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Rwanda is among top 10 countries in Africa that are “most child-friendly,” according to the new flagship report by The African Child Policy Forum
(ACPF).ACPF is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy research and dialogue on the African child.The report, released yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is titled “The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2013: Towards Greater Accountability to Africa’s Children.” It analyses and ranks the performance of 52 African governments in a Child-Friendly Index, comparing progress since the first ranking in 2008.Rwanda up five placesMauritius pipped South Africa to the “most child-friendly” country on the continent, with Tunisia, Egypt and Cape Verde taking the next three slots. Rwanda moved up five places from the 11th position it occupied in 2008, with Lesotho, Algeria, Swaziland and Morocco completing the top 10 spots.The “least child-friendly” countries in the survey are Chad, Eritrea, Sao Tome and Principe, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Central African Republic, Cameroon, DR Congo, and Mauritania, most of them under-investing in education and health. War-torn Somalia, newly-founded South Sudan and Western Sahara were not included in the ranking.The new figures, released after five years, show that Africa has become a better place for children compared to five years ago, and improving child wellbeing does not necessarily depend on the wealth of the country. “The relationship between the level of a country’s wealth and its score on the child-friendliness index shows no obvious association. Countries with relatively low GDP per capita such as Rwanda, Lesotho, Togo and Malawi scored high, while those with relatively high GDP per capita, including Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Namibia and Congo Brazzaville scored poorly,” reads part of the report. Basis of the IndexThe Child Friendliness Index is based on 44 indicators that measure government’s commitment to the protection of their children, provision for their children’s basic needs and the participation of children in decisions that affect them.Responding to the index, yesterday, Zaina Nyiramatama, the executive secretary of the National Commission for Children (NCC), told this paper that the ranking is not a surprise because Rwanda has done what it takes to provide conducive environment for the wellbeing of children.“I am excited with the results. This shows how our country’s efforts to promote the rights of children are recognised across the continent. Our target now is to provide the best environment for our children overall,” Nyiramatama said.Rwanda has children’s forum in place that forms a leadership committee which is part of the government’s agenda to include children in all issues that affect their lives.The country has also invested heavily in education for all children where net primary school attendance is at 91.7 per cent, according to UNDP MDGs Progress and the macroeconomic state of Rwanda, 2012.The government launched the 12-Year Basic Education programme in 2012 to enhance net secondary school attendance.“Looking back at the performance of African governments over the past five years, there are positive signs that Africa has started its long journey towards being a continent fit for children,” said Joachim Chissano, the former President of Mozambique and chairperson of the ACPF Board of Trustees.“More and more governments are allocating a larger share of their budgets to sectors that have a direct impact on children including health and education, and most governments are taking steps to enhance the legal protection of children from abuse and exploitation,” Chissano said.The Index also reveals countries that have most-improved over the past five years. Swaziland rose 36 places from 45th to join the top 10 best performers, Gambia (jumping 29 places) and Liberia (moving up 20 places).Countries that dropped in terms of child-friendliness include Namibia (down 24 places), Niger (17 places down), Kenya (15 places down) Mauritania (down 15) and DRC (14 places down). Reasons for the fall primarily include reductions in government spending on health and education.The report says despite progress, Africa remains a region in which large numbers of children continue to die of preventable causes and many still deprived of access to their basic needs. “The recent economic growth witnessed in the region must translate into concrete results in terms of reducing inequality and expanding the fiscal space to invest in our children,” said Théophane Nikyèma, the executive director of the African Child Policy Forum. “While there is the “good news” story of the dramatic drop in child mortality and a boom in primary education, the persistence of preventable deaths, child hunger and malnutrition, lack of access to healthcare services, low school completion rates and declining educational quality in the region continue to prove obstacles for improving children’s wellbeing,” Nikyèma added.Salient investingInvesting in prevention and treatment of killer diseases and re-enforcing maternal and infant nutrition interventions; ensuring universal quality primary and secondary education; increasing public investments in sectors linked to children such as education, health, and social protection.Others include improving legal protection of children and enforcement; and, most importantly, enhancing accountability and good governance are key measures, according to the report.“The results of the ranking demonstrate what is really happening on the ground in our country.“Rwanda is one of the best country in Africa where you can raise your children because they are able to access better and inclusive education, health and other necessities,” said Beata Umugawaneza, a mother of four children.
