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South Africa:Cope Welcomes the Removal of Myeni, but What About the Patient?

press releaseBy Glacier Nkhwashu

Whilst COPE welcomes the long overdue removal of Dudu Myeni as chairperson of SAA, her removal talks less to positive action by Zuma, but rather to continual pressure exerted by opposition parties, civil society groupings, and financiers.

As a consequence of Myeni’s corrupt leadership and bad governance of SAA, Zuma’s government was ultimately forced to Act. Bear in mind that Myeni was adamant that she would only leave when ‘ubaba goes’.

The real issue here is why it took so long to Act, and at what cost? The answer to this points to cronyism, deployment, corruption, looting and state capture, and at possibly fatal cost to South Africa, its fiscus and its people.

Whether this belated move will be sufficient to turn SAA around and whether government should retain the failing SOE are questions yet to be answered.

The removal of Myeni is bitter-sweet, because it’s clear that she should (like uBaba) never have been appointed to the position in the first place.

SAA remains in ICU on life support in a critical condition. Whether the SAA’s ‘organs’ should be sold off, or the feeding tube should be removed, or the patient resuscitated (and at what cost) are questions open for debate.

South Africa

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South Africa:Sixth Death at Platinum Mine in Three Months

British platinum mine giant Lonmin has raised “deep concerns” following the death of employee Tholakele Dlunga this week, the sixth in the platinum belt in the North West in the past three months.

“Lonmin is deeply concerned by the recent fatal shootings across the platinum belt. The company is aware of at least six deaths and three injuries in various shootings across the region in the past three months, including three at Lonmin,” company CEO Ben Magara said in a statement on Thursday.

In the latest incident, an unidentified assailant shot Dlunga, who later succumbed to his injuries, the company said.

One of Dlunga’s relatives was injured during the shooting, Magara added.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He is survived by his wife and three children.”

Stakeholder engagement

The company has called for calm, peace and tolerance, adding that it was invested in the success, peace and stability of the company, its employees and its communities.

“This violence is deeply concerning. We have worked hard to establish a sound rapport with unions and employees. The recent violent attacks across the platinum belt only serve to undo these efforts,” he said.

He also pointed out that an urgent multi-disciplinary stakeholder engagement process was necessary to help bring peace.

“The company has already commenced discussions with Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula as well as the president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Joseph Mathunjwa,” he added.

“We also appeal for thorough investigations to bring the perpetrators to book,” Magara said.

Dlunga, also known as “Bhele”, was one of the rock drill operators who took part in an unprotected wage strike in Marikana in 2012 which resulted in more than 44 people being killed.

The rock drill operators were demanding a R12 500 monthly salary.

AMCU, which was a small union at the time, grew in its prominence and eventually replaced the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) as the majority union.

Tribalism

Dlunga, who survived the Marikana shootings, became the union’s Branch Chairperson for Health and Safety.

On Wednesday, Mathunjwa addressed a gathering at Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana in an effort to dispel reports that the killings could be a result of tribalism within the area.

Speaking in isiXhosa, Mathunjwa told the union members that he had always helped workers, regardless of their culture and background. He said workers needed to be unified.

“I just know a poor worker looking for a better life, not a tribe member. Capitalism delays the progress of workers by using tribalism and division. Media, as you have witnessed, there is no tribalism here,” he said before a roar of applause erupted.

Mathunjwa discussed the union’s history and said it had been under attack from those who wanted to see it fall.

He denied rumours that AMCU leaders and members were responsible for the death of miners, as well as some NUM leaders in the mining town.

Mathunjwa said he had gone so far as to hire private investigators to find the perpetrators because police were not doing their jobs, despite being given evidence.

He said that he would hire investigator Paul O’Sullivan if he needed to, adding that he had reached out to Mbalula for an urgent meeting to address the claimed lack of police action.

“The money of the workers must be used for the protection of the workers. We want to unite the working class.”

He said miners were not living in the platinum mine belt by choice.

“If there was money or jobs back home, you wouldn’t have travelled 1 000 or 2 000 kilometres to provide for your families only to be killed… You are not at these hostels to be killed.”

He said the AMCU was the majority union at Lonmin and, if necessary: “We will bring Lonmin to a standstill until there is safety.”

Mathunjwa is to hold a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday to shed more light on the killings, retrenchments and details of Dlunga’s memorial service.

Source: News24

South Africa:Finance Minister Announces SAA Board

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced the appointment of new members to the South African Airways (SAA) Board.

