Saturday 24 February 2018
(UKzambians 12/18/13)
TUNIS, Tunisia, December / — The African Development Bank (AfDB) ( http://www.afdb.org ) and the Government of Japan signed on Monday, 16 December, a bilateral Exchange of Notes for a loan of 9.48 billion Japanese yen (about US$ 100 million). This is the fourth loan to the Bank under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance (EPSA) for Africa Initiative, which supports entrepreneurship, job creation and economic growth in Africa. The Exchange of Notes was signed by Dr. Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President, and His Excellency Mr. Juichi Takahara, Ambassador of Japan to Tunisia. mmediately following the signature of the Exchange of Notes, the relevant Loan Agreement between the AfDB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was signed by Mr. Charles Boamah,...
(BBC News Africa 12/17/13)
More than 20 people, including women and children, have been killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN peacekeepers say. Most appeared to have been hacked to death on Friday and Saturday in two villages in North Kivu, including three girls who were raped and then beheaded. It is not clear who carried out the attacks, but the UN mission said the atrocities would "not go unpunished". At least 10 armed groups operate in eastern DR Congo. The youngest victim is thought to have been only a few months old," the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco) said. Three girls appear to have been raped and then beheaded. A child's dismembered body is said...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/13)
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Republic of Congo's former deputy intelligence chief was arrested on Monday following an intense gun battle that killed at least seven people in the capital Brazzaville, a senior police official and a witness said. Gunfire rang out in the early hours as police and soldiers surrounded the home of Colonel Marcel Ntsourou, one of the most senior military officers blamed for a 2012 explosion at a heavy weapons depot in the city that killed hundreds. A Reuters reporter said more than 100 security personnel were present during the gun battle and that seven bodies were seen lying on the site after the shooting stopped. Shops and schools were closed and police cordoned off the area in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/13)
KINSHASA ----(Reuters) - At least 21 people, including women and a baby, were killed over the weekend in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. peacekeeping mission there said on Monday. The U.N. mission did not say who it believed carried out the massacre but a local elected official blamed Ugandan Islamist rebels. Most of those killed appeared to have been hacked to death on Friday and Saturday in villages not far from Beni, in Congo's North Kivu province, according to a statement by Martin Kobler, head of the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission. "These atrocities will not go unpunished," he said. Three girls appear to have been raped and then beheaded while one of the victims was just months old, his...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/13)
UNITED NATIONS ---(Reuters) - Recently defeated M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have continued to recruit fighters in neighboring Rwanda while the Congolese army has been involved in human rights abuses and corruption, according to a confidential U.N. report. "The Group has documented that M23 received continued support from Rwandan territory," the U.N. Group of Experts said in its final report to the Security Council's Congo sanctions committee, which was seen by Reuters on Monday. "The Group has received credible information that sanctioned M23 leaders are moving freely in Uganda and that M23 has continued to recruit in Rwanda," it said. The independent expert panel also accused armed groups and the Congolese army of human rights abuses...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/13)
JERUSALEM---(Reuters) - More than 100 African migrants have abandoned an "open" Israeli detention center to try to march on Jerusalem in protest at a law allowing authorities to keep them in custody indefinitely, activists said on Monday. Israel views most of the more than 50,000 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants who have crossed its border on foot from Egypt since 2006 as illegal job-seekers overburdening its low-income areas. It has sought to encourage most of them to leave. Many migrants say they are fleeing persecution, forced military conscription or dictatorship in African countries. The center in southern Israel was opened last week after parliamentary approval of a law allowing the open-ended detention of migrants in the facility pending resolution of their...
(BBC News Africa 12/17/13)
The world should be paying more attention to the sub-Saharan threat from al-Qaeda, a former head of the British armed forces has warned. General Sir David Richards said Britain needed to learn from what it had done "and failed to do". He also questioned whether the Nato operation against Libya in 2011 was the right thing to do, suggesting it may have contributed to the spread of arms in the region. In the past year Islamist groups of stepped up their activities in several African countries. In Somalia, African Union troops have been battling with militants al-Shabab - which came to global prominence with its attack on a Kenyan shopping centre earlier this year. French troops spearheaded the response to...