A dispute over payments for teachers who will be marking
national examinations risks delaying the release of the KCPE and KCSE results, putting the fates of hundreds of thousands of candidates in the balance.The two rival teachers’ unions — Knut and Kuppet — are yet to agree on whether their members should mark the examinations with Kuppet asking its members to stay away until they can strike a deal with the Kenya National Examinations Council and Knut telling its members to go ahead and mark the exams.Kuppet has been demanding that the money paid to its examiners should not be taxed. It also wants teachers paid after every week.Usually, payments for examiners take months to process due to delays in government procurement procedures. The union has been pushing for a 300 per cent increase in the allowances that examiners are paid. It has also been demanding better accommodation for the examiners.MARKING CENTRESThis year, 5,500 teachers will be marking the KCPE papers. Another 11,000 will be marking the KCSE papers. The teachers will be accommodated in 33 marking centres across the country.On Tuesday, Knec said the teachers will receive enhanced payments this year.For instance, the basic fee will range from Sh800 for an ordinary examiner to Sh30,000 for the KCSE chief examiners.Teachers will also be paid a script fee with the lowest paid examiner getting Sh42 per script and the highest paid getting Sh68. Each examiner will also be given return fare depending on the distance travelled. They will also earn Sh150 per day as co-ordination fee.“Some of the issues raised by Kuppet have been addressed and the rest will continue to be addressed incrementally,” Ms Frida Were, the head of public communications at the examination council, said in a statement.She also said teachers will only be paid an advance script fee “at the end marking exercise” as they wait for processing of their final payment.IGNORE BOYCOTT CALLS“Marking is already in progress as we continue to address several issues that have been raised,” she said. “The marking process for KCPE examination started on 18th with live marking expected to run from 26th November to 3rd December.”On Tuesday, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) told its members to ignore boycott calls by Kuppet. (READ: Teachers vow to boycott marking examinations)The move, which marks yet another superiority contest between the two unions, has threatened to delay the timetable for marking exams and releasing of the results.Mid-this year, the unions were locked in a dispute over a salary increment for teachers. Although the members of both unions went on strike for about a month, Kuppet signed a deal with the government to end its strike. Knut followed a few days later, settling for a package that was close to the deal signed between Kuppet and the government.This time round, it is unlikely that the teachers identified to mark the examinations will boycott given that they earn substantial allowances for the duration and that they are required to individually enter into contracts with the examination council.Knut acting secretary Mudzo Nzili and national chairman Wilson Sossion on Tuesday said they had held successful consultations with the examinations council on the question of payments since May. (READ: Kuppet's plans to disrupt exam marking are myopic and an abuse of the teaching profession)“We agreed that taxation be waived for examiners who will earn less than Sh133,000,” Mr Nzili said during a press conference at the Knut headquarters in Nairobi.Earlier in the day, Kuppet national secretary for secondary schools, Mr Edward Obwocha, said the union had intensified its regional meetings urging examiners to boycott marking.The union is scheduled to meet Nyanza examiners on Friday to mobilise them not to report to their respective marking centres.As a rule, KCPE results are released a day or two after Boxing Day in December, while KCSE results are released towards the end of February.A dispute over payments for teachers who will be marking national examinations risks delaying the release of the KCPE and KCSE results, putting the fates of hundreds of thousands of candidates in the balance.The two rival teachers’ unions — Knut and Kuppet — are yet to agree on whether their members should mark the examinations with Kuppet asking its members to stay away until they can strike a deal with the Kenya National Examinations Council and Knut telling its members to go ahead and mark the exams.Kuppet has been demanding that the money paid to its examiners should not be taxed. It also wants teachers paid after every week.Usually, payments for examiners take months to process due to delays in government procurement procedures. The union has been pushing for a 300 per cent increase in the