Rwanda: Umushyikirano – Homegrown Solutions Key to Rwanda’s Devt

By James Karuhanga Homegrown solutions to various country development challenges is a good idea, participants at the just concluded 12th national dialogue locally known as Umushyikirano said. Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive...

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Rwanda: Local Developers Get Boost As Airtel Launches APPs Store

By Ben Gasore

Local content developers have a great opportunity to market their innovations (applications) following the launch of Airtel app store on Wednesday.

"We want to ensure customers access locally-relevant...

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Rwanda: Higher Targets Set to Eliminate TB

By Ivan Ngoboka Rwanda has set new targets on prevention and treatment of TB (tuberculosis) as the World Health Organisation (WHO) raises a red flag on the disease that last...

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East Africa: Eala Should Lead By Example

editorial

The clamour has died down in the chambers of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) after months of squabbles that threatened unity of the body.

As an organisation that was...

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Cameroon Army Dismantles Boko Haram Training Camp

Cameroon's army says its forces have dismantled a training camp belonging to the Nigeria-based Boko Haram militant group in the northernmost part of the African country.

In a Sunday statement,...

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Body of missing woman found

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Cape Town - The body of a woman who drowned while trying to rescue her...

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Congo-Kinshasa: Civil Society Confronts Kabila’s Quest for Life in Power

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By Kambale Musavuli

As 2014 comes to a close, the dominant challenge facing Congolese people is the lengths to which President Joseph Kabila will go to maintain a stranglehold on...

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Ministry Provided Training to More Than 300 Fishermen in the Northern Red Sea Region

Massawa — The Ministry of Fisheries in the Northern Red Sea region, in collaboration with Anberbeb Share Company, has organized technical training course for more than 300 fishermen from...

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Development Programs in Ghinda Sub-Zone Successful Thanks to Popular Participation

Massawa — At an annual assessment meeting in which the administrator of the sub-zone, area administrators, heads of different associations and others took part, it has been expressed that...

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Rwanda: Local Developers Get Boost As Airtel Launches APPs Store

By Ben Gasore

Local content developers have a great opportunity to market their innovations (applications) following the launch of Airtel app store on Wednesday.

“We want to ensure customers access locally-relevant mobile applications and also drive the local application development industry by empowering talented developers in the country,” Teddy Bhullar, the Airtel Rwanda managing director, said in a statement.

He added that customers can buy the apps using their mobile phones at affordable rates. The Airtel apps store consists of free and premium applications, and it is available for all phones using Android, Blackberry, Java, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

In addition to being able to buy the applications, customers can also-browse, preview, rate, report, comment, recommend, blog, download and games.

Customers can download free or premium apps from http://apps.rw.airtellive.com/.

Clarisse Iribagiza, the chief executive officer of HeHe Limited, a Kigali-based mobile technologies company, said the store will give application developers a ready market, and also enable people access local content.

The telecom will be the first company in the country to open an app store.

Software developers have in the past had to sell their applications through Google’s Android app store, Playstore.

With the recent launch of fourth generation long-term evolution (4G LTE) Internet, users will be able to benefit from fast upload and download speeds.

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Rwanda: Higher Targets Set to Eliminate TB

By Ivan Ngoboka
Rwanda has set new targets on prevention and treatment of TB (tuberculosis) as the World Health Organisation (WHO) raises a red flag on the disease that last year claimed 1.5 million lives globally.
TB, WHO says in a new report, is only…

East Africa: Eala Should Lead By Example

editorial

The clamour has died down in the chambers of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) after months of squabbles that threatened unity of the body.

As an organisation that was supposed to embody democratic principles, it beat all logic that a single person could go against the wishes of the majority of the house and nearly brought it into disrepute.

EALA is a litmus test of the proposed political federation of the East African Community (EAC) and the just ended soap opera should sound a warning that petty self interests could be a major threat to the dream of a truly united region.

Teething problems were to be expected which was the reason mechanisms such as the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) was able to act swiftly to avert a legislative stalemate. That is what members should resort to in case of misunderstandings among themselves, instead of playing out in the media and making a laughing stock of themselves in the process.

The new leadership should focus on the aspirations of the regional community and lead the way in building a sound institution bereft of narrow interests. Otherwise, the future of the regional bloc could hang in balance at a time when regional integration projects show promise.

It is every stakeholder’s wish that members of EALA have buried the hatchet and left the past behind them. Now they should be forward looking, drafting legislations that will be the foundation of the future and not set negative precedence.

They owe the people of this region who sent them to Arusha. They should not let them down.

