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Akothee Lectures Diamond’s Latest Baby Mama

Photo: Diamond Platinumz/Instagram

Diamond and Zari.

By Naira Habib

Singer Akothee has lectured Tanzanian model Hamisa Mobetto for publicly revealing pictures and videos of her intimate moments with singer Diamond Platinumz, terming it as foolish

In a lengthy Facebook post the singer accused Hamisa of having malicious intentions of hurting Diamond’s family.

“But why would I take photos of someone I have just stolen for a sex moment if am not a malicious person, I think I can forgive my baby if he is caught in this scenario, why are girls not intelligent,” Akothee wrote.

Akothee also schooled the Tanzanian model on why she should have maintained her silence while eating her piece of the pie.


“If you succeeded & amp; convinced him to bed, then trust me, you can still manipulate his finances without interfering with his family if you have some brains, so you be his Panadol when his main chick is on fire, mbona hamjui kula na vipofu nyie, mbona mashot cut za kijinga ?” she posed.

The Uko Moyoni hit maker also offered her free advice to such kind of women to think beyond only satisfying a man in the bedroom, for that does not last forever.

Game yenu iko chini kama kiatu , a man won’t be horny forever, and sex won’t keep a man, its beyond bed haloooo. Goodnight take evidence of sex, who doesn’t know what happens when opposite sex are in bed? What are you keeping evidence for? How is hurting his family satisfying your malicious behavior, it shows clearly you don’t even love or want this man , you want this family broken and that’s your mission.”

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Cop Shot 15 Times Recounts Encounter With Westgate Terrorists

opinionBy Jemimah Mueni

Nairobi — Like tens of other security officers deployed to the Westgate mall to rescue victims from blood thirsty terrorists, Geoffrey Emojong recounts how he came face-to-face with death.

It was a matter of life and death four years ago, and Emojong says it is with the grace of God that he has come this far.

Emojong was on a rescue mission but little did he know that he was about to be rescued too; he was shot 15 times and lost one of his eyes as he tried to save a little child but still, he survived.

“I remember that day like it’s yesterday as I was going back to rescue more people. That’s when I met with the terrorists who shot me, I am happy that God has stood with me because I would be no more,” said Emojong on Thursday as the country marked the fourth anniversary of the attack.

He said serving people was a divine calling to him, and he is willing to go back to work after he fully recovers.

“I love my job and once my health gets back to normal I wouldn’t hesitate to serve my country, I have accepted and I have to move on,” said Emojong.

The Westgate attack is one of the darkest days the country faced which left 67 people dead and over one 175 others seriously injured.

Led by First Lady Margret Kenyatta, the British High Commissioner Nic Hailey and Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe, Kenya commemorated the fourth anniversary of the attack as a section of survivors narrated their experiences during the attack and life after.

Sammy Maina was an employee of the retail chain Nakumatt and too remembers the fateful day.

He was on duty as usual. At first, he thought it was robbers but following the random shooting he realised it wasn’t a normal attack.

“I was with my colleagues in the store but we thought they were robbers who just wanted money, as I was going to check what’s happening I met face-to-face with a terrorist and he shot me in the eye,” recounted Maina.

Maina says the incident left him relying on the mercies of well wishers as he can’t provide for his family like before.

“As you can see I have lost my one eye I can’t do a lot of work. I only depend on well wishers to feed and educate my children, I have three children and they are all in school… but I thank God that I am alive,” indicated Maina.

Boniface Mwaniki who is a taxi driver remembers how he was shot on his right leg as he tried to hide behind a car at the parking lot.

“I had dropped a customer at the mall… as I was at the parking lot, I started hearing gunshots everywhere I tried to hide but I stepped on a child who screamed and one of the terrorist shot me in the foot. I thank God I have fully recovered and am back to work,” said Mwaniki.


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South Africa: Woman Claims Nurses Left Her to Deliver Her Own Baby

The Mpumalanga department of health has dismissed allegations that a 31-year-old woman was left alone to deliver her own baby at a local hospital.

Ester Mnisi claims that nursing staff at Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge ignored her pleas for help on Sunday, September 17, when she went into labour.

“It was on Sunday, around six in the morning, when I arrived at the hospital with my family as my water broke.

“We greeted the nurses, but they just kept quiet until we asked why. Their response was that they were tired and had been delivering too many babies on that day.

“They said they were about to wrap up for the seven o’clock shift and that we should wait our turn,” Mnisi said.

The Mpumalanga woman said she could feel the baby coming, but when she told the nurses this, they sent her off to a room.

