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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019


Pope Francis to visit Cyprus in 2020

VATICAN-(MaraviPost)-Pope Francis will visit Cyprus next year and his arrival will coincide with the republic celebrating 60 years since independence, Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday

Pope Francis, pictured November 18, 2019 at the Vatican, next year heads to Cyprus
Pope Francis, pictured November 18, 2019 at the Vatican, next year heads to Cyprus

Anastasiades made the announcement after meeting the pope on Monday during an official visit to the Vatican.

“I had the opportunity to invite the Pope to visit Cyprus, something that he accepted with great satisfaction,” said Anastasiades in a statement. He did not give an exact date for the visit.

He added: “The visit will be arranged for next year, which coincidentally marks the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus and 10 years since the last visit by Pope Benedict.”

Pope Benedict XVI was the first pontiff to visit the east Mediterranean island which is of predominantly Christian Greek Orthodox faith.

Cyprus was the first stop on Saint Paul’s travels to spread Christianity in the 1st Century A.D. and he converted the island’s then Roman governor Sergius Paulus to the faith.

The island gained independence from British colonial rule in 1960.


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Queen Elizabeth II’s World War 3 plan for Royal Family to escape UK exposed

LONDON-(MaraviPost)-THE QUEEN had a secret plan to flee London and escape the UK on a “floating bunker” had the tensions of the Cold War led to a nuclear strike against Britain, declassified papers revealed.

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 had shown that nuclear conflict was more than just a possibility, and it was necessary to protect the Queen at all costs in the event the War Cabinet was wiped out. Known as Operation Candid, the contingency plan was drawn up to evacuate Her Majesty, Prince Philip and other immediate members of the Royal Family if the Soviet Union launched a nuclear strike against Britain. 

As royal fans gear themselves up for the release of the third series of The Crown, can reveal the realities of the Queen’s reign during this period of unprecedented tension.

In 2010, Professor Peter Hennessy obtained a copy of the previously classified document, which detailed how the Queen would hide in sea lochs along the coast of North West Scotland while other senior ministers scattered to a variety of secret locations to form a new government.

Speaking the same year, he told BBC Radio Four: “The Queen had to be kept separate because only the Queen can appoint a Prime Minister.

“She could not be with the Prime Minister and the War Cabinet because they would get wiped out the moment they operated from this bunker. 

“The signals traffic would give the Soviets a very good idea of what was happening.”

The Queen had a plan for World War 3

The Queen had a plan for World War 3 (Image: GETTY)

The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in 1962

The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in 1962 (Image: GETTY)

The Queen had to be kept separate because only the Queen can appoint a Prime Minister

Professor Peter Hennessy

The documents also discussed the use of the Royal Yacht Britannia in order to stealthily move the Queen around.

He added: “She was going to lurk in the sea lochs of the North West coast of Scotland, moving at night from one to the other, because the mountains would stop the Soviet radar getting to her.

“The Home Secretary was with her so they could have a Privy Council with the Queen’s Private Secretary, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen to appoint the new Government out of the ruins.

“So that’s contingency planning for you, the beauties of the British constitution, but my heavens it’s a very grim story.”

Ministers originally planned to coordinate the Government’s response from a bunker codenamed Turnstile, under Box Hill, near Bath, according to the files.

Fidel Castro was central to the tensions in Cuba

Fidel Castro was central to the tensions in Cuba (Image: GETTY)

However, Professor Hennessy said a Russian Naval attache was spotted near the site.

Fearing that the Soviets had discovered the hideaway, he said that by the late Sixties the PYTHON system had been drawn up, with the Prime Minister and other “authorised retaliators” scattered in several locations.

During a time of crisis, a Royal Duties Force would be formed, consisting of around 1,300 officers, equipped with armoured cars, a medical detachment, communications vehicles and other support.

It would be fully mobile and self-supporting for seven days and could be split into four smaller units to dispense members across the country.

Previously, it was revealed how the Royal Family also had a plan during World War 2, too.

