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Zambia’s forest initiative named as best individual carbon offsetting project in the world.
September 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Zambia’s government and communities in Luangwa District have been recognized for hosting one of the best environmental projects in the world.


The Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP), set up by BioCarbon Partners (BCP) in partnership with local communities, has  been named as the Best Individual Offsetting Project in the World in the prestigious Environmental Finance  Annual Global Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings.


“Given the high number of forest carbon projects globally, this is a tremendous accolade for Zambia,” said Dr Hassan Sachedina, BCP Founder and CEO, which also received awards for Best Monitoring Impact Report and was named runner up in the overall and Forestry and Land Use Best Project Developer categories.


“This recognition is testament to the Zambian Government’s leadership in creating an enabling environment granting carbon rights to communities.”


  With carbon ownership, communities partnering in the LCFP have set a new benchmark in improving livelihoods and conserving wildlife, while decreasing encroachment and emissions from deforestation.


  It is reported that with the recent IPCC report saying there is unequivocal evidence of negative climate change impact, the example set by communities in the LCFP shows that quality and scalable community forest carbon projects are eminently possible, added Dr Sachedina.


  “Even more remarkable is that through this partnership the same communities are achieving these project impacts while protecting one of the most important remaining wildlife landscapes left on earth in the Lower Zambezi to Luangwa valleys.”


  In 2020 and 2021, while the Zambian economy is estimated to have contracted by 1.2% and thousands of jobs have been lost as a result of Covid-19, the pandemic has placed immense pressure on Zambia’s rural communities, many of whom rely on the conservation, tourism and agricultural sectors.

   While tourism has been pushed to the brink, REDD+ has continued to bring revenue to local communities, with direct payments of K92 million (US$ 4.8 million) directly paid to communities since the pandemic began. 

  It is added that with close to 1,200 jobs created, the multiplier effect of these benefits is up to K129 million (US$ 6.7 million).

  It is also added that over the last five years, household income has increased 171% in the LCFP, demonstrating how durable and successful the REDD+ model has proven to Zambia’s local economy, said BCP.


  “The project has close to about 1million hectares of land which is being protected. It benefits about 217,000 people in 12 chiefdoms; some are in Eastern Province and some are in Lusaka Province. People also benefit through smart agriculture, wildlife conservation and even the forest itself is being protected. And through the years we have seen a lot of positive changes; some of them the benefits that we have talked about. Other things that benefited is the wildlife itself because through this project we have created a wildlife corridor from the North Luangwa and we have seen some wildlife freely moving through this corridor and that has really improved the tourism sector in the area.”, said His Royal Highness Senior Chief Luembe, Chairman of the House of Chiefs.


   “We are incredibly humbled by this recognition in the global rankings.  We are so grateful to everyone who voted for us, without whose commitment this would not be possible. We thank our community and government partners for their central role in these achievements showing that Zambia is far ahead in implementing quality forest protection at scale, and USAID for their visionary catalytic financial support of the project,” said Dr Sachedina.


  “As far as we know, LCFP is Africa’s largest project at over 1 million hectares, and the largest in the world by social impact. We would not have achieved this without USAID support, at a time when green climate finance was scarce. With the IPPC’s report declaring a ‘code red for humanity’, scale, quality and community participation are critical in the climate change fight. The best thing about projects like LCFP is that they embody hope.  People are benefitting; wildlife is benefitting; and the world is benefitting.”
In addition to the world’s best REDD+ project, BCP was received the award for best impact report, and was runner-up as best developer in the forest carbon sector, and runner up as best carbon project developer, overall.


BCP is a leading African conservation social enterprise with a mission to make wildlife habitat conservation valuable to people. BCP employs over 215 people across 13 chiefdoms in Zambia, partnering to help conserve 1.1 million hectares of habitat in critical ecosystems.
Helping to conserve over 500 million trees, and with close to 7 million tons of carbon emissions reduced to date, both BCP implemented REDD+ Projects have been verified against the Verified Carbon Standard, the world’s leading voluntary Greenhouse Gas program. In 2021, the LZRP is the only project in Africa to receive 8 consecutive verifications and only the second in the World to achieve this! While it is also Africa’s first CCBA Triple Gold Project, with ‘Gold’ level verification against all three categories of the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard (CCBA) for its exceptional climate change impacts and community and biodiversity benefits. The LCFP has achieved CCBA Triple Gold Validation for exceptional community impact. Awarded Best Individual Offsetting Project and Impact Monitoring Report in the World in the Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Markets Ranking 2021, and ranked in the top 0.5% of B Corps globally 2021, BCP offers carbon offsets with World class benefits.

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Zimbabwe:Court Orders Mugabe to be reburied .
September 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Prince Kurupati

Liberation was hero Robert Mugabe was the first President of Zimbabwe

Controversy seems to follow Zimbabwe’s former president, the late Robert Mugabe even in death. Almost two years to his death, Mugabe’s remains are set to be exhumed and reburied. The news came after a local court ruled that Mugabe’s remains need to be buried at the Zimbabwe National Heroes Acre.

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president who ruled for close to three decades died a couple of years back. His final wishes before his death according to close family members was to be buried at his rural home in Zvimba. Mugabe according to close sources wanted to rest in the same place as his kith and kin.

Upon his death however, contestations emerged between his family and the country’s presidium and ruling party ZANU (PF). Mugabe’s family wanted to honour his final wishes and bury him at his rural home while the country’s presidium and ruling party ZANU (PF) wanted Mugabe to be buried at the National Heroes Acre. After several discussions, arguments and at times public spats, the country’s presidium finally gave in and allowed Mugabe to be buried at his rural home.

Over a year later after Mugabe’s burial, a traditional chief from Mugabe’s rural home presided over a traditional court session where a ruling was passed that Mugabe’s widow Grace Mugabe had erred by burying Mugabe in the family home compound. A fine of five cows and a goat was levied against Grace Mugabe and the family was given a grace period of up to 1 July 2021 to exhume Mugabe’s remains and bury him at the Heroes Acre.

Following the traditional court session, Mugabe’s three children challenged the ruling passed and took matters to the magistrates’ court. The hope in lodging an appeal was to have the traditional court ruling set aside. Unfortunately for the Mugabe family, the Chinhoyi Magistrates Court rejected the appeal.

Though the Chinhoyi Magistrates Court rejected the appeal, the Mugabe family lawyer Fungai Chimwamurombe said any reburial plans will definitely not be happening anytime soon as the family is challenging the ruling passed by the magistrates’ court. In a statement, Chimwamurombe said, “The children have a right to appeal. It is a ruling that ought to be challenged.”

The ruling by the traditional court in Zvimba and the subsequent appeal rejection by the magistrates’ court over Mugabe’s reburial plans has sharply divided opinion. There are some who argue that Mugabe – in death – is getting a taste of his own medicine as during his tenure, he forcibly instructed some ZANU (PF) bigwigs to be buried at the Heroes Acre against their wishes. Some of those who were buried at the shrine against their wishes include former Vice President Joshua Nkomo, former Midlands Province governor Cephas Msipa and former minister Enos Nkala.

The Mugabe family has strongly condemned the efforts to rebury Mugabe with some alleging that Mugabe’s body may be used for ritual purposes. Nephew to the late Robert Mugabe, Leo Mugabe said, “You know some people have an inclination for rituals. We are afraid that some people are after his body parts or even his whole body and they want to use that for rituals.”

The worries expressed by Leo Mugabe were echoed by political analyst Farai Gwenhure who said, “Mnangagwa believes the failure to obtain performance legitimacy is because of unhappy ancestors and traditional spirits.”

Director of Information for ZANU (PF) Tafadzwa Mugwadi has however quashed the sentiments expressed by the Mugabe family saying, “The party is not part of whatever that is. The party has no stake in Chief Zvimba’s local traditional court processes. Only them at (the) family level and Chief Zvimba are aware of what is going on… It is therefore absolutely shameless, mischievous and malicious for anyone to try and drag the party into whatever is going on there.”

According to political analyst Alexander Rusero, the contestations surrounding Mugabe’s burial is nothing but a subtle power game by ZANU (PF). Mugabe’s burial to ZANU (PF) “is a case of unfinished business. What is at play is the logistics of power. ZANU (PF) is a party that is so obsessed with the accumulation of power… It is a party that does not take defeat in any matter: be it an argument or an election result. So, the burial of Mugabe at Kutama, to ZANU (PF) is a loss.”  

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Cameroon: CHRDA Calls On Gov’t to Respect Rights of those facing Capital Punishment
September 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

-The Rights organization says opportunity to appeal against the verdict or apply for pardon or commutation of sentence should be accorded

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Barrister Felix Nkongho, President of CHRDA

The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, CHRDA, one of the leading rights groups in Cameroon has called on the government “to ensure that all the rights and safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty should be respected.”

This statement is contained in a communiqué issued by CHRDA on September 9 titled “Statement on the death sentence handed down to 4 accused persons by the Buea Military Tribunal” this September 7 who were accused of committing the Mother Francisca school killing in Kumba that left at least six children dead and scores injured.

“An opportunity to appeal against the verdict or apply for pardon or commutation of sentence should be accorded,” CHRDA said in the communiqué send to Pan African Visions.

Several persons were immediately arrested, suspected of having a hand in the massacre including the proprietor, the principal, the vice-principal who was employed according to CHRDA just 18 days before the incident. The discipline master and the security guard were also arrested.

The accused persons were standing trial before the said Court for charges related to acts of terrorism, hostility against the fatherland, secession insurrection, murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Many families are still grappling with the trauma

12 accused persons stood trial among which five were already in custody at the Buea Central Prison and seven others on bail. Four accused persons were sentenced to five months imprisonment with a fine of fifty thousand FCFA each, while four were slammed the death penalty. Yemeli Gilda, Konte Patrick, Angu Emmanuel and Elangwe Kelvin Eyabe were all given the death penalty while another four were discharged and acquitted.

The death sentence to the four accused persons by the Buea Military Court is unprecedented in the Anglophone crisis and Cameroon in general. The decision to impose the death sentence is happening for the first time since Cameroon last did a similar back in 1997.

“If executed, the state of Cameroon would be joining few other countries around the world still using the death sentence as punishment for a criminal offence,” CHRDA said in a communiqué.

Speaking to one of the acquitted persons who spent six months in jail and was later released on bail before the final verdict, he disclosed to CHRDA that when the unfortunate incident happened in Kumba, being one of the school administrators, the government invited him among other school administrators and told them they were going to be kept at the Buea-Road prison I Kumba for their safety ad security for the time being for the tension to calm down.

