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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
The Republic of Angola
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Kenya to seek extradition of Italian construction boss on corruption charges
NAIROBI - Kenya will seek the extradition of Paolo Porcelli, the Italian director of construction firm CMC di Ravenna, to face corruption charges related to the tenders for two dam projects, the director of public prosecutions told on Tuesday. ,

“We have the Italian individual, he has not managed to present himself so we will be seeking his extradition to come and face the charges here in Kenya. We will also issue an international arrest warrant,” said Noordin Haji.

CMC di Ravenna denied any wrongdoing in a statement on Monday.Reuters

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:24:19 GMT


Kenya's finance minister denies corruption charges
NAIROBI - Kenya’s Finance Minister Henry Rotich pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to corruption charges over the award of two dam tenders, a day after his detention in an unprecedented move against a sitting minister in a country notorious for graft. ,

Rotich, who spent the night in a police cell, is accused alongside other senior officials of conspiring to defraud the public, among other charges.

Dressed in a grey pinstripe suit and yellow tie, Rotich denied the charges before a packed court in Nairobi. Not all the 28 accused were in court, but all the others present also pleaded not guilty.

The case stems from an investigation into the misuse of funds in two dam projects planned in western Kenya, overseen by Italian construction company CMC Di Ravenna.

Kenya also charged a director of the company, Paolo Porcelli, in absentia with conspiracy to defraud the country. Kenya will seek his extradition from Italy, director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji said on Tuesday.

“We will also issue an international arrest warrant,” Haji told Reuters, adding that company had not complied with a request to give statements to Kenyan authorities, he said.

CMC di Ravenna denied wrongdoing on Monday. “CMC is certain of the correctness of the work of the company and its representatives,” it said in a statement, adding it had not been informed of any official communication from Kenyan authorities.

Officials of the company were not available for comment on Tuesday.

The two dams were budgeted to cost 46 billion shillings ($446 million) but the treasury borrowed 63 billion instead, Haji said on Monday, needlessly ratcheting up Kenya’s ballooning public debt, which stands at around 55% of GDP.Reuters

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:16:26 GMT


Nigeria's President Buhari submits list of cabinet nominees to Senate
ABUJA - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his list of cabinet nominees to the upper house of parliament, the Senate, on Tuesday. ,

The submission comes almost two months after Buhari began his second term, and some five months after he was re-elected, a delay that caused jitters amongst investors and threatened growth prospects for Africa’s largest economy.

 

Parliament is due to go on a two-month break at the end of the week, although it could delay this to confirm the nominees.

The list contains 43 names, though it did not specify which positions they would hold in cabinet.

 

The Senate has to approve nominees before they can become ministers, though the process can happen within a matter of days.

Buhari, a 76-year-old former military leader, faces a long list of challenges including tepid economic growth, high unemployment and widespread insecurity.Reuters

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:16:19 GMT


Tanzania president reinstates former state oil company chief
DAR ES SALAAM - The former head of Tanzania’s state company oil is being reinstated by Tanzanian President John Magufuli, after the executive was suspended in 2016 over claims of abuse of office, the presidency said. ,

James Mataragio, who was the managing director of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), was suspended by the company’s board from his post in August 2016.

 

The statement by the president’s office, seen by Reuters on Tuesday, gave no reason for his reinstatement. Mataragio had no

immediate comment.

 

Together with four other TPDC executives who were suspended at the same time, Mataragio was charged in court last year. It was not immediately clear what happened to the case.

Since his election in 2015, Magufuli has shaken up the Tanzanian economy by demanding higher royalty payments from mining firms and firing senior government officials accused of not doing their jobs properly.

Tanzania has estimated recoverable reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, most discovered off its southern coast.Reuters

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:16:13 GMT


Gambian army officer says ex-president Jammeh ordered journalist's death
BANJUL - A Gambian army officer has testified that he and two colleagues shot dead journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004 on orders from then- President Yahya Jammeh, providing the first direct account of the previously unexplained killing. ,

Hydara, a critic of Jammeh’s government and co-owner of the independent newspaper The Point, was killed on the outskirts of the West African country’s capital Banjul.

Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea in 2017 after losing a presidential election, bringing an end to 22 years in power marked by extrajudicial killings, torture and forced disappearances as well as the pilfering of state assets.

He has not been reachable for comment since leaving Gambia, but supporters in his homeland have dismissed investigations of him as a witch hunt.

Testifying late on Monday before a truth commission set up by President Adama Barrow’s government to investigate abuses under Jammeh, Lieutenant Malick Jatta said he was a member of Jammeh’s elite guard, known as the “junglers”. [nL8N1Z75LG]

 

Jatta said that on the day of the killing, the leader of the mission, Captain Tumbul Tamba, Jatta and two other soldiers, Alieu Jen and Sana Manjang, picked up a car from Jammeh’s residence in the town of Kanifing.

“Tamba was speaking to Jammeh by phone,” said Jatta. “He was saying to him, ‘Yes Sir, Your Excellency.’”

“We met a car and Tamba, who was driving, said, ‘This is the idiot’(Hydara) and he ordered us to shoot,” Jatta said. “I shot at him...My colleagues Alieu Jeng and Sana Manjang also fired.”

Jatta said he was paid 50,000 dalasai ($1,000) for the hit. He said he only learned the following day that the target had been Hydara, who also worked for Agence France-Presse and Reporters Without Borders.

Tamba died several years ago. The whereabouts of Jeng and Manjang are not known and they could not be reached for comment.

 

Gambian investigators have accused Jammeh of a number of other crimes, including ordering the killing in 2005 of about 50 migrants who he feared had come to overthrow him. Most of their bodies were dumped down a well in neighbouring Senegal.

Gambia’s justice minister said in March that Jammeh had personally stolen at least $362 million from the state during his presidency. [nL8N21G643]

Members of Jammeh’s political party have denied such accusations of human rights abuses and corruption.Reuters

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:16:05 GMT


South African court orders Zambia to halt liquidation of Vedanta unit assets
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s High Court on Tuesday granted Vedanta Resources an urgent interdict halting the liquidation of its Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) unit in Zambia until a final decision is made through arbitration. ,

Vedanta has been locked in a dispute with the Zambian government since May when it appointed a liquidator to run KCM, which is 20% owned by Zambia’s state mining company ZCCM and the rest by Vedanta. Zambia accused KCM of breaching the terms of its licence.

The dispute in Africa’s second-largest copper producer has intensified concerns among international miners about resource nationalism in Africa.

Mumbai-listed Vedanta denies that KCM has broken the terms of its licence and says it will defend its assets in the southern African country.

 

South African High Court Judge Leicester Adams said on Tuesday in a ruling seen as a big win for Vedanta that wind-up proceedings must be immediately withdrawn until a final decision is made following arbitration.

“Pending the final determination of the arbitration, the first respondent is interdicted and restrained from taking any further steps in the furtherance and prosecution of the winding up proceedings,” he said.

Vedanta welcomed the decision and said it was committed to resolving the dispute. The legal counsel for ZCCM declined to comment.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling would be binding in Zambia.

 

Vedanta had sought the urgent order in South Africa to prevent KCM from being wound up, arguing that the dispute should be subject to arbitration, which cannot happen if the Zambian government is pursuing a new investor.

Zambia’s mines minister said last week that it expects bids for the KCM business to be submitted within weeks by nine companies from Russia, Turkey, Australia, Canada and China.Reuters

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:15:58 GMT


South Africa's Kumba Iron Ore H1 earnings more than treble
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore Ltd on Tuesday reported a 239% surge in half-year earnings, boosted by higher iron ore prices and a weaker rand/dollar exchange rate. ,

The company, a unit of Anglo American, posted headline earnings of 10.1 billion rand ($725.48 million).

Headline earnings per share (HEPS) were 31.51 rand in the six months ended June 30, compared with 14.51 rand a year earlier.

