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Anglophone crisis in Cameroon: CHRDA Releases Pamphlet to educate combatants in armed conflict
January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

This pamphlet containing ten question and answer scenarios, will be translated to Pidgin and French, in order to extend the campaign across all warring parties.

Since the crisis escalated in 2016, both parties to the conflict have committed gross human rights abuses according to reports from major international human right bodies The Anglophone Crisis affecting Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions has caused immense physical harm and psychological suffering to the civilian population, including women and children.

The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) believes that some combatants are performing these violations without knowledge. Thereby, they have taken it as  a responsibility to educate combatants on International Humanitarian Law in times of conflict.

The pamphlet titled “A tool to educate combatants on international humanitarian law during armed conflicts” details acts which are not permissible in a war situation.

“The pamphlet does not condone or promote violence. Just because a violent act is not described in this pamphlet does not mean it is permissible,” the pamphlet read in part.

This pamphlet, containing ten question and answer scenarios will be translated to Pidgin and French, to extend the campaign across all warring parties. The pamphlet will also be recorded in an audio format and circulated on WhatsApp, to communicate the message to all combatants and breach the gap of those who cannot read, CHRDA stated.

The pamphlet notes that the burning of humanitarian aid is prohibited. It equally indicated that government workers who are not in the military are civilians and cannot be harmed or kidnapped. This comes as persons linked to government officials have been kidnapped for ransom, whipped and beaten. All these acts according to CHRDA do not sit well in a war situation.

Over 3,000 people killed, more than 656,000 internally displaced persons due to to the Anglophone crisis
Over 3,000 people killed, more than 656,000 internally displaced persons due to to the Anglophone crisis

CHRDA equally notes that no ambulance is to be attacked, even if they are transporting wounded enemy fighters.

It should be noted that CHRDA will also soon launch a longer handbook on war crimes and International Humanitarian Law, from which warring parties and educational institutions alike may benefit, in line with their human rights mandate. The purpose of this handbook is to further educate combatants and others on violations of international human rights codes in times of conflict. It contains nearly 50 scenarios based on actual incidents from the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions.

Cameroon’s ongoing Anglophone Crisis has resulted in over 3,000 people killed, more than 656,000 internally displaced persons, over 50,000 registered refugees in Nigeria, and thousands of asylum-seekers roaming the world. It is crucial to diminish violent human rights abuses, so that, non-violent paths toward justice and peace may take place.

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Cameroon: Lack of constant water supply is affecting the green turf — Limbe Stadium Director tells MINSEP
January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Minister of Sports listening to explanations on Water shortages at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium

The Limbe Omnisport Stadium Director, Pascaline Ekombe Mbua, has told the Minister of Sports and Physical Education that they are facing the problem of acute water shortage. She made the information known as the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, FECAFOOT boss Seidou Mbombo Njoya were on a working visit to Buea and Limbe.

The Stadium Director said the lack of constant water supply is affecting the green turf. She also complained that the plumbing system supplying water to the stadium is not the best.  “For the past five months, we have had just two water tankers which are not sufficient. We need a permanent borehole; this I believe is the solution to the water crisis,” Pascaline Ekombe Mbua said.

During the heated exchanges, the Regional Director of CAMWATER defended himself that there is no problem of water. The CAMWATER Director had earlier been questioned by Southwest Governor; Bernard Okalia Bilai, if the stadium taps will flow if they are turned on? This questioned left the CAMWATER Director dumbfounded, Cameroonnewsline reported.

She revealed that of all the Stadia in Cameroon, the Limbe Omnisport Stadium is the only one that doesn’t have a borehole, “and this is one of the biggest problems we are facing.”

Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi made his first stopover at the Molyko Omnisport Stadium, where the Stadium Director, Njonje Mbua, explained to him some works that are to be finalized in the stadium and the difficulties they are experiencing.

The Minister of Sports and Physical Education was accompanied in his tour by FECAFOOT President Seidou Mbombo Njoya, South West Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai and a host of other personalities.

At the Limbe Omnisport Annex, the Assistant Coordinator of the Stadium, Arthur Esssaine Ossele, explained that water supply, electricity and lack of security are some problems they are facing.

Minister Mouelle Kombi expressed satisfaction after his tour and said the towns of Buea and Limbe were ready for the CHAN.