After one month, they were transferred to Buea and told they were coming to sign some documents, when they arrived Buea was kept at the Buea Central Prison and later charged at the Military Tribunal.

According to the Rights organisation, Cameroon has ratified several instruments that mention the death penalty and try to advocate for the abolition of capital punishment. The organization, however, notes that the death penalty is not prohibited by the law in Cameroon or any other virtually universal international treaty.

“Even the international customary law on its part does not prohibit the death penalty at the current time, but custom is rapidly changing towards a position in favour of worldwide abolition. At the international level, the most important treaty provision relating to the death penalty is Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which Cameroon has ratified,” the statement continued.

The slain children received a state burial by the state

In the communiqué, CHRDA indicated that despite advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty or capital punishment around the world by the international community, few legal instruments in Cameroon still prescribe some crimes punishable by the death penalty which include among others the Law on the Suppression of Acts of Terrorism in Cameroon adopted on December 19, 2014and Law no.2016/007 of July 2016 relating to the Penal Code.

The following sections of the anti-terrorism law and the penal code defined the specific offences warranting capital punishment. For the law on anti-terrorism, the provisions include inter-alia: Section 2(1) (2), Section 3(1), Section 4 (b), Section 5 (1), and for the penal code, the provisions include: sections 18, 22, 102, 103, 111, 112, 276 and 320.

Equally, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 1984, as well as the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights discourages capital punishment.

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Cameroon: “The Ngarbuh Killers Should be Sentenced to Firing Squad” – Chris Anu
September 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Death Sentence on Southern Cameroonians is a Sham, says Chris Anu

Chris Anu, Communications Secretary of “Ambazonia” has called on the courts in Cameroon to give a “death sentence on those who carried out the Ngarbuh Massacre” in the North West Region as a sign of their fairness like they did to those who reportedly carried out the Kumba killings.

He made the statement this September 8 in an audio message after four accused persons were sentenced to death by a firing squad of having carried out the attack and gruesome killing of school children at the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, Fiango-Kumba, Meme Division of the South West Region of Cameroon on September 24, 2020.

Yemeli Gilda, Konte Patrick, Angu Emmanuel and Elangwe Kelvin Eyab were standing trial at the Buea Military Tribunal on charges of acts of terrorism, hostility against the fatherland, secession, insurrection, murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The proprietress Judith Ayanu and her husband Simon Gabriel Shu, Godlove Ekendja, the principal were all given five months jail terms for having failed to report the incident. Meantime, some three persons including Divine Njume and Akwafe Zebedee were all acquitted.

According to Chris Anu, the decision to impose the death sentence on the four persons accused of carrying out the Kumba shooting is completely outrageous after those who committed the attack on Ngarbuh (members of Cameroon’s security forces) have not been given the same treatment for that heinous crime.

“What happened to those French Cameroonian soldiers who have confessed that they carried out the Ngarbuh massacre that killed closed to forty indigenes of Ngarbuh? What happened to them,” He wondered. 

“The shooting in Kumba ends in the death of seven children; the massacre in Ngarbuh ends in the death of close to forty people but as it is always the case, the Southern Cameroonians are sentenced by firing squad and those who killed forty people still walk free.”

Chris Anu went further to state that: “If they (courts) want to tell us that they are free let them sentence the Ngarbuh killers to a firing squad. The mass grave is still there; they have not been judged or sentence for anything but people are framed up in Kumba and sentenced to a firing squad.”

One of the graves of those killed in Ngarbuh

The Ngarbuh attack took place on February 14, 2020, in which at least 21 civilians were killed including 13 children. Government forces and an ethnic Fulani militia were blamed for the attack, according to Human Rights Watch.

“It is highly suspicious that in almost all incidents, the vast majority are deaths rather than injuries, leading one to assume more of an execution-style being perpetrated,” Andrew Pendleton, OCHA’s representative in the North West said about the killing.

The Cameroon government initially denied reports that state security forces carried out the attack. But after much scrutiny and pressure finally accepted that it was indeed carried out by its security forces. A commission was immediately formed and findings made known, though Human Rights Watch said was “flawed”.

“The commission’s findings into the Ngarbuh massacre while flawed are an important first step toward justice for these serious crimes,” Lewis Mudge, Central Africa Director at Human Rights Watch said in a statement back then.

“But this report should not be a stand-alone. A more in-depth investigation is needed to establish a clear timeline of events and to identify all those responsible, including anyone further up the chain of command, to prosecute them.”

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Pragmatic Policies And Measures Needed Address Plight of African Ladies In The Gulf- Dr Princess Ocansey.
September 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

The Executive Chairperson of the Nekotech Center of Excellence, and Founder of the Nekotech Center for Labor Migration Diplomacy, and also a member of the African Union Labor Migration Advisory Committee, in an interview with Maxwell Nkansah says, African leaders need to come into agreement and regulate a proper systematic measure to favor the young ladies who go to the gulf to work as housemaid.

 According to her, due to the lack of proper regulation from leaders of Ecowas, the situation of abuse of housemaid in the gulf will continue until proper structures are put in place. She further stated that, the government of Sierra Leone has taken a stand on legal migration to make it safe for their person who goes to the gulf for employment purposes.

She added that, the lack of job creation in the country has also increase the rate of young ladies running to the gulf. According to her, the Philippines are earning 400 dollars while Africans are receiving 250 dollars for domestic workers.

Dr. Ocancey continue to say the Ecowas needs to come together and regulate a system that makes policies and operationalize excellent decent work program to break the spell off African Youth Unemployment by matching them with vetted international employers in the gulf.

She stated that, many Ghanaian girls who migrate to Gulf countries through employment agencies end up as domestic hands in the residences of unscrupulous rich Arabs who use them as sex objects at the blind side of their wives. “A lady who craved for anonymity said there have been instances where fathers shared their African sex objects with their children. Women who resist such overtures are subjected to untold physical assaults by their owners as it were.

Unfortunately, many of these girls easily fall for the advertisements about what they stand to gain by taking the bold decision to migrate for the so-called green pastures in the Gulf States of Arabia. Their travel documents are collected by their bosses as soon as they land in their final destinations where they double as domestic workers and sex slaves

She initiated the development of a model international workers program for Ghanaian workers to work legally in the USA. After running successfully for three years, the modal is currently being rolled out internationally to Canada, USA, Australia and the gulf states in partnership with top international recruitment and placement agencies, such as Manpower UK- the largest recruitment agency in the world.

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Embrace agriculture as a profession, African youths told.
September 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

President Uhuru Kenyatta has rallied African governments to establish aggressive measures to attract young people back to farming, dismissing most youth’s perceptions that agriculture is an outdated profession.

Kenyatta was speaking during an ongoing African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Nairobi. Under the theme of ‘Pathways to recovery and resilient food systems, the virtual event kicked off on September 7 and will culminate on September 10.

About 7000, including African Heads of State, agriculture ministers, and agriculture stakeholders and experts, attend this year’s summit. They are deliberating on ways Africa can change food systems and increase progress to eradicate hunger and poverty.

The participants also discuss ways the youth can be incorporated into the agriculture sector to increase food production in the continent.

According to Kenyatta, Kenya re-introduced 4-K-Clubs in schools to show young people the nobility and profitability of agriculture. The Four Ks stands for “Kuungana, Kufanya, Kusaidia Kenya” in Kiswahili, loosely translating to coming together, to act, to help Kenya.

“We are doing this because Kenya’s 31, 218 primary schools and their enrolment of close to 10 million school-going children, offers a vast network through which knowledge about food and nutrition security can be boosted,” said Kenyatta.

Kenyatta said Kenya is committed to increasing the number of young people receiving school-based agricultural education and growing the uptake of digital agricultural solutions among farmers.

On food security, Kenya’s Head of State called on African leaders to prioritize initiatives that will cause inclusive agricultural transformation.

He disclosed that Kenya is working towards expanding the diversity and quality of diets available to its population by investing more fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, and grain production and heighten climate action to strengthen the resilience of the country’s food systems.

Kenyatta also revealed that his administration has been focusing on attaining 100 percent food and nutrition security through crop diversification, e-voucher programmes that support staple crops, livestock, and dairy chains.

Kenya had also prioritized the growth of indigenous food crops and vegetables, developing seed systems for sorghum, millet, and cassava, and establishing flour blending and fortification policies.

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Kenya signs deal with WFP to finance climate action
September 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Kenya’s Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ukur Yatani

The Kenyan government, through the Ministry of Treasury and Planning and the United Nations World Food Programme have partnered to implement the Government-Financing Locally-Led Climate Action Programme (G-FLLoCA).

The agreement was signed by WFP Kenya Country Director Ms. Lauren Landis and Kenya’s Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ukur Yatani.

G-FLLoCA seeks to strengthen local resilience to the impact of climate change by building capacity to plan, budget, implement, monitor, and report resilience investments in partnership with county governments and communities.

The pact will see the WFP support the scaling-up of community-led climate-sensitive actions, invest in increasing the capacities of national and county institutions to programme, finance, and implement climate change initiatives and while rebuilding the livelihoods of families that have lost incomes.

“In Kenya, the economic impact of climate change and its effect on development and growth-are already significant. Climate-related disasters, such as droughts and floods, are estimated to create an economic liability of 2 to 2.8 percent of its gross domestic product every year. This is largely due to the climate-sensitive nature of Kenya’s economy with the agriculture, water, energy, tourism and wildlife sectors being of utmost importance. And, in the past year, these challenges have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, “ said Amb. Yatani.

The CS said Kenya has, over time, put in place strategic interventions in collaborations with development agencies to track and report climate-relevant interventions and expenditures.

The East African nation also co-ordinate climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts while promoting greater transparency in line with the Paris Agreement signed in 2015.

On her side,  Ms. Lauren Landis said that climate change delivers more frequent and intense droughts and other extreme weather, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable people.

“By working together, we are confident that we will save lives, spend less on humanitarian assistance and set-up Kenyan communities for a more sustainable and food secure future,” said Ms. Landis.

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Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Kenya for a three-day official visit.
September 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

The President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, jetted in Kenya on Thursday, September 9, for a three-day official visit that will end on Saturday.

She was received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the Foreign Affairs CS Amb. Raychelle Omamo and her Defense counterpart Dr. Monica Juma.

Later, her Excellency Kaljulaid held bilateral talks with her Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the State House in Nairobi. During the meeting, several matters of mutual interest to Kenya and Estonia were agreed on.

The two heads of state agreed on the need for universal access to vaccines against COVID-19. They urged the international community to increase the sharing of vaccines to ensure vaccination for all.

They noted with satisfaction the existing bilateral cooperation in various sectors, particularly ICT and innovation, in which Estonia is widely acclaimed as a global pacesetter.

