40 AFRICA Friday, August 18 2017 | NEW ERA Kenya election body pressured to publish result forms NAIROBI Observers piled pressure on Kenya’s election commission Thursday to finish publishing results forms from every polling station, a day after the opposition said it would challenge the presidential outcome in court. Defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga claims the electronic results were hacked and manipulated to hand victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and plans to take his complaint to the Supreme Court. The failure of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to publish all 40,883 “34A” forms, as required by law, makes it impossible to verify the presidential result, which last week gave Kenyatta 54 percent of the vote. The Carter Centre election observation mission, headed by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, said it “urges the IEBC to finalise the posting of the 34As as expeditiously as possible.” “Access to official results data is critical for interested parties so that they can crosscheck and verify results, and exercise their right to petition if necessary.” Using an electronic vote tallying system, officials at polling stations used tablets to send their figures to the national counting centre in Nairobi. According to law, scanned forms were meant to accompany these. “Publishing results by polling station is an internationally recognised means to ensure transparent electoral processes and increase public confidence in the integrity of the results,” the Carter Centre said. – Nampa/AFP Landslide kills 40 in northeast DR Congo BUNIA A landslide has killed 40 people after sweeping through a fishing village on the banks of Lake Albert in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official said Thursday. Part of a mountain engulfed “a fisherman’s camp after heavy rains caused a landslide” the deputy governor of Ituri province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. He said 40 people were killed in the disaster on Wednesday. – Nampa/AFP celebrating, collecting, preserving, exhibiting and researching visual art and craft as a component of our national identity, cultural heritage and human connectedness. 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NOTICE Take notice that PLAN AFRICA CONSULTING CC, Town and Regional Planners on behalf of the owner intends applying to the Municipality of Windhoek for the: REZONING OF ERVEN 6238, 6239, 6240, 6241, 6242 6243 KHOMASDAL, EUPHORBIA STREET FROM ‘RESIDENTIAL’ WITH A DENSITY 1:300M² TO ‘GENERAL RESIDENTIAL’ WITH A DENSITY OF 1:150M² Erven 6238, 6239, 6240, 6241, 6242, and 6243 are 3859m² in extent. The intention of the owner is to construct high density dwelling units of the respective erven. See table below which displays the development potential of each erven. ERF SIZE P R O P O S E D DENSITY POTENTIAL UNITS 6238 640m² 1:150m² 4 6239 550m² 1:150m² 3 6240 707m² 1:150m² 4 6241 698m² 1:150m² 4 6242 540m² 1:150m² 3 6243 724m² 1:150m² 4 Further take notice that the plan of the erf lies for inspection on the town planning notice board in the customer care Centre, Main municipal offices, Rev. Michael Scott Street, Windhoek. 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Friday, August 18 2017| NEW ERA WORLD 41 Mexico hit by spreading fallout of Odebrecht scandal MEXICO CITY Mexico is the latest country caught up in the swirling scandal over Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht’s multimillion-dollar bribes – and while heads are unlikely to roll, the political and economic fallout could get ugly, analysts warn. The scandal, which has already felled a string of big names in Latin American politics and business, arrived at Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s doorstep this week when allegations emerged that the former chief executive of state oil company Pemex, Emilio Lozoya – a close ally – took million in bribes from Odebrecht to award the firm juicy contracts. The payouts allegedly started in March 2012, when Lozoya was head of the international affairs office for then-candidate Pena Nieto’s presidential campaign. That proximity to the president has raised eyebrows in Mexico, where Pena Nieto is already deeply unpopular over a series of scandals involving his inner circle and top figures in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Lozoya, who headed Pemex from 2012 to 2016, appeared before prosecutors Thursday to answer questions about the accusations MOSCOW Russia’s justice ministry said Thursday that it has added Jehovah’s Witnesses to its black list, formalising a ban for the Christian movement over alleged “extremist activities”. In a statement, the ministry said that the decision “had entered legal force” to ban the activities of the central organisation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and also all 395 local offices. The evangelical movement also appeared in the ministry’s online register of banned organisations. The ban comes two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of “Parental Glory” to Valeriy and Tatiana Novik, Jehovah’s Witnesses from Karelia, who raised eight children, during a ceremony in Moscow at the Kremlin. The Order of “Parental Glory” was instituted by presidential decree in May 2008. Russia awards this honour to parents who have raised at least seven children and – which he denies as “false” and “malicious.” Pena Nieto’s office likewise denied his campaign took bribes from Odebrecht, calling such suspicions “absurd.” But the scandal threatens to deepen perceptions that the Mexican government is festering with corruption, less than a year out from presidential elections. “The accusations against Lozoya