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Nigeria, Niger, Benin set up patrol team to tackle smuggling

 Nigeria, Niger and Benin have agreed to set up a monitoring committee to tackle smuggling after months of border closure. Representatives of the joint anti-smuggling committee, including foreign ministers met in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday to try to resolve the impasse.

“The patrol team is to agree on the modality to carry out its operation and recommend a date for the opening of the borders. The delegation of Benin and Niger appealed for the immediate re-opening of the Nigerian borders.

In conclusion, the three (3) countries reaffirmed their commitment in enhancing economic integration”, said Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.

The patrol team is to agree on the modality to carry out its operation and recommend a date for the opening of the borders. The committee will comprise naval, customs, immigration and security officials from the three African nations.

A statement released after the meeting said, the three countries have agreed to meet later this month to recommend opening the borders.

In August, Africa’s largest economy shuts its borders with Niger and Benin to curb smuggling of rice and other commodities. The decision continues to take a toll on businesses in the affected countries.

 

AFP

Ghana: Government To Shutdown Social Media Ahead Of 2020 Election

The government in Ghana would consider a brownout of social media ahead of the upcoming general election in 2020 to combat the circulation of what is termed fake news.

MO Africa source in Ghana says the measure is intended to cripple the propagandist machinery of the main opposition party in the West African Country. “The government would consider all mechanisms including the blackout of the airwaves and social media which would affect the chances of retaining power in 2020.

There are serious discussions among top government officials concerning a shutdown of social media under the guise to clampdown fake news”.

The Ghana National Communication Authority would be mandated according to the report to carry out the exercise when the veto is triggered.

The intended blackout of the media space to stifle the opposition has received major support among top government officials according to our source.

However, some officials have expressed strong views on the need for stringent measures to be enforced including the ban of social media which they believe would curb hate speech and douse off any violence in 2020.

They say suppressing campaign strategies by the main opposition party should be secondary to keeping the country peace pact after the election.

According to preliminary reports sighted by MO Africa source some 15 radio stations and Television Stations aligned to the main opposition party are on the radar for closure in simulation to sanitize the election space.

In Ethiopia, News report by the Africa News says Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers have approved a bill drafted by the Attorney General to combat fake news and hate speech. The bill’s official name is the Computer Crime Proclamation.

Despite approval by the council, the bill will be sent to parliament, the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HoPR) for final approval.

“It is deemed necessary to enact the law because the nation cannot address problems arising from hate speeches and fake news with existing laws,” a statement issued from the council of ministers said.

Social media has been identified as one of the main avenues through which users have incited ethically tinged violence leading to deaths and displacements.

Social media has also played an effective role to influence recent elections outcomes across the African Continent in recent times.

 

Source: Jacob Quarm with MO AFRICA UK

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma appointed acting president of South Africa

 Due to simultaneous international working visits by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy David Mabuza, cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been appointed acting president until Friday, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

Ramaphosa is leading a South African delegation to the 11th BRICS summit to be held in Brasilia, Brazil on Wednesday and Thursday under the theme “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”.

Ramaphosa represents South Africa at BRICS summit The summit will be preceded by a business forum where Ramaphosa and other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) leaders will interact with the grouping’s Business Council to strengthen dialogue and promote economic, trade, business and investment ties.

“South Africa’s membership of BRICS enables the country to employ additional and powerful tools in its fight to address the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality through increased trade, investment, tourism, capacity building, skills and technology transfers,” the Presidency said.

“These objectives are further realised through BRICS financial institutions like the New Development Bank and the Africa Regional Centre.” The presidency said South Africa had made concerted efforts to place the African continent on the BRICS agenda and to harmonize policies adopted in regional and international fora with those pursued by the group. 

“President Ramaphosa will utilize the opportunity to highlight to BRICS partners South Africa’s priorities for chairing the African Union in 2020 and the commencement of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area,” it said.

The BRICS countries together represent about 42 percent of the global population, 23 percent of gross domestic product, 30 percent of the territory and 18 percent of the global trade.

 

By African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa

Bostwana Psi Nominates Four Women Into Parliament

 Botswana’s freshly elected president Mokgweetsi Masisi has nominated four women as specially nominated Members of Parliament, increasing the number of female representatives to seven.

Botswana’s 12th National Assembly is composed of 57 elected parliamentarians, of which 54 are men. The president reiterated the need to increase the presence and participation of women in politics.

The Southern Africa Development Community electoral observation mission regretted the low number of female candidates in the country’s polls held last month.

This requires national reflection to address the gender imbalance in politics. “While women account for 55 percent of registered voters in Botswana, the 2019 elections represent a downward shift in the representation women in political leadership, particularly at the National Assembly level”, Dr. Sibusiso Moyo, who was the head of the observation mission.

In 2014 female representation in politics stood at 8.7 percent. Out of the 192 parliamentary aspirants 17 were women.

“In 2019, however, only 11 out of 210 parliamentary candidates were women, representing five percent of the total, which demonstrates a downward shift from the gains of 2014. This requires national reflection to address the gender imbalance in politics.”

Masisi’s special MPs Special nomination is a presidential dispensation, which allows the head of state to rope in expertise, which will lend insightful expertise to the legislation arm of government.

The recently endorsed special elected parliamentarians, Peggy Serame, Beauty Manake, Phildah Kereng and Doctor Unity Dow, are high achievers in their own right and expected to add value to the debates of the August house. Prior to her appointment, Peggy Serame was a action deputy permanent secretary to the President.

She has also over the last four years coordinated regional integration and negotiated trade agreements in the the ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry.

Beauty Manake is a full-time farmer who started off with a 16 hectare farm and grew it into a 4,410 hectare commercial farm within 10 years.

She has a passion for impacting rural transformation through developing agriculture. The third woman to be nominated by president Masisi to parliament is 60-year-old Dr Unity Dow. She is a former high court judge, human rights activist and a writer.

In the last parliament she served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Philda Nani Kereng is a social activist and human rights advocate with 24 years of experience in social development and child protection. Kereng was instrumental in the development of the national policy on Orphans and Vulnerable children (2008) and the Children’s Act (2009).

 

Africa News

MO Africa to Roll Up "This Is Africa" Project To Authenticate African Stories

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The company has rolled up a strategic program dubbed “This Is Africa” to tell the untold dynamic and unique stories of Africa; highlighting the achievements of Governments, Science, Technology and Businesses on the continent.

Africa is closely associated with; poverty, extreme hunger, diseases, socio-economic under-development, and wars.

MO Africa strongly believes it beholds on Africa to tell its authentic, accurate and compelling stories to challenge the biased reportage which has remained the status quo for years. Media is a powerful tool.

MO Africa admits the continent is faced with challenges as other continents however the resounding achievements of African Governments must be acknowledged and boldly told. 

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Flooding across East Africa affects over 1 million people

More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday.

Parts of the region are bracing for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation.

The International Rescue Committee said many people had been reeling from an earlier period of severe drought.

Now the rains in parts of Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya are expected for another four to six weeks.

“We desperately need help here from anyone who can help us, things are bad, and help needs to come fast before it is too late,” said Mohamed Hassan, one of thousands of people displaced in Beledweyne, Somalia.

The flooding in Somalia, which has caused several deaths, has displaced more than 180,000 people and destroyed crops, the aid group Action Against Hunger said.

It estimated that the tropical storm would bring another meter of water to parts of the region.

“For many people, this is the worst flooding in a lifetime,” the group’s regional director Hajir Maalim said, adding that food is no longer reaching many people with roads and bridges submerged.

Experts have said the changing weather patterns have a huge impact because close to 100% of the country’s agriculture is rain-fed.

In South Sudan, President Salva Kiir this week declared a state of emergency in 27 counties because of the flooding.

The United Nations has said entire communities in some areas have been submerged, disease is spreading and access to health services is a challenge.

“I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the floods,” said Alain Noudehou, the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator in the country.

Experts called the floods a worrying sign of how climate change is affecting already vulnerable communities.

“The floods are getting worse and they’re happening more frequently,” said Nhial Tiitmamer, director of the environmental and natural resources program at the Sudd Institute, a South Sudanese think tank.

The floods there are the heaviest in six years in terms of the depth and the extent of the area affected, he said.

AP

Botswana president takes oath of office for first term

Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi was today sworn in as Botswana’s fifth president.

President Masisi and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) emerged victorious in last week’s general election.

The ceremony took place in the parliament in the capital Gaborone. In his acceptance speech, the president pledged to uphold the rule of law and to relentlessly fight corruption. “I wish and hasten to remind all victors, regardless of political affiliation, that our duty is to serve the interests of Botswana and Batswana without fear or favour.

“I would like to reiterate that I am committed to the rule of law in this country, so as to enhance confidence and send a message to all of us that the law must be abided or face consequences of non compliance.”

He has been in office since April 1, 2019; coming into office on the back of a ruling party arrangement where the vice president takes office months to the expiration of the second term of the substantive president.

Masisi is set to serve his five year substantive first term in office. He also expressed his determination to improve the lives of

 “Our citizens are yearning for the social and economic transformation of their country.”

President Masisi stressed that: “Batswana should always remain at the epicentre of our development agenda.

One of our key priorities is to create meaningful and sustainable jobs.”

He further urged citizens to unite and fight the myriad of challenges, the 2.2 million nation is facing. “I wish and hasten to remind all victors, regardless of political affiliation, that our duty is to serve the interests of Botswana and Batswana without fear or favour,” continued President Masisi during his inaugural speech.

“Today we continue to face problems and challenges of unemployment, poverty, corruption, hostile external interference to our democracy and threats of capture, alcohol and substance abuse, climate change and drought,” the president said.

In order to become a high income economy, President Masisi said it is imperative for relentless efforts in improving the country’s governance systems, service delivery across all sectors of Government and private sectors.

Botswana is highly competitive and a destination of choice for foreign direct investment.

“Public sector reforms are critical for improved the inauguration service delivery and therefore they will be accelerated and intensified.”

