Category Archives: Africa

Syrian Girl – Kony2012 is a Con Africom military intervention

Kony 2012 a psy-op designed to garner support for AFRICOM and US agenda against China in africa.

Deadly cyclone lashes southeastern Africa

Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa feel impact of tropical storm that has killed at least 77 people.

Steff Gaulter

At least 77 people in southeastern Africa have been killed and more are still missing as Tropical Cyclone Irina sweeps through the region.

The storm struck northern Madagascar more than two weeks ago and has slowly tracked down the west of the country.

Torrential rain from the system hit the whole of the island, leading to the deaths of 65 people, weather officials said on Monday. The majority of the deaths occurred in the southeastern district of Ifanadiana.

The storm has also affected southern areas of Mozambique and eastern South Africa.

Five fishermen were killed in the seas off Mozambique’s port city of Beira on Saturday. Authorities on Monday were still cautioning fishermen not to venture out.

Three other people in the southern province of Gaza were killed when a tree fell on their house and the roof collapsed.

A further four people are reported to have died in South Africa. The city of Durban was lashed by waves up to three metres high as the storm approached, and ships were ordered to remain in the port.

Tropical storms in the southwest Indian Ocean are responsible for approximately 80 deaths every season

On average three tropical cyclones hit Madagascar every year, and this season has now equalled that average.

Less than two weeks before Irina, Tropical Cyclone Giovanna caused flooding and led to the deaths of 35 people.


UN asks Angola for helicopters

Ban Ki-moon

LUANDA — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked Angola on Feb. 27 to provide helicopters for peacekeeping missions in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

“As you know, several of our peacekeeping missions, including [the U.N. Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo] in DRC and [the U.N. Mission in the Republic of South Sudan] in South Sudan, they suffer from a lack of military helicopters. I would appreciate it if your government” could assist, Ban said during a meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti in Luanda.

“The secretary general asked the Angolan government to consider providing military assets, including helicopters, to U.N. peacekeeping,” Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told journalists.

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Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped

Ship blunders allegedly to blame

By Brid-Aine Parnell

Underwater data cables linking East Africa to the Middle East and Europe have been severed, bringing transfer rates to their knees in nine countries.

In a bizarre coincidence, a ship allegedly dropped anchor off the coast of Kenya on Saturday in a restricted area, cutting The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable – shortly after three other cables were chopped in the Red Sea between Djibouti and the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported.

TEAMS was already stuffed with the traffic from the other three cables, the Europe India Gateway (EIG), the South East Asia Middle East Western Europe-3 (SMW-3) and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY), which were severed ten days before.

“It’s a very unusual situation,” Chris Wood, chief executive of West Indian Ocean Cable, the largest shareholder of the EASSY, and a major owner of data-capacity rights on the two other Red Sea cables. “I believe these were accidental incidents, although more will be known when we bring the cables up from the sea bed.”

Naturally, the number of cables ruined in a short timeframe has sparked suspicions of sabotage. A source from African carrier Airtel told Ugandan independent newspaper theDaily Monitor that the cables had been sliced on purpose.

“The EASSY and TEAMS cables were cut by malicious people at the weekend and this is causing connection problems. All internet providers, particularly Orange and Airtel have been affected because they all depend on these cables for service provision,” he said.

Wood told the WSJ that the cables in the Red Sea had all been severed at the same time, around 650 feet below the Red Sea, but he said that a passing ship could have done the damage because the sea is so shallow.

Amazing Race Producer Jeff Rice Found Dead In Uganda

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In breaking news today, reports are rolling in that Jeff Rice – a producer of “The Amazing Race” and an avid adventurer – was found dead in a Uganda hotel room in the capital city of Kampala. First accounts of the incident reveal that Jeff Rice, 39, and his female production assistant, Ms Catherine Fuller, were poisoned by local gang members after refusing to submit to a “shakedown” for valuables.

Rice was usually the front man for setting up The Amazing Race activities throughout Africa, and at the time of the incident, he and his assistant were working on some of the African destinations for this year’s Amazing Race, season #20.

Rice and Fuller were initially believed to have died from choking, however further investigation revealed that a massive amount of illicit drug was present. Authorities had also discovered some of the drug in the hotel room.


Poachers in Cameroon kill up to 300 elephants in one month alone

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By BNO News

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON (BNO NEWS) — Poachers in northern Cameroon have slaughtered as many as 300 elephants for their tusks in the last month alone, a dramatic increase from previous years, officials said on Tuesday.

