Uganda: The Inconvenient Politics of the Current Uganda Crime Wave

columnEvery day Ugandans are posting on social media photographs of broken windows, doors, and ransacked homes in the wave of crime that has hit the country in recent times. Everyone knows that for the type of crime we are witnessing, police collusion is critical. For men and women to do that work without paying themselves something extra through corruption and crime, they need to be very patriotic and honest. The present wave of crime has hit, especially the south, particularly hard. In some of the previously war-affected areas, someone remarked that crime is slightly lower because there is little to steal.

April 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

Uganda: Government Approves Creation of 8 New Sub-Counties

Sembabule — The Ministry of Local Government, has approved the creation of eight sub-counties in Sembabule District as requested by the district council. In December last year, Sembabule District resolved to create eight more sub-counties, saying the current ones were too big, making it hard for residents to access services. "I am writing in response to your letter dated December 1, 2016, regarding the creation of new administrative units in Sembabule District. This is to inform you that I have under Section 7(5) of the Local Government Act approved the creation of Nakasenyi, Katwe, Mitima, Kawanda, Kyeera, Nabitanga, Miteete and Mabindo Sub-counties in Sembabule District," the letter reads. Reports also reveal that the creation of new units is intended to pave way for creation of Lwemiyaga District.

April 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

Sudan: Nuba Mountains Refugees Switch South Sudanese Camps

Pamir — Thousands of refugees from South Kordofan have arrived in Pamir camp in South Sudan, after being forced to leave Yida camp because of a shortage of food. The refugees had sought shelter in Yida to escape the ongoing fighting in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan between Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, which started in 2011. Insecurity in South Sudan is another driver of relocation. Refugees who were unwilling to relocate have headed back to South Kordofan in large numbers: reportedly 14,434 refugees from Yida returned in August, raising the total number of returnees from South Sudan to South Kordofan to more than 27,500 people. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reported these numbers and predicted the refugees' food insecurity problems now caused by the failed agricultural season.

April 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

Growing concern in Algeria over Libya’s deepening crisis and its southern powder keg

Southern Libya, home of many oil fields, is now one of the most dangerous places in the world, where people are sold as slaves and where the war could spillover into neighboring countries. Seeking to appease public stress over the potential of dangerous groups entering Algeria from Libya, the Algerian defense ministry has been usually vocal about its activities in the southeast of the country. Media releases show troops that appear highly trained and prepared for combat, and ready to repel incursions from Libya. Early this month, Haftar launched an offensive to dislodge these various groups, with attacks against the military base of Temenhent in Sebha. This worsening situation has sent shockwaves to Algiers, which sees an escalation very near its border and the potential for a spillover.

April 25, 2017 21:00 UTC

South Africa: DA Heads to Court to Force Zuma to Give Reasons for Cabinet Reshuffle

The Democratic Alliance on Monday filed an urgent application with the North Gauteng High Court to force President Jacob Zuma to give reasons for reshuffling of his Cabinet on March 31. DA chairperson James Selfe said, in a statement, that the party had asked the court to force Zuma to provide a written record of the decision, and reasons for the reshuffle. But State Attorney Isaac Chowe, in a letter in responding to the DA, said the president was under no obligation to provide reasons to the DA for the Cabinet reshuffle. The president's decision to dismiss or appoint a minister of finance required an additional bar of rationality, Selfe said. "The DA will continue to ensure that the recklessness of President Zuma is held to account in terms of the law," Selfe said.

April 25, 2017 20:37 UTC

Gambia: Gardeners Condemn Removal of Onion Import Ban

Women gardeners across The Gambia have lamented the government's decision to lift the ban on the importation of onion. The women gardeners are at the trade fair exhibiting their products courtesy of the NEMA project. She said: "When people start to import onion here, our own onion will not be sold, our onion will be spoiled as there will be no market for it. Amie said the government should place an embargo on onion importation when locally-produced onions are in the market and remove the embargo when the onions are finished. They all appealed to the government to look into their concern vis-a-viz onion importation.

April 25, 2017 17:26 UTC

Why Are White Ranchers Being Targeted By Pastoralists, Bandits in Kenya?

Over the last few months, parts of the Kenyan Rift Valley region, particularly Laikipia county, have been making international headlines for all the wrong reasons and there appears to be no end in sight. FOLLOW USTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramSince mid-2016, a section of area locals, the majority of who are pastoralists, have been forcibly invading private ranches that are mostly owned by White farmers. Initially, it was thought that these were simple spontaneous invasions spurred by the devastating drought that has hit many parts of Kenya since last year as local herders move around in search of pasture for their cattle. But as the killing of private ranchers and the destruction of cottages and other private properties inside these ranches continues, it has become clear that a more sinister motivation is behind the attacks. Even though the popular conservationist survived the heinous shooting, her attack has brought to the fore serious questions on the safety of White investors in Kenya, especially ranchers in the Rift Valley.

