| Africatime
Wednesday 28 January 2015
(PANA 01/28/15)
Cape Town, South Africa - Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to mediate with a view to ensuring an end to the bloody protests in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed the lives of 42 people. The protests followed the proposed changes to the electoral laws which will could have seen a postponement of the 2016 presidential elections. Lawmakers this weekend approved a new version of the law after scrapping a provision that opposition leaders said was intended to prolong the presidency. Both the Senate and the National Assembly passed the law on Sunday and it must now be signed by President Joseph...
(Radio Okapi 01/28/15)
La Police nationale congolaise (PNC) a quadrillé depuis la matinée de mercredi 28 janvier la ville de Beni au Nord-Kivu. Des centaines de policiers sont déployés dans plusieurs quartiers de la ville où des partis de l’opposition ont prévu d’organiser un meeting populaire. Mardi dernier, les partis politiques de l’opposition de Beni ont appelé la population à assister à un meeting ce mercredi au Rond-point Nyamwisi de Beni. Tôt le matin, la police a quadrillé certains points chauds, notamment le quartier commercial de Matonge, le rond-point Nyamwisi et Enra. Une présence policière est également visible le long du Boulevard Nyamwisi ainsi que dans les quartiers Malepe, Boikene et Ngadi. Interrogé à ce sujet, le commandant de la police de Beni,...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year. Kabila took power in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001 following the assassination of his father, and won disputed elections in 2006 and 2011 in Africa's largest copper producer. But he is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. A...
(CNN 01/27/15)
(CNN)Players from Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo embraced each other in celebration as both sides played out a 1-1 draw to book their passage into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. In a tense finale to Group B, all four teams still had the chance to qualify for the last eight until the final whistle went in a goalless draw between Cape Verde and Zambia in torrid conditions. It sparked contrasting celebrations, the coaches and players in Bata celebrating in unison while there were tears in Ebebiyin as 2012 champions Zambia bowed out in the group stages for a second successive tournament.
(BBC News Africa 01/27/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and his Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens were unconcerned about how their sides made Africa Cup of Nations progress. Both teams reached the last eight after their 1-1 draw - with DR Congo pipping Cape Verde, who drew with Zambia, to qualification on goals scored. Ibenge said: "We have qualified for the quarter-finals with some difficulty." Leekens said: "We know we are not the best or the most beautiful but we have qualified and I am...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/15)
A call by the Congolese opposition for peaceful demonstrations to oust President Joseph Kabila went unheeded Monday as authorities maintained a crippling block on text messages and social networks used to rally demonstrators. Only about 50 people gathered at the headquarters of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UPDS) in the capital Kinshasa, despite the party calling for mass protests. The small crowd dispersed shortly before midday (1100 GMT) when several jeeploads of police arrived at the scene after authorities warned no opposition demonstrations
(The Guardian 01/26/15)
‘I’ve lost all desire to live in my own country’ says a mother whose son was killed in a police crackdown on protests against proposed changes to DRC constitution. Arms crossed and hands on shoulders, Hortense Basila let out a moan that rose from deep inside and filled her eyes with tears. “My child!” she cried. “When will I see him again? Oh my God. May they give me my child back. My son, my Christian. We are poor people...
(Voice of America 01/26/15)
A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo government said Sunday’s senate approval of controversial election legislation was a defeat for opponents of President Joseph Kabila who, he claimed, were planning a coup d’état. The ruling majority agreed to remove articles in the proposed law that required the completion of a vast census before the 2016 election, a move that the opposition said would have allowed Kabila to extend his stay in power. Information Minister Lambert Mende said it was...
(News Day 01/26/15)
A Congolese man who was nabbed in Harare last week for illegal possession of 675 pieces of diamonds worth over $30 000 was on Friday remanded in custody to February 5 when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe. Ntita Didier (35) of Eastlea, Harare, was arrested on January 21 this year after police received information that he was dealing in diamonds without the requisite documents. Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri told the court that detectives from the Minerals and Border Control Unit...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/26/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament gave final approval on Sunday to an electoral law shorn of a controversial provision that risked delaying a vote due in 2016 and had triggered days of deadly protests. The reversal is a major blow for President Joseph Kabila's camp and a leading opposition leader said demonstrations planned for Monday would now be called off. Last weekend, the lower house passed the law with a measure ordering a national census before the...
(AFP (eng) 01/24/15)
Forty people have died in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo against President Joseph Kabila, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, accusing security forces of using excessive force and then trying to remove evidence. The number of people who have died in DR Congo over the past week in demonstrations against a bill that could extend Kabila's time in power is contested, with the government saying the protests had left 12 dead and a global human rights organisation saying...
(BBC News Africa 01/24/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has amended a controversial census bill following four days of violent nationwide protests. The new version, to be approved by the lower house, removes the requirement to hold a census before the next election. The opposition had said this was a way for President Joseph Kabila to extend his time in office rather than stand down next year as planned. Hundreds of students took to the streets to celebrate the news. Human rights groups say that dozens of people have been killed during the protests.
(Bloomberg 01/24/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate bowed to protests that left 40 people dead and abandoned plans for a revised electoral law to require that a census be held before elections next year. Opposition politicians had warned that linking the census to the vote would delay the ballot and illegally prolong President Joseph Kabila’s mandate, which ends in 2016. Drivers in the capital, Kinshasa, honked horns and people cheered when the vote on the law was announced Friday on state...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/15)
After days of deadly protests, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Senate backed down Friday on a hotly-contested electoral bill enabling President Joseph Kabila to extend his hold on power. Senators voted unanimously to amend the bill, already passed by the lower house of parliament last weekend, by dropping a provision tying 2016 presidential and legislative elections to a census expected to be years from completion. The vote came after days of bloody confrontations between protestors and police in the capital...

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