The duo also agreed to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation in various sectors such as trade and investment, digital transformation to spur economic growth to create employment for Kenya’s youth.

The two Presidents further witnessed the signing of a bilateral framework of cooperation on Political Consultations, Health, and a letter of intent in the environment.

On International Peace and Security, the two Heads of State reiterated their commitment to work closely as Non-Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council to contribute to international peace and security, respect for democracy and human rights, gender equality, and women empowerment.

They further emphasized the urgent need to address climate change and its impacts on the environment and increase global efforts in this regard.

On International Cooperation, the two leaders also reiterated their commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda, and the 2063 Agenda of the African Union to build sustainable, just, inclusive, and resilient economies.

They embraced multilateralism as the most appropriate path for economic and social recovery in times of the pandemic. The two Presidents welcomed the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the East African Community (EPA) and committed themselves to work towards its successful implementation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta applauded Her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid, the first female President of Estonia. He congratulated her on being appointed the UN Global Advocate for Every Woman, and Every Child expressed appreciation for choosing Kenya for the maiden visit to the continent.

On her part, President Kersti Kaljulaid praised Kenya’s commitment to maintaining regional peace and stability and promoting the integration and economic development of the African continent.

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Falana Accuses Cape Verde of Constitutional Suicide As Court Upholds Extradition of Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab
September 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Renowned Nigerian Lawyer and human rights activist Femi Falana, represented Mr Saab

The constitutional court of Cape Verde has dismissed the appeal of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab against his extradition request by the United States in what his lawyers say is a “long, indigestible and legally disputable” ruling notified on September 7, 2021.

“This ruling is a major moment in the constitutional history of this tiny African state because it symbolizes the sacrificial death of the rule of law so dearly acquired by Cape Verdeans, in the service of purely political interests according to the agenda dictated by Washington. This is constitutional suicide,” Femi Falana, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist and also the lawyer for Mr Saab said in a communiqué.  

“…In the absence of substantive arguments that could convince the reader otherwise, the judgment is presented in a confused and hermetic form and language. This result is legally deplorable.”

Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab was arrested by the Cape Verdean authorities back in June 2020 while on a special humanitarian mission from Iran. He was arrested at the Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the Island of Sal after a stopover.

According to reports, Mr Saab’s arrest was hinged on an international arrest warrant purportedly issued by Interpool at the request of the United States. The Venezuelan authorities have continued to call for his release, adding that he had diplomatic immunity at the time he was arrested.  

The US believes getting Mr Saab in front of the US court will hasten the illegal and politically motivated regime change it has wanted for over a decade in Venezuela. This cajoling, coercing and seducing of the Small nation of Cape Verde to extraditing Alex Saab has also seen the Venezuelan diplomat added to the UK sanctions list.

To Mr Saab’s lawyers: “The consequence of this ruling is to validate the purely arbitrary arrest of a foreign diplomat, deprived of all rights and guarantees, at the hands of Cape Verdean police officers. The details of the ruling will leave any reasonable jurist speechless as he or she, throughout this decision, human rights judicial guarantees, the principles f diplomatic immunity and good faith in international law decongested and annihilated by those who serve a political purpose.”

“It is rarely that a State violates its international obligations in such a blunt manner,” says Dr Rutsel Marthan, former Director of legal affairs of Interpol and lawyer on the defense team.

In a judgment by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court, the Cape Verdean authorities were called to immediately released Mr Saab as they noted that his arrest and detention was illegal. The Court also called on the authorities to pay Mr Saab $200,000 for his unlawful detention.

In response to the ECOWAS Court decision, Cape Verdean authorities had made it categorically clear that the Court had no jurisdiction to entertain the suit and that Mr Saab’s diplomatic immunity had expired at the time of his arrest.

“In ruling against Alex Saab, the Constitutional Court also ruled against the Constitution of Cape Verde, against the revised Treaty of the Economic Community of West African States, and International Law. Thus, the ruling has completely alienated Cape Verde from the community of civilized nations,” the lawyers added.

Alex Saab, a Colombian by birth, is a businessman who provided services to the then Chavez administration and recently to the Maduro government, at a time when Venezuela was facing severe sanctions imposed by the United States. With the recent decision from the Cape Verdean Court, Alex Saab’s extradition to the US is almost certain.

Full letter from Femi Falana below

https://panafricanvisions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Statement_Defense-Team_TC_08.09.2021-1.pdf

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Ghana gears up for Africa’s largest Youth Summit: YouthConnekt Africa
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Accra, Ghana – The Government of Ghana is earnestly preparing to host African youth, youth leaders and top-ranking African Government Officials, including African ministers of youth, leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and senior UN officials from across the world for the 2021 edition of YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) Summit from 20th – 22nd October in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.

The YouthConnekt Africa Summit will be on the theme: “Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning the Youth for the Post-Covid Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities.” It will be a hybrid event hosted by Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Authority, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

The summit will connect youth to thought-leaders, peers, resources, technologies, skills and economic development opportunities. The official programme includes custom-themed panel discussions that will focus on various topics including:

  • Positioning African Youth to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement
  • Easier & Affordable Tourism & Travel in the AfCFTA era
  • AfCFTA taking Africa beyond Aid: Youth for Intra-Africa Trade
  • CONNEKTEDGIRLS: Africa Gets More If She Trades More

There will also be the YCA Awards, creative side events, information on strategic youth initiatives among other contents.

Since its inception in 2012, the YouthConnekt Summit has been serving as a high-level platform for youth leaders and development stakeholders to synergize around policies, programmes, and partnerships.

The YouthConnekt Africa Hub has grown to a network of 23 African countries with long term sponsors and partners including the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Government of Rwanda. With senior level participation from various UN agencies, African ministers of youth, the private sector and youth-led organisations, the Summit delivers extensive brand sponsorship opportunities for organisations seeking to engage with African youth and youth development segments at scale. 

There were over 10,000 participants from 91 countries in the 2019 Summit, which attracted partners including Mastercard Foundation, African Development Bank, UN agencies, Rwanda Air; and speakers including the President of Rwanda – H.E Paul Kagame, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP Africa – Ahunna Eziakonwa, Alibaba Founder-Jack Ma, American Singer and Entrepreneur-Akon, and Ivorian Veteran Footballer-Didier Drogba. This year’s event in Ghana promises to be bigger.

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Cameroon: Four sentenced to death in Mother Francisca School killing in Kumba.
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

One relative of the school children killed could not hide his sadness

Four persons have been given the death sentence by a firing squad after they were found guilty of carrying out the attack and gruesome killing of school children at the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, Fiango-Kumba, Meme Division of the South West Region of Cameroon.

The four persons (Yemeli Kongtsti, Gilda Kote Patrick, and Elangwe Kelvin) who were standing trial at the Buea Military Tribunal were sentenced this Tuesday, September 7. They were charged with acts of terrorism, hostility against the fatherland, secession, insurrection, murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The proprietress Judith Ayanu and her husband Simon Gabriel Shu, Godlove Ekendja, the principal were all given five months jail terms for having failed to report the incident. Meantime, some three persons including Divine Njume and Akwafe Zebedee were all acquitted.

Grief, crying filled the atmosphere as loved ones came to terms with what will happen to their children I the weeks ahead. The four who have been found guilty have ten days to appeal the decision and if that is not done or the appeal is rejected, their faith will be sealed and will be executed. 

The attack which took place on October 24, 2020, saw the killing of some six children with others left wounded. The gruesome attack also saw some of the bodies of the deceased children mutilated an attack that is still fresh in the minds of inhabitants of Kumba.

The slain children received a state burial

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack with both warring parties blaming each other. But administrative authorities had promised to hunt down the assailants and succeeded in apprehending twelve individuals in connection to the attack at the school.

Meantime, reports indicate that some of the accused were asked to pay fines while the others were sentenced to some eight months in jail, for having knowledge about the attack but failing to report to officials.

The killing of children in the course of the ongoing armed conflict remains a great concern. This killing reminded Cameroonians of the sad incident that happened in Ngarbuh, a massacre that this time was carried by state security forces.

The gruesome killing was greatly condemned by the national and international community. Agbor Nkongho, president of the Centre for Huan Rights and Democracy in Africa, CHRDA, said at the time “…these gruesome and barbaric killings are a gross violation of the right to life of these kids. It is unacceptable for anyone or groups of persons to harass, attack, and kill children. It is a fundamental right for children to be educated. Hence, the perpetrators of these heinous crimes should be held accountable…”

“There are no words for the grief nor condemnation strong enough to express my horror at the brutal attack which targets primary school children…while they were sitting leering in their classroom,” Moussa Faki Mahamat, president of the African Union said in 2020.

Four sentence to death after killing some 6 school children back in 2020

Since the crisis escalated in 2017, schools and school children have faced attacks and kidnappings. In 2019, two students were killed by separatist fighters in Buea in what officials at the time said was due to reprisals for not respecting the ban on schools. 

In 2018, the separatist fighters killed a principal, mutilated a teacher and attacked several high schools. And in recent times, the fighters have increased their level of kidnappings and extortion, threats and intimidation along with attacks on security forces.

The two English-speaking regions of Cameroon have been the centre of a conflict involving separatist militants who have targeted the army and demanded local government offices and schools be closed. The fighting has claimed more than 4,000 livers and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

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Appointment of Mr. Solomon Mugera as Director, Communication and External Relations.
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The African Development Bank Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Solomon Mugera as Director, Communication and External Relations, effective 1 October 2021.

Mr. Mugera, a Kenyan national, brings extensive experience to this role. He is a seasoned journalist and media manager with over 20 years of expertise working internationally.

As Head of Journalism for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa, Mr. Mugera presided over the largest expansion of the BBC on the African continent since the 1940s, supporting the corporation in reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across 12 languages on radio, television, digital and social media. With an annual budget of $42 million, Mr. Mugera managed a team of 600 staff in the UK and across Africa. He has extensive experience in leading multimedia operations, and an excellent track record of editorial leadership, communication, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He has good knowledge in change management and media training. As well as a clear understanding of international news and current affairs, the African media market, and the impact of digital technology.

Mr. Mugera joined the BBC in September 1998 and worked with various departments of the corporation. He was appointed Editor of the BBC Swahili service in 2006. Five years later, he became the first African to head the African region of the BBC World Service. In September 2015, he was promoted to the position of Senior Leader. Before joining the BBC, Mr. Mugera worked with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and the privately owned Kenya Television Network.

