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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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South Africa's Zuma may challenge decision to prosecute him- eNCA
JOHANNESBURG - Former South African president Jacob Zuma may challenge a prosecutor’s decision to reinstate corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, news broadcaster eNCA said on Saturday. ,

Zuma, who was forced to resign by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) last month, was at the centre of a 1990s deal to buy European military kit that has cast a shadow over politics in South Africa for years.

Chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams told a media conference on Friday that Zuma’s attempts to head off the charges hanging over him for more than a decade had failed.

He said the 75-year-old Zuma denies all the allegations against him.

Zuma’s lawyer Michael Hulley said the reason behind Abrahams’ decision was not clear from the “one-page and somewhat terse response” received from him “advising that the representations made on behalf of Zuma were unsuccessful,” eNCA said on its news website.

“In the circumstances, the likely course of action would be to take the decision of the NDPP (National Director of Public Prosecutions) on review. The decision will however only be made after careful consideration and consultation with Mr Zuma,” Hulley was quoted as saying in a screengrabbed text.

Zuma will face 16 charges relating to 783 instances of alleged wrongdoing, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said on Friday.

Twelve are of fraud, one of racketeering, two of corruption and one of money laundering. Reuters


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:52:51 GMT

Auction starts for seized Western Sahara phosphate cargo in S.Africa
CAPE TOWN - A sealed bid auction opened on Monday to buy 55,000 tonnes of phosphate onboard a ship seized by South African authorities last year over the Moroccan cargo from the disputed Western Sahara, the auctioneers said. ,

The Polisario Front, the political organisation representing Western Sahara, alleged the phosphate shipment en route to New Zealand was illegally taken from Western Sahara territory and went to court to have the cargo seized.


The Marshall Island-flagged ship, NM Cherry Blossom, has been in Port Elizabeth since May after a South African court ruled that the vessel should remain until the case goes to trial or security is posted.

The High Court in Port Elizabeth last month granted the sale order, which provides for the auction to run 30 calendar days from 19 March and for an independent analysis of the 55,000-tonne cargo, which includes 45,000 tonnes of high-grade phosphate.


“An updated laboratory analysis of the samples will be available this week to determine physical and chemical properties of the cargo,” Clear Asset Auctioneers’ website said.

The starting bid for the cargo was $1 million.

The court case was a test of Polisario’s new legal tactic in its long-running conflict with Morocco over Western Sahara, a disputed territory where the two sides fought a war until a 1991 ceasefire and where U.N. talks have failed to reach an accord.

A Panama court last year dismissed a similar case by the Polisario to block a phosphate cargo in Panama, saying there was no evidence it belonged to the group and that the court was not the venue to judge political matters.

OCP, the world’s leading phosphate exporter, said at the time the South African court’s decision contradicted international law and that Polisario’s complaint was “a political matter disguised as a legal claim”.

Ahead of Monday’s auction, a Polisario executive member said they would be “happy with any result” from the sale.

“We hope there will be significant interest now that the title is clear and is backed by the high court ruling,” said Kamal Fadel, an executive member of the self-declared Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Petroleum and Mining Authority.

He told Reuters any monies raised would be transferred to SADR authorities and could be used to pursue similar cases.

“This is just the beginning and we plan to target anyone that deals illegally with our resources,” Fadel said. Reuters


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:51:11 GMT

UN condemns Congo's "unlawful" crackdown on protests
DAKAR - The United Nations condemned an “unlawful and unjustified” crackdown by Congolese security forces on anti-government protests that killed at least 47 people between Jan. 2017 and Jan. 2018, a report said on Monday. ,

The UN report said that Congolese authorities used lethal force on protestors and attempted to cover up rights abuses by hiding dead bodies after protests calling for President Joseph Kabila to arrange long delayed elections.  Reuters


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:48:58 GMT

Sisi's only challenger lays low ahead of Egyptian election
CAIRO - Days ahead of Egypt’s presidential election, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, the only candidate standing against incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is avoiding the limelight. ,

Moussa’s presidential bid seemed to come as a surprise even to his own party. Hours before the candidate nomination window closed in January, a member of his team was photographed running down a Cairo street to the election commission to make the deadline.


Until then, the obscure leader of the Ghad party had been organising events to endorse a second term for Sisi.

Moussa denies suggestions by critics that he is running just to provide a candidate other than Sisi in the election, but is still vocally supportive of the former general and army commander and has said he hopes he wins.

The former businessman’s apparent change of heart came after all other opposition candidates dropped out, citing intimidation of supporters, media vilification and an unfair campaigning environment after the arrest of the only serious challenger.