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Cameroon Army Dismantles Boko Haram Training Camp

Cameroon’s army says its forces have dismantled a training camp belonging to the Nigeria-based Boko Haram militant group in the northernmost part of the African country.

In a Sunday statement, the army said the dismantled camp was located in the Mayo-Danay district in Cameroon’s Far North region, without giving further details.

Boko Haram insurgents have expanded their operations in Cameroon in recent months, launching cross-border attacks.

Last week, the militants carried out an attack on an army base in Cameroon near the border with Nigeria. However, Cameroonian troops repelled the terrorist raid, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its operations in 2009, which have left more than 10,000 people dead so far.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, nearly 650,000 Nigerians have fled their homes due to Boko Haram attacks and are displaced inside the African country, while thousands of others have taken refuge in neighboring countries.

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Body of missing woman found

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Cape Town – The body of a woman who drowned while trying to rescue her son and other children from the strong-running Berg River in Paarl has been found, Western Cape police said on Monday.

“Police divers in concert with metro divers attended to the scene and the body of the mother was recovered at approximately 6pm (n Sunday),” Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said.

“An inquest is being investigated.”

Police responded around 4pm on Sunday to a reported drowning at Long Street bridge in Paarl.

“Four children between the ages of 12 and 13 are alleged to have been swimming in the river, when they got into (difficulties),” Kinana said.

Two of the children managed to reach the river bank but two other boys were still in danger of drowning.

Apparently the mother of one of the boys drowned while trying to rescue the children.

“The two boys were subsequently rescued,” Kinana said.

On Sunday, ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said the children were transported to Paarl Provincial Hospital for treatment. – Sapa

Congo-Kinshasa: Civil Society Confronts Kabila’s Quest for Life in Power

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By Kambale Musavuli

As 2014 comes to a close, the dominant challenge facing Congolese people is the lengths to which President Joseph Kabila will go to maintain a stranglehold on power.

This unresolved question represents the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It will continue to dominate the political landscape through 2016, when Kabila is constitutionally mandated to leave office. He will have completed the second of his two five-year terms (2006 – 2011 and 2011 – 2016) in December 2016.

Leaders in Kabila’s Presidential Majority coalition have called for the constitution to be modified so that he can run for a third term. Even before its ratification in 2006, the Congolese constitution has been perverted to suit Kabila’s personal interest. For example the minimum age required to run for President was lowered from 35 to 30 so that Kabila who was then 34 years old could qualify to run for President in the 2006 elections. In 2011, Kabila modified the constitution to facilitate the appropriation of the November 2011 elections.

This time, the Congolese people led by the Catholic Church and 600 plus civil society organizations have said enough is enough. They have called on President Kabila not to touch the constitution, to organize elections at all levels (local, provincial and national) and to step down after the completion of his second term in 2016.

While Kabila’s Presidential Majority coalition has been vocal about his remaining in power, Kabila has remained silent on whether he will stay or leave. Nonetheless, his actions have strongly indicated that he plans to stay by any means necessary. Options at his disposal include: changing the constitution, outright scrapping the constitution and initiating a new one; and delaying the 2016 Presidential elections through various measures. Kabila has reorganized the military to strengthen his hand and reshuffled the government under the misnomer “coalition government” in order to bring more political opportunists into the fold.

Kabila’s 2014 “message to the nation” on Monday, December 15th helped to further cement his intention to remain in power beyond 2016. During his speech, he warned against foreign “injunctions” as if calls from European nations and the United States for him to step down after 2016 represent the greatest demand on him to respect the country’s constitution. In fact, the strongest resistance to Kabila remaining in power comes from Congolese inside the country.

Kabila also proclaimed during his speech that peace and stability has prevailed throughout the country, however, this is far from the case.

The people of Beni in the North Kivu province have endured tremendous suffering, especially over the past two months. Over 250 people have been senselessly massacred. President Kabila paid a “too late, too little” visit to Beni in late October, ostensibly to demonstrate some level of concern for the inhabitants. Following his visit, angry youth disfigured and tore down a statue of Kabila to express their outrage and dissatisfaction with his lack of leadership and the inability of the state to protect the people. While in the Katanga province, over a half million people have been displaced due to militia activity. Peace and stability remains fleeting under Joseph Kabila’s leadership.

A critical mass of Congolese youth and others have had enough. The question is often asked and widely debated as to whether the mass mobilization that took place in Burkina Faso that resulted in the ousting of President Blaise Compaoré can happen in the Congo or will influence the Congolese populace? Of course it has influenced Congolese youth and the Congolese government as well. Whether what transpired in Burkina Faso can actually happen in the DRC is yet to be seen.

