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Monday 31 August 2015

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(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
NAIROBI—About 300 Muslim scholars and imams from eastern African countries said they would join their respective governments in combating terrorism. The scholars, from the Sufi sect of Islam from Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, vowed to fight extremism teachings and terrorist activities after meeting for two days at a conference in Kenya's coastal county of Kwale.
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(AFP (eng) 08/26/15)
Juba - East African leaders travelled to South Sudan on Wednesday to witness President Salva Kiir's expected signing of a peace deal with rebels, amid threats of the United Nations sanctions in the absence of an accord. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who has hosted months of talks aimed at ending the 20-month war that has killed tens of thousands of people, arrived for the signing ceremony due later in the day.
(The Guardian 08/26/15)
In Rwanda, only 35% of women have a bank account. This is holding some women back from developing their own businesses. Rwanda wants to have 90% of its population living within 5km of a bank by 2020. This is a bold goal by the Rwandan government, especially as only seven years ago only 21% of the country’s population had access to financial services at all. Savings were held informally and insecurely, and physical access to bank branches was an impossibility...
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
 
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The United States and African nations hold the first conference this week in Gabon on the African Growth and Opportunities Act since Congress recently renewed a zero tariff deal for another 10 years. African nations hope to better exploit preferential access in the future - most analysts say AGOA has been under-utilized. Exhibitors at the AGOA forum in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, are ready to take full advantage of exporting their products into the U.S. tax free. U.S. Assistant Secretary...
(KBC 08/25/15)
Kenya and Rwanda have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two countries share joint operations and intelligence. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett says the move is geared towards combating terrorism, drug trafficking and cases of rising transnational crime across borders. The agreement was signed by Boinett and his Rwandan counterpart Emmanuel Gasana in Naivasha. Top police chiefs from East African community have been converging for one week in Naivasha, in a workshop dubbed the 17th Eastern...
(Voice of America 08/25/15)
A Sudanese migrant who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to Britain has pleaded not guilty to charges in a British court. Abdul Haroun, 40, appeared via videolink from a prison Monday, to enter a plea on an obscure 19th-century charge of "causing obstruction to an engine or carriage using a railway." Speaking through an Arabic-language interpreter, Haroun said he was not guilty of the offense. Haroun was arrested on August 4 after being found in the...
(The New Times 08/24/15)
A high level symposium on democratisation in Africa took place in Kigali yesterday. Some of Africa's best minds were expected to brainstorm on what can be done to steer Africa's prospects to greater heights. It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting, organised by the Meles Zenawi Foundation, in conjunction with the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda, will contribute to the continent's development strategy - Agenda 2063.
(African arguments 08/22/15)
Africa is the fastest growing region for FDI in the world. This is a great opportunity for the continent - if it can be harnessed correctly. From Carrefour to Coca-Cola, more and more foreign companies are eyeing up Africa with great interest. In 2014, for instance, the world's biggest yoghurt company, Danone, bought a 40% stake in East Africa's largest milk producer, Brookside Dairy Limited, giving it access to 140,000 milk farms across the region. Danone also plans to raise...
(The Star 08/22/15)
Africa's leading medics will meet in Mombasa on August 31 to discuss physician-assisted suicide. This could pave the way for terminally ill people to end their lives. The 19th Association of Medical Councils of Africa will also deliberate on registration and licensing of doctors. The continental annual event will be hosted by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. More than 20 medical regulatory boards across Africa will attend, Amcoa President George Magoha told the Star yesterday. The conference will...
(The New Times 08/21/15)
The lower House on Wednesday passed a draft Bill establishing an independent commission that will analyse the review of the Constitution, following the demands by over 3.7 million Rwandans to amend the 2003 Constitution. The commission, which is subject to consideration by the Senate, will comprise seven people, with extensive background in constitutional law. The body will report to Parliament. The commissioners are supposed to be appointed by the President, once the law establishing the commission has been gazetted, and...
