He narrated that at about midday of last Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the two who hail from Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region visited Festus’ shrine at Weta. The two persons handed over a piece of paper to Festus with the names of the seven prominent persons when they got to the shrine. On seeing the names and listening to the mission of the suspects, he alerted the police who moved in to round them up. The opposition led two people to go to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation of Article 5(4) of the 1992 Constitution ostensibly to challenge the creation of the Oti Region. However, the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision dismissed the suit and okayed the processes that would lead to the creation of the region.
December 07, 2018 10:52 UTC
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Agric MinisterGhana has begun the export of plantain to Burkina Faso and other countries in the West African sub-region. The bumper harvest of plantain, the number three food crop in Ghana after yam and cassava, has resulted in the export of the produce from Agogo and its environs to Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire. The Queenmother of plantain sellers in the Agogo area, Nana Akosua Tawiah, recently won the Asantehene’s Best Woman Entrepreneur award for her entrepreneurship spirit in the plantain business. For many years in the past, Ghana imported plantain from Cote d’Ivoire and vegetables from the Sahel Region. ExportFigures are not readily available on the quantity of plantain that has been exported to Burkina Faso, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and other countries so far, but records in Agogo show that seven big trucks of plantain leave the town for Burkina Faso on a weekly basis.
December 07, 2018 10:07 UTC
Hundreds of Gibela employees gathered today to give a rousing send-off to the first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train. Gibela’s CEO, Thierry Darthout says the train has taken 14 months to complete, with production beginning in September 2017. About 800 full-time Gibela employees are currently involved in various phases of the manufacturing process and around 100 local suppliers in the provision of various components and services. These numbers are set to rise as train production ramps up in the months ahead. This amounts to the fastest train production rate in in the world.
December 07, 2018 09:00 UTC
Peace talks between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, coordinated by the UN, opened in Sweden on Thursday. At a press conference, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said that the people of Yemen have been waiting for peace for a long time. UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths also expressed hope at the press conference that “serious” progress towards peace can be made and expressed hopes of finding solutions to specific problems that can reduce the suffering. The talks, at Johannesberg Castle, about 60 kilometers north of Stockholm, are expected to last for about a week, depending on the consultation’s progress, according to Hanan Eldawadi, the chief public information officer at the UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY).
December 07, 2018 08:03 UTC
King Mohammed VI has appointed Thursday (Dec.6) human rights activist and diplomat Amina Bouayach as head of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) and Ahmed Chaouki Benayaoub as the head of the interministerial delegation for human rights. As president of the Moroccan organization for human rights, Amina Bouayach worked on major issues such as torture, refugee rights, women’s rights and the abolition of the death penalty. She was elected vice-president then secretary general of the International Federation for Human Rights in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Chaouki Benayoub was also vice-president of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights (OMDH) and advisor to the National Observatory for the Rights of the Child. Expert and mentor in mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights, he works as a counsellor to several human rights regional and international organizations.
December 06, 2018 20:15 UTC
Photo: Martine Perret/UN PhotoPeacekeepers have been stationed in Western Sahara since 1991 when the UN mission, MINURSO, was established (file photo). Resolving the conflict "lies in the interest of all", Mr. Köhler added, in his capacity as Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, where decades of conflict over disputed ownership has been contained since 1991, by the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). "A peaceful solution to this conflict is possible," he insisted, while also commending the representatives from Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO movement, Algeria and Mauritania for "engaging openly... and committing to resolving the conflict". Reading an agreed final communiqué, Mr. Köhler noted that all delegations "recognized that cooperation and regional integration, not confrontation, were the best way to address the many important challenges the region is facing". Adopted on 31 October 2018, UN Security Council resolution 2440 calls on the parties to the dispute over Western Sahara "to engage constructively" in talks.
December 06, 2018 19:18 UTC
Economy MPs make U-turn on hefty perks after Uhuru threatNational Assembly in session. FILE PHOTO | NMGMPs shelved the passage of a Bill that seeks to entrench their hefty perks in law a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta threatened to reject it. President Kenyatta on Wednesday vowed to reject the proposed Parliamentary Service Commission Bill, 2018, in which MPs are seeking to enhance their perks which include house allowances, car loans and an enhanced insurance cover. The Bill seeks to give power to the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), the MPs employer, to handle the lawmakers' welfare, including reviewing their benefits. “The salaries of MPs are not set by the Parliamentary Service Commission but the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.
