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Maroc : relance du secteur touristique

Publié le 10.07.2020 à 23h18 par APA

Les autorités publiques ont placé la redynamisation du secteur touristique à la tête de leurs priorités et parmi les axes principaux de la 2è phase du « plan d’allègement du confinement sanitaire » entamée le 24 juin à travers une série de mesures qui auront un impact positif direct sur le tourisme, a affirmé, vendredi à Rabat, le ministre de l’Intérieur, Abdelouafi Laftit.Présidant une réunion avec les professionnels du secteur touristique et les représentants des établissements hôteliers, relative à la reprise de l’activité touristique, le ministre a précisé qu’il s’agit notamment de la reprise de l’activité touristique interne, la réouverture des établissements touristiques, la reprise des vols internes, l’ouverture des plages, la reprise des déplacements entre les zones d’allègement 1 et de la reprise du transport public ferroviaire et routier interurbain.

Ces mesures ont été renforcées par la décision permettant aux citoyens marocains ainsi qu’aux résidents étrangers au Royaume et leurs familles d’accéder au territoire national, à partir du 14 juillet 2020 à minuit par voies aérienne et maritime, a-t-il ajouté, soulignant que cela permettra de promouvoir le tourisme national durant la période estivale, au même titre que le tourisme interne qui fait partie des priorités du Royaume depuis plusieurs années.

Pour garantir la réussite de cette période transitoire, les professionnels du secteur, en coordination avec les autorités sanitaires, doivent respecter les recommandations des autorités publiques et les normes internationales visant à préserver la santé et la sécurité des clients et du personnel, a insisté M. Laftit.

Selon  lui, la réussite de cette étape passe par le respect du protocole sanitaire mis en place à cet effet et basé sur une série de mesures préventives comme la limitation à 50% de la capacité d’accueil, le respect de la distanciation sociale, le port du masque et la stérilisation régulière des unités hôtelières et des bagages des clients à leur arrivée.

Il est également nécessaire de continuer à faire des tests en laboratoire pour le personnel des établissements hôteliers avant la reprise du travail, a-t-il ajouté, expliquant que c’est une mesure qui vient renforcer les conditions mises en place par les autorités publiques pour le retour des Marocains résidant à l’étranger, qui seront tenus de présenter, avant l’embarquement en avion ou en bateau, un test PCR de moins de 48 heures, ainsi qu’un test sérologique.


Amnesty International n’a pas fourni de preuves matérielles quant aux accusations « infondées » contre le Maroc (chef de l’exécutif)

Publié le 10.07.2020 à 23h18 par APA

Le Chef du gouvernement marocain M. Saad Eddine Otmani a fait savoir que la Secrétaire générale par intérim d’Amnesty International (AI), Julie Verhaar, n’a pas fourni les preuves matérielles sur les accusations « infondées » portées contre le Maroc et ayant fait l’objet de campagne médiatique internationale à des fins de diffamation et de condamnation.« Nous insistons toujours à nous faire parvenir une copie du rapport d’expertise scientifique adoptée pour adresser des accusations infondées ou de le rendre public, au lieu de publier un rapport truffé d’expressions qui renvoient à des hypothèses en contradiction avec les critères scientifiques de l’expertise », a déclaré El Otmani.

Le Maroc qui a adopté, dans la gestion de ce dossier avec AI, une approche responsable, logique et transparente qui s’appuie uniquement sur la preuve scientifique, demeure ouvert au dialogue constructif qui requiert de l’Organisation de présenter des preuves étayant ses allégations ou de revoir sa position en tant que signe de bonne volonté pour rétablir la confiance, une condition nécessaire à la réussite de tout dialogue, a-t-il lancé.

Et de rappeler qu’il a reçu jeudi dans la soirée une lettre de Mme Verhaar en réponse à celle adressée le 1er juillet 2020 par le gouvernement demandant des preuves matérielles étayant les accusations et les allégations contenues dans le rapport d’AI publié le 22 juin dernier.


MRA officer Rosa Mbilizi arrested

MRA officer Rosa Mbilizi arrested

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi Police have arrested the controversial Deputy Commissioner General of Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), Roza Mbilizi, in connection with the importation of duty free cement worth K3.2 billion and other illegal deals at the tax collecting body.

According to impeccable sources, Mbilizi has been arrested today in the afternoon.

Last month, it was revealed that former President Peter Mutharika imported 400,000 bags of cement worth K3.2 billion without paying duty between 2018 and 2019.

While Mutharika, as president at the time, was allowed by the law to import items for personal use without paying duty, the amount of bags of cement raised concerns leading to the probe.

