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.
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 peace.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