New board Chairperson Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza replaces Dudu Miyeni. The other five new board members are: Deputy Chairperson and non-executive director Nolitha Fakude; Geoff Rothschild, Ahmed Bassa, Tinyiko Mhlari, and Martin Kingston. They will serve as non-executive directors.

Current non-executive directors who will continue to serve on the board are: Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala, Peter Tshisevhe, Thandeka Nozipho Mogoduso, Peter Holmes Maluleka, and Akhter Hoosen Moosa.

The changes to the SAA board will be with effective from 3 November when Minister Gigaba has a special meeting with them.

In addition to the former chairperson, board members who will no longer serve are Tryphosa Ramano, Mzimkulu Malunga, Siphile Buthelezi, Nazmeera Moola and Gugu Sepamla.

Minister Gigaba is hopeful that the new board, which was approved by Cabinet — together with its incoming Chief Executive Officer Vuyani Jarana — will implement the airline’s structural strategy and bring it to financial stability, as set out in his 14 Confidence Boosting Measures.

Jarana, who was appointed to the top post in August, will commence his duties at the airline on 1 November.

“The new board is well experienced and diverse, and the Minister encourages them to ignore the political noise, and focus on the business of strengthening SAA. At the heart of these appointments is a commitment from the South African government to strengthen the airline, and create conditions to see the transformation of all our state-owned companies,” said the Finance Ministry.

The ministry said the new board brings talent, expertise and energy to the airline.

“The Minister would like to thank all outgoing board members for their work at the airline, [and] wish incoming members well with their tenure at the airline.”

All board members, incoming and those who will no longer serve, have been notified of these developments.

SAA was moved from the portfolio of the Department of Public Enterprises to National Treasury in 2014.

Last month, government announced the transfer of R3 billion to the airline to allow it to meet its debt obligations to Citibank.

South Africa

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State Says It Requested Vehicles for Election Security

By Ibrahim Oruko

The government has said it requested additional vehicles from ministries to help in security operations during the repeat presidential poll set for October 26.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs, which is coordinating the exercise, said the four-wheel cars were not meant for use in the Jubilee presidential campaigns.

The ministry confirmed that the government was in the process of mobilising vehicles, but noted that the purpose is to have a fleet of vehicles available for use in security operations during the repeat presidential election on Thursday next week.

“As you are aware, there are close to 50,000 polling stations and each polling station requires security coverage.”

MOBILISED

“The National Police Service does not have enough vehicles to mobilise and transport security officers to all the polling stations in the country,” the ministry said in a statement signed by its spokesman Mwenda Njoka.

On Wednesday, the Nation reported that the government has mobilised official four-wheel vehicles from all ministries to be used in the final days of President Uhuru Kenyatta campaigns and on election day.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in the memo to all the principal secretaries ordered every ministry to release one vehicle each — preferably Prado — to the Jubilee campaign to mobilise voters to various rallies across the country.

Mr Kinyua, in the confidential memo marked “urgent”, directs all PSs to hand over the vehicles to the Interior PS Karanja Kibicho for deployment.

MEMO

However, Mr Njoka said there was a memo from the Head of Public Service, directing ministries to release one vehicle each to the Ministry of Interior, but clarified there was absolutely no mention of the vehicles being delivered to the Jubilee campaign as the story claimed.

The ministry further notes that when need arises, the government mobilises resources from other departments to meet the shortfall and cited events that forces the State to mobilise vehicles, for instance, during the August 8 general elections.

“The Head of Public Service is aware of the law governing use of state resources and he would be the last person to direct that government vehicles be used for political campaigns.”

Kenya

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Prepare for Major Demos on October 26, Say Nasa Leaders

By Silas Apollo and David Mwere

Nasa leaders on Wednesday vowed that there will be no fresh presidential election on October 26 as they rallied their supporters from the previous “no reforms, no election” clarion call to “October no election”.

Addressing a public rally on Wednesday at Kamukunji grounds, Nasa leaders Mr Raila Odinga, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Mr Moses Wetang’ula and a host of MPs, told their supporters to prepare for major demonstrations across the country on October 26.

The opposition leaders said there will be no election until their 12-point “irreducible minimums” presented to the electoral commission are addressed and said what will happen on October 26 will be an opinion poll of Jubilee supporters.

