16 AFRICA Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA AU deploys fact-finding mission to Eritrea- Djibouti border The African Union (AU) has intervened in the Eritrea-Djibouti territorial dispute, saying it has deployed a mission to their border to “establish the facts” while calling for calm and restraint. The AU Commission said in a statement on Saturday that chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat was available to both countries to help “normalise their relations and promote good-neighbourliness.” “The AU Commission, in close consultation with the Djibouti and Eritrean authorities, has undertaken to deploy a mission to the Eritrea-Djibouti border to establish the facts,” the statement added. Djibouti accused neighbouring Eritrea on Friday of occupying disputed territory along their border after Qatar withdrew its peacekeepers. Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said Djibouti’s military were “on alert” and that they had lodged complaints to the United Nations and the African Union. Qatar announced that it was pulling its contingent out on June 14, days after the two East African countries sided with Saudi Arabia and its allies in their standoff with Qatar. Eritrea has not yet responded to these statements. Djibouti is a close ally of the West, as it hosts French and U.S. military bases and is the main route to the sea for Eritrea’s foe, Ethiopia. Eritrea, on the other hand, fell out with the West after it was accused of supporting regional insurgents, which it denies. Clashes broke out between the two countries in 2008 after Djibouti accused Eritrea of moving troops across the border. A dozen Djiboutian troops were killed and dozens wounded after several days of fighting. The UN Security Council intervened and requested both countries to withdraw from the area. In 2010, they agreed to allow Qatar to mediate and deploy peacekeepers in the area pending a final agreement. – Africanews.com Thirteen dead in eastern DR Congo clashes GOMA A soldier and 12 militants were killed Saturday in clashes in DR Congo’s restive eastern North-Kivu province, the army said. “Twelve Mai-Mai and an officer from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo died in fighting that last nearly all of Saturday for control of the Kabasha area,” army spokesman Lieutenant Jules Tshikudi told AFP. The Mai-Mai are vigilante groups that run along ethnic lines. During the brutal Second Congo War between 1998 and 2003, numerous groups were armed by the government to fight against Ugandan or Rwandan forces – and some of them never disarmed. Saturday’s clashes broke out when Mai-Mai fighters attacked the army’s position in Kabasha, Tshikudi said, without indicating their ethnicity. The army is now in control of the Five Mali soldiers killed in attack on military camp BAMAKO Five soldiers were killed Saturday in northern Mali, where a surge in violence has prompted calls for the UN to create a new anti-jihadist force for the region. Eight soldiers were wounded and nine vehicles were destroyed in the attack on the camp at Bintagoungou at about 5:00 am, an army statement said. Local sources told AFP earlier Saturday that jihadists led the assault, which took place around 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Timbuktu, and has not been claimed. “All the camp’s military material was ransacked,” a local official told AFP. A resident earlier said that there were “no Malian soldiers to be seen – the camp has been laid waste. The jihadists left with military hostages.” Northern Mali continues to fall prey to jihadist attacks. Four people were killed in an assault on UN peacekeepers near their base in area, which civilians have fled, he added. Kabasha lies 24 kilometres south of Beni, a city that has suffered a wave of violence since 2014 with nearly 700 civilians killed, many of them hacked to death. Those killings have been blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces, a shadowy rebel group dominated by hardline Ugandan Muslims who were initially focused on overthrowing Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. Six days ago, more than 900 inmates escaped during an attack on Beni’s central prison by armed assailants who have yet to be identified by authorities. The eastern DR Congo has been rocked by more than 20 years of armed conflict among both domestic and foreign-armed groups, fuelled by struggle for control of lucrative mineral resources as well as ethnic and property disputes. – Nampa/AFP Kidal earlier this month. The Group to Support Islam and Muslims, also known as Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimeen in Arabic, a fusion of three jihadist groups with previous Al-Qaeda links formed in March, claimed that attack. Led by the Malian jihadist Iyad Ag Ghaly, a former leader of the Ansar Dine Islamists, the group has claimed multiple attacks on domestic and foreign forces since its formation, notably the 12,000-member MINUSMA UN force. MINUSMA began operations in 2013, providing security to and assisting Malian troops in a region, which fell to jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in March 2012. Although a French-led military intervention the following year drove the groups out of key towns, they have since spread further south in the troubled West African nation. The unrest has continued despite a 2015 peace deal between the government and Tuareg-led rebels offering partial autonomy to the north. – Nampa/AFP
Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 17 Macron eyes next stage in revolution in parliament polls PARIS French voters went to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections set to hand a landslide victory to the centrist party of President Emmanuel Macron, which would complete his stunning reset of national politics. However, the turnout in the second round of France’s parliamentary election Sunday was sharply down on the last vote five years ago, official statistics showed. By midday only 17.75 per cent of the election had cast a ballot, down from 21.41 percent at the same time in the 2012 election and 19.24 percent in the June 11 first round of voting. Macron was unknown three years ago and initially given little chance of emerging as president, but he and his 15-month-old Republic on the Move (REM) party have tapped into widespread desire for change. “It’s like a science fiction movie for me,” REM candidate Beatrice Failles, a weapons inspector, writer and community activist, told AFP this week during campaigning in Paris. REM and its allies are forecast to win 400-470 seats in the 577-strong parliament, one of the biggest majorities post-war that would give the pro- EU Macron a free hand to implement his business-friendly programme. Sunday’s voting is the decisive second round of the election after a first round last weekend, which was topped by REM. If confirmed, the victory will come at the expense of France’s traditional parties, the rightwing Republicans and Socialists, but also the far-right National Front, which faces major disappointment. Turnout will be closely watched after it hit a nearly 60-year low for the first round of voting, leading some to warn Macron his mandate is not as strong as he thinks. “Go and vote!” