President Kais Saied makes ‘unannounced’ visit to Nouil, Kebili [Upd 1]


Tunis: President Kais Saied made an unannounced visit to the Nouil area of the Douz commune in the Kebili governorate on Saturday evening, where he met with a group of citizens and listened to their concerns and suggestions, as well as the difficulties they face, particularly with regard to the launch of projects and the lack of response from the authorities concerned to their demands, according to a statement from the presidency.

The President of the Republic reiterated the need for all civil servants to fulfil their duties towards citizens and provide them with the services they need in full compliance with the law, adding that all citizens are equal and there is no room for discrimination. The State will not tolerate those who are lax in serving citizens, whether at national, regional or local level, he stressed.

The President of the Republic also shared the Iftar meal with a number of citizens at Bir Belgacem in Douz. On this occasion, he stressed that the Tunisian desert has a lot of wealth and compete
ncies and that “with a firm will and determination, many of its areas can be transformed into green spaces, so that the whole of Tunisia, from north to south, becomes greener and each citizen has his full and undiminished rights in every inch of it”.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Takfiri arrested in Monastir


Tunis: An individual wanted for “belonging to a terrorist organisation” and sentenced to 20 years in prison, has been arrested by the National Guard units in Monastir.

The necessary legal measures were taken against him, reads a National Guard Directorate General press release on Sunday.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“Tunisia is for all Tunisians and those who do not shoulder responsibility have no place in State,” President Saied


Tunis: “Tunisia is for all Tunisians from the far north to the far south,” said President of the Republic Kais Saied during an unannounced visit, on Saturday evening, to the Nouil region, Douz municipality, Kebili governorate, and that “the south is a part of Tunisia that we cherish and must be developed and we will provide it with all the public facilities that exist elsewhere.”

The President of the Republic stressed, according to a video posted by the Presidency of the Republic, that the south of Tunisia must enjoy its share of development in all fields, especially as it is endowed with huge potential, just like Tunisia as a whole.

He added: “I have pledged to God and to you that I will be at the service of the Tunisian people, and my visit today is not by chance, but to send a message to the people of the south, our people have the same right to Tunisia as other regions, and it is also necessary to centralise many projects for young people.”

Addressing the audience, Said said: “You know the value of the
land and are committed to remaining in it and working to revive it, and we will work to provide the possibilities but also to hold those who bear responsibility at the regional and local level,” insisting that “officials must be up to the size of the tasks entrusted to them and must move and identify the citizens’ concerns and endeavour to find solutions to them.”

“We will keep working and we are firm, and the country must be cleaned up, and those who do not shoulder responsibility have no place in the State,” he stated.

President Kais Saied on Saturday evening made an unannounced visit to the Nouil region in the Douz commune, in Kebili governorate, where he met with a group of citizens and listened to their concerns and proposals, as well as the difficulties they are encountering, especially with regard to the launch of projects and the lack of response from the relevant authorities to their demands.

The President of the Republic also shared the Iftar meal with a number of citizens at Bir Belgacem in Douz
.

He pointed out on the occasion, that the Tunisian desert boasts many resources and skills, and with a firm will and determination, many areas can be made green so that all of Tunisia from north to south becomes greener and every citizen in every inch of it enjoys his full and undiminished right.

The President of the Republic’s visit to the governorate of Kebili is not the first, as on November 12, 2023, he visited the regions of Rajem Maatoug and Mohadith in the governorate of Kebili, where he planted a bunch of trees on the occasion of the Tree Day.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

As Part of Humanitarian Operation Ordered by HM the King, Bayt Mal Al-Quds Hands Over Equipment to Red Crescent Hospital in Al-QudsTwenty-one irregular migration attempts thwarted

Al-Quds – As part of the humanitarian operation ordered by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the city of Al-Quds, the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency handed over complete equipment to the emergency monitoring unit at the Red Crescent hospital in Al-Quds on Sunday.

