Squatters fighting off eviction by Deputy Sheriff’s Office, destroy police vehicle and leave Nyamandlovu Farm owner in (ICU)

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A NYAMANDLOVU farmer is battling for life at Mpilo Central Hospital while two cops and officials from the Deputy Sheriff’s Office have also been hospitalised after nine illegal settlers allegedly set upon them with axes, logs and stones.

The squatters, a court heard, were protesting over the execution of an eviction order issued by the High Court for them to leave Mr Luke Siziba’s farm.

Prosecutors said the squatters barricaded a road by standing in front of the vehicles which were used by the police and the Sheriff of the High Court.

They deflated vehicle tyres, smashed windscreens and damaged the vehicle body with axes and logs and stones.

The three women and six men claimed the police and court officials had no right to evict them from Badminton Farm in Nyamandlovu as they had been allocated the land by Chief Deli.

Thobekile Gumede (45), Bekezela Nkomo (39), Bigboy Ndlovu (46), Erita Midzi (53), Fashion Msimanga (51), Matsetsereao Dlamini (38), Alexander Sibanda (60), Wilbroad Dube (66) and Paul Dube (65) all squeezed in the dock as they appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Ms Tancy Dube charged with public violence.

Magistrate Dube denied them bail and remanded them in custody to October 4.

The investigating officer Sergeant Sibanda told the court that the illegal settlers were not fit for bail.

“Your Worship, I oppose their bail application because they struck a man with an axe three times and his condition is deteriorating at Mpilo (Central) Hospital.

“The two assaulted police officers are still admitted at the camp hospital.

“They could be a flight risk.  Because of his deteriorating condition they are likely to face heavier charges.

“The charge could be graduated from assault to attempted murder, therefore that accused persons may be in a position to try and escape the due process of the law,” said Sergeant Sibanda.

Mr Russel Dzete of Marondeze, Mukuku and partners legal practitioners, representing the illegal settlers rubbished the investigating officer’s claims, saying that a court cannot base its rulings on assumptions.

“You cannot base the rulings of the court on assumptions. Let’s not talk about what is likely to happen should Siziba’s condition get worse. We cannot predict the future.

“The accused persons can even die before this matter is even finalised, that is another assumption.  Can we base the court processes on that? Let us focus on what we have now,” said Mr Dzete.

For the State, Mr Busani Moyo said the nine illegal settlers resisted a court order to vacate Badminton Farm in Nyamandlovu and incited public violence, which led to the loss of over $1 500 worth of property and $300 cash.

“On September 20 at around 11AM, the complainant, (deputy sheriff) had gone to Badminton Farm to execute an eviction order of the High Court where they had to eject the illegal occupants and destroy all their structures,” said Mr Moyo.

The police officers at the scene were allegedly overwhelmed and had to call for backup as the situation had turned nasty.

“Police at the scene called for backup from Pumula Police Station.

“They managed to arrest the accused persons, who were in a kombi hired from Badminton Farm. They were all positively identified by the deputy sheriff and police officers,” said the prosecutor.

Illegal settlers at Badminton Farm are not new to controversy as 400 of them last year resisted a High Court order to move out of the property, claiming that they had been legally resettled by Chief Deli.  — By Andile Tshuma

A Motion Of No Confidence In Opposition Party, ‘Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’ Was Passed By Labour MPs, (172 To 40)

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After numerous resignations by Labour Shadow Cabinet Members, in the aftermath of the ‘BREXI’, the labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn is digging in his heels and claims that the Labour ballot had “no constitutional legitimacy” . The Labour Economic advisor also, reportedly, stood down today. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. More news to follow………….
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Explaining Article 50 – The Formal Mechanism For Leaving The European Union (EU) -Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel

What Is Article 50?
Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union allows a member state to notify the EU of its withdrawal and obliges the EU to try to negotiate a ‘withdrawal agreement’ with that state – it involves five points laid out below.
 
“Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union.
 
That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
 
The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.
 
