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FINANCE Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube is this Monday expected to outline new government measures to tackle the worsening economic crisis with inflation topping 191% – among the highest in the world – while the Zimbabwe dollar has been sliding inexorably against the US green back.

NewZimbabwe.com understands that some of the measures under consideration include providing legal certainty around the continued use of the existing multi-currency regime.

Officials are concerned that the market is not assured that the “system is here to stay for the medium term”; as such a legally guaranteed period may be proposed.

Treasury is also keen to address the reluctance by exporters to release export receipts with huge amounts held in nostro accounts and not circulating in the economy.

A proposal has been mulled to legally ensure that exporters cannot permanently hold onto 70%-80% of their foreign exchange earnings.

Again, and to stop speculative borrowing, a member of the central bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) revealed at the weekend that interest rates would be increased to levels in line with the rate of inflation.

“We have decided to bite the bullet,” the official told Bloomberg News. “Stability will be achieved through an aggressive monetary policy interest rate hike.”

Treasury confirmed the press conference Sunday with Chief Director Communications and Advocacy Clive Mphambela in a statement saying it would be addressed by Prof Ncube with his deputy and ministry permanent secretary also in attendance.

This comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the national conference of his ruling Zanu PF party that government would announce new measures to tackle inflation on Saturday.

Indicating that ruling party supporters are also getting restive over the increase in the cost of living, the Women’s League told Mnangagwa that “The increase in prices is quite shocking.”

Source: New Zimbabwe

President Hakainde Hichilema has said that the 2021 Financial Intelligence Centre trends report will be presented to law enforcement agencies without any alterations.

Commenting on the FIC report on arrival from the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in Rwanda, President Hichilema said that this time around there will be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.

President Hichilema said that he has not yet gone through the report but is not surprised that the report highlights people who put their hands in public funds.

President Hichilema said that the fight against corruption should not be reduced to ethnicity when law enforcement agencies act on the report, adding that people cannot take away what belongs to the public and hide behind an ethnic group.

The Head of State has encouraged the media to go through the (FIC) report and play an oversight role.

And President Hichilema said the new government needs to introduce itself to all nations in order to have a good relationship with the global community.

He said no country can operate as an island and that is why the trips that he is undertaking are necessary.

President Hichilema said one of the things that took him to the European Union headquarters in Belgium is the setting up of a 150 billion Euros fund for construction which is only accessed on first come first serve basis and the quality of projects presented.

Meanwhile, President Hichilema said the government signed an agreement in Rwanda to grow that Country’s food in Zambia which will in the long run improve the price offered to the farmers.

Source: Lusaka Times

The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has said that it is doubtful of the sincerity and feasibility of the teacher recruitment exercise.

In a Press Statement released yesterday, NAQEZ Executive Director, Aaron Chansa, said that the loud silence by Government on this important national matter was troubling, unhealthy, torturous to all the applicants and injurious to the Education Sector.

“While we have honestly trusted and supported this exercise, it is now extremely difficult for us to believe in it. The last bit of faith we had in the exercise is slowly but surely waning away,” said Chansa.

During his presentation of the 2022 national budget on Friday, 29th October 2021, the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane, informed the nation that the Government had secured funds to recruit 30,000 teachers.

In January 2022, the Minister of Education, Hon. Douglas Siakalima, announced that the 30,000 teachers would be in schools in May, 2022. Against this assurance, the process has dragged up to now without a clear explanation from the Teaching Service Commission, the Ministry of Education or the Government Spokesperson.

NAQEZ said that it finds this loud silence by Government on this important national matter troubling, unhealthy, torturous to all the applicants and injurious to the Education Sector adding that while they have honestly trusted and supported this exercise, it is now extremely difficult for them to believe in it.

“The last bit of faith we had in the exercise is slowly but surely waining away, he said.

NAQEZ said that in the initial stage, the exercise had a very clear road map and all Zambians trusted the process and that if the process is to regain the confidence of the citizens, Government will have to immediately publish the list of successful candidates.

This publishing is long overdue. Like many others, and because of the critical shortages of teachers in Zambia, NAQEZ said that they cannot overemphasize the need to have the 30,000 new teachers employed and posted to schools.

NAQEZ further said that in case the Government has encountered serious challenges over this matter, it is important for the government leaders to communicate to the people, adding that keeping mute is damaging the good name of Government as it is breeding unnecessary and toxic speculations and rumours every day.

