| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday forecast 2.6 percent growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year, aided by a modest recovery in large economies South Africa, Nigeria and Angola. "Growth is projected to rise to 2.6 percent in 2017 and 3.5 percent in 2018, largely driven by specific factors in the largest economies, which faced challenging macroeconomic conditions in 2016," the IMF said its latest World Economic Outlook report. A slump in commodity price in 2016 and devastating drought had affected growth in several countries in the region, resulting in 1.4 percent growth of gross domestic product (GDP). Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation and a leading oil producer, was expected to return to growth in 2017 after a challenging 2016...
(Voice of America 04/17/17)
The Italian coast guard says it has rescued nearly 6,000 migrants on the Mediterranean since Friday, underscoring the continued flow of people along this dangerous route. A group of Africans living in Europe visited Cameroon this week to launch a campaign against illegal migration. The group is called “No More Death in the Desert or on the Sea.” Its mission is simple: to educate youth in Africa about the harsh realities of illegal migration. "We want to tell them that all the information people give them before they start their journey are wrong," said Nantcha. The group’s leader Sylvie Nantcha was born in Cameroon. She has lived in the German town of Freiburg for 25 years. She arrived as a...
(Xinhuanet 04/14/17)
Economic growth in East Africa remains strong despite the adverse effects of severe drought across the region, said a report by an accountancy and finance body released on Thursday. The latest report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) said the economic is being proposed by infrastructure growth across the region. "Infrastructure development continues to stimulate industry across the region, while expanding services to the largely un-serviced markets remains the key driver behind growth," said Michael Armstrong, Regional Director of ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The report "Economic Insight: Africa Q1 2017" pointed out that authorities from various East African nations have attempted to mitigate the effects of the drought by stimulating economic activity...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/13/17)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Ugandan academic, detained after she called the nation's president "a pair of buttocks" on Facebook, said on Thursday that she fears authorities are trying to have her declared insane. University lecturer Stella Nyanzi was detained last week after repeatedly criticising President Yoweri Museveni and his wife, who also serves as education minister, in sexually explicit terms. Her case is seen as a key test of freedom of expression in the East African nation. The country is considered a reliable Western ally in a region often roiled by violence, but critics say hostility to dissent is growing in Uganda. Activists like Nyanzi, who was charged with cyber-crimes on Monday, have criticised Museveni's alleged corruption and...
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
Africa's Matabele ants, fierce predators of termites, rescue their wounded soldiers and bring them back to the nest where they are "treated," a new study showed Wednesday. This helping behavior for the injured is the first to be detected in the insect world, according to an article in the US journal Science Advances by a German research team at the University of Wuerzburg's Biocentre. The ants, formally known as Megaponera analis, are widespread south of the Sahara on the continent. Two to four times a day, they set out in long files on raids to kill worker termites at their foraging sites. But the attacks meet strong resistance from soldier termites guarding the worker termites, which have powerful jaws that...
(AFP (eng) 04/11/17)
El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday. During the years when El Nino is warming the eastern Pacific, East Africa has about 50,000 additional cholera cases a year, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. By contrast, the years when El Nino is not active, there were 30,000 fewer cholera cases in East Africa, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers analyzed more than 17,000 annual observations from 3,710 different locations between 2000 and 2014 in Africa, which has the most...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/07/17)
Access to off-grid solar energy in rural areas of Africa goes beyond lighting up homes - it also enables people to connect to the wider world and boosts their economic prospects, said the head of one of the continent's biggest solar companies. Azuri Technologies' entry level solar system - for which customers pay a one-off installation fee, then use scratch cards or mobile phone payments to top up on a weekly or monthly basis - provides eight hours of lighting each day. Having power at home for the first time encourages customers to also buy mobile phones, radios and televisions, giving them regular access to the media and the internet, said Simon Bransfield-Garth, chief executive officer of UK-based Azuri. "This...
(AfricaNews 04/06/17)
Uganda has rejected reports of an international mediation between President Museveni and his opponent, Kizza Besigye, and maintained that there would be no international audit of the results of the 2016 elections. President Museveni won the 2016 polls with 60.75% of the vote but the election was slammed by the international community. Earlier in the week, reports said Besigye had confirmed that an agreement had been reached to have an audit of the election results. “The presidential election results have never been, and cannot be, part of any discussion,” Uganda’s government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said while rejecting reports of talks with the opposition. “We cannot say that there is dialogue going on between the NRM government and FDC on any...
(AfricaNews 04/06/17)
An attempt to distribute relief food aid on Wednesday by Ugandan firebrand opposition leader Kizza Besigye was thwarted by police who fired tear gas to disperse aid recipients leaving at least two injured. Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party drove bags of food to famine-hit Toroma County in the Katakwi District of eastern Uganda, only to be told by police that they were not consulted, local media Daily Monitor reported. “We are not sure of the safety of food, so it’s worth examining it before given out,” East Kyoga regional police commander Francis Tumwesigye told the media after the police fired tear gas at dozens of disappointed aid recipients. Besigye said on his Twitter page that the “visibly hungry”...
(Bloomberg 04/05/17)
Economic growth in Uganda may accelerate in the coming fiscal year, underpinned by government spending on infrastructure and an anticipated recovery in lending to the private sector, according to the International Monetary Fund. The growth rate may increase to 5.5 percent in the 12 months through June 2018, compared with an estimated 4.5 percent this year and 4.8 percent in the prior 12-month period, Clara Mira, IMF’s resident representative in Uganda, said in an emailed response to questions. The Finance Ministry forecasts slightly higher growth of between 6 percent and 7 percent. The East African nation, which is on a cusp of oil production, is investing in electricity production, roads, railways and an oil pipeline. Expenditure on government projects will...
