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South Sudan: More than 100 civilians killed in fresh violence
July 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Deng Machol

South Sudan President Salva Kiir

South Sudan President Salva Kiir

Juba – The United Nations says that violence had intensified in a Central Equatoria region of South Sudan since a revitalized peace deal was inked, with hundreds of civilians subjected to rape or murdered by warring factions.

In the press release on Wednesday the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said civilians had been “deliberately and brutally targeted” in Central Equatoria since the agreement was inked in September.

At least 104 people had been killed in attacks on villages in the southern region, it said in part.

It says in its latest human rights report that roughly similar number of women and girls were raped or suffered other sexual violence between September and April.

It continue said many were taken captive by armed groups to serve as “wives.”

The surge in violence has forced more than 56,000 civilians to flee their homes, becoming displaced in South Sudan itself, while another 20,000 have crossed the border into Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

South Sudan descended into war in 2013 after two years of her independence from Sudan after a decades of civil war followed a political disagreement between president Salva Kiir and former deputy Riek Machar, accused his former rebel leader Machar of plotting a coup.

The political conflict was being centered on ethnic violence and brutal atrocities, and left about 400,000 dead while uprooted four million from their homes.

UNMISS said overall there had been a “significant decrease” in violence across the country since Kiir and Machar signed the peace deal.

“However, Central Equatoria has been an exception to this trend, particularly in areas surrounding Yei, where attacks against civilians have continued,” the report said.

The report identified government forces, fighters allied to Machar and rebel groups ( the National Salvation Front (NAS), the South Sudan National Movement for Change, SSNMC) who did not sign the peace agreement, as responsible for atrocities in their quest to take territory in Central Equatoria.

In the first phase of fighting, that coincided with the signing of the peace agreement, at least 61 civilians were killed in deliberate attacks or caught in indiscriminate crossfire.

“At least 150 civilians were also held in captivity by these groups, including women and girls taken as ‘wives’ by commanders or raped and beaten by multiple fighters,” the report said.

The second outbreak of violence began in January 2019, when government forces launched military operations to dislodge so called “rebels” from the Central Equatorian region. The government forces carried out a coorfinated campaign to displace civilians from areas perceived to be providing material support to NAS and SSNMC, punishing those believed to be rebel collaborators with “sexual violence as well as looting and destroying homes, churches, schools and health centres.

In responding to the need to protect civilians, UNMISS says it deployed an additional 150 troops to the area, enabling it to intensify patrols within Yei town and to outlying communities to deter violence and enable the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, including actively promoting reconciliation and peacebuilding activities.
In the statement, the UNMISS chief has made a number of visits to the area to engage with political and military leaders about the human rights issues raised in the report, the impact of displacement and the need for reconciliation and peace.

“All parties to the conflict must comply with international human rights law and international humanitarian law.” “UNMISS is also urging the Government of South Sudan to uphold its primary responsibility to protect civilians and to fast-track the implementation of the SSPDF Action Plan to combat conflict-related sexual violence within military ranks, including those deployed in Central Equatoria,” it said.
The revitalized peace deal is latest deal signed by government and key opposition groups, but a plans to form power-sharing government in May, were delayed until November 12, after there was no funding to disarm, establish cantonments, rehabilitate and integrate militias and rebels across the country.

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Cameroonian appointed head coach of South Sudan Football team
July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

From Amos Fofung

Ashu Cyprian Besong (Getty image)

Ashu Cyprian Besong (Getty image)

Cameroonian-born football trainer, Ashu Cyprian Besong was on Monday appointed by the South Sudan Football Association, SSFA as head coach of the country’s national football team.

Initially, Ashu Cyprian Besong, was Cameroon’s U-20 head coach. Taking up his new job, he will replace caretaker coach Ramzi Sebit.

“Ashu Cyprian Besong of Cameroon will be appointed as the coach for South Sudan national team coach. He is confirmed to arrive Juba, tomorrow (Tuesday) to take up his new assignment,” the SSFA said on its official Facebook page.

The coaching position has been vacant since September 2018, following the resignation of Algeria’s Ahcene Ait-Abdelmalek just seven months after his appointment.

Besong becomes South Sudan’s fifth foreign coach following the departure of Ait-Abdelmalek, South Korea’s Lee Sung-Jea, Serbian Zoran Dordevic and Uganda’s Leo Adraa.

