Angola: Angolan Forces Linked to Sexual Violence Against Migrant Women
Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently released a report documenting extensive human rights abuses against female migrants in Angola, implicating the Angolan Armed Forces as the culprits. These abuses include sexual violence and labour exploitation, and the report reveals women and girls are being raped and sexually exploited by the military while attempting to reach neighbouring countries. HRW has called for immediate investigations and protection measures to be put in place for Angola’s migrants. This report is a wake-up call for the Angolan government to address these alleged human rights abuses and work towards improving the lives of vulnerable migrants.
Malawi: Chakwera Urges Unity to Tackle Natural Disasters
Malawi has been hit by severe natural disasters recently, including heavy rains and flooding, causing widespread damage to homes, crops, and infrastructure. President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has called for unity in response to these conditions, emphasizing that division will be of no use. He emphasized that during such times, political factions and agendas cannot come before the common good, and people must come together to help the affected. The Malawian government has also announced a commitment of resources to support emergency relief efforts and has coordinated work with international partners.
Malawi: ACB Makes Arrests Over Corruption Allegations
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Malawi recently made two arrests after a magistrate and a state prosecutor were accused of corruption over an allocation of land. This move demonstrates the Malawi government’s commitment towards rooting out corruption within the country. Malawi suffers from poor governance and widespread corruption, as noted by international watchdogs such as Transparency International. These arrests are a step forward in fighting corruption, promoting accountability and transparency, and building a fairer Malawi for all.
Namibia: Nampower Requests Price Hike Due to Inflation
Namibia Power Corporation has requested an increase in energy prices due to the recent inflation experienced in the country. This request, if approved, would increase household electric bills, adding to the already high cost of living in Namibia, particularly for low-income households. The government needs to consider the potential negative impacts of this request, particularly on the most vulnerable members of society, and explore alternative solutions to increase access to affordable, clean energy while keeping costs low.