May 28, 2018

Head of Kenya youth agency arrested in $78m corruption scandal

Head of Kenya youth agency arrested in $78m corruption scandal Image copyright Reuters Image caption The multi-million dollar scandal was brought to light by suppliers who had not been paid Kenyan police have arrested the head of a government youth agency as part of an investigation into the alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings (£59m; $78m). National Youth Service (NYS) Director General Richard Ndubai was detained, while 40 civil servants and 14 private sector officials were charged. The missing funds were allegedly stolen in a scheme involving senior government officials and ghost suppliers. This is the second corruption scandal to hit NYS in the last three years. Africa Live: Updates on this and other news stories Is Kenya serious about tackling corruption? Kenya country profile Kenya's chief prosecutor Noordin Mohamed Haji told a news conference that he would examine the alleged role of banks in the scandal, Reuters reports. The probe is seen as a blow against President U..
May 27, 2018

How the US and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes

How the US and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump's "America First" stance on global trade has hit Rwanda, by imposing tariffs on clothing exports from the tiny East African nation. The issue revolves around an obscure import, second-hand clothes, and Rwanda's refusal to back down from the fight. When did the dispute start?In March 2018, the US gave Rwanda 60 days' notice that it would be suspending the landlocked country from selling clothes to America duty free - a status it enjoys under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Agoa is the flagship US trade legislation designed to boost trade and investment in qualifying African countries by granting duty-free access to 6,500 exported products. "The president's determinations underscore his commitment to enforcing our trade laws and ensuring fairness in our trade relationships," Deputy US Trade Representative CJ Mahoney said at the time. Those 60 d..
May 27, 2018

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali ‘spiderman’ stuns France with Paris child rescue

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali 'spiderman' stuns France with Paris child rescue Image copyright Facebook Image caption Oblivious to the danger, Mamoudou Gassama rapidly pulled himself from balcony to balcony A Malian migrant has been hailed a hero after he scaled the front of a building in Paris to save a child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony. Video of Mamoudou Gassama's spectacular rescue went viral on social media. In less than a minute he pulls himself from balcony to balcony and grabs the four-year-old as a neighbour tries to hold the child from an adjoining flat. President Emmanuel Macron has invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday to thank him personally. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised the 22-year-old's heroism and said she had called him to thank him. The drama was captured in a video posted on Facebook. She referred to him as the "Spiderman of the 18th", referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place. Image copyright Facebook Ima..
May 27, 2018

ECOWAS MEDIATION POLICY DOCUMENTS LAUNCHED IN ABUJA

The Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Mediation Guidelines (EMG) and the Dialogue and Meditation Curriculum (DMC) were launched in Abuja, on Thursday, 24th May 2018. In a remark during the launch ceremony of the Two policy documents, the Commissioner of Finance of the ECOWAS Commission, Mrs. Halima Ahmed told the Diplomatic Community that the organization developed the “ECOWAS Mediation Guidelines to inform and impact on effective mediation processes in the ECOWAS Region and West Africa”. The Mediation Guidelines, Mrs. Ahmed said, were conceived as tools to guide the ECOWAS Commission’s efforts in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in the ECOWAS region taking into consideration the lessons learnt from past efforts and best practices from successful mediation processes. Consequently, Mrs. Ahmed called on stakeholders including ECOWAS-appointed mediators, special envoys and the ECOWAS Council of the Wise to utilize, publicize as well as promote the strate..
May 27, 2018

ECOWAS TRADE MINISTERS MOVE TO IMPROVE REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION

Ministers of Trade from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have moved to strengthen economic integration among Member States by urging them to adopt and present a common position based on regional instruments at the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations. This was one of the key recommendations of the Ministers during the regional meeting which held on 24th May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria in order deliberate on trade policies which included the West Africa- European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the ECOWAS Common Trade Policy (CTP). The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, who was represented by the Commissions’ Vice-President, Madam Finda Koroma stated that the meeting showed the shared objective of Member States of delivering the region from poverty, food insecurity and entrenching prosperity among Community citizens. President Brou highlighted several developments in the areas of trade and customs in t..
May 26, 2018

Migrant crisis: Smugglers ‘shot escaping migrants’ in Libya

Migrant crisis: Smugglers 'shot escaping migrants' in Libya Image copyright MSF Image caption MSF says the survivors receiving treatment are mostly teenagers People smugglers opened fire on a group of 100 migrants attempting to flee their clutches in northern Libya, aid agency MSF reports. Twenty-five injured survivors received hospital treatment in the town of Bani Walid. MSF says they reported at least 15 people were killed and dozens more, mostly women, were left behind. Libya has become a key point on the route of sub-Saharan African migrants trying to reach Europe by sea. The country has been in turmoil since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Power is dispersed between different militias and two rival governments, allowing illegal activities to thrive. 'Used as a slave' in a Libyan detention centre 'Slave market' footage sparks outrage Jailed and ransomed in Libya 'I was sold three times by slave traders' MSF says the survivors receiving..
May 26, 2018

Afreximbank President Dr. Oramah Promotes Intra-Regional Trade as a Catalyst for Economic Growth in Africa

Cairo, 25 May 2018(CABNCTV) – Intra-regional trade can only be expected to expand economic growth and development if there is improved access to market information, Dr. Benedict Oramah, […]
May 26, 2018

Africa Day: 55th celebration of Africa Day in Ankara

Ankara,Turkey May 25,(CABNC TV)-His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey delivered a keynote speech at the 55th celebration of Africa Day in Ankara, Turkey. Ambassador Thomas K. […]
May 26, 2018

Uganda bus crash kills at least 22, including children

Uganda bus crash kills at least 22, including children At least 22 people, including three children, have been killed in a bus crash in northern Uganda, police said. The bus hit a tractor that was driving with no lights at night and then a truck, police spokeswoman Emilian Kayima told the AFP news agency. The accident happened on Friday night in Kiryandongo, about 220km (140 miles) north of the capital Kampala. "Evacuation teams are working tirelessly to rescue the injured," Ms Kayima said. Some local media reports put the death toll higher than 30. Uganda has among the world's worst road safety records. More than 9,500 people died in a road accident in the country between 2015 and 2017, according to official figures.
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