ALGIERS, (Xinhua) --
A military helicopter crashed on Sunday overnight in the
province of Tipaza, west of the Algerian capital of Algiers,
killing all the five soldiers on board, local media reported.
Algerian navy helicopter crashed at a farm in Hamr el Ain during
a reconnaissance mission. The aircraft lost control after
hitting a high voltage electric post, Ennahar TV channel
reported, quoting local eye witnesses.
Defense Ministry statement has yet been issued to provide more
details about the incident.
2016, the last military helicopter crash in the North African
country killed 12 soldiers and injured two others.
three years have seen several crashes of Algerian military
aircraft, the most serious of which was a C-130 Hercules air
force aircraft crash in February 2014, killing 77 servicemen.
Algeria to form new cabinet
soon after installation of new parliament
ALGIERS, (Xinhua) --
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on
Friday that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will form a new
cabinet soon after the installation of the new parliament.
formation of the cabinet falls under the authority of President
of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and it is to be announced
after the installation of the new National People’s Council
(lower house of parliament) following elections of May 4,”
Sellal told reporters at a ceremony in the capital Algiers.
prime minister also commented on the refusal of Islamist
movement of Society of Peace (MSP) to join the cabinet.
invited them to join the cabinet team, but the offer was
declined by the party’s Advisory Council. This does not mean
that we won’t deal with MSP in the future. After all we are all
Algerians and partisans of national reconciliation,” he said.
Bouteflika’s efforts to include all political factions into the
new cabinet, regardless of Islamists, secular (left-wing) or
nationals (right-wing), major opposition parties such as the
Labour Party, the Socialist Forces Front and the Rally for
Culture and Democracy, in addition to Islamist parties, have all
refused to join.
4 parliamentary elections were won by the ruling parties of
National Liberation Front, which seized 161 seats, and the
National Democratic Rally, with 100 seats secured.
say the two parties will also command a majority in the
South African deputy president
supports independent probe into “state capture”
CAPE TOWN, (Xinhua) --
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on
Sunday called for the establishment of an independent judicial
commission to thoroughly investigate all allegations of “state
through such a commission will we be able to establish the
extent to which the institutions of our state have been used to
improperly - and illegally - enrich a few individuals and
families,” Ramaphosa said while giving a lecture in the
platinum-mining hub of Rustenburg, North West Province.
referring to the Gupta saga in which the wealthy Indian Gupta
family allegedly exerts undue influence on President Jacob Zuma
in the appointments of cabinet ministers and CEOs of state-owned
Zuma and the Guptas have denied the allegations.
year, South Africa’s graft ombudsman recommended the
establishment of a judicial commission into the alleged “state
independent judicial commission would help get to the bottom of
these rumours, reports, and allegations, Ramaphosa said.
act to stop all forms of capture, corruption, and cronyism,”
of these efforts, the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA)
bill must now be actively implemented, in particular as it
relates to so-called “politically exposed persons,” to ensure
that there is no space for illicit financial activity, said
is aimed at further strengthening the transparency and integrity
of the South African financial system in its objectives to
combat financial crimes, which include tax evasion, money
laundering and the financing of terrorism and illicit financial
April, Zuma signed the bill into law.
Ramaphosa also said the ruling African National Congress (ANC)
must fight rampant corruption and narrow personal enrichment.
Ramaphosa warned that South Africa faces the risk of becoming a
are to counter this grave threat, if the ANC is to recover its
leadership role in society, then it is absolutely imperative
that we act with urgency and purpose,” he said.
must ensure that South Africa does not become a mafia state
“because once you reach that state, all the wheels have come
off,” said Ramaphosa.
he said, must implement lifestyle audits of all those in
introduce, as has been proposed by the ANC this week,
transparency into party political funding. All of these steps
must be implemented without fear or favour. They must not be
guided by factional interests,” Ramaphosa added.
S. African civil society groups
march against women, child abuse
By Stanley Karombo PRETORIA, (Xinhua)
-- South Africa’s civil society groups
on Saturday marched against women abuse in Pretoria amid a
series of rapes and murders in recent weeks.
it is difficulty to have precise figures of the rape cases in
South Africa, it is reported to be one of the countries with
highest rates of female murders by their intimate partners.
According to government statistics, a woman is killed by a
current or ex-intimate partner every six hours in South Africa,
and 21 percent of women over 18 reported experiencing violence
by a partner. Eight percent of women reported experiencing
violence in the past 12-month period.
the banner “not in my name,” the groups marched against gender
violence in the wake of the deaths of several women and kids.
nation this month was shocked by news of a gruesome murder of
Karabo Mokoena, 22, who was sexually abused before charred
beyond recognition by her boyfriend.
on all men to stop killing and burning women beyond recognition.
