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Nigeria:Parents Withdraw Wards From School in Omu Aran Over Rumours of Monkey Pox Innoculation

By Abiodun Fagbemi

Panic gripped some parents yesterday at Omuaran in Irepodun Local Government Area, (LGA), of Kwara state over an alleged plans that the military personnel were about to inoculate pupils of primary and post primary schools in the town against monkey pox disease.

As early as 9 am parents tripped into both public and private schools in the town demanding for their wards and children citing an alleged plan by the soldiers to immunize them against the communicable disease.

According to Mrs Damilola Adedayo a parent in one of the affected schools, “whether or not the rumour is fake, I am going home with my two children now and nobody can stop me. I learnt the so-called mokeypox vaccines could kill anyone so injected.

Assurances from some of the spirited head teachers of the schools to the parents that the rumour was untrue fell on deaf ears. The ensuing pandemonium made proprietors of some of the schools to in the process hurriedly order the closure of their schools.

Promptly, the state government through Alhaji Amusa Bello, the Special Adviser on Security to the state Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, debunked the claims in a press statement urging the parents to halt the withdrawal of their children from the schools.

According to the statement, “it has come to the notice of the Kwara State Government that certain individuals are spreading rumours about soldiers injecting school pupils in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Area of the State.

“The general public is hereby advised to ignore such rumours as neither the Nigerian Army nor any other security agency is currently undertaking a vaccination exercise or any other health campaign in any part of the state.

“Members of the public, particularly parents, are advised not panic and to refrain from withdrawing their wards from schools based on this unfounded rumour. “

Nigeria

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Zimbabwe:Diarrhoea Hits 100 Pupils

By Patrick Chitumba

An inexplicable bout of diarrhoea has affected over 100 pupils at Thornhill and Guinea Fowl high schools in Gweru and most of the children have since been hospitalised. Reports from the two schools indicate that some pupils failed to sit for their “O” level Geography paper 1 and Accounts Paper 1 examinations because of the diarrhoea. Both schools have recorded over 50 confirmed diarrhoea cases each in the last four days and parents have been forced to take their sick children to local medical institutions for treatment. Midlands provincial education director Mrs Agnes Gudo confirmed the outbreak, saying Ministry officials were on the ground investigating the matter.

“Yes, we got information to the effect that there were school children at Thornhill and Guinea Fowl high schools in Gweru who have been affected by diarrhoea. Inspectors are on the ground looking into the matter and we hope we will have information as to what is happening and what is causing it.” Mrs Gudo said both day scholars and boarders had been affected by the disease. If it were only boarders, we could be saying the problem is at the schools, but day scholars have also been affected,” she said. “I don’t have the exact number of the affected children right now,” she said. The two schools are widely regarded as top institutions of learning in the Midlands Province.

“The transmission mode has remained largely unknown so far,” said a teacher at Thornhill High School. “Some affected children have been sent for medical observation at home, while we are busy disinfecting the school under the watchful eye of officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care.” A parent said, on condition of anonymity, that she was called to Thornhill High School on Saturday evening after her child developed diarrhoea.

“I travelled from Bulawayo to Gweru on Saturday evening after my daughter developed diarrhoea,” she said. “I was shocked to see over 50 pupils being attended to while some were taken to local hospitals. I took mine to one of the hospitals where she was hydrated.” Another parent said he was worried that his child’s “O” level examination preparations would be affected.

“My son is sitting for his “O” level examination and now he has been affected by this unexpected illness,” he said. “I hope he will perform well.” Diarrhoeal diseases account for nearly two million deaths a year among children fewer than five years of age, making them the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide.

Zimbabwe

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Rwigaras Bail Hearing Finally Begins

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Members of the late Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara’s family when they were taken in for questioning by Rwanda police on September 4, 2017 at their residence in Kiyovu.

The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Monday begun pre-trial hearings for three members of the Rwigara family.

The hearing had been postponed on four different occasions.

Mrs. Adeline Rwigara and her two daughters Anne and Diane Rwigara are jointly facing charges related to inciting insurrection.

Diane faces separate forgery charges and her mother divisionism and discrimination charges.

Before the proceedings could begin, the defendants’ lawyers Gatera Gashabana and Pierre-Célestin Buhuru argued that the case should not be heard at Nyamirambo based as it was outside the area of jurisdiction.

The lawyers cited a law that requires defendants to be tried in a court closest to where they were arrested. They then requested their release.

After consultation the panel of judges concluded that it was within their jurisdiction to the try the Rwigaras, and ordered the proceedings to go on.

