Sunday 25 February 2018
(Tanzania Daily News 09/10/13)
Maputo — The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) has warned that a Green Revolution cannot materialise in Africa without concerted effort to secure financing for agricultural production. The Forum, which ended on Friday and brought together over 200 delegates from across Africa and the world, focused on the critical role to be played by public-private partnership and inclusive business models in the development of Africa's agriculture. It heard that the global gap in financing for agriculture stood at 450billion US dollars, an issue which was more acute in Africa than anywhere else in the world. Evidence showed that only 10 per cent of African smallholder farmers had access to financing when they needed to expand their production and raise their...
(Libya Herald 09/10/13)
The Public Officials Standards Commission (POSC), set up under the Political Isolation Law, has announced that so far it has vetted and cleared 125 members of Congress. None, so far, has been disqualified from office. In the case the former president and deputy president of Congress, Mohamed Magarief and Juma Ateega, both men resigned first. Although, they had joined the opposition to Qaddafi long ago but had earlier served as regime officials, thus rendering them ineligible for office under the new law. “We are about to finish implementing the law on the rest of the Congress members,” the spokesman of the POSC, Nasser Belnour, told the Libya Herald. All members, he said, had received questionnaires involvement with the Qaddafi regime...
(The Guardian 09/10/13)
Women are increasingly challenging the traditional male monopoly of African politics. In Cameroon, campaigners have worked tirelessly to boost the chances of women standing in the country's pending elections. On a sunny day in early May, in Ndu, northwest Cameroon, a group of women, many of whom have taken the day off from work on their farms, are evaluating the performance of an aspiring politician. One suggests smiling more, another that the candidate project her voice more and not look at her feet while talking. The women are here in the Bishop Shanahan Centre to improve their public-speaking skills and learn more about electoral procedures. There are no party divisions in the room – women from the Cameroon People's Democratic...
(Washington Post 09/09/13)
Tripoli, Libya — Mohamed Hossain Akari was at home with his parents one day last week when armed robbers drove up and started shooting — an all-too-familiar attack these days in Libya’s increasingly violent capital city. Akari, 26, fired back with the AK-47 assault rifle he keeps at home, killing one attacker and wounding another. He jumped into his car to report the shootings, but said he drove right past the police station and headed instead to the capital’s real center of justice: the Supreme Security Committees (SSC), a private militia that controls the streets of Tripoli. “We all know the police don’t have the power to protect me,” he said. Akari speaks from experience. He is a police officer...
(BBC News Africa 09/09/13)
The abductors of the daughter of Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi have released her after her kidnap late on Monday. Anoud al-Senussi was received by family members in the southern Libya. Ms Senussi was seized just moments after she left prison where she had served a 10-month sentence for entering Libya illegally. The gunmen who took her said they had done so for her own protection to prevent others from kidnapping her. A security brigade, loosely affiliated to the Interior Ministry, said it had been responsible for the abduction. Observers dismissed this explanation, saying the gunmen had come under pressure from other brigades to release her. The brigade, known as the First Special Reinforcement Unit, comes under the Supreme...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/09/13)
The crisis committee tasked with resolving Libya's oil paralysis will brief the 200-member General National Congress by Wednesday with proposals on how to end the confrontation, the head of the government energy committee said on Monday. No deal has yet been reached between Libya's government and tribal mediators and various protest groups who have paralysed its oil production since end July, Saad Bin Sharada told Reuters. "Until now there is no deal to open any oilfield and they (protesters) are still negotiating their demands with local councils and mediators," Sharada told Reuters. Last week, Libya's oil output hit a post-war low of just 150,000 barrels per day compared to its capacity of 1.6 million bpd. Exports have fallen to just...
(Libya Herald 09/09/13)
Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood are giving only moral not logistical support to their counterparts in Egypt, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has asserted. This they were perfectly entitled to do, said Zeidan at a press conference as he prepared to leave Egypt yesterday. Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood were citizens, just like every other person in the country. As such, Zeidan continued, they enjoyed the same rights and were under the same obligations as every other Libyan. Zeidan said there was no logistical help being given by members of the Libyan Brotherhood to their counterparts in Egypt. “Only moral support is being provided, which comes within the framework of freedom of expression and that cannot be taken away from anyone, as long as it...
