Zimbabwe Elections: Zimbabwe Votes as President Mugabe Promises to Accept Defeat

Zimbabweans vote in a crunch elections

Zimbabweans vote in a crunch elections

 

The people of Zimbabwe are going to the polls today to elect their President and members of the Legislative House amid accusing and counter-denying in long anticipated elections.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused the ruling Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) led by incumbent, Robert Mugabe of doctoring the electoral register.

But President Mugabe strongly denied the accusation and in an answer to a question posed to him by the BBC Nomsa Maseko that, what will he do if he is defeated, Mr. Mugabe said he will step down without any ill-feeling.

“If you lose you must surrender to the winner, it is the people sovereignty and nobody can dispute that as we all want a peaceful country, there will be no cheating’’,  President Mugabe answered.

Mr. Mugabe also added that he and Mr. Tsvangirai had learnt to work together and could even share a pot of tea in the presence of journalists if Mr. Tsvangirai will accept the offer.

President Mugabe, 89, will come face to face with Prime Minister Tsvangirai, 61, in the presidential ballot which political analysts say it is very difficult to predict the outcome. Some say it is too close to call.

The two long-time rivals have been sharing power since 2009, under a peace accord mediated by regional leaders in the South African Region to end the conflict that marred the elections in 2008.

Voting begins at 07:00 (05:00 GMT) and close at 19:00 (17:00 GMT), with results expected within five days after the polls.

Local reporters say the situation on the ground if nothing changes, will be a peaceful election and voters turn out could be high in the history of the county’s elections.

President Mugabe at his campaign launch on 6 July predicted 90% victory for his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Party (ZAN-PF).

Mr. Mugabe and his Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has rule Zimbabwe since 1987 and he is still seeking re-election as president on the 31 July elections.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

 

Boko Haram Jailing: Four Members of Boko Haram Jailed for Life in Nigeria

Four members of the fearful militant group, Boko Haram have been sentence for life in prison

Four members of the fearful militant group, Boko Haram have been sentence for life in prison

Four members of the fearful terrorist group, Boko Haram have been sentenced to life for their role in bomb attacks that killed 19 people in Nigeria in 2012.

Shuaibu Abubakar, Salisu Ahmed, Umar Babagana-Umar and Mohamed Ali were found guilty of masterminding and carrying out attacks on an electoral commission office and a church in Abuja.

This is believed to be the heaviest sentences given to any Boko Haram suspects ever since the Federal government started   to crack the whip on them.

Boko Haram is responsible for a series of deadly attacks across northern and central Nigeria, leaving a lot of people dead and property destroyed.

The convicted men were found guilty of plotting and carrying out attack on the electoral commission in Suleja, Niger state, killing 16 people, and a second attack on a church that killed three others in July 2012 in Abuja.

A fifth suspect was sentenced to 10 years in jail, while a sixth person was acquitted for lack of substantial evidence for his conviction.

Presiding Judge of the case, Billisu Aliyu in summing up of his judgment described how the suspect lack sympathy and respect for human race.

“They used explosives meant for blasting rocks for mining purposes to kill human beings who had done nothing against them, the convicts have shown lack of respect for human life, they deserve to be removed from the society”, Judge Aliyu said.

Boko Haram has been fighting since 2009 to create an Islamic state and implement sharia law across Nigeria.

Amnesty International has said that insurgency of Boko Haram has left more than 3,000 people dead and scores others left with permanent body injuries.

Since May this year, Nigerian forces have been on offensive to flush Boko Haram out of its northern strongholds with presidential backing.

The UK has also outlawed the group under anti-terror laws, with support for the group now considered a criminal offence in the United Kingdom.

President Goodluck Jonathan had wanted to grant an amnesty to Boko Haram by setting up a committee to look into the affairs on how a peaceful dialogue can be achieved but the group refused to lay down their arms compelling the President to resort to military action against them.

