Governors face new headache in choice of deputies

Economy & Politics Governors face new headache in choice of deputiesFormer Labour CS Kazungu Kambi: Were it not for Kaloleni Kingi would not have been the governor. FILE PHOTO | NMGFour sitting governors are facing a headache on whom to pick as their running mates ahead of the August 8 General Election. Except for Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and Lamu’s Issa Timamy, the other sitting governors have fallen out with their deputies. “There are many options to pick but the governor must weigh his options from which community to pick so as to tilt the weight on his side,” says a political analyst in the county. “Were it not for the larger Kaloleni constituency’s vote basket, Kingi would not have been the governor of Kilifi today,” said former cabinet Labour Secretary Kazungu Kambi.

March 20, 2017 20:15 UTC

Morocco Gathers Support for ECOWAS Membership

In this respect, Mezouar handed messages from King Mohammed VI to President of Senegal Macky Sall and President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou during visits to Dakar and Niamey. In a statement to Morocco’s news agency MAP, Mezouar said that he held talks with Niger’s President who openly expressed support for the Kingdom’s membership in the ECOWAS. Before submitting the bid to join the ECOWAS, King Mohammed VI visited several countries in the region where Morocco is one of the largest investors. So, Morocco’s request to join ECOWAS is the continuation of a decades-long process of fostering ties with the countries of the region. With the inclusion of Morocco, the ECOWAS will bolster its aggregated GDP to the 16th rank globally ahead of Turkey and right after Indonesia.

March 20, 2017 17:03 UTC

Libyan National Army Accused of War Crimes in Benghazi

The Libyan Nation Commission for Human Rights (LNCHR) has accused Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) of violating the 1949 Geneva Convention after they exhumed, brutalized bodies, and displayed them in public. Among the dead bodies was that of Jamal Makhzoum, former leader of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, who was killed this week in Ganfouda. Images and video footages that surfaced on social media platforms showed dead militants piled on top of each other across the ground. The Presidency Council (PC) has been coming under immense pressure recently to harden its position against the LNA. The statement urged Libyans to “use the voice of reason” rather than following divisive approaches that could affect the country’s social cohesion.

March 20, 2017 16:52 UTC

UN Secretary General Urges Polisario to Withdraw from Guerguarat

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the head of the Polisario separatists Brahim Ghali to abide by the 1991 ceasefire agreement and withdraw militias from Guerguarat area on the borders with Mauritania in the demilitarized buffer strip. Ross who talked to the press following the meeting said that the emphasis was placed on the need for the Polisario to withdraw its troops from Guerguarat buffer strip in the southernmost tip of the Saharan provinces. He said the UN Secretary General wants to relaunch negotiations between the parties to the Sahara dispute and stressed the need for the Polisario to withdraw armed men from Guerguarat following the example of Morocco. The withdrawal came in response to Guterres call for both parties to leave the demilitarized buffer strip. Polisario armed men set up checkpoints forcing Moroccan drivers to remove Moroccan signs such as Moroccan maps or registration plates and threatening to fire on those who refuse to abide.

March 20, 2017 16:52 UTC

Merkel Refuses Algeria’s Invitation to Reschedule its Cancelled Visit

Angela Merkel has reportedly declined an invitation from Algerian authorities who called off in the last moment a visit by the German Chancellor last February due to the falling health of Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Merkel refused to schedule another visit to Algeria in 2017 on grounds of her “busy agenda,” writes the Algerian press. After several months away from public appearance, renewed health rumors are fueling speculation over the future of President Bouteflika, an octogenarian leader in power for nearly two decades. Few weeks after canceling Merkel’s visit, Algerian authorities apologized to a Spanish delegation and to the Iranian President for the President incapacity to meet them. The juncture forced the country to take spending-cut reforms that may have serious repercussions on Algeria’s social peace.

March 20, 2017 16:52 UTC

The Lost Songs From Somalia's Golden Age of Music Are Compiled In This New Mix

But we should not discount how far Somalia and Somali people have come from two decades of civil war, and current ongoing hardships. But what the music revealed was an untold history of the Somali music belt, which stretches from Djibouti to Hargeisa, all the way down to Mogadishu. Somali culture transcends artificial borders and groupings. It’s important to remember that Somali music’s golden age largely took place under a socialist government, which effectively nationalized the music industry. Some of the songs included in this mix will be available on the compilation, licensed and remastered.

March 20, 2017 16:41 UTC

Europe, N.Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows

Interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Malta, Slovenia, Switzerland and Tunisia took part in the meeting, along with the European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos. "The aim is to govern migratory movements" rather than be governed by them, said Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti. France's Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux stressed the importance of making sure the Libyan coastguard lives up to its EU training. But critics warn against planned repatriations of asylum seekers to Libya, a country where allegations of torture, rape and murder are rife. Some 40 percent of those who seek asylum in Italy are granted some sort of leave to remain.

March 20, 2017 16:29 UTC

Diplomats see more than meets the eye in superpowers’ spat

Diplomats see more than meets the eye in superpowers’ spat By SAVIOUS KWINIKAJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE old-age African adage highlighting that when two bulls fight, it is the grass that suffers, appears to be ringing true in the frosty relations characterising Nigeria and South Africa, as diplomats wade into the divisions afflicting the two continental superpowers. A delegation of senators from Nigeria is expected to hold talks with members of the South African National Assembly this week. An East African diplomat based in Pretoria, to give credence xenophobia was not the issue at play, accused Nigeria of double standards. He dismissed the claim by some diplomats that the spat between Nigeria and South Africa was about the position in the UN Security Council. I call upon the South African government to urge its citizens not to engage in such deadly violence of burning other human beings,” said Ayere.