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday. “It’s the same message here as everywhere else: no one should abstain. In France voting is not obligatory... it is a right and a responsibility.” In the first round, REM won 32 percent of the total number of votes cast, but this represented only about 15 percent of the total number of registered voters. Around half of REM’s candidates are virtual unknowns drawn from diverse fields of academia, business or local activism. They include a mathematician, a bullfighter and a former Rwandan orphan. “You could take a goat and give it Macron’s endorsement and it would have good chance of being elected,” political analyst Christophe Barbier joked recently. In some areas of Paris, the comment has led to a guerrilla campaign to replace the photographs of REM candidates with a picture of a goat on their posters outside voting stations. The other half of Macron’s loyalists are a mix of centrists and moderate left- and right-wing politicians drawn from established parties including ally MoDem. Key battles on Sunday include farright leader Marine Le Pen’s attempt to win her first seat in parliament from the northeastern former coal mining town of Henin-Beaumont. Her victory would be a rare bright spot for Le Pen’s nationalist and anti- EU party which was once hoping to emerge as the principal opposition to Macron in parliament. – Nampa/AFP Turkey detains 21 workers over army food poisoning ISTANBUL Turkey on Sunday detained 21 employees of a catering firm after more than 700 soldiers required medical attention in an outbreak of food poisoning in the west of the country. The soldiers at the barracks in the western Manisa province ate a meal of soup, rice, chicken and yoghurt, but hundreds were then rushed to hospital with stomach pains and dizziness. A total of 731 soldiers required medical attention while 21 workers with the catering contractor, who supplied the food were detained, Manisa chief prosecutor Akif Celalettin Simsek said in a statement, according to the Anadolu news agency. Local opposition MP Tur Yildiz Bicer posted pictures on Twitter of soldiers slumped on benches in the hospital and others on a drip. The situation is all the more alarming for the army, because less than a month ago, the same barracks was struck by food poisoning in which one soldier died. In a sign of the authorities’ concern, Defence Minister Fikri Isik visited the sick soldiers in hospital overnight, saying all were set to make a full recovery. “We don’t see a significant problem, just some of our soldiers are being kept in for observation,” he said. “No one is in intensive care or has their life in danger”. Isik said 200 soldiers had been hospitalised after the May food poisoning incident, which was caused by salmonella bacteria. – Nampa/AFP VACANCY The Commission’s vision is to be the preferred provider of comprehensive social protection in Namibia. As a strategic and dynamic organization, very committed to our contribution to the nation at large, SSC, invites suitably qualified persons to apply for the following position. POSITION: COORDINATOR: EMPLOYMENT CREATION PROJECTS (PATERSON JOB GRADE C2) DUTY STATION: GOBABIS SATELLITE OFFICE Primary purpose of the job: • The position reports to the Officer: Employment Creation Projects and is responsible for administering the effective functioning and implementation of the Employment Scheme’s Projects by providing and implementing guidelines and instructions for the identification/selection and facilitation of these programmes. To solicit Employment Scheme projects in line with laid down criteria, providing guidance where required and liaising continuously with all service providers and beneficiaries / grantees. Job requirements: A relevant Diploma in Project Management, Development Studies/Economics or equivalent PLUS 2-3 years’ experience in grant administration, community development, project design and implementation. Additional requirements: A 2 year unendorsed valid B Code Drivers licence and availability to travel extensively and to remote locations. The incumbent will be responsible for the following key performance areas: • Project Solicitation, Identification and Appraisal • Assesses project risks to ensure that the risk exposure of the DF is minimized, and advises Supervisor accordingly. • Project Life Cycle Management. • Develop procedures, guidelines and systems for the identification, assessment, approval and management of Employment Scheme projects. • Facilitate the implementation of all assigned employment scheme projects as directed by the Supervisor and in line with established procedures and guidelines provided. • Monitors grantees’ performance against contract stipulations and facilitates the submission of timely requisitions for payment of project funds based on the attainment of milestones and/or satisfactory project performance. • Reports significant deviations from contract and propose remedial actions. • Responsible for compiling monthly project reports. • Enforces policy/procedure guidelines and instructions to ensure the effective implementation of employment scheme projects. • Resource Mobilization & Stakeholder Coordination. • Customer Care (Internal & External). Person specifications: a. Ability to research, assess funding proposals and carry out due diligence. b. Demonstrable proposal writing and resource mobilization skills. c. Exceptional organizational skills and ability to think independently and work under pressure with meeting deadlines. d. Excellent report writing skills. e. Project planning skills. f. Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills. g. Good problem solving and decision making skills. h. Exceptional time management; i. Energetic with a high level of self-motivation. j. Attention to detail. k. Numeracy skills. l. Computer literate. m. Ethical/high personal standards and confidentiality. Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, an executive summary of experience relevant to the key performance areas, as well as a comprehensive CV and certified copies of Identity Document, Namibian Citizenship and qualifications by not later than Friday, 23 June 2017 @ 17h00. Applications should be addressed to: The HR Practitioner: Recruitment & OD Social Security Commission, Private Bag 13223, Windhoek Delivered to: Mr. Hannes Isaak Corner of A. Kloppers & J. Haupt Street, Khomasdal, Windhoek, Tel: 061-2807133 SSC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive remuneration packages. Note: All foreign qualifications must be evaluated by the Namibian Qualification Authority. NB: We will only correspond with the shortlisted candidates Mission: To improve the welfare of our members and beneficiaries by providing comprehensive social protection. Vision To be the preferred provider of comprehensive social protection in Namibia. Photo: Nampa/AFP New leader… French President Emmanuel Macron (left) shakes hands with children during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of late French General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal of June 18, 1940, at the Mont Valerien memorial in Suresnes, outside of Paris, on June 18, 2017.