South Sudan: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 7:26 am
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his warring rival and former Deputy President, alongside several top-ranking military generals, have amassed huge amount of wealth in the ongoing civil war that started in December 2013, an investigative report released by a George Clooney-led team has said. Their families lead lavish lives in posh suburbs of Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya and Uganda. Kiir’s wife and several of his sons have shares in several lucrative businesses in the nation.
Staff, 11:14 am
The Twitter hashtag #IfAfricaWasASchool was trending a few weeks back. It’s is a celebration of what makes each country unique in a fun way, says Egyptian-American Malaka Gharib. The funny memes, tweets and one-liners disarm people and cut tension about political strife and interstate rivalries. They also defy backward stereotypes the West may have about people on the continent. And they invite Africans in the diaspora to participate.
Dana Sanchez, 12:53 pm
When Tanzania gets electric power from Ethiopia, it has to pass through Kenya. The dam has strained relations between Ethiopia and some of its neighbors. Countries that are integrated economically have to watch out for their political relationship, Ethiopia says. Ethiopia’s potential production capacity from hydro, geothermal, wind and solar is over 60,000MW — about 40% of Africa’s current installed capacity. South Africa’s Eskom exported 13,465GW of power during 2015-2016. Most of it wasn’t renewable. A gigawatt is 1,000MW.
Keren Mikva, 10:18 pm AFKI Original
Machar said initially he was “around Juba,” but would not return to the capital until outside forces intervened. This week, he showed up in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, but said he wanted to travel on to Ethiopia. “I am waiting for the international community and regional body to say they will deploy troops to Juba and once they do that, I will return to implement the (peace) agreement,” Machar said. The U.N. said Machar was in danger and helped him go into exile.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:55 am
South Sudan, Africa’s newest independent nation, has invited foreign investors to the nation’s oil-rich areas by saying that regions are safe. The oi-rich nation has seen an escalation in violence since July 7, when fighting broke out in the country’s capital, Juba. The conflict has left over 300 people dead and thousands of others displaced as fierce battle between government forces and rebels allied to deposed Vice-president Riek Machar rages on.
Dana Sanchez, 3:13 pm AFKI Original
Informal cross-border trade is so important for Africa that about 43 percent of Africans are involved in this form of commercial activity in the 19 countries that make up the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. It contributes to economic growth, job creation and food security for the majority of the region’s population. The majority of informal cross border traders are women, and they’re extremely vulnerable.
Staff, 4:08 am
Approximately 70,000 people have now crossed the South Sudanese border with Uganda since fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, between forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar in early July. Like Joyce and Masudio, the majority of the South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are women and children. Alice Sunday, a 16-year-old from Juba, said many people had died in the recent fighting, and she and others had to sleep outside without shelter or food. Her school was closed down.
Keren Mikva, 2:56 pm
Nine out of the 10 biggest produce exporters to the U.K. are E.U. member countries. Potential changes to E.U. tariffs and the falling value of sterling have forced some retailers to consider sourcing from different countries. U.K. produce importers say they expect to see more produce from Africa. South Africa is already the No. 2 source of fresh fruit to the U.K. after Spain, and Kenya may become a beneficiary of the changing trade patterns.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:45 am AFKI Original
Treason includes acts that are geared towards overthrowing a legitimately elected government or endangering state security. In most countries, this offense attracts the death penalty. In Africa, most governments have used treason allegations to trump up charges against their political rivals in order to silence them or force them out of politics. Here are some of African leaders that have been charged with treason in recent years;
Julia Austin, 7:08 am AFKI Original
Flaviana Matata, 29, won the first-ever Miss Universe Tanzania in 2007 and since then has modeled for Topshop, Diesel, and Kiko Cosmetics. Matata has walked the runway for Vivienne Westwood and Next Models London, and is signed at top New York modeling agency Wilhelmina in New York. The international fashion industry craves diversity in advertising, and African models are rising.
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