He said, “I am globally satisfied and as we know, Buea and Limbe successfully hosted the 2015 Africa Women’s Championship, AWCON. As you can see, sports infrastructure, hotel facilities and other infrastructure are operational. We are here today to ensure that all the actors, stakeholders, and parties are strongly mobilized to make sure that we have a perfect organization of the CHAN in April 2020 and also the AFCON in January and February 2021.”

The African Nations Championship, CHAN which will be in its 6th edition will take place from the 4th to 25th April 2020. The competition is exclusively for players from their respective National championship.

Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi. Picture curtersy Boris Esono Nwenfor-PAV
Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi. Picture curtersy Boris Esono Nwenfor-PAV

Ethiopia was formerly awarded as host, but the Ethiopian Football Federation, EFF admitted it was not ready to host the competition. The final tournament was originally to be played during January and February, but was moved to April. 16 teams are scheduled to participate in the competition, with matches played in Yaounde, Douala, and Limbe.

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GAMBIA:PRESIDENT BARROW CALLS FOR ‘SHARPER FOCUS ’ ON ECOWAS PROTOCOLS
January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay 

President Adama Barrow


In opening the Parliamentary Seminar on the Evaluation of the Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Banjul on Thursday, 23rd January, 2020, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow has called for sharper focus on implementing ECOWAS Protocols.

The sub-regional parliamentarians are meeting in Banjul with special focus on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Supplementary Act on the Enhancement of Powers of the ECOWAS Parliament. 

President Barrow told the parliamentarians that the meeting was an important one, as it was organised to evaluate the Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament. 

“All processes relating to the improvement of the governance systems of the ECOWAS institutions should be oriented towards efficient management of regional cooperation and integration programmes,” he told them, noting that institutional capacity is another major driver of regional integration.

The Gambian leader said the meeting was relevant and timely, as representatives of the citizens of the sub-region gather to review and evaluate their performance. They are also reviewing the implementation status of the ideals and goals of integrating the economies and peoples of the region as envisioned by the founding fathers of the Organisation.

Such is particularly critical, especially as the vision and emphasis of the Community is shifting from an ‘ECOWAS of States’ to an ‘ECOWAS of Peoples.’ 

“With this in view, all the programmes and activities of the Community should be people-centred. For this reason, it is most fitting for you to evaluate the progress towards ensuring that the People of the Community enjoy and appreciate the benefits of sub-regional integration,” he added.

The outgoing Speaker of the ECOWAS parliament, Hon. Moustapha Cisse-Lo said the event is an opportunity for the body to congratulate The Gambia on its commitment to democracy, peace and good governance since President Barrow’s ascension to presidency.

They commend the efforts that President Barrow made to ensure and accelerate the harmonious development of The Gambia, in peace and restoration of effective democracy.

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Cameroon Elections: Ndille Ngwese tables his Resignation as would-be Councillor from the Muyuka Council list
January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Barrister Joseph Ndille Ngwese cites threats to his life and family as the reason for withdrawing from the CPDM Muyuka council list
Barrister Joseph Ndille Ngwese cites threats to his life and family as the reason for withdrawing from the CPDM Muyuka council list

Barrister Joseph Ndille Ngwese is the latest politician to withdraw from the upcoming twin elections (Municipal and Legislative elections) in Cameroon after persistent threats from separatists.

His name appears on the fourth position on the list of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) party for Muyuka. Ndille Ngwese is former YCPDM Section President for Fako II, Muyuka.

Scared of the unknown, Ndille Ngwese said: “I think the benefits of becoming a counselor and the benefits of what I have acquired throughout my life — my family and my property far outweighs. I think I prefer staying, not being a counselor, than to lose my properties. Because the amount of threats I have, I can’t bear them.”

“And I think it is good and time enough for me to say, I cannot continue to allow my name to be on that list as a counselor. So, I better drop. I think if I want to be a politician anymore, might be I will give some time. Not now, at this time, when my life and my properties are at stake.

“I wrote a resignation and I tender it to the Minister of Decentralization and Local Development. I think when they get it; they will know that I am serious. I think for all intents and purpose, I don’t think I want to continue.”

Writing to the Minister, Ndille Ngwese titled the letter, “Resignation as would-be counselor from the Muyuka Council list 2020 municipal elections.” Ndille Ngwese writes: “I hereby tender this letter of resignation today the 21st of January 2020 from the Muyuka Council list. This is a result of insecurity to my life and my family and my property.”

