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Kenya: Arrest Threats Just Hot Air – Opposition Leader Odinga

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Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga, flanked by ODM legislators, addresses the media at his office in Nairobi on June 19, 2017.

By Ibrahim Oruko

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga has dismissed as absolute nonsense the rising calls for his arrest over remarks he is alleged to have made last week, insisting that his government would address land ownership laws, which he accused the Jubilee government of messing up.

He said the National Super Alliance government will implement the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report and the National Land Policy to resolve historical injustices on land.

Mr Odinga said calls for his arrest were a waste of time and maintained there was nothing he said at Maili 46 in Kajiado West Sub-County, Kajiado County, that would amount to incitement.

"Investigate what?" scoffed Mr Odinga. "There is nothing I have said that requires investigations."

CHEST-THUMPING

At a press conference in his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi, Mr Odinga also asked Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery to stop chest-thumping and "saying things that are not true".

Mr Nkaissery on Sunday revealed that Mr Odinga was under investigation by State agencies.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, however, appeared to have softened his stand, demanding that Mr Odinga issue a public apology.

Mr Odinga said he read malice in the calls, pointing out that just two days ago President Uhuru Kenyatta, while issuing title deeds to IDPs in Kiambu County, asked residents not to sell their land.

"Jubilee Party is sensationalising the comments I made because they have messed up with the land chapters of the Constitution and also because scaremongering is the only campaign tool they are left with," said Mr Odinga.

COMMUNITY LANDS

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was accompanied by the party's MPs Elijah Memusi (Kajiado Central) and Mathew Lempurkel (Laikipia North) and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.

The former Prime Minister dismissed the Community Lands Act 2016 as a mockery and a defective legislation incapable of protecting the land rights of marginalised communities.

He said it had downplayed the roles of county governments and the National Land Commission (NLC) in the administration and management of lands and the powers instead vested in the Cabinet secretary for Lands.

"The Jubilee government wants these lands to remain available for sale, even when they are being sold in breach of trust," said Mr Odinga.

"The sales are dispossessing future generations of marginalised communities, particularly the Maasai people."

EQUITABLE SOCIETY

He said to build a fair, just and equitable society, Nasa would pursue community land rights through the recommendations of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report, which has detailed measures to tackle the poverty that was pushing the communities to sell their ancestral lands.

He said the National Land Policy, which provides the jurisprudence and framework for the chapter on land, addresses historical land injustices perpetrated against the communities in Rift Valley, central Kenya and the Coast and the challenges facing marginalised and indigenous communities.

"Unless the Constitution is amended, the land question cannot be wished away," added Mr Odinga.

He pleaded with those who are registered as proprietors to stop selling land that they hold in trust, urging them to put the interests of the young Maasai people first because it is for them that they hold the land.

Mr Memusi said the issue raised by Mr Odinga affected the Maasai and urged Jubilee to stop politicising it.

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The Day of the African Child – HuffPost

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Why do opposition coalitions succeed or fail?

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Some sweep to power. Many more crumble. Why? And which way will Zimbabwe’s 2018 coalition go? Morgan Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru join hands in a bid to win the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe. For the past two decades, the phenomenon of the opposition coalition has gained growing traction and interest across Africa. In 2000, a group of opposition parties in Senegal joined forces as the Sopi (or “Change”) alliance. Together, they defeated the incumbent president and ended 40 years of one-party dominance. In 2002, Kenya’s opposition repeated the trick. In the 1992 and 1997 elections, losing parties had cumulatively gained over 60% of the vote. But this time around, they grouped together as the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC). This united opposition swept to power...

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Zimbabwe: 43 Feared Dead in Horror Crash

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Accident scene.

By Walter Nyamukondiwa

At least 43 people are a feared dead in a horrific road accident that occurred last night about 30km before Makuti along the Harare-Chirundu highway.

The accident occurred when the driver of a Zambia-bound King Lion bus lost control of the vehicle before ramming a tree.

About 24 passengers were injured and have since been ferried to Chinhoyi Provincial hospital.

Arrangements to ferry the deceased to Chinhoyi Hospital mortuary are still underaway.

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Zimbabwe: NGOs Not Welcome – First Lady Grace Mugabe

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Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe torched a storm on Friday after she declared that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were no-longer welcome in the southern African country.

