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Lesotho former commander to appear in court
15 October 2017, 9:22 PM

The former Army Commander of Lesotho, Tlali Kamoli has spent the weekend in custody and he will appear in court next week.

His arrest comes at a time when the Southern African Development Community (SADC) still has to send troops as part of the resolution of the SADC Troika.

Several members of the opposition have fled Lesotho in fear of arrest citing a purge of senior politicians after they lost power in the recent June elections. The arrest of Tlali Kamoli will likely shed some light on allegations of a reign of terror during his tenure as an army commander.

“Kamoli is in police custody, there are number of issues, due to the investigations we carried out starting with that one of General Motsomotso’s murder, investigations led to other issues …the cases like 30th August 2014 and other issues. So we have information which he has to clarify,” says Commissioner of Police, Holomolo Molibeli.

Kamoli’s legal team has defended their client.

“The fact of the matter is he gave lawful orders to people, if at all they decided to execute them criminally, the blame will not be placed at the doorstep of my client. So for people who actually wish because of the divided nature of our society, that he should be locked up for a long time, I don’t think it’s going to happen…he is going to walk,“ said Kamoli’s lawyer, Letuka Molati.

The former commissioner of police is also on the run and is alleged to have skipped the country. Meanwhile, the Lesotho opposition has filed a motion of no confidence in the Thabane led coalition citing bad governance.

The Lesotho parliament is currently on break and may resume in the coming two weeks or so. The latest developments may confirm the view that stability remains elusive in Lesotho.

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Sunday 15 October 2017 21:22

Rapelang Radebe

Zuma assures of agreement regarding DRC elections
15 October 2017, 8:48 PM

SADC chair and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma says an agreement has been reached regarding the roadmap that will lead to the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, no details were made available including a date the elections will be held.

President Zuma met the DRC’s President Joseph Kabila who updated him about the electoral process.

The 37th SADC summit called on the DRC to come up with a clear programme regarding the country’s elections.

This, following accusations that it had not gone far enough to ensure that elections were held speedily.

President Kabila provided an update on the progress so far.

After his meeting with President Kabila, the SADC chair expressed confidence in the outcome of the talks, but did not reveal the date agreed upon.

In light of the political and security dynamics SADC had approved the appointment of a special Envoy to the DRC.

SADC also called on the international community to withdraw the sanctions against the DRC.

Sunday 15 October 2017 20:48

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Lehana Tsotetsi

Zuma hails Zambian govt for honouring Tambo
13 October 2017, 8:47 PM

President Jacob Zuma has hailed the Zambian government for the honour it bestowed on late African National Congress (ANC) leader, Oliver Tambo. He was speaking at the official launch of the OR Tambo Heritage Site.

It is a house where Tambo spent 22 years while in exile in Zambia.

The Zambian government, with the assistance of private partners, renovated the house, painted it in ANC colours and declared it a national monument.

Senior leaders of both governments attended the event in the capital Lusaka.

President Zuma says the house will go a long way towards telling the story of South Africa’s liberation history.

“From this house, which will be developed into an Interpretative Centre, our mutual bonds of friendship, intermarriage, history, culture migrations and heritage will be revisited and researched. South African children born at the University Teaching Hospital, their parents and grandparents who studied at the University of Zambia and at Evelyn Hone College, to name but a few institutions, will have the opportunity to learn about the South African liberation struggle and Zambia’s role in it.”

Oliver Tambo was one of the many activists who found refuge in Zambia during the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

President Zuma thanked Lusaka for opening its doors to activists, particularly those from the SADC region.

“Indeed, Zambia’s history of housing the liberation movements of Southern Africa is a rich heritage that should not be left to die. It should be researched and celebrated as we do today in jointly recognising the significance of the OR Tambo Heritage Site and jointly launch it for the benefit of young Zambians and young South Africans. The youth have an opportunity in this OR Tambo Heritage Site to learn about Pan Africanism through the history of those who lived and promoted it. This provides a great opportunity for research and the writing of our own stories.”

This historic moment was not lost on the host and the significance of unveiling it in October.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu says, “This occasion is falling within the same month, October, when Zambia will also be commemorating, not only our independence, but also the life of one of our gallant leaders of Zambia, the founding father of our ruling party, the Patriotic Front, Michael Sata who died on the 28th October 2014. May his soul continue to rest in peace. The month of October is also Heritage Month in South Africa. Indeed, it is a memorable month for both Zambia and South Africa.”

Neither the age nor frail health could prevent the man who first welcomed Tambo to Zambia from attending. At 93, former President Kenneth Kaunda has been in and out of hospital.

“We must never forget that the friendship between our two peoples is bound by common aspirations, a common history and the sweat, blood and bonds of brothers and sisters both inside and outside South Africa who gave their all, including in too many instances their very lives to maintain the freedom and peace that we have.”

The South African government has declared 2017, the Year of Oliver Tambo. And this is to honour his contribution and memory in a year he would have turned 100 years.

Friday 13 October 2017 20:47

Amos Phago

Kenya bans demonstrations in parts of the country
12 October 2017, 4:01 PM

Kenya’s Interior Security Ministry has banned demonstrations within the central business districts of the capital Nairobi, Western city of Kisumu and the coastal city of Mombasa.

The ministry has cited the escalation of lawlessness including looting and damaging private property and businesses.

The ban comes a day after thousands of opposition supporters held demonstrations in opposition leader Raila Odinga‘s strongholds demanding reforms ahead of repeat polls later in October.

“I told a media briefing in Nairobi that organisers of the demonstrations would be held liable for any damage to private property,” says Minister Fred Matiangi.

Thursday 12 October 2017 16:01

Sarah Kimani

Scores arrested following shooting in Mozambique
11 October 2017, 8:01 PM

Thousands of people at Mocimboa da Praia, north of Mozambique, are living in fear following an attack that left 17 people dead including three police officers.

The attacks are believed to be politically motivated, but Home Affairs Spokesperson, Inacio Dina, has refuted those reports.

More than 50 people have been arrested since the attack a week ago.

Many of the residents in Mocimboa da Praia say things have changed drastically since the attack. They say they are now living in fear.
Reports suggest that gunmen, in different areas, started shooting indiscriminately leaving 14 civilians and three police officers dead.

Locals, including school-going children, have appealed for calm.

“We are very afraid because of the situation. We are not free to go anywhere here. It’s not nice at all,” says one of the residents.

During the preliminary investigation on the incident, four weapons were seized from suspects who are all locals.

Dina is adamant that calm and normality will be restored to the country. He says these attacks are aimed at derailing government’s efforts to bring stability in the country.

Dina says the attackers are offered money to carry out attacks on innocent people and in the process dent the country’s image.

“These suspects are all from Mozambique. Some of them were bribed in order to perform this ordeal. That is the information we have, that the aim was to destabilise the Mozambican government. Initially, at the beginning, we arrested police because they didn’t obey the law.”

Meanwhile, a local councillor, Celmira da Silva, says things are gradually getting back to normal. She says she has visited the affected areas and has reassured the residents. It remains unclear whether these attacks are politically motivated, and authorities are looking into the matter.

Dina has ruled out the possible involvement of Islamist groups believed to be from neighbouring Tanzania.

Wednesday 11 October 2017 20:01

Abongile Dumako



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