HARARE, (Xinhua) --
Senior doctors at Zimbabwean government health
institutions on Monday joined their striking junior counterparts,
citing an untenable workload which they say is affecting effective
discharge of their duties.
source at the country’s biggest referral center, Parirenyatwa Group
of Hospitals, told Xinhua that the doctors had attended to patients
earlier in the morning but had later resolved to withdraw their
“It’s confirmed. The senior doctors have gone on strike and
consultants are now manning the wards. The situation is still stable
but we will see tomorrow whether the consultants will be able to
handle the situation or they will discharge stable patients,” he
letter from the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association to the
administration at Parirenyatwa Hospital said the doctors were also
withdrawing their services because of the overwhelming workload.
“Due to the ongoing industrial action by junior doctors, we as
registrars are now overwhelmed by the workload and we are now unable
to effectively discharge our services. We are, therefore,
withdrawing our services immediately,” the letter said.
Junior doctors struck three weeks ago, citing unfavorable working
conditions, leading the government to offer to address some of the
issues which it said it could afford in the interim.
Among the demands, the doctors want improved supply of drugs and
equipment, provision of fuel for them to come to work and payment of
salaries in foreign currency.
The strike has led some hospitals to shut down some departments and
discharge patients deemed safe to be treated from home.
Burundi protests against BBC
documentary on alleged killings
BUJUMBURA, (Xinhua) --
Burundi on Saturday organized nationwide
demonstrations to protest against a BBC documentary on alleged
killings of government opponents by the Burundian intelligence
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Dec. 2 published the
documentary that talks about six places in various neighborhoods of
Bujumbura where government opponents were allegedly killed or
tortured by Burundi’s National Intelligence Service after the
outbreak of Burundi’s 2015 crisis triggered by the third term bid of
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
The demonstrations took place at town centers of Burundi’s 18
provinces and were led by provincial authorities.
In the Burundian capital Bujumbura, the protests were led by
assistant to the interior minister Tharcisse Niyongabo, who
represented the government.
Thousands of demonstrators did a four-kilometer march from the UN
Square in Ngagara zone to the Independence Square in the center of
Bujumbura, singing and shouting slogans against the BBC.
They had banners which branded “we, Bujumbura residents, denounce
the BBC unusual fabrications in a video saying that there are
special killings in the country whereas these are fabrications by
the country’s enemies” or “we commend the judiciary because after
the publication of the video, it started investigations and realized
that the BBC video was a fake one.”
Niyongabo in a government message urged the BBC to apologize. “When
elections are drawing near, lies and fabrications take place. That’s
what the BBC did by falling in the traps of manipulators who are
weak in political competitions,” he said.
“The BBC should apologize, or else the judiciary will do its work,”
He advised local and international media companies reporting on
Burundi to avoid propagating rumors or fabrications.
The official also called on exiled politicians to return home in
order to prepare the country’s 2020 general elections.
The Burundian government said on Thursday it is going to sue the BBC
for publishing the documentary.
More foreign airlines to launch
flights to Somalia amid improved security: official
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
Improvement in aviation safety and general security situation in
Somalia has prompted foreign airlines to launch flights to
Mogadishu, an airport official said on Tuesday.
Said Eliye, director of operations and international relations at
the Mogadishu international airport, said with the rising confidence
in the country’s security, more international airlines were in talks
to launch flights to Mogadishu in the coming years.
“We are always striving to have a safe airport as well as good
service and safety. With support from AMISOM, the security has
improved quite a lot,” Eliye said in a statement issued by the
Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
His remarks came after Kenya Airways launched its direct flights
from Nairobi to Mogadishu on Tuesday.
The Kenyan carrier is the third international airline to fly the
Nairobi-Mogadishu route. Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines are
already operating daily flights into Mogadishu, while Qatar Airways
recently announced plans to start scheduled flights to Somalia.
Eliye said Qatar Airways and commercial carriers from Egypt, the
United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Uganda have expressed
interest in operating flights to Somalia.
“The airport authority in conjunction with AMISOM have partnered to
ensure there is security and safety. That is our number one
priority,” he added.
China calls for int’l help with
South Sudan’s peace process
UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) --
A Chinese envoy on Tuesday called for international
help to push forward the peace process in South Sudan.
After prolonged conflicts, a lot needs to be done, said Wu Haitao,
China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations,
adding that the implementation of the September 2018 revitalized
peace agreement and the relaunch of economic development need
enormous funding and other forms of support.
