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SOUTH AFRICA: From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021

SOUTH AFRICA: From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRESS CONFERENCE, South Africa
Dear Fellow South African,Yesterday, we joined with people across the world in marking Nelson Mandela Day through acts of service and generosity.But this Nelson Mandela Day was different to previous years. It took place in the aftermath of a week in which parts of our country were gripped by violence and mayhem.It was a week in which we were confronted by deeply unsettling images of desolate owners standing outside the shells of what was once a thriving business; of looted shops and warehouses; of burning trucks and buildings and streets strewn with debris; of anxious citizens barricading their communities; and of snaking queues of people lining up to buy food.Despite this, we observed Nelson Mandela Day not as country on its knees, but as a people who collectively embody the spirit of Ne...
Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, COVID-19, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, TRADE
Participants said India and Africa should boost efforts to improve access to medicines, including vaccines and other essential drugs to tackle Covid-19 and future pandemics ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 19, 2021/ -- The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a stronger partnership between India and Africa with potential benefits to both as they build back sustainably after the crisis, experts attending the 16th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership (https://bit.ly/3rgmnDG) affirmed.Speaking at the virtual event’s opening, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India External Affairs Minister said the two sides must reinforce collaboration in public health, digital delivery, capacity building, and the green economy - “our goals must be to use these new tools and prac...
Betty Kamya appointed IGG, Ramathan Ggoobi is the new Ministry of Finance PS

Betty Kamya appointed IGG, Ramathan Ggoobi is the new Ministry of Finance PS

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
Ramathan Ggoobi is the new Ministry of Finance PS Summary In the new reshuffle announced Thursday evening by in a statement released by senior presidential secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, Mr Museveni appointed Beti Olive Namisango Kamya as the new Inspector General of Government. President Museveni has appointed Makerere University Business School (MUBs) don Ramathan Ggoobi as the permanent secretary Ministry of Finance, replacing Keith Muhakanizi who has been moved to office of the Prime Minister. "To H.E the President, thank you for the trust in appointing me to serve in this noble office. To the people of Uganda, thank you for the support and love. To the world, this simple boy from Butambala believes in economics that works and hates accountability without results," ...
Algeria pardons over 100 prisoners under presidential amnesty

Algeria pardons over 100 prisoners under presidential amnesty

AFRICA, ALGERIA, FREEDOM, NORTHERN AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRISON
30 detainees with final verdict, 71 others who did not receive sentence to be released as of July 21 Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune pardoned 101 people Wednesday who were imprisoned for taking part in anti-government protests. A total of 30 detainees with a final verdict and 71 others who did not receive a sentence due to their activities during the protests by the Hirak movement were pardoned, according to Algerian state television, which cited a statement from the Presidency. Prisoners pardoned by Tebboune on the occasion of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha will be released as of the evening of July 21, the statement said. In March, Tebboune issued a decree calling for early parliamentary elections on June 12, less than a month after dissolving the People's Na...
Lebanon’s Hariri visits Cairo as he seeks to form delayed government

Lebanon’s Hariri visits Cairo as he seeks to form delayed government

AFRICA, Egypt, LEBANON, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS
Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri met on Wednesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri, as part of a whirlwind visit to Cairo. The two officials discussed the socio-economic crisis in Lebanon and the formation of the new government, delayed for almost a year. Shukri called on the Lebanese political parties "to put the supreme interest of the country above narrow interests," assuring that "Egypt supports Lebanon to help it get out of its current situation," in remarks reported by Hariri on Twitter. Beleaguered Hariri is keen to garner support from regional powers, as he seeks to form a government needed to tackle his country's growing crisis. Lebanon has been without an active government since August 2020, after the resignation of the cabinet of Hassane D...
South Africa’s Zulu king says violence brings shame, calls for peace

South Africa’s Zulu king says violence brings shame, calls for peace

AFRICA, KING, KINGDOM, PAN AFRICA, PROTESTS, South Africa, ZULU
The king of South Africa's Zulu community, the country's largest ethnic group, on Wednesday called for an end to unrest after six days of looting left scores of dead and battered the economy. "I call for peace," Misuzulu Zulu said on state television. The violence "has brought great shame on all of us," he said, adding "this chaos is destroying the economy, and it is the poor who will suffer the most."
Zuma’s ‘Private Spy’ Thulani Dlomo Alleged Brains Behind Unrest In South Africa

