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Cameroon: Mercy Ships – First Contingent of Patients Welcomed

By Choves Loh

Beneficiaries have been exhorted to receive the work of generosity with respect and dignity.

Some patients from the regions of the country are now lodged at the Tergal District Hospital in the Douala III Subdivision. These are those who arrived on Monday, August 21, in view of consultation and treatment by the hospital ocean-going vessel, Africa Mercy, which has effectively decked at the Douala Seaport. In order to ensure a befitting welcome of patients, the first contingent of patients is being lodged at the Hope Center of the Tergal District Hospital. Strengthened with security sentinels and a call center for calls in case of an emergency, the structure is equipped with hospital beds, mattresses and a technical section for Mercy Ships medical operations. Three wards have been allotted at the Laquintinie Hospital to that effect: these include the Samuel Eto’o Fils’ Pavilion, a hospitalisation ward and a maintenance ward. These structures have been equipped with beds with the assistance of the military which has provided beds and mattresses. Patients are still being awaited at the hospital. A team of the visiting medical doctors has begun setting up medical equipments for surgical operations and consultations.

The population of Nylon in the Douala III Subdivision have demonstrated their appreciation to the Head of State for the hospital ship which will bring health to 4,500 Cameroonians free of charge and for the choice of the Tergal District Hospital. There is a programme throughout the ten months that Mercy Ships will be in Cameroon. There is a travel plan from the regions to Douala and eventually to the seaport. There is also a plan to receive, schedule and treat patients. Littoral’s Delegate of Public Health, Martin Yamba Beyas, called on beneficiaries to receive the work of generosity in respect and dignity. He disclosed that some patients who have been retained but who may not be able to come for one reason or the other will be replaced by other patients, but that will only be known and done in due course of the operation. Cameroon is to provide 4,500 patients for the free consultation and treatment thanks to the negotiations of the Head of State with the world’s largest private mobile humanitarian hospital. The Littoral alone has registered 1,706 patients who will be re-selected to one thousand based on gravity of the illness. Priority will be given to children, girls as well as women with obstetric fistula.

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Paul Kagame’s Inauguration Speech – Lessons for African Leaders

opinionBy Socrates Mbamalu

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame in his inauguration speech made strong statements about African unity and agency. “The governance and prosperity of Africa cannot be outsourced, ” Kagame noted. We consider his inauguration speech a strong message to African leaders to deliver and honour their election promises.

When Major General Paul Kagame led the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) during a bitter conflict, he took over a country abandoned by the world, fractured and left to bleed. Now as president, Kagame has led Rwanda towards political stability, and the country has recorded positive economic growth. Rwanda recently went to the polls and after a landslide win, Kagame was sworn in as President, a third term endorsed by Rwandans. In his inauguration speech, Kagame took a swipe at French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial civilisation statement and said, “Africa has no civilizational problems, only assets.”

In the presence of several heads of states, Kagame’s speech was in no way different from the African Union agenda he’s been pushing for; a united economically, politically and independent Africa.

In the speech Kagame said, “Every African country has to contend with efforts to force us to live on someone else’s terms. They demand that we replace systems that are working well for us with dogmas in which their own people are rapidly losing faith.”

President Kagame has been under fire from critics, particularly Western and European media for running for a third term, many of them forcing the definition of western democracy on African countries and arguing that Kagame is an autocratic leader oppressing citizens. In his speech Kagame took a swipe at the criticism and clearly stated, “there is no single model for nation-building.”

VIDEO: Acting President @ProfOsinbajo attended the inauguration of President @PaulKagame in Kigali, Rwanda, yesterday pic.twitter.com/Xxxzp0zC2J

– Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) August 19, 2017

Kagame’s address was reminiscent of speeches made by African leaders during the 60s when the spirit of Pan Africanism was fervent. With emphasis on African unity, it is unfortunate, the AU itself has been unable to play defining roles in various crises in Africa.

Africa’s future, many have said is dependent on Africa creating solutions to its own problems. Kagame captured the calls to have homegrown solutions aptly when he said, “The governance and prosperity of Africa cannot be outsourced.”

Kagame’s inauguration speech could be seen as a call to Africa and its leaders to learn from post-colonial mistakes and forge a new Africa for the future.

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TPDC to Avail More Gas Into Homes, Industries

By Alvar Mwakyusa

THE Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is drafting a master plan for setting up infrastructure to supply natural gas to industries and houses in some regions.

Available statistics indicate this country currently uses just a tiny fraction of the resource – 70 million cubic feet out of the total capacity of 784 million cubic feet of the gas – from Mtwara and Songo Songo, a mere ten per cent that currently goes into power generation to some industries.

TPDC Acting Managing Director Eng. Kapuulya Musomba says that the envisaged infrastructure would facilitate better and cost-effective supply of gas.

