Wednesday 13 December 2017
(Ips News 12/04/13)
For more than 20 years, Anastasia Ngwakun from Bamunkumbit village in central Cameroon has been farming rice the hard way - using only hand tools. But Ngwakun knows that if she were a man, she would have access to the technology that would not require her to work so hard. "Rice farming is hard work, especially for a woman, because I am involved in the planting and processing using limited or no resources and tools, unlike the men folk in my village, who can easily get credit or have access to a tractor," Ngwakun, who grows rice on a 1.5-hectare plot, told IPS. "Women do not have access to land, and many times we farm plots that are owned by...
(BBC News Africa 12/03/13)
A diplomat at the Japanese embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire at the mission. Shinya Yamada, 30, was held in Tokyo over claims he embezzled funds and set the blaze in June to destroy evidence. Some $260,000 (£160,000) had gone missing, Japan's foreign ministry said. No-one was hurt in the fire, which damaged the building's fourth floor. Mr Yamada has denied the allegations, according to Japanese media reports. It is rare for Japanese investigators to probe a case that occurred at a diplomatic mission abroad. "It is extremely regrettable an official of the foreign ministry was arrested and that serious damage, including the loss of public funds, was inflicted,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/03/13)
KAMPALA Tue Dec 3, 2013---(Reuters) - Congo's president wants talks with rebels in the country's east concluded as soon as possible, Ugandan and Congolese statements said, although there was no sign of a breakthrough on the wording of an accord that scuppered a signing last month. Kinshasa and Congo's M23 rebels failed to seal the deal after squabbles over what it should be called - the insurgents were ready to sign a peace agreement but Congo wanted to call it a declaration that reflected the rebels' military defeat. M23 are the latest incarnation of Tutsi-led insurgents who have battled Congo's government in eastern regions for more than two decades. The cycle of conflict fuelled by competition over land and mineral...
(AFP (eng) 12/03/13)
GOMA, December 3, 2013 (AFP) - The United Nations on Tuesday announced its peacekeeping troops will go after other armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after helping to defeat the M23 rebel force. Tackling such groups is now "a prospect" for the UN's 20,000-strong MONUSCO force and "that's just what we are going to do," the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, said in the northeastern city of Goma, capital of strife-torn North Kivu province. Ladsous was speaking after the UN peacekeeping mission launched an Italian-made surveillance drone from the airport in Goma -- the first time the United Nations has used such a pilotless aircraft in any country. The MONUSCO mission in the DR Congo currently...
(BBC News Africa 12/03/13)
The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has started to deploy unarmed surveillance drones to monitor rebel activity near the forested borders with Rwanda and Uganda. This is the first time any UN mission has deployed drones. The first two were launched from the eastern city of Goma, which was last year briefly occupied by M23 rebels. The UN force in DR Congo played a key role last month in defeating the M23 but other militias still operate. The BBC's Maud Jullien in eastern DR Congo says it has long been suspected that various armed groups in the North Kivu province get their supplies from neighbouring countries. Both Rwanda and Uganda have denied repeated accusations that they supported the...
(AL Jazeera 12/03/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) president wants to urgently end talks with rebels in the country's east, Ugandan and Congolese statements have said, despite no deal being reached. DRC President Joseph Kabila and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni met on Monday in Uganda's capital to discuss the deal, but there was no sign of a breakthrough on the wording of the accord that scuppered a signing last month over the DRC's M23 rebels. "The two presidents agreed that the Kampala dialogue between the government of the DRC and M23 should be brought to a conclusion as soon as possible," the said DRC in a written statement on Tuesday. The Ugandan announcement repeated the message, with minor variations in the text. They...
(Voice of America 12/03/13)
KAMPALA, UGANDA — The Democratic Republic of Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, flew into Uganda on Monday for talks aimed at reviving a peace deal between his government and rebel fighters, according to a Ugandan official. Kinshasa and the M23 rebels failed to seal a deal last month after wrangling over what it should be called. The rebels were ready to sign a peace agreement, but Congo's negotiators wanted to call it a declaration reflecting the rebels' defeat. “I think [Kabila] wants to breathe new life into the process ... Uganda would implore DRC to sign this agreement with the rebels,” Uganda government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo, told Reuters. M23 are the latest incarnation of Tutsi-led insurgents who for years have fought...