Egypt’s election commission says the vote will be free and fair, and Sisi’s campaign says no candidate wanting to run has been blocked, but the events around other challengers have all but guaranteed Sisi a landslide victory.

Moussa said in several interviews that leaving Sisi as the sole contender was “an image that was not suitable for Egypt.”

“We have a positive role to play in the competition, so (our bid) comes not just due to our nationalistic motivations - we also think we have ideas to offer,” Moussa said in a January appearance on a TV show.

Supporters say Sisi has brought more security since 2013, when as army chief he overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, though Egypt faces a stubborn Islamic State insurgency in the North Sinai region. Critics say Sisi’s popularity has been damaged by austerity reforms and a crackdown on political opponents, activists and independent media. Reuters


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:47:02 GMT

Tropical storm Eliakim kills 17 in Madagascar: authorities
ANTANANARIVO - At least 17 people died when a tropical storm hit eastern Madagascar over the weekend, authorities said. ,

More than 6,000 people were displaced by the storm, called Eliakim, the National Office of Risk and Disaster Management said in a statement late on Sunday.

The tropical storm hit the island’s Mananara region, 635 km north-east of Antananarivo, on Saturday night and had a wind speed of 85 km per hour and gusts of 120 km per hour.

In January, the island’s disaster management office said Tropical Cyclone Ava killed 51 people. Reuters


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:45:47 GMT

Burundi to hold referendum on extending presidential terms in May
NAIROBI - Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday set May 17 as the date for a referendum that could extend his rule for at least a decade. ,

The small and impoverished Central Africa nation has been unstable since 2015, when Nkurunziza decided to seek a third term in office that his opponents said was unconstitutional.


The referendum will decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five.


The proposed changes would limit the president to two consecutive terms but would not take into account previous terms, potentially extending Nkurunziza’s rule to 2034.

“The draft constitution submitted to the referendum will be adopted if the absolute majority of votes or fifty percent plus one vote, approve it,” Nkurunziza said in a statement issued by his office announcing the date.

Several leaders around Africa have sought to void laws or use other tactics to thwart opponents and prolong their reigns beyond constitutional limits, sometimes for decades.

Those who opposed Nkurunziza’s third five-term launched an armed struggle against his government, and the resulting violence has left hundreds dead and forced at least 400,000 people into exile.

Regional efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict have dragged on without results so far.

This month, the ruling CNDD-FDD decided to give Nkurunziza the title of “CNDD-FDD Party Visionary” after appraising his ideas and teachings.

The title has no specific role attached to it and appeared to be aimed at shoring up support for the president ahead of the referendum. Reuters


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:44:10 GMT

Flash floods cut off key road again in southwest Kenya
NAROK, Kenya - A key road in southwest Kenya had for the second time in a week been cut off by flash floods, rendering the section impassable, paralyzing transport in the area.,

Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) said on Monday the Narok-Mai Mahiu road has again dipped in, noting that heavy commercial vehicles could not pass through the Mai road section.

"The Mai Mahiu-Suswa road section that had on Tuesday last week been affected by a volcanic fault line has dipped in again, thus cutting off the road for a second time. Heavy commercial vehicles are currently not able to cross the section," KeNHA said in a statement.

The section of the road that connects Nairobi and the world famous Maasai Mara national park was swept off on March 13 leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

KeNHA however, assured that an immediate emergency exercise had been kicked off to repair the section using rockfill. KeNHA said the repair exercise is expected to take up to four hours.

"Motorists are requested to bear with the situation, which is expected to necessitate traffic interruption which may last up to four hours as the Authority undertakes this exercise within the shortest time possible," said KeNHA.

"In the meantime the Authority is exploring the area to create a traffic diversion should the problem persist," it added.

Last week, Chinese engineers repaired the same road which was completely cut off at Mai Mahiu, southwest Kenya, disrupting traffic flow in the busy road.

Engineers from Chinese Communications Construction Company (CCCC) who were working on the nearby Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project moved in to resolve the problem before transport resumed on March 14.

Flash floods have caused widespread destruction of property and infrastructure, as well as disruption of key activities such as farming and education in various areas of Kenya. Xinhua


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:39:00 GMT

Experts say collapsed buildings expose gaps in Kenya's construction sector
NAIROBI - An increase in the number of buildings that have collapsed in Kenya in the last few weeks has exposed the gaps in the country's construction sector.,

Kenya has a vibrant construction industry that has become a huge boost to the East African nation's real estate sector, with hundreds of houses being put up across the country each day.

However, as the sector booms, the increased collapse of houses especially during this rainy season points to the weaknesses in the industry, according to experts.