The swearing in and inauguration of President Masisi was graced by His Excellency Filipe Nyusi, the President of Mozambique, His Excellency Edgar Lungu of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Dambudzo Mngwagwa. And various governments representatives from the SADC bloc.

 

Africa News

Russia’s VTB Bank Demands $500M from Mozambique Government

Mozambique guaranteed $500 million of loans from the Russian state-supported bank on defense and development projects which have been hit by a corruption scandal.

By Reuters one day ago VTB Bank reminded Mozambique that it has the right to sue the government if the loans are not paid back 

An arm of Russia’s state-backed lender VTB is hoping the Mozambique government will make it whole for losses on some $500 million in loans it made to finance coastal defense and other development work there, after the projects derailed amid a corruption scandal, an executive said on Wednesday.

Cicely Leemhuis, the deputy head of the legal department at VTB Capital, told the U.S. federal court in Brooklyn, New York, that the loans “are considered to be significant exposure” for the investment bank.

The loans, made to three state-owned companies in Mozambique, were guaranteed by the government of Mozambique and VTB has a contractual option of suing to recover its losses, she said.

The loans are being restructured and VTB Capital still expects to be repaid, she added.

Mozambique companies awarded Abu Dhabi-based Privinvest Group contracts to build a coastal defense system, a tuna fishing fleet and a shipyard in the country.

The projects were financed by nearly $2 billion worth of loans issued by Credit Suisse and VTB Capital. U.S. prosecutors have alleged that executives from the two banks and Privinvest, however, got involved in a $200 million scheme to pay bribes and kickbacks to government officials and themselves to secure the contracts and loans.

Prosecutors have argued that Credit Suisse went on to sell parts of those loans to investors, including some in the United States, who were falsely told that all the money was being used for legitimate government projects.

Three former Credit Suisse bankers and Mozambique former finance minister Manuel Chang have been charged in the case.

VTB’s Leemhuis told the court that the bank would not have issued the loans had it known that Privinvest was bribing officials.

“It would have been illegal for VTB to do so,” she said.

At Russia's Inaugural Africa Summit, one of the world's most indebted countries — admitted in 2016 to undisclosed lending, prompting the International Monetary Fund and foreign donors to cut off support, triggering a currency collapse and a default on its sovereign debt.

One of the world's poorest countries, Mozambique's economy was worth $14.5 billion in 2018, according to World Bank data, and has seen its debt-to-gross-domestic-product ratio hit 113%, data from the IMF shows.

 

Source: The MoscowTimes

Over 400 Arrest in Ethiopia’s Ethnic Violence claiming 78 lives

The office of Ethiopia’s prime minister on Thursday issued a statement saying more than 400 people have been arrested during investigations into ethnic and religious violence that left 78 people dead last week.

Protests against Abiy erupted in Addis Ababa and in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on October 23 after a prominent activist accused security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against him, a claim police denied.

The unrest quickly devolved into ethnic and religious clashes that killed dozens of people over three days.

 “The latest information that I have in terms of perpetrators that have been apprehended is 409 individuals,” spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told a press conference.

She said investigations were ongoing and that more suspects could be taken into custody.

Billene said Thursday that the death toll had climbed to 78, up from the figure of 67 provided by a police official in Oromia last week.

In defence of Abiy Abiy, who came to power last year and was named this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been criticised for his government’s response to the violence and specifically for waiting until the weekend to issue a statement.

Billene defended the response Thursday and dismissed descriptions of Abiy as “weak”.

Ethnic violence has been a recurring problem under Abiy, causing Ethiopia to record more displaced people than any other country last year.

Billene said the violence is the work of unnamed “elements” that oppose Abiy’s reform agenda, which has included freeing political prisoners and creating a more open political environment.

She also said the latest surge was partly a “backlash” against plans to transform Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, which has been in power for nearly three decades, into a single political party.

 

Source: Africa News

Nigeria Supreme Court dismisses appeal against Buhari's re-election

 Nigeria Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Wednesday (October 30) dismissed an appeal filed by main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar against the re-election earlier this year of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The panel headed by the Chief Justice Mohammed Tanko said it had examined all the briefs and exhibits submitted by the petitioners but found that there was no merit in the appeal.

The panel said their reasons for the dismissal will be given later.

A Presidential Election Tribunal had dismissed a challenge to Buhari’s victory following which Atiku mounted an appeal at the Supreme Court.

Atiku, a former vice-president, led the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, into the polls but lost to Buhari who secured a final term with the governing All Progressives Congress, APC.

Buhari came to power in 2015 beating then incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. He secured re-election in hotly contested vote in February.

Nigeria has since 1999 had contested polls with Buhari failing to overturn previous defeats. The most recent case of presidential results being overturned in Africa was over in Kenya where the Supreme court annulled the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.

The Justice Maraga-led court ordered a rerun which the main opposition led by former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, boycotted. Kenyatta won a landslide despite very low turnout. 

 

Source: Africa news

Guinea Bissau President Dissolves Cabinet Ahead Of November Polls

President José Mario Vaz dissolved his council of ministers in a presidential decree announced on Monday.

Vaz blamed an unspecified political crisis which he said had paralyzed state institutions and functioning of government.

A few days ago, the Prime Minister, Aristide Gomes, denounced what he called a coup attempt.

And on Saturday, the police violently stopped an attempt by the opposition to demonstrate, killing one person and injuring several others.

This is the latest episode in a long power struggle between the president and the government of the small West African country of about two million people.

The dismissal of the government has left Guinea Bissau in even more uncertainty.

There are now doubts on whether the country can hold a planned presidential election at the end of November.

President Mario Vaz will face off against former prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira who he dismissed in 2015.

Pereira’s dismissal is what started the political impasse, which, regional bloc ECOWAS hopes can end with the November elections.

Independent since 1974, Guinea Bissau, a former Portuguese colony, is familiar with instability.

It has already experienced four military takeovers, and sixteen attempted coups.

World's worst places to be a woman: South Sudan, DRC, Mali, Libya, UK among best.

 

South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Mali and Libya were listed as some of the worst countries in the world, for one to be a woman however Norway lists among the best with Austria and United Kingdom following.

Research organizations Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Peace Research Institute Oslo said the state of women’s rights has improved in some 60 countries, but in deteriorated in many war-torn nations.

The researchers looked at 167 countries since 2017 when the first Women, Peace and Security Index was compiled, weighing variables such as access to bank accounts, jobs and security.

Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq were the other countries at the bottom of the ranking.

We have a number of countries which boosted the share of women in their national legislatures.

The new research found deterioration in women’s lives was often linked to security, which worsened in almost 50 countries.

As to legal reforms, Moldova moved up 22 places owing to changes in its sexual assault laws. Saudi Arabia persisted in having the most extensive legal discrimination against women, followed by Yemen, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Syria.

The report said legal discrimination means about 2.7 billion women globally are restricted from working in the same jobs as men.

The researchers however said it was not “all doom and gloom” around the world, for the state of women’s rights.

According to the findings, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Austria are among the best countries in the world to be a woman.

Rounding out the top of the list were United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Sweden and Netherlands tied for ninth place, followed by Canada.

“There are important areas of progress. It’s not all doom and gloom,” said Jeni Klugman, managing director of the Georgetown Institute.

“A national election can bring about big changes, both positive and negative,” Klugman told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“We have a number of countries which boosted the share of women in their national legislatures. We also had several countries which went the other way,” she added.

Iceland lost its top spot from 2017 after elections brought a drop in the number of women in parliament.

The United States inched up to No. 19 from No. 22 two years ago, in part due to 2018 elections when a record number of women were elected to Congress.

But Klugman said the United States continues to lag in the area of domestic violence.

The research is intended to inform and inspire action, Klugman said, noting that the factors it weighed are integral to the global development goals adopted unanimously by the United Nations in 2015.

“It’s not like it’s something we invented out of thin air. It’s something which is grounded in those long, hard-negotiated agreements, so we’re holding them to account for that.”

The U.N. adopted 17 goals, including gender equality and an end to hunger, poverty and other ills, to be achieved by 2030.

 

REUTERS 

Mozambique President Re-elected with 74%

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has been re-elected with 73% of the vote and his Frelimo party will have 74% of seats in parliament, according to official results announced Sunday.

The main opposition party, Renamo, has rejected the results, alleging the elections were marked by fraud and intimidation.

After drawing enthusiastic crowds during the campaign, Renamo candidate Ossufo Momade took 22% of the vote, according to Mozambique’s electoral commission, which reported an overall voter turnout of 51%.

.In the 250-seat National Assembly, Frelimo won 184 seats, Renamo 60 seats and the MDM party got six seats.

Renamo failed to win a single province in a vote where provincial governors were directly elected for the first time.

Frelimo will continue to govern all 10 provinces which elected provincial assemblies.

One province, Maputo city, did not elect a provincial assembly to avoid duplicating the municipal government, which is also run by Frelimo.

The result leaves Frelimo “stronger than ever,” said businessman and activist Erik Charas, who founded the independent newspaper A Verdade.

“A third term is possible,” despite the constitution limiting the president to two terms, Charas said.

A two-thirds majority in parliament would allow Frelimo to change the constitution without needing the agreement of the opposition. Opposition parties, including the third largest party, the MDM, boycotted the announcement of the results.

Renamo’s Momade last week called on Mozambicans not to respect the result.

International observers raised concerns about the credibility of the results.

The United States Embassy said its observers “witnessed a number of irregularities and vulnerabilities during the voting and the first stages of the tabulation process.” Some results in Gaza province, where the election authorities registered 300,000 more voters than a recent census said lived in the province, “strained credulity,” according to the U.S. statement.

An observer mission sent by the European Union said the elections were conducted in a “climate of fear,” which was made worse when a leading Mozambican observer was killed in Gaza province a week before the poll and police were arrested for the killing.

A top Renamo official and her husband were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Tete province a day before the vote.