allowances that examiners are paid. It has also been demanding better accommodation for the examiners.MARKING CENTRESThis year, 5,500 teachers will be marking the KCPE papers. Another 11,000 will be marking the KCSE papers. The teachers will be accommodated in 33 marking centres across the country.On Tuesday, Knec said the teachers will receive enhanced payments this year.For instance, the basic fee will range from Sh800 for an ordinary examiner to Sh30,000 for the KCSE chief examiners.Teachers will also be paid a script fee with the lowest paid examiner getting Sh42 per script and the highest paid getting Sh68. Each examiner will also be given return fare depending on the distance travelled. They will also earn Sh150 per day as co-ordination fee.“Some of the issues raised by Kuppet have been addressed and the rest will continue to be addressed incrementally,” Ms Frida Were, the head of public communications at the examination council, said in a statement.She also said teachers will only be paid an advance script fee “at the end marking exercise” as they wait for processing of their final payment.IGNORE BOYCOTT CALLS“Marking is already in progress as we continue to address several issues that have been raised,” she said. “The marking process for KCPE examination started on 18th with live marking expected to run from 26th November to 3rd December.”On Tuesday, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) told its members to ignore boycott calls by Kuppet. (READ: Teachers vow to boycott marking examinations)The move, which marks yet another superiority contest between the two unions, has threatened to delay the timetable for marking exams and releasing of the results.Mid-this year, the unions were locked in a dispute over a salary increment for teachers. Although the members of both unions went on strike for about a month, Kuppet signed a deal with the government to end its strike. Knut followed a few days later, settling for a package that was close to the deal signed between Kuppet and the government.This time round, it is unlikely that the teachers identified to mark the examinations will boycott given that they earn substantial allowances for the duration and that they are required to individually enter into contracts with the examination council.Knut acting secretary Mudzo Nzili and national chairman Wilson Sossion on Tuesday said they had held successful consultations with the examinations council on the question of payments since May. (READ: Kuppet's plans to disrupt exam marking are myopic and an abuse of the teaching profession)“We agreed that taxation be waived for examiners who will earn less than Sh133,000,” Mr Nzili said during a press conference at the Knut headquarters in Nairobi.Earlier in the day, Kuppet national secretary for secondary schools, Mr Edward Obwocha, said the union had intensified its regional meetings urging examiners to boycott marking.The union is scheduled to meet Nyanza examiners on Friday to mobilise them not to report to their respective marking centres.As a rule, KCPE results are released a day or two after Boxing Day in December, while KCSE results are released towards the end of February.
The Dar es Salaam bourse has approved Swala Energy’s share listing on the enterprise and growth market (EGM) segment, a move that could make it the third firm to start trading on the new
board.Swala jointly owns Tullow Oil’s block 12BB in Kenya, and has a 32.5 per cent equity interest in each of the Pangani and Kilosa-Kilombero hydrocarbon exploration blocks in Tanzania.The Dar-es-Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) disclosed the approval in its quarterly update for the period ended September 2013.Swala Energy is now waiting for an approval from Tanzania’s Capital Markets Authority on the planned initial public offer (IPO) so that it can sell its shares to the public.The Australian hydrocarbon exploration firm will be listing on the Dar bourse after the IPO, joining Maendeleo Bank whose shares are already trading on the new board and Mwanza Community Bank whose IPO was extended.Approved listings“During the quarter the DSE Governing Council approved three new listings on the EGM market segment. The approved listings are for Maendeleo Bank, Mwanza Community Bank and Swala Energy (Tanzania),” said the DSE in its quarterly update.The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed explorer’s plan to list on the DSE, which is expected to help lift the firm’s profile locally, will further dilute the parent company shareholding even as it seeks to raise capital for its activities in the East African region.Tanzania Securities Limited is the nominated advisor for Swala Energy and its IPO comes at a time when the exploration firm raised $4 million through a private placement.
