- The Swaziland cabinet has endorsed a harsh law imposing fine of E50, 000 ($6, 500) for persons convicted of perpetrating domestic violence.
The proposed legislation, Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill of 2009 which is yet to be tabled in parliament, further says should the convict fail to pay the fine, they should faces up to 10 years in jail.
The Bill lists offences of domestic violence as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, economical abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking, damage to property and entering somebody’s residence without his or her consent.
It also defines economic abuse as depriving ‘someone you are involved with in a domestic relationship’ with economic and financial resources which that individual is entitled to or needs out of necessity.
It further includes refusing a spouse permission to work or engage in activities that will generate income for herself as an abuse.
The Bill also includes harassment, beatings and inflicting fear of harm as other forms of abuse that will be harshly punished by the proposed law in the Southern African Kingdom.
According to the proposed law, for a couple to be described as having a ‘domestic relationship’, they do not necessarily have to be married, or just in a non commital relationship.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.