• It's high time African became FIFA President - Tokyo Sexwale

    20/Dec/2015 // 235 Viewers

     

    JOHANNESBURG (DGW) - Tokyo Sexwale FIFA presidential hopeful has expressed discontent with world football governing body for not allowing Africa position of leadership over the past 111 years. Africa, he said, has been on the backbench and it is high-time it assumed leadership of the body. 

    Speaking at the weekend conference of the southern African football associations, COSAFA, Sexwale said "It's not about race... it is about showing that FIFA is for everyone and not just for certain people,"

     

     

    "You have got to show that we are an international body. Nine leaders of FIFA have all been from one area (Europe).

    "You are sending a wrong signal if certain people can be accorded leadership and others are not."

    Sexwale has been in the forefront campaigning against racism  and one of the candidates being tipped to replace Sepp Blatter other things being equal as FIFA president in the forthcoming elections billed for February next year. 

    Other contenders for FIFA top job are UEFA general-secretary Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Champagne and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein.

     

     


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  • BIZARRE: Gladys Chelagat aged 10 gives birth , becomes Africa's youngest mother

    20/Feb/2016 // 1177 Viewers



    PARIS, FEBRUARY 20, 2016: (DGW) - Gladys Chelagat, Kenyan, aged 10 gives birth thus making her the youngest mother on the continent of Africa, hospital officials told DailyGlobeWatch.

    She was delivered of her child weighing 2.8 kg at Kericho District Hospital through a cesarean and mother and child have been reportedly doing well although the man responsible for the pregnancy is unknown and  has long absconded.

    Rumours on the grapevine say the picture showing mother and child was taken at the time Gladys put to bed and is being circulated on the social media apparently to draw sympathy and solicit for arms for her child's support, DailyGlobeWatch understands.

     

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  • Senegal votes on referendum to reduce presidential term

    20/Mar/2016 // 205 Viewers

     

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese residents on Sunday voted on a constitutional referendum that could see sweeping constitutional reforms including a reduction of presidential powers and terms from seven to five years, on a continent where many leaders try to hold onto power.

     

    More than 5 million people are expected to vote Sunday to determine if 15 reforms will be adopted, according to the election commission.

    The proposed changes include measures to strengthen the National Assembly, improve representation for Senegalese abroad, provide greater rights for the opposition and boost participation of independent candidates in elections.

    "We are a modern African democracy. Today in Africa, many countries impose mandates. Here we are giving referendums for which people can say yes or no," said voter Mamadou Diagne, 58, a human resources representative at an oil company. "It's very satisfying to be a Senegalese today." Diagne said all of the reforms represent advancement.

    President Macky Sall, who was voted into office in 2012, announced the proposed term limits in March 2015, saying he wanted to set an example for other African countries. During his campaign he said he would serve a reduced term. In February, however, the Constitutional Court rejected his proposal to shorten his present term, saying the referendum vote would determine future limits.

    "This referendum is organized to not only establish the rule of law but also deepen our democracy," Sall said after voting in Fatick, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) southeast of Dakar. Senegal's seven-year term was set under the previous president, Abdoulaye Wade, who flouted a two-term limit to run against Sall.

    Sall's effort to reduce term limits is in marked contrast to moves by other African leaders who have pushed to eliminate term limits so they can extend their time in power.

    Marie Antoinette Sene, 51, a businesswoman said she voted "yes" on Sunday.

    "Independent candidates in each election is a good thing ... it's important that all Senegalese have representation," she said. "In contrast, the reduction of the presidential mandate is the one point I don't like." Sene said she supports seven years for the first term, and five for the second.

    Others said they voted "no" because they mistrust Sall, who they say dragged his feet on reducing his own term.

    "Sall promised he would reduce his term, and he didn't," said Cheikh Thiam Dia, 43, a representative of the "no" vote at station. That mistrust extends into other points on the referendum that voters such as Dia worry are too vague.

    Adama Thiam, a civil society consultant, said more discussion is needed to be sure everyone better understands the points in the referendum.


