18 AFRICA Wednesday, July 12 2017 | NEW ERA Former Senegalese president, 91, returns for elections JOHANNESBURG Former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has returned to the capital Dakar to lead his party for the forthcoming elections after spending years abroad following a failed attempt at securing a third term in office. The 91-year-old flew into Dakar on Monday from Paris, accompanied by his wife Viviane. He retains a strong support base in Senegal, which is holding legislative elections on July 30, the Voice of America reported. Wade will head up the list of candidates for his opposition Senegalese Democratic Party and will also lead other opposition parties with the objective of attempting to form a coalition to win a parliamentary majority. Wade’s arrival in Dakar was greeted by his supporters who cheered him as a tight security presence marked the event. The former president was last in Senegal in April 2014 when his son Karim faced corruption charges, and the illegal accumulation of a vast sum of money. He was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison – only half of which he served. A reception rally to greet Wade on his previous arrival in Dakar was cancelled on the grounds of security. Wade’s supporters alleged the charges against his son were politically trumped up and part of a personal vendetta against the family – an allegation echoed by his family. Wade was elected president in 2000 and was hailed as one of the few African democrats. However, his reputation as a democrat crumbled in the months leading to the 2012 elections after he was accused of solidifying his son’s rise to power. During the elections Senegal was hit by street protests which paralysed the capital with protesters warning Wade not to seek a third term. He lost to current President Macky Sall in the 2012 runoff, and withdrew abroad. Sall’s presidential run has seen highs and lows punctuated by complaints that he hasn’t done enough to improve the lives of ordinary Senegalese. Meanwhile, the July 30 elections will see Senegal elect 150 deputies to parliament. Should Wade’s party secure more than 75 seats it will win a majority. – Nampa/ANA SALES AGENTS (PETROLEUM PRODUCTS) OPPORTUNITY NAMCOR hereby invites able individuals and business entities to apply for the abovementioned opportunity, the application and selection process will be undertaken on an ongoing basis. Applicants with the following qualities can apply: • Ability to bring customers to Namcor to purchase petroleum products. • Able to demonstrate knowledge of the various customer sector value propositions especially in the Commercial line of businesses. • Demonstrate technical and operational knowledge of the downstream sector. • Dynamic and self-motivated. • Committed to customer service excellence. • Good standing in the business community. 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The emergency decree “constitutes abuse of power designed to silence his critics and kill democracy,” opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) vice president Geoffrey Mwamba said in a statement. “It is clear that (Lungu’s) actions are premeditated and designed to strengthen the hand of dictatorship.” Several fires, including one that burnt down the main market in the capital Lusaka last week, have been at the centre of rising tensions in Zambia. Mwamba denied any UPND involvement in the fires. Zambia has enjoyed relative stability since its first Zambian President Edgar Lungu multi-party election in 1991, but last year’s vote was marred by clashes between rival party supporters. UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has also been in detention on treason charges since April. He was arrested after his convoy allegedly refused to give way to the presidential motorcade. Hichilema narrowly lost the 2016 election to Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) party, and has alleged that the result was rigged. “We insist on the speedy release” of Hichilema, Mwamba said in the statement, which was the UPND’s first response to the emergency powers. “Innocent Zambians will be arrested on mere suspicion just to fulfil the Patriotic Front’s political agenda to remain in power forever,” he said. Church leaders in Zambia have also criticised the emergency powers, warning the move would scare away investors needed to boost Zambia’s weak economy. “This is a clear sign of dictatorship – just because of a fire at a market and you declare a state of emergency?” Bishop Simon Chihana, president of the International Fellowship of Christian Churches, told AFP. “Lungu is only thinking about his continued hold on to power. He is not concerned about the wellbeing of Zambia.” - Nampa/AFP Egyptian security forces kill seven militants in Upper Egypt JOHANNESBURG weeks conducted in the Assuit governorate, police personnel seized large amounts of guns, Seven militants associated with the Islamic State ammunition and counterfeit military uniforms. 