“The Supreme Court said the election must be conducted in line with the Constitution and the relevant laws. Our 12-point irreducible minimums were crafted from the court ruling. We have continued to negotiate with the IEBC for the fulfilment of our demands but to no avail,” said Mr Odinga, noting that Nasa will not tire of pushing for changes at the commission.

RESIGNATION

Mr Odinga also said the resignation of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission commissioner Roselyn Akombe was a clear indication that the commission was rotten and urged its chairman Wafula Chebukati to follow suit, saying he had ceded control of the agency to State House.

“This agency has been held hostage by Jubilee. This is the reason Ms Akombe resigned saying that the chairman is under siege. They (Jubilee and IEBC) are saying that my name must be on the ballot but I say no,” he said.

On Mr Chebukati’s continued stay in office, Mr Wetang’ula said: “If the alligator comes from the water and tells you that the crocodile is sick, you better believe it. It is time for you to leave.” He said this in reference to the resignation of Ms Akombe.

“Ms Akombe said there is a problem. Today you have spoken, you have moved but not moved enough. Nobody remembers those who served under your predecessors- the late Zacchaeus Chesoni, and Samuel Kivuitu and Issack Hassan,” he added.

SUPREME COURT

Nasa is pushing for the removal from office of the commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba, director of elections Immaculate Kassait among others for their roles in the August 8 presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court.

“That is why we must go to the drawing board to rectify the issues affecting the commission so that we can have a country governed by the people not where leaders impose themselves on the people,” said Mr Odinga.

Mr Odinga told President Uhuru Kenyatta that he had seen worse days under the previous regimes.

“If we didn’t fear detention at the time the country had punitive laws against those fighting for their rights, we will not fear now. Kenyans will not accept the rule of the jungle to be imposed on them. There is a Constitution that must be respected,” he said.

A visibly charged Mr Odinga told President Kenyatta to respect Kenyans and the Judiciary, adding that he should desist from “using the Inspector-General of police Joseph Boinnet to kill and maim Kenyans”.

“Mr Boinnet has become the butcher- man of the people of Kenya but we will not accept it,” he said noting that the victims of police brutality will be remembered on October 20, a national holiday reserved to commemorate those who fought for independence.

Mr Mudavadi said Ms Akombe’s resignation had exposed Mr Chebukati.

“Mr Chebukati, the message is so crystal clear. This people will not change, they are putting you in a corner and when the time comes, you will be left alone. Don’t be used to commit treasonable acts,” he said.

He told President Kenyatta he will one day be called to account for injustices committed against Kenyans.

IEBC Favours Jubilee, Nasa in Repeat Election – Ekuru Aukot

By Mohamed Ahmed

Thirdway Alliance Kenya presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot has accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of aligning itself to Jubilee and Nasa and “dancing” to their tunes.

Speaking during a press briefing at Travellers Hotel in Mombasa, Dr Aukot accused the electoral commission of incompetence and serious issues of confidence.

LOCKED OUT

He decried being locked out of the dialogue with Nasa and Jubilee called by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

“In his statement the chairman indeed accepted that there was division within the commission. It is evident the IEBC is its own enemy and that is why it has continued to weaken itself by aligning itself with either Nasa or Jubilee thoughts,” said Dr Aukot.

“How can it be so reckless to only invite Nasa and Jubilee as if they are the only people in the ballot? IEBC does not understand simple orders from the court and that is why it is talking of Nasa and Jubilee as if this country is all about the two.”

He said the “fixation in mind on the two is hurting the country’s economy”.

Dr Aukot questioned why Nasa leader Raila Odinga was being “forced” to participate in the election even after announcing his withdrawal.

VOTE OUT

“How do we talk about people who have said that they do not want to participate in an election? The current uncertainty is as a result of the so-called two horses and I am calling on Kenyans to ensure that we retire both,” he said.

Mr Aukot further accused the two coalitions of trying to force the presence of an electoral commission that is in their favour.

He said both Nasa and Jubilee are trying to kill the commission, “as they are used to having a referee that can favour them every time we head to an election.”

“That is what they did before the August 8 elections. They formed a committee comprising of their own people who decided on the team that will oversee the elections. If they do not have that they tend to create the uncertainty we are facing,” Dr Aukot said.

EVIDENCE

He noted that if the country is to hold political settlement then “it should be about excluding Nasa and Jubilee from this election”.

Dr Aukot said his party might have a problem with the IEBC but it will not go to the election “blindly”.