December 06, 2018 18:21 UTC
President Ali Bongo Ondimba has left Rabat military hospital for his private residence in the Moroccan capital city where he arrived late last month from Saudi Arabia. The medical team in charge of Ali Bongo on Wednesday allowed him to leave the hospital and continue his recovery at his private residence, according to the President’s entourage. The man who has been in power since 2009 suffered a stroke and was admitted to hospital in Riyadh. The Supreme Court of the African country subsequently temporarily handed the power to the Vice President. Several Key officials of the Gabonese government have already joined Ali Bongo in Morocco to work on urgent issues.
December 06, 2018 17:48 UTC
Just this year, Kenya scored highly on safety in an audit conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This year marked a milestone in Kenya’s aviation industry following the launch of direct flight from Nairobi to New York. The granting of International Aviation Safety Assessment (Category 1) in February, 2017, was the culmination of a long journey that started way back in 2010 by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority(KCAA). However, with the direct flights, the travel time will reduce drastically to 15 hours. The Kenya Tourism Board anticipates that the reduced travel time will make Kenya the preferred long-haul tourism destination.
December 06, 2018 16:57 UTC
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has donated 140,468 bags of food assistance to displaced victims of Boko Haram in Borno and Yobe states. Mustapha Maihaja disclosed that 125,317 baskets of food items will be distributed by the Center to 33,343 Households in designed camps and communities in Borno state for the next four months. Maihaja commended the effort of Minister of Defence Retired Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali who facilitated food assistance to the northeast. Each household of six persons will get a food basket of 59.8kg for the period of one month. It will recall that early this year Saudi Arabia pledged to donate the sum of $10m for capacity building to NEMA and relief assistance to Federal Government in addressing the food crisis and resultant malnutrition caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in North East.
December 06, 2018 16:41 UTC
Audi and its longstanding importer SOVAC today opened the assembly of three models in Algeria. As of now, the Audi A3 Sportback, the A3 Sedan and the Audi Q2 will drive off the assembly line in Relizane, the capital of the province of the same name. Production is initially planned for an annual capacity of approximately 3,000 cars of the Audi brand. The SOVAC Production Algerie plant has been producing Volkswagen Group automobiles since 2017. Mourad Oulmi, CEO of SOVAC S.P.A., said: “We are very proud that we will produce premium automobiles for the first time with Audi in Algeria, thus meeting the demand from our customers.
December 06, 2018 16:07 UTC
Morocco is resolved to strengthen its cooperation with the G5-Sahel countries to develop coastal zones and take up the serious security challenges facing the area. It aims to mobilize the necessary funds for the G5 Sahel priority security and development program. At a Brussels conference held 9 months ago, funding pledges to the joint G5-Sahel force amounted to €414 million. However, to better ensure their security, the group member states will have to make their own contributions. The first phase of the Priority Investment Program (PIP), covering the 2019/2021 period, targets the four G5-Sahel strategic axes: governance (€81 million), resilience (€200 million), security (€396 million) and infrastructure (€1 billion), according to the assessment document.
December 06, 2018 15:56 UTC
Four mayors affected by the task team's decision are seeking legal advice. The task team announced Segomotso Virginia Mere as the new mayoral candidate for Kagisano Molopo. The mayors of Mamusa, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, Maquassi Hills and Kagisano Molopo municipalities are seeking legal advice on the task team's decision. "We need to show the NEC that they (task team) are not promoting unity but instead pursuing their own agenda. He also told News24 he believed he was being targeted because he was one of the ANC members challenging the disbandment of Mahumapelo's PEC.
December 06, 2018 14:26 UTC
Rwanda hosted over 700 experts from Africa and the world at the annual African Economic Conference (AEC) held in Kigali to discuss ways to fast-track African infrastructure integration and the removal of barriers for free movement of people, goods and services across borders. The Africa Visa Openness Index 2018 published by the African Development Bank and the Africa Union Commission was also discussed with Benin making the most progress in opening up its borders to African travellers in 2018. Benin is the second country on the continent after Seychelles to offer visa-free access to all African countries and the first Francophone country to do so. Ghana, Rwanda, Namibia, Mauritius, Benin and Kenya have all loosened travel restrictions for other African nationals. The African Economic Conference is jointly organized by the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
December 06, 2018 12:56 UTC
Land Bank CEO Tshokolo Nchocho has been appointed the new CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation, he replaces Geoffrey Qhena, who was at the helm for 13 years. Nchocho has both academic qualifications and extensive experience in development finance and banking. His experience in development finance and banking stretches over a 28-year period, including a lengthy period at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and as the CEO of the Land Bank. In the past five years the IDC investment commitments totalled R72 billion, an increase of 30% compared to the previous corresponding period. These investments in turn attracted a large level of private sector investments, bringing the investment level to R176 billion and creating or saving 105 822 direct jobs.
December 06, 2018 12:56 UTC