Africanews RSS free and in real-time all news published by, by subscribing to our RSS feeds.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:00:04 +0000Sudan protest hub: 'Revolutionary escalation' ushers in night rallies protest updates: December 2018 – February 1, 2019 June 17-18, 2019: Night rallies, new tactic of protest movement Sudan’s protest leaders earlier this week called for nighttime demonstrations and marches in the capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere in the country, amid a tense standoff with the ruling military over who should lead the transition after the ouster of the autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The protest leaders said they’ve begun a “revolutionary escalation” to pressure the country’s generals to hand over power to civilians and to condemn the military’s violent dispersal of their sit-in camp in Khartoum earlier this month. At least 128 people have died since the security force’s crackdown on June 3, according to the protest organizers. The military-backed authorities, however, say 61 people died, including three members of the security forces. The group representing the protesters — known as the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change — said the night rallies will begin on Tuesday and marches on Thursday. AP June 14, 2019: Junta leader in Eritrea A Sudanese delegation on Friday arrived in neighbouring Eritrea for a working visit, the Eritrean Information Minister disclosed on Friday. The delegation is led by Chairman of the Transitional Military Council, TMC; Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan. They were received by President Isaias Afwerki at the Asmara International Airport. The two sides have since talks which are likely to center around bilateral relations and incidents back in post-Bashir Sudan. Eritrea has in recent weeks been a vocal neighbour calling on the African Union to stop externalizing the crisis and then Afwerki’s visit to Egypt to hold talks on Sudan with Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi. Eritrea was the only country in the region that the TMC leader had yet to visit in the last few months. Al-Burhan has alread been to Egypt, South Sudan and Ethiopia holding talks with the respective leaders. Back home, despite the resumption of talks between the junta and protest leaders; the call for a third party is the latest stumbling block to the talks. Protesters are also demanding a probe into deaths from a violent break up of a sit-in. The Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt. Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, arrived in Asmara in mid-morning hours today for working visit to #Eritrea. Delegation was accorded warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki on arrival at Asmara’s International Airport.— Yemane G. Meskel (@hawelti) June 14, 2019 June 4, 2019: German envoy talks tough at special UNSC meeting on Sudan The United Nations Security Council called an emergency meeting to discuss events in Sudan after a deadly attack by security forces on protesters in Khartoum on Monday. One of the biggest pronouncements from the stakeout of the session was by the German envoy Ambassador Heusgen who warned against the use of force in a bid to achieve legitimacy. “Legitimacy cannot come from the barrel of a gun,” the German Mission to the UN quoted him in a tweet. Whiles expressing “deep concern over violence against protesters in #Sudan. He stresses the urgent need for a return to the negotiation table to bring about an inclusive, civilian-led transitional gov’t,” the tweet added. The June 3 attack led to the deaths of over 30 people whiles over 100 are reported to have sustained varied degrees of injuries. Protest leaders have vowed to escalate their push for civilian transition. Hours after the deadly removal of a sit-in by predominantly Rapid Special Forces, RSF, with the backing of other militia, the junta that deposed Omar Al-Bashir has scrapped previous agreements with protesters. The Abdul Fattah al-Burhan-led junta has also scheduled elections in nine months time, a time frame totally rejected by the protest leaders. The junta initially called for two-year transition. It later agreed a three-year period in what is now scrapped legislative deal with the protest leaders. Post-Bashir Sudan has proven to be a very difficult period as the country grapples with the aftershocks of a revolution that many believe is experiencing a counterrevolution engineered from outside the country by powerful players in the Gulf region – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt. On the situation in #Sudan: We are deeply worried about developments in #Khartoum. Violence against protesters cannot be justified and has to stop immediately. We call on parties to avoid escalation and to return to the negotiating table.— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) June 3, 2019 June 3, 2019: Violent break up of Khartoum sit-in Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday and opposition-linked medics said more than 30 people were killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. Footage shared on social media and verified by Reuters showed chaotic scenes of people fleeing through streets as sustained bursts of gunfire crackled in the air during violence that drew rapid Western and African censure. Witnesses said a sit-in next to the Defence Ministry, the focal point of anti-government protests that started in December, had been cleared. Protesters poured onto streets elsewhere in Khartoum and beyond in response, setting up barricades and roadblocks with rocks and burning tyres. A group of doctors linked to the opposition said 30 people had been “martyred” in Monday’s violence, with the toll expected to rise because not all casualties had been accounted for. The group had earlier said at least 116 people were wounded. The main protest group accused the ruling military council of perpetrating “a massacre” as it broke up the camp. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) denied that, with a spokesman, Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi, telling Reuters security forces were pursuing “unruly elements” who had fled to the protest site and caused chaos. “The Transitional Military Council regrets the way the situation unfolded, reaffirming its full commitment to the … safety of the citizens and renews its call for negotiations as soon as possible,” the council later said in a statement. Monday’s violence is likely to deal a blow to hopes for a restart to stalled talks and a negotiated settlement over who should govern in a transitional period after Bashir’s overthrow. Sudan’s public prosecutor on Monday ordered an investigation into the violence, state news agency SUNA said. Early June 2019: Mass protest demanding transition Tens of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators converged on central Khartoum on Thursday night demanding civilian rule amid increasing tensions with the country’s military rulers who accused a protest encampment of threatening stability. The protest, which followed a two-day strike organised by demonstrators and opposition groups frustrated by a deadlock in talks on a transition to democracy, underscores the volatility of the situation in Sudan nearly two months after the military overthrew autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The head of the central Khartoum military region accused “unruly elements” of attacking a vehicle used by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and seizing it near the protest site. “The protest site has become unsafe and represents a danger to the revolution and the revolutionaries and threatens the coherence of the state and its national security,” General Bahar Ahmed al-Bahar, head of the central region in Khartoum said in a statement he read on television. REUTERS May 23, 2019: Hemedti in Saudi, stalemate back home persists The two leaders of the Transitional Military Council, TMC, were in the news for different reasons on Thursday. Deputy head of TMC Mohamed Hamdan known as Hemedti arrived in Saudi Arabia for an official visit. He was met on arrival in Jeddah by Prince Khalid Faisal. Saudi has been blamed as one of the interferers in ongoings back in Sudan. They have since Bashir’s overthrow made financial support available to Sudan. Back home an opposition concession in transition talks was said to have been rejected by the TMC. A journalist closely following the talks, Yousra Elbagir said the coalition had offered the TMC leader, Abdul Fattah al Burhan the role of leader of the sovereign body that was to lead the three-year transition. But the TMC’s rejection was on the grounds that the coalition wanted a civilian Burhan to be leader – in which case he was expected to retire from the Army in order to hold the post. Neither the coalition or TMC have confirmed the report. “On negotiations, inside source tells me: “[Opposition] Coalition made a major concession: they offered to agree to Burhan being President/Head of the Presidential Council – on the condition that he retire from the Army. It was flatly rejected [by Transitional Military Council]” she sad in a tweet. Vice Chair of the Transitional Military Council, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” arrives to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia today and met by Prince Khalid Faisal.— Yousra Elbagir (@YousraElbagir) May 23, 2019 May 16, 2019: Roadblock removal starts, US lawmakers demand more pressure on junta The removal of roadblocks in parts of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, has started according to multiple reports. The many roadblocks that had crippled movement across Khartoum led to the suspension of civilian-led transition talks between the military junta and protest leaders. The military said it had suspended the talks for 72 hours effective Thursday morning. The protest leaders hit back at the move describing it as a surprise tactic by the military. Nile Street is now officially open, after protesters clear barricades. Fb live stream:.— Yousra Elbagir (@YousraElbagir) May 17, 2019 Meanwhile, a group of United States Senators have reiterated a call for America to stand with the Sudanese people in their fight to achieve a democratic country. In a May 16 letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury, the 92 bipartisan lawmakers said: “This is a critical moment for Sudan, one that came about because of the Sudanese people took to the streets to demand it. “It is also critical for the United States to support Sudanese citizen’s demands for real democratic change.” The protests that started since December 2018 has led to the ouster and arrest of long serving Omar al-Bashir. May 16, 2019: Roadblock removal blocks transition talks Days after the military and protest leaders agreed on a deal to lead Sudan out of a post-Bashir political flux, there is a new headache in the form of mounted roadblocks. The Transitional Military Council, TMC, is calling for all roadblocks particularly in a designated area in the capital to be removed. The measure had been one of the effective means that protesters have used in pressing for their demands. Vehicular movement has been largely restricted due to the roadblocks. Protesters have also camped around these roadblocks as part of a sit-in around the premises of the military headquarters. Attempts to forcibly remove the roadblocks have failed despite claiming lives of some protesters and a security official. The two parties have agreed for a three-year transition period to a civilian administration. The opposition alliance would have two-thirds of the seats on a legislative council. The sticking point is about who gets what number of seats on the sovereign council. May 15, 2019: South Sudan president comments on crisis The military junta that deposed Omar al-Bashir have agreed a deal transition deal with the opposition alliance. This follows weeks of back and forth over post-Bashir Sudan. How long: The two parties have agreed for a three-year transition period to a civilian administration. Legislative make up: The Transitional Military Council (TMC) disclosed that the alliance would have two-thirds of the seats on a legislative council. TMC & opposition joint presser now: They have agreed on a transitional period of three years & a legislative council comprising of 300 members, 67% will be signatories of the Declaration of Freedom & Change and 33% will not. No mention of composition of ruling council.— Yousra Elbagir (@YousraElbagir) May 14, 2019 Sticking point: the configuration of a sovereign council is what remains outstanding. The military and civilians have disagreed on who gets majority of seats on the council. The last time the military made concessions on the issue, they said the best they could do was to allow for equal representation. May 14, 2019: South Sudan president comments on crisis President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has asked that the sovereignty of Sudan be respected in this time of political uncertainty as the country works towards a transition. “It is important to remind international and regional actors not to interfere in Sudan. The people of Sudan are perfectly capable of managing their own affairs. Let us prove the world wrong. “We are not war mongers, we are peace loving people and we are a proud and dignified nation,” he said on Tuesday during the opening of the second session of the South Sudan parliament in Juba. Meanwhile, over in Sudan, post-Bashir flux continues. Transition deadlock between the junta that ousted Bashir and protest leaders is reportedly making headway. The Khartoum sit-ins that have crippled movement in key areas of the capital continues. Reports indicate that in the second city Omdurman, protesters have blocked roads after deadly clashes on Monday in Khartoum. May 13, 2019: Sudan’s military and opposition agree on power structure Sudan’s military council and opposition groups have agreed to a power structure for the country’s transition but have yet to decide how long it will last or the make-up of transitional bodies, the council’s spokesman said on Monday (May 13). Protesters are pushing for a civilian-led transition and have kept up demonstrations against the council since military officers removed Bashir, who is now facing multiple criminal investigations, from power. On Monday they blocked roads in central Khartoum in an escalation of tactics after security forces used tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters across the Nile in Khartoum North, Reuters witnesses said. On day two demonstrators blocked Nile Street, a major avenue running south of the Blue Nile, placing burning branches and stones across the road. The military-civilian balance of power and the length of the transition have been key sticking points in talks between the council and an alliance of protest and opposition groups since former President Omar al-Bashir was ousted on April 11. REUTERSTue, 18 Jun 2019 22:00:04 +0000editorial@africanews.com PM mourns dad: Afwerki, Kagame, Qatar, UAE etc. react reactions have trailed the death on Monday (June 17) of Ahmed Ali, father of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, who according to state-media died aged 105. Reports said the late Ahmed Ali was buried today in accordance with Islamic norms. Abiy, a Christian, was born a Muslim and attended Islamic school as a young boy. His mother, about whom he spoke fondly in his inaugural address in April 2018, was a Christian. The fourth wife of his father. Abiy was her last child. The reactions from world leaders so far straddles the continent and beyond. Of the earliest persons to react were the African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat and Rwandan president Paul Kagame. “I have heard the sad news… My family and I send our deepest condolences to my brother and friend Ethiopia Prime Minister Dr.Abiy Ahmed. May God give you the strength to take you through this difficult period of mourning!” Kagame’s tweet read. Outside of Africa, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates sent his condolence in three languages – Arabic, English and Amharic. The Qatari Emir’s message was also posted by the country’s news agency. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki also conveyed his sadness at the news in a letter to Abiy, Eritrea’s information Minister Yemane Meskel disclosed on Twitter today. The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe, the Director General of World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus and Abiy’s former chief of staff – and now Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Fitsum Aregaa; have all reacted. In response to the condolence messages, the Office of the PM wrote on Twitter late Tuesday: “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed shares his heartfelt gratitude to the local and international community for the condolence messages and well wishes received as he mourns the loss of his father.” On behalf of the entire _AfricanUnion family, I wish to offer our most heartfelt condolences to PMEthiopia Dr Abiy Ahmed and his family, on the death of his father, Ato Ahmed Ali. May his soul rest in perfect peace. The AU family stands with you during this difficult time.— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) June 17, 2019 I have heard the sad news… My family and I send our deepest condolences to my brother and friend PMEthiopia Dr.Abiy Ahmed. May God give you the strength to take you through this difficult period of mourning!