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Namibia:International White Cane Day Commemorated

By Adam Hartman

For government to help make life better for people living with disabilities, this group of people should engage government institutions to make their needs and challenges known.

This was said by deputy finance minister Natangwe Ithete at the International White Cane Day commemoration held at Swakopmund yesterday and organised by the Erongo governor’s office.

The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness, and how the visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities; to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a world of the sighted; and to honour the many contributions being made by the visually impaired.

The event at Swakopmund was poorly attended.

“I am disappointed that people do not attend and engage themselves in events such as these. People living with disabilities should be acknowledged as equal members of our nation,” Ithete stressed.

He said government took the plight of disabled Namibians seriously, which can be seen with the creation of the department of disability affairs in the Office of the Vice President, under deputy minister Alexia Manombe-Ncube.

“The able and disabled should not be divided. We should see the disabled not as unable, but differently-abled,” Ithete noted. “Disabled people should not be excluded, and should be bold enough to engage in society because they are equal citizens with equal rights.”

He thus encouraged disabled people to engage in economic opportunities, and to develop themselves through vocational training and higher education. Disabled people likewise have the right to become Namibia’s next president or prime minister.

“We can have leaders with disabilities. They must just make use of the opportunities, and government will be ready to support them. Engage government so that we can know how to help you so that you can become prosperous,” he said. According to the latest information from the Namibian Federation for the Visually Impaired, there are about 15 000 visually impaired citizens (registered with the federation).

Amongst the greatest challenges faced by this group are access to information and economic empowerment.

There is also a great need for quality Braille textbooks and government documents which would promote the education and training of the visually impaired, as well as open opportunities to be involved in economic projects that could enhance their lives.


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Police Arrest Ibrahim Omondi After Remarks Targeting Uhuru Kenyatta

By Mohamed Ahmed

Mombasa police on Friday morning arrested Airport Ward Rep Ibrahim Omondi.

About 15 police officers raided his Changamwe home at 5am, Josephine Ibrahim, his wife said.

Coast police boss Larry Kieng confirmed the MCA is in their custody saying, “we are investigating him concerning a very serious offence on national security”.


On Thursday several Mombasa MCAs warned the electoral commission against conducting an election in the county on October 26.

The ward representatives allied to Nasa declared there will be no election in the county.

Mrs Ibrahim said the MCA’s arrest could be linked to a statement he made during the event.

A video went viral on social media showing Mr Omondi dismissing President Uhuru Kenyatta as a caretaker and not the president.

“Uhuru Kenyatta should be very careful. He is not even the President of Kenya, he is a caretaker president and he is supposed to respect the constitution just like any other citizen of this country,” the MCA allegedly said in the video.


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Nigeria:Group Vows to Track 2017 Budgets for Agriculture in 4 States

By Amina Abdullahi

Yola — A non-governmental organization, Connected Development (CODE) has vowed to track the implementation of each state’s 2017 budgets for agriculture.

This becomes necessary following an analysis it claimed it carried out which revealed that most of the agricultural inputs budgeted for are discouraging when compared to the expected outcomes.

The Operations Manager of CODE, Celestina Obiekea, disclosed this in Adamawa state, and added that the budget tracking will be done in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS).

She said their aims are to track funds meant for capital infrastructure project, health, education, provision of water and sanitation services in Nigeria that comes from both national and international funding, focus on rural communities and to empower people with rich information to know about their right each time revenues are allocated.

Obiekea further explained that agriculture has paid the country in the past through; groundnut pyramids, rice, cocoa, rubber and palm oil plantations.

She added that it can also do the same by providing more findings especially to the rural farmers because one needs to put in lots of inputs to get gracious outcome.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Tunde Barari, who is a facilitator from NANTS said they are to re-track 2017 budgets in some selected states namely, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Bauchi and Benue states.

He said it is an irony that Nigerians still import foodstuffs despite our arable land and natural resources. “There is a need for an advocacy in making sure all communities have access to the basics information on the 2017 budget,” he said.

Celestina added that they ‘follow the money’ to know what was done with it and report those who siphoned the money to appropriate authorities like the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC).


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Rwanda:Renewable Energy Players Meet in Kigali This Week

By Collins Mwai

Local and international players in renewable energy will convene in Kigali on Thursday and Friday this week to map out potential opportunities in the sector.

The forum will serve as a platform to network, deliberate and showcase technology with an aim to scale up renewable energy.