Mbilizi is embroiled in the scandal because she facilitated clearance of the duty-free cement.

According to reports, Mbilizi’s relation Lodzani Fatchi also used Mutharika’s duty free status to import cement which he later sold. Other goods were also imported into the country without duty being paid.

Legal experts have always argued that the provision for duty free imports is open to abuse.

In 2012, Mbilizi was also arrested over abuse of office and theft and particulars of the charges were that in March 2011 she fraudulently converted K296 966 (about $742) and K403 324 (about $1 008) to her use and abused her office by directing World Travel Agent to book her a business class air ticket.

She was also accused of not refunding $1 950, being allowances paid into her visa card, for a cancelled trip to the UK.

Mbilizi was around March 2011 allowed by MRA to travel to South Africa for medical check-up and her employers processed upkeep allowances and accommodation but was overpaid by 18 000 South Africa Rands.

MRA suspended her when Fiscal Police arrested her.

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12 Malawi police officers arrested in connection with Buleya Lule’s murder

Written by Angella Semu

Buleya Lule: autopsy revealed he did not die a natural death

The Malawi Police Service has arrested 12 police officers who are linked to the murder of Buleya Lule, 44.

This has been disclosed in a press statement issued on 10th July 2020 signed by police Public Relations Officer Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera.

In the statement, Kadadzera said the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] has ordered the prosecution all police officers implicated in the death of Buleya Lule.

Buleya was arrested in February he admitted abducting Goodson Makanjira – a 14-year-old boy with albinism with other accomplice whom he allegedly promised to give them K800,000 for kidnapping the boy.

After appearing in court, Buleya was taken into police custody where he died and autopsy done by pathologist report Dr Charles Dzamalala revealed that Buleya was electrocuted.

Consequently, the Malawi Human Rights Commission in last year’s report condemned the police for torturing the victim ordered urgent criminal investigations of all police officers who played a role that led to his death.

The 12 suspects will appear in court on
Monday July 13, 2020.

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Malawi government suspends all gatherings to curb the spread of Coronavirus

Written by Angella Semu

Malawi government suspends all gatherings to curb the spread of Coronavirus

Government of Malawi has suspended all gatherings as a measure for the prevention, containment and management of the COVID-19 pandemic with immediate effect.

This has been revealed in a press statement issued on Friday 10th July 2020 signed by Dr John Phuka, the Co-Chairperson of covid-19 Presidential Taskforce.

Phuka said government has noted escalation of infections and deaths due to Covid-19 hence it has come up with new strict measures to contain the spread of the virus throughout the country.

Government has impose suspension or regulation of mobile markets, banned street vending in all trading centers, massive clean-up campaign every week and fumigation of the markets.

All drinking and entertainment places have been suspended with bottle stores, pubs, bars and clubs to be opened from 14:00hrs to 19:00hrs for the purpose of buying only. Weddings, engagement ceremonies, bridal showers, send offs and all gatherings
of public and social nature have also been suspended together with all live games and band shows and traditional dances within the Councils.

Government has however said religious gatherings shall continue on open ground with usage of masks for everyone attending prayers services and sanitization of rooms, surfaces and equipments. Funeral ceremonies shall be conducted in observation of COVID-19 sanitary and
health measures and public transport shall observe the sitting capacity in public service vehicles as advised by the Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services.

In the statement, Phuka also disclosed that all meetings and workshops have been suspended except for COVID-19 related measures and other meetings shall seek approval from the District Commissioner or Chief Executive Officers.

Currently, Malawi has 2069 confirmed cases and 31 recorded deaths. In the past 24 hours, Malawi registered 83 new COVID-19 cases, six new recoveries, and two new deaths; one from Blantyre and the other is from Nkhata
Bay.

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Amadou Gon était un « leader exemplaire et méritait d’aller bien» ( Akinwumi Adesina)

Publié le 10.07.2020 à 20h18 par APA

Le premier ministre ivoirien Amadou Gon Coulibaly qui est décédé mercredi dernier à Abidjan, était un « leader exemplaire et méritait d’aller bien», a estimé Akinwumi Adesina, le président de la Banque africaine de développement ( BAD) qualifiant son décès de « tragédie».« Amadou Gon était un leader exemplaire. Il était mon ami. Amadou Gon méritait d’aller bien. Il était un partisan si acharné des programmes visant à accélérer le  développement de son pays. Il portait la vision du Président et du gouvernement avec enthousiasme dans chaque réunion, chaque discussion», a témoigné M. Adesina dans un communiqué d’hommage en la mémoire de feu Amadou Gon Coulibaly transmis vendredi à APA. 

