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Africa: Details On Monkey-Trafficking Scandal Emerge

A syndicate of four individuals that smuggled 32 monkeys from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South Africa, used fake papers to cross the first border into Zambia and then into Zimbabwe but their luck ran out when Zimbabwean immigration authorities at Chirundu decided to check with ZimParks, who investigated and found the documentation fake. So the four were arrested on the Zimbabwean side at Chirundu on charges of smuggling 26 rare mo..

Tanzania: Dar, Bujumbura Eye Greater Economic Ties

TANZANIA and Burundi have committed to deepen and strengthen economic ties through expanded trade and investment, with a goal of achieving decent livelihoods in both countries. President John Magufuli and his Burundian counterpart, President Evariste Ndayishimiye have agreed to work together to ensure economic growth and advance peace and stability in the two countries. The two presidents have directed their Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Ea..

Why South Africa’s New Plan to Fortify Its Borders Won’t Stop Irregular Migration

South Africa has just passed a new law in response to growing concerns in the country about its porous borders. The socioeconomic and security dangers posed by having large numbers of undocumented migrants have become key political issues in the country in recent times. It's difficult to ascertain how many undocumented migrants there are in the country, leading to exaggerated estimates. According to Statistics South Africa figures from 2011..

Niger: Rights Groups Call for Release of Six Detained Protestors

On 15 September 2020 it will be six months since three human rights defenders were jailed in Niger simply for participating in peaceful protests calling for an investigation into allegations of the misuse of funds by the Ministry of Defence. CIVICUS, Amnesty International, Publish What You Pay (PWYP), Tournos la Page International (TLP) and Front Line Defenders call for the immediate and unconditional release of Moudi Moussa, Halidou Mounkaila a..

Burkina Faso: Young Rice Producers Combat Hunger Amid Poverty

On a mission to satisfy local demand for rice, the Mitiri Cooperative of Young Rice Producers are fighting for the eradication of hunger in Bagre, a rural community located in the east of Burkina Faso's Boulgou province. The area is home to just over 29 000 people. The country is one of the world's poorest. An estimated 3.3 million people in the country are facing acute food insecurity, out of a total population of around 20 million. S..

West Africa: Feeding The Future With Homegrown Cassava, Rice

Dakar and Cape Town — The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is celebrating a decade of its Feed the Future campaign, which enables partner organisations to target the root causes of poverty and hunger. Its work has been focused on the most marginalized communities, where there are concentrations of poverty and hunger - with all the attendant social and health problems, including 'stunting', when children who are under..

Uganda: Major Breakthrough Attained in $3.5bn Tanzania-Uganda Pipeline

Dar es Salaam — All is set now for the kickoff of the Tanga-Hoima Pipeline, with Tanzania looking to March 2021 for the start of the construction of the $3.5 billion project. This followed Friday's confirmed agreement between French oil company Total and the Ugandan government over differences which forced the project to stall since 2018. An initial plan for Tanzania and Uganda to have first oil flow in 2020 through the Uganda-Tanzania Cru..

East Africa: African Union Talks On Dam Dispute See Results, but Obstacles Remain

The current AU-led negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have made some important achievements, and is expected to lead to a binding agreement. The dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is the latest and most intense diplomatic confrontation over the use of the Nile River. The construction of the GERD, officially announced in 2011, is not the first such dispute, nor will it be the last. As climate change and risi..

Somalia: AU Forces Repel Al-Shaabab Attack in Lower Shabelle Region

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have repulsed have thwarted an Alshabab on their base in the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday. Al-Shabab militants attacked the AMISOM base but were met with resistance in the vicinity of Elasha Biyaha in the Lower Shabelle region. According to sources, the attack resulted in a fierce clash that lasted for about almost thirty minutes. Teen raped and thrown from 6th floor in Mogadishu Ugand..

Africa: Growing Low-Cost Rural Connectivity

London — The low-cost rural operator space has grown but given the size of the opportunity it has been mighty slow. This week Russell Southwood spoke to Michael Darcy, CEO and Founder of AMN about its expansion plans and its purchase of equipment vendor Range Networks. The idea for setting up AMN came out of working for another company. Darcy took a job as CEO of K-Net in Ghana. The company had signed a universal agency contract before he had ar..

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