Dar es Salaam - As billionaire Richard Branson invest millions of dollars in the undersea
adventure while other global millionaires purchase luxury submarines to sit on the decks of their yachts, Tanzania’s Pemba Island has become the first in Africa to host underwater hotel room.The move comes as Tanzania, touted as East Africa region’s sleeping giant, overtakes Kenya in tourism revenues, a stakeholder in Pemba Island is taking offering leisure beneath the sea in a bid to cash in more millions of shillings from the rich.Some call it underwater tourism while others term it adventure in the sea, but it is now here in Pemba, thanks to Manta Resort that finally opened its plush hotel room beneath the Indian Ocean. At the cost of $900(Sh1, 485,000) per night, you can share your world with sea creatures including fish.But, if your spouse has come along the cost rises to $1,500(Sh2,475,000) per night, according to details gathered by The Citizen.The Mantra tourist resort Pemba becomes the first in Africa to build a hotel room beneath the sea.Manta, which operates the 16 bed-room resort, hopes to cash in undersea tourism, which is new in Africa.The facility has become an important attraction to tourists, especially divers, even as Pemba and Zanzibar islands seek to boost tourism after a series of attacks on foreigners and clerics in recent months.Designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, the three storey structure is built by building materials that allows it to float. Located about 250 meters offshore, the room is submerged 13 feet below the Indian Ocean.The room also features plenty of windows so guests can watch fish and other sea creatures swim by. Above the water, two additional floors provide an airier atmosphere, including a terrace perfect for sunbathing by day and stargazing by night.The bathroom and a lounge area are at sea level and finally the bedroom downstairs underwater, where guests can see fish swimming around their room.At night, spotlights under the windows attract and illuminate squid and octopus -- a more reclusive crowd than the daytime sea life.
The Government is in a process of developing an IT solution that will monitor the performance of central and local government as well as
parastatals.The system, dubbed “Government Command Centre,” was last week announced by Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi during his presentation of government activities for the fiscal year 2013/2014.Speaking to The New Times at the weekend, Didier Nkurikiyimfura, the director-general of ICT in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, said the system operates like a vehicle dashboard.It will display the performance of every agency, including show hitches.Nkurikiyimfura said the application will mainly be used to monitor the implementation of performance contracts, which are signed by officials from the central and local government.“Data will be collected from several agencies to show how each is performing. The Ministry of Finance, through the financial management information system, will be connected to Government Command Centre to monitor the performance in terms of finance,” said Nkurikiyimfura.Bridging info sharing gap“This system will facilitate decision makers in knowing how to spend and where to spend as well as ensuring that taxpayers’ money is spent effectively. Since information from Government Command Centre will be instant and timely; it will bridge the gap of information sharing in several agencies,” the ICT chief added.Nkurikiyimfura said to have the centre in place, they will make use of the cloud computing system, which is already in place and being used by government agencies.Cloud computing will serve as the server for Nkurikiyimfura. Normally, cloud computing allows corporations and businesses to have their data hosted and accessed any time.A similar system is common in big private corporations and only a few countries such as Malaysia have used it as key performance indicators.Nkurikiyimfura said they will start on a small scale connecting a few sectors like health education and finance but the grand plan is to have all government entities connected to the system.
The impending initial public offer (IPO) of Crystal Ventures Limited’s 20 per cent stake in MTN Rwanda has invigorated activity at stock exchange, dealers and sector experts have
said.“When it happens, in the coming months, it will be a boom to investors as we have not had an IPO in the past two years,” said Shehzad Noordally, the general manager of CDH Capital, a brokerage firm at the Rwanda Stock Exchange.Crystal Ventures is Rwanda Patriotic Front’s investment arm that was established in 2009. Apart from the 20 per cent stake in MTN Rwanda, the firm has interests in real estate, construction and civil works, telecoms, security services, media, building materials and furniture. Jean Aime Habimana, a broker with Standard Bank Group Securities in Kigali, said if the shares are floated on the stock, they would perform well “considering how it’s the leading telecom company in the country.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles players John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have both been shortlisted for the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.The five-man list which also includes Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon was released today November 12, 2013.The winner will be
decided by African football fans, who will vote through the web and SMS. Voting closes on November 25, 2013.Obi and Moses have had a fantastic run so far – both players were part of the 2013 squad which won African Cup of Nations held in South Africa.Last year, Zambia’s Christopher Katonga won the award, beating Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Younes Belhanda and Yaya Toure to become the first winner from southern Africa in the history of the award.