Ndille Ngwese in his concluding remarks prayed that “things will come back to normal, and we live as Cameroonians henceforth. And we live as we used to live. I think it all depends on our Head of State. That is all I can say for now.”

His resignation follows that of other politicians of the opposition SDF party in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon who has caved in to threats from separatist fighters’ call against participating in the upcoming elections.

Separatist fighters and activists who are looking to gain independence from French Cameroon has called on political parties, and politicians to abstain from the Municipal and Legislative election this February 9, 2020.

This latest wave of resignation comes as the campaign season will be launched this January 25, 2020, across the national triangle. In Buea, chief town of the South West Region, the campaign period will be launched at the Buea independence square.

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Rwanda and Zimbabwe in Partnership For Forum To Boost Regional Integration in Africa
January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu

Harare—–Rwanda and Zimbabwe which are COMESA Member States have joined hands of Commercial and Economic solidarity in the spirit of bilateral relations through an Investment and Trade Conference to be held from 4 to 6 March this year in Rwanda Kigali . In the aura of Economic Integration and open for Business partnership, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa will officially open the conference.

This come to note through an invitation advanced to press, Business Executives, Economists, captains of Industry and Government officials who attended a conference hosting ceremony launch in Harare. Speaking to delegates at a hotel in the city, James Musoni His Excellency Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda promised to kick the ground in a bang. He said the conference is historic and of great opportunity un-ever met.

 ‘’ This is a History making process headed by heads of State of the two countries. The two countries have made bilateral relations which will be tabled in dialogue at the 24 to 26 March conference this year. The objective is to foster Trade and Investment relations among our people. We have to strengthen these relations and partnerships meant to up-lift people out of poverty through Regional Integration.

 ‘’The conference will un-pack available opportunities in Rwanda so that Zimbabwe Business people can penetrate Rwanda. They will explore and identify opportunities in the country.

Rwanda has over the past decade experienced 8% sustained economic growth Annual Gross Domestic Product since 2007. This explains clearly that Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economy. The Ambassador further digs down that vast opportunities are in sectors such as Agriculture, Energy, Tourism, ICT, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Construction.

‘’This is given evidence by recent launch of the first ever made smart phone in Africa.  It is called Mara Smart-Phone . Zimbabwe can import these smart-phones. Business is always easy if done and well managed. We have Rwanda Air which plies the Harare –Rwanda route on a daily basis.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Zimbabwe David Musabayana said Rwanda has vast investment incentives Zimbabwe can take advantage of. He further cited that registration is easy and accessible than in some other countries.

‘’Zimbabwe will obviously boost its economic growth because of the fast on-line business and registration that only takes a day to facilitate. Access to services like electricity utility is easy. Investors are assured of a country without corruption, investment impediments and inconveniences related to business operations.

‘’A business can be registered in 6 hours while a Bank account can be opened in less than an hour’’,

Rwanda and Zimbabwe are both countries in COMESA, a free trade bloc with 19 countries. It means free movement of people and goods between the two countries. Rwanda is signatory to the 2018 Kigali African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement currently being implemented under the African Union. Rwanda is as well a member of the East African Community like Zimbabwe which is a member of the SADC family consisting of 17 countries.

On the International scene Rwanda is the 7th most efficient Government. It is now a safe destination in Africa. It is now competitive in economic activities. This makes it easy to do business in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Rwanda drops 3 points in corruption index as Africa lags behind
January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Jean d’Amour Mugabo

CPI 2019 East African region performance

Rwanda has dropped 3 points to a score of 53 in Corruption Perception Index 2019 (CPI) in public sector and equally 3 places to 51st globally compared to the score of 56 and 48th place in CPI 2018. 

The smallest but least corrupt East African country retained the 4th place in Africa, according to the report released today by Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog.

Speaking at a press briefing on the report in Kigali today, Transparency International Rwanda’s Chairperson Mrs Immaculée Ingabire said Rwanda has mechanisms and laws towards the fight against corruption but the government needs to ensure efficient implementation of these mechanisms to improve on the score.