Men have gathered here today to speak against gender-based
violence,” Siyabulela Jentile, one of the organizers of the
event, told Xinhua on Saturday.
we’ve broken that long silence. No man should beat a woman or
rape a woman while you’re watching,” he said.
African Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery said concerted
effort was needed to halt the scourge of gender violence in the
cases are really horrific and they’re a terrible reflection of
humanity. We will do whatever we can to ensure the perpetrators
are brought to book and tried in court,” said Jeffery.
disclosed a new collaboration between his department and UNICEF
to effectively tackle sexual offense issues, but bemoaned a lack
of resources, infrastructure and the cost as hammering the
program in some rural areas.
Sudanese army repulses attacks
by armed groups in Darfur
KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) --
Sudanese army said Saturday it repulsed two
separate attacks by two armed groups in east and north of Darfur
said in a statement that the two groups moved simultaneously
from Libya and South Sudan.
forces and the Rapid Support Forces have managed to repulse
simultaneous attacks in North and East Darfur by two armed
groups that moved from Libya and South Sudan,” the statement
that the clashes were still continuing at the two areas of the
According to the statement, the army succeeded in repulsing the
aggression because the armed forces and other security bodies
have been closely following the movements of the mercenary armed
groups in South Sudan and Libya as they were preparing to target
the prevailing peace and stability in Sudan generally and Darfur
States in particular.
statement did not mention any details on the number of killed
and injured people from both sides.
Sudanese army has been fighting three armed groups in Darfur
including the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan
Liberation Movement and the Sudan Liberation Army.
Tunisian soldiers disperse
sit-in protest demanding social justice
TUNIS, (Xinhua) --
Tunisian soldiers dispersed a sit-in protest on
Saturday in southeastern region after protesters stormed a
petrol station in the desert, local sources told Xinhua.
military fired warning shots to disperse the crowd, while
respecting the peaceful aspect of the movement, a source said on
condition of anonymity.
sit-in protest, supported by a group of civil society and
non-government organizations, has lasted dozens of days in the
commune of Al Kamour in the province of Tataouine, the source
protest aims to “stimulate the government’s awareness of the
urgent needs of this region, including equitable development and
social justice in terms of employability,” according to the
coordinator of the sit-in.
a series of measures announced by Tunisia’s Minister of
Employment Imed Hammami, many protesters still called the
government’s response insufficient.
agreement reached between the government and the protesters
demands recruitment of 1,000 people in oil companies from June
2017, and 500 more by the end of 2018.
addition, the government has injected 50 million dinars (20.5
million U.S. dollars) into an annual investment fund.
UN refugee agency to step up
humanitarian work in Libya
TRIPOLI, (Xinhua) --
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Sunday that the UNHCR is stepping
up its humanitarian work in Libya to help the country tackle the
made the comments on a visit to Libya’s capital Tripoli on
Sunday, where he met with refugees and migrants in some
shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants
are held, generally due to lack of resources. Children, women
and men who have suffered so much already should not have to
endure such hardship,” Grandi said.
should not underestimate the challenges of operating in an
unstable and volatile environment such as Libya today. Our
ability to access and effectively deliver much needed protection
and assistance is a constant challenge. The people we are trying
to help and my staff live and work under enormous strain and
risks,” the UN official explained.
According to the UNHCR, there are about 300,000 Libyans
displaced due to the ongoing conflict.
has been suffering political division, insecurity and chaos
since the uprising of 2011 that toppled the country’s former
leader Muammar Gaddafi.
East Libyan forces target rival
militia with airstrikes
TRIPOLI, (Xinhua) --
East Libyan armed forces bombed locations of
rival militia in southern Libya in an overnight raid on
Saturday, a spokesman said on Sunday.
Force just raided Qaeda locations near Jufra, Libya,” Said Ahmad
Al-Mismari, an army spokesman, said in a press conference.
strike came three days after dozens of East Libyan forces’ men
were killed in an attack on an air base.
militia called Third Force, allied with the UN-backed government
in Tripoli, on Friday attacked Brak al-Shati airbase, Al-Mismari
attack killed 141 people, including civilians and unarmed
soldiers, the spokesman said.
has been suffering turmoil following the uprising that toppled
former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. The country is
plagued with unrest and political division.
aligned with the eastern-based Libyan National Army have
skirmished since late last year with opponents aligned with a
U.N.-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli.