« J’étais impressionné de voir à quel point ce fonctionnaire humble et sérieux plaçait toujours le développement de son pays en premier», a poursuivi le président de la BAD, saluant la mémoire d’un homme « humble, désintéressé et fidèle ». Selon M. Adesina, l’illustre disparu était un homme qui parlait peu et dont « chaque mot était affûté pour un impact maximum». 

Il parlait toujours avec son cœur. Et il avait un cœur d’or, a-t-il ajouté exprimant ses « sincères condoléances » à la famille de M. Coulibaly et au chef de l’État ivoirien Alassane Ouattara. « M. le Président, vous avez perdu votre allié et confident le plus proche, qui vous a servi fidèlement, vous et sa nation, jusqu’à son dernier souffle, en œuvrant pour le bien de la Côte d’Ivoire. Que Dieu vous réconforte, vous, le gouvernement et le bon peuple de Côte d’Ivoire», a dit M. Adesina au numéro un ivoirien. 

Le premier ministre ivoirien Amadou Gon Coulibaly est décédé mercredi après-midi à Abidjan à l’âge de 61 ans moins d’une semaine après son retour de Paris où il avait séjourné pendant deux mois pour un «contrôle médical ». Selon le Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la démocratie et la paix ( RHDP), sa famille politique, ses obsèques s’ouvrent officiellement la semaine prochaine.


Allemagne : Descente de la police chez de présumés tueurs de Jammeh

Publié le 10.07.2020 à 18h18 par APA

Des enquêteurs en Allemagne ont arrêté et mis en détention sept hommes qui ont avoué avoir été des hommes de main de l’ancien président gambien Yahya Jammeh, en relation avec des violations flagrantes des droits de l’homme sur une période de 22 ans, a rapporté APA jeudi, citant le site d’investigation allemand Tagesschau.Selon ce site Internet allemand, le Procureur général mène une enquête sur certains des demandeurs d’asile au passé louche en Gambie.

En tant que militaires, les suspects dont les noms sont tenus secrets, auraient été impliqués dans des actes de torture, de mauvais traitements et de meurtre d’opposants à Jammeh qui vit maintenant en exil en Guinée équatoriale.

Le personnel de l’Office fédéral allemand de la police criminelle (BKA) et de l’Office national de la police criminelle (LKA) du Bade-Wurtemberg ont fait une descente au domicile des sept suspects gambiens.

Des détails ont émergé des enquêtes préliminaires suggérant que les demandeurs d’asile avaient déclaré lors d’une audition à l’Office fédéral des migrations et des réfugiés (BAMF) qu’ils faisaient partie d’un tristement célèbre escadron au sein de l’armée gambienne qui avait torturé des opposants politiques à l’ancien gouvernement.

Depuis l’année dernière, une Commission vérité en Gambie a entendu plus de 200 témoins qui ont incriminé Jammeh et certains membres de son gouvernement pour des violations des droits de l’homme qui auraient été commises entre 1994 lors de son arrivée au pouvoir lors d’un coup d’État militaire et 2017, date de sa défaite à l’élection présidentielle.


A New Mandatory Challenger for Joshua

Fight fans have been eagerly awaiting the anticipated heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev which had been scheduled to take place earlier this year but was delayed due to the coronavirus – because this is a mandatory challenger, it is still pretty much guaranteed that this will be the champs next fight, but there could be another challenger that comes afterwards.

The next mandatory challenger could come in the form of Robert Helenius, the finnish fighter – after a recent victory over Adam Kownacki, he may be one fight away from becoming Joshua’s next mandatory fight meaning we could see some of the top challengers in names of Ortiz or Ruis Jr, a tough challenge in itself before even reaching the champ himself.

This does bring up questions around the popular fights that many are looking for – the potential for a fight against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder have been around for as long as Joshua has been in contention to become champ, and now that he has been champ for a while it has seemed the logical fight to make. With Wilders recent loss to Fury, it may seem as if Fury would be at the top of the list for a fight to make, but with these mandatory challengers starting to line up it may be awhile before we see either of those fights.

Joshua vs Fury (Image from talksport.com)

The Joshua v Pulev fight still doesn’t have a confirmed date for when it can be expected, the original bout was set to take place on June 20th with a backup on July 25th, but with the backup date quickly approaching it’s beginning to look as if we’ll be waiting until much later in the year to see the fight, with the possibility that the fight may not even happen until the New Year. Further delays continue to open the door for other challengers to begin moving into position and further delaying any potential of a super fight that many fans are looking forward to – these delays mean it could be a while since we see a unified champion once again as lineal champ Fury still holds the WBC title after defeating Wilder in February – given that there seems to be a trilogy fight lined up between the two as well, we may be a long way out from that superfight.