— Paul Kagame (PaulKagame) June 17, 2019 HH the Amir sent a cable of condolences to Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the death of his father #QNA— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) June 17, 2019 Sending our sincere condolences to our dear friend Dr Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and his family on the death of his father, Ato Ahmed Ali. We pray to Allah Almighty to have mercy on his soul and grant his family patience during this difficult time.PMEthiopia— محمد بن زايد (MohamedBinZayed) June 17, 2019 It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing yesterday of PMEthiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s father. UN and in UNEthiopia offer heartfelt condolences to the family and all loved ones. May his soul Rest In Peace. ECA_OFFICIAL— Dr. Vera Songwe (@SongweVera) June 18, 2019 My brother, PMEthiopia Abiy Ahmed, thinking of you in this difficult time after the passing of your father. May he rest in peace. My condolonces to you and your family.— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (DrTedros) June 18, 2019Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:54:10 +0000editorial@africanews.com postpones ruling on Garissa attacks suspects*A Kenyan court has postponed judgement on four suspects charged with the 2015 terror attack at the Garissa University to Wednesday. * The families of the 148 people mainly students that were killed will have to be patient for justice as the judge moved the ruling by 24 hours. The Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi stated that he had not yet finished writing the judgment and that he was still evaluating the final remarks of the defence and the prosecution. The four suspects are facing charges under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2012 punishable by life imprisonment under the Kenyan laws. The outcome of this trial is eagerly awaited in Kenya, where armed men affiliated with the Somali Al Shabaab attacked the University in north eastern of the country. This was the deadliest attack in the country’s history after the one targeting the United States Embassy in Nairobi in 1998 where 213 were killed.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:59:04 +0000editorial@africanews.com musician rocks world stage’s funky, it’s groovy, and it’s got a 70’s vibe to it. A mix of several musical genres. Final form the latest single by Sampa Tembo aka Sampa the great. Zambian-born raised in Botswana, studied in the US, currently based in Australia. Thus, she has a little of everything. “My music is kind of all these musical influences meshed into one. It is though at the root hip-hop but definitely has African soul, R&B, reggae, just everything in one,” she told Reuters. ‘Black Magic Girl’ is one of her best-known songs. She wrote it for her sister after she saw her looking in the mirror. Then it was an inspiration to let the world know that anyone can define their lives.- “So what I would do is I would go write down a lot of stuff in my diary, and I was in love with words and being able to express myself through words and that’s how spoken word came into play. Because I would play around with words and I would play around with performing them or you know the way I’m gonna say to express to other people.” Sampa recently concluded her first tour in Africa performing in Swaziland, South Africa and Zambia. At a recent concert in Johannesburg, her energetic performance and socially conscious lyrics plus her uniqueness further impressed her audience. “I felt like I was in the studio with her when she was thinking about all these songs so it was like a journey to me. From telling a story about her sister, telling about the racism in Australia, telling a story about just trying to be a queen, being herself. I heard all that through her performance and that is what for me an artist should do,” said hip-hop fan Thapelo Raputi. Sampa got major props when she featured with Grammy Award winning hip-hop star Kendrick Lemar and won the 13th Australian Music Prize for her debut album ‘Birds and the Bee9’. “You can tell that she sings from an informed African voice and an inspired African voice but her rapping style you can take it to like the new guys from a Kendrick Lamar, Queen Latifah to Lauryn Hill for the most part. There’s a lot of Lauryn Hill in her and in a unique way in an African way and not to take up not to take away from her own unique talent,” another fan said. Sampa has new album scheduled for release later in the year. She also has a US – and a European tour that will see her perform at the Glastonbury Festival.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:24:29 (Philemon Mbale NSONGAN) is the role of women in new technologies? second edition of the Women in Business leadership meeting organized by the Africa CEO Forum kicked off on Monday. For the next two days, nearly 250 participants from 31 countries will discuss innovation and the role of women in new technologies. A highly dynamic sector with the development of artificial intelligence… which women must seize, explains Hajer Khader Bizri, deputy director of the Women in Business Initiative. Women are under-represented in scientific fields and this poses a real problem because afterwards we have what is called a bias in innovation and we end up with biased innovations because they are tested and thought of only by men. So there is really this challenge of having more women who create algorithms, who are in the scientific fields so that the products and services that companies put on the market are adapted to the whole of humanity, said Hajer Khader Bizri, Deputy Director, Women in Business Initiative, Africa CEO Forum. Science and techonolocy sector is seeking a more inclusive business world which the summit believes can be achieved through influential women networking. “There’s actually a boy’s club where men will call other men and say please nominate me for this position, something I discovered recently. Whereas women will never call someone to nominate them, they want to be nominated on merit. And so having strong networks allows me to say’you know what this woman is really qualified, there’s this position, let me call her up and say: I want to nominate you for this’. So that’s the kind of networking and environment women don’t have,” said Nathalie Munyampenda Executive Director, Next Einstein Forum. Digital technology contributes more than 5% to the continent’s GDP, and this figure is expected to reach 8% in 2020. A technological revolution that brings new opportunities for African women, who today occupy only 11% of senior positions in new technologies.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:07:52 +0000editorial@africanews.com Development Days EDD 2019 forum opens [The Morning Call] European Development Days EDD 2019 forum has opened. Organizers of the 2-day forum say the forum serves as an opportunity to bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Our journalist Linette Bahati is there for us in Brussels and she joins us live this morning.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:57:35 (Jerry Bambi) Egyptian leader buried in Cairo [The Morning Call] is a shocking death in Egypt of a former president and international reaction is following. Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in 2013 died on Monday after fainting in a courtroom. Morsi, a former top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, was in court for a hearing on charges of espionage. He was ousted by the army following mass protests a year after he took office as the Egypt’s first democratically elected leader. He had remained in custody until his death. The former Egyptian leader has now been buried in Cairo according to Muslim rites.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:53:06 (Jerry Bambi) data key to tackling child trafficking in sports – Mission 89 boss Cristiano Ronaldo on the streets of Egypt’s Alexandria or Messi in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar – just imagine. Imagine further, that Alex to Zanzi is the A – Z of Africa’s love for the game of football, can’t deny that, can you? From Marrakesh through to Benghazi, Bamako to Freetown and on to Accra, Yaoundé, Brazzaville, let’s take a detour via Juba, Addis Ababa and Kampala then on to Harare, Windhoek, Maputo and to Soweto, there is no denying that sports – specifically football – is a dream to many. To many a young people who love the GOAT (Greatest of all time) generation of Ronaldo and Messi, throw in Africa’s own Salah, Mane and Aubameyang, the journey to living the dream comes with leaving to chase the living. But the records show that the decision to leave Africa in search of greener pastures has often landed many young people in what experts have labeled as a type of modern day slavery. But for an anti-trafficking group with sights set on upsetting the hawks and wolves feeding off the innocent young Africans, the menace is likely to stay around for a while longer. 1. It is not all rosy for the thousands of young talented boys and girls who are far away from home stranded in the U.S., UK, Europe and Asia with the hope realising their sporting careers as professional basketball players, soccer players and athletes. #notinourgame— Mission 89 (@mission_89) February 21, 2019 Africanews speaks to Mission 89 Executive Director In an exclusive interview with Lerina Bright, Executive Director of Mission 89, she stresses that non-governmental organizations, NGOs, like the one she leads suffer two main challenges. First, is the well-chronicled issue of resources / funding but also the worrying lack of empirical data from academic research on the issue of human trafficking in general and sports in particular. In the words of Lerina: “Resources aside, I would have to say that empirical data from academic research is desperately required. Due to the covert nature of human trafficking, more research is needed to expose this scourge and as well provide vital information for education and policy. “Without research, progress will continue to be stalled. In this light, Mission’89 dwells on scientific research methodologies to generate insight into the phenomenon.” Need to consolidate gains Despite gains made in the past, there remains a lot more to be done to shore up and in most cases consolidate the gains she stressed. Mission 89 despite the hurdles continues to engage with relevant stakeholders across board – from the local, national, sub regional, continental and cross-continental players to champion the cause of responsible migration. The complexity of trafficking makes it a scourge that would be difficult to eradicate, Lerina admits but adds that empowering parents and children with information looks a best bet to pull the brakes on the hyenas and wolves. “The empowerment of children and parents with the right information on what constitutes proper recruitment practices and migration processes is very important as this will allow them to make informed decisions. Who are Mission 89? Established in October 2017, Mission 89 takes its heritage from the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Their top priority is to advocate for sport regulations and international policies on migration that will ensure that children can practice sport safely and that those in pursuit of a professional career in sport can achieve this by following regulations and policies that put their interests first. They have in the last two years of operation partnered among others with the African and European Unions and have rolled out the #NotInOurGame campaign on anti-trafficking straddling from Nigeria, Kenya to Italy. Thank you to all speakers and attendees at the European Parliament event for saying #notinourgame. We are energized at the level of stakeholder cooperation. It is time for Europe to stand against child trafficking in sport.— Mission 89 (@mission_89) October 17, 2018 Africanews will publish the full transcript of our interview with Lerina in due course. For now, the #NotInOurGame mission to protect young athletes, fight exploitation and empower communities is a collective responsibility – we are all involved.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:22:39 (Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban) eco-entrepreneur wins 2019 WWF youth award Ntumngia, founder of ‘Green Girls’ in Cameroon, a social business, which educates young women from rural communities in the use of renewable energy, is the recipient of this year’s World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF, International President’s Youth award. The award acknowledges and encourages outstanding achievements of young people under the age of 30 who are making significant contributions to nature conservation. But for Monique, she was in a familiar territory of winning laurels for her work. In 2017, she was crowned the winner of the inaugural WWF Africa Youth Award. The 2019 WWF International President’s Youth Award was presented in Mombasa, Kenya on June 14, 2019. Nominations are invited annually via WWF offices around the world. The work of Green Girls in Cameroon Since its founding in 2015, Green Girls has empowered and trained almost 800 women from 23 communities across Cameroon to generate solar energy and biogas from human waste. As well as her outstanding contribution to promoting sustainable development in the country, the award is a recognition of Monique’s efforts to champion the inclusion of women and girls in the renewable energy sector in Cameroon and Africa. Through Green Girls’ work, more than 3,000 households have been provided with biogas, while more than 100 households have had solar installations fitted. In addition to being trained on how to produce biogas, young women are taught how to promote sustainable development and become financially independent. What Monique said after receiving her award On receiving the award, Monique said: “It’s been my good fortune that Green Girls has allowed me to combine two of my great passions: sustainable development and female empowerment. “Renewable energy is an essential part of any solution if we are to meet both Africa’s future energy needs and the environmental challenges that lie ahead. Today’s youth will be at the forefront of meeting these challenges and women will have a central role to play. “Thanks to the tireless work of my team and the boundless enthusiasm of countless young women, we’ve managed to make some significant progress and it’s truly humbling to be recognised for our work.” Congratulations moniquentumngia who is this year’s recipient of WWF’s International President’s Youth award. ??Monique is the founder of GreenGirlsNGO in Cameroon, which educates young women from rural communities in the use of #RenewableEnergy.— WWF ? (@WWF) June 14, 2019 WWF International president’s remarks “At a time when we are witnessing the devastating loss of nature and biodiversity and imminent breakdown of climate systems, risking the very foundation of human existence, Monique and these amazing women give us hope and show what is possible. “Not only is Monique promoting renewable energy that benefits the environment, she is also empowering hundreds of young women across Cameroon. “She is a shining light, setting an example and showing us all that development and protecting the environment can go hand in hand,” said Pavan Sukhdev, President, WWF International.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:04:33 +0000editorial@africanews.com workers in Uganda cleared to use experimental Ebola treatments 18: Ebola vaccines approved for Uganda Uganda’s health minister said on Tuesday that health workers have now been authorised to use three experimental Ebola treatments in the country, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo. “Happy to inform you all that we got clearance from both Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and National Drug Authority to bring in the Therapeutic treatment for #Ebola patients in the country,” Uganda’s Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, said on Twitter. The treatments approved for shipment to Uganda were Mapp Biopharmaceutical’s ZMapp, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc’s Regeneron and Remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences , said WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic. “The protocols for the fourth being submitted. Logistics underway with MSF support for importation of a few courses about 10 each,” he added in an email. The U.N. health agency has said there have so far been no known cases of Ebola spreading between people in Uganda, all recorded patients had travelled in from Congo. Four experimental therapeutic treatments are already being used in Congo, it added. Health workers and people who came in contact with infected people began receiving a Merck experimental vaccine in Uganda on Saturday. REUTERS June 17: Kenya Ebola scare, WHO chief visits DRC, Uganda Kenyan doctors are testing a hospital patient in western Kenya who has Ebola-like symptoms, as eastern Congo is struggling to control the outbreak that has killed 1,400 and which has spread to neighboring Uganda where two deaths have been caused by the deadly hemorrhagic fever. If the Kenyan patient is confirmed as having Ebola, it would be the East African country’s first ever case of the virus and represent a worrying spread of the disease from eastern Congo. Kenya has never experienced an Ebola outbreak and some Kenyan doctors have expressed concern about the country’s preparedness to manage the deadly virus. The female patient in Kenya is in isolation at Kericho County Referral Hospital where staff took precautions to ensure minimal contact, county spokesman Timothy Kimei said in a statement. The patient had visited her spouse at the Uganda-Kenya border and three other family members are also under observation, according to Kenyan media. However, Kenya’s health minister downplayed the threat Monday. “I wish to reassure all Kenyans and our visitors that we do not have any cases of Ebola and indeed the ministry has undertaken and continues to implement the preparedness measures,” SicilyKariuki said during a tour of JKIA port of entry office PDUDelivery CapitalFMKenya— Ministry of Health (MOH_Kenya) June 17, 2019 “The rapid surveillance and response team, which has been sent to examine the patient who is in stable condition, has confirmed that she does not fit the case definition of Ebola. Allow me to repeat to Kenyans that the patient does not meet the case definition of Ebola,” said Sicily Kariuki, while touring the Nairobi international airport to see how arriving passengers are screened for symptoms of fever. “Precautionary measures have, however, been put in place including isolation of the patient and submission of blood samples … for testing,” she said. “The result of the same are expected by 4 p.m. this evening (Kenya time).” Uganda last week reported two deaths from Ebola that had spread from eastern Congo, where the current outbreak has caused more than 1,400 deaths since August. The two victims were part of a Congolese-Ugandan family who crossed over into Uganda, marking the first time that Ebola cases have appeared outside of Congo since the outbreak began. The family is believed to have contracted the disease at a funeral that was attended by dozens of people. An expert committee of the World Health Organization on Friday said Congo’s Ebola outbreak is an “extraordinary event” of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency. Speaking in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that he accepted the decision. Very productive meeting with President of #Uganda KagutaMuseveni to discuss ??’s strong #Ebola preparedness and response, along with MinofHealthUG. We also spoke of the importance of strengthening #PrimaryHealthCare systems and community involvement.— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 17, 2019 “From our side, I would like to pledge that we will continue mobilizing global and regional support to control this outbreak as soon as possible. It is not clean until the outbreak in (Congo) is finished,” he said, according to a statement from Uganda’s health ministry. The spread of Ebola in eastern Congo has been “very unpredictable, with up and down trends,” he said. Health officials in eastern Congo have begun offering vaccinations to all residents in the hotspot of Mabalako whereas previous efforts had only targeted known contacts or those considered to be at high risk. AP What next for Uganda? Ugandan authorities have now drawn up a list of 98 contacts, or contacts of contacts, potentially exposed to the Ebola virus, of whom 10 are considered “high risk”, said Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies programme. Vaccination of those contacts and health workers with a Merck experimental vaccine is to start on Saturday, he said. Ryan told Reuters on Friday that there had been no sign of local transmission of Ebola virus in Uganda. “No evidence yet…But we’re not out of the woods yet,” he said, noting that the incubation period is up to 21 days. June 14: WHO’s position on Ebola The World Health Organization on Friday decided not to declare an international emergency over Congo’s Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week, concluding such a declaration could cause too much economic harm. In a statement, the panel of 13 independent medical experts on the WHO’s Emergency Committee urged neighbouring “at risk” countries to improve their preparedness for detecting and managing imported cases, “as Uganda has done”. “This is not a global emergency, it is an emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a severe emergency and it may affect neighbouring counties,” Dr. Preben Aavitsland, the panel’s acting chair told a news conference at the U.N. agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “It was the view of the Committee that there is really nothing to gain by declaring a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern), but there is potentially a lot to lose.” Such a declaration would risk creating restrictions on travel or trade “that could severely harm the economy in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Aavitsland said. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking by telephone from Kampala, said: “The spread of Ebola to Uganda is a new development but the fundamental dynamics of the outbreak haven’t changed.” Some medical groups had urged the committee to declare an emergency which would have led to boosting public health measures, funding and resources. Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University Law School, voiced disappointment that the panel had failed to declare an emergency for the third time. “The @WHO was criticized for delay in declaring a PHEIC in W Africa. Will it’s failure in DRC affect legitimacy?” Gostin tweeted. He said he admired the panel members but disagreed with their conclusion. Only four emergencies have been declared in the past decade, including the worst ever Ebola outbreak, which hit West Africa in 2014-2016. The others were an influenza pandemic in 2009, polio in 2014 and the Zika virus in 2016. REUTERS June 13: Uganda repatriates Ebola suspects to Congo Authorities in Uganda on Thursday banned public gatherings in the Western district of Kasese, where two people have died of Ebola. Relatives of the two people who died of Ebola were also repatriated from Uganda to Democratic Republic of Congo, where they will receive experimental and therapeutic treatment. “Hand washing facilities have been put in place, with washing materials like JIK (bleach) and soap. There’s no shaking of hands, people just wave at each other,’‘ local journalist Ronald Kule told Reuters. While the repatriation means there’s no confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda as of Thursday, three other suspected Ebola cases not related to the family remain in isolation, the health ministry said. “Uganda remains in Ebola response mode to follow up the 27 contacts (of the family),” read part of a statement from the Uganda’s health ministry. Meanwhile, Red Cross teams have embarked on an Ebola awareness drive in the Uganda-DRC border area following confirmed cases of the disease. Managing a porous border Uganda’s Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said challenges remained at “unofficial entry points” between Congo and Uganda, which share a porous 875-kilometre (545-mile) border. These unauthorised border crossings, known as “panyas” in the local Lukonzo language, are often merely planks laid down across a point in the river, or through forests and mountains where there is no surveillance. The family that was repatriated on Thursday had crossed from Congo to Uganda earlier this week and sought treatment when a 5-year-old boy became unwell. He died of Ebola on Tuesday. His 50-year-old grandmother, who was accompanying them, died of the disease on Wednesday, the ministry said. June 11: WHO emergency meeting scheduled for June 14 The World Health Organization announced an emergency committee would meet Friday to determine whether to upgrade its assessment of the situation to “a public health emergency of international concern”. WHO, in October and again in April, held off declaring the DRC epidemic an emergency of international concern, because the outbreak was contained to one part of DRC. For the committee to make the emergency call, it must determine that the epidemic “carries implications for public health beyond the affected State’s national border and may require immediate international action”. If such a declaration is made Friday it will represent a major shift in mobilisation against the disease. Experts worried The current Ebola epidemic began in August last year in eastern Congo and has already infected at least 2,062 people, killing 1,390 of them. “This epidemic is in a truly frightening phase and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon,” said Jeremy Farrar, an infectious disease specialist and director of the Wellcome Trust global health charity which is involved in fighting Ebola. “We can expect and should plan for more cases in DRC and neighbouring countries,” he said, adding: “There are now more deaths than any other Ebola outbreak in history, bar the West Africa Epidemic of 2013-16, and there can be no doubt that the situation could escalate towards those terrible levels.” The Red Cross said it was scaling up efforts to contain the spread of the virus since it was detected in Uganda. “This is a worrying development, but we have been preparing for this day for months now,” Robert Kwesiga, Uganda Red Cross Secretary General, said in a statement Wednesday. Experts noted that Uganda, which has been on high alert for possible spread of Ebola and has already vaccinated many frontline healthworkers, is relatively well prepared and should be able to limit the virus’ spread. “The current cases in Uganda will be quickly contained but the failure to stop the current Ebola epidemic in DRC is simply tragic,” said Ian Jones, a professor virology at Britain’s Reading University. Agencies Brief: Uganda’s Ebola preparedness Since the epidemic began in August in eastern Congo, the Congo health ministry said on Monday that it had recorded 2,062 cases, including 1,390 deaths. Neighbouring Uganda has suffered regular outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg over the years, both high-fatality viral haemorrhagic fevers. Health facilities to treat the diseases are relatively robust. A donor-supported laboratory in Entebbe, a lakeside town south of the capital Kampala, means Uganda typically confirms outbreaks much faster than many of its neighbours. Preparing for possible cases of Ebola, Uganda has vaccinated nearly 4,700 health workers, disease monitoring has been intensified, special treatment units set up and health workers have been trained to recognize symptoms of the disease, WHO said. Uganda’s worst Ebola outbreak was in 2000 when 425 people were infected. More than half of them died. REUTERS June 11: Ebola deaths recorded At least two people have so far died of Ebola in Uganda, following Tuesday’s confirmation that the deadly virus had crossed into the country. The five-year-old Congolese child who was the first recorded case in Uganda and its grandmother have both succumbed to the virus, at Bwere General Hospital, where an isolation facility has been established. Authorities are now worried about the spread of the epidemic, after more cases were confirmed on Wednesday. “Two more samples … have tested positive,” the World Health Organization agency said on Twitter, citing the health minister and bringing the total tally of confirmed cases to three. Local news channel, Daily Monitor, said Ebola cases in the country have risen to 10, citing the country’s health minister Dr. Ruth Aceng who said there are seven more suspects, including two men, two women and a six-months-old baby, who came from the Democratic Republic of Congo. June 10: Ebola confirmed in Uganda A case of Ebola has been confirmed in Uganda, ten months after the deadly virus was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 5-year-old Congolese child, who entered Uganda on June 9 through Bwera Border post, is receiving care, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “This is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the WHO said in a statement. The child’s family sought medical care at Kagando hospital and the child was transferred to Bwera Ebola Treatment Unit for management, the WHO said. “The confirmation was made today by the Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) ...contacts are being monitored,” WHO said. How the Ebola victim came to Uganda The boy was accompanied by his Ugandan father and Congolese mother, who had returned to Congo to nurse her father before he died of Ebola, Uganda’s Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told a news conference. The family returned to Uganda with four other family members of Congolese origin, Aceng said. All the other Congolese family members are in isolation at Bwera Hospital. Two of them have already developed symptoms similar to those of Ebola and samples have been removed from them, Aceng said. Results of tests are expected Wednesday. Eight more contacts are being followed up, Aceng said. Aceng said the family entered Uganda on June 10, not 9. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear and neither the WHO nor the government was reachable for clarification.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:15:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com feaces producing organic insect feed business has become very lucrative for Kenyan farmer Victor Kyalo all thanks to human feaces. The farmer says his egg production double after feeding his chicken with organic recycled food. The chicken feed from Sanergy harvests waste is fly larvae that has been fed with human feaces collected from slums across Nairobi. Then mixed with other ingredients to create a balanced diet for poultry, pigs and fish. “So basically this process is able to reduce the amount of waste coming in by 70 percent within ten days. So if you have 100 tons coming into the process, after feeding them to black soldier flies, it will be 30 tons within ten days. I think that’s a very very powerful way of helping solve the waste reduction problem,” explained Michael Lowelo, managing director, Sanergy explaining how fas the larvae consume the human excretion. By harvesting human feaces, the company is providing the urban slums where two thirds of Nairobi residents live, with a solution to sanitation and nutrition problems. Sanergy has opened franchise toilets in the slums providing much needed toilets in the area. “These latrines have helped the community a lot because before people used the flying toilets, and toilets were scarce. Now Fresh Life have installed these latrines and its much cleaner, they are evenly distributed and one can access a toilet anytime anywhere not like before,“said Lillian Mbusia, Sanergy toilet franchise owner. Insects have become an alternative main ingredient to traditional feed instead of soya bean which causes deforestation, less green house emissions and water usage thus fighting climate change. Big companies such as McDonald’s are turning to insect feed for chicken, which is expected to grow to a 1.2 billion USD industry by 2023.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:04:19 +0000editorial@africanews.com[SciTech] Governments,citizens battle over access to the internet the past one week, governments in Sudan, Ethiopia, Algeria, Liberia, Venezuela and Kazakhstan have disrupted internet access for their citizens, continuing what is fast becoming a popular tool for repressing dissenting voices. Somaliland on Tuesday became the latest African nation to direct internet service providers to switch off the internet, arguing that the move was designed to curb exam leakages. Over 188 shutdowns were recorded globally by Access Now in 2018, up from 108 in 2017 and 75 in 2016. Why do countries block the internet? Ethiopia, The Republic of Congo, Algeria and now Somaliland have restricted internet access during national exams. Chad which has implemented a social media blackout for over a year now claims applications like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have helped to organize anti-government protests and threatened internal security. Other countries that have restricted the internet to curb protests include Ethiopia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Algeria and Togo. Gabon briefly switched off the internet during an attempted coup early this year, while elections have been one of the most common periods when the internet is likely to be restricted. Governments in Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, The Gambia and Sierra Leone have all shut down the internet during elections. Counting the cost While the government temporarily achieves its objective of restricting the flow of information during internet blackouts, activists have argued that it comes at a great cost. Netblocks, an NGO that monitors internet censorship said Ethiopia lost up to $17m during the four days the internet was off last week. In 2017, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), estimated that internet shutdowns in Sub-Saharan Africa had cost the region up to $237m. Beyond Africa, the Brookings Institution, a think-tank, said the global economy lost $2.4bn through internet shutdowns between 2015 and 2016. An expert’s take We talked to Alp Toker, the Executive Director of NetBlocks, to share with us insights gained from their work of asking governments to keep the internet on. What are the most common ways of executing internet shutdowns? Most commonly, social media messaging applications are restricted. This means that some services are still available, and the goal is to stop people from posting messages online. But we also do see full shutdowns. There is also throttling, the slowing down of internet access. This is designed to evade detection. How do citizens bypass shutdowns, which has been reported as the most common reaction to such government action? If its a social media block, then you can use Virtual Private Networks or VPNs to circumvent them. Unfortunately, authorities are also wisening up to this, so once people start to use VPNs, authorities shut down the internet. And when connection is down, there is nothing you can do. It is actually impossible to circumvent a total internet blackout. Going forward, what can be done to preserve freedom of expression in the face of increasing internet shutdowns? The first step is to actually map it out to understand the extent. Shutdowns have happened for many years, and we didn’t know how many were happening, we didn’t know how often they were happening. Now, with projects like Netblocks, its possible to actually get a full map of this. And now we can how widespread this, we can actually start to push back, we can build policy. We need the UN to engage, we need the African Union to engage, we need the people to speak up, because if the people don’t speak up, then they will lose their voices, and once those voices are gone, it will be very hard to regain them. A bleak future? While governments usually order network operators to block particular websites and corresponding Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Daniel Mwesigwa, a technology analyst in Uganda says the authorities are getting more sophisticated. ‘‘In more recent times, governments have used sophisticated methods such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks where a network is flooded by bogus which causes it to fail,’‘ Mwesigwa told Africanews. Mwesigwa adds that Uganda’s social media tax introduced in July 2018, amounts to an internet shutdown, since Ugandans are blocked from accessing over 50 OTTs including social media unless they pay a tax of USD 0.05 per day of access. ‘‘In June 2018, a month before the introduction of the tax, the internet penetration rate in Uganda stood at 47.4% (18.5 million internet subscriptions) but three months later, it had fallen to 35% (13.5 million), according to data from UCC.’