Boko Haram is believed to have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations since 2009, saying it wants to establish an Islamic state across Nigeria.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

 

 

 

Tourism in South Africa: Visit One of the best of Sun City’s Casino and Resort Hotels

The entrance of the palace decorated with elephant tusk

The entrance of the palace decorated with elephant tusk

The Sun City is a luxury casino and resort which is located in the Northwestern Province of the Republic of South Africa.

It is precisely between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve about two hours drive from the Judicial Capital, Johannesburg and also near the city of Rustenburg.

Known for its high-class standard, it was developed by the hotel tycoon, Sol Kerzner as part of his Sun International group of properties around the world in December 1979.

In 1992, the Sun City launched one of its best hotels called the Palace of the Lost City, as Sun City’s flagship hotel, which some believe the name the Lost City is a fairytale of a fantasy of a lost African tribe dating back in ancient times.

Wide view of the palace

Wide view of the palace

The Sun City is a luxury casino and resort which is located in the Northwestern Province of the Republic of South Africa.

It is precisely between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve about two hours drive from the Judicial Capital, Johannesburg and also near the city of Rustenburg.

Known for its high-class standard, it was developed by the hotel tycoon, Sol Kerzner as part of his Sun International group of properties around the world in December 1979.

In 1992, the Sun City launched one of its best hotels called the Palace of the Lost City, as Sun City’s flagship hotel, which some believe the name the Lost City is a fairytale of a fantasy of a lost African tribe dating back in ancient times.

Each room has an honor bar, safe and a multi-channel Satellite Television to make an interesting enjoyment in the room. Other in-room amenities in the Palace include air-conditioning, ceiling fans and 24-hour in-room dining continuation till daybreak as staff of the hotel run on shift basis.

The Grand Pool at the Palace is just outside the main entrance which is decorated and serves as a best ideal place to relax and take in some African sunshine believed to give the body the best of health.

The tower of the palace

The tower of the palace

From a dining perspective, it caters for all cuisines and cultures as the restaurants and bars at the Palace are elegant and extravagant, with one of the greatest attractions to the Palace of the Lost City being the High Tea at the Crystal Court.

Exclusive safaris are available at Sun City’s Palace of the Lost City, which prides itself on being part of the Route of the African Sun.

An excellent hospitality fit for a king and luxurious accommodation is the hallmark of the Sun City’s Palace of the Lost City in the Northwestern.

Set within grassy gardens, each room in the hotel is fitted with luxurious, hand-crafted furniture, befitting royalty of every tourist who visits the hotel.

The hotel is surrounded by lush botanical gardens, trickling streams and hidden walking trails that ensure that the Palace does indeed reflects its name the lost city.

The Sun City Palace is rated as one of the Leading Hotels of the World and works hard to maintain and live up to this sought-after status.

The Palace of the Lost City attracts a distinguished market, both local and international, with its 5-star deluxe hotel and service.

Some beautiful decoration in the palace

Some beautiful decoration in the palace

The Sun City itself, is a popular holiday and weekend destination for tourists and has hosted famous personalities in its 6,230 large auditorium including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Elaine Paige, Status Quo (band), Frank Sinatra, Queen, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Sarah Brightman, Roxette, Julio Iglesias, The O’Jays, Boney M., Linda Ronstadt, Black Sabbath, Cliff Richard, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and still counting.

Communication is made easy for foreign visitors as staffs of the hotel are a panel of multi-lingual staff members.

Tourists and visitors all over the world are welcomed with a fantastic hospitality and the best of the best of service with the highest standard of personal safety and security.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Tourism News

Gabon Tourist Attraction: The Untold Story of the Batéké National Plateau Park in Gabon

One of the interesting scenes of the park

One of the interesting scenes of the park

The National Park Batéké Plateau, also known as the Batéké National Plateau Park is a wildlife reserve park which is located in the Province of Upper Ogowe in Mpassa, close to the Congolese border in Gabon.

Due to its universal cultural and natural significance, it was added onto the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Tentative List on October 20, 2005.

