South Africa: The ANC Is in an Untenable Political Crisis, Zuma Must Step Down – Stalwarts

ANC stalwarts and veterans have once again called for President Jacob Zuma to step down with immediate effect.

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This call forms one of many resolutions adopted at their national consultative conference which was held over the past three days in Braamfontein.

Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe attended the event, along with several National Executive Committee members, in their personal capacity, including ANC presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele and Deputy National Assembly Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli.

The veterans, who were also joined by several civil society groups, the SACP, labour federation Cosatu and Sanco said they had come together “out of love and concern” for South Africa and the ANC.

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They discussed issues ranging from the state of the economy, leadership in the ANC, electoral reform, and challenges the country was experiencing in its attempt to build a non-racial society.

However, the recurring concern for delegates in the room remained Zuma’s protracted stay as head of the ANC and the country.

ANC supporters mostly focused their attention on the issue of leadership; even as the different commissions gave report backs and asked for input.

“There is no leadership crisis, we just elected the wrong leaders,” Deputy Minister of Energy Thembi Majola said from the floor, during the conference.

Another man in the audience dismissed concerns over ANC policies, claiming they were not the problem.

“Remove the pigs before you implement these beautiful policies,” he said.

‘Betrayal’

The ANC’s Billy Ramokgopa, who read out the declarations, said the elders of the liberation movement were deeply hurt by what they regarded as a “betrayal” of the people’s long-standing support and trust in the 105-year-old political party.

“We observe that the current elected leadership of the ANC is paralysed and unable to deal with ill-discipline, incompetence and corruption that point directly to the highest offices in the land,” read Ramokgopa.

The stalwarts gathering, which was also well attended by young members, was not endorsed by the ANC’s NEC, which refused to grant its former leaders a conference that was not linked to the policy conference.

The NEC insisted that two days at the ANC’s June policy conference was enough to discuss the moral degeneration within the party and decline in support.

Ramokgopa decried the state of education in the country, the levels of crime, the mismanagement of the economy and a leadership that “lacked honesty, integrity and a vision for the future”.

Focusing on those in charge of the ANC, he said they had seen the crisis in the party cause “immense” damage to South Africa, which Ramokgopa said was the result of systematic looting, the unparalleled capture of state institutions, assassinations, failure to implement transformative social and economic programmes as well as the diminishing stature and reputation of the country and the ANC in the eyes of South Africans, the continent and world.

“The ANC has relinquished its leadership of society and plunged itself into an untenable political crisis,” said Ramokgopa.

Self-introspection needed

The stalwarts, in an attempt to solve the crisis, proposed a range of suggestions which could be explored.

These included – working with its numerous partners who have a shared historic vision with the party, constant introspection, that a committee be established at the ANC’s national elective conference taking place in a few weeks’ time to design and develop a renewal document “for the sake of our future” and a plan of action, which must be monitored and thorough renewal of ANC structures including its branches.

Stalwarts also want the party’s integrity commission to be an independent constitutional structure within the party with the capacity to act independently “from and without” the influence of the ANC NEC.

The veterans also advocated for “one member, one vote” to be the approach adopted by the party when it comes to the election of members of the ANC’s executive, and for the president of the party to be voted for directly by the people during elections instead of the party, and that his powers be moderated.

The ANC belongs to the people

Former General of the ANC’s liberation army Umkhonto weSizwe and South African National Defence Force chief Siphiwe Nyanda decried those who told stalwarts that their conference was illegitimate.

“[They are] saying we had no right to use the [ANC] banners but this is our organisation. The ANC is ours,” he said to applause.

He said as elders they had been watching the ANC steer “this ship towards a huge iceberg” and that they were trying to prevent a crash from happening, but the ANC’s NEC wanted to distance itself away from them.

“We want to rescue this organisation,” he said in the conference’s closing remarks.

He also praised Mbeki who earlier said: “The ANC was captured by a dominant faction which was in fact not ANC”.

“He [Mbeki] was right,” Nyanda said.

“The ANC has been captured by a clique that is very un-ANC.”

Nyanda also said the current leaders had no right to claim the ANC, as it belongs to the people of the country and the continent.

Source :  News24wire

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Saga in Dramatic Twist

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Fired vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa is still holed up in South Africa and isolated despite claims that he is in China, sources said amid indications President Robert Mugabe has ordered that his finances must be closely monitored.

Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe two days after he was fired by Mugabe on Monday for “disloyalty and deceit”.

A statement attributed to him threatened that he would return in a few weeks to topple Mugabe, but sources yesterday said far from being in a fighting mood, Mnangagwa was desperate to re-open lines of communication with his boss.

“Mnangagwa is in Pretoria and did not go to China as is being claimed,” the source said last night. “He is broken, terrified and scared.”

The source said the former VP was also being shunned by his business associates, including the Indian owners of the Africa Chrome Fields (ACF).