Activist Jawar The EU mission said the campaign occurred on “an unlevel playing field” where “the ruling party … benefited from the advantages of incumbency, including unjustified use of state resources,” forcing civil servants and teachers to participate in campaign activities.

AP 

Morrocan Court increases Journalist Jail Sentence To 15years

A court in Morocco has increased Taoufik Bouachrine’s sentence to 15 years in prison for sexual violence.

The head of the independent daily Akhbar al-Yaoum newspaper was sentenced to 12 years in prison for human trafficking, abuse of power for sexual violence, rape and attempted rape.

Bouachrine has repeatedly denied this. His defense denounces what they call a political trial.

“Taoufik Bouachrine maintains his innocence on all charges. He wonders how he could have been charged with such terrible crimes as human trafficking and rape in the absence of any proof”, Abdelmoula Marouri said.

Known for his critical writing, the journalist boycotted the last appeal hearings to protest against methods by the prosecution.

According to him, he was prevented from proving his innocence.

However, Bouachrine insisted on exercising his right to speak on Friday by calling for a fair sentence.

“ I am just a journalist and not an opponent of any party. I am a simple journalist with my pen, I am not opposed to any institutions or the state”, Marouri indicated.

The head of Morocco’s most widely read Arabic-language daily newspaper was also fined 250,000 euros as compensation to the eight plaintiffs.

AFP 

Putin meets Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan leaders

Presidents of Nigeria, Uganda and Sudan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi.

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni extolled Russia for its support in building Uganda’s army with Russian equipment.

“We want to buy more. We have been paying cash in the past. Cash, cash, cash. And this slows down the pace because we must have cash to pay. What I propose is that you supply and we pay. That would be some sort of credit supply. That will make us build faster”, Museveni said.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was grateful to Russia for helping reduce the terrorists of Boko Haram.

“Thanks to the support of our friends and allies like the Russian Federation, we have significantly reduced the terrorists of Boko Haram”, he said.

President Putin enumerated big projects between Moscow and Africa.

“We have big projects currently under way, including cooperation on the exploration of mineral resource bases.

Russian investors have invested meaningful sums for example into gold mines in your country, the flagship of which is the Kush project which produces 3 tonnes of gold every year”, Putin said.

Also at the meeting was Sudanese president Abdel Fattah Al Burhan

“From our side, we are waiting for the agreement on further cooperation between Sudan and Russia to be approved and signed by you so we can cooperate in reforming the military institution and developing the capacities of its armed forces’‘. he said.

Putin also said Moscow has written off $20 billion in debt and provided aid to African nations.

Unprecedented: Russian nuclear-capable bombers land in S. Africa

A Russian pair of nuclear-capable bombers made an unprecedented visit to Africa on Wednesday, reflecting Moscow’s new push for influence.

Footage from Russia’s Defence Ministry showed two TU-160 strategic fighter planes taking off from an unknown location in Russia and later landing at the Waterkloof airfield in South Africa.

It reportedly took the flight more than 13 hours and pilot had to refuel in the sky mid-journey.

The Defence Ministry said Russia will use the planes in joint military exercises with South African colleagues, describing the visit as a sign of ‘’ strategic partnership’‘.

Russia has signed military cooperation agreements with at least 28 African countries, the majority in the past five years.

Officials have discussed the possibility for Russian airplanes and navy ships to use ports and air bases in some African countries.

AP

South Africa's main opposition leader resigns amid race row

South Africa Leader of South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, has announced his resignation from the party.

His move was widely speculated by local media outlets that said it was in connection with a race row within the party, which has the second highest number of seats in the National Assembly.

Maimane, was the first black leader of the DA. He is the second high profile party member to resign over the row that saw controversial former party leader Helen Zille elected to the second most powerful post in the DA over the weekend.

Before Maimane, the DA’s mayor for the city of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, had also resigned over Zille’s election.

Maimane and Zille clashed in 2017 after she praised aspects of colonialism.

The DA is a largely white dominant party that has over the years wooed black voters.

Maimane’s election as leader became a break from the past with analysts averring that it had contributed to the DA’s strong showing in the last local elections held in 2016.

Ghana Union Of Greater Manchester

2020 Election: GUGM To Retain Chair, Top Executives To Be Axed.

The Ghana Union of Greater Manchester UK will be ‘orphaned’ as it ceases to have functional executive board come 27 October 2019 with the expiration of the 2 years’ service deadline as stipulated in the union’s constitution by officeholders.

In line with the provisions in the constitution of the Union, new officers are to be elected with the mandate to steer the affairs of the organization to October 2021.

Prior to the opening of nominations for interested resident Ghanaians in Manchester to file for executive positions, the union suffered disillusionment on grounds of processes to elect new executives.

The varied opinions were centered on embracing departing initiatives from the status quo of the union electing officers for the past years or not.

Opinion polls conducted by MO AFRICA ahead of the Annual General Meeting when the new executives will be elected on the 27th October indicate the union will retain its current chairman Pastor Yaw Adu-Dwumaa however  top executive members are on the line to exit with the injection of new faces.

Most of the respondents described the Chairman as dynamic and selfless with qualities of a great leader and believe retaining him will be a lurch to the greater benefit of the union.

Our verification shows an expression of interest has so far not been pitched against the chairmanship position which pre-supposes an overwhelming endorsement for the only candidate, Pastor Yaw Adu-Dwumaa.

MO AFRICA is keenly following the election to certify its independent poll results.

 

Source: MO AFRICA with Jacob Quarm

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Mr Thomas Kusi Boafo- CEO Public Sector Reforms

Politicians Have Woefully Failed Ghana- CEO Public Sector Reforms

 The Chief Executive Officer of the Public Sector Reforms in Ghana Mr Thomas Kusi Boafo was mesmerized after a week visit to Rwanda.

"The only thing we've than Rwanda is our politicians drive luxurious cars than theirs. From what I saw, Ghana is an embarrassment of a country and a total abomination to the creator"

"If we don't stop worshipping politicians and playing foolish NPP vs NDC politics, we will suffer in future. I admit that I as a Public sector boss from Ghana, I drive a better car than their finance minister.

They've more ambulances than we have. Ambulances even placed in farms"

"There's so much serenity in the country. I saw a Methodist Church in a village shut down because the building looked weak. Church was told to put it in good shape before they can get permit to reopen. They dont want to wait for it to collapse before they blame God"-

A minister told me that in 2008, Kagame gave loans to equal number of men and women to do business. They did account after 5yrs and the women had increased their profit in folds but most of the men didnt survive.

This explains why women receive 10% higher salaries in Rwanda than men"

"We toured the country. Saw lot of big plantations like coffee, tea and others. To my amazement, there were ambulances following farmers to the plantations in case there's an injury. These small villages had hospitals with very young efficient working medics.

"I was stunned to learn that their minister of Public Sector Reforms schooled at the Univ of Ghana Biz Sch. A lot of them actually school in Ghana. Their free Education ends at the Junior High School Level. The Sec Schools are only subsidized"

"I was there with a 7 member delegation. We stepped out to find food. In fact there was no seller on the streets and everything was in order. With the equivalence of 40cedis, I fed all the 7 people.

"Rent is so controlled and accommodation is easy. I realized Ghana is in crisis"

"Police were not stopping us unnecessarily on our way so I asked the driver and he told me all vehicles are equipped with chips from the Vehicle Licensing. Once your road worthy and license are valid, you just swipe them every morning. If it expires, the police are aware".

“I think Ghana really needs a national orientation and complete reformation. We have to be truthful to ourselves we have lost track and direction.

"We have so much advantage over Rwanda but truth be told they are doing way way better than us. We have to stop blaming witches"

Source: Mr Thomas Kusi Boafo

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President Putin

Russia To "Fight" The West For Africa

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin on Monday said his country can offer help to African countries without political conditions. Putin’s remarks which also took a swipe at what he described as the ‘exploitative West’, come a few days before Russia hosts a summit with African leaders.

The Kremlin has said it expects 47 African leaders to converge on the Black Sea city of Sochi for the Oct. 23-24 event, Moscow’s first Russia-Africa summit and part of an ambitious push for influence and business in Africa.

Putin on Monday gave the clearest idea yet of his pitch to African countries, warning of rising competition over Africa and accusing the West of intimidating African countries to exploit their resources.

“We see how an array of Western countries are resorting to pressure, intimidation and blackmail of sovereign African governments,” Putin said in an interview with the TASS news agency.

He did not name specific countries, but said he was referring to countries that used to be colonial powers on the continent.

“They are using such methods to try to return lost influence and dominance in their former colonies in a new guise and rushing to pump out maximum profits and to exploit the continent,” he said.

By contrast, Putin said Russia was ready to offer help without “political or other conditions” and to embrace the principle of African solutions for African problems.

Moscow’s relations with Africa were on the up, he added, pointing to military technical cooperation agreements that Russia currently has with more than 30 African countries which it supplies arms to.

Tiekn Jah Fakoly, an Ivorian reggae star

Ivorian star calls for resistance to Guinea president's third term bid

 Tiekn Jah Fakoly, an Ivorian reggae star has called on Guineans to resist the third-term bid of President Alpha Conde.

According to a message posted on his official Facebook page, there was the need to resist the move by 81-year-old Conde because it could have repercussions across the wider West Africa region, Fakoly stressed. As at last week, the death toll in anti-government protest hit nine, authorities confirmed last Thursday.

The protesters rejected a possible constitutional amendment that could permit President Alpha Condé to run for a third term. However, the coalition of opposition groups estimates the number of deaths at 10, all men between the ages of 14 and 30.

The capital Conakry has been the scene of tire fires, gunfire and arrests this week. Fifteen opposition members and supporters arrested earlier this week appeared in court on Wednesday over inciting violence and threatening public order.

President Alpha Condé‘s second and final term ends in 2020, but the 81-year-old leader intends to run for re-election.