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  • Moamer Kadhafi's legacy still haunts Libya

    20/Oct/2015 // 281 Viewers

    TRIPOLI (AFP) - 

    Four years after Moamer Kadhafi was killed in an uprising, the dictator's legacy continues to haunt oil-rich Libya as it struggles to find its national identity.

    "Kadhafi chose to build the idea of a state around his personality," said Michael Nayebi-Oskoui, senior Middle East analyst at the US-based global intelligence firm Stratfor.

    The dictator ousted and slain in October 2011, "used a military funded by oil to crush any opposition to himself, rather than build state institutions that could survive beyond him," he said.

    "It will be several years if not decades for Libya to create a national identity," he said.

    Libya, a largely tribal nation, descended into chaos after Kadhafi's fall, with two governments vying for power and armed groups battling for control of its vast energy resources.

    A militia alliance including Islamists overran Tripoli in August 2014, establishing a rival government and a parliament that forced the internationally recognised administration to flee to eastern Libya.

    Months of UN-brokered talks to persuade the warring sides to agree to a peace deal and form a national unity government have run aground.

    Taking advantage of the chaos, the Islamic State group has gained a foothold in Libya and people-smugglers are again ferrying illegal migrants from its shores to Europe on rickety boats and contributing to thousands of deaths.

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    But the focus remains on Kadhafi, the flamboyant strongman who called himself "Guide of the Revolution" and declared Libya a Jamahiriya or "state of the masses" run by local committees.

    "He will make headlines for a long time because the regime he consolidated will need a long time to be undone," an official with the Tripoli-based government said.

    "Everything he left behind is corrupted: politics, the economy, society even sports, and we need to change from A-to-Z, all the legislation, all the rules and all the instructions," he added.

    Kadhafi was captured and killed by gunmen in his hometown Sirte on October 20, 2011. Three days later transitional authorities announced the "total liberation" of Libya.

    Known for his droning speeches and flashing bedouin-style robes, he ruled Libya four decades after leading a military coup that toppled a Western-backed monarchy in 1969. He died aged 69.

    "There was no institutionalised state in Libya, leading to the chaos after his removal," said Nayebi-Oskoui.

    "He pitched tribes and regions and different ethnic groups against one another for decades, which is why Libyans and the international community have struggled to create a national identity in his absence."

    The expert believes that Kadhafi's name and the consequences of his policies will continue to make news for years to come.

    Last week Scottish prosecutors said they had identified two new Libyan suspects in the bombing of a Pan Am jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, which killed 270 people.

    Scottish media named one of the two suspects as former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and the other as Abu Agila Mas'ud.

    Senussi was sentenced to death in July for crimes committed during the uprising along with Seif al-Islam, Kadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent, and seven other people linked to the slain strongman.

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    Mas'ud is reportedly behind bars in Libya, where Senussi has been in custody since 2012.

    Scottish prosecutors said they are suspects in the bombing along with former Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the only other person ever convicted in the case who died in 2012 protesting his innocence.

    Libya admitted responsibility for the bombing in 2003 and Kadhafi's regime eventually paid $2.7 billion (2.4 billion euros) in compensation to victims' families.

    Kadhafi has left behind a "fractured nation," said Nayebi-Oskoui, who expects that the policies he formulated would "extend for decades".

    The Tripoli government official agreed.

    "He is still remembered despite his death and he will stay present among us until we can overcome the 40 years of chaos he has sown," he said.

    "I hope we won't need another 40 years."

    Outside the walls of Kadhafi's former Tripoli compound, meanwhile, street artists have left unflattering graffiti of the dictator and drawings, including one depicting him in a trash can.

    "We used to be afraid even to look at the compound," said Ahmad, a cigarette vendor who works nearby.

    "Today, things have changed, of course, but the fear we felt still reminds us of him.

    "Generations will pass before we can overcome the fear he instilled in us," he added.

