Politics

Bots shoots Zim stray cattle

Bots shoots Zim stray cattle

By Bakang Mhaladi GABORONE-BOTSWANA has started shooting stray Zimbabwean cattle, which authorities say is a way of curbing the spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD). Aministry of agriculture official has confirmed that the shoot-to-kill policy was started in late August after it was initially put on hold at the request of the Zimbabwe government in […]

Youth call for tackling of institutional racism in Namibia

Youth call for tackling of institutional racism in Namibia

Staff Writer Namibia’s ruling Swapo Party Youth league has called for the establishment of a presidential enquiry to investigate alleged institutionalised racism at professional bodies in the country. The Khomas region youth league branch also called on the government to establish a ‘mandatory council’ to oversee such professional bodies. “We are informed of institutionalised racism […]

Mugabe slaps down FinMin over job cuts

Mugabe slaps down FinMin over job cuts

HARARE – IT WAS 1992, and drought-hit Zimbabwe had just a week’s supply of maize left. Cephas Msipa was chairman of the Grain Marketing Board, then the state grain monopoly. For placing an order to import maize, he found himself before President Robert Mugabe and his ministers, accused of trying to cause alarm and despondency. […]

Facilitator of DRC dialogue to meet opposition leader

Facilitator of DRC dialogue to meet opposition leader

KINSHASA- The facilitator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national dialogue, Edem Kodjo, said last Tuesday in Kinshasa that he will soon head to Brussels, Belgium, to meet Etienne Tshisekedi, the president of the main opposition party in DRC, Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). Addressing the press in the Congolese capital, the […]

AU to launch e-Passport in July

AU to launch e-Passport in July

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) is prepared to launch the electronic passport (e-Passport) at the next AU Summit due to take place in July this year in Kigali, Rwanda. The first group of beneficiaries will include: AU Heads of State and Government; Ministers of Foreign Affairs; and the Permanent Representatives of AU member […]

More African countries are blocking internet access during elections

More African countries are blocking internet access during elections

By Hilary Matfess Last week, Ghana, widely acknowledged as one of Africa’s role models for best democratic practice, caught democracy watchdogs off guard when the country’s police chief announced the government intends to shut down social media on voting day in November. The shutdown is to take place from 17:00 to 19:00 “to ensure social media […]

Prosecution bungled Caprivi treason trial

Prosecution bungled Caprivi treason trial

By Magreth Nunuhe Windhoek – The curtain has been finally pulled down on the longest and biggest trial in Namibian legal history, the Caprivi treason trial, when 30 accused were found guilty of high treason, nine murder charges and 90 counts of attempted murder, while 79 walked out as free men last week. Initially, an […]

African Migrants: Is it payback time?

African Migrants: Is it payback time?

By Carlos Lopes Since the beginning of this year a relentless flow of images from the Italian island of Lampedusa, the city of Calais where the Eurotunnel starts, Bodrum in Turkey, the eastern islands of Greece, or the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, are invading television screens and media outlets.  They portray […]

Tanzania gears up for its closest ever elections

Tanzania gears up for its closest ever elections

By Johnnie Carson Tanzania’s 25 October presidential and parliamentary elections will be hotly contested and may turn out to be the closest elections in the country’s history. As the campaigns get underway, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party still has a clear edge, but that could easily erode over the next five weeks. The […]

Bots sets new date for digital migration

Bots sets new date for digital migration

By Mpho Tebele Gaborone- After failing to meet the June 2015 deadline to migrate from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), Botswana has now set March 2016 as the new date to migrate, The Southern Times learnt here this week. Director of Infrastructure and Services at the SADC Secretariat Remmy Makumbe revealed at the just ended […]

Forces undergo special training

Forces undergo special training

By Walter Nyamukondiwa KARIBA – Nearly 700 army officers from nine regional countries are in Zimbabwe’s northern resort town of Kariba for the SADC Special Forces joint training code-named Exercise Mahombekombe. The training commenced on August 24 and will end on September 26 and brings together the region’s Special Forces who will ultimately form the […]

SADC won’t intervene in Nam-Bots tension

SADC won’t intervene in Nam-Bots tension

By Timo Shihepo Windhoek – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) said it will not get involved in the deteriorating relations of two of its member states, Namibia and Botswana who have been at each other’s loggerheads because of various reasons which include the killing of two Namibian citizens by the Botswana Defence Force. There […]

Namibia/Zambia cement security cooperation

Namibia/Zambia cement security cooperation

By Andreas Thomas Windhoek – Namibia and Zambia continue to promote and strengthen defence and security relations. Defence and security representatives from the two southern African neighbours recently met in Swakopmund for the 19th Session of the Namibia/Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security. During the meeting, that was held from September 7-11, the […]

Swapo warns of reactionary threat

Swapo warns of reactionary threat

The three-member delegation led by Swapo secretary- general and Namibian Justice Minister Cde Pendukeni Ithana, met senior Zanu-PF officials at the party's headquarters in Harare yesterday. They exchanged notes and shared experiences the revolutionary political parties have gone through over the years. The Swapo delegation later paid a courtesy call on Acting President Joice Mujuru, […]

Zimbabwe seeks to mend ties

Zimbabwe seeks to mend ties

Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, also reiterated a call for sanctions against Zimbabwe to be lifted. “Our country remains in a positive stance to enter into fresh, friendly and cooperative relations with all those countries that have been hostile to us in the past,” he said at the opening of parliament. […]

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