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Namibia speaks on Khama/Masisi saga

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Last week Wednesday, Namibian President Hage G. Geingob, who is also the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), issued a press statement through his press secretary, Alfred Tjirurimo Hengari, explaining his recent meeting with former president, Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

Asked about Geingob’s need to clarify his meeting through a press statement, Hengari explained to this publication that, “The Presidency, in the interest of transparency and accountability felt that it was necessary to set the record straight in light of media reports that sought to highlight the nature of the meeting as a SADC Mediation mission on the part of President Hage G. Geingob. We wish to emphasize that President Geingob met with President Ian S Khama as a friend.”

Hengari maintained that the SADC Chairperson was not pressured by any individual to clarify, “but subsequent to media reports that sought to say that President Geingob met with President Ian Khama in his capacity as SADC Chair, the need arose on the part of the Presidency to provide information about a meeting that was private and between friends.”

Of late the international media has been depicting the conflict between Botswana’s sitting president, Mokgweesti Masisi and Khama as a leadership crisis.

But after meeting the two parties, Geingob wrote in a press statement that, “There is no crisis in Botswana. There is no need for the SADC chair to intervene. Botswana is the oldest multiparty democracy in Africa and has enjoyed decades of political stability and progress.”

Geingob visited Gaborone on February 1-2, 2019 and he says that was a familiarization visit to Gaborone, Botswana, which is the secretariat of SADC.

In addition to interactions with the leadership and staff of SADC, Geingob paid a courtesy visit to state president, Masisi.

Following that, he requested to meet the two former presidents; Khama and Festus Mogae.

However he could not meet Mogae because at the time, he was out of town.

Interestingly, Namibia’s office of the president showed interest in previous interviews which this publication did with Mogae.

They wanted this publication to aunthenticate an article titled “Khama is a divisive character-Mogae,” a suggestion that Geingob is paying closer attention to the alleged “crisis.”

In about three weeks time, Masisi will be facing a presidential challenge against former cabinet minister, Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi.

Moitoi enjoys the backing of former president, Khama, who has openly expressed his dissatisfaction with Masisi.

On the other hand Masisi is seemingly enjoying the backing of many if not majority of the ruling party’s regional committees and leadership.

Botswana has no direct elections of the president and constitutionally, the president of the ruling party, automatically becomes the state president. After a ten-year term, which often comes to an end a year before general elections, the vice president automatically succeeds presidency.

15 COMMENTS

  1. “There is no need for the SADC chair to intervene. Botswana is the oldest multiparty democracy in Africa and has enjoyed decades of political stability and progress.””
    What about the country next door (among other countries) that had a theiving murderous dictator for 37 years, followed by a Military Coup and seems to still have issues-surely there should have been some intervention by this Organisation who cannot even seem to deal with Refugees or speak of the refugees except to get them arrested when they visit their headquarters

  2. In a nutshell this continent is littered with Dictators there has been a recent article about the Algerian Protests where the President is refusing to step down despite being confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke. One would think that if one has poor health they would voluntarily step down but not on this continent they gone on in some countries to 80+ until they are removed by force which should not have been the case

  3. This was an article earlier this month and as usual these leaders must go out of the continent for medical treatment while the ordinary people have to do with hospitals that are not functioning. The Algerian President has been in power for 20 years

    “A Swiss newspaper reported on Wednesday that Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is in a permanently “life-threatening” condition as he continues to receive treatment in a Geneva hospital. Algerian authorities have not shared any information on Bouteflika’s health despite widespread protests against the long-standing leader’s candidacy in forthcoming elections.”

  4. This is an extract from a recent article there has been a devastating cyclone affecting people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and this unacceptable pattern where leaders on the continent are too used to red carpet Posh treatment needs to stop from this regional headquarters and focus on those who need it most

    “Helicopter Offloading Sofas To Be Used By ED In Chimanimani Causes Social Media Stir
    March 20, 2019
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    A picture of army personnel offloading sofas for use by President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he arrives in Chimanimani has caused a social media stir with people questioning the logic behind bringing luxury in the midst of a crisis.”
    Not even when theare are floods like in Europe do you see a sofa being carried out for a prominent person visiting a flood area .