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Obsession over customers, not competition – The Impeccable Strategy
July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Jude Adeyinka

The preliminary theme of the most competitive analysis is a question: Who is your competition? That’s because most companies view their competition as another brand, product, or service. However, insightful leaders and establishments go extensive.

The question is not who your competition is but what it is. The realistic response to this is this: Your competition is any and every difficulty your consumers bump into along their journeys to using your company’s products.  To reinforce my point, I will give a little illustration.

When I read about the fintech industry in Nigeria – I see a lot of work done from all the top players in the sector. I am particularly impressed by what I read and perceive Renmoney on the country’s media. So when I visited Nigeria, I wanted to get a first experience of the brand.  I was going to review from afar the work that fintechs in Nigeria do. In fact, Renmoney was top of the mind for me.

Renmoney operates under the licence of a Microfinance bank but is in practice a fintech lending company. I must say that to have communicated their brand as fintech was indeed a customer-centric idea that I found creative. How else do you want to effectively approach and cater to the public if you drag the tag microfinance around you? Everyone knows how it is such a turnoff.

During my last visit to Lagos, sometime in March this year, I was impressed by the firm’s advertising strength but then that was not all. In fact, much more than that, I was impressed with the perception of most people interacted with about the brand. Having a combination of a mobile kiosk, an online platform and the usual brick-and-mortar are clear indications that this fintech company is headed for a more disruptive 2020. A clear indication of this is Renmoney’s mobile kiosk that I saw around some parts of Lagos from Surulere to Ajah and some other locations. These are the locations I can recall. This service was singularly bringing credit to the public. Imagine, thinking you need the money and as you turn around, you sight a Renmoney mobile lending kiosk. Brilliant, right?

At the end of the day, it’s your customers who have the ultimate idea of what is good and bad about your services. It’s your customers who buy your products; and in all truth, it’s your customers who will keep you in business. There are four good questions to answer in learning about your customers.

  1. Who are they?
  2. What motivates their behaviour?
  3. Where do they spend most of their time doing and at where?
  4. What are they saying about you?

 

Let’s start getting to know your customers, as intimately as possible. In fact, obsess over them.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos once said, “If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we’ll turn out all right.”

 

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Rwandans forced Third Term on me-President Kagame
July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Kagame speaks during a press conference ahead Liberation Day ceremony

Kagame speaks during a press conference ahead Liberation Day ceremony

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda said he did not want to run for a third turn before Rwandans begged him to do so.

He revealed this on Tuesday afternoon during a press conference ahead of Liberation Day ceremony which comes on 4th July.

In 2015 Rwanda hold a referendum which amended the Constitution, and  incumbent president was allowed to run for other terms beyond two.

As a Rwandese Patriotic Front flag bearer, Kagame won 2017 presidential elections with 98 %.

Opposition alleged him of amending the constitution to cling on power which he has held since 2000.

Speaking to local and international journalists, Kagame said it was against his will to run for another term.

“It’s an open secret that I didn’t want to continue. Even people in my party who I interacted with, my view was on one side and theirs on the other. I asked them to keep thinking differently and to bring the same argument next time.”

Kagame who led rebel group that ended a 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, went on saying  he is happy with the achievements the country is realizing under his leadership.

He said “I might be fitting into the accidental president context but while I am there, I have to do something. Before I became President I was a person who fought a real fight. Where I didn’t know whether I would  survive the next day”.

 

 

 

President Kagame stressed that  what brings him joy is  “to be alive. To be on an everyday struggle to make this country better. At first you sacrifice and then you enjoy the sacrifice. I enjoy this fight to make this country better.”

The Constitution that was amended in 2015 allows Kagame who turns 62 next October, to run for presidency until 2034.

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Kenya, South Sudan hold bilateral talks in Nairobi
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Salva Kiir and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta

Salva Kiir and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir on Monday, July 1, 2019 held bilateral talks and agreed on a number of issues aimed at deepening ties between the two East African countries.

Speaking during a joint press conference, President Kenyatta said his government has awarded South Sudan 10 acres of land in Naivasha, in Kenya’s Rift Valley town to build her dry port. He explained the port will hastened the movement of goods between the two countries.

