archives : May 2009


An alarming decline of water levels in dams across Ethiopia, compounded with a growing demand but limited supply of electricity from the state owned electric power corporation (EEPCo), highly dependent on hydroelectric power, has been blamed for a slowdown in both industrial and commercial activities in the country. - Sunday 31 May 2009

Senior defence forces members held a crisis meeting with President Robert Mugabe to discuss the increasing incidents of indiscipline among rank and file members of the uniformed forces. - Saturday 30 May 2009

Zimbabwe - France
French Minister of State for foreign trade, Anne-Marie Idrac in Harare on Friday praised Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for his bravery and invited him to Paris in June. - Saturday 30 May 2009

Panafrica - Ethiopia - International
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as the top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR). Should the appointment be confirmed, Sahlework would become the second Ethiopian woman a high profile position at the United Nations. - Saturday 30 May 2009

With the number of civilians (non-combatants) deliberately killed by rebels and warlords, during conflicts, there is a need to redress the mandates of the UN peacekeeping missions, deployed with a responsibility to protect civilian populations in conflict zones. Over the past decade, various forms of conflicts have erupted in Africa as well as across the globe; war crimes and crimes against humanity have been easily committed by warlords and rebels and the United Nations Security Council is yet to determine the best way to reduce civilian casualties in the conflict zones around the world. - Saturday 30 May 2009

Ghana - Nigeria - United States
The proposed visit of US President, Barack Obama, to Ghana has whipped up frenzy among ordinary Nigerians and is now turning into a political and diplomatic ‘tug of words’. Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will visit Ghana in July, his fist trip to Africa as an American head of state. - Saturday 30 May 2009

Marc Ravalomanana, the ousted president of Madagascar, Tuesday denounced France, the country’s colonial ruler, for supporting his rival, President of the transition regime, Andry Rajoelina. According to him, France is seeking to "re-colonize" Madagascar. But could this be Marc Ravalomanana’s new strategy to rally populist support? - Friday 29 May 2009

A 21 year old woman stunned a court when she claimed she flew 75 miles in a winnowing basket with two witches on a mission to kill her brother-in-law. Her claims where collaborated by a witchcraft expert who told the court that “witches can travel from Zimbabwe to as far as South Africa during the night and fly back as soon as their mission is accomplished”. - Friday 29 May 2009

The World Bank and the British Department for International Development (DFID) have issued a grant of $180 million to help finance the Nigerian education sector so that more students can be admitted into Nigerian Universities. - Friday 29 May 2009

Nearly every country in the world has experienced economic growth over the past decade, even accounting for the current recession. Zimbabweans, however have watched their income fall by more than two-thirds amid the worst economic performance of all countries for which comparable data exists. But they can still save their country, given a chance. - Friday 29 May 2009

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