Thursday 22 February 2018
(Tanzania Daily News 11/18/13)
Arusha — Despite being operational for more than seven years now, the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights has been under-utilized having handled only 28 petitions relating to contentious matters and five requests for advisory opinion. The court has therefore decided to make its presence felt through organising a continental conference for the media on the promotion of the court's activities. The occasion will be graced by Prof Makame Mbarawa, the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology and attended by among others, the president and other judges of the court, as well as representatives of international organizations established based in the region. According to Mr Jean- Pierre Uwanone, Senior Information and Communication Officer, the objective of the seminar...
(CNN 11/18/13)
(CNN) -- Notch this up to Swedes and another ridiculously cool, innovative design. This latest effort can be found off an African island and straightaway is placed high on that list of 'amazing hotels I wish i could get to' many travelers have. Just off the coast of Tanzania, The Manta Resort on Pemba Island has added a beautiful, other-worldly underwater bedroom to their original 16-room offering. The new 'digs' opened for business this month, designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels. They are the brains behind the The Utter Inn, an underwater room in the middle of a Swedish lake which was also one of our 15 unusual places to spend the night. Lying approximately 250 meters offshore, the...
(AFP 11/17/13)
KUWAIT CITY, November 17, 2013 (AFP) - Arab and African foreign ministers met in Kuwait on Sunday hoping to accelerate a strategy to bolster economic cooperation, investment and trade ahead of a summit this week. The Third Africa Arab Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday will be the first meeting of its kind since 2010, when leaders met in Libya prior to the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled longstanding dictatorships there and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East. The one-day meeting will adopt the agenda for the summit, where leaders are expected to approve a raft of new measures to upgrade economic ties between the two regions, including the oil-rich Gulf and sub-Saharan Africa. "It is time to upgrade...
(AFP 11/17/13)
Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa's Nelson Mandela remains "quite ill" and is unable to speak, using facial expressions to communicate as he receives intensive medical care at home, his ex-wife told Sunday media. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95-year-old was not on life support but he was no longer talking "because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear (fluid from) the lungs". "He can't actually articulate anything" as a result, she told The Sunday Independent newspaper. "He communicates with the face, you see. But the doctors have told us they hope to recover his voice." Mandela was discharged on September 1 to his home in Johannesburg's upmarket Houghton suburb after nearly three months in hospital for...
(AFP 11/15/13)
UNITED NATIONS, November 15, 2013 (AFP) - African nations will Friday launch one of the biggest challenges yet to the International Criminal Court by forcing a UN Security Council vote on suspending the trial of Kenya's president. A resolution seeking to defer crimes against humanity charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto for one year is almost certain to fail through lack of support. But diplomats and justice experts say the action risks heightening tensions between the ICC and Africa. The two leaders are accused of masterminding unrest after a 2007 presidential election in 2007 in which at least 1,100 people died. Kenyatta and Ruto took office after an election this year. Ruto's trial has started, while...
(Reuters 11/15/13)
(Reuters) - U.S. military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth - or some $40 million - from their 2014 budget, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali. The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters and training programs, AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez said, most likely forcing smaller exercises. The size of AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is to be reduced by some 20 percent. The planned cuts are part of broader across-the-board U.S. spending restrictions dubbed "sequestration" and imposed after Congress failed to agree deficit reduction measures. AFRICOM - set up in 2007 to coordinate U.S. military activity on the continent - retains some 5,000...
(Sudan Tribune 11/14/13)
(KAMPALA) – A Ugandan minister has told the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to sort out its problem after the DRC accused Uganda of having an ‘’interest in the M23’’. ‘‘The problem of DRC is the problem of DRC. It is up to the Congolese to speed up the process of bringing peace to their country,’’ said Uganda’s Minister of state for International Relations, Henry Okello Oryem in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday. The signing of the peace agreement between the DRC and the former rebels flopped on Monday after the Congolese delegation said it could not sign an agreement with the vanquished M23 rebels since the group had dissolved itself. "What are we supposed...
