archives : April 2009


The National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) confirmed, Tuesday, the discovery of two offshore reserves of natural gas in Morocco. 
 - Friday 3 April 2009

South africa
South Africa’s ruling ANC has lashed out oat Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for saying its leader Jacob Zuma, the president of the ruling African National Congress, is not fit to become President. Meanwhile, armed police patrol has been mounted at the National Prosecuting Authority headquarters ahead of monday’s announcement about whether charges against Zuma is to be dropped as youths get ready for massive protests. - Friday 3 April 2009

A national forum under the auspices of the Transitional High Authority (HAT), led by Andry Rajoelina, opened yesterday in Madagascar with the party of former president Marc Ravaolomana nowhere to be found. The former president’s supporters as well as the international community are demanding the return of constitutional order on the island. - Friday 3 April 2009

Nigerian President, Umaru Yar’Adua has offered Niger Delta Militias in Nigeria a chance to be rehabilitated and reintegrated back into society if they put down their arms. - Friday 3 April 2009

South africa
South Africa’s possible next president Jacob Zuma today said among white people, Afrikaners are the only true South Africans. He was addressing a meeting of about 50 mostly white representatives of organisations for Afrikaans-speaking people at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. - Thursday 2 April 2009

The weekend retreat in the resort town of Victoria Falls by the entire Zimbabwe cabinet has angered civil servants who are only paid allowances saying the retreat is “insensitive to their plight”. - Thursday 2 April 2009

DR Congo - Rwanda
OXfam aid agency has reported widespread looting, burning of villages and an alarming rate of sexual violence in North Kivu, Eastern Congo, where over 200,000 people have been fleeing from and around the town of Kanyabayonga towards Lubero. - Thursday 2 April 2009

Two armed women in Zimbabwe kidnapped a man and held him for four days during which he was made to watch pornographic films, fed porridge laced with aphrodisiac drugs and forced to have sex with one of the women. - Thursday 2 April 2009

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) Addis Engineering Plc, a subsidiary of the Chinese government construction company based in Ethiopia, has halted construction on three main roads. The suspension of road works has been blamed on the non payment of accumulated arrears by its client, the Addis Ababa Road Authority (AACRA). - Thursday 2 April 2009

Exposing children to cigarette smoke could put them at serious risk of nicotine addiction, without ever having smoked a cigarette themselves. A recent Canadian study has shown a very clear link between smoking parents and nicotine dependency among their children. - Thursday 2 April 2009

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