Monday, March 22, 2004

NO RWANDA-BLACK BOX LINK -- STATE OF SOMALILAND JUDICIARY DEBATED
The belated "discovery" of the black box allegedly from the plane shot down carrying the Rwandan and Burundian presidents in 1994 turned out to be a hoax. The UN admitted that after research, they found the flight recorder had no link to the infamous incident. The flight recorder was discovered a day after French authorities alleged that current Rwandan President Paul Kagame was responsible for the plane's downing, an incident which was the pretext used by Hutu extremists to launch the genocide. The allegations swirling around Kagame occur on the eve of the 10th anniversary comemmorations of the tragedy.

The Somaliland Times reports on the state of Somaliland judiciary system. At least 300 ordinary people filled the meeting hall in the Somaliland Ministry of Interior’s headquarters in Hargeisa last Sunday to express strong grievances against what they termed “injustice inflicted on citizens by the country’s courts of law”, reported the paper Justice minister Ahmed Hassan Ali responded by admitting that the
judicial system was not functioning properly. However he said constitutionally, the administration and particularly his ministry are prohibited from interfering with the judiciary, as it is independent of the executive branch.
Somaliland is a republic located in the northwestern quarter of what used to be Somalia. It has a functioning government and institutions, but its sovereignty is not internationally recognized, even though it was an independent country before its union with Somalia. Want to know more? Visit the Somaliland government's website.

On the 14th anniversary of the country's independance, the Namibian Ministry of Labour has slapped a ban on the outright eviction of farm workers, reports The Namibian. Dubbed the 'Government Temporary Intervention Policy on Evictions', it comes into effect amid pledges from both agricultural workers and employers' representatives to adhere to it. The eviction and dumping of farmworkers has resulted in a number of battles between commercial farmers, trade unions and Government. "We need to restore peace in the agricultural sector and drive towards creating common understanding (between farm owners and workers)," Secretary General of the Namibia Farm Workers Union (Nafwu), Alfred Angula, said yesterday, when welcoming the policy, noted the Windhoek daily. The country's government has recently veered away from its long-standing 'willing buy, willing seller' policy on land redistribution.

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