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South Africa: Car Hijacking Syndicate Cracked

press release

The SAPS Provincial Tracking Team have conducted a special operation on hijacked cars and recovered a hijacked Mercedes-Benz sedan in the Makhado Policing outside Thohoyandou.

The operation proceeded to Botlokwa where a large amount of stock which was stolen at Dipateng Village in the Magatle Policing area outside Lebowakgomo, was recovered.

Four (04) suspects, aged between 36 and 47 years, were arrested for possession of suspected stolen goods and the estimated value of this recovered stock is R120 000-00.

The suspects will appear before the Makhado and Morebeng Magistrate Courts respectively soon.

Police investigations are still continuing.

South Africa

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Uganda: Four Die, 15 Injured in Masaka Road Accident

By Sadat Mbogo

Mpigi — Four people have died and 15 injured in an accident at Kabira village, Kamengo, in Mpigi District on the Kampala-Masaka Highway.

Three children are those who were critically injured in the Sunday evening accident that involved a commuter taxi Reg. No. UAX 751M that was headed for Kyotera in Rakai District and a Mitsubishi Pajero Reg. No. UAQ 770S, that was coming from the opposite direction.

Police identified the dead as Michael Ssebunnya (a taxi driver), Robert Bwanika a resident of Nyendo in Masaka District, Maria Nankinga of Mukono, and unidentified youth who did not move with any identification document.

Those who were critically injured are Mr Arafat Muyingo (the Pajero driver), Ms Beatrice Nansamba a resident of Kinyerere in Masaka District, Mr Emmanuel Ssenyonyi of Bukunda – Kabuwoko, Ms Aisha Nakalema of Nyendo, mr Gerald Mukasa of Sseeta – Mukono, Ms Annet Nakasiita of Bisanje village, ms Jackline Namulindwa, Ms Jane Sarah of Nakaye – Gomba and Mr Kamya Ssewanyana of Kyotera, among others.

The survivors who escaped with broken legs and arms were taken to Mulago Referral Hospital.

Mr John Magambo, an eyewitness said: “The Pajero vehicle veered off its climbing lane and collided head-on. It’s as if the driver was sleeping.”

Mr Ahmed Kimera Sseguya, the Mpigi District commander attributed the accident to reckless driving and speeding.

“Our preliminary investigations show that all problems came after the recklessness of the Pajero driver and people should learn to follow road signs because if he had read the climbing lane signage, he wouldn’t have caused this accident,” he said.

Accidents on the Masaka-Kampala Road had reduced after increased traffic police patrols and deployment under the famous the Operation Fika Salaama.

Uganda

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Somalia: South Korea to Send Anti-Piracy Forces to Somalia

According to the Yonhap news agency, the one-day drill will involve the 4,500-tonne destroyer Daejoyoung, a 17,000-tonne commercial vessel and 350 sailors.

In May, the Daejoyoung is expected to join the South Korean naval group in the Gulf of Aden deployed there since 2009 as part of global anti-piracy fight off the Somalian coast.

Somalia has been plagued by civil war since 1991. Years of lawlessness and corruption have provided pirates with ample opportunities to hijack international ships for ransom with relative impunity.

In 2008, the European Union, along with a number of non-EU members states, launched the anti-piracy operation “Atalanta.” The ships of the participating countries have been patrolling shipping routes off the shores of the Horn of Africa since December 2008.

In November, the Council of the European Union extended the mandate of the operation until December 2018.

Somalia

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Samburu Leaders Want Police Operation in Laikipia Stopped

By Lillian Mutavi

Leaders from Samburu County have condemned the shooting of three people during the ongoing operation in Laikipia and want the government to call off the operation.

The leaders allege that the ongoing operation is politically instigated as the police have been collecting IDs of locals and looting their livestock a move the leaders have termed as economic sabotage.

Speaking in a city hotel on Thursday, the leaders led by Nominated Senator Naisula Lesuuda, Woman Representative Maison Leshomo, Samburu Senator Sammy Leshore and Gabriel Lengoiboni an aspirant for Governor’s seat said that the operation should be stopped and dialogue given a chance.

Ms Lesuuda said that the office of the President and the interior ministry should mediate the talks between the leaders and residents of Laikipia instead of using force.