As part of evidence pinning the Rwigaras, the prosecution presented Whatsapp audio files some of which were heard by the court.

The court also heard that due to security reasons some audios should be played in camera and some witness names not disclosed

A series of 12 audios were then played in open court.

The court heard that some of the people involved in the conversations are wanted by the prosecution as part of investigations into the case.

They cited Thabitha Gwiza Mugenzi believed to be in Canada, Xaverine Mukangarambe and Jean Paul Tuyishimire in the US and a one Edmond Mushayija who said to be in Belgium.

Prosecution says that in their conversations with the Rwigaras mainly Adeline; they propagated hate and intended to incite public insurrection.

In regards to the forgery-related charges faced by Diane, the court heard that the suspect, during the August Presidential elections, forged signatures in an attempt to meet the nomination criteria required the National Electoral Commission (NEC).

Prosecution told court they have interrogated more than 70 people who denied lending their signatures in support of her candidacy.

Diane is also alleged to have included dead people among her signatories.

The defendants denied all charges.

After a nearly eight hour court session, the presiding judge adjourned the Court to Wednesday.

Rwanda

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Nigeria:National Hospital Disowns Kidney Patient, Oghenekevwe

By Igho Akeregha and Bashirat Azeez

Abuja — The National Hospital, Abuja yesterday wrote to The Guardian to disown one Mrs. Roseline Oghenekevwe, a 40-year-old mother of three, who allegedly needs a kidney transplant.

A report in the paper published on Tuesday September 5, 2017 quoted Oghenekevwe as suffering from an end stage renal disease, secondary to long-standing hypertension and retroviral diseases. Oghenekevwe said she needed N11 million to enable her undergo kidney transplant at the National Hospital, Abuja.

A clinical administrator and senior medical officer at Kidney Solutions, Dr. Aderemi Oladapo-Sani, said the patient needed a definitive management of renal transplant from its partnering hospital, The National Hospital at the cost of N11 million.

But a letter from the National Hospital signed by Tayo Haastrup of the AD-HOD/Information and Protocol management for the Chief Medical Director, said “the said patient is not known and has not been seen at the National Hospital. There is no record of her in our patients data base.”

The letter added, “let it also be known that we are not partnering with any agency on kidney transplant and currently we do not carry out kidney transplant surgery in National Hospital Abuja.”

Nigeria

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Nigeria: National Hospital Disowns Kidney Patient, Oghenekevwe

By Igho Akeregha and Bashirat Azeez

Abuja — The National Hospital, Abuja yesterday wrote to The Guardian to disown one Mrs. Roseline Oghenekevwe, a 40-year-old mother of three, who allegedly needs a kidney transplant.

A report in the paper published on Tuesday September 5, 2017 quoted Oghenekevwe as suffering from an end stage renal disease, secondary to long-standing hypertension and retroviral diseases. Oghenekevwe said she needed N11 million to enable her undergo kidney transplant at the National Hospital, Abuja.

A clinical administrator and senior medical officer at Kidney Solutions, Dr. Aderemi Oladapo-Sani, said the patient needed a definitive management of renal transplant from its partnering hospital, The National Hospital at the cost of N11 million.

But a letter from the National Hospital signed by Tayo Haastrup of the AD-HOD/Information and Protocol management for the Chief Medical Director, said “the said patient is not known and has not been seen at the National Hospital. There is no record of her in our patients data base.”

The letter added, “let it also be known that we are not partnering with any agency on kidney transplant and currently we do not carry out kidney transplant surgery in National Hospital Abuja.”

Nigeria

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Zimbabwe:Authorities Advance U.S.$70 Million to Banks for On-Lending

By Enacy Mapakame

The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) says it advanced $70 million since dollarisation to banks for on-lending to the country’s productive sectors including the growing small to medium businesses. This is in addition to $5 million availed to the Small to Medium Enterprises Development Corporation (SMEDCO) and $10 million agro bills on an annual basis for SME farmers.

NSSA regional contributions, collections and compliance manager Mrs Agnes Chikwavire, indicated this is part of the authority’s contribution towards stimulating economic growth by availing cheaper financing for all the country’s productive sectors especially the SMEs on the back of their potential to contribute meaningfully towards the economy.

“As for our money markets investments, we have a portfolio of $70 million to banks for on-lending,” said Chikwavire during the Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe Summer School 2017 in Nyanga. We have also advanced $5 million to SMEDCO and agro bills targeting farmers classified as small-scale and informal, we are looking at $10 million every year,” she said.

