Saturday 19 August 2017
(Tanzania Daily News 09/19/13)
Tanzania has expressed concern for being sidelined in meetings held by Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam, the Minister for East Africa Cooperation, Mr Samuel Sitta, said although the East African Community (EAC) Treaty provides for bilateral ties, it also requires members to communicate through the EAC Secretary General. Mr Sitta said although there has been a series of meetings by the subgroup on a number of issues, including infrastructure and political integration, Tanzania was not given any feedback. "Article 7(e) of the EAC Treaty allows for progression in cooperation among groups within the community for wider integration schemes in different areas and at different speeds, however, the sub-group must inform the others through the secretariat...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/19/13)
ADDIS ABABA | Thu Sep 19, 2013 (Reuters) - African leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital on October 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya's planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said on Thursday. So far there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal. Last week's start of the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for crimes against humanity - with President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial due in November - has fuelled a...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/13)
NADOR, September 19, 2013 (AFP) - In a forest overlooking the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Diamani nurses fresh wounds from his latest desperate bid, along with hundreds of other African migrants, to scale the heavily guarded border fence. He describes being attacked by Moroccan security forces, who he says fired rubber bullets and hurled rocks. "I managed to get past them, but then cut my leg as I was climbing over the fence," adds the 27-year-old from Gao in northern Mali, showing a bloody gash on his bandaged left leg. Sheltering in the Gourougou forest in northern Morocco, hundreds of fortune seekers like him get ready for the night, the lights of Melilla tantalisingly visible below, less than two kilometres...
(AL Jazeera 09/18/13)
President's coalition has scored 76 percent of the vote with three-quarters of the ballots counted. The ruling party of Rwandan President Paul Kagame is headed for a widely-predicted landslide win in parliamentary elections, officials have said. Rwanda's National Election Commission on Tuesday said the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which has dominated the central African nation since ending the genocide nearly 20 years ago, has scored 76 percent of the vote with three-quarters of the ballots counted. Analysts said the RPF faced no serious opposition in Monday's poll, with only a handful of small parties or independent candidates hoping to scrape a few seats in parliament, and prominent opposition figures sidelined. Out of the 80 seats in parliament, 53 are directly...
(The Inquirer 09/18/13)
A five-man electoral and legislative delegation from Liberia after a splendid performance on a study tour of Rwanda has been given an observer status to observe that country's parliamentary election. The delegation headed by Cllr. Sarah Toe, Co-Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) comprises of Representatives Gabriel Smith, Edward Forh and Richmond Anderson as well as Mr. Peter Kieh Doe, Public Information Officer of the National Elections Commission. According to Mr. Doe, the study tour began on September 7 and ended on September 14 at which time the delegation was asked to observe Rwanda Parliamentary Elections. He said the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Rwanda was pleased with the Liberian delegation's work during the study tour. Mr. Doe said...
(The Wall Street Journal 09/18/13)
When residents sang and danced in this town's dusty streets in August to celebrate the self-declared birth of their new nation, Zambia's police pounced. On Tuesday, 59 people arrested in the sweep appeared at a court in Mongu, located on the marshy banks of the Zambezi River, charged with treason. Many were picked up in the past few weeks for their alleged involvement in a ceremony to select a new regional administrator who would organize elections for a newly independent government. It was the latest sign of separatism taking hold in Africa—both peacefully and violently. Some of the jailed activists now call themselves citizens of Barotseland, a kingdom that before Zambia's independence in 1964 was a British protectorate. When the...
( 09/18/13)
(IRIN) - This year, the two most powerful men on the globe, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, both embarked on Africa tours, pledging to increase aid and investment and work with the continent to improve development. While this was Barack Obama's first extended tour of Africa since taking office (he made a one-day stop in 2009 in Ghana), Chinese leaders have been visiting the continent regularly for decades, quietly working on joint development, trade, foreign direct investment and assistance projects. "China is the largest developing country in the world, and Africa is the continent with the largest number of developing countries," Jiang Zemin, then-president of China, said in his opening remarks at the first Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)...
