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South Africa: Deputy Agriculture Minister Speaks on Corruption in Department

An anti-corruption unit should be established to investigate corruption in the agricultural industry, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

Cele was speaking at an Agricultural Imbizo in Umlazi, south of Durban, aimed at promoting urban farming.

He said when he recently went to department’s offices in Cato Ridge, west of Durban, he discovered that new tractors bought by the government were “covered in grass” instead of helping developing farmers.

“They are just parked there without being utilised. They are covered in grass. We also discovered seeds that had become rotten,” he said.

Rotten seeds had also been discovered in Umhlabuyalingana, north of KZN, he said.

“Corrupt officials buy seeds in bulk in order to get their cut [illegal share]. They don’t care what happens to the seeds once they get their cut of the profit,” he said.

Prison

He labelled those officials as “corruption officials” who should not be called government officials.

“They belong in Westville prison.” Cele said the department had decided to manage all its tractors because of corruption in the industry.

“Government usually gave traditional leaders including chiefs and izinduna tractors as community representatives who would be able to control them. We’ve discovered that some traditional leaders charge a fee whenever a community member wants to use them. The department will now manage them,” he said.

He also lambasted the community for paying bribes to government officials when they needed help.

“Conduct business truthfully. Stop paying bribes to government officials because, by bribing an official, [it] also means you are corrupt,” he said.

He called for a corruption unit to be established, one that will investigate corruption within the agricultural industry.

Cele said the answer to fighting poverty was through agriculture.

“Three million people in KwaZulu-Natal go to sleep without food when 6 million people receive government grants. Stop wasting money on buying vegetables and fruits but get them from your own gardens. Stop planting roses and flowers, instead plough spinach and cabbages. It doesn’t need one to be in a rural area to plough but you can do it in urban areas,” he said.

Youth unemployment

He used vertical sack farming as one of the examples of urban farming.

“Through sack farming, you can have a spinach garden in your own kitchen without wasting space,” he said.

He said his department was in a drive to get the youth into agriculture.

“You can’t have 60% of the youth not working, it’s a recipe for disaster. We have to help them. Urban farming is one of the ways that will help,” he said.

Most people who interacted with Cele at the imbizo told him that they still had challenges such as funding when they wanted to start their agricultural projects.

Fencing, training and getting into the market were some of the other problems people often faced.

He advised farmers to use government schools, hospitals and jails as their markets before looking at established supermarkets.

Source: News24

Soccer – Simba Out to Reclaim Top Spot

SIMBA are likely to reclaim the pilot seat, as they face Mbao FC in a tricky Mainland Premier League fixture at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza this evening.

A win for Simba will see them post ten points to leapfrog Mtibwa Sugar, who enjoy the driver’s seat on maximum nine points from three matches.

Simba are currently placed second on the log on seven points from three matches, while Mbao FC are tenth on the league table on three points from three matches.

Simba have kicked off the 2017/18 league season in higher note having scored a total of 10 goals after recording two victories and a draw. They will be looking at maintaining their form when battle for the three points against Mbao.

This will be the first away game from Dar es Salaam for Simba since the opening of the new season. The Msimbazi Reds played all their three games in Dar es Salaam, which saw them recording a resounding 7-0 victory over Ruvu Shooting, before being held to a barren draw by Azam FC and the last weekend’s 3-0 over Mwadui FC.

However, against Mbao, it will be a huge challenge for Simba’s Head Coach Cameroonian, Joseph Omog, who for the past few days has been on firing lines.

Rumours first flew in from old guards about the future of their tactician but the club’s loquacious spokesman, Haji Manara, was quick to dispel the rumours, terming them nothing more than the work of quack soccer analysts, who have never even touched the ball in their lives, let alone seen the inside of a soccer training institute.

It was immediately after the barren draw against the ice cream makers on September 9th at the Chamazi Complex that Dar es Salaam’s rumourville was set in motion, forcing Manara to come out firing on in all cylinders.

Things quickly settled down after a win against Mwadui but definitely, basing on the tradition of Simba and their rivals Young Africans, anything could resurface depending on the match results and this is why, it will be crucial for Omog to lead his charges to victory today.