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
NAIROBI— A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers. Abdul Karim, the owner of the Melodica music store in downtown Nairobi talks and plays music for a visitor. In the back of his shop with a pile of old 45...
(CNN 08/21/15)
(CNN)China's development decisions are critically important for Africa. In Lagos, Addis and Johannesburg, China's surprise yuan devaluation has African analysts scratching their heads. Obviously Chinese goods will be cheaper in Africa, and African exports more expensive in China. So far, this decision is just a tremor, not a quake. Yet why did China devalue, and what is this likely to mean for Africa? To understand China's devaluation, we need to take a step back.
(Bloomberg 08/20/15)
MTN Group Ltd. has begun talks with phone-tower operator IHS Holding Ltd. over South African towers the wireless carrier is seeking to sell in a deal valued at as much as $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Discussions with potential buyers could result in a joint venture in which Johannesburg-based MTN would retain a large stake, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. American Tower Corp. has previously expressed interest in the towers.
(Dw-World 08/19/15)
Mobile users in six African nations are being targeted by Internet giant Google, which has launched an inexpensive smartphone with them in mind. The Android One program is designed for easy connectivity. Life without a smartphone is unthinkable for many people today. The electronic devices do everything from helping us to plan our day and keeping us connected with friends and family, to allowing us to buy things online. They can even lock our doors for us when we're being too lazy.
(Ipp media 08/18/15)
The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Dr Richard Sezibera, has urged Americans to invest in the region’s agriculture, education and pharmaceutical industries. He made the call last weekend at a meeting with the governor of Kansas City, Sam Brownback, during the just-ended three-day visit to the US State of Kansas. The issue of investment featured in talks between the two leaders, with the EAC chief encouraging US investors to pick East Africa as their best investment destination...

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(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
NAIROBI—About 300 Muslim scholars and imams from eastern African countries said they would join their respective governments in combating terrorism. The scholars, from the Sufi sect of Islam from Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, vowed to fight extremism teachings and terrorist activities after meeting for two days at a conference in Kenya's coastal county of Kwale.
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(The Guardian 08/26/15)
In Rwanda, only 35% of women have a bank account. This is holding some women back from developing their own businesses. Rwanda wants to have 90% of its population living within 5km of a bank by 2020. This is a bold goal by the Rwandan government, especially as only seven years ago only 21% of the country’s population had access to financial services at all. Savings were held informally and insecurely, and physical access to bank branches was an impossibility...
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(Voice of America 08/25/15)
A Sudanese migrant who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to Britain has pleaded not guilty to charges in a British court. Abdul Haroun, 40, appeared via videolink from a prison Monday, to enter a plea on an obscure 19th-century charge of "causing obstruction to an engine or carriage using a railway." Speaking through an Arabic-language interpreter, Haroun said he was not guilty of the offense. Haroun was arrested on August 4 after being found in the...
(The New Times 08/24/15)
A high level symposium on democratisation in Africa took place in Kigali yesterday. Some of Africa's best minds were expected to brainstorm on what can be done to steer Africa's prospects to greater heights. It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting, organised by the Meles Zenawi Foundation, in conjunction with the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda, will contribute to the continent's development strategy - Agenda 2063.
(The Star 08/22/15)
Africa's leading medics will meet in Mombasa on August 31 to discuss physician-assisted suicide. This could pave the way for terminally ill people to end their lives. The 19th Association of Medical Councils of Africa will also deliberate on registration and licensing of doctors. The continental annual event will be hosted by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. More than 20 medical regulatory boards across Africa will attend, Amcoa President George Magoha told the Star yesterday. The conference will...
