archives : December 2009


Tanzania - Zambia

African Cup of Nations-bound Zambia will also play Zanzibar in the earlier quarter-final kick off at Nyayo National Stadium.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars will have to go past Cecafa defending champions, Uganda Cranes in today’s quarter-final of the Orange Cecafa Challenge Cup if their dream of lifting the coveted regional trophy is to be realised.

The two met in last year’s final in Uganda, which the Cranes won 1-0. On paper, Uganda are the stronger side having brushed aside Tanzania and Burundi with identical 2-0 wins and drew 0-0 with Zanzibar.

- Monday 7 December 2009

Panafrica - China - India

The World Bank and New Delhi are in talks about financing the international expansion of Indian Railways, one of the largest and most profitable networks in the world, to bring transport infrastructure to African countries and other developing nations.

Robert Zoellick, World Bank president, said the Washington-based multilateral lender wanted to build on a $2bn commitment to strengthen India’s rail system by helping state-owned Indian Railways to grow beyond its borders.

“We can help the Indian Railways in India, but also, as they develop greater efficiencies, to move abroad,” Mr Zoellick said during a four-day visit to India.

An ambitious partnership with Indian Railways is at the heart of a World Bank strategy to persuade India and China, two of the fastest-growing large economies, to participate more directly in the development of the world’s poorest nations. India, Asia’s third largest economy, is the largest borrower from the World Bank with about $22bn (€14.8bn, £13.3bn) invested in projects.

- Monday 7 December 2009

The Secretary General of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum, and his deputy for Northern Sudan, Yasir Arman, have been arrested by police in Khartoum today. - Monday 7 December 2009

The safety of Zimbabwe’s airspace is in doubt as the southern African country’s meteorological service is incapable of supplying weather information they need. This is forcing international airlines to shun Zimbabwe. - Monday 7 December 2009

South africa - International
Despite the noise about South Africa being a crime-prone nation and fears that the Stadia and facilities would not be ready before the much expected 2010 World Cup, last Friday draw in Cape Town proved critics wrong. - Monday 7 December 2009

West African regional group has called for an immediate return to civilian rule in Guinea as the attacked military leader Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara prepares to return home, from Morocco after a head surgery, on Wednesday. - Monday 7 December 2009

Panafrica - International
The question is whether or not developing nations should be permitted to harness their natural resources to lift their people out of poverty. Many rich-nation delegates, particularly from Europe, say "no" as they fear such development will exacerbate climate change and ecological degradation. - Sunday 6 December 2009

The Southern Sudan Electoral Committee has announced that more than three million voters have registered during the period of the voter registration exercise, which ends in two days time. - Sunday 6 December 2009

Morocco - United Kingdom - Spain - Western Sahara
Last night as flight VAD652 was preparing for take-off news came through that the Moroccan authorities had refused the plane permission to land. On board were four Spanish government officials, a doctor and the Nobel Peace Prize nominee Aminatou Haidar who has been on hunger strike in Lanzarote airport since being deported there from her home in Western Sahara on 14th November. It had been assumed that the 22 minute flight to Laayoune had been agreed to by the Moroccan government but today it emerged that no such agreement had existed. - Sunday 6 December 2009

Sudan People’s Liberation Army, (SPLA), has said that South Sudan will be ’free of illegal arms’ by mid 2010. SPLA Spokesperson, Kuol Dim Kuol said that there is a need to get rid of illegal arms so as to gurantee security in all parts of southern Sudan. - Saturday 5 December 2009

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