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  • Communications cut ahead of Congo opposition rally

    20/Oct/2015 // 182 Viewers

    Laudes Martial Mbom, AFP | A man holds a placard with a play on words referring to the Congolese president and reading "Sassou enough" during an opposition demonstration in Brazzaville on September 27, 2015.

    Communications were cut in Congo's capital Brazzaville on Tuesday, just hours ahead of an opposition rally to protest against a constitutional reform critics say is a ploy to extend longtime President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s stay in power.

    Mobile Internet services, text messaging and the signal for FRANCE 24's sister radio RFI were all cut, an AFP correspondent said.

    An unusual number of police and members of the gendarmerie were also out on the streets in opposition areas in southern districts of Brazzaville while many shops remained closed, the correspondent said.

    The government had earlier banned all public meetings ahead of Sunday's referendum on a constitutional reform that will determine whether veteran leader Sassou Nguesso can seek another presidential term.

    "In order to allow the electoral campaign to continue without injury or provocation, the government has decided to forbid the use of certain meeting spaces," Raymond Zephyrin Mboulou, communication minister, said in a statement.

    The constitution currently bars the 72-year-old president from running again as there is an age limit of 70 as well as a maximum of two terms.

    Sassou Nguesso has ruled oil-producing Congo Brazzaville, also known as the Republic of Congo, for 32 years in two separate spells in office.

    Tens of thousands of his supporters staged a rally on Saturday to back the constitutional changes.

    Growing tension between the two camps has stoked fears of an outbreak of violence in the country, which was wracked by civil war in the 1990s


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  • Four years on, Gaddafi's legacy plagues chaotic Libya

    20/Oct/2015 // 242 Viewers

     Abdullah Doma, AFP | Smoke rises from buildings in the coastal Libyan city of Benghazi on October 20, 2015 following shelling the previous night

    Exactly four years after Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed in his hometown, his legacy of misrule lives on in his unruly nation. Only now, it’s worse with seemingly no political solution in sight.

    On Monday, Libya’s internationally recognised parliament rejected a UN power-sharing proposal despite international calls on the country’s rival administrations to “immediately approve” the agreement.

    Ignoring the exhortations, the parliament based in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk refused to sign the deal, noting that the UN had refused to exclude amendments added by the Islamist authorities based in Tripoli. On the western side of Libya’s coastal highway, the Islamist-led government in the Libyan capital issued a statement declaring the deal “would lead to further complications”.

    It’s hard to imagine how the situation in Libya could get any more complicated than it is today. Two governments are battling for power, two rival investment authorities are claiming the oil-rich nation’s revenues, a motley mix of militias are fighting turf wars, the Islamic State group (IS) is widening its Libyan footprint, and human traffickers are sending ever-increasing migrant flows to Europe’s shores.

    “Libya is the largest piece of terra nullius in the world. As of today, there is no sovereignty in Libya,” said Jason Pack, president of Libya-Analysis.com. “After Syria and Ukraine, Libya is the third most pressing Western foreign policy crisis because many of the main threats Europe is facing right now – the Islamic State, migration – are symptoms of state implosion in Libya.”

    Under Gaddafi’s unique and quixotic form of governance, the North African nation was a “Jamahiriya” – a state of the masses – where traditional institutions were abolished and replaced by so-called local self-governance committees. In reality though, all power rested with the Libyan autocrat, who proclaimed himself the “Guide to the Revolution.”

    Four years after the “mad dog of Libya” was dragged through the streets of Sirte and lynched, the absence of democratic and civil institutions is underpinning the country’s failure to establish a unity government.

    Unlike neighbouring Tunisia, where a robust civil society – including trade unions – enabled the country to overcome a difficult transition following the 2011 ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Libya lacks a tradition of independent civil society institutions. 
    “Gaddafi’s legacy lives on in that rules don’t matter, personalities matter. Power depends on tribes, on people with guns,” said Pack. “Under Gaddafi, everyone passed the buck, only the top guy had responsibility. Libyans today are breaking into factions and each body is willing to make deals with militias and ignore parliamentary practice when it suits them.”

