| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(Radio Dabanga 11/30/16)
Life in Khartoum has returned to normal after three days of civil disobedience actions. The Sudanese President denied that the strike against the austerity measures in the past days was successful. The actions have had little impact on the stock exchange. Journalist Ahmed El Sheikh, editor of the independent newspaper El Jareeda told Radio Dabanga that movement of traffic and people continued on the third day of the civil disobedience, Tuesday, almost as normal, although roads were not crowded. Institutions are functioning normally again in the Sudanese capital. "The experience of the civil disobedience carried out by citizens will have an impact on the future, by a group that has nothing to do with the government or the opposition," El...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women officers from police, military and prison services called for more workshops and regular conferences and establishing anti-GBV centers in all member countries of KICD. They also called for prioritizing countries that need more attention in fighting violence against women and...
(AFP (eng) 11/29/16)
Sudanese security agents seized all copies of four independent newspapers on Tuesday after they reported on a three-day strike called by the opposition over fuel subsidy cuts, staff said. Discontent has been simmering for weeks over the subsidy cuts, which have led to a sharp rise in the cost of other goods, and opposition groups called for a nationwide strike from Sunday. The strike call came despite the arrest of at least a dozen opposition leaders as the authorities sought to prevent any repetition of deadly unrest that followed a previous round of subsidy cuts in 2013. Members of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service confiscated copies
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Experts in capital markets are advocating the acceleration of the bourses markets across Africa in order to drive economic growth on the continent. Speaking at the opening of Africa securities exchanges conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, experts emphasized that capital markets are becoming more important to African economies because they help raise funds for long term investment which will drive Africa into middle income status. Rwanda hosts the 20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) annual conference from November 27 to 29 dubbed: "The Road to 2030: Making the African Capital Markets Relevant to the Real Economy." The three-day meeting has brought together more than 300 global and regional experts and stakeholders in capital markets, regulators, law firms...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
Armed men have abducted three UN refugee agency staffers, including two foreigners, from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, a local government official told AFP on Monday. "A group of armed men kidnapped yesterday three UNHCR workers, two Nepalese and a Sudanese, from Geneina," the capital of West Darfur state, state government spokesman Abdelah Mustafa told AFP. "Police are searching for the kidnappers." UNHCR officials were not immediately available for comment, but its spokesman in Khartoum told AFP by text message that a meeting was underway to discuss the "urgent incident". A resident from Geneina told AFP that the gunmen came in a 4x4 vehicle.
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
Sudan on Sunday ordered a private television channel to stop broadcasting after accusing it of operating without a licence, the network's owner told AFP. Hussein Khojali, owner of 24-hour entertainment network Omdurman Channel, said he received a letter from the Sudanese Authority of Radio and Television Broadcasting asking him to stop broadcasting. "Today at 8:30 pm (1700 GMT) we received a letter from the authorities saying the channel has been stopped from broadcasting because it didn't have a licence," Khojali said. "This is completely false." He said the channel had obtained a licence six years ago when it was launched. "We started six years ago. The letter also did not specify from when it was supposed to stop broadcasting." Late...
(AL Jazeera 11/28/16)
Sudanese respond to a civil disobedience call against new austerity measures. A dramatic increase in the price of medication, fuel and electricity in Sudan has spurred calls for civil disobedience over social media and on the ground across the country. On Sunday, life came to a standstill on the streets of Khartoum, as Sudanese citizens responded to a call for three-days of civil disobediene. Some neighbourhoods in the capital saw limited movement of vehicles and pedestrians. Universities and schools were largely effected by the strike, as the majority of students stayed home, forcing some schools to cancel the school day. "The new decision, which caused the increase, is a huge disaster," local pharmacist Hatim Aldaak told Al Jazeera. "This will...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/28/16)
Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped three workers from the United Nation's refugee agency in Sudan's restive Darfur region, a local official told Reuters on Monday. The three workers, one Sudanese and two Nepalese, were kidnapped from Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state and were taken to an unknown location, said West Darfur government spokesman Abdallah Gar al-Nabi. Security forces were working to retrieve them and locate the culprits, he added. An official from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) declined to comment. Security remains fragile in Darfur, where mainly non-Arab tribes have been fighting the Arab-led government in Khartoum, and the government is struggling to control rural areas. Some 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since the...
(APA 11/28/16)
Sudanese newspapers have intensively covered the first day of the general strike that commenced here on Sunday, with the papers monitoring the response of the ordinary citizens to the calls by the opposition for an anti-government strike, while the government has downplayed the effect of the strike on life in the capital Khartoum. Sudan Tribune (English) newspapers said that Sudanese from different walks of life on Sunday started a three-day civil disobedience with varying proportions of response among the residents in the capital Khartoum. Earlier on Thursday, political activists launched social media campaign calling on the Sudanese people to engage in civil obedience from 27 to 29 November to resist recent government decisions to lift fuel, electricity and the price...
