Tuesday 26 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda. Lourenco read an oath in which he vowed "on my honour to devote myself" to the role of president, as he took power after the ruling MPLA party won last month's election. Dos Santos, who was at the ceremony but is reportedly in poor health, surprised many by announcing his retirement earlier this year, saying he would not be a candidate in the election. The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has governed since Angola's hard-fought independence from Portugal in 1975, with Dos Santos...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Angola's incoming president Joao Lourenco faces a slew of challenges that include dwindling oil prices, rampant poverty, soaring unemployment and the long shadow cast by his predecessor and his family. These are the key tasks that will confront him on his first day in the job on Tuesday: - Fix the economy - Angola has been in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis for three years as the global price of oil has remained flat. Black gold provides 70 percent of Angola's revenues and almost all of its hard currency meaning that the country's budget has been thrown into the red by lacklustre international prices. After several years of booming growth, Angola's growth rate cooled in 2016 and will...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Police in Rwanda said they are questioning a prominent critic of President Paul Kagame on suspicion of "offences against state security". Diane Rwigara was blocked from challenging Kagame in August's presidential election, and has spent the last month in and out of police custody or under house arrest, under investigation for alleged tax evasion and forgery. Officers took Rwigara and her mother and sister back into custody at the weekend and have until Thursday to charge or release them, police said in a statement received Monday. "During ongoing investigations, police uncovered credible evidence linking the trio to offences against state security," police spokesman Theos Badege said.
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Critics of outgoing Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos accuse him of stripping his country of much of its vast oil wealth to enrich himself and his family. Dos Santos, who will step down on Tuesday after 38 years of iron-fisted rule, has appointed several family members to key economic jobs during his presidency. Banking, telecoms, media and most significantly oil are among the industries that have felt the far-reaching influence of the Dos Santos brood. "The president has privatised...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Chad expressed its "astonishment" and "incomprehension" on Monday after it was added by the United States to the list of countries targeted by its travel ban. The landlocked African country "was surprised to learn of the US government's decision to include Chad on the list of countries whose nationals are banned from entering American territory," a spokesman for the government, Madeleine Alingue, said. For N'Djamena, Chad's capital, the grounds for its inclusion on this list -- officially for security failures...
(Bloomberg 09/26/17)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has made “irreversible” progress in preparing credible and peaceful elections, President Joseph Kabila told the United Nations, without giving a date for the vote whose delay has spurred violent protests. Speaking before the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23, Kabila said that 42 million of an estimated 45 million eligible voters have been registered. An ongoing “series of evaluations of the electoral process” should permit the “forthcoming publication” of the electoral calendar by the election...
(Bloomberg 09/26/17)
David Mabuza, premier of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, said the ruling African National Congress needs to coalesce around a unifying candidate at a December conference where leaders will be elected to end infighting that is damaging the party. Factions backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former head of the African Union and an ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, and Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s deputy president, are “far apart,” Mabuza said on Monday on The Justice Factor, a program screened by...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Angola's new president, Joao Lourenco who will be sworn in Tuesday, is a former general who spent several years in the political wilderness after angling for the top job in the 1990s. Since then, Lourenco, 63, convinced key regime players he was the right man to succeed Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled the oil-rich southwest African nation for 38 years. As the deputy president of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) -- and defence minister...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Sixty suspected members of a pro-Biafran group were remanded in custody on Monday when they appeared in court after clashes with the security services in southeast Nigeria. The defendants, all said to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, are charged with a string of offences, including attempted murder and terrorism. Abia state police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna said the case before magistrates in the state capital Umuahia was adjourned until October 25. No plea was entered. The case is the second involving suspected IPOB members following the clashes earlier this month that were sparked by a build-up of troops in the southeast.
(APA 09/26/17)
Sudan on Monday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to remove Sudan from travel ban list to United States of America. We consider this move as "an important positive development in the bilateral relations between the Sudan and the united states of America," said Sudan foreign Ministry in a statement. On Sunday the white house renewed the travel restriction list on 5 Muslim countries which are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, but dropped Sudan. Trump added Three New countries to...
