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Week in Review – 20 October 2017

We start with Somalia, where on Saturday, October the 14th; the Horn of Africa Nation experienced the deadliest single attack ever since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007. The director of an ambulance service in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu said on Monday that the death toll from last week Saturday’s truck bombing was now at 300. This attack is also one of the world’s worst in recent years. According to the Xinhua News Agency, residents came out in large numbers to donate blood to help save the lives of injured victims as over 290 people sustained injuries following the terrorist attack. News24 reports that more than 70 critically injured people were airlifted by Monday Morning to Turkey for treatment as more international aid came flooding in. Showing their support, the US Military said that it was ready to boost its support for the Somali government by providing training and advice for the Somali military and also logistic support; while the Eiffel Tower in Paris dimmed its lights in solidarity with Somalia on Monday. The al-Shabaab extremist group is claiming responsibility for a number of recent attacks in Somalia – but not Saturday’s huge bombing that left more than 300 dead. 
 
In local news, more candidates were endorsed to contest the top four leadership positions at the upcoming Swapo Party Congress in November. Jerry Ekandjo and Nahas Angula will now challenge President Hage Geingob who was the sole candidate for the party presidential position. 
In Swakopmund, more than 300 politicians and administrators from varies local authorities in Africa on Monday convened a first joint annual general meeting to deliberate on better service delivery mechanisms. The 6-day event also included the final regional preparatory meeting for the upcoming Global Judicial Integrity Network, for Anglophone and Lusophone African Countries. 
Following the anthrax outbreak that killed over 100 hippos, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has called on communities living in the vicinity of the Kavango River, not to eat or handle fish from the area. The Namibian Stock Exchange celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Thursday while the bank of Namibia cautioned the country this week about an online financial scheme known as My Life Change 247. The bank appealed all members of the public to refrain from participating in the scheme as you will be committing an offence and if found guilty, could be subject to a fine or imprisonment.  
 
South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba expressed his concern regarding the reinstatement of the corruption charges against South African President Jacob Zuma and the effect that it will have on the economy. Following the reinstatement, Rights Group Afriforum said on Tuesday it would privately prosecute Duduzane Zuma, the son of Jacob Zuma. He will be charged with culpable homicide after a 2014 car accident where one person was killed. According to Reuters, South African Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, will prosecute Duduzane on behalf of the rights group. Tuesday saw a Cabinet Reshuffle for the second time this year, a move set to deepen tensions before the ANC chooses a new party leader in December.  Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande; a veteran member of the South African Communist Party, which is a key political ally within the ruling ANC Alliance was ousted by Zuma, causing the South African Communist to lash out at Zuma, calling it an attack on the tripartite alliance. 
 
In Other News, Kenyan universities are embracing biometric registration of students in bid to curb terror networks within the institutions; in Zimbabwe, more than 50 people, including women, have applied for the post of hangman; and Bangladesh announced plans to build a refugee camp that could accommodate around 800,000 Rohingya Muslims pouring over the boarder from Myanmar. 
 
And finally, Australia launched an online portal to report revenge porn on Tuesday, after research showed woman were having intimate images shared without their permission on a mass scale; two Stellenbosch University students found that by continually distracting their users, smart phones are harming students’ ability to concentrate; and world renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough has called for the world to cut back its use of plastic in order to protect our oceans. 
 

The Benghazi Court of Appeal suspends decision

  The Benghazi Court of Appeal yesterday suspended a decision of the Tripoli-based Presidential Council to form seven military zones. 

Week in Review – 13 October 2017

Namibia’s hippo population declined in numbers this week. According to the Deputy Chief of Animal Dieses Control in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Forestry, John Shooplala, the death of more than 100 hippopotami and 20 buffalos in the Bwabwata National Park was due to anthrax. Anthrax is a controlled disease by law which means that if it occurs, it is the responsibility of the State to direct the actions which need to be taken.  The hippo population was estimated at 1300 before the latest deaths. In other news, principles at some schools expressed their concern regarding the new national passing requirement of 40% for Grade 8 pupils that Government implemented this year. The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Tuesday observed World Mental Health Day Under the theme, ‘Mental Health in the workplace’, while on Thursday, the world celebrated international Sight Day under the theme, ‘Make Vision Count’. 
 
There was sad news for South Africa as Kwa-Zulu Natal faced severe storms killing at least seven people. While on Thursday, the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Ministry warned disaster teams to stay alert in all provinces as thunderstorms are expected to return over the weekend. The charges against an Eastern Cape mother accused of stabbing a man to death and injuring two others after finding them raping her 27-year-old daughter have been withdrawn. According to the National Prosecuting Authority, the senior public prosecutor took a decision not to prosecute the mother, based on the evidence provided. And Friday Morning the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein dismissed an application for leave to appeal the North Gauteng High Courts decision reinstating corruption charges against South African President Jacob Zuma. Newsflash reports that around 800 corruption charges are all related to a 1990s arms deal. 
 
Kenya’s re-election took an interesting turn when opposition leader, Raila Odinga on Wednesday pulled out of the rerun of the August presidential elections. Odinga says his withdrawal would hopefully give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. While is Cameroon, prominent lawyer from Cameroon’s English Speaking minority will stand in next year’s presidential election. This comes days after deadly clashes involving the Anglophone community. 
 
Speaking during an event that marked the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the death penalty, insisting it has no place in the 21st, century. British lawmakers joined medical marijuana advocates for a tea party outside parliament on Tuesday, amid renews efforts in parliament to legalize the drug for medical purposes. Organizers served tea and cakes containing cannabis to stimulate crucial public debate on the need to allow access to the drug for patients suffering chronic pain conditions.  And a volcano in southwestern Japan erupted for the first time in six years on Thursday morning.
 
In other News, Hollywood was shaken by news of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of sexually harassing women for nearly three decades Weinstein was on Monday fired by the board of his company. This has lead to both the United States and the United Kingdom police investigating Weinstein; starting with allegation assaults as far back as the 1980s. 
 
And finally, Thailand introduced a smoking ban on beaches across the country. Those caught violating the law face up to a year in prison. The measure will also apply at the popular tourist destination of Phuket.