“To further ease the movement of goods consigned to South Sudan, the Kenya government has set aside 10 acres of land at the Inland Container Depot in Naivasha Park, for use as a dry port by the government of South Sudan,” said Kenyatta.

The Head of State also announced that Kenya will hold a trade expo in Juba in November to deepen their trade ties between the two nations. He said that the upcoming event will market South Sudan products to Kenyans.

“The expo will not only showcase Kenyan products but also reciprocate by exposing South Sudan’s products to Kenyan business people,” he added.

On boundary dispute, the duo came up with cordial ways of solving border disputes that may arise.

“The framework will provide the necessary guidelines for engagement on boundary matters, which, in the spirit of brotherhood and in recognition of the deep friendship between our states will always be amicable,” President Kenya said.

President Kenya also vowed to use Kenya’s influence to rally other nations to support the ongoing peace process in South Sudan. War has threatened to tear apart the youngest country apart.

He further promised to hasten the completion of single gigantic, integrated, transformative and game changer infrastructure known as Lapsset (Lamu port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport) to link the two countries.

The project aims at facilitating trade, promote regional economic integration and interconnectivity between African countries.

In March this year, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni revealed that the Kenyan President offered him a land in Naivasha to build a dry port for Ugandans cargo.

 

 

 

 

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Kenya:Collymore cremated at a Nairobi crematorium
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Bob Collymore, CEO of  Safaricom PLC

Bob Collymore, CEO of  Safaricom PLC

Ex-Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore’s body was cremated on Tuesday, July 2, in a private ceremony attended by family members and a few of his friends.

His body left a Nairobi Morgue in the morning and was taken to a crematorium where he was burnt at a temperature between 1, 000 and 2, 000 degree Celsius in the watch of his wife, children, mum, sister and a handful of family members.

The 61-year-old CEO succumbed to Acute Myeloid Leukemia yesterday, Monday, July 1 after battling the disease for almost two years.

The deceased was diagnosed with the cancer in October 2017 in the United Kingdom. He stayed in UK for nine months while receiving treatment before he resumed his duties last year July.

He continued seeking medication in various hospitals in the country until he departed according to the telco giant’s leadership. The dominant mobile operator in East and Central Africa fraternity expressed their sadness about his death and lauded his visionary leadership.

“It is a very sad day for us, it is not what we have been expecting but we have to accept the reality,” said Safaricom Board Chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a.

“For nine years since he joined Safaricom, Bob has provided the company with visionary leadership and he was always passionate at whatever he did,” added Ng’ang’a.

President Uhuru Kenyatta led Kenyans in eulogizing the CEO. He said that Collymore’s outstanding corporate leadership will be missed in the country.

“It is with a deep sense of loss that I have received the sad news of the death of Safaricom CEO Robert William Collymore this morning. In the moment of great sorrow, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, relatives, friends and the staff of Safaricom,” said the President.

The deceased was born in 1958 in Guyana. He lived with his grandmother until he was 16 when he relocated to UK to stay with His mother.

The businessman schooled at Selhurst High School in London and He worked with a number of companies around the in Japan, South Africa and United Kingdom before joining Safaricom in 2010.

He also served on a UN commission on life saving commodities for women and children, board of Acumen, Kenya Vision 2030 board, the United Nations Global Compact Board and a Founder Trustee in the Kenya’s National Road Safety.

He was a member of the B TEAM, a non-profit initiative established by a global group of business leaders to provide a better way of doing business, for the well-being of people and the whole world.

Meanwhile, Michael Joseph has been appointed as interim CEO until the right candidate is found.

Joseph is the current chairman of Kenya Airways and the former outfit’s CEO.

“Following the passing of the company’s CEO, at a special board meeting of the directors, the board resolved to appoint Michael Joseph, a board member of the company as the intericm CEO with immediate effect,” read the statement issued by Karthryne Maundu, the company’s secretary.

Collymore left behind a wife and four children.