In addition, the international community should step up humanitarian
assistance and economic support to South Sudan, he told the Security
He asked to preserve the political will of the South Sudanese
parties in advancing the peace process.
The international community should fully respect South Sudan’s
leadership in dealing with its own issues and avoid the imposition
of solutions, said Wu.
Meanwhile, the international community should continue to support
the mediation efforts of regional organizations such as the African
Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and focus
on helping South Sudanese parties build mutual trust, honor their
commitments and achieve a full cessation of hostilities, said Wu.
China agrees with UN Secretary-General’s proposal that the
establishment of transitional security arrangements and the
formation of a transitional government are matters of priority, he
The international community and the Security Council should be fully
aware of the complexity of the South Sudan issue and provide
constructive assistance to the country in addressing difficulties on
the ground, he said.
It has been China’s consistent position that sanctions are a means,
not the end, he said. “The Security Council should be prudent in the
use of sanctions to make sure that measures taken are helpful to the
political settlement of the South Sudan issue.”
The Security Council in July imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan
in addition to existing sanctions—a travel ban and asset freeze
against designated individuals and entities.
Wu said China has always supported South Sudan’s peace and
development. China will, as always, be an active supporter and
constructive participant in the South Sudan peace process and play a
constructive role in the realization of lasting peace and
sustainable development in the country, he said.
UN urges security arrangements
between gov’t, opposition in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) --
The UN peacekeeping chief on Tuesday urged the
establishment of transitional security arrangements between the
South Sudanese government and the opposition to push forward peace
process after their new peace agreement in September.
“During the pre-transition period which ends in May 2019, ... the
parties must come to a comprehensive agreement on the security
sector and the establishment of transitional security arrangements,”
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping
operations, told the security council.
He said the move is necessary to build confidence among the parties
and ensure the return and permanent presence of all the opposition
in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, noting “a security agreement
will be needed to be communicated within the ranks, and to reassure
the commanders and combatants about their future.”
Moreover, the UN under-chief stressed the need to appoint a new
chair to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission to shepherd
the pre-transition negotiations on the establishment of the security
arrangements among other matters.
Five years of fighting tormented the world’s youngest nation, which
saw just two years of peace after its independence from Sudan.
In the failure of a 2015 peace deal, opposition leader Riek Machar
fled his new post as vice president under a fragile power-sharing
arrangement with President Salva Kiir after the fighting erupted
In September, the warring sides signed a new peace deal, which the
two leaders vowed to keep.
Since the new agreement, “there has been a significant improvement
in the general security situation of the country,” said Lacroix.
He reported reopening of roads, free movement of civilians,
government and opposition groups “in areas controlled by each
other,” and the returning of displaced populations in the past four
Despite the positive developments, he said sporadic clashes still
took place, indicating that progress remained fragile. Besides
fighting that caused casualties, he pointed to rape cases and
But overall, he said “the chance for peace in South Sudan has been
created,” with more progress having been made since the new peace
deal than that in the previous years after the conflict erupted.
Kenya allocates 50.7 mln USD to
promote balanced economic growth
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya has allocated 5.2 billion Kenyan shillings
(about 50.7 million U.S. dollars) to promote balanced economic
growth in the current financial year, officials said on Tuesday.
The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) chairperson Jane Kiringai
told journalists in Nairobi that the funds will be drawn from the
Equalization Fund which receives the equivalent of 0.5 percent of
last-audited and approved government revenues.
“The funds will be used by marginalized counties to improve the
living standards of their residents,” Kiringai said during the
launch of a new formula for revenue allocation among the 47
The chairperson said that the funds will be divided by taking into
account the county’s population, land area, poverty as well as
Kiringai said that 14 counties with a population of approximately
five million have been identified as marginalized.
NAIVASHA, (Xinhua) --
Photo taken on Dec. 15, 2018 shows a section of the
Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) under construction in Mai Mahiu,
Naivasha, Kenya. The Chinese Communications Construction
Company says that the railway line is safe despite the ongoing
rains that have been pounding the area and flooding nearby
roads and farms.
XINHUA PHOTO: FRED MUTUNE
Value of Kenya’s mobile money
transactions hits 20 bln USD in Q3
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The value of mobile money transactions in Kenya
topped 2 trillion Kenyan shillings (about 20 billion U.S. dollars)
as mobile penetration hit the 100 percent mark in the third quarter,
the industry regulator said on Tuesday.
report released by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) showed
that 730.2 million mobile money transactions valued at some 20.1
billion dollars were recorded in the July-September period, up from
611.3 million transactions valued at 18.6 million dollars in the
The report also showed that mobile penetration rose by 2.3
percentage points to 100.1 percent at the end of September from 97.8
percent at the end of June, an increase that has mainly been
attributed to the fact that most users own more than one SIM card
either from the same or different service providers.