UN chief calls for calm after
military escalation in S. Libya
UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) --
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
on Saturday called on all parties to restore calm in southern
Libya after clashes at an air base there killed over 140 people.
chief is “deeply concerned” about the military escalation at the
Brak al-Shati air base and “calls on all parties to exercise
restraint and restore calm,” said his spokesperson in a
at the air base between the armed forces and a rival militia
killed 141 people, a military spokesman said in Libya on Friday.
noted that continued insecurity in Libya is a reminder that
there is no military solution.
Secretary-General therefore urges all key Libyan stakeholders to
re-commit to the political dialogue and engage constructively
towards that goal,” said the statement.
has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of
Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. The country is plagued with
unrest and political division.
Somalia reviews anti-graft law
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The Somali government said Sunday it has reviewed
the anti-corruption law with experts which will soon be
presented to parliament for a review and approval.
statement from the ministry of information, culture and tourism
said the government is committed to combating corruption at
within a short period of time, the new government has made
efforts to show its commitment and determination to eradicating
corruption,” it said.
ministry listed several achievements which the government has
made including increasing revenue generation since Feb. 8 due to
strict reforms on public financial management that gives the
government more income to provide service delivery.
ministry said the new management at Aden Adde International
airport in Mogadishu has this week collected more than 130,000
U.S. dollars of khat taxation when compared to the past days and
weeks, that 34,000 dollars has been saved which was used to be
diverted into the wrong pockets, without tax increases, and no
extra khat arriving.
result of this, the government saved between 600,000 dollars to
900,000 dollars per month, which will hugely help the government
to provide services to its citizens,” it said.
ministry said it conducted operations to eradicate bandits who
laid illegal roadblocks on the roads is launched in the Middle
Shabelle region on May 18.
million dollars is saved every month as a result of very strict
procedures at the ministry of finance in order to ensure that
all money is spent according to financial regulation,” the
Somali government said its committed to making further necessary
reforms in the public financial management system.
government is fully aware of previous culture of impunity when
it comes to corruption allegations, therefore, Somali leaders
are now convinced that all necessary measures to safeguard
public resources are implemented including legal proceedings to
individuals that are subject to mismanagement of public
resources at every level in the government institutions,” it
Ugandan president takes over
East African Community chair
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday
took over the chairmanship of the East African Community (EAC)
from Tanzanian President John Magufuli at the 18th
EAC ordinary summit in Dar es Salaam.
shortly after he had handed over the chair, President Magufuli
asked his Ugandan successor to steer the community by
maintaining the cost-cutting measures.
my chairmanship, the EAC saved 3 million U.S. dollars through
cost cutting. I hope the coming chairman will continue with the
same,” Magufuli said.
also appealed to Museveni to try to sort out some of the thorny
trade deals that the EAC was still negotiating with other
failed to find a solution for EAC-European Union (EU) Economic
Partnership Agreements (EPA) trade deal but I am optimistic
President Museveni will take this forward,” said Magufuli.
summit was expected to come up with a jointly accepted roadmap
towards the signing of the EAC-EU trade deal that has divided
the member states over its impact.
would result in six members of the EAC allowing European goods
in at extremely low tariff rates over 25 years while the EU
would permit EAC products tariff-free access.
EPA to be functional, all EAC members, namely Tanzania, Kenya,
Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan, must sign the deal. So
far, only Kenya and Rwanda have signed it.
has refused to approve the EPA deal, saying the deal would kill
its infant industries and distress its future industrialization
drive. The deadline for the EAC countries to append their
signatures on the trade agreement was October 1, 2016.
week, the EU expressed willingness to initiate negotiations with
the government of Tanzania on the EPA.
summit was also expected to deliberate on Somalia’s application
to join the EAC.
ordinary summit also deliberated on sustainable financing
mechanism for the EAC, political federation and progress report
on verification exercise for the admission of Somalia into the
statement said other issues on the agenda were a report on the
modality for the promotion of the reduction on importation of
used motor vehicles and a report on the review of the textile
and leather sector with a view to phasing out importation of
used textiles and footwear.
summit was preceded by the 34th Extraordinary Meeting
of the EAC Council of Ministers, held from May 16 to 18.
China is reliable partner on
Kenya’s transformation agenda: official
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
China has been in the last few years a loyal
partner in Kenya’s transformational agenda, particularly
pertaining to the development of economic physical
infrastructure, a Kenyan official said on Sunday.
