| Africatime
Tuesday 02 June 2015
(AFP (eng) 06/02/15)
At least one soldier and a gunman were killed overnight when a gang raided the Goma airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo during an apparent robbery, officials said Tuesday. "Bandits got inside the airport area to try to steal from depots (storing goods) waiting to be loaded on to cargo planes," the governor of the restless North Kivu province, Julien Paluku, told AFP. "Maybe they were also targeting the ammunition depots," he said, adding that the intruders were wearing civilian clothes. "Fortunately the army was there."
(AFP 06/02/15)
Activists on Tuesday accused Swiss authorities of encouraging impunity, after prosecutors shut a case against a company suspected of laundering gold pillaged by armed groups in Democratic Republic of Congo. The Swiss attorney general's office decided in March to close a case against Argor-Heraeus, which faced allegations of "complicity in war crimes and pillage" after it refined three tonnes of gold ore pillaged from the conflict-torn country in 2004-2005. In its ruling, which was quietly made public a month later, the prosecutor's office said there was not enough evidence that the Swiss firm, one of the world's largest processors of precious metals, was aware of the illegal origin of the gold. The gold, believed to have been illegally mined by...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/02/15)
Gunmen attacked the airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's largest city, Goma, in an overnight raid that killed at least one government soldier, a local governor and a military official said on Tuesday. Witnesses in the city, home to around 1 million people and capital of Congo's volatile North Kivu province, said they heard intermittent heavy gunfire for several hours beginning around 1 a.m. (2300 GMT, Monday). North Kivu governor Julien Paluku did not identify the attackers, referring to them only as "bandits". "They attacked the depot at the airport. There was a heavy exchange of gunfire," he told Reuters.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/02/15)
Personal ambition and dissent within Democratic Republic of Congo's largest opposition party could offer President Joseph Kabila a chance to hang onto power when his term ends, threatening the nation's first peaceful transition. Splits within the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the oldest and traditionally most vociferous opposition party, are marking a turbulent run up to elections due in 2016, when Kabila is meant to step aside after two elected terms. Following decades of conflict and misrule, Congo...
(Bloomberg 06/02/15)
The African Export-Import Bank plans to raise more than $1 billion in bonds and loans and is considering borrowing in renminbi as trade with China rises. A Eurobond of $400 million to $600 million may be sold as soon as this month, Jean-Louis Ekra, president of the Cairo-based lender, said in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where it opened its third regional office after Harare in Zimbabwe and Abuja in Nigeria. The company will seek $400 million to $500 million in loans...
(The Star 06/02/15)
Africa has come a long way. Despite the optimism that greeted the dawn of independence championed by the OAU, 10 years later Africa began to slide into 'the lost decades'. The 1980s and 1990s were characterised by economic stagnation, poverty, hunger and dictatorships as well as by violent conflicts in Somalia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Great Lakes as epitomised by the genocide in Rwanda. This period gave rise to Afro-pessimism justified in terms of diseases, civil wars, famine, and...
(The Associated Press 06/01/15)
Congo plans to allow 71 children whose adoptions were interrupted by a 2013 suspension to join families in the U.S. and four other countries next week, an official told The Associated Press on Saturday. In December 2013, Congo announced a suspension on foreign adoptions, citing reports that children had been mistreated or abandoned by their adoptive families while others had been "sold to homosexuals." The move prompted a pressure campaign from hundreds of frustrated American families who were in the...
(Times of Zambia 06/01/15)
Economic growth for African economies registered an increase of 0.2 per cent from 3.7 per cent to 3.9 per cent in 2013 and 2014 respectively, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said in an annual report. The 2014 report released on Wednesday this week indicated that overall performance reflected resilience to global and regional shocks which affected the continent last year. Despite the negative impact of low commodity prices, the ebola epidemic in West Africa as well as the fundamentalist...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/01/15)
This week we celebrated Africa Day. Africa has come a long way since the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, currently known as the Africa Union (AU). The African Union, comprises of 54 member states, brought together to collectively address the challenges Africa has faced, namely, armed conflict, climate change, and poverty. Africa has certainly transformed itself as is widely considered to be the last frontier. Over the last decade, Africa has been the second fastest growing...
