Cameroon: Bamenda - Fire in Cenajes

Cameroon is still basking in the glory of this month’s upset victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. The trophy has… Read more »The tranquility of the National Centre for youth and sports (CENAJES ) Bamenda in the neighborhood of mile 90 was threatened last weekend when unidentified men attempted to set the institution ablaze. The director of CENAJES, Paul Alain Tcamba told CT that the suspects introduced the fire through the widows of some three offices which however; fail to cause any serious casualties. Services concerned included the office of budget/materials ,admission,and the office of the head of administration and finance. At press time, one suspect was arrested while another who attempted to steal from the institution's domitry was equally napped.

February 24, 2017 10:07 UTC

Senegal arrests two suspected foreign jihadists

Senegalese authorities have arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. He had been in Senegal for a month, he said. Another suspected jihadist, whom he did not name, from Mauritania, had been arrested trying to board a bus to Gambia. "(Dina) was in contact with Ould Nouwayely, the very same who planned the attack on Grand Bassam (in Ivory Coast)," Cisse said by telephone. Senegal has thus far been spared jihadi attacks like those that frequently plague its eastern neighbour Mali, but authorities are on high alert.

February 24, 2017 09:47 UTC

South Africa: Textile Industry to Boost SA Economy

Pretoria — Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, says the textile industry is one of the most strategic platforms through which South Africa can bolster trade of local products. The Minister said the establishment of Ivili Textile is a very important milestone in efforts to transform the economic landscape of South Africa. "It is the culmination of many years of hard work towards the establishment of this ground breaking initiative in the textile industry... These are the kinds of initiatives that add meaningful value in changing the current socio-economic conditions of the people of South Africa." The NDP envisages a South Africa where rural communities have better opportunities to participate fully in the economic, social and political life of the country.

February 24, 2017 09:33 UTC

Libya: U.S. Sees a Role for Russia in Trying to Restore Peace in Libya

General Thomas Waldhauser made the remarks at the recent Munich Security Conference, ahead of Operation Flintlock, a joint military exercise being hosted by seven African nations. In the east, General Khalifa Haftar — head of the Libyan National Army — holds sway over the House of Representatives. General Waldhauser acknowledged that Russia would likely play a role in any solution. At the Munich Security Conference, Nigerian Major General Babagana Monguno said the association of global terror groups means international cooperation is vital. General Waldhauser said the U.S. military takes such allegations seriously when working with partners.

February 24, 2017 09:32 UTC

Zambia sees an increase in hydropower generation

Zambia sees an increase in hydropower generationThe Zambian minister of energy, David Mabumba, has announced that in recent months hydropower generation has improved due to increased water levels in key reservoirs. Mabumba noted that current power generation now stands at 1,573MW against peak demands of 1,900MW, the ZNBC reported. According to media, the minister said the Kafue Gorge Power Station, which is one of the country’s biggest power plants, has improved electricity generation from 630 to 820MW. Hydropower generation declineThe southern African country has been experiencing electricity rationing since June 2015 after a scorching drought hit the region’s hydropower generation. Last year, Zambia requested South Africa’s power utility, Eskom to provide it with 300MW of off-peak power.

February 24, 2017 08:11 UTC



Kenya: Wanyama Scores but Spurs Slump Out of Europa

London — Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama scored for his club Tottenham Hotspur in the second half, but it could not prevent the North Londoners from slumping to a shock Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side Gent. Christen Eriksen put Tottenham ahead before Gent levelled through Harry Kane's own goal on the stroke of half-time. "In the second half we played with energy. Kyle Walker tried to restore Tottenham's lead with a stinging long-range strike that was well saved by Lovre Kalinic. Walker looked to exchange passes with Eriksen on the edge of the box, but Kenya midfielder Wanyama latched onto it and scored with a powerful strike.

February 24, 2017 06:56 UTC

Kenya: KDF Comes to the Rescue of Turkana Herders With Livestock Feeds

Kenya Defence Forces soldiers have started distributing livestock feeds to herders in the most affected villages in Turkana along Kenya's border with Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan. County Commissioner Stephen Ikua received three trucks loaded with livestock feeds on Thursday before flagging off the consignment to the most affected remote villages. The villages are located in Loima, Turkana West, Turkana North and Kibish sub-counties. Mr Ikua said that besides livestock feeds, the national government is also distributing 9,000 bags of maize, 3,000 bags of rice and 3,000 bags of beans. "We will be distributing relief supplies after every two weeks or a month depending to the situation at every locality," he said.

February 24, 2017 06:22 UTC

South Africa: Marais - Bulls V Stormers Will Be 'War'

This Saturday's Super Rugby clash between the Stormers and Bulls at Newlands will be "war". That is the view of Bulls coach Nollis Marais, who was speaking ahead of his side's tournament opener in Cape Town. The Bulls have not won at Newlands since 2011, while they did beat the Stormers at Loftus in 2016. Marais spoke on Thursday about his relationship with Stormers coach Robbie Fleck and breakdown specialist John Dobson, but he was under no illusions about what this fixture meant to both sides. "There is no love lost between north and south... Bulls and Stormers.

