• Lectures resume at Garissa University College

    11/Jan/2016 // 926 Viewers

                      Victims of Garissa shootings number 148 by al-Shabab, April last year

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 11, 2016: (DGW) Lessons and other normal academic activities have begun at Garissa University College which fell prey to gunmen April last year. 148 students were reportedly killed in the cross-border attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab.

    The academic staff of the university were seen on the campus in the country's north-east which  remained closed since the deadly attack was launch and no fewer than 650 students were relocated to a sister campus at Eldoret in western Kenya to continue their studies, DailyGlobeWatch was reliably told.

    Speaking to our reporter, some students said the interest to return to campus after the deadly attacks had waned but the authorities are putting everything in place to overcome the security challenge to attract new students. 

    As of the time of filing this report, only a  few students had arrived and seen taking lectures at Business Management Department. However, another source told our reporter that more students are being expected at the beginning of the academic year which commences in September.

    Kenya fell to cross-border attacks by the Somali-based Islamist sect al-Shabab in neighbouring Kenya resulting from the country's decision to join the anti-Shabab military campaign in the war-torn Somalia, DailyGlobeWatch understands.



     


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  • ALU Admits 180 New Sudents from 22 African Countries to its First Campus

    11/Jan/2016 // 461 Viewers

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    PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, 11 January 2016,-/African Media Agency (AMA)- ALU , a network of world-class tertiary education institutions offering programs aimed at developing Africa's future leaders, have admitted 180 students from 22 African countries to African Leadership College, its flagship campus in Mauritius.

    The Mauritius campus has partnered with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), its founding academic partner, who will award the institution's first degrees in Business Management, Computer Science, Social Sciences and Applied Psychology.

    Welcoming the students, ALU's founder, Fred Swaniker, said innovation and ingenious transformation are critical if institutions of higher learning in Africa are to play a catalytic development role in the 21st century.

    "We are delighted to welcome these young bright minds to the ALU community. We have no doubt of their will, ability and passion to bring to reality our long-sought after dream of a prosperous Africa. ALU recognises the imperative for innovation in making institutions of higher education in Africa relevant and efficient in meeting today's development needs. ALU's model combines a bespoke technology platform, rigorous teaching methods and a world-class curriculum into a unique hybrid of a virtual and 'brick and mortar' educational experience to develop the skills and mindsets necessary for Africa's transformation in the 21st century."

    ALU's curriculum is deliberately designed to train students in critical leadership skills, expose them to the real world of work, and deepen their personal and intellectual growth. In their first year, students undertake what is called the Foundation Core, a programme made of four key courses - Communicating for Impact, Data and Decisions, Projects, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. The courses equip students with fundamental skills essential to success in leadership. These include critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, effective communication, managing complex tasks and providing leadership to teams in the context of complex systems. Each year, students undertake a 4-month internship program at leading organisations in the private and public sector to accelerate their mastery of skills learnt in class.

    Swaniker further comments on the role of tertiary education institutions in driving Africa's development:

    "The end of major conflicts in Africa, reforms in governance and economic management, and a decade of steady economic growth now puts Africa on a promising growth trajectory. Whether this growth plateaus or translates to economic take-off entirely depends on the quality of leadership Africa produces. ALU's mission is to grow a critical mass of high calibre, capable and ethical leaders to underwrite Africa's transformation. Our resource constraints today mean that to be prosperous, Africa must do more, with less, and faster than everyone else. The answer here is innovation."

    ALU's Mauritius campus, African Leadership College, was inaugurated in August last year by H.E. John Mahama, President of Ghana, and Xavier-Luc Duval, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius. Graça Machel, an accomplished Mozambican leader, international advocate for women and children's rights, and social activist, is the inaugural Chancellor of the institution. Machel is also the former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa.


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  • Angola leader dos Santos says to quit after 36 years in office

    11/Mar/2016 // 271 Viewers

     

    Luanda (AFP) - Angola's powerful veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Africa's second-longest serving leader after 36 years at the helm, on Friday said he would leave politics in 2018, after his current mandate ends.

     

    "I have taken the decision to quit political life in 2018," he told the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party politburo in the capital Luanda.

    The 73-year-old has been in office just one month less than Africa's record-holder, Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

    The Angolan leader's tenure ends in late 2017, but he did not indicate why he would leave the year after. Analysts suggest he may run for re-election, leaving only once he feels secure about the future.

    In power for almost four decades as president, dos Santos has consolidated political power in his time in office while his family has amassed a vast business empire.