According to the organisers, the forum, dubbed Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth -Matchmaking conference & Exhibition, will also pay attention to small and medium hydropower project development in Rwanda and the region.

The event will venture into the Rwandan renewable energy market and provide an international business and partnerships platform by highlighting attractive investment opportunities.

“Expectations from the forum include engaging with financiers and investors interested in the Rwandan renewable energy market, and exchange know-how with counterparts. Updates will be shared on Government of Rwanda’s national priorities and associated business opportunities for the private sector. Engagement with pioneers in the off-grid sector and lessons about exciting innovations that are driving change on the ground in Rwanda will also be discussed,” a concept note by the organisers reads in part.

Currently, Rwanda’s energy generation capacity is at 210.9 MW with 48 per cent coming from hydropower, with thermal contributing 32 per cent, while methane-to-power adds about 14.3 per cent.

According to Rwanda Energy Group Report of August 2017, the country has achieved about 40.5 per cent access rate, of which on-grid access represents 29.5 per cent with off-grid access standing at 11 per cent.

REG recently announced that they had reviewed their energy rollout strategy to align them to the central government’s objectives.

The new strategy 7-5-2 Plan aims at connecting all the households in next 7 years (by 2024), connecting all the productive users by 2022, and ensuring that the entire capital is connected by in the next two years by 2019.

The new strategy is also dependent on power imports from neighbouring countries, an initiative which has been in the pipeline for years but has since stalled severally.

The Acting Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Limited, Yves Nshuti, recently told The New Times that the power importation plan was still in the pipeline and is set to add about 100MW in the near future.

The plan also includes stepping up the use of off-grid solutions to about 48 per cent.

The event is organised by Energy Private Developers association in conjunction with Rwanda Development Board, among other partners.

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Nigeria:600 Investors to Attend Nigeria’s Mining Week

The Event Manager, IPAD Nigeria Mining and Quarrying Forum, Elodie Delagneau, says no fewer than 600 mining investors are expected to attend the second Nigeria Mining Week beginning from Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr. Delagneau disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

The Mining Week is being organised by the Miners Association of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and IPAD Nigeria.

The event, which commenced on Monday as a pre-conference, will end on October 18.

The high level conference and expo would also provide the industry with access to the latest mining technologies and services.

A new feature event, called the Dragons’ Den, would give small scale miners and junior mining licence holders the opportunity to pitch their prospective investors at today’s event.

She said that 20 countries from Europe, including South Africa, Ghana and Germany have registered to attend this year’s event.

She explained that more than 120 investors had arrived and were attending the pre-conference, adding that it was a good omen that the event would was more promising, compared to the first edition.

“The event is for Nigerian mining professionals such as mining operators, service providers; we also have exhibitors and mining investors that came from South Africa to invest in the Nigeria mining.

“This year’s mining week will be different from 2016 edition because of the turnout and calibre of people that have registered today; investors now trust the Nigerian mining sector as a place to invest, ” she said.

She said Nigeria’s new mining roadmap and regulations had brought tremendous development to the Nigerian economy, adding that some investors had been able to access funds through the ministry.

Today’s event is the Dragon’s day, where mining investors present their projects to a panel of judges, financiers and consultants on how they can get partnership and financial assistance to boost their businesses.

She said the week would not just be only presentations but round-table, where mining investors could meet and discuss how to assist one another.

The Chief Executive Officers, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, and the Miners Association of Nigeria would meet at the event to tackle challenges facing the sector.

There are exhibition stands where both local and foreign investors, consultants and financial institutions would showcase their products, equipment and expertise among others.



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Tanzania:Prayer Houses Lined Up for Demolition in Road Project

By Jackline Masinde

Dar es Salaam — At least 24 houses of prayers are expected to be demolished today by the Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads) to pave the way for expansion of the Kimara-Kiluvya section of Morogoro Road.

The demolitions are a continuation of the removal of about 1,300 buildings, which had been built within the road reserve, measuring 121.5 metres from the centre of the key infrastructure.

So far, over 1,000 houses have been demolished, a situation that has forced some residents to spend the night in the cold.

Confirming the demolition to The Citizen, the man in charge of supervising the Tanroads exercise, Mr Jonson Rutechula, said: “We have notified leaders of the affected mosques and churches to remove their valuables from the buildings by tomorrow (today) as we are coming to tear them down. We are set to demolish 14 churches and 10 mosques in the stretch that covers Kimara to Kiluvya. We will start demolishing them in the morning,” said Mr Rutechula.

