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Facebook to Hold Contest for 15 Africa Start-Ups in Nairobi

By Muthoki Mumo

Facebook is set to host in Nairobi a competition for 15 African start-ups that will culminate in the winner getting a Sh2.6 million ($25,000) award and a visit to San Francisco, the headquarters of the social media website.

The competition has been organised in partnership with the American news site TechCrunch.

It is the culmination of a months-long search for the most promising start-ups on the continent. Over 1,000 companies submitted applications to participate in the competition.

Facebook says the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is part of broader efforts to localise its Africa strategy. It follows the visit by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to Africa last year.

“The whole aim is to continue the narrative, to bring the eyes of the world to see what is happening in the region,” said Chukwuemeka Afigbo, Facebook’s head for products partnerships.


The winning company will also get an opportunity to participate in Disrupt San Francisco 2018, an event where start-ups will exhibit their products and go up against their global peers.

TechCrunch has been running similar competitions across the world since 2007. The news firm says that contestants at these competitions have gone on to raise over Sh722.8 billion ($7 billion) in funding.

In addition to the TechCrunch competition, Facebook’s Africa team is also hosting a training workshop for developers and a conference for women in the technology sector.

Facebook established its physical presence in Africa in 2014. Recently, the company has become especially active as it aims to get more people connected to the web and therefore use its products.

Most recently, the company partnered with Surf Kenya to provide cheap WiFi connectivity.

Facebooks says that there are now more than 600 Surf Kenya WiFi hotspots in Nairobi and its environs.


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Angola: Minister Wants More Efficient Mineral and Oil Resources Sector

Luanda — The Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, Diamantino Azevedo, announced on Tuesday that a new organic statute will be created in the coming days to merge the Ministries of Geology and Mines and Petroleum Ministry so as to make it more efficient.

The two ministries were merged in the light of the new Executive, led by the Angolan President, João Lourenço, who was inaugurated on 26 September, resulting from the elections on 23 August.

Speaking to the press at the ceremony for the transfer of portfolios made with the outgoing minister, Francisco Queiroz, the cabinet official said that the new challenge is a demanding task, because it will bring together offices and reduce offices, as well as make the ministry more productive.

He justified that the merger does not mean that many will have to leave the functions they occupy, because they are key for the leverage of this ministry and wishes them to continue playing their role.

The official mentioned that the mining and oil geology sector plays a fundamental role in the national economy, so the challenge is high to enforce the MPLA governance programme, presented in the elections of August 2017, where the objectives and targets are defined.


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10 Women From Kenya, Rwanda to Represent EA At TechWomen

By Baraka Jefwa

Out of more than nearly 4,000 applicants, 10 women from Kenya and Rwanda have been selected to go to the United States to participate in TechWomen, a five-week program that empowers and connects emerging women leaders to create positive impact in their fields and their societies.

The programme got more than nearly 4,000 applicants. A lucky, 100 women from Africa, Central and South Asia and the Middle East were then selected. Rwanda and Kenya were the only countries from East Africa to have participants, who include:

Angelique Umutoniwase, Quality Assurance Senior Engineer, Rwanda Transport Development Agency

Chao Mbogo, Lecturer, Kenya Methodist University

Charity Wanjiku, Chief Operating Officer, Strauss Energy Ltd, Kenya.

lisabeth Ujeneza, Software Engineer, Rwanda Development Board

Janet Leparteleg, ICT Management Trainee, Kenya ICT Authority

Martine Mumararungu, IP Core Engineer, KT Rwanda Networks

Pascaline Umuhire, IT Business Analyst, ErnstYoung, Rwanda

Ruth Kaveke, Website Developer, ZoomIT East Africa Limited, Kenya

Solange Kalema, Account Manager, Techno Brain Limited Rwanda

Topy Muga, Senior Director, Financial Inclusion, Sub Saharan Africa, Visa Inc, Kenya

TechWomen, launched in 2011 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Emerging Leaders are selected to participate in TechWomen based on educational and professional accomplishments, as well as potential and commitment to inspire and support girls in STEM. IIE has matched Emerging Leaders with mentors from 32 Silicon Valley and Greater San Francisco Bay Area companies based on each Emerging Leader’s background and goals.