A statement from the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency indicates that this batch of equipment includes office supplies, central processing units (computers), centralized internet units, large display screens, electronic tablets, mobile communication equipment, oxygen bottles, and other materials.

This operation, which took place in the presence of representatives from the Association of Hospitals in East Al-Quds, also involved the distribution of 50 ambulance kits containing 42 pieces of equipment and emergency medicines.

During this operation, a batch of medicines and medical supplies was also handed over to the pharmacy of the Red Crescent hospital and others to the Al Maka
ssed Charitable Association hospital, demonstrating the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency’s commitment to fulfilling its obligations and providing constant support to the main hospitals in Al-Quds, essential partners of the Agency in the Holy City.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Tunis: Twenty one irregular migration attempts were thwarted and 538 undocumented migrants, including four Tunisians, were rescued by the coast guard units. The other migrants are of sub-Saharan nationality.

The units also fished out a body in this operation.

The Sfax coast guards arrested 10 wanted individuals (passers-by and mediators) and seized 8 boats, 13 sea engines and a quantity of fuel, the National Guard said in a press release on Sunday.

Besides, the coast guard units in Mateur (Bizerte) uncovered an illegal boat-making workshop and seized 6 newly-built boats as part of efforts to combat irregular migration, the national guard said in another press release.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Goodwill offers 5 words to Ziro’s VDPsPalestinian cinema in spotlight at 6th Gabes Cinema Fen festival

Ouagadougou: Goodwill handed over 5 motorcycles to volunteers for the defense of the homeland (VDP) of the Ziro province, on the sidelines of the 1st edition of the local fruit promotional day.

In response to the request of the Minister of State, Bassolma Bazié, who urged the populations to support the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and the VDP, an anonymous goodwill announced a donation of 5 motorcycles for the benefit of the VDP of Ziro.

The inhabitants of the commune of Cassou also presented to the authorities a receipt for a contribution of one million FCFA which they paid to the account of the patriotic support fund.

The Ziro fruit day opened this Saturday under the theme of ‘production, sale and processing of fruits in a context of security crisis in the province of Ziro’ in the presence of Minister of State Bassolma Bazié, himself VDP of a delegation coming to support the event.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Tunis: The 6th edition of the Gabes Cinema Fen festival to be held on April 27-May 1, will focus on contemporary Palestinian cinema and its history through the works of foreign directors who tell the story of the resistance of the Palestinian people and the struggle of other peoples, the festival’s management announced in a press release on Saturday.

In this edition, the festival has chosen a programme that aims to be “attuned to the reality that goes beyond any imagination and proposes to show what cinema has been able to achieve in the face of disasters, with an emphasis on de-colonial cinema,” according to the same source.

This edition is intended to be a platform for dialogue, sharing and thought on the history of the image and the visual arts, says the festival’s management.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia’s soccer League 1 – Championship phase – day 3: Esperance ST win capital derby 1-0 over C. Africain


Esperance Sportive de Tunis won the capital’s derby against Club Africain 1-0 at a Tunisia’s soccer League 1 Championship phase day-3 game played on Saturday night at the Hamadi Agrebi stadium in Rades.

Esperance’s Brazilian striker Rodrigo Rodrigues scored the only goal of the game in the 8th minute.

This latest win sees Esperance consolidate their leading position with 12 points and extend their lead over the day’s opponents (7 points), who suffered their first championship phase defeat and remain provisionally second on 5 points with two games remaining on Sunday.

Played Saturday, March 16

Hamadi Agrebi Stadium:

Esperance ST 1 Rodrigo Rodrigues (8′)

C. Africain 0

Playing Sunday, March 17

Hedi Ennaifer Stadium, Bardo (1330):

S. Tunisien – ES Sahel

Taieb Mhiri Stadium, Sfax (2130):

CS Sfaxien – US Monastir

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia’s soccer League 1 – Playoff-Day 3: Stade Tunisien-Etoile Sportive du Sahel 1-1


Stade Tunisien and Etoile Sportive du Sahel drew a League 1 playoff day-3 game (1-1), played on Sunday in Bardo.

