Daily Archives: November 11, 2018

State Security review must be allowed to run its course

The Presidency has noted weekend media reports alleging internal conflict within the State Security Agency (SSA).

The SSA is tasked with providing government with intelligence on domestic and foreign threats or potential threats to national stability, the constitutional order, and the safety and well-being of South Africans.

In view of this mandate and in view of concerns over governance and other challenges that had accumulated over time, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed a high-level review panel in June 2018 to assess the mandate, capacity and organisational integrity of the State Security Agency.

Chaired by former Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi, the 10-member panel is mandated, among other terms of reference, to identify all material factors that allowed for the development of some of the current challenges within the agency, so that appropriate measures can be instituted to prevent a recurrence.

The panel has been established to assist in ensuring a responsible and accountable national intelligence capability for the country in line with the Constitution and relevant legislation.

While the review process unfolds, political responsibility for the SSA remains with Minister of State Security DipuoLetsatsi-Duba and management and staff at the Agency are expected to conduct themselves with the requisite responsibility, respect and integrity.

The review panel will in due course present its report to President Ramaphosa who has called for this process to be undertaken with the thoroughness demanded in this sensitive environment but also with the expeditiousness required to put an end to longstanding challenges.

This process must be allowed to run its course.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Gabon: Government Says President Recovering in Saudi Arabia

The government of Gabon says President Ali Bongo Ondimba is recovering from an undisclosed illness in Saudi Arabia.

The Central African nation’s presidency said in a statement on Sunday that the latest word about the president’s health was extremely reassuring and Bongo continues to perform his duties.

The statement was released amid a swirl of rumors about the 59-year-old president’s health.

Officials said Bongo got dizzy at his hotel in Riyad on Oct. 24 and was taken to King Faisal Hospital.

Bongo is the son of Gabon’s late President Omar Bongo, who ruled the oil-rich country nation from 1967 until he died in 2009. Ali Bongo won a special presidential election a few months later, although the opposition claimed it was rigged. He was re-elected in 2016.

Source: Voice of America

British Embassy commemorates ‘Remembrance Day’: 2018 marks 100 years since the end of WWI

The British Embassy in Lebanon issued Sunday the following press release marking the centennial of the end of World War I:

“The British Embassy – along with embassies all over the world – held a ‘Remembrance Day’ service at the Beirut Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in honour of the brave soldiers on all sides, who were killed during World Wars I and II, and in other conflicts.

This year marks the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. The day will recognise the significance of the end of the First World War, and the sacrifice made by so many men and women during this period.

The service was attended by British Ambassador Chris Rampling; British Defence Attache Lt. Col. Alex Hilton; Brigadier General HasanHaidar, representing Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun; Col. Samer El Beaini, representing Head of the Internal Security Forces Major General Imad Osman, Brigadier General LabibAchkouti, representing the Director General of the General Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim. Ambassadors, diplomats and military attaches of US, European and Commonwealth countries were present. Lebanese and Palestinian war veterans, who served with the British army in World War II, attended with their families.

At the end of the service, two minutes’ silence was held before Ambassador Rampling and Commonwealth Ambassadors laid wreaths on the memorial.

Lebanese veteran Deeb El Hajj who has been attending this annual event for many years said: ‘As long as I can walk, I will never miss such a precious occasion that is dear to my heart.’

The Beirut War Cemetery is the final resting place of around 1,200 soldiers, most of whom were from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. The war graves are supervised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.”

Source: National News Agency

IGAD Receives USAID Support for the Prevention of Violent Extremism

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on development (IGAD), Amb (Eng) MabhoubMaalim, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Head of Mission for East Africa, Mr. Patrick Wilson, signed a $1 Million grant to support the IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism(ICEPCVE) programmes and activities for the next one year.

The signing was witnessed by Amb. Larry Andre-US Ambassador to Djibouti and IGAD, Donald Keene-USAID Legal Advisor and Dr. Simon Nyambura-Director ICEPCVE.

The ES thanked the US government for the continued support to the CVE Center. The US delegation commended the excellent work of the Center and IGAD in general.

Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development

IGAD Receives USAID Support for the Prevention of Violent Extremism

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on development (IGAD), Amb (Eng) MabhoubMaalim, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Head of Mission for East Africa, Mr. Patrick Wilson, signed a $1 Million grant to support the IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism(ICEPCVE) programmes and activities for the next one year.

The signing was witnessed by Amb. Larry Andre-US Ambassador to Djibouti and IGAD, Donald Keene-USAID Legal Advisor and Dr. Simon Nyambura-Director ICEPCVE.

The ES thanked the US government for the continued support to the CVE Center. The US delegation commended the excellent work of the Center and IGAD in general.

Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development