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Wednesday, July 12 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 19 Japan floods death toll rises to 25 TOKYO The death toll from torrential rains and flooding that swept through Japan’s south has reached 25, the government said Tuesday, as rescue teams battled through thick mud to rescue more than 100 still stranded. Further downpours were predicted to pound Kyushu after swathes of the south-western island were devastated last week by overflowing rivers – sweeping away roads, houses and schools and forcing thousands of people into makeshift shelters. But many remain stranded, with emergency services struggling to reach them amid treacherous conditions. Some 150 people were still cut off as of Monday evening in hardest-hit Fukuoka and Oita prefectures, according to local government officials. A total of 25 people have died while at least 25 remain unaccounted for, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Tuesday. Some 12,000 rescuers were making “utmost” efforts to find survivors and clear washed up driftwood hampering the search, Suga said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a visit to Estonia that was originally planned as a last leg of his European tour, which included the G20 summit in Germany, to come back to Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon to deal with the disaster. Abe will visit Fukuoka and Oita prefectures Wednesday to talk to staff at shelters and local government officials, Suga said. More than 50 cm of rain deluged parts of Kyushu over just 12 hours last week, while rains have continued intermittently since. Japan’s weather agency on Tuesday warned of continued heavy rains in Kyushu. – Nampa/AFP Stranded… This photo taken on July 10 shows residents evacuated from a flooded area taking shelter in a school in Hita, Oita prefecture. The death toll from heavy rains and flooding rose sharply as rescue teams continued search operations. Swathes of Kyushu – the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands – have been left devastated after overflowing rivers and torrential downpours swept away roads, houses and schools last week. Photo: Nampa/AFP 16 dead in US military plane crash in Mississippi: reports WASHINGTON A US military aircraft has crashed in the southern state of Mississippi, killing 16 people, US media reported Monday. The US Marine Corps confirmed that a “mishap” involving a KC-130 occurred in the evening, without providing additional details. The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and CNN cited Leflore County emergency management director Fred Randle as confirming the death toll of 16. The incident took place around 4 pm (2100 GMT), the Clarion-Ledger said, noting that firefighters sprayed the aircraft with huge layers of foam to quell the fire. The plane crashed in a soybean field on the Sunflower-Leflore county line, the paper said. Photos posted on its website showed plumes of black smoke billowing from a green agricultural field. “Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom,” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a statement on Facebook. – Nampa/AFP Gunmen kill eight in Thailand over ‘personal conflict’ BANGKOK Eight people, including three children, were killed by gunmen posing as government officials in Thailand’s Krabi province, police said Tuesday, a mass slaying investigators believe was sparked by a personal conflict. Police say a gang of six or seven men, dressed in camouflage outfits, stormed a house in the southern province around 04h00 on Monday. They took ten people hostage and waited for the owner of the property to return. “Around 8pm the owner arrived, all of them (the victims) were handcuffed and blindfolded until midnight when gunmen opened fire,” Chaiwut Buathong, chief of Ao Luek district, told AFP. Six died at the scene, two others died in hospital, Chaiwut said, adding three of the victims were girls aged under 15. Three others were taken to hospital with one in critical condition. Deputy national police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen told reporters the victims came from a local Muslim family and that the gunmen “claimed to be officials who wanted to check on illegal activity”. Photos taken by medical workers showed two bodies slumped on a blood-splattered children’s bed, with a teddy bear thrown to one side. “It is under investigation but initially police suspect this is a personal conflict,” Major General Worawit Panprung, from Krabi provincial police, told AFP. Firearm ownership is common in Thailand and the country boasts one of the highest gun-related homicide rates in Asia. Petty arguments and disputes frequently turn deadly but mass organised killings are rare. Krabi province is a popular holiday destination boasting beaches like Ao Nang and Rai Ley, though Monday’s killings took place in an area removed from the main tourist drags. The province boasts a large Muslim community who have lived in the region for centuries. They are Thai speakers and ethnically different from the Malayspeaking Muslims in the country’s three southernmost provinces where a violent nationalist insurgency has raged against the central government for more than a decade. – Nampa/AFP Our Mission To actively monitor compliance to legislation and collect quality scientific data within the Namibian and international waters towards the sustainable utilisation of Marine Resources in a participatory manner Vacancy Announcement The FOA is seeking applications from suitably qualified Namibian Citizens that are dynamic and self motivated for the following vacancy. SENIOR MANAGER: FINANCE WALVIS BAY (Patterson Grade D4) Primary Function: Reporting to the CEO, the primary purpose of the position is to advise the CEO and management on all financial matters and to manage the finance department of the FOA, by monitoring, supervising and controlling all aspects of the financial affairs of the FOA. 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