The Royal Family had plans

The Royal Family had plans (Image: GETTY)

The Queen would be kept alive at all costs

The Queen would be kept alive at all costs (Image: GETTY)

What many people do not know is the story of the Coldstream Guards – a special British Army unit established in 1940 with the sole purpose of evacuating King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and their immediate family.

The operation, which came to be known as the Coats Mission, was led by Major Coats and later Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Coats.

Four county houses in remote locations around the UK would be used to smuggle the Royal Family to the north, before reaching the docks of Liverpool, where they would board a boat set for Canada.

Major Malcolm Ernest Hancockcompany commander of the Coldstream Company, was one of the lucky few tasked with protecting Her Majesty and previously revealed their locations.

He added: “Whenever the Royal Family left London if they went to Sandringham, the Coats Mission would accompany them.

Times the world came close to WW3

Times the world came close to WW3 (Image: GETTY)

“There were four houses, I can only remember three, unfortunately. 

“One was Madresfield Court which was near Malvern, which was where Lord and Lady Beauchamp lived. 

“Another was Pitchford Hall which I think was on the borders of Shropshire, occupied by Lady Grant, a sister of Lord Rosebury. 

“The third one was Castle Howard, I think it’s Yorkshire, I’m not quite sure is it Yorkshire? 

“The fourth one I can’t remember but I think it must have been somewhere in Cambridgeshire. Anyway, we occasionally used to have to go round to these various houses.”


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Malawians still confused on term “Re-run”

2019 Presidential candidates: Atupere Muluzi, Lazarus Chakwera, Peter Mutharika and Saulos Chilima

By Nenenji Mlangeni

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawians locally and internationally are confusing the term ‘ Re-run’.

When an election has been nullified, the new elections are not termed re-run!

Re-run is when two candidates have not been able to get 50+1 to win an election.

The election to determine a winner is known as a re-run.

If the constitutional court (Concourt) agrees that there were indeed irregularities in the May polls, it can nullify the elections.

This means there was never an election. The court then will decide whether to call for fresh elections.

These elections are not a re-run, they are general presidential elections.

Those who perpetuated the irregularities shall be prosecuted not by the Concourt but the Criminal justice system. The Concourt shall only recommend.

Wait to see the real ghost being unmasked.

In Bolivia, the president has already gone into exile for mismanaging the elections. Its a serious electoral offence indeed…

So, stop using the term re-run…but possibly fresh elections!

However, for this to happen opposition witnesses have to prove before judges beyond reasonable doubt against Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) defence.

The case resumes on November 25, 2019 in the constitutional court in the capital Lilongwe.

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106 killed during protests in Iran over rise in fuel prices

106 killed during protests in Iran over rise in fuel prices

By Angella Semu

Reports by Amnesty International have revealed that at least 106 people have been killed during protests in Iran over government-set gasoline prices rising.

Following about 50% fuel rise in fuel price, people took it to 100 cities of Iran of Friday which resulted into government shutting down internet to stop protesters from sharing information and their videos online and deployed police and anti-riot forces to subdue the fracas.

According to reports from a local newspaper in Iran, government has put in place execution by hanging for the riot leaders as a punishment for causing the unrest in the country.

At the moment, Iran government refuses to comment anything on the unrest in the country and the number of people who have died so far.

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“We are still in 2021 AFCON race”-Malawi Flames coach Mwase

Malawi Flames coach Mwase

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi national football team Coach, Meck Mwase, says his charges should not be counted out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification race despite slumping to third position in group B.

Mwase made the remarks after the Flames jetted in the country Monday from Uganda where they lost to the Cranes 2-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Sunday.

“It is too early to count us out of the race. We still have four games to play to determine our destiny. The game itself was the best teacher and we will address our problems,” he said.

Malawi, with three points following their 1-0 win over South Sudan, have dropped to third position in group B behind leaders Uganda and second-placed Burkina Faso. Both Uganda and Burkina Faso have four points each.