He added that the demolition of biulding marked with an ‘X’ had by a big percentage been completed, leaving only houses of prayer.

“As you can see the demolition exercise for residential houses is complete. Only houses of prayer are yet to be removed,” he said.

At St Maria Church, Kimara Parish, this writer found some believers removing properties from the house of worship but the leaders of the church declined to comment when asked about the exercise.

“We are not spokespersons. So, if you want to gather news, please come tomorrow with your camera to cover the event. You also need to find the Father of the Parish as he will be in a good position to tell you what is going on,” said one of the faithful.


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Police Stuck With Body of Murdered Woman

Photo: The Observer

Asan Kasingye addressing the media about the murders recently.

By Prisca Baike

Over six weeks since her naked, decomposing body, was found dumped in a bush behind rental houses in Katabi, along the Kampala-Entebbe highway, this unidentified woman’s remains still lie unclaimed in the city mortuary.

The unidentified woman suspected to be in her 30s was the 18th out of 23 women who were brutally murdered in Wakiso, Nansana and Entebbe between May and August this year.

Unlike the other victims whose bodies were identified and buried by their relatives, this woman along with two others remains unidentified.

Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye told The Observer that deliberate attempts were made to identify the victims. Their suspected places of residence were fruitlessly searched in an attempt to acquire some of their photographs in a bid to get the public to identify them.

“We failed to get their photographs or anything to identify them and as you know we cannot put a photo of a dead body in the papers,” said Kasingye, adding that not even their names are known to any of the people who viewed the bodies.

According to Kasingye, nobody has gone to police looking for them and neither has police got any report of a missing person matching any of the three unidentified women.

Unlike the woman whose body was found in Entebbe, the other two women whose bodies were recovered in Nansana but remained unidentified were buried in one of the KCCA cemeteries.

The two bodies from Nansana were found on 28th and 31st May and were buried on 8th and 18th June, respectively, according to Kasingye.

“We always want to hold onto the bodies for as long as we can until they are claimed but it depends on many factors,” said Kasingye, explaining that there is need to create space for more bodies.

He said the bodies are only buried in the event that no one has identified the deceased after a reasonable period of time. In cases of homicide, Kasingye says the bodies are buried after one week. For this case, however, he says the period can be extended to one month subject to space being available.

“The bodies are preserved but as you know, we can’t keep them for so long in the mortuary,” said Polly Namaye, the deputy spokesperson of police.

Prior to burial, Namaye states that a call for the final public viewing of the body is made. In this case, people came to view but no one claimed any of the bodies.

According to Kasingye, this is, a rare occurrence. He explains that the last time there was more than one unidentified person was after Kasese killings [after the army and police raided the palace of Rwenzururu king, Omusinga Wesley Member]. The victims were buried in mass graves and to-date, no one has shown up to claim any of the bodies.

He notes that most of the time people are identified by their relatives. A case in point is the July 2010 terrorist bombings when all the 70-plus victims were identified.

Namaye notes that apart from murder and accident victims, police, once in a while recovers bodies of patients who die in hospitals and go unidentified. Like the other victims, these too are preserved and buried in case no one claims their bodies.

Kasingye maintains that caution is taken when burying unidentified persons. Before burying them, a sample of the victim’s blood is taken to the government analytical laboratory for a DNA test.

“Should anybody come claiming the body in future, we tally their DNA with the deceased’s and exhume it if they match,” says Kasingye.

According to Namaye, the gravesites are marked to enable exhumation in case the body is claimed by a relative or in the event that there is a contestation about the body.

However, the woman lying in the city mortuary may yet get a decent burial.

“Some people are saying they could be knowing her; so, we are trying to verify that. We don’t want to give her to the wrong people,” said Kasingye.

Nasa Leader Raila Blames IEBC for Poll Withdrawal

By Patrick Lang’at

Nasa leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday withdrew from the repeat presidential election duel with President Uhuru Kenyatta, and demanded a new poll 90 days after fresh nominations.

Mr Odinga, who withdrew with his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, blamed what he said was the electoral agency’s inability to correct massive mistakes identified by the Supreme Court before the October 26 re-run.

“After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by Nasa vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26th October 2017,” Mr Odinga said at the Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi.


He was flanked by Mr Musyoka, Nasa co-principals Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi, who also read the statement in turns.

