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Sunday 05 July 2015

Rwanda

(Washington Post 07/04/15)
Should the West fear China’s growing influence on the African continent? While there is no question that China and Chinese companies are changing the way African politicians seek aid and investment, the relationship between the two sides is far more complicated than simple narratives about “democracy or dictatorship” or “trade not aid” suggest. Veteran journalist Howard W. French explores this complexity in his book, “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.” He graciously took the time to answer my questions about the book and China’s role in Africa. LS: Much of the discourse in American politics is that the U.S. should be afraid of China’s role in Africa...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/15)
East African leaders are to meet on Monday in the latest bid to resolve the political crisis in Burundi, after controversial elections were internationally condemned for not being free and fair. More than 70 people have been killed in more than two months of protests and a failed coup attempt sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's defiant bid for a third term, with almost 144,000 refugees fleeing into neighbouring nations. "Heads of state will make an assessment of the situation in the country," said Owora Othieno, spokesman for the five-nation East African Community (EAC).
(Bloomberg 07/03/15)
East African leaders will meet in Tanzania on Monday to discuss the political crisis in Burundi, after the United Nations criticized elections held in the country this week and the U.S. condemned police abuses against protesters. “It’s a summit on the situation in Burundi,” Richard Owora Othieno, spokesman for the East African Community Secretariat, said by phone Friday from the Tanzanian commercial hub of Dar es Salaam. Burundi held parliamentary elections on June 29 having failed to create conditions for...
(Bloomberg 07/03/15)
A strike by Kenyan dock workers at the port of Mombasa disrupted trade for five neighboring countries that rely on East Africa’s biggest harbor for their shipments of goods, the Kenya Ports Authority said. Members of the Dock Workers Union stopped working on Wednesday because of a dispute over salary deductions to pay for a national-health insurance program, Gichiri Ndua, the managing director of the Mombasa-based authority, said in an e-mailed statement. The stoppage is unwarranted, he said. “There is...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/03/15)
Kibaha — A biolarvicide plant, the first of its kind in Africa, was launched here amid hopes that the country was on the right track towards winning the war against the deadly malaria. President Jakaya Kikwete and visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn inaugurated the plant that will produce environmental friendly biolarvicides to destroy mosquito larvae in the breading area, without any negative effect on humans and animals. President Kikwete reiterated the country's zero- tolerance against malaria, saying he will leave office in October a happiest man, having been assured that Tanzanians are safe as far as malaria was concerned.
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/02/15)
Rwanda reintroduced lions, flown in from South Africa, to its Akagera National Park this week after the last indigenous animal was spotted in 2006 and plans to add rhinos within a year as it bids to draw more tourists, park officials said. Safaris are a lucrative business in east Africa and the so-called "Big Five", which include lions and rhinos, are usually star attractions for visitors. The other three - leopards, buffalo and elephant - already roam in Akagera. Rwanda,...
(RFI(EN) 07/02/15)
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. "China is becoming aware that the situation is more complicated than it initially seemed in Africa, and it is realising that it has a lot to learn from countries that have experience on the continent," Alice Ekman, of the French Institute for Foreign Relations (IFRI), told RFI.
(Ipp media 07/01/15)
The East African Community (EAC) partner states have been challenged to make a declaration to allow non-governmental organisations and individuals to bring cases before the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). Addressing about 30-member delegation of the Kenya’s International Peace Keeping Training Centre (IPSTC) and the National Steering Committee (NSC) yesterday, the AfCHPR’s President Justice Augustino Ramadhani said that the African Court was based in East Africa and East African countries should take a lead in ratifying...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Voice of America 06/29/15)
The arrest this week of Rwandan spy chief in the United Kingdom over alleged war crimes is seen by some as a test of the relationship between the two countries. General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, the 54-year-old director of Rwanda's intelligence services, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Saturday. He has been granted bail ahead of a full extradition hearing in October. Karake is wanted by Spain on charges of war crimes, which date back to the late 1990s. On the...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/15)
The African Union has called for the "unconditional and immediate" release of Rwanda's intelligence chief arrested in Britain, Rwandan's foreign minister said Friday after meetings with the 54-member bloc. General Karenzi Karake, who was arrested on a Spanish-issued warrant last week, was released in London on Thursday on bail of £1.0 million ($1.6 million, 1.4 million euros). He must report to British police daily. The AU's Peace and Security Council met with Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo on Friday. "The...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/15)
Burundi journalist union president Alexandre Niyungeko sits at a computer in a cafe in Rwanda. He should be busy covering his country's key parliamentary elections on Monday. Yet, like scores of fellow journalists, as well as civil society activists and opposition politicians, he fled weeks of pre-election unrest to Kigali, capital of neighbouring Rwanda. Around 70 people have been killed in weeks of opposition protests that have been brutally suppressed, triggering an exodus of around 127,000 into neighbouring countries. Tightly...