NSSA is also developing special packages for the SME sector to expand the shrinking social security base due to job losses in the formal sector. This comes on the backdrop of the increasing informalisation of the economy spurred by the booming SME sector. Mrs Chikwavire, however, acknowledged the increasing informalisation of the economy is drastically shrinking the social security contribution base. In light of this, she said the SME sector required adequate funding to boost growth while pursuing their formalisation to enable them to contribute to the country’s tax revenues and economic growth.

“There is urgent need, therefore, for the development of appropriate social security packages for the informal sector, not only to alleviate the vulnerability of workers in this sector, but also to expand the social security contribution base,” she said adding improved access to cheaper finance was important for the growth of the sector.

However, the sector needs to formalise in order to access banking services as research has shown a significant number of the business owners rely on informal financial services, which is risky and expensive. According to a Finscope survey, only 14 percent of the SMEs are formally banked while the rest rely on the informal services to access funds.

“There is need to embrace financial inclusion as disbursements will be done through financial institutions. This will result in more income to the government as formalised SMEs will contribute to the fiscus through various forms of taxes.

“This is also in addition to employment creation and enhancement of social security, poverty eradication and less social welfare burden. Once employment is created it will also mean more contributions to NSSA – contributions which can then be channelled towards other sectors of the economy including SMEs thereby further facilitating economic growth and development in general,” she said.

Zimbabwe

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Nigeria:We Cannot Cancel Privatisation of Power Sector – Buhari

By Bassey Udo

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why his administration cannot cancel the privatisation of the power sector done by the Goodluck Jonathan administration despite its apparent failings.

Speaking in Abuja on Thursday at the closing plenary of the Nigerian Economic Summit, NES, the president said, “The privatisation is a complex investment that government cannot wake up to cancel the contract, because there are consequences.”

Mr. Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said his administration’s decision to review the power sector privatisation is to open up the sector for investors with the financial capacity and technical expertise to inject fresh investments to turn the sector around.

Since November 2013 when the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN successor companies were handed over to their new owners, Nigerians expected improved stable supply of electricity, with government targeting the generation capacity of 10,000 megawatts, MW.

At the closing plenary of the Nigerian Economic Summit on Thursday, Mr. Buhari said owners of privatised power companies have not been able to realize the objectives for which they acquired the assets.

“The power sector has been privatised. Investors are holding large portions of the shares. But the privatisation has not worked well, in the sense that what government sort to achieve, by way of development of the power sector, has not yet happened,” the President said.

The President, who was represented by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said government has decided to meet with the operators of the sector, starting with the distribution companies, DISCOs, to restructure their equity holdings.

He said the restructuring would involve the government and other private operators ceding some of their holdings to new investors to inject fresh funds and expertise to help turn the sector around in a way that would serve Nigerians.

“The process is ongoing to negotiate with the existing owners to restructure the investment to determine the right level of holding to give up for another round of sales. The equities would be sold to investors with the resources and capacity to bring in the level of investment to turn around the sector.

He described as false the privatisation of assets, which saw the defunct PHCN broken into 11 distribution companies and nine generation companies as well as one transmission company, pointing out that false buyers of the power companies were owing more than they could pay.

The situation, the president said, has been so bad that if the banks were not strong, they could have gone under from the weight of the debt from the power sector.

At the closing media briefing, Mrs. Ahmed said government was committed to reviewing the recommendations from the Summit and urgently plan towards immediate implementation of NES 23 to fast track the realization of the objectives of the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

The summit, which had the theme: “Opportunities, Productivity & Employment: Actualising the Economic Recovery & Growth Plan,” focused on five areas.

These include the need to need to redress the constraints to stabilize macro-economic environment and ensure inclusive economic growth, manufacturing, food security through agricultural development, provision of infrastructure, including railway, road and power.

Mrs. Ahmed said apart from stabilizing the macroeconomic environment, government’ focus was to reduce interest rate and inflation to single digits by 2020, while ensuring that the ease of doing business initiative brought efficiencies in public service functions in its interface with the private sector.

Kigali Court Suspends Rwigaras Pre-Trial Again

By Edmund Kagire

The pre-trial hearing in which Diane Shima Rwigara, her mother Adeline and sister Anne are accused of inciting insurrection failed to take off again on Wednesday.

The court in Kigali suspended the case after Mrs Rwigara asked for a new lawyer saying due to the magnitude of charges against her, she wanted another advocate to represent her while the family lawyer, Celestin Buhuru, represents her daughters.

The widow of the late Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara said she would like lawyer Gatera Gashabana to represent her. In additional to charges for inciting insurrection, she is also accused of discrimination and sectarian practices.

