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In Africa Today: Tuesday 16th January, 2018

On the African news front today, various news outlets have disclosed issues which made headlines across Africa. From Malawi to Ghana, here is a review of African news for Tuesday 16th January,2018.

AllAfrica news reports “Angola Minister Defends Greater Rigour in Registration of Former Combatants”.  According to the online news, the need to create mechanisms for the registration and adequate control of former combatants and homeland veterans, a process that must be in line with all the precepts of the law, was defended last Monday by the minister of State and head of the President’s Civil Office, Pedro Sebastião.  The minister defended such stance when chairing the main commemoration ceremony in the ambit of the Former Combatant and Homeland Veterans Day, held in Atlântico Cinema, in Luanda

Also in Malawi, Maravipost a news portal disclosed “Malawi’s Parliament PAC summons Police Chief Kachama over MK567.8 million Pioneer Investment fraud”. The Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of Parliament this week summoned Inspector General (IG) of the Malawi Police Service (MPS), Lexten Kachama, and Treasury officials to explain the interest of K567.8 million Pioneer Investments, a food supplier, is claiming. The parliamentary committee suspects fraud in the claim and has, therefore, also summoned the Attorney General, National Audit Office and Pioneer Investments officials on the same.

Again, Malawi24 also revealed “Fischer wants to contest on MCP ticket”.Malawi’s veteran footballer Fischer Kondowe has expressed interest to contest as a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) parliamentary candidate in the 2019 general elections. Kondowe was unveiled today in Blantyre by Sidik Mia who has also officially announced that he will contest as Vice President for MCP …

Still in Malawi, “Name and Prosecute 20 MPs in Constituency Development Fund Abuse – Ruling Party”. It has been disclosed, the governing Democrtaic Progressive Party (DPP) is calling for 20 legislators who are accused of misappropriating the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to be named and face the law. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe told the budget meeting of Parliament in June last year that 20 members of Parliament (MPs) misappropriated K80 million of CDF in 16 district councils.

In Zambia, “Mental Health Bill ready for presentation in Parliament” Ministry of Health Mental has also submitted the Bill to the Ministry of Justice for presentation to parliament. Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Mr. Mayeya said the Ministry of Health has completed evaluating the merits and demerits of the proposed bill.

“Budget adoption uncertain as Parliament Blasts Health Allocation” in ZimbabweAccording to the Lusakatimes, adoption of the 2018 national budget could hit a brick wall amid indications that parliament wants more money for its operations and to the health ministry allocation increased. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa allocated parliament $57 million while the health ministry got $400 million; they had respectively bid for $100 million and $1,1 billion. Furthermore, a news portal says “Mugabe to Appear In Parliament To Explain Missing $15 Billion” Former President Robert Mugabe is set to appear before the Mines and Energy Portfolio Committee chaired by Norton MP Temba Mliswa, who first mentioned the issue of the $15 billion, from appearing before Parliament and asking him how he came to know about that.

VOA has also announced thatNigeria’s Buhari Vows to Punish All Those Behind Ethnic ViolenceNigeria will punish all those behind an outbreak of deadly clashes between cattle herders and farmers, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday pushing back at … Those who attended the meeting in the capital, Abuja, included the Benue state governor, members of parliament and traditional rulers. At least 83 people have been killed since the start of the new year in violence between the mainly Christian farmers and the semi-nomadic herders, who are mostly Muslims from Buhari’s Fulani ethnic group.

Lastly, Ghana’s Parliament committee set to investigate “cash for seat committee”. The local news portal citifmonline says “Expatriates ‘swerve’ ‘cash-for-seats’ committee, hearing suspended”.

 

News@ a glance:

Expatriates ‘swerve’ ‘cash-for-seats’ committee, hearing suspended

https://citifmonline.com/2018/01/16/expatriates-swerve-cash-for-seats-committee-hearing-suspended/

Nigeria’s Buhari Vows to Punish All Those Behind Ethnic Violence

https://www.voanews.com/a/nigeria-buhari-vows-to-punish-all-those-behind-ethnic-violence-/4209478.html

Angola: Minister Defends Greater Rigour in Registration of Former Combatants

http://allafrica.com/stories/201801160387.html

Malawi’s Parliament PAC summons Police Chief Kachama over MK567.8 million Pioneer Investment fraud

http://www.maravipost.com/malawis-parliament-pac-summons-police-chief-kachama-over-mk567-8-million-pioneer-investment-fraud/

Fischer wants to contest on MCP ticket

https://malawi24.com/2018/01/16/fischer-wants-contest-mcp-ticket/

Malawi: Name and Prosecute 20 MPs in Constituency Development Fund Abuse – Ruling Party

 http://allafrica.com/stories/201801150602.html

Mental Health Bill ready for presentation in Parliament

https://www.lusakatimes.com/2018/01/15/mental-health-bill-ready-presentation-parliament/

Mugabe To Appear In Parliament To Explain Missing $15 Billion

https://t.co/DX4WylChyl

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