(AFP 06/27/15)
Lions will return to Rwanda for the first time in more than two decades, wildlife officials have said, after the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide. Seven lions -- two males and five females -- are being transported from South Africa and will arrive by air in Rwanda on Monday after a 36 hour journey, where they will be taken and released after at least two weeks quarantine into the eastern Akagera National Park. Park officials...
(News Day 06/27/15)
President Robert Mugabe’s call for Africa to immediately withdraw from The Hague-based International Criminal Court has put him under the spot on whether his African Union (AU) chairmanship would be of any value to Africa. For a continent plagued with problems of all sorts, ranging from hunger to civil wars, Mugabe’s 35-year-experience as the Zimbabwean leader was expected to bring value to the 54-member block.
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.

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(Tanzania Daily News 07/03/15)
Kibaha — A biolarvicide plant, the first of its kind in Africa, was launched here amid hopes that the country was on the right track towards winning the war against the deadly malaria. President Jakaya Kikwete and visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn inaugurated the plant that will produce environmental friendly biolarvicides to destroy mosquito larvae in the breading area, without any negative effect on humans and animals. President Kikwete reiterated the country's zero- tolerance against malaria, saying he will leave office in October a happiest man, having been assured that Tanzanians are safe as far as malaria was concerned.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/02/15)
Rwanda reintroduced lions, flown in from South Africa, to its Akagera National Park this week after the last indigenous animal was spotted in 2006 and plans to add rhinos within a year as it bids to draw more tourists, park officials said. Safaris are a lucrative business in east Africa and the so-called "Big Five", which include lions and rhinos, are usually star attractions for visitors. The other three - leopards, buffalo and elephant - already roam in Akagera. Rwanda, still heavily dependent on aid after a 1994 genocide tore the nation apart, is best known for treks to see endangered gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains, but it has been seeking to boost its tourism revenues. "We've...
(Ipp media 07/01/15)
The East African Community (EAC) partner states have been challenged to make a declaration to allow non-governmental organisations and individuals to bring cases before the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). Addressing about 30-member delegation of the Kenya’s International Peace Keeping Training Centre (IPSTC) and the National Steering Committee (NSC) yesterday, the AfCHPR’s President Justice Augustino Ramadhani said that the African Court was based in East Africa and East African countries should take a lead in ratifying...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/15)
Burundi journalist union president Alexandre Niyungeko sits at a computer in a cafe in Rwanda. He should be busy covering his country's key parliamentary elections on Monday. Yet, like scores of fellow journalists, as well as civil society activists and opposition politicians, he fled weeks of pre-election unrest to Kigali, capital of neighbouring Rwanda. Around 70 people have been killed in weeks of opposition protests that have been brutally suppressed, triggering an exodus of around 127,000 into neighbouring countries. Tightly...
(AFP 06/27/15)
Lions will return to Rwanda for the first time in more than two decades, wildlife officials have said, after the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide. Seven lions -- two males and five females -- are being transported from South Africa and will arrive by air in Rwanda on Monday after a 36 hour journey, where they will be taken and released after at least two weeks quarantine into the eastern Akagera National Park. Park officials...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/15)
A British court on Thursday granted bail to Rwandan intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who was arrested last week at London Heathrow Airport on a Spanish-issued arrest warrant. "I am prepared to grant you conditional bail," the judge said, setting the bail amount at £1.0 million (1.4 million euros, $1.6 million) and ordering Karake to report to the police daily. After the hearing, Rwanda's High Commissioner to Britain, Williams Nkurunziza, told AFP: "I'm very happy but I would have been happier...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/15)
Rwandan spy chief Karenzi Karake arrived for a court hearing in London on Thursday after President Paul Kagame slammed his arrest on a Spanish-issued warrant as "absolute arrogance and contempt". Thursday's hearing is expected to decide whether Karake, who is known as "KK" and was detained last week, should remain in custody and set a date for extradition hearings to begin. Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, who is involved in charity initiatives in Rwanda,...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/25/15)
Thousands of Rwandans protested outside the British embassy in Kigali on Thursday against Britain's arrest of Rwanda's intelligence chief, hours before he was due to appear court in London over war crimes charges brought by Spain. Rwanda's government has said it was an "outrage" to detain Karenzi Karake, 54, director general of Rwanda's National Intelligence and Security Services, at Spain's request and that it will challenge the charges against him.