Grace said that Zimbabwe was poised for a bumper harvest this year and therefore, the country did not need humanitarian support.

"We are having a bumper harvest this year so there is no need for NGOs anymore. We don't need them anymore because they always want to come here and disturb our politics," said Grace.

The First Lady, who is also leader of the ruling Zanu-PF's women's wing, said this while addressing party supporters at a rally held in Marondera, about 80km east of the capital Harare.

She said that it was now time to "vet some of these NGOs operating in the country".

Non-governmental organisations had been providing aid to the Zimbabwean people for a couple of years now owing to drought and poor harvests.

Prior to all previous general elections, President Robert Mugabe's government had accused NGOs of interfering in Zimbabwe's national politics. At one time, the government threatened to de-register all NGOs that were operating in the country, accusing them of working with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change to allegedly unseat Mugabe's government. The organisations, however, denied the allegations.

In an interview with News24, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC), which is a consortium of several non-governmental organisations operating in Zimbabwe, criticised Grace, saying her utterances smacked of "hypocrisy".

"The presence of the NGOs providing food has been necessitated by the government's incompetence and failure to feed the starving communities. Most NGOs are responding directly to the mismanagement and failure by the government to provide those services," said Memory Kadau, director of CiZC.

"It is public record that Zimbabwe requested for assistance from the international community to respond to the El Nino induced drought".

Following the drought that affected most parts of the country last year Mugabe's administration appealed for international support, resulting in humanitarian support organisations, including those aligned to the United Nations, chipping in with food aid.

Several NGOs were currently assisting government in the various sectors of the economy, including health and education.

The First Lady's remarks came only a day after Sweden increased its support to the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund by $8 million to support vulnerable communities in 21 districts.

Source: News24

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Africa Day: What is it and what does it celebrate? – ABC Online

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Veteran big game hunter crushed to death by elephant in Zimbabwe – CBS News

A well-known South African big game hunter died last week after he was crushed by an elephant during a hunt in Zimbabwe.

Theunis Botha was leading a group of hunters when they happened upon a herd of breeding elephants near Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe -- the same park where Cecil the Lion was killed in July 2015. Three elephants charged the group, and Botha opened fire on them. But a fourth elephant caught the group by surprise and rammed Botha from the side, picking him up with her trunk, according to the South African outlet News 24.

One of the other hunters in the group fatally shot the elephant, which then collapsed and fell on top of Botha.

A screenshot from a video on Theunis Botha's YouTube page shows him lying with a slain leopard after a hunt.

Theunis Botha

Simukai Nyasha, a spokesperson for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told the Associated Press Botha was on a 10-day, licensed hunt.

Botha, 51, started leading hunts back in the 1980s as a way to put himself through college. He eventually built that gig into Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris, a full-time career and business, according to the company's website.

The site said Botha was known as an expert houndsman who pioneered the use of European-style "Monteria hunts" in South Africa. The technique uses packs of trained dogs to chase game towards hunters ready to pull the trigger. It's typically used for smaller animals like deer, but Botha honed the style for bigger beasts like lions and leopards.

"Botha perfected leopard and lion hunting safaris with hounds in Africa," the website says. "[He is] focused on giving his clients a unique exciting African safari experience."

He also traveled often to the United States to recruit wealthy Americans for trophy hunts, The Telegraph reported. He kept a YouTube page where he posted lengthy videos of his hunting trips, showing himself at work alongside his dogs and clients. His company's website also posted videos and photos of Botha with fellow hunters, posing proudly with their kills.

Leopard Hunt with Theunis Botha by Theunis Botha on YouTube

Botha was a husband and father of five children. Fellow members of the hunting community expressed their condolences on social media after news of his death spread. However, those messages were also met with criticism from those who did not approve of his line of work.

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Theunis Botha was close friends with another hunter who was killed and eaten by crocodiles in Zimbabwe last month. Scott van Zyl, 44, disappeared while on a hunt near the Limpopo River in mid-April. His remains were found a week later inside a crocodile shot during the search for his body.

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Africa: Nigeria On Red Alert As Who Declares Ebola Outbreak in Congo

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Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has beefed up surveillance at the nation's airports following the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (file photo).

The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured Nigerians of adequate surveillance at the nation's airports following the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, saying that at least one person had been confirmed dead due to the virus in the country's north-east.