CPI 2019 lowest scoring region

“Three points are so many especially to Transparency International because no country has ever improved by 3 points in one year, so it’s so heavy to drop them in one year,” she said, adding that among 7 data sources of Rwanda CPI, two have recorded a decrease namely Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index and World Economic Forum’s Executive Opinion Survey (EOS).

Commenting on the reasons behind Rwanda’s drop, Albert Rwego Kavatiri, the programme manager at TI-Rwanda, said the Rwanda’s tensions with Burundi and Uganda which interrupted movement of people and goods, infiltrations on Rwanda’s territory by armed groups in 2019 including an attack which killed over 10 civilian people in Northern Rwanda and more attacks in the Southern Province especially in the surrounding of Nyungwe Forest, all led to the poor grading of Rwanda in CPI 2019.

Rwanda’s Ombudsman Mr Anastase Murekezi said it’s sad that the country dropped 3 points and vows to increase efforts in tackling the graft to ensure that Rwanda improves in the next report.

CPI 2019 Africa best performers

“Our country has a lot to do in fighting corruption. Zero tolerance to corruption must be a reality. We are going to invest more concerted efforts in the fight, work with all organisations dealing with the corruption, and improve our working with the media and musicians in the anti-corruption campaigns,” he said.

Highlights in figures

CPI analyses public sector corruption and ranks 180 countries and territories, drawing on 13 surveys of business people and expert assessments. The 2019 CPI reveals that a majority of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption. It uses the scale of zero as highly corrupt to 100 as the cleanest.

CPI 2019 ranks Denmark and New Zealand as the first tying at the score of 87, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland to wind up the top five. At the bottom line, there is Somalia as 180th with the score of 9, preceded by South Sudan at 179th place with 12 score and Syria as 178th with the score of 13.

More than two-thirds of countries along with many world’s most advanced economies are stagnating or backsliding in their anti-corruption efforts. More than two-thirds scored below 50, with an average of 43. Only 22 countries have significantly improved their scores including Greece (+12), Guyana (+12) and Estonia (+10) since 2012 while 21 countries have extremely declined including Australia (-8), Canada (-7) and Nicaragua (-7) in the same period.

Four G7 countries score lower than last year. These are Canada (-4), France (-3), the UK (-3) and the US (-2). Germany and Japan remained constant while Italy gained one point to 53 score, tying with Rwanda, Grenada, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia at the 51st position.

Analysis of the results finds that countries in which elections and political party financing are open to undue influence from vested interests are less able to combat corruption.

“Governments must urgently address the corrupting role of big money in political party financing and the undue influence it exerts on our political systems,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chairperson of Transparency International, says in the report.

The case of Africa, regions performance

African countries lag behind as 7 out of 10 last performers in CPI 2019 are African countries.

CPI 2019 ranking of the regions ranks Sub-Saharan Africa as the last with an average of 32 scorers in 49 countries assessed while Western Europe and European Union is the best with the average score of 66 in 31 countries assessed in the region.

Asia Pacific comes second best at 45 average score in 31 countries, Americas as third at 43 average score in 32 countries, Middle East and North Africa region is fourth with 39 average score in 18 countries while Eastern Europe and Central Asia is fifth at 35 average score in 19 countries assessed.

CPI 2019 Gap between best and worst performers

To curb corruption, Transparency International recommends countries to manage conflicts of interest, control political financing, strengthen electoral integrity, regulate lobbying activities, tackle preferential treatment and empower citizens.

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Houston based Marathon Oil Corporation to Step Up Investment in Equatorial Guinea Following Meeting with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments
Marathon Oil reiterated its commitment to Equatorial Guinea and towards the development of the country’s Gas Mega Hub
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, January 22, 2020/ — Marathon Oil Corp, one of the biggest energy investors in Equatorial Guinea, has committed to increase its investment in the required infrastructure to support the Government’s vision for the Gas Mega Hub and the Year of Investment initiative following a meeting with H.E. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

In company of H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo met this week with Marathon Oil Chairman, President and CEO Lee Tillman and Executive Vice President Mitch Little to discuss Marathon Oil’s short and long-term future plans in the country.

Marathon Oil reiterated its commitment to Equatorial Guinea and towards the development of the country’s Gas Mega Hub, including unlocking funding to promote the delivery of gas from neighboring countries and cross-border fields to maximize existing facilities and possibly consider a second LNG train. Marathon Oil also declared support for the Ministry’s efforts to construct a modular refinery in Punta Europa by undertaking a conceptual study on the Ministry’s behalf.

