TRIPOLI, (Xinhua) --
Nine militants were killed and more than 10 others
injured in clashes between the Libyan eastern-based army and
extremists in the eastern city of Darna, medical source said
emergency department received nine dead militants and more than 10
injured, ... and the hospital did not receive any more casualties
after 19:35 local time (1735 GMT),” a source of Al-Wahda hospital of
Darna told Xinhua.
spokesman on Tuesday said the army has captured 21 terrorists after
making significant progress in the south of the city.
spokesman also said the arrested terrorists descent from six foreign
nationalities, and confirmed that the army is “proceeding with a
steady and orderly pace towards the liberation of Darna from
The army is
launching a military operation to take over Darna from the
extremists who control the coastal city.
Darna has been besieged by Haftar’s army, which demands that the
Shura Council of the Mujahideen in Darna, a coalition of Islamist
militias seeking to implement Sharia law in the city, leave. The
army accuses the armed group of being loyal to al-Qaida.
Council approves “technical rollover”
for mandate of AU mission in
NATIONS, (Xinhua) -- The Security Council on Tuesday adopted
a resolution to approve a “technical rollover” for the mandate of
the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia to give time
for consideration of an assessment report before a longer
2415, which was unanimously adopted by the 15-member council,
extends the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom)
until July 31, 2018.
current mandate expires on May 31, 2018. The Security Council was
expecting the results of a joint AU/UN comprehensive assessment
before it would make a decision on the longer renewal of the AU
assessment has been delayed and a report would not be available
until June 15. The situation forces the Security Council to arrange
for a “technical rollover.”
2415 reiterates the Security Council’s decision to reduce Amisom’s
uniformed personnel to 20,626, and to include a minimum of 1,040
police personnel, by Oct. 30, 2018.
fighting erupts between Somaliland, Puntland forces
(Xinhua) -- Heavy fighting between Somaliland and Puntland
forces erupted on Tuesday on the outskirts of Tukaraq town in Sool
region, north of Somalia.
which started on Monday flared up on Tuesday when heavily armed
forces from Somaliland ambushed bases manned by Puntland troops.
a statement from the office of the president accused Somaliland of
deliberately provoking conflict in disputed areas in a cynical bid
to restore legitimacy in the colonial border areas of the defunct
historic British Somaliland.
cynical policy of armed aggression represents a clear proof of the
hostility of the regime in northwestern Somalia,” said the
presidency said Puntland which has been determined to avoid shedding
of innocent Somali blood has been striving to preserve peace and
promoting reconciliation of Somalis in addition to restoration of
just governance across the country.
reasons, Puntland has acted responsibly and demonstrated restraint
in the face of constant provocation and persistent hostility and the
attacks unfortunately emanating from Hargeisa,” it said.
latest attacks, Puntland threatened to “respond robustly to any
attack on either the territory or the people of Puntland.”
shall no longer tolerate any further attack or preparations for
attack initiated by the regime in Hargeisa,” the presidency warned.
number of causalities has not yet been released, although Abdi Hersi
Ali, Puntland’s Minister of Information said the state troops
managed to repulse Somaliland troops.
Somaliland army chief, also said that its soldiers had pushed back
Puntland forces, claiming victory over the clash. Osma’il said their
troops encountered counter-offensive from Puntland state forces
during the clashes.
been building in Tukaraq in the past three months after Somaliland
troops have seized control of the strategic town in January
following an incursion against Puntland Defense forces stationed
regional Somali states have clashed previously since 2002 over
control of disputed regions in Northern Somalia.
disrupt Rwanda’s major cross-border activities
KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Heavy rains in Rwanda have disrupted cross-border
activities along a road linking Uganda, following the tearing up of
the road by the running water on Monday, Rwanda’s ministry of
infrastructure said Tuesday.
road is one of the main cross-border trade routes linking Rwanda to
the Kenyan port of Mombasa through Uganda, a freight route commonly
known as Northern Corridor.
