| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Tanzania Daily News 02/16/17)
China yesterday clarified that an agreement signed between Tanzania and Governor of Exim Bank of China was meant to facilitate a feasibility study, not an agreement for a loan from China to Tanzania for the construction of central line railway. China has meantime commended Turkish and Portuguese firms that have since won bids to construct the country's first phase of the 250km-stretch of Standard Gauge Railway from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro. Overall, the central line spans 1,216km. Speaking during an interview with media, the Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Lu Youqing, said the Turkish and Portuguese firms won the bid fairly, encouraging the Chinese construction companies to prepare well for future bids of the remaining phases. "Last July the...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
At least 168 people, 28 of them women, have been arrested in Tanzania's capital Dodoma in connection with narcotic drugs, authorities said Wednesday. Christina Mndeme, Dodoma District Commissioner said that the suspects were arrested in different locations across the city for the past two weeks when the countrywide narcotic drugs crackdown started. She disclosed that those arrested are currently languishing in police custody, as they wait for the investigation before being taken to court. According to Mdeme, most of the suspects were found in possession of khat, marijuana, and cocaine. The official named hot spots for illicit drugs within the municipality as Makutupora, Veyula, Msalato, Chadulu, Miyuji, Zuzu, Mbabala, and Chinangali West wards. Other areas are Madukani, Mlezi, Hazina, and...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. More than a third of countries, home to 96 percent of...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready to make a new deal to help Nigeria "in terms of military weapons." The statement said Trump also commended Buhari for the strides Nigeria is making against Islamist radical group Boko Haram, and invited Buhari to come to Washington at...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday ordered the east African nation's defence and security forces to step up war on drugs with full force. President Magufuli who doubles as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces made the order shortly after he had sworn in the newly appointed Commissioner General of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority, Rogers William Siyanga. The President appealed to all government leaders to join forces with the defence and security forces in the fight against drug trafficking. "We should fight drug trafficking with full force without fear or favour," President Magufuli said in a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
East African leaders will meet in the Tanzanian town of Arusha on Feb. 28 to discuss the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) that allows regional countries to export its agricultural products to Europe without attracting tax. Chris Kiptoo, Kenya's Principal Secretary in charge of Trade said Monday the matter is one of the agenda to be handled by the heads of state during the summit. Kiptoo explained East Africa Community (EAC) countries are supposed to sign as a bloc so that they can enjoy quota and duty free market access. "All the EAC countries ought to have signed the EPAs as a bloc with the European Union (EU) by Feb. 2. The deadline is over but only Kenya has signed and...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
Governments across the East African region must devise bold and innovative strategies to re-energize the fight against corruption, said the senior anti-corruption advisor at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Tim Steele, during a regional forum held in Nairobi on Monday. While acknowledging that corruption was detrimental to regional development, peace and stability, Steele emphasized that political goodwill, law enforcement and public awareness are key to rooting out the vice. "Corruption not only inhibits development but also compromises security and cohesion in any country. Governments in this region must create an enabling environment to enhance the fight against this menace at all levels," Steele said. Senior policymakers, law enforcement agencies and experts from the east and Horn of...
(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...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 02/08/17)
The government of Tanzania said Tuesday the number of public ghost workers in the east African country reached 19,708 by January 31, 2017. Angellah Kairuki, Minister of State in the President's Office responsible for public service management and good governance, told Parliament the flushing out of the ghost workers enabled the government to save 9.9 million U.S. dollars of taxpayer's money that would have been spent on their salaries every month. She said an earlier crackdown on fake certificates had identified 319 public servants who used fake secondary school and teachers training certificates or other people's documents to secure employment.
(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,...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
Malawi and its northern neighbour Tanzania have agreed to revive talks to resolve a long-running border dispute, President Peter Mutharika said Tuesday after meeting Tanzania's foreign minister in Lilongwe. The two east African neighbours are at odds over the ownership of Lake Malawi which straddles both countries with Tanzania claiming the top half of Africa's third largest freshwater lake -- a claim contested by Malawi. "The mediation efforts will be resuscitated towards a logical conclusion of the Lake Malawi border dispute," Mutharika said in a statement. Mediation to resolve the dispute has been stalled since 2012, but will be revived under the supervision of former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano.
(Nyasa Times 02/07/17)
Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Coorperation, Augustin Mahiga has said a dispute between his country and Malawi regarding their border through Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania is still on. Mahinga said after he signed on behalf of his government a Joint Permanent Commission Coperatuon (JPCC) agreement with Malawi in Lilongwe on Sunday. “This lake border dispute is now under revived discussion,” said the Tanzanian Foreign Minister. He said the matter is being handled by three member committee led by fromer president of Mozambique JoachimChissano and former presidents of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and Botswana. Mahinga said despite this Lake Malawi issue, the two countries continued to cooperate in other areas including those of...
(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...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/02/17)
African leaders have backed a "strategy of collective withdrawal" from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but it came with unspecified reservations, an African Union official said on Wednesday after this week's African Union summit. The official did not give details about the strategy or the reservations, but it highlights broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the ICC unfairly targets them. A document seen by Reuters before the summit proposed a co-ordinated withdrawal unless the ICC was reformed. It included a call for "regionalization" of international law, a reference to proposals for an African war crimes court. Almost a third of the ICC's 124 members are African, and a withdrawal by a large number of them would cripple...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
More than 100,000 Tanzanians are in need of food aid after prolonged drought hit the east African nation, the minister of agriculture said on Tuesday. Charles Tizeba, Tanzania's Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries said that delay and inadequacy of rains in many parts of the country has affected production and forecast show that the country faces a shortage of food. Briefing on Tanzania's food and nutrition situation for 2016/2017, in capital Dodoma, the minister said inadequate and uneven rainfall will also negatively impact production and availability of seeds, noting that the situation will lead to the high price of food in the east African nation. According to the minister, about 118,603 people have no food at all that will...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea, for a rotating chairmanship of the African Union. In his acceptance speech on Monday, Conde said, "It is with honor and humility that I accept to preside at the destiny of our Organization during the year...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/17)
Drought has disrupted the normal migration wildebeests and zebras in northern Tanzania and forced them to give birth near the Tarangire River, an ecologist said Friday. Tanzania is experiencing a drought after the short rainy season failed to deliver much-needed rainfall during recent months. Derek Lee, an ecologist and scientist of the German-based Wild Nature Institute (WNI) said that the landscape across the Tarangire Ecosystem of northern Tanzania is now unseasonably dry, and where the ground would normally be a carpet of green, grasses and herbs are now in short supplies. "Normally, at this time of year, the long-distance migratory wildlife like wildebeests and zebras would be on their calving grounds on the short-grass plains near Gelai and Simanjiro, far...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/17)
The African Union (AU) has been endeavoring to ensure robust, resilient and long-lasting economic transformation of Africa through promotion of infrastructure and energy development on the continent, noted Elham Mahmood Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. Speaking at a press conference Friday ahead of the 28th AU leaders' summit here, the commissioner said the pan-African bloc has scored achievements in its flagship projects and programs on the development of energy, transport as well as in the information and communication technology (ICT) areas, which she said are the biggest priorities in Africa's infrastructure sector. In cooperation and coordination with its regional, continental, and international partners, AU has been committed to development of infrastructure on the continent, which facilitates trade, economic...

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