The tactician will bank his hopes on free scoring striker, Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi, who has so far netted six goals from two matches he has featured for Simba this season.

Lanky striker John Bocco, who netted his first goal for his new club in a win against Mwadui last Sunday, will be targeting to impress the technical bench, so he could be an automatic choice in the starting line up ahead of Laudit Mavugo and Mohamed Ibrahim.

Ghanaian striker Nicholas Gyan will as well be battling to score his first goal since joining the club after failing to do in the game against Azam FC and Mwadui despite proving his capability.

Simba will also be boosted with the return of their maestro midfielder Haruna Niyonzima, who missed the previous game due to injury picked during Azam game.

Going into the fixture, Mbao Head Coach, Etienne Ndairagije assured the team’s supporters good results. Ndairagije, whose team played all three games in away venues, said their first home game will be historic as he hopes to stain Simba’s clean-sheet as well as the unbeaten run.

He said last season Simba were lucky to survive his team’s 2-0 lead scare and end 3-2 victors at the same venue, but it won’t be the same this year. He said his team is well prepared tactically and psychologically for the match.

“My team is improving and we have managed to score a goal in all our matches we have played so far. We are having a new team but now I’m working very hard in order our players to get enough experience” He said.

Mbao opened the season with a win over Kagera Sugar before losing two matches against Singida United and Mtibwa Sugar.

They have netted three goals and conceded four goals. Simba and Mbao have met three times since the Mwanza side was promoted to the top flight league last season and Simba have won all the three matches.

Simba beat Mbao 2-1 to clinch the Federation Cup in a thrilling and nail biting final held at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma. In the two league games, Simba won 1-0 in Dar es Salaam and 3-2 away in Mwanza.

Supreme Court Delivers Much-Awaited Full Ruling

By Marion Maina

Supreme Court judges is Wednesday morning reading their full judgment stating reasons for the nullification of the August 8 presidential elections.

The court, by a majority of four, nullified the presidential outcome on September 1 on grounds that there were irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

The Judges directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections within 60 days, in accordance to Article 140 of the Constitution.

ENTRANCE

On Wednesday, security personnel have already been deployed around the Supreme Court building to ensure that the proceedings in court are not interrupted.

Police cordoned off the entrances to the Supreme Court. Three water cannons and police barriers have closed off the access routes.

There is also heavy police presence within Nairobi Central Business District.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Jubilee Party supporters demonstrated outside the court, accusing the Judiciary of overturning the peoples will.

PROTESTS

There were also protests in Nakuru, Kikuyu, Nyeri and Eldoret.

In their September 1 ruling, Chief Justice David Maraga, agreed with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola that there was a mess in the transmission of results. The

Judges, however, absolved President Uhuru Kenyatta from any blame.

Justices Jackton Ojwang’ and Njoki Ndung’u disagreed stating that Mr Raila Odinga, the petitioner in the case, failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of President Kenyatta.

The two said the polls were free, fair and credible as described by international observers.

BAD FAITH

Justice Ndung’u said challenges are there in every election and if they occurred, they were not deliberate or in bad faith.

The seventh judge, Mohamed Ibrahim, fell sick on the second day of the hearing of the case and did not participate in the final judgment.

“A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void,” Justice Maraga had said.

The Judges said the electoral body failed, neglected or refused to conduct the elections in the manner and dictates of the constitution.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has set October 17 as the date for the repeat poll, although the opposition has threatened to boycott the poll if a raft of demands they have made are not met.

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100,000 Girls At Risk of Genital Mutilation – UNFPA Official

By Joyce Chemitai

Kapchorwa — An estimated 100,000 girls in Sebei and Karamoja sub-regions are at risk of undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country has warned.

Mr Alain Sibenaler, the UNFPA country representative, said during a marathon at Kapchorwa Boma Grounds at the weekend that all stakeholders should join hands and end the vice that exposes women to many side effects of clitoris mutilation.

“We need to do more to secure the future and provide safety for more than 100,000 girls in Sebei and Karamoja whose lives are threatened by the possibility of FGM,” Mr Sibenaler said.

Globally, the World Health organisation estimates that more than 200 million girls and women have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated”

Uganda banned FGM in 2009 punishing a person convicted of the practice up to 10 years in jail among other sentences.

