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16 AFRICA Thursday, August 3 2017 | NEW ERA Kagame set for sweeping victory in Rwanda election Photo: Nampa/AFP To the ballot box… A man dressed in a jacket and hat made of natural fibre-matting holds a flag of the governing Rwanda Patriotic Front’s at the start of a parade in Kigali, on August 2. Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame will close his electoral campaigning ahead of the August 4, presidential elections which he is widely expected to win giving him a third term in office. /NAC330 /NAC330 Wishing you another year full of health and prosperity This day, 76 years ago marks the birth of a man who has become a leader with a drive and passion for Namibia’s people and prosperity. For this reason, we are delighted to celebrate the birthday of our President His Excellency , Dr Hage Geingob. From the Board, Management and Staff of NAC. KIGALI Rwandans go the polls Friday in a presidential election in which strongman Paul Kagame is widely expected to cruise to a third term in office. The 59-year-old leader faces two littleknown candidates who were given only three weeks to campaign against the incumbent, 154 Independence Avenue, Sanlam Centre, 5th Floor Tel: +264 (0) 61 295 5000 Fax: +264 (0) 61 295 5022 who has kept a tight hold on power since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide. Observers say Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party - the only permitted critical opposition party - and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana face an unwinnable battle. Even Kagame has said the result is a foregone conclusion. While the nation has been colourfully covered with the red, white and blue of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and posters of Kagame, there has been barely a trace of the opposition. “They told us we cannot put our banners or flags where the RPF’s things are, but unfortunately the RPF put theirs almost everywhere,” Habineza told AFP during a recent rally in the south of the country. He was standing in front of a small stage, surrounded by about 100 people, including many children drawn by the booming music. “I came out of curiosity, but he has no chance. Kagame has delivered everything he promised, there is no one but him,” said Sabin Nkundukozera, 66. Farmer Sylvain Mutaimukunda, 38, was similarly dismissive. “It is the first time I have heard of this man, I couldn’t even tell you his name,” he said of Habineza. In contrast, thousands flock to Kagame’s rallies, where the president has repeated that “the election is over”. His confidence comes after 98 percent of Rwandans approved a constitutional amendment in a 2015 referendum that granted him the right to run for a third term in office. Observers condemned the reform, which could potentially see Kagame retain office twice more if re-elected this time and allow him to stay president until 2034. Kagame, a lanky former guerilla fighter, was just 36 when his rebel army routed extremist Hutu forces who slaughtered an estimated 800,000 people - mainly minority Tutsis - and seized Kigali. He served first as vicepresident and defence minister, although he was widely considered the de facto leader of the country and was appointed as president by lawmakers in 2000. He was first elected to the post in 2003 and again in 2010 with more than 90 percent of votes. He is credited with a remarkable turnaround in the shattered nation, bringing order, stability, infrastructure and annual economic growth of about seven percent. However, rights groups accuse him of ruling through fear, relying on a systematic repression of the opposition, free speech and the media. Critics have been assassinated, jailed or forced into exile, and some observers believe the only reason Habineza and Mpayimana have been allowed to run is that they pose no threat. – Nampa/AFP

Thursday, August 3 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 17 KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia has seized elephant tusks and pangolin scales from Africa worth almost a million dollars, an official said Wednesday, highlighting the country’s role as a hub for smuggling rare animal parts. The contraband was found in two separate raids in the cargo terminal of Kuala Lumpur’s main international airport on Sunday, customs officials said. In the first raid, authorities found 23 ivory tusks, weighing 75.7 kilograms (167 pounds) with an estimated value of 275,000 ringgit (,150). “Customs officers seized two boxes which contained a large quantity of elephant tusks,” senior customs official Pudzi Man said in a statement. The tusks had been sent from Nigeria, and the cargo was listed as food items, /NAMCOR302 Malaysia seizes rare animal parts worth almost m he said. Separately, officials found six sacks containing 300.9 kilograms (663 pounds) of pangolin scales worth 3.86 million ringgit (0,500), said Pudzi. The cargo had originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. No arrests have yet been made over the seizures. Elephant tusks are in high demand in parts of Asia, especially China and Vietnam, where the ivory is prized for decorative purposes and in traditional medicine. The global trade in elephant ivory, with rare exceptions, has been outlawed since 1989. The scales of the pangolin, a critically endangered creature also known as the “scaly anteater” that is the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal, are highly sought after in some Asian countries for use in traditional medicine. Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy in China and their scales are also sometimes used in the production of crystal methamphetamine. The seizures underline Malaysia’s role as a major transit point in the global wildlife smuggling trade. Last month, a Vietnamese man was arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport and a large stash of elephant ivory found in his luggage was seized. Anyone found guilty of importing rare animals or their parts into Malaysia can be jailed for up to three years and fined. - Nampa/AFP amsung eir takes tand o deny orruption harges EOUL he heir to the world’s top martphone maker Samung took the stand Wednesay in his corruption trial, o be questioned by proscutors about the scandal hat brought down South orea’s last president. It was the first time Lee ae-Yong, vice president of amsung Electronics and he son of the Samsung roup chairman Lee Kunee, had faced interrogation ince the high-profile proeedings began in March. The 49-year-old, under etention while the trial is nderway, took the stand in Seoul court wearing a shirt nd dark blazer. He bowed slight towards he three judges on the poium as his co-defendants, n army of lawyers, and a acked courtroom looked n. Lee and four other Samung executives are accused f bribing the powerful onfidante of then-President ark Geun-Hye with milions of dollars to win residential favours and ase a controversial 2015 erger deal. The merger was seen as key step in ensuring an ntroubled power transfer o Lee from his father. Park was formally imeached and removed from ower in March after public proar over her questionble ties with confidante hoi Soon-Sil sparked ass nationwide protests or months. – Nampa/AFP TO LEADERSHIP THAT FUELS OUR PROSPERITY Today, we celebrate the day which reminds us of the birth of a great man. A man whose greatness is measured in his enormous wealth of knowledge and experience, a man that has dedicated his life to his people through his resolute leadership. A man that leads a great nation. Happy birthday Your Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob From the Board, Management and Staff of NAMCOR.

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