“We are watching every step that IEBC is making. I am beginning to gather my evidence to go to the Supreme Court again if Chebukati and his team are actually going to bungle this election,” he added.

Mr Aukot said he has called for an urgent meeting with the commission to discuss issues, among them the inclusion of his name in the KIEMs kits.

“We are ready for the election. We should conduct the election within 60 days because anything outside that we are creating a political crisis to this country. We cannot have this election outside the constitutional framework,” he said.

Dr Aukot said he will move to court if the KIEMs kits comprise only two candidates’ names.

Kenya

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Kenyatta – I Won’t Hold Negotiations With Odinga

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday said he will not hold negotiations with the opposition, saying Kenyans should be allowed to vote in peace on October 26.

Speaking on the campaign trail at Saboti in Trans Nzoia County, President Kenyatta warned the opposition against intimidating the electoral agency IEBC.

“There will be no sitting in boardrooms to negotiate and share government. It is Kenyans who have the right to decide who will be president,” President Kenyatta said.

The President said those who do not want to participate in the October 26 fresh election were free to do so but should not curtail the rights of those who want to vote on that day.

COALITION GOVERNMENT

“The same way nobody is being forced to participate in the October 26 election, similarly no one has the right to stop those who want to participate,” President Kenyatta said.

On Wednesday, Nasa leader Raila Odinga said he was ready for dialogue with President Kenyatta, but maintained that the agenda for such a meeting would be about free, fair and credible election and not a coalition government.

Mr Odinga told the media on Tuesday afternoon that his team was ready for such dialogue “as soon as yesterday” and vowed never to attend if it was about forming a coalition government.

“The impression has been created that it is me who is wants nusu mkate (coalition government),” he said in reference to claims by Jubilee Party leaders that he has called for mass protests to demand for a coalition government having lost in the August 8 presidential election.

Kenya

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Kenya:15 Women Die While Giving Birth in Wajir County

By Bruhan Makong

Fifteen women have died while giving birth in Wajir County since the onset of the nurses’ strike.

Nurses have been on strike for 136 days since June 5.

NURSES’ STRIKE

In an interview with the Nation, Wajir County Chief Officer of Health Noor Sheikh Mohamed said that some of the women lost their lives in various private hospitals and other while giving birth at home.

But those hospitals do not have sufficient skilled medics and equipment, he said, adding that some women gave birth at home as they could not afford private hospitals.

The Chief Officer said that some private hospitals only have a capacity to accommodate one pregnant woman at a time and thus it is impossible to attend to all the women, compared to the Wajir Referral Hospital that has enough equipment and personnel.

“We carry out an average of nine to 15 deliveries per night in the referral hospital because of the availability of personnel and equipment. However, due to the nurses’ strike, some of the patients were forced to seek assistance elsewhere,” Mr Mohamed said.

RECALLED

The nurses’ strike in the county at some point led to a closure of the referral hospital, including the maternity wing, for more than a week in August. More than five pregnant women died that week.

The paediatric unit was also closed during the period, locking out children from receiving medical assistance.

Nursing officers and other heads of different department who are not allowed to strike were recalled to the hospital to handle emergency services.

“Currently the services have resumed in the hospital and we are carrying out emergency and outpatient services. The paediatric ward, maternity unit and male ward is now functional,” Mr Mohamed said.

Kenya

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Man Who Posed With AK-47 Rifle on Social Media Arrested

Nairobi — A thirty one year old suspect who posted inciting messages on social media while holding an AK-47 rifle has been charged in court.

Police Headquarters says Ochieng Omondi was arrested in Githurai where police found bullets and materials used to made Improvised Explosive Devices.

He is accused of posting provocative messages against those opposed to the anti-IEBC protests.

Omondi will be detained for 15 days pending further investigations.

Kenya

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Grandpa Records Boss Refigah Gets Married, Again

By Mwende Kasujja

Grandpa Records CEO Refigah has wedded his second wife Yasmin Yussuf.

Refigah who wedded his first wife Mahandia Omar in 2014 in a lavish Sh3.5 million wedding held his second Nikkah ceremony whose video was shared online.

Refigah and Mahandia in 2016 welcomed their baby boy Sultan and during his first birthday this year, the father revealed how the pregnancy was marred by a lot of complications.

The bride Yasmin slayed in her gold themed ceremony that was attended by family and friends.

Refigah shared photos of the ceremony that was attended by among others NTV’s Rashid Abdalla on his page.

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