(New Vision 04/05/17)
The loans will cover 89% and 88% of the Uganda and Kenya project costs respectively. The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved $253 million of loans to the Governments of Kenya ($147.3 million) and Uganda ($105.7 million) for the upgrading of a 118km road section connecting the two countries as well as the construction of the a 32km Eldoret town bypass in Kenya. Once completed in 2021, the project will contribute to improving the living standards of the 1.4 million people in the project zone of influence, according to Amadou Oumarou, Director of the Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development Department of the Bank. The loans will cover 89% and 88% of the Uganda and Kenya project costs respectively. For...
(NPR 04/05/17)
As soon as you set foot in any of the refugee camps along the South Sudan border in Uganda, a vast human suffering becomes easily apparent. We explored some of the personal stories of people fleeing this young country's conflict in a story over at Goats and Soda, but it's hard to express the scale of this conflict, which has killed more than 50,000 people since the end of 2013. What began as a dispute between the president and vice president has turned into a brutal civil war fueled by ethnic tensions. The U.N. has been using alarming superlatives to describe it. It has said sexual violence in the conflict has reached "epic proportions," that the humanitarian needs have reached...
(Voice of America 04/05/17)
A Red Cross report says African countries are failing their internally displaced people. Reversing that trend was the subject of a high level meeting of the International Red Cross and the African Union that wrapped up Tuesday in Zimbabwe. Africa has about 13 million internally displaced people, a third of the global number of IDPs, and more than double the amount of refugees on the continent. By definition, refugees flee across a national border, while IDPs leave their homes but stay within their own country. African Union Commission head of humanitarian affairs, refugees and displaced people Olabisi Dare says the situation of IDPs in Africa is very critical, dire and worsening. "...The issues that are generating internal displacement [are] multiplying...
(Financial Times 04/04/17)
Countries should develop policies to attract labour-intensive production leaving China. China’s initial wave of investments in Africa focused on natural resource extraction. Their demand for metals and energy was so large that it actually boosted global commodity prices overall, which in turn accelerated growth across the African continent. These times of China propping up global commodity prices are now over, as it has built up excess capacity in many sectors and now faces slow investment growth. This lower demand has contributed to the overall slump in global commodity prices since 2014, making it unlikely that China will again fulfil the role of driving commodity prices. Rather, its position has now shifted to becoming the largest exporter of capital. This provides...
(Daily Monitor 04/03/17)
Kampala — Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has criticised the Inspector General of Government (IGG) on account of not prosecuting magistrates caught red-handed in acts of corruption. The Chief Justice was addressing hundreds of lawyers at the Annual Law Conference at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe on Friday. Justice Katureebe named two cases where the IGG arrested two magistrates involved in corruption in separate incidents but pardoned them instead of prosecuting them. The office of the IGG headed by Justice Irene Mulyagonja is the lead government agency mandated to fight corruption.
(The Observer 04/03/17)
Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura has for the first time addressed the friction between police and other security agencies investigating the murder of Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the former police spokesman. Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard, were gunned down on March 17 a few metres from his home in Kulambiro, Nakawa division, Kampala. The agencies, which include Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organization (ISO) as well as Special Forces Command (SFC), are split on whether the investigation should focus on a possible inside job within police or external factors such as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Another bone of contention is on who should interrogate Kaweesi's four cell phones. The Observer caught up with Kayihura on Friday at the...
(The Observer 04/03/17)
Over 500,000 Ugandans are living with different kinds of cancers unknowingly, according to Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). Experts at the UCI blame this on the inability of medical personnel throughout the country to diagnose the different kinds of cancer and the reluctance of people to go for screening. UCI registers 4,500 new cancer cases, which is only four per cent of the estimated number of case patients. Dr Jackson Orem, the executive director UCI, says statistics show that half a million Ugandans are not accessing services due to ignorance of the disease. "It is very very difficult, I would say; it is very rare for you to go to a doctor or a medical personnel in Uganda and the first...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...
(Daily Monitor 03/31/17)
Parliament. Parliament has locked out all other media houses in Uganda from running the institution’s advertisement and ring-fenced the largely government-owned newspaper, New Vision, as its sole service provider in a procurement process tainted with intrigue, questions around transparency and flouting of rules. The decision reached by Parliament’s procurement unit has already raised dust internally with the contracts committee questioning the unprecedented decision in a heated meeting where members of the two committees clashed on Wednesday. “The procurement unit usually asks service providers to express interest in doing business with Parliament after which some get pre-qualified
(Daily Monitor 03/31/17)
KAMPALA. District chairpersons under their umbrella body, the Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA), have petitioned the President demanding a salary increment which is ten times their current pay. Local council 5 chairpersons receive a monthly stipend of Shs1.5m but they say their emoluments do not correlate with the amount of work they do. Led by Mr George Mutabaazi, the president of ULGA, the district leaders indicated that as titular heads of the different local government units, they work under harsh environment that warrant a higher pay. “Your Excellency, the subject of this petition is to first of all complain respectfully that you seem not to appreciate the role your humble petitioners play in the administration of government matters,” reads in...

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