Africa

Fri
22
Sep

Ghana will respond after ITLOS decision – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo says his government will not make any pronouncements on the yet to be delivered judgment on the maritime border dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Akufo-Addo maintains that a lot of work is ongoing on how best to handle the outcome of the three year dispute.

The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is expected to give its ruling on the matter on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

The landmark ruling is also expected to at least bring finality to the litigation between Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Speaking to the Bloomberg in the USA, President Akufo Addo stressed that the judgment will inform his government’s decision going forward.

“The ruling is on Saturday and we are waiting to see what decision will be made and we will see how best we will enforce the decision of the court.

Thu
21
Sep

FULL TEXT: Akufo-Addo’s address at the 72nd session of United Nations’ General Assembly

Mr. President, Your Excellencies.

It has been sixty years since my country, Ghana, became a member of this Organisation. We joined at our independence some twelve years after the first meeting of the Organisation in San Francisco, and Ghana has been an active participant in the United Nations since then.

I want, Mr President, to thank the United Nations for the honour done Ghana by my appointment, by the Secretary General, as co-Chair of the Group of Advocates of Eminent Persons of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to continue in the position that was held by my predecessor as President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama. This mark of trust in Ghana’s leaders is a matter of justifiable pride for the Ghanaian people, a trust I pledge to uphold.

On 25 September, 2015, when the SDGs were adopted, there were sceptics who feared that the goals were too many and too complex to be successfully tackled, even with concerted effort.

Thu
21
Sep

Kenya election: Poll body delays re-run by nine days

Kenya's new presidential election has been delayed to 26 October, after the country's polls commission sought more time to reform voting processes.

The re-run had originally been scheduled for 17 October. The move came as President Uhuru Kenyatta accused the country's Supreme Court, which annulled the first vote, of staging a "coup" against the people.

Observers fear Kenya's political temperature is rising, reviving fears of political violence. Around 1,200 people died in clashes after a disputed 2007 presidential vote.

A supporter of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition reacts during a protest outside Kenya's Supreme Court in Nairobi, on 20 September, 2017.

"A coup in Kenya has just been done by the four people in the Supreme Court," Mr Kenyatta said during a televised meeting with supporters.

Thu
21
Sep

US will help Africa defeat terrorism – Trump

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has reiterated the commitment of his country to partner with the African Union to end violence, prevent the spread of terrorism, and to respond to humanitarian crises on the African continent.

“Terrorist groups, such as ISIS, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and al Qaeda also threaten African peace. The United States is proud to work with you to eradicate terrorist safe havens, to cut off their finances, and to discredit their depraved ideology,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday, at the side-lines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, after he held talks with President Akufo-Addo and seven other African Heads of State.

Mon
18
Sep

Biafra separatists sponsored by Nigerian government's opponents - Minister

A Nigerian minister accused the government’s political opponents of sponsoring a campaign for secession in part of southeast Nigeria formerly known as Biafra, where unrest has been rising.

Secessionist sentiment has simmered in the southeast since the Biafra separatist rebellion plunged Africa’s most populous country into a civil war in 1967-70 that killed an estimated one million people.

Campaigners from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have intensified calls for secession since their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was released on bail in April. He was detained nearly two years on charges of criminal conspiracy and belonging to an illegal society.

The military on Friday labelled IPOB a “terrorist organisation” after a week in which it was accused of surrounding Kanu’s home in the southeastern Abia state, which it denied, and a curfew was imposed in the state.

Thu
14
Sep

South Africa student fights to keep thesis during robbery

The prospect of losing the only copy of her master's thesis during a robbery was just too much for one South African student to bear.
Noxolo Ntusi, 26, grappled with armed attackers to hold on to it during the incident in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
"There's no way I will let them take it," she told the BBC.
But she also said her actions were "not very smart" and advised others to give robbers what they ask for. "You can always write again," she said.
Ms Ntusi, a medical scientist at the National Health Laboratory Service, had her molecular zoology master's thesis on a hard drive when a car drew up beside her and two men jumped out, one brandishing a gun.
But while the attackers were able to take her lunch bag, Ms Ntusi refused to let go of the bag containing the hard drive.
"I was thinking about my masters. I'm almost done with what I'm writing, there's no way I will let them take it," she said.

Thu
14
Sep

Uganda's Makerere University investigates degree cheats

One of Africa's most prestigious universities is investigating how 300 students managed to get their degree results changed.
Uganda's Makerere University discovered that the students' marks had been tampered with in 2015.
It is thought that some people responsible for managing the results system were behind the changes, Vice-Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe said.
They are being investigated and the students' degrees have been withheld.
The BBC's Patience Atuhaire in the capital, Kampala, says that the university-wide investigation will compare questionable degrees with students' result papers and exam results submitted by lecturers and colleges to their deans, going back to 2011. It will also look at the academic registrar's records.
Two years ago, 600 students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were removed from the graduation list, after a whistle-blower pointed out that their marks were lower than the pass mark for their courses.

Mon
11
Sep

Kenyan lawmaker, former senator arrested over hate speech

Kenyan police detained a lawmaker from the ruling party and a former opposition senator on Monday over allegations of hate speech, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

Reported instances of hate speech have risen sharply since Sept. 1, when the Supreme Court annulled the results of last month’s presidential election.

The surprise ruling, the first of its kind in Africa, voided the win of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities in the tallying process.

“Moses Kuria, a member of parliament and Johnson Muthama, a former senator, have been arrested on hate speech allegations,” ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told Reuters by phone.

Njoka did not give details on why the two politicians had been arrested, and police did not respond to queries.

Last week, Kuria gave a public speech calling for a “manhunt” for supporters of veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, who had greeted the court ruling with jubilation.

Mon
11
Sep

Somali army regains control of border town after deadly al Shabaab attack

Somali government forces have regained control of a town on the border with Kenya after al Shabaab militants stormed an army base there on Monday, causing heavy clashes in which at least 17 people died, the military said.

Islamist insurgents attacked the base at Balad Hawo early in the morning with a car suicide bombing before entering the compound, both sides said.

“We were awoken by a suicide car bomb this morning and then fierce battle followed,” Major Mohamed Abdullahi told Reuters from the town.

“We chased al Shabaab out of the town,” he said.

Al Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said the group’s fighters left the town after releasing 35 prisoners from the local jail. At least 30 soldiers were killed, he said.

According to the military official, at least 10 soldiers and seven al Shabaab militants were killed, though the death toll on both sides could still rise.

Fri
08
Sep

Kenyan opposition leader asks public to fund his campaign

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has asked supporters to fund his campaign ahead of the presidential election re-run set for 17 October.

Mr Odinga's political fortunes were revived after the Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's win in last month's election citing "irregularities and illegalities".

He told a media briefing in the capital, Nairobi, that "anybody who wants to go to Canaan should buy a ticket" by sending money to the party's bank and mobile money accounts.

Mr Odinga is casting himself as the biblical Joshua who will lead Kenyans to the promised land, Canaan.

The opposition leader has said in the past that he opposes the 17 October date, and would prefer a date later in the month.

He has even suggested that forthcoming national examinations for primary and secondary students should be postponed to accommodate the poll, which must be held before 1 November.

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