Lesotho Times - - Africa - Zam­bia bans Zim maize ex­ports

HARARE — Zam­bian au­thor­i­ties have im­posed an ex­port ban on maize meal, leav­ing Zim­bab­wean millers strug­gling to get about 70 000 tons of al­ready-paid -or maize meal from their north­ern neigh­bours, the sta­te­owned Her­ald, news­pa­per re­ported on Mon­day.zam­bia sus­pended ex­port­ing grain into Zim­babwe, as the coun­try also tried to boost its re­serves in light of loom­ing the El Nino in­duced drought, the re­port said.

Zim­bab­wean im­porters were get­ting grain from pri­vate farm­ers af­ter the Zam­bian govern­ment stopped ex­ports by the coun­try’s state owned Food Re­serve Agency.

An of­fi­cial from the Grain Millers As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe, Tafadzwa Musarara, said lo­cal millers were strug­gling to get their maize worth $24m af­ter Zam­bian au­thor­i­ties im­posed the ban last week.

“The fu­ture [in Zam­bia] is un­cer­tain be­cause they are also putting an im­por­ta­tion pro­gramme. So they have sus­pended ex­ports to Zim­babwe from last week and this has af­fected some of our mem­bers who have made pre­pay­ments for about 70 000 tons,” Musarara was quoted say­ing.

Musarara said the lo­cal grain as­so­ci­a­tion was ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Zam­bian au­thor­i­ties to have the maize re­leased, the re­port said. Re­ports last month in­di­cated that Zim­bab­wean au­thor­i­ties had granted lo­cal millers per­mis­sion to im­port at least 230 000 tons of maize from Zam­bia.

This came af­ter the south­ern African coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced a poor har­vest­ing sea­son due to drought.zim­babwe needs more than 1.8 mil­lion tons of maize to avert the cri­sis.

— News24

Evicted Sans de­fi­ant

WIND­HOEK — A group of 12 San fam­i­lies who were evicted from a Namib­ian farm have re­jected a re­set­tle­ment of­fer made by the Grootfontein mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Namib­ian news­pa­per New Era has re­ported.

The fam­i­lies were evicted from a farm be­long­ing to Namibia’s High Com­mis­sioner to Nige­ria, Pein­gond­jabi Shipoh, and had been re­set­tled tem­po­rar­ily in a dif­fer­ent area.

They have, how­ever, de­manded a place to stay, where they would re­main “undis­turbed” and in ad­di­tion, they also lamented the re­set­tle­ment’s long dis­tance from their chil­dren’s school, claim­ing that their aca­demic per­for­mances would be af­fected.

The de­vel­op­ment marked the lat­est in a scan­dal that has played over the past two weeks.the fate of their live­stock also hung in the bal­ance, with ap­prox­i­mately 500 an­i­mals sched­uled to be auc­tioned to­mor­row, Fe­bru­ary 19.Juli­etha Shim­bojo, a spokesper­son for the fam­i­lies, re­vealed that their re­fusal to move to the new area was based on the fact that the land be­longed to the Grootfontein mu­nic­i­pal­ity and, as a re­sult, they would have no power over it. — News24

Jailed for al­bino bones

LI­LONGWE — Four peo­ple, who were brought be­fore a court in Malawi’s Phalombe town af­ter they were found with the bones of an al­bino per­son, have been sen­tenced to four years in prison.nyasa Times re­ports that the four in­cluded three men and one woman - Star­ford Chi­menya, 45, Kond­wani Pa­trick, 38, Rose Kumpama, 39, and Petro Jeze­mani, 33, who is a Mozam­bi­can ci­ti­zen.

“The four got nabbed some weeks ago and they were be­ing kept at Phalombe po­lice sta­tion as they waited to ap­pear be­fore court to an­swer charges of be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of hu­man bones,” Malawi24 quoted Phalombe po­lice spokesper­son Au­gus­tus Nkhwazi as say­ing. A pre­vi­ous News24 re­port in­di­cated that the four were ar­rested last month fol­low­ing a tip-off from a busi­ness­man, who was al­legedly of­fered the bones in ex­change for money. They were sen­tenced to four years in prison with hard labour. — News24

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