| Africatime
Monday 27 March 2017
(APA 10/27/16)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame expected in Brazzaville for a two-day working visit, arrived on Thursday at Maya-Maya airport in Brazzaville, where he was welcomed by his host President Denis Sassou Nguesso, APA notes here. After arrival, Kagame had a brief discussion with his counterpart at the VIP lounge of Maya-Maya Airport before the cortege went to the guests’ villa where Kagame will stay for the duration of his visit. According to Congolese national protocol, on the agenda of the visit Thursday is a lunch in honor of President Kagame and his delegation which includes in particular the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushiyabo. The two heads of state; Kagame and his host will, by 5pm, have a tête-à-tête meeting...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/16)
Complex diverse political agendas are driving African nations to quit the International Criminal Court, with leaders seeking to cloak the move by reigniting age-old anger at the West, analysts say. Gambia's announcement that it would be the third country to withdraw from the court is all the more frustrating as it comes at a time when the tribunal is beginning to probe some of the world's most intractable conflicts, in places such as the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan, experts say. Set up in 2002, the ICC's mission is to try the world's most heinous crimes which national governments are either unable or unwilling to prosecute. And most of the ICC prosecutions, such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,...
(AFP (eng) 10/26/16)
Swedish police on Tuesday arrested a 48-year-old man suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives, police and prosecutors said. The man, whose identity was not revealed, was arrested at dawn in his house at Orebro, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) west of Stockholm. The suspect came to Sweden in 1998 and was naturalised in 2006. The three-month orgy of killing was triggered by the shooting down of the plane of then president Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, in April 1994. Sweden sentenced to life imprisonment two other naturalised Rwandans Stanislas
(The New Times 10/26/16)
The Government has tabled a Bill before Parliament that seeks to regulate the business of providing warehouse services and value certificates for stored agricultural produce in a move that is poised to boost commodities exchange in the country. Presented by the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, yesterday, the draft law regulating the warehouse receipt system in Rwanda seeks to encourage farmers who would like to make more money from their produce. Under the Bill, whose basis was approved by the Lower House, yesterday, any person who wishes to operate a warehouse receipt system will have to apply for a license from the Rwanda Capital Markets Authority. The operator of a warehouse receipt business will be issuing...
(The East African 10/26/16)
Reforms have made it easier to do business in four out of six East African Community countries, a new World bank report says. Rwanda remained the easiest place to start a business in the region, moving three places up globally, according the World Bank's Doing Business 2017 report released in Kampala yesterday. Rwanda is ranked 56 from last years’ 59. This makes Rwanda the second easiest country within which to do business in Sub-Saharan Africa after Mauritius, which is ranked 49th. Kenya, the blocs biggest economy though at the second place was the most improved, moving 21 places up the ranking from 113 last year to 92. This puts Kenya among the 10 best reformers in the world. The World...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/26/16)
African states unhappy with the International Criminal Court(ICC) should work to reform it from within rather than pulling out, Botswanan foreign minister Pelomoni Venson-Moitoi, a candidate to become the next African Union (AU) chief, said. With the AU increasingly divided over the ICC, South Africa announced last week that it planned to quit, but Venson-Moitoi said she believed an African war crimes court could be beefed up to work alongside its Hague-based counterpart. Although South Africa argued that the ICC's Rome Statutes were at odds with its laws granting leaders diplomatic immunity, other African countries see the tribunal purely as an instrument of colonial justice that unfairly targets the continent. "I don't see why we should be pulling out. The...
(AFP (eng) 10/25/16)
DR Congo's army on Monday announced the arrest of a senior member of the FDLR, the Rwandan Hutu rebel force accused of regular atrocities on Congolese soil. Army spokesman Major Guillaume Ndjike told AFP that Habiarimana Mucebo Sofuni had been captured in Rutshuru, in the restive eastern DR Congo's Nord-Kivu province. Sofuni served as a commander in charge of intelligence for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), created by Rwandan Hutu refugees in the eastern DRC after the genocide of Tutsis by majority Hutus in neighbouring Rwanda in 1994. A local rights group, the Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO), said Sofuni had been detained Sunday. Sofuni "has been transferred to (regional...
(AFP (eng) 10/25/16)
The International Criminal Court on Monday urged member states to seek a consensus with critical African nations, while stressing that South Africa and Burundi's announced departures would not take place for at least year. "Today more than ever, there is a huge need for universal justice," said Sidiki Kaba, president of the assembly of state parties to the ICC founding treaty, evoking "the tragedies which are happening in front of our eyes". Kaba, also Senegal's justice minister, said it was necessary "to engage in dialogue with the nations which want to leave the ICC. For that we must listen to their concerns, their recriminations and their criticism". South Africa dealt a heavy blow to the troubled international court on Friday...
(APA 10/24/16)
The East African Legislative Assembly last week passed an Anti-Trafficking Persons Bill which will be forwarded to heads of state of the regional bloc for their assent and enactment into law. The assembly, which was sitting in Zanzibar, Tanzania, enacted the legislation after receiving a report from Maryam Ussi, a member of the standing Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges of EALA from Tanzania. The report follows public hearings in the partner states on the matter last month, which showed that the crime of trafficking in persons is prevalent in all EAC partner states. “There is need to step up sensitisation about this Bill and other related pieces of legislation because some of the offences like child labour are committed...