(Voice of America 11/14/13)
KINSHASA — The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday it was ready to sign a “declaration” that reflects the defeat of M23 rebels, despite pulling out of Ugandan-hosted peace talks a day earlier. Congo and M23 rebels, the latest incarnation of Tutsi-led insurgents to battle the government near the border with Rwanda and Uganda, had been due to conclude a deal on Monday but Congolese negotiators rejected the name of the document. Kinshasa's accusations against Uganda and the failure to conclude a political deal to accompany M23's military defeat underscored deep-rooted tensions that will complicate efforts to end Congo's most serious rebellion in a decade. Saying it would not sign a deal with a group its U.N.-backed army had...
(Voice of America 11/14/13)
A veteran U.S.-based African journalist said ending corruption in Africa is becoming more elusive because there is no incentive for government officials and others not to engage in corruption. Chika Onyeani, publisher and editor-in-chief of the New York-based African Sun Times newspaper, said part of the solution would be prosecution and lengthy prison terms for those implicated in official corruption. Onyeani was reacting to a study by the independent research firm Afrobarometer, which found that Africans are unhappy with efforts to fight corruption, and found that many still pay bribes to get basic services. The report said Nigeria, Egypt and Zimbabwe got the worst ratings, while Malawi, Lesotho and Botswana got the best. Onyeani said that while not surprised by...
(Bloomberg 11/14/13)
Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is gearing up to sell about $15 billion of assets as Europe’s largest oil company accelerates disposals to offset the cost of projects from Australia to Canada. Asset sales will allow Shell’s net capital investment, spending on projects adjusted for acquisitions and disposals, to fall from this year’s record $45 billion, Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser said in an interview. New projects coming on stream give room to sell oil and natural gas fields, he said. While chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc Peter Voser didn't put a figure on disposals, Shell needs to raise at least $15 billion over the next two years to meet its financial targets, according to data compiled...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/13/13)
KINSHASA Wed Nov 13, 2013 (Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday it was ready to sign a "declaration" that reflects the defeat of M23 rebels, despite pulling out of Ugandan-hosted peace talks a day earlier. Congo and M23 rebels, the latest incarnation of Tutsi-led insurgents to battle the government near the border with Rwanda and Uganda, had been due to conclude a deal on Monday but Congolese negotiators rejected the name of the document. Kinshasa's accusations against Uganda and the failure to conclude a political deal to accompany M23's military defeat underscored deep-rooted tensions that will complicate efforts to end Congo's most serious rebellion in a decade. Saying it would not sign a deal with a...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/13)
KINSHASA, November 13, 2013 (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo needs a plan to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate ex-rebels, the United Nations said Wednesday, a week after helping the army defeat the 18-month-old M23 insurgency. The UN secretary general's deputy special representative to the DR Congo, Abdallah Wafi, told reporters such a plan -- dubbed "DDR" -- was key to ensuring peace in the country's troubled east. "I would like to emphasise the need for the DRC authorities to have a DDR plan... that benefits all the components of armed groups. Long-term peace and security cannot be guaranteed in the Kivus (eastern provinces) without it," he said. The M23 rebellion announced on November 5 it was laying down its...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/13/13)
KINSHASA Wed Nov 13, 2013(Reuters) - The defeat of Democratic Republic of Congo's most important rebel group has strengthened President Joseph Kabila's grip on political power, but bringing peace to his vast central African nation remains a remote prospect. "Thank you, Kabila," sang thousands of women dressed in white who marched through the center of the sprawling riverside capital Kinshasa last week, celebrating the army offensive that routed the M23 rebels in Congo's distant east. A peace deal to be signed on Monday in Entebbe, Uganda, aims to draw a line under the 20-month rebellion, the most serious conflict in Congo since a major war ended in 2003. It caps a dramatic turnaround for the 42-year-old president, whose reputation was...