(APA 09/26/17)
Kenyan controversial opposition politician, Babu Owino is expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta. Owino who was arrested on Monday evening spent the night in Pangani police station in Nairobi after he was picked up by police officers and is expected to be charged for hate speech allegations. He is allegedly to have called President Uhuru Kenyatta a ‘son of a dog’ during an opposition rally on Sunday afternoon. Before his arrest, he said...
(Times Live 09/26/17)
Activities at schools, municipalities and mines are expected to be disrupted on Wednesday as Cosatu affiliates strike and march against state capture and corruption. The disruption is aimed at making the ANC deal with workers' concerns about the looting of state coffers. The labour federation will be holding another protest march next month over job losses that are a result of state capture. Cosatu supporters will march on city halls, banks, the Chamber of Mines, Eskom and the offices of...
(Times Live 09/26/17)
Disaster management teams in KwaZulu-Natal have been placed on stand-by following a warning that heavy rains are expected to continue to lash the province this week. Nomusa Dube-Ncube‚ MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta)‚ assured communities‚ particularly those living in low-lying areas in the eastern and northern parts of the province‚ that disaster management was ready to deal with any reported incidents that could arise from the rain. She also urged residents to be cautious on the roads...
(Sudan Tribune 09/25/17)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir says he regrets the suffering nearly four years of civil war has inflicted on the people. "I am not happy. I am hurting inside. How can I be happy when I see my people suffering?" asked Kiir on Friday. The South Sudanese leader, while appearing on the state-owned television (SSBC), did not, however, hint on how his administration intends to end the conflict, which has displaced millions of people. Critics described Kiir’s remarks as “crocodile”...
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
Guinea will hold its first local elections since 2005 on February 4 next year, the country's electoral commission said on Monday, tentatively ending years of delays denounced by the opposition. "We have suggested the elections be held on February 4, 2018... the president will make a decree validating our proposal," said Salifou Kebe, the president of the electoral commission known by the French acronym CENI. Local elections should have been held in February under an agreement reached in October 2016...
(Bloomberg 09/25/17)
Kenya is lurching toward a constitutional crisis as a standoff deepens between the two presidential candidates over how to manage a rerun of last month’s botched election. Both sides have entrenched their positions: Raila Odinga’s opposition coalition has called mass protests starting Tuesday to demand the electoral commission is overhauled before the vote takes place, while President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling party rejects any changes to the authority and says the ballot must take place by the end of October. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/25/17)
Ivory Coast has accepted a ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea that favored Ghana in a dispute over the location of the maritime boundary separating the two West African neighbors, an Ivorian government spokesman said. “What’s important is to preserve our good neighborly relations with Ghana,” Bruno Kone said on Monday. “And this judgment allows for a definitive demarcation of the maritime boundary.”
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
Sudan vowed Monday to step up efforts to normalise relations with the United States after Washington dropped the country from a list of countries facing a US travel ban. President Donald Trump decided to remove Sudan from the list just days ahead of an October 12 decision on whether to permanently lift decades-old US sanctions on Khartoum. The decision was "a positive development in the two countries' bilateral relations", the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement. It was a...
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
Togo's opposition on Monday cancelled its latest wave of planned anti-government street protests and instead called for a nationwide shutdown. Three days of demonstrations against President Faure Gnassingbe's regime had been scheduled to take place from Tuesday. But 14 opposition parties instead called on the public to "stop all professional and economic activity" on Friday and to "pray for the memory of the martyrs". At least four people have died and dozens more have been injured since August during protests...
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
France has assigned magistrates to investigate allegations that banking giant BNP Paribas was complicit in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority in Rwanda, a source close to the case told AFP Monday. In June, three non-governmental organisations filed a lawsuit accusing the bank of financing the purchase of "80 tonnes of arms used to carry out genocide" by the Hutu regime, even though "the bank had to have known the genocidal intentions of the country's authorities". The Paris judiciary...

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