House spokesman Manoah Esipisu told a news conference in Nairobi
that the center-piece of that transformation is the Standard
Gauge Railway (SGR), the first phase of which is complete.
day, China, who provided the funds through loans that ensured
the SGR was built - will be sending a senior delegation of the
State Council, two ministers and one vice minister as the
official delegation at that launch,” Esipisu said in Nairobi.
Exim Bank has provided 90 percent of the financing towards
construction of Standard Gauge Railway project that will cost
3.6 billion U.S. dollars.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will on May 31 commission the first
phase of the high speed railway that has been completed on
budget, 18 months ahead of schedule.
President Kenyatta is also expected to officiate at events on
the container terminal at the SGR on May 30 before taking the
inaugural ride from Mombasa to Nairobi on May 31.
ride will include a number of stops along the way to commission
some of the new stations as well as to address people that are
resident in some of the counties that the SGR passes through,”
the President strongly believes that infrastructure is at the
core of development, growth and creating opportunity for young
people and that is why when he was invited by President Xi
Jinping to visit Beijing for an infrastructure conference last
week, he gladly accepted.
Beijing conference, Kenyatta reached agreement on new
partnerships with China, which are expected to further support
the development of critical infrastructure in the country and
Egypt refers 48 to military
trial over twin church bombings
CAIRO, (Xinhua) --
Egypt’s prosecution referred 48 suspects accused
of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group to
military trials on Sunday over twin church bombings, reported
the official MENA news agency.
of worshippers from the country’s Coptic Christian minority were
killed in those recent church attacks.
defendants face charges of forming two IS-affiliated cells in
Cairo and Upper Egypt’s Qena province as well as participating
in a series of explosions against three churches since Dec.
New Year’s Mass in Dec. 2016, a suicide bomber attacked a small
church adjacent to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo’s Abassiya
neighborhood killing at least 29 Coptic Christian worshipers,
mostly women and children.
2017, during Palm Sunday celebrations, the IS-claimed the double
church blasts in the Gharbiya and Alexandria northern provinces
which left at least 47 dead and wounded over 120 others.
Terrorist attacks in Egypt have killed hundreds of policemen and
soldiers since the mid-2013 removal of former Islamist president
Mohamed Morsi by the military in response to mass protest
against his one-year rule.
Subsequently, security crackdowns on Morsi’s supporters killed
hundreds and thousands more were arrested, while his Muslim
Brotherhood group was designated as a “terrorist organization”
by the new administration.
nationwide terrorist attacks, particularly those in the North
Sinai province by the Israeli border, were claimed by a
Sinai-based group loyal to the IS.
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, in his capacity as military
chief back then, led Morsi’s removal, and declared a war on
terrorism which has killed hundreds in recent years, with a
similar number of suspects arrested.
believe that the IS started widening the scope of its terrorist
operations against the country’s Coptic Christian minority in
order to pressure the Egyptian government.
rising terrorist wave in Egypt has negatively impacted the
country’s economy, causing a sharp decline in vital sources of
national income and hard currency, including in the tourism
sector and foreign investments.
Trump due on Egypt visit to
mend soured ties under Obama
CAIRO, (Xinhua) --
U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he will
visit Egypt soon at an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah
al-Sisi to mend soured ties under former U.S. administration,
official MENA news agency reported.
get to Egypt. We will absolutely be putting that on the list
very soon,” Trump said in a statement following his meeting with
the Egyptian president in Riyadh, MENA reported.
“done a tremendous job under trying circumstance,” Trump added.
Trump-Sisi meeting was held on the sidelines of the
bilateral relations between Egypt and U.S. worsened during
Trump’s predecessor Barrack Obama’s administration after the
Egyptian military ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in
did not invite Sisi for a visit and even temporarily suspended
U.S. aid to the Arabic country citing U.S. concerns about human
rights situation in Egypt.
ties, however, have improved under the new U.S. administration
of President Trump, who pledged to support the key U.S. ally
with 1.3 billion U.S. dollars annually in military aid.
paid his first official visit to the United States and met Trump
at White House in Early April.