She said that since the operation begun, over 500 animals have been lost through shooting and 35 people have been arrested while others injured by the police and the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers deployed in the county.

“We want the national government to stop this operation and call us for a dialogue since the people are suffering and the allegation that Samburu have invaded the ranches are untrue.

“We have lived in consensus with the ranchers and even pay them to feed in their grounds why now… we demand answers from the government,” posed Ms Lesuuda.

Ms Leshomo said that they locals have been driven to Laikipia due to drought and once the rains come they will go back asking the government to allow them live in consensus with the ranchers.

She said that police had already arrested those suspected to have killed Briton Tristan Voorspuy and that the Samburu where not involved.

“The original communities in Laikipia are the Samburu, Pokot, Turkana and Kikuyu and it is a cosmopolitan area and the notion that Samburu and Pokot have invaded Laikipia is untrue,” said Ms Leshomo.

Kenya

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Kenya: Kenya to Present Report On Tropical Diseases At Geneva Forum

By Eunice Kilonzo

Kenya will on Wednesday present to the world the progress it has made in eradicating diseases such as elephantiasis, intestinal worms, trachoma, dengue and Chikungunya.

The Kenyan team will join other countries in Geneva, Switzerland, for the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Summit, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Uniting to Combat NTDs.

The two presentations from the Ministry of Health will discuss Kenya’s efforts and challenges in addressing 15 of the 18 diseases, which affects communities without proper sanitation.

Dr Sultani Matendechero told the Nation that Kenya has reached six million children in schools a year by spending about Sh300 million on drugs to tackle intestinal worms.

“It is a very cost-effective programme that ensures that our children are in school. Our success has also been [aided] by the fact that we also provide drugs for other neglected diseases, such as elephantiasis, therefore cutting costs by over 60 per cent,” said Dr Matendechero.

CHILDREN

People become infected by worms through faecal-oral contamination or through the skin. They impair the nutritional status of the people they infect, causing a significant impact on growth and physical development in children.

The presentation will be made to, among others, philanthropist and billionaire Bill Gates, WHO Director General Margaret Chan, government representatives, scientists and researchers.

Later in the day, Kenyan Susan Nkirote Mbabu will be recognised at the summit along 11 other women from across the globe for their efforts in addressing NTDs.

Ms Mbabu will be honoured for identifying people in her community who need Trichiasis surgery. The operation involves correcting an eyelid abnormality in which the eyelashes are misdirected and grow inwards toward the eye.

A report – Integrating Neglected Tropical Diseases into Global Health and Development: Fourth WHO Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases – will also be launched.

PAINFUL DISEASES

In 2015, the report showed nearly one billion people were treated for at least one disease. A majority of these drugs are donated to about 150 countries by pharmaceutical companies and delivered to impoverished communities.

There were fewer reported cases of sleeping sickness than in any other year in history, with fewer than 3,000 cases worldwide, an 89 percent reduction since 2000.

Innovative vector control and diagnostic technologies, supported by increasing numbers of product development partnerships, are revolutionising sleeping sickness diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Dr Dirk Engels, the WHO director of the department of control of NTDS, said the diseases are some of the oldest and most painful that afflict the “world’s poorest communities.”

“These diseases disable, debilitate and perpetuate cycles of poverty. Even worse is that [they keep] children out of school and their parents out of work yet they can be managed,” he said.

Nigeria: Glo Kick-Starts Nationwide Mega Music Tour in Awka

Telecommunications company, Globacom, last Saturday kick-started its Mega Music Nationwide Tour in Awka, Anambra State, with multiple waves of musical explosions that kept young residents of the prime Eastern city elated and energised.

The music concert held at the Marble Arch Event Centre, paraded a galaxy of stars from the nation’s music and Nollywood industries.

It proved to be a perfect Easter gift for fun seekers in the Anambra State capital and environs as they were treated to the best of music and dance.

Six A-list music stars including the darling of Marvin Records label, Di’ja, Afropop poster boy, Timaya, King of the Streets, Olamide, Nigeria’s fastest rising music superstar Runtown, Queens of Afropop, Yemi Alade and Omawumi, performed at the show and unleashed a kind of kinetic energy Awka has never seen before. The crowd responded in equal measure and released a corresponding zestful energy which kept the show bursting at the seams with a sensational feeling for over 6 hours. The show was anchored by two Nollywood top rated actresses, Mercy Johnson Okojie and Ebube Nwagbo.