‘ Mwesigwa believes that measuring the impact of internet shutdowns through tools like Netblocks can influence policy development ‘promote freedom of expression online especially in (semi-) autocratic dispensations’. @danmumbereTue, 18 Jun 2019 10:00:00 (Daniel Mumbere) highlights ahead of Mauritania presidential elections’s leading presidential candidates are hoping they have done enough to convince voters that they are the right successor to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is standing down after a decade in power. The frontrunner among the six candidates is former general Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, a longtime ally of Abdel Aziz, whose two elected five-year terms were preceded by a military coup in 2008. The candidates His main challenger is Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, who hopes to win enough support to secure a runoff vote on July 6. He is backed by a coalition led by the main opposition movement, Islamist party Tewassoul, and by Franco-Mauritanian businessman Mohamed Ould Bouamatou, a longtime thorn in the side of the regime. Nearly 30 percent of voters say they will vote for Ould Ghazaouani and 23 percent for Ould Boubacar, according to a poll by the Mauritanian Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (CMERS), conducted among 1,300 people in the capital Nouakchott last week. Four other candidates in the conservative Muslim nation are outliers in the race, according to the poll. Anti-slavery activist Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid took 9.5 percent, veteran opposition figure Mohamed Ould Moloud 3.7 percent, journalist Baba Hamidou Kane 2.6 percent and political newcomer Mohamed Lemine El-Mourteji El-Wavi 2.1 percent. Kingmakers Candidates have been trekking around the vast Sahel nation, twice the size of France but with a population of just 4.5 million, courting herders in the grazing lands of the east, settled farmers in the southwest and the city-dwellers of Nouakchott. In the remote territories, politicians make sure to court the heads of tribes and clans. They are regarded as the “grand electors” who broker power and can mobilise whole communities behind a candidate in poor and backward areas as well as the towns. The six candidates must wind up their campaigns on Thursday. All of the rivals promise improvements in the standard of living, though economic growth at 3.6 percent in 2018 is insufficient to meet the needs of a fast-growing population, according to the World Bank. The ruling Union for the Republic (UPR) party, which has sworn “to leave nobody by the side of the road”, argues that the crowds at its rallies already “constitute a plebiscite”. Colourful, peaceful campaigns Campaigning has been marked in distinct Mauritanian fashion by feasts and festivity inside tents and traditional music to accompany talk of political programmes. There has been no head-to-head candidates’ debate. In Nouakchott, followers of Ould Ghazouani pitched their tent close by those of supporters of Ould Boubacar. Wearing a “campaign veil” in the colours of her favourite, Salka Mint Cheikh said activists from the neighbouring tent “don’t hold back from coming to our evening dances”. “We would doubtless do the same if they organised one of their own.” Nagi Ould Ahmed, a young supporter of UPR, was seated with his back to the pole of a tent as deafening music blasted out. The nocturnal festivities are “great opportunities for shared pleasures, which have been special to us for a long time now,” he said. Opposition worried The opposition has warned of a potential “hold-up” in the election and accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of being “totally won over to the candidate of the regime”. The authorities rejected an opposition request for foreign observers during the vote, but the CENI chairman has said that “everything will absolutely ready (for a vote) where transparency will be ensured, even in the absence of observers”. AFPTue, 18 Jun 2019 09:05:12 +0000editorial@africanews.com of the day, June 17, 2019 samples the best pictures of the day’s news.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:28:15 +0000editorial@africanews.com president Mohamed Mursi buried in Cairo buried Mohamed Mursi’s son posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, saying his father has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, Ahmed Mursi said. “We washed his noble body at Tora prison hospital, read prayers for him at the prison hospital … and the burial was at the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guides,” Ahmed wrote. Mursi died on Monday from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said. He was 67. Mursi, a top figure in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had been in jail since being toppled by the military in 2013 after barely a year in power, following mass protests against his rule. His death is likely to pile international pressure on the Egyptian government over its human rights record, especially conditions in prisons where thousands of Islamists and secular activists are held. REUTERS Mursi dies Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has died in court, state television reported on Monday. It said Mursi had fainted after a court session and died afterwards. Mursi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, was toppled by the military in 2013 after mass protests against this rule. He had been serving a seven-year sentence for falsifying his candidacy application for the 2012 presidential race. In March 2018, a panel of British politicians and lawyers warned that Morsi’s prison conditions were poor and could lead to his early death. Morsi had also complained about being denied treatment for diabetes. An engineer by profession, Morsi’s short time in office marked Egypt’s brief experiment with democracy. As analysts began to tout his tenure as a success for the Arab spring, the army struck effectively snatching the country back from civilian REUTERSTue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com opposition chief takes MP seat despite disputing presidential vote media in Malawi reported on Monday that opposition chief, Lazarus Chakwera, has been sworn in as a member of parliament in the capital Lilongwe following the May 21 elections. The 64-year-old Chakwera who leads the Malawi Congress Party, MCP, was sworn in along with over 60 others at the Parliament Building. The swearing in for other lawmakers is set to continue today. The Nation newspaper said Chakwera “took his oath of allegiance and office … amid cheers from scores of party supporters who accompanied him.” He is official the leader of opposition in Malawi. The MCP is currently challenging the official outcome of the presidential vote which gave incumbent Peter Mutharika a second and final term in office whiles Chakwera came second. The Malawian electoral system allows persons contesting for presidency and vice presidency to simultaneously contest for parliamentary seats. The incumbent vice president for instance lost his parliamentary bid. We cannot continue to be aTipp Ex nation. Now it’s not just about who can become President, but setting our nation free & doing the right thing. Why can’t we run clean & fair elections in this country.— Dr. Lazarus Chakwera (@LAZARUSCHAKWERA) June 3, 2019Tue, 18 Jun 2019 04:00:00 (Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban) WWC: Online fury as VAR threatens Nigeria's progression on Twitter strongly remonstrated with a Video Assistant Referee, VAR, decision that denied Nigeria a point in their final group game against France at the ongoing Women’s World Cup. Many people slammed a VAR decision for the retake of a penalty which had been missed on first attempt. The retake was converted and could effectively cost Nigeria – an Africa – a place in the Round of 16 stage. Some called it a farcical decision, others said it was unfair. At half time, the Super Falcons were on their way to the next stage with four points in a game they had to at least draw. The French side were awarded a penalty on the 74th minute mark. They failed to convert at first but the referee in consultation with VAR ordered a retake with the reason that the goalie had gone off her line. She was subsequently penalized. On the second attempt, France’s Renard converted the only goal of the game with Nigeria holding on with ten-women after a player was dismissed for the foul that gave the French the penalty. “The Super Falcons bowed narrowly to the hosts but they produced a glorious showing. They will wait for the outcome of games in the other groups to confirm their place in the last 16,” their official Twitter handle wrote after Monday night’s 1 – 0 loss to France. Breakdown of Nigerian stats at 2019 Women’s World Cup Games played: Three Goals scored: Two (against Spain) Goals conceded: Four Points gained: Three Match Scores: 0 – 3 vs. Norway, 2 – 0 vs. South Korea, 0 – 1 vs. France online reactions Just watched. VAR saw the goalkeeper but ignored the French attackers encroaching at the edge of the box. The same video.— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) June 17, 2019 Another game at this #fifawwc spoiled by the completely bananas way VAR is being implemented. Even #FRA players are likely to feel #NGA have suffered an injustice.— elliot ross (@FutbolsaCountry) June 17, 2019 Oh come on! That is so unfair on Nigeria giving France a retake. Keepers come off their line ALL the time. & that is marginal. Why punish Nigeria for such a minor infringement? #FIFAWWC— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) June 17, 2019 Farcical VAR decision again. Keeper marginally off line as penalty taken and receives yellow card BUT nothing said about french player in the box! #FIFAWWC2019 #NGAFRA #NGA #FRA #FIFAWWC— James Daniel Malin (@JDMalin) June 17, 2019 How about these French players encroaching Madame Ref and Constable VAR!!! What a joke of a system!! #FIFAWWC— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) June 17, 2019 Extremely proud of our Super falcons of Nigeria vs France at the world cup. These girls gave it everything against a French side cheered on by a near full stadium & a doubtful retaken penalty. I am sad,disappointed, but proud of these girls!— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) June 17, 2019Tue, 18 Jun 2019 03:00:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com Catholic Church slams lawless govt seizure of its health facilities Eritrean government has yet to respond to a stern critique from the Roman Catholic Church protesting the forced closure of its health facilities in the country. The BBC had late last week carried the report of the closure but the government has till Monday (June 17) not reacted to it. The Church’s position was contained in a letter in which among others it accused the government of being lawless in the manner in which the over twenty facilities were closed. The letter bemoaned the forced dismissal of patients and the intimidation of health workers by the soldiers who subsequently took positions at the centers. The Church stressed that its main concern was for the the many people who were likely to be adversely affected by the decision by government. The letter also stressed that the social services the church provided dismissed talk that its activities could be equated to opposition to government of Eritrea. “The government can say it doesn’t want the services of the church but asking for the property is not right,” the letter read in part.Tue, 18 Jun 2019 02:30:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com WWC: South Africa's poor outing; Zero points, eight goals against Africa confirmed their exit from the tournament with a 4 – 0 loss to two-time champions Germany. The Banyana Banyana became the first team to officially exit the tournament. Incidentally they are the only team in Group B to have failed to secure even a point in the group games. The scored one goal through talisman Kgatlana in the opening game against Spain. They, however, conceded eight times. Three to Spain, one to China and four against Germany. Breakdown of South Africa’s stats at 2019 Women’s World Cup Games played: Three Goals scored: One (against Spain) Goals conceded: Eight Points gained: Zero Match Scores: 1 – 3 vs. Spain, 0 – 1 vs. China, 0 – 4 vs. Germany We today say farewell to the #FIFAWWC to Banyana_Banyana ??Thank you for your huge contribution to the tournament in your debut! #RSA #RSA #RSA #RSA #RSA #RSA— FIFA Women’s World Cup (FIFAWWC) June 17, 2019Tue, 18 Jun 2019 02:00:00 (Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban) Women's World Cup: Nigeria loses amid VAR row, progression tightens 2019 Women’s World Cup kicked off last Friday with 24 teams in the race to be crowned “queens” of the game over the month-long tournament in France. There are 24 teams classed into six groups. Africa’s representatives are Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Banyana Banyana of South Africa and the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon. The groups with African representatives are as follows: GROUP A: France (hosts), Korea Republic, Norway, Nigeria GROUP B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa GROUP E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands In this rolling coverage, Africanews keeps up to date with the major ongoings around the three African teams. You can read about the following major areas by scrolling below: Nigeria beaten by France but could still progress South Africa’s dismal outing ends with 4 – 0 rout Nigeria face hosts, South Africa hope to end on a high Africa’s remaining fixtures as at 15 – 06 – 2019 Cameroon lose to Netherlands South Africa lose to China Match Day: South Africa vs. China in Paris Match Report: Nigeria vs. Korea in Grenoble Match Report: Cameroon’s narrow loss to Canada Rolling updates on African representatives Summary of 8th WWC and France hosting Match report: South Africa vs. Spain Match report: Nigeria vs. Norway Nigeria banking hopes on luck “The Super Falcons bowed narrowly to the hosts but they produced a glorious showing. They will wait for the outcome of games in the other groups to confirm their place in the last 16,” the official Twitter handle wrote after Monday night’s 1 – 0 loss to France. The goal was, however, without controversy as a replayed spot kick proved to be the decider of a game the Nigerians had to at least draw to secure a place in the knock out stage. The French side were awarded a penalty on the 74th minute mark. They failed to convert but the referee ordered a retake after the goalie was penalized for going off her line. On the second attempt, the French player Renard converted the only goal of the game with Nigeria holding on with ten-men after a player was dismissed for the foul that gave the French the penalty. Breakdown of Nigerian stats at 2019 Women’s World Cup Games played: Three Goals scored: Two (against South Korea) Goals conceded: Four Points gained: Three Match Scores: 0 – 3 vs. Norway, 2 – 0 vs. South Korea, 0 – 1 vs. France “My players are heroes” - Thomas Dennerby #Team9jaStrong // #FIFAWWC— Ann Odong, FIFA (@FIFAWWC_NGA) June 17, 2019 South Africa hammered by rampant Germans South Africa confirmed their exit from the tournament with a 4 – 0 loss to two-time champions Germany. The Banyana Banyana became the first team to officially exit the tournament. Incidentally they are the only team in Group B to have failed to secure even a point in the group games. The scored one goal through talisman Kgatlana in the opening game against Spain. They, however, conceded eight times. Three to Spain, one to China and four against Germany. Breakdown of South Africa’s stats at 2019 Women’s World Cup Games played: Three Goals scored: One (against Spain) Goals conceded: Eight Points gained: Zero Match Scores: 1 – 3 vs. Spain, 0 – 1 vs. China, 0 – 4 vs. Germany We today say farewell to the #FIFAWWC to Banyana_Banyana</a> ??