(Bloomberg 09/09/13)
Libya will offer a third mobile phone license within three to six months, the country’s communications and information technology minister said. The government wants to decrease its hold on the telecommunications sector to “get the private sector more involved, whether local or foreign,” Usama Siala said in a telephone interview from the capital, Tripoli. The two licensed operators, Libyana and Al Madar, are fully state-owned. Talks with the economy ministry and its affiliated investment authority aim to make the license “attractive to the entrant,” Siala said, without elaborating. The telecommunications sector of the nation sitting on Africa’s largest oil reserves was badly damaged during the 2011 revolution that ousted the late Muammar Qaddafi. Infrastructure has been repaired, Siala said. About...
(Libya Herald 09/09/13)
The 10th Libyan Healthcare Exhibition 2013, opening tomorrow and running until 12 September at the Tripoli International Fairgrounds, is expecting a large turnout say organisers Waha Expo. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Health and is considered the biggest annual health event in Libya. The 10th Libyan Healthcare Exhibition 2013 will also host IDEC 2013 – the 3rd International Dental Conference and Exhibition. Organizers, Waha Expo, anticipate a large turnout with exhibitors from over 30 countries, including from Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, USA, Egypt, Tunisia, Greece and Korea. These will include the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. There are 6 country pavilions. The exhibition also includes workshops and commercial presentations and social programs during the show which...
(Voice of America 09/09/13)
The Italian coast guard has rescued more than 700 people in the last two days from boats carrying migrants and refugees. Italian officials say four vessels got into difficulty in waters near Sicily. People from Syria, Egypt, Eritrea, Nigeria and Ghana were rescued. The Italian news agency ANSA reported Saturday that more than 207 people were taken to the island of Lampedusa after their rescue by the coast guard and navy. Among them were two women in the late stages of pregnancy. Another boat with 212 people aboard was being towed to Lampedusa. Two other broken-down boats carrying 293 people were taken to Augusta on Sicily's eastern coast. Violence in Syria and Egypt this year has spurred an increased number...
(BBC News Africa 09/09/13)
The abductors of the daughter of Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi have released her after her kidnap late on Monday. Anoud al-Senussi was received by family members in the southern Libya. Ms Senussi was seized just moments after she left prison where she had served a 10-month sentence for entering Libya illegally. The gunmen who took her said they had done so for her own protection to prevent others from kidnapping her. A security brigade, loosely affiliated to the Interior Ministry, said it had been responsible for the abduction. Observers dismissed this explanation, saying the gunmen had come under pressure from other brigades to release her. The brigade, known as the First Special Reinforcement Unit, comes under the Supreme...
(AL Jazeera 09/07/13)
As Kenya votes to withdraw from this 'court of last resort', we ask if other African nations will follow suit. Kenya's parliament has voted to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), sending another strong message from the continent against what is perceived to be interference from the West. The motion was passed after an emergency session of parliament was convened - and the timing could not have been more telling. William Ruto, Kenya's deputy president, is due to appear before the ICC on September 10, on charges of crimes against humanity, while Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan president, is scheduled to face similar charges in November. They stem from violence that broke out after disputed elections at the end of...
(Libya Herald 09/06/13)
The Justice and Construction Party (J&C) has ramped up its campaign against the Prime Minster accusing him of being responsible for all Libya’s currents woes. It says that it is thinking of pulling its ministers out of the government. It has also called on Congress to “exercise its supervisory role and to take all necessary measures to correct the (country’s) path and bear full responsibility before the Libyan people”. This being taken as a call to Congress to sack the government. On Monday it called upon the Congress to investigate Prime Minister Ali Zeidan over the “government’s poor performance” and, if unsatisfied, unseat Ali Zeidan in a no-confidence vote. A party statement yesterday listed the woes it blamed him for:...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A militia linked to Libya's interior ministry has said it seized the daughter of former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi for her own protection. Anoud Abdullah al-Senussi was taken as she left a Tripoli prison on Monday afternoon after finishing a 10-month sentence for using a forged passport. A member of her tribe says she is in good condition. Mr Senussi is in jail for his alleged role in crimes committed during the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has accused him of responsibility for crimes against humanity during the uprising that ousted Gaddafi in 2011. A statement released on the official Facebook page of the First Special Reinforcement Unit (FSRU) which...
