1Salvaging Central African Republic’s Image
For almost six years of civil war, the Central African Republic’s military has struggled to restore peace. Fighting with rebels and militias has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, while accusations of human rights abuses and ethnic bias have left some civilians in fear of their protectors. The CAR minister of defense, Marie-Noëlle Koyara, hopes to change course. She’s leading efforts to rebuild the military’s reputation and restore the country’s security.
2Zambia has Great Potential to be the Breadbasket of Southern Africa
During the extreme El Niño drought of 2015-2016, Zambia successfully yielded a food surplus and exported vital produce to neighbouring countries in need. Prolonged dry spells between November 2017 and January 2018 mean this year’s maize crop will be less, but despite this the carryover stock of maize totals 844,200 tons, leaving an exportable surplus of 341,300 tons.
3How a Household or Company in Africa Manages and Keeps Track of its Energy Use
Figures from ABI Research support the view that Africa is beginning to leap onto the smart metering bandwagon. Figures show that smart meter shipments to the Africa/ Middle East region are predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 36.6 percent between 2011 and 2022. Revenues of companies involved in smart metering are set to grow by an equivalent 35.4 percent over the same period.
SOURCES: Ventures Africa
4Lies about Uganda’s Refugee Programme
A Ugandan government investigation into alleged fraud over refugee numbers has confirmed that previous figures were exaggerated by 300,000. An official inquiry, conducted since March by the office of the prime minister and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, found that Uganda hosts 1.1 million refugees rather than 1.4 million. The investigation followed allegations that senior officials had inflated figures and mismanaged the funds meant to support them.
5Flights from Africa to Across the Globe are Expanding
Passengers on Kenya Airways’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner took a historic 15-hour flight from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to New York. The new route aims to keep the national carrier competitive against a number of African airlines that already provide direct flights to the US from the continent including Egypt Air and South African Airways. The move is part of wider expansion plans by African airlines. Ethiopian Airlines launched new routes from Addis Ababa to Jakarta, Indonesia, Geneva, Switzerland, and Chicago this year, while Air Tanzania also announced new direct flights to Uganda and Burundi.
6Mo Ibrahim Talks Some Hard-hitting Issues
Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim says governments, civil society, and media all need to have “a frank and open discussion” about population growth if they are to handle the issue well. That shouldn’t involve, he says, “imposing a one-child policy or by sterilization”—controversial plans that have been used previously to limit growth. If done right, that would involve empowering mothers and families to understand their right to choose when to have babies and how many, and ensuring prosperity for all.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
7The Double Trauma that Widows in Zimbabwe Face
Throughout rural areas, widows routinely find themselves harassed and exploited by in-laws claiming the property their husbands left behind, rights activists say. O’bren Nhachi, an activist and researcher focusing on natural resources and governance, said the problem has gotten worse in Chimanimani over the past few years, as the gold rush has pushed up the value of land.
8South Sudan Leader’s Homecoming
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba for the first time in more than two years on Wednesday for a ceremony to welcome the latest peace accord for the war-ravaged country.
SOURCES: Business Day Live
9Could the First Somali-American Win a Seat in US Congress?
Omar, a 36-year-old naturalized American citizen, said she is running for office to make sure fewer people have to struggle with the daily necessities of life, something she was shocked to find when she arrived in the United States as a refugee with her family at age 12.
10Seeing Double in this Nigerian Town
The Oyo State town has one of the highest birth rates of twins in the world. BBC Africa ‘What’s New’ asked some twins what they love about having a womb-mate.