Part of the
damaged road occurred at 77 kilometers from Kigali to Gatuna at a
place called Rwankojo in Cyumba Sector, Gicumbi District, Northern
Province, according to the ministry.
news conference on Tuesday, Rwandan minister of infrastructure
Claver Gatete said the road has been badly damaged by the heavy
downpour on Monday, which paralyzed motor traffic along the Kigali-Gatuna
vehicles will continue using the half road while heavy cargo trucks
have been re-routed to Kagitumba area in Eastern part of Rwanda and
Cyanika highways in Northern part of Rwanda until the completion of
the diversion route under construction,” he said.
rehabilitation works for affected part of the road have already
kicked off to ease the flow of traffic.
50 percent of imports to Rwanda and eastern part of the Democratic
Republic of the Congo by road pass through the Northern Corridor via
the Kigali-Gatuna road, according to the Rwandan ministry of trade
of rainfall over the four months has caused severe infrastructural
and agricultural damage in the country.
figures from the Rwandan ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee
Affairs, at least 183 people were killed and 215 others were injured
in Rwanda by disasters triggered by heavy rains in the first four
months of 2018.
Flooding affects 1.2 mln people in
East Africa: global charity
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
About 1.2 million people have been affected by
flooding due to heavy rains pounding parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and
Kenya, an international charity said on Tuesday.
Vision International said heavy rains have submerged homes, schools
and businesses, displacing more than 700,000 people from their
homes, and they are now camped out in tents on higher ground, in
schools or other evacuation sites.
Omollo, World Vision’s Vice President for East Africa said the
charity’s emergency response teams in partnership with local
governments, in-country humanitarian agencies, and communities
themselves, are working to address the immediate life-saving needs
of the flood affected children and their families.
multi-country flood response, we are working to ensure access to
food, water, shelter, and sanitation,” Omollo said in a statement
issued in Nairobi.
World Vision, 718,000 people are affected by flooding and 220,000
displaced in Somalia, some 170,000 have been displaced in Ethiopia
while 311,000 others have been displaced by flooding in Kenya.
thousands of children are at risk. They don’t have food, and the
water they’re drinking is dirty. Their schools have been damaged,
and their parents’ means of earning an income has been destroyed by
successive disasters,” said Omollo.
first was the drought, and now flooding is wreaking havoc and will
impact the lives of people for several months to come.
World Vision is distributing shelter kits, blankets, clothes,
cooking material and hygiene kits to flood-affected families.
Commonwealth Games tennis player Pazi still missing
SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian sports authorities said on
Tuesday they were yet to receive any information on the whereabouts
of Fathiya Pazi who disappeared in Gold Coast, Australia, last
young Tanzanian female tennis player, was among 13 African players
who went missing at the end of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,
said the sports authorities.
reports from Australia said a number of the athletes who had
disappeared resurfaced, seeking asylum status in Australia.
Sports Development Director in the Ministry of Information, Youth,
Culture and Sports, said that they were yet to get any information
from Australia and he believed that security organs there were still
searching for her.
was the head of the delegation of Tanzanian athletes to the
Commonwealth Games, said they have made some efforts in trying to
find Fathiya by contacting her father, who said that he knew nothing
about the matter.
government has also contacted her mother’s family, but the family
has denied knowing anything about the matter,” said Singo.
“We are yet
to be informed of the matter. I cannot say that Fathiya is among the
athletes who resurfaced and sought asylum status in Australia. Let’s
wait and see what will happen,” said Singo.
Australia had reported that the Refugee Advice and Casework Service
(RACS) group in Sydney said it had received enquiries from several
of them but declined to reveal the exact number or the countries of
person who seeks asylum in Australia should be subject to the same
thorough investigation of their claims, be they students, visitors,
workers or athletes,” RACS solicitor Sarah Dale said in a statement.
ministers wrap up conference vowing commitment to AfCFTA
(Xinhua) -- African finance ministers and policy makers on
Tuesday wrapped up their 5-day conference in Ethiopia’s capital
Addis Ababa reaffirming their commitment to the African continental
free trade area (AfCFTA).
theme “African Continental Free Trade Area: Creating fiscal space
for jobs and economic diversification”, the conference deliberated
on issues related among others to agriculture, infrastructure,
illicit financial flows, and an integrated strategy for the Sahel.
the pivotal role of the private sector in pushing the AfCFTA
forward, the conference of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
has called for concerted and common approach to advance trade
conference has urged policies and investments necessary to capture
the economic benefits of the proposed trading bloc.
ministers have reiterated the potential of the AfCFTA to advance
industrialization, economic diversification and development to
foster prosperity for all on the continent.