“Government owes an explanation to the more than 100,000 unemployed teachers, their families, educational stakeholders and the entire population. If the process has collapsed, as some quarters are suggesting, it is necessary for the Government to communicate to its people.” concluded the statement.

And NAQEZ has also charged that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is yet to have an impact on the education sector and that the organisation is organization is aware of some vulnerable students in boarding schools that have not received any support from the fund.

Mr. Chansa said that the impact so far is minimal as some schools are yet to benefit from the fund adding that no attention has been given to them and there is a need to ensure effective devolution of the administration of the CDF if the entire education like many others is to benefit from it.

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, unemployed health workers and teachers revealed that they had notified Police of their intention to hold a joint protest march to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education respectively if Government fails to publish the list of successful candidates by Friday as promised.

Chairperson for unemployed Doctors, Dr Wallace Ndumba, told KBN TV in a telephone interview that a joint committee for both unemployed health workers and teachers has since notified the Police of their intention to protest.

“Kindly take note we are basing our demand on the secular that was last communicated by both the Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Health, indicating that the lists will be published between the 20th to 24th June 2022,” Dr. Ndumba said.

Source: Lusaka Times

The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has said that it is doubtful of the sincerity and feasibility of the teacher recruitment exercise.

In a Press Statement released yesterday, NAQEZ Executive Director, Aaron Chansa, said that the loud silence by Government on this important national matter was troubling, unhealthy, torturous to all the applicants and injurious to the Education Sector.

“While we have honestly trusted and supported this exercise, it is now extremely difficult for us to believe in it. The last bit of faith we had in the exercise is slowly but surely waning away,” said Chansa.

During his presentation of the 2022 national budget on Friday, 29th October 2021, the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane, informed the nation that the Government had secured funds to recruit 30,000 teachers.

In January 2022, the Minister of Education, Hon. Douglas Siakalima, announced that the 30,000 teachers would be in schools in May, 2022. Against this assurance, the process has dragged up to now without a clear explanation from the Teaching Service Commission, the Ministry of Education or the Government Spokesperson.

NAQEZ said that it finds this loud silence by Government on this important national matter troubling, unhealthy, torturous to all the applicants and injurious to the Education Sector adding that while they have honestly trusted and supported this exercise, it is now extremely difficult for them to believe in it.

“The last bit of faith we had in the exercise is slowly but surely waining away, he said.

NAQEZ said that in the initial stage, the exercise had a very clear road map and all Zambians trusted the process and that if the process is to regain the confidence of the citizens, Government will have to immediately publish the list of successful candidates.

This publishing is long overdue. Like many others, and because of the critical shortages of teachers in Zambia, NAQEZ said that they cannot overemphasize the need to have the 30,000 new teachers employed and posted to schools.

NAQEZ further said that in case the Government has encountered serious challenges over this matter, it is important for the government leaders to communicate to the people, adding that keeping mute is damaging the good name of Government as it is breeding unnecessary and toxic speculations and rumours every day.

“Government owes an explanation to the more than 100,000 unemployed teachers, their families, educational stakeholders and the entire population. If the process has collapsed, as some quarters are suggesting, it is necessary for the Government to communicate to its people.” concluded the statement.

And NAQEZ has also charged that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is yet to have an impact on the education sector and that the organisation is organization is aware of some vulnerable students in boarding schools that have not received any support from the fund.

Mr. Chansa said that the impact so far is minimal as some schools are yet to benefit from the fund adding that no attention has been given to them and there is a need to ensure effective devolution of the administration of the CDF if the entire education like many others is to benefit from it.

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, unemployed health workers and teachers revealed that they had notified Police of their intention to hold a joint protest march to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education respectively if Government fails to publish the list of successful candidates by Friday as promised.

Chairperson for unemployed Doctors, Dr Wallace Ndumba, told KBN TV in a telephone interview that a joint committee for both unemployed health workers and teachers has since notified the Police of their intention to protest.

“Kindly take note we are basing our demand on the secular that was last communicated by both the Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Health, indicating that the lists will be published between the 20th to 24th June 2022,” Dr. Ndumba said.

Source: Lusaka Times

Forensic experts in South Africa are trying to determine what caused the deaths of 22 young people in a nightclub in the city of East London.

Police have ruled out a crush and say the party-goers may have ingested a toxic substance.