ACF owners refused to provide Mnangagwa with a private jet last Tuesday and have not been in touch with him since his arrival in South Africa

“He is desperate to reconnect with Mugabe and his wife so that he can be allowed to return home,” the source added. “He has told his children that he is not feeling well and is desperate to return home and rest but his supporters are putting pressure on him to fight his dismissal.”

Mnangagwa is said to be with his son Emmerson Junior.

War veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa, who addressed a press conference in Johannesburg last week and announced that the former VP was on his way to South Africa, promising he would join the opposition ranks, was tongue-tied yesterday.

On Friday he promised to answer about 10 questions from The Standard about the Mnangagwa debacle, but eventually delivered two lines before going quiet.

“I am focused on the future, not this parochial history. The Mugabe era of monumental misrule is in imminent sunset,” was all Mutswanga could say about the questions, including whether he penned the statement attributed to Mnangagwa or not.

Meanwhile, in Harare state security agencies were said to be investigating a number of Mnangagwa’s alleged crimes, including suspected money laundering that could see the once powerful VP being arrested on his return.

“The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe financial intelligence unit has been instructed to keep a close eye on his bank accounts and his business interests because there are fears that he could be funding terror and violence within Zanu PF structures,” a senior government official said.

“His close allies, both in the business sector and outside the country, are under monitoring and surveillance — be it mobile money or their business operations — from the amounts they are banking to sales.”

The former VP is said to have interest in sectors such as banking, hotel and leisure, energy, mining and agriculture.

Mnangagwa has allegedly been linked to a case where a local company was using bank transfers to mop up foreign currency in contravention of the Exchange Control Act.

The matter was partly investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission under RR 27/10/17 but was dropped under unclear circumstances.

Companies identified as Europium Star Investments, Spartan Security and Makanaka Investments are involved in the saga.

Spartan is owned by Mnangagwa’s close relative, Tarirai David Munangagwa who initially tried to leave the country for Mozambique via Forbes Border Post.

Makanaka Investments, also trades as Pote Investments and operates largely in the Zvishavane area, is owned by for former VP’s ally, Antony Clever Pote.

The directors of Europium and Spartan are being investigated for allegedly violating the Exchange Control Act by selling money through bank transfers.

A Billy Tanhira, who is believed to be opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s late wife, Susan’s brother is also being investigated as part of the case.

According to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) documents, the matter came to light after two men, Fordias Nyerere and Onesimo Ndoro; accused of converting $100 000 to personal use by Tanhira, who claimed to be the owner of Europium, were arrested for theft of property.

Tanhira’s, whose name does not appear on the ownership documents of the company but is the complainant in the matter, claimed Nyerere and Ndoro were supposed to give $201 000 from Makanaka Investments realised from the transfer of $232 000.

Nyerere and Ndoro’s lawyers, Bherebende Law Chambers have now written a complaint against the police claiming their clients were being victimised because they were small fish.

The lawyers said several transactions of a similar nature where several millions of dollars were sold by Makanaka Investments to several companies including Spartan were conducted through t Nyerere and Ndoro.

Sources this was part of many cases that could be used to put Mnangagwa behind bars.

Source : The Standard

We want to Ensure We Get to Govt. House in 2019-Seyi Makinde

Members of the Poples Democratic Party(PDP) in Oyo state have resolved to put aside individual interests and work towards the party’s victory in the 2019 Governorship elections in the state.

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This disclosure was made recently, by Engr. Seyi Makinde, in a chat with Journalists after the state congress of the  PDP held at the Baptist Secondary School, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, Nigeria.

”We’ve resolved to work together for the interest of the party. And we want to ensure that we get  to the Government house by 2019”, Engr. Makinde stated.

 

Uganda: Judge – Most Land Grabs Are By Govt Officials, Soldiers

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Preliminary findings of the ongoing inquiry into land matters have revealed “a worrying trend” of highly placed individuals colluding to rob ordinary Ugandans of their land, the commission chair said on Tuesday.

Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire said the commission’s investigations have established a disturbing relationship between government officials, security personnel and politicians ganging up to evict locals from their land.

“This situation is critical and is a problem as far as customary land ownership is concerned,” Bamugemereire said yesterday at Boma hotel in Gulu municipality as the commission kicked off public hearings in the Acholi sub-region.

“In other districts, we observed that government officials, security agents and politicians are ganging up [on locals] and unlawfully evicting entire communities to create societies that are homeless,” she said.

Bamugemereire said information obtained from public hearings and investigations over the last six months majorly in Mubende, Wakiso, Masaka, Hoima and Jinja districts, shows that the situation in land management, registration and acquisition is worrying.

“We have also found that there is heavy encroachment in some places and depletion of protected areas such as forests, wetlands, and wildlife reserves. This encroachment is done with impunity and total disregard of the law and future of our country and we find this very worrying,” she said.

In those areas, she said, they have established cases of fraud in land registration including multiple titling, forgeries of letters of administration and court orders to illegally obtain registration, on top of outright forgeries of registration particulars.

The registration of one’s name onto a title should be conclusive evidence of their ownership of land in question. However, Bamugemereire said where multiple titling has occurred and outright fraud discovered, the existing system of registration will be rendered irrelevant.