 

Source: Africa News

At least 28 killed in heavy rains in northeastern Ghana

At least 28 people have died as a result of heavy rains that have been raining for a week in northeastern Ghana, rescue services told AFP on Friday.

“We have so far counted 28 dead. About 640 people in six communities had to leave their homes, we relocated them,” said George Ayisi, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).

“About 286 houses collapsed as a result of the disaster, making life difficult for the population (…). Most of the displaced have lost their personal belongings – clothes, valuables, money,” he added. It doesn't look like the rains will stop soon.

The meteorological service has informed us that the rains will last until the first week of November, so we must be prepared for everything.

“It doesn’t look like the rains will stop soon. The meteorological service has informed us that the rains will last until the first week of November, so we must be prepared for everything” in this region located more than 800 km from the capital Accra, according to Mr Ayisi.

According to NADMO, a total of 46 people were killed in heavy rains and floods this year in Ghana, where these phenomena are frequent. 

 

Source: Africa News

Military Parade

Former Equatorial Guinea army chief jailed 18 years

A military court sentenced former Equatorial Guinea Chief of Staff Ruslan Hermes Nguema Oyana to 18 years in prison on Friday for embezzlement of public funds, the country’s military sources reported on Saturday.

Colonel Oyana was also ordered to reimburse the 38 million CFA francs (about 58,000 euros) embezzled, the same sources noted, confirming information broadcast on state television.

After two months in command of the army, Colonel Oyana was dismissed by a presidential decree in December 2018. Colonel Oyana had been promoted at the same time several other officers had been demoted.

Equatorial Guinea, a small oil country in Central Africa, is ruled by Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 77, the world’s oldest head of state in terms of longevity (excluding monarchy), after 40 years in power. 

Riek Macha

Riek Machar visits South Sudan to save peace deal

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar ON Saturday arrived in Juba to try and save the fragile peace agreement as the mid-November deadline for forming a government with President Salva Kiir approaches.

The two men “will meet behind closed doors at the presidential palace today,” said a spokesman for Machar’s SPLM-IO party, Manawa Peter Gatkuot, after the rebel leader arrived.

South Sudan plunged into civil war in December 2013, two years after its independence from Sudan, when Mr. Kiir, a Dinka, accused Machar, then his vice-president, a member of the Nuer ethnic group, of plotting a coup d‘état.

The conflict, marked by atrocities and the use of rape as a weapon of war, has killed more than 380,000 people and forced more than four million South Sudanese, nearly a third of the population, to leave their homes.

The peace agreement reached in September 2018 has led to a sharp drop in fighting, although it has not completely ceased. The deadline negotiated in May was intended in particular to allow the cantonment of combatants and their integration into a unified army, but little progress has been made since then.

The deadline for the formation of this government, in which Machar is to assume the position of First Vice-President, has already been delayed before being set for 12 November.

In addition, technical aspects of the agreement, such as those relating to the demarcation of borders between States, have not made any progress. Machar, who lives in exile in Khartoum, also seeks guarantees for his personal safety before returning permanently to Juba, which he fled under heavy fire when a previous peace agreement collapsed in July 2016.

Efforts to have the warring parties confine their troops to a unified army – a crucial point of the peace agreement – have made little progress.

According to observers, the only way forward, in the absence of progress on such sensitive issues, is for Machar and Kiir to reach a new political agreement that will allow them to move forward with the formation of a power-sharing government.

 

Source: Africa News

Protest In Guinea

Guinea's prosecutor asks for five year jail term for protest leaders

Guinea’s public prosecutor on Friday requested before a court in Conakry the maximum penalty of five years in prison for the main protest leaders against a possible third term bid of President Alpha Condé.

The court will issue its judgment next Tuesday.

In a court under high police protection and full of people, Prosecutor Sidy Souleymane Ndiaye requested the same five-year prison sentence against seven of the eight defendants, with a fine of two million Guinean francs each (194 euros).

The defendants are leaders of the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution, a coalition of political parties and civil society groups behind demonstrations in Conakry and several cities in Guinea.

The prosecutor likened their action as an “insurrection”. He spoke of “insidious, serious and dangerous statements to disturb public order”. The authorities claim these protests are illegal stressing police did not approve of them.

From the beginning, he justified the repression of the protests on grounds of public safety. The prosecutor also noted that the FNDC had called for the paralysis of mines, banks and all economic activity.

The defendants’ lawyers contested that their clients had called for the demonstrations and requested for their release. “In prison or in freedom, I will fight against Alpha Condé‘s policy for a third term, I will fight to prevent Alpha Condé from having a third term,” said one of the defendants, Ibrahima Diallo.

“The Guinean Constitution is not a rag,” said one of the lawyers, Halimatou Camara, calling supporters of a third term of office “arsonists”, in a warning against the risk of escalation if Alpha Condé confirmed his plans.

The protest has already resulted in ten deaths among the demonstrators and 70 gunshot wounds, and nearly 200 arrests, according to the FNDC. The authorities claim nine people have lost their lives.

The FNDC intends to block President Condé‘s plan to have the Constitution revised to run for a third term in office when his second term expires in October 2020. Guinea’s current Constitution limits a president to two term limits.

The NGO Human Rights Watch has called for an end to the repression, the release of those arrested and an investigation into the violence. The authorities have banned all demonstrations since July 2018, but repression has intensified in recent days.

It recalls that in the past it has extensively denounced the “excessive use of lethal force” by Guinean police and gendarmes during demonstrations and acts of brutality against demonstrators. It denounces the “almost total impunity” of the security forces.

“The systematic ban on all demonstrations, the arbitrary arrest of civil society leaders and the use of violence to disperse demonstrators show that the government is prepared to trample on human rights to repress the protest,” the statement noted.

The international community is alarmed by the current tensions in a poor country despite its significant mineral resources, with uncertain stability and a tradition of extremely violent protests and repression.

 

Source: Africa News

Psi John Magufuli Of Tanzania

Magufuli moves to Tanzania's new capital Dodoma

By Daniel Mumbere

Tanzania’s president John Magufuli has fulfilled his pledge to have the entire government relocate to the country’s new capital of Dodoma by the end of 2019.

Dodoma, which was elevated to city status last year, was designated as the capital city by the country’s founding president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in 1973.

Its central location, compared to the coastal Dar es Salaam is considered ideal for bringing government services closer to the people.

Magufuli, who last week shifted his voting address to Dodoma, told journalists he had finally shifted his presidential base from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma.

“I was in Kitavi region, but I decided to come to my home city, Dodoma, to register my name because this is now my official address,” Magufuli said.

Saudi Arabia backs Sudan in effort to be de-listed as 'terrorist sponsors'

 

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said on Sunday it is working to remove Sudan from the United States’ list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The information shared in a tweet followed a meeting in Riyadh between King Salman and the head of Sudan’s transitional sovereign council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and prime minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The designation as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to 1993, over allegations that former President Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government was supporting terrorism. Inclusion on the list makes Sudan ineligible for desperately needed debt relief and financing from lenders like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Removal would potentially open the door for foreign investment. Relations between US and new Sudan government A transitional government was installed in August following months of protests that led to the military ousting Bashir.

A senior U.S. official said in August that the country would test the commitment of Sudan’s new transitional government to human rights, freedom of speech and humanitarian access before it agrees to remove the country from the state sponsor of terrorism list.

Hamdok said last month he had held useful talks with U.S. officials on the topic and expressed hope that an agreement could be reached “very soon.” Saudi’s commitment to Sudan Saudi Arabia is also working on initiating investments in Sudan and improving existing projects, the tweet said, adding that Sudan was seeking Saudi Arabia’s support in international forums and wanted to provide an environment for investment and expand its agricultural sector.

Soon after Bashir was toppled in April, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced $3 billion worth of aid in the form of a deposit to the central bank, food, medicine, and petroleum products. 

 

Source: Reuters

On Display: Mara Smartphones

Rwanda launches first 'Made in Africa' smartphones

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters)

Rwanda's Mara Group launched two smartphones on Monday, describing them as the first "Made in Africa" models and giving a boost to the country's ambitions to become a regional technology hub.

The Mara X and Mara Z will use Google’s Android operating system and cost 175,750 Rwandan francs ($190) and 120,250 Rwandan francs ($130) respectively.

They will compete with Samsung, whose cheapest smartphone costs 50,000 Rwandan francs ($54), and non-branded phones at 35,000 Rwandan francs ($37).

Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar said it was targeting customers willing to pay more for quality.

"This is the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa," Thakkar told Reuters after touring the company alongside Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. Companies assemble smartphones in Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria and South Africa, but import the components, he said.

"We are actually the first who are doing manufacturing. We are making the motherboards, we are making the sub-boards during the entire process,” he said.

“There are over 1,000 pieces per phone." Thakkar said the plant had cost $24 million and could make 1,200 phones per day.

Mara Group hopes to profit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, a pact aimed at forming a 55-nation trade bloc, to boost sales across Africa.

The agreement is due to begin trading in July next year, aiming to unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc.

But it is still in the very early stages and no timelines have been agreed for abolishing tariffs.

Kagame said he hoped the phone would increase Rwanda's smartphone usage, currently at around 15%.

"Rwandans are already using smartphones but we want to enable many more. The introduction of Mara phones will put smartphones ownership within reach of more Rwandans,” Kagame said.

(Edited by Giulia Paravicini and Mark Potter)

It’s Drivable

Dad 3D-printed a Lamborghini because his son liked one in Forza

Source Yahootech

 

Sterling Backus's son only had one question after he drove a Lamborghini Aventador in the XBOX video game Forza: Can we build one?

Most dads would respond with a chuckle and some quip about winning the lottery.

But not Backus, whose day job is laser physicist. Backus responded, "Sure," and he meant it.

As of this week, the replica is capable of driving under its own power.

Backus, the chief scientific officer at KMLabs in Boulder, Colorado, and his 11-year-old son dubbed the project "Interceptor," and the build has a budget of about $20,000. Backus hand-built the steel chassis and pulled an LS1 V8 from a Corvette for power.

