions of responsibility and use them to steal tax payers’ money,” said Ndalane.

She said investigation into any acts of corruption within the department would continue to be investigated. She warned that “would-be criminals” within the department would face the full might of the law once caught.

Source: News24

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South Africa: Process Underway for Local Houses of Traditional Leaders

The Eastern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) says the process to establish Local Houses of Traditional Leaders (LHTL) in the province is firmly in place.

This following the end of term of the provincial House of Traditional Leaders. The department on Tuesday said its MEC Fikile Xasa has held meetings with key stakeholders affected by the process.

The Houses will be established in Alfred Nzo, Chris Hani, Amathole, Joe Gqabi, OR Tambo and Buffalo City Metro Municipalities.

The MEC has met with members of the former executive committee of the provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Speakers from District Municipalities, leadership of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA) and Kings in Mthatha and East London recently.

The department said the purpose of the sessions was to share information with regard to regulations on the election of members of the Houses.

MEC Xasa said they are all determined to ensure that the entire process is technically sound and beyond reproach.

“We want to do things in line with provisions of the law and applicable regulations without fail. The Premier of the Province and myself will act as referees to achieve a free and fair election process.”

He added that a steering committee made up of key and relevant stakeholders will be established soon to implement the process within the agreed time lines.

The membership of the local houses will consist of Kings and Queens or their representatives, about 60% of senior traditional leaders, and 40% of headmen or headwomen.

The department said chairpersons of the traditional councils will convene Imbizo meetings in their areas of jurisdiction to elect or select three people to serve on the Electoral College for the District and Metropolitan municipality concerned.

“All meetings must be held on the same day throughout the Province. All members of the traditional community must participate in the nomination, selection or election of candidates to serve in the Local Houses,” said MEC Xasa.

Before assuming their functions in the local houses, members will be sworn in by taking an oath before a Magistrate. Once that is done, the process to select or elect members of the provincial House of Traditional Leaders will start and be completed on the same day in the affected area.

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