This has, however, not completely eliminated the practice.

Mr Sibenaler noted that although achievements have been made in the fight against the deeply rooted cultural practice through sensitisation and access to education, a lot still wants to make the vice history.

“Even as we count our achievements, we need to reaffirm our commitment to go the extra mile to eradicate FGM completely by addressing the bottlenecks that predispose women and girls to this practice,” he added.

The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, said since the inception of the anti-FGM marathon in 2015 as a community mobilisation tool, more than 15 communities have totally abandoned the practice in the three Sebei districts.

He said Sabiny elders should seek alternatives to FGM as a rite of passage but urged them to preserve other positive cultures.

Uganda

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Sudan: New Cholera Cases in Central Darfur and Sennar, Hepatitis in Blue Nile

Zalingei / El Souki / Ed Damazin — Seven new cholera cases were recorded in the camps for the displaced near Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, over the weekend. The isolation centre in Nierteti received four new patients. Cholera is spreading again in eastern Sudan’s Sennar. Hundreds of people have reportedly been infected with Hepatitis B in Blue Nile state’s Geissan.

El Shafee Abdallah, Coordinator of the Central Darfur camps for the displaced told Radio Dabanga that two new cases of cholera were recorded in Khamsa Dagayeg camp on Friday, and five in Hamidiya camp on Friday and Saturday.

The number of cholera patients being treated at the isolation centre of the Zalingei Royal Hospital reached 13 on Sunday.

A medical source reported to this station from Nierteti on Sunday that the isolation unit of the Nierteti Hospital recorded four new cases of cholera over the weekend. “Three patients come from Nierteti, while the fourth came from the camp for the displaced north of the town”.

There are currently ten people being treated for cholera at the isolation ward of Nierteti Hospital, he said.

Sennar

The hospital of El Souki received eight new cholera patients over the weekend.

A pregnant woman in her seventh month died of the infectious disease on Sunday, a medical doctor reported to this station.

He said more cases are expected to reach the hospital, “because of the easy transmission of infection and the deterioration of the environment “.

Hepatitis

At least 400 people have been infected with hepatitis B in Village 10 in Geissan locality in the south-east of Blue Nile state.

A doctor in El Damazin, capital of Blue Nile state, called on the residents of Geissan to exercise caution to prevent infection with hepatitis B.

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Okwi Magic Destroys Mwadui

SIMBA continue to be serious contenders for this season’s league title following another hefty 3-0 victory over Mwadui at the Uhuru Stadium yesterday.

The victory has placed the Msimbazi Street Boys at the second place, two points behind leaders Mtibwa Sugar who are commanding the helm with 9 points. The yesterday’s results, also wrote a 270 minute cleansheet for Simba with 10 goals in three matches.

Mtibwa have won all three matches of the league without a draw or a defeat. The yesterday clash was again Okwi’s domain as the player netted a brace to consolidate his race for the golden boot. Okwi who netted four goals in his team’s 7-0 win over Ruvu Shooting in the premiership opener, has so far scored 6 goals.

Okwi looked a clear danger in the 7th minute when he fired a long range opener. His power-packed deflected volley gave Mwadui FC goalie Masawe no chance. It was his 5th goal of this season and he become the distance leader in the chase for the golden boot.

Simba started the match strongly with Okwi, Shiza Kichuya and John Boko terrorizing Mwadui defence at their will. Simba could have scored two more goals before the half time, but their hungry scorers narrowly failed targets or blocked by the Mwadui goalkeeper’s efforts. The first half climaxed with Simba a goal ahead. The second half saw Simba coming a rejuvenated side.

The serious raid from Mwadui came in the 56th minute when a tricky corner kick was saved by Simba custodian Aishi Manula. But it took Simba 22 minutes after resumption to add the second goal through Okwi. It was 67th minute when the Ugandan hit-man netted the second goal and the 6th goal of the season.

Okwi completed John Bocco’s efforts and fired home from a cross range. Three minutes, Simba found again the back of Mwadui net.

It was John Bocco made it 3-0 for Simba in the 72nd minute after netting the third goal and his first goal of the season. The two goals in succession paralysed Mwadui as they assured Simba, another hefty victory.