 

 

 

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Liquid Telecom connects South Sudan to “One Africa” broadband network and the world
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
Dr. Ladu Wani Kenyi, Director General National Communication Authority, South Sudan addressing the journalists during the inauguration in Capital Juba

Dr. Ladu Wani Kenyi, Director General National Communication Authority, South Sudan addressing the journalists during the inauguration in Capital Juba

Transformative infrastructure will create a foundation for digital innovation and prosperity, while supporting the South Sudan Government’s positive economic growth forecast over the next decade

South Sudan, July 1, 2019 – Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom will implement and operate South Sudan’s first fibre broadband network, connecting the country to the  “One Africa” broadband network, which is approaching 70,000km across 13 African countries and to the rest of the world. This breakthrough foreign direct investment by Liquid Telecom has been recognised by His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan. Ministers along with other national VIPs are joining senior executives from Liquid Telecom during a symbolic fibre digging inauguration on Monday 1 July.

With phase one due to be completed before the end of 2019, Liquid Telecom’s network will eventually make reliable and affordable internet connectivity available for nearly 13 million citizens of South Sudan, as well as thousands of businesses, government institutions and non-governmental organisations.  South Sudan will link to Liquid Telecom’s network across the region which covers the East African Community, a regional intergovernmental organisation of six partner states, the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, and Republic of Uganda. The Community connects up to 300 million people and stimulates cross-border investment and trade.

This transformative infrastructure will ultimately create a foundation for digital growth, innovation and prosperity in this young country, while supporting the Government of South Sudan’s positive economic growth forecast over the next ten years.

“Liquid Telecom is immensely proud to bring fibre connectivity to South Sudan for the first time,” says Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman of Econet Global and Liquid Telecom. “This modern ICT infrastructure will help address the most pressing challenges within South Sudan, including the urgent need for peace and state building, job creation and improved livelihoods. South Sudan’s 13 million citizens will be connected to 300 million people across the East African Community. Connecting South Sudan to the ‘One Africa’ broadband network will also champion pan-Africa trade and help build Africa’s digital future.”

His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, commenting on this new partnership, says, “The implementation of this critical fibre infrastructure is a landmark step in the delivery of affordable communications access to the people of South Sudan, the business community, government and civil society. By connecting South Sudan to the global internet, this important infrastructure development will help improve social mobility, enable economic diversification and drive inclusive private sector-led growth and productive employment. The agreement is also ideally timed, coinciding with the signing of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.”

The first phase of the agreement signed between the Government of South Sudan’s National Communication Authority and Liquid Telecom will include a 300km fibre backbone operating from the border of Uganda, through South Sudan, to Juba. Multiple metro clusters will also support the capital city. This first phase is scheduled to go live in the last quarter of 2019. The network will be expanded to other cities in subsequent phases, in time supporting the country’s 13 million citizens.

 About Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom is a leading communications solutions provider across 13 countries primarily in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa that serves mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, hosting and co-location and digital services. It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, approaching 70,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 80 MW of power. This is in addition to offering leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure across our fibre footprint. Through this combined offering Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers experience on their digital journey. www.liquidtelecom.com

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Telecoming will exclusively distribute the digital contents of Real Madrid through mobile operators in Africa
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
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African Energy Chamber’s Investment Push in China is Met with Tremendous Success
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
This 2-day roadshow is a demonstration of what the Chamber can accomplish for African governments and private stakeholders
BEIJING, China, July 2, 2019/ — The biggest names in the Chinese energy industry participated in the EG Ronda Licensing Round Roadshow in Beijing today, hosted by the African Energy Chamber (EnergyChamber.org/).

This is the first investment roadshow organized by the Chamber in China, as it pursues its strategy of channeling Africa’s global outreach to energy investors and stakeholders worldwide.

It has confirmed the appetite of Chinese companies for Africa, with the biggest public and private sector companies responding to the Chamber’s call to explore investment opportunities in Equatorial Guinea, including PowerChina, Sinohydro, Sinopec, Sinochem, Zhenhua Oil, CNOOC, CMEC, China Minmetals, Shenergy Group and CPP among others.

“This 2-day roadshow is a demonstration of what the Chamber can accomplish for African governments and private stakeholders. Our resources and reach have grown tremendously over the past few years and enabled us to position ourselves as a pillar of Africa’s global investment outreach. I am looking forward to seeing more deals being signed soon,” declared NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the Chamber and CEO of the Centurion Law Group. “We thank the government of China, the Chinese energy sector for putting their trust and funding in the Chamber to organize this very successful roadshow, which is the first of many more we will be organizing in the future in China.”