(Voice of America 12/03/13)
Several African nations were among the worst performers in Transparency International's annual report on perceived corruption. Somalia was one of three nations receiving the lowest score in the report released Tuesday by the corruption watchdog group. The report gave each nation a score between 0 and 100. Besides Somalia, African countries that scored 20 or below on the list include Sudan, South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Eritrea. Only three African nations received scores above 50 - Botswana, Cape Verde, and Rwanda. Transparency International says Africa has improved on indicators related to "human development and sustainable economic development." The Berlin-based group says, however, there has been a "noticeable deterioration" in terms of safety and the rule of law. Transparency...
(7sur7.cd 12/03/13)
Les questions de légitimité ne se posent pas qu’au Pouvoir. A l’UDPS aussi il y a un avis de tempête. Le mandat d’Etienne Tshisekedi à la tête du parti expire le 14 décembre 2013 prochain. Voilà 3 ans que le Congrès de l’UDPS, le tout premier de son histoire, confiait à Etienne Tshisekedi des supers pouvoirs. A part, l’investiture du parti pour concourir à l’élection présidentielle de novembre 2011, le Congrès -qui se tenait au Centre Maman Mobutu en décembre 2010-, pour mettre fin au dédoublement des structures de base déchirées par les différents courants internes de l’UDPS, avait résolu d’octroyer à Tshisekedi les pouvoirs les plus étendus notamment en matière de nomination. Tshisekedi a le pouvoir de nommer à...
(Voice of America 12/03/13)
JOHANNESBURG — In most African countries, pharmaceutal drugs are poorly regulated or not regulated at all, posing huge risks for those who depend on them to stay healthy. But for the first time, the topic has gotten the attention of African officials, who holding a scientific conference on the topic in South Africa. Access to safe and effective medicine can be touch and go in Africa, where the market abounds with drugs that are fake or expired. That can have disastrous consequences, says Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda, a Tanzanian who oversees pharmaceutical issues for an African Union agency, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, or NEPAD. "The situation that you see in Africa is that most of the medicines circulating in our...
(La Tempête des Tropiques 12/03/13)
Il se trouve partagé entre les pressions de la communauté internationale et de l'opinion publique intérieure opposée à la signature d'un accord avec une rébellion vaincue militairement. En provenance de Goma, Joseph Kabila Kabange a fait hier lundi 2 décembre un déplacement éclair à Entebbe en Ouganda où il a rencontré son homologue ougandais, médiateur officiel dans la crise entre Kinshasa et le Mouvement du 23 mars 2009, M23 en sigle. Kaguta Museveni est aussi cet important personnage dans le dénouement souhaité de cette crise ayant entraîné mort d'hommes, pleurs et désolation à Goma et dans les territoires de Rutshuru et de Nyiragongo au Nord-Kivu ayant été le théâtre des affrontements entre les troupes régulières et les rebelles aujourd'hui défaits...
(African arguments 12/03/13)
The McKinsey Global Institute has released a new report entitled 'Lions Go Digital: The Internet's Transformative Potential in Africa'. Optimistic about the power of internet to change Africa, the report delineates six categories where internet will have the most powerful impact: Financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture, and government. The research found that while currently, internet penetration throughout the whole continent is 16 per cent, with just 16 million people online; the report estimates that by 2025, around 50 per cent of the population will be online, with 600 million people using internet. While the figures show a hopeful projection of what internet access will look like in a little over a decade, there are clear challenges to achieving internet...