The killings, originally reported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), were confirmed by Cameroon’s minister of forestry and wildlife. Minister Ngole Philip Ngwese said that an armed gang of Sudanese poachers had killed the free-roaming elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park, on Cameroon’s border with Chad.

One park official, Bouba Jadi, told CNN that the large number of deaths are worsening the situation for Cameroon’s already threatened elephant populations. According to official estimates, there are between 1,000 and 5,000 elephants in Cameroon.


Libya: Gaddafi Ghost Still Haunts Investments in East Africa

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By Julius Barigaba and Isaac Khisa

Nearly three months since the lifting of sanctions on Libya by the United Nations Security Council, uncertainty surrounds the fate and ownership of businesses owned by Tripoli across East Africa. It has now emerged that the UN is still investigating these investments.

Two weeks ago, a committee of the Security Council was in Kampala to determine if the investments and assets that were acquired during the late Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi’s reign qualify for the lifting of sanctions so that they are “made available to and for the benefit of the people of Libya.”

Donald Nyakairu, managing director of Uganda Telecom, a company in which the Libyan African Investment Portfolio (LAP) owns a 69 per cent stake, told The EastAfrican that the UN sanctions on the company have not been lifted.

“The UN Security Council Committee was here two weeks ago and the sanctions on Libyan Investment Authority are still on in the member states,” Mr Nyakairu said. The problem with Libyan assets in Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia and several countries in West Africa is that the Security Council is yet to establish if they were personal holdings of the Gaddafi family or belonged to the Libyan government.

The North African country used its oil wealth to invest outside Libya in the telecommunications sector in Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Niger, Guinea Conakry and Benin; it has interests in hotels, textile manufacturing and food processing in Uganda, as well as oil engineering and retail businesses in Kenya and Uganda.

Established with $5 billion worth of investment capital under General People’s Decree No. 15 in 2006, LAP was supervised by Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which oversees the spending of oil dollars.

Of grave concern for the Security Council, however, is that LIA was controlled by the Gaddafi family and close associates of his regime. Hence, it is not clear whether LAP was a government investment vehicle or whether it was fused with the Gaddafi family holdings.

Thus Libyan investments in many African countries under the LAP remain a subject of restrictions even after the United States, the UN and European Union have lifted sanctions against Tripoli.

Lifting of sanctions

In December last year, the UN lifted sanctions on assets and financial institutions whose ownership was clear, top of these being the Libyan Central Bank, thus clearing billions of dollars that Libya held overseas to be unfrozen, easing the cash crisis for the new Tripoli government, the National Transitional Council (NTC). The NTC has appealed to the Security Council in vain to have more Libyan assets unfrozen as the new regime grapples with the problems of reconstruction in a country whose infrastructure was badly damaged by Nato bombing in support of the local uprising from March to October 2011.

East African states had earlier stated that they would hand over Libya’s assets to the NTC government once the African Union officially recognised it as the fully-fledged authority in Tripoli, which it was expected to during its recently concluded Summit in Addis Ababa. However, the Summit did not debate the issue as it could trigger more tensions between the AU and the UN. In a telephone interview last week, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula told The EastAfrican that the African Union has no mandate to decide the fate of the country’s investments. “Libya invested in individual states and not the jurisdiction of the African Union,” he said. “As far as Libyan investments (in Kenya) are concerned, they remain protected, and nobody will misappropriate them.”

Mr Wetangula said Libya’s investment in Kenya belongs to a sovereign state and will only be handed over to NTC upon request.

By contrast, the Ugandan government, which enjoyed warm relations with Gaddafi’s Libya, is keen to hand Libyan assets to the NTC, according to State Minister of Foreign Affairs Henry Okello-Oryem. “Uganda in line with the UN Security Council, which is lifting sanctions on Libya’s assets throughout the world, is willing to return the Libyan companies including UTL and Tropical Bank to resume operations normally,” he said. “We have already informed the foreign ministry of Libya and it is up to them to decide when they are to start managing their business.”

Now another twist has been added to this development. Influential local businessmen have obtained a court order to block the NTC from taking over the 49 per cent Libyan shareholding, worth about Ush48 billion ($21.1 million), in the National Housing and Construction Company.

The businessmen claim that Tripoli owes their firm Southern Investments $9.5 million for management services they rendered to the Libyans in 2001 to recover a debt of $167 million from the Uganda government.

Political analysts have interpreted this as a sign of Uganda’s hostility towards the new order in Tripoli. “We as a country are now hostile to the new regime in Tripoli. So all these issues start coming up,” said Charles Rwomushana, politician and geopolitical analyst, who has also worked in the office of the president.