    Too important to fail

    The October 20 deadline for the approval of the UN deal -- which was negotiated by UN special envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon -- had been touted as a red line for the international community.

    “We are not reopening the text and our hope remains that all sides will agree to the text for the good of the people of Libya,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told the Associated Press, noting that Leon had stressed “that this is the final text”.
    Despite the tough talk, the failure to approve the deal came as no surprise to negotiators, analysts and many Libyans. While the international community is growing weary of Libyan intransigence, there is an overwhelming belief, particularly in European capitals, that the geopolitical stakes of the Libyan crisis are too high to ignore.

    In an interview with Politico last month, Leon broke one of the cardinal rules of diplomacy, admitting that he had a Plan B and a Plan C if his efforts to find a political solution to the problem failed.

    According to Politico, Leon explained that Plan A was a full agreement, Plan B would be only a partial agreement, while Plan C involved the possibility of sending boots on the ground.

    The EU has a plan, or two or six

    The EU is also considering a number of scenarios to help Libya strengthen its borders and disarm militias, including relaunching its Border Assistance Mission in Libya.

    An EU document -- which was sent to European capitals on Monday and was seen by Reuters – lists six security boosting options. The choices range from actions possible "regardless of the political situation" in Libya, and others that would require a green light from Libyan authorities once a national unity government is formed.

    These include sending civilians to monitor ceasefires between factions once a unity government is approved. If a peace deal holds, the EU action "would be of modest scale and limited to support to a mediation unit, provision of aerial monitoring and possibly the provision of civilian monitors", the document says, adding a military option would be considered if ceasefires do not prove effective.

    For the moment though, these are simply policy options, which would have to be approved by EU member states.

    And that’s a long step away.

    More than four years after then French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain’s David Cameron led the international effort to support the Libyan uprising against Gaddafi, Libya is being ignored if only because the situation in Syria is dominating international concern.

    “The problem is no one has the willpower,” explained Pack. “There is a tragic lack of interest because no one wants to be like [President George W] Bush and [Prime Minister Tony] Blair in Iraq.”

    And so, the impasse looks set to continue more than four years after Libyans rose up to overthrow a tyrant.


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  • Libya's recognised parliament rejects UN proposal for unity govt

    20/Oct/2015 // 225 Viewers

    Libya’s internationally-recognised parliament decided on Monday to reject a United Nations proposal for a unity government, lawmakers said, in a blow to efforts to end the country's perilous political crisis.

    But the House of Representatives (HoR) said it would continue to take part in U.N.-backed peace talks with its rivals, based in the capital, Tripoli.

    Libya is in the grip of a war between the internationally-recognized government and its elected parliament on the one side and and an unofficial self-styled government controlling Tripoli. Each side is backed by rival alliances of armed factions.

    Four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Western powers are pushing for both sides to accept the U.N. accord, fearing violence has allowed Islamist militants to gain ground and illegal migrant smugglers to take advantage of the chaos.

    The recognised government has operated out of the east of the country since last year when an armed faction called Libya Dawn took over Tripoli, set up its own government and reinstated a former parliament known as the GNC.

    The U.N. proposal came after months of protracted negotiations between delegates from both sides, who have faced pressure from hardliners and from continued fighting on the ground that has halted part of Libya’s oil production.

    “The majority of the HoR members rejected the U.N.-proposed unity government in today’s meeting and called for the peace dialogue to be continued,” the parliament member and its general rapporteur Saleh Ghalma said.

    The parliament spokesman Faraj Hashem confirmed the rejection but said the House of Representatives had not voted on it. “The president of the House, Aghila Saleh, read a statement and left, this is an arbitrary decision,” he told Reuters. The Tripoli-based parliament has not decided on the U.N. proposal.

    The United Nations proposed a national unity government to the warring factions this month.

    Fayez Seraj, a lawmaker from the House of Representatives, would be prime minister with three deputy prime ministers from the west, east – representing the Tripoli and Benghazi administrations - and south of the country.