“Marathon’s disciplined and consistent performance is going to ensure that Equatorial Guinea can continue to count on a partner that is tried, true and tested when it comes to running world-class gas projects. I have no doubt that under Chairman, President and CEO Lee Tillman, Marathon will continue to be a strong, resilient, and well positioned partner for the future of Equatorial Guinea,” stated H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons

Marathon Oil continues to prioritize the ongoing Alen backfill project currently under implementation with Noble Energy, Glencore, Atlas and Gunvor. Efforts are underway to accelerate gas for delivery by year end 2020, while currently scheduled for first quarter 2021. The project is an important step towards replacing declining output from the Alba field.

Furthermore, both parties agreed to immediately commence feasibility studies related to methanol to gasoline and other methanol derivatives, in coordination with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons. “President Obiang expects and demands of my Ministry and Marathon, today and for the foreseeable future, to work on creating an integrated set of solutions that are required — ranging from producing hydrocarbons in Equatorial Guinea efficiently to developing policies that encourage long-term investments that create jobs and opportunities for our citizens,” added H.E. Minister Obiang Lima.

Many foreign investors are planning to increase their investment in Equatorial Guinea this year, or enter the market to tap into several opportunities across the hydrocarbons and mining value chains under the Year of Investment initiative.

Details of the program are available at www.investineg.com and interested investors are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to discuss investment opportunities and projects.
*Source Africa Energy Chamber

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Atlantic Methanol Production Company to create a methanol-to-gasoline and derivatives unit to further monetize domestic gas produced in Equatorial Guinea
January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments
Atlantic Methanol Production Company (AMPCO) is part of a series of foreign investors planning to increase their investment in Equatorial Guinea this year

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, January 23, 2020/ — The Atlantic Methanol Production Company (AMPCO), which runs one of Africa’s largest methanol plant on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, has decided to support the ongoing Year of Investment initiative and invest in the expansion and diversification of the country’s downstream sector. This was discussed during a meeting in Malabo this week between Paul Moschell, President of AMPCO, and H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons.

AMPCO is operated by Marathon Oil Corporation, which owns 45% of the plant along with Noble Energy (45%) and state-owned SONAGAS (10%). The plant has been running successfully for about two decades, and has the potential to significantly contribute to the growth of Equatorial Guinea’s downstream industry.

Following the discussions in Malabo this week and its support to the Year of Investment initiative, AMPCO has decided to work with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to create a methanol-to-gasoline and derivatives unit to further monetize domestic gas produced in Equatorial Guinea. The company has also agreed to work on the development of a formaldehyde production unit.

“Our focus is on increasing overall value by strengthening our upstream business and further integrating it with the downstream and chemical segments. We believe in working with long-term partners and welcoming new partners who bring on board a value-added proposition to our industry and country,” said H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons.

Like Marathon Oil, AMPCO will provide the necessary support needed to the building of a modular refinery on Bioko Island, in line with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons’ plan.

AMPCO is part of a series of foreign investors planning to increase their investment in Equatorial Guinea this year, or enter the market to tap into several opportunities across the hydrocarbons and mining value chains under the Year of Investment initiative. Details of the program are available at www.investineg.com and interested investors are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to discuss investment opportunities and projects.

*Source Africa Energy Chamber
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PAV Banjul Correspondent Nominated Media Personality Of The Year in Gambia
January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments
The award is a big milestone for Ceesay

Bakary Ceesay, correspondent of Pan African Visions in Banjul, Gambia, has been nominated as Media Personalty of the year in The Wah Sa Halat Music Awards Gambia scheduled to take place on 31st January at Penchami Hall of Paradise Suite Hotel.

Ceesay, one of the Gambia’s finest entertainment journalists is been nominated along Sally Jobe, anchor of Playlist at Kerr Fatu, Delz Campbell, anchor of GamVibes at QTV, Foday Jawara, alias Master Fo, anchor of 360 Show at Paradise Fm and Isha Elizabeth, Entertainment anchor at Block TV Gambia.

The awards are usually organised by Brand Plus to reward artists, producers, video directors and media practitioners who work extremely well on their songs and video events.