He found the panel layouts through online design community GrabCAD, and then he modified them for 3D printing.

 But he ran into a problem: The 3D-printed plastic would melt in the sun. So, he decided to incorporate carbon-fiber encapsulation (shown below), in which he wraps the parts and covers them in epoxy. Piece by piece, he assembled the shape of the supercar using a Creality CR-10 105 desktop 3D printer that he got for about $900 from Amazon.

The front brake air intake alone is said to have taken 52 hours to complete. Additional cool features include a gated shifter, functioning lights, and scissor doors.

The car is drivable!

Ethiopia : New East Africa Economic Giant

Ethiopia : New East Africa Economic Giant

 Ethiopia is becoming East Africa’s new economic giant. The country has become the biggest economy in the region thanks to the dominating agriculture and service sectors which account for much of the country’s gross domestic product.

According to Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, in the current phase of the Growth and Transformation Plan, Ethiopia has planned to reduce the share of the agricultural sector in its Gross Domestic Product in favor of industry and service sectors.

The overall growth of Ethiopia’s economy has come from the expansion of the service and agricultural sectors, while the performance of the manufacturing has been relatively modest.

According to World Bank research, private consumption and public investment have been increasing, assuming increasingly important roles in recent years. Currently, Services accounts for more than 40 % of Ethiopian GDP and the sector expansion is expected to continue across the country.

Some experts believe the service sector will dominate the economy in the near future.

 

 Source : Ezega

Wendy Okolo

Wendy Okolo :First Black Woman To Earn A Doctorate In Aerospace Engineering

 Wendy Okolo earned her doctorate degree at 26 years old.

According to her profile on the organization’s website, Okolo works as a special emphasis programs manager at Ames Research Center and is a research engineer in the Discovery and Systems Health Technology (DaSH) Area.

Her role includes researching control systems applications, systems health monitoring and creating solutions for issues related to the designing of aircraft and spacecraft.

She earned her B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and 2015. Okolo completed her dissertation research with a focus on aircraft fuel-saving methods.

Her research was funded by several organizations including the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC).

After completing her graduate studies, she worked as a summer researcher at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Control Design and Analysis Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

While there, Okolo piloted one of the world’s fastest crewed aircraft. Per the Philadelphia Tribune. Wendy Okolo is the first Black woman to earn a doctorate in aerospace engineering at just 26 years old.

Along with accomplishing the prestigious honor, she was the winner of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Global Competitiveness Conference award for being the most promising engineer in the United States government.

“I was like I’m sure these guys are so smart, what am I going to bring to the table. I was given an assignment to correct an error in a code system which I did and that momentarily ended the impostor syndrome,” the now 30-year-old shared of her initial thoughts upon working with the U.S. Air Force.

The former Society of Women Engineers and African Student Society member at UT Arlington also worked on NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

 

Source:Blavity

Worrying: Nana Akufo Addo President of Ghana

Ghana: Tension Heightened as Youths Joblessness Cause Disaffection For Government

 

By: Jacob Quarm ( MO Africa )

Youths unemployment is a major challenge facing Ghana however governments have failed to address the jobless endemic.

The situation has caused unparallel disaffection for the ruling government as tension heightened ahead of the 2020 General Election.

Graduate unemployment is skyrocketing as entrepreneurial ventures are highly risky grounds to tread due to unsupportive economy. The hope for the less  educated in a conjested job market is dashed.

According to Dr. William Baah-Boateng an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ghana, an intriguing aspect of Ghana’s youth unemployment patterns is that youth unemployment appears higher among the educated than the less educated. Unemployment rates are highest among young people aged 29 years and below with bachelor’s degrees.

They are lowest among those with no formal education or basic education. When it comes to the gender dimension, the unemployment rate is estimated to be higher among young females than young males in Ghana.

Although youth employment has been among issues dominating the political discourse, a solution to the problem appears elusive.

Dr Eric Oteng-Abayie of the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology has succinctly described the jobless growth in Ghana as a "poison pill". He urged government to target youth employment as a matter of priority.

Dr Oteng-Abayie said harnessing the human capital of productive youths could  serve as a catalyst in achieving the sustainable development agenda of "jobs for all".

 

 

 

Embassy: Equatorial Guinea-France

Government Press release on process regarding dishonestly acquired goods

The Equatorial Guinea Embassy in France welcomes the fact that the French Government is addressing the problem of the restitution of goods seized within the framework of the so-called "dishonestly acquired goods"

Within the current framework of French legislation, these goods are seized by the Agency for the Management and Recovery of Seized and Confiscated Goods (AGRASC), but due to the lack of a framework to organise their restitution to the populations that French justice considers to be the injured party, they in fact return to the budget of the French State.

This situation is unfair. Why would the French State be more legitimate than the populations presented as the injured parties to benefit from these goods?

In addition, there is a persistent lack of transparency in the use or final provision for the assets.

The countries in question are neither informed or consulted.

In order to rectify the situation, last May, the Senate approved a draft law proposing the principle of restitution to the people.

It also designated two deputies to examine and make proposals regarding the returns.

The Government that supported this initiative is committed to a restitution mechanism "by the end of 2019 at the latest".

Through this initiative, France (finally) will be at the level of Switzerland, which has offered returns to the populations with greater transparency and in consultation with the interested countries.

Without doubt, this step forward will contribute towards a further improvement in the diplomatic relations between Equatorial Guinea and France, undermined over twelve years by the so-called case of dishonestly acquired goods.

Last August, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State from the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, visited Equatorial Guinea, where he was received by the President of the Republic.

In recent days, the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, made a private visit to Paris to attend the funeral of the former French president, Jacques Chirac, a great friend of Africa, who did so much for the continent.

For the Equatorial Guinea Embassy, there is a breach between the media treatment of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in Paris for the funeral of Chirac, and the warm welcome given to him by French authorities, and the thank you at the lunch offered by the President, H. E. Emmanuel Macron, to honour the memory of one of the great presidents of the French Republic and great friend of Africa.

 

Source and photos: Juan Carlos Obiang (Press Attaché at the Equatorial Guinea Embassy in France) Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office Notice: Reproduction of all or part of this article or the images that accompany it must always be done mentioning its source (Equatorial Guinea's Press and Information Office).

Nigerian Police

Nigerian police plan to acquire stun guns to curb the use of deadly force

Nigerian police plan to acquire stun guns and revise their rules of engagement in an effort to curb the use of deadly force, the inspector general of the force said on Thursday.

The West African country, which plays a pivotal role in regional stability, is beset by security problems ranging from armed bandits who have forced 40,000 people to leave the northwest in recent months to communal violence between nomadic herdsmen and farming communities in central states.

Last month, a United Nations special rapporteur described Nigeria as a “pressure cooker of internal conflict” due to security problems and what it said was an excessive use of lethal force by police and military.

This is with the intention of addressing public concerns on misuse of firearms by the police with its attendant consequences on lives and effect on the attainment of our community policing vision.

Mohammed Adamu told a gathering of senior officers in the capital, Abuja, that he had “initiated actions” toward deploying less lethal weapons – commonly known as stun guns – for low-risk police operations. 

”This is with the intention of addressing public concerns on misuse of firearms by the police with its attendant consequences on lives and effect on the attainment of our community policing vision,” Adamu said, according to a copy of the speech distributed to media.

He did not say how much the stun guns would cost. Adamu said the force had also revised and simplified “Force Order 237”, which outlines its rules of engagement. He did not specify what changes were made, but said the redesign would ensure the “protection of fundamental human rights” in policing.

The force is also arranging special training for certain units, including the counter-terrorism unit, anti-robbery and kidnapping squads, and criminal investigation specialists.

 

By Eric Oteng with Reuters

About 80 per cent of Gabon is covered by forests, sheltering a rich variety of wildlife.

Gabon receives $150 million to preserve its rainforest

In an effort to fight climate change, the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) announced Sunday that Gabon will be paid $150 million in international funds to preserve its rainforest.

Through the initiative, Norway will support Gabon with the funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle deforestation.

The announcement was made at the Climate Action Summit in New York, where world leaders gathered to discuss how to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

CAFI is a collaborative partnership between the UN Development Program (UNDP), six Central African countries, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank and a coalition of donors including the United Kingdom, Norway and South Korea.

The partnership aims to support six Central African countries -- Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo -- to create investment frameworks to support conservation of their forest resources.

According to a statement from CAFI, the historic 10-year deal with Gabon will see that the country maintains up to 98% of its rainforests.

"The 150 million US dollars agreement announced today between Gabon and Norway via the Central African forest initiative (CAFI) is historic in many ways.

For the first time, an African country will be rewarded in a 10-year deal for both reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation, and absorptions of carbon dioxide by natural forests," according to the statement.

German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye saved 65 shipwrecked migrants off Libya. Source: AFP

NEWS About 25 missing after migrant ship capsizes off Italy

Two bodies have been recovered and around 25 people are missing after a small boat carrying migrants capsized off Lampedusa, the Italian coastguard said on Monday.

The coastguard went to the rescue of an “overloaded and already listing boat six nautical miles from the island of Lampedusa” with about 50 migrants on board shortly after midnight on Monday, a statement said.

As the rescue vessels approached the area off the southern Italian island, “the adverse weather conditions and the sudden displacement of the migrants” caused the boat to capsize, it said.

Photos: Lion's share: The prices on the heads of trophy hunted animals

South Africa seizes almost 800 pounds of lion bones bound for Malaysia

 

Nearly 800 pounds of lion bones bound for Malaysia were seized at South Africa's main airport.

The shipment, comprised of 12 boxes of bones, was pulled for inspection at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Tuesday because it had not been properly documented, a statement from the ministry said.

“When the shipment was inspected, 12 boxes of lion bones wrapped in aluminum foil and weighing 342 kg were discovered," the statement said.

Three men -- two Zimbabweans and a Congolese man -- were arrested in connection with the shipment, environment ministry.