Legends in the nation’s movie industry such as Patience Ozokwor, aka Mama G, Richard Mofe-Damijo, RMD, and the lead character in the TV Series, Professor Johnbull, Kanayo O. Kanayo, made celebrity appearances at the show to the delight of the crowd. They were complemented by the delectable actress, Angela Okorie,

Among top government dignitaries who enjoyed the show were the Secretary to Anambra State Government (SSG), Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, the Managing Director of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA Brigade), Hon. Kenneth Okonkwo, and the MD/CEO of Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS), Nze Uche Nworah.

The show opened with dancing competitions, followed by performances by local artistes in Awka such as Emiboizy, Titilaptop, Emkizzy, Tonero, Videch and Zyryes, who all showcased their talents to the admiration of their fans. Two Glo subscribers, who had already competed in the online engagement activity vide #glosings60seconds, Endless Pella Iyke and Chief Priest, also used the platform to demonstrate their talent.

Di’ja, who opened the night, was awesome as she moved from one hit track to another. She complemented her performance with the introduction of Thelma, an Igbo ethno-rapper, who proved that what Phyno can do, a woman can also do. She was an instant hit with the crowd.

The next act of the night was Omawumi and her band. The Itshekiri-born singer was simply indescribable as she performed her hit tracks, kokoma, What a Bang Bang, Bonsue, Somori and As I Dey.

RMD, who appeared on stage to educate the crowd about the Glo Café application, took time to mime Phyno’s Fada Fada track and dished out some dancing steps that sent the crowd wild in ecstasy.

The entrance of the dance hall act, Runtown, took the show to an even higher level as he performed his songs including Fijo Gbowo, Emergency, Bend Down Pause, Walahitalahi, Superwoman and Mad Over You.

Yemi Alade and her band added great energy to the enthralling night as she sang her hit tracks: No do me, Kom Kom, Kissing, Ferrari, Taking over me, Charlie, Tangerine and Pose. The crowd could not contain the excitement each time Yemi Alade paused and froze during her break dance.

Timaya, who followed immediately with his Dem Papa signature tune dazzled the crowd further with I concur, Overdose, Money no dey, closing with Won fe pami.

Just when the evening was reaching its crescendo, Olamide came on stage and held the thousands of people in the hall captive for over 40 minutes. In quick succession, he raced through all his hit songs, making the crowd to scream endlessly. A few of the songs he performed were Jeje lomo eko, Introduction, How are you, Oh baba, Alowo majaye, Don’t stop, Skekelobose shoki, Eledami and Omo abule sowo.

From Awka, the train of the Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour will this weekend move to Owerri, Imo State, where fun lovers in the city will be given a dose of the world-class entertainment at the International Conference Centre on Saturday, April 22.

Those wishing to attend the Owerri show or any other of the remaining 26 shows are expected to use N2,000 within one month and text MUSIC and preferred location to short code 207, for example, “MUSIC Owerri’ to 207.

Nigeria: CBN Unveils Guidelines On Non-Interest Mfbs

By Obinna Chima

In line with its mandate of promoting a sound financial system, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued guidelines on the regulation and supervision of non-interest (Islamic) microfinance banks (NIMFBS) in the country.

Part of the 57-page guidelines posted on the central bank’s website recently stated that a NIMFB shall be required to maintain not less than five per cent of deposit liabilities in liquidity management instruments compliant with the principles underpinning this model and as approved by the CBN.

According to the CBN, non-compliance with this directive shall attract a fine of one per cent of the amount not invested. Investment in such instruments by any MFB shall, however, not exceed 10 per cent of its deposit liabilities at any point in time.

Furthermore, it noted that the operation of a NIMFB requires the maintenance of high quality liquid assets to meet frequent request for funds from clients and for field operations.

However, in view of the paucity of eligible liquidity management instruments, NIMFBs shall be required to maintain a minimum liquidity ratio as may be determined by CBN from time to time.

The Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of a NIMFB shall be measured as a percentage of shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses to its risk weighted assets, the CBN added.