Google, Twitter and the Chan Zuckerburg Biohub are among more than 30 leading tech companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley that will be hosting the emerging women leaders in science and technology from 20 countries for an intensive program of mentoring and professional exchange this month.

“TechWomen provides me with the necessary tools and methods to become a better entrepreneur, as well as creating an opportunity for me to learn from some of the world’s most successful companies,” said Aseel AlMusa of Jordan. Aseel is a serial entrepreneur, currently serving as CEO of Adamtech Limited, an incubator for small businesses, and will be hosted at LinkedIn.

The emerging women leaders will work in projects at their host companies and attend workshops with program partners to develop projects that address socioeconomic issues back home in their communities.

TechWomen experience, I want to use the knowledge I learned to help the start-up companies in my country thrive and reach their optimum levels. This will help to create new job opportunities in my community.” AlMusa added.

Sevens Stars Target WC Qualification

By Deus Bugembe

Kampala — The mere thought that the Rugby Cranes Sevens side fancy themselves for a place at the World Cup tells how fast the shorter version of the game in the country has improved after almost a decade of slumber.

Coach Tolbert Onyango deserves his share of credit for this revitalisation phase since his appointment in 2015.

It would be safe to take the Kenyan born coach serious if he said Uganda deserves and has what it takes to qualify for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup at the iconic AT&T Park in San Francisco.

“We know the route there, win the Africa Cup and you are there,” he told Daily Monitor during the launch of the Africa Rugby Sevens Championship due on October 6-7 yesterday.

Uganda are defending champions of the Africa Cup and repeating the feat they achieved in Nairobi last year would guarantee Uganda their first World Cup appearance, something the ladies’ side achieved in 2007 in Dubai.

It would also take them on a familiar route of the HSBC Rugby Sevens Series Qualification.

Uganda will be seeded first when they host Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Madagascar, Senegal, Namibia, Morocco and Ghana for the continental showpiece to be hosted at Legends Rugby Club.

“We have tasted the international stage and we want more, we have what it takes to get to the World Cup and it’s what we are targeting when the Africa Cup starts,” added Onyango.

With Guinness coming on board with a Shs200m annual kitty for the sevens side, the financial burden will be sized down starting with a trip to Munich, Germany where Uganda will play in the Oktoberfest 7s to test how ready they are to defend their Africa Cup.

While a second place finish would ensure Uganda miss out on a trip to San Francisco, it would take them to the other side of the world in Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth games.

The Selected side is a familiar one with only 18 year old Black Pirates’ Desire Ayera joining without ever experiencing sevens rugby at the top level.

Brian Kikawa returns to the side after years of absence and he’s joined by James Ijongat.

Rugby Cranes’ Sevens team

Ramadhan Govule, Eric Kasiita (captain), Desire Ayera, Adrian Kasiito, James Ijongat, Michael Wokorach, Phillip Wokorach, James Odong, Timothy Kisiiga, Pius Ogena, Brian Kikaawa, Fred Odur.


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Kenya Lionesses Miss World Cup Slot

By Ayumba Ayodi

The end of the journey looked near but yet far for Kenya Lionesses as they lost to South Africa for the fourth consecutive time in the Women’s Rugby Africa Sevens Cup final on Sunday in Monastir, Tunisia.

The 17-12 loss saw Kenya miss out on next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens due July 20-21 at AT&T Park, San Francisco, USA, with South Africa snatching the only ticket for Africa.

However, South Africa and Kenya Lionesses will represent Africa at next year’s Commonwealth Games due April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia. The competition doubled up as the qualifiers for the “Club” Games for Commonwealth countries.

South Africa took the lead with a try, but the enterprising Sinaida Aura brought the Lionesses back in the hunt with a try, as Janet Okello followed with a similar. Doreen Remour converted one for the 12-5 lead at the break.

South Africa, who were chasing their fifth consecutive win, came back strongly in the second half to score two tries and a conversion. They chased