| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Experts in capital markets are advocating the acceleration of the bourses markets across Africa in order to drive economic growth on the continent. Speaking at the opening of Africa securities exchanges conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, experts emphasized that capital markets are becoming more important to African economies because they help raise funds for long term investment which will drive Africa into middle income status. Rwanda hosts the 20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) annual conference from November 27 to 29 dubbed: "The Road to 2030: Making the African Capital Markets Relevant to the Real Economy." The three-day meeting has brought together more than 300 global and regional experts and stakeholders in capital markets, regulators, law firms...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
The death toll has risen to 62 from weekend clashes in a traditional kingdom in western Uganda, which pitted security forces against royal guards accused of belonging to a separatist militia, police said Monday. The streets of the western town of Kasese were empty a day after the fighting which ended when police stormed the palace and arrested King Charles Wesley Mumbere of the Rwenzururu kingdom. "So far police officers confirmed (the) dead are 16 after two who were in the hospital succumbed to their wounds. The royal guards are 46 (dead) since Saturday," Ugandan police spokesman, Andrew Felix Kaweesi told AFP. The initial death toll given on Sunday was 55. Fighting broke out on Saturday when police said they...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
Ugandan police stormed the palace of a tribal king and arrested him Sunday after fierce clashes between security forces and a separatist militia they believe is linked to him killed 55, police said. Heavy fighting broke out Saturday in the western town of Kasese, home to King Charles Wesley Mumbere of the Rwenzururu kingdom, when his royal guards attacked patrolling security forces, killing 14 police officers and 41 militants, said police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi. President Yoweri Museveni phoned the king on Sunday morning and ordered him to disband the guards, who are believed to be part of a militia agitating for the creation of an independent republic straddling Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We took time to...
(APA 11/28/16)
Ugandan troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia are due to receive salary arrears' covering the last nine months. Speaking in an interview this morning the Chief of Uganda’s Defence Forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala confirmed that the African Union has transferred to Bank of Uganda over $4.9 million, being arrears payment for the Ugandan troops serving in Somalia to cover the period of January to September 2016." "There were delays because we got into serious discussions with the EU when they resolved to reduce the monthly allowances of the troops from $1028 to $828. They then later resolved to pay in Euros which caused other discussions and signing of fresh Memorandum of understanding," he said. He refuted...
(APA 11/28/16)
The United Kingdom has at least 500 million pounds in loans for businesses wishing to invest in Uganda's oil and gas sector, APA learns here Monday. The UK, through its Department for International Trade, is offering the credit especially for the development stage which is already on. Over 6.5 billion barrels of oil and large quantities of gas have been discovered in Uganda. Production licenses have already been issued to the three joint venture partners operating in the Lake Albert Basin - China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), Total and Tullow. The credit facility is being offered under the United Kingdom Export Fund (UKEF), which promotes exports from the UK. The head of the UK Department for International Trade at...
(APA 11/28/16)
The Uganda police have assured that a Ugandan journalist working with KTN Kenya Joy Doreen Biira, who was detained by police, will soon be released. Biira who was sighted on Monday morning at a police station in Kasese district of Western Uganda was arrested Sunday for allegedly sharing photos and videos of the Kasese attacks that left scores dead, many injured and others arrested. Uganda police spokesperson Andrew Kaweesi said Biira was arrested by the police in connection with her suspicious conduct during the Sunday afternoon operation in the place He said it was as result of her suspicious conduct in the restricted areas and trying to conceal her identity and the equipment she was using, unlike the other media...
(APA 11/28/16)
A king of one of the Kingdoms the Rwenzururu Kingdom was on Sunday arrested over claims of fueling violence and rebellion in his kingdom. The arrest of King Charles Wesley Mumbere followed the sporadic shooting earlier in the day by both the Ugandan army and police battled the royal guards killing over 40 and detaining 139 others in Kasese district of Western Uganda where the Kingdom headquarters are located An unspecified number of police officers and dozens of civilians were killed in the gunfire. The arrested King is still detained awaiting a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni later today The clashes in Kasese district at the foot of Mountain Rwenzori also bordering Democratic Republic of Congo started about two weeks...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami's streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa's apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols of the "regional conflicts" of the Cold War, in which Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy and power through proxy wars. But Havana's involvement in the fighting fields far from home was to cost it dear. Some 4,300 Cubans...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/25/16)
Uganda aims to boost annual tourist numbers to 4 million over the next five years, helped by improvements in road networks around game parks and other attractions, an official said on Thursday. Tourism, such as treks to see gorillas, is a major foreign exchange earner for Uganda, which also exports coffee and tea but has only a small manufacturing base. It discovered commercial quantities oil in 2006 but has not started producing. Stephen Asiimwe, chief executive officer of state-run Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), told Reuters that Uganda attracted 1.3 million tourists last year and expected the number to rise to 1.5 million this year. "Our target is that by 2021 we want to have 4 million visitors," he said in...