It has also
recognized the challenges including concerns over the impact upon
the tax base arising from a single continental market for goods and
short-term impact is likely to be minimal and will be outweighed in
the medium and long term by the positive impacts of revenue from
other sources of taxes,” said a ministerial statement of the 51st
session of the Council of Ministers.
that the new sources would arise from economic growth and
diversification from trading in a bloc of 1.2 billion consumers, the
ministers have urged simplified trade regimes for informal
cross-border traders and upgraded trans-boundary infrastructure to
Executive Secretary of the ECA, Vera Songwe, reaffirmed the
commitment of her organization to support governments in moving
towards economic integration through its convening, thought process
and operational functions.
recognized the preeminent role of human and institutional capacity
building that would enable the AfCFTA to meet many of the
continent’s development needs.
waiting. Our challenges are huge but we are on the way to solving
them through the AfCFTA,” noted the Executive Secretary.
forms part of wider consultations on the historic deal that was
signed by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018.
Ghana have already ratified the AfCFTA agreement and documented the
ratification to the African Union (AU).
countries will be required to ratify and implement the legal
instruments of the agreement that would create a trade bloc with a
combined gross domestic product of more than 3 trillion U.S. dollars
together with an additional 300,000 direct and 2 million indirect
jobs, according to the African Union (AU).
A minimum of
22 ratifications are required to enable the agreement to get into
launches consultations on truth and reconciliation
(Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Tuesday launched the country-wide
consultations on the establishment of the Commission on Truth,
Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) as part of the 2015 peace
of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has formed a technical
committee that will leave Juba for 13 major towns across the country
to hear and document public views on issues relating to the
legislation for the creation of the Commission.
launching the second phase of our work by consulting the masses. We
have sensitized them earlier and this time we are going to collect
their views on what we have sensitized them about through a
questionnaire,” Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice Hon James
Mayen Oka said in a statement.
that they are very late in undertaking this process, but remain very
appreciative to partners in United Nation’s Development Program (UNDP)
and UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for their continued support.
consultations will be in two phases, the first phase from May 14 to
18 and the second phase from May 25 to June 1 in the target
locations of Bor, Torit, Yambio, Rumbek, Wau, Malakal, Leer, Renk,
Bentiu, Aweil, Mundri, Yei and Kuajok.
questionnaire, with technical support from UNDP and ICTJ, is
composed of 21 questions to be anonymously answered by randomly
selected respondents about their views for design and setting up of
collected during the consultations will form the basis for drafting
the CTRH legislation that will be approved by the Transitional
Government of National Unity (TGoNU).
-- People lay down coffins of victims killed by
militants in an attack in Cibitoke province, northwestern Burundi,
on May 15, 2018. At least 26 persons were killed and eight others
seriously injured in a gunmen attack on May 12 at a village in the
province of Cibitoke, northwestern Burundi.
XINHUA PHOTO: EVRARD
warns officials on foreign bank accounts
(Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday
warned his government is investigating public officials who
allegedly have illicit foreign bank accounts.
the remarks during a discussion with senior government officials at
the Prime Minister residence office, reported state media Ethiopia
didn’t specifically identify government officials currently under
investigation or the names of foreign countries that are
collaborating with his government to uncover alleged illicit foreign
Minister Abiy Ahmed was sworn in on April 2, with promises to
instill good governance and fight corruption in one of Africa’s star
Ethiopian government has identified corruption and rent-seeking
activities as part of the reason Ethiopia was rocked by sweeping
unrest in 2016.
Ethiopian government has since then promised to crack down on grand
scale corruption which has afflicted one of the world’s fastest
for worldwide ban on trans-fats
GENEVA, (Xinhua) --
The World Health Organization (WTO) has called for
elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acid from the
global food supply by 2023.
Monday that trans fats used in fried foods, baked foods, among
others may lead to more than 500,000 cardiovascular and heart
disease deaths per year.
research published by Canadian researchers in the British Medical
Journal in 2015 found that eating artificial trans increase heart
disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent.