“I started screaming and begged for them to help me deliver the baby. They dismissed me and said my time to deliver was still far and they left and slammed the door behind them.

“I screamed out to my mother, but the nurses came back and bullied me, asking me if I want my mom to be my nurse,” she said.

Mnisi said her labour pains became more severe.

“I delivered the baby all by myself. They only showed up to help me pull the rest of the umbilical cord. They did not even report to me that my baby had respiratory problems, something I suspect happened because I delivered the baby by myself,” said Mnisi.

Nurses in ‘profession for money not love’

She claimed that hospital staff had hurled insults at her.

“They accused me of being weak. They said that I should not be crying over labour pains, but that I should smile like I was smiling during the sexual intercourse,” claimed Mnisi.

She said the incident had upset her, adding that many other women experienced the same treatment.

“Especially if you don’t have medical aid, because you are automatically faced with nurses who seem to be in the profession for money, not love and compassion,” she said.

Provincial health department spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said anyone found guilty of conduct such as that alleged by Mnisi would be dealt with accordingly.

“With regard to the complaint brought by the patient against Mapulaneng Hospital, the department would like to state that, according to the medical records of the patient, the condition of the baby was satisfactory and the baby was fully conscious at delivery. The first examination of the baby indicated that there were no abnormalities observed,” said Malamule.

“The record shows that the patient was monitored during labour until delivery, where she was assisted by the midwife. She was checked at 06:40 and was due for hourly checks, so she delivered at 07:00, before the next checking.

“The allegation brought forward by the patient that nurses refused her to see the child, while allegedly experiencing breathing problems, cannot be substantiated as the baby never had respiratory problems in terms of the record,” Malamule.

Source: News24

South Africa: New Homes for Ekurhuleni Residents

Melta Maluleke, a mother of four, has recently become a beneficiary of government’s housing programme in Germiston, Ekurhuleni.

Maluleke’s family is among those who now have a stable environment to call home. A total of 140 housing units have been built in Germiston to improve the lives of the disadvantaged by building affordable houses for them.

The new houses also cater for people with disabilities.

Maluleke, who originally hails from Limpopo, was living in Orlando East in a shack before taking ownership of the new house earlier this month. Life was difficult in a shack, especially in winter and during rainy days when she had to go out to fetch water.

“Staying in a shack with kids was not pleasant at all,” said Maluleke

Echoing the same sentiments was Wilfred Sindane, who lives with his family in the same area. Sindane told SAnews that their lives have changed for the better in a new concrete house.

“Our children can do their schoolwork without any hindrances,” said Sindane.

Another proud owner of a new house is Zukiswa Mhlakaza, who was initially living at an informal settlement in Freedom Square. Mhlakaza, who is now staying in a newly developed area in Clayville, near Tembisa in Ekurhureni, has been living at an informal settlement for the past 20 years.

“I am happy that I now have a house of my own. Life here is much better,” she said.

Mhlakaza is visually impaired and unemployed. She depends on a social grant to support herself and her three grandchildren. She now gets by with the help of her neighbours.

“The neighbours here are very good people, who look after me.”

More than just a roof and four walls

The newly built homes in Germiston and Clayville are situated in areas that are next to bus routes to make it easy for residents to commute to work and other amenities. There are also schools nearby for children to attend.

More than 100 housing units have been built in Clayville. The houses, which are one- and two-bedroomed, have space for a garden, especially those that are on the ground floor. The houses are fitted with solar geyser systems.

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Zimbabwe: Health Experts Debunk Menopause Myth

Organisations and activists in the HIV sector must work towards demystifying the notion that women and men lose sexual appetite as they advance in age, health specialists have said.

The health ministry and National Aids Council (NAC) officials said the belief that women become sexually ineffective once they reach menopause is false and responsible for the high sexually transmitted infections the country is battling with.

National PMTCT, Paediatric HIV Care and Treatment coordinator in the Health ministry Angela Mushavi said inaccurate traditional beliefs on sex and age have been slowing down progress towards eliminating new HIV infections.

“Long ago it used to be a common belief that once a woman is no longer having her menses, a process people believe cleans the woman’s system, they are no longer clean enough so it’s no longer good for the husband to indulge with her because she is dirty,” said Mushavi on the side-lines of a NAC digital media workshop in Mutare last week.

“For me those are the myths and beliefs we should demystify. There is nothing that can stop an ageing couple from enjoying sex. Both parties in the union need education, you find that even some women actually believe it.