(BBC News Africa 06/25/15)
Some 200 people gathered outside the British High Commission in Rwanda to protest at the arrest of intelligence chief Karenzi Karake in London. Gen Karake, 54, was detained at Heathrow Airport on Saturday, accused of ordering massacres in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Protestors have threatened not to end the demonstration in the capital, Kigali, until the general is released. The Rwandan government has branded the arrest an "outrage". Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda's Foreign Minister condemned Gen Karake's detention on Tuesday, saying that "Western solidarity in demeaning
(AFP (eng) 06/25/15)
A record 1.5 tonnes of heroin have been seized off East Africa's coast since last month, according to United Nations figures, showing the growing importance of the route to international traffickers. A total of 1,562 kilogrammes (3,444 pounds) of heroin were seized in a string of busts conducted by international warships patrolling the Indian Ocean in the six weeks since May 10. The most recent seizure was at the weekend when Australian guided-missile frigate HMAS Newcastle seized 581 kilogrammes (1,280...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/15)
Forty years after its independence, Mozambique remains a nation under construction, fraught with divisions that threaten to drag it back into war, said Mia Couto, one of the country's leading writers. "We are searching for one identity," the award-winning author told AFP while in Paris to promote his new novel, "Confession of the Lioness". "This is a country searching to be a nation, just one nation, starting from a very strong diversity," he added. The southern African country of some...
(UN.org 06/24/15)
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton visited Rwanda over the weekend as part of her official visit to Africa. Committed to raising awareness of UNDP's work in poverty reduction and women's empowerment, Britton witnessed firsthand the agency's projects and their impact on African communities. On Saturday, 20 June, Britton met several beneficiaries of a UNDP-supported women's rural savings group in Gatsibo who welcomed the American actress and described how the project has improved their lives. By gaining access to credit and...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/15)
General Karenzi Karake, Rwanda's intelligence chief arrested in London on a European arrest warrant, has long been a key figure in the regime of President Paul Kagame. Known to Rwanda's capital Kigali by his nickname "KK", 54-year-old Karake was one of the main commanders of the armed wing of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the Tutsi rebel group that ended the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and has held power ever since. At least 800,000 mostly Tutsi people died in the...
(AFP 06/23/15)
Prosecutors in Spain on Tuesday called for the head of Rwanda's intelligence service Karenzi Karake to be handed over to Spanish authorities after his arrest in London, a judicial source said. British police detained the 54-year-old at Heathrow airport on Saturday on a Spanish arrest warrant issued in an investigation of alleged crimes during the Rwanda conflict in the 1990s. At the National Court, prosecutors asked a judge "to request the authorities to hand him over" to Spain to face...
(AFP 06/23/15)
Rwanda's foreign minister on Tuesday slammed the arrest of the country's intelligence chief, held in London by British authorities acting on a Spanish indictment. "Western solidarity in demeaning Africans is unacceptable!!" Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said on Twitter, saying the arrest was a conspiracy by those who deny Rwanda's 1994 genocide. "It is an outrage to arrest Rwandan official based on pro-genocidaires lunacy!" she added. Rwanda also said it had "sought explanation" from London following the arrest of intelligence chief...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/15)
Rwanda said it was an "outrage" for Britain to arrest its intelligence chief at the request of Spain, which wants him on war crimes charges, and suggested Western states were swayed by those behind the 1994 genocide. Karenzi Karake, 54, director general of Rwanda's National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at London Heathrow Airport on Saturday, British police said. He was remanded in custody to re-appear at the court on Thursday. "Western solidarity in demeaning Africans is unacceptable!! It...
(Foreign Policy 06/22/15)
The constitution prohibits Paul Kagame from running again. But many Rwandans want him to stay. There’s no shortage of people asking for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to extend his time in office. Some 3.7 million Rwandans — nearly three quarters of registered voters — allegedly signed a petition calling on Kagame to stay past his 2017 term limit. The ruling party recently signaled its approval, and parliament is expected to give its rubber stamp to the proposal next month. It...

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(RFI(EN) 07/02/15)
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. "China is becoming aware that the situation is more complicated than it initially seemed in Africa, and it is realising that it has a lot to learn from countries that have experience on the continent," Alice Ekman, of the French Institute for Foreign Relations (IFRI), told RFI.