Lion bones are used for traditional medicines in Asia, according to the international wildlife charity Born Free Foundation.

Trade in bones of captive-bred lions is legal in South Africa but the suspects had failed to obtain a special permit required for the export, Modise said.

More than 6,000 lion skeletons were exported from South Africa to countries in Asia in the last decade, according to scientists studying the trade.

Between 6,000 and 8,000 lions are bred and held in lion farms in South Africa, although more lions than that are in the wild in the country. 

Excerpts: CNN 

Dr. Olawale Sulaiman is a professor of neurosurgery and spinal surgery and chairman for the neurosurgery department and back and spine center at the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute in New Orleans.

Nigerian neurosurgeon takes pay cut to perform free operations

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Neurosurgeons are known as skilled operators. But straddling surgeries across two continents?

That's a different skill entirely. Dr. Olawale Sulaiman, 49, is a professor of neurosurgery and spinal surgery and chairman for the neurosurgery department and back and spine center at the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute in New Orleans.

He lives in Louisiana, but splits his time between the US and Nigeria, spending up to 12 days each month providing healthcare in the country of his birth -- sometimes for free.

Born in Lagos Island, Lagos, Sulaiman says his motivation comes from growing up in a relatively poor region. "I am one of 10 children born into a polygamous family. My siblings and I shared one room where we often found ourselves sleeping on a mat on the floor," he told CNN.

Dr. Olawale Sulaiman. Dr. Olawale Sulaiman. His parents could not afford his university tuition, but Sulaiman said at the age of 19, he received a scholarship to study medicine in Bulgaria through the Bureau for External Aid, a Nigerian government program targeted at improving the quality of life for Nigeria's most vulnerable communities.

Sulaiman said the scholarship opened many doors and, in turn, he feels responsible to give back through healthcare.

"Africans who have had the privilege of getting outstanding training and education abroad must mobilize their network of influence to transform our continent," he said.

only option for both of us, and for our family. We have never looked back," he added.

Starting a health company In 2010, Sulaiman established RNZ Global, a healthcare development company with his wife, Patricia.

The company provides medical services including neuro and spinal surgery, and offers health courses like first aid CPR in Nigeria and the US. Dr Sulaiman and his wife, nurse Patricia Sulaiman. Dr Sulaiman and his wife, nurse Patricia Sulaiman.

Noting a shortfall in physician-scientists (doctors with a combined degree in medicine and a PhD) like himself, Sulaiman decided it was important to extend his expertise to Nigeria too. 

”I would use my vacation times for the medical missions, which were also planned with education and training sessions. We donated a lot of medications, equipment and hands-on training on surgical techniques," he said.

Sulaiman said he negotiated a 25% pay cut with his American employer in exchange for longer holidays to Nigeria to pursue his passion.

A man who traveled from Norway to Florida to surprise his father-in-law was accidentally shot dead by him instead

Source: CNN

A man traveled from Norway to Florida to surprise his father-in-law for his birthday.

But when he leaped out of the bushes, he was mistakenly killed. Christopher Bergan, 37, arrived at the home of Richard Dennis, 61, on Tuesday evening and began banging on his front door.

Dennis, unsure who was outside, ran the person off, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said in a press conference.

But, just a few hours later at 11:30 p.m., the banging started again -- this time at the back door, Johnson said. Dennis turned on the back door light and stepped out.

That's when 37-year-old son-in-law Bergan, fresh off a flight from his native Norway, jumped out of the shadows, scaring Dennis.

He fired a shot, striking Bergan in the heart and killing him instantly, Johnson said. "Investigation has revealed that this was totally accidental," Johnson said. "It was a really sad occurrence."

Kais Saied cited 'ethical reasons' for stopping any active campaigning for the October 13 vote [Muhammad Hamed/Reuters] Kais Saied cited 'ethical reasons' for stopping any active campaigning for the October 13 vote [Muhammad Hamed/Reuters]

Tunisia presidential hopeful halts campaign for 'ethical reasons'

Presidential candidate Kais Saied says he has stopped campaigning before Tunisia's runoff vote as it would have created an unfair advantage over his jailed opponent, media magnate Nabil Karoui.

The independent academic cited "ethical reasons" for halting any active campaigning for the October 13 polls, Tunisian state news agency TAP reported on Saturday. Saied said he wanted "to remove the ambiguity related to the lack of equal opportunities between the two candidates".

Karoui has been imprisoned since August 23 on allegations of money laundering and tax evasion. His supporters claim he was jailed on the eve of the election for political reasons as he was leading the polls.

Cache of text messages reveal new details about the US State Department effort to get Ukraine to probe the Bidens.

Trump impeachment inquiry: Takeaways of diplomats' text messages

A whistle-blower complaint about President Donald Trump's contacts with Ukraine had not yet been made public. An impeachment inquiry by Democrats had yet to begin.

But the saga at the centre of it all was quietly unfolding in Washington, DC, where two top diplomats catered to the president's interests in a foreign investigation into a political rival.

Text messages released by House Democrats span a frenetic eight-week period from July to September, revealing new details about State Department efforts to commit Ukraine to an investigation into the 2016 presidential election and the family of Democratic rival Joe Biden despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing. The release of the messages comes as the impeachment probe into Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing, rapidly escalates.

Here are some key takeaways from the text messages: 'Special attention should be paid' Much of the communication involves Kurt Volker, who resigned last week as special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union.

The texts show they were aware of the president's interest in having Ukraine investigate Burisma, a gas company where Biden's son, Hunter, served on the board even before Trump made the request of President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July 25 phone call. A week before the call, Sondland spoke directly with Zelensky. Volker, meanwhile, had breakfast with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to tee up a future conversation between the former New York City mayor and one of Zelensky's advisers.

"Most impt is for Zelensky to say that he will help investigation - and address any specific personnel issues - if there are any," Volker wrote.

In the following days and weeks, the diplomats brainstormed language about a statement they expected Ukraine to give committing to undertake the investigations sought by the Trump administration.

Volker, in a text to Sondland outlining language Ukraine could use, wrote that "special attention should be paid to the problem of interference in the political processes of the United States especially with the alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians.

"We intend to initiate and complete a transparent and unbiased investigation of all available facts and episodes, including those involving Burisma and the 2016 US elections, which in turn will prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future. Burisma was the Ukrainian oil company that had hired Joe Biden's son, Hunter, n 2014 at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration's diplomatic dealings in Kiev.

Though the timing of Hunter Biden's hiring raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.

 

Source: Aljazeera Africa

US Embassy Re-Opens in Somalia 28years after closure

US reopens embassy in Somalia after nearly three decades

The United States has reopened its embassy in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, nearly three decades after it was shut as the Horn of Africa nation plunged into civil war. Washington closed its embassy during the 1991 overthrow of then-President Siad Barre's military regime which ushered in decades of chaos.

However, diplomatic relations have strengthened in recent years. "Today we reaffirm the relations between the American people and the Somali people, and our two nations," said Donald Yamamoto, the US ambassador to Somalia, in a statement on Wednesday.

"It is a significant and historic day that reflects Somalia's progress in recent years, and another step forward in regularising US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognising the federal government of Somalia in 2013," he added.

TWITTER: U.S. Embassy Mogadishu, Somalia ✔ @US2SOMALIA STATEMENT: The United States is proud to announce the reestablishment of the United States Embassy in #Mogadishu @US2SOMALIA. https://so.usmission.gov/re-establishment-of-the-united-states-embassy-in-mogadishu/ … #Somalia

 

Source: Aljazeera News

The Malian army has launched a joint operation with forces from neighbouring Burkina Faso in response to the attack [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters]

25 soldiers killed, scores missing after raids on Mali bases

At least 25 Malian soldiers have been killed and scores are missing after fighters on board heavily-armed vehicles raided two army camps in the central Mopti region, according to a government spokesman.

Yaya Sangare announced the toll in a statement late on Tuesday. "Four soldiers were wounded, around 60 are missing and there were heavy equipment losses," he said.

The raids began on Sunday evening, targeting army camps in Boulkessi and Mondoro, near the border with Burkina Faso.

The bases are home to a Malian battalion of the regional G5 Sahel Force. Sangare said the Malian army has launched an operation "to neutralise the attackers", along with forces from neighbouring Burkina Faso, backed up by French troops stationed in the region.

Raissouni was sentenced under Article 490 of the legal code of the Muslim kingdom, which punishes sexual relations out of wedlock [File: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters]

Moroccan journalist gets year in jail over alleged abortion

A court in Morocco has sentenced journalist Hajar Raissouni to a year in jail for having had an "illegal" abortion and sexual relations outside of marriage.

The 28-year-old's Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist on Monday were also handed one and two-year jail sentences, respectively, while an anaesthetist and medical assistance were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, also respectively.

Raissouni was arrested on August 31 as she left a clinic in the capital, Rabat, where her lawyer Saad Sahli said she had been undergoing treatment for internal bleeding.

But the prosecution insisted she showed signs of pregnancy and of having undergone a "late voluntary abortion". 

It stressed in a statement at the time that her detention had "nothing to do with her profession as a journalist". But lawyers for Raissouni, who works for Akhbar Al-Yaoum - an Arabic daily with a history of run-ins with authorities - said she was being framed for a crime she did not commit.

"This trial had no foundation - the accusations were baseless," defence lawyer Abdelmoula El Marouri said after the verdict.

Raissouni was sentenced under Article 490 of the legal code of the kingdom, which punishes sexual relations out of wedlock.

Mass protests forced Bouteflika (right) to step down after 20 years in power, leaving army chief Gaid Salah as the main player in Algerian politics [File: Reuters]

Algerian army chief: Won't back any leader in presidential polls

 Army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah says the military will not support any candidate in presidential polls expected in December.

Algeria's powerful army chief has said the military will not back any candidate in a presidential election set for December to choose a successor to ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

"We affirm that only the people will pick the next president through ballot boxes, and the army will not support anyone," a defence ministry statement quoted Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah as saying on Sunday.