Bodies of four Cambodian UN
in Central African Republic arrive home
PHNOM PENH, (Xinhua) --
The bodies of four Cambodian United Nations (UN)
peacekeepers killed in a convoy ambush in the Central African
Republic (CAR) earlier this month were airlifted to Cambodia on
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, along with his
cabinet members, paid his last respects to the ill-fated
peacekeepers at Phnom Penh International Airport before allowing
the bodies to be transported to their respective hometowns for
has said that despite the peacekeepers’ deaths, the Southeast
Asian country would step up its efforts to continue sending
troops to war-torn countries under the UN umbrella.
peacekeepers were killed by a rebel group on May 8 during a
convoy attack near Bangassou, about 474 km east of Bangui,
capital of CAR.
firstly dispatched troops abroad in April 2006. Since then, the
county has sent a total of 4,459 personnel to join UN
peacekeeping missions in eight countries.
Tanzania’s Lake Victoria
district to use mobile courts to fight illegal fishing
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s northwest district of Musoma on the
shores of Lake Victoria plans to use mobile courts to speed up
determination of illegal fishing cases in Africa’s largest lake,
authorities said on Saturday.
Naano, Musoma District Commissioner, said the use of mobile
courts will speed up the hearing of illegal fishing cases since
most of those involved in the malpractice live in remote
villages along the lake.
Tanzanian authorities have said that illegal fishing in Lake
Victoria shared by Kenya and Uganda has immensely reduced fish
said the decision to use mobile courts followed the rise on
illegal fishing by fishers from remote villages along the
lake—home to Nile Perch and Tilapia.
fish processing industries along the lake have been forced to
close down due to poor supply of fish,” Naano told a news
conference on the lake shore district of Musoma.
appealed to people using illegal fishing gear to drop the
malpractice or face punitive punishment.
Musoma district residents have commended the decision to use
Kalisa, a resident in the area, suggested that there should be
joint patrol operations to end illegal fishing within all
districts along Lake Victoria.
Exercise, healthy diet found
lowering risk of colon cancer recurrence
SAN FRANCISCO, (Xinhua) --
A team led by University of California, San
Francisco, researchers have found that colon cancer patients who
have a healthy body weight, exercise regularly and eat a diet
high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables have a significantly
lower risk of cancer recurrence or death.
Published on May 17, ahead of the 2017 annual gathering of the
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s
largest clinical cancer research meeting, the study was based on
an analysis of data collected on patients participating in a
national study for people in the United States with stage III
colon cancer and going through evaluations over about seven
found that colon cancer patients who reported a healthy body
weight, engaged in regular physical activity, and ate a diet
rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits that was low in red
and processed meats, had a lower risk of cancer recurrence and
death compared to patients who did not engage in these behaviors,”
said lead author Erin L. Van Blarigan, assistant professor in
the UCSF departments of epidemiology and biostatistics, and
a prospective study among nearly 1,000 stage III colon cancer
patients enrolled in a chemotherapy trial conducted from 1999 to
2001. Clinical researchers from Harvard University administered
a validated questionnaire on lifestyle at two points during the
trial. The data was made available to a team led by UCSF
researchers, who performed the analysis.
researchers found that over a median follow-up period of seven
years, colon cancer survivors who adhered to the American Cancer
Society Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer
Survivors had a 42 percent lower risk of death and 31 percent
lower risk of cancer recurrence compared to patients who did not
engage in these behaviors. There were 335 people with colon
cancer recurrences, 256 of whom died; 43 additional patients
died during the study from other causes.
study, the patients were given a score from 0 to 6 measuring the
degree to which their lifestyle matched the healthy lifestyle
guidelines. Only 9 percent of them had a lifestyle that adhered
closely to the guidelines, indicated by a score of 5 or 6.
are more than one million colorectal cancer survivors in the
United States,” Van Blarigan, a member of the UCSF Helen Diller
Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted as saying in a
news release. “These individuals are living longer than ever
before, but the disease remains the second leading cause of
cancer death in the U.S. There is a pressing need for improved
survivorship care, and resources to help people adopt and
maintain a healthy lifestyle after cancer diagnosis.”
Kenya says measures in place to
curb rising food prices
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government said on Sunday that it has
taken action to contain rising food prices.
House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said to help bring stability
that was required in the maize flour prices, a series of actions
were taken over time and not overnight.
not lost to many of us that our region has endured one of the
severest droughts in our history. Our production of maize and
supply of food have been strained. Kenyans have had to work
harder to put maize flour on their tables. The president
recognized that for many of us, this has been a real struggle,”
Esipisu told journalists in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recognized the misery caused by the
strained maize production and supply of food occasioned by one
of the severest droughts in the country’s history and measures
have been taken to bring down the cost of maize flour.
bottom line for us is that unga (maize flour) is affordable
again to the ordinary Kenyan and no matter the amount of debate
or the amount of inquisition, there is likely nothing that can
be done to change the fact that 2kg of maize flour cost 0.90
U.S. dollars,” Esipisu said.
series of actions outlined have been taken over time, they
weren’t taken overnight, and all of them have contributed to
getting the stability that was required in the maize flour
remarks come as Kenya introduced the subsidy program early this
week to sell a two kilogram packet of maize at 0.90 dollars that
was previously selling at 1.80 dollars.
the program, Kenya will buy the maize at 36 dollars per 90 kg
and sell it to millers at 23 dollars. Kenya has set aside 60
million dollars to finance the program.