Zuma’s ‘Private Spy’ Thulani Dlomo Alleged Brains Behind Unrest In South Africa

AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RIOT, South Africa, VIOLANCE
The unrest in South Africa might have started off as a sporadic form of violence and opportunistic looting. However, it has now emerged to be a more sophisticated network of well-ochestrated cabal hell burnt on causing chaos and bringing the country to its’s knees. The controversial former head of the State Security Agency’s (SSA) rogue special operations unit, Thulani Dlomo, has been identified as a prime suspect being investigated for fomenting violent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. News24  revealed, from information confirmed by three independent and highly placed sources, that intelligence officials told the police Dlomo was a key person of interest in instigating the unrest that has rocked South Africa, led to the death of at le...
Kiir and Machar: Conjoined twins for political survival and stability

Kiir and Machar: Conjoined twins for political survival and stability

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, South Sudan
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar Summary President Kiir and Dr Machar are said to have realised, as a result of the national dialogue resolutions, that if they do not cooperate, they may lose their constituency. As in Kenya, where President Uhuru Kenyatta's handshake with opposition leader Raila Odinga restored calm in the country, the working relationship between President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Dr Riek Machar is critical to South Sudan's survival. According to a cross-section of leaders, President Kiir and his former deputy Dr Machar must cooperate in order to survive politically. Indeed, the National Dialogue (ND) recommended in November last year that the two should retire with an attractive package for the country to move ...
Ethiopians hope for peace, economic stability as PM Abiy Ahmed wins election

Ethiopians hope for peace, economic stability as PM Abiy Ahmed wins election

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, PRIME MINISTER
Residents of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa say they hope Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government can ensure peace and economic stability after the incumbent's party won a landslide victory. The election result grants Abiy a five-year term despite a brutal war raging in the country's northern region of Tigray. Abiy hailed the outcome of what he described as a "historic" election -- the first time he faced voters since being appointed prime minister in 2018 following several years of anti-government protests. The winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize had hoped to frame victory at the ballot box as a mandate for political and economic reforms and military operations. But the poll was held in the midst of the gruelling conflict in Tigray that has battered Abiy’s global reput...
Secrets of Ruto, Museveni talks as race to succeed Uhuru rages

Secrets of Ruto, Museveni talks as race to succeed Uhuru rages

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, UGANDA
Summary Ruto also celebrated Mr Museveni’s Operation Wealth Creation Initiative, which he compared to his own hustler campaigns. The initiative was launched five years ago to help folks elevate their farming from mere subsistence to commercial, even if on smaller plots.Mr Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years, is said to prefer Dr Ruto and not ODM leader Raila Odinga coming in after Mr Kenyatta. Being a landlocked country, Uganda depends on Kenya for its imports and the President is keen to have a friendly Head of State. Kenya’s deputy President William Ruto’s recent trip to Uganda has brought into focus the close ties he enjoys with President Museveni. The deputy president is cultivating deep political and commercial ties in one of Kenya’s biggest trading partners and...
Mining: FG set to launch Nigerian made barite

Mining: FG set to launch Nigerian made barite

AFRICA, Business, DEVELOPMENT, Nigeria, PAN AFRICA, West Africa
The Federal Government has announced that it will soon launch made-in-Nigeria barite, as it explores expanding mining operations in the country. This was disclosed by Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, in a meeting with Mr Ogbonnaya Orji, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), on Friday in Abuja, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. What the Minister said The Minister disclosed that the Ministry has succeeded in achieving the development of barite from extraction, milling and bagging stages to support local industries, as well as for export, adding that Nigeria bagged barite has “Proudly Nigeria” as its logo. He said, “The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in its bid to develop the value c...
ANC’s Ace Magashule remains suspended, loses high court appeal

ANC’s Ace Magashule remains suspended, loses high court appeal

AFRICA, LAW, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, South Africa
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. File photo.Image: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule's application to challenge his suspension by the party was dismissed with costs on Friday. This follows a full-bench unanimous decision by the Johannesburg high court. Delivering the judgment, judge Jody Kollapen said: “The application incorporating the relief sought is dismissed with costs including the costs of three counsel. The judgment is handed down.” Kollapen, in his summary of what drove the court to dismissing Magashule’s application, stated among other things that Magashule's contention that his suspension failed to observe principles of natural justice was false. Furthermore, the court was firm that the ANC constitution’s rule 25.7...
Raila: I will seek Uhuru’s vote, not his endorsement

