| Africatime
Monday 20 October 2014
(AFP (eng) 10/20/14)
Between heeding a message from officials to remain calm and another to flee looming attacks by Ugandan rebels, the choice for many residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni is clear. "I left my home because there are leaflets saying that (the Ugandan rebels) are coming to kill people," said Solange Sekera, 27, who was leaving town with her three children. Sekera had not actually seen the leaflets herself but she was not taking any chances. Terrified by Thursday's rampage by Ugandan rebels who slaughtered 26 people with machetes, many residents have decided that the town in North Kivu province is no longer safe. "Those who tell you that we are safe...
(Voice of America 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of the Congo officials said suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 21 people in DRC's North Kivu province. The French news agency, AFP, reported Saturday most of the victims of the overnight attack were women and children who were hacked and clubbed to death. The assault happened 45 kilometers from the village of Beni where 26 people were killed earlier in the week. Authorities suspect the Ugandan rebels are also responsible for the earlier attack. Officials said the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operate in the DRC's eastern border zone despite the presence of U.N. peacekeeping troops...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
Twenty-two people, most of them women and children, have been hacked and clubbed to death in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after a similar massacre, a government official said on Saturday. The attack on Friday evening in the town of Eringeti, in North Kivu, left 10 women, eight children and four men dead, a local government official told AFP. "Most of the victims were killed with machetes, axes and hoes," the non-governmental group Civil...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
A decision by the Democratic Republic of Congo to expel the top UN human rights official in the country sends "a worrying message for freedom of expression," the group Human Rights Watch said in a statement released in Kinshasa on Friday. "Instead of expelling human rights director Scott Campbell, the government should investigate and prosecute the killings and disappearances documented" in a UN report that denounced rights violations by the DRC police, HRW's senior Africa researcher, Ida Sawyer, said. "The...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo declared a United Nations human-rights official unwelcome in the country after a UN report claimed the nation’s police force executed at least nine people in the capital, Kinshasa. Interior Minister Richard Muyej told reporters in the city yesterday that Scott Campbell, director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in Congo, must leave the country immediately. The report on the executions, which took place from November 2013 to February 2014, was conducted in a “partisan...
(Voice of America 10/17/14)
The mayor of a large city in the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said rebels killed dozens of people in nighttime raids on his city Wednesday. Nyonyi Bwana Kawa, mayor of the eastern city of Beni, said members of the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda crept into homes and killed at least 26 people. A spokesman for the DRC army in the North Kivu province, Lieutenant Colonel Olivier Hamuli,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Rebels killed 26 people with machetes in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the authorities in Kinshasa demanded the recall Thursday of the top UN human rights official in the country. The massacre in the town of Beni calls into question claims by the authorities that Ugandan rebels of the ADF-NALU, who have been terrorising the east of Congo for the last two decades, were all but defeated. It comes as the Congolese government...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
The United Nations on Wednesday said police in the Democratic Republic of Congo had killed and abducted dozens of people during a heavy-handed crack down on youth gangs in the capital. Operation Likofi (which means "punch" in the local Lingala language) claimed at least 42 victims, including four children, many of whom were shot in their own neighbourhoods or even walking out of their homes, the UN's human rights office in Kinshasa said. The report said at least nine people...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year came from a different source than the epidemic raging across West Africa, scientists said Wednesday. Even though the two deadly Ebola outbreaks have separate animal origins, the report in the New England Journal of Medicine nevertheless raises concern about the emergence of the often fatal hemorrhagic fever across the African continent. Ebola was first identified in 1976, and had returned in waves. The latest outbreak...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(African arguments 10/13/14)
The recent and unprecedented reshuffle of the leadership of the military (FARDC) in the DRC is the most important reorganisation of the institution's command chains ever made. The FARDC was reconstructed in a form recognisable today following the end of the Second Congo War in July 2003 and the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and Global and Inclusive Agreement on the Transition in December 2002. This agreement envisaged new national armed forces formed from Joseph Kabila's army (backed by Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia),...
(Mining Weekly 10/13/14)
Following a July infill drilling programme, Aim-listed Armadale Capital has increased and upgraded the Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate (MRE) at its Mpokoto gold project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by 34% to 678 100 oz. Some 75% of the overall MRE is now in the indicated category. The programme also increased the oxide portion of the mineral resource by 25% to 159 000 oz of gold and recognised higher-grade zones in excess of 2 g/t, lying...
(News of Rwanda 10/13/14)
A group of eight Rwandans have returned from DR Congo after spending at least a month under captivity in the Congolese prison in the Northern Kivu Region. The Rwandans are suspected to have returned after spending days starving in the T2 prison cells in Northern Kivu The team, which returned on October 9, 2014, says that they crossed the Rwanda-Congo border with full travel documents to do business on the Congolese side, but were unlawfully arrested in the process, but...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Business Day 10/11/14)
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the agriculture sector is viewed by many countries as a way to: Diversify their economies away from...
(African arguments 10/10/14)
The recent and unprecedented reshuffle of the leadership of the military (FARDC) in the DRC is the most important reorganisation of the institution’s command chains ever made. The FARDC was reconstructed in a form recognisable today following the end of the Second Congo War in July 2003 and the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and Global and Inclusive Agreement on the Transition in December 2002. This agreement envisaged new national armed forces formed from Joseph Kabila’s army (backed by Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia),...
(Washington Post 10/10/14)
Surprisingly, I had a cellphone signal. For one giddy instant, I actually considered calling home: “Hi Mum, you’ll never guess where I am. . .” and then thought better of it. For if there was one thing sure to put Mother’s nose out of joint, one thing guaranteed to catapult her into a torment of parental panic, it would be the revelation that her son was standing on top of a hyperactive volcano in the Congo. Plundered by its Belgian...

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