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Female Genital Mutilation to top PAP agenda
8 October 2017, 9:35 PM

Female Genital Mutilation will come under the spotlight as the Pan African Parliament sits for its last session of 2017 in Midrand from Monday.

More than 200 million girls and women have been cut in almost 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The Parliament will focus on legal instruments relating to women’s rights, but it seems its role in general remains unknown to ordinary people on the continent.

As the Pan African Parliament resumes, women from the across the continent will meet Members of Parliament and Non-Governmental Organisations to discuss laws relating to women’s rights, with particular emphasis on Female Genital Mutilation.

“We will also have a women’s conference and at that conference, we will celebrate the international day of the girl child. But the conference itself is largely organised to focus on legal instruments affecting the African Union family that have not yet been ratified. So, it will focus on progress and ratifying these legal instruments, especially those that relate to women’s rights, to the rights of the youth and also those that are likely to impact matters relating to female genital mutilation,” says Pan African Parliament’s Clerk Vipya Harawa.

Resolutions of the Pan African Parliament are submitted to the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government that meets in January and June.
As final preparations get underway in Midrand for what is to be the next sitting of the Pan African Parliament its role remains unclear to the governments and people of the continent.

“I think that we still have a lot of work to do in terms of visibility, we still have a lot of work to do in terms of demonstrating our mandate and we also have a lot of work to do in terms of getting the member states to rafity the protocol that establishes the Pan African Parliament.”

The Pan African Parliament meets four times a year.

President Jacob Zuma is among heads of state expected to address some sessions of the sitting.

Sunday 8 October 2017 21:35

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Nthakoana Ngatane

Female Genital Mutilation to top PAP agenda
8 October 2017, 9:35 PM

Female Genital Mutilation will come under the spotlight as the Pan African Parliament sits for its last session of 2017 in Midrand from Monday.

More than 200 million girls and women have been cut in almost 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The Parliament will focus on legal instruments relating to women’s rights, but it seems its role in general remains unknown to ordinary people on the continent.

As the Pan African Parliament resumes, women from the across the continent will meet Members of Parliament and Non-Governmental Organisations to discuss laws relating to women’s rights, with particular emphasis on Female Genital Mutilation.

“We will also have a women’s conference and at that conference, we will celebrate the international day of the girl child. But the conference itself is largely organised to focus on legal instruments affecting the African Union family that have not yet been ratified. So, it will focus on progress and ratifying these legal instruments, especially those that relate to women’s rights, to the rights of the youth and also those that are likely to impact matters relating to female genital mutilation,” says Pan African Parliament’s Clerk Vipya Harawa.

Resolutions of the Pan African Parliament are submitted to the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government that meets in January and June.
As final preparations get underway in Midrand for what is to be the next sitting of the Pan African Parliament its role remains unclear to the governments and people of the continent.

“I think that we still have a lot of work to do in terms of visibility, we still have a lot of work to do in terms of demonstrating our mandate and we also have a lot of work to do in terms of getting the member states to rafity the protocol that establishes the Pan African Parliament.”

The Pan African Parliament meets four times a year.

President Jacob Zuma is among heads of state expected to address some sessions of the sitting.

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– By Nthakoana Ngatane

ZANU-PF leadership spat escalates
6 October 2017, 10:55 AM

Tensions are escalating in Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF as First Vice President Mphoko said in a statement that Mnangagwa was destabilizing the country and fanning ethnic tensions.

This comes after Mnangagwa said for the first time that he was poisoned in September contradicting President Robert Mugabe’s statement that he wasn’t.

Mnangagwa says irresponsible statements will not be condoned.

“The statement is banked on causing alarm, disunity and despondency among peace loving Zimbabweans and the intimated agenda may exist only in the mind of the author. I have an impeccable history of unflinching loyalty to the party and his Excellency, the President Robert Mugabe and have never acted in a manner that undermines his authority or the stability of Zimbabwe,” says Mnangagwa.

Friday 6 October 2017 10:55

Nthakoana Ngatane

ZANU-PF leadership spat escalates
6 October 2017, 10:55 AM

Tensions are escalating in Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF as First Vice President Mphoko said in a statement that Mnangagwa was destabilizing the country and fanning ethnic tensions.

This comes after Mnangagwa said for the first time that he was poisoned in September contradicting President Robert Mugabe’s statement that he wasn’t.

Mnangagwa says irresponsible statements will not be condoned.

“The statement is banked on causing alarm, disunity and despondency among peace loving Zimbabweans and the intimated agenda may exist only in the mind of the author. I have an impeccable history of unflinching loyalty to the party and his Excellency, the President Robert Mugabe and have never acted in a manner that undermines his authority or the stability of Zimbabwe,” says Mnangagwa.

– By Nthakoana Ngatane

King Letsie III’s 54th birthday a cultural extravaganza
17 July 2017, 9:28 PM

Lesotho King Letsie III has celebrated his 54th birthday in Mafeteng. The people of Mafeteng filled the Leshoboro Stadium where the Prime Minister, ministers and the diplomatic corps also attended the ceremony.

The Lesotho Mounted Police escorted ushered in the King and Queen, a symbol of Basotho unity and the custodian of cultural heritage.

Born to King Moshoeshoe II and Queen Mamohato at Scott Hospital in Morija on the 17 July 1963 and married to Queen Masenate on 18 February 2000, the 54-year-old King Letsie III has two daughters Princesses Senate and Maseeiso, and one son Prince Lerotholi.

From the security forces in parade and their royal gun salute to the traditional dances, the day was a cultural extravaganza.

The people of Mafeteng and Basotho in general have braved a very cold July winter morning to wish the King Happy birthday. The celebrations go from district to district every year, and this year they have come to the home of his mother and the home of Bantu, hence the predominantly yellow and black.

– By Nthakoana Ngatane

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