(The Reporter 08/18/15)
Africa now stands on the brink of being polio-free. Our collective efforts to combat polio have left behind important lessons that we must build upon to ensure that no child dies from vaccine-preventable diseases, writes Matshidiso Moeti (MD). In 1995, polio affected all countries across Africa and paralysed more than 75,000 children for life. The following year, Nelson Mandela launched a new campaign: 'Kick Polio Out of Africa.' His hope was that polio would follow the only human disease ever...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/15)
A young African man, who squeezed into tiny hidden compartment in a car to try to enter Spanish North African city of Melilla, is seen in this handout picture released by Spain's Interior Ministry August 14, 2015. Reuters/Spanish Interior Ministry/Handout Three young African men who squeezed into hidden compartments in a car to enter a Spanish territory in North Africa were found in critical condition by border police, the Spanish government said on Friday.
(Tanzania Daily News 08/17/15)
One of the most effective sources that formed European attitude towards Africans was Joseph Conrad's novelette The Heart of Darkness. What he saw of people of the Congo basin during his naval incursion into Africa's heartland inspired him to paint an unflattering image of Africans. For all we know, judging from his account, the Africans justified the concept of social Darwinism. Africans could not be put on the same level of evolution as the Europeans. The idea of the "noble...
(African arguments 08/12/15)
The press calls it the silly season. Those long hot days of summer when everyone is out of town and nothing much is happening. News editors scratch their heads to find headlines that will keep people buying the paper, watching the TV. Usually it is a "dog bites man" story, something weird or remarkable. This year it is something not silly at all but very very nasty. It is the coverage of the situation at Calais and the comments of...
(Daily Nation 08/12/15)
In 1995, polio affected all countries across Africa and paralysed more than 75,000 children for life. The following year, then South African president Nelson Mandela launched a new campaign, Kick Polio Out of Africa. His hope was that polio would follow the only human disease ever consigned to the history books: smallpox. Today we are one step closer to achieving that goal. On August 11, for the first time in history, Africa reached one year without a single case of...
(AFP (eng) 08/11/15)
Rwanda on Tuesday celebrated the release in Britain of its intelligence chief, claiming the "wrongful arrest" was a "political" tactic by those who deny the 1994 genocide. A court in Britain on Monday dropped a controversial extradition case against General Karenzi Karake, leaving him free to return home. Kigali offered its "profound gratitude" to those who secured his release, singling out for thanks Cherie Blair, wife of Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair, who led the legal challenge in London...
(Ipp media 08/11/15)
Tanzania's industrialists are expected to take part in this year’s East African manufacturing summit and exhibition scheduled for September 1 - 2, this year in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Addressing journalists here yesterday, EAC director of productive sectors, Jean Baptiste Havugimana said the regional event is meant to provide opportunity for industrialists of the five partner states to showcase the developments. He said the summit and exhibition co-organised by the East African Community Secretariat (EAC) and East African Business Council...
(BBC News Africa 08/11/15)
A UK court has rejected a bid to extradite Rwanda's spy chief to Spain to stand trial for his alleged role in massacres after the 1994 genocide. Karenzi Karake was on bail in the UK following his arrest in June on a warrant issued by Spain. His arrest strained diplomatic relations between the UK and Rwanda. A Spanish judge indicted Gen Karake in 2008 for alleged war crimes. The UK ruling has been welcomed by Rwanda's Justice Minister Johnston Busingye...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/15)
A court in Britain said Monday it had dropped an extradition case against Rwanda's intelligence chief. General Karenzi Karake was arrested on a warrant issued by Spain in June and had been on bail. But following a hearing at a London court, a court official told AFP: "The case has been discharged today (Monday)." Dismissal was allowed under a a clause in Britain's Extradition Act, the official said. It can be permitted if "offences specified in the (arrest) warrant are...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/15)
The United Nations said Sunday it is investigating a shooting rampage that left five Rwandan peacekeepers dead in the Central African Republic, in what Kigali said appeared to be a terrorist act. The UN mission here, known by its French acronym MINUSCA, issued a statement describing the shooting Saturday at the Rwandan contingent's base in the capital Bangui as an "unprecedented incident since the start of the (CAR) mission in 2014." "MINUSCA has opened an investigation to determine the circumstances...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/15)
Bangui - The UN said on Sunday it is investigating a shooting rampage that left five Rwandan peacekeepers dead in the Central African Republic (CAR), in what Kigali said appeared to be a terrorist act. The UN mission here, known by its French acronym MINUSCA, issued a statement describing the shooting on Saturday at the Rwandan contingent's base in the capital Bangui as an "unprecedented incident since the start of the [CAR] mission in 2014”. "MINUSCA has opened an investigation...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/15)
A Rwandan soldier serving with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic shot dead four Rwandan troops and wounded eight others on Saturday, before himself being shot dead, according to the Rwandan Defence Ministry. The incident occurred at around 5:45 a.m. (12:45 a.m. EDT) at the Rwandan battalion's headquarters in the capital Bangui. "Investigations have immediately commenced to establish the motive behind this deplorable shooting," spokesman Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita said. "We suspect terrorism, without ruling out mental illness as the cause.