As Director, Communication and External Relations, Mr. Mugera will contribute to building financial and political support for the African Development Bank Group and strengthen the Group’s role as a global thought leader on Africa’s most pressing development challenges. He will manage corporate communications and external relations with key stakeholders, including media, civil society, foundations, the private sector, African countries, and international organizations. Mr. Mugera will also be responsible for internal communication and engagement with Bank Group staff. He will lead the Bank Group’s messaging and global strategic media relations.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Mugera said: “It is an honour to work for the African Development Bank Group and support its vision for the continent. This is an institution that is leading Africa’s effort to transform itself and make a real difference to the lives of millions of its people. The Bank has the talent, the expertise, knowledge and the story that needs to be told across Africa and to a global audience.”

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina said: “The African Development Bank Group is at the heart of the continent’s social economic development. Mr. Mugera will support the Bank Group’s vision and outreach effort to make the priorities, activities and accomplishments of the Bank known by both internal and external audiences. He is a highly respected and motivated media professional, with a solid track record in journalism and leadership.”

*AfDB

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Ivory Coast 2-1 Cameroon: Elephants too strong for Indomitable Lions in World Cup Qualifier.
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By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Ivory Coast moved top of Group D after defeating Cameroon

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon lose their chances of assuming full control of Group D in the ongoing FIFA 2022 World Cup after falling to the Elephants of Ivory Coast 2-1.

Cameroon headed into the game after dispatching Malawi 2-0 at home in the first game while Ivory had a draw against Mozambique in their first encounter. But it was the Ivorians who made sure they continued their dominance against Cameroon in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Cameroon was undone by Sebastien Haller who scored both goals for Ivory Coast. His first goal came at the 20th minute through a penalty kick. The ball is judged to have struck Cameroon’s captain Striker Vincent Aboubakar’s arm which Haller stepped up and scored.

Nine minutes after finding the back of the net, Haller scored his second goal through a low drive that passed the arms of goalkeeper Devis Epassy into the corner. Devis Epassy was excellent in the first game against Malawi but he could not keep out Haller in this second game.

The Indomitable Lions was the better side in the entire game but unfortunately could not turn their dominance into goals. Cameroon will finally pull a goal back at the 60th minute with the side awarded a penalty after Eric Bailly was judged to have fouled Karl Toko Ekambi.

Moumie Ngamaleu stepped up and sent goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo the wrong way while slotting the ball in the other. This goal spurred the side who continued pushing for the equalizer but their finishing was way off than in their first game against Malawi.

Ivory Coast meanwhile took advantage of Cameroon’s lacklustre attack and mounted theirs and almost extended their lead. Serri who plays for English Championship side Fulham hit the bar from a free-kick. Christian Kouame was through on goal but for the timely intervention of goalkeeper Devis Epassy.

This was the 20th time that Cameroon and Ivory Coast were meeting in all competitions with the Elephants boasting a better record winning 10 games to Cameroon’s 8. There have been two draws in between.

In terms of FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Cameroon and Ivory Coast have met each other three times; back in 2004, 2005 and in 2021 with the Indomitable Lions coming out victorious in two out of the three encounters.

Cameroon’s next encounter in Group D will be against Mozambique

The previous encounters had seen Cameroon picking up a 2-0 victory against Ivory Coast in 2004, while Cameroon again won Ivory Coast 3-2 in 2005. This was the first time that Ivory Coast did succeed in beaten Cameroon in a world cup qualifying match.  

The victory for the elephants of Ivory Coast takes the side to the top of Group D with 4 points in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (CAF Zone). Cameroon is second with three points after two games played.

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Cameroon: New School year begins in troubled Anglophone Regions.
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

SW Governor Okalia Bilai makes a round of schools on Monday, September 6

Monday, September 6, marked the first day of school for the 2021/22 academic year across the country. Unlike in the other parts of the country, the hustling and buzzing that usually characterized the first day of school was low-key in the North West and South West Regions, areas that have been witnessing the Anglophone crisis as it enters its fifth year.

“I can say the attendance is above 80 per cent in general while some are 90 per cent and others 95 per cent. We can say there is a lot of improvement in the resumption of schools,” South West Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai told journalists after making a tour of some educational institutions in the Region.

“We want to congratulate the education community, the parents and Head Teachers who continue to sensitize parents to bring back their children to schools.”

Cameroon has been gripped by violence since November 2016, when government forces crushed a movement of Anglophone teachers and lawyers protesting against their perceived marginalization by the country’s French-speaking majority.

The deteriorating security has led to the closure of hundreds of schools and left thousands of children without no education and most of these families have moved to the French-speaking parts of the country to give their children education.

“Parents should do like the others (sending their children to schools). I think today, after what we witness the sad situation of two-three years, everybody has understood and agreed that let s do what we want to do but let us free the schools; let us allow our children to go to schools,” Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai added.

According to the UN, some 700,000 children have been affected by school closures in Cameroon’s North West and South West as a result of the Anglophone crisis that began in 2016. The situation of school closure in Anglophone Cameroon has changed in the last couple of years with many of these schools now opened.

Some separatist fighters have backed the resumption of school in the two-Regions, as they did back in 2020, though last year the fighters and their activists had called for the reopening of “community schools”.

Other fighters are threatening to abduct teachers and students who resume classes. But hundreds of children, who have been deprived of education, and their teachers are returning to the schools despite these apparent threats.  

A teacher conducts lessons in one of the schools in Limbe

School resumes under a health pandemic

The resumption of the new school year comes as Cameroon is still battling with the Coronavirus health pandemic. The country currently counts 84,210 positive cases and efforts to get its population vaccinated have been ramped up.

Educational authorities in the Region have continued their sensitization campaign while hand-washing points have been put at the entrance to schools and other vital areas. Students have been encouraged to wear their face masks, and this is a sign this reporter noticed while going through some schools in Buea and Limbe.

“On the eve of the start of the new school year, I hail the enormous work of the teachers and urged school principals to ensure compliance with the barrier measures and the wearing of masks within their schools, in addition to the vaccination of teachers and school administrators,” Dr Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health tweeted.

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It is a waste of time, Museveni on allegations that Rwanda spied on Uganda.
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Ferdinand Maniraguha

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has said that If Rwanda has spied on Ugandan officials, it  would be a waste of time.

In July this year, it was reported that various countries used a made in Israel spyware known as Pegasus to wiretap conversations of their enemies.

Rwanda was linked to the list of the countries that used such app to spy on dissidents and foreign officials including Ugandans.

Last Sunday, President Paul Kagame denied the allegations, saying that  Rwanda doesn’t use Pegasus.

“If you are saying do you spy with this tool? The answer is a big NO. We don’t have it, therefore, we don’t use it”, president Kagame said while answering questions from local journalists.

“Why don’t you go to those people who created that spying tool and ask them? They will tell you those who have it and those who don’t have it and you’ll find out that Rwanda doesn’t have it”, he added.

President Museveni of Uganda, in an exclusive interview with  France 24 said he doesn’t know if Rwanda spied on Ugandan officials, because “It is a waste of time, spying to do what? If I want secrets you will not know. Because secrets are in my head, not on microphones.”

Among Ugandan officials that Rwanda was alleged to spy on  include ex-Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, former Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and the director-general of External Security Organisation (ESO) Joseph Ocwet.

President Kagame said that his country cannot deny that it does intelligence, but accusing it of using Pegasus is not correct.

“Like any other country in this world, Rwanda does collect intelligence and there are so many ways of doing that; the world knows. In fact,  journalists who made these accusations probably get the information they distort by spying themselves”.

Relations between Rwanda and Uganda have soared since 2017. Rwanda accuses its northern neighbor of supporting and harboring negative forces whose aim is to destabilize Kigali’s government.

Thousands of Rwanda nationals have been detained and tortured  by Ugandan security officials, some being accusing of working as Kigali’s  secrets agents.

Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola tried to mediate Rwanda and Uganda but in vain.

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Mozambican and Rwandan armies retake all towns and villages occupied by terrorists .
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jorge Joaquim

The joint force of Mozambican and Rwandan troops fighting terrorists in Cabo Delgado province has retaken all the towns and villages which had been in terrorist hands, President Filipe Nyusi announced yesterday on the occasion of Mozambique’s Victory Day public holiday.

He made it clear that there would be no negotiation with the terrorists, an idea that has been suggested by former president Joaquim Chissano.

Nyusi urged the local population to be cautious when returning to their home settlements and to follow the guidance of the local authorities, to ensure their safety.

Residents of the area around the administrative post of Miteda, for example, have been told to stay away from the area by the various military forces fighting the terrorist insurgency in the province, as they suspect there may still be terrorist hideouts in the area.

The joint Mozambican and Rwandan force recently recovered the terrorist base of N’tchinga, located around 6km from the district headquarters of Namacande district, which was also occupied several times by insurgents, but other bases could be nearby.

According to Nyusi, the identity of the heads of the terrorist group is still unknown. However, he said that there were nationals of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Burundi, Uganda and Mozambique among the leadership.

However, the US Department of State recently named the Mozambican citizen Bonomade Omar as a key leader of the terrorists, whose name was already known locally.

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Heifer International sparks tech innovations for African farmers
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By Wallace Mawire

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, founder and CEO of ColdHubs, a Nigerian business that provides solar-powered, walk-in coolers for smallholder vegetable farmers and Jehiel Oliver, founder and CEO of Hello Tractor, a Kenyan company that has become known across Africa as the “Uber of tractors,” were selected  as the winners of the inaugural US$1.5 million Heifer International AYuTe Africa Challenge.
 
The winners, known as the 2021 AYuTe Africa Champions and chosen from an impressive field of young agritech innovators from across the continent, were announced today at the 2021 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Summit.
 
“Across Africa today, young, creative professionals are deploying tech innovations that are reimagining farming and food production,” said Adesuwa Ifedi, senior vice president of Africa Programs at Heifer International. “We want to do our part to help companies like Hello Tractor and ColdHubs as they provide Africa’s smallholder farmers with much-needed products and services to develop sustainable, profitable business.”
 
As winners of the AYuTe Africa Challenge, the companies will receive a sizeable monetary investment—a total of US$1.5 million in grants—along with ongoing support from a team of expert advisers—accomplished business veterans—to help them translate their funding into an aggressive expansion strategy. This is part of Heifer International’s efforts to support young entrepreneurs developing affordable tech innovations to scale their businesses. Doing so ensures greater access to services that enable African farmers to overcome long-standing challenges while encouraging a new generation to pursue opportunities in agriculture.
 
Hello Tractor provides technology that allows farmers to connect with local tractor owners on the Hello Tractor marketplace and book a machine for as long as they need it. ColdHubs owns and operates dozens of compact, walk-in, solar-powered coolers at rural produce markets in central Nigeria. The transportable, stand-alone units give local farmers a way of keeping their beans, peppers, tomatoes and more fresh for days or weeks, reducing waste.
 