February 24, 2017 04:52 UTC

South Africa: ANCYL in KwaZulu Natal to Elect New Leaders

ANCYL president Collen Maine would open the event around 14:00, the league's provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said. The chairperson, deputy chairperson, secretary, deputy secretary, and treasurer would be elected on Friday evening. News24 understands that branches want the ANCYL's provincial deputy chairperson, Kwazi Mshengu, to replace current chairperson Thami Ngubane. Current provincial secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo, will likely retain his position. The current deputy secretary, Sibongile Khathi, appears to have not garnered enough support in branches, according to a Lower South Coast member.

February 24, 2017 04:18 UTC

US Sees a Role for Russia in Trying to Restore Peace in Libya

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa has told VOA the only way to restore peace in Libya is to bring rival factions together, and that will require cooperative efforts by many parties, including Russia. General Thomas Waldhauser, who heads the U.S. Africa Command, discussed the continuing political chaos in Libya while in Germany for the recent Munich Security Conference. Russia invests in Libya's oilWaldhauser noted it is apparent Russia wants to become actively involved in trying to resolve Libya's political unrest — not least for its own economic interests — and said he welcomes that. Russia also committed itself to buying an undisclosed share of Libya's future crude oil output. Turning again to Libya's political situation and rivalries, Waldhauser said many parties are trying to assist.

February 24, 2017 00:19 UTC

Italy Says 2,500 Refugees Rescued at Sea in Three Days

Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 10,700 sea arrivals in Italy from North Africa. Almost 2,500 refugees were rescued over the past three days, the Italian Coast Guard said Thursday, as this year's arrivals already far outpace the record-setting 2016. Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 10,700 sea arrivals, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, a third higher than the same period last year. Last year a record 181,000 boat refugees reached Italy and more than 5,000 died in the Mediterranean. But humanitarian groups including SOS Mediterranee and MSF have criticized the deal, saying Libya is not safe.

February 23, 2017 22:58 UTC

Nigeria: Amnesty International Recent Report Baseless - Military

The Nigerian Military Authority has described as baseless a report recently published by the Amnesty International (AI) alleging death of 240 people including babies in Borno and 177 pro Biafran agitators. He said It is on record that Amnesty International embarked on such series of false allegations against the Nigerian military and other security forces as far back as the inception of the military action against terrorists in the North East. The truth is that the Nigerian military has always been open in its operations and do not hide its activities from the probing eye of the public. Amnesty International chose to bandy fabricated reports and concocted stories instead of seeking clarifications from the relevant authorities. "AI would rather contrive their report to suit their intention which is to cast slur on the image and integrity of the Nigerian military.

February 23, 2017 22:18 UTC

Ghana: Gha Calls for Public Corporation - Over Closure of Buipe Bridge

The Buipe Bridge, which was constructed some 54 years go by Ghana's first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is currently undergoing 20 day maintenance at a cost of about GHC50,000. The Ghana Highway Authority has, at the moment closed down the bridge to vehicular traffic and the travelling public since 17th February to 8th March 2017, to allow for emergency repair works to be carried out on the bridge. Meanwhile, when The Chronicle visited the Buipe Bridge, it is discovered that the bridge was not in good condition. On the other hand, some of the petty traders at the Buipe Bridge, who spoke to The Chronicle complained that the closure of the bridge has affected their business. However, the Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Highway Authority, Mr. Philip Samwini, insisted that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the repair works would be completed within the 20 days stipulated period.

February 23, 2017 17:03 UTC

Mob of North African Migrants Causes Riot Aboard Italian Ferry

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERSome 63 North African migrants caused a major uproar in the middle of the night on an Italian ferry Monday, fighting, screaming, stealing, vandalizing, beating other passengers and pulling people out of their bunks. Soon they “turned the voyage into a nightmare for the other 170 passengers,” according to Italian media reports. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERThe ship Janas had left Cagliari on Monday night with a large group of North Africans, most of whom were from Algeria. At sea in the middle of the night, the migrants began assaulting other passengers, creating a melee on the ship. “Little good is coming from these daily arrivals from North Africa,” said Luca Agati, head of the local police union (SAP) in Cagliari.

February 23, 2017 16:52 UTC

Frenchman Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Morocco Appeals Conviction

French national, Thomas Gallay, who was indicted on charges of funding a terrorist cell based in the Moroccan Atlantic city of Essaouira appealed his conviction after he was handed a six year prison sentence. The French convert was arrested in a raid in 2016 by the Moroccan security services. He was found to maintain close links with the head of the Essaouira terrorist cell who was in possession of dangerous arsenal found in his place including firearms and ammunitions as well as equipment to make explosives. Gallay signed confessions saying that he hosted indoctrination meetings of the terrorist cell and admitted loyalty to the terrorist organization Daech. Morocco undertook a reform of its penal code in line with international law and human rights as they are universally recognized.

February 23, 2017 16:38 UTC



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