Archive for December 14th, 2008

Moyo faces criminal charges

source: Standay Standard
13.12.2008 3:15:07 P

Outgoing assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Guma Moyo, is to appear before the Village Magistrate Court in Gaborone early next year on charges of corruption.

The corruption charges, which have already been formulated by the Department of Public Prosecutions, will see Moyo being charged with counts of fraud and conflict of interest.
Is alleged that Moyo, through his company, Interest Research Bureau, which was contracted by the Ministry of Lands to collect debts, inflated charges against plot owners indebted to the ministry.

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) started investigating the allegations following an investigative story carried exclusively in the Sunday Standard four years ago under the headline “.”

The story detailed government’s behind the scenes out of court settlement with an [continue reading]

source: The Zimbabwean
Saturday, 13 December 2008

NAMIBIA and Botswana have arrested and deported several members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which has links with the al Qaeda movement, in a highly sensitive and secret operation. The Namibian is in possession of a highly confidential document forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the country’s High Commissioner to Botswana, Hadino Hishongwa, in which he revealed information about alleged infiltration of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood into the region.

The extent of the infiltration could not be verified with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or with High Commissioner Hishongwa, as neither replied to a list of questions submitted two weeks ago.

An official in Foreign Affairs said a file with the [continue reading]

source: Afrique en ligne
News – Africa news

Gaborone, Botswana – Public health facilities, businesses and the community of Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city, have been placed on high alert following reports that two new cases of cholera were diagnosed at the Nyangabwe Referral Hospital, prompting fears of a possible outbreak in and around the city, the Botswana Guardian reported on Friday.

The latest cases bring the total reported at the Nyangabwe Hospital to three aft er another case reported last week.

The new cases were confirmed by the Francistown City Council’s Public Health Specialist, Dr Paul Nashar, who urged the public to report suspected symptoms of th e contagious disease to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
12 December 2008

Robert Mugabe’s spokesman on Friday defended the dictator’s outrageous comments that ‘there is no cholera’ in Zimbabwe, amid numerous warnings that the cholera crisis is in fact worsening.

During a speech at Heroes Acre on Thursday, Mugabe used the opportunity to once again denounce the West for calling on him to step down from power, and went as far as to accuse Western leaders of using the deadly cholera outbreak as an excuse to invade Zimbabwe. During the public broadcast Mugabe insisted that cholera had been ‘arrested,’ and therefore the West’s ‘cause’ for military intervention did not exist anymore.

His comments came shortly before the United Nations announced the official death toll from the disease had reached 783 deaths, although it is believed the ‘unreported’ death toll is closer to 3000 deaths. On Friday Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba moved to [continue reading]

source: News24
13/12/2008 15:19 – (SA)

Johannesburg – South African President Kgalema Motlanthe said Zimbabwe’s prime minister must be sworn in immediately as a constitutional amendment providing for a unity government was gazetted on Saturday.

“This amendment creates among others the positions of prime minister and vice-prime minister, the incumbent of which we expect to be sworn in with immediate effect,” Motlanthe said in a statement.

Motlanthe welcomed the gazetting of the constitutional amendment, saying it was a “major step towards the formation of an inclusive government in Zimbabwe”.

The amendment creates the position of prime minister, earmarked for opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who signed a unity accord three months ago with President Robert Mugabe, though the two have so far failed to [continue reading]