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(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
 
00:00
The United States and African nations hold the first conference this week in Gabon on the African Growth and Opportunities Act since Congress recently renewed a zero tariff deal for another 10 years. African nations hope to better exploit preferential access in the future - most analysts say AGOA has been under-utilized. Exhibitors at the AGOA forum in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, are ready to take full advantage of exporting their products into the U.S. tax free. U.S. Assistant Secretary...
(African arguments 08/22/15)
Africa is the fastest growing region for FDI in the world. This is a great opportunity for the continent - if it can be harnessed correctly. From Carrefour to Coca-Cola, more and more foreign companies are eyeing up Africa with great interest. In 2014, for instance, the world's biggest yoghurt company, Danone, bought a 40% stake in East Africa's largest milk producer, Brookside Dairy Limited, giving it access to 140,000 milk farms across the region. Danone also plans to raise...
(CNN 08/21/15)
(CNN)China's development decisions are critically important for Africa. In Lagos, Addis and Johannesburg, China's surprise yuan devaluation has African analysts scratching their heads. Obviously Chinese goods will be cheaper in Africa, and African exports more expensive in China. So far, this decision is just a tremor, not a quake. Yet why did China devalue, and what is this likely to mean for Africa? To understand China's devaluation, we need to take a step back.
(Bloomberg 08/20/15)
MTN Group Ltd. has begun talks with phone-tower operator IHS Holding Ltd. over South African towers the wireless carrier is seeking to sell in a deal valued at as much as $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Discussions with potential buyers could result in a joint venture in which Johannesburg-based MTN would retain a large stake, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. American Tower Corp. has previously expressed interest in the towers.
(Dw-World 08/19/15)
Mobile users in six African nations are being targeted by Internet giant Google, which has launched an inexpensive smartphone with them in mind. The Android One program is designed for easy connectivity. Life without a smartphone is unthinkable for many people today. The electronic devices do everything from helping us to plan our day and keeping us connected with friends and family, to allowing us to buy things online. They can even lock our doors for us when we're being too lazy.
(Ipp media 08/18/15)
The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Dr Richard Sezibera, has urged Americans to invest in the region’s agriculture, education and pharmaceutical industries. He made the call last weekend at a meeting with the governor of Kansas City, Sam Brownback, during the just-ended three-day visit to the US State of Kansas. The issue of investment featured in talks between the two leaders, with the EAC chief encouraging US investors to pick East Africa as their best investment destination...
(Bloomberg 08/18/15)
Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people. An agreement would give Naspers additional distribution for a video-on-demand service, dubbed Showmax, that the company plans to start this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
(Voice of America 08/14/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Power cuts in 15 sub-Saharan African countries could become an "exception" rather than a norm in 10 years, with private capital expected to play an increasingly bigger role, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said in a survey Thursday. Africa's installed power generation capacity is expected to quadruple to 380 gigawatts in 2040 from 90 GW in 2012, boosted by private investment, green energy initiatives and cross-border energy trade, the survey showed. Three-quarters of respondents said there was "a medium to high probability...
