| Africatime
Tuesday 31 May 2016
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/16)
Falling commodity prices and slowing global growth have hammered African economies in the past year. Africa is unlikely to fall into the type of unsustainable debt trap seen in the 1990s despite a spike in borrowing and widening budget deficits, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Monday. Falling commodity prices and slowing global growth have hammered African economies in the past year, prompting many governments to sharply increase borrowing, drawing comparisons with the crippling debt trap many countries faced in the 1990s. The AfDB said last week that African governments must take urgent steps to ensure they can finance their debt after borrowing heavily when interest rates were low. In 1996, international donors cancelled...
(Voice of America 05/30/16)
Sunday was the annual International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers, honoring the more than 1 Million men and women recognized around the world as "Blue Helmets." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Blue Helmets "manifest the best attributes of global solidarity, courageously serving in dangerous environments to provide security to some of the world's most vulnerable." Earlier this month, Ban laid a wreath outside U.N. headquarters in New York in memory of the 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives since the first mission in 1948. U.N. officials say that in the past year, peacekeeping missions have faced many challenges, including sheltering 200,000 civilians in South Sudan fleeing for their lives to U.N. bases, and a peacekeeping team helping the Central...
(News24 05/28/16)
South Korea's president on Friday urged African leaders to support international efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Speaking to the African Union in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, President Park Geun-hye said that she wants African "co-operation in urging North Korea to give up its nuclear programme". She also said her government will work with African countries to combat violent extremism. Park said she was offering her country to be an "African companion" in development matters and presented a blueprint for...
(Voice of America 05/27/16)
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo broke up opposition demonstrations across the country Thursday. Two people are believed to have been killed in the eastern city of Goma. The march was organized by a group of leading opposition parties to protest what they claim are President Joseph Kabila's efforts to stall elections until he can change the constitution to allow him to seek a third term. The Constitutional Court ruled earlier this month that Kabila can stay in office if November elections are postponed. Opposition leader Eva Bazaiba said her message for Kabila is that his mandate ends Dec. 19, 2016.
(AfricaNews 05/27/16)
A lot need to be done to ensure access to reliable electricity for African’s citizens. However a number of complications are hindering the achievement of UN sustainable goal. Access rates are expanding in many nations, and technology and design improvement are on the way in offering opportunities for a rapid growth. According to the World Bank, about 1.1 billion people on earth are without access to electricity, from the figure, about half live in Africa. The Bank’s Global Tracking Framework...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/16)
At least two people were reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma. Large numbers of riot police were deployed across the country for the rallies called by three opposition groups in defiance of government bans. Tensions have been soaring in the country where Kabila, in power since his father's assassination in 2001, is widely thought to be preparing...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed his concern over increasing political tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In a statement released by his spokesperson, Ban called on political stakeholders of the DRC to engage constructively in a meaningful political dialogue to resolve differences. Political tension has been rising among the Congolese political parties due to the possible postponement of the presidential elections that were scheduled to be held later this year. On Tuesday, political bureau of...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/16)
Tensions are soaring in the Democratic Republic of Congo where veteran President Joseph Kabila is turning up the pressure on an embattled yet defiant opposition ahead of planned protests on Thursday. With Kabila's powerful rival and football magnate Moise Katumbi all but pushed into exile in South Africa, some dissidents in the vast central African country feel disillusioned. A key dissident group, the Citizens' Front, has vowed to hold nationwide protests Thursday in defiance of a government ban. Opposition groups...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
Burundi has seized smuggled items including medicine and clothes on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past two days, a senior official said Wednesday. "We seized more than 200 boxes of drugs while they were being shipped from Burundi to the DRC. Several boxes of batteries and 256 pieces of clothes were also seized while being transported from the DRC to Burundi," said Emmanuel Ndayiziga, an official of the Burundi Revenue Authority. The seized medicine,...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
African young people have been urged to be patriotic and adopt the spirit of Pan-Africanism on African Liberation Day, which falls on May 25 every year. Protais Musoni, commissioner in Pan-Africanism Movement Rwanda chapter, told hundreds of young people gathered at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics in the Capital, Kigali. He was speaking on Wednesday during the celebrations to mark African Liberation Day, an event held to mark the progress of the liberation movement across the...