  5. This is a WAKE UP CALL FOR THE REGION
    Surely if the Meteorlogical Department is forecasting a cyclone before it arrives there should be some form of communication from the Department to Authorities to advise the public on what Measures to take or even EVACUATE people who will be affected to a SAFER PLACE to avoid a CATASTROPHE

    “South Africa’s capacity to identify and respond to natural disasters has “gone down” and is worse than it was in 1999, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told Parliament on Wednesday.

    She added that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is and was “completely unprepared” for Cyclone Idai and other natural disaster events of this magnitude.

    Parts of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have been devastated by the powerful cyclone that has left a humanitarian crisis in its wake.

    Sisulu stated, in reference to the cyclone making landfall in Zimbabwe, that “we didn’t detect a cyclone, we thought it was just unseasonally heavy rains”. She said the damage “was beyond the [capacity of] support of South Africa”.
    Those affected are in still in need of ASSISTANCE global television WORLDWIDE have seen this unfortunate catastrophe
    Cyclone Idai wreaks havoc across Southeast Africa

    A devastating cyclone has slammed South Eastern Africa claiming lives in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Red Cross confirmed to Euronews that they expect the death toll to categorically rise in Mozambique while access issues have posed challenge…”

    News24 previously reported that in Zimbabwe the cyclone killed at least 98 people and more than 200 are missing.

    In Malawi, the storm has affected more than a million people and more than 80 000 people were forced from their homes.

    10 000 estimated dead

    But it is in Mozambique where the damage has been most notable.

    The minister also mentioned a phone call from Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday morning in which the president said a dam near Beira, the site of some of the most severe devastation, “was close to breaking”.

    The dam walls subsequently broke, compounding the destruction in the already flood-damaged and low-lying area.

    “Beira is gone, completely gone,” Sisulu said.”

  6. There are FOUR DIFFERENT WARNINGS that should be issued by the Meteorlogical Department
    Yellow and Amber Warnings
    Represent a range of impact levels and likelihoods
    YELLOW LEVEL WEATHER WARNING
    Can be issued for a range of weather situations many are issued whe it is likely the weather will cause some low level impacts including disruption to trael in a few places.

    AMBER LEVEL WEATHER WARNING
    Means “BE PREPARED”.
    There is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, potentially disrupting plans and causing travel delays, road, rail closures,
    Interruption to Power and the potential risk to life and property

    ORANGE LEVEL WEATHER WARNING
    Implies that all receipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.

    RED LEVEL WEATHER WARNING
    Is the most Serious kind of weather warning that a Meteorlogical Department can issue it means that it is likely the weather will cause damage for example to Buildings and Roads . This could include moving families out of the danger zone temporarily

    Best advise for all these warnings -stock up on essentials eg. food etc. water

  7. When a weather warning is issued those that are vunerable i.e. elderly should be assisted i.e. check if your neighbour needs assistance etc

  8. The african celebrities whereever they are do something for those whose regions have been devasted by Cyclone Idai

  9. Theyouth in the region should set up an Educational Appeal for Books, Pencils, and other educational essentials for the children in the regions that have been devasted by Cyclone Idai that they can carry on with their education

  10. The other advice the public are given is to listen to the radio, television etc for updates about any further weather warnings

  11. ” This is an extract of article by Sir David Attenborough a world renowned naturalist- The heading to Sir David Attenborough’s article was : Protect our Planet or we damage ourselves

    “Humans are ” critically dependent” on the health of the planet for everything including Oxygen and food Sir. David Attenborough has warned. He said he felt the world wasnow more aware of enviornmental issues butthe problems havegot BIGGER too.
    The naturalist 92, in an interview with BBC Science Focus magazine said some people would “never change their opinion” – It is important to elect leaders who grasp the problem
    YOU, ME AND THE REST OF THE HUMAN SPECIES ARE CRITICALLY DEPENDENT ON THE HEALTH OF THE NATURAL WORLD he said ahead of the launch of his netflix series Our Plant.

    If the seas stop producting oxygen we WILL BE UNABLE TO BREATHE, and there is no food that we can digest that doesn’t originate from the natural world.

    IF WE DAMAGE THE NATURAL WORLD , WE DAMAGE OURSELVES .
    Asked what he would say to those who are not helping the evironment he said ” I would do the same as I do to anybody else – I would say “THESE ARE THE FACTS”. But there ar some people who will never change their opinion,. If you are in a democratic society you convince the electorate that you’re right and try to put people in power who see the truth.

