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Formal complaint filed against Chief Justice Mogoeng for ‘vaccine prayer’

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Health advocacy organisation, the African Alliance, has filed a 56-page formal complaint with the Judicial Services Commission against Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng after his comments and prayer regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. 

If you haven’t heard by now, it was in December when Mogoeng held a prayer in Tembisa and said the following; 

“If there be any [COVID-19] vaccine that is the work of the devil meant to infuse 666 in the lives of the people, meant to corrupt their DNA… may it be destroyed by fire.”

While his comments received a lot of attention, the African Alliance claims it was nothing but a spread of misinformation. 

MOGOENG UNDERMINING THE PUBLIC’S CONFIDENCE IN A VACCINE 

African Alliance Head Tian Johnson said Mogoeng’s comments implied that vaccines can be dangerous with no factual basis. 

“By doing this, his statements as a highly visible civil servant undermine the public’s confidence in life-saving and scientifically-tested vaccines,” said Johnson who submitted the complaint on behalf of the organization. 

“Let’s be clear: Vaccines are not made by the devil and do not change your DNA. The real danger is that statements such as Mogoeng’s decrease the public trust in vaccines, and that hurts all of us,” he added. 

Mogoeng, on the other hand, said people misunderstood him.

As previously reported by The South African, Mogoeng said “I don’t know if people honestly misunderstood what I said or deliberately misunderstood what I said…I said if there is any vaccine that is being manufactured to advance the satanic agenda, of the mark of the beast 666 if it is manufactured for the purpose of manufacturing the DNA of people, that vaccine must be burned. It must die.”

‘UNFOUNDED CLAIMS’ 

Johnson said Mogoeng should be aware that national regulators such as the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) exist to ensure that products like vaccines are safe, effective, and of high quality. 

“It is highly likely that the Chief Justice himself is alive and healthy today – and free to make such baseless conspiracy theories – as a direct result of him being vaccinated as a child in Koffiekraal Village, in the North West Province,” said Johnson. 

“In making unfounded claims about vaccines, the African Alliance believes Mogoeng acted in a manner incompatible with or unbecoming of a holder of a judicial office and violated the Code of Judicial Conduct in relation to the Judicial Services Commission Act,” he added. 

Based on that, the organisation has called on the Judicial Conduct Committee to urgently review and deal with the complaint to protect the public investments made in a COVID-19 vaccine.

 “What public officials say matters. When what they say puts lives at risk and spreads dangerous lies about vaccines, we will hold them to account. We expect government and political parties to do the same,” added Johnson. 

African Alliance’s complaint against Chief Justice Mogoeng can be read in full here.

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County Govt Wins Case Against Matatu Operators

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  • Nakuru County Government can breath a sigh of relief after a court suspended orders barring them from collecting revenue from matatu operating service.

    Justice Teresia Matheka of the Nakuru High Court suspended the orders on grounds that the case was pending judgement in another court.

    “It has come to my attention, through communication by the deputy registrar, that there is a similar matter before Justice Joel Ngugi pending judgment.

    “This fact was not disclosed to me, otherwise I would not have issued the orders,” Matheka ruled.

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    The county government risked losing an annual revenue of Ksh206 million had the orders not been revoked.

    Reports indicate that 8,600 PSVs each pay Ksh2,000 monthly to the Nakuru County Government.

    Initially, Judge Matheka had suspended the collection of revenue from Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) following a suit filed by Central Rift PSV Transporters Cooperative Society Limited on December 15, 2020.

    “Pending the hearing and determination of the application inter parte hearing, a conservatory order is hereby issued barring the respondent, its agents or person acting under its authority from demanding from the petitioners’ fees for seasonal tickets,” Matheka ruled on Friday, January 15.

    Through their lawyer David Mongeri, the matatu sector sought to bar the revenue collection after they were relocated out of the town’s Central Business District (CBD).

    They cited that the relocation to privately owned premises resulted in loss of earnings yet the County Government still demanded the monthly fees..

    According to court documents, the matatu operators still operated in unsafe and unhygienic environments that lack proper sanitation despite the monthly revenue collection.

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    ‘Magralen’ receives 3 nominations at Lift-Off Film Fest

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    'Magralen' receives 3 nominations at Lift-Off Film Fest

    The Iranian short film Magralen directed and produced by Maryam Zarei and written by Payam Saeedi was nominated for the annual award of the International Lift-Off Film Festival in three categories of Best Director, Cinematography, and Actors.

    “Megralen”, as Zarei’s first filmmaking experience, participated in the 11th Toronto LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL and won the Best Film Award at this cinematic event.

    This film has competed in the competition section of prestigious international film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, Gimli Film Festival, Malta short Film Festival, Odense International Film Festival, and etc. 

    The short film “Magrallen” tells the story of a family living in a car cemetery. The little girl of the family, who is blind, together with her older brother, have built a car for themselves where they spend their days. An accident disrupts the shaky order of the family.

    Being hosted by London, Sydney, Manchester, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Berlin, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, the Lift-Off Global Network will hold its closing ceremony on January 29, 2021.

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    How politicians caused Cross River’s crises, loss of 4 lives, destruction property

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    Chairman of Ikom Local Government Council in Cross River State, Hon Kingsley Egumi has given further details on how the communal clash in Abankang and Alok communities in Ikom Local Government Area claimed four lives, destroyed property worth billions of Naira and displaced over 2, 000 people.

    Speaking with Muhabarishaji on Monday morning via phone, Hon Kingsley who lamented the incident said that the killing, destruction and displacement of people wouldn’t have been so devastating assuming the some politicians in the area were not involved.

    He said it would have been a small clash between Abankang and Alok communities where Chris Agibe and House member come from, but it later turned out to be the entire ward.

    He explained that there used to be an armed check point around the area because that land had been in dispute, but the sudden withdrawal of the Army from the road and the place made the place porous.

    “I got a distress call on Tuesday morning that some boys had started destroying things and I invited the Police, and we went there. We were able to calm down the situation and there was absolute peace, hoping that everything had been resolved, but on Wednesday, another crisis broke out. One of the Abankang boy was gunned down and four other boys wounded.

    “We went back with some soldiers, police and other security agencies and effort was made to calm down the situation, and the police took the corpse to the mortuary. Later that same evening, there was what we call Bako Union that has to do with Ikom and part of Ogoja that sued for peace and everybody accepted.

    “On Thursday, we have negotiated for another meeting between the leadership of the two communities in Ikom by 10 am, hoping that they were going to come but all of a sudden, the OC from the barracks told me that the House of Reps member had called him and said the meeting should be shifted from 10am to 1pm.

    “And I wondered what would have been the reason; this is a man whose name was mentioned right from the day the crises started. I begged on the security personnel to call him and let us resolve the crisis before it escalates, but they said he was in Abuja

    “As I was making calls to resolve the crisis, before 9am-10am of that day, the crisis started again and houses were burnt down, the entire community affected. Over two hundred houses affected, four persons, killed while over 2, 000 people displaced,” Hon. Kingsley said.

    It was gathered that some people who sustained various degrees of injuries are now under medication at the Ikom General Hospital.

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