(Bloomberg 08/13/15)
Aksa Enerji Uretim AS, a Turkish power producer in which Goldman Sachs Group Inc. holds a 17 percent stake, clinched its foreign deal as tight domestic margins are causing losses on its dollar-denominated debt. The second-largest electricity producer in Turkey is in talks to construct as many as six power plants in Africa after it announced a deal to build a 370-megawatt facility in Ghana, Cuneyt Uygun, chief executive officer of the Istanbul-based company, said Monday in a phone interview.
(The Star 08/13/15)
The Pan-African Congress is one of Africa's most premier platforms for vibrant discourse that affects all Africans and a preferred destination for African leaders, scholars and intellectuals. Pan-Africanism is one of the oldest and boldest ideas for Africa, by Africans and for Africans. As a school of thought it is about economic, intellectual and political cooperation among Africans and people of African descent in the United States of America, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. I...
(Bloomberg 08/11/15)
Africa is battling the global currency markets with one hand tied behind its back. With foreign-exchange reserves equal to less than a 10th of the emerging-market average, nations from Ghana to Zambia are finding they’re powerless to stop their currencies from tumbling amid a rout in commodities and the prospect of higher interest rates in the U.S. Seven of the 20 worst-performing currencies this year are from Africa, even though policy makers are burning through their reserves faster than any other region.
(Voice of America 08/11/15)
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, recently announced a $70-million commitment to bring one billion dollars in public-private investments to developing countries over over the next five years. A large portion of the grant money will go to Africa and is expected to generate $750 million in investments in Africa from the private sector. “MCC is typically going to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Kyeh Kim, Deputy Vice-President of Compact Operations for the MCC. “It’s about two-thirds of our portfolio...
(AL Jazeera 08/05/15)
United States President Barack Obama's recent trip to Kenya and Ethiopia featured an appearance at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the first of such meetings to be held in sub-Saharan Africa. This event was meant to shine a spotlight on Africa as a growing centre of innovation. While entrepreneurship is increasingly framed as a vehicle for poverty alleviation and development , it is not the path to prosperity its proponents claim it to be. Obama pushed entrepreneurship to the top...
(The Observer 08/04/15)
Staff at work at the police garments factory. They could make use of the Agoa to export their textiles to the USA market Uganda will export a number of products to the United States of America without paying any tax after the world's biggest economy decided to extend the African growth and opportunity Act (Agoa) for another 10 years. The extension of Agoa, which was signed with little fanfare, will see countries such as Uganda enjoy the right to export...
(Forbes 08/01/15)
President Obama’s recent trip to East Africa put the spotlight on a hot area for impact investing. So it’s timely that the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Open Capital Advisors, just published a detailed look at impact investing in the region. Some conclusions: As far as impact investing and social enterprise goes, this is a place to watch. And Kenya is the hub, accounting for more than half of impact capital employed. It also has the largest...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/15)
When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa. Launched in 2013, Power Africa aims to boost electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative has prioritized expanding the continent’s capacity to generate electricity, with an additional focus on small-scale renewable energy investments. This is a useful first step. But investing in generation...
(East African Business Week 07/29/15)
Over the years, the Chinese government has supported a number of sectors in the Rwandan economy notably the agricultural sector which employs an estimated 90 per cent of the Rwandan population. East African Business Week talked to the Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Tony Nsanganira, on how through the training of farmers and mechanisation of the sector, the Chinese have enabled Rwandan farmers to significantly increase their yields. How has the Chinese government supported the...

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(The New Times 08/11/15)
The national cycling team (Team Rwanda) will compete in this year’s Tour do Rio de Janeiro, scheduled for August 25-30 in Brazil. According to the head coach, Jonathan ‘Jock’ Boyer, Rwanda will be represented by five riders including; Jean Bosco Nsengimana, Hadi Janvier, Camera Hakuzimana, Joseph Biziyaremye and Joseph Aleluya. “Team Rwanda has been invited for this year’s Tour do Rio and this is good for our riders as they have a chance to exhibit their potential in such a big competition,” the American trainer told Times Sport on Saturday. He added, “This is good test for our riders because the race will have elite riders from around the word and I believe our riders...