13, Kenya waived import duty on maize to encourage importers to
bridge the production deficit so as put downward pressure on the
price of the staple food.
Feature: New journeys begin!
wedding heralds Kenya’s new railway
By Ben Ochieng NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Work at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Nairobi
Terminus on Saturday momentarily came to a halt when Kenyan
workers joined their Chinese peers to witness a group wedding of
four Chinese couples.
ceremony, conducted according to Chinese traditions, marveled
many Kenyans who work for the China Roads and Bridges
Corporation (CRBC), the contractor of the SGR.
of the wedding, May 20, was both symbolically chosen for its
similar pronunciation to “I love you” in Chinese, and to mark
the coming commissioning of the railway.
Chinese counterparts will never cease to amaze. The wedding
ceremony was astonishingly brief but colorful,” Chris Musyoki
remarks on the one-and-half-hour ceremony.
wedding started with the grooms kneeling down and presenting
flowers to their brides. The couples were then declared as man
and wife, after which they uncorked champagne and gave short
speeches as in a typical modern Chinese wedding.
later treated their guest to a luncheon at SGR Camp 8, where
people ate and drunk to their fill.
my future wife three years ago during a train ride in Hunan
Province back home in China after which we exchanged numbers.
That brief meeting and my bravery has now resulted into us tying
the nuptials today,” Li Bosheng, 26, a public relations officer
with CRBC, told Xinhua.
Jiao Yang is a graduate student in China and we will travel back
home after the commissioning of the railway,” he noted.
railway linking the port city Mombasa and Kenya’s capital
Nairobi is expected to be commissioned by Kenyan President Uhuru
Xiaoyu, who works as a technical supervisor at the Nairobi
Terminus and his newly-wedded wife Zhang Weiping, who also works
for CRBC as an accountant, associated their love and marriage to
the new railway.
here in Kenya and got married in this beautiful country. Kenya
will always remain etched in our minds wherever we shall be. It
is a country we cherish and whose people are very hospitable,”
Ethiopian Airlines increases
direct flights to China
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopian Airlines has increased its weekly
direct flights to China to 34 with the opening of thrice weekly
flights to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
at a ceremony starting the flight to Chengdu on Sunday in Addis
Ababa International Airport premises, Liu Tao, Counselor at the
Chinese embassy in Ethiopia said with Chengdu being an economic
and culture hub for inland part of China the new route has great
potential to enhance the agricultural, trading, tourism
cooperation with the outside of the world with Ethiopian acting
enhancement of people to people exchange is also a result of the
cooperation between these two great civilizations in all areas
including trade, investment, cultural education and agriculture
vice versa with the booming of cooperation between these two
countries bringing more and more people to exchanges,” he said.
Awol, Chief Commercial Officer at Ethiopian Airlines, said the
new route is just the latest manifestation of both countries’
deep bond ever since 1973 when the national carrier opened its
first route to Beijing.
shall offer the best and fastest connectivity with a total 34
weekly flights to China,” he said.
this new flight to Chengdu the major hub for Air China, which is
our ally and star alliance partner, passengers from Ethiopian
Airlines’ vast and growing network, will be able to connect to
dozens of cities in China, including Shenzhen, Kunming, Hangzhou,
Xiamen, Changsha and Urumqi, similarly Chinese travelers will
enjoy faster travel and connection to more than 54 countries and
further to Sao Paulo, Brazil and the U.S. with minimum layover
in Addis Ababa Hub,” explained Awol.
of its commitment, Ethiopian plans to utilize it’s latest fleet,
the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus 350 airplanes,
emphasizing how it values its share in the world’s largest air
Ethiopian Airlines was the first African carrier and the fourth
in the word to fly to China back in 1973. In addition to the
Already launched three weekly flights to Chengdu, Ethiopian
Airlines currently operates daily nonstop flights to Beijing,
Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hongkong.