Mwadui seemed to wake up from a slumber in after conceding the third goal with carefully-planned attacks that, however, lacked power to turn into goals. In 73rd minute Hassan Kabunda could score Mwadui’s consolation goal, but his powerful shot was saved by Manula. Simba’s defence manned Juuko Murshidi, Ally Shomari, Salim Mbonde and Mohamed Zimbwe stood firm and didn’t give Mwadui strikers Kabunda and Malika Ndeule chances to see the goalkeeper.

Mwadui’s effort was in the 88th when Ndeule shot over bar a free kick just a few inches outside the danger zone. Mwadui won the free kick after Kabunda was fouled by Simba defenders.

Simba are now 2 points above their traditional rivals Young Africans who on Saturday forced to a 1-1 draw with hosts Majimaji at Majimaji Stadium in Songea.

Yanga who have notched 5 points are 4 point adrift the leaders Mtibwa Sugar. Simba line up: Aishi Manula, Ally Shomari, Mohamed Zimbwe Jr, Salim Mbonde, Juuko Murshid, James Kotei, Nicholous Gyan (Mwinyi Kazimoto), Muzamiru Yassin, John Bocco, Emmanuel Okwi, Shiza Kichuya (Laudit Mavugo).

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South Africa: Nine Killed in Deadly Weekend On the Roads

Nine people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a spate of accidents across the country’s roads this weekend, various paramedics reported.

In the deadliest crash, three people were killed and five more injured when two vehicles collided on the R551 in Meyerton on Saturday afternoon.

“Three people were declared dead on the scene,” said ER24 spokesperson, Ineke van Huyssteen.

One of those found injured was airlifted to hospital while the four others were also transported for further treatment.

In Maraisburg, a woman and baby were injured after their vehicle rolled on the N1/N17. The baby sustained minor injuries but the woman had to be airlifted to hospital.

In a separate incident four people were injured, one critically, when their vehicle turned over on the N14 on Eeufees Road on Saturday afternoon.

In a freak accident, a 21-year-old man was killed after a tree stump fell on him while he was at Suncoast Beach in Durban early on Saturday morning.

“It is believed that the tree stump was on top of an embankment before it came loose and rolled down on top of the man,” paramedics said.

He was declared dead on the scene.

Also in Durban on Saturday morning, two taxis collided in Berea Road, causing one to veer off into a concrete pillar, Rescue Care paramedics reported.

The driver was found trapped in the wreckage, having sustained serious injuries, said the paramedic service’s spokesperson Ceron Lennox.

The other driver was not hurt and the taxis were empty of passengers at the time of the crash.

In Klerksdorp a female pedestrian was killed after being knocked down by a truck on the N12.

Friday night also proved deadly on the roads. In Protea Heights in Brackenfell, a female scooter driver was killed after being knocked down by a bakkie.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene… a woman was found lying underneath the bakkie’s wheel,” said Van Huyssteen.

Paramedics implemented advanced life support interventions. The patient later died in hospital.

In Rustenburg, two people, including a policewoman, were killed in a head-on collision on the N4 between Helen Joseph and Dr Moroka Street, also on Friday night.

The policewoman had been travelling in a bakkie. Officials used the jaws-of-life to extricate her. Despite resuscitation attempts she died on the scene. A man travelling in the other vehicle, a Ford Figo, was also declared dead on the scene.

In Orkney, a man, aged 37, was killed after he collided with a truck at a crossing on the R30 on Friday night.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene… the vehicle was stuck underneath the truck.”

The man succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.

Source: News24

EU Gives Sh5bn for Empowerment of Maasai Women in Three Districts

By By Filbert Rweyemamu

The European Union (EU) has granted Sh5 billion for women empowerment in Arumeru, Longido and Monduli districts in Arusha Region.

The funds have been channeled through Oikos Tanzania which is implementing a five-year project aimed to benefit 5,000 women in the areas.

Ms Francesca Lucchi, the manager of the Maasai Women Empowerment Project, told a seminar of the stakeholders that there were signs of success on the drive to support the women groups.

“Our assessment team has found that there had been some achievements and challenges too,” she said when addressing representatives of the non-governmental organisations and women groups and local leaders last week.