The site became a wildlife national park in 2002 under the authority of the Head of State to the forests of Gabon areas of protection of flora and fauna under the Gabonese central powers.

The park is believe to cover an area of 2,034 km2 (785 sq mi) and is located in the extreme south eastern part of Gabon stretching as far as to the Congolese border.

The park was believed to have been reserved initially as a sanctuary orphaned for gorillas and duikers in the early days of the history of the park until when it was given a legal backing with a decree of 604/PR/MEFEPEPN on August 30, 2002.

A streaming running through the park

A stream running through the park

The vegetation of the park is a mosaic of grassy savannas and shrublands, forests interspersed wet galleries consisting of various species ranging from elephants, lions, tigers, birds, monkeys , gorillas among others.

The climate condition in the region of the park is equatorial transition, hot and humid, with an average temperature believed to be about 23-24 °.

One of the most interesting scenes about the park is its series of plateaus and rolling hills incised by valleys and intermittent streams with altitudes ranging from 350 m to 930 m and when view from afar, makes it one of the beauty nature has given to mankind.

The presence of rivers and streams in the park make it possible for different species to survive significantly thereby promoting biodiversity of species and ecosystems.

At the Upstream of the park, there are canyons where many rivers go making the touring of the park interesting as one can use a cannon or a speed boat to go round the park or better still, go by foot.

A speed boat carrying tourists in the park

A speed boat carrying tourists in the park

Geological studies carried in the revealed that the park contains Fossil dunes p-nitrophenyl butyrate (PNPB) which was believed to have occurred around 20 to 30 million years back in history.

Due to the low population density in the area, which is as low as 2 inhabitant / km2, the Fossil dunes -p-nitrophenyl butyrate (PNPB) is believed to be in good condition and can add up to Gabon’s fortunes in the oil and gas industry in Africa.

The Sands in the park represents the western margin of the continental deposits of the Congo Basin linking the wind and river-lake origin.These tertiary sands are highly permeable and do not cause erosion.

This chimpanzee relaxing at its comfort zone

This chimpanzee relaxing at its comfort zone

According to UNESCO, the park can be compared to the steppes of Mongolia in Central Asia and the Kalahari Desert in southern part of Africa.

Visiting Gabon is very easy and convenient due to the stable and peaceful nature of the country’s political system and a massive development in the tourism industry.

Local flights are available from the capital Libreville to the Provincial capital Franceville and the rest of the journey which is few kilometers away can be continued in a luxury bus to the park.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Tourism News

Zimbabwe Elections: President Mugabe Predicts 90% Victory Ahead of Nationwide Elections

President Mugabe has predicted 90% victory for his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front

President Mugabe has predicted 90% victory for his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front

The Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has launched his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) campaign for the general elections schedule for 31 July, 2013 and predicting an overwhelming 90% victory for his party.

President Mugabe who is 89 years of age, however, caution his supporters not to take any chances during the voting in what he described as do-or-die struggle and preparation for a “battle for survival”.

Mr. Mugabe is standing for the presidency against his long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been serving as prime minister in fragile power sharing mediated by regional leaders in South Africa.

President Mugabe spoke during the campaign launch for close to an hour, advising his supporters to avoid violence and concentrate on casting their ballot during the elections.

“Let’s kick our opponents with votes. But please no violence. Let’s have an election without violence, without intimidation,” President Mugabe said.

Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won the first round of the 2008 presidential elections but failed to get the required percentage to become president.

But he boycotted the second round of the elections which was run off, and accused the security forces and pro-Mugabe militias of attacking his supporters around the country.

Mr. Mugabe went ahead to win the run off with 85% but regional mediators, the Southern African Development Community, intervened to organize a power-sharing agreement due to the violence that erupted thereafter, in which Mr. Tsvangirai became Prime Minister.

The Constitutional Court had earlier on rejected an appeal by both parties to delay elections set for 31 July for a couple of weeks and said the elections must be held on the agreed date.

President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has rule Zimbabwe since 1987 and he is still seeking re-election as president on the 31 July elections.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News