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land, urban and territorial planning,” Xinhua reported. The forum which focused on identifying means to integrate technologies in land management in order to boost economy, protect the environment and efficiently manage lands in the region, was a wake-up call for officials...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Nov. 5 after being rescued from a rickety boat by the coastguard, police said. "She was quite traumatized, and initially wouldn't speak or communicate," Marilena Cefala, the head of Lampedusa's reception center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation...
(CNN 11/23/16)
Near Africa's horn on the easternmost part of the continent, a shiny new electric railway runs alongside an old abandoned track through both arid desert and green highlands. Some 750 kilometres (466 miles) long, the $4 billion line opened in October and links landlocked Ethiopia to the coast in Djibouti. It was partly funded and built by Chinese companies, just like the other planned lines it could soon link up with neighboring Sudan and Kenya -- where the first part of a new $13 billion Kenyan railway linking Mombasa to Nairobi is taking shape. The sprawling network is planned to continue into South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, as part of transnational efforts to connect countries within East Africa. This...
(APA 11/23/16)
Police at Uganda’s Entebbe international airport are holding two South African women in connection with alleged narcotics possession and trafficking, APA learns here Wednesday. Grace Golile Onyia (55) and Abigail Finuwe (42) were nabbed independently but in similar style at Entebbe airport as they attempted to leave Uganda with the alleged drugs. A joint operation between the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) staff at the airport and the Aviation Security (AVSEC) team foiled the two women's missions. In Grace's luggage 3.7 kilogram of suspected cocaine were found which were destined for Botswana while Finuwe was busted with 852 grams of suspected cocaine. According to a statement from the Uganda Revenue Authority, the suspects have been handed over to detectives of the...
(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 Democratic Republic of the Congo, immediately switched on a French channel. “Many Congolese were watching, and a lot had mixed feelings,” he said. Across Africa the interest was equally intense, with the surprise result prompting fierce speculation about the unexpected...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/16)
African states failed on Monday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states put forward a draft resolution in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate. They said the work of the investigator should be suspended. However, Latin American countries, supported by Western...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020. "By June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910,000 children, double the number five years earlier," UNAIDS said in a statement. But the report showed the huge risks that some young women face. Last year more than 7,500 teenagers and young women became infected with HIV every week worldwide, with the bulk of them in southern Africa. "Young women are facing a triple threat,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/16)
Above the sacks of seeds and coal, three kerosene lamps gather dust in the tiny shed that Kenyan chicken farmer Bernard calls home. He prefers to use solar energy to light up his evenings, listen to the radio or watch television, after abandoning a diesel generator he said was expensive to maintain and burned fuel too quickly. "Solar panels are a good, cheap solution," he told AFP. Across the continent, consumers are opting for their own off-grid solar solutions to power homes and small businesses, even as African governments unveil massive new solar projects seemingly every month to expand their grids. According to International Energy Agency projections, almost one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will gain access to the grid...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on the sidelines of the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, which ends on Friday. Adesina and colleagues from the bank have been using the conference to highlight its new initiatives on energy, including the New Deal on Energy for Africa,...
(APA 11/17/16)
The Ugandan government has said that its position on whether to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) solely lies with the African Union. Uganda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda told Parliament in Kampala Thursday that Uganda's final decision on its status in the ICC will be hinged on a decision by the AU's resolution to withdraw support to the international crimes body under the Rome Statute. Rugunda however says in the event that such a position is taken, Uganda, through the Attorney General's office will also look into how it will handle the case of former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Dominic Ongwen, who is currently in The Hague on trial over atrocities committed by the rebels in northern...

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