14 WORLD Monday, January 29 2018 | NEW ERA US senator fires top aide over ‘improper relations’ with staff WASHINGTON A prominent US senator on Saturday fired his chief of staff for improper relations with subordinates, as US lawmakers increasingly grapple with the issue of sexual harassment. Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he received by Saturday “sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my chief of staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates.” This led Rubio to return Saturday to Washington from his home state of Florida to fire his top aide, he said in a statement. Rubio’s office confirmed the identity of the dismissed staffer as Clint Reed, but there were no details on the nature of the improper relations. “We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future,” Rubio said. Some Congress members have been forced to resign since late last year over sexual harassment allegations. These include Democratic Senator Al Franken and long-time Democratic Congressman John Conyers. In December, nearly 60 female Democratic lawmakers demanded that Congress investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican President Donald Trump. More than a dozen women have accused him of harassment, but the White House has maintained that the women are lying. The October downfall of US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual misconduct touched off a deluge of accusations that brought down a slew of other powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media. - Nampa / AFP Media Madness: book shows Trump White House obsessed with press A new book depicts Donald Trump as a media obsessive who measures his staff’s loyalty by how well they defended him on television. But despite his Twitter habit, he rarely looks at the web. A copy of ‘Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth’ by Howard Kurtz, a host and media critic on the president’s favoured Fox News network, was obtained by the Guardian ahead of its publication on Monday. It tells of a period in which Trump would phone his son-in-law Jared Kushner every morning and ask: “Did you read the f**** New York Times?” Kushner assured him the paper did not matter. The president, Kurtz writes, begins his day with four newspapers: the Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. He watches the daily White House press briefing and uses the TiVo personal video recorder to catch up on cable shows he has missed. Communications director Hope Hicks, who has Google alerts set up for key names, sometimes shows him clips on her phone. His sensitivity to media coverage is unique in US presidential history. Kurtz writes: “Sometimes, when Trump saw guests ably defending him, he asked [then press secretary] Sean Spicer to call them and say the president thought they did a good job. When Trump saw what he deemed unfair reporting or punditry, he used Twitter to trash the offending show or network. And occasionally he tweeted something favourable about Fox & Friends or (Sean) Hannity.” Trump now has more than 47m Twitter followers and Kurtz details how his tweets on policy leave his staff scrambling. The 71-year-old billionaire spends little time online, “but if staffers handed him printouts of articles they thought important, he read them”. Kurtz spent three decades at the Washington Post and was host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. In 2013 he was fired by the Daily Beast after making a spurious criticism of an article in which a basketball player came out as gay. He apologised for reading the article “too fast”, failing to give the player a right to reply and displaying insensitivity. According to Kurtz, Trump remains closer to election campaign comrades such as Kellyanne Conway and Corey Lewandowski than his new Republican allies. In one episode early in the administration, the president confided in Lewandowski: “My staff sucks.” If things don’t improve soon, Trump continued, “I’m going to get rid of everybody, and I don’t want you guys to be damaged by that.” He even, Kurtz writes, floated the idea of making chief of staff Reince Priebus, former Republican National Committee chairman, US ambassador to Greece. At that moment, Priebus walked into the Oval Office. The president warned: “If this place isn’t working in the next month or so, I’m going to make some changes. 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Monday, January 29 2018 | NEW ERA WORLD 15 Two South Africans kidnapped in Nigeria freed ABUJA Two South Africans kidnapped last week in Nigeria were released on Saturday, police said, in the latest abduction targeting foreigners. “Police put pressure on the suspected kidnappers using a police helicopter,” police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said in a statement. KINSHASA Thomas Arnold Pearce and Hendrik Gideon were seized from a mining site in Maidaro, in Kaduna State, on January 23 and held captive in a forest hideout. Their case was not made public at the time. It comes a week after two Americans and two Canadians were released after being kidnapped in the same state during a business trip. Two of their police escorts were shot dead in that ambush near Jere, on the road from the town of Kafanchan to the state capital of Abuja. Kidnapping has long been a problem in Nigeria’s southern states, where high-profile individuals, including the families of prominent politicians, are regularly seized. But as the economy has stalled in recent years, the crime began creeping north. A crackdown on cattle rustling has been blamed for rising numbers of abductions in the north, with criminals turning to kidnapping. The Kaduna- Abuja road is notoriously unsafe. It is an approximately two-and-a-half hour journey by car through villages and past tracts of fields and forests. Safety on the route came under intense scrutiny last year when the federal government announced the closure of the capital’s only airport for essential runway repairs. Many foreign missions and companies advised staff to limit their travel during the closure period, as all domestic and some international flights were switched to Kaduna. - Nampa/AFP Pakistani peacekeeper killed in DR Congo A Pakistani UN peacekeeper was killed by “members of an armed group” in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, a United Nations spokesman said. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “condemns the killing of a peacekeeper from Pakistan ... following an ambush” in the troubled eastern province of South Kivu, a UN spokesman said. He reaffirmed the UN’s willingness to continue to address the country’s security challenges, despite tensions with the government. On Friday Congolese President Joseph Kabila claimed the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the country MONUSCO had “eradicated” no armed group in nearly 20 years. He warned the mission not to consider the country “under the care of the United Nations” and said he would “clarify in the coming days our relations” with the world body. MONUSCO, the largest of the UN missions, has been present in the country since 1999. Sprawling, mineral-rich but mired in poverty, DR Congo is in the grip of overlapping political and ethnic crises, and much of the country’s east is in the hands of rival militia groups competing over resources. – Nampa/AFP Weah fleshes out cabinet under fire for justice minister MONROVIA Liberian President George Weah filled the vast majority of remaining cabinet seats on Saturday while controversy grew over allegations of past criminal behaviour by his justice minister. Weah gave posts to a mixture of inexperienced but loyal figures from his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, along with some key members held over from the former government, according to names released in an official statement. Newly appointed interior minister Varney Sirleaf is a stepson of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and previously served as deputy minister, while her information minister Eugene Nagbe keeps his role in the new administration. Minister of Education Ansu Sonii, and Minister of Commerce and Industry Wilson Tarpeh were key spokesmen for Weah during last year’s election campaign, when the former footballer beat Sirleaf’s vicepresident Joseph Boakai on a wave of youth support. Just one woman, Williametta Piso Saydee-Tarr, has been appointed as a minister so far, taking the Gender, Children and Social Protection portfolio and breaking with strides in gender equality under Sirleaf. Several women were given deputy or assistant minister posts, however. Rodney Sieh, a Liberian political commentator, said key aides to Weah and the CDC “were expected to land lucrative jobs”. Zogar Wilson, the new youth minister, is a former goalkeeper of the national team and local club Mighty Barrolle, he added. Weah’s biggest headache however is the appointment of lawyer Charles Gibson as justice minister. He was once stripped of his legal licence after embezzling a client of ,000, local media reported. “The fact that he was suspended by the Supreme Court for duping a client of funds is not a good record to have for an incoming minister of justice,” Sieh noted. “It looks like President Weah will not bow to public pressure and withdraw the nomination as many have demanded.” Weah had already named his chief of staff and finance minister, both CDC allies, and a foreign minister who backed his presidency after resigning from Sirleaf’s party. - Nampa/AFP VACANCY NamPower (Pty) Ltd, an equal opportunity employer, invites candidates who are passionate about the Electricity Supply, Industry and with an uncompromising standard of excellence, to a career in the industry. 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