Tuesday 12 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat. Smail Chergui, the AU's commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants. "There are reports of 6,000 African fighters among the 30,000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group in the Middle East," Chergui told a meeting in Algiers, according to the Algeria Press Service news agency. "The return of these elements to Africa poses a serious threat to our national security and stability...
(AFP (eng) 12/01/17)
Leaders at an EU-Africa summit called Thursday for the immediate evacuation of nearly 4,000 distressed African migrants in Libya under a new drive to fight slave traders and traffickers. Wrapping up a two-day summit in Ivory Coast's economic capital, a top African Union (AU) official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans stranded in Libya, where many have suffered atrocities and even been sold into slavery. He said a fact-finding mission had seen one camp in Tripoli where all the residents, numbering several thousand, were "living in inhumane conditions" and were desperate to return home. "We have agreed, along with the EU and the UN, to set up a task force for repatriating at least 3,800 people," Moussa...
(AFP (eng) 11/30/17)
A summit gathering European and African leaders from more than 80 countries drew to a close Thursday with plans for the immediate evacuation of some 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya. Wrapping up the summit in the Ivorian capital, a top African Union official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans trapped in Libya, where many have suffered attrocities and even been sold into slavery. The two-day summit of the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) was showcased as a project to boost development in Africa as it faces a population crunch.
(AFP (eng) 11/28/17)
Hard cash but also the intangible ties of history have kept Europe in pole position as Africa's main partner, even if an influx of Chinese investment is prompting many African countries to look eastward. Successive years of hefty spending, particularly in infrastructure, have propelled China into the continent's top slot when calculated in terms of individual investor nations. But a quite different picture emerges when this is seen through a broader prism -- the ties between Africa and Europe as...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe should end his attempts to remain in office after the military seized power this week as he has no regional diplomatic support to stay in power, Botswana President Ian Khama said on Friday. Botswana President Ian Khama looks on during the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo The military intervention, which political sources say could pave the way to a national unity government after 37 years of...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe should end his attempts to remain in office after the military seized power this week as he has no regional diplomatic support to stay in power, Botswana President Ian Khama said on Friday. Botswana President Ian Khama looks on during the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo The military intervention, which political sources say could pave the way to a national unity government after 37 years of...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Botswanan Softball Association (BSA) President Tirelo Mukokomani was Monday elected Vice President in the softball division board of directors of the World Baseball/Softball Confederation (WBSC). Botswana continued on their quest to host high profile sports events as the three-day meeting concluded here on Sunday. Over 300 delegates from the 130 member countries of WBSC attended the second conference since the merger of baseball and softball governing bodies in 2015. The elective conference started with meetings of several committees of the...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(APA 10/11/17)
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - Botswana and Ethiopia are set to sign a considerable number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among them an extradition treaty agreement, APA learnt on Wednesday. Botswana foreign ministry spokesperson Emanuel Pheko said this was revealed on Wednesday during the inaugural Botswana/Ethiopia Joint Ministerial Commission held in Gaborone and attended by International Affairs and Cooperation Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and visiting Ethiopian State Minister for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene Kassa. “The two ministers urged senior officials to accelerate conclusion of the pending draft agreements and memoranda of understanding, namely the Draft Extradition Treaty...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(MmegiOnline 09/06/17)
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has approved a new symbol for the Umbrella Democratic Change (UDC). The new symbol is a royal blue umbrella enclosed in a circle of the same colour, with the party name written underneath. The new symbol was approved this week by the IEC. UDC will use the new symbol at Tshimoyapula ward by-election and in the 2019 general elections. In a letter dated August 28, 2017 written on behalf of IEC secretary Motlapele Raleru says: “You are duly informed that the symbol is accepted by the Independent Electoral Commission.
(Botswana Daily News 09/05/17)
The Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Thato Kwerepe says a lot still needs to be done to advance sustainable development agenda in every country. He said this during the InterSAI study tour conference held under the theme “The role of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The conference attracted four countries namely, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana and the assistant minister emphasised the need for SAIs to align their strategies to government’s National Development Plans (NDP) for better delivery of SDGs. Mr Kwerepe said African countries needed to bring SDGs into audit focus by aligning
(Botswana Daily News 08/31/17)
Gaborone — Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi has assured the parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs, Justice, Defence, Security and Government Assurances that the ministry would work hard to ensure that Botswana implements the Eastern and Southern African Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) recommendations. Briefing the committee on Tuesday, Minister Kgathi noted that the ministry's legislative programme was therefore aimed to ensure compliance to the recommendations, which sought to ensure that Botswana did not become a safe...
(MmegiOnline 08/23/17)
President Ian Khama has bid farewell to fellow southern African leaders at the 37th SADC Ordinary Summit for Heads of State and Government Summit in Pretoria, South Africa. The President is serving his last term in office and was attending the SADC Summit over the weekend, for the last time as sitting President. He steps down on April 1, 2018. The summit was held under the theme: Partnering with the Private Sector in developing Industry and Regional Value-Chains. The 37th...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(APA 08/17/17)
Botswana President Ian Khama has lashed out at China accusing it of intimidating his administration which was expected to host Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama who has since cancelled his trip, Botswana Guardian newspaper reported here Thursday. Khama told the paper that “they told me things like the Ambassador may be recalled, it would damage relations between Botswana and China that they would as China engage other African states to isolate Botswana.” Khama said the Dalai Lama is welcome to...

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