| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(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...
(The East African 11/25/16)
President John Magufuli revealed that he has dissolved the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) board and sacked its chairman after its decision to deposit $13 million in fixed deposit accounts in three different banks. The president accused the board, chaired by Mr Bernard Mchomvu, of irregularly diverting the money meant for the taxman's recurrent expenditure to fixed deposit accounts where it would generate interest that was to be shared among the agency's top brass. “While we are working hard to fight ghost workers and people who illegally benefit from funds meant to help Tanzanians living in abject poverty, some senior officials have come up with new ways of personally benefiting from public
(APA 11/25/16)
The government of Tanzania has said that it will not put up restrictions for the sale of maize and other grains to other East African Community member states, when the country produces surplus because it is tantamount to impeding trade. Speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam on Friday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Augustine Mahige said the government cannot put up restrictions when it has not put in place mechanisms to buy and store the food in storage facilities. However, Mahige noted that the EAC has put in place procedures of selling grains and cereals to other member states to ensure that when a country has shortage of food, the grain surplus is not sold...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
Ezekiah Mageni's memory is still fresh of the flood that engulfed his home in Dar es Salaam's Jangwani Valley slum a year ago - and left his family without a roof over their heads. "I will never forget that terrible experience. I had to carry my children on my shoulders to save their lives," said Mageni, a 34-year-old shop owner. But for Mageni and other residents of Jangwani and nearby slums, the threat of flooding, lack of services and insecure tenancy are just part of life in Tanzania's biggest city. One of the fastest-growing cities in East Africa, Dar es Salaam has seen a huge influx of rural migrants in recent years, putting extra pressure on its strained housing supply...
(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...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, immediately switched on a French channel. “Many Congolese were watching, and a lot had mixed feelings,” he said. Across Africa the interest was equally intense, with the surprise result prompting fierce speculation about the unexpected...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/16)
African states failed on Monday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states put forward a draft resolution in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate. They said the work of the investigator should be suspended. However, Latin American countries, supported by Western...
(APA 11/21/16)
Tanzanians should not be too over excited with the discovery of gas in the country because when it starts producing to its full potential it’s contribution will only be 6 percent to the GDP, a top researcher said on Sunday. In view of this, the government needs to put up strong mechanisms to protect other sectors which tend to be weakened by the discovery of oil and gas. REPOA director of Strategic research, Abel Kinyondo said on Sunday during a media training on “understanding GDP and production Sharing Agreement (PSA). He stressed that unlike other sectors the gas and oil sector tends to impair other sectors in the economy in the absence of strong institutions…adding “The gas sector will only...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020. "By June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910,000 children, double the number five years earlier," UNAIDS said in a statement. But the report showed the huge risks that some young women face. Last year more than 7,500 teenagers and young women became infected with HIV every week worldwide, with the bulk of them in southern Africa. "Young women are facing a triple threat,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/16)
Above the sacks of seeds and coal, three kerosene lamps gather dust in the tiny shed that Kenyan chicken farmer Bernard calls home. He prefers to use solar energy to light up his evenings, listen to the radio or watch television, after abandoning a diesel generator he said was expensive to maintain and burned fuel too quickly. "Solar panels are a good, cheap solution," he told AFP. Across the continent, consumers are opting for their own off-grid solar solutions to power homes and small businesses, even as African governments unveil massive new solar projects seemingly every month to expand their grids. According to International Energy Agency projections, almost one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will gain access to the grid...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on the sidelines of the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, which ends on Friday. Adesina and colleagues from the bank have been using the conference to highlight its new initiatives on energy, including the New Deal on Energy for Africa,...
(APA 11/18/16)
Tanzania has said that it has no plans to withdraw from the international Criminal Court (ICC) although it’s seeking for dialogue to reform the whole system and make it right for both developing and developed countries. Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Augustine Mahiga said on Friday in an interview in Dar es Salaam, where he stressed that countries especially in Africa are looking for review of the whole process, including process of filing new cases and how they are prosecuted. He said that, Tanzania is among 32 countries that signed the wrong statute voluntarily with aim of finding solutions for offences like crime against humanity and genocide cases that could not be handled by national courts which...
