| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(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 at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming...
(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 the news. Dr Besigye, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and other opposition legislators were expected to address the problem of land conflicts in Nakaseke. However, police did not allow them to access the venue, insisting that it was an illegal...
(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.
(New Vision 03/02/17)
Hailemariam Desalegn is accompanied by a high-powered delegation of ministers and high-ranking government officials The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn has begun a 3-day state visit to Uganda at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni. Desalegn, who is accompanied by his wife, Roman Tesfaye Abney arrived in the country earlier today and was this afternoon received at State House, Entebbe by his host President Yoweri Museveni and the First Lady Janet Museveni. The two leaders held a joint press conference at State House where they
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
East African Community (EAC) member states are fast tracking a comprehensive review of the Common External Tariff (CET) in order to protect infant industries, officials said on Friday. Kenya's Ministry of EAC Affairs, Labour and Social Protection Permanent Secretary Betty Maina said the EAC will review the criteria used in classifying goods that enter the EAC. "The intention of the review is to make the rules of trade facility as well as attract investments into the region," Maina said during...
(Daily Monitor 02/16/17)
Government aided schools, in a rampage, are arbitrarily increasing tuition and non-tuition fees. Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga blames this to low enrolment and wastage of children's talents, vowing to block further increases. Ms Kadaga said hiking of fees piles burdens on her, with children swarming into her office for financial assistance for their school dues. The rest that don't have the means, she said, end up wasting away into criminality. "It beats my understanding what these funds are for...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/03/17)
Imposing an external "trusteeship" government on South Sudan to try to end a three-year ethnic civil war and potential genocide in the world's youngest nation would only make its security situation worse, Uganda said on Thursday. Patience towards President Salva Kiir's government in Juba has worn thin as the refugee numbers have grown, fuelling talk in international policy circles – including the opinion pages of the New York Times - that "trusteeship" is a viable solution. However, Ugandan Minister of...
(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...
(Bloomberg 01/11/17)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s appointment of his son as a senior adviser may be a move to stem dissent in the governing party and prepare a successor to his 30-year rule. Museveni, who secured a fifth term in a 2016 vote, named Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the 42-year-old head of an elite military group, as his adviser for special operations. The chief of Uganda’s defense forces was also replaced, army spokesman Paddy Ankunda said in a statement dated Tuesday. “For Museveni, last year’s election was a way of cementing his power and legacy and allowing him some time to consolidate,” Ahmed Salim, an analyst at Dubai-based
(BBC News Africa 01/10/17)
Uganda's leader Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of army commanders. Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military, fuelling speculation that he is being groomed to become president one day. Analysts say his new role, working more closely with state house, will broaden his remit and experience. Mr Museveni, 72, is one of Africa's longest-serving leaders. He came to power in 1986 after winning a five-year guerrilla...
(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...
(New Vision 01/05/17)
Angiro said compensation of animals lost during the two-decade insurgency in Lango and northern Uganda is one of Museveni and NRM’s best achievements. An opposition leader, the Erute North MP, Charles Angiro Gutumoi of FDC has lauded President Yoweri Museveni for compensating people who lost their livestock during LRA insurgencies. Angiro said compensation of animals lost during the two-decade insurgency in Lango and northern Uganda is one of Museveni and NRM’s best achievements. The Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) war forced...
(The Independent 12/19/16)
Egypt will provide a protection force to help South Sudan restore peace, a decision that has been welcomed by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni. After bilateral talks Sunday with visiting Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Museveni hailed the decision, saying that unlike Uganda, the north Africans do not share close border ties with South Sudan and would, therefore, not be accused of bias in the situation. Museveni called on the Egyptian government to discourage the United Nations Security Council's policy of...
(Daily News Egypt 12/19/16)
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived on Sunday morning to Uganda in an official one-day visit. The visit comes after Al-Sisi received an official invitation from his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, according to a statement issued by the presidency. During the one-day visit, Al-Sisi met with senior Ugandan officials and discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations across all fields, as well as a number of African issues of mutual concern, the statement asserted. Inside the presidential palace located in Uganda’s capital...

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