( 12/17/13)
Cape Town — Are you taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and want to know how well you're doing? If you live in a wealthy country, chances are that your progress is regularly checked using the "gold standard" - a viral load test. If you're in a developing country, where more people are on ARV medication and the need is greater, the expensive and complex test is hard to find, making it even more difficult to monitor whether your treatment is failing and you need to change your medication. But as the number of people receiving HIV treatment rises, and more people become eligible for treatment, the prohibitive cost of viral load tests will have to come down, and donors should use...
(Voice of America 12/17/13)
Washington — The developing world needs huge sums of money to address its many problems with health, housing, education, and more. A new report says corrupt practices by multinational companies, their government enablers, and others, however, are depriving people of a better life. A financial watchdog group, Washington-based Global Financial Integrity [GFI], reports astounding sums of money are extracted every year from African, Asian, and Latin American nations. GFI's new report says that in 2011, some $947 billion was taken out of these countries through what it calls illicit capital outflows. GFI Director Raymond Baker said the 10-year total is even more staggering. "Over the decade from 2002 to 2011, we're talking about $5.9 trillion that have moved out of...
(Daily Maverick 12/17/13)
As usual, this year threw up its fair share of bad news, disasters and controversies. SIMON ALLISON explains the stories that have him most worried for the continent's future. There was nothing wrong with the Kenyan elections, aside from a few inconsequential quibbles. They were generally considered free and fair, and turnout was excellent (88.6%). The problem came with the result: with a range of candidates to choose from, the majority of Kenyans plumped for the duo of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto - two men united by little except their base pragmatism and their shared experience of being charged with crimes against humanity by the world's top court. The pair's shared infamy comes from their alleged involvement in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/16/13)
BRAZZAVILLE Mon Dec 16, 201(Reuters) - Gunfire rang out in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, on Monday as the army raided the residence of the country's former deputy intelligence chief, according to a security source and French radio RFI. The man targeted was colonel Marcel Ntsourou, one of the most senior officers blamed for a 2012 explosion at a heavy weapons depot in the city that killed hundreds. "The army is attacking my home. They've been concentrating troops around my home since last night ... We are resisting," Ntsourou told RFI in an interview. Gunshots were audible in the background and Ntsourou said there were wounded and dead on his side. There was no immediate comment from...
(Voice of America 12/16/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says the country's administration is implementing measures to reestablish law and order in the former strongholds of the M23 rebel movement in the North Kivu provinces. Lambert Mende also rejected concerns some armed groups could fill the vacuum created by the defeat of the M23 and the subsequent signing of a peace deal between the government and the rebels. “There is now a police force, they are working, there is now civilian authority, they are back they are working and there is no void. Not at all,” said Mende. The minister of internal affairs spent more than a month in the former rebel stronghold as part of government’s effort to ensure law...
(Voice of America 12/16/13)
QUNU, SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa’s first black president, anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, has been buried in his home village near Qunu, in Eastern Cape Province. Several thousand family members and close friends attended the funeral. Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday among the hills of his ancestral homeland, eulogized by friends, family and admirers. His longtime friend, Ahmed Kathrada, called Mandela his older brother and moved the 4,500 participants with memories from the decades of struggle against apartheid and prison."The last time I saw Madiba alive was when I visited him in hospital. I was filled with an overwhelming sadness and emotion and I cried. He held my hand and it was profoundly heart-breaking and it brought out...