There is some good news for punters though – with other sporting events coming back and it beginning to look like we could see some big boxing fights in the near future, is that betting is coming back in a big way. There had been some challenges to overcome, a recent ban to all credit card betting alongside a recent change to the gamstop initiative which has made it mandatory for all UK operators to register to, a number of sites are registering elsewhere to get around these changes, Max give a great non gamstop list of many of these betting sites so you’re able to get back into your favourite sports betting activity.

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Malawi ‘family’ cabinet sworn in amid public outcry: Chakwera challenges ministers to prove skeptics wrong

New Cabinet sworn in: Chakwera optimistic of good performance

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera has today Friday proceeded with the swearing-in of the new cabinet ministers despite the fierce criticisms from the general public for inclusion of members of the same families.

Chakwera released the full cabinet on Wedmesday which saw Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President Sidik Mia and his wife Abida making it into the 31-memebr cabinet, and a large percentage of people from the central region, a development that angered many Malawians who were hoping for an end to cronyisms and nepotism.

However, speaking at the swearing-in ceremony on Friday at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe President Chakwera has said he will never consider what family or region one comes from nor whom one is married to when making appointments.

“I believe that a just society is not only one in which familial, regional, and marital ties do not qualify you for service, but also one in which those ties do not disqualify you for service.

“The only thing that counts is merit, but here I must hasten to add how merit is defined in our Tonse Philosophy, because for far too long, we have defined merit wrongly in this country. For far too long, we have reduced merit to academic credentials and social media populism, but I think it is now indisputable that we have many educated and popular people who are either untested or failures in political leadership,” Chakwera said.

Chakwera said he did a thorough background research on each cabinet minister appointee and each one has been appointed basing on their respective accomplishments and they will all be assessed so as not to abuse office by falling into the trap of conflict of interest and serving personal interests.

He further defended absence of people with disabilities in his Cabinet and the absence of a Ministry of Gender and Women, arguing he has named more women in Cabinet than any president in history.

The president says the ministry will be renamed and more women will be promoted to full ministers at the end of a five-month transition.

Turning to the cabinet ministers, Chakwera said each of them has five months to produce results that will give Malawians confidence that change has come.

Chakwera advised them to continue their good work that persuaded him to appoint them into the cabinet so that the ‘doubting Thomases’ should be proved wrong.

“As you already know, many Malawians are not as persuaded as I am that you are the right people for this job. The onus is on you to prove them wrong and to reaffirm me in my confidence that you have what it takes to deliver the Tonse Transformation that Malawians have long cried, prayed, and fought for.

“Should you prove the sceptics right by being lazy, abusive, wasteful, arrogant, extravagant, divisive, and corrupt, I will not hesitate to have you replaced. Contrary to public opinion, I am not beholden to any of you, nor do I have any of you to appease, for I owe both my election and allegiance to God and the Malawian people. May God’s Spirit rest upon you as you take your oath to serve them,” he said.

The cabinet raised questions on whether Tonse Alliance is ready for business unusual as per their promise considering that the cabinet has seen people from the same family making their into it, a tendency that also characterized the previous Democratic Progressive Party administration.

South Africa based Professor Danwood Chirwa, writing on his official facebook page, said the cabinet is uninspiring and does not reflect the will of Malawians who unanimously agreed to do away with politics of nepotism, regionalism and tribalism by ousting the DPP from the country’s leadership mantle.

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India’s most notorious gangster gunned down while attempting to escape custody

Written by Angella Semu

A forensic team works near a toppled vehicle which was carrying Vikas Dubey, accused of killing eight policemen in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state

Police in India have shot dead one of the most notorious criminals in Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Dubey who has been on the run for over a week in connection to the brutal murder of eight police officers.

The inspector general of police, Mohit Agarwal confirmed the incident to India’s PTI news agency.

According to Agarwal, Dubey was in police custody transported from the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh when the car he was travelling in overturned.

He then stole a policeman’s gun and tried to flee from the scene before he was fatally shot by the officers when he refused to surrender.

Reports by BBC indicates that Dubey was transport to the nearby hospital where he was declared dead minutes after arrival at the hospital.

Other reports indicates that Dubey had more than 60 cases pending against him, including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, arson, and rioting.

In 2001, Dubey allegedly assassinated a state minister inside a police station and he was released on bail with assistance of some politicians with no case registered against him.

He had been walking with a group of armed men since then and witnesses against him often changed their testimonies or refused to appear in court.

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