Mr Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN's Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs,said on Saturday, saying that there was no direct flight from Congo to Nigeria.

Yakubu also assured that all the preventive measures being put in place at the airports were still in place.

She said that the Port Health officials were at alert at all airports, adding that the authority had also informed them of the need to increase surveillance.

"We don't have direct flights from Congo, we only have from Rwanda but I want to assure members of the public that we still have all preventive measures in place at our airports.

"There are sanitisers at our arrivals with the scanning apparatus called Thermal scanners being installed by the Port Health Services.

"The scanners have camera monitors that display pictures aside the capturing of temperature.

"Passengers still fill that form to ensure that everybody arriving the country through our airports are not potential carriers of deadly diseases.

"The port health officials are always at alert and we will also inform them of the need to increase their surveillance.

"So, there is no cause for alarm," she said.

Nigeria experienced the Ebola virus in July, 2014 when a Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, who had the disease flew from Liberia to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and died five days later.

In response, the Federal Government observed all of Sawyer's contacts for signs of infection and increased surveillance at all entry points to the country.

Nigeria was able to curtail the disease and was subsequently declared Ebola free by WHO.

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‘Just resting my eyes’ Robert Mugabe ridiculed for ‘falling asleep’ at public meetings – Daily Star

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Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe second-most developed country in Africa

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe second-most developed country in Africa

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Robert Mugabe, 93, has governed Zimbabwe since independence in 1980

Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa, President Robert Mugabe has said.

He denied that the country was a fragile state.

"We have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] - the highest in Africa," he said, adding that the economy was improving.

Zimbabwe has been struggling to pay its civil servants recently and is ranked 24th on the UNDP's Human Development Index for Africa.

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"We have more resources, perhaps more than the average country in the world." Mr Mugabe said, during a panel discussion on fragile states at the World Economic Forum on Africa in South Africa's costal city of Durban.

"We have a bumper harvest, maize, tobacco, and other crops. We are not a poor country," Mr Mugabe added, while acknowledging that Zimbabwe had problems.

Last year, more than four million people were in need of food aid in Zimbabwe after rains failed. The country was once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa.

The opposition accuses Mr Mugabe, who has ruled since independence in 1980, of ruining the economy.

Zimbabwe has faced a severe cash shortage since last year and has introduced so-called bond notes as a substitute for the US dollar, the main currency people use.

Hyperinflation forced the government to abandon the Zimbabwean dollar in 2009.

After Mr Mugabe came to power in 1980, he was widely praised for improving access to education in the country and in the 1990s, it did have among the highest literacy rates in Africa.

However, schools have also been affected by the country's economic problems and rates have now dropped back.

African countries with highest adult literacy rates Rank Country Literacy rate 1 Seychelles 95.3% 2 Equatorial Guinea 95.2% 3 South Africa 94.6% 4 Sao Tome and Principe 91.7% 5 Libya 91.4% 6 Namibia 90.8% 7 Mauritius 90.6% 8 Cape Verde 88.5% 9 Botswana 88.2% 10 Swaziland 87.5% 11 Zimbabwe 86.9% Source: World Bank (2015)

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Africa: Are Locals Starting to Push Back in the "Best Place in the World for Refugees"?

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Uganda is now home to over 800,000 South Sudanese refugees and the world's largest refugee camp.

At a time in which governments across the world are finding new ways to limit refugees entering their countries, Uganda stands out as an exception.

Since civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013, 1.6 million people have fled the country. And around half of those have crossed the southern border into Uganda, which has been described as the "best place in the world" for refugees.

The warm welcome story is broadly true. Communities close to the porous border often have kin in South Sudan. Many also sought refuge in southern Sudan during northern Uganda's own two-decade conflict and feel bound to return the hospitality.

Rather than being crowded into camps then, incoming South Sudanese are allocated small plots of land that local family and clan heads offer free of charge. Meanwhile, humanitarian agencies provide food, water, building materials, tools, clinics, schooling, literacy and vocational training.

"They are our brothers," locals routinely declare.

However, this generosity is not easy to sustain, and it is getting ever harder as numbers swell. Since the start of 2017, an average of nearly 3,000 new refugees have arrived every single day.