Industrially-produced trans fats are made through the process of
adding hydrogen molecules to liquid fats to convert them into solid
fats to become partially hydrogenated oils.
into the food supply in earlier 20th century, the
partially hydrogenated oils were welcomed by food companies to
produce fried foods and baked goods, among others, since this kind
of oil was cheap, easy to use as well as had a long shelf-life.
according to WHO, several high-income countries have virtually
eliminated industrially-produced trans fats through legally imposed
limits on the amount that can be contained in packaged food, or
implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils. Denmark
was the first country to ban trans fats in 2013.
of industrially-produced trans fats from the global food supply has
been identified as one of the priority targets of WHO’s strategic
plan for 2019-2023
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Passengers queue to be screened at Uganda’s Entebbe
International Airport on May 15, 2018. Medical officers have
been deployed at the airport to screen all passengers coming
into the country, especially those from neighboring Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC) where there is an Ebola outbreak.
XINHUA PHOTO: JOSEPH KIGGUNDU
starts screening for Ebola at DR Congo refugee camp
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Uganda has started screening for Ebola at a Congolese
refugee settlement in the mid-western part of the east African
operational update by the United Nations refugee agency issued on
Tuesday said new arrivals at Sweswe Reception Center at Kyaka II
Refugee Settlement are screened for the viral hemorrhagic fever.
Nations High Commissioner of Refugees said the screening is a
precautionary measure following reports of confirmed cases in Bikoro
Health Zone, Equateur province of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
agency said from May 8-14, over 1,220 new refugees entered Uganda
from the DRC, including 886 from North Kivu, 236 across Lake Albert
and 98 via Paidha, arriving at landing sites in Hoima, Ntoroko and
year started over 70,000 Congolese refugees have crossed into Uganda
fleeing fighting back home.
virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including
fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many
cases internal and external bleeding.
rates of Ebola fever, according to the World Health Organization,
are extremely high, with the human case-fatality rate ranging from
50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral sub-type.
efforts to mitigate new Ebola outbreak in DRC
(Xinhua) -- The Africa Center for Disease Control and
Prevention (Africa CDC) has underlined efforts to mitigate the Ebola
epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
government early last week declared a new outbreak of Ebola Virus
Disease (EVD) in Bikoro, Equateur Province.
to the new outbreak of Ebola, the Africa CDC has activated its
emergency operation center (EOC) to support the DRC national
outbreak response efforts, and the Center has also mobilized its
epidemic response team (ERT) for imminent deployment.
CDC will dispatch a team on Wednesday to the DRC to assess the
situation and the level of support required to ongoing efforts by
DRC and other partners to contain the outbreak, said John Nkengasong,
Director of Africa CDC, during a press briefing on Tuesday at the
African Union (AU) headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Of the 20
people who died in the DRC, three are health workers, said the
director, adding that the outbreak has also occurred in a remote
part of the country, challenging deployment of health workers and
the necessary supplies, which has made the situation a big concern.
has occurred in an area with a traffic about 7,000 people a week by
different means, posing significant risk of spreading the epidemic,
noted the director.
This is the
9th Ebola outbreak that the DRC is witnessing in four
decades, after the first outbreak in 1976.
A total of
250,000 U.S. dollars has been set aside for outbreak response
activities by the Africa CDC, and member countries have been
pledging support by contributing health workers.
First doses of experimental Ebola vaccine arrive in DR Congo
(Xinhua) -- The first 4,000 doses of experimental vaccine
provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat against
the Ebola outbreak has arrived on Wednesday in Kinshasa, the capital
city of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
bourse set to pilot test its derivative market
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is set to start
the pilot testing of its derivatives market as the bourse moves to
expand its trading activities.
derivatives market involves the trading of financial instruments
like futures contracts, stocks, indices, commodities, currencies,
exchange rates, or the rate of interest.
instruments allow one to make profit by betting on the future value
of the asset. The NSE on Tuesday said it had received all approval
from the Capital Markets Authority and Central Bank of Kenya to
undertake a pilot test for its derivatives market in the next six
months before a full rollout.
the establishment of a globally competitive derivatives market is in
line with the NSE’s 2015-2019 strategic plan, which aims to increase
listings at the exchange while enhancing product innovation.
surgeons win hearts in Namibia
(Xinhua) -- Lezi Kbamba, a resident in Nambia’s Windhoek,
excitedly put up a yellow T-shirt wearing a Chinese flag, which he
got as a souvenir for undergoing a cataract surgery performed by
artist was trying to express his gratitude to the Chinese who
allowed him to “see my audience clearly again.” “At the end of the
month, I’ll hold another music show in Windhoek, and I wish to
invite them to be my guests,” he said.
