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President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila to End Law Review Impasse in Kenya

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila to End Law Review Impasse in Kenya President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga will meet MPs on Tuesday to help broker a deal over the draft constitution. National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende told MPs meeting at the Kenya Institute of Administration on Thursday that the two principals would attend a kamukunji (meeting) at Parliament where legislators would be expected to...

African Development Bank in Ambitious Plan to Boost Farming

African Development Bank in Ambitious Plan to Boost Farming The African Development Bank has approved its 2010-2014 agricultural sector strategy. The strategy seeks to position the bank to contribute more effectively to agriculture. It is expected to enhance the continent's food security and reduce poverty levels while promoting conservation of natural resources. The bank's president, Donald Kaberuka, says...

Russians Playing Catch-Up with Chinese on African Oil

Russian efforts to acquire oil and gas fields in Africa and prospect for minerals on the resource-rich continent have yielded little success over the past decade due to lack of a coherent national strategy, experts say. Questions are being asked as to how China has scored in Africa with its resource exploration policy, infrastructure projects and...

Kenya Overtakes Sri Lanka as Leading Tea Exporter

Kenya Overtakes Sri Lanka as Leading Tea Exporter Kenya has overtaken Sri Lanka to become the number one tea exporter in the world. Latest figures provided by the Tea Board of Kenya shows the country exported 342 million kilogrammes to 47 world markets, accounting for 22 per cent of the world tea exports. "We did dislodge Sri Lanka as the leading tea exporter last year and hope we will continue...

Tanzania and Kenya at Cross-Purposes on Sale of Ivory

Tanzania and Kenya at Cross-Purposes on Sale of Ivory Lobbying on the status of international trade in ivory has intensified ahead of next month's 15th Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. African elephants are classified in CITES Appendix I, in which trade is prohibited. Tanzania and Zambia have been lobbying for the elephant to be down-listed from Appendix...

Zimbabwe's Unity Govt Faces Collapse

Zimbabwe's Unity Govt Faces Collapse The shaky inclusive government is facing renewed danger of collapse after ongoing inter-party negotiations yielded a stalemate over contentious issues confronting the three rival parties currently running the country. Informed sources said the inclusive government was now hanging in the balance and under threat following failed talks last week and...

Chiadzwa Diamond Sales Shelved in Zimbabwe

GOVERNMENT yesterday shelved the auction of 300 000 carats of diamonds by Mbada Diamonds to ensure that all requirements of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme are followed. Besides the need to have an external Kimberley monitor present, there were also national requirements that had to be met before the diamonds could be sold. Mbada...

South Africa to Boost Ties With New Powerhouses

South Africa to Boost Ties With New Powerhouses SA planned to strengthen trade ties next year with other dynamic industrialising economies such as China, India, and Brazil, which united in a common front at this month's climate change talks in Copenhagen. The common position of the four countries, which all have industrialising economies but are burdened with severe developmental challenges, is...

Kenya Wins Reprieve From U.S. Despite Slow Reforms

Kenya Wins Reprieve From U.S. Despite Slow Reforms US President Barack Obama has handed local exporters a New Year gift by extending trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), allowing them a chance to continue tapping into opportunities in the vast American market in 2010. A raging diplomatic row between the US and Kenya over the pace of reforms had caused jitters among...

Sudan Reneges on Independence Referendum Deal

Sudan Reneges on Independence Referendum Deal The United States has condemned the Sudanese ruling party for introducing last-minute unilateral changes to the law under which southern Sudanese will vote on whether they want independence. The Sudan Tribune reports from Khartoum that when the bill providing for a referendum on independence for Southern Sudan went to the National Assembly on...

Malagasy leader Andry Rajoelina Walks Away From Deal

Malagasy leader Andry Rajoelina Walks Away From Deal Malagasy leader Andry Rajoelina, who seized power in March, has repudiated internationally-brokered mechanisms agreed with his opponents as a way of restoring constitutional rule in the country. After refusing to attend talks with his opponents over ministerial appointments in Mozambique earlier this month, on Friday Rajoelina fired Eugene...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's Grip On Defence Forces Main Problem in Power Talks

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's Grip On Defence Forces Main Problem in Power Talks Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's refusal to let go the Joint Operations Command (JOC), a state security organisation that is only accountable to the veteran ruler, has emerged as the single biggest threat to Harare's shaky coalition government. JOC is made up of army commanders, Central Intelligence Organisation directors, police and prison...

Ijaw Groups Say No to Fresh Warfare in Niger-Delta

The Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has opposed any attempt to recommence fresh hostilities in the Niger-Delta region, saying the era of armed struggle was over and the armed fighters should quit the state for intellectual agitators. President of the INC, Dr. Atuboyabia Obianime and the national president of the IYC,...

Botswana to Get a New Diamond Mine

Botswana could soon have a new diamond mine if African Diamonds develop the AK 6 discovery near Letlhakane. The Irish junior miner plans to develop the lucrative AK 6 diamond discovery starting next year. The development of AK 6 has previously been the source of contention between African Diamonds and its former equity partner, De Beers. The two...

African Farmers Can Mitigate Climate Change Effects

IN November, I was nominated by the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) and invited by the African Development Bank to present a paper, at the 2nd Africa Water Week in Johannesburg, South Africa. This continental meeting was convened by Africa Ministers Conference on Water and the government of South Africa in partnership...