Mwase said the coaching panel would request Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to arrange special training camps to enable the side to gel and stay fit.

“If we can be meeting regularly I believe we can address our problems,” he said.

The former Flames defence pillar reiterated that the door to the national team was open as such outstanding players both young and experienced would be considered for selection.

Meanwhile, Mwase defended his team selection in the 2-0 loss to Uganda’s Cranes.

The Flames were exposed at the back throughout the game and individual errors cost the team the match.

Mwase opted to maintain Gomezgani Chirwa in a left back position due to the absence of first choice defender Precious Sambani who is injured.

But Chirwa was involved in the mistakes which led to the two goals the Flames conceded against the home side.

“Sometimes you trust the team that won because there was nothing wrong to change the winning the team. We had trust in the team which won against South Sudan but playing away is always difficult and maybe because of the environment the players were a bit jittery. The game itself is the best teacher; we have seen where we need to work. The players must understand and know how important to win home games to qualify for the finals,” he said.

The loss to Uganda was Mwase’s first defeat in open play since he took over after replacing Belgian Ronny Van Geneugden in June this year after impressive results at Cosafa Cup in South Africa.

Malawi’s next fixture will be an away match against Burkina Faso in August next year before hosting them in September.

The Flames now remain with two home games against Uganda and Burkina Faso.

Meanwhile, speaking after arrival in the country Monday, Flames stand-in captain John Banda delivered a message of discontent with the fans reactions with the loss on Social Media.

“We played to win the game but it happened that things did not go according to our plans. The coach chose the best team so the fans should understand that not everyone can play in a single game. It is good to give respect to the players that played the game, although we lost,” Banda said.

The Flames last qualified for AFCON finals in 2010 after collecting four points.

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Nankhumwa preaches unity in DPP

Nankhumwa preaches unity in DPP

By Angella Semu

THYOLO-(MaraviPost)-The southern region’s Vice President for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Kondwani Nankhumwa has on Tuesday advised party leaders to unite and help President Peter Mutharika achieve his larger national social and economic agenda for the betterment of all Malawians.

In a meeting that took place on Tuesday, at Nankhumwa’s private Luchenza Residence in Thyolo, the Vice president for the party expressed appreciation for the loyalty, hard work and dedication of the district and constituency governors, which culminated in the party upon winning the May 21 tripartite elections.

DPP southern region loyalists

The meeting, among others was graced by the Southern Regional Governor, Charles Mchacha who is also Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works and governors from all 25 political districts and 56 constituencies and various district and constituency leaders for the party.

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Qualifs CAN-2021: l’Ethiopie surprend la Côte d’Ivoire

Publié le 19.11.2019 à 23h50 par AFP

Coup de tonnerre en Ethiopie! Les Walya locaux se sont offert la Côte d’Ivoire de Serge Aurier (2-1), mardi, lors de la 2e journée des éliminatoires de la CAN-2021.

Les Eléphants, champions d’Afrique en 2015, glissent à la 3e place de leur poule, derrière Madagascar, qui a assommé le Niger (6-2), et l’Ethiopie.

Dans les autres rencontres du jour, le Maroc a déroulé au Burundi (3-0) tandis que la Tunisie s’est imposée en Guinée équatoriale (1-0).

La Coupe d’Afrique des Nations est prévue à l’été 2021 au Cameroun (11 juin-9 juillet), qui accueille la compétition pour la deuxième fois après l’édition 1972.