48-year-old musician hailing from Angola had been troubled by cloudy
vision for three months due to a cataract in his right eye. He
waited for two weeks before he was chosen as a beneficiary of
China’s Brightness Action program that offers free cataract
and many other developing countries, cataracts are the main cause of
blindness. Yet getting a timely surgery to cure the disease is
difficult in Namibia, a country with merely six ophthalmologists.
This is the
main reason why five Chinese doctors and three nurses have visited
the African country. In about a week’s time starting on Monday, they
will conduct some 200 surgeries in Namibia’s capital Windhoek and
the rural area of Rundu.
long lines of cataract patients were seen waiting in the
ophthalmology department of the Windhoek Central Hospital. Many
patients walked with a wooden stick and needed to be assisted into
the inspection room.
cataract situation is serious here. Many patients are already blind
due to a delay in treatment,” said Zhang Meifen, an ophthalmologist
of the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) who led the
Brightness Action team.
hospital kept asking us to add more patients on our operation list
due to the huge demand,” she said. After all operations are
completed, the team will also donate their equipment to Namibia,
according to Zhang.
a renowned Namibian ophthalmologist and director of the hospital’s
ophthalmology department, said the country is struggling to deal
with its huge number of cataract patients due to the scarcity of eye
awareness campaign is persuading more rural cataract patients to
seek timely treatment, Ndume is calling for more support to help
Namibia treat the bulging number of patients.
“We are very
happy that people from China have come to help us fight this
preventable blindness caused by cataracts. We hope they can come
back again,” she told Xinhua.
has been performed in China’s many outlying areas, where the
cataract surgeries are credited for reducing blindness and poverty
rates. In recent years, the country has also taken the program to
other developing countries in Asia and Africa.
Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming praised the program’s first stop
in Namibia for enhancing the friendship between the two peoples and
gaining precious experience for future China-African medical ties.
“Now we know
Namibia also has a shortage of neurologists and anesthetists, and we
have suggested that the Chinese government send over these kinds of
doctors,” said Zhang.
Chinese humanitarian support in Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday
hailed Chinese humanitarian contributions to its programs in
Ethiopia to support drought-affected people and refugees.
Head of Communications, Donor Relations and Reports Unit, WFP
Ethiopia, in an exclusive interview with Xinhua said Tuesday that
the World Food Programme has been receiving donations from the
government of China for the past several years, especially for its
relief and nutrition activities.
donations usually arrived at critical times when the country was in
need of humanitarian assistance and millions required urgent
nutritional support,” Anthem said.
contributions directly benefited the poor who have been suffering
from malnutrition,” he said.
rounds of supports, through bilateral and multilateral channels,
China has so far provided an emergency aid to Ethiopia totaling
roughly 36.6 million U.S. dollars, making it the third largest food
aid contributor in the East Africa country, according to figures
from Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission.
Food Programme has been a major recipient of the humanitarian
donation from the government and people of China, according to the
Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia.
Anthem, over the past two years, the Chinese government has donated
a total of 14 million dollars to WFP’s relief and nutrition
always grateful to the Chinese government for its generous donations
and stepping in to support the drought response in Ethiopia,” he
said, adding “Chinese donations have been instrumental in enabling
WFP to achieve objectives at the times of the donations.”
expected that the Chinese government will continue to support WFP’s
humanitarian interventions,” he said.
humanitarian contribution of China in March this year, which amounts
to 6 million U.S. dollars, was used to assist refugees and
drought-affected people in Ethiopia, according to WFP.
million U.S. dollars came shortly after the joint appeal by the two
UN agencies, WFP and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), for 80 million
dollars to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, the two
UN agencies announced in a joint statement issued early March.
negative weather conditions that rocked the East African country
since 2015, which includes the worst El-Nino induced drought in the
past half century, Tan Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, also
recently told Xinhua that the contribution is “a testimony of
China’s solidarity with Ethiopia.”
also hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa,
resulting from large influx of refugees to the country due to
instability and conflicts in its neighboring countries, mainly South
Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.