    One senior figure each from the western and eastern sides would sit on a six-seat presidential council. Ghalma said the House of Representatives had rejected all amendments added by the U.N. special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon to a draft agreement initialled in July. “We demand to have one prime minister with only two deputies,” Ghalma said.

    The parliament decision comes two weeks after Western powers endorsed the unity government proposed by the U.N. and called on Libya’s factions to accept it.

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  • UN accuses Libya army of seeking to torpedo peace deal

    20/Sep/2015 // 291 Viewers

    © AFP | Libyan troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar sit on an amoured personnel carrier in Benghazi on August 14, 2015
    TRIPOLI (AFP) - 
    The United Nations accused the army of Libya's internationally recognised government on Sunday of deliberately trying to sabotage crunch peace talks with a new offensive in second city Benghazi.

    The UN Support Mission in Libya called for an immediate halt to the offensive announced by controversial army chief Khalifa Haftar on Saturday to give peace talks between the country's rival parliaments a chance.

    UNSMIL said it "strongly condemns the military escalation in Benghazi".

    "The air strikes are a clear attempt to undermine and derail the ongoing efforts to end the conflict at a time when the negotiations have entered a final and most critical stage," it said.

    The announcement of the offensive dubbed Operation Two-Edged Sword came on the eve of a deadline for Libya's rival parliaments to reach an agreement on a UN-brokered plan for a unified government for the North African nation.

    The country has had rival administrations since August last year when a militia alliance overran the capital forcing the recognised government to seek refuge in the east.

    UN envoy Bernardino Leon has expressed hope that the rival sides will finally sign a deal in the Morocco seaside resort of Skhirat later on Sunday after months of rejected proposals.

    UNSMIL called for an "immediate cessation of hostilities in Benghazi and across Libya... to give the ongoing dialogue in Skhirat the chance to successfully conclude in the coming hours."

    Foreign ambassadors gathered in Skhirat on Sunday condemned "the sharp rise in hostilities in Libya... including air strikes against the civilian population in Benghazi".

    "This escalation of violence underscores the urgent need to complete the political dialogue process as soon as possible," said envoys for the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and United States.

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  • Coup supporters attack hotel hosting Burkina Faso mediation talks

    20/Sep/2015 // 244 Viewers

    Pro-coup demonstrators in Burkina Faso on Sunday invaded a hotel due to host talks aimed at hammering out the details of a deal to restore a civilian interim government and attacked participants arriving for the meeting, witnesses said.

    Some of the protesters carried signs expressing support for members of the elite presidential guard, which stormed a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, disrupting a transition period due to end with elections on Oct. 11.

    On Saturday, Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is leading the mediation talks along with his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall, had hinted at a breakthrough in the negations, saying that a "good decision" would be made on Sunday.

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  • Libya Coast Guards Rescue 215 people including 50 women

    20/Sep/2015 // 230 Viewers

    © AFP/File | Illegal migrants sit on a Libyan coastguard board after they were rescued off Qarabulli on September 7, 2015
    TRIPOLI (AFP) - 
    The Libyan coastguard said it rescued 215 migrants Sunday from two boats in the Mediterranean, including more than 50 women, a day after Italy said over 4,500 people were saved off Libya.

    The Tripoli-based government, quoting a coastguard spokesman, said the migrants were of different nationalities.

    "Among them were more than 50 women and an infant ... on board two rubber dinghies in the Sidi Bannour region," 15 kilometres (nine miles) northeast of Tripoli.

    A rescue operation on Saturday by Libyan patrol boats rescued 272 migrants, including 60 women and a five-year-old girl, the coastguard said.

    Those rescued mainly came from North Africa but also included Syrians, it said, adding their boats were intercepted off Sabratah, west of Tripoli.

    "They have been delivered to authorities who coordinate anti-illegal immigration efforts in the region," a spokesman said.

    The Italian coastguard announced Saturday that more than 4,500 people had been rescued off Libya's coast in a single day.

    The operations rescued migrants from nine boats and 12 dinghies. The body of a woman was also recovered.

    ? 2015 AFP


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