“Traditionally you would then find them giving the husband their niece but now you mostly have men seeking sexual activity outside marriage where there is real risk of contracting HIV.”

Zimbabwe has approximately 1,3 million living with HIV. Mushavi encouraged relevant stakeholders to provide education on how the ageing can deal with hormonal challenges.

NAC communications director Madeline Dube said the country’s HIV prevention response was not catering for the needs of those above 50 years–a situation they were forced to review after calls by the elderly.

“There are many people aged between 50 and 65 with HIV. People assume the elderly no longer engage in sex,” said Dube.

“The elderly themselves have asked for access HIV services without being questioned. They said whether married, divorced or widowed, they engage as long as they feel fit.”

Dube pleaded with families to accept the decision of ageing parents who decide to remarry after the death of a spouse of divorce and also encourage them to get screened for HIV before marrying.

“If you deny them, they end up doing it secretly sometimes with sex workers and in unsafe manner as they have no knowledge about HIV.

Dube revealed that the Health ministry is working on a strategy which seeks to address the needs of the elderly.


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South Africa: Probe Into Syringes Used to Inject Learners Underway

A police case has been opened against the owner of the syringes used to inject learners at Mooifontein Primary School in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that a Grade 4 learner brought syringes to the school on 15 September 2017, where she and two friends allegedly started injecting fellow learners.

According to the family of the learner, she used her sister’s bag and only realized when she was in class that there were needles in the bag. The sister is using the syringes for hormonal reasons.

“The school informed parents of approximately 28 pricked learners, and advised them to rush their children to medical practitioners for urgent necessary medical attention.

“As a precautionary measure, medication was administered to learners i.e. ARVs or Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). Unfortunately, some learners reacted negatively to medication by vomiting, while others experienced a runny stomach,” the department said.

The department also confirmed that the syringes were sent to the laboratory for tests, and a process to conduct counselling to all affected learners has commenced and will continue until the reintegration of learners to the school is concluded.

The School Governing Body (SGB) has also commenced with a disciplinary process against the perpetrators.

“This is indeed an unfortunate incident to occur in a schooling environment, we call upon parents to always be cautious on things that might be detrimental to children’s lives,” the department said.

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Liberia: Fistula Survivors Acquire Vocation Skills

Thirteen fistula survivors have graduated from the Liberia Fistula Project rehabilitation program, having undergone six months training.

The fistula survivors were trained in tailoring, pastry, cosmetology, as well as soap-making.

The graduates are all survivors of obstetric fistula, a condition that arises from complications during child birth which causes victims to abnormally discharge bodily wastes including urine and/or feces unknowingly.

Each of the fistula survivors received starter kits in line with their individual vocations, US$ 100 to help them begin life and mobile phones for easy tracking by the project.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony held on Phebe Hospital compound in Bong County, the Director of Family Health Division at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Kerkula said the reduction of maternal mortality remained a major challenge for Liberia.

“Fistula is a byproduct of poor maternal health which we must work to improve;” Dr. Kerkula noted.

He pointed out that family planning is the answer to lowering maternal deaths and ending obstetric fistula in Liberia.

“We have a very youthful population; and effective family planning is the answer to ensuring that young girls have babies by choice and not by chance,” he emphasized.

Dr. Momolu Massaley, OB/GYN Resident Doctor at Phebe Hospital called for the total involvement of traditional and religious leaders in the reduction of maternal deaths and elimination of obstetric fistula in Liberia.

He stressed the need for fistula prevention awareness in places of worship to break the often associated myth that obstetric fistula is due to witchcraft or bad luck.

For his part, the Assistant Representative for United Nations Population Fund and Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Philderald Pratt said it is a grave injustice that around the world, in the 21st century, the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalized women and girls suffered needlessly from a devastating condition that has been wiped out of the industrialized world.

“The persistence of fistula is a result of the denial of human rights. The failure to address obstetric fistula is a human rights failure and the woman or girl affected by fistula is doubly victimized: in the circumstances of its cause and in the consequences of its aftermath,” Dr. Pratt said.

Dr. Pratt: “To end fistula, we must ensure universal access to quality sexual and reproductive health services; eliminate gender-based social and economic inequities; prevent child marriage and early childbearing; promote education and broader human rights; and foster community participation in finding solutions, including through the active involvement of men as well as seeking the help of fistula survivors as advocates.”

He reaffirmed UNFPA’s commitment to ensuring that obstetric fistula is eliminated from Liberia.

UNFPA leads and coordinates the Campaign to End Fistula – representing more than 90 partner agencies at the global level and many hundreds of others at the national and community levels.