“China is a
member of the international community and is ready and willing to
extend our support within our ability. Our support is in the
framework of the south-south cooperation,” he said.
7.9 million people in Ethiopia are currently in need of emergency
food assistance, while Ethiopia also hosts more than 900,000
refugees, mainly from Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan.
Ethiopian government has previously commended Chinese humanitarian
support on various occasions.
Ethiopia’s Commissioner for National Disaster Risk Management, in a
recent interview with Xinhua said the assistance from the people and
government of China “is not forgettable by the government of
Ethiopia and the people of Ethiopia.”
like to thank the people and government of China for the four rounds
of supports to Ethiopia over the last years for the drought response
that we are working together,” he said
Africa to partner with China to boost manufacturing sector
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
A banking expert on Tuesday urged African nations to
partner with China in order to boost their manufacturing sectors.
Stevens, an economist at the Standard Bank Group, told a trade forum
in Nairobi that the reality is that China has emerged as the best
manufacturing hub in the world.
should therefore partner with China because it has the skill and
expertise that Africa lacks in order to build its manufacturing
sector,” Stevens said during the Chinese Economic Forum that was
jointly organized by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
and Stanbic Bank Kenya.
Africa to seize the current opportunity given that Beijing is keen
to continue to strengthen ties with Africa and be a supportive
noted that China is likely to continue its investment in the
manufacturing sector across Africa.
around 20 percent of Chinese investment into Africa is in
manufacturing. Chinese firms are creating the most jobs in Africa
than any other large commercial partner. The scope for more Chinese
partnership is obvious: it has been most successful in linking to
global supply chains,” he added.
economist added that the key to attracting more investments is to
ensure Africa has a strong infrastructure foundation in place.
that China was able to lure foreign investments in the manufacturing
sector by ensuring it has world-class infrastructure including road,
rail and electricity network.
noted that China is currently battling with rising manufacturing
costs due to increasing labor costs, among others.
factors combined have made Chinese firms to seek to offshore some of
their manufacturing activities,” he said.
economist said that African countries that have a real opportunity
to attract Chinese manufacturers are basically in East African
region where most of the continent’s manufacturing growth is already
that Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia are some of the
nations that have already began to attract Chinese investment in
their industrial sectors.
that once a country establishes a good track record with Chinese
firms, it tends to lure even more investments from the Asian giant.
New Round of
talks on Ethiopian dam resumes in Addis Ababa
(Xinhua) -- A new round of talks on the Grand Ethiopian
Renaissance Dam (GERD) kicked off on Tuesday in Ethiopia’s capital
Addis Ababa with participation of senior officials from Sudan, Egypt
ministers, ministers of water resources and intelligence chiefs from
the three countries attended the second tripartite high-level
ministerial meeting, which aims to foster collaboration and resolve
differences on the dam’s construction. The first tripartite high
level ministerial meeting was held in Khartoum, Sudan in April.
ministerial meeting, Ethiopian foreign minister Workneh Gebeyehu
said Ethiopia is hosting the meeting with hopes that agreement will
be reached that benefits the peoples of the three nations.
tripartite meeting comes in the backdrop of tensions between the
three countries with Egypt accusing Ethiopia and Sudan of stalling
on negotiations to study the impact of GERD.
Ethiopia have issued statements rejecting Egyptian allegations and
affirmed commitment to continue negotiations on GERD.
Sudan eye massive benefits from the GERD construction, while Egypt
is concerned that it might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-meter
annual share of the Nile River water.
will be Africa’s largest dam upon completion with a total volume of
74 billion cubic meters, was started in April 2011 with a cost of
about 4.7 billion U.S. dollars. The GERD construction is currently
66 percent complete.
hopes GERD will provide a constant supply of clean and affordable
power and accelerate its shift from an agricultural economy to an
bourse key indices fall as stocks value wiped out
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) indicative
index on Tuesday declined further after falling below 3,600 points
as several key stocks saw their value wiped out.