<br><br>Thank you for your huge contribution to the tournament in your debut! <a href="">#RSA</a> <a href="">#RSA</a> <a href="">#RSA</a> <a href="">#RSA</a> <a href="">#RSA</a> <a href="">#RSA</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; FIFA Women&#39;s World Cup (FIFAWWC) June 17, 2019 Nigeria aim for qualification, SA aim to end on a high Nigeria’s Super Falcons hold Africa’s best chance of progressing to the next stage of the tournament but they have to first secure at least a point against hosts France later today. They have three points from beating South Korea despite an opening day loss to Norway. On the other hand, South Africa will be playing solely for pride against Germany given that the Banyana Banyana are already out of contention with two losses – to China and Spain. The third African team will only take to the field on Thursday as Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses line up against New Zealand in their final game. They have also their two games – to Canada and the Netherlands. ICYMI: #NGA were in great spirits yesterday ahead of their game against hosts #FRA ??FIFAWWC_NGA</a> | <a href="">#FIFAWWC</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; FIFA Women&#39;s World Cup (FIFAWWC) June 17, 2019 Match Day! ?? vs ?? Venue: Stade de la Mosson City: Montpellier Country: ?? ⌚ 18h00#DareToShine #fifawwc #BanyanaBanyana #LeMomentDeBriller SAFA_net</a> <a href="">bafana_bafana #RSA Banyana_Banyana</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Banyana_Banyana (Banyana_Banyana) June 17, 2019 Final fixtures for African sides With virtually extinguished qualification chances for Cameroon’s Lionesses and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, Nigeria’s Super Falcons remain the brightest chance of an African team progressing. But they also have to come up against a very tough opponent in the hosts, France, who have already booked their place in the knockout rounds. Here is the full itinerary for Africa’s next three games: South Africa vs. Germany Monday June 17 at Stade Oceane, Montpellier Nigeria vs. France Monday June 17 at Roazhon Park, Rennes Cameroon vs. New Zealand Thursday June 20 at Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier Our stars to watch – have each scored so far South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana, reigning African Player of the Year Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, three-time African Player of the Year Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene READ MORE: All you need to know about 2019 Women’s World Cup Cameroon fail on must-win Dutch mission Cameroon took to the pitch on Saturday for their second game of the tournament, taking on European champions, Netherlands at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes. The Indomitable Lionesses lost their second game by three goals to one after losing their opening game to Japan. The Dutch took the lead after which Cameroon dre“w parity through Aboudi Onguene Gabri. The teams went into the half level. But the Dutch added two goals which the Lionesses had no answers to. They needed a win to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stage alive. That hope is all but shattered. ‘‘We respect the Netherlands. But that does not mean that this Saturday, we will sit back and admire their play. We will be out to show them what strengths we have,’‘ Henriette Akaba said ahead of the fixture. Cameroon, made their debut at the World Cup in 2015, they progressed to the round of 16, after wins over Switzerland and Ecuador. South Africa lose to China South Africa’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the World Cup were shattered by a 0-1 loss to China on Thursday. China striker Li Ying scored the only goal in the Group B clash at the Parc des Princes, a result that ensured Germany and France progress to the second round. ‘‘They were once again magnificent. We conceded from a set-piece. We lost concentration there. We had ample opportunities,’‘ South Africa’s coach Desiree Ellis said after the game. Debutants South Africa are now likely out of contention after two defeats, but China face a do-or-die final pool match against Spain on Monday, when they will need victory to progress given their inferior goal difference. China had the majority of possession in the first half as the South Africans battled to keep hold of the ball, their wayward passing inviting pressure from the Asian side. The Banyana Banyana’s final game will be against Germany in Montpellier. Nigeria beat South Korea The Super Falcons took a first half lead against South Korea in Grenoble when the opponents scored an own-goal thanks to Korea’s Kim Doyeon. After resumption of the game, Nigeria looked the better side of the two teams and translated their work into a second goal with a huge effort from Asisat Oshoala, increasing the tally to two. The team held on to the lead and ended the game with three points and a clean sheet after taking three from Norway in their first game. The Super Falcons will now look to the final fixture against France. They became the first African side to bag three points. South Africa who play tomorrow were beaten 3 – 1 by Spain whiles Cameroon lost narrowly to Canada 1 – 0. Africa has at this stage conceded seven and score three. I couldn't breathe for 90 minutes. Full time: #Nga 2-0 #Kor . Make way ladies and gentlemen… Africa, We have a Win! #FIFAWWC— Janine Anthony (@Chiquadiva) June 12, 2019 Nigeria suffers injury blow The BBC is reporting of some bad news in the Nigerian camp. Veteran defender Faith Michael has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament through injury. The 32-year-old was stretchered off following a clash with team-mate goalkeeper Oluehi during their 3-0 opening defeat to Norway. The Super Falcons will now have to attend to Wednesday’s make or break fixture against South Korea without her services. Match Day: Nigeria takes on Korea after Norway loss In the city of Grenoble’s Stade de Alpes, Nigeria’s Super Falcons will be looking to do better as they come up against Korea in their second fixture at the tournament. The first leg drabbing of 3 – 0 at the hands of Norway makes this tie even more crucial given that their final tie will be against hosts, France. Meanwhile, France plays Norway in NIce today with Germany Spain finishing the day’s set of games. South Africa who lost to Spain will be playing tomorrow. It's M A T C H D A Y! NGSuper_Falcons</a> continue their <a href="">FIFAWWC outing today in search of a first win against #KOR. ⏰ 3pm (2pm NGA) ?️ Stade des Alpes, Grenoble ? #⃣ #NGAKOR Let's do it, girls!#SoarSuperFalcons #Team9jaStrong #FIFAWWC— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) June 12, 2019 Match Report: Cameroon’s narrow loss to Canada Cameroon, Africa’s third representative at the competition failed to take a point off Canada at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier. The Lionesses succumbed to a 1 – 0 defeat conceding the goal in the latter stages of the first hald. Cameroon’s Michaela Abam described the fixture as “the day we’ve all been waiting for…to start this journey finally. We ask for all Cameroonians around the world for your continuous support as we continue on this marathon run in this tournament.” #France2019 Les statistiques du match. Canada ?? 1-0 Cameroun ?? BUCHANAN 45' #CANCMRFIFAWWC_CMR</a> <a href="">FIFAWWC #AllezLesLionnes— Fecafoot-Officiel (@FecafootOfficie) June 10, 2019 Super Falcons of Nigeria Nigeria, are the reigning African champions and are hoping to better their record at the Women’s World Cup and go all the way to the July 7 final. The nine-time African champions having fallen to Norway will now have to reset their tactics in upcoming fixtures against hosts France and Korea Republic. Banyana Banyana of South Africa South Africa, who are featuring at the Women’s World Cup for the first time, are the rising star of the continent. The Banyana Banyana have the reigning African player of the year, Thembi Kgatlana, who was the top-scorer at th Nations Cup (AWCON 2018) last year. The runners-up at AWCON 2018, have to face two-time champions Germany and China after the Spain pain. Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon Cameroon secured their place at the World Cup by beating Mali in the third place play-off at AWCON 2018 which took place in Ghana earlier this year. They are in Group E and are billed to slug it out with European champions Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand. Summary 1991, year first tournament held 3 times, record champions USA have won $30m, prize money at 2019 tournament 24, number of teams at France 2019 3, number of African teams at tournament 9, stadiums and cities hosting matches 15, record goals scored at the World Cup (by Brazil’s Marta) France, hosts this year Quarter-finals, highest stage reached by African team (Nigeria) Match Report: South Africa’s bright start cut short by rampant Spain Jennifer Hermoso netted two second-half penalties and substitute Lucia Garcia added a last-minute goal as Spain came from behind to beat South Africa 3-1 at the women’s World Cup on Saturday. Hermoso tucked away spot-kicks in the 69th and 82nd minutes to give Spain a winning start to their Group B campaign after South Africa, in their maiden appearance at the finals, took a surprise first-half lead. The first penalty came after a handball by South Africa captain Janine van Wyk and the second after follow through tackle by full back Nothando Vilakazi on Garcia which earned Vilakazi a second yellow card and a dismissal. South Africa were on for a shock win after Thembi Kgatlana struck a powerful shot from the corner of the penalty area over the head of Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos in the 25th minute. The goal came after the South Africans had weathered Spain’s early dominance with desperate defending and then began to look threatening on the counter-attack. African Women’s Footballer of the Year Kgatlana could have made it 2-0 but fluffed a tap-in opportunity at the back post in the 57th minute, not long after Hermoso had come close to an equaliser by striking the crossbar. But Spain’s superior fitness saw them dominate the last half hour and there were other chances for a more commanding scoreline. Garcia’s goal came from a ball straight down the middle of the pitch as she outsprinted the defence. Match Report: African champions, Nigeria, cut to size by Norway Ada Hegerberg was not needed as Norway kicked off their women’s World Cup Group A campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday. Without Ballon d’Or winner Hegerberg, who quit international football in 2017 due to a dispute with her home federation, the 1995 champions relied on goals by Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland and an own goal by Osinachi Phale to prevail. The result put Norway in second place in Group A behind hosts France, who thrashed South Korea 4-0 on Friday in the opening game of the month-long tournament in Paris. Reiten put Norway in front after 17 minutes when she volleyed home from a corner. Utland doubled the tally with a powerful shot from close range after being set up by Reiten in the 34th. Three minutes later, three-times African champions Nigeria were completely overwhelmed as Ohale deflected Isabell Herlovsen’s cross into her own goal. Norway next face France in Nice on Wednesday while Nigeria take on South Korea in Grenoble the same day.Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:45:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com's tackle global temperature rise - UN Nations climate chief, Patricia Espinosa on Monday declared a climate emergency at a climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. She stressed the need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, fearing ‘troubling times’ ahead. ‘’This is a climate emergency and we need action now, we cannot wait any longer and therefore these subsidiary meetings provides excellent opportunities to make progress,‘’ she said. The climate chief called on institutions and stakeholders to speed-up and scale-up action towards achieving the set global temperature limit of 1.5. ‘’We need to get to the 1.5 goal. We need to create the tools and instruments that will allow all countries around the world and not only governments, but all stakeholders have the capacity to do the deep transformations that is required,’’she added. At the meeting, she also applauded the efforts of some climate change groups; referencing ‘’Fridays for Future’’ movement and Active Youth against Climate Change. According to reports, global warming above the 1.5 degree line could lead to severe heat waves, the decline in the global fishery catch, and poverty.Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:28:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com to sentence four over Garissa attack Kenyan court is due to sentence four people on Tuesday (June 18), charged with carrying out attack on Garissa University in which nearly 150 people were killed. Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab stormed the university in April 2015, killing 147 people. The siege ended nearly 15 hours after gunmen shot their way into the Garissa University College campus in a pre-dawn attack, sparing Muslim students and taking many Christians hostage.Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:16:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com PM loses father - State media media in Ethiopia have reported the death of Ahmed Ali, father of the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on Monday. The Fana Broadcasting Corporate, FBC, report quoted a local government office as confirming the death. Ahmed Ali is expected to be buried tomorrow in line with Islamic norms. PM Abiy is a Christian despite growing up in an Islamic setting. His father was Muslim whiles his mother was a Christian, the Reporter portal said in a March 2018 article chronicling his rise to power. The report describes his father, Ahmed Ali, also known as Aba Dabes, Aba Fita; as being a respected elder in his small town where he lived with his family – Beshasha in Jimma Zone in Oromia Regional State. “I remember when he was a child; he was very good at studying the Quran,’‘ Ahmed Ali told The Reporter. “He has always been interested to learn, study, and spend most of his time with elders,” he told the portal. He is credited with significant contribution to the community by giving his own plot of land so that services giving centers such as clinics and telecom offices would be built. Abiy is the 13th child for his father, who had four wives. His is a well-known and extended family in the area. Abiy’s mother, Tezeta Wolde, a converted Christian from Burayu, Finfine Special Zone, Oromia Regional State, was the fourth wife for Ahmed. Together they have six children with Abiy being the youngest. #Ethiopia: PM #AbiyAhmed's father, Ahmed Ali, has passed away today, FBC quoted Agaro Wereda communication bureau as saying. Agaro wereda is located, in #Jimma Zone, #Oromia regional state in south-western Ethiopia. Ahmed Ali will be laid to rest tomorrow, FBC added. R.I.P.— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) June 17, 2019 Profile: Abiy Ahmed Ali (PhD) Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Abiy Ahmed Ali (PhD) is the fourth Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He was born on August 15, 1976 in the small town of Beshasha, located near Agaro, Oromia. Raised by a Muslim father and a Christian mother, the values of tolerance and understanding across divides were instilled in him at an early age. H.E. Abiy Ahmed was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on April 2, 2018. Inheriting a divided society, in all his speeches and actions Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has made national unity, peaceful co-existence, shared growth and regional integration a central theme of his administration. His inaugural speech inspired hope and renewed collective sense of purpose in Ethiopia. He has rich and wide-ranging experiences serving government in different roles, offering a unique blend of leadership, vision and knowledge in professional and organization skills. Determined to resist the oppression of the Ethiopian people, as a young man, H.E. Abiy Ahmed first joined the armed struggle against the Dergue Socialist regime. While serving at the Ethiopian National Defense Force, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Among his various roles in government, he has served as the Head of the OPDO Secretariat; Vice President of the Oromia Regional Government; Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology; founding Director of the Information Network Security Agency and founder and Head of the government research institute, Science and Technology Information Center. Since being sworn into office as Prime Minister, he broke with tradition – launching deeper political and economic reforms that swept across the country. An original change agent and a blunt reformer, breaking the walls of division and building bridges of reconciliation and peace constituted the defining themes of his reform efforts. Under his leadership, thousands of prisoners were released; open discussions and consultations held with opposition political parties – some of whom were previously dubbed as “terrorists”; a historic rapprochement and peace agreement was concluded with neighboring Eritrea; a transformational agenda for legal and justice sector reform has been set in motion; and some of the largest public enterprises are to be partially privatized as part of a broader market liberalization and economic reform agenda. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed holds an MA in Transformational Leadership, a Master’s in Business Administration and a PhD from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies of Addis Ababa University. He and his wife—First Lady Zinash Tayachew—are proud parents of three daughters and a recently adopted son. Ethiopia’s First Lady Zinash Tayachew Full name / age: Zinash Tayachew Bere/ 41 years old Mandate: First Lady since 2 April, 2018 Advocacy: Committed to supporting children’s needs in education. Has initiatives to enhance nutrition, mental health, women’s economic empowerment and protection of the most vulnerable. Family: Has three daughters with prime minister Abiy Ahmed, and in August 2018, the couple adopted a son. ALSO READ: Ethiopia PM cheered for publicly showing affection to first lady Zinash told her fellow first ladies at a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa in February that she was planning to build 20 high schools, 15 of which are under construction. ‘‘I have planned to construct boarding schools for the blind and the disabled. I also support institutions for the elderly and work on similar issues,’‘ Zinash said. The Office of the First Lady says through her charity work that includes providing support to the ‘disabled and special needs communities’, Zinash has become ‘a hope for so many’. Prior to taking up her role as First Lady, Zinash lived with her three daughters, in the United States. READ MORE: Office of the First Lady of EthiopiaMon, 17 Jun 2019 16:42:41 +0000editorial@africanews.com probing how gorilla swallowed over $19,000 zoo funds gorilla in a public zoo is at the center of a financial probe in Nigeria after officials of the Kano Zoological gardens said the anthropoid ape of swallowing funds. How much money is involved The gorilla is said to have swallowed 6.8 million naira (equivalent to over $19,000). The monies in question are said to be gate fees collected by patrons of the zoo especially during the recent Eid-ul-Fitr festivities early this month. The head of the zoo and police late last week confirmed the incident. “police are investigating what happened – all I can say is the money is missing,” Umar Kashekobo of the zoo was quoted to have said. State government reacts The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has now ordered the anti-corruption commission to open a probe into the issue, the state-run News Agency of Nigeria said. “The order was given on Friday and the commission has already swung into action,” a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, said on Sunday in Kano. The order directs the commission to look into the immediate and remote circumstances of the allegation and “unearth everything surrounding the incident,” media reports added. Nigeria’s big news animals – rats, dogs, snakes – now gorilla Nigeria has in the past few years had animals being at the center of big news items. The presidency in 2017 said rat infestation had forced the president to work from home. Then there was news in 2018 of how a snake had swallowed funds belonging to the national exams body. A man was at a point charged for naming his dog after the president. Online reactions Nigerians online continue to express varied reactions to the latest installment of animal-related news. Most of them have expressed disgust at the development and backed the call for a probe. Others have switched to joking mode and are making light of the situation. Gorilla swallows N6.8 million while a strange snake swallowed N36 million. They don’t even rate citizens, so they’d go as low as packaging the most stupid lie. Like, can you at least respect me and lie intelligently?— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) June 16, 2019 Gorilla swallows N6.8 million Snake swallowed N36 million. All my K.O. knows to do is eat, play and bark. Does he think I like pets that much? It’s either you change and join this #NextLevel animal evolution or I may have to consider you for Àsun by Christmas. Mbok ?— ??Your Destiny Helper®️ (@AyanfeOfGod) June 17, 2019 Snake swallowed money in JAMB’s office Monkey swallowed money in San.Adamu’s farm. Gandollar’s buban riga swallowed dollars in Kano Gorilla swallowed millions of Naira in Kano zoo. EARSHOT: Nigeria under Buhari is so corrupt that event animals have joined the league.— John Danfulani (@john_danfulani) June 16, 2019 I live in a country where animals are in charge. Animals eat money like food, they eat it in millions and billions Snake, Gorilla uses money for break fast, lunch and dinner ?? Welcome to Nigeria NGRPresidentWhere Gorilla eats 6.8million naira just like that.— ?? E W O R S H I P ?? (E_worship) June 17, 2019 The animal kingdom is on a swallowing spree. But in Nigeria, they swallow money? Could this be how the gorilla swallowed the millions or did it have to chew ?#rhythmfm #whowantstobeamillionaire #localgorillaturnsmillionaire #nigeriawehailthee— Rhythm FM (@937RhythmFm) June 17, 2019Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:39:20 (Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban)'s unexplained internet 'rationing' continues, activists fume 17: Connection short-lived as internet users fume The connection in Ethiopia returned partially last Friday only for the disruption to be imposed again during the weekend into this week. As at today, June 17, the BBC’s reporter confirmed that the situation was affecting many parts of the country. As at today, it’s been a whole week of unstable connection in the country. When the connections are restored, they are usually sporadic reports have suggested. Text messaging remains inaccessible for the fifth day running. In it’s update on July 14, NetBlocks (an internet rights group said): “Internet has partially returned to Ethiopia following four days of outages, however national connectivity remains unstable at 67%; messaging apps currently restricted. “Following four days of near-total internet disruptions, network data show messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram remain restricted as connectivity partially returns to Ethiopia.” The national exams for which the disruption is believed to have been imposed ends tomorrow (June 18), a journalist in Addis Ababa told Africanews late last week. The government and operator, Ethio Telecom, have yet to address the issue – at least the reason for the outage. Meanwhile, activists continue to slam the government over the measure with some sharing measures through which internet users could by-pass the system. Some have also mooted the idea of seeking judicial declaration on the issue. Tweeps in #Ethiopia, please download Ooni app and run a test of your connectivity, its performance and share the results here. It is a documentaion. Internet connectivity is about the right for access to information. #KeepItOn.— ????ℚ??? ℤ. ℍ???? (@befeqe) June 17, 2019 June 14, 2019: Ethiopia restores internet connection, outage roundly rebuked Reports and posts by social media users indicate that internet connectivity has been restored across Ethiopia on day four of an unexplained government shutdown. The internet rights group, NetBlocks, were among the first to report of the outage on Tuesday (June 11). The cited a possible reason as an ongoing national exams for which authorities had blocked the internet around the same time in 2016 and 2017. The said exam started this week and is expected to end next week Tuesday, a journalist in Addis Ababa confirmed to Africanews. The government and state-run operator, Ethio Telecom, have not commented on the issue officially. An Africanews request for information has also gone unanswered. On Wednesday, text messaging also suffered an outage as people widely reported of an inability to transmit messages. Despite the return of connectivity, SMS remains inaccessible. Pro-democracy activists and journalists in the country have meanwhile chastised the government for turning off the internet in a time when reforms are being rolled out by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed-led government. One activist, Atnaf Brhane, observed that the internet had been shut down for four times in the period that Abiy has been in charge, thrice for politico-security reasons plus the current one. A selection of reactions the federal gov enter in the Somali region to remove the president, Abdi Illy 3. In October 11, 2018 in Addis A when soldiers marched to the palace. 4. In june 11, 2019 – up to now: no officials explained the reason, while many believe it is to prevent student from cheating.— Atnaf Brhane (@AtnafB) June 13, 2019 As digital rights advocates are discussing different issues at #RightsCon in Tunis, #Ethiopia has shut the internet down for a forth day in a row. #KeepItOn— ????ℚ??? ℤ. ℍ???? (@befeqe) June 14, 2019 Its been days since the internet went down in most parts of Ethiopia. The government kept mum so far & even more bizarre the only telecom provider, the EthioTelecom & the Ministry of Education have claimed no knowledge about it. So much so for the 'third diplomatic city' in world— Abel Abate Demissie (@Abele_a) June 14, 2019 Beka you just block the internet and think no one is affected by it ? office work and related businesses in the city ? really ? What about us who should submit things online ? don't you know there is this called deadline ? com'on now :-( #Ethiopia do something next time PLEASE— Danayit (@Danaa__t) June 14, 2019 Internet shutdown not only violates human rights but also highly affects the economy. Four major shutdowns in just a year is not a good look for the new admin. You can't promise reform while you're up to same old tricks. #KeepItOn P.S. Eth tweeps welcome back; u've been missed?— Roman G. Teshome (@etege_roman) June 14, 2019 Internet is back. I don't know for how long it would stay before it might go again. Government has not given clarification yet. The complete shutdown has affected our work a lot. #Ethiopia— Belay Manaye (@Belay_Ma) June 14, 2019 I want Lawyers for Human Rights to start strategic litigation by pressing charges against #Ethiopia's government for shutting the internet for three days without legal mandate. #KeepItOn #RightsCon2019 CC: amehamek</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ????ℚ??? ℤ. ℍ???? (befeqe) June 13, 2019Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:00:07 +0000editorial@africanews.com's why eSwatini is banning imports of live pigs Kingdom of eSwatini on Monday banned imports of live pigs from countries that test positive for African Swine Fever (ASF) after an outbreak of the disease in neighbouring South Africa. The movement of pigs between farms will be strictly controlled, the director of veterinary and livestock services, Xolani Dlamini, said in a statement in the Swazi Observer. The disease is highly contagious and fatal among pigs and there is no vaccine against it. It does not affect humans. Dlamini said his office would introduce a system to identify and track pigs. “Importations are only from slaughter houses and establishments that are located in ASF-free zones and also source their slaughter stock from registered and supervised disease-free compartments,” Dlamini said. Last month South Africa’s agricultural ministry said the outbreak of the disease had spread to a fourth province in the country. China has also been struggling to contain an outbreak of ASF since last year, causing major losses to the world’s largest hog herd. REUTERSMon, 17 Jun 2019 10:10:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com suicide attack by Boko Haram kills at least 30 in Nigeria least 30 people were killed and dozens injured in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, state emergency officials said on Monday, in the biggest mass killing this year by suicide bombers. “Yesterday around 8pm (1900 GMT) it was reported that there was a very loud explosion in (the village of) Konduga. On reaching the scene of the incident we found there was a lot of causalties. In fact the death toll was over 30 and the injured over 42,” an emergency service official told Reuters. Who did it? No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. The Boko Haram group and its Islamic State splinter group have often carried out attacks targeting civilians and the military in Borno state. Their attacks have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions of people. The military did not respond to a request for comment. How did it happen? Earlier the village head, Bulama Kalli, said three suicide bombers had taken part in the attack, targeting a place where villagers had gathered to watch a soccer match on a large screen. Most of those killed have now been buried while several survivors are still in hospital in Maiguduri, Kalli said. Boko Haram regards soccer, often watched by Nigerians while drinking beer – as un-Islamic and the ultimate demonstration of corrupting Western influence. Konduga is located some 25km (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state. The Nigerian government says the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group, have been largely defeated, but they continue to launch attacks on civilian and military targets. The decade-long insurgency has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced millions of civilians in northeast Nigeria. REUTERSMon, 17 Jun 2019 09:01:30 +0000editorial@africanews.com weekend as bombs in Kenya, Somalia, Cameroon kill police officers in Cameroon, Kenya and Somalia over the weekend killed at least 12 police officers, and injured dozens as authorities struggle to contain the Anglophone security crisis and the Al Shabaab insurgency respectively. While authorities blamed the bombing in Cameroon on separatists from the English-speaking regions, the terrorist group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombs in Kenya and Somalia. Cameroon’s separatists accused of detonating bomb Cameroon’s government said on Sunday that separatists in its restive English-speaking region had detonated an improvised explosive device that killed four police and wounded six. “The government condemns in the strongest terms this criminal act, perpetrated by armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law,” the statement said. It also said the attack occurred along a road near the district of Eyumojock in the south west of the country late on Saturday. There was no immediate reaction or claim of responsibility from any separatist group. It is rare but not unheard of for the separatists to use bomb technology, but this would mark their first deadly strike using a bomb. What began as peaceful protests in Cameroon’s southwestern Anglophone region in 2017 have degenerated into near daily violence between the forces of Cameroon’s mostly French-speaking government and several separatist groups. The English-speaking Northwest and Southwest of the country complain of being marginalised by the French speaking majority. Cameroon’s linguistic divide has existed since the end of World War One, when the League of Nations divided the former German colony of Kamerun, in central Africa, between allied victors, leaving most of Cameroon French-administered but a small part run by Britain. READ MORE: Cameroon govt lacks will for true dialogue over Anglophone crisis Police officers killed in Kenya Somali militants killed eight Kenyan police with a roadside bomb near the border between the two countries on Saturday, officials said. The vehicle that was hit by the roadside bomb was carrying 11 policemen, police spokesman Charles Owino told Reuters. A local official said eight were killed. “Eight bodies were found and taken to Wajir. Two were rescued, but they are in critical condition,” said Muhumed Ali Gedi, a member of the local community security team from Wajir who witnessed the rescue mission. Saturday’s attack came hardly 24 hours after three Kenyan police reservists were kidnapped from the same area, in Wajir district in northeast Kenya. Kenyan military forces have occupied part of southern Somalia along the border since 2011. The Kenyans, along with allied Somali militia, wrested control of the territory from al Shabaab jihadists after a spate of kidnappings on Kenyan soil. ALSO READ: Kenya indefinitely closes border with Somalia, trade ban imposed 8 killed, dozens injured in Mogadishu Still on Saturday, al Shabaab detonated two bombs in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing at least eight people. Police said the first blast, at a busy junction known as K4, was a car bomb intercepted by security services that caused no casualties. The other blast killed eight people and injured 16, said Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Aamin ambulance service. Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, said the group was responsible for the blast in Kenya and the two in Mogadishu. Al Shabaab is fighting the weak, U.N.-backed Somali government and its international allies in a quest to impose strict Islamic law.Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:30:00 (Daniel Mumbere) World Cup: South Africa's win against Afghanistan revives hope for semis Africa vs Afghanistan South Africa on Saturday registered their first win at the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup, beating Afghanistan by nine wickets. The match at the Cardiff Wales Stadium offered the Proteas a last chance to salvage their chances at the tournament that they have never won. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took 4-29, engineering an Afghani collapse after a 75-minute rain break as they were dismissed for 125. Chris Morris contributed with figures of 3-13 and Andile Phehlukwayo took two wickets. The South Africans set about chasing a slightly adjusted target of 127 from 48 overs in cautious fashion, reaching 131-1 with 19 overs to spare. After their poor start to the tournament, South Africa effectively need to win their remaining four matches, starting with New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday, to make the last four. South Africa gets 1st point Raain gifted South Africa their first point at the World Cup as the game against West Indies was washed out, and both teams awarded a point. The Proteas have struggled to impress in the four matches they have so far played, losing against England, Bangladesh and India. South Africa vs India South Africa slumped to a third straight loss at the Cricket World Cup, falling to India by six wickets on Wednesday. Wily Indian wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets as one of the pre-tournament favourites got their Cricket World Cup campaign off to a confident start by restricting South Africa to 227 for nine at a vibrant Rose Bowl. Chasing South Africa’s 227-9, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan for eight and then batting mainstay Kohli for 18 with the score on 54-2 at the Rose bowl in Southampton. Opener Rohit, however, ensured the victory ended up being a comfortable one with an unbeaten 122 as India reached their target with six wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare. The innings mirrored South Africa’s World Cup campaign to date as their batsmen struggled to find form or fluency on wickets that were good for striking. They have lost their opening two matches to England and Bangladesh, while India were playing their first game. Bangladesh upsets South Africa South Africa suffered its second successive defeat at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, losing by 21 runs to Bangladesh. Bangladesh piled up their highest one-day International total, underlining their reputation as dangerous outsiders at the tournament. Mushfiqur and Shakib added 142 runs for the third wicket to notch up Bangladesh’s highest World Cup partnership in an aggressive batting display backed by enthusiastic support. That meant South Africa needed to pull off the highest run chase in World Cup history, but they ended on 309 for eight and with their next game against India on Wednesday, their chances of making the semi-finals are already under threat. The country’s former all-rounder Jacques Kallis said the Proteas cannot afford any more mistakes at the World Cup and will need to win almost all their remaining seven games if they hope to qualify for the semi-finals. “I think you’ll need six wins, maybe five with a really good run rate, to finish in the top four,” Kallis said in a column for the International Cricket Council. “So South Africa almost need to win every game they will play. There will be no margin for error. The top four teams from the new round-robin format qualify for the semi-finals and defeat against India on Wednesday could also potentially affect South Africa’s net run rate, which will decide the final standings if teams are tied on points and wins. REUTERS Loss to England Africa’s sole representatives at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, South Africa got off to a losing start against hosts England in the first game of the six-week tournament. Ben Stokes top-scored with 89 as the hosts made a competitive total of 311 for eight after being sent into bat. Jofra Archer took two early wickets and South Africa never looked likely to reach their target, bowled out in the 40th over for 207 to give World Cup favourites England the perfect start. The Duke of Sussex addressed the crowd at The Oval, saying: “Cities will come alive across the next six weeks as World Cup fever sweeps the nation once more…I am now honoured to declare the men’s World Cup of 2019 open.” South Africa, who have never won the 50-over tournament arrived for the latest edition with high hopes. The Proteas have lost in the semi-finals four times, and are ranked third, behind India. “We were outplayed in all three departments. Jofra Archer took two wickets up front and Hashim Amla (injured) as well, so it was basically three down,” South Africa’s Du Plessis said. “I thought 300 was par but there were some really good batting performances from England.” SUGGESTED READING: Will Africa bring home a World Cup this year?Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:40:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com's Bashir appears before prosecutor’s deposed President Omar Al-Bashir has appeared in public for the first time on Sunday, when he was taken to the prosecutor’s office in charge of corruption cases in Khartoum. He was taken to the prosecutor’s office to have the charges against him officially presented to him, according to reports; a process which lasted shortly. “The principles of the prosecutor’s office were presented to the accused, former President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, and a charge was laid under Articles 5 and 9 concerning the possession of foreign currency, as well as Article 6 concerning illegally acquired resources,” a representative from the prosecutor’s office said. On Saturday, the Attorney General specified that Bashir faces charges of “corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency”. Corruption cases have also been opened against 41 other former officials, the prosecutor, Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed, said at a news conference in Khartoum The former President, who came to power by a coup d‘état in 1989, was dismissed and arrested by the army on April 11 in Khartoum, following an unprecedented protest movement.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:03:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com kicks back in Sudan, despite growing tensions lovers in Sudan can now heave a sigh of relieve as the sports kicks back, despite growing tensions. Ongoing negotiations between the ruling military council and the demonstrators has heightened confidence and hope for peace in the people. “When the crisis began with the demonstrations, people tried to avoid the sport for fear of the conflicts that might occur. But these days the government has formed the military council and now people are happy to return to the sport “, a wrestler, Altaib Deifallah said. A sport with a growing following by both the young and old in Sudan “People have put football aside and they come here to watch the Sudanese wrestling because it is about peace, love and fraternity. All the people present here come from all the tribes of Sudan and love the game. Wrestling has developed a lot here “, added the leader of the Sudanese Wrestling Clan, Noor Mohammed. Besides the joy it brings its lovers, the game is also a symbol of Unity. “I’m glad its back because it’s like a celebration in the village. It’s a very good thing”, said another wrestler, Nasir Khamis. With the games strongly embedded in Sudan’s culture, the passion for it can only keep soaring for many years to come.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:02:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com defies slowdown in global investment contrast to the global downward trend of foreign direct investment (FDI), Africa has seen a sharp increase by 11% for the year 2018. From 2017 to 2018, global FDI fell from $1.5 trillion to $1.3 trillion, according to an analysis by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This has positioned Africa as a strategic investment hub. “The rise in demand and prices of some commodities, as well as the growth of non-natural resource investments in other African economies propelled the increase,” the UNCTAD study points out. The 5 largest beneficiaries of FDI in Africa for the year 2018 begins with; - Egypt with $6.8 million – South Africa: $5.3 million – DRC: $4.3 million – Morocco: $3.6 million – Ethiopia: $3.3 million. Sub-Saharan Africa boasts of $32 billion in FDI, a 13% increase compared to that of 2017. Morocco and Egypt obtained $14 billion in FDI, an increase of 7%. Nigeria, on the other hand, dragged West Africa slightly down owing to its poor economic situation, with a 15% decrease.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:01:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com the difficult fight of African women footballers Planet gives women a voice. The show looks back at their struggle to break down the unequal barriers that separate them from men. A subject discussed with a Ugandan international who plays for Queen’s Park Rangers Jean Sseninde. Far from the African setbacks at the Women’s World Cup in France where the continent’s representatives are on the brink of collapse. South Africa and Cameroon must win on the last day and hope for a miracle of finishing in the top four third places. Nigeria, on the other hand, need more than just one point to qualify. But this mission promises to be difficult against the host country, France, who have already qualified and is aiming for first place in the group. And then, a few days before the start of the African Cup of Nations, the time has come to make the final adjustments for the various teams. This weekend was marked by friendly matches with many surprises that may herald a suspenseful tournament. An African Cup of Nations that Eric Choupo-Moting and Cameroon are approaching with great ambition. Retaining the title despite the status of outsider is the stated objective of the captain of the Indomitable Lions.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 22:30:00 (Eric Oteng) protest hub: 'Hanging' for perpetrators of crackdown - RSF commander of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces, General Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, promised on Sunday; death by hanging for those who dispersed the sit-in of demonstrators that killed dozens. Despite the Generals clamp down talks on the perpetrators, he is widely seen by the protesters to be responsible for the bloody crackdown. Preliminary findings indicated that the “officers and soldiers entered the site of the sit-in without the order of their superiors”. “We are working hard to send those who did this to the gallows, anyone who has made a mistake or abused “ he said, in a speech broadcast on state television. For the first time on Thursday, the Transitional Military Council acknowledged that it had ordered the sit-in to be dispersed on 3 June, regretting “errors that had occurred”. Thousands of demonstrators thronged the army headquarters in Khartoum to demand a transfer of power to civilians following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. Reports say over 110 people have been killed in the crackdown since 3 June , most of them during the dispersal of the sit-in.The authorities reported 61 deathsSun, 16 Jun 2019 21:42:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com moves to restore calm in Libya - Fayez al-Sarraj’s leader of the Government of National Unity, Fayez al-Sarraj announced Sunday new moves to restore calm in a country with ever-rising tensions. The political move calls for the simultaneous holding of presidential and legislative elections before the end of 2019. In partnership with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, he also proposed the establishment of a “Libyan forum’‘. A forum that will assemble national forces with political and social influence, and will gravitate toward a peaceful and democratic solution. After over two months of offensives, the forces of “Libyan National Army”, led by Marshal Haftar, are still behind the gates of Tripoli and their positions are frozen. Both sides have so far refused to negotiate a ceasefire. Sarraj accuses Khalifa Haftar of seeking to “undermine the democratic process; demanding withdrawal of his forces to their initial positions in the south and east of the country. Over 653 people have been killed in the fighting and more than 3,500 injured since 4 April .Sun, 16 Jun 2019 21:17:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com Benin's ex-president warns post-election unrest could plunge country into conflict for former President Thomas Boni Yayi have warned that unrest in Benin could plunge the country into a deeper crisis Yayi remains under house arrest since voicing support for a boycott of the controversial parliamentary elections in April. Activists have denounced President Patrice Talon’s authoritarian shift in a country that has long been considered a model of democracy in West Africa.  Watch our reportSun, 16 Jun 2019 13:53:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com Sudan is stable- Hemedti’s deputy head of the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC), in an apparent justification for the deadly crackdown crackdown on protestors, said on Saturday that the country was safe and steadily moving towards stability. Mohammad Hamdan Daglo, also known as Hemedti was addressing a rally in a village north of Khartoum. His Rapid Support Forces are accused of violently dispersing a protest camp in Khartoum at the beginning of June. Watch our reportSun, 16 Jun 2019 13:11:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com "at risk" after Ebola outbreak in Uganda- Health minister Tanzanian Minister of Health issued an “alert” on Sunday following the outbreak of Ebola cases this week in Uganda, a country with which Tanzania shares a long border. “I would like to alert the public to the existence of a threat of an Ebola epidemic in our country following the outbreak of this disease in Uganda,” said Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu. She justified this warning by “the important interactions between the populations of the two countries via official borders or other unofficial channels”. “The regions of Kagera, Mwanza and Kigoma (northwest) are the most threatened, but since this disease is very easily and quickly transmitted from one person to another, almost the entire country is at risk,” the minister said. Ummy Mwalimu began a tour in these regions on Saturday to assess the measures put in place, particularly at ports and border crossings to deal with possible cases of Ebola. Tanzania has not had any cases of Ebola to date. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the Ebola epidemic that has been raging since August 2018 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and has spread to Uganda is not a global health “emergency”, with the WHO Emergency Committee considering that the risk of international spread remains “low”. However, the organization added that the current epidemic, which has killed more than 1,400 people, is an “emergency for the DRC and the region”. Two Ugandan relatives died during the week after attending the funeral of a deceased relative of Ebola in the DRC. A third infected family member, a three-year-old child, and four other relatives placed under observation have since been transferred to the DRC for treatment. At present, there are no official cases of Ebola in Uganda.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:23:12 +0000editorial@africanews.com officials intercept smuggled white tiger cubs officials uncovered four white tiger cubs being smuggled across the border to Libya, the customs department said Saturday. The cubs were found hidden in the car of a Libyan driver at the southern Ras Jedir border post, a statement by Tunisian customs said. According to Tunisian authorities, the Libyan said he “bought the tigers in a private zoo” in the eastern Enfidha region. The zoo where the Libyan claimed to have bought the cubs announced the birth of tigers around two months ago. “But he did not have documents with him proving the purchase and he did not have the necessary authorisations to leave Tunisian territory,” the customs department said. White tigers and lions are extremely rare, with only a few hundred worldwide, and owe their appearance to a recessive gene. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that the number of wild tigers has plunged from 100,000 in 1900 to around 3,900 today. Numbers have edged back up in recent years but the species is still vulnerable to extinction, the WWF says. The cubs seized in Tunisia were handed over to a department within the Ministry of Agriculture in the country’s southern Medenine province. A judicial investigation has been opened into the driver, Tunisian officials said, although he was not immediately arrested.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com to shut bank accounts of firms which import restricted goods’s central bank said on Friday it will close the bank accounts of firms caught smuggling into the country any goods for which access to foreign exchange has been restricted. The central bank curbed access to dollars in 2015 for firms importing 43 items ranging from rice and soap to private jets and Indian incense in a bid to conserve foreign reserves and diversify the economy of Africa’s biggest crude oil producer. But the currency restrictions accelerated the descent of Africa’s biggest economy into recession and fuelled inflation. While Nigeria’s economy emerged from recession in early 2017, growth remains fragile and inflation has stuck above the central bank’s single-digit target for more than three years. “Once we discover that people are using illicit foreign exchange to import those items into Nigeria and smuggle them through the borders … we have every right to close their accounts,” a central bank spokesman told Reuters. President Muhammadu Buhari has made boosting the agricultural sector a key priority to cutting Nigeria’s import bill and in April the government announced plans to double manufacturing output to 20% of GDP within six years. Buhari began his second term as president this month, weeks after re-appointing Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele for a second term. He has yet to set up his cabinet. Emefiele’s reappointment signalled policy stability and broke a trend of Nigerian central bankers serving a single term. After imposing currency restrictions in 2015, the central bank introduced a multiple exchange rate regime which has masked pressure on the currency and helped to keep it stable. The price of oil has gradually risen since the lows of 2015 which hit Nigeria particularly hard since it relies on crude oil sales for 90% of its foreign exchange. Currency traders expect renewed pressure if oil prices fall below the country’s budget benchmark of $60 a barrel and foreign inflows into the debt market slow.