March 20, 2017 16:18 UTC

Nigeria leads Africa’s 7 Highest Internet Using Countries

The country is Africa’s 7th highest internet using country making up 3.6% of the continents total usage. Algeria makes up 4.5% of Africa’s total internet usage making it the 6th highest internet using country on the continent. South Africa contributes 8.5% to Africa’s total internet usage making the it Africa’s 4th highest internet using country. This leads Kenya to contribute 9.5% of the continents total internet usage and thus making it Africa’s 3rd highest internet using country. Nigeria is ranked as African’s highest internet using country, making up 27.4% of the continents total usage.

March 20, 2017 15:00 UTC

SDX Energy commences drilling at South Disouq, Egypt

SDX Energy commences drilling at South Disouq, Egypt3/20/2017CAIRO, Egypt -- SDX Energy Inc., the North Africa focused oil and gas company, has announced the commencement of drilling operations on the SD-1X well at its South Disouq concession in the Nile Delta area of Egypt. The well is targeting gas in the upper Abu Madi section and oil in the lower AEB & Abu Roash sections. Drilling operations are anticipated to take between 30 and 45 days, depending upon what is encountered in the targeted intervals. The Company also has confirmed that, upon commencement of operations, it has been granted a six-month extension to the first exploration period, until Sept. 19, 2017. This will allow sufficient time for the SD-1X well results to be fully evaluated prior to making any decision to enter into the second exploration period at South Disouq.

March 20, 2017 10:41 UTC

Italy summit seeks to make progress on Libya migrant accord

Rome - Italy is hosting a European-North African migration summit aimed at helping implement a new accord with Libya to better patrol its coasts and stop smugglers from setting off with their human cargo. The interior ministers' conference was underway Monday as rescue ships brought to Italy's southern shores some of the estimated 3,000 migrants rescued over the weekend on the Mediterranean. Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti invited counterparts from several European countries that border Italy — France, Slovenia, Switzerland and Austria — as well as Germany and Malta. Those countries have a stake in the accord since many migrants who arrive in Italy pass through its northern borders for destinations further north. Also attending were representatives of Tunisia and Algeria, as well as the internationally recognized Libyan leader, Premier Fayez Serraj.

March 20, 2017 09:22 UTC

Innovative Fintech for Increasing Access to Finance in Middle East, North Africa can Win USD 15,000 in Jordan

The SANAD Technical Assistance Facility will offer finalists a trip to Jordan and accommodations during mentoring sessions conducted by fintech industry experts. The Amman event builds on the success of the first Fincluders Startup Challenge, where organizers carefully weighed the merits of each of the more than 90 applicants before selecting 15 finalists. SANAD Technical Assistance Facility Committee Chairman Ines Ebrecht said, "The Fincluders Startup Challenge serves as a natural extension of our technical assistance activities. SANAD thereby fosters economic development and job creation - including youth employment - agriculture, affordable housing, and innovations in finance and financial technologies. SANAD's investors include the KfW Development Bank, which initiated the fund; the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); the European Union; Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO); OeEB, the Development Bank of Austria; Germany's GLS Bank; and the Dutch development bank FMO.

March 20, 2017 09:00 UTC

Ster-Kinekor pledges more support to film industry

Ster-Kinekor pledges more support to film industryBy GIFT NDOLWANE in Sun CitySUN CITY, (CAJ News) – STER-KINEKOR, the cinema chain, has reiterated its commitment to support the local film industry and the development of exciting young talent therein. It sponsored the Young Achiever Award at the just-concluded South African Film and Television Awards ceremony at Sun City in the North West. Wanda Matandela, Chief Executive Officer of the country’s leading cinema exhibitor, handed the a much-treasured SAFTA statuette to a delighted Thapelo Mokoena who was adjudged the winner. The SAFTAs provides an excellent avenue for Ster-Kinekor to demonstrate its commitment to the flourishing South African film industry. He is now the owner of his own production company, Thapelo Mokoena Productions.

March 20, 2017 08:03 UTC

For American muslims, new 'Mideast' box on census is sensitive

If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she? The Census Bureau on Feb. 28 for the first time recommended including the new category, which would mostly affect Muslims. The Census Bureau said that when it tested a new MENA category in 2015, people of Middle Eastern or North African descent tended to check off that box. The Census Bureau estimates there are 1.8 million Arab Americans in the U.S, according to data it has collected. As president, Trump has twice ordered travel bans on people from certain majority-Muslim nations.

March 20, 2017 07:41 UTC

In Rome, EU and North African ministers hold 'migration summit'

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is to meet with interior ministers from a number of EU countries and from three Northern African states on Monday in Rome. The interior ministers of Libya, Tunisia and Algeria are to meet with their German, Italian, French, Austrian, Maltese, Slowenian and Swiss counterparts. The EU commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, is also attending. Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti wants to form a permanent "contact group" between European and North African countries that addresses migration issues. Following the closure of the so-called Balkan route and an EU deal with Turkey, more migrants have attempted the hazardous route from North Africa across the Mediterranean towards Italy.

March 20, 2017 03:33 UTC