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Friday, March 30th, 2018


SOUTH SUDAN: Machar family slams IGAD ‘complicity’ but not Museveni betrayal

Opposition leader Riek Machar speaking from an undisclosed location in South Sudan, 29 April 2014.AFP Photo:UNMISS/Isaac Alebe Avoro The family of South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar say they’re disappointed in a decision by the East African regional bloc IGAD to impose conditions on his release. The former vice president has been under house arrest in South Africa since 2016. On Monday 26 March, the Council of ministers of the regional bloc called for South Sudan’s former vice president to be freed from house arrest in Johannesburg. “Every time weRead More

KENYA: Uhuru gives $400 per cow to those whose cattle were sold by Magufuli

THE EAST AFRICAN – Kenyan herders, whose cattle was sold in neighbouring Tanzania for grazing across the border, have received big relief after the Kenyan government released a Ksh53 million ($530,000) compensation package for the loss. The 22 livestock keepers from the border Kajiado County lost 1,325 animals after Tanzania confiscated and auctioned them on grounds that they were illegally in the neighbouring country. The $530,000 compensation package translates to Ksh40,000 ($400) for each animal lost in the raid. Kenya’s Director of Livestock Production Julius Kiptarus said Wednesday that theRead More

RWANDA: Kagame auctions off Rwigara family assets

Rwanda auctions assets belonging to jailed critic of President Kagame KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwandan authorities on Wednesday sold assets belonging to the family of a woman who was barred from standing against President Paul Kagame at an election last year and then jailed pending trial for alleged incitement to insurrection. Anne Rwigara, representative of business at the Premier Tobacco Company, addresses the media during an auction of assets belonging to the family of Diane Shima Rwigara, a prominent critic of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame, in Kigali, Rwanda March 28, 2018.Read More

ENERGY: Oil report for March 30, 2018

OILPRICE.COM – Oil prices closed out the first quarter on a high note, with Brent hovering around $70 and WTI at $65. Rising geopolitical concerns – declines in Venezuela and fears that the U.S. will step up confrontation with Iran – are elevating crude prices. OPEC and Russia consider 10- to 20-year alliance. There have been rumors for some time that OPEC and Russia are looking at ways of institutionalizing their cooperation beyond the current production cut agreement, which may or may not expire at the end of this year.Read More

#BlackLivesMatter: Sacramento cops shot Stephon Clark 7 times from behind – autopsy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police (all times local): A pathologist hired by attorneys for the family of an unarmed man killed by Sacramento police says an independent autopsy shows Stephon Clark was shot seven times from behind and took up to 10 minutes to die. Dr. Bennet Omalu told a news conference Friday that Clark was shot in the right back side of the neck and had a cluster of wounds in the upper right side ofRead More

SLAVES: Mauritania court gives toughest sentence for slave owners

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionActivists have long demanded an end to slavery in Mauritania BBC – Two slave owners in Mauritania have been jailed in a country where slavery remains widespread but convictions rare, activists say. The sentences of 10 and 20 years are said to be the toughest-ever for the crime in the West African country. Slavery was outlawed in 1981 but 1% of the population are still living in bondage, human rights groups say. Black people of certain ethnic groups are often enslaved as domestic workers by lighter-skinned Mauritanians.Read More

SPACE: ET returns to earth, captured on video

X-Flight: Dangerously Close UFO Encounter With Plane Caught on Video (WATCH) CC0 SPUTNIK – An Argentine pilot had an extremely close encounter with unidentified flying objects; luckily he was able to record a video clip of the X-Files-like experience with the help of his trusty smartphone. The video clip of two mysterious flying objects passing just meters in front of a cockpit at high speeds has made a buzz on YouTube. An Argentinian veteran pilot filmed two UFOs out of his cockpit which had passed dangerously close to his privateRead More

AFRICA: How Trump determined eligibility of AGOA, excluded Rwanda

President Trump Determines Trade Preference Program Eligibility For Rwanda, Tanzania, And Uganda Washington, DC (OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE) – The President determined today the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In response to a petition filed by the U.S. used clothing industry in March 2017, the Administration initiated an out-of-cycle review of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda’s AGOA eligibility regarding their decisions to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear.  The review foundRead More

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE: Airport operator threatens to shut down airports, dictator seeks IMF bailout

Congo Airport Manager Threatens to Suspend Operations Over DebtElie Smith Aeroports du Congo, a unit of Groupe Egis of France, threatened to halt operations at three airports it manages because of debts owed by the government. The state owes the company 5 billion CFA francs ($9 million), including value-added tax refunds and landing fees, Director-General Jean-Michel Ratron said in a statement emailed from the capital, Brazzaville. The company is unable to pay its own bills for water, electricity and security because of the debt, he said. Aerco operates three airportsRead More

ZIMBABWE: Grace Mugabe’s farm invaded by gold diggers

Image copyrightREUTERSImage caption Grace Mugabe developed the farm while her husband was presidentIllegal workers have invaded the farm of former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe to mine for gold. Reporters from the Zimbabwean newspaper Newsday found them uprooting lemon trees, digging shafts and loading gold ore into lorries. After unsuccessfully confronting them on Thursday, Mrs Mugabe reported the matter to the police. The farm is in Mazowe, where she had forcefully evicted villagers in 2015 – while her husband was still in power. Why we love to hate despots’ wivesRead More