“The plan is to have the infrastructure which will attract new industries … (because) … the real challenge is many of the existing factories are scattered,” he explained.

Musomba made his remarks in response to queries by members of parliamentary budget committee who visited the natural gas receiving plants — Kinyerezi I and Kinyerezi II gas-fired power generation plants.

The legislators led by committee chairperson Ms Hawa Ghasia had challenged TPDC “to scale-up” its pace of distributing gas to factories to support the government’s industrialization plan.

“My committee will tour the entire route of the gas pipeline .. all the way from Mtwara … (in order) to identify key projects along the line,” Ms Ghasia explained.

Earlier, deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals Dr Medard Kalemani informed the MPs that 37 factories had since been connected to gas, and that plans were underway to connect an additional 40 industries.

” … we have 57.3 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves … this is more than enough power to meet domestic and industrial demand,” Dr Kalemani explained.

The deputy minister further explained that execution of the four phases at Kinyerezi would produce over 1,175MW of electricity through natural gas.

At Kinyerezi II power plant, a project manager assured the MPs that 30MW of the 240MW would be fed into the national grid by next December.

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Tanzania: TPDC to Avail More Gas Into Homes, Industries

By Alvar Mwakyusa

THE Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is drafting a master plan for setting up infrastructure to supply natural gas to industries and houses in some regions.

Available statistics indicate this country currently uses just a tiny fraction of the resource – 70 million cubic feet out of the total capacity of 784 million cubic feet of the gas – from Mtwara and Songo Songo, a mere ten per cent that currently goes into power generation to some industries.

TPDC Acting Managing Director Eng. Kapuulya Musomba says that the envisaged infrastructure would facilitate better and cost-effective supply of gas.

“The plan is to have the infrastructure which will attract new industries … (because) … the real challenge is many of the existing factories are scattered,” he explained.

Musomba made his remarks in response to queries by members of parliamentary budget committee who visited the natural gas receiving plants — Kinyerezi I and Kinyerezi II gas-fired power generation plants.

The legislators led by committee chairperson Ms Hawa Ghasia had challenged TPDC “to scale-up” its pace of distributing gas to factories to support the government’s industrialization plan.

“My committee will tour the entire route of the gas pipeline .. all the way from Mtwara … (in order) to identify key projects along the line,” Ms Ghasia explained.

Earlier, deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals Dr Medard Kalemani informed the MPs that 37 factories had since been connected to gas, and that plans were underway to connect an additional 40 industries.

” … we have 57.3 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves … this is more than enough power to meet domestic and industrial demand,” Dr Kalemani explained.

The deputy minister further explained that execution of the four phases at Kinyerezi would produce over 1,175MW of electricity through natural gas.

At Kinyerezi II power plant, a project manager assured the MPs that 30MW of the 240MW would be fed into the national grid by next December.

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Tanzania: Dar Seeks Health Insurance for the Poor

By Hilda Mhagama

AS health stakeholders push for more inclusion in health insurance coverage, various non-governmental organizations and Dar es Salaam city authorities have teamed up to explore ways to improve access to health services to the city’s marginalized communities.

Speaking during a twoday dialogue in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Dar es Salaam city mayor Isaya Mwita said the meeting was called specifically to enhance and ensure accessible healthcare for poor and marginalized groups.

“… As the city population grows … it’s crucial that we come up with better ways to provide better health services to our people,” he noted. Health insurance coverage is still low in Tanzania.

By June 2013, the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) was estimated to have covered a paltry 6.6 per cent of the city’s population, and that the Community Health Fund (CHF) covers another 7.3 per cent of the population based on the 2012 Census.

NHIF benefits cover spouses and up to four dependants. Organised by the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) and the Germany social welfare organisation-Diakonie Hamburg, the dialogue was a continuation of previous talks in 2013 which aimed at comparing experiences in Hamburg and Dar es Salaam in terms of quality and financing mechanisms.

Mr Mwita also said the dialogue would provide a better platform for the organizations to share experience with Dar authorities on finding other ways that could help extend insurance coverage to the needy and marginalized group.

CSSC Executive Director Peter Maduki said health services coordinated by the organization covers a total of 900 health facilities spanning 102 hospitals, two among them zonal referral and consultant specialized hospitals, and that 38 others were designated district hospitals, 104 health centres and 694 dispensaries.

Dar es Salaam regional Social Welfare Officer Ms Flora Masue said the city has 35 hospitals, 58 health centres, 427 dispensaries run either by government or private operators.

She said the marginalized groups that were rarely covered by health insurance include the elderly, orphans and people with disabilities.

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Dar Seeks Health Insurance for the Poor

By Hilda Mhagama

AS health stakeholders push for more inclusion in health insurance coverage, various non-governmental organizations and Dar es Salaam city authorities have teamed up to explore ways to improve access to health services to the city’s marginalized communities.