The fistula survivors lauded UNFPA for continuously supporting the program thus making them to regain their lost dignity.

They said prior to be treated and rehabilitated, they were rejected by family members, relatives and friends because of their condition.

The survivors admonished UNFPA to continue its support to the program to enable their friends benefit from the program.

Over the last 14 years, UNFPA has directly supported more than 70,000 surgical repairs for women and girls, while partner agencies have supported thousands more. The Campaign is present in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Arab Region and Latin America.

In Liberia, the Fistula Project was launched in 2007 by the Government through the Ministry of Health with funding from UNFPA. Since its launch, the program has treated and rehabilitated more than 1500 and 400 fistula survivors respectively.

The project runs a Fistula Rehabilitation and Reintegration Center in Phebe, Bong County to ensure that there is proper follow-up and development of vocational skills to assist patients easily reintegrate in the communities after treatment. The Center provides space for emotional healing and support services including counseling; trains women and girls in life skills, income-generating activities/business skills training – to support them reintegrate in their communities after treatment.

Meanwhile, the Liberia Fistula Project Rehabilitation and Reintegration Center has dedicated a new training hall for the rehabilitation of fistula survivors. The construction of the six-classroom building was financed by UNFPA and Chevron Liberia.

Ethiopia: Transferring Technology, Improving Lives

By Mengisteab Teshome

In this highly sophisticated world, the role of technology is massive. Nowadays, technology allows anyone to do things, which once were unimaginable or impractical, so easily. In developing or under-developed world, technological innovations could deliver far more services to improve the lives of millions.

For instance, less well-off people in such areas have started providing adequate information about the standard of life they lead using Smartphone. They diagnose their own level of poverty in 30 minutes using the device. A family in a poor slum or a rural village has the capacity to take stock of its own situation. Traditionally, it has been government social workers who administrate and process such surveys.

The technology called Poverty Stoplight do the opposite. Here, a family assesses their level of poverty in 50 specific indicators, and the results are visualized in a dashboard for the family to use. So, instead of being an index for policy-makers, the Poverty Stoplight is a tool for a very different kind of decision-maker: the head of the household. Once that household’s deprivations are visualized in the dashboard, the family creates a customized plan to prioritize their problems and overcome them with the help of existing resources in the community.

Despite such and other immense uses of technology, African countries are marginal producers of new technology for various reasons. Their share of the world’s research and development effort is less than half of one percent and the research works carried out do not produce much technological innovation.

Indeed, the research and development efforts in Africa have made little contribution to technological and economic development during the last three decades and it is not expected to make much contribution either in the years ahead.

Much of the discourse on research has been and still is self- deceptive. In this context sound technology transfer and acquisition have to play an increased role in African development than it has up to now and it must receive greater attention from policy-makers than it has so far. In particular, human, institutional and legal capacity in technology transfer must be enhanced.

Despite the hurdles, Africa is trekking to the platform and gearing efforts in technology transfer to fight poverty.

This writer has got the opportunity to take part in an event that was prepared to discuss the issue under discussion. On the event, Federal Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) Agency State Minister Teshome Lemma has announced that technology copying potential of Ethiopia exceeded 80 percent.

Teshome told The Ethiopian Herald that this success is an indicator that the nation can attain the target of enhancing and innovating technologies by the end of this year. “This would be realized because the Agency is diligently working to reach the technology copying rate to 100 percent and improve technology innovation effort shortly through building the local human capacity and recruiting overseas experts,” he said.

Over 5,000 various technological innovations worth hundreds of millions of Birr have been transferred or adopted during the GTP I period, Teshome illustrated. This rate has shown much progress over the recent years. “The Agency copied and distributed over 1,987 technologies to Micro and Middle Enterprises. And the Enterprises have in turn reproduced and sold the technologies.”

Agency Communications Director Abera Abate for his part said the progress achieved in terms of job creation and income generation has been encouraging. “This is also the result of the training we offered regarding the multiplication of copied technologies.”

A significant amount of wealth has so far been created this way, and the trend has also been a good opportunity to the trainees for it has allowed them to create their own jobs, he said.

Hurdles of various sorts have been overcome, as the State Minister as well as the Director hinted. The attitude of “impossibility” in copying and using technologies has been one of the hurdles propping up along the path. Financial constraints as well as reduced trust on the copied technologies have also been the other attitudinal challenges, Teshome pointed out. “We overcome the challenges by showing how copying and using technology is possible, while maximizing resources to tackle financial challenges.”

