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Africa

African press review 25 March 2016

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Rival clerics, ghost policemen, and patriotic footwear were some of the big stories in the African press on Monday. Zimbabwean women trapped in human trafficking was another focal point.

The Herald, Zimbabwe

We begin in Zimbabwe, where a story of human traficking has caught the nation's attention.

The Herald reports that 150 Zimbabwean women are currently stranded in Kuwait, after being lured there by a syndicate promising lucrative jobs.

Zimbabwe's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday that 15 women have been successfully brought home, but that many more are still trapped in Kuwait.

The government is urging its citizens to be wary of dubious scolarships and job adverts posted on the internet.

The Herald says that so far seven people have been arrested in Zimbabwe on charges of human traficking, and that a government committee has been set up to tackle the problem.

 

The Daily Nation, Kenya

 The Daily Nation brings us a fascinating story on "ghost policemen'".

The paper says that dead, retired, discontinued, as well as simply inexistent police officers are drawing salaries and allowances every month from the government.

Recruits who drop out of training before they graduate are also on the payroll.

Influential personalities are thought to be secretly inserting the names of friends and family into the records, so they can receive full salaries without doing a day's work.

To track them down, Kenya's National Police Service is embarking on a national head count of officers.

Next week, a commission will examine the personnel registered in stations and companies across the country.

But even with thousands of phantom police officers to boost the statistics, Kenya still falls short of UN standards, which recommend a ratio of one officer for every 400 citizens.

The country plans to meet these standards by February next year, according to The Daily Nation, by recruiting 10,000 new policement.

The announced ghost hunt could be a major setback for the government.


Punch, Nigeria

Are foreign shoes slowing down Nigeria's economy?

Punch is running a story on one shoemaker, Adesola Benson, who is calling on President Muhammadu Buharu to restrict the importation of foreign footwear.

According to Benson, this would encourage local manufacturers to go into mass production, which would in turn have a positive effect on the economy.

He even goes a step further, and plans to train 100 shoemakers himself, to ensure made-in-Nigeria products get the support they need.

The entrepreneur has his own factory in Ikorodu, and wants to turn the town into Nigeria's shoe hub - the "Mecca of Nigerian shoes", according to Punch.

He told the paper that if the government allowed local manufacturers to supply paramilitary personnel instead of relying on importations, shoemakers would thrive in Lagos State.

The Citizen, Tanzania

 Finally, an Easter story of religious rivalry.

Tanzania's Citizen reports that the country's Anglican Bishop, Valentino Mokiwa, used Sunday's Easter Mass to highlight divisions within the Christian faith.

He said the Church had been weakened by competition between Christian denominations, and revolutions among clerics.

The Citizen quotes Mokiwa as saying that hatred among bishops, pastors, priests and believers is growing, and that "the Church must examine itself because of the evil things that go on within it".

In his enigmatic sermon, the Bishop did not go into much detail, but suggested that the patronage of schools and hospitals could be one source of discord.

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