At least 1,000 private students in higher institutions of learning could be thrown out of school over irregularities in their admission.The development comes after the Ministry of Education evoked a 2007 policy governing higher education to stem fraudulent admission of students in private institutions of higher learning. The
policy requires that universities do not admit students who passed with either Grade S or F, according to a November 1 circular signed by the Minister for Education, Dr Vincent Biruta.The circular was directed to all heads of private institutions of higher learning. The policy, which seeks to ensure quality in higher institutions of learning, affects more than 1030 students from Rwanda Association of Private Institutions of Higher Learning (ARPES), whose admission has been terminated.And the number is expected to be higher as there are other private universities which do not subscribe to the association. The most affected are those who study technical and vocational education in Senior Six.The new directive also says the affected students should claim any fees they have paid to the institutions.InvestigationsThis paper understands the decision follows an investigation into the management of admissions into private institutions of higher learning. The decision to evoke this admission guideline was communicated at an October 20 meeting between Education Ministry officials and representatives of private higher learning institutions that discussed admission criteria effective this academic year.The circular, a copy of which The New Times has obtained, gives reference to this meeting. It is understood most of the students affected by the policy had already reported for this academic year, which started in September. The ministry blamed institutions for violating the admission policy governing higher education by admitting students with poor grades.“Aducation, with at least two principal passes,” reads part of the circular.andida cte to be admitted to an undergraduate programme should have an Advanced General Certificate of Secondary EPasses are counted using alphabetical letters which are A, B, C, D, E, S and F. Principal passes are graded A, B, C, D and E. A, the best grade, represents six points, with S representing a point from subsidiary paper like General Paper, while F is failure.The policy says that a candidate should have at least two of the mentioned grades to be admitted in any tertiary institution.Despite this, some students who have been affected are still hanging around the universities visited by this paper, with hope that the decision may be reversed. Students’ takeAlthough the affected students are not attending lectures, they argue that the policy was communicated late because they are two months into the semester.The students urged university administrators to engage the Ministry of Education to stay the policy until the next academic year.“I think this policy is new or it was not communicated in time, now we have registered as new students, paid our tuition fees and spent money buying other academic materials, we wonder why we should be dismissed as if we were not duly admitted by university,” said Denise Uwamahoro, a first year student of Bachelors in Biotechnology at Institute of Higher Education (INES Ruhengeri).Another student, who only identified herself as Ishema, said it was not fair to send students home in complete disregard of having obtained the National Advanced Level Examination certificate. “It is like the certificates they gave us are void, how can they base on two principal passes. This is unfair and it is a surprise that we are sent home after two months of studying,” she said.One can qualify to get a certificate without necessarily having two principal passes from their subject combination. INES Ruhengeri guild president Richard Nteziryayo also said the decision was not favouring students because it was communicated late.“This was due to disagreement between the ministry and various institutions. There are hundreds of students that are supported by FARG and are stranded, they are forced to go back home, yet those are admitted after consulting government institutions,” Nteziryayo said.“I wonder why they admitted that huge number while they knew they had not raised two principal passes. Our prayer is that the policy is deferred and implemented next academic year.”Rectors of private higher learning institutions, however, acknowledge that it was their mistake as the policy is not new because it started in 2007.This is the first time the policy is being implemented since it came into force.Fr Dr Deogratias Niyibizi, the INES rector, who also doubles as the head of Rectors’ Council of Private Institutions of High Learning said the only problem is that the communication was made late.“We would wish the policy to be delayed until next year because many students are affected but we have no right to ignore the law. We don’t blame the Ministry because they informed us but we delayed implementing the policy,” said Niyibizi.Richard Niyonkuru, vice rector in charge of finance at the Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali, said more than 250 students have been affected there.He said the change will affect both the university as a whole and not just the students alone.“It is disturbing to admit students and later tell them they are not qualified to study in university, we shall have to adjust our budget accordingly and refund them,” Niyonkuru said.Dr Gustave Tombora, the academic vice rector of Rwanda Tourism University College, said the decision should be enforced next academic year.However, Minister Biruta insisted there is no looking back. “There shouldn’t be any worries, as ministry we have spelt out that students to be admitted to higher learning institutions should have met certain requirements in accordance with a policy governing higher learning institutions that should be respected. The mistake was made by higher learning institution officials who admitted ineligible students,” said Dr Biruta. The policy apparently does not affect students who had been admitted earlier, or those who have already graduated.
