Tuesday 23 May 2017
(News of Rwanda 08/19/13)
As of August 15, 2013, more than 7,000 people of Rwandan ancestry had been forced out of Tanzania. The expulsions have reignited a centuries old debate as to who should be considered a perfect citizen of a given country. Recently, I met an elderly couple that lived in Burundi since the early 1950s, and their view of the evictions made me stop for a second to think though what they had said. "Kikwete could be originating from Gitega in Burundi," is how the elderly couple put it. They are of Rwandan origin, but speak Kirundi and solely prefer to be viewed as Burundians. By virtual of that country's laws, they are indeed Burundians. So where did President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete...
(The Observer 08/14/13)
Tension is reigning high along the Uganda -Tanzania border, after hundreds of Rwandan refugees, some armed, crossed into Rakai district. According to security sources at Mutukula border town, most of the new arrivals escaped into Tanzania at the time of the 1994 Rwanda genocide that claimed some 800,000 people. Reports indicate that the Tanzanian government recently ordered Rwandese illegal immigrants in the north to leave by August 10. Fearing to be repatriated back to Rwanda, hundreds of refugees started moving into Uganda on August 1. Against the backdrop of Rwanda's troubled history, locals in Rakai have branded the refugees Interahamwe, after the infamous genocidaires who fled that country in 1994. Many have settled on land belonging to Catholic missions in...
(Times of swaziland 08/14/13)
MBABANE – As talks regarding the extension of AGOA post 2015 kicked off on Monday in Ethiopia’s Capital City Addis Ababa, Swaziland and other 49 African countries will be very lucky to see the legislation extended with the same existing terms and conditions, International Business Times has reported. Swaziland is one of the 49 AGOA beneficiaries. AGOA stands for Africa Growth Opportunity Act. AGOA was signed into law in 2000; it offers incentives mostly in the form of duty-free trade access to 49 eligible sub-Saharan economies to liberalise their markets and build connections with American trade partners. The agreement expires in 2015, and US and African officials would be setting fresh terms for its renewal. According to International Business Times,...
(Reuters 08/14/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 14, 2013 (Reuters) - Iron ore mining group African Minerals (AMIq.L) surprised the market on Wednesday with the abrupt departure of both chief executive and chief financial officer and said it was scrapping expansion plans to focus on existing operations. Its shares fell almost 15 percent despite what some analysts said could prove a positive as the company concentrates on its Sierra Leone mine, Tonkolili. "From the onset it was clear that (Chief Executive Keith)Calder's broader ambition was to grow African Minerals into a diversified miner across West Africa in the near term," Jefferies analysts said in a note. "Perhaps our greatest concern for African Minerals in recent months was that the company would move too...
(Reuters 08/13/13)
KIGALI | (Reuters) - Rwanda's Democratic Green Party said on Monday it will sit out September's parliamentary election after the electoral commission took three years to register it, finally doing so just days before the deadline. Analysts say President Paul Kagame has a well-documented record of blocking, threatening or infiltrating rival parties to stifle even nascent political opposition, and that the belated registration of the Democratic Green Party can hardly be seen as a real opening of the democratic space. Most other parties are allied to Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front, which holds four in five parliamentary seats. Democratic Green Party president Frank Habineza said the lateness of the registration meant it was "not possible to have all the necessary requirements"...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — The first Pan African Conference on Interreligious Freedoms has ended in Cameroon with participants from 80 countries from Africa and beyond. Participants pledged to work together for the service of peace in the name of God. Conference participants say development across Africa has been greatly slowed by interreligious conflicts. The case of Nigeria was cited as one of the worst, with tens of thousands of lives lost in fighting between Muslim and Christian communities, and thousands more killed by the Islamist militant-sect Boko Haram. South African-based Malawian cleric Hopeson Bonye says nothing good has come out of Boko Haram, saying it is just fighting everyone, and is extending its tentacles to neighboring countries. "It is wrong, and...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
NAIROBI — The United States is keeping a close watch on potential European trade deals with African nations as Washington reviews its own preferential trade initiative with the continent. African ministers and U.S. officials discussed trade relations at a forum Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The U.S. is considering an extension to the popular African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA, an American law that allows sub-Saharan African countries to export certain products to the United States duty free. First signed into law in 2000, the act has already been renewed once, and is set to expire in 2015. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been meeting with African ministers at an AGOA forum in Addis Ababa...
(The New Times 08/12/13)
The Rwanda Agriculture Board (Rab) has earmarked more than 300 hectares of grazing land in Nyagatare and Gatsibo districts to livestock farmers being evicted from Tanzania. At least 2,000 head of cattle have been transferred from Tanzania to Rwanda since Tanzania expelled Rwandans from Kagera region in the north-western swathes of East Africa's largest nation. The farmers had expressed worry over grazing land. However, Celestin Nyambyi, the coordinator of Rab in Eeastern Province said yesterday the cattle would be put in quarantine posts for safety precautions. "Cows coming in numbers may pose a serious health threat if not properly watched...but we have earmarked areas to handle the cows until further notes...the coming farmers will get all they need to resettle...
(Voice of America 08/12/13)
KIGALI — Rwanda's Democratic Green Party has been officially recognized as a political party after years of what it calls government obstruction and faces a race against time to field candidates for next month's election. Rwandan President Paul Kagame earned international praise for rebuilding the country after the 1994 genocide, but critics accuse the former rebel commander of being authoritarian and trampling on political freedoms, charges he rejects. The new party launched in 2009 and tried to register before the 2010 presidential elections which Kagame won in a crushing victory. Months before the 2010 poll, the party's vice president was murdered. No-one has been prosecuted. Senior Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher Carina Tertsakian acknowledged the party's registration was a "good...