While many agritech competitions focus on early-stage companies and ideas, the AYuTe Africa Challenge seeks innovations that are market-tested, farmer-ready and poised to provide an impact that will cascade across the food systems of multiple countries. Both Hello Tractor and ColdHubs meet those criteria.
 
“Our ambition is for Hello Tractor to be available across Africa and we’re excited that winning the AYuTe Africa Challenge will help make that happen,” said Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor founder and CEO. “The entire continent of Africa sees about 15,000 new tractors every year while India alone sees about one million. Our farmers clearly need a lot more tractors and Hello Tractor offers a proven pathway for increasing access to this important technology.”


“With support from Heifer and the AYuTe Africa Challenge, I think in five years we can grow from 50 to about 5,000 ColdHubs across West Africa and create new income opportunities for smallholder producers,” said Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, CEO of ColdHubs. “Too many African farmers do not get the income they deserve because they have no way of keeping their produce fresh, forcing them to sell it soon after harvest. ColdHubs offers an affordable, pay-as-you go refrigeration option available right in the middle of local markets.”
 

Heifer International conceived the idea for the AYuTe Africa Challenge (AYuTe stands for Agriculture, Youth and Technology) based on four decades of work as a trusted partner of African farmers—and seeing first-hand the stark difference between local farms that have access to new technologies and those that do not.
 
“Ikegwuonu and Oliver are examples of young agritech innovators who can help change the negative narrative surrounding farming in Africa—showing how an occupation many young Africans associate with hardship can be profitable, productive, stimulating and rewarding,” said Ifedi.
 
recent report by Heifer International also pointed to the need for more investments to encourage African youth turning away from agriculture to reconsider opportunities in the sector—especially given the need to generate jobs and repair food systems battered by the pandemic.
 
“The quality of the competition sends a strong signal that the African agriculture sector contains a wealth of opportunities—as many or more than any other sector,” said Ifedi. “Young entrepreneurs across Africa understand the farming struggles of their parent’s generation and have seen how this has discouraged the people around them from pursuing careers in the agriculture sector. But they also see a pathway through which their innovative products and services can transform farming into a promising future for their generation.”
 

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UNMISS calls on leaders to urgently quell fighting in South Sudan’s Tombura.
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By Deng Machol

File Picture. J Nicholas Haysom,Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) visit to Rumbek and Aweil. Photo Gregorio Cunha/UNMISS

Juba – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is appealing to national and local leaders to resolve the wider tensions in Tombura in Western Equatoria State after a fresh outbreak of fighting.

This comes following the reports of sporadic shooting between groups in Tambura on Monday. 

Fighting in Tombura on Monday left at least 14 people dead, according to Eye Radio.

Last month, 42 bodies were reportedly recovered scattered in residential areas and bushes, authorities said. The violence is believed to have claimed at least 200 lives over the months.

In the press statement on Tuesday; the UNMISS said the latest incident follows rising tension and violence over the past few months.

“We are urging those engaged in the conflict to end the fighting so that security can be restored,” said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Nicholas Haysom. “It is also vital that political leaders at the national and local level take urgent action to resolve tensions and bring communities together to avoid further loss of life, homes, and livelihoods.”

This fresh fighting is endangering the lives of civilians, creating the risk of further displacement, and increasing humanitarian needs.

“The insecurity is having a significant impact on civilians, with over 40,000 people forced to flee their homes,” said Haysom. “This is increasing demand for humanitarian assistance at a time when resources are already stretched. Aid workers are also finding themselves caught in the crossfire while trying to carry out their critical tasks. Authorities must do more to ensure that humanitarians have safe and unhindered access to those in need.”

Haysom said the UNMISS said the primary responsibility for protecting civilians lies with national and state governments. 

The statement further said the UNMISS is doing all it can, within its capabilities, to help deter violence and build peace in the affected areas of Western Equatoria.

Of recently, the Mission has extended the duration of the temporary base that it established in Tombura when fighting first broke out. 

This has enabled peacekeepers to carry out day and night patrols and to provide a protective presence for civilians, including displaced families. 

South Sudan is struggling to implement the fragile 2018 peace deal, although the executive and legislative bodies were formed, the security arrangements remained challenges to the peace process.

The peace implementation is aimed at ending six years of crisis which left 400, 000 people dead, displaced four million others and ruined crude oil production leading to economic chaos.

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Mozambique:Ex-President Guebuza to testify at “hidden debts” trial in December.
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By Jorge Joaquim

The former Mozambican president, Armando Guebuza, will appear in court as a witness in the corruption trial on the $2.2bn “hidden debts” on 2 December.

In a new list, which was released on Friday, 64 witnesses were named, including the former fisheries minister, Victor Borges; finance minister Adriano Maleiane; and the former governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Ernesto Gove.

The hidden debts trial started on 23 August. It is expected that the defendants’ testimony will be completed on 1 October. The hearings of the witnesses are expected to run from 5 October until 2 December.

The corruption scandal, revealed in 2016, led donors including the IMF to withdraw funding, provoking the economy to collapse.

Mozambique former Finance Minister, Manuel Chang, is also among the accused. Chang is currently in detention in South Africa.

The hearing is being held in a makeshift court on the premises of the high security prison of Machava, where Ndambi Guebuza, the son of former President Armando Guebuza, has been held in pre-trial custody since February 2019.

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Cameroon: CHRDA Launches Campaign on Burn the Guns Not the Schools.
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The Human rights organizations are calling on the state and non-state actors to the crisis to allow for the peaceful resumption of schools.

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

CHRDA has called on separatist to allow for effective back to school this year

The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, CHRDA, has launched a special campaign aimed at

“As a Human Rights organization, we hope that schools resume effectively in all the subdivisions of the Anglophone communities. We call on all stakeholders home and abroad to join CHRDA in a special Back to School Campaign to encourage the warring parties to facilitate a peaceful resumption of schools in the troubled regions,” CHRDA said in a statement.

“This campaign is aimed at sensitizing parents, government and separatist activists in the Anglophone regions on the need for creating safe spaces for children to go back to school.”

Cameroon has been gripped by violence since November 2016, when government forces crushed a movement of Anglophone teachers and lawyers protesting against their perceived marginalization by the country’s French-speaking majority.

According to the UN, some 700,000 children have been affected by school closures in Cameroon’s North West and South West as a result of the Anglophone crisis that began in 2016. The situation of school closure in Anglophone Cameroon has changed in the last couple of years with many of these schools now opened.

Officials at CHRDA have called on separatist fighters to direct their fighters to stop attacking academic institutions, teachers and students while calling on the government to enhance efforts towards ensuring the security of school infrastructures, teachers, students in the Anglophone regions.

Students sit for the first day of classes for the 2021-22 academic year

“We value education as a fundamental human right. Any group that opposes in any way is violating this right, recognized in several international conventions such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognizing the right to free and compulsory primary education for all and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its Article 26,” the statement from CHRDA continued.

“The right to education has also been reaffirmed by UNESCO in the 1960 Convention against Discrimination in Education, the 1981 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”

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Cameroon: Four sentenced to death in Mother Francisca School killing in Kumba.
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

One relative of the school children killed could not hide his sadness

Four persons have been given the death sentence by a firing squad after they were found guilty of carrying out the attack and gruesome killing of school children at the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, Fiango-Kumba, Meme Division of the South West Region of Cameroon.

The four persons (Yemeli Kongtsti, Gilda Kote Patrick, and Elangwe Kelvin) who were standing trial at the Buea Military Tribunal were sentenced this Tuesday, September 7. They were charged with acts of terrorism, hostility against the fatherland, secession, insurrection, murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The proprietress Judith Ayanu and her husband Simon Gabriel Shu, Godlove Ekendja, the principal were all given five months jail terms for having failed to report the incident. Meantime, some three persons including Divine Njume and Akwafe Zebedee were all acquitted.

Grief, crying filled the atmosphere as loved ones came to terms with what will happen to their children I the weeks ahead. The four who have been found guilty have ten days to appeal the decision and if that is not done or the appeal is rejected, their faith will be sealed and will be executed. 

The attack which took place on October 24, 2020, saw the killing of some six children with others left wounded. The gruesome attack also saw some of the bodies of the deceased children mutilated an attack that is still fresh in the minds of inhabitants of Kumba.

The slain children received a state burial

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack with both warring parties blaming each other. But administrative authorities had promised to hunt down the assailants and succeeded in apprehending twelve individuals in connection to the attack at the school.

Meantime, reports indicate that some of the accused were asked to pay fines while the others were sentenced to some eight months in jail, for having knowledge about the attack but failing to report to officials.

The killing of children in the course of the ongoing armed conflict remains a great concern. This killing reminded Cameroonians of the sad incident that happened in Ngarbuh, a massacre that this time was carried by state security forces.

The gruesome killing was greatly condemned by the national and international community. Agbor Nkongho, president of the Centre for Huan Rights and Democracy in Africa, CHRDA, said at the time “…these gruesome and barbaric killings are a gross violation of the right to life of these kids. It is unacceptable for anyone or groups of persons to harass, attack, and kill children. It is a fundamental right for children to be educated. Hence, the perpetrators of these heinous crimes should be held accountable…”

“There are no words for the grief nor condemnation strong enough to express my horror at the brutal attack which targets primary school children…while they were sitting leering in their classroom,” Moussa Faki Mahamat, president of the African Union said in 2020.

Four sentence to death after killing some 6 school children back in 2020

Since the crisis escalated in 2017, schools and school children have faced attacks and kidnappings. In 2019, two students were killed by separatist fighters in Buea in what officials at the time said was due to reprisals for not respecting the ban on schools. 

In 2018, the separatist fighters killed a principal, mutilated a teacher and attacked several high schools. And in recent times, the fighters have increased their level of kidnappings and extortion, threats and intimidation along with attacks on security forces.

The two English-speaking regions of Cameroon have been the centre of a conflict involving separatist militants who have targeted the army and demanded local government offices and schools be closed. The fighting has claimed more than 4,000 livers and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

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Japan donates 12 ultra cold chain freezers to Kenya
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By Samuel Ouma

The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya received a boost on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, following the arrival of 12 ultra cold chain freezers from the Japanese government.

The freezers have a storage capacity of 3 million doses and will be used mainly to store Pfizer that requires the storage of -70 degrees Celsius, said the Ministry of Health.

Three out of the 12 will be placed in the central vaccines store in Kitengela, south of Nairobi, and the rest will be distributed to 9 regional stores across the country.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe stated that the ministry will expand and strengthen cold chain facilities at $9 million from the World Bank Support.