“Kama mbaya, mbaya (Let whatever will come, come),” Nasa legislators said in a chorus after the statement.

Mr Odinga based his argument on a 2013 Supreme Court decision that interpreted what a fresh election means, who should participate and what happens when, in the event of two candidates running in the repeat poll, one of them withdraws from contest.

According to the Nasa leader, his withdrawal, backed by the controversial Chief Justice Willy Mutunga-led Supreme Court decision, means a whole new process, complete with fresh nominations.

“The implication of this provision is that upon our withdrawal, the election scheduled for the 26th October stands cancelled.

“Our withdrawal from the election requires the IEBC to cancel the election and to conduct fresh nominations,” Mr Odinga said.


In making its interpretation, the Supreme Court, which had been asked to make the determination by Attorney-General Githu Muigai, broadened the provisions of Article 138 (8)b that talk about fresh nominations in the event of death, to include withdrawal of a candidate in a two-man fresh election.

The position by Nasa will be in direct conflict with President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party interpretation of the scenario, which they read to mean an automatic declaration of the remaining candidate as the winner, and his eventual swearing-in.


While the IEBC has not pronounced itself on what comes next after the withdrawal, Regulation 52(1) of the Election (General) Regulations requires a candidate to write formally to them to withdraw their candidature, but within three days of the nominations.

In the case of such a withdrawal, the regulations say, the remaining candidate, if two had been nominated, will be declared elected.

This, however, presents another gap in law that may likely head back to the Chief Justice David Maraga-led court that invalidated the August 8 presidential poll.


Mr Odinga on Tuesday blamed the IEBC for what Nasa said was acts of bad faith in refusing to act on its 12-point reforms agenda dubbed “irreducible minimums”, without which, they said, no poll would take place.

Meanwhile, Nasa maintained that demonstrations against IEBC will go on as planned.

“We expect demonstrations all over the country tomorrow (today) from Mandera to Luanda, to Lamu as earlier scheduled,” Siaya Senator James Orengo said.

Additional reporting by Collins Omulo

Cameroon: Eto’o, Children’s Health Advocate

By Fred Vubem Toh

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was guest of honour at the launching of a vaccination campaign in Douala on Friday.

Samuel Eto’o Fils, on Friday October 6th at the Bonassama District hospital in Douala, lend his aura as a crowd puller by presiding over the launching of a vaccination campaign for children. His presence caused a traffic jam around the Bonassama junction as everyone wanted to see the ace former striker of the Indomitable Lions, curious to know what had brought him to the hospital. The polio and BCG vaccines were administered to some 30 children on the spot to launch the campaign that targets a 100 per cent success. The campaign is carried out by UNICEF in collaboration with the ‘Programme Elargi de Vaccination’. Eto’o Fils sensitised the women on the need for vaccination so as to ensure good health for their children. The chief of the Bonassama District hospital took advantage of the ceremony to present some of the difficulties they face such as aging equipment, lack of trained personnel and vehicles. In a press conference after the event at the Star Land hotel in Douala, Eto’o made an advocacy for children saying children’s health should be our collective concern and that little gestures save life. Eto’o who has been UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for 17 years says now that he is drifting towards the end of his career, he has more time to devote to the children and was willing to work with anyone in this regard. He announced that he will construct a hospital in Ngambetika so as to take healthcare nearer to the people and awarded an on-the-spot scholarship to some 20 abandoned children. The UNICEF representative announced a project to grant internet to school code-named, “Connect My School” and the distribution of some 100 balls to children in the East and Northern Regions.


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By Susan Wong

Ahead of the Africa Gala Ceremony 2017, World Travel Awards (WTA) has touched down in Kigali, Rwanda.

The prestigious event will take place in the country’s thriving capital, Kigali, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre on Tuesday, with hundreds of leaders from across the hospitality industry expected to attend the glittering red carpet ceremony. Local media personalities, George Ndirangu and Makeda Mahadeo, will be hosting the event.

As WTA celebrates its 24th anniversary this year, each year, the event continues to cover the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region in the tourism sector.

This will be the first time that WTA has held an official event in Rwanda, putting the African country on the map as a growing tourism hub.

“The heart of Africa, Rwanda has become rightfully known for its spectacular scenery – think thundering waterfalls, towering mountains and virgin rainforests – and rare wildlife,” WTA President and Founder Graham E. Cooke commented ahead of Tuesday’s gala.

A full list of nominees can be viewed on the World Travel Awards website.


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