    He added another five years to his reign by taking a large victory in a disputed election in 2012, but since has faced growing discontent from the nation's youth.

    Critics accuse dos Santos of overseeing corruption, misrule, arbitrary arrests and intimidation.

    Paula Roque, expert researcher on Angola with Oxford University, believes that the unexpected announcement offers "no assurance that one of Africa longest heads of state will finally step down."

    "What he is saying by announcing that he will step down in 2018 is that he will run in the next poll and then decide if the country is stable enough to step down," said Roque.

    Dos Santos came to power in 1979, following the unexpected death from cancer of Angola's liberation president Agostinho Neto.

    As head of the military, police and cabinet, the leader has an iron grip on all aspects of power in Africa's second biggest oil producer.

    He names the senior judges and has MPLA allies in all public agencies, including the supposedly independent electoral commission.

    Roque believes that Dos Santos could be grooming one of his children to succeed him.

    Few publicly criticise him. Independent journalists who express their opinions risk criminal charges.

    A group of youth activists are currently standing trial on charges of "rebellion" and attempting to carry out a "coup".

    Although he shuns the spotlight, the elderly leader's family has built up a vast business empire, with his daughter Isabel dos Santos ranked Africa's richest woman.

    Despite the country's oil and diamond riches, the majority of the population live in abject poverty, with an enormous gap between the rich and poor.

    Angola in 2002 emerged from a 27-year civil war which left hundreds of people dead, and the country has held few elections since independence from Portugal in 1975.


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  • ANC wants South Africa to withdraw from ICC

    11/Oct/2015 // 91 Viewers

    Johannesburg - The ANC wants South Africa to begin the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) because it believes the ICC has lost its direction, the party's international relations subcommittee chairperson Obed Bapela said on Sunday.

    "The principles that led us to be members [of the ICC] remain valid and relevant... however the ICC has lost its direction unfortunately and is no longer pursuing that principle of an instrument that is fair for everybody," Bapela told reporters during a briefing in Midrand where the African National Congress is holding its National General Council meeting.

    There were a handful of powerful countries which refused to be ICC members, yet they still had the power to refer matters to the court, Bapela said.

    This decision was not selfish and South Africa would continue to carry the flag of human rights and an end to genocide, he said.

     

    African agenda

    "We will always carry the African agenda...understanding that we are in a world where others trample on some of the issues that we stand for.

    "South Africa still holds the flag of human rights, we are not lowering it, we will continuously hold it high."

    He said, however, that South Africa had thrown its weight into participating in the international sphere, yet some nations only served their own selfish interests.

    "They would rather put their own interests first than the world's interests, and as a result of that the commission and the NGC has just confirmed that the national interest policy must be fast-tracked in Parliament so that the nation can comment on it."

    ANC Women's League treasurer-general and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane  told reporters the withdrawal process would not be a quick one.

    The matter was already on the agenda for the upcoming Assembly of State Parties meeting which would be attended by all ICC members in November. It would also be tabled at the African Union summit to be held in January, she said.

    Bashir arrest warrant

    On June 15, the High Court had ordered the South African government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he was in Johannesburg for an African Union summit - but despite the court order, he left the country.

    The ICC had issued a warrant of arrest for Bashir, wanting him to stand trial on charges of war crimes and genocide.

    The High Court ruled that government had acted unconstitutionally when it did not arrest him.

    Three judges of the High Court in Pretoria ruled last month that the Implementation Act did not give heads of state immunity from prosecution on criminal charges.

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  • Breaking News: Ethiopian Mosque Bombed, 17 mortally wounded

    12/Dec/2015 // 620 Viewers

     

    PARS, DECEMBER 12, 2015: Reports reaching our news desk say no fewer than 17 worshippers were mortally wounded on Saturday when a grenade attack was launched on a mosque in the Ethiopian capital of Adis Ababa, sources  disclosed to DailyGlobeWatch.

    As of the time of filing this report no group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Anwar Mosque which is located in the ever busy central Merkato district. There has also  not been any reported case of fatalities resulting from the ill-conceived attack.

    Ethiopia is noted for its strong and stable government and security forces maintain a tight grip on the east African nation which has a Christian majority and Muslim minority.


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  • BREAKING: Gambia officially declared Islamic Republic

    12/Dec/2015 // 394 Viewers

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    The lilliputian West African State of Gambia with a Muslim majority that relies solely on tourism has officially been declared the Islamic Republic of Gambia by President Yahya Jammeh.