(Sudan Tribune 11/28/16)
Students at four high schools in El-Fasher, North Darfur capital on Sunday have staged a demonstration to protest against the high cost of living and recent increase in drug price. A police source told Sudan Tribune under the condition of anonymity that the students of El-Fasher, Darfur, Al-Sharqia and Al-Namozagia high schools demonstrated on Sunday against high price level, saying “the police have dispersed them in order to avoid acts of vandalism”. Also, an eyewitness told Sudan Tribune that the police used tear gas and fired shots in the air to disperse the demonstrators, pointing to cases of fainting and light injuries among the students. He added that some of the students were arrested by the police and security services...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami's streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa's apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold...
(AFP (eng) 11/27/16)
Several public transport buses stayed off the streets in Khartoum and many shops shut Sunday in a mixed response to opposition calls for a nationwide strike against fuel subsidy cuts. The call for a three-day strike came after the authorities announced a 30-percent hike in petrol and diesel prices that has led to a sharp rise in the cost of other goods, including medicines. Several key squares and roads in Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman were deserted on Sunday morning, the start of the working week in the Muslim country, as many public transport buses remained off the streets, AFP correspondents reported. Schools in Khartoum were open but many parents preferred to keep their children at home fearing...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols of the "regional conflicts" of the Cold War, in which Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy and power through proxy wars. But Havana's involvement in the fighting fields far from home was to cost it dear. Some 4,300 Cubans...
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land, urban and territorial planning,” Xinhua reported. The forum which focused on identifying means to integrate technologies in land management in order to boost economy, protect the environment and efficiently manage lands in the region, was a wake-up call for officials...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/16)
Sudanese security agents on Wednesday arrested four prominent leftist opposition figures, their alliance said, as authorities press a bid to crush protests sparked by fuel price hikes. The National Intelligence and Security Service has seized several opposition politicians in the past few weeks as part of the crackdown to prevent street protests as seen during deadly demonstrations in 2013. NISS arrested top leftist leaders Siddig Yousif, Tareq Abdelmajid, Mohamed Diaelddin and Munzier Abumali at its Khartoum office where they had been summoned on Wednesday, said the National Consensus Forces alliance. "When they reached the office of NISS today, they were informed that they were under arrest," it said in a statement. Family members of Yousif and Abumali confirmed their arrests...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/16)
Around 300 Sudanese students and schoolchildren marched in the capital Khartoum on Thursday, defying government efforts to quell persistent protests against fuel subsidy cuts that have led to spiralling prices. Dozens of anti-riot policemen and security service agents moved in to disperse the demonstration, cordoning off the north Khartoum neighbourhood where it was held, an AFP correspondent reported. "No, no to high prices. Bring down prices of medicines," the marchers shouted. The cuts have led to a nearly 30 percent hike in the price of fuel, leading to stiff increases in the cost of other goods, including medicines. A previous round of fuel subsidy cuts in 2013 sparked serious unrest that was only suppressed with a deadly crackdown that drew...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Nov. 5 after being rescued from a rickety boat by the coastguard, police said. "She was quite traumatized, and initially wouldn't speak or communicate," Marilena Cefala, the head of Lampedusa's reception center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation...
(AFP (eng) 11/23/16)
A prominent Sudanese rebel group on Wednesday signed a deal with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers in its ranks. The Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N), which is fighting government troops in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, is on a UN list of groups blamed for committing grave violations against children. The deal inked Wednesday, known as an "action plan", is the first step in getting off that list. "We are open. We have nothing to hide," SPLM-N leader Malik Agar told reporters at the UN in Geneva after the signing. In a separate statement he said his group was "firmly committed to the protection of children in conflict." Under the deal,...
(APA 11/23/16)
The Sudanese authorities on Wednesday released 11 doctors after 20 days behind bars for representing the leadership committee of the nation-wide strike that took place last October and November. “The11 doctors, including CCSD’s Secretary General and spokesperson have been released, but one of the doctors is still detained,” the CCSD central committee said in statement seen by APA. The release of the doctors comes amid mounting strike and protests against the economic austerity measures the government had adopted earlier this month. From 6 to 13 October, the Sudanese doctors had been engaged in a general strike in the capital Khartoum and in the states to protest the deterioration of the health services, low salaries and the repeated attacks by regular...
(APA 11/23/16)
The Sudanese consumers' protection association has warned that a majority of the pharmaceutical companies will soon start the liquidation of all their activities by the beginning of the New Year due to the hike of the prices of drugs after the austerity measures the government adopted earlier this month. The association said in a statement seen by APA on Wednesday that the prices of medicines have mostly doubled after the new economic measures of lifting the subsidies on fuel. “Many life-saving medicines have disappeared from the shelves of many pharmacies in Khartoum while a number of companies have stopped selling and transporting medicines” it said. The pharmacists in Khartoum had partially gone on strike last Sunday in protest at the...

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