Most of the dead were teenagers. Some are reported to have been celebrating the end of their exams.

Local officials said they feared it was a case of under-age drinking gone wrong.

President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences, and said he was concerned that young people had gathered at a venue that should be off-limits to under-18s.

Source: BBC

Nigerian authorities in the north-western Zamfara state have called on locals to arm themselves against criminal gangs in an attempt to deal with the increasing numbers of kidnappings and violent attacks.

The Zamfara governor said he would issue hundreds of guns to those without training and directed the commissioner of police to issue licences.

The authorities in Zamfara state say locals will first need to register before getting a weapon.

Asking citizens to arm themselves against violent threats is always going to be controversial. But the local government believes that arming civilians will help deal with rising levels of insecurity in the area.

In other measures, the governor of Zamfara has also ordered the closure of markets in three districts, banned the use of motorcycles and sales of petroleum products.

A shoot-to-kill order has been given to anyone found using a motorcycle in these areas.

Nigeria is struggling to curb a deadly wave of kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs in the northern part of the country.

The gangs often target unprotected rural communities, schools and motorists on highways.

Source: BBC

The Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Ghana- Legon, Dr. Cecilia Eliason, has reiterated that people with low socio-economic backgrounds are mostly diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Speaking on the GTV Breakfast Show, the Senior Lecturer stated that, studies have found that poor people mostly have high blood pressure.

“… financial issues and all that. Studies also have found out that, those of us from low socio-economic background have high what, incidents of high blood pressure”, she stated.

According to her, age and marital issues can also cause high blood pressure.

” Your age as you age your BP increases and then your environment. There can be issues like marital issues”, she added.

She however mentioned that people diagnosed with high blood pressure cannot be completely cured through medications unless they change their lifestyle.

“Ooh, if you are diagnosed hypertensive and you make sure you take your drugs, you go by changing your lifestyle, you are able to maintain your body weight with time, and your BP keeps maintaining at the low blood pressure, it is just that they maybe reduce the dosage of your drugs but to take you off no…. because if you take them off, you don’t know, there are risk factors”, she advised.

Source: GhanaOnline

The Ministry of Petroleum and Mining in collaboration with the National Oil Corporation (NOCK) has rolled out a project dubbed ‘Mwananchi LPG project’ to benefit 60,000 low-income households with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders in Nairobi County.

The beneficiaries who will be drawn from households across the 11 national government administrative units will receive the 6kg LPG cylinders alongside grills and burners, whose distribution will be done by 11 firms recruited by the ministry.

Speaking on Thursday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) during the Training of the Administration Officers on the roll-out of the Mwananchi LPG project the Secretary of Administration, Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Mohammed Birik said that there is a need to shift from wood and charcoal which contributed to environment pressure and health complications.

“This Mwananchi LPG project is set to help vulnerable people in the community who are willing and capable of refilling the cylinder,” said Birik.

He said for the project to succeed, national government administrators among them Chiefs and Sub-Chiefs would be required to act as a focal point in government operations in regard to the project.

“I would like to appreciate our administrators who continue to be very instrumental because they are able to identify those people we cannot access or interact with,” he said.

Birik called upon the administrators to be vigilant and stand against illicit filling points that may counterfeit the cylinders in order to deceive consumers.

“The ministry is issuing a warning to administrators who will attempt to take advantage of the project and exploit Kenyans by selling cylinders at a higher price,” he added.

In her remarks Nairobi County Commissioner Flora Mworoa stressed that the project is not political, noting that no politician is entitled to fund or register any of their supporters for political gain

“This is a government project which is meant to ensure that our people do not continue using firewood and kerosene which are hazardous not only to their health but also to the environment,” said Mworoa

She assured the ministry that her team of administrators is committed to ensuring that the project is a success.

Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs from 11 sub-counties who underwent an LPG quick training on Thursday are expected to support the government by identifying beneficiaries, keeping records, and coordinating the last mile distribution of the cylinders.

 

Source: KBC

  • A Gauteng woman was awarded R120 000 in damages for unlawful arrest. 
  • The woman was arrested in 2015 after being accused of throwing rubbish and stones through her first-floor window on top of another resident's carport.
  • The woman testified that when she was arrested she was kept in a filthy police cell. 

A Gauteng woman was awarded R120 000 in damages after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found she was arrested unlawfully seven years ago and kept in a filthy police cell.