(This Day Live 10/24/16)
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has provided $26.1 billion for African companies in the last 10 years, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyema has said. Onyema disclosed this while speaking at the third “London & Lagos Capital Markets in Partnership’ conference held at the LSE at the weekend. According to him, eight Nigerian companies were among those that benefitted from the international capital raising on the LSE, noting that more African companies (112) are listed in London than any other international exchange. The 112 companies, he said, have a combined market capitalisation in excess of $200 billion, the largest concentration of African quoted companies outside of Johannesburg. Out of these companies, eight companies...
(APA 10/21/16)
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s visit to Rwanda and Eastern Africa signifies a fresh start in the journey towards the rebirth of Africa that is characterized by increased partnership and cooperation between states, the Kingdom’s minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar has said. Speaking to reporters in Kigali after a signing ceremony of several agreements on Thursday, Mezouar said that Morocco and Rwanda were aiming at setting the pace for African countries partnership. Mezouar said that the two African leaders, -King Mohammed VI and President Paul Kagame- were taking it upon themselves to foster the continent’s rebirth by encouraging cooperation among nations.
(APA 10/21/16)
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development is on Friday expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Imbuto Foundation which was founded by Rwanda’s first lady, Jeanette Kagame. The two foundations will this afternoon ink an agreement to inform a joint partnership as they seek to improve the lives of the citizens in the two countries. Imbuto foundation which was started in 2001 is involved in health and social economic causes and is aligned to national priorities and it fulfills its mission through advocacy, community outreach, mentorship, fostering partnerships and unleashing young talent. King Mohammed VI foundation works in a number of areas including environmental protection and responsible tourism among others. This will bring the total number of...
(APA 10/21/16)
Construction of the affordable housing complex to be developed jointly by Morocco’s Palmeraie Development Group and the Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) is set to start early next year. The two firms signed a partnership agreement on Wednesday morning in the presence of King Mohammed VI and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The chief Executive officer of BRD Alex Kanyankole told APA News that following the partnership agreement, they were ironing out necessary details in readiness for the commencement of the project. 30 per cent of the project’s total cost, $68 million will be met by the two partners while the rest will be funded by Bank of Africa. Kanyankole said that they had already identified and secured a site for...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at nearly 13 percent annually, which is a fantastic rate." This weekend, African talent will be celebrated in Johannesburg at the annual MTV Africa awards set up in 2008 to recognise those "who have made the most impact on African music...
(The New Times 10/20/16)
Rwanda and the Kingdom of Morocco, yesterday, signed 19 agreements in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties and create opportunities for citizens of the two nations. The agreements were signed on the second day of the three-day state visit by the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, to Rwanda. The deals were signed at the Office of the President in Kacyiru, in the presence of the Moroccan monarch and his host, President Paul Kagame. The areas of cooperation agreed on include foreign relations, security, finance, investments and private sector
(Radio Tamazuj 10/20/16)
General Paul Malong Awan, chief of general staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) is visiting Rwanda, Uganda and other countries in the region to strengthen and further military cooperation, according to officials from the ministry of defence and his aides on Tuesday. Malong, according to a presidential source, is visiting Rwanda on the approval of President Salva Kiir and some of the government officials to sell their views of what they expect from countries in the region expected to contribute troops to participate as regional protection force under the United Nations mission in South Sudan. “The chief of general staff is on an official visit to Rwanda. He has been delegated by the president to go there. Of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/16)
Encouraged by their success in halting a mass influx of refugees by closing Greek borders and cutting a controversial deal with Turkey, EU leaders are getting tough on African migrants too. A Brussels summit on Thursday will endorse pilot projects to pressure African governments via aid budgets to slow an exodus of people north across the Sahara and Mediterranean. It also wants swift results from an EU campaign to deport large numbers who reach Italy. "By the end of the year, we need to see results," one senior EU diplomat said on Wednesday. Arrivals in Italy so far this year are nearly six percent higher than the same period of 2015. Italy received 154,000 migrants last year and this year's...
(AFP (eng) 10/19/16)
Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Wednesday began a tour of east Africa to shore up support for a historic bid to rejoin the African Union after more than three decades. The visit, kicking off in Rwanda and set to take in Tanzania and Ethiopia, also aims to forge diplomatic and economic ties with a region largely ignored by the north African country up until now. "We have never had any presence, neither diplomatic nor economic, nor cultural, nor historic, with east Africa," a high-ranking member of the king's delegation told AFP on condition of anonymity. "Aside from west and central Africa we must open up to east Africa and that is what is under way. The context of Morocco's return...
(AFP (eng) 10/19/16)
King Mohammed VI arrived Rwanda on Tuesday in the first stop of his African tour. From Rwanda, King Mohammed VI will move to Tanzania and Ethiopia. The tour is going on at the time when Morocco is seeking to rejoin the African Union after quitting 30 years ago. The wish to rejoin was expressed in a formal letter to the African Union in July this year which stressed that Morocco will not give up on its decision to maintain the Western Sahara. Morocco left the African Union in 1984 to protest the admission of the Sahrawi Arab Republic which is fighting for the independence of Western Sahara. A former Spanish colony, Western Sahara has been under Morocco since 1975. The...
(The East African 10/19/16)
Former minister of gender and family promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa, has been unanimously elected to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), replacing Christophe Bazivamo who in June resigned from his position. A senior ruling party stalwart, Mrs Gasinzigwa has held no known political position since March this year when she was dropped from cabinet, after serving for three years as minister of gender and family promotion. She garnered 71 votes, beating her competitor Calliste Kanamugire, who only managed four votes in elections conducted Wednesday morning. Both Mrs Gasinzigwa and Mr Kanamugire were fronted by the ruling party – RPF – to replace Mr Bazivamo, who resigned following his appointment by the government as new deputy secretary general to the East African...

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