In addition, the minimum CAR (Capital/Weighted Assets Ratio) for NIMFB shall be one per cent of such percentage as may be determined by the CBN from time to time.

Also, the NIMFB shall be required to submit, within a specified period, a recapitalisation plan acceptable to the CBN.

“Failure to comply with the above shall constitute grounds for the revocation of the operating licence of the NIMFB or such other penalties as may be deemed appropriate.

“Every NIMFB is enjoined to ensure its shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses do not fall below the prescribed minimum capital requirement, notwithstanding meeting the capital adequacy benchmark.

“The maximum amount which a NIMFB can invest in fixed assets is 20 per cent of its shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses.

“Any contravention shall attract a penalty of one per cent of the excess investment in fixed asset and prohibition of further investment in fixed assets until the requirement is achieved,” it added.

According to the CBN, the impact of delinquent risk assets which may result in capital erosion, calls for stringent maintenance of capital funds. Every NIMFB shall therefore maintain a reserve fund into which it shall transfer from its profit after tax for each year.

The CBN said the guidelines were developed to provide a level playing field between the conventional and non-interest MFBs and to address issues underpinning the operation of non-interest financial institutions. It is expected to enhance financial inclusion by bringing to the formal sector, individuals, communities and corporations that are not captured by the conventional MFBs.

The role of MFBs in poverty reduction, increased access to financial services, contribution to financial stability and economic development has been established in Nigeria and around the globe. Beyond making credit facilities available to micro, small and medium scale enterprises and the promotion of savings culture, MFBs also serve as veritable means of employment generation and enhancing financial inclusion.

Since 2005 when the CBN issued the first regulatory framework for MFBs in Nigeria (revised in 2013), a number of MFBs were established across all states in Nigeria and Abuja and have continued to thrive and cater for the economically active poor in the country.

However, despite the increased number of MFBs in Nigeria, a large per cent of Nigerians still lack access to financial services. This could be attributed to high cost of transactions, abhorrence of interest and apathy to unethical investment by a significant part of the populace.

Nigeria: Airlines Operators Question N15 Billion Debt Claim By NCAA

By Chinedu Eze

Domestic operators under the umbrella of Airlines Operators of Nigeria (OAN) have denied N15 billion indebtedness to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Rising from an emergency meeting, the operators said in very strong terms that they are not owing the NCAA N15 billion as it claimed.

“We are still at loss as to why the NCAA made such a phantom claim publicly. The recently published breakdown in the media of what airlines owe of each passenger is completely wrong and false. Airlines don’t pay monthly fixed rate. The rate is a percentage of the fare paid. Secondly, how can an airline like Arik Air with 27 airplanes have a fixed monthly remittance rate of N61, 477, 779.69 and Air Peace with an average of five airplanes to pay N109, 862, 633.84 monthly? At what rate were these figures calculated to get a fixed amount?” AON said.

The operators noted that even from “the phantom breakdown mentioned 80 percent of the bills are from airlines that are either out of operation or in receivership with the government today. Moreover, a couple of the airlines that make up the phantom numbers are not Nigerian registered airlines such as Cronos and Africa World Airlines (AWA).”

AON said it was obvious that the “phantom” numbers could not add up, noting that the airlines are working and struggling to stay afloat in a harsh terrain and made to bear the sin of others, thus urging NCAA to come out with a true picture of things.

“AON therefore challenged the NCAA to come open with the breakdown of how it arrived at the phantom bill of N15 billion and publish the details of the airlines and what they owe. Perhaps doing so will erase the negative impression being fed the public as it will reveal that the money they claim airlines owe are owed by airlines that have now either been taken over by government (AMCON) or is a historic debt owed majorly by airlines that have gone out of business over the years due to the harsh environment, unfriendly polices and the continued burden of multiple charges or falsified account that can’t stand the test of an external audit or a law court trial.

But contrary to AON statement, THISDAY investigations disclosed that at the time Arik Air was operating about 100 flights daily and had 28 aircraft in its fleet, it used to pay about N60 million monthly as five percent ticket and cargo sales charge. THISDAY can also confirm that Air Peace started operation with seven aircraft and increased to 10 after one year of operation and currently, the airline has about 12 aircraft in its fleet.