will reinforce the already widespread discontent against President Pena Nieto’s administration, which is largely driven by voter perception that corruption is rampant,” said political analyst Carlos Petersen of consulting firm Eurasia Group. “The PRI will have a hard time crafting a campaign strategy that allows them to be competitive,” he said in a research note. The likely beneficiary, he predicted: the firebrand left-wing populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The former Mexico City mayor, who leads the race in early polling, is seen as a breath of fresh air by many weary voters. His opponents see him as a threat to political and economic stability, and call him the Mexican equivalent of Venezuela’s increasingly autocratic President Nicolas Maduro. – Nampa/AFP Russian blacklists Jehovah’s Witnesses religion have shown extraordinary care for their family’s health and education, as well as their physical, mental, and moral development. Families awarded the Order are considered models that strengthen the family institution. However, now the Jehovah’s Witnesses have fought a long legal battle against the ban, culminating in a Russian Supreme Court ruling in July to reject an appeal. In April, the Supreme Court issued a ruling banning the Christian group and seizing its property. That decision came after the justice ministry said it had found signs of “extremist activity” within the religious movement and requested that it be banned. Members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses – a Christian evangelical movement that was born in the United States in the 19th century – consider modern churches to have deviated from the Bible’s true teachings. They reject modern evolutionary theory and refuse blood transfusions. – Nampa/AFP NATIONAL COUNCIL PUBLIC INVITATION THE NATIONAL COUNCIL WOMEN CAUCUS WILL UNDERTAKE ITS ANNUAL OUTREACH PROGRAMME TO THE REGIONS AS INDICATED IN THE PROGRAMME. THE PURPOSE OF THE OUTREACH PROGRAMMES IS TO INTERACT WITH COMMUNITIES REGARDING THE ACTS OF PARLIAMENT WHICH DIRECTLY AFFECT THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN SUCH AS: COMBATING OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT, COMBATING OF RAPE ACT, MAINTENANCE ACT AND MARRIED PERSONS EQUALITY ACT. 18-24 AUGUST 2017 GROUP 1 DATE TIME ACTIVITIES PLACE Friday, 18 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call on the Chairperson of Stampriet Village Council 10:00 Meeting with the community of Stampriet in Hardap region Monday, 21 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call to the Governor of Erongo Region, Mayor of Swakopmund and Chairperson of the Regional Council 10:30 Courtesy call to the Mayor of Henties Bay in Erongo region 11:00 Meeting with the community of Henties Bay in Erongo region Stampriet Village Council Stampriet Community Hall Office of the Governor – Swakopmund Arandis Municipality Henties Bay Community Hall Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:00 Meeting with Topnaar community Topnaar Multipurpose Cultural Centre Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call on the Mayor of Omaruru Omaruru Municipality 10:00 Meeting with the community of Omatjete Ombuka Community Hall Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call to the Governor of Otjozondjupa Region 10:30 Courtesy call to the Mayor of Okakarara Office of the Governor – Otjozondjupa Region 11:00 Meeting with the community of Okakarara Trade Fair Centre - Okakarara 21 – 31 AUGUST 2017 GROUP 2 DATE TIME ACTIVITIES PLACE Monday, 21 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call on the Mayor of Grootfontein Grootfontein Municipality 10:00 Meeting with the community of Grootfontein in Otjozondjupa Region Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call on the Governor of Kavango West Region, Mayor of Nkurenkuru and Chairperson of the Regional Council Wednesday, 23 August 2017 10:00 Meeting with the community of Mankumpi in Kavango West Region 09:00 Courtesy call on the Governor of Kavango East Region, Mayor of Rundu and Chairperson of the Regional Council 10:00 Meeting with the community of Ndonga Linena in Kavango East Region Friday, 25 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call on the Governor of Zambezi Region, Mayor of Katima Mulilo and Chairperson of the Regional Council 10:00 Meeting with the community of Kongola in Zambezi Region Monday, 28 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call to the Governor of Oshana, Mayor of Oshakati and Chairperson of the Regional Council Plot Arina, Samalindi, Grootfontein Office of the Governor - Nkurenkuru Katjinakatji Community Hall Office of the Governor – Kavango East Region Nyondo village Office of the Governor – Katima Mulilo Kaza Service Station - Kongola Office of the Governor - Oshakati 10:00 Courtesy call to the Mayor of Ondangwa Office of the Mayor - Ondangwa 11:00 Meeting with the community of Ondangwa in Oshana Region Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:00 Meeting with the community of Okatjali in Oshana Region Wednesday, 30 August 2017 Onankome Community Hall – Oshidhigu 1 Village Paulus Ilonga Kapiya Community Hall 09:00 Courtesy call on the Mayor of Okahao Okahao Town Council, Ongandjera 10:00 Meeting with the community of Okahao in Omusati Region Thursday, 31 August 2017 09:00 Courtesy call on the Governor of Kunene Region 10:00 Meeting with the community of Sesfontein in Kunene Region Ongandjera Traditional Authority Open Hall Office of the Governor, Opuwo Sesfontein Constituency Office Boardroom For further inquiries, please contact regarding the Outreach program, contact Ms Auguste Shali at: 061 2028147 / 0811584023 or Ms Moono Matengu at 061 2028204 / 0811456331.