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Zimbabwe NGOs Woo Youths to Vote in Post-Mugabe Election

Some organizations are targeting youths in Zimbabwe to take part in the first post-Robert Mugabe general election Monday in which the issues of unemployment and political stability are likely going to determine voting patterns. A “Go Out and Vote” campaign was active at a free concert in Mbare, an underdeveloped town.

While politicians target big cities and popular places asking for votes ahead of the July 30 polls, the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust and other local NGOs have embarked on a nationwide campaign to ensure that young people participate in the election.

In Mbare, Charles Chisale of the trust explains the “Go Out and Vote” campaign, which he calls a dialogue.

“We are going to be discussing all the youths’ concerns, what the youths want after the 2018 elections so please come and witness, please come and share so that we can all build the Zimbabwe we all want,” said Chisale.

Hashton Gumira, a youth leader in this township who refuses to reveal his political affiliation – welcomes the idea of encouraging Zimbabwe youths to vote on Monday.

“Young people we have suffered and we have suffered enough, now it’s time to use our demographic dividend, 60 percent of the 5.5 million of voters in this election they are young people aged between 18 and 40 so it is very important because for me as a young person I think the issues which affect us as young people are similar so when you go and vote we have to go and vote for our issues, the issues of youth employment,” said Gumira.

In the Monday election, 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa faces 22 presidential challengers, including 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance.

Results of Monday’s general election are expected by next Saturday. The country’s constitution requires the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release results within five days of the closing of polls.

Source: Voice of America

South Africa: Joint Constitutional Review Committee Impressed by East London’s Public Hearings

A delegation of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee today continued with public hearings into a possible review of section 25 of the Constitution at the Orient Theatre in East London. The committee received several oral submissions that dealt with where the ownership of land should lie.

Today, the committee met with traditional and communal leadership, and people interested in the protection of their communal land, who feel that they are land-locked and would want to add to that land. The committee also heard from commercial farmers who protect agricultural land for food security and production who are against the expropriation of land without compensation. The committee also heard from African farmers who are saying that they don’t have land and therefore they support the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution, because it is giving hope to them that they will get land for farming and that they will use it to implement the skills that they will be equipped with by government.

The committee also received submissions from people who have urban interests, which are about development and infrastructural land and who believe the state must release the land that is the state’s possession.

Going forward, the committee hopes that in Jansenville it will get more oral submissions of farm community interests that would be about land tenure issues, eviction issues and submissions from even the farmers themselves. The committee is scheduled to hold the next public hearings for the Eastern Cape Province leg at the Jansenville Town Hall on Saturday, 28 July 2018, from 11h00 until 16h00.

Source:Republic of South Africa: The Parliament


PRETORIA– The State says it’s ready for the case against former South African president Jacob Zuma on Friday in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, capital of Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma faces 16 charges relating to 783 instances of alleged wrongdoing relating to a 1990s arms deal with European military equipment makers. Twelve of the charges relate to fraud, one of racketeering, two of corruption and one of money laundering.

Legal experts say Zuma’s new legal counsel is most likely to request a postponement to familiarise themselves with the case.

The State had indicated it was ready from the onset, even setting a provisional trial date for November. However, the same cannot be said about Zuma’s defence team and once again on Friday, the ball will be in the former president’s court.

While his defence had indicated they may seek to pursue a review application, there is still uncertainty about the former president’s legal fees.

Zuma terminated the services of his long-time senior counsel, Kemp J Kemp, due to finances after the opposition parties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), took the matter of government’s agreement to fund Zuma legal fees to court.

At Friday’s appearance, the new defence team will probably map out the way forward.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has rejected representations by French arms company Thales to withdraw charges against it.

Thales, which has been represented in court by Christine Gurrier, faces charges of fraud and corruption. Gurrier, who travels from France to attend proceedings, was excused from Friday’s appearance.

Zuma supporters are expected to once again gather outside the court to support the former president.

A night vigil was also held in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday night.



PRETORIA– The South African Friends of Israel together with two political parties, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Congress of People (COPE), have called on the South African government to reinstate the country’s ambassador to Israel.

Thy made the call as hundreds of Christians and Jews marched to the Union Building in Pretoria to raise concerns over what they described as increasing anti-Israel rhetoric from the government.

South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israeli following the killing of Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border in May as they protested the move by the United States to move its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Since Parliament took a decision that we should have an embassy there, we are now robbed of access to the leadership of Israel to impact and influence them.” said COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota.

“Nobody authorised the government to do that. What they’ve done, it’s wrong. They should have asked parliament.”

We as a Christians community see Israel still remains a biblical homeland for our faith and therefore we cannot detach ourselves from Israel because of politics in our country, said South African Friends of Israel leader Bafana Modise.

Meanwhile, one of the country’s leading opposition parties, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had urged the government to shut down the Israeli Embassy in South Africa.

The Lord says in Genesis three, ‘I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you, if the EFF curses Israel, watch what’s going to happen in next years’ elections. If ANC curses Israel, watch what’s going to happen to them next year during the elections, said ACDP president Rev Kenneth Meshoe.

The government said recalling the South African ambassador to Israel was only a temporary measure depending on the progress towards peace.



ARUSHA, TANZANIA– The Secretariat for the East African Community (EAC) here is hosting the maiden renewable energy exhibition in collaboration with the Germany government, targeting to showcase ways of increasing energy efficiency in the six EAC member nations.

During the three-week event, the German government will exhibit a renewable energy initiative known as Energiewende, which seeks to increase energy efficiency and protect the environment. The exhibition is taking place at the EAC headquarters in this northern Tanzanian city from July 23 to Aug 10.

The EAC Secretariat has invited selected public and private sector players to view the exhibition. EAC Communications Principal Officer Richard Owora Othieno said the exhibition had been shown in about 60 locations in 25 different countries around the globe and it was now East Africa’s turn.

According to organizers, the Energiewende (German for energy transition) is a planned transition by Germany to a low-carbon, environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply. Energiewende,literally meaning energy turnaround or energy revolution, can also be described as Germany’s effort to reduce climate-damaging greenhouse gases or carbon emissions without relying on nuclear energy.

The Energiewende is our answer to the question of how we can make energy supply secure, affordable and sustainable, according to a statement from the exhibition organizers. Energiewende highlights national issues related to policy, the environment, technology and costs.

Meanwhile, the EAC secretariat has started preparations for the forthcoming East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2019 (EAPCE’19) to be held in Mombasa, Kenya, in March next year.