Her daughter Diane, a prominent government critic who was barred from contesting the presidency in the August 4 election, told the court on Wednesday that she had not been allowed enough time with the lawyer to prepare her defence in the case.

The 35-year-old, who is also charged with forging signatures during her presidential campaign, said she had been denied access to all evidence in the case.

“From the time we were arrested to today, I have not been given full access to my [case] file. I have only seen it here in court,” she said.

She added that she needed more time with her lawyer who she had “only been able to see a few times”.

The prosecution stated it would not grant full access to the files to the suspects as doing so might jeopardise the case. The prosecution insisted that all they needed to know had been made available.

Mrs Rwigara also asked the court to direct the police to release money the family alleges was confiscated when their house was raided by the authorities last month to enable them pay their lawyers.

After about an hour of recess, the judges returned to court and granted the Rwigaras two days to prepare their defence, warning that it would the last time the court adjourned the hearing.

“As enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, a suspect has a right to defence and legal representation, which is why the request for Adeline [Mrs Rwigara] is granted,” the court ruled.

The judges said the issue of money raised by Mrs Rwigara could only be addressed when the case goes to trial.

Scores of people, including relatives, diplomats, supporters of Ms Rwigara and journalists jammed the court room while other followed proceedings from outside on loud speakers.

Rights groups, which accuse President Paul Kagame of ruling Rwanda through fear, say the trial is politically motivated aimed at silencing Diane.

The three Rwigara women were first presented in court last Friday. The pre-trial hearing was then adjourned to Monday, then to today (Wednesday).

The pre-trial has been adjourned to Friday, October 13.

Rwanda

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Kigali Court Adjourns Rwigaras’ Case to Next Week

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Members of the late Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara’s family when they were taken in for questioning by Rwanda police on September 4, 2017 at their residence in Kiyovu.

By Ivan R. Mugisha

A Kigali court has adjourned the pretrial hearing of a critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame facing criminal charges.

Diane Rwigara, who was barred from contesting the presidency in the August 4 election, is charged with forgery and inciting insurrection.

She appeared before the three-judge bench at the Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Friday morning.

Her mother Adeline and sister Anne, similarly facing charges of inciting insurrection, were also brought before the court. Mrs Rwigara is also charged with discrimination and sectarian practices.

The court put off the hearing until next week after the three women said they had not been allowed to meet with their family lawyer Pierre Celestin Buhuru.

“The lawyer has been chased away several times whenever he wanted to talk to us. We have not had time to talk to him and to understand the charges against us for us to know how to go about this,” Anne told the court.

The prosecution, led by Mr Michele Nshimiyimana, said they had informed Mr Buhuru and asked the judges to ask trio “if they indeed want to be represented”.

“No trial can be held today since the accused have no lawyers,” the court said.

“Look for your lawyers,” the judges told the Rwigaras.

“The trial has been adjourned to October 9, 2017 at 9am.”

The trio has been in detention for two weeks.

Rwanda

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Nigeria: Breast Cancer – Ondo Governor’s Wife Launches N200 Million Treatment Fund

By James Sowole in Akure

The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwun- Akeredolu, has launched the N200 million Crowd Funding to support women in the state with breast cancer at a news conference she addressed with other stakeholders.

The First Lady, who is the founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), noted that a number of women die in silence due to ignorance and lack of money to procure treatment.

The First Lady, who is a breast cancer survivor, said from experience, an average Nigerian woman cannot afford treatment of breast cancer.

She therefore called on people to contribute to the course of raising money to support Ondo State people with breast cancer.

“Every human being should rise against cancer because when you save a woman suffering from cancer, you save a nation,” she said.

Speaking at conference, a Consultant Surgeon with the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Dr. Katung Aba, said the cost of treating breast cancer is enormous.

Aba said due to the high cost of procuring treatment, over 90 per cent of patients do not complete their treatment but pretend they did.

The surgeon however, declared that cancer is not a death sentence saying there is treatment for cancer.

“We always have problems in treating cancer patients because many people do not have hope that they can be healed.

“Another problem we encounter is finances and social factor which make people to seek alternative treatment and sometimes go to churches for spiritual healing,” he said.

Aba, who lamented that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) does not cover cancer treatment, advocated a governmental policy on cancer treatment.

The doctor, who highlighted various stages of breast cancer, said women should go to hospital immediately they noticed any strange sign on their breasts.

He said the chances of survival is higher when cancer case is reported early.

Aba therefore urged people to contribute generously to the fund put in place by Mrs. Akeredolu in her efforts to help cancer patients.

Nigeria

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