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(The New Times 06/25/15)
A new campaign to stop Africa from 'bleeding' is to be launched today in Nairobi by the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A), a coalition of researchers and activists focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens. The 'bleeding' is symbolic of a $50 billion, which is the minimum that the continent is estimated to lose every year in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), as recently reported by a high level panel chaired by former South African President...
(East African Business Week 06/24/15)
The Federal Republic of Germany, one of the first partners Rwanda’s decentralization programme have once again chipped in with more money. Two financial agreements worth euro 69.5 million funds (approximately Frw 56 million) were signed last week in Kigali. The money will go to decentralization as well as Good Governance and TVET of Rwanda. The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Amb. Claver Gatete signed on behalf of the Rwanda while German Ambassador to Rwanda, Amb. Peter Fahrenholtz signed for...
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
Four U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill establishes a U.S. strategy to support affordable and reliable electricity, which they say is a must in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa. Tom Hart, executive director of the nonpartisan, anti-poverty ONE organization in the U.S., applauded the legislation and said improving energy access in Africa was essential. “Seven out of 10 people in Africa have no access to...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/15)
Bordeaux - For wine and spirits companies looking to expand their businesses, Africa and its growing middle class clamouring for refined tipples is now one of the world's fastest-growing beverage markets, analysts say. Wine consumption in Africa is rising five times faster than the global average, according to a study of 24 sub-Saharan African countries released this past week by British wine consultancy IWSR at the world's leading wine fair, Vinexpo. Africans gulped down a total of 864 million bottles...
(New Era 06/22/15)
Africans, about 625 million of them, waited in excitement for last weekend's AU Summit, which was to complete formalities regarding the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) - a deal that would usher the continent into a new era of meaningful economic emancipation. The TFTA has been hailed by many as the foundation of the Continental Free Trade Area being promoted by the Africa Union (AU) Commission and its partners. Worth an astronomical US$1.3 trillion, the proposed new regional economic bloc, involving 26 countries, would merge the East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and COMESA blocs.
(KBC 06/18/15)
East African Community member states have hired a consultant to harmonize regulations for Small and Medium Enterprises in the region. Industrialization Principal Secretary Dr. Wilson Songa urged the consultant to identify best practices within the EAC region and fast track the harmonization process. He says among the challenges currently facing SMEs are unfavorable policy environment, inhibitive legal and regulatory environment and limited access to financial services. Speaking in Nairobi, Dr. Songa said the government is focusing on building attractive sectors...
(Bloomberg 06/18/15)
TPG Capital and Satya Capital formed a partnership to invest in Africa that will focus on industries including healthcare, consumer and financial services, according to a statement on Thursday. “We look forward to identifying and supporting growing African businesses to meet the increasing demand from consumers on the continent and beyond,” said David Bonderman, co-founder of Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG. TPG will make the investments via TPG Growth, which specializes in emerging markets and has more than $7 billion in...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/17/15)
Swiss food and drinks company Nestle (NESN.VX) is cutting 15 percent of its workforce in 21 African countries, the company confirmed on Wednesday. A Nestle spokesman told Reuters the job cuts would affect about 60 workers in the equatorial Africa region after the Financial Times reported that the company is pulling back because it overestimated growth in the middle classes. "We thought this would be the next Asia, but we have realized the middle class here in the region is...
(The New Times 06/17/15)
Raphael Kuuchi, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Africa, was in Rwanda last week. Kuuchi talked to Business Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze about a range of issues, including how Rwandan and African aviation industry can be improved to become more competitive: RwandAir has now joined the club, what does it mean for Africa’s youngest airline? It means international recognition… IATA provides the airline a powerful, unified, and experienced voice to support and promote its members operations and aspirations. IATA is...
(Ips News 06/16/15)
Melville — Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis - South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. African governments have been sceptical of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for decades and have played a key role historically in ensuring that international law - the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - takes a precautionary stance towards genetic engineering in food and agriculture. They have...
(Caj News Africa 06/15/15)
It is high time the African continent united, emancipated itself from poverty and stopped blaming industrialized nations and former colonisers for the challenges it faced. This was the dominant position taken by speakers at the 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Experts mentioned that the most feasible way to accelerate developmental pace was to invest significantly in infrastructure, value-addition to its products and increase trade within member states.