(AFP (eng) 09/17/13)
KIGALI, September 17, 2013 (AFP) - Rwanda's ruling party scored a landslide win in parliamentary elections, taking 76.22 percent of the vote, the Electoral Commission said Tuesday. Far behind the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) came two parties that are independent in name but that act like de facto RPF allies: the Social Democrats with 13.03 percent and the Liberals with 9.29 percent respectively. No other party or independent scored more than 0.6 percent of the vote, the commission's executive secretary Charles Munyaneza told a press conference. The results are based on 100 percent of votes counted but are technically still provisional, Munyaneza said. Turnout was 98.8 percent, officials said. Such figures are not unprecedented in Rwanda, where local authorities encourage...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/13)
KIGALI | Tue Sep 17, 2013 (Reuters) - Rwanda's ruling party was cruising to a widely expected landslide win in parliamentary elections on Tuesday, early results showed, reinforcing President Paul Kagame's firm grip on power. The National Electoral Commission said Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) had won 76 percent of the vote with three quarters of ballots counted. Under Kagame's leadership, the east African country has become a favorite with foreign investors. The order book for Rwanda's debut eurobond in April was 8.5 times the $400 million sought, underlining its steady economic growth. But Kagame's opponents have accused him of cracking down on political opponents and restricting press freedoms - allegations he dismisses. Some Rwandans said turnout was low in...
(BBC News Africa 09/17/13)
Rwandans are going to the polls to elect a new parliament, with the governing RPF widely expected to retain its huge majority. The party of President Paul Kagame had 42 of the 53 directly elected seats in the outgoing parliament. Helped by quotas, Rwanda is the world's only parliament where women form a majority. The polls come days after two people were killed in two grenade attacks in the capital, Kigali. No group has said it carried out the attacks but officials have blamed the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is accused of links to the 1994 genocide. The Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) government has been praised for maintaining stability and overseeing rapid economic growth...
(New Vision 09/17/13)
Rich armed poachers are costing East Africa millions of dollars in illegal ivory trade. The illegal trade is mostly fuelled by demand in Asia and the Middle East, where elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are used in traditional medicine and to make ornaments. Uganda and her sister states in the East African region account for 68% of the illegal ivory trade in the world, according to a 2012 report released at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITES) at Bangkok, Thailand. Uganda is mostly a conduit route for ivory from neighbouring countries such as the DRC, Tanzania and Kenya. An elephant gives birth to a single calf after 22 months. Today there are 140,000 elephants in East Africa...
(AFP (eng) 09/17/13)
KIGALI, September 17, 2013 (AFP) - The ruling party of Rwandan President Paul Kagame is headed for a widely-predicted landslide win in parliamentary elections, officials said Tuesday. The National Election Commission said the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which has dominated the central African nation since ending the genocide nearly 20 years ago, has scored 76 percent of the vote with three-quarters of the ballots counted. Analysts say the RPF faced no serious opposition, with only a handful of small parties or independent candidates hoping to scrape a few seats in parliament, and prominent opposition figures sidelined. The NEC's president, Kalisa Mbanda, said the independent Social Democrats and Liberals had scored 13 and 9.4 percent respectively, while the PS-Imberakuri party had...
(The Guardian 09/17/13)
Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative will compare existing approaches as part of drive to tackle urban conflict. Urban violence in 40 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America will be investigated as part of an ambitious Canadian-British funded research project. The initiative will seek to understand the complex causes of urban violence and find practical solutions. The $11m (£6.7m) Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Britain's Department for International Development (DfID), will provide 15 research teams with grants of up to $500,000 each. "Top experts from around the world will analyse the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies and identify successful concrete examples," said John de Boer, a programme leader at...
