| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
Aid agencies on Monday launched a humanitarian appeal, seeking 1.6 billion U.S. dollars to provide life-saving assistance and protection to 5.8 million people across South Sudan in 2017. Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan Eugene Owusu said humanitarian organizations estimate that some 7.5 million people across South Sudan are now in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. "In 2017, we are facing unprecedented needs, in an unprecedented number of locations, and these needs will increase during the upcoming lean season," Owusu said in a statement issued in Juba. "With needs rising rapidly, we have rigorously prioritized the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan to target those who most urgently require assistance and protection," he said. Owusu said the humanitarian situation in South Sudan...
(Voice of America 02/11/17)
Two people were killed and three others injured in fighting between government soldiers and Imatong state bodyguards Thursday after South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, fired the governor of Imatong state, Nartisio Loluke Manir. The president's announcement was televised live. Deputy Governor Margaret Itto confirmed clashes broke out at the governor's residence in the state capital, Torit, minutes after the broadcast. Kiir dismissed Manir without explanation and said his replacement would be Tobiolo Alberio, the former Eastern Equatoria state assembly speaker. Tensions remained high in the town Friday. Shops, public offices and schools were closed as the military patrolled the streets.
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
New militia groups, some "opportunists", others "downright criminal", have emerged in South Sudan since renewed violence erupted there last July, the head of an international ceasefire monitoring team said Friday. Talking to the press in Nairobi, Festus Mogae, a former president of Botswana who leads the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), said these new rebel groups "did not exist before." He also expressed fears of renewed ethnic violence. Mogae said the new militias formed after violent clashes broke out in the region of the capital Juba, forcing more than 10,000 people to seek refuge at a UN base at the time. "Some are opportunists, others are downright criminals
(Xinhuanet 02/10/17)
Intense fighting in South Sudan has displaced 1.5 million people who have been forced to leave the country and seek safety since conflict erupted in December 2013, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement that an additional 2.1 million people are displaced inside the world's youngest nation with no solution in sight. "With this large scale displacement, South Sudan is now Africa's largest refugee crisis and the world's third after Syria and Afghanistan - with less attention and chronic levels of underfunding," UNHCR said. Intense fighting broke out in South Sudan in July 2016 following the collapse of a peace deal between the government and opposition forces. The UN...
(Voice of America 02/10/17)
While the South Sudan government prepares for a national dialogue early next month, one high-ranking United Nations official said the talks could be undermined by the ongoing violence in the country. Adama Dieng, the U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, told VOA's South Sudan in Focus that the Kiir administration should concentrate on creating meaningful dialogue that includes the opposition, as well as a path to justice. "I should remind President Kiir and his government so to acknowledge that peace is not made among friends, it is made among enemies," said Dieng, who added that South Sudanese should begin to look at themselves as brothers and sisters. Dieng added that a national dialogue, which Kiir...
(Xinhuanet 02/10/17)
Diplomats in the European Union (EU) delegation to Sudan on Thursday acknowledged improvement of security situation and decline of rebellion in Darfur region. A delegation of 16 European diplomats on Thursday started a visit to El Fasher, capital of North Darfur State as part of a tour covering Darfur's five states. "The European delegation reiterated that it has been fully convinced that Darfur has become more secured, stable and free of rebellion," Mohamed Braima Hasab al-Nabi, deputy governor of North Darfur State, told reporters following talks with the visiting delegation. He said the delegation reiterated readiness of the EU member states to contribute to supporting the efforts aiming at establishing infrastructures projects and providing the services needed by Darfur citizens...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first choice for regular Champions League entrants Coton Sport from northern Cameroon cotton town Garoua. Coton qualified for the 2008 final, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt, but have fared poorly recently with first round exits in the past two seasons...
(Xinhuanet 02/09/17)
The oversight body monitoring South Sudan's peace agreement on Wednesday strongly condemned recent increase in fighting across the East African nation that has displaced over 50,000 people since January. Festus Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) told a meeting of stakeholders in the capital Juba that recent flareup in armed clashes, sexual violence and increased restrictions on aid delivery in the past three months has greatly threatened peace efforts in the war-torn country. "Since the beginning of 2017, we have received reports of violent conflict in the Equatoria, Upper Nile and the Unity regions. This is not acceptable and JMEC demands respect for the cease fire and the restoration of peace by all parties," Mogae said...