Results:

March 17

S Tunisien 1 Makhmout Diallo 25′

ES Sahel 1 Yassine Chammakhi 80′

March 16

Espérance ST 1 Rodrigo Rodrigues 8′

C Africain 0

Standings

P

G

W

D

L

GF

GA

Dif

1- Espérance ST

12

3

3

0

0

4

0

+4

2- C Africain

5

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

3- ES Sahel

5

3

0

2

1

1

2

-1

4- S Tunisien

4

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2

5- CS Sfaxien

3

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

6- US Monastir

3

2

0

1

1

0

1

-1

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

CAF Champions League (quarter-final): Kenyan trio referees to officiate EST vs ASEC Mimosa game


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) picked a Kenyan trio referees led by Peter Waweru Kamaku to officiate the CAF Champions League quarter final game, pitting Esperance Sportive de Tunis against Cote d’Ivoire ASEC Mimosa, to be played on March 20 in Rades.

Assisstant referees are Gilbert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Stephen Eleazar Onyango, while Algerian Lahlou Benbraham will be the VAR referee along with Zambian Diana Chikotesha.

The 2nd leg game will be palyed next April 6 and will be officiated by DR of Congo’s Jean-Jacques Ndala, assisted by Mozambican Arsenio Marengula and Congolese Steven Danek.

Mauritian Maria Pakuita and Egyptian Mohamed Adel will be the VAR referees.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia’s Basketball Pro A Championship (day 1/playoff): Results and standings


Results of Tunisia’s Basketball Pro A Championship day-1 playoff games, played on Sunday:

March 17:

ES Radès – C Africain 63-83

March 16

US Monastir – ES Sahel 79-57

JS Kairouan – ES Goulette 87-67

Standings:

Pts

Pl.

1- US Monastir

2

1

2- JS Kairouan

2

1

3- C Africain

2

1

4- ES Sahel

1

1

5- ES Goulette

1

1

6- ES Radès

1

1

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Saied announces bill to solve community land issue


Tunis: President of the Republic Kais Saied who made an unannounced visit to the south of Tunisia on Saturday evening, said during his meeting with citizens in Douz (Kebili governorate), that a bill is being drafted to solve, once and for all, the problem of collective lands.

The problem is caused by the old legal texts governing these lands, which date back to the 1960s, as well as the fact that the old management councils are still in place, he pointed out, underlining the need to to remedy the inconveniences and problems encountered in the past regarding the allocation of collective land.

Touching on the issue of tribalism, the Head of State indicated that it is definitively outdated and that “all its forms must be ended,” pointing out that all citizens are equal, regardless of their region.

He further explained that the creation of the National Council of Regions and Districts stems from the idea that “every citizen in every part of Tunisia and in every region has the right to legislate at national lev
el, as the State’s mission is to achieve integration.”

“In this way, the regions’ demands regarding fundamental issues such as community land, reach the decision-making centre and become part of the national legislation. These issues will then be tabled in the second parliamentary chamber, so that they can be settled by the MPs, who will be accountable to the people,” he explained.

In another connection, Saied raised the issue of fodder, arguing that despite its availability, prices are still high, and this is affecting meat prices. He underlined that “the distribution of fodder should not be restricted to a group of people, as speculation leads to soaring prices. It is the State that must take charge of this task in order to distribute fodder fairly.”

“The only solution is to develop agriculture, populate the desert and set up community facilities,” he added, citing the experience of Rjim Maatoug, which he described as a “great success.”

He further highlighted the role of the South Development Office (OD
S) in developing agriculture by providing the necessary equipment, “as agriculture needs modern machinery to be developed.”

