Monday 19 February 2018
(AFP (eng) 10/21/17)
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Of the 8,000 special forces "operators" deployed globally this year, more than 1,300 are in Africa, according to officials from the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which is based in Tampa, Florida. Another 5,000 or so are in the Middle East. In five years, the number of US commandos in Africa has tripled...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it. Prompted by sexual abuse allegations against American film mogul Harvey Weinstein, millions of women around the world have been sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement has reached only a small part of the population in West Africa, but some women are participating in defiance of attitudes which dictate that being abused brings shame on the family, is a curse, or makes a woman unmarriageable. In Senegal, some women...
(Xinhuanet 10/19/17)
Transit volumes for Zambia via Namibia's Port of Walvis Bay grew by 15 percent over the last financial year, reaching a new high of more than 40,000 tonnes for September 2017, according to Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) CEO, Johny Smith. Through the recent figures, it is evident of the growing confidence on the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBCNLDC), especially the Zambian market, Smith said Wednesday. According to Smith, since the inception of this route more than a decade ago, the Zambian market has achieved a better balance between imports and exports, which has also reduced the costs on the corridor over time. "A variety of commodities have been established over a period of time to support the balance of...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. "It's an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future," Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers accommodation ranging from single bedrooms to whole homes in 65,000 cities in 191 countries. The company announced Tuesday that it would invest $1 million (850,000 euros) in Africa by 2020 to "promote and support community-led tourism projects". "For...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is, it is a waste of...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(APA 10/13/17)
APA-Harare (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwe’s integrated beverage company Delta Corporation is close to finalising a deal in which it will acquire a majority stake in Zambia’s National Breweries Plc, the company announced on Friday. Delta Corporation company secretary Alex Makamure said in a notice to shareholders that the equity was being acquired from Heinrich’s Syndicate, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (AB InBev). “Delta Corporation is finalising a transaction to acquire a controlling stake in National Breweries Plc (Natbrew), the Zambian sorghum beer company with a listing on the Lusaka Stock Exchange,” he said. The transaction is subject to various regulatory approvals, according to Makamure. He said the Delta board was optimistic that “the company will leverage on its over 60...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Zambia's justice minister said Wednesday that emergency measures imposed at the height of a political crisis that followed the detention of an opposition leader on treason charges would not be renewed. The southern African nation was earlier this year rocked by soaring tensions that also saw a spate of arson attacks, some opposition legislators boycotting parliament and the barring of an overseas political observer. Justice Minister Given Lubinda told parliament that the special measures -- a step towards a full state of emergency -- would be allowed to expire after 90 days in force. President Edgar Lungu imposed the measures on July 5 following a spate of fires in the capital Lusaka and other towns. The package was approved by...
(Xinhuanet 10/11/17)
The Zambian government on Wednesday reassured stakeholders of its commitment to the growth of the film industry. Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said the government will ensure that it works with all stakeholders in the implementation of a recently approved film policy, adding that the industry has in the past been neglected due to lack of a policy to guide its operations. The filming sector, she said, could not continue to be silent in the economic affairs of the country because of its huge potential to effectively contribute to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The spokesperson, who is also information and broadcasting minister, was speaking when she met a delegation from Ster-Kinekor, one of the local firms promoting the...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia said it expects a new outbreak of armyworms in the 2017/18 crop season, after the maize-munching pests ravaged southern Africa earlier this year. Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans on agricultural products because the armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest. The pest can also cause extensive damage to crops and has a preference for maize, the regional staple. Communications and Transport Minister Brian Mushimba, who is in charge of the department of meteorology, said in a statement about the rain forecast for the season that Zambia expected an outbreak of armyworms nationwide during the crop season that runs from October to March. “We are working with the ministry of agriculture to ensure that...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in Sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year, according to data from the U.N. World Tourism Organisation. Hilton said the remaining additions to its 39 existing African properties would be operational within the next five years. “The model of converting existing...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Several thousand people have fled to Zambia in the past month to escape violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Tuesday. The UN refugee agency said 3,360 people from DR Congo's conflict-wracked southeast had entered Zambia since August 30, the largest influx of its kind in the past five years. People "are escaping inter-ethnic clashes, as well as fighting between Congolese security forces and militia groups," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. Those arriving in Zambia described escaping "extreme brutality, with civilians being killed, women raped, property looted and houses set alight," he said. Most of those fleeing come from the northern Katanga and Tanganyika regions.
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Zambian police on Friday clashed with about 100 anti-corruption protesters outside parliament, prompting arrests on the same day as the finance minister presented the national budget. Carrying placards that read "Wake up Zambia, it is our money", they picketed parliament over alleged graft by President Edgar Lungu's government. The demonstration targeted the purchase of 42 firefighting trucks costing $1 million each -- a deal that has fuelled criticism of government spending. "This protest overall is about how public resources are being managed in the country," organiser Laura Miti told reporters. Miti and several other activists were later detained and taken away in a police van as riot police surrounded...
(Zambia Reports 09/29/17)
The 2018 National Budget will take the focus today as Finance Minister Felix Mutati presents it before parliament. Zambians will keep their ears at parliament buildings looking out for what benefits may accrue to them in the budget. Workers are forever looking out for the tinkering in payee and other taxes as Mutati would be making his presentation. Of concern will be the allocation going to the education, health and social sectors that touch the most lives. In last year’s budget Mutati laid out a total of K64.5 billion or 27.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product. Andre Musonda
(Zambia Reports 09/29/17)
Civil rights activist Laura Miti will have the challenge of seeing through her promise of demonstrating over the US$42 million fire tenders at parliament buildings this morning. Police have denied Miti’s joint Alliance for Community Action organization the right to protest at parliament building but the popular activist has insisted the march will go on as planned. Police service spokesperson Esther Katongo has warned that the protesters will be dispersed if they turn up at parliament buildings. Katongo also said that a counter demonstration spearheaded by Patriotic Front cadres seeking to render solidarity with Finance Minister Felix Mutati as he presents his budget has also been cancelled. Miti however says that the march will go as the reasons given by...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Lusaka Times 09/28/17)
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said Zambia supports United States President Donald Trump’s call, for the need to reform the United Nations Security Council. Mr. Kalaba emphasised however, that Zambia would like to see a more holistic approach, from an African perspective on the reforms, so that the global body can effectively meet the needs of African countries. Mr Kalaba said almost a third of UN membership consists of African States, yet no country from the continent is part of key decision-making, hence the need to have some with a Permanent Seat at the Security Council. The five permanent members or the Big Five are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Minister was speaking...
(Zambia Reports 09/28/17)
Zambian journalist Edem Djokotoe has taken aim at China's casino investments littered across the country arguing it is one of the worst social ills to happen. Djokotoe, posting on his Facebook page, wonders how China was allowed to channel heavy investment into gambling when it had outlawed the trade among its people. "The biggest Chinese investment in Zambia today is The Casino. "Every small town and district I have travelled to in all the provinces have gambling centres run by Chinese. "Bonanza machines luring children and adults alike in a country plagued by debilitating poverty. "With my own eyes, I have seen old people and other beneficiaries of the social cash transfer programme fritter away their money on bonanza and...

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