Raila: I will seek Uhuru’s vote, not his endorsement

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
The former PM exuded the confidence that the country still has a chance to hold a referendum to implement the BBI recommendations. Raila, saying he will not speak of his 2022 plans until after the BBI, added that should he choose to vie, he “will be looking for votes, not endorsements." ODM leader Raila Odinga has dismissed assertions that he is waiting for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s endorsement in the upcoming 2022 general elections. The former prime minister said he has at no time in his political life depended on endorsements to vie for any given seat. "I am not looking for an endorsement from anyone. I don't depend on endorsements in my life. My whole political career has been about service to the people not endorsements,” he said in an interview with Radio Citizen on ...
Oil stabilises as Opec squabbles continue

Oil stabilises as Opec squabbles continue

AFRICA, Business, PAN AFRICA
Oil prices steadied after two days of losses amid uncertainty over supply after the collapse this week of talks among major producers that could potentially cause the current output agreement to be abandoned. Brent crude oil futures edged higher by 2 US cents to $73.45 a barrel by 4.13am GMT after earlier falling to as low as $72.93. US West Texas Intermediate futures were down 10c, or 0.1%, at $72.10 a barrel. Brent prices have fallen nearly 5% since Monday’s close after talks between oil cartel Opec and its allies, including Russia, known as Opec+, fell apart when de facto leader Saudi Arabia refused demands from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to raise its output under the group’s supply cut agreement. “The oil market is looking beyond the oil supply deficit in August and e...
Vietnam upholds reconciliation to end violence in DR Congo

Vietnam upholds reconciliation to end violence in DR Congo

AFRICA, CONGO, DRC, PAN AFRICA, UN, VIETNAM, VIOLANCE
Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, reiterated the need to promote reconciliation in a bid to put an end to violence and address security challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An overview of the UNSC meeting on DR Congo's situation (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, reiterated the need to promote reconciliation in a bid to put an end to violence and address security challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on July 7 to discuss the situation in DR Congo and activities of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the African nation (MONUSCO), the ambassador stressed the importance...
Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

AFRICA, CRIME, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRISON, South Africa, South African Parliament
A convoy enters the homestead of former South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, South Africa, July 7, 2021 ©  Reuters / Rogan Ward South African police have confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has turned himself in. Sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, his initial refusal sparked a standoff his son said could’ve led to civil war. Zuma was in police custody late on Wednesday evening, police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba told reporters. The JG Zuma Foundation confirmed this in a tweet shortly before midnight local time, saying Zuma “has decided to comply with the incarceration order” and was on his way to a prison in KwaZulu-Natal. https://twitter.com/JGZ_Foundation/status/1412890794114048005 On June 29, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ...
UN urges Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to recommit to dam talks

UN urges Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to recommit to dam talks

AFRICA, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, Sudan
The United Nations called on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Tuesday to recommit to talks on the operation of a giant hydropower dam, urging them to avoid any unilateral action, a day after Ethiopia began filling the dam's reservoir. The UN Security Council will likely discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) this week after Arab states requested the 15-member body address the issue. Ethiopia says the dam on its Blue Nile is crucial to its economic development and to provide power. But Egypt views it as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, on which it is almost entirely dependent. Sudan, another downstream country, has expressed concern about the dam's safety and the impact on its own dams and water stations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres backs the role o...
UK Ambassador Stresses Need to Support Libya’s Elections on Time

UK Ambassador Stresses Need to Support Libya’s Elections on Time

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, LIBYA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, UK
Image Courtesey: Libya Review The British Ambassador to Libya, Nicholas Hopton, stressed the need to hold Libya’s elections on their set date. He also called for implementing the agreements of the Berlin Conference, which requires the departure of foreign forces from Libya without delay. In press statements, Hopton called on international actors to assume their responsibilities and support the Libyan people by withdrawing their forces, fighters, and mercenaries, for the stability and security of the country. On Thursday, the United Kingdom voiced its intention to work with Libya to develop renewable energy projects, to improve electricity production across the country. “Libya has huge potential for renewable energy, particularly with solar and wind,” the British Embassy said in a...
African Development Bank “AfDB” Pledges More Health Support

African Development Bank “AfDB” Pledges More Health Support

AFRICA, COVID-19, DEVELOPMENT, PAN AFRICA, PANDEMIC
The African Development Bank has pledged to support Africa's health systems, some of which are being overrun by the coronavirus pandemic, as a way of safeguarding some of the economic gains that the continent has achived over the years. At the end of the 56th annual AfDB meeting last week, Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the bank, said in a press statement that they would "invest heavily in domestic vaccine manufacturing and in Africa's healthcare system [as] only 51 per cent of public health facilities have basic water and sanitation, and only 31 per cent of healthcare facilities have electricity." He said that Africa imports between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of its pharmaceutical drugs. "The lives of 1.2 billion people in Africa are at risk... we must give hope to t...