| Africatime
Thursday 23 March 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
Uganda has discovered an estimated 6.5 billion barrels of crude reserves on its Albertine rift basin along the border with the DRC. Uganda says it has asked China for a $500 million loan to help build almost 600 km of roads in the country’s oil-rich west, amid criticism over heavy borrowing that has ballooned the country’s debt. Uganda has discovered an estimated 6.5 billion barrels of crude reserves on its Albertine rift basin along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, lack of infrastructure, such as roads and an export pipeline, as well as disagreements between the government and international oil companies over taxes, have repeatedly delayed production. The Uganda National Roads Authority...
(The Associated Press 03/23/17)
Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief and Uganda's government said Thursday, calling for international help to support over 800,000 people now sheltering there. The U.N. has called it the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis. More than 570,000 refugees have arrived from South Sudan since July — and the number could pass one million by the middle of this year, the joint statement by U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi and Uganda's government said. "We are at breaking point. Uganda cannot handle Africa's largest refugee crisis alone," Grandi said. "The lack of international attention to the suffering of the South Sudanese people is failing some of...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Kenya has ruled the World Cross Country Championships in all the four editions held in Africa. That trend is not about to end as the team takes their title challenge to Kampala, Uganda on Saturday. Head coach Juma Ndiwa, himself a former 800 meters runner, who represented the country in World Championships and Olympics, said there is every sign that the team will rule the roost in the Ugandan capital. It will also be the fifth time the championships will...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years,...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
South Sudanese women in Uganda say they have found a way to support each other amid tough financial times. The idea can be traced to the South Sudanese concept of “sanduk,” or box. It's an arrangement under which each member of a group of women contributes a small amount of money monthly, collected by the group's treasurer. All the cash is given to one member of the group each month. The same exercise is repeated the following month for a...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...
(AFP (eng) 03/17/17)
Uganda's second most prominent policeman was shot and killed in his car on Friday along with two other officers as he left his home in Kampala, police said. Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Kaweesi served as the force's spokesman and was one of the country's most high-profile officers. "He was shot dead this morning as he was leaving his home coming to work," Inspector General Kale Kayihura told AFP. "Kaweesi had two police officers guarding him who were also...
(New Vision 03/17/17)
Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development expressed optimism that the pipeline will be done by 2020 The deliberations were heated. The media was locked out. After more than eight hours behind closed doors, the talks between Ugandan and Tanzania officials regarding the crude export pipeline ended past 9pm on Thursday night. After the talks, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, the Tanzanian minister of Energy and Minerals revealed to waiting journalists that an inter-governmental agreement between Uganda and Tanzania will be reached this month regarding the subject. “The discussion today was fruitful. We are 85% sure that we may come up with an inter-governmental agreement document by the end of this month.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/17/17)
Unknown gunmen killed the spokesman for Uganda's police force and also his bodyguard and driver early on Friday as the official left his home in the capital Kampala, a government spokesman said. Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi and the two other victims were killed in Kulambiro, a suburb in the north of the capital, Ofwono Opondo, the government spokesman, told Reuters. "He (Kaweesi) was waylaid this morning by yet unknown gunmen. All the occupants of the...
(Daily Monitor 03/17/17)
Nakaseke — Police authorities in Nakaseke District today blocked the former FDC leader, Dr Kizza Besigye and other notable opposition leaders from addressing a planned rally on land matters. Police led by the Regional Police Commander only identified as Kyaligonza and District Police Commander, Mr Asiimwe blocked Opposition leaders from accessing Nakaseke District where five villages, sitting on a 540- acre- piece of land are facing eviction. The FDC deputy Secretary General in charge of administration, Mr Harold Kaija confirmed...
(Xinhuanet 03/17/17)
Amid an ever rising cost of paraffin in Kenya, adoption of solar lamps for night fishing is rapidly becoming a cheaper source of power for fishermen at the expansive Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. A liter of kerosene cost an average of 0.55 dollars in March, 2015 against the average 0.7 dollars in early 2017 thus increasing the cost of input for the fishermen who spend 12 hours in the waters searching for a healthy catch. However, solar lamps are...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
The Ugandan government on Wednesday dismissed a human rights report that called for an independent inquiry into the clashes between government forces and a tribal group in Rwenzori region in the western part of the country. New York headquartered Human Rights Watch in its report issued on Wednesday said the clashes late last year left over 150 people dead, including 15 children. The organization called for an independent, impartial fact-finding mission with international expertise into the killings. According to the government's statement, government troops clashed with a separatist tribal group in Kasese district in November last year, leaving 103 people dead and arresting over 180 people including a local king.
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
China's aid to the education sector in Africa is helping boost teacher training, a key component in skilling the population to fast track development, a UN official has said. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in an interview recognized China's contribution to Africa's education sector over the years. "We value the initiative in teacher training in Uganda and other countries in Africa. This will revitalize the teaching profession,"...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(Daily Monitor 03/15/17)
Officials of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) narrowly survived a mob protesting against an operation to close down illegal broadcasters in Luweero town. Recently, UCC directed all "community radios" broadcasting through megaphones to cease operations with immediate effect and pull down their apparatus. UCC explained that the "community radios" were working in contravention of the Uganda Communications Commission Act which prohibits persons from installing or operating radios, television or broadcasting apparatus without license from the body. On Tuesday, UCC officials led...
(The Wall Street Journal 03/15/17)
Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? And how can innovation in Africa be encouraged? Dan Keeler, frontier-markets editor of The Wall Street Journal, discussed those questions with Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and chief executive of Ndalo Media, a publisher based in South Africa, and Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, a pan-African investment group with operations...
(Agence Ecofin 03/14/17)
The Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched a pilot project to track progress in implementing in the AU Declaration on land issues in Africa. This was revealed by the ECA in a press statement dated March 7. In collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the project will assess progress...

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