Friday 15 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat. Smail Chergui, the AU's commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants. "There are reports of 6,000 African fighters among the 30,000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group in the Middle East," Chergui told a meeting in Algiers, according to the Algeria Press Service news agency. "The return of these elements to Africa poses a serious threat to our national security and stability...
(AFP (eng) 12/05/17)
Sierra Leone's opposition on Monday said it welcomed the replacement of the country's police chief following his sacking amid accusations of institutional political bias and endemic corruption. Former Inspector General of Police Francis Munu was reassigned to an ambassadorial post in neighbouring Liberia after being removed from duty last week, and replaced with Richard Moigbe, his deputy. The decision by President Ernest Bai Koroma -- who has not commented on the matter -- came after pressure by the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) over the arrest of their party spokesman Lahai Lawrence Leema and the detention of several more supporters.
(AFP (eng) 12/01/17)
Leaders at an EU-Africa summit called Thursday for the immediate evacuation of nearly 4,000 distressed African migrants in Libya under a new drive to fight slave traders and traffickers. Wrapping up a two-day summit in Ivory Coast's economic capital, a top African Union (AU) official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans stranded in Libya, where many have suffered atrocities and even been sold into slavery. He said a fact-finding mission had seen one camp in Tripoli where...
(AFP (eng) 11/30/17)
A summit gathering European and African leaders from more than 80 countries drew to a close Thursday with plans for the immediate evacuation of some 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya. Wrapping up the summit in the Ivorian capital, a top African Union official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans trapped in Libya, where many have suffered attrocities and even been sold into slavery. The two-day summit of the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) was showcased as a project to boost development in Africa as it faces a population crunch.
(AFP (eng) 11/28/17)
Hard cash but also the intangible ties of history have kept Europe in pole position as Africa's main partner, even if an influx of Chinese investment is prompting many African countries to look eastward. Successive years of hefty spending, particularly in infrastructure, have propelled China into the continent's top slot when calculated in terms of individual investor nations. But a quite different picture emerges when this is seen through a broader prism -- the ties between Africa and Europe as...
(AFP (eng) 11/27/17)
Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma unlawfully dismissed his vice president after he was expelled from the ruling party, a West African regional court said on Monday. Samuel Sam-Sumana was kicked out of the All People's Congress (APC) in March 2015 on suspicion of fomenting violence, deceit, fraud and threatening party officials. He went into hiding and applied for asylum in the United States, then appealed the expulsion to the country's Supreme Court, where he lost in September 2015. But...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Sierra Leone's two main parties have named their candidates for key presidential election next March, a benchmark of the country's stability since the end of civil war in 2002. President Ernest Bai Koroma named Foreign Minister Samura Kamara and the deputy speaker of parliament, Chernor Maju Bah, as the All People's Congress (APC) candidates for the presidency and vice presidency. The decisions were made late Sunday at an APC congress in Makeni, Koroma's home town, located in central Sierra Leone...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone) - Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has named his Foreign Minister Dr Samura Mathew Kamara as presidential candidate in next year’s general elections. Kamara was announced at the All People’s Congress (APC) convention in the northern town of Makeni on Sunday. His running mate is Cherno Maju Bah, current speaker of Parliament. Over 20 people were contesting the party’s ticket, including current Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh and Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara. Samura Kamara was hardly considered a serious contender among the lots in a race...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone) - The former junta leader, Brigadier Julius Maada Bio (rtd), has been named as the candidate for the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in next year’s presidential elections. Bio defeated four other candidates in a hotly contested poll during the party’s convention that ended on Sunday night. With 475 votes, Bio beat his closest challenger, John Oponjo Benjamin, who garnered 116 votes. Sierra Leone is scheduled to go to the polls on March 7, 2018...
(APA 09/07/17)
Some 3,178, 663 people have been cleared to vote in next year’s elections in Sierra Leone, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced. NEC, in a statement publishing its final voter register Wednesday evening, also admitted to reports of missing data which had sparked concern among political parties and their supporters. The electoral commission was reported to have failed to account for data for hundreds of voters, a situation attributed to faulty registration machines. But the Commission in its statement said all the details were within its system and that it only needed to recapture them. In the statement signed by the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday conveyed his condolences to victims of floods in Sierra Leone. Sirisena said "as a country which suffered from a similar devastation recently, I express my deepest sympathy to the victims of the flood in Sierra Leone." Nearly 400 people are confirmed dead and at least 600 missing following a devastating mudslide and floods in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. The Western African country has pleaded for "urgent support," saying entire communities had been wiped out.
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(APA 07/21/17)
One of Sierra Leone’s leading presidential aspirants, Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, has dismissed a list circulating on social media and purported to contain names of his proposed choice of cabinet members. The list was also published by the daily Independent Observe Newspaper under the title: "Maada Bio's 2018 Cabinet Leaked". Bio, a former military head of state, who lost to President Ernest Bai Koroma during the 2012 elections, is seeking to run again next year. But his candidature has...
(APA 07/19/17)
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday ratified a $30 million Financing Agreement meant to improve and strengthen the country’s economy in the context of the twin-shocks of Ebola and the drop in the prices of iron ore, its major export. The ‘Productivity and Transparency Support Credit’ from the International Development Association is inclusive of $22 Million Grant and $8 Million Loan, repayable within the next 32 years with 6 years grace period, the parliament said in a statement on Wednesday. The agreement was presented before lawmakers by a representative of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development who said it was meant to unlock inclusive growth and scaling up...

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