Producing prototypes has been one of the duties of Level -A trainees in TVETs, thus, the Agency has promoted reusing waste materials, as a method to cut cost, in producing the prototypes. Recently, the Agency has formed a joint venture program to work with local universities and research institutions. Hence, the trainees could produce prototypes in collaboration with the aforementioned institutions. The university-industry linkage would, inevitably, maximize the transfer of knowledge, experience and technology.

Moreover, the linkage is monumental in overcoming gaps witnessed with respect to designing, Teshome indicated.

It could also enhance the capacity of TVETs’ in copying and testing basic technologies before reproduction so as to avoid economic and other detrimental impacts.

No doubt, technology is the engine that would transform inputs to outputs. In today’s sense, it comprises the following: Equipment and machinery as well as skilled, scientific and creative human-power. Besides comprehensive information system and good organization and management would realize further technological development.

The efficient interaction of the above factors would influence the performance of companies and the national economy positively. Manufacturers and their agents can be considered as motors of development. The aim of producers and agents is to achieve value addition and competitiveness. In addition, the use of advanced materials, efficient production methods and availability of adequate spare-parts are major contributing factors to improve competitiveness.

Current statistical analyses indicate that the rise of Gross National Product in the industrialized countries is due entirely to the changes and improvements in technology. In addition, recent studies have shown that development in technology has a significant impact upon indicators of national development such as population, income per capita, employment, productivity, export and competition in international trade.

Clearly, changes in economic indicators can have a direct influence on social indicators such as social security, life expectancy, access to medical care, mortality rate, and literacy rate and income distribution. In developed countries, the application of modern technology is directly proportional to the needs of consumers and markets, whilst in the underdeveloped countries, engineers and managers are attracted to the latest technology without regard to the appropriateness of such technology to the needs of their consumers. The inevitable consequence of this action is the underutilization of machinery purchased.

The effective transfer of technology, through selecting and purchasing of machinery, is best achieved in tandem with suitable services, training, maintenance, access to spare parts, marketing, etc. Otherwise, the financial resources, manpower and other production factors would be wasted.

Makerere University Graduates Told to Certify Documents

By Ouma Wanzala

The Council of Legal Education has ordered all law graduates from Makerere University to have the institution certify their documents before they sit their Bar examination in November.

CLE chief executive Wanjala Kulundu-Bitonye gave the students until September 29 to submit the documents.

The development comes two days after Makerere University announced that it would recall law degrees awarded to its students irregularly in the past decade, causing panic among hundreds of legal practitioners across the region who are graduates of the institution.

It said the move followed an investigation, which had shown that some of the academic certificates might have been altered or forged.


“The graduates must furnish the council with copies of degree certificates and transcripts, certified or verified by Makerere University as genuine, failing which the candidates will be considered ineligible to take the Bar examination,” said Prof Kulundu-Bitonye in a September 13 public notice.

CLE is mandated to regulate legal education and training, license and supervise legal education providers and advise the government on matters relating to legal education and training.

Last year, it stopped admission of students to the Kenya School of Law (KSL) due to the what it termed an error in the procedure of admitting non-Kenyans.


The decision by Makerere to recall the degrees could throw the legal profession in Kenya into a crisis since many Kenyans working as advocates, magistrates and public and private institutions are alumni of the Ugandan institution.

Ugandan students have used the courts to get admission to the law school whenever they are denied an opportunity.

The Makerere investigation was led by former dean of the School of Law Damalie Naggitta-Musoke.

The preliminary report revealed a mismatch between results submitted by the university’s colleges and schools and the final scores released by the Office of the Academic Registrar.


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By Syriacus Buguzi

Dar es Salaam — The opposition party Chadema has on Thursday 14th clarified that Singida East MP, Tundu Lissu, is admitted at Nairobi Hospital and not at Aga Khan University Hospital as it was previously being reported.

Chadema spokesperson, Mr Tumaini Makene told The Citizen that initially it had been planned that Lissu be taken to Aga Khan University Hospital but this changed along the way.

“I have read in the media that Mr Lissus is admitted at Aga Khan Hospital. This is not true. He is actually at Nairobi Hospital,” he said.

Lissu was airlifted only hours after he was hit with five out of 32 bullets sprayed on his vehicle by the unknown assailants in Dodoma on Thursday last week.

Plans are afoot to fly him to the US for further treatment. Mr Lissu, Chadema’s chief whip survived injuries on his stomach and limbs and was flown to Nairobi on the advice of his family and party.


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