Résultats de la 2e journée des éliminatoires de la CAN-2021:


Soudan du Sud – Burkina Faso 1-2

Tchad – Mali 0-2

Ouganda – Malawi 2-0

Lesotho – Nigeria 2-4

Afrique du Sud – Soudan 1-0

eSwatini – Sénégal 1-4

Bénin – Sierra Leone 1-0

Rwanda – Cameroun 0-1

Congo – Guinée-Bissau 3-0

Guinée – Namibie 2-0

Gabon – Angola 2-1


Comores – Egypte 0-0

Saõ Tomé et Principe – Ghana 0-1

Gambie – RD Congo 2-2

Kenya – Togo 1-1

Cap-Vert – Mozambique 2-2

Botswana – Algérie 0-1


Burundi – Maroc 0-3

Ethiopie – Côte d’Ivoire 2-1

Mauritanie – Centrafrique 2-0

Zambie – Zimbabwe 1-2

Niger – Madagascar 2-6

Libye – Tanzanie 2-1

Guinée équatoriale – Tunisie 0-1

Maroc : Nomination d’un président de la Commission spéciale sur le nouveau modèle de développement

Publié le 19.11.2019 à 23h18 par APA

Le Roi Mohammed VI a nommé, ce mardi, Chakib Benmoussa président de la commission spéciale chargée du nouveau modèle de développement, a annoncé un communiqué du Cabinet royal.Cette entité spéciale aura, entre autres, à mener une triple mission de réajustement, d’anticipation, de prospective pour permettre au Maroc d’aborder l’avenir avec sérénité et assurance.

Dans son discours à l’occasion du 20ème anniversaire de son accession au Trône, le Roi Mohammed VI avait annoncé la mise en place de la commission spéciale chargée du modèle de développement.

Cette instance consultative devra regrouper différentes disciplines académiques et diverses sensibilités intellectuelles. Y siégeront des compétences nationales issues du public et du privé.

Outre de l’expérience et une exigence d’impartialité, ces profils devront être « suffisamment outillés pour comprendre les dynamiques à l’œuvre au sein de la société et aller au-devant de ses attentes, sans jamais perdre de vue l’intérêt supérieur de la Nation », avait affirmé le Souverain en soulignant que cette commission ne tiendra lieu ni de second gouvernement, ni d’institution officielle parallèle. Elle jouera plutôt le rôle d’organe consultatif investi d’une mission limitée dans le temps.

Au cours de ses travaux, ladite commission devra prendre en considération les grandes orientations des réformes engagées ou en passe de l’être, dans des secteurs comme l’enseignement, la santé, l’agriculture, l’investissement, le système fiscal. Ses propositions devront viser leur perfectionnement et l’accroissement de leur efficacité.

Chakib Benmoussa (61 ans) est un ingénieur et homme politique qui a occupé plusieurs fonctions au plus haut niveau de l’Etat. Avant sa nomination en tant que président de la Commission spéciale sur le modèle de développement, il occupait la fonction d’Ambassadeur du Maroc à Paris. Il était également ministre de l’Intérieur pendant la période 2006-2010 avant d’être nommé président du Conseil économique, social et environnemental (CESE).

UPDATE 1-Ghana joins airline competition fray with Dubai jet order

(Recasts with context on Ghana airline plans; adds Ethiopian Airlines context)

By Ankit Ajmera and Tim Hepher

DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Ghana became the latest African nation to support the development of an international airline to boost its economy and develop tourism as its government signed a provisional order for three Boeing long-haul 787 Dreamliner jets on Tuesday.

The move at the Dubai Airshow, a focal point for Middle East airlines that have expanded their networks into Africa, came almost a decade after the collapse of Ghana’s flag carrier, but it left uncertain a proposed tie-up with Ethiopian Airlines.

“We need to be able to ferry Ghanaians to Europe, North America to Asia for business. We need to ferry them from those places back to Ghana to do business and enjoy,” Aviation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda told reporters at the airshow.

Ghana hopes to launch a new airline with Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliners by early 2020 with flights to Europe, North America and Asia, while servicing routes within Africa with up to six smaller Dash 8-400 aircraft, which were also provisionally ordered on Tuesday from Canada’s De Havilland Canada.

Ghana’s government will hold a 10% stake in the carrier, which is yet to be named, and the rest will be held by the private sector, the minister said. Adda said he was in talks with regional carriers including Ghana-based Africa World Airlines to invest in the new airline, but no deal was finalised yet.