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It is also now clear that the hosts expect greater benefits in return for their openness. In late-March, locals twice barricaded the gates to the Mvepi refugee settlement in Arua District, blocking entry to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and dozens of NGO contractors.

According to Peter Debele, Resident District Commissioner, the protestors' main demand was for jobs in the aid industry. "We are meeting with them, telling them to be patient, and it will be resolved," he says.

But Pax Saygar, who heads local NGO RICE-West Nile, insists the locals' complaints go beyond this. At a "highly volatile" meeting with demonstrators, he says "people were saying 'Take away your refugees because they are exhausting our land'".

A senior government officer in the town of Arua says that in nearby Adjumani, where refugees outnumber locals, people have been agitating for a long time. "Now it is coming here," he says.

He believes that the influx has strained health and education services, inflated food prices in local markets, and caused an urban housing shortage as NGOs set up offices and better-off refugees rent homes or buy land.

Yumbe gets on the map

Both the strain and hope of gain are clearly apparent in Yumbe District on Uganda's north-western border.

Before South Sudan's civil war broke out in 2013, this was a poor, remote and overwhelmingly rural district with no tarmac roads and only meagre social provision to serve a population of around 500,000. The administrative centre, Yumbe town, was little more than a few ragged streets with just 25,000 residents.

But today, the district is home to what is now the world's largest refugee settlement. Known as Bidi Bidi, the camp stretches for many miles and accommodates over 272,000 people, with each household given a 30×30 metre farming plot to supplement UN rations.

In response to this influx, the population of Yumbe town has doubled according to the district's Senior Planning Officer, Albert Odongo. He says this is the result of "opportunists" looking for jobs, trade, and other spill-over benefits from the refugee boom.

Odongo says that this has brought with it some downsides such as the appearance of street children and sex workers. "I have never before seen this in my 13 years here," he says. He adds that "a study last week by one of our health centres found in random testing that 8 out of 10 patients were HIV positive".

But Odongo also highlights the boost to the local economy. Guest houses and other businesses are "mushrooming", he says, and there has been a "quadrupling" of public transport. "A trickledown effect is going to a lot of people. For example, IRC [International Rescue Committee] alone employs 72 people here, and that is a benefit to all of their families".

Opportunity knocks

The region is also profiting from the activities of aid organisations. According to a formula agreed by the UNHCR and Uganda, humanitarian agencies catering to refugees must extend their services to the host community in a 70:30 ratio. Every borehole or clinic serving 700 refugees should also serve 300 locals.

Odongo sees this as an opportunity to develop facilities in a previously under-served district. He also hopes locals will soon see a bigger cut and says negotiations are ongoing to adjust the ratio to 50:50.

This is confirmed by Uganda's Commissioner for Refugees, David Kasungu. "This is still under consideration, but if it works out, so much the better," he says.

He continues: "We know that an increment of 200,000 people in a district will change the economic dynamics of that area. So, we are calling on the international community to invest in areas that are hosting refugees. When market forces come in, there will be transformation of this district that was not so active before."

Odongo talks with particular enthusiasm about an upcoming European Union project, the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda, which will spend €150 million ($163 million) to improve agriculture, roads and local service delivery across the north.

Bran Ojock, Yumbe's Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, also sees a future full of opportunity. He notes that many of Bidi Bidi's temporary facilities will soon be replaced by permanent structures. "Our agenda now is to sit together with all the UNHCR implementing partners and say can we have the permanent schools." He foresees a new urban centre taking shape and believes the district headquarters will one day relocate there.

The Bidi Bidi settlement land, Ojock adds, is not particularly productive. But he outlines a plan to lease 50-acre plots of better land to groups of ten refugee families who can farm it commercially and eventually become suppliers to the World Food Programme.

He envisages these families improving the land as "an appreciation" for local hospitality before they return to South Sudan. "Home is home and these people will want to go back. After three or four years, or perhaps nine, they will just go," he says.

Given the current situation in South Sudan though, that is an optimistic timeline. As commissioner Kasungu points out, western Uganda continues to host tens of thousands of Rwandan and Congolese refugees, including "some who have been there since the 1960s".

Past lessons

Compared to Uganda's populous south and west, land is less scarce in the north. Yet even in 2013, an Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity warned that northern Uganda remained "in a state of latent conflict, with increasingly frequent clashes between communities and government over boundaries or resources".