(The Wall Street Journal 12/02/13)
KAMPALA Uganda---Congolese President Joseph Kabila arrived in Uganda Monday for crunch talks with his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, over a stalled peace deal with the defeated M23 rebel group, the latest push to consolidate peace in the mineral-rich but restive eastern Congo. Mr. Kabila's visit comes amid heightened international pressure on the Central African nation to sign a peace deal with the rebel group, to put a final end to the rebellion in Eastern Congo that has threatened to spill into the wider region in recent months, as it did in the late 1990's. Uganda's government spokesman, Ofwono Oponda, said the visit would most likely revitalize the stalled peace negotiations and pave way for the signing of the peace deal...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/02/13)
KAMPALA Mon Dec 2, 2013 ---(Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, flew into Uganda on Monday for talks aimed at reviving a peace deal between his government and rebel fighters, a Ugandan official said. Kinshasa and the M23 rebels failed to seal a deal last month after wrangling over what it should be called - the rebels were ready to sign a peace agreement, but Congo's negotiators wanted to call it a declaration reflecting the rebels' defeat. "I think (Kabila) wants to breathe new life into the process ... Uganda would implore DRC to sign this agreement with the rebels," Uganda government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo, told Reuters. M23 are the latest incarnation of Tutsi-led insurgents who...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has told residents of a town held by rebels for more than a year that he wants an end to 20 years of conflict in the region. He has spent the past week driving from Kisangani in a 70-car convoy, which got bogged down in the region's bad roads. He has ended his 930km- (575 mile) journey in Rutshuru, which was held by the M23 rebels for more than a year. During his trip, he warned the region's other militias to disarm. Joseph Kabila in Rutshuru Mr Kabila warned against revenge attacks and tribalism .He told a crowd of thousands of people that he wanted an end to conflict in the area, reports...
(The Reporter 12/02/13)
The economic performance of Africa in the last few years has been remarkable. The continent has consistently defied the global trend. Five years after the global financial system came perilously close to collapse, the global economic outlook is still uncertain. In Europe, GDP is still below pre-crisis levels and unemployment is at a record high. Recovery in the United States, although stronger, remains weak by historic standards, and even China, which has done so much to drive global growth, is slowing down. Yet, in what some might call an unexpected twist, average growth in Africa over the last decade has been more than 5 percent. Of the 10 fastest-growing global economies, seven are in sub-Saharan Africa. But how will this...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on this year's shortlist, drawn up from votes by 44 journalists across Africa, has won the BBC award before and two - Burkina Faso's Pitroipa and Aubameyang of Gabon - are the first nominees from their respective countries. Ivory Coast's Toure...
(The New York Times 12/01/13)
LONDON — The imagery is likely to be the same as it has been for decades — foreign troops in battle fatigues lugging backpacks and assault rifles, confronting mayhem. But when French soldiers reinforce their small existing garrison in the Central African Republic in coming weeks, their presence will probably be depicted as a departure from a long tradition of military muscle as the prime instrument of postcolonial power. The Central African Republic — its territory larger than metropolitan France, with only a small fraction of its population — has occupied an anomalous place since independence from Paris in 1960, ruled by a procession of despots and even an emperor — Bokassa I — who was accused not just of...
(AFP 11/30/13)
JOHANNESBURG, November 30, 2013 (AFP) - African ministers and experts meet next week in Botswana to chart ways to stamp out a spike in elephant killings fuelled by a growing demand for ivory in Asia. "Poaching of elephants and associated ivory trafficking remain of grave concern," said Richard Thomas, spokesman for the animal conservation group Traffic. The three-day meeting opening on Monday in Gaborone has been organised by the Botswana government and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Poaching has risen sharply in Africa in recent years and the illegal ivory trade has tripled since 1998, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Large-scale seizures of ivory destined for Asia have more than doubled since 2009 and...
(AFP (eng) 11/29/13)
GOMA, November 29, 2013 (AFP) - A militia accused of mass rape and murder in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is ready to lay down its weapons, the head of the UN mission said Friday, urging the army to restore order in the vicinity. A self-defence militia led by "General" Sheka Ntabo Ntaberi and known as Sheka Mai Mai has been active in the region at least three years, battling rival forces for control of gold mines. "Thirty-six hours ago, (the town of) Pinga was liberated from the Sheka Mai Mai and of Sheka himself. Now it's vital to restore the authority of the state as soon as possible," Martin Kobler told AFP in a brief interview. At the end...

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