(The New York Times 11/13/13)
KIWANJA, Democratic Republic of Congo — When Martin Kobler, the newly appointed United Nations representative, arrived this summer for his first visit to this small but strategic town, armed members of the M23 rebel group lined the airstrip, silently watching him land and disembark. Their presence sent an unmistakable message: the rebels, not Congolese officials, controlled Kiwanja. But when he landed at the end of October, he was greeted instead by crowds of cheering civilians. The armed fighters who had terrorized them were nowhere in sight. Congolese forces, supported by United Nations peacekeepers, had routed the rebels and restored control of the town to the central government. “Our task is to dissolve political blockage, to end occupation by armed forces,...
(Dw-World 11/13/13)
In Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, victory is in the air and large placards extol the deeds of the armed forces. The decisive offensive against the M23 rebels lasted just two weeks. The rebels had been terrorizing the population in the east of the DRC, exposing the weaknesses of the DRC army and UN blue helmet troops. Militarily, M23 is now a spent force, but sustained peace in the crisis-torn region is still a long way off. "The fact that the M23 has been defeated does not in itself mean that stability will return to the eastern Congo," said Stefanie Wolters from the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. There are dozens of other national and international...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/13)
Peace efforts between Democratic Republic of Congo and defeated M23 rebels will continue, Uganda's government said Tuesday, a day after the two sides failed to sign a much hoped for agreement. The last-minute failure to sign a deal on Monday was a blow to international efforts to stabilise the African nation's conflict-prone east. "Both parties are still here in Uganda... the talks have not been officially called off," Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told reporters. Negotiations fell through after Kinshasa demanded changes to the agreement, but despite the failure to sign, DR Congo Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda has insisted the government is committed to peace. Uganda, which is hosting and mediating the long running talks, said it was expecting new...
(AL Jazeera 11/13/13)
The Congolese government delegation has left Ugandan-hosted talks with M23 rebels after the two sides failed to agree on the wording of a document intended to officially end the insurgency. The peace talks, attended by UN officials, took place in the Ugandan city of Entebbe. No date has been set for when the talks will resume. Lambert Mende, a spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government, blamed Uganda for the breakdown. "Uganda seems now to be acting as part of the conflict. It has interests in M23," he said. The failure to sign a document to end the conflict shows the deep mistrust in the region, a barrier standing in the way of long-term peace despite the defeat...
(BBC News Africa 11/13/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has refused to sign a deal with the rebels it defeated last week, the country's information minister has said. Lambert Mende said the title of the Ugandan-mediated document was the problem, not its contents. It should be called a declaration not an accord as that gave too much credibility to the rebels, he said. Last week, the M23 rebel group ended its 18-month insurgency in eastern DR Congo and surrendered. The two sides had been due to sign the document in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. But Mr Mende told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that DR Congo's delegation had now left the talks in Kampala. He said the Ugandan mediators had refused to...
(Voice of America 11/13/13)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two cases this week involving American piracy victims in Africa have highlighted the maritime dangers in the region. However, maritime experts say there are significant differences in the causes and response to piracy off the coast of Somalia and incidents in the troubled Gulf of Guinea, near Nigeria. A judge in Norfolk, Virginia has ordered Somali national Ahmed Muse Salad to serve 19 consecutive life sentences for his role in the 2011 murders of four Americans. Salad was among a group of Somali pirates who boarded a yacht carrying its American owners and two crew members off Africa's east coast. The four Americans were shot and killed after negotiations with the U.S. navy broke down. In another...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/13/13)
CAPE TOWN Wed Nov 13, 2013 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics expects to supply half of the smartphones sold in Africa this year and aims to double these sales on the continent in 2014, an executive said. Africa has a growing young population that is increasingly tech savvy and urbanized. This is attracting foreign sellers of consumer products like smartphones, especially as markets stagnate or shrink in more developed nations. Although smartphones are gaining popularity across the continent, they are still a novelty. At the end of 2012, sub-Saharan smartphone penetration was 4 percent, compared with a global average of 17 percent, according to industry body GSMA. "Samsung this year will ship 50 percent of all the smartphones in Africa," Thabiet...

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