archives : October 2008


Panafrica - United States
Barack Obama is heading for a landslide victory over John McCain in 12 days’ time if his double-digit poll leads prove accurate and sustained, says a growing consensus of Democratic and Republican political forecasters. No candidate with this big a lead at this late stage of a presidential election has yet gone on to lose. - Thursday 23 October 2008

Panafrica - United Kingdom
A London-based non-governmental organisation, Survival International, has made a mockery of former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, winner of the 2008 prestigious Mo Ibrahim Leadership Award. Botswana’s privately-owned daily newspaper, Mmegi, Wednesday reported the mockery, following the announcement of Mogae as the winner Monday. - Thursday 23 October 2008

Panafrica - United States
US engineering firm, General Electric (GE), has announced plans to upgrade healthcare facilities in 10 African states. Under the project, the company has targeted a total of 81 healthcare facilities in ten countries including; Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda, for upgrade under a US$10 million infrastructure upgrade which are at various stages of completion. - Thursday 23 October 2008

Panafrica - Egypt
The final segment of the African qualifiers for the World Cup finals in 2010 have drawn Egypt, Algeria, Zambia and Rwanda in one group. - Wednesday 22 October 2008

Panafrica - United States - International
The Senegalese minister of Culture and Francophonie, Mame Biram Diouf, Thursday announced that the World festival of negro arts (FESMAN) will be held between 1-21 December, 2009, in five African capitals. - Wednesday 22 October 2008

South africa - Zimbabwe
Thabo Mbeki, the disgraced former president of South Africa and the SADC-anointed mediator in the Zimbabwe crisis spent four days last week in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, wrestling with Robert Mugabe’s brittle ego to save the power-sharing deal. He failed. - Wednesday 22 October 2008

Botswana president Ian Khama has been roundly accused by the media for not being friendly since he took over in April. - Wednesday 22 October 2008

According to reports, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has vowed to the Nigerian Senate that no bank will be allowed to fold up as a result of the financial crisis’s rocking the global financial institutions. - Wednesday 22 October 2008

International - European Union
In a bid to increase internationalization and promote a multicultural state, the Greek government has moved to increase the residence permit for foreign students in the country. - Wednesday 22 October 2008

South africa
The ANC Women’s League says it is glad that “ the dogs “ have left the party. In apparent reference to rebels Moiuoa Lekota and Mluleki George ANCWL president Angie Motshekga says the party has not gone to the dogs but the dogs have left the ANC. - Wednesday 22 October 2008

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