(The New Times 07/28/15)
South Africa U23 vs Rwanda CHAN team Rwanda national football stand-in captain Eric Ndayishimiye has advised his teammates to prove their worth against South Africa U-23 side in a friendly game this afternoon at the University of Johannesburg. Ndayishimiye, who is commonly known as ‘Bakame’, is one of the senior players on the current 18-man squad that boasts of massive experience on the national team. “It is a new team. I have talked to the players and told them as much as we do not have APR players on the squad, it is important to use this opportunity to prove ourselves,” explained Bakame. He further added that, “Let us make the coach proud so that he does not have to...
(The New Times 07/28/15)
Mauritius and Botswana earned slots to the final qualification tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games men's rugby 7s ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. The Southern African teams achieved this status in the pre-qualifiers for Africa - South that took place at the FERWAFA Ground near Amahoro Stadium in Remera on Saturday. Mauritius lost the final 38-21 to Zambia who came into the tournament already qualified allowing Botswana, who defeated DRC 24-17 in the third...
(The New Times 07/24/15)
Rwanda men’s sitting volleyball national team defeated Algeria 3-0 in their opening match of the ongoing Paravolley Africa sitting championship at Amahoro Indoor Stadium last evening. Rwanda dominated the game to win in straight sets 25-22, 25-16 and 25-22. Head coach Eric Gakwaya said, “It was tough but thank God we won the opening game.” “We will continue to take the momentum from one match to another. We still have a long way to go, but we have started well...
(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(The New Times 05/05/15)
The national volleyball team yesterday defeated Kenya 3-2 to qualify for 2015 All Africa Games slated for September 4-19 in Congo Brazzaville. Kenya, which was out to revenge after previously losing to Rwanda twice in the final of the same competition, started aggressively and won easily the first set 25-17 as Paul Bitok’s players failed to stop Kenyan attackers Chemos Michel Marua Denis’s thunder bolt spikes. However, buoyed by a large crowd that included senior government and military officials, Rwanda...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Xinhuanet 03/07/15)
LUSAKA, March (Xinhua) -- Zambia's soccer governing body has arranged a friendly match with Rwanda scheduled for this month end, a statement posted on its website said on Friday. The Chipolopolo will face the Wasps in an international friendly match to be played at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on March 29. According to the statement, March 29 is a FIFA international day for friendly matches and the Football Association of Zambia has clinched the deal with the Rwanda Football Association.
(The New Times 02/27/15)
Newly appointed Ferwafa head of marketing and communications Jerome Dufourg believes that hosting the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) is going to be a catalyst for attracting sponsorship for all football activities in Rwanda. Dufourg, who has been tasked with guiding the football federation to independent funding rather than rely on Government, Fifa and Caf funding, expects companies to fight to come on board because of the potential visibility they will get from the event that will be held from...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(The New Times 02/17/15)
Burundi's Amical Sportif de Bujumbura won the 2015 Kayumba Memorial men's volleyball title after defeating Kigali Volleyball Club by three sets to nil at GSOB in Huye District on Sunday. KVC were the defending champions-they beat Rayon Sport in the last year's final. Rwanda Revenue Authority won the women's title for the second year running after defeating Ruhango Volleyball Club 3-1 in the final. The students' category which was introduced this year was won by Saint Joseph Kabgayi after beating...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...

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(Voice of America 08/21/15)
NAIROBI— A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers. Abdul Karim, the owner of the Melodica music store in downtown Nairobi talks and plays music for a visitor. In the back of his shop with a pile of old 45 RPM records, he slips on a pair of glasses to better read the information about a recording. “This is a band called Olonde family band, there you go, there is the influence of family or...