The strengthening will include the establishment of 25 new county vaccine stores, improvement of technical capacity in 36 sub-county stores, and expansion of storage capacity at 1,177 facilities across the country.

Kenya now had four Covid-19 vaccines: AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson, as it plans to vaccinate 10 million adults by December this year.

As of September 6, 2021, 2,874,858 vaccines had been administered, with the total first doses being 2,080,483 while second doses are 814,375.

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Mukuru Clean Stoves Poised For New Heights Thanks To ABH-Top 20 Finalist Charlot Magayi
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Featuring amongst the winners would mean we are able to increase our production capacity by 75%, provide sustainable jobs for 50 young men and women and increase household income for 500+ local women , says Charlot Magayi

The 2021 African Business Heroes Prize Competition has given us a better grasp of our business than the previous four years of existence, says Kenyan born Charlot Magayi  as she marvels her presence in the top twenty selection. The founder and CEO of Mukuru Clean Stoves,  a women-led social enterprise that designs and produces clean, reliable and affordable cook stoves for low income households in urban slums in Kenya ,says the mentorship received has greatly changed perceptions she and her team had

Ms. Magayi became orphan at the age of 10, grew up in Mukuru, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi and became a teenage mother at 16.  The idea to start Mukuru Clean Stoves came to her after her two-year-old daughter sustained a serious burn injury caused by a traditional stove. She founded the enterprise to help women keep their children safe, save on fuel consumption and lower household air pollution. Her efforts to make the world smoke-free have not gone unnoticed globally. In 2018, she bagged the World Bank’s global SDGs award and also won the Waislitz Global Citizen Award in 2019. She was further recognized as a fellow at the Echoing Green in 2020.

Cognizant of the merits of amazing African talent in the top selection of the ABH challenge, Charlot Magayi believes that featuring amongst the top laureates will be a game changer for Mukuru Clean Stoves.

“Been amongst the winners would mean we are able to increase our production capacity by 75%, provide sustainable jobs for 50 young men and women and increase household income for 500+ local women business owners while impacting the lives of 1 million people living in poverty by 2023,” says Magayi in response to questions from PAV.

Could you please tell us what Mukuru Clean Stoves is and the logic behind its creation?

Mukuru Clean Stoves (MCS) is the first woman-owned clean cooking solution manufacturer in East Africa that recycles waste metal to produce improved cook stoves with the aim of reducing household air pollution, fuel consumption and households’ expenditures. Mukuru Clean Stoves relies on local women artisans and technicians to design and manufacture the product. Women groups, female entrepreneurs and MFIs distribute the improved cook stoves. This approach creates jobs for women and increases their household income.

What finally pushed you to start this entrepreneurship journey and what were the sources of your funds?

I grew up in Mukuru, one of the biggest slums in Kenya and was orphaned at the age of ten. I became a teenage mom at sixteen and had to drop out of school to fend for myself and my daughter. We relied on charcoal to cook and when my daughter turned two years, she suffered a severe burn injury caused by a traditional stove, this sparked my interest in providing better cooking technologies; I wanted to rewrite the script of possibility for my community.

We have raised a mixture of debt and grants to further our impact from; Nordic Development Fund, USADF, Vista Ventures Social Impact Fund e.t.c.

May we know how the public has reacted to your stoves; how has the product been doing in the market?

Since 2017, over 60,000 Mukuru cook stoves have been sold in 3 counties in Kenya (Siaya, Vihiga and Kisumu County). The cook stoves have allowed more than 300,000 people to benefit from cleaner air in their homes. This positive impact is mainly felt by women, who are generally the main cookers in Kenyan households. Based on kitchen performance surveys, Mukuru’s improved cook stoves reduce, on average, 40% wood fuel consumption, which amount to $8 per month per household (average monthly incomes vary from $30 to $100). By using Mukuru’s energy efficient cook stoves, women spend 50% less time cooking, which allows them to free up time for income-generating activities, such as weaving and farming.

What are some of the challenges that you have faced along the way?

Finding the right partnerships for every stage of my entrepreneurship journey was a challenge. Accelerators and incubators not only helped me identify the stages and what partnerships I needed for each stage, they put me in the same room with these people/organizations.

Fundraising for growth, especially during a global pandemic, was the biggest setback we faced last year, leaving us with slowed growth plans and major redirections.

You have made it into the top 20 list of the ABH Prize competition, how did you receive this news?

With a great deal of gratitude and shock, my email went straight to the spam folder and so I only realized I made it to the top 20 list when I was added to the WhatsApp group. I screamed!

There were some twelve thousand applicants, you made it into the top fifty, and now the top 20, did you expect to come this far in the competition?

Knowing just what African Entrepreneurs are made of, you can never really expect to be one of the best in a pool of 12000 or 50, it’s always a surprise when you make the cut as everyone’s work is unique and achieves a certain amount of impact. It’s always fingers crossed and a great deal of nerves.

What are some of the lessons that you have learned in the course of the competition?

The most important lesson I have learnt is the benefit of having a mentor, during this competition, I have learnt more about my business than I did in the four years I have been running it. Through the questions asked by my mentors, I found myself answering questions I have never been asked before, revealing information about my business I had no idea I had.

How confident are you of making it into the top ten, and should you win, what would change for Clean Stoves if you emerge among the top winners?

I want to say I’m confident but in real sense I’m scared. Making it to the top means I have to beat at least 9 of the best entrepreneurs in Africa right now. I’m holding my breath! Should we make it though, it would change everything for MCS, it would mean we are able to increase our production capacity by 75%, provide sustainable jobs for 50 young men and women and increase household income for 500+ local women business owners while impacting the lives of 1 million people living in poverty by 2023.

What future do you see for Clean Stoves, and to those out there who have not tried your product or know its potential? Can you make a pitch on why they should consider giving your product a trial?

Our vision is to eradicate household air pollution and energy poverty in Africa. To our target consumers, our clean cookstoves enable consumers to save up to $8 monthly on fuel consumption costs, reduce toxic smoke emissions by 50-90%, limit the risk of burns in children by 40% all while reducing cooking time.

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From Taxi Driver to Roman Catholic Bishop-The Story of An African Immigrant.
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Joseph Besong

Bishop Jerome Feudjio with women of the Catholic Women Association

                                                              

On Sunday September 5,2021 the African Catholic Christians all over the USA came in their numbers for Bishop Jerome Feudjio’s thanksgiving mass. The thanksgiving mass took place at the Saint Camillus Catholic Church Silver Spring-Maryland. The occasion brought together African Catholics, African priests, and African religious sisters. The Holy Mass was beautifully led in songs and dancing, thanks to the African choir located at the Saint Camillus parish in Silver Spring.

During the thanksgiving ceremony, there was a bible procession which was done in a purely African style animated by the Catholic Women Association (CWA) a typical  “Ecclesial in Africa”

The beauty of Africa culture was embedded in the Bible procession. The African beatings in songs and drums were echoed.

The highlight of the occasion was during the sermon delivered by the shepherd himself Msgr. Jerome Feudjio who was ordained as the bishop of the Virgin Islands, a territory of the United States of America. Bishop Feudjio didn’t hide how he felt seeing his African Catholic Christians from different parts of the continent. The bishop compared the feeling to that of being in heaven. The chief celebrant told the African Catholics present how fate brought him to the United States. He recalled that he left the seminary in Cameroon because his father died. To him, the only way to help the rest of the family is leave the seminary and work for the betterment of others in the family. He said life was difficult even when he left the seminary there in Cameroon. The brother who at the time was in the US helped to bring the young Feudjio to the District of Columbia. Life was hard and unbearable but according to young Feudjio he held firmed to God. He explained how he drove a taxi as a job in DC to take care of himself. He was so excited to share his story to all those who attended the thanksgiving mass.

He urged all Africans who are in the diaspora to help those back home who need help just as the brother helped brought him to the United States and literally changed his life and the people around him. He gave two lessons that of faith and not giving up even in circumstances that are hopeless. He recommended Jesus as a problem solver. He proudly told all who attended the thanksgiving mass that he is an example of how God can change any situation into perfection. His humility was all over the place. He asked the brother priests from Africa present at the mass to stand. He said there many experienced, intelligent priests from Africa than him but God chose him to represent the Africa Catholics in the United States. He is the first African born priest to be appointed a bishop in the the entire United States. That’s history for the people of Africa and a big inspiration for African immigrants.

 After the thanksgiving mass, there was another excited. This time many took pictures with the bishop. It was a day full of joy. Bishop Jerome Feudjio who hails from Dschang -Cameroon is the first African to be appointed as a bishop in the United States. Bishop Feudjio said he has brought two religious’ congregations from Africa to help in alleviating the poor in the Virgin Islands. There are thousands of African priests in the United States of America, Europe, and Asia doing missionary work and others on study leave. It seems as if today there’s reversal of role. Africa is sending more missionaries to the west today.  These African priests are the hope for the Churches in developed nations. Many Americans and Europeans doesn’t answer the call to the priesthood and religious life as before. Fortunately, the seminaries in Africa are full and Mother Africa is able to send her sons and daughters to preach and evangelize to the world. Bishop Jerome Feudjio’s story is a true story of God’s goodness to Africa. He will advocate for the Africans in United States Conference of  Catholic Bishops.

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Niger’s Petroleum Minister holds Bilateral Meeting with the Energy Chamber Reaffirms commitment to African Energy Week and its growing energy services sector.
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

In a meeting held earlier today, between the Niger’s Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies, H.E. Mahamane Sani Mahamadou and the African Energy Chamber, the minister reiterated his commitment to leading a delegation of Nigerien Oil and Gas companies to meet other sector stakeholders in Cape Town. The Minister exposed about the immense opportunities that Niger offers, amongst which are proven oil and gas reserves, solar and green Hydrogen capacity.

Niger’s Petroleum Minister holds Bilateral Meeting with the Energy Chamber. Reaffirms commitment to Africa EnIn a meeting held earlier today, between the Niger’s Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies, H.E. Mahamane Sani Mahamadou and the African Energy Chamber, the minister reiterated his commitment to leading a delegation of Nigerien Oil and Gas companies to meet other sector stakeholders in Cape Town. The Minister exposed about the immense opportunities that Niger offers, amongst which are proven oil and gas reserves, solar and green Hydrogen capacity.