However, AON explained that airlines that currently exist do not owe a fraction of what is being claimed by NCAA “if put to test by a world renowned and international audit firm.”

“Moreover, businesses all over the world, including Nigeria as a country, do owe. Owing is not unprecedented anywhere in the world. What matters is that whatever is owed is being serviced. Most of the current and active 29 AOC operating airlines are servicing their debts as agreed between themselves and the relevant agencies after the usual reconciliations,” AON said.

It stated that the airlines were not asking for the cancelation or suspension of the five percent charge of the passengers but are asking for suspension of the automation till “we have clarity of the cloudiness on what the five percent should be applied to.”

Nigeria

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Museveni Warns Against Giving Relief Food

By Risdel Kasasira

Kampala — President Museveni has warned that spending money on relief food might force government to halt key government infrastructure projects.

Mr Museveni, who was addressing a rally at Bugadde Primary School in Kamuli District, said government should buy food only if there is no alternative.

“Relief food can be handed to you if there is no other way. This is because in order to buy food, we need to postpone a number of projects. So, when you eat food, you are eating a road. When you are eating, you will be eating kilometers of roads and wires of electricity,” Mr Museveni said.

He indirectly took a swipe at the former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, and senior party officials who were last week blocked by police from distributing relief food in Teso sub-region. “Be careful about some politicians. They want to please you but in a dangerous way. Giving relief food must be done in a careful way,” the President added.

Hunger

Due to prolonged drought in different parts of the country, hunger has hit Isingiro District and areas in Teso and Karamoja sub-regions.

Last year, government said at least 1.3 million people in various parts of the country needed food aid urgently after a dry spell destroyed harvests.

Mr Museveni made the remarks in Busoga sub-region while campaigning for the ruling NRM candidate in the Kamuli by-election held on Wednesday. During his time there, the President also launched a nationwide pesticide spraying campaign against the devastating armyworm that has attacked maize gardens in 53 districts.

Mr Museveni also toured and inspected a number of homesteads benefiting from the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), an army led agricultural campaign to support farmers engage in commercial agricultural activities to boost their household incomes.

In Kyityerera village, Mayuge District, the President inspected the late William Nkoko’s farm where zero grazing, poultry, coffee and orange production takes place.

Uganda

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CRDB Sees Bright Future After Profit Slowdown

By Abduel Elinaza

CRDB Bank is forecasting a positive future this year following recent monetary policy changes and implementation of mega projects.

The bank, largest in term of balance sheet, last year posted a pretax profit slow downed by 37 per cent top 118bn/- but was adamant to make a good profit this year. CRDB’s Managing Director, Dr Charles Kimei, said 2016 was a difficult year especially after the government’s move to shift its funds to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT).

“It was a difficult year (2016) especially the final quarter… but we managed to make steadfast achievements,” Dr Kimei said. He said the future look bright especially after BoT made monetary policy change on discount and bank’s deposits rates.

“This would help to stimulate the lending sector… banks will be more liquidity and have more power to lend,” Dr Kimei told reporters yesterday. He said lending rate are expected to go down after BoT slashed the rate to 12 per cent from 16 per cent while CRDB will receive some 80bn/- following reduction of banks deposit rate.

In total BoT Governor, Prof Benno Ndulu, said the central bank will release between 400bn/- and 500bn/- to banks and financial institutions following cutting deposit rate by 2.0 per cent. The entire banking industry profit before tax slowed down by 2.9 per cent in 2016.

This was because of the new regime that introduces some austerity measures and some monetary policy change. CRDB interest income grew by 14 per cent to 568.2bn/- last year, however, interest expenses went up by 27.4 per cent to 136bn/- to cut down net interest income to 432bn/-.

Dr Kimei said operating expenses also ballooned by almost 21 per cent to 347.6bn/- following the bank expansion drive undertaking to increase its network.

“Despite saying we will slow down on our network expansion but happening in the grounds pushes us to invest heavily and open 54 new branches.

“Hence we employed almost 600 new staff in a single year and 78 ATMs,” Dr Kimei said, adding this pushed up their operation expenses. CRDB currently has 250 branches and 510 ATMs. The FahariHuduma, bank agent, reached 2,558 while in the same year microfinance partners scaled up to 455.

Tanzania

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