(Xinhuanet 02/09/17)
South Sudan said Thursday it would seek 200 million U.S. dollars from the international community to finance its fiscal budget 2016/17 estimated at about 400 million dollars. Finance Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau told reporters in Juba that the cash was urgently needed to implement key reforms enshrined in the signed peace agreement to end more than three years of violent conflict in the oil-rich and yet impoverished nation. "I need donors to come and provide even technical support to the ministry of finance for us to undertake reforms like the National Revenue Authority to support the Bank of South Sudan," he revealed. South Sudan relies 98 percent on oil export to finance its fiscal budget, but conflict since outbreak in...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment and increasing aid for educational projects. One of the goals of the plan, which the German opposition received with scepticism, is to curb migratory flows from Africa to Europe. Mueller called on German companies to focus on Africa, which he...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/17)
More than 52,000 South Sudanese fled to Uganda in January alone as continued fighting risks creating a situation of mass atrocities, the UN's special adviser on genocide prevention said Tuesday. The displaced, primarily from towns south of the capital Juba in Central Equatoria state, have given accounts of the killing of civilians, homes destroyed and sexual violence, said Adama Dieng. "President Salva Kiir has made a commitment to end the violence and bring about peace, yet we still see ongoing clashes, and the risk that mass atrocities will be committed remains ever-present," said the special adviser in a statement. Dieng said he was particularly alarmed at the situation in Kajo-Keji where fleeing civilians have said they fear mass violence. After...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route, reality proved to be grimmer than he had anticipated. Patrick and two of his male relatives, also travelling from Douala, were beaten, robbed and held captive by organised predatory groups. Finally, their tumultuous journey came to an end in Algeria,...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/07/17)
The president of South Sudan said on Monday that soldiers who rape civilians should be shot, trying to mollify citizens outraged by abuses by security forces and quell growing international anger over attacks. South Sudan was plunged into a sporadic civil war in 2013 when Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his deputy, an ethnic Nuer. Rights groups and U.N. monitors say soldiers have gang-raped women based on their ethnicity. A few rapes by rebels have also been reported. The reports of sexual violence, committed with impunity, raised tensions between the South Sudanese government and Western donors, who bankroll most of the country's health and education needs and largely fund a 15,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force that costs around $1 billion...
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir ordered Monday his defence minister and the army chief to publicly execute members of the armed forces if found of raping women and girls. Speaking on a religious occasion in the town of Yei, southwest of the capital Juba, Kiir said members of the security forces who were convicted of rape would be severely punished. "If a soldier rapes a woman or a girl, the punishment is to shoot him in the head and in public," Kiir said in a speech broadcast live on state-owned radio and television stations. The South Sudanese leader admitted that the move may attract criticism from human rights defenders, but it is meant to restore stability in the East African...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/06/17)
South Sudan rebels accused Egypt on Saturday of carrying out bombing raids against their positions, drawing an immediate denial from Cairo, and warned of the risk of a regional war. It was the first time either side had alleged Egyptian involvement in South Sudan's festering conflict, which pits President Salva Kiir's military against forces loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar. The Egyptian air force on Friday dropped "more than nine bombs and explosions on the gallant SPLA-IO positions" near the northern village of Kaka, a rebel statement said, using an acronym for the rebel force. Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid denied the alleged air strikes, saying: "Egypt does not interfere in the internal affairs of other...
(Bloomberg 02/06/17)
Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, attracting less than its original goal as investor interest in the region proved weaker than anticipated, according to people familiar with the matter. The Toronto-based insurer sought to raise as much as $1 billion at $10 a share for Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp. in an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, according to a regulatory filing in December. Fairfax said it had secured as much as $416 million in commitments for the African venture from both its own funds and partners, including the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, a Canadian pension fund and CI Investments Inc., according to the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/03/17)
Imposing an external "trusteeship" government on South Sudan to try to end a three-year ethnic civil war and potential genocide in the world's youngest nation would only make its security situation worse, Uganda said on Thursday. Patience towards President Salva Kiir's government in Juba has worn thin as the refugee numbers have grown, fuelling talk in international policy circles – including the opinion pages of the New York Times - that "trusteeship" is a viable solution. However, Ugandan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem rejected the notion, saying such interference would be opposed even by Kiir's sworn enemy, Riek Machar, currently under house arrest in South Africa. "I don't think it's a good idea," said Oryem, the principal...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/17)
Kenya pulled its peacekeepers from South Sudan and announced it would not contribute to the planned regional force - See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1445481/kenya-agrees-rejoin-s... Kenya has agreed to take part in a UN regional force for South Sudan, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, three months after Nairobi angrily withdrew its troops from the country. Kenya pulled its peacekeepers from South Sudan and announced it would not contribute to the planned regional force after Guterres' predecessor, Ban Ki-moon, fired the Kenyan commander of the peacekeeping force. The commander was sacked following a report that showed UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians during heavy fighting in Juba in July. Guterres told reporters that he had "reached full agreement with Kenya in order...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
More than 4,000 people are believed to have fled from South Sudan's border town of Kajo Keji in Equatoria region, following renewed violence in mid-January between the warring factions, officials said on Friday. A local Commissioner of Kajo Keji, Luka Nyombe David told Xinhua by phone that people fleeing for safety across the Ugandan border. "Generally they are afraid of insecurity due to the presence of rebels (SPLA-in Opposition) in the area," he revealed in an interview. "The situation is really very calm, but they are continuing to go (to Uganda)," he added. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson in Uganda Charlie Yaxley, over 4,000 South Sudanese arrive on daily basis fleeing violence by armed groups attacking...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20 comprises of the G20 think tanks. Dr. Christine Hackenesch, researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE) said, "There was an agreement that there must be a continuous and sustained engagement between G20 and Africa because there is a strong dependence...

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