(Ips News 06/13/15)
Johannesburg — Africa is known as the 'paradox of plenty'. How can a continent so rich in natural resources be so poor? Economic growth is predicted to increase by 4.5 percent across the continent this year, despite falling oil prices and the Ebola crisis. South Africa's economy, the second biggest in Africa is expected to continue to grow by 3.5 percent this year; Nigeria will grow by an enviable 5.5 percent. However, millions across Africa are struggling. Economic inequality is...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/13/15)
London — Protecting the world's dwindling forests and making small farms more productive will cost hundreds of billions of dollars annually - money governments and charities do not have to spend, experts said at a London conference. Private investors could fill the gap, they said - but only if environmentalists and finance experts work together to create investment products that are financially attractive and effective in creating the right kind of change on the ground. "There are trillions of dollars...
(Bloomberg 06/12/15)
African nations are taking steps toward creating a free-trade zone with a combined size of $2 trillion, as heads of state meet in Johannesburg this week. Talks on removing the barriers to trade and the movement of people between the continent’s 54 countries will begin on June 15 at the African Union summit and conclude by the end of 2017, Fatima Haram Acyl, the AU’s trade commissioner, said in an interview on Thursday. Progress on creating a continental trade bloc...
(Bloomberg 06/12/15)
Sub-Saharan Africa is weathering the global bond tempest better than most. Seven of nine sub-Saharan African nations have outperformed the Bloomberg Emerging-Market Sovereign Bond Index since April 15, when a gauge tracking euro-area bonds reached a record high before the selloff wiped more than $400 billion off the value of global fixed-income markets. Dollar securities from the continent lost 1.9 percent in the period, compared with a 3.1 percent drop for emerging-market debt, 6 percent for euro-area bonds and 3...
(African arguments 06/11/15)
For the past two decades, mainstream economists who study African economic growth have been trying to explain something that never happened. Economists have focused almost exclusively on one question: Why has economic growth failed in Africa? This is not only an academic past time, the question has made its way into popular discourse too. Most famously, in 2000, the front page of The Economist depicted Africa as a hopeless continent that was unable to experience economic growth and development. In a special report on the continent, the magazine asked "Does Africa have some inherent character flaw that keeps it backward and incapable of development?"

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(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 are know, are also heavily favoured to progress to the next round with the second leg against minnows Morocco seeming a mere formality after they won three-nil at home a fortnight ago. The 2014 hosts...
(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...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Three years ago Janvier Hadi pedalled a single speed bicycle taxi: this week he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country. Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare. "I heard there was a race for a single speed bike... it was like a test and I won, I...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.

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(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 single "So Sick", NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson...
(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 venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and contemporary works and artefacts, and...
(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...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Washington Post 07/04/15)
Should the West fear China’s growing influence on the African continent? While there is no question that China and Chinese companies are changing the way African politicians seek aid and investment, the relationship between the two sides is far more complicated than simple narratives about “democracy or dictatorship” or “trade not aid” suggest. Veteran journalist Howard W. French explores this complexity in his book, “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.” He graciously took the time to answer my questions about the book and China’s role in Africa. LS: Much of the discourse in American politics is that the U.S. should be afraid of China’s role in Africa...
(Bloomberg 07/03/15)
A strike by Kenyan dock workers at the port of Mombasa disrupted trade for five neighboring countries that rely on East Africa’s biggest harbor for their shipments of goods, the Kenya Ports Authority said. Members of the Dock Workers Union stopped working on Wednesday because of a dispute over salary deductions to pay for a national-health insurance program, Gichiri Ndua, the managing director of the Mombasa-based authority, said in an e-mailed statement. The stoppage is unwarranted, he said. “There is no trade dispute registered between the Dock Workers Union and Kenya Ports Authority,” Ndua said. “The strike is therefore uncalled for and has caused undue disruption to port operations. It has adversely affected business in Kenya and the entire region.”...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Voice of America 06/29/15)
The arrest this week of Rwandan spy chief in the United Kingdom over alleged war crimes is seen by some as a test of the relationship between the two countries. General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, the 54-year-old director of Rwanda's intelligence services, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Saturday. He has been granted bail ahead of a full extradition hearing in October. Karake is wanted by Spain on charges of war crimes, which date back to the late 1990s. On the...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(Bloomberg 06/25/15)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame said the arrest by U.K. authorities of the East African nation’s intelligence chief was unacceptable and showed contempt for African nations. “The arrest of the Rwandan official shows absolute contempt for Rwanda and Africa,” Kagame told lawmakers in parliament in the capital, Kigali. “Rwanda will not accept this rubbish of injustice.” General Karenzi Karake, director of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London on June 20 and appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being detained under a European Arrest Warrant.