Tanzanian, Ugandan leaders sign
crude oil pipeline deal
ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Ugandan
counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Sunday signed an agreement to
start construction of the crude oil pipeline from Hoima to Tanga
According to a statement issued by Tanzania’s State House, the
two leaders signed a communique agreeing to start construction
of the East African Crude Oil pipeline (EACOP) project from
Hoima in Uganda to Tanga Port in Tanzania.
issues of the Hoima-Tanga pipeline are agreed and resolved,” the
statement said, adding that the signing was witnessed by
ministers, senior government officials from different
institutions which are involved in the project.
countries have been negotiating how to proceed with the EACOP
project after the East African nations agreed in April last year
to the pipeline going through Tanzania and not Kenya as had been
communique signed in Dar es Salaam adds that a date for the two
presidents to lay a foundation stone at either Hoima or Tanga
will be arranged as soon as possible.
presidents asked the ministers responsible for energy in Uganda
and Tanzania to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) this
Friday, May 27 in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
1,443-kilometre crude oil pipeline worth 3.55 billion U.S.
dollars will be able to transport 200,000 litres of oil per day
once the project starts its operation.
project will be able to generate employment between 6,000 and
Tanzanian President Magufuli described the project as important
for the development of the two countries and east African region
in general. Uganda’s President described Tanga Port as key
because of its geographical location and security.
that the project will also make fuel cheaper hence foster
aviation industry, whereby regional airlines will get cheaper
leader has been in Dar es Salaam since Saturday, where Magufuli
handed over to him the chairmanship of the East African
Tanzania embarks on unsafe
school bus crackdown
ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian police have embarked on a school bus
crackdown to ensure that all vehicles carrying schoolchildren
crackdown came few days, when 33 pupils, two teachers, and a
driver were killed after a school bus plunged into a gorge in
northern Tanzania’s safari capital of Arusha.
Tanzania’s Lake Zone district of Tarime on Sunday, police
announced that five school buses have been deregistered.
Bukombe, head of traffic police in Tarime/Rorya special zone,
said that during the crackdown, 17 school buses were inspected
in two districts of Tarime and Rorya since the crackdown started
one week ago.
Tanzanian government had directed schools in the east African
nation to meet the required standards to ensure the safety of
said that the deregistered school buses were of poor quality to
be allowed to carry pupils.
must have their buses good, well checked, with good tires, seat
belt and comfortable seats. Drivers should also be careful and
adhere to traffic regulations,” said Bukombe.
that owners of de-registered vehicles should repair them to meet
the required standards.
6, 33 pupils, two teachers and a driver from Arusha-based Lucky
Vicent primary school died after their bus plunged into Marera
River Gorge in Karatu District.
Tanzania faces alarming
environmental destruction: minister
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is now facing alarming environmental
destruction caused by haphazard felling of trees, a senior
official said on Sunday.
every Tanzanian is using one cubic meter of firewood or logs as
daily energy source which is equivalent to more than 50 cubic
meters annually,” said January Makamba, the east African
nation’s Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office
responsible for environment.
at the launch of an environmental project known in Kiswahili as
Jumuiko la Pamoja, Suluhisho la Pamoja loosely translated as
Collective Responsibility for Collective Solution, Makamba said
the ever-increasing economic activities posed challenges to
environmental conservation and management in the country.
project launched in Sumbawanga district in Rukwa region was
jointly managed by the government of the Netherlands, the World
Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Kaengesa Environmental
Conservation Society in the region.
said economic activities that were contributing to massive
environmental destruction included agriculture, livestock
keeping, fisheries, mining, infrastructural improvement and huge
extra care was needed because all livestock keepers were
depending on ecological systems.
destroy forests and carry out destructive activities in
catchment areas and near sources of water, rivers, swamps, lakes
and spring water, most of these water bodies will dry up,” said
According to the minister, about 372,000 hectares of forests
were felled each year in the country.
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, 37.7
percent or about 33,428,000 hectares of Tanzania is forested
with 240,000 hectares of planted forests.
Tanzanian farmer killed by
ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
A farmer was trampled to death by a herd
of marauding elephants in southern Tanzania’s district of
Tunduru, authorities said Sunday.
killed man was identified as Ally Kalengo, 56, of Kalulu village
in the district 1,205 km from the Tanzania’s commercial capital
Dar es Salaam.