According to the CA, the number of active mobile subscriptions
increased to 46.6 million from 45.5 million, marking a 2.4 percent
Kenya’s green investment portfolio
to hit 900 mln USD in next decade: study
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The investment portfolio required to accelerate
Kenya’s attainment of its ambitious green agenda is likely to hit
90.58 billion Kenyan shillings (about 900 million U.S. dollars) in
the next decade, a study released on Tuesday showed.
According to Demand Study on Green Finance commissioned by Kenya
Green Bond Program in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and
Kenya Bankers Association, Kenya can tap into international and
domestic capital markets to finance green projects and assets.
“We need to harness private financial flows and drive green growth
in the country. Green investments have enormous returns on the
economy and the environment,” said Jackson Kiplagat, acting
conservation director at WWF-Kenya.
The assessment on green investments opportunities in Kenya focused
on three key sectors including agriculture, manufacturing and
It also identified barriers to green financing in the country and
proposed interventions that can be rolled out to help companies
invest in bankable projects that can hasten low carbon development.
Kenya licenses 1st
online forex trading money manager
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s capital market regulator said Tuesday it has
licensed the country’s first company to operate online foreign
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) granted Kenya’s first money
manager license to Standard Investment Bank Limited (SIB) to operate
in the online foreign exchange trading space.
Paul Muthaura, CMA chief executive officer, said SIB is licensed to
choose and manage investments prudently for its online forex trading
clients and develop appropriate investment strategy.
He said the money manager will also conduct financial analysis and
monitor foreign exchange portfolio investments on behalf of its
In February, the capital market regulator issued a license to EGM
Securities Limited to operate as a non-dealing online foreign
Feature: Chinese firms resonate
with Kenyan youth in search of career mobility
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Judy Miriti grew up in the central Kenyan highlands
where her entrepreneur parents taught her the virtues of fortitude,
ambition and passion to facilitate a seamless plunge into adulthood
that is laden with uncertainties.
The 26-year-old diploma holder has for the last three years earned a
living through sales and marketing but is determined to chart a new
career path once she acquires a degree in finance.
Miriti was among hundreds of Kenyan youth who turned up for the jobs
recruitment fair organized on Tuesday by the Confucius Institute at
the University of Nairobi in partnership with Kenya-China Economic
and Trade Association (KCETA) and the Kenya Chinese Chamber of
The vivacious marketer told journalists that attending the job fair
was a milestone since it enabled her to interact at length with
Chinese enterprises based in Kenya and learn about their recruitment
model for local skilled workforce.
“It is my first time to attend a career fair organized by Chinese
companies and I would like to learn more about the attributes they
look for while hiring local employees,” said Miriti.
“There are many people out there who are ready to work for Chinese
companies whose reputation for transferring skills to locals is
quite inspiring,” she added.
Miriti is currently doing sales and marketing for an indigenous food
and beverages company but is open to switch careers that are more
structured like administration and finance.
“So far, I have learnt about the thrills and challenges inherent in
the marketing profession and would like to transit to formal careers
once I am through with my undergraduate degree in finance,” Miriti
The third edition of job recruitment fair organized by the Confucius
institute attracted skilled and talented youngsters who recently
graduated from institutions of higher learning.
Joel Njogu, a 22-year-old ICT major at Nairobi’s Zetech University
that has a working relationship with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei,
said he was convinced that working for a Chinese firm would reward
him enormously in terms of income and career growth.
“My friends informed me about this jobs recruitment fair and later
learnt about it on our campus social media platforms. I feel honored
to engage executives from Chinese companies and I believe they value
local talent,” said Njogu.
His course instructor who works for Huawei on part-time basis has
been encouraging the ambitious youngster to consider attachment in a
Chinese firm where he can hone skills in ICT.
More than 20 Chinese and Kenyan firms participated in the 2018 job
recruitment fair held at the courtyard of the University of Nairobi
to promote interaction among recent graduates and potential
Wang Shuwen, a representative of KCETA, said that career fairs have
become a critical platform for fostering interaction between Chinese
enterprises and local youth searching for gainful employment and an
opportunity to upgrade skills.