The EG Ronda Licensing Round Roadshow 2019 in Beijing is notably showcasing the 27 oil & gas blocks on offer under the country’s 2019 oil & gas licensing round, and is promoting the high-potential that Equatorial Guinea has in minerals such as gold, diamonds, base metals, bauxite and iron ore. The winners will be announced during the upcoming GECF’s 5th Gas Forum in Malabo on November 27th, 2019.

“The pro-activeness of the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons to reach out to global investors is a winning strategy that should be followed by many others amidst such competitive market conditions. The Chamber will always be ready to support African governments and companies seeking to attract investors and build successful industries at home that promote local content, job creation and prosperity,” said Mickael Vogel, Director of Strategy at the Chamber. “The Chamber’s future roadshows will be taking us back to Beijing but also to global energy centers such as Singapore, Moscow, Dubai, London and Houston. Africa is the last true global energy frontier and the time to engage with investors is now.”

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Equatorial Guinea Presents Open Oil, Gas and Mining Licenses in Successful Roadshow in China
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Centurion CEO speaks to Chinese Oil and Gas Investors on African opportunities
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
Led by CEO Nj Ayuk, the team is meeting with several high-profile Chinese executives and energy companies seeking to invest in sub-Saharan Africa
Centurion CEO NJ Ayuk

Centurion CEO NJ Ayuk

BEIJING, China, July 2, 2019/ — A team of attorneys from Centurion (https://CenturionLG.com) is in China this week to participate in the EG Ronda Licensing Roadshow being held today and tomorrow at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing. Led by CEO Nj Ayuk, the team is meeting with several high-profile Chinese executives and energy companies seeking to invest in sub-Saharan Africa.

The roadshow is organized by the African Energy Chamber on behalf of Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons. With the biggest names amongst the Chinese energy companies attending, including companies such as CNPC, PowerChina Group, Sinopec, Sinochem, CNOOC, Shenergy, CMEC and China Minmetals Corp, Centurion has had the opportunity to discuss considerable deals in several African oil markets.

“Centurion’s presence in China for the EG Ronda Roadshow is a mark of our commitment not only to Equatorial Guinea, but to the promotion of Chinese investments across Africa,” declared Nj Ayuk from Beijing. “China is serious about investing in Africa, and Chinese investors and companies are looking for reliable African legal advisors and partners to efficiently do business in our continent. This represents billions of dollars of investment ready to support the development of the African oil industry.”

Centurion has always been at the forefront of channeling foreign investments into Africa’s oil & gas value chains. The firm has advised on the most recent PSCs being signed in the continent and continues to be part of landmark deals and projects in West and Eastern Africa. The firm has a specific desk dedicated to Chinese companies and investors, and has been increasingly working in diversifying the flow of investments coming into Africa’s extractive industries, working with new partners from Russia, Turkey and the Middle East.

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Burundi : Nkurunziza renames countries’ biggest infrastructure before his term ends
July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

President Pierre Nkurunziza

President Pierre Nkurunziza

President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza has renamed the  countries’ biggest infrastructures as a gift to those who fought for independence.

On 1st  July 2019 Burundi celebrates 57th independance acquired from Belgium in 1962.

During his speech on the eve of the  independance, President Nkurunziza revealed  new names of Burundi’s biggest infrastructure including national airport.

Among renamed infrastructure includes Bujumbura International Airport which is now Merchior Ndadaye International Airport, Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium renamed Heroes Stadium.

Prince Louis Rwagasore who brought Burundi to independance also was honoured by renaming low house palace after him.

A route in Bujumbura was dedicated to Lt. Gén. Adolphe Nshimirimana, a senior military figure loyal to Nkurunziza who was shot dead  in 2015.

President Nkurunziza also suspends  compulusory contributions  to next year’s general elections.

He said that they have already collected sufficient amount of money required to have credible elections.

However, Nkurunziza urged those who wish to go on contributing.

By the end of 2017, government of Burundi urged people to partcipate into contributions aimed at raising sufficient budget to fund  2020 general elections.

President Nkurunziza announced he will not run for another term after the one he is serving which ends next year.

Amidst an opposition boycott, Nkurunziza was re-elected for a third term in the July 2015 presidential election which was marred by violence., and thousands of people fled the country.

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