Reacting to his nominations, Ceesay, who has done public relations for many Gambians artists, event organisers and promoters said: “I felt honor to be recognised as Media Personalty of the year in 2019, after working with all the prominent Gambian artistes in their shows with huge turn outs”

“This nomination means a lot for me since the journey to contribute my quota in the music industry started seven years ago and the skepticism that many hard has given way for optimism and growing believe in the potential of Gambian music and this challenges me to work harder ,” Ceesay said.

He explained that seven years ago he took upon himself to promote Gambian music through the media with the motivation needed to tell stories about the rise of Gambian Artists to stardom.

He added that it took him sleepless nights in covering live music concerts and walking home for several miles .

He urged young journalists to have a keen interest in the area of arts and entertainment because there are lots of stories that need to be told worldwide on the talents of Gambian artists .

“This nomination is dedicated to The Voice Newspaper, Music in Africa, Block TV Gambia The Monitor Newspaper and Pan African Visions who gave me the platform to expose our talents across the globe. To my colleagues nominees ,we are not in a competition but we are all winners at the end of the day,” Ceesay said.

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Kenya shivers over Coronavirus outbreak
January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sicily Kariuki

Being one of the destinations of China nationals in Africa, Kenyan residents risk contacting Coronasvirus which has hit the Asian country warn the experts.

The epidemic started in the Chinese town of Wuhan in December, 2019 before spreading to other provinces.  It has already infected at least 440 people and killed 9 people.  The virus has crossed the border to Thailand, US, South Korea, Australia and Japan.

Kenya has intensified surveillance at all its entry points and screening of passengers for the new scourge as precautionary measures as the World Health Organization set to meet to determine whether the outbreak should be categorized as the international health emergency.

“The Ministry of Health has heightened surveillance at all ports of entry and screening of passengers for coronavirus. An alert has also been sent to all 47 counties through the directors of health Governors to widen efforts”, revealed the ministry’s acting director general.

The viruses originate from the animals according to the medical experts but it is not clear which animals. They infect both animals and people, and cause illnesses of the respiratory tract, ranging from the common cold to severe conditions as per health practitioners.  Other symptoms are fatigue, sore throat and dry cough. 

A Chinese scientist who first decoded the virus revealed that it can be transmitted from animals to humans sending people across the world into panic. People have been implored to avoid any contact with animals.

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Malawi: Elections case ruling in a week’s time
January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

By James Mwala

The victory of President Mutharika remains clouded in controversy.Photo credit Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The Constitutional Court in Malawi is expected to make its ruling on the presidential petition case in a week’s time, court officials say.

Malawi’s 21st May 2019 presidential elections have been protested in court, news that has dominated the headlines since Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party was declared winner.

His tight rivals former Vice President Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera petitioned the court to nullify the results in the wake of irregularities including the alleged use of erasing fluid tippex.

The court heard the case for the better part of the last three months last year and its ruling has been expected in 45 days.

But speaking to the media recently, High Court Registrar Agnes Patemba says the judges are still preparing their judgment.

According to Patemba, the ruling will be between the 27th of January to 3rd February.

“People should not spread any rumours on the ruling. All I can say is the judges have the time to prepare their stance on the case,”she said.

This has followed tight speculations over the last few weeks, posts in which several dates have been mentioned as when the ruling will be made.

At the moment, parties are being urged to ensure they prepare their supporters for the outcome of the case.

Weeks ago, police arrested UTM member and vocal activist Jessie Kabwila on allegations of inciting violence.

At a public rally, Kabwila, a former lawmaker warned they would ‘deal’ with the courts if they make unfair ruling on the case.

The judges had also at some point issued a stern warning to people to exercise patience and not threaten others.

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Coalition for Dialogue & Negotiations Meets with Ambassador Herman Cohen on the Escalating Armed Conflict in Southern Cameroon
January 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
Judith Nwana with Herman Cohen

The Co-Chair of the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations Judith Nwana today held an hourlong discussion with His Excellency Ambassador Herman Cohen, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

The discussion centered on pathways to a permanent negotiated solution to the escalating armed conflict in the Southern Cameroons.

Discussions also involved how the upcoming international conference on the armed conflict, scheduled for March 19-21, 2020 could help in facilitating credible negotiations and preparing for post-conflict reconstruction.

*Source Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations . For inquiries contact Rick Ferreira, Executive Director at Rick.Ferreira@coalitionfdn.org

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