(BBC News Africa 06/25/15)
Some 200 people gathered outside the British High Commission in Rwanda to protest at the arrest of intelligence chief Karenzi Karake in London. Gen Karake, 54, was detained at Heathrow Airport on Saturday, accused of ordering massacres in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Protestors have threatened not to end the demonstration in the capital, Kigali, until the general is released. The Rwandan government has branded the arrest an "outrage". Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda's Foreign Minister condemned Gen Karake's detention on Tuesday, saying that "Western solidarity in demeaning
(International Business Times 06/24/15)
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has said presidential term limits have nothing to do with democracy and they will not solve Africa's problems. The 57-year-old leader made the comments days after Rwanda's ruling party Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) announced in a statement that it accepted the request of some 3.6 million people – around 72% of those on the Rwandan electoral roll – who had signed a petition calling for a change to the constitution to allow Kagame to run for...
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
Four U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill establishes a U.S. strategy to support affordable and reliable electricity, which they say is a must in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa. Tom Hart, executive director of the nonpartisan, anti-poverty ONE organization in the U.S., applauded the legislation and said improving energy access in Africa was essential. “Seven out of 10 people in Africa have no access to...
(Voice of America 06/23/15)
Rwanda has confirmed that its intelligence chief, General Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain for alleged war crimes, has been arrested in London. Karake is accused of ordering a number of massacres while head of military intelligence during the 1994 genocide. The BBC reports that Karake was arrested Saturday at London’s Heathrow Airport. Rwandan Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the government is seeking clarification from British authorities on the reasons for Karake’s arrest. “Our intelligence chief was in London...
(BBC News Africa 06/23/15)
Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain for war crimes, has been arrested in London. Gen Karake, 54, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Saturday, and remanded in custody ahead of a court hearing on Thursday. He is accused of ordering massacres while head of military intelligence in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda's foreign minister called the arrest "an outrage". Gen Karake is also accused of ordering the killing of three Spanish...
(Foreign Policy 06/22/15)
The constitution prohibits Paul Kagame from running again. But many Rwandans want him to stay. There’s no shortage of people asking for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to extend his time in office. Some 3.7 million Rwandans — nearly three quarters of registered voters — allegedly signed a petition calling on Kagame to stay past his 2017 term limit. The ruling party recently signaled its approval, and parliament is expected to give its rubber stamp to the proposal next month. It...
(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.
(Voice of America 06/19/15)
 
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There’s a new weapon in the fight to stop elephant poaching: genetics. DNA testing, which is frequently used to solve crimes, has pinpointed where most of Africa’s elephants are being slaughtered. The African elephant is the world’s largest land animal and is vital to the environment in which it lives. But the elephant population is shrinking fast, as demand for illegal ivory remains high, especially in Asia. University of Washington biology professor Sam Wasser and his colleagues conducted the ivory...
(Voice of America 06/17/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Heads of state gathered for the African Union summit in Johannesburg say they made great strides in solving the continent's many problems, which include a political crisis in Burundi. But the meeting was overshadowed by the arrival of Sudan's president, wanted on genocide charges. Although Burundi and the violence in South Sudan were discussed, the two-day meeting of African Union heads of state was overshadowed by controversy surrounding the arrival of Sudan’s president, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant for genocide. AU Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma explained the decision not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
(The New Times 06/17/15)
Raphael Kuuchi, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Africa, was in Rwanda last week. Kuuchi talked to Business Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze about a range of issues, including how Rwandan and African aviation industry can be improved to become more competitive: RwandAir has now joined the club, what does it mean for Africa’s youngest airline? It means international recognition… IATA provides the airline a powerful, unified, and experienced voice to support and promote its members operations and aspirations. IATA is...
(Ips News 06/16/15)
Melville — Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis - South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. African governments have been sceptical of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for decades and have played a key role historically in ensuring that international law - the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - takes a precautionary stance towards genetic engineering in food and agriculture. They have...
(The Voice of Russia 06/13/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— African leaders in Johannesburg for this year’s African Union summit have a unique opportunity to set priorities, policies and reach consensus on important issues like raging conflicts, political problems and more. But critics say this relatively small group of powerbrokers is deciding what the entire continent needs without seeking the input of regular people. While leaders have a lot to discuss this week, Burundi has dominated discussion as its president's efforts to stay in power, which already prompted one...

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