She added that challenges in reaching out more women due to various barriers such as lack of awareness, remoteness and others were being sorted out accordingly.

Income generation projects identified under the empowerment programme are horticulture farming and village community banks (Vicoba) Ms Lucchi said.

According to here, the programme would also encompass series of awareness classes on environmental conservation and human rights issues.

Earlier, a community development officer with Oldonyosambu ward, Ms Upendo Lukumay, said women can deliver and contribute enormously for development if they are economically empowered. She cited beekeeping as one of the existing opportunities for women to generate income through selling of honey and allied products like beeswax.

However, she said women in the three districts an by extension Arusha region and the broader Maasailand are facing a problem of land ownership.

This, according to her, has inhibited their plans modernise their agriculture. Ms Lukumay appealed to Oikos to sensitise the community on the rights of women.

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1,300 PLE Candidates Fail Mock Examinations

By Bill Oketch

Amolotar — At least 1,387 out of 2,493 Primary Seven candidates in Amolatar District, who are now preparing for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) due in November have failed mock examinations.

According to the results released by the district education officer, Mr Nelson Ecam, last week, only 80 out of 2,508 candidates who sat the mock examinations passed in Division One.

At least 245 candidates passed in Division Two, 426 passed in Division Three while 355 candidates passed in Division Four.

Mr Ecam said while the results were not satisfactory, they represent an improvement in the performance of candidates compared to 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, 68 pupils passed in Division One in mock examinations while in 2016, it was only 46 made it.

Head teachers from both private and government-aided primary schools across the district attend the event

Mr Ecam advised teachers to avoid administering ready made examinations.

“Buying ready-made examinations from Kampala to test our children is wrong. We cannot allow people who do not teach our learners to assess their performance. Ready-made examinations are making teachers lazy,” said Mr Ecam.

This year, the mock examinations were set by the teachers in Amolatar and vetted by Uganda National Examinations Board trained and certified examiners with the district before they were administered to the candidates, the district information officer, Mr Joel Okao Tema, revealed.

“The marking was done centrally at Amolatar Primary School,” he said, adding that the district education office has set a target to at least 300 candidates passing in Division One in this year’s Primary Leaving Examinations.

In the 2016 PLE examination results, 77 candidates in the district passed in Division One.

The best performing primary schools in the recent mock examinations are Green Valley, Amolatar, Aputi, Abarler and Acengryeng primary schools.

Worst performing schools include Aburkidi, Awonangiro, Bangladesh, Kitaleba and Alyecmeda.

Uganda

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Moi Girls’ Fire Victim Buried as Mourners Lash Out at Ministry

By Barack Oduor

One of the victims of the recent Moi Girls School dorm fire has been laid to rest as the Education ministry came under attack.

Hawa Awuor Aziz, one of the nine students who perished in the September 2 disaster, was buried in Ng’oche village in Rachuonyo North, Homa Bay County on Saturday.

One of the parents, Mr Philip Onyango accused the Ministry of Education of laxity in addressing such incidents.

“Ministry of Education should act to prevent deaths, which are resulting from constant school fires,” Mr Onyango said during the burial.

PARENTING

He equally pinned the blame on poor parenting.

“Parenting of today is key to all of us. If the suspect was brought up well, we could have not lost this young life,” Mr Onyango, whose daughter is in Form Three at the school, said, urging the ministry to guarantee safety of students in boarding schools.

STUDENT SAFETY

Additionally, Karachuonyo MP Adipo Okuome said wayward students should be reined in to avert such occurrences.

“[The] Ministry of Education has made it difficult for teachers to punish errant students by banning caning,” he said.

He asked Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to come up with a permanent solution to perennial school fires.

For example, the MP said the suggestions made by a government-led taskforce regarding safety of learners should be implemented.

JUSTICE

Teachers described Aziz as an outgoing student who loved calligraphy.

Mourners called on for justice.

Her mother, Judy Aziz, said her daughter was diligent and wanted to be a lawyer.

“[….] You have left a permanent scar. I expected to see you join a law school but all is in vain,” she said.

Her father Aziz Juma asked God for solace.

“I could not believe that my daughter was dead but I finally came to know it was real. God provided us with strength during this difficult moment.”

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