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Gafsa: Some 700 tonnes of hazardous medical waste stored in warehouses over past 3 years


Tunis: The medical waste crisis in Moulares continues unabated due to its direct impact on environmental security and the health of residents, according to a report titled “Environmental Degradation in Gafsa: Cities Submerged by their Waste,” released last March 13 by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) Environmental and Climate Justice department.

“Lately, this critical category of waste generated by various health establishments has been drawing increasing attention, particularly following the shutdown of two companies operating in the region, Green Gafsa and Sud Environnement, which were involved in the collection and treatment of medical waste. The shutdown followed the withdrawal of their operating licences for failure to comply with the specifications governing their profession,” the forum recalls.

“Some 700 tonnes of hazardous medical waste have been stored in the warehouses of these two companies since they shutdown three years ago, posing a number of challenges, notably in ter
ms of collection and management. This waste now represents a real danger, especially as it is not monitored in any way by the supervisory authorities.”

“Medical waste is considered hazardous under Article 5 of Decree No. 2745 of July 28, 2008, governing the conditions and methods for managing medical waste.”

“The untreated disposal of medical waste is a clear environmental violation, as it affects the air, water and soil, not to mention the risks posed to various staff groups such as nurses, cleaners and others during the collection and transportation of this waste.”

“The main problem in this field lies in the failure of state authorities to comply with decisions made. Despite Tunisia’s decision since 2008 to break with the policy of burning medical waste in hospitals, and to devise a national strategy to manage it by calling on the private sector, whereby private companies have been tasked with treating the waste after it has been sorted and stored by the medical institutions producing it, their failure t
o comply with this measure has increased the risks posed by this dangerous category of waste.”

“This has led to the haphazard accumulation of waste in the town of Metlaoui. To date, the relevant authorities have not drawn up a plan to deal with the piles of hospital waste in the area, despite the meetings held in the region to discuss this serious environmental problem. These meetings were attended by various stakeholders, including the National Chamber of Waste Collection Companies and a number of companies active in this field, who expressed willingness to collect and treat the stockpiled medical waste.”

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Goodwill offers 5 words to Ziro’s VDPs


Ouagadougou: Goodwill handed over 5 motorcycles to volunteers for the defense of the homeland (VDP) of the Ziro province, on the sidelines of the 1st edition of the local fruit promotional day.

In response to the request of the Minister of State, Bassolma Bazié, who urged the populations to support the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and the VDP, an anonymous goodwill announced a donation of 5 motorcycles for the benefit of the VDP of Ziro.

The inhabitants of the commune of Cassou also presented to the authorities a receipt for a contribution of one million FCFA which they paid to the account of the patriotic support fund.

The Ziro fruit day opened this Saturday under the theme of ‘production, sale and processing of fruits in a context of security crisis in the province of Ziro’ in the presence of Minister of State Bassolma Bazié, himself VDP of a delegation coming to support the event.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

As Part of Humanitarian Operation Ordered by HM the King, Bayt Mal Al-Quds Hands Over Equipment to Red Crescent Hospital in Al-Quds


Al-Quds – As part of the humanitarian operation ordered by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the city of Al-Quds, the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency handed over complete equipment to the emergency monitoring unit at the Red Crescent hospital in Al-Quds on Sunday.

A statement from the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency indicates that this batch of equipment includes office supplies, central processing units (computers), centralized internet units, large display screens, electronic tablets, mobile communication equipment, oxygen bottles, and other materials.

This operation, which took place in the presence of representatives from the Association of Hospitals in East Al-Quds, also involved the distribution of 50 ambulance kits containing 42 pieces of equipment and emergency medicines.

During this operation, a batch of medicines and medical supplies was also handed over to the pharmacy of the Red Crescent hospital and others to the Al Maka
ssed Charitable Association hospital, demonstrating the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency’s commitment to fulfilling its obligations and providing constant support to the main hospitals in Al-Quds, essential partners of the Agency in the Holy City.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse