Thursday 18 January 2018

Toute l'afrique

(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(AFP 12/21/14)
Tunisian troops killed a gunman and captured three others on Sunday after they attacked soldiers guarding ballot papers for the country's presidential vote, the defence ministry said. The pre-dawn attack targeted a school in the central region of Kairouan where the ballot papers had been stored under army guard. "The vigilance of the soldiers and the swiftness of their response thwarted this operation and led to the death of a man armed with a hunting rifle and the arrest of three suspects," ministry spokesman Belhassan Oueslati told AFP. One soldier and one suspect suffered minor wounds, he added. Oueslati said he did not believe that jihdadists, who had called for a boycott of Sunday's landmark election runoff and threatened to...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/14)
South Africa on Saturday welcomed home Miss World winner Rolene Strauss with wild cheers and ululation. Hundreds turned up at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday. Dressed in the country's national colours, South Africans waved placards, flags and portraits of Strauss at a colourful ceremony staged at the airport in Johannesburg. She accepted a bouquet of flowers from a young girl in a wheelchair. Strauss is the first Miss World from South Africa since 1974 when the title was won by Anneline Kriel. Among those at the airport was the country's first winner of the title in 1958, Penny Coelen-Rey, now...
(Voice of America 12/20/14)
GENEVA— The World Food Program warns 2.5 million people in South Sudan are facing acute hunger next year. WFP says pre-positioning food now, before the rainy season returns in a few months, is critical to averting a hunger catastrophe in that conflict-ridden country. The World Food Program says the acute hunger crisis facing millions of people in South Sudan is man-made. Since fighting between the government and rebels erupted one year ago, the United Nations estimates about 1.5 million people have become displaced within the country and another one-half million have sought refuge in neighboring countries. The ongoing fighting has interrupted the planting and harvesting of crops, causing large and widespread shortages of food. WFP spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs tells VOA...
(Daily News (zw) 12/20/14)
HARARE - Zimbabwe will engage the World Bank on its plans to audit the civil service, as the country moves to curb its excessive recurrent expenditure, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said. This comes as nearly 100 percent of government’s revenue is going towards civil service wages, with Chinamasa recently acknowledging that 81 percent of his 2015 national budget will foot government employees’ salaries. Also, the International Monetary Fund has insisted — through a recommended staff monitored programme — that Zimbabwe audits its civil service to weed out ghost workers and reduce its wage bill. “We need to know the state of affairs, who is who within the payroll and if they are giving us value for money. “We need to...
(Voice of America 12/20/14)
The U.N. refugee agency says weekly massacres of civilians are being reported in the DRC’S North Kivu Province. It says armed groups have been attacking since October, bringing fear, death and displacement. Listen to De Capua report on DRC The UNHCR says armed groups are striking in and around Beni – and the violence is now spreading north to Orientale Province. Agency spokesperson Karin de Gruijl said, “We received very credible reports of ongoing killing of civilians. About 256 people, including children, have been killed in a very gruesome manner with machetes and axes.” Just which groups are responsible for the attacks is not clear. “Well, it is very difficult to tell at this moment. We understand that there are...
(Bloomberg 12/20/14)
A new Zambian tax system that prompted Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) to halt operations at its Lumwana mine may lead to 12,000 job losses in the industry next year, the country’s mines chamber said. The system that takes effect on Jan. 1 may also push companies including Glencore Plc (GLEN) and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (FM) to cancel projects, and cut Zambia’s copper output by more than 158,000 metric tons next year, the Chamber of Mines said in a statement today. That risks further slowing economic growth in Africa’s second-biggest producer of the metal that the International Monetary Fund said yesterday may fall to a 12-year low in 2014. Zambia’s parliament this week approved Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda’s 2015 budget,...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/20/14)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed new anti-terrorism measures into law on Friday, triggering fresh protests from opposition MPs who said they would take legal action to overturn the legislation and protect civil liberties. Kenyatta's move came a day after parliament approved the new laws amid chaotic scenes in which opposition legislators threw books at the Speaker, shouted, chanted and sprinkled water over his deputy. The president has faced mounting pressure to boost security since Somali al Shabaab rebels killed 67 people in a Nairobi shopping mall in September last year. The Islamist group killed more that 60 people in two attacks this month. But opposition groups and some activists have said the measures, which will allow suspects...
(BBC News Africa 12/20/14)
Voters in Liberia are going to the polls in an election that was postponed in October because of the Ebola outbreak. Liberians are choosing representatives to the country's senate. Among the 139 candidates vying for 15 seats are former football star George Weah and Robert Sirleaf, the son of Liberia's president. Ebola has infected about 19,000 people in West Africa, killing more than 7,300 - with about 3,340 deaths in Liberia. The senate elections were postponed in October in a bid to stop campaigners and voters spreading the virus. The election is being held just days after neighbouring Sierra Leone clamped down on public gatherings. It has banned Sunday trading, restricted travel between districts and prohibited public celebrations over Christmas...
(Lusaka Times 12/20/14)
PF President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Acting President Dr. Guy Lindsay Scott have put their differences behind and pledged to work together. In a meeting brokered by Northmead Assemblies of God Bishop Dr. Joshua Banda, Edgar Lungu and Guy Scott agreed that they will be together at the Supreme Court during the filing of presidential nominations by PF President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Edgar Lungu was accompanied by PF National Chairperson, Inonge Wina, PF Secretary General, Davies Chama Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata and Member of Central Committee Samuel Mukupa. The meeting was held at State House in the evenings of Friday 19th September December 2014. Dr. Scott led a team that comprised Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey...
(The Citizen 12/19/14)
Dar es Salaam. President Jakaya Kikwete is today expected to give his verdict on the Sh306 billion Tegeta escrow account scandal in an eagerly awaited speech to the nation, The Citizen has learnt. State House yesterday confirmed that President Kikwete would indeed address the nation today. “We are still making arrangements and the Head of State will be speaking to Tanzanians today if things go as planned,’’ said Ms Premy Kibanga, the Deputy Director of Presidential Communications. However, Ms Kibanga declined to give details on what the President would say in an event that will be broadcast live on national television. The President will either give a televised speech or choose to speak through a meeting with Dar es Salaam...
(Macauhub 12/19/14)
The Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti, and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, Thursday in Paris signed an action plan to strengthen the two countries’ bilateral economic partnership and facilitate granting of visas for businesspeople. The documents were signed at the end of the France-Angola Business Forum, attended by about 250 people, including Antonio Carlos Sumbula, president of the Angola’s national diamond company Endiama, Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos and managers of companies from the oil sector such as Total and BP. Figures from the French Foreign Ministry showed that trade between France and Angola reached nearly 1.47 billion euros in 2012, compared to 3.2 billion euros in 2008. In 2012 French exports to Angola totalled 543.9 million euros –...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic. Ban, who flew in from Ghana, where the UN Ebola mission is headquartered, was welcomed on arrival in Monrovia by Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai will full military honours. Ban will also travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali, where the UN is leading the response to the health crisis. In Liberia, Ban will meet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as officials from the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response or UNMEER, and visit an Ebola centre run by the US military. Ban's visit comes a year after...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
Nigeria's central bank on Friday announced new measures to curb currency speculation as part of an effort to defend the naira which has been hit hard by the collapse in global oil prices. Customers who purchase foreign currency through the interbank market or an authorised trader must use the funds within 48-hours, said a statement issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). "Failing (this), such funds must be returned to the CBN for re-purchase at the Bank's buying rate," it said, warning that sanctions would be imposed on those who fail to comply. The measure targets speculators who seek profit by buying up foreign currency in hopes that the naira will continue to fall. Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer,...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
A Rwandan minister who was sentenced to 35 years in jail for his involvement in the 1994 genocide saw his sentence lowered to 30 years on appeal Thursday, a UN tribunal said. The court confirmed Augustin Ngirabatware's genocide convictions but reversed his conviction for rape as a crime against humanity. "(The appeal ruling) sets aside the sentence of 35 years of imprisonment and imposes a sentence of 30 years of imprisonment," Judge Theodor Meron said. Ngirabatware, planning minister at the time of the 1994 genocide, was in 2012 found guilty of inciting, aiding and encouraging militiamen in his home district of Nyamyumba in northwestern Rwanda to kill their Tutsi neighbours. His appeal proceedings were handled by the UN-backed Mechanism for...
(Daily News (zw) 12/19/14)
HARARE - Legal gurus say there is no constitutional impediment that precludes Zimbabwe’s newly-appointed vice presidents from holding ministerial positions at the same time. This follows heated and ongoing public debates about whether vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko should also simultaneously hold ministerial positions, as they both do, particularly seeing that they cannot be legislators by virtue of being VPs where the law demands that members of Cabinet must be Members of Parliament. Constitutional expert and interim co-leader of the United MDC, Welshman Ncube, said his understanding and reading of the Constitution was that President Robert Mugabe could appoint a vice president to be in charge of a certain portfolio. “That doesn’t mean that the vice president is...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza has signed into law a bill granting special status to opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who lost October's presidential elections. The move on Wednesday was seen as an olive branch to the former rebel commander to avoid further conflict in the resource-rich country. But Dhlakama has rejected the law, which would see a British-style leader of the opposition get his own official residence, staff and office, as well as the right to set his own salary. Over $2 million (1.6 million euros) has been set aside for the new post in the 2015 budget, the finance ministry said, which also comes with a diplomatic passport. Dhlakama lost the presidential election to the ruling Frelimo party's Filipe Nyusi,...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
The multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of Democratic Republic of Congo is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned Thursday. In a damning report on the UN-backed push to pacify the region which has been ravaged by conflict for two decades, the think tank said "the entire stabilisation agenda for the eastern provinces is at risk". It claimed that unless the UN, Kinshasa and neighbouring countries pull together, they will "prolong the tragic status quo of attacks and pillaging by armed groups against an already brutalised civilian population." The east of the vast mineral-rich DRC was the scene of two major wars between 1996 and 2003, with neighbouring countries including Uganda and Rwanda...
(Voice of America 12/19/14)
A growing number of fighters in Central African Republic’s two year old civil war are children. It’s estimated there may be as many as 10-thousand child soldiers, four times more than when the conflict began. The charity organization Save the Children says both boys and girls are being recruited by former Seleka rebels and anti-balaka militias. Some of the kids are as young as eight. Véronique Aubert, Senior Conflict & Humanitarian Policy and Research Adviser for Save the Children, said, “The situation is of great concern to Save the Children. Children are on a daily basis exposed to violence. Many of them have been killed. Many of them have been victims of sexual violence. Many of them have lost their...
(Bloomberg 12/19/14)
Zambia’s Supreme Court ordered the Movement for Multiparty Democracy to reinstate Nevers Mumba as its leader, clearing the way for the former televangelist to run for the presidency in January. The decision cements Mumba’s position as the party’s leader after its national executive committee suspended him last month. The party had named former President Rupiah Banda as its preferred candidate. Banda lost in the 2011 polls. The death of President Michael Sata this year set off a power struggle in the ruling Patriotic Front and MMD. The election will be held next month. Members of the Patriotic Front asked acting President Guy Scott to step down yesterday after removing him as the party’s vice president earlier this week. The MMD...

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