100-bed treatment center in Liberia 60 ambulances, 100 motorcycles… 480 medical staff from the PLA US$ 6 m donation to UN Ebola Response
The Ebola epidemic has now become the most severe public health crisis to the international community in modern history, which not only threatens the lives and health of people in the epidemic-afflicted countries, but also poses a practical threat to world peace and stability.
In assisting Africa in the fight against Ebola, on October 24 in 2014, when meeting President Kikwete of Tanzania, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the forth round of assistance measures totaling 500 million RMB on behalf of the Chinese government, which includes:
A 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, which will be managed and operated by the elite squad of the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) who has the experience of fighting SARS. The center, which will be the only treatment center in the three epidemic-stricken countries up to now that is constructed, staffed and operated by a foreign country is expected to be put into use within 30 days;
480 medical staff from the PLA will be dispatched to Liberia in three batches, each consisting 160 people, to treat local Ebola patients;
60 ambulances, 100 motorcycles, 10,000 health-care kits, 150,000 personal protection equipment and other materials such as hospital beds, pick-up trucks, and incinerators, etc.
6 million US$ cash donation to the UN Ebola Response Multi-partner Trust Fund;
Public health experts consultancy teams and more public health personnel will be sent to help with and participate in epidemic prevention and control.
As a matter of fact, China had already sent three batches of emergency assistance to Western African countries to fight Ebola in April, August and September worth of around 250 million RMB in total. Up to now, China's total assistance to Africa has reached 750 million RMB, covering 13 African countries as well as international and regional organizations such as the UN, the WHO and the AU.
There are nearly 200 medical staff in the region at present and with the addition of the fourth batch of assistance, the experts and medical staff sent by China to the region will surpass 700.
China took the lead of assisting the epidemic-stricken countries in their fight against the Ebola disease when the international community had not paid enough attention, and escalated its assistance as situation requires. And, as long as the Ebola epidemic is not eradicated in West Africa, China's assistance will not stop.
All these demonstrates that China is a responsible big power and the nature of China-Africa relations featuring "the sharing of weal and woe". It has also reflected China's concept on China-Africa cooperation featuring "sincerity, real results, affinity, and trust-worthiness" through its real action.
Currently, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is far from being under control and poses a real threat to the people of the epidemic stricken countries and the whole world. Thus, the fight against Ebola is not only the responsibility of those epidemic-hit countries, but also an obligation of the whole international community.
China strongly urges the international community, the developed countries in particular, to take urgent measures, to enhance communication and coordination, and to support the leading and coordinating role of the UN and the WHO to make the assistance more effective and targeted with greater synergy so that we can win the final victory in the joint fight against Ebola.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.