(AFP (eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI, September 16, 2013 (AFP) - Rwandans voted in parliamentary elections Monday, with the central African nation's strongman Paul Kagame predicting a solid win for his ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). The RPF has dominated Rwanda since ousting Hutu extremists and ending the genocide nearly 20 years ago, and has overseen the country's dramatic transformation from trauma to economic success story. Analysts say the RPF faced no serious opposition, with only a handful of small parties or independent candidates hoping to scrape a few seats in parliament, and prominent opposition figures sidelined. At the school where President Paul Kagame cast his vote security was tight, with a sniffer dog on hand to inspect bags and security checks for voters going...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI | Mon Sep 16, 2013 (Reuters) - Rwandans voted in a parliamentary election on Monday that is widely expected to hand an easy win to the ruling coalition in a national assembly that may be asked to change the constitution to allow President Paul Kagame a third term. The rebel commander-turned-statesman has sidestepped questions over whether he will run for office again. But there has been a run of articles in pro-government papers in recent months quoting supporters calling for an extension. Two decades on from the 1994 genocide, Rwanda is a poster-child for foreign investment in Africa, but political opponents and human rights groups accuse Kagame, 55, of trampling on the opposition and stifling dissent. "We all know...
(AL Jazeera 09/16/13)
The votes are projected to bolster President Paul Kagame's ruling party. Rwandans are voting in parliamentary polls with President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) as the forerunner. Out of the 80 seats in parliament, 53 are directly elected and 24 are reserved for women, the youth and handicapped -- who are indirectly appointed by local and national councils on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some six million people are eligible to cast their ballots in the voting on Monday, with turnout expected to be robust despite a low-key campaign and serious opposition to the RPF. This configuration has ensured that Rwanda has the only parliament in the world where women are in a majority -- 56.3 percent after the last elections...
(The New Times 09/16/13)
Ministers from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have approved the use of national identity cards as travel documents and the issuance of a single tourist visa. They made the endorsement at the end of a two-day meeting that sought to iron out issues under the tripartite arrangement. The meeting ended Friday in Kigali. During the Heads of State Summit in Entebbe, Uganda, in June, Rwanda was assigned to spearhead single tourism visa, use of IDs as travel documents as well as single customs territory. The ministers adopted the use of entry coupon that will accompany the identity cards. The coupon will act as an entry stamp. They also endorsed the design of the single tourist visa sticker.All the documents will be...
(AFP (eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI, September 16, 2013 (AFP) - Rwandans were voting Monday in parliamentary polls seen as a shoo-in for President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the party that has held sway over the central African state since ending the genocide 20 years ago. Voters cast ballots in polling booths that in the capital were draped in the sky blue, green and yellow of the Rwandan flag, with some playing music. Some six million people are eligible to cast their ballots before polling stations close in mid-afternoon. Cars with loudspeakers cruised the pristine streets of the capital, neatly lined with palm trees, reminding voters not to forget their ID cards. At the school where President Paul Kagame cast his vote security...
(New Vision 09/16/13)
Rwandan nationals in Uganda on Sunday participated in the parliamentary elections by casting their votes at the High Commission in Kampala. Officials of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) at the High Commission’s premises in Kitante oversaw the voting with assistance from youth volunteers who issued ballot papers and guided voters. Voting started at 7.00am local time (EAT) and had earlier been scheduled to end at 3.00pm local time. The polling station consisted of tents erected in the diplomatic mission’s compound where nationals arrived and went through a check-point before their names were crosschecked and then guided to the voting queue. Rwandan High Commissioner to Uganda Maj. Gen. Frank Mugambagye said that there are over 6,000 registered voters living in various...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/13)
KIGALI | (Reuters) - One person was killed and 14 wounded in a grenade blast in a market in the Rwandan capital on Friday, police said, the latest in string of such attacks over the past few years. There was a series of similar incidents in 2010 and at least three blasts last year. This was the third such incident in Kigali this year. Police said in statement published on their Twitter feed that three people had been detained in connection with the blast in Kicukiro market. It did not give further details, and police officers could not immediately be reached for comment. The motive for the attacks is not clear. Rwanda starts voting in its parliamentary election on Monday...

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