A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.”
The form of any withdrawal agreement would depend on the negotiations and there is therefore no guarantee the UK would find the terms acceptable. The EU Treaties would cease to apply to the UK on the entry into force of a withdrawal agreement or, if no new agreement is concluded, after two years, unless there is unanimous agreement to extend the negotiating period.
 
During the two-year negotiation period, EU laws would still apply to the UK. The UK would continue to participate in other EU business as normal, but it would not participate in internal EU discussions or decisions on its own withdrawal. On the EU side, the agreement would be negotiated by the European Commission following a mandate from EU ministers and concluded by EU governments “acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.” This means that the European Parliament would be an additional unpredictable factor in striking a deal.
 
However, if the final agreement cuts across policy areas within the preserve of the member states, such as certain elements of services, transport and investment protection – as many recent EU FTAs have done (for example with Peru and with Columbia) – it will be classed as a ‘mixed agreement’ and require additional ratification by every national parliament in the EU. The EU Treaties would also need to be amended to reflect the UK’s departure. In effect, this means that the final deal at the end of a negotiated UK exit from the EU would need to be ratified by EU leaders via a qualified majority vote, a majority in the European Parliament and by the remaining 27 national parliaments across the EU.
 
Withdrawal Options Other Than Article 50
 
Theoretically, there is nothing to stop a British Government unilaterally withdrawing from the EU by simply repealing the 1972 European Communities Act. Article 50 compels only the EU to seek a negotiation, not the withdrawing member state. However, while this may be the case in principle, such an approach would likely damage the UK’s chances of striking a preferential trade agreement with the EU after exit – since its first act as an ‘independent’ nation would have been to have reneged on its EU treaty commitments. It would also mean there is no transition period, so EU legislation along with the UK’s free trade agreements via the EU lapse immediately. Since some EU law applies in the UK directly, the UK would need to legislate to replace it.
 
When Would Article 50 Be Triggered?
 
The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said today “a vote to leave is a vote to leave” and suggested that Article 50 would be triggered immediately if the referendum vote were for Leave. This was confirmed by David Cameron in the House of Commons, adding that Article 50 is the only way to leave. When it is triggered is ultimately up to the UK government but it is hard to imagine that it could be significantly delayed after a leave vote. Some have suggested that, since the EU cannot throw the UK out, one way would be for the UK government to use a No vote in the referendum as a de facto negotiating mandate. But this would depend on the EU’s willingness to negotiate an exit before Article 50 was triggered.
 
Similarly, any alternative mechanism for exit would need to be devised and agreed by the rest of the EU – a significant gesture of goodwill. Nevertheless, any potential agreement the UK struck with the EU at any point after withdrawal would come up against the same dynamics as Article 50, most notably requiring approval by EU leaders, MEPs and national parliaments. Therefore, unless the UK is truly prepared to ‘go it alone’, any ‘unilateral withdrawal’ option is tricky. -Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel . Image-Ludi-European Union Logo

French Aviation Safety Agency Says Egypt Airways, Flight Messages Showed Smoke On Board.

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French aviation safety agency says Egypt Airways, flight messages showed smoke on board just moments disappeared.
These are safety messages that are automatically relayed by the flight and relayed to the ground stations so that mechanics can get ready to do repairs or top up fluids such oil which, the messages would have warned about whilst the plane is on the way.
Generally the smoke on board warning, is a coded message  on all flights, an indication of a fire on board but the real issue behind the crash will be determined once the plane’s black boxes are found.
The warnings indicated overheating, and smoke in the toilet area and finally smoke in the right hand sliding window of flight control bay and finally the windscreen temprature sensors reportedly gave off warnings, indicating a potential fire due to the high temperatures.
Generally the fact that Greek authorities attempted to contact the flight and failed two minutes before the flight was due to leave its air space but instead disappeared from radar.
This  series of warnings suggests a fire on board and could explain why there were no emergency calls from the captain as a fire on board is a catastrophic event particularly at night over the open sea and away from land, as the crew would probably been focused on dealing with the on board emergency.
Experts suggest that, it is unlikely to have been a sudden catastrophic event such as a bomb that instantly brought down the flight, but rather an unfolding emergency as the warnings show but the reality will only be known once the plane’s black boxes are found.
The news that the Egyptian navy had discovered debris from the missing flight, in the Meditarranean sea, which included seats, luggage and  body parts meant that, relatives can somehow begin to come to terms with the fact that the flight crashed and they may never recover bodies for burial.
The area of the search is approximately 3000 metres deep in the area of the ongoing  flight black boxes search.
More news to follow……….by Sibusiso Ngwenya
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Ireland Commemorates The Centenary Of The Easter Rising Against British Rule In 1916