The NSE 20
Share Index declined 21.63 points to stand at 3,560.73 from 3,582 on
Monday, where it went down 20 points.
On the other
hand, the NSE All Share Index (NASI) decreased to stand at 174.87
from 175.34 while the 25 share index dropped to close at 4,614.38
share traded volume stood at 37 million worth 13 million U.S.
dollars from 13.2 million worth 4.7 million dollars in the previous
traded stocks were Safaricom, moving around 23 million shares,
followed by Equity Bank 5.1 million, Scangroup 2.2 million, Kenya
Commercial Bank 1.2 million and Mumias Sugar 862,900.
focusing on young people to develop science
ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
The Nigerian government on Tuesday said its focus is
mainly on young people to help actualize the country’s science,
technology, and innovation goals.
Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu, while welcoming a Nigerian
whizzkid, Odedairo Oluwaferanmi Ayodele who won the gold medal at
the World Mathematics Championship held in Thailand recently, noted
young citizens have greater potentials to take every country
“We have to
place a lot of emphasis on our young people because they make up a
large percentage of our population,” Onu said.
“We have to
facilitate them to help the nation in the direction of science and
technology so that many of the things we now import into the
country, we will no longer be doing so but we will have the science
and technology to convert our own locally available raw materials
into the products that we currently bring in,” he said.
He said the
government would launch a campaign across all public schools to
prepare young students for the task of building a technologically
said, will bolster the government’s effort of making Nigeria the
technology hub in Africa.
there’s hardly any mineral resources that cannot be found in
Nigeria, Onu said the future of the country depends mostly on the
young people who can utilize science and technology to move the
15-year-old Odedairo was celebrated in Abuja with 14 others for
receiving laurels for outstanding performances at various global
received at least 300 medals from mostly global science and
mathematics competition since last year, according to government
medals from sports other than athletics
Kwoba NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman
Paul Tergat wants fringe sports to focus on merit and not numbers in
selecting their teams to the Africa Youth Games.
Nairobi on Tuesdy, Tergat called upon sports like swimming,
badminton, tennis and volleyball to encourage young athletes to
focus on excelling in their disciplines in order to widen the
country’s medal haul beyond track and field.
Youth Games is an elementary competition and we want our best girls
and boys to excel through hard work in training, determination and
dedication,” he said.
select a team of six players - three girls and three boys - for the
badminton team to the Youth Game slated for July in Algeria.
pull up their socks and work hard in training. Victory in the games
will be easy,” said Tergat.
Badminton Chairman Peter Muchiri said they need to take pressure off
the track and field athletes and cushion the country by spreading
the winning disciplines to badminton.
from our performance at the Commonwealth Games, our two players did
not advance to the medal brackets, but they gained valuable
experience and believe the youth can learn from them and put in
their best show in Algiers. We want to select a team in advance so
they can focus on training,” said Muchiri.
believes adequate preparations is the key to unlocking the potential
of the players and allow them to start winning medals at continental
and world stage.
preparations for the Commonwealth Games, we shall have one and a
half months to polish up our skills. We have coaches who have
delivered Africa continental medals before. I’m confident about our
performance at Algiers,” he added.
Youth Games come at a vital time and the top athletes who win medals
will have a chance to compete at the Youth Olympic Games set for Oct
6-18 in Argentina.
beat DH El Jadida 2-0 in African Champions League
RABAT, (Xinhua) --
Congolese TP Mazembe continued their brilliant form
in this year’s CAF Champions League, taming DH El Jadida from
Morocco 2-0 on road on Tuesday.
hammering Entente Setif of Algeria 4-1 in Lubumbashi in their
opening game in Group B, TP Mazembe upset DH El Jadida, who earned a
draw against Mouloudia Alger 1-1 in Algeria.
In a quite
balanced first half, the Moroccan team had better ball possession
and created more goal attempts but they were unable to score.
second half, DH El Jadida had a good start and should have grabbed
an early lead following a good move in the 50th minute,
but Tanzanian Simon Msuva failed to reach the goal.
