Tuesday 23 May 2017
(AfricaNews 05/11/17)
Botswana’s electoral commission has invited expects to hack an Indian electronic voting machine under consideration to be used during the 2019 general elections. The potential hackers are expected to register on May 15, 2017 ahead of the hacking of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) produced by Indian company Bharat Electronics Limited, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Monday. The company will be demonstrating how secured the machines are before political party representatives and analysts next week. “The demonstration session will offer an opportunity for those with the know how to disrupt, hack and compromise the secure performance of the machines to do so
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security," said Dujarric. It will be the first conference Mahamat will address with the United Nation since he was elected as chairperson of the African Union Commission. Although he had brief talks with Guterres in Addis...
(New Zimbabwe 04/03/17)
"We cannot fight the First Family with all the resources at their disposal. They are using armed police and there is nothing much we can do but just to approach the courts and the regional bodies to which the country is a member," said Dube. Villagers who were evicted from both Arnold and Manzou farms in Mazoe district by First Lady Grace Mugabe have formally reported their plight to Botswana and South African embassies as as SADC. Botswana is led...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(APA 03/16/17)
Botswana’s President Ian Khama will miss the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) scheduled for 18 March in Kingdom of Swaziland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Emanuel Pheko said on Wednesday. Pheko said in a statement that Foreign Affairs Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi would instead lead the Botswana delegation to the summit. He said the Botswana delegation would comprise Finance and Economic Development Minister Kenneth Matambo, Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Seretse and senior government officials. “The Extraordinary Summit will deliberate on progress made regarding the implementation of SADC’s regional
(Dw-World 03/09/17)
Botswana is the official co-host at Germany's ITB tourism trade fair in Berlin. Philipp Sandner reviews an African country that has found peace and prosperity which escaped others elsewhere on the continent. September 30 is a day of rejoicing for people in Botswana," says author and political analyst Ndulamo Anthona Morima who lives and works in the capital Gaborone. He was referring to the day when Botswana announced its independence from Great Britain in 1966. Unlike other African countries, the...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
Namibia on Tuesday refuted allegations from a Botswana online newspaper about it being among three countries that sabotaged Botswana's quest for the top job at the African Union Commission. Namibia's Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) said in a statement that an article under the headline "28th AU Summit: SADC sabotages Venson-Moitoi" published on Jan. 31 by the online newspaper 'Mmegionline" alleged that "sources in Addis Ababa said suspicions were swirling around South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia as being among possible saboteurs." The ministry said it has called upon the newspaper editor to retract these fabrications against Namibia.
(Botswana Daily News 02/06/17)
Mosinki — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has said farming communities just like residents in towns and villages deserve to be appreciated for their efforts. Speaking at an occasion to interact with farmers at Mosinki lands near Molepolole he said the visit was to attest that he appreciated Batswana at all levels despite their location in the country. He said farmers had complained that they did not get a chance to interact with him at their lands...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/04/17)
Botswana's four main opposition parties launched a coalition on Friday to challenge the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 2019 elections. The BDP has been in power since 1966, but saw its share of the popular vote sink below 50 percent for the first time in elections in 2014, as it paid the price for sluggish economic growth and high youth unemployment. The four parties - the Botswana National Front, the Botswana Movement for Democracy, the Botswana Congress Party, and...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of...
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(APA 12/07/16)
The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) on Wednesday hailed the defeat of outgoing Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, describing it as a victory for democracy. In a statement, BCP spokesman, Dithapelo Keorapetse paid tribute to the Gambian people for having claimed back their country after 22 years of dictatorship. Keorapetse said the results of the Gambian elections are a big lesson for Botswana that the masses can stop the carnage, state captured corruption and the Khama dynasty to bring positive change...
(MmegiOnline 11/29/16)
In developed countries, the Labour movement is not only seen as representative a of workers’ rights. It is seen as a key stakeholder in formulating labour laws and policies, and conditions of service. They draft many of these policies and conditions of service. In fact they initiate them, lobby for their adoption and go as far as helping government to implement the suggestions, not only for public service workers, but for the entire labour force of a country. As such...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the...

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