Angry at unemployment, corruption and an elderly elite seen as out of touch with the young, Algerians have been relentless in taking to the streets since February this year.

The protests were initially against Bouteflika's plans to remain in office, but later included removal of all remnants of a secretive political and military establishment that has dominated the country for decades.

 

Two of the 25 Siezed Cars With Low Mileage

Switzerland To Auction Cars Estimated At $18.7m Seized From E Guinea Leader's Son

Switzerland readying to auction cars seized from E Guinea leader's son The cars were all confiscated by Swiss authorities after the opening in 2016 of a financial wrongdoing case.

An auction house in Switzerland is set to sell a collection of luxury cars seized by authorities from the son of Equatorial Guinea's president in a money-laundering investigation.

The 25 cars include Ferraris and Lamborghinis and are expected to bring in 18.5 million Swiss francs ($18.7m) on Sunday, according to the auctioneer, Bonhams. "This is an exceptional sale," Philip Kantor, head of European motoring at Bonhams, told AFP news agency."It's a private collection of supercars, with very low mileage."

The auction comes after the Geneva prosecutor's office announced in February it had closed a case against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue - son of the country's president of 40 years, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo - and two others following an investigation of money laundering and mismanagement of public assets.

Prosecutors said they were dropping charges of financial wrongdoing against the younger Obiang, known as Teodorin, who is also the vice president of the country, but were confiscating the luxury cars as part of the case.

Under the Swiss penal code, prosecutors can choose to drop charges in this category if defendants offer compensation "and restore a situation that is in conformity with the law". Among the cars to go under the hammer at a golf club in the village of Cheserex, near Geneva, are seven Ferraris, three Lamborghinis, five Bentleys, a Maserati and a McLaren. The most expensive lots are a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, valued at between 4.8 million and 5.7 million euros ($5.2-6.2m) and yellow Ferrari hybrid at 2.4-2.6 million euros ($2.6 - 2.8m).

All cars will be sold with no reserve price. 

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

Teodorin Obiang - Vice President Equitorial Guinea

Africa: Angola and Senegal to champion SDG7 Initiative for Africa for 10,000 MW of clean energy capacity by 2025

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa)

Press Release

On the margins of the United Nations Climate Action Summit convened by the Secretary-General,Antonio Guterres to drum up support for climate action, a group of like-minded countries, financiers, project developers and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) launched an initiative to energize climate resilient development in Africa faster, better and cleaner with deployment of 10,000 MW by 2025.

The SDG7 Initiative for Africa is aimed at crowding in private sector finance for accelerated clean energy deployment to address Africa’s increasing need for energy, while contributing to climate action through more ambitious nationally determined contributions to climate action (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.

It was launched by ECA with support from DBSA, Africa50, Angola, Namibia and Senegal, among others. The initiative is a contribution to the call by the Secretary-General for various stakeholders to come to his Climate Action Summit of 23 September 2019 with concrete proposals to raise climate action ambition.

The Economic Commission for Africa has conceived the SDG7 Initiative for Africa to bring together like-minded group of countries, financiers, and project developers to combine scale, speed and sustainability to crowd-in financing from the private sector to address Africa’s increasing energy needs and contribute to climate action, and also facilitate investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure to link up Africa’s power pools and create a power market to attract investments, supported by regional banks such as DBSA, Africa50 and many others.

 

Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor: Computer Scientist -Father of Africa Internet

GHANA TOPS WEST AFRICA WITH 19 MILLION MOBILE SUBSCRIPTION

 

Source: MO AFRICA

Ghana has recorded a little over 19 million unique mobile phone subscribers an approximate of 67 percent of the population, well above the average of 44 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Access to the Internet via mobile has increased from 2 percent in 2005 to 45 percent of the population as at Nov 29, 2018 according to DW Akademie.

Figures available to the Business Desk of MO Africa indicate over 8million internet access in Ghana, with Social Media becoming a significant tool in the drive of accelerated socio-economic development. Internet business leads have increased to 78% globally.

Currently in Ghana almost every household has access to mobile phones. In the early years of 1999 Mobile subscription was a luxury but the dynamic has changed to economic need.

The economic disadvantage according to industry experts hinges on the lack of proper monitoring systems by authorised institutions which present lope holes in the operations of these providers at the cost of the already economic burdened subscribers.

According to industry experts, mobile network and internet provider companies are in Ghana or Africa not with just household as well as market accessibility object but purely with commercial motive.

These companies have no consideration to the economic power of subscribers rendering affordability expensive. Notwithstanding the expensive internet cost, the market is growing at unprecedented rate.

Internet was first introduced to Ghana in August 1995 by Professor Nii Narku Quaynor a Ghanaian known as "Africa's father of the internet," a web pioneer led the establishment of some of the continent's first online connections. Professor Quaynor is the first African to be elected to the board of ICANN, the internet corporation for assigned names and numbers.

Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, Professor Quaynor is lauded as an instrumental figure "in the early design and development of the internet."

It is undoubted the influence of the Ghanaian Professor could have led to Ghana’s growing mobile and internet accessibility.

Acting IGP- James Oppong-Boanuh

DANGER: GHANA POLICE SERVICE SITS ON TICKING BOMB AS CULTURE OF SILENCE CAGE OFFICERS.

The Ghana Police Service is languishing in steep culture of silence and for many officers across the West African Country Ghana this poses a dangerous phenomenon which could spark rebellion if not dealt with immediately.

Sample opinion conducted by MO Africa UK among officers randomly across the country in twelve units in the service revealed distressing trend with potential severe consequences for the service with ticking time.

“You cannot raise a legitimate concern for fear of victimization.How can you work 12 hours continuously for 7 solid days without a day-off and be expected to deliver professionally free of defects” an officer said.

Another officer indicated that when application for leave is approved at some point in time, the Commander-In-Charge reserves the authority to disregard your stated period of request which is always the case.

The officers who spoke unanimously during an interaction with MO Africa UK said the police hierarchy need to revise the administrative structures to encompass a broad consideration for the total welfare of officers.

“Our work is risky. I leave home every day prepared for any eventuality as we are dealing with criminals who sometimes have sophisticated weapons we lack”. They said.

“The so-called big men especially the politicians and senior public officers are the most disincentive culprits to our work. When you arrest a lawbreaker on allegation of crime, a “big man” will quickly place a call and demand for a release. They frustrate our work. Tell me can an ordinary guy somewhere call a police officer on duty to demand a criminal is freed” An officer quizzed. “The law must apply evenly but unfortunately this is not the case in Ghana. Our superiors are fully aware” The officer added.

The officers we engaged proved professional by not volunteering security information which they said could be detrimental to the service but did say however there are many threatening issues choking them.

Our deductions show lapses in the entire Ghana Police Service structure beginning with recruitment, training, welfare and lack of resources for operational duties.

The Ghana Police Service is a single cohesive unit, organized on national basis with a unified command under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police. The Police Service is tasked with a mission which include; the protection of life and property, prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension and prosecution of offenders, the preservation of peace and good order as well as the enforcement of all laws or Acts, Decrees and other regulations with which it is directly charged.

Formed as Gold Coast Police Force in 1894 and later changed to Ghana Police Service after independence in 1957 has over 30,000 officers in more than 650 stations across Ghana under 15 units.

Samia Yaba Nkrumah-Former MP JOMORO

SAMIA NKRUMAH TO CONTEST JOMORO SEAT AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE

The Political Desk of MO Africa has picked up strong signals in Ghana which suggest Samia Yaba Nkrumah is likely to contest the Jomoro Parliamentary seat as an Independent Candidate in the 2020 elections.

The forecast by MO Africa is premised on trends and development in the CPP juxtaposed with the sharp variance of Samia Nkrumah’s believe in the current CPP Leadership.

According to Samia Nkrumah the current CPP has lost touch with the fundamental ideals of Osagyefo’s original CPP. This is asserted in many interviews the former one term Member of Parliament for the Jomoro Constituency in Ghana had granted the media.

Our analysis of portions of Samia Nkrumah’s utterances in the media space exhibit contrary believe in the leadership of the CPP which presuppose contesting on the ticket of a disguised CPP may not be considered.

However, considering the political history in the pattern of votes in the West African Country Ghana, contesting as an Independent Candidate for a parliamentary slot may be disastrous.

The prospect of Samia Nkrumah winning the seat in the Jomoro Constituency in Ghana as an Independent Candidate is dimmed.

In the general elections in 2008 Samia Yaba Nkrumah won the Jomoro constituency seat in the Western Region of Ghana with a majority of 6,571 about 50% of the total valid votes cast beating the incumbent MP, Late Lee Ocran of the National Democratic Congress, as a first time contender but lost twice in subsequent elections of 2012 and 2016.

Samia Yaba Nkrumah was elected as the first woman chairperson of the Convention People's Party on 10 September 2011. She won the poll with 1,191 votes, and her nearest contender, the incumbent, polled 353 votes. By this feat, she became the first woman to ever head a major political party in Ghana.

Her victory was hailed as marking the renaissance of the ailing CPP, and an affirmation of the party's long held tradition of promoting women's rights.

However, to some political pundits in Ghana, her two major political victories were propelled largely by Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s goodwill. Samia Yaba Nkrumah who is highly revered in Africa may not make it to Ghana’s parliament in 2021 if the political desk of MO Africa analysis of her intention to contest as a parliamentary candidate is finally confirmed.

Samia Nkrumah was born at Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana in 1960 and attended Achimota School. She proceeded to London, later completing her studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London in the United Kingdom, where she obtained the degree of Bachelor Arabic Studies in 1991. She also completed a Master's degree at the same institution in 1993.