Cape Town - Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol were withdrawn against former SA Idols singing contest winner Karen Kortje on Tuesday, the NPA said.The Kuils River Magistrate's Court in Cape Town withdrew the case after refusing another postponement, said Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric
Ntabazila."The reason the matter couldn't go ahead is that blood results are not back yet," he said.Kortje was arrested more than a year ago, on 8 July, and last appeared in court in April this year.The Cape Argus reported she was arrested in front of a police station in Van Riebeeck Road after officers noticed her allegedly driving erratically and recklessly.Kortje was a packer on an apple farm and lead singer of the Elginaires when she won Idols.A year later, her then-boyfriend Cheslin Williams was arrested for the murder of Durbanville guest house owner Renata Kellerman.Williams was sentenced to life in prison.
NAIROBI - Parliament Tuesday evening passed a lop-sided law which strips women of the right to an equal share of family property in case of divorce.Male MPs changed the Matrimonial Property Bill to say that a man and his wife will share matrimonial property according to each person’s contribution.They also forced another change to
the Bill which, if it becomes law, means that spouses are only entitled to a share of property which is in their joint names. Property which is in the name of only one spouse is no longer matrimonial property.Stay at home mothersIn its current form, the Bill is a blow to stay-home mothers who contribute to the family in non-financial ways. Also, family property is traditionally and as a matter of routine, registered in the father’s name.Women MPs wanted a simple formula where the wealth is shared equally, irrespective of what each partner contributed.But with only 34 women MPs in the House, they were beaten 87-28 in a physical vote.The House — whose attendance yesterday was unusually high — also passed the Bill which, while requiring the couple to share wealth depending on contribution, says the burden of debt incurred by the family is to be shared equally by both partners. The debt will be shared so long as it was “for the benefit of the marriage”.According to another amendment pushed by the MPs, matrimonial property is defined as “matrimonial homes, household goods and effects in those homes and any other immoveable or movable property jointly owned by both spouses”.“If there is any property to be divided, it must be in accordance with the share of each spouse’s contribution to the matrimonial property. It ensures that no one person just sits and waits for the other person,” said Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chairman Samuel Chepkong’a, who proposed the amendment.In the debate touched off by his amendment, there were impassioned speeches.Dr James NyikalDr James Nyikal (Seme, ODM) was among MPs who argued that property ought not to be shared equally irrespective of contribution.“If it is taken for granted that just being in the marriage everything will be shared equally and there will be no question, I don’t think that will be fair,” said Dr Nyikal.Ms Millie Odhiambo (Mbita, ODM) lost despite her argument that equal sharing is a constitutional principle and MPs had no business suggesting that the contribution of each partner should be determined.“The Constitution is very clear about equal rights before, during and after dissolution of a marriage. It is not really anything we have a choice about and that is an argument that we would have had very well when making the Constitution but at this point, unless it is calling for the amendment of the Constitution, the principle is clear in the Constitution,” she said.Ms Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale County, ODM) argued that women’s contributions to marriages are more than just the financial.“Mwanamke akiolewa anaweza kuwa pengine hana kazi lakini mfahamu kwamba atakuja kwake kufagia, kumchemshia bwana maji amabayo pia ni contribution, na mengineo mengi ya kuwa waeze kupata equal share (A woman might be unemployed but remember she will clean her husband’s house, warm his bath water and many other things that may be considered a contribution that should enable her get an equal share of any matrimonial property),” she said.She is entitled to 50 per cent Ms Esther Murugi (Nyeri Town, TNA), said: “Whether the woman has contributed or not, she has fed the man, she has cleaned the man, she has taken care of the family. She is entitled to 50 per cent.”When Ms Rachel Shebesh, who was chairing the session, put the matter to the vote by acclamation, the amendment appeared to have sailed through, but the women MPs marshalled the numbers to force a physical vote. That was where the men won 87-28.Mr David Ochieng (Ugenya, ODM) had the MPs return to the Bill after the Third Reading to include the provision that only property that would have been owned jointly would be shared equally.This drew protests from Ms Wanjiku Muhia (Nyandarua County, TNA), who said that would be unfair to women because many of them are not jointly registered as owners of property acquired by their husbands.She was supported by Ms Florence Kajuju (Meru County, TNA) who argued along the same lines.“We don’t live in Utopia. We know that in our society, it is very rare for a woman to be registered as the owner of property,” she said.The women were once again outnumbered by the men in the vote.Mr Chepkong’a had to withdraw an amendment removing a provision which allows spouses to go to court to nullify a pre-nuptial agreement if it is determined that it was influenced by fraud, coercion or is manifestly unjust.