(AFP (eng) 05/25/16)
A Democratic Republic of Congo opposition group, angered by a court decision to let President Joseph Kabila remain in office beyond his term, on Wednesday vowed to hold nationwide protests in defiance of bans imposed in some regions. "To publicly protest with strict adherence to the law is an inalienable right granted under our Constitution," the Citizens' Front, said in a statement. Demonstrations have been prohibited by authorities in the central African country's restive North Kivu province in the east...
(AFP (eng) 05/25/16)
An expensive privatisation project aimed at shaking up Liberia's creaking education system has sparked fury in a nation ravaged by civil war and the Ebola outbreak, but others say it could help turn around failing schools. For the new school year, the Liberian government plans to roll out a public-private partnership involving 120 primary schools, costing an initial $65 million -- the equivalent of more than three quarters of the entire education budget. In 2013, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf branded...
(Xinhuanet 05/25/16)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) army, supported by UN peacekeepers, have retaken some areas previously held by the Ugandan rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in the eastern region, an army official said on Monday. Gen. Leon Mushale, head of the DR Congo army's third military zone in the east of the country, made the remarks nine days after the army and the UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo (MONUSCO) launched a joint operation aimed at ending ADF...
(AFP 05/25/16)
Public demonstrations have been banned in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, ahead of a planned opposition rally to denounce a controversial court ruling allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in power beyond his mandate. Protests were prohibited in North Kivu province in the east and the second city of Lubumbashi after the alliance called for nationwide protests following the Constitutional Court decision this month to let Kabila remain in a caretaker capacity after the expiry...
(Xinhuanet 05/25/16)
A Chinese envoy Tuesday called on the United Nations to give more support to the collective security capacity building of the African Union (AU) to help the African continent maintain peace and security. Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, noted that the strengthening UN-AU cooperation in peace and security has played a positive role in maintaining peace and stability in Africa. "The AU is faced with difficulties in human and financial resources in the field of peace and...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/16)
Uganda has sent an official complaint to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after four police officers were shot dead on a lake between the neighbours, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Ugandan police officers were in a patrol boat investigating reports of illegal fishing on Lake Albert on Saturday when gunmen opened fire. Uganda has blamed DR Congo troops for the killing. "The four police officers were on official duty on Lake Albert within the territorial sphere of Uganda," foreign affairs minister Henry Okello Oryem said. "They were killed in line of duty and their bodies were taken by the DRC authorities."
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/16)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda said on Monday four policemen patrolling on its side of Lake Albert had been killed by Congolese troops and demanded Kinshasa punish those responsible. The lake is shared in roughly equal parts by the two countries and has in recent years been the scene of sometimes deadly clashes, mostly over alleged illegal fishing in each other's waters. The discovery of commercial oil deposits on the Ugandan side has heightened the tensions, with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sometimes accusing Uganda of conducting illegal exploration in its waters.
(Agence d'information d'afrique centrale 05/24/16)
L’ancien Premier ministre togolais, récusé par une bonne frange de la classe politique et d’acteurs sociaux de la RDC, se rend compte de la difficulté de régler certaines affaires politiques, notamment celles du Congo. Alors que la communauté internationale, plus précisément l’Union africaine (UA), attend voir la mission confiée à Edem Kodjo aboutir, dans un délai raisonnable, à l’organisation d’un forum mettant les Congolais autour d’une table, la tâche confiée à l’ancien Premier ministre togolais se complique au jour le...
(New Vision 05/24/16)
The Government of Uganda has protested the murder on Saturday of four policemen by killed by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) armed forces, Forces Armees de la Republique Democratique du Congo (FARDC). Sergeant Faruk Waiswa, Corporal Biral Obara and Constables Moses Ochen and Bernard Insingoma while patrolling Lake Albert waters in Kibale district were shot and killed at Kitebere Island. The assailants also carried away the bodies and grabbed property of the deceased including their boat. Describing the crime as...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/16)
UN Environmental Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has said renewable energy could transform Africa, where almost half of the people worldwide lacking access to electricity live. The UNEP boss was speaking on Sunday during a World Environment Day event in the Mathare slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where a football final between two local under-15 boys teams was played as night fell, under LED outdoor lighting powered by a sustainable solar power unit. Steiner said solar power is...

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