“The fair is an important step to promote employment of Kenyan
graduate students,” said Wang, adding that job creation will cement
Kenya-China friendship while promoting economic growth and
Isaac Mbeche, deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration and
finance at the university, hailed Chinese companies for their
contribution to job creation and skills development in Kenya.
The elegantly decorated exhibition stands belonging to Chinese firms
captured the attention of Kenyan college graduates keen to secure
employment and become self-reliant.
Julia Wambui, a 21-year-old business administration and information
technology major at a private university, said the jobs fair was an
inspiration to local youth in their quest to cement ties with
Chinese enterprises that have established a large footprint in
“A good number of my friends who work for Chinese companies have
confided to me that they are contented and have wide latitude to
enable them to climb up the career ladder,” said Wambui.
“I believe working for a Chinese firm has many benefits least of all
a stable income, training opportunities and exposure,” she added.
Duncan Miranga, a 30-year-old post graduate student in project
management, said that he was keen to work for Chinese companies
engaged in the implementation of mega infrastructure projects in
“I’m aware that Chinese firms prefer hiring people with multiple
skills and that is one area I have been working on to boost my
employment chances,” said Miranga.
“I would like to work in the construction sector where Chinese
companies are strong,” Miranga added.
NAIROBI, Dec. 18, 2018 (Xinhua) --
College graduates visit the stand of Prudential Life Assurance
at jobs recruitment fair for Kenyan students in Nairobi, Kenya,
on Dec. 18, 2018. More than 20 Chinese and Kenyan companies on
Tuesday held a day-long fair to showcase employment
opportunities for local youth who have completed post-secondary
education. XINHUA PHOTO:
Algeria, ROK ink 5 deals to boost
ALGIERS, (Xinhua) --
Algeria an the Republic of Korea on Monday signed
five memorandums of understanding covering various fields, as part
of the visit of ROK Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon to the North African
nation, APS news agency reported.
The signed agreements concern the domains of environment protection,
the modernization of customs, investment cooperation and renewable
These agreements were signed in the presence of Lee and his Algerian
counterpart Ahmed Ouyahia during the fifth bilateral Business Forum.
Earlier in the day, an association pact was signed between the ROK
auto giant Hyundai and the Algerian company of Global Group over the
establishment of a truck and bus plant in Batna Province, 425km
southeast of the capital Algiers.
ALGIERS, (Xinhua) --
Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Lee Nak-yeon (1st
L, Front) is greeted by his Algerian counterpart Ahmed Ouyahia
(2nd L, Front) upon his arrival in Algiers, Algeria,
on Dec. 16, 2018. Lee Nak-yeon on Sunday arrived in Algeria for
an official three-day visit, APS News Agency reported.
Young population in Botswana
about learning Chinese for dream jobs
GABORONE, (Xinhua) --
A burst of enthusiasm about learning the Chinese
language is seen among young population in Botswana as a way to gain
a competitive advantage in the job market.
In Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city, some students were
awarded with their certificates for completing the first level of
the Chinese language and culture study at the branch campus of the
Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana, and many believed
that learning the Chinese language would increase their chances of
getting a job in the future.
Botswana’s unemployment rate is estimated at 20 percent, and its
population of working age takes up 60 percent of the estimated 2.1
million population. Job opportunities are dwindling fast, many said.
Kemo Padipadi, 31, who just passed her Level 1 exam, is jobless and
ekes out a living through buying clothing items and hair extensions
from China online for reselling.
“My wish is to visit China regularly and purchase straight from the
manufacturers,” she said with a wide smile gazing at her
certificate, noting that it is going to be “easy to do business with
the manufactures because I will be now knowing their language.”
Besides business interests, Padipadi said Chinese is “an interesting
language to learn.” She hopes to teach others or translate for
people when she finishes her studies.
The Chinese language study at the university is divided into six
levels. Students who finish all of them will be able to read Chinese
and speak the language fluently, said Feng Bing, Padipadi’s teacher.
Feng had been teaching the Chinese language since January at the
Confucius Institute in the capital city Gaborone before she was
transferred in September to the newly-opened branch campus in
“We are barely four months old in Francistown. However, we have
since enrolled close to 150 students,” said Feng.
Most students are learning fast than Feng expected. She said they
are learning “with enthusiasm,” and all her students have pretty
good pronunciation of Chinese words and are able to construct
sentences in Chinese, reaching level one in the language study.
Feng’s words were confirmed by Faith Tshabo, a student who said “Ni
Hao” (hello) to a Xinhua reporter after receiving the certificate.