LAND WRANGLES IN ACHOLI

Yesterday, the commission started their sessions by hearing from some of Acholi’s leaders. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, Gulu LC-V chairman; Francis Barabanawe, the municipal town clerk; retired Supreme court Justice Galdino Okello, Richard Santo Apiire and Rwot Kweri [clan leader] of Atiak made presentations.

Apiire said land wrangling has spread throughout post-conflict Acholi as a result of more refugees pouring into the country from South Sudan.

“The war in Sudan didn’t start recently…so the black people in the southern part of Sudan had to flee and when they fled, we accommodated them in the various parts of Acholi,” Apiire said.

“But they have remained refugees. One man was registered as a refugee in Adjumani refugee camp. He started claiming land and unfortunately sold this land to Uganda Revenue Authority at a price of about Shs 600 million. We have objected to this and told URA aliens don’t own land.”

In the Acholi sub-region, land is predominantly under customary ownership. The commission of inquiry plans to traverse the entire Acholi land which comprises of Gulu, Nwoya, Omoro, Agago, Amuru and Pader districts.

After two decades of armed conflict between the government and LRA rebels, people returned to their homes to find most land boundaries had either been destroyed or obscured by overgrown vegetation. Many elders who knew the history had also died, resulting in disputes between families, clans and individuals.

Acting Aswa regional police commander, Osteen Wilber Wanyama, said majority of crimes reported to the police are land-related.

“In terms of crime categorization, 80 per cent of the crimes that we handle are land-related. The commonest areas of crime here are mainly criminal trespass, malicious damage [of property] and assaults over land,” Wanyama said.

Source : The Observer(Kampala)

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‘Zuma should be prosecuted for corruption’

Spokesperson Zelda Holtzman says they delivered a letter to the NPA calling for the 783 charges of corruption against President Jacob Zuma to be reinstated.

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CAPE TOWN – A group of activists associated with the United Democratic Front (UDM) say President Jacob Zuma should be prosecuted for corruption.

The UDF, which formed in Mitchells Plain in 1983, brought together many anti-apartheid organizations before it was dissolved.

Amid a resurgence of anti-Zuma protests, UDF veterans have also been mobilizing against corruption.

Spokesperson Zelda Holtzman says they delivered a letter to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) calling for the 783 charges of corruption against Zuma to be reinstated.

“We want the prosecution of all those involved whether they’re politicians, administrators or private citizens. All those involved in corruption should be charged and brought before a court of law.”

The NPA and Zuma are appealing a High Court ruling that he should be charged.

The hearing is scheduled for next month.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

Source : EYEWITNESS NEWS

Women Become Governors In Kenya

For the first time in the history of Kenya, six women have been elected to key positions in the  East African country’s  governance structure, in the just concluded elections.

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Joyce Laboso, Member of Parliament representing Bomet and the  Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and  two former cabinet Secretaries, Annie Waguru and Charity Ngilu have become the first women to become Governors in the country.

Indeed, Laboso trounced the incumbent to emerge Governor of Bomet.

This without doubt, is a challenge to other African countries, where women  have stepped up  agitations to occupy  key positions in Government. Read more…….

 

Similarly independent candidates,  Mohamed Kuti of Isiolo and Ndiritu of Muhritihi of Laikipia also won Governorship seats in their respective states.  Read more……

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South Africa’s deputy president slams government corruption

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South Africa’s deputy president on Wednesday denounced government corruption in what was seen as a rebuke to President Jacob Zuma, who has faced calls for his resignation because of scandals and graft concerns.

“We now know, without any shred of uncertainty, that billions of rands of public resources have been diverted into the pockets of a few,” Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said, according to local media organization News24. There are just over 13 South African rands to the U.S. dollar. Read more…..

 

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Today, we enter the second day of the 2017 Presidential campaigns.

After very successful rallies in Ruhango and Nyanza Districts yesterday, RPF- Inkotanyi candidate, Paul Kagame is scheduled to meet supporters in Nyaruguru District in the morning and later he travels to Gisagara District for his final rally of the day.

Frank Habineza, the flag bearer and president of Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, will be in Nyamasheke District, Western Province.

Meanwhile, independent candidate Phillipe Mpayimana heads to Muhanga and Nyanza districts for the second day of his campaigns. Read more….

Opposition Parties In Zimbabwe Request Mugabe To Resign

Opposition parties have requested  the country’s President Robert Mugabe to resign from office.

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Their request revolves on the insinuation the the ailing 93 year old ruler, is presiding affairs of Government from the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

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Reports have it that President Mugabe has left for  an unscheduled trip to Singapore.Read more…..

Democrats Protest Senate Republican Health Care Secrecy

They called for open committee hearings and more time to consider the bill before a Senate vote.

U.S. President Trump turns to Speaker Ryan as he gathers with Republican House members after healthcare bill vote at the White House in Washington
U.S. Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to throw a spotlight on behind-the-scenes efforts by the Republican majority to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, known as Obamacare. Continue reading  @ HUFF POST