That was before hundreds of thousands fleeing from South Sudan added to these demands. Most of these settled in the West Nile region, but Lamwo District in the Acholi region has now set aside 80 km2 for a new settlement too.

The district chair, John Ogwok, describes Lamwo as extremely poor, with a chronic education deficit and "psycho-social issues" left over from the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency. People are also going hungry, he says, because "they have shared the little food they have with brothers and sisters" from South Sudan.

Lamwo looks set to be one of the next Ugandan districts transformed by the ongoing arrival of refugees, but Ogwok hopes to avoid problems he saw on a visit to West Nile. "There are many doctors in the refugee settlements, yet the Arua regional referral hospital has only two doctors," he says. "We don't want this; we need proper management right from the start."

Like his counterparts in West Nile, Ogwok also hopes the settlement will catalyse humanitarian investments to benefit locals.

This, however, is not the first time this area has had such hopes. In 2012, Gulu, the main town in the Acholi region, was buzzing with NGOs operating under the umbrella of the heavily donor-funded Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP). But European donors suspended aid when it emerged that the Office of the Prime Minister was embezzling much of the funding.

Today, Gulu is hardly thriving. It is often without mains water or electricity. Most of the NGOs have gone. So too has a branch of the Kenyan Nakumatt supermarket chain that opened briefly but, according to a young man who worked there as a trainee - the only job he's ever had - it soon shut down because the demand was too small to sustain it.

The Acholi region's past experiences suggests that relying on sudden attention from humanitarian agencies is not the ideal path to development. But as thousands of refugees continue to cross the border each day, attracting international agencies and creating new opportunities and risks, many are aware that northern Uganda is not spoilt for choice.

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Nigeria: Probe Into Calabar Soccer Fans Electrocutions Begin

By Simon Echewofun Sunday

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said it has launched investigation into an electrical accident in Calabar, Cross River State where several persons were reportedly electrocuted and others injured last weekend.

In a statement by the spokesman, Mr. Usman Abba-Arabi, NERC said the preliminary report of its investigation indicated that the accident occurred when an 11KV high tension line snapped under a television viewing centre causing the accident.

"Our team of experts have been dispatched to the scene of the accident to investigate the remote and immediate cause of this unfortunate occurrence. Pending the outcome of our investigation, the commission commiserates with the families, friends and relatives of the deceased as well as the government and people of Cross Rives State," it said.

The commission also urged industry operators and electricity customers to strictly observe the health and safety codes for the power industry, noting that the outcome of the investigation would be communicated in due course.

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South Africa: Commission to Meet With ‘Afrikaans Only’ University Residence

The CRL Rights commission on Monday announced it will meet with the management the "Afrikaans only" De Goede Hoop residence for students from the University of Pretoria (UP).

This follows a complaint by civic activists Yusuf Abramjee and Mantoa Selepe that the residence goes against the Constitution for being exclusively for one race. The residence however denied the allegation and said it rather aims to provide a safe space for Afrikaans speaking students.

In a statement on Monday, Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) spokesperson Mpiyakhe Mkholo said the commission also plans to meet with UP and the City of Tshwane.

We are meeting them to get to the bottom of this matter, Mkholo said.

In another incident, the commission said they ruled that a series of social media comments made during the so-called Valhalla Mosque controversy was Islamophobic.

In March 2014, 3000 residents in Valhalla in Centurion signed a petition against the construction of a mosque in the neighbourhood.

The commission will be meeting with representatives of Facebook South Africa to discuss the matter and what the company plans to do with the social media accounts in question, Mkholo said.

Freedom Front Plus councillor Sakkie du Plooy told News24 at the time that residents in the area have no problem with Muslims but were concerned with Muslims "taking over".

"This is a Christian Afrikaaner community... We have no problem with people moving in but if there is an effort to take over then we have a problem," du Plooy said.

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Boko Haram terrorists kill 11 soldiers in Borno attacks

N igerian troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists have suffered major setbacks, with the terror group sacking an Army Battalion, killing eight soldiers and wounding 11 others in two separate attacks in three days, reliable military insiders have said. The army formations involved in the incidents also lost several arms and ammunition, and were yesterday calling for urgent restocking of their armouries, according to reports.

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