    The country's president reportedly told the state television that  this became necessary in line with the country's ''religious identity and values''

    Imposition of dress code and compulsion to the faith were ruled out in the president's proclamation although about 90% of its citizens are Muslims which means Gambians of other faiths would be allowed  freely practise their faith without molestation.

     


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  • BREAKING: FIRST LADY loses $1.3 million to international fraudsters!

    12/Jan/2017 // 1243 Viewers

     

    In these hard times, the First Lady has reportedly been outsmarted and lost no fewer than $1.3 million to international fraudsters in a diamond ring deal, DailyGlobeWatch has learnt.

    The First Lady of Zimbabwe, Mrs Grace Mugabe, wife of Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday after she ordered a diamond ring for her 20th wedding anniversary last year, Africa Review said.She made the admission in an affidavit filed at the High Court in Harare where she is challenging an order for her to return houses she allegedly seized from Jamal Ahmed after the diamond ring deal went sour last December.

    Mrs Mugabe, often mocked in Zimbabwe for her penchant for expensive tastes, said in April last year she was linked to Mr Ahmed by the businessman’s wife Zaine during a visit to Dubai.

    She said she subsequently tasked the businessman to get her a 10, 07 carat diamond that would have been used to manufacture the ring for her 20th wedding anniversary with the soon to be 93 year-old ruler.

    Mrs Mugabe transferred $1, 3 million to Mr Ahmed’s account but he allegedly failed to deliver the diamond or the ring in time for the anniversary on August 17 last year.

    President Mugabe’s wife said she demanded her money back after it became clear that she had been duped.

    The businessman took the First Lady court in December last year accusing her of seizing his properties in Harare and threatening to harm him.

    However, Mrs Mugabe denied seizing the properties saying Mr Ahmed was being investigated by the police for his alleged international crimes. She said she was only trying to recover her money.

    “This was hard earned money saved over the years for this 2oth anniversary. I cannot keep quiet,” she said. “It’s a lot of sacrifice that my husband made from (our) farming and dairy business.”

    She claimed that the businessman had promised to pay back the money and was surprised when he turned to the courts.

    “The truth is that he spent the money,” she said in the court papers. “If he were honest, he should have refunded money rather than demonize me and my family.”

    The First Lady said Mr Ahmed had already paid back $120 000


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  • One of Ghadafi's most valuable collections seized by Turkish police; see it's worth!

    13/Jun/2016 // 818 Viewers

     

     

    PARIS, JUNE 13, 2016: (DGW) - Turkish police on Monday seized an ivory dagger laced with precious stones, one of late Muammar Gaddafi's highly-priced valuable, AFP has reported.

    The $10 million worth dagger was allegedly looted in 2011 during Libyan crisis prior to the overthrow and death of Gaddafi, police sources say.

    The dagger was seized during a raid in Istanbul from a man who said to have bought it for $4.6 million and plans have already been concluded to resell the item to a Saudi billionaire for $10 million.

    The priceless item AFP revealed was carted away with after invasion of Ghaddafi's family house  finding immense wealth and signs of excessive spending, including luxury accommodations and collections.


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  • At least 16 dead as gunmen storm Ivory Coast beach resort

    13/Mar/2016 // 726 Viewers

     

    Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - Heavily-armed gunmen went on a shooting rampage in the Ivory Coast resort of Grand-Bassam on Sunday, killing at 16 people and leaving bodies strewn on the beach in the the first attack of its kind in the country.

     

    One witness told AFP they heard one of the assailants shouting "Allahu Akbar" -- Arabic for "God is greatest", but there has not yet been any claim of responsibility.

    President Alassane Ouattara said 14 civilians and two special forces troops were killed in the strike that targeted three hotels in the former French colonial capital, a resort town popular with Western expatriates.

    Read Also: 2 French top ministers due in Ivory Coast on Tuesday after attack

    "The toll is heavy," he said as he visited the scene, adding that six gunmen had been killed.

    French President Francois Hollande said at least one French national was among the victims.

    The assailants, who were "heavily armed and wearing balaclavas, fired at guests at the L'Etoile du Sud, a large hotel which was full of expats in the current heatwave," another witness told AFP.

    It was not immediately clear who was behind the shooting in the resort, which lies on the Gulf of Guinea around 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of the commercial hub Abidjan.

    "I haven't heard anything from my son and my sister," said Marie-Claire Yapi, in tears as she held her two-year-old son in her arms.

    "We had just arrived when we heard gunshots -- we thought it was a robbery. Someone said to me, 'Run, this is serious, they are killing everyone."