Ally, Tunduru District Acting Wildlife Officer, said that the
farmer died on the spot at his farm after a group of five
elephants attacked and killed him on Saturday.
that the elephants had strayed from Selous Game Reserve, one of
the largest faunal reserves in the world, located in the south
According to the official, the elephants were in search of food
before attacking the farmer, who was busy harvesting rice on his
farm, at around 6 p.m.
that the farmer was trying to ward off the elephants.
said officers were sent to help return all the elephants to the
According to the most recent elephant census, published in June
2015, Tanzania has 43,000 elephants, down from 109,000 in 2009.
UN decries spreading food
insecurity, malnutrition in S. Sudan
By Denis Elamu JUBA, (Xinhua) --
The UN on Saturday sounded alarm over the
spreading food insecurity and malnutrition across South Sudan
amid protection crisis.
Pau Sole, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told Xinhua that the most critical
sectors for the famine response are not only food security and
livelihoods, but also nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene,
health and protection.
the 100,000 people affected by famine, we are deeply alarmed by
the protection crisis and spreading food insecurity and
malnutrition across the country. We still need nearly 900
million U.S. dollars to tackle famine and the other live-saving
needs across the country,” Sole said.
added that since localized famine was declared on Feb. 20 in
Leer and Mayendit counties in Unity, humanitarian agencies have
scaled up their response in a variety of key sectors.
food distributions have reached more than 320,000 people in 15
locations in Koch, Mayendit, Leer and Panyijiar counties, and
rapid response missions have been carried out in at least 17
the UN official regretted that the humanitarian workers in this
country are always under attack from the warring factions
especially in the northern Unity state.
continue to be hampered by conflict, insecurity and access
challenges. All parties to the conflict must ensure that the
operating environment is conducive to the delivery of aid by
ensuring free, safe and unhindered access to all areas,
especially to avert the spread of famine,” Sole disclosed.
estimates that about 82 aid workers have been killed in South
Sudan since the onset of the December 2013 conflict.
Humanitarian agencies have faced repeated challenges to reach
people in dire need in famine-affected and at-risk areas as a
result of clashes, insecurity and access denials, she explained.
last week, there was an attack in Luom, Mayendit County, were an
inter-agency team was deployed to deliver nutrition, health,
water, sanitation and hygiene, and protection services, as well
as household items, seeds and fishing kits. Aid workers had to
be relocated from the area, and civilians were attacked, with
reports of homes and properties burned and destroyed,” Sole
highlights the precarious security situation in Unity, which
remains one of the most challenging operating environments in
South Sudan. We constantly have to balance potential risks to
civilians and aid workers against the humanitarian imperative to
save lives,” she said.
Ethiopia puts a squeeze on
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
It’s a ubiquitous item found strewn on the
streets, used to wrap gifts, carry food items and store
belongings, but plastic bags use in Ethiopia might be running
out of favor.
Recently, three factories were closed in the country when they
were found to be producing less than 0.3 milligram weight of
plastic bags, a measurement deemed to be toxic to Ethiopia’s
Leta deputy director of the Chemical and Construction Industries
Development Institute at the Ethiopia Ministry of Industry (MoI)
says the measure is part of Ethiopia’s desire to maintain the
society’s health and the country’s environment with the
country’s need to generate job and revenue for the country.
Abate, plastics and related materials directorate director at
MoI, emphasized however that the closure in no way meant Rwandan
style of complete ban on plastic bags is in the offing.
because plastic bag manufacturing firms have created employment
opportunities for thousands and saves hundreds of millions of
dollars that would’ve been lost through imports had the country
not had the plants to produce plastic goods.
environmentalists lament Ethiopia’s obsession with plastic bags
which they fault for polluting river systems, soil and choking
city sewage system, Abate cautions that Ethiopia’s fault is
primarily in how it uses plastic bags, not the content itself.
cities the example of China, the world’s most populous nation
with close to 1.4 billion people, having few problems with
“Ethiopia hasn’t even reached 100 million people with Addis
Ababa’s population being only about 4 million, but a city like
Shanghai, China with around 30 million people doesn’t have a
problem with plastic bags,” he says, adding that China’s
efficient recycling and waste management system are the way to
proper waste management and collecting mechanism is the main
problem when it comes to plastic bags and closing industries
while necessary at times isn’t the first option” says Abate.
highlights the fact that plastic products’ general uses have
intertwined with Ethiopians’ day to day lives meaning while
plastic bags use can run out of favor, it won’t disappear from
Ethiopia’s streets any time soon.
our pants to bras, electric appliances to medicine packages,
pipe fittings pass through plastic processes, with Ethiopia even
starting to export some plastic products,” says Abate, surmising
that while Ethiopia may start to frown on plastic bags, its
relationship with plastic products will continue for some time.