 

Source: www.moafrica.co.uk

SANCTIONED: PRESIDENT KUFUOR ENDORSES A LITMUS BOOK ON GHANA’S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE

His Excellency the former President of the Republic of Ghana Mr John Agyekum Kufuor has in a foreword recommended a Book titled: “Critical Reflections On Ghana’s National Development” to every Ghanaian

. According to the former President “Ghana after 60years require serious intellectual analyses of the diverse problems that confront the nation”. He said the relevance of the book is timely and must be of deep interest to every Ghanaian committed to the national interest.

The book which MO Africa has a copy presents realistic hypothetical scenarios referencing historical precedencies juxtaposed with current reality. The book submits guidance and proffer solutions to the diverse challenges facing Ghana.

A debate is ignited on The Executive power vested in the President as contained in Ghana’s 1992 Constitution in the book. This the Author believes arrogates the President with “mini-god status” and must be scrapped.

The book is brought to live with elements of personal encounters and experiences cleverly narrated to draw readers along.

According to the Author Pastor Alexander Kwasi Kufuor, the literary pieces in the book were compiled over a period of 12years. He added, every piece in the book represents critically candid and objective appraisal and evaluation of the magnitude of Ghana’s developmental challenges.

The bold confrontation on issues in every sector; government, religion, media, judicial, chieftaincy among others is incredible.

An expression of fear is clearly espoused in the chapter5. “I am extremely sceptical whether the Ghanaian electorate is politically enlightened and mature enough to influence radically the outcome of elections”. Mr Kwasi Kufour emphasized.

Mr Alexander Kwasi Kufuor an astute political scientist also holds a postgraduate law degree from the Manchester Metropolitan University UK.

MO AFRICA highly recommends the book to Ghanaians. A copy is available on AMAZON.

Source: MO AFRICA

Mr Alexander Kwasi Kufuor Chief Executive Officer -ZEDA

KUFUOR LAMENTS: NDC, NPP HAVE FAILED GHANAIANS-TIME FOR PEOPLES’ REVOLUTION

Ghana Needs a People’s Revolution for a radical socio-economic transformation, but not a ‘ballot box’ for a cosmetic change according to the Chief Executive Officer of The Zongo Economic Development Agency, Reverend Alexander Kwasi Kufuor.

According to Mr Kufuor, it is disconcerting and distressing how the two parties have woefully failed Ghanaians for entrusting them with political reins since the inauguration of the fourth republic in 1992, over 26years ago.

Mr Kufuor said, to entrust the political affairs of Ghana to the NDC or NPP in the general election come 2020 could further plunge the country into steep socio-economic under-development. He therefore called for a mass movement with the sole aim to dislodging the two parties from the reins of political power which they believe was bequeathed them by “divine right”.

The Chief Executive Officer of ZEDA made those comments in an interview with MO Africa in Manchester, United Kingdom when asked his assessment of Ghana’s political landscape since 1992.

Mr Kwasi Kufuor said, a third political force in Ghana is crucial to ignite a change in the political dynamics in Ghana citing Nigel Farage Brexit Party in UK which beat the Labour, Conservative and other long existing Parties within a month of its formation.

He said the power of social media could be engaged in an exercise to mobilise masses of Ghanaians especially the Youths whose future is risked by the NDC and NPP to form a movement which could be dubbed as Peoples Party to secure a concession in Ghanaian’s “political landmark”.

“The simple truth of the matter is that, these two political parties have since independence 62 years ago, inspite of the huge natural and intellectual resources misgoverned the nation to the detriment of the citizenry” Mr Kufuor indicated.

Mr Kufuor a political scientist said basic analysis of the manifestos of the NDC/NPP clearly show the promises made during election years were purely repetitive soundbites calculated to play on the psychology of Ghanaians to win power.

“I was baffled when the opposition NDC had the audacity and effrontery to organise a mass protest alluding to the hardships in Ghana captioned Kumi Preko a little over two years in opposition. Let us not dismiss the fact that, the NDC Government under Ex-Psi Mahama was one of the most insensitive ,corrupt, inefficient and inept government in the history of Ghana, flooded with innumerable scandals” Mr Kufuor indicated.

The reality in Ghana according to Mr Kufuor from Nkawie in the Ashanti Region is a society which is terminally ill with the non-existence of the fundamental structures such as institutional systems, jobs, social housing, good roads, hospitals, access to portal water and other basic social amenities which are paramount for socio-economic take-off.

Mr Kwasi Kufuor was dismayed with the number of mind boggling corruption scandals that have plagued Nana Akufo Addo’s Government referencing an incident of the CEO of the Public Procurement Agency Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei who was exposed through a journalistic investigative evidence as an example.

Mr Kufuor questioned the sensitivity of Nana Addo’s government in the face of severe economic hardships faced by the Ghanaian populace with recent increment in fuel prices . He insisted only a people’s revolution would change the paradigm shift for a real impactful socio-economic transformation in Ghana. He however cautioned, that must be achieved guided by the tenets of Ghana’s Constitution.

“ President Paul Kagame has transformed the socio-Economic landscape in Rwanda because of his selfless commitment to the national interest. For the sake of our sons, daughters and grandchildren let us mobilise and galvanise our brothers and sisters to bring about a root and branch reform to ensure that no Ghanaian young person will be so desperate to leave the motherland for anywhere else”.

Mr Kufuor CEO of ZEDA appealed. Our check revealed Mr Alexander Kwasi Kufuor was appointed in June 2018 as the first CEO of the Zongo Economic Development Agency which is tasked to design sustainable employable projects, develop technical and computer literate schemes, undertake hard and soft skills training programmes aimed at improving the employable skills of young people living in the Zongo Communities in Ghana.

Source : MO AFRICA

55% Jobless in Africa-Thoughts On Migration, Education and Jobs

Credit: MO Ibrahim

Chairman GUGM-Pastor Yaw Adu-Dwumaa

22 Associations To Pledge Allegiance To Ghana Union Manchester

Source: MO Africa

Following the publication of an article in which The Chief Executive Officer of MO Radio in London, Mr Eshiman Nyameke Andoh described as far-reaching visionary an initiative by the Greater Manchester Ghana Union to construct a Million Pound multi-purpose community complex to serve Ghanaians across the United Kingdom (UK), the MO Africa whatsApp platfrom has been innudated with suggestions from the diaspora calling for amalgation of the various units of Ghanaian Associations in Greater Manchester to pledge allegiance to the Ghana Union Greater Manchester to foster development under one umbrella.

According Madam Eunice Anlimah a resident in London, galvanising the diversities of the varoius associations into one pool of vision geared towards the undelying formation of the Union since 1945 will undoubtly benefit every Ghanaian with possible extension beyond Greater Manchester.

Among the many suggestions received were also fears of disunity which could potentially hinder the progressive objectives of Greater Manchester Ghana Union which include an ongoing fund rasing campaign of the £1million pound aimed at the Ghana Community Centre in Manchester.

President Julius Maaba Bio

Sierra Leone Cancels Major Mining Licences

The government of Sierra Leone has cancelled or suspended the licences of several big mining projects, including the Tonkolili and Marampa iron ore mines, the Financial Times reported on Friday. Major companies operating in Sierra Leone include China’s Shandong Iron and Steel, which owns the Tonkolili iron ore project. Gerald Group owns the Marampa mines. Tonkolili has challenged the decision in the country’s high court, arguing the grounds to justify the cancellation of its licences were invalid as it had paid all its fees and royalties, the FT said. Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio, since his election last year, has been reviewing mining contracts and considering changes to the law that would ensure the West African nation benefits from its natural resources. The Minister of Mines and Sierra Leone’s new mining minister Foday Rado Yokie did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment, while Shandong could not immediately be reached.

REUTERS 

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

Ghana To Introduce 48 page Passport

Source: dailyguidenetwork

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has announced the introduction of a 48-page passport to Ghanaians by the end of the year. The move, which will see the addition of 16 more pages to the already existing 32-page booklet, is aimed at satisfying the needs of frequent travellers. This forms part of a number of initiatives introduced by the ministry, including the extension of passport application centres (PACs) to eight regional capitals; the establishment of the Premium Passport Application Centre; overhauling of passport processing equipment; extension of the validity of passports from five years to 10 years; and the provision of premium services to facilitate the process of passport acquisition for Ghanaians. 

Participants

Ghana's High Commissioner to Zambia visits exhibitors

Source: Ghananewsagancy

Ghana's High Commissioner to Zambia has paid a visit to exhibitors at the ongoing 93rd Zambia International Trade Fair to encourage and wish them well. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency after a tour of the Ghana exhibition stands to interact with participants, Madam Margaret Akua Prah, said the high turnout of the Ghanaian exhibitors at the fair was impressive and showed commitment of government to trade. She said the participation of Ghana’s delegation underscored the importance the two countries attached to trade. Madam Prah praised the existing good relations between Ghana and Zambia, which the two countries could explore to their mutual benefit. This the first-time exhibitors from Ghana are participating in the Zambian international fair under the auspices of GEPA. The move is also to showcase made in Ghana goods as part of demonstrating Ghana’s belief in trade with countries on the continent. It comes on the back of the recent choice of Ghana as the host of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Ibrahim Mahama @ Parliament of Ghost

ENGAGE DIASPORANS AT THE FLOOR OF PARLIAMENT OF GHOST- PSI NANA ADDO URGED.

Source: MO Africa

 Some “lovers” of his Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo from the Carribean who attended the opening ceremony of the Parliament of Ghost; an exhibiton at the Manchester whitworth gallery by a Ghanaian artist have made a passionate appeal to the President to visit the gallery and address diasporans ahead of the Year of Return in Ghana. They said the name Parliament of Ghost resonates with their ancestral DNA which feeds into the Year of Return 2019 Festival. Mr Mahaboob Badree, a Trinbagonian praised Psi Nana Addo for initiating the Year of Return festival, stating it will give members in the diaspora an excellent opportunity to connect once again to their root. He therefore, asked His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo to consider the appeal of many diasporans to engage them in a discourse on the Year Of Return festival 2019 at the Parliament of Ghost in Manchester.