Tshabo, with a degree in journalism, wants to be a translator when
finishing her studies.
Kushata Butale, who has studied in China for three years, said she
fell in love with the Chinese language and culture almost a decade
ago. She is the only student at Level 5, speaking fluent Chinese.
Butale hopes to open her own consulting office to help local young
people to study in China, assisting them in visa application and
She wears a T-shirt inscribed with the word “Ni Hao” in big Chinese
“It helps me to market myself, and also shows how proud I am that I
know Chinese. This makes me feel great,” she said.
Ghana trounce Togo in Africa U-23
Cup of Nations qualifier
ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghana’s Olympic football team the “Black Meteors”
defeated Togo 5-1 on Tuesday in the first-leg their Africa U-23 Cup
of Nations qualifier played at the Baba Yara sports stadium in
Spain-based striker Kwabena Owusu nabbed a hat-trick and Osman
Bukari and Yakubu Nassam Ibrahim scored to seal victory for Ghana’s
U-23 side. The team is fighting to make its first appearance in the
Olympic football competition since Athens in 2004.
Togo will host the second-leg in the national capital Lome on
Saturday, Dec. 22. The winner of the two-legged encounter will play
Gabon in the second stage of the qualifiers which serves as a route
to the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Egypt
from Nov. 8 to 22, 2019.
Kenya’s Zakayo looks ahead to World
Cross Country C’ships
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Edward Zakayo, the world junior 5,000m
champion, said the country cannot afford to rest on its laurels with
Uganda and Ethiopia performing well ahead of the 2019 IAAF World
Cross Country Championships.
Zakayo said his team must improve their game if they are to
challenge for the overall title when the world converges in Denmark
in March for the World Cross Country Championships.
“It is evident Kenyan athletes have taken their foot off [the gas]
in the cross country preparations. Our performance on the global
circuit has been wanting and it will be hard to expect a turnaround
in fortunes in Denmark”, said Zakayo. “It is time to wake up and go
for hard training and hope to peak at the right time in March.”
Uganda also have Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Joshua
Cheptegei back in top form after recovering from injury and he will
aim to launch his season in Aarhus.
Kenya to register foreign coaches in anti-doping reform
NAIROBI, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Kenya has warned foreign coaches and
agents that they will lose their athletes if they fail to register
with the national athletics body in January 2019.
Jack Tuwei, president of Athletics Kenya (AK), said the exercise is
part of the federation’s attempts to protect athletes from
exploitation by unscrupulous agents, who he blamed for the rise in
doping cases in the country.
“The registration of all foreign coaches is expected to commence in
January. All foreign coaches residing and coaching in Kenya must
prepare and present their permits in person to Athletics Kenya
offices on Jan. 9, 2019 without fail,” Tuwei said on Tuesday in
This process, he said, will enable the federation to have a register
of all coaches approved and licensed to train Kenyan athletes.
“Failure to present oneself for this important exercise will force
the federation to work with other government agencies to have
disciplinary action taken against them. Let every foreign coach take
this very seriously with an aim to comply,” Tuwei warned.
Kenya has had over 50 cases of positive anti-doping tests. The
majority of the cases have confessed that they were helped by their
“The registration of athletes is an ongoing process and is expected
to continue until all athletes are covered. No clearance is done for
any athlete before being registered in the federation and allocated
an athlete registration number,” said Tuwei.
Kenya’s sports dispute tribunal
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The head of Kenya’s Sports Dispute Tribunal said on
Sunday that more sportspeople are seeking redress at the court which
was established in 2013 following an Act of Parliament.
John Ohaga, who chairs the panel, told Xinhua that competition in
sports is settled on the field, but there are some legal disputes
that have to be settled in a different forum. “Everyone looks
forward to winning which makes competition very stiff, and therefore
disputes are bound to arise,” Ohaga said.
The barrister, who is also a former rugby international, said one of
the things he discovered after he joined the tribunal was that
sportspeople brought their disputes before the tribunal despite its
relatively limited jurisdiction.
“Sportspeople have relatively short career durations and [disputes]
must be resolved as quickly as possible instead of having them drag
in court for five to 10 years,” he noted.
Ohaga noted that the tribunal supersedes the conventional court
process on matters to do with sports owing to its very distinct
mandate. “A court is not supposed to interfere in the decisions of
the sports tribunal, because when it opens its doors to litigation,
it will set a precedent and open the floodgates that will render the
tribunal irrelevant,” he said.
Ohaga added that appealing against its ruling denies the tribunal