Avril Edith Diljan was arrested after a Ms Goliath in Eldorado Park lodged a complaint with the Community Service Centre (CSC), accusing the woman of damaging her carport by throwing stones and rubbish through her first-floor window on top of her carport.

Two officers on patrol inspected the carport and apparently said that it was damaged. They agreed that Diljan had committed an offence of malicious damage to property.

They immediately arrested her and kept her at Eldorado Police Station. Both officers testified during the trial that they had no power to either release Diljan on warning or on bail.

Diljan testified in court that in September 2015, when she was arrested, the "officers asked her to accompany them to the police station under the pretext that they were to discuss the complaint lodged against her by Ms Goliath".

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When they arrived at CSC, she was arrested and detained. She said she was never advised of the reason for her arrest and detention.

Diljan was released four days later without appearing in court. She said the conditions under which she was detained were appalling.

But the magistrate found Diljan's detention was lawful. On appeal, the high court also confirmed the decision of the magistrate.

However, the SCA disagreed with the finding of both the lower courts. Acting Judge of the Appeal Court Mandela Makaula said what emerged from the record was that both officers who effected the arrest did not know they had discretion. 

"They laboured under the mistaken belief that their obligation was to arrest the appellant once it was reasonably suspected that she had committed a Schedule 1 offence. Thus, they could not have exercised a discretion they were unaware of. Constable Ntombela (the officer who arrested Diljan) testified that he could not have warned the appellant because he 'did not have powers' to do so."

 

"In the same vein, Constable Tsile stated the following: 'Unfortunately we do not have those powers because it is a different department'.

"Accordingly, that they did not exercise a discretion that they unquestionably enjoyed is beyond dispute. It must therefore follow axiomatically that both the arrest and subsequent detention of the appellant were unlawful. Indeed, counsel for the respondent was ultimately constrained to concede as much."

The judge also focused on the "appalling" circumstances under which Diljan was detained.  

Makaula said:

… the condition of the police cell in which she was detained was filthy with no hot water; the blankets were dirty and smelling; the toilet was blocked; she was not provided with toilet paper, and she was not allowed visitors. She could not eat the bread and peanut butter that was the only food provided to her. She was deprived of visitation rights by her family and that resulted in her not receiving medication for her heart condition.

 

"Furthermore, the humiliation she endured at the time of her arrest, exacerbated by the presence of the occupants of the neighbouring apartments (including her children and grandchildren); she was also deprived of her liberty for three days; her standing in the community as a community caregiver was impaired.

"As previously indicated, her compensation should be commensurate with the damages she suffered and also be a reasonable amount. Taking into account all relevant factors, I am satisfied that a fair and reasonable amount in the circumstances is R120 000."

Source: News24

Chipolopolo coach ALJOSA ASANOVIC has named his 23-member squad for the 2022 Hollywood bets Cosafa Cup.

The all-local squad is a blend of youth and experience as ASANOVIC has made new inclusions and recalled some familiar faces for the tournament.

Among the youngsters roped into the Squad are Zesco United’s ENOCK SAKALA, JIMMY MUKEYA of NAPSA Stars and JOSHUA MUTALE of Power Dynamos while Green Eagles Defender WARREN KUNDA is among the experienced players summoned to camp.

And following his switch to Zesco United newly Goal Keeper CYRIL CHIBWE has been included into the COSAFA bound team.

The ASANOVIC tutored side will join the tournament at the quarterfinal stage with a tie against the winners of Group A that comprises Botswana, Angola, Comoros, and Seychelles.

FULL SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)

Cyril Chibwe (Zesco United), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows)

(DEFENDERS)

Prosper Chiluya, Allan Kapila, Benedict Chepeshi, (all Red Arrows), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Warren Kunda (Green Eagles) and Joshua Mutale (Power Dynamos).

(MIDFIELDERS)

Kelvin Kapumbu (Zanaco), Sadam Phiri (Red Arrows), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Patrick Gondwe, Harrison Chisala (both Nkana), Kelvin Kampamba, Spencer Sautu (Zesco United), Albert Kangwanda (Red Arrows), Abraham Siankombo (Zanaco)

(STRIKERS)

Jimmy Mukeya (Napsa Stars), Ricky Banda (Red Arrows), Enock Sakala jnr (Zesco United).

The 2022 Cosafa tournament will run from July 5-17 in Durban, South Africa.

Source: ZNBC

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