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Several thousand people have marched in Dublin to commemorate 1916 Easter Rising leaders, who were executed by British troops after the rebellion.

The procession began at Kilmainham Gaol, where 14 rebels were imprisoned and then shot dead. It ended at Arbour Hill cemetery, where they are buried.

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams addressed the Lost Leaders march and the party asked participants to come in period dress.

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also attended.

The 1916 Easter Rising was an ill-fated, six-day rebellion against British rule in Ireland but many historians view it as the event that transformed Irish republicanism, and led to the eventual creation of an independent Republic of Ireland.

More than 480 people were killed during the Easter Rising, over half of them civilians.

Addressing the crowd at Arbour Hill cemetery, Mr Adams paid tribute to the 1916 rebels, saying “a few hundred poorly equipped Irish men and women took on the might of the largest empire the world had ever seen”.

‘Historic opportunity’

He said the 1916 proclamation of independence “remains the mission statement for Irish republicans today”.

The Sinn Féin leader said the centenary of the Easter Rising was “an historic opportunity to look realistically towards ending partition and sectarianism and division” and to “see how we can make the united, independent Ireland envisaged in 1916 a reality”.

Mr Adams added that a united Ireland “means the unity of the people of this island, including those who see themselves as British”.

“That is why Irish governments must pursue every avenue to promote all-Ireland co-operation and to build relationships between all our people,” he said.

“This must include genuine efforts to outreach to the unionists on the basis of equality.”

Friday’s march included re-enactments performed by members of the Cabra Historical Society.

Relatives of the 1916 rebel leaders and a number of marching bands were also invited.

The event took place ahead of the main government-organised commemorations this weekend.

The main focus of the official events will be a military parade – the largest in the history of the Republic of Ireland – which will will pass through the streets of the Irish capital on Sunday. source-bbc

Photo-The Lost Leaders march commemorated the Irish rebel leaders who were executed days after the failed rebellion

Italian Coast Guard Rescues 4,400 Migrants In One Day In The Mediterranean Coast

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In what is now becoming an unprecedented wave of migration since the second world war, Smugglers are reported to have suddenly taken advantage of generally stable sea conditions to launch migrant boats, mostly overcrowded rickety ones from the Lybian Coast, causing the Italian Coast guard to launch a massive rescue operation in which an estimated 4,400 migrants were rescued in just one day in a total of  22 rescue operations on Saturday.

Italian Coast guard, Navy  and Police Boats all pooled together in the rescue operation in which motorised rubber dinghies and fishing boats, brought migrants desperate to reach Europe’s southern shores.

The crisis is compounded by the fact that there is no coordinated programme of action to resolve the crisis by the European countries as no one appears to be ready to take responsibility, so there are no suitable receiving facilities on European shores, such as food, accomodation, welfare and immigrant processing services. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. See more at www.newzimbabwe.vision

photo- Image of shipwrecked people being rescued aboard a boat 32 km (20 miles) north of Libya by a frigate of the Italian navy in this picture taken June 7 -Indianexpress.