Dar es Salaam - Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) claims that it would post a loss of Sh1.6 trillion ($1 billion), between October 2013 and December 2015, if its request to raise power tariff by 90 per cent hits a snag.In its application submitted to the regulator, Energy and Water Regulatory Authority (Ewura), Tanesco wants a tariff increase of 90
per cent, meaning electricity consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets to light their homes, produce goods and engage in other key economic activities.The proposed rise would be implemented within three years—from October 2013 to 1 January, 2015.The cash-strapped and debt-laden state power utility, Tanesco, has applied for an increase in the power tariff of about 68 per cent effective 1 October this year.The company, in September, applied for a three-year consecutive raise of power tariff by an average of 67.87 per cent effective 1 October this year, 12.74 per cent effective from January 1, 2014 and 9.17 per cent effective January 2015.The most affected customers if Tanesco’s application is granted to the letter would be those in category D1 whose consumption of electricity exceeds 50 units per month.This group would pay Sh467 per unit up from the current Sh273, an increment of 71 per cent.The Citizen couldn’t independently verify Tanesco’s claims that it would post such a huge loss within a period of twenty seven months.But, in its application to Ewura, which The Citizen has seen the copy, Tanesco claims that if the tariff increase request will not be approved, it would have financial implications including a projected consecutive loss of Sh76.5 billion, Sh641.3 billion and Sh897.8 billion in the next 27 months.“Furthermore, Tanesco will not be able to meet its operational expenses, invest on its infrastructure and consequently fail to deliver quality services to its customers,” states the cash-strapped power utility in its application.The financial loss may also reduce Capital Investment Plan (CIP) expenditure and make the 250,000 customer connections goal unlikely to be achieved.Tanzania’s household electrification rate will not reach national target of 30 per cent, Tanesco claims.
Dutch authorities have launched an investigation into whether a smoking ban was violated after US pop star Miley Cyrus lit up what appeared to be a joint on stage during the MTV music awards in Amsterdam."We received complaints about smoking which was also seen on television. We have to investigate," Tjitte Mastenbroek of the National Food
and Consumer Authority (NVWA) told AFP on Tuesday."We will shortly be meeting the Ziggo Dome's management to check what exactly happened there," he said, referring to the venue.Publicity-seeking Cyrus, 20, lit up what appeared to be a cannabis cigarette on stage during Sunday night's MTV European Music Awards live show at the Ziggo Dome after accepting the Best Video award for her hit single "Wrecking Ball."Cyrus took what seemed to be a half-smoked joint out of her Chanel bag and lit it up inside the venue which can hold up to 17,000 people.The incident was cut by MTV when it rebroadcast the show in the United States, preferring to show a wide-angle crowd shot.Although cannabis is technically still illegal in the Netherlands, the country in 1976 decriminalised possession of less than five grammes (around a sixth of an ounce).Mastenbroek said the consumer watchdog was investigating why Cyrus lit up in a smoke-free area."There is a smoking ban in public places in the Netherlands. Employees have the right to a smoke-free environment and this includes camera and sound personnel," he said."After meeting the Ziggo Dome's management we will decide whether possible steps will be taken," Mastenbroek added.Ziggo Dome spokesman Danni Damman said the venue had a strict non-smoking policy and security personnel would ask any smoker not in a designated area to put out a cigarette at once.Cyrus' lighting up "caught us by surprise. It's not easy to interfere in a moment like that," he told AFP.He said the venue had not yet received word from the NVWA. "Once they have contacted us we'll be able to say more," he said.The MTV Europe Awards are held each year in a different European city and will be hosted next year in Glasgow, Scotland.