Speaking during a twoday dialogue in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Dar es Salaam city mayor Isaya Mwita said the meeting was called specifically to enhance and ensure accessible healthcare for poor and marginalized groups.

“… As the city population grows … it’s crucial that we come up with better ways to provide better health services to our people,” he noted. Health insurance coverage is still low in Tanzania.

By June 2013, the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) was estimated to have covered a paltry 6.6 per cent of the city’s population, and that the Community Health Fund (CHF) covers another 7.3 per cent of the population based on the 2012 Census.

NHIF benefits cover spouses and up to four dependants. Organised by the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) and the Germany social welfare organisation-Diakonie Hamburg, the dialogue was a continuation of previous talks in 2013 which aimed at comparing experiences in Hamburg and Dar es Salaam in terms of quality and financing mechanisms.

Mr Mwita also said the dialogue would provide a better platform for the organizations to share experience with Dar authorities on finding other ways that could help extend insurance coverage to the needy and marginalized group.

CSSC Executive Director Peter Maduki said health services coordinated by the organization covers a total of 900 health facilities spanning 102 hospitals, two among them zonal referral and consultant specialized hospitals, and that 38 others were designated district hospitals, 104 health centres and 694 dispensaries.

Dar es Salaam regional Social Welfare Officer Ms Flora Masue said the city has 35 hospitals, 58 health centres, 427 dispensaries run either by government or private operators.

She said the marginalized groups that were rarely covered by health insurance include the elderly, orphans and people with disabilities.

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Tanzania: Ethiopian Airlines to Promote Tanzania

TANZANIA’S premiere tourist board is poised to enlist the support of three airlines — Ethiopian Airlines, Air Tanzania and Coastal Aviation – in a new partnership to promote tourism via an indoor venture known as Swahili International Tourism Expo, or SITE for short.

An agreement to that effect was signed in Dar es Salaam yesterday between TTB and the airlines, paving way for staging a three-day tourism expo in Dar es Salaam starting October 13, 2017.

Code-named SITE 2017, the ‘expo’ will be staged at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre.

Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony, TTB Managing Director Ms Devota Mdachi said the expo opens another practical avenue to sell the country’s tourism attractions across the world.

“… In this joint initiative… TTB will be working closely with the friendly airlines and explore how best we could take tourists to places neighbouring famous attractions … and where possible, inside the attractions,” she explained.

Ethiopian Airlines resident manager Dahlak Teferi said the airline was proud to be part of the sponsors of the expo, adding that “Ethiopian Airlines looks forward to participating as ‘a dependable’ stakeholder in making tourism attractions in East Africa and the Horn of Africa known across the globe.

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Germans Build Houses Worth Over 60bn/ – for Serengeti Park Rangers

THE Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof Jumanne Maghembe yesterday received three office and four residential buildings handed over by the German Ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Detlef Wächter.

The buildings were constructed within the framework of the Serengeti Ecosystem Development and Conservation Project, which is financed by the development bank of German, KfW, on behalf of the government of the federal republic of Germany.

A statement from the German Embassy in Dar es Salaam says the project was implemented through the Tanzania National Parks and that additional financing and implementation support came from the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

The new houses are located at Fort Ikoma on the north-western boundary of the wildlife park.

“These new buildings greatly strengthen the park authorities’ presence in the Serengeti and we appreciate this contribution of our German partners to the protection of the ecosystem,” the minister said during the hand-over ceremony.

The Serengeti National Park has moved most staff out of the inner sanctuary to reduce the human ‘ecological footprint’ within the natural landscape.

On his part, German Ambassador Dr Wächter said Tanzania and Germany could look back on a long and successful partnership in protecting the Serengeti.

“These new buildings are another manifestation of our commitment to further strengthen this partnership and to conserve this ecosystem,” the German envoy said. The statement says the Serengeti ecosystem development and conservation project now holds a portfolio amounting to 24m Euro (approximately 58bn/-).

The project aims at effective conservation and sustainable use of natural resources as well as at rural development in selected districts adjacent to the Serengeti to ensure that the globally significant ecosystem remains intact.

Community-based conservation and benefitsharing are key components of the the project – with TANAPA playing a key role in partnership with the Frankfurt Zoological Society, the natural resources ministry as well as the two neighbouring districts of Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

Construction of the three offices and four residential buildings was commissioned by FZS, the statement noted. “The office buildings will provide quality working space for up to twenty park management and outreach staff. The residential houses can accommodate up to seven employees and will help to reduce the housing shortages of the park outreach staff.

” the statement read in part. The cost of construction was put at EUR 580,000, (approximately 1.4bn/-) – between June 2016 and July 2017 – all within the SEDCP project, and that 25 more housing units for 50 rangers were slated over the next three years. The houses were built using Hydraform bricks, both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

The bricks are sun-dried and do not require wasteful need wood burning – as is the case in traditional brick-making.