    Earlier this year Sir David urged leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland to protect the natural world

    While he said it would naive to think powerful people were going to change overnight he added “GREAT SEA CHANGES DO HAPPEN AND IT IS UP TO US TO BRING THAT ABOUT.

    Natural history filmmakers have to show that unless we change our ways, wonders of wildlife are not going to here for ever he said.”

  12. Cyclone Idai battered part of this country and the following is happening

    “ZIMBABWE’S £118,000 OUTLAY ON JUDGES WIGS MET WITH FURY
    April 5, 2019
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    Zimbabwean judges in long red robes and horsehair wigs, a throwback to an era of British Colonial rule.

    Zimbabweans reacted with anger on social media, questioning the wisdom of the government’s expenditure at a time when courtrooms are cramped and ill-equipped, the national economy is crumbling and, according to the World Food Programme, 63% of the population live below the poverty line.

    Their sentiments were echoed by Dumisani Nkomo, chief executive of Bulawayo-based rights organisation Habakkuk Trust, who said: “These are misplaced priorities. We need to focus on bread and butter issues and avoid expenditure on unnecessary luxuries.”

    After poor rains and erratic weather destroyed crops, almost 5.3 million people in Zimbabwe are facing food insecurity; in 2017, the country was ranked 108th out of the 119 included in the global hunger index. The government has previously pledged to cut expenditure in response to rising food prices linked with the introduction of a new currency in February.

    Lawyers in Harare said the government was wasting money on keeping a colonial tradition alive.

    Beatrice Mtetwa, a senior lawyer in the capital, said Zimbabwe’s British colonial past remained embedded in its justice system.

    “What surprises me in Zimbabwe is that we say everything against colonialism but we live more colonial than the colonisers themselves,” Mtetwa said. “A normal litigant would be intimidated to get into a courtroom full of ridiculously dressed judges. Why can we not dress decently? If we want to wear wigs , why can’t we make them in our own way? Those wigs were meant for white judges – we look ridiculous.”

    Luke Malaba, Zimbabwe’s chief justice, has reportedly insisted on the use of wigs during proceedings.

    Some of the wigs, made from horsehair, were delivered last week.

    Another top lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, said legal practitioners should drop the tradition and make courts more accessible to the general public.

    “I think we should move away from that culture to where judges look like an ordinary man and so that the courts look humane. We should simply believe that if a judge appears wearing a suit, it will not make them less of a judge,” Muchadehama said.

    The use of wigs has been abandoned in South Africa, Kenya and several other Commonwealth countries.

    In Britain, judges have stopped wearing wigs when hearing civil and family cases, ending a centuries-old tradition.

    “In my view, it’s a bit unnecessary. From an ideological point of view, those wigs take us back to the colonial era. They make our courts inaccessible by the ordinary man. If the judicial services commission spends that money on rehabilitating dilapidated courts, that would make a lot of sense,” said Doug Coltart, a human rights lawyer.”

  13. In an article ina paper the heading reads Cyclone boy smiling again after 3 days clinging to a tree

    “A boy of five is all smiles after he was rescued from spending days up a tree following Cyclone Idai. Litle Armando was trapped in rising floods in Mozambique but was hauled into the tree byhis brother. They spent the next three daysthere clinging for life without FOOD or WATER. Heone of thens of thousands of people now being helped by the disaster response Charity Team Rubicon UK .One Charity aid workder added the villaters in Munamicua Mozmbique had beenincedibly welcomingby insistin rescuers eat coconuts despite their desperate food siuation. The rescuers met a woman who gave birth on a roof surrounded by flood water”

  14. In another article the President of the Syechells has gone offathe dep eind in a plea to protect the worlds oceans.
    In a broadcast described as the worlds first Danny Faure made a speech nearly 400ft down in a sub in the Indian Ocial being used for a study by the British led scientific charity Nekton “From this depth he says he can see the incredible wildlife that needs our protection THIS ISSUE IS BIGGER THAN ALLOF US AND WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION TO SOLVE IT. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF EXCUSES TO NOT TO TAKE ACTION, AND RUNNINT OUT OF TIME. Hailing the so cool biodiversity Mr. Faure said the experience made him more determined to speak out for marine protection. The month long study aimesto document269,100 sq ft of seabed “

  15. Show your support for a world wide charity called ” Medecines Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) they do alot of work in countries where disasters like Cyclone Idai occur including war torn countries