Congolese team frustrated its Moroccan rivals only two minutes later
through Ben Malango, before Abdoulaye Sissoko sealed the win in the
win, TP Mazembe lifted to six points at the top of Group B before
Mouloudia Alger, who defeated their neighbors Setif 1-0, with four
points. DH El Jadida remain in the third place with one point and
host IWG conference
GABORONE, (Xinhua) --
Botswana will host the 7th
International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport conference here
from May 17 to 20.
conference is expected to bring together 1,200 delegates including
members of the International Olympic Committee, National Olympic
Committees, International Sport Federations, United Nations, Special
Olympics, Paralympics, Inter-Governmental Organizations,
Non-Governmental Organizations as well as leading researchers,
government officials, athletes, sport administrators and coaches.
said a press release from Women and Sport Botswana on Tuesday.
will be held under sub-themes such as, Being Well to Play Well, Safe
Space: Protecting Women in Sport, Tell Their Story, Leveraging Media
to Advocate for Women’s Sport, Welcome and Empower All Through
Sport, Sport without Borders: Cross-cultural Collaboration and Let
Them Lead: Changing the Leadership Landscape of Sport.
panelists include Phiona Mutesi, Ugandan chess champion and actor,
who will share her story on how she overcame the odds to become a
Africa’s middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist,
Caster Semenya is also expected at the event as well as Association
For International Sport for All secretary general, Wolfgang Baunmann.
hosting the event after Finland, the host for the 2014 edition.
Somalia 37-16 in 2018 Africa Zone 5 Handball Challenge Trophy
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Hosts Uganda beat Somalia 37-16 on Tuesday in the
U-18 2018 Africa Zone 5 International Handball Federation Challenge
suffering a narrow 30-29 loss to arch-rivals Kenya earlier, Uganda
came all out to win the second game played at the Mandela National
Stadium, Namboole Complex.
also continued with their good form as they stopped Tanzania 42-15
in the U-20 to follow up on their junior team’s earlier 33-21
victory over Kenya.
continues on Wednesday with three matches in the youth category and
four in the junior category.
which started on Monday and ends on May 20 has attracted Rwanda,
Burundi, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania and hosts
KCCA FC defeat Egypt’s Al Ahly in CAF Champions League tie
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s KCCA FC on Tuesday defeated visiting
Egyptian giants Al Ahly 2-0 in a Group A game in the 2018
Confederation of African Football Champions League.
Premier league defending champions scored in the second half to get
three points at the Mandela National Stadium.
Saddam Ibrahim Juma scored the first goal for KCCA FC after 73
minutes when youngster Allan Okello created a perfect cross.
minutes to full time KCCA FC got a penalty that skipper Rennis
Timothy Awany converted. Elsayed Ayman brought down striker Derrick
Nsibambi in the box.
Early in the
first half Al Ahly also got a penalty after 22 minutes, but KCCA FC
goalkeeper Charles Lukwago who was returning from suspension saved
Walid Said Ebeid’s shot.
coach Hossam El-Badry said he was disappointed with the result, and
they were unlucky.
KCCA FC coach said his team displayed tactical discipline.
KCCA FC who
lost the first game 1-0 away to Township Rollers FC in Botswana have
now collected three points, while Al Ahly only have one point after
their goalless draw against Esperance in the opening game.
Egypt Cup after penalty shootout with Smouha
CAIRO, (Xinhua) --
Well-known football club Zamalek won Egypt Cup on
Tuesday after a penalty shootout against Smouha in Alexandria, north
forward Hossam Hassan scored the first goal in the 5th
minute but he was sent off later for getting the second yellow card.
Kabongo Kasongo from DR Congo put his team back on track with an
equalizer in the 86th minute.
30-minute extra time did not manage to break the deadlock. The
penalty shootout witnessed Smouha defender Abdullah Bakry miss the
first kick, granting Zamalek the title.
It is the 26th
time for Zamalek to hold the Egypt Cup. They claimed the title for
four successive years from 2013 to 2016 before Ahly got it in 2017.
set to encounter the league title holder Ahly for Egypt’s Super Cup,
which Zamalek won three times and Ahly 10 times.