Niger currently produces 20,000 barrels of oil per day. However, this is expected to rise to 120,000 by 2023 upon the completion of an over 2000km, US$4.5 billion crude oil pipeline linking the highly prospective Agadem Rift Basin in Niger to the Beninese Coast. The completion of the pipeline is expected to trigger further investments in the development of existing discoveries, taking production to close to 300,000 barrels per day by 2030. The oil and gas sector will make up close to 50% of Niger’s GDP by 2030. Major players in the industry currently include China’s CNPC, gas giant SONATRACH and British Savannah Energy which has caught the attention of investors lately with a string of discoveries. The minister reiterated Niger’s willingness to attract other operators, pointing to their strong track record in maintaining the sanctity of energy contracts, a competitive fiscal regime, stability in the country and their ability to work collaboratively with investors.

In order to service this expected growth in the energy industry, especially its oil and gas industry, the Minister committed to working together with the African Energy Chamber, to build partnerships between Niger based companies and experienced service providers globally.

According to Mr NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber who led the Chamber team during the meeting, the Chamber is committed to working with Niger to develop a strong services sector that is able to provide good paying jobs to the citizens of Niger, enable the transfer of technology to the country, develop skills and seasoned energy entrepreneurs, as well as provide beyond market returns for foreign investors.

“We look forward to welcoming HE the minister, his delegation and the entire oil and gas sector of Niger to Cape Town, at this year’s edition of African Energy Week” Said NJ Ayuk.  “Niger’s oil and natural gas potential – estimated billions of barrels at 18.6 billion cubic meters – remains significantly unexploited and thus presents a valuable investment opportunity for international stakeholders” Ayuk continued.

AEW 2021 represents the most suitable platform in which emerging sectors such as Niger can secure critical capital. Already, the event has received support and endorsements by both regional and international financiers, and with networking-focus the top of the agenda, AEW 2021 represents the premier energy event whereby deals and decisions regarding Africa’s energy future will be made.

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, visit www.aew2021.com or energychamber.org and/or email Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

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Redirecting Attention to Domestic Gas Utilization: The West African Gas Pipeline Serves as a Strategic Model for Emerging Gas Regions in Africa.
September 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Intra-African gas trade models such as the West African Gas Pipeline should be adopted in other emerging natural gas regions such as SADC and CEMAC, as they represent fundamental opportunities for enhanced domestic gas utilization and monetization.

As a widely available resource in Africa and comprising the ideal transitionary resource in the transition to cleaner energy sources, natural gas has seen an influx of investment and development in recent years, with many stakeholders hoping to use the resource as a catalyst for enhanced energy sector and economic growth. With emerging natural gas markets in Nigeria, Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania offering new energy sources for regional actors, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) ensuring lucrative trade opportunities across the continent, attention is turning to regional distribution, with models such as the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) taking the lead.

Comprising a 681km natural gas pipeline, the WAGP is the first regional natural gas transmission system in sub-Saharan Africa, linking Nigeria’s gas-rich region of the Niger Delta to neighboring countries Benin, Togo and Ghana. With over 200 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas reserves in Nigeria, and growing demand across the entire West African region, the WAGP enables the transportation and distribution of critical gas reserves from gas-rich countries to high demand markets, establishing a viable gas network that will accelerate regional energy access.

The WAGP has significantly increased regional gas utilization, with the AfCFTA and the recent passage of Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry (PIB) Bill only enhancing this trend. Rather than solely focusing on exports to international markets, WAGP operator West African Gas Pipeline Company – comprising a consortium including Chevon West African Gas Pipeline (36.9%), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (24.9%), Shell Overseas Holdings Limited (17.9%), Takoradi Power Company Limited (16.3%), Societe Togolaise de Gaz (2%) and Societe BenGaz S.A. (2%) – recognizes the value of increasing regional gas trade, with a high demand regional population and neighboring markets offering fundamental opportunities regarding exports. The WAGP is a clear example of the success of regional collaboration, and African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November, will emphasize this.  

In addition to the WAGP, there has been notable success in enhancing regional gas networks in the MSGBC region, comprising Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry. With major natural gas reserves discovered on the border of Senegal and Mauritania – estimated at 40 tcf – the region has been quick to develop a viable regional market and position Senegal as an African Gas Province. However, the region still requires significant investment if it to fully capitalize on its resources and establish sustainable gas transportation systems. Accordingly, there lies lucrative opportunities for international stakeholders looking at promising African markets, and AEW 2021 will serve as the platform for intra-Africa and global-African engagement.

In the meantime, the WAGP serves as an example for other gas-rich countries looking towards regional exports. The Southern African Development Community (SADC), for example, could significantly benefit from regional gas networks such as pipelines or other distribution systems. Countries such as Mozambique, with over 100 tcf of gas, and Tanzania, with over 57 tcf, could be established as regional gas hubs, with foreign investment directed towards infrastructure development serving as an enabler of regional gas utilization and distribution. SADC countries with no gas reserves such as Zimbabwe and Zambia can significantly benefit from regional networks, making use of alternative energy sources provided for by regional pipelines. Additionally, countries such as South Africa, which relies heavily on gas imports to sustain its growing economy, will benefit from a regional gas network.  

Additionally, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC) can also benefit from regional gas trade, with resource-rich countries such as Equatorial Guinea and Gabon serving as regional hubs. Rather than direct activities towards international exports, both Equatorial Guinea and Gabon can ensure a valuable source of revenue through regional exports, with growing demand in the entire region serving as an ideal target market. By prioritizing trade infrastructure and transportation systems, and targeting both regional and international investment accordingly, the CEMAC region can use gas a catalyst for regional energy and economic growth. Gas has the potential to not only drive energy access and regional integration, but to accelerate Africa’s energy transition on a large-scale basis and AEW 2021 in Cape Town serves to advance this trend.  Potential deals will be signed in Cape Town to advance a lot of gas projects and power distribution.

“The WAGP offers significant opportunities for regional actors looking to increase the share of natural gas in their energy mix. Just because countries lack natural gas resources does not mean they cannot utilize the resource. By developing regional trade networks across the continent, made more effective through the AfCFTA and regulations such as the PIB, Africa can become the leading producer, distributor, and utilizer of natural gas, driving economic growth and the energy transition,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber.

In addition to promoting the WAGP and other pipeline opportunities across the continent, AEW 2021 is committed to introducing western technological pipeline solutions to emerging African markets, ensuring the uptake of modern infrastructure solutions that will advance energy sector growth and regional gas networks. Companies such as Galileo Technologies – a technology company focused on enhancing the production, transportation and consumption of natural gas, biomethane and hydrogen through unconventional solutions – will be promoted at AEW 2021, with the aim of increasing partnerships and regional developments. With operations in over 70 countries worldwide, and a commitment to improving client competitiveness and environmental quality, Galileo is keen on sharing their advanced technology with African stakeholders, providing transportation and distribution solutions to markets either without or formerly outside of gas transport systems.

As Africa’s premier energy event, AEW 2021 will promote regional gas networks, provide valuable engagement opportunities for African and international stakeholders, and introduce advanced technological solutions regarding companies such as Galileo to African projects. AEW 2021 is committed to African people, African energy, and African regional growth and will drive this narrative in Cape Town.

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, visit www.aew2021.com or energychamber.org and/or email Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

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Energy Producers Push for the Establishment of an African Energy Bank: African Energy Week Places African Financing Top of the Agenda in Cape Town.
September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Nigeria’s proposal of an African energy bank may just be the financing solution Africa is looking for, and African Energy Week in Cape Town will drive it.

Despite the consequences inflicted with the sudden withdrawal of critical capital in Africa, western nations continue to phase out fossil fuel-directed investment. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, has, therefore, emphasized the need for African raised capital in accelerating continent-wide energy growth. With international financing institutions significantly reducing hydrocarbon-directed investment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to cleaner sources of energy, H.E. Timipre Sylva reiterated the value that an African energy bank will have in enhancing Africa’s energy future.

Discussed in a recent state visit to Nigeria, H.E. Gabriel Lima, Minister of Hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea, Sonagas Director General, Juan Antonio Ndong Ondo, and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, all emphasized the role that African financing solutions will play in accelerating hydrocarbon development continent-wide. As speakers at AEW 2021 in Cape Town, these industry leaders will not only contribute to the discussion on African financing, but will drive it, offering up key solutions to Africa’s financing challenges and positioning the continent as a self-reliant energy sector.

Africa’s immense natural resources require significant investment if the continent is to realize its developmental objectives, and despite the fact that the continent has created the long-demanded enabling environments for investment, international financiers continue to withhold critical investment. Nigeria, for example, with the implementation of a progressive Petroleum Industry Bill, has ensured its sector is both open and competitive for investment. Yet, international investment seems unattainable. In response, H.E. Timipre Sylva has opted for alternative financing solutions, with African capital raising initiatives taking the lead. Through the establishment of an African energy bank, which enables African project developers adequate sources of finance, Africa will no longer have to rely on the international community to advance its energy sector.  

The proposed African energy bank will significantly enhance investment in the African oil and gas sector. Just like the Africa Energy Investment Corporation – a developmental financial institution created by the African Petroleum Producers Association to channel resources towards the development of Africa’s energy sector – the Bank will serve as a key driver of energy growth, providing the much-needed financial resources to African government, project developers, and stakeholders.

“If we insist on the exploration of our oil and gas reserves when the world is cutting down on investments in the sector, we must set a financial institution, an African energy bank, to develop the oil and gas sector,” stated H.E. Timipre Sylva.

H.E. Gabriel Obiang Lima has issued his support of this concept, with both Ministers looking to increase engagement and partnerships with other African stakeholders. The concept of an African energy bank holds significant opportunities for resource-rich countries such as Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. Feasible, domestic financing opportunities will drive cross-border initiatives across Africa. Emerging natural gas hubs in Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, for example, will be able to accelerate regional project development with access to adequate financing. With construction on the 4.2 million tons per year Liquified Natural Train in Nigeria breaking ground this year, and national objectives to ensure the monetization and utilization of its natural gas resources, Nigeria can significantly benefit from institutions such as the African energy bank. Both Sonagas and the NNPC are committed to driving regional natural gas expansion, and with the establishment of the African energy bank, these entities will lead the way in Africa’s energy growth.

“Africa requires multilateral financing solutions to accelerate hydrocarbon development. The continent will no longer place a reliance on international capital channels. That’s history, we need to urgently use free market principles and establish Africa’s own financing solutions to mitigate against the radical divestment and reduction in investment into African Oil and Gas. The creation of an African energy bank could provide critical capital for emerging energy markets in Africa, and AEW 2021 in Cape Town will drive this narrative, working alongside Nigeria, EG and APPO” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber.