The hope is that people will not have to descend into the streets to make President Kabila respect the laws of the land. The expectation is that the pressure being applied by the Catholic Church, Civil society, youth throughout the country, noted Congolese figures such as Dr. Denis Mukwege of Panzi Hospital, politicians in the presidential majority, the opposition and others in the global community, will be sufficient to facilitate respect for the country’s constitution and a peaceful transition to a new leadership in 2016.

Congolese youth and others are very clear about what is at stake. The moves made by the Kabila regime are based primarily on how he and his coterie of elites can remain in power and continue to benefit from their positions in the government at the expense of the people.

The next couple years will be a critical test for the Congolese people and those who have invested in peace and stability in the country. The central challenge remains the same since the modern founding of the DRC, will masses of Congolese be able to finally control and determine the affairs of the Congo so that they can be the primary beneficiaries of the country’s spectacular wealth.

A vital pillar to peace and stability in the Congo is a government and leadership that benefits from the popular will of the people. The Congolese people are in dire need of a government that serves and protects the interests of the masses. A social and political landscape where the people have a say in the decision-making process is paramount to peace and stability. It is only when the sons and the daughters of the Congo organize and mobilize to create such an environment that we will finally know and experience peace and be able to extricate ourselves from crushing poverty and perpetual dependency.

Kambale Musavuli, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and one of the leading political and cultural Congolese voices, is a social entrepreneur, human rights advocate and spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo. Follow him on twitter @kambale or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kambalemusavuli

Joburg freeway closed for goose crossing

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goose goslingsINDEPENDENT MEDIA File photo: Rogan Ward

Johannesburg – A metro police officer briefly closed the N1 south at Beyers Naude Drive in Johannesburg on Monday morning to help a mother goose and her six goslings cross the busy freeway.

“The officer found the goose and goslings trying to cross over from the centre of the freeway when he decided to block off all of the lanes,” spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

He closed off the freeway shortly before 8am.

“SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) staff who were on the scene put the mother and babies into a basket and took them to a place of safety,” Minnaar said. – Sapa

Ministry Provided Training to More Than 300 Fishermen in the Northern Red Sea Region

Massawa — The Ministry of Fisheries in the Northern Red Sea region, in collaboration with Anberbeb Share Company, has organized technical training course for more than 300 fishermen from 42 villages.

The training course that has been organized in Massawa for the fishermen from Massawa, Foro, Gelalo, Ingel and Derbushet, included basic maintenance of fishing boats and procedures that they should follow to minimize time consumption and save money.

In a speech he delivered at the occasion, Mr. Tewelde Kelati, Minister of Fisheries, indicated that the training is aimed at raising the capacity of the fishermen to safely and effectively conduct their activities, and called for establishing fishermen’s association for it is through strong organization that they could reinforce activities and play due role in increasing the supply of fish.

Mr. Tewolde Woldemichael, Director General of Economic Development in the Ministry, on his part said that the theoretical and practical training is aimed at raising the competence of the fishermen, and thereby conduct their activities by minimizing risks and raise production.

Likewise, Mr. Michael Mezengi, from Anberbeb Share Company, explained that the share company is contributing its share in the efforts to develop human capacity in the country, and that they are playing due part to transfer the experience they gained from the Japanese Toyota and Yamaha companies the company is representing to customers.

The representative of the trainees noted the significance of the course in their day-to-day activities, and voiced readiness to develop the career through work experience.

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Development Programs in Ghinda Sub-Zone Successful Thanks to Popular Participation

Massawa — At an annual assessment meeting in which the administrator of the sub-zone, area administrators, heads of different associations and others took part, it has been expressed that the 2014 development programs in Ghinda sub-zone have been successful thanks to the popular participation of the residents.

In a speech he delivered at the occasion, Mr. Adm Idris, Chairman of Ghinda town council, said that the duty of the Town Council is to report concerns and demands of the residents to concerned institutions and conduct follow up, and that the development programs conducted by the Ghinda town residents and civil servants have been very successful.

In a report he provided the Chairman also indicated that the revenue of the town in 2014 has been 14 million.

Mr. Omar Yahia, Administrator of the sub-zone on his part commended the efforts conducted by the town council to solve the demands and problems of the residents of the sub-zone.

The participants conducted extensive discussion on the report presented, and called for concerted efforts to reduce the prevalence of malaria in their sub-zone.

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