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 06:00:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com jihadists 'neutralized' in French-Malian counter-terrorism operation joint operation by the Malian army and the French anti-jihadist force Barkhane, underway in northeastern Mali, has resulted in the “neutralization” of some 20 jihadists, the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) announced Saturday evening. “About 20 terrorists neutralized in #Ménaka. The #FAMa and #Barkhane are conducting a joint operation in the locality of Akabar, in the Ménaka sector. This operation made it possible to neutralize about twenty terrorists,” the Malian army reported on Twitter, without further details. A jihadist group that calls itself the “Islamic State in the Great Sahara” (EIGS) is mainly active in this region of Ménaka and across the border with Niger. In particular, he claimed responsibility for the October 2017 attack on Tongo Tongo in Niger. This ambush cost the lives of four American and four Nigerian soldiers. Northern Mali had fallen in March-April 2012 under the control of jihadist groups, largely dispersed by a military intervention launched in January 2013 at the initiative of France. This intervention continues with Operation Barkhane, which mobilizes some 4,500 soldiers in the Sahel. But entire areas of Mali are beyond the control of Malian, French and UN forces, despite the signing in 2015 of a peace agreement intended to definitively isolate jihadists. Since 2015, violence has spread from the North to the centre, and sometimes even to the South. They are very often involved in inter-community conflicts, a phenomenon that also affects neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger. The Dogon village of Sobane Da, near Bandiagara (central Mali), was the scene of an attack on the evening of 9 June that killed 35 people, including 24 children. Violence in the centre of the country culminated in the massacre on 23 March, attributed to Dogon hunters of some 160 Fulani, in the village of Ogossagou, near the border with Burkina Faso.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 06:00:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com to miss Rabat Diamond League as invitation came "too late"-Agent Semenya was invited on Friday to run in an 800m race in Morocco on Sunday after previously saying she had been denied the right to participate in the event but the invitation came too late for her to get there, her agent said. Double Olympic champion Semenya said on Thursday she had been denied entry into the event in Rabat in apparent violation of a ruling from Switzerland’s high court which has temporarily lifted regulations that would require her to take medication to lower her testosterone levels in order to be allowed to race certain distances. Speaking to Reuters by phone on Friday, her agent Jukka Harkonen said the lateness of the invitation made it impossible for Semenya to travel to Rabat in time for the race, because it was a journey of more than 20 hours from her home country South Africa. “She’s not running,” he said. “She was invited today but that was too late.” Semenya became the centre of heated international debate after a controversial ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The CAS ruled that International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations to limit naturally-occurring testosterone in female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs), such as Semenya, were needed to ensure fair competition between runners in events ranging from 400 metres to a mile. The Swiss Federal Tribunal later ordered the IAAF to immediately suspend implementation of the regulations on Semenya, allowing her to compete without restriction, while she appealed against the decision. On Thursday, Semenya said the tribunal had rejected an IAAF request to reimpose the rules but she had nevertheless had a request to race in the Rabat event denied by the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation, with no reasons being given. The IAAF said it had no say in who competed in Diamond League events such as the one in Rabat, to which athletes were invited by the organisers. The BBC reported on Friday that the organiser of the Rabat meeting, Alain Blondel, said Semenya had been invited.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:00:00 (Eric Oteng) least 2 killed as security forces break up demonstration least two people were killed on Saturday morning in Savè, in central Benin, as security forces tried to dislodge opponents, who have barricaded and blocked the national road since Tuesday, an elected official from the city told AFP. “This morning (Saturday), a contingent of the Republican Police came to clear the roadblocks,” explained Timothée Biaou, the mayor of the commune. “There have been exchanges of fire between police officers and masked individuals. Seven civilians were received in the hospital and two people were killed. “The situation was very tense again this morning, but as I speak to you, the road has been unblocked,” added Mr. Biaou. “Since last night (Friday), traffic had been blocked. The hunters (armed demonstrators) had taken control of the road,” reported a witness to AFP. “There have been clashes between the military, police and hunters.” “Saturday morning, there were two deaths: the first one around 10:00 a. m. was a motorcycle taxi and the second one was a teenager who had gone shopping,” said the witness. “The road has been unblocked, but there is total panic. Many people have fled, the others remain at home,” added the witness, under cover of anonymity. In this average commune in central Benin, the streets were deserted, the market empty, shops and businesses closed, reported AFP journalists. A little further north, in Tchaourou, the commune of origin of former President Thomas Boni Yayi, the situation remains uncertain. The city was completely deserted after five days of clashes between opponents and the police. The Minister of the Interior, Sacca Lafia, announced on Friday evening that “about thirty police officers had been wounded” in Tchaourou, “where small groups used handmade rifles and knives”. The violence spread to Savè on Thursday when people tried to block the main national road to Chaourou to prevent access by a police contingent. On 1 and 2 May, the day after the parliamentary elections in which the opposition was unable to stand, Mr Boni Yayi’s supporters took to the streets of Cotonou. The army’s crackdown on demonstrations had already left at least four people shot dead according to Amnesty International and many wounded across the country. Human rights NGOs have denounced the authoritarian shift of President Patrice Talon, elected in April 2016, in a country that has long been considered a model of democracy in West Africa.Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:00:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com charter on journalist working conditions adopted: IFJ new journalism ethical charter has been adopted on Friday during the 30th International Federation of Journalists congress in Tunis. The charter jointly adopted by the IFJ, 187 trade unions and over 600,000 journalists, is targeted at sharpening reporting skills on contemporary issues. According to the IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, accelerating the flow of information raises ‘‘ethical and content issues’‘ which must be addressed. The new document includes professional duties established in 1954, but it also includes rights, in a world where journalists’ rights are being abused. Article 3 emphasizes that “the journalist will only report facts of which he/she knows the origin” and “will be careful in the use of comments and documents published on social media”. An attempt to clamp down on the emerging fake news on social media. At the congress, which is the first to be held on the African continent, issues of good working conditions and encouraging journalists’ salaries were also raised. The General Secretary also encouraged healthy social dialogue in organizations’s as that promotes productive outcomes. The IFJ, is an organisation that today boasts of over 600,000 members from more than 180 affiliated unions in 140 countriesSat, 15 Jun 2019 18:51:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com President assured of winning majority seats in parliament President Andry Rajoelina is assured of winning the majority of seats in the next National Assembly, according to the full results published Saturday by the National Independent Electoral Commission (Céni). Projections made by political parties on the basis of these results attribute 84 of the 151 seats of deputies to the Rajoelina-led coalition, compared to only 16 to his unfortunate presidential opponent’s party, Marc Ravalomanana. The other 51 seats were won by candidates for the independent parties. Malagasy voters largely avoided the ballot box during the legislative elections on 28 May, with a turnout rate of less than a third of registered voters (31%). “The results proclaimed assure us not only an absolute majority but also a fairly stable majority,” Pierre Houlder Ramaholimasy, the head of the president’s political affairs department, told AFP. “This is such a disappointing result,” Fidèle Razara Pierre, one of the defeated candidates of Mr. Ravalomanana’s movement, conceded to AFP, “with 16 seats, we are even lower than the previous legislative elections where we obtained some” 21. Rajoelina’s successful bid Five months ago, Andry Rajoelina won the second round of the presidential election in front of Mr. Ravalomanana after a very tense campaign. The second had accused the first of fraud but had finally acknowledged his victory, which was denied by the courts. This absolute parliamentary majority gives the President the free rein to carry out the reforms promised in this very poor country in the Indian Ocean. “The most important thing is that the President of the Republic will be able to work in complete peace during his term of office,” Pierre Houlder Ramaholimasy was pleased to say. In the absence of a stable majority, the mandate of Rajoelina’s predecessor, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, had been shaken by numerous political crises that ended up being fatal to him. In 2018, his government had fallen after two months of street demonstrations. “The 51 independent deputies can still play a major role during their term of office,” noted Fidèle Razara Pierre, “not to mention a possible explosion of Andry Rajoelina’s platform. His coalition is made up of about ten parties that supported him during the 2018 presidential election. The results proclaimed on Saturday by the Céni must be validated by the High Constitutional Court within a few weeks, once any appeals have been examined.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:25:48 +0000editorial@africanews.com returns to Khartoum, despite ever-rising tensions Sudanese men have resolved to continue with their daily routine despite the ever-rising tensions in the country. After days of stress amidst military crackdown early this month, a sweet scented cafe, coupled with fine smokes of shisha is bringing nightlife back to the inhabitants of Khartoum’s Nile bank. Women and children have also refused to be left out of the fun, the swings of the merry-go-rounds and other fun games keeps them entertained. A crackdown early this month by Sudan’s military rulers, against protesters demanding civilian rule left dozens dead and prompted an international outcry. The Military Council acknowledged violent dispersion of a sit-in of thousands of demonstrators outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital on 3 June. The protest leaders and military leaders agreed to resume talks after mediation by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:08:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com in Somalia capital kills eight car bomb went off Saturday at a checkpoint near the Somali parliament, killing eight people and injuring 16, medical and police sources said. “We have confirmed eight people killed and 16 others wounded in the blast,” the private Aamin Ambulance service said. A second blast on a key road leading to the airport of the Somali capital Mogadishu did not cause any casualties. According to Reuters, Al Shabaab has already claimed responsibility for the two blasts. The militia also claimed a separate incident on Saturday. A roadside bomb hit a vehicle patrolling near Kenya’s border with Somalia, killing several of the 11 police officers onboard, a Kenyan police spokesman said. The attack was also claimed by Somali Islamist insurgents, who also kidnapped three Kenyan police reservists on Friday (June 14) from the same area in Wajir district in northeast Kenya near the Somali border.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:04:06 +0000editorial@africanews.com's Bashir to appear in court next week Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who was ejected from office by a widespread protest movement, will appear in court next week on charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, the Attorney General said on Saturday. “Omar al-Bashir will appear in court next week,” Al-Walid Sayyed Ahmed told reporters, without giving a precise date for the hearing.He was dismissed on April 11 and then arrested by the army, which has since been in power.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:11:28 +0000editorial@africanews.com militia executes nine civilians civilians were executed on Friday evening by a local militia in Galkayo, central-western part of Somalia by suspected Al Shabaab Islamists, in retaliation for the murder of a local security official , police sources and local officials reported on Saturday. According to these sources, the militiamen who executed the civilians suspect the inhabitants of the Rahanweyn clan living in the region of complicity with the Al Shabaab. Very angry after the shooting of a local intelligence official, militia members rounded up nine civilians and executed them on the outskirts of Galkayo. “What happened is horrible, the heinous murder of nine innocent civilians in the southern part of Galkayo. All the victims belong to the same clan and the militiamen shot them in the same place after alleged Al Shabaab killed a local security official,” Mohamed Abdirahman, a Galkayo police official, told AFP. “This is an unacceptable act and we will bring the perpetrators to justice,” reacted a local customary chief, Hussein Dini. “It seems that the militiamen acted in retaliation for the death of a security official they thought was the work of Al Shabaab belonging to the same clan as the (civilian) victims,” the traditional chief said. “Their murder is unjustifiable,” he added. Witnesses reported to local media that the victims were randomly arrested in the streets and some in their homes and executed on the outskirts of the city. Local officials have in the past accused members of the Rahanweyn clan of providing fighters to the Shebab and more generally of being responsible for insecurity in the region. The members of the local militia involved in the killing of civilians are Saad Habargidir, one of the Hawiye sub-clans, who are very active in the southern part of Galkayo. Galkayo, located some 600 km north of the capital Mogadishu, straddles the border between the self-proclaimed semi-autonomous regions of Puntland and Galmudug. The city has been the scene of deadly violence in recent years between troops from both regions and also between rival clans occupying the north and south of the city.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:50:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com police officers injured in Benin protests former president Boni Yayi’s home town of Tchaourou, “small groups used handmade rifles and knives to seriously wound about 30 officers,” said Interior Minister Sacca Lafia, adding that calm had returned. About 30 members of the security forces were wounded in northern Benin, where supporters of the former president set up barricades. The police fired live ammunition, the Interior Minister said Friday night on Saturday. According to a local witness, residents fled the city to take refuge in nearby villages. Denied reports since then had reported deaths among demonstrators on Thursday, and several people on the ground told AFP that the police had fired live ammunition. Boni Yayi’s supporters, who have been under house arrest in Cotonou since 1 May and post-election violence – which left at least 4 people dead according to Amnesty International, 7 dead according to the opposition – also set fire to the police station and blocked the main road, according to the Interior Minister. “To clear the way, agents were sent. At[the city of] Savè, they were taken away by other small groups who also erected barricades,” Sacca Lafia said. Violence has resumed since the beginning of the week in this northern region of the country, six weeks after the 28 April parliamentary elections, in which the opposition was unable to participate. The rivalry between Head of State Patrice Talon and Boni Yayi is longstanding, the former being in opposition when the latter was President from 2006 to 2016. A situation that has now been reversed. Summoned in early June by a judge to be heard in an undisclosed case, Boni Yayi could not be heard due to health problems, his lawyer said.Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:23:00 +0000editorial@africanews.com