“If (one of the regional carriers) joins us as a partner, we will go together” on intercontinental routes, he said.

Adda made no mention of Ethiopian Airlines, which was reported earlier this year to have sealed a partnership agreement with Ghana to develop and run a national airline.

“The government are clearly throwing their weight and support behind the new venture,” said airline consultant Nick Fadugba, chief executive of African Aviation Services. “It is a signal that they are determined to do it with or without Ethiopian (Airlines), but if it has Ethiopian’s support then it will have a greater chance of success.”

The new carrier could boost Ghana’s chances of becoming an aviation hub in West Africa, Adda told reporters. Existing Ghanaian airlines do not fly on intercontinental routes, according to Adda.

However, the plans could overlap with Ethiopian’s affiliated hub in neighbouring Togo, which is barely 100 miles away.

“The challenge for Ethiopian will be how to balance their hub in Lome, Togo, with a new hub in Ghana,” Fadugba said.

A string of attempts to set up airlines in West Africa has floundered for political or financial reasons.

But Ghana has seen a stable economic environment following the conclusion of a three-year lending program with the International Monetary Fund in March, and oil revenues that have boosted its growth to one of the highest in the region. (Reporting by Alexander Cornwell and Ankit Ajmera editing by Louise Heavens and Leslie Adler)

President Kenyatta destroys 8,700 illegal guns, 366,000 bullets

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday presided over the destruction of 8,700 illegal firearms and 366,000 bullets at the General Service Unit Magadi Field Training Campus in Kajiado County.

The President said the destruction of illegal firearms is one of the proactive measures being taken by the government to guarantee security and safety of its citizens and their property.

“It is worth noting that, seizing of ammunition illegally held, is one of the measures that we, as a country, are undertaking to ensure and sustain security in the country,” said President Kenyatta.

He said the destruction is being conducted in line with the regulatory frameworks; and  various regional and international legal instruments on the management of small and light weapons, to which Kenya is a signatory.

Kenya’s history of publicly burning illegal firearms, which dates back to 2003, is in respect to several United Nations (UN) commitments to eradicate the trade in small arms and light weapons.


The commitments include the UN Firearms Protocol of 2001, the Arms Trade Treaty of 2013 and the Sustainable Development Goals of 2015 among others.

The President said Kenya is among the strongest proponents of international action to address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and that the destruction of the firearms is an indication of the country ‘s commitment to strengthening regional and global peace and security.

He  said the government has streamlined gun licensing system in the country and advised Kenyans who wish to own firearms to follow the laid out procedures.

“Through the Firearms Licensing Board (FLB), we are now progressively overhauling the system, making it more effective and efficient. 

“Our ultimate vision is to have background checks processed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and monitor the activities of prohibited persons as far as gun ownership is concerned,” the President said.

The Head of State said the government has established a digital register of all civilian firearms holders and issued them with smart licenses.

“It is now easier to retrieve their details, thus facilitating investigations into violent crimes involving guns across the country,” President Kenyatta as he warned non-compliant firearm holders of stern actions.

The President assured that the government is determined to end banditry activities amongst pastoral communities saying cattle raids and related criminal activities have for far too long compromised peace, stability and development in parts of the country.

He urged community leaders and elders to work together with government agencies in ensuring that illegal weapons are surrendered to relevant authorities so as to create an atmosphere of peace and security needed for development to take place.

“I encourage members of the public to also recognize that now times have changed. We will no longer be engaged in political discourse of cultural acceptability in activities of banditry.

“The only thing we will work together is to see how we will bring it to an end by working together with community leaders, politicians, young men and women, to surrender illegal weapons” the President said.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who also spoke at the event, said security agencies have successfully been carrying out an aggressive operation to mop up illegal arms across the country in the last few months.

He said the mop up campaign has led to the retrieval of 50 firearms from the North Rift region as well as 71 guns and assorted ammunition from Marsabit County.

Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, Attorney General Paul Kihara and Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai were among several senior government officials present at the arms destruction event.