    West African nations have scrambled to boost security in the wake of jihadist attacks in recent months in the capitals of Mali and Burkina Faso.

    - 'Roamed the beach firing shots' -

    Sunday's attack also bore grim similarities to the Islamist gun and grenade assault on a Tunisian beach resort last June, which left 37 foreign holidaymakers dead.

    Witness Braman Kinda said several attackers had "roamed the beach firing shots", while Abbas El-Roz, a Lebanese national who was staying at the Etoile du Sud, said one of the assailants had a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a grenade belt.

    Another witness, Kouamena Kakou Bertin, said three others fled on foot via a nearby road.

    "Search operations are continuing, the hotel has been secured," a police source told AFP.

    A large crowd gathered at the entrance to the French quarter at the edge of the old town, whose elegant colonial-era facades have earned Grand-Bassam UNESCO World Heritage status.

    An AFP journalist saw around a dozen people, including an injured Western woman, being evacuated in a military truck.

    Military vehicles carrying heavy machine guns also headed to the scene, along with armed traditional hunters known as Dozo.

    The army was tightly controlling access to the area, while the French embassy told its nationals to stay away from the attack scene "to avoid obstructing security forces".

    - Jihadist threat -

    Analysts have voiced fears that Islamist attacks could spread further into West Africa to countries such as Ivory Coast and Senegal, and the recently-concluded Flintlock exercise, which groups African, US and European troops, focused on the need to counter jihadism.

    In Burkina Faso and Mali, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on hotels popular with foreigners in November 2015 and in January this year.

    The Mali attack in November left 20 people dead, while gunmen killed 30 people in the assault on a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou in January.

    Ivory Coast is the world's top cocoa producer. Its former president Laurent Gbagbo is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity over deadly violence that followed the disputed 2010 election that brought Ouattara to power.

    More than 3,000 people were killed in five months of unrest after the presidential polls, when Gbagbo refused to concede defeat.

    Ouattara was re-elected for a second presidential term late last year, hoping to turn the page on the violence and revive Ivory Coast's conflict-scarred economy.


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  • Apparent remains of Burkina Faso’s folk hero Sankara ‘riddled with bullets’, says lawyer

    13/Oct/2015 // 280 Viewers

    An autopsy on the supposed remains of Burkina Faso's iconic ex-president Thomas Sankara, who was killed in a 1987 coup, showed he was 'riddled with bullets", a lawyer said Tuesday. At least eight people have allegedly been charged with his murder.

    "In terms of the (gunshot) wounds, what was found in relation to Thomas Sankara's body is really mind-boggling. You could say he was purely and simply riddled with bullets," Ambroise Farama, a lawyer for his family, said.

    Farama emphasised she was still waiting for the results of DNA tests to confirm the body was that of the revolutionary former army captain but said "there is every reason to believe" the remains exhumed from a cemetery in the capital Ouagadougou in May were his.

    Another lawyer, Bénéwendé Stanislas Sankara, (no relation to the ex-president) told AFP that “eight or nine people” -- some of them soldiers who took part in a failed September coup in Burkina Faso -- have been charged with Sankara’s murder.

    ‘A visionary nationalist’

    Sankara took power in a coup in 1983 and quickly established a reputation as a visionary nationalist and pan-Africanist, known for his charisma and trademark military red beret.

    He nationalised land and mineral wealth, moved to improve health and education in the impoverished country, pressed for debt reduction, promoted women into leadership and changed the country’s name from Upper Volta.

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    Many African intellectuals viewed him as a role model, not least because he appeared to eschew the luxury enjoyed by fellow African leaders.

    Sankara’s sons Philippe and Auguste have provided DNA samples so experts can confirm whether the remains in the tomb are his.

    Exhumed in May

    Sankara’s remains were exhumed in May after his relatives had pressed for years that they be tested on the suspicion that they may not be that of the former president, who died in a coup that brought his former ally Blaise Compaoré to power.

    Compaoré faced questions about Sankara’s death throughout his presidency, but attempts to mount a judicial investigation stalled. Compaoré fled after a popular uprising against his rule in October last year and was replaced by an interim government.

    But in September, Compaoré’s former chief of staff, rebel leader General Gilbert Dienderé, launched a short-lived putsch, demanding that the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections would allow Compaoré loyalists to run for office after they were barred on the grounds they had backed the former leader’s bid to extend his 27-year grip on power.

    After four days, however, the coup leaders agreed to hand back power to the interim government. According to authorities, at least 10 people were killed in the September disturbances.

    (DailyGlobeWatch with REUTERS)


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