(The New Times 07/31/15)
English movie director, producer and screenwriter Michael Radford is best known for his role in the 1994 film, II Postino, for which he got an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. His two most famous early films were, The Madonna and The Volcano (1979), and Van Morrison in Ireland (1981). He specialized in documentaries until 1983, when he switched to fiction by scripting and directing the WWII-era romance, Another Time, Another Place. He followed this up with an adaptation of George Orwell’s, Nineteen Eighty Four. This was followed by White Mischief in 1987, but it was the success of II Postino seven years later that handed him his feature film breakthrough. Radford is currently in the country for the 11th...
(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
This year’s movie calendar is taking shape as preparations for the 11th edition of the annual Rwanda Film Festival (RFF) kick off in high gear. Rwanda Film Festival brings together several film houses and is organised by Kwetu Film Institute (KFI) and Rwanda Cinema Centre. Josephine Mbabazi, the head of marketing and communications at KFI, said intensive preparations including fundraising for funds from different institutions are ongoing. She added that they will also partner with foreign festivals such as the...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/14)
A popular Rwandan musician appealed for leniency Thursday after pleading guilty at the opening of his trial to plotting attacks on the country's leaders. Kizito Mihigo is on trial along with three co-accused on charges including conspiracy to murder, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiring against the government of Rwandan strongman and President Paul Kagame. "I plead guilty to all charges, like I did from the first day I was arrested, and I ask for forgiveness," Mihigo told the...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
A Rwandan media regulatory body said Friday it opposed calls for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994. The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), an independent body, said the programme was "insulting" and that the BBC was guilty of "distorting the history of genocide", but added a ban "should not be the solution". Earlier this week furious lawmakers in parliament called for the...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
Rwanda's aspiring Big Brother Africa housemates finally have something to smile about, as reports emerge that they might finally take part in Africa’s most watched television reality show. Reliable sources have confirmed to this paper that for the first time Rwanda would be represented in the ninth edition of the show. The development comes three weeks after Rwanda had been dropped because there was not sufficient time to procure travel documents for the participants. Although the organisers M-Net AfricaMagic have...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
The highly anticipated Beautiful People Party is back and takes place this Friday at The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama. Beautiful People Party is quite popular in neighbouring East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. “Beautiful People Party showcases the most trending things in society. It could be fashion, talent, beverages, anything that is trending in East Africa. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Trendy”” explained Reno Kabachelor, the CEO Beautiful People Party. Last year the party didn’t take place because...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/14)
LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of Africa's "youth club" - Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that. If the countries' demographic trends can be coupled with good education to create skilled jobs and an avoidance of political unrest, this should lead to economic growth quickly enough to attract portfolio investors, some analysts say. None of the three makes it to the flagship frontiers stock index,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...

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(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(The Guardian 08/26/15)
In Rwanda, only 35% of women have a bank account. This is holding some women back from developing their own businesses. Rwanda wants to have 90% of its population living within 5km of a bank by 2020. This is a bold goal by the Rwandan government, especially as only seven years ago only 21% of the country’s population had access to financial services at all. Savings were held informally and insecurely, and physical access to bank branches was an impossibility...
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
NAIROBI— A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers. Abdul Karim, the owner of the Melodica music store in downtown Nairobi talks and plays music for a visitor. In the back of his shop with a pile of old 45...
(Bloomberg 08/20/15)
MTN Group Ltd. has begun talks with phone-tower operator IHS Holding Ltd. over South African towers the wireless carrier is seeking to sell in a deal valued at as much as $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Discussions with potential buyers could result in a joint venture in which Johannesburg-based MTN would retain a large stake, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. American Tower Corp. has previously expressed interest in the towers.
(Bloomberg 08/18/15)
Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people. An agreement would give Naspers additional distribution for a video-on-demand service, dubbed Showmax, that the company plans to start this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
(Voice of America 08/14/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Power cuts in 15 sub-Saharan African countries could become an "exception" rather than a norm in 10 years, with private capital expected to play an increasingly bigger role, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said in a survey Thursday. Africa's installed power generation capacity is expected to quadruple to 380 gigawatts in 2040 from 90 GW in 2012, boosted by private investment, green energy initiatives and cross-border energy trade, the survey showed. Three-quarters of respondents said there was "a medium to high probability...