(CNN 12/16/13)
(CNN) -- With the passing of Nelson Mandela it might be timely to put aside out-of-date and ill-informed views of Africa, and see it the way Africans seem to: With a high level of optimism. Two-thirds of respondents to a CNN survey of more than 9,000 people across South Africa and 19 other African countries say they feel more confident about the future than when Mandela came to power. Corruption tops their list of fears -- particularly in Nigeria -- but generally they believe their leaders are "doing their best." The survey, conducted on smartphones, PCs and web-enabled feature phones, was an attempt to give a sense of the mood of Africans about their future and Mandela's legacy. It suggests...
(Voice of America 12/16/13)
Yaounde — Bad roads, poor storage and weather destroy a fourth of food crops grown on a continent plagued by food insecurity .A new day has just started and I am standing at one of the largest farm markets north of the Cameroon capital Yaounde. Trucks that have journeyed all night are off-loading their cargo of tomatoes, carrots, green beans, bananas, and an assortment of vegetables and grains. Some of the trucks are still loaded. I am told they will soon begin a daylong journey to the border, where traders from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea are waiting. As I look around, it's hard to believe that many people across the continent will go to bed on an empty stomach tonight...
(Voice of America 12/16/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Several United Nations agencies are investing heavily in so-called financial inclusion programs, designed to bring financial services to the poor and make them less aid-dependent. Although the efforts made so far have been sizable, observers are beginning to wonder if the programs can succeed on their own The idea behind financial inclusion is making financial services such as credit, savings and insurance available to everyone - including poor people in Africa’s rural areas who live on just two dollars a day. It is believed that if these services reached the rural poor, their lives could improve tremendously. Ertharin Cousin of the World Food Program said that financial inclusion should not be seen as another aid program. “The...
(Sudan Views 12/16/13)
The summit of the African Ministers of Foreign Affairs or the Executive Council of the African Union is scheduled on 14th of December 2013. The summit will focus on one item in the African agenda against the ICC. The African ministers must answer the question; what is the next step after the refusal of the UN Security Council for the African proposal on the issue of the ICC. The proposal demanded legal one – year postponement for ICC procedures against African Presidents. The African solidarity is getting stronger but the ICC will not stop its campaign to break the African Solidarity. The ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda accused the UN Security Council of prolonging the conflict in Sudan - Darfur by...
(AFP 12/14/13)
PRETORIA, December 14, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela embarked on the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey on Saturday, as his remains were flown to his rural childhood home for traditional burial. Sunday's interment will bring down the final curtain on 10 days of national mourning and global tributes for the prisoner-turned-president who transformed his country and inspired the world. Tens of thousands had packed a soaked stadium in Soweto for a memorial service Tuesday and up to 100,000 people filed past Mandela's open-casket for the three days it was displayed at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The same venue had witnessed his inauguration as South Africa's first black leader two decades earlier. Mandela's flag-draped casket was flown to...
(Voice of America 12/13/13)
NAIROBI — The Congolese government signed a peace deal on Thursday with the M23 rebels it had been fighting until they laid down their arms last month, ending weeks of wrangling over the terms of an agreement. The deal apparently concludes the most serious rebellion in Congo in a decade but analysts say the region remains fragile, not least because the agreement does not address the status of other armed groups. M23 is the latest incarnation of the Tutsi-led insurgents who have battled Congo's government in its mineral-rich eastern region since 1996, in an evolving conflict that has caused the deaths of millions from violence, hunger and disease. “Today the DRC (Congo) government and M23 have respectively signed declarations reflecting...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/13/13)
NAIROBI ---(Reuters) - The Congolese government has signed a peace deal with the M23 rebels it had been fighting until they laid down their arms last month, Kenya's presidential spokesman said on his official Twitter account on Thursday. "DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) govt, M23 sign peace agreement in Nairobi," Manoah Esipisu wrote on his account. M23 are the latest incarnation of Tutsi-led insurgents who have battled Congo's government in its mineral-rich eastern regions for more than two decades. Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende said three documents were signed at the State House in Nairobi and their provisions include a reiteration of the dissolution of M23 as an armed group. Other provisions include details of demobilization and a renunciation of...

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