April 25, 2017 16:52 UTC

Big 5 Construct North Africa Launches in Casablanca

Rabat – Designed for architects, engineers, contractors, and Moroccan construction professionals, The Big 5 Construct North Africa 2017 will run on April 25-27, at the Parc Des Expositions de l’Office des Changes, in Casablanca. According to information on the page, Morocco will be represented by twenty companies, spanning all aspects of the construction industry. Billed as an opportunity to build contacts and share innovation, the event will showcase thousands of cutting-edge construction products and technologies over the three days. Beyond the presentation of innovative products for the construction industry, the event includes 10 free certified Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshops. Thirty Moroccan companies, supervised by Maroc Export, have taken part in the different editions of the Big 5 Dubai.

April 25, 2017 16:41 UTC

Nigeria: Nnamdi Kanu's Family Rejects Bail Condition

In fact, both the father and the mother, Ugoeze Sally and their daughter Chinwe, faulted Justice Binta Nyako for the bail condition given to Nnamdi to be freed. According to the monarch, "the bail conditions was like giving something with one hand and taking it with the other hand. The world should judge if the bail conditions are proper", the monarch said. Ayo Fayose, some Igbo National Assembly members, Nzuko Umunna and other progressive persons for their unflinching efforts in compelling the Federal Government to grant Nnamdi Kanu bail. MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups, including IPOB are on the ground, ready to welcome and receive our brother, Nnamdi Kanu", Madu said.

April 25, 2017 16:18 UTC

Money Transfers: Moroccan Wafacash Teams Up With WorldRemit

Moroccan financial company Wafacash has sealed a deal with WorldRemit, an online money transfer service provider, enabling Moroccans living overseas to send money to their homeland wherein the cash will be available instantly for the beneficiaries. The money transfers wired though WorldRemit system can be picked up from any of the 1620 Wafacash locations installed all over the country. Catherine Wines, co-founder & Executive Director at WorldRemit, said: “We are very proud to be joining forces with the leading financial partner for money transfers in Morocco. He said the idea of an online money transfer service was partly influenced by his own frustrating experience of sending money to relatives in Somaliland using agent-based services. He worked with a number of remittance businesses as well as international policy makers before launching his own money transfer company.

April 25, 2017 15:33 UTC

Libya’s Serraj to Visit Washington

Libyan nominal Prime Minister Faiez Serraj backed by the international community has been invited by President Trump’s administration to visit Washington, few days after Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni urged the U.S. to play more roles in solving Libya’s political puzzle, London-based Qatari media The New Arab has learned. A senior source in the Government of National Accord (GNA) told the media that Serraj could meet with his rival Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, backed by the country’s only internationally recognized parliament. The announcement comes few days after a meeting in Washington between President Donald Trump and the Italian Prime Minister. I think the United States has right now enough roles,” Trumps responded. The Obama administration had backed Serraj and conducted targeted air raids against Islamic State militants.

April 25, 2017 15:11 UTC

DI units launch key products at Big 5 Morocco

At the event, the Dubai group will be promoting its innovative products and solutions in the building materials and infrastructure sectors, amidst rampant construction activity in Morocco and North Africa, it added. As population and urbanisation rates climb, there is a growing demand for infrastructure, residential, commercial and healthcare facilities in Morocco and North Africa, they added. "The Big 5 Construct North Africa exhibition offers the perfect platform for Dubai Investments to build business relationships with relevant partners," observed Al Serkal. Its key subsidiaries at the exhibition include Emirates Glass, Emirates Float Glass, Emirates Building Systems, Emirates Extrusion Factory, Labtec and Dubai Cranes. DI, through its subsidiaries, has completed or undertaken projects worth over $85 million across Africa, he added.-TradeArabia News Service

April 25, 2017 14:48 UTC

Sudan: 'No Voluntary Return in Insecure Darfur' - Displaced to U.S.

El Fasher — People in Zamzam camp for displaced people in North Darfur complained that the security and humanitarian situation in the camp is very bad. They told a United States envoy that militiamen occupy their home farms; voluntary return is out of the question. Steven said that security problems remain despite "the relative improvement" in the situation in North Darfur. Earlier this month the military attaché of the US embassy in Sudan visited North Darfur for a briefing by the State Governor. Sudanese media reported that Military Attaché Jörn Pung said he witnessed great developments in North Darfur.

April 25, 2017 14:15 UTC

South Africa: Bail Should Not Be Granted for Killing Thembi Memela of Harding

press releaseThe Inkatha Freedom Party Women Brigade Chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Mrs Thokozile Gumede says the people who burnt Thembi Memela from Harding to death should not be granted bail. We, the IFPWB vow for NO BAIL in this issue, Thembi was a mother of children that dependent on her. We therefore cannot stand back and watch such an important element of the nation being destroyed for selfish reasons. We further invite South African women to stand up and let us speak with one voice. As IFP, we cannot just relax and watch women being tortured to death.

April 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

Africa: Mauritians Are Africa's Wealthiest People

Mauritians are the wealthiest people in Africa per capita, a study shows. The Africa Wealth Report 2017 was produced by New World Wealth for Mauritian private and corporate bank AfrAsia and published Monday by The Namibian newspaper. The efficiency"The researchers preferred to use wealth per capita rather than GDP per capita to determine wealth," said the report. Mauritians were found to be the wealthiest in Africa, with $25,700. South Africans, the report shows, are Africa's second wealthiest people with an average wealth per person of $11,300 in 2016.

April 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

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