The theme of domestic capital raising will comprise a dominant topic at African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 in Cape Town. As the African Energy Chamber continues to emphasize, if the international community continues to boycott African energy growth, Africa will not only boycott them, but will create their own financial solutions to driving energy growth. At AEW 2021, both H.E. Timipre Sylva and H.E. Gabriel Lima will be key speakers, leading a strong delegation from Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea to Cape Town in November, and driving a strong discussion on hydrocarbon investment, financing solutions for African developments, and capital raising in a post-COVID-19 context. AEW 2021 is committed to African people and African finance and will promote the African energy bank, regional collaboration, and domestic capital as a key driver of continent-wide energy growth.

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, visit www.aew2021.com or energychamber.org and/or email Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

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East, West, South, and North Africa all represented in the ABH competition’s Top 20 this year .
September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH), a flagship philanthropic program by the Jack Ma Foundation which aims to identify, support, and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who make a difference in their local communities, solve the most pressing problems, and build a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future – recently announced this year’s Top 20 finalists.

The 20 African entrepreneurs are competing for a position among the Top 10 outstanding heroes who will stand a chance at the grand finale to win a share of the US$1.5 million grant funding in November this year, on top of invaluable networking and training opportunities.

This year’s ABH competition attracted over 12000 applications from all 54 African countries representing sixteen sectors. The Top 20 outstanding entrepreneurs are representing 11 African countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.

In terms of regional representation, East Africa has the largest number with a total of 8 entrepreneurs from 4 countries namely, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. West Africa is represented by 7 entrepreneurs from 4 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, and Ivory Coast; while Southern Africa follows with 3 entrepreneurs from South Africa and Botswana; and North Africa also represented by 2 entrepreneurs both from Egypt.

The ABH 2021’s youngest entrepreneur is 24 years and the oldest 46, a confirmation that entrepreneurship can start at any age. Out of the Top 20 finalists, 9 are female making a 45% representation, as Africa waits to see what the Top 10 this year brings. The Top 20 entrepreneurs represent a diversity of different sectors including agriculture, beauty & wellness, construction, consulting, education, energy, environmental protection, financial services, food & beverages, healthcare, ICT, logistics, manufacturing, media & entertainment, retail, and transportation.

The Top 20 entrepreneurs are currently undergoing further rounds of selection whereafter the Top 10 will be selected and announced later this Fall.

These will be headed to the grand finale where they will each pitch their business ideas live to global business legends in November to determine who takes what share from the 1.5 million USD prize pool.

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Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Petroleum and Mining Hon. John Munyes Commits to African Energy Week in Cape Town, Promotes Kenyan Exploration Opportunities.
September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

With official speaker confirmations made by Cabinet Secretary Hon. John Munyes, Kenya joins other East African producers at African Energy Week in Cape Town, promoting the region’s lucrative investment opportunities to global stakeholders.   

John Munyes, Cabinet Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mining,Photo credit Boniface Okendo/Standard

In a recent move to position East-Africa as an attractive investment destination, Kenya has joined a myriad of African ministers from across the continent, including regional neighbors Somalia and South Sudan, coming to Cape Town for the highly anticipated African Energy Week (AEW) 2021. The official speaker confirmation made by Hon. John Munyes, Cabinet Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, reaffirms AEW 2021’s standing as the official meeting place for African energy decision makers, with Kenyan opportunities being showcased to global stakeholders in Cape Town.

Representing the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Hon. Munyes is committed to enhancing Kenya’s hydrocarbon industry, promoting the sustainable development of the country’s extractives sector. Appointed in 2018, Hon. Munyes has played a valuable role in expanding the country’s petroleum sector, foreseeing the accelerated expansion of exploration and production country wide. Despite exploration starting in Kenya in the 1950s, the first commercial oil deposits were only discovered by British-based Tullow Oil in 2012. Since then, the country has been committed to accelerating exploration, with notable discoveries being made in the offshore Lamu basin.

Kenya’s attractiveness comes through its significant exploration opportunities and AEW 2021 aims to emphasize prospects to the world. The country holds over 4 billion barrels of crude oil reserves in the Lokichar sub-basin alone of which 750 million are commercial – currently operated by Tullow and partners. With four sedimentary basins in total, Kenya is actively pursuing regional and global stakeholder participation to help drive hydrocarbon growth and production. In addition to Tullow Oil, Kenya has seen the active participation of industry giants including BP, Shell, Texas Pacific, Africa Oil Corporation, Chevron, TotalEnergies, Vanoil, Lio Petroleum and CNOCC. The country has seen a range of drilling campaigns over the years, with stakeholders hoping to mirror the achievements seen in neighboring east-African countries such as Mozambique and Tanzania. AEW 2021 provides the best platform for engagement with international financiers, global explorers, and key stakeholders, and Kenyan opportunities will be showcased to the world in Cape Town.

Kenya currently has one refinery – the 90,000 barrel per day (bpd) Mombasa refinery – and plans to expand energy networks both in the country and across the region, which will attract investment targeted towards export pipelines, storage facilities, shipping terminals and refineries. Accordingly, this presents a huge opportunity for international stakeholders, in which associated development can help position the country as a competitive east-African producer. Kenya is committed to regional collaboration with regards to energy sector growth. Most notably, the country has prioritized intra-African transportation networks with projects such as the Lamu Port and Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project (LAPSSET) – a transport and logistics infrastructure project that includes the construction of a 120,000-bpd refinery in Kenya. Committed to improving its regional distribution capacity and accelerating upstream production, Kenya will be a valuable east-African representative at AEW 2021 in Cape Town.

“Hon. Munyes is positioning Kenya not only as an east-African producer, but as a global hydrocarbon competitor. The country’s progress to enhance regional connectivity and expand intra-African networks is highly commendable, and Hon. Munyes has played an instrumental role in this area. In Cape Town, Hon. Munyes will drive a strong Kenyan narrative, placing the country on the global stage, and reiterating the role that east-African nations will play in Africa’s energy transformation,” continued Ayuk.

Under Hon. Munyes’ leadership, the Ministry has made significant progress in creating an enabling environment, not only regarding efficient operations in the sector, but international investment. As Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Munyes has been committed to providing a clean, sustainable, affordable, reliable, secure and high-quality energy for enhanced national development. With an ambitious target to increase electricity connectivity from 15% to 65% by 2022, and installed capacity currently at 2.3GW, of which 57% is hydropower and 32% thermal, Kenya offers up lucrative opportunities for international investors in both the petroleum and power sectors. Hon. Munyes has driven progress regarding this area and the wider petroleum industry, and will come to AEW 2021 in Cape Town with the purpose of engaging, networking, and signing deals.

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, visit www.aew2021.com or energychamber.org and/or email Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

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Enhancing Global-African Financing Channels: AEW to Emphasize Oil and Gas Investment and Multilateral Financing Solutions with Diverse Speaker Panel.
September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

African Energy Week in Cape Town will host a strong Africa-focused discussion on the continent’s energy transformation, driven by speakers Ezekiel Adesina, Karl Rheinberger, Paul Eardley Taylor, and Jens Thomassen.

African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 has placed making energy poverty history at the forefront of the event’s agenda, providing a platform for a strong, Africa-focused and industry driven conversation on how the continent can utilize its significant oil, gas and renewable resources to accelerate socio-economic growth. At the center of this discussion are recently confirmed speakers Ezekiel Adesina, Head of Strategy and Planning, Nigeria LNG Limited; Karl Rheinberger, Managing Director, Emerging Energy Corporation; Paul Eardley Taylor, Head of Oil and Gas, Standard Bank; and Jens Thomassen, Partner, A.P. Moller Capital. With the aim of promoting the advancements of energy solutions for Africa, and Africa-directed investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, these speakers will be integral in any decision regarding Africa’s energy future.

AEW 2021 believes in the role the African energy sector will play in accelerating socio-economic growth continent-wide. As the world progresses into a post-COVID-19 environment, and global capital expenditure gradually increases, African energy stakeholders are committed to driving foreign investment into new and existing energy projects, positioning the continent on a direct path to energy security and economic development. In pursuit of this, and as a speaker at Africa’s premier energy event in Cape Town, Adesina will enhance the conversation on the role of natural gas in Africa’s energy future, promoting gas-directed investment with the aim of fast-tracking development. Representing Nigeria LNG Limited – an entity set up by the government of Nigeria to accelerate natural gas utilization and monetization – Adesina is a strong advocate for the use of gas in Africa, promoting the role of natural gas in the energy transition, and pushing for increased gas-direct investment. Adesina will enhance a discussion on strategic investments, proposing methods and solutions to accelerating progress in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, as Managing Director of Emerging Energy Corporation – an investment firm dedicated to creating growth in the African energy sector and related infrastructure – Rheinberger is focused on enhancing capital solutions in African markets. The company has a mandate to build local capacity and create well-paid jobs, while attracting foreign partners to invest and help diversify African economies, aiming to deliver market-leading returns for their investors. By promoting the role of foreign companies in financing African energy projects, and setting the stage for increased dialogue between African and global partners, Rheinberger will drive a strong African growth-oriented conversation in Cape Town.

Similarly, Eardley Taylor, as a representative of Standard Bank, is committed to improving and enhancing financing solutions for the African oil and gas sector. Responsible for Standard Bank’s oil and gas activities in Southern Africa, his 20 years of corporate and investment banking experience position him as an ideal participant in the discussion surrounding African investment. At AEW 2021 in Cape Town, Eardley Taylor will significantly enhance the conversation on the role of oil and gas, providing a strong case for the value of hydrocarbon investments in Africa and pushing for the continent’s energy and economic transformation.

Finally, with a passion to enable Africa to grow and develop, so that energy poverty is alleviated on a continent-wide scale, Thomassen is committed to accelerating investment across Africa and in multiple sectors. A.P. Moller Capital’s motto is ‘private capital for the public good’, and in line with this notion, Thomassen will come to Cape Town, promoting the role of private investors in accelerating Africa’s energy sector development. Having made significant investments in West Africa, in particular, the company is focused on expanding their portfolio, and Thomassen will drive this objective at AEW 2021 in Cape Town, engaging with critical partners across the continent.

“AEW 2021’s speaker lineup is truly magnificent, and the event is well positioned to enable effective energy poverty alleviation by enhancing energy sector investments. Representatives from global investment companies such as Standard Bank, A.P. Moller Capital, Emerging Energy Corporation and Nigeria LNG Limited will significantly enhance the discussion on African investment, promoting the role of global financiers and international stakeholders in driving Africa’s energy growth. Africa needs hydrocarbons, and our resources need investment to be fully utilized and monetized. This presents a fundamental opportunity for global partners and AEW 2021 will be the place for the international community to meet with African opportunities,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber.

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, visit www.aew2021.com or energychamber.org and/or email Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

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