And, since they’re interlocking, they do not require the use of heavy mortar either.

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Jubilee Upper Hand in Trans Nzoia Speaker Race

By Ibrahim Oruko

The race for the Trans Nzoia County Speaker position has narrowed down to a Jubilee affair despite the county’s governor, Patrick Khaemba, being elected on a Ford Kenya ticket.

Mr Khaemba who retained his seat is now caught up in a county assembly dominated by Jubilee Party which has a total of 12 MCAs followed by Ford Kenya with eight, while three MCAs were elected as independents. ANC and ODM have one MCA each.

So far, lawyer Charles Wabwoba and Kwanza constituency parliamentary aspirant loser Joshua Werunga have emerged as the only aspirants for the Speaker position and they are affiliated to the Jubilee Party.

ELECTIONS

Whereas Mr Wabwoba has been campaigning for the seat for over one year now, Mr Werunga is a new entrant into the race after he lost in the parliamentary elections.

Candidates interested in the seat and are affiliated to National Super Alliance include current Speaker David Sifuna, who vied as an independent candidate for the Trans Nzoia Senator seat but lost and County Assembly lawyer Katama Ngeywa.

Others are Trans Nzoia Public Service Board Secretary Clare Namenge, former Bikeke Girls’ Principal Susan Murumba, Mr Nathaniel Tum, Mr Andrew Wanyonyi and lawyer Nick Biketi.

Lawyer Biketi unsuccessfully vied for Kwanza MP seat.

According to political analysts, tribe might also be a factor in determining the next Speaker.

Mr Wabwoba is banking on his close relationships with the MCAS and his experience in legislative drafting and policy formulation as key in his quest for the position.

CORRUPTION

“I represented pro bono the MCAs, who were accused of corruption in court and also most of those who filed petitions both with the political parties tribunal and IEBC during nominations,” he said.

In early this year, 38 MCAs, the Speaker Mr Sifuna and Clerk of the Trans Nzoia County Assembly were arrested over corruption allegations of obtaining illegal imprests.

Whereas Mr Werunga is counting on his experience having also at one time served as a Mayor of Kitale Town Council, Mr Wabwoba accuses him of having no understanding of legal issues.

“Knowledge of legal issues will go a long way in guiding MCAs in effectively carrying out their legislative mandate. I will use my experience as a lawyer to guide the MCAs and put the county government of check,” Mr Wabwoba said.

So far, the Jubilee MCAs are working together with the independent MCAs in an effort to win the Speaker seat.

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Africa: Ifad President and the Finnish Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministries to Discuss Long-Term Investments in Agriculture As Key to Ending Severe…

press release

Rome — The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo, will travel to Finland this week to meet with officials at the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance to discuss their shared commitment to support the poorest and most marginalized people in the world

On his first official visit to the country since taking office earlier this year, Houngbo will meet with Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Risto Artjoki, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance, and Under-Secretary of State Elina Kalkku, Governor of Finland to IFAD, among others. In addition, Houngbo will make a special visit to speak with representatives of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners.

Since it started operations in 1978, IFAD-supported programmes have reached 464 million rural people in over 100 countries, supporting them to grow and sell more food, adapt to climate change, and improve their livelihoods. In addition, IFAD, a specialized agency of the United Nations, works to empower women and create opportunities for rural youth.

Houngbo’s visit to Finland comes at a time when more than 30 million children, women and men are at risk of famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – more than the combined population of Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Finland has been a strong advocate for linking immediate humanitarian assistance in times of emergency with that of long-term development.

“Emergency response is essential, but investment in long-term rural development is essential if we are to have any hope of averting future crises,” said Houngbo ahead of the visit. “IFAD and Finland share a long-standing commitment to investing in innovative approaches, particularly those that achieve greater gender equality to ensure rural women have the tools and skills they need to increase their incomes and improve their communities.”

Fifty per cent of people receiving services from IFAD-supported projects in 2016 were women.

Finnish funds enabled IFAD to work with other UN agencies to implement the Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (RWEE) programme in seven countries across Asia and Africa. The programme aims to improve food and nutrition security, increase incomes and to enhance participation in decision-making at community level.

Finland has been a major partner of IFAD since 1978 and has to date pledged more than US$94.5 million to IFAD’s regular resources and US$7.1 million to the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP). Finland has also contributed $12.2 million to the Special Programme for sub-Saharan African countries affected by drought and desertification in1985. In addition, Finland has provided IFAD with an additional $6.6 million in supplementary funds to enhance gender equality, technical innovation and environment sustainability in the most remote areas of the globe and in fragile contexts.

MA No.: IFAD/14/2017

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$18.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 464 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub. For more about IFAD, visit www.ifad.org.

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