At least three storied buildings had tumbled in the last one week in the capital Nairobi due to on-going heavy rains in Kenya.

The latest incident involves a four-storey building in Ruai on the outskirts of Nairobi, which collapsed on Saturday killing at least two people.

The building that had initially been earmarked for demolition by the government as it was built on a road reserve that contained a restaurant and a lodging.

In the same week, a four-storey building in Kariobangi South and a five-storey building in Orion Estate-Juja crumbled.

Other buildings that have collapsed in the capital Nairobi this year include a four-storey flat in Zimmerman and a seven-storey building in Kware Pipeline Estate.

Experts blamed the tragedies to general lack of adherence to set rules by property developers as they rush to meet the high demand for houses.

"Most of these buildings are built in swampy areas, with the developers cutting corners ending up with weak foundations. Normally, the foundations on swamps can cost up to twice the construction cost on normal ground. Developers escape this by laying the substructure on hard-core instead of reinforced concrete strip footings," Nairobi-based investment firm Cytonn, which is also involved in real estate projects, said Monday.

The firm further noted that developers use sub-standard building materials, including scrap metal instead of steel to cut costs, while others ignore specifications for good mix of concrete, all which affect the strength of the building.

"Poor workmanship can also not be gainsaid as contractors employ unskilled workers to cut on construction costs," said the firm.

There is also poor regulation of the sector, with strengths of buildings not tested, as most small-scale developers ignore building and construction permits.

"There is need to plan our cities and towns so that buildings are not built on unsafe grounds such as swampy areas and near water banks," said Antony Kuyo, a real estate consultant with Avent Properties in Nairobi.

Kuyo further isolated ballast dust as one of the materials being used by developers to construct houses yet it is substandard.

Developers are using the dust in place of sand to cut costs, as there has been a sharp increase in cost of latter in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Dealers are selling sand for up 50 dollars U.S. dollars per tonne from nearly half the amount as demand rises amid increased levies by government agencies and high demand.

Most of the sand used in construction in Nairobi comes from the neighbouring counties that include Machakos, Makueni and Kajiado.

On the other hand, a tonne of ballast dust, which is considered waste in quarries, is being sold at not more than 15 dollars. A property developer using about 100 tonnes of sand to build makes a huge saving if they use dust.

"This dust is used in constructing buildings of up to seven floors yet its joining properties cannot be compared to that of sand. The ballast dust cannot match sand when it comes to mixing well with cement to make stronger joints," said Kuyo.

Kuyo noted that to eliminate such gaps, the National Construction Authority must put in place strict regulations such as frequent inspections, training of artisans, easing the building approval process by reducing costs and time and ensure they are adhered to, and demolish the substandard developments. Xinhua


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:37:19 GMT

Former S. African president defended by son
JOHANNESBURG - The former South African President Jacob Zuma's son, Edward on Monday defended his father who is facing criminal charges saying he is being victimized for calling for expropriation of land.,

He issued a statement on Monday saying his father is being persecuted for fighting the white monopoly capital in the country. Last Friday the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said they will charge the former president for corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

He also said the former president is being targeted for speaking out in support of radical economic transformation and expropriation of land without compensation. Edward said his father was fighting for the poor in the country. He also vowed to defend his father.

Edward challenged the NPA to also charge those who stole the country's wealth and hid it in foreign lands. Xinhua


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:36:04 GMT

Chinese NGO to award African rangers
NAIROBI - China-based Paradise Foundation International (PFI) said on Monday it plans to award 50 African rangers who have excelled in wildlife protection.,

PFI, the East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS) and the Mara Conservation Fund have published a notice in the Star Daily inviting nominations for the inaugural edition of the Paradise Ranger's Award.

Those eligible for the 3,000 U.S. dollars prize include wildlife wardens, forest guards, foresters, rangers, scouts, watchers and other frontline field staff working on wildlife, habitat and natural resource protection.

"EAWLS member organizations, national parks, wildlife reserves, conservancies and other entities that have game rangers on their staff are encouraged to submit their nominations," said the advertisement.

The award is the brainchild of Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma, who visited Kenya in 2017 and promised to create a prize to recognize excellence among game rangers on the forefront of wildlife protection in Africa.

PFI is a Chinese conservation organization led by co-chairman Pony Ma and Jack Ma.

According to the organizers of the award, applicants must be active rangers and citizens of an African country.

The winners will be selected on the basis of the threats and challenges overcome, impact, commitment and dedication, leadership and inspiration as well as length of service.

The Paradise Ranger Awards aims to raise awareness about the need to conserve Africa's wildlife resources. Xinhia


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:33:14 GMT