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Monday, April 9th, 2018


TANZANIA: Vodacom Tanzania picks Safaricom executive as its new managing director

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Vodacom Tanzania VODA.TZ on Monday named Safaricom’s (SCOM.NR) head of consumer business as its new managing director to lead the company that listed in Dar es Salaam last year amid government efforts to expand local ownership of the industry. Sylvia Mulinge, who has been at Safaricom since 2006, will take over on June 1, Vodacom Tanzania, a unit of South Africa’s Vodacom Group (VODJ.J), said in a statement. She will replace Ian Ferrao who joined Vodacom Tanzania three years ago. Ferrao decided not to renew his contractRead More

TRUMP: Office of Trump long time lawyer raided by FBI

FILE – Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, steps out of a cab during his arrival on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 19, 2017. VOA – The FBI has raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen and seized documents, including those related to Trump’s alleged affair with an adult film star, The New York Times reported. Stephen Ryan, Cohen’s attorney, said federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant after a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. Ryan called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The TimesRead More

ZAMBIA Bonds sink on debt concern

The New Government Complex facility stands in Lusaka, Zambia, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg Zambia’s Bonds Sink on Concern It’s Pulling a Mozambique on Debt BLOOMBERG – Investors fretting that Zambia may have more debt than it’s let on have sent the nation’s Eurobonds tumbling. Yields on the copper-producing country’s $1.25 billion amortizing bonds due in 2027 rose as much as 54 basis points, the most since February 2016, before paring the increase to 50 basis points by 4:35 p.m. in London. At 8.45 percent, the yieldRead More

Free to Use and Reuse: Cycling Season Has Arrived!

Free to Use and Reuse: Cycling Season Has Arrived! By Wendi Maloney Published April 09, 2018 at 04:38PM Julia Obear, a bicycle messenger, wears the hat of the National Women’s Party while cycling in 1922. On Sunday night, July 16, 1895, Hattie Strage of Chicago was arrested and fined for disorderly conduct. Her offense? Bicycling over the city’s fashionable South Side boulevards “arrayed in a bloomer suit consisting of flesh-colored tights and a short jacket.” Women’s cycling attire was a subject of intense scrutiny at the dawn of the goldenRead More

SOMALIA: Somaliland elders approve ‘historic’ law criminalising rape

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rapists in Somaliland face up to 20 years in jail after the break-away conservative Islamic region passed its first law against rape in a drive to combat gender violence, a senior official said on Monday. The bill, which passed parliament’s upper house on Saturday, also criminalises other forms of gender violence such as forced marriage, trafficking for sexual slavery and sexual harassment. Ayan Mahamoud, Somaliland’s representative in Britain, said the draft law had been awaiting parliamentary approval for years – and that President Musa BihiRead More

DRCONGO: 6 game rangers killed in ambush at Virunga National Park

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo say five park rangers and a driver have been killed in an attack at the Virunga National Park. The park, which is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas, confirmed the ambush Monday in a statement. It said a sixth ranger was wounded. While there was no immediately claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on militia groups that are active in and around the famed wildlife park. Virunga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to about one-fourth of the remaining mountain gorillas inRead More

TANZANIA: Information minister wants Air Tanzania to hire beauty contestants

BUSINESS DAILY AFRICA – A Tanzanian minister says women participating in the Miss Tanzania beauty pageant should be considered for employment at the State-run airline Air Tanzania (ATCL).Information, Culture, Arts and Sports minister Harrison Mwakyembe argues that by recruiting them, the beauty competition will be seen as a bridge to success for Tanzania’s beautiful ladies. Dr Mwakyembe spoke on Saturday while officiating this year’s Miss Tanzania’s pageant. READ: Tanzania receives third aircraft in plan to revive national carrier Criteria He said he believes participants in the beauty contest have all theRead More

REFUGEES: Sudan Mukjar Camp to Close as Chadian Refugees Return Home

Over 8,300 Chadian refugees were living in Sudan prior to the start of the voluntary return at the end of 2017 KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 9, 2018/ — After more than 10 years of hosting Chadian refugees in Central Darfur, Mukjar refugee camp in Central Darfur is set to close, as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Commissioner of Refugees (COR) assisted the last refugees to return to their home country. On Friday 6 April 2018, over 500 Chadian refugees still living in Mukjar camp were provided with return packagesRead More

UGANDA: One person electrocuted on William Street

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Power distributor Umeme says on Monday at around 3:30pm, an unfortunate incident occurred in which a person got electrocuted by live transformer conductor along William Street, Kampala. Initial findings indicate that the victim was seated on a ground-mounted transformer while having lunch. Umeme’s technical team went on the ground to ensure that all safety precautions are maintained. “We appeal to the public to be vigilant and take precaution in the surrounding of electronic installation,” Umeme said in a statement. It added: “Please report any form of broken electricalRead More

UGANDA: Court refuses to call Kadaga, summons Gen Muhoozi for Age Limit

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – The Constitutional Court on Monday declined a request to summon the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in a ruling read by Justice Kenneth Kakuru. Court, however, granted an application to summon Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, Sergeant at arms Ahmed Kagoye and a host of other government officials. Among the summoned officials are; Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi, and Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, who will be cross-examined over events leading to the passing of the age limit bill last year. Petitioners in the matter include;Read More