 

HEPS is the primary profit measure in South Africa that strips out certain one-off items.

Total revenue jumped 77% to 34.5 billion rand, largely driven by a 57% increase in iron ore prices to $108 per tonne and the rand weakening by an average 16% against the dollar.

Total sales volumes were flat at 21.4 million tonnes (NOT 21,400 tonnes), compared with 21.2 million tonnes (NOT 21,200 tonnes) a year ago.

 

“For the second half of the year, we aim to improve our safety performance, increase production volumes and deliver on our full-year 700 million rand cost-savings target while continuing to achieve optimal market premia,” Chief Executive Officer Themba Mkhwananzi said.

($1 = 13.9218 rand)Reuters

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:15:52 GMT


Libyan warplane makes emergency landing on road in southern Tunisia
TUNIS - A Libyan warplane made an emergency landing on a road in the southern Tunisian town of Beni Khadash on Monday and its pilot has been detained, according to Tunisia’s state news agency TAP. ,

The Tunisian Ministry of Defence said the pilot informed the authorities that he was forced to make the landing due to damage to his plane.

Tunisia’s air force prepared to intercept the L-39 warplane but it landed before it could be reached, the ministry said in a statement on its website.Reuters

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Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:42:59 GMT


Amplats H1 earnings jump on higher PGM prices
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) half-year earnings more than doubled after higher metals prices and a stock count adjustment lifted profit, the company said on Monday. ,

Amplats said headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to June 30 rose to 28.15 rand ($2.02)per share, an increase of 120%, compared with 12.82 rand a year earlier.

The precious metals producer declared an interim dividend of 11 rand per share, compared with 3.74 rand during the same period a year ago.

($1 = 13.9313 rand)Reuters

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Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:39:36 GMT


FIFA's African football takeover plan set for court challenge
CAPE TOWN - FIFA’s plan to take over the running of African football is set to face a possible roadblock with an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) saying he will challenge the decision in court. ,

Hasan Bility, who is from Liberia and a CAF executive committee member for last two years, said he will ask the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport to declare invalid the agreement by which FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura will be sent on a secondment to overhaul the African governing body.

Bility said he also wants to ask the court to compel CAF to start a forensic audit of its finances, which he said the executive committee had previously agreed to but CAF president Ahmad Ahmad then stalled.

CAF is in crisis following corruption allegations against Ahmad which he has denied.

Ahmad was reported in March to FIFA’s ethics committee for alleged corruption and harassment by CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy. Fahmy was then fired.

He was detained in June by French police in Paris where he was questioned over a sportswear deal between CAF and a French company in which the African body is said to have paid exorbitant prices for equipment it could have got much cheaper directly from the manufacturers.

In a statement released to the media on Monday, former Liberian Football Association president Bility said Ahmad must resign and the proposed FIFA takeover be cancelled.

 

“In an attempt to salvage CAF from imminent implosion and irreversible reputational damage, FIFA proposed a poorly conceptualised and worse executed agreement,” Bility said.

“Logically, and in a sane world, the acquiescence by the CAF leadership that they have been unable to manage their own affairs ought to have been followed by quick resignation of its top leaders.

“It is clear to me and many others that the agreement as currently structured has the sole purpose of shielding and cleansing CAF President Ahmad from the crimes he has committed – financial impropriety, sexual harassment and nepotism.”

FIFA has confirmed there is an ethics investigation into Ahmad, although he was yet to be sanctioned.

Ahmad has not responded to Reuters’ requests for comment on the specific allegations against him.

Bility also claimed FIFA President Gianni Infantino has seized on the opportunity to get rid of his secretary general.

“Infantino has thus seized this opportunity to offer Fatma a ‘golden parachute’ into a confederation job to pave the way for her eventual replacement at the helm of FIFA,” he said.

 

FIFA on Monday told Reuters it had no further comment to add to last week’s release of an 11-point road map to help African football.

Infantino claimed last week that the unprecedented move to step in and administer African football would “significantly improve” the sport in the continent.Reuters

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Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:25:10 GMT