(Libya Herald 09/06/13)
As water cuts spread in Tripoli and people stock up on supplies of bottled water, shopkeepers across the capital are hiking prices. This afternoon, a seven-litre bottle had gone up to LD 2 from LD 1, with many outlets across the capital selling 1.5 litre bottles for LD 1. Almost all of Tripoli is now without water, after being hit by cuts. The city centre has had no water for the past two days. Shortages have spread, although many residents were unaware of the issue because they have large water tanks. Residents in Drebi, Hay Demashque, Hay Al Andalus, Ben Ashour and even Sabaa this morning reported water flow down to a trickle, if at all, as they used up...
(Business Day 09/06/13)
Multinational companies operating in Africa are hitting back at claims that government coffers are being eroded by deliberate intragroup mispricing and shifting of profits across borders to pay significantly less tax. Apart from a lack of clarity on what guidelines to use, reports of bribes to resolve tax disputes, poorly educated tax officials focusing only on their bonuses, and a lack of will to follow global guidelines are emerging. Governments are concerned that money they should be receiving is being diverted to other countries, which then receive the tax revenue. This is leading to major moves by tax authorities to ensure transactions between related companies or parties, such as employers and employees, are done at arm’s length. This means these...
(The Tripoli Post 09/06/13)
Tripoli—Libya’s Central Bank is currently looking for the ‘right’ people to be appointed to the positions of governor and deputy governor and list of candidates has settled so far at 31 individuals who seem to be willing to serve in such capacities. The Chairman of the Finance, Budget and Planning Committee in the General National Congress, Dr. Abdulsalam Nassiya, has announced that 17 candidates have submitted applications to become the governor of the Central Bank of Libya, the Libyan news agency reported Thursday. Another 14 candidates are running for the position of Deputy Governor. Using criteria that has been previously established, the committee will be selecting only 3 candidates for each position to be voted on in the National Congress...
(The Guardian 09/06/13)
Scheme could herald a 'green gold' revolution as mines commit to ban child labour, enforce safety rules and prevent toxic run off. In a bustling area of Nyarugusu, in the heart of Tanzania's gold lands, a stocky man is fanning a dustbin lid of smouldering charcoal, gold ore and mercury on the pavement. Each waft sends a cloud of toxic vapour into the faces of children and adults as they gather to watch. The burning of mercury is a common sight in the streets, homes and cottage-industry mines throughout east Africa. The liquid metal is used to extract the gold and then vaporised to leave behind flakes of the precious metal. But in this dangerous industry, seeds of a gold...
(24 Tanzania 09/05/13)
ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 5 septembre 2013 – A two-day workshop on enhancing operational land border security cooperation in the Sahelo-Saharan region opened in Tripoli, Libya, on 4 September 2013. (21)EGYPT-SHARM EL-SHEIKH-AU SUMMIT-ASSEMBLY-CLOSING CEREMONYThe workshop brings together the countries of the region and other stakeholders, including relevant regional organizations and structures, as well as partner institutions. The workshop, which is being convened by the Commission of the African Union (AU) and the Libyan Government, is a follow-up to the conclusions of the ministerial meeting on the enhancement of security cooperation and the operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) in the Sahelo-Saharan region, held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 17 March 2013, as well as the operational conclusions of the...
(The Guardian 09/05/13)
Four days after PM vowed to track down her abductors, SSC says Anoud al-Senussi was taken 'for her own protection'. The chaos at the heart of the Libyan government was underlined on Thursday when it admitted its own security forces had kidnapped the daughter of Muammar Gaddafi's former spy chief from police custody this week. Anoud al-Senussi, 22, was snatched in an armed ambush of a convoy of Libya's judicial police escorting her to Tripoli airport. Four days after the prime minister, Ali Zaidan, vowed to track down her abductors, his government's elite gendarmerie, the supreme security committee, admitted that it had carried out the raid. An SSC statement said Anoud, daughter of Abdullah al-Senussi, who is due to stand...

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