(Daily Nation 08/12/15)
In 1995, polio affected all countries across Africa and paralysed more than 75,000 children for life. The following year, then South African president Nelson Mandela launched a new campaign, Kick Polio Out of Africa. His hope was that polio would follow the only human disease ever consigned to the history books: smallpox. Today we are one step closer to achieving that goal. On August 11, for the first time in history, Africa reached one year without a single case of...
(Voice of America 08/11/15)
A court in Britain has dropped a controversial extradition case against Rwanda's intelligence chief, who is wanted in Spain for war crimes. The court ruling Monday means that General Karenzi Karake, a key figure in the government of President Paul Kagame, can return home. The London court said that British law does not permit it to hear about alleged offences committed outside the country by non-British nationals. Britain arrested Karake in June, acting on a Spanish arrest warrant that alleged...
(BBC News Africa 08/11/15)
A UK court has rejected a bid to extradite Rwanda's spy chief to Spain to stand trial for his alleged role in massacres after the 1994 genocide. Karenzi Karake was on bail in the UK following his arrest in June on a warrant issued by Spain. His arrest strained diplomatic relations between the UK and Rwanda. A Spanish judge indicted Gen Karake in 2008 for alleged war crimes. The UK ruling has been welcomed by Rwanda's Justice Minister Johnston Busingye...
(Voice of America 08/11/15)
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, recently announced a $70-million commitment to bring one billion dollars in public-private investments to developing countries over over the next five years. A large portion of the grant money will go to Africa and is expected to generate $750 million in investments in Africa from the private sector. “MCC is typically going to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Kyeh Kim, Deputy Vice-President of Compact Operations for the MCC. “It’s about two-thirds of our portfolio...
(BBC News Africa 08/10/15)
A Rwandan soldier serving as a peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR) has shot dead four colleagues before killing himself, the Rwandan Defence Ministry has said. Eight others were wounded in the attack, a statement said. A Rwandan military spokesman called the incident "deplorable". Those dead served under the UN's mission in CAR, deployed to support the country's fragile transitional government. The country descended into sectarian violence in 2013 when the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, prompting reprisals...
(The Globe and Mail 08/06/15)
U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Africa – the third in his presidency – was tall on rhetoric and symbolism, the hallmark of his presidency. But, despite his public reproach to African leaders about their shortcomings to promote democracy and human rights, his visit fell short on tangible deliverables. It also underscored a deeper problem. The United States, along with many other Western countries, are losing their edge just as the subcontinent, notwithstanding its chronic problems of poverty, corruption...
(The New York Times 08/04/15)
Burundi and Rwanda can seem deceptively like conjoined twins. They share a common history, geography and language, and their populations are divided ethnically between Hutu and Tutsi. Both were devastated by some of the worst mass slaughter of the 20th century. Since the guns fell silent, they have charted very different courses as they try to move beyond their bloody pasts. But trouble in one seems inevitably to spill into the other, and their politics are becoming intertwined again, in...
(Forbes 08/01/15)
President Obama’s recent trip to East Africa put the spotlight on a hot area for impact investing. So it’s timely that the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Open Capital Advisors, just published a detailed look at impact investing in the region. Some conclusions: As far as impact investing and social enterprise goes, this is a place to watch. And Kenya is the hub, accounting for more than half of impact capital employed. It also has the largest...
(The New York Times 08/01/15)
Meningitis may be poised for a ferocious comeback in Africa, international aid organizations are warning, and vaccine manufacturers must step up production if the outbreak is to be averted. Meningitis is caused by one of several strains of the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. A vaccine introduced five years ago has all but defeated meningitis A infections in Africa. But infections with another strain, Type C, are on the rise. Some experts fear the new strain will explode next year, while others...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a...

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