How And Why Events In Greece Affect Us In Zimbabwe-By Ian Beddowes

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The internationalized banking system began to run out of control following the deregulation of the banks round about 1980 with the coming to power of Reagan in the United States and Thatcher in the United Kingdom. Deregulation means (among many other things) that money you put into the banks for safe-keeping can be used by bankers for speculation. If they win, you gain nothing. if they lose, you lose. It furher means no limits on interest charged. In the old days, including in Zimbabwe, we had the ‘duplum’ law. This means that even if compound interest builds up over a number of years, the most that a bank or other financial institution can charge is double the original amout borrowed: thus if you borrow $100 000, you cannot pay back more than $200 000. This law has fallen by the wayside and even where it exixts, is rarely being enforced.
The IMF and the World Bank were estabished after the Second World War to assist post-War construction. The person whose idea this was was the moderate capitalist economist John Maynard Keynes. He can be seen as the father of the social democratic system of welfare state capitalism which operated in Western Europe from 1945 until about 1980.
Those running the IMF and the World Bank today are of a different mould. they represent the predatory bankers who have made unprecedented profits at the expense of productive industry the working class and the poor, insisting on state owned assets being privatized and hived off to “business people”.
In Zimbabwe, this happened to us in 1991. The Rhodesians, for all their racism, set up a relatively independent national economy which Zimbabwe inherited in 1980. In the years between 1980 and 1991, Most of what we bought in Zimbabwe was made in Zimbabwe. There was state ownership of the commanding heights of the economy and Milk Marketing Board, Cotton Marketing Board were co-operatively run by producers. Our cotton was spun in Zimbabwe, woven into cloth in Zimbabwe and tailored into quality clothing in Zimbabwe.
Then came ESAP. A little later came the ‘indigenous’ banks. These banks which collapsed in 2004, were created at a time when productive industry was in decline. Old Mutual a financial institution owned by those who used it was ‘demutualized’.
We cannot have any meaningful development in Zimbabwe without control of the banking sector. We see how the ZANU(PF) government runs desperately from China to the West then to South Africa loooking for assistance. they do not know that money is meaningless without production. They have not learned the lessons of hyper-inflation.
The Zimbabwe Communist League is the only Zimbabwean political organization with a cohesive economic recovery plan designed to build a National Democratic Economy. We cannot carry out this plan without examining both our own banking system and our relationship to the international banking system. We therefore welcome the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank and the establishment of a centre in Johannesburg. We do not think, by the way, that it is the perfect cure for all our ills. But it is a welcome alternative to the now completely predatory and ruinous Western banking system.
It is with our own problems in mind that we follow with keen interest developments in Greece and other countries and their relationship to the banking system. In doing so we continue to remind Zimbabweans that as much as we need to be clear about the banking system in Zimbabwe and the world as a whole, that PRODUCTION must always take precedence over money. By Ian Beddowes

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40,000 migrants will be relocated to other EU states over the next two years

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Migration has been top of the agenda for the European Union Summit summit, which opened on Thursday. European Union partners, have faced a deluge of thousands of migrants arriving by sea, many fleeing ,persecution, war , violence, terror and also simply economic migrants fleeing poverty mainly across African countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Nigeria.

European Union (EU) leaders, after marathon deliberations over the unprecedented number of migrant arrivals on European shores that has been seen of late, have finally come to an agreement that is envisaged to alleviate part of the problem, as leaders agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece by sea this year, whilst at the same time EU leaders agreed to resettle a total of 20,000 refugees who are currently outside the EU.

Of note is the United Kingdom who have chosen to be exempt from the scheme, using one of its exemptions as agreed in the EU Lisbon treaty.

The relocation programme is a wholly voluntary project by participating nations as some nations in eastern Europe refused to accept set out relocation quotas

The Summit chairman Donald Tusk announced that 40,000 migrants will be relocated from where they are and distributed to other European Union (EU) states over the next two years in a willing take up basis as there will be no mandatory quotas for each country.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR, statistics show that this year alone, a total of 63,000 migrants arrived in Greece and 62,000 in Italy by sea, showing the alarming rate of arrivals and the need for a responsive and joint initiative by the EU to resolve the crisis as it will only grow worse if ignored. by Sibusiso Ngwenya.

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