( 08/12/13)
More than 500 Rwandans who had lived in Tanzania for years yesterday arrived at the Rusomo border post in Rwanda, leaving behind their families and properties in mainly Karagwe region. Yesterday's arrivals pushed the number of such returnees to 1,000 after Tanzanian authorities gave those they described as 'illigal immigrants' two weeks to leave the country. The deadline passed yesterday and it remains unclear what the fate of those who were unable to beat it would be. The evictees told Saturday Times that Tanzanian security personnel, including the army and police, as well as neighbours were combing the communities ordering everyone they perceive to be of Rwandan origin out of the country. Some of the victims had lived in the...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
NAIROBI | Aug 12 (Reuters) - TPS Eastern Africa, the operator of the Serena chain of hotels and luxury lodges, said it expects "satisfactory results" this year after bookings picked up following a peaceful election in Kenya in March. The company on Monday posted a 20.56 percent jump in pretax profit for the first six months to 205.1 million shillings ($2.34 million). Its earnings have been curbed in recent years by political anxiety and insecurity due to neighbouring Somalia. Foreigners stayed away from Kenya before and after the polls, fearing violence after the previous presidential election ended in a dispute and a bloody post-election crisis. "The business outlook for the peak season (July-October) is at healthy levels... the company will...
(CNN 08/12/13)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered a "total breakdown of law and order" since rebels seized power in March. He urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation. Seleka rebel group leader Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Last month Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the country's health care system had collapsed. In a report that the Security Council is due to discuss on Wednesday, Mr Ban said infighting among rebel groups had led to widespread abuses. "They included arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks, committed...
(AFP 08/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. "Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital in Pretoria and doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement," a statement from the presidency said. "The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Zuma asked South...
(Reuters 08/11/13)
(Reuters) - Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Italian coastguard. The 18-metre-long boat carrying some 120 migrants ran aground at dawn some 40 meters (132 feet) from a beach near the city of Catania, its coastguard captain Roberto D'Arrigo said. While most of the passengers reached the shore, the six who drowned were apparently unable to swim. The 120 migrants were mainly from Syria and Egypt, D'Arrigo told Sky Italia television, with an adolescent boy among the victims, who were all under age 30. Egypt has suffered prolonged political and economic turmoil. Syria is shattered by civil war. D'Arrigo said he...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/13)
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has won official recognition, becoming the tiny central African country's third legal party in time to run in next month's legislative elections. "It was a long journey, we are grateful that finally we have acquired a licence," party leader Frank Habineza told AFP after the Rwandan Council of Good Governance awarded the licence to the party on Friday. The Greens had sought to register as a party for several years but previous efforts to hold a founding congress -- a mandatory step on the way to registration -- met with interference. Rwanda's only other recognised parties are the Social Imberakuri Party, which registered in 2009, and the Rwandan Patriotic Front led by President Paul...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/13)
Nelson Mandela, who has been lying critically ill in hospital for just over two months, is becoming more alert and more responsive by the day, his youngest daughter said Friday, adding that the anti-apartheid hero is "not going anywhere anytime soon". "Tata (father) now manages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few minutes in a day. Everyday you know, he becomes more alert, more responsive, and so on," Zindzi Mandela told South Africa public television SABC. "Tata is determined not to go anywhere anytime soon, I cannot stress this enough. "People must stop saying to the family let go, let go, we are just looking at this man who is...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (GS.N) has appointed Alasdair Warren as head of its financial sponsors group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to a memo seen by Reuters. Financial sponsors, the term investment banks use to describe private equity firms, are regular users of equity capital markets for selling shares in their portfolio companies. London-based Warren, who joined Goldman in 2005 and was named a partner in 2008, was previously head of equity capital markets (ECM), convertibles and equity derivatives for EMEA. Richard Cormack and Christoph Stanger will jointly take on that role, becoming co-heads of ECM and convertibles in EMEA, the memo said. A spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs confirmed the contents...
(AFP 08/08/13)
CAPE TOWN, August 8, 2013 (AFP) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu had his Twitter account briefly suspended Thursday for "aggressively following" other users, just hours after it was launched. The ex-archbishop's @TutuLegacy account racked up hundreds of followers in its first hours of use, before being black listed. "Twitter says it's 'sorry for the inconvenience' over our suspension. We got caught up in a spam clean up. Glad it wasn't something we said," Tutu tweeted soon after he was unblocked. His foundation had earlier expressed dismay at the decision. "Twitter has not explained how following 30 people could be construed as 'aggressive following'," his foundation said in a statement. The foundation suggested "the number of people who followed...
(AFP 08/07/13)
PRETORIA, August 7, 2013 (AFP) - South African church leaders on Wednesday led prayers in front of the hospital where critically ill former South African president Nelson Mandela is soon to mark two months in care. Archbishop Joe Seoka used the eve of the sorrow-tinged anniversary to urge South Africans to rally together. "God is using Madiba, and his extended illness, to present to us a great challenge to unite behind the values that he represents," the Pretoria archbishop said, using Mandela's clan name. Mandela was rushed to the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection. On Wednesday the South African presidency reported his condition was still "critical but stable". The last two months have...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 08/07/13)
With its abundance of natural resources and large and growing population , Africa is the next frontier for many global companies. However, while investors are keen to get, there's often a wariness on the part of Africans. The BBC's Vineet Khare travelled to Ethiopia to find out about what can be a tricky relationship and how things are not always so rosy. Watch the video...

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