(APA 11/18/16)
Following reports on more than 50 North Korea Vessels using Tanzania’s flag, the government has requested the International Maritime Organization to help capture ships sailing in the high seas using the country’s flag. Minister for Foreign Affairs and east African Cooperation Augustine Mahiga said on Friday in an exclusive interview in Dar es Salaam that following the discovery that the ships were truly using the country’s flag, government had taken steps to solve the situation including deregistering the Zanzibar Company that is alleged of registering the ships. According to him, Tanzania abides by the United Nations Security Council decisions. However, unfortunately when the sanctions were issued against North Korea for its decision to make nuclear weapons, the companies were already...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/16)
African leaders met in Morocco Wednesday on the sidelines of UN climate talks to agree a joint stance to fight global warming on the continent. "Africa is paying a heavy price over the climate issue and is without doubt the continent worst affected," Morocco's King Mohammed VI told the summit attended by 20 African leaders. "These disruptions... greatly hamper Africa's development and gravely threaten the basic rights of tens of millions of Africans," he said. He said the continent needed to "speak in a single voice, demand climate justice". France's President Francois Hollande and UN chief Ban Ki-moon also attended the summit which took place alongside the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakesh. Ban said Africa was at the forefront...
(The East African 11/16/16)
Tanzania’s energy regulator said today it would invite stakeholders to a discussion on plans by the country’s power distributor to increase tariffs by almost 20 per cent. Tanesco’s application for the review to cater for changes in fuel, inflation and exchange rates had since last week sent shock waves across the various categories who said the increase would make life harder. The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA), however, says there will be consultations to determine if the 18.19 increase that would have come into force in January 2017 is justified. Tanesco Managing Director Felichesmi Mramba said the proposed tariffs were for automatic adjustments which are reviewed on a quarterly basis. “These adjustments will enable Tanesco to fund its...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/16)
"Don't go!" That was the heartfelt appeal to African nations as the International Criminal Court opened its annual meeting Wednesday under the cloud of a wave of unprecedented defections. Gambia on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the court, following in the wake of South Africa and Burundi. "Don't go," pleaded Senegalese politician Sidiki Kaba, the president of the ICC's Assembly of State Parties meeting in The Hague. "In a world criss-crossed by violent extremism... it is urgent and necessary to defend the ideal of justice for all," he said. The tribunal opened in 2002 in The Hague as a court of last resort to try the world's worst crimes. But in his passionate plea,...
(The East African 11/14/16)
Tanzania’s parliament last week voted for the country not sign the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and East African Community. Nape Nnauye, Minister for Information, said the MPs felt that Tanzania will not benefit from the EPA, thus no need to sign it. The next step now will be to forward the recommendation to President John Magufuli to announce the decision. The vote comes just days after President Magufuli visited Kenya, where it was announced that a joint ministerial meeting will be held in Dar es Salaam before the end of the year to discuss the bilateral trade between the two countries. It was hoped that the EPA would be on the agenda and Kenya would use the...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones become increasingly affordable,” says Reed. “There will be 1-billion mobile broadband connections in Africa in 2021, including 157.4-million 4G LTE connections. “Additionally, the number of smartphone connections on the continent will reach 929.9-million at the end of 2021. And non-SMS...
(AFP (eng) 11/12/16)
Across Africa, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump has provoked deep uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate change. Many African countries had high hopes that Barack Obama would bring transformative benefits to the continent and were left disappointed as he winds down his time in office. But Trump's rise to power poses fresh questions that reveal the lack of concrete detail on his foreign policy plans -- while the president-elect himself has seldom addressed African issues directly. One possible pointer is Trump's often repeated vow to kill "terrorists", which may lead to more aggressive US intervention against Islamist forces such as Nigeria's Boko Haram, linked to the Islamic...

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