(BBC News Africa 05/30/15)
A total of 741 migrants travelling in six boats have been rescued off Sicily, the Italian coastguard says. The migrants, who had set sail from Libya, were picked up by EU naval vessels on Thursday, a coastguard spokesman told AFP news agency. Last month the EU pledged to beef up maritime patrols and fight trafficking. The UN estimates that 60,000 people have already tried to cross the Mediterranean in the past five months, and that about 1,800 people have died...
(AFP 05/29/15)
President Joseph Kabila on Friday launched "consultations" ahead of polls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where his foes argue he is seeking to cling to power illegitimately. "The head of state on Friday starts consultations with all the key forces in the nation," a senior member of the regime told AFP overnight. "He will listen to everybody." The independent national electoral commission (CENI) in February published a timetable providing for local, provincial and senatorial elections due to start in...
(Voice of America 05/29/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called on the U.S. to name a new envoy to the Great Lakes region, to replace the retired Russ Feingold. In a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, they said the envoy is needed to counter renewed insecurity in the region. Ten Congolese parliament members from opposition parties and the ruling coalition signed the letter to Obama, which was made public this week. In it, they ask...
(Voice of America 05/29/15)
NAIROBI, KENYA— Over the past 15 years, many African countries have enjoyed double digit growth rates. Africa as a whole is expected to grow by up to 4.5 percent over the next two years, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Experts say Africa needs as much growth as possible to handle a population bulge of young people who will add to the number of job seekers. Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie is Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building...
(AFP 05/28/15)
Nigeria's outgoing agriculture minister Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday won the vote to become the new president of the African Development Bank, official results showed. Adesina, 55, will succeed Rwandan Donald Kaberuka, bank chief for two consecutive terms since 2005, at a time of economic transformation in the continent. He was elected after six rounds of voting, beating the finance ministers of Cape Verde and Chad to the role. A total of 80 AfDB shareholders -- 54 African states and 26...
(Bloomberg 05/28/15)
Zijin Mining Group Co.’s bid for 49.5 percent of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.’s Kamoa copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo requires government approval before it can move forward, the mines minister said. Ivanhoe announced the $412 million deal with Zijin, based in China’s Fujian province, on Tuesday. Because Congo has a 5 percent stake in the project, Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu said the company should have contacted the government about the sale through the portfolio or mines ministries. Ivanhoe...
(Dw-World 05/28/15)
The race for the next African Development Bank (AfDB) is on. Eight candidates are contesting for the job. The incumbent Donald Kaberuka's second term will end at the end of the year. So who will be his successor? 1. Sufian Ahmed - The maker of one of Africa's leading economy He is Ethiopia's long serving Minister of Finance and Economic Development. Ahmed is known to many as the one who has made his country one of Africa's leading economies. He currently serves on the Board of Governors at the African Development Bank.
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(AFP 05/27/15)
Greenpeace on Tuesday called on the United States, Europe and China to launch probes into companies selling lumber from the Democratic Republic of Congo where illegal logging is damaging the country's forests. "Authorities must use every route open to them, including human rights and labour laws as well as conventions... to stop illegal and destructive trade," the environmental group said in a new report on the timber trade in the resource-rich country. The report is the result of a two-year...
(Voice of America 05/27/15)
The environmental protection group Greenpeace is calling on China, the European Union and the United States to launch investigations immediately into companies that may be importing illegal timber from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A new Greenpeace report specifically accuses the Lebanese company Cotrefor of being a key player in what it calls "DRC logging chaos." The report says Cotrefor and other companies pay little attention to regulations — often exceeding quotas for cutting down the endangered Afrormosia tree...
(Voice of America 05/27/15)
A majority of Africans said they favor presidential term limits, according to a report by Afrobarometer, a non-partisan pan-African research organization. In a new survey of 51,600 citizens in 34 African countries, Afrobarometer found three-fourths of the citizens favor limiting a presidential candidate to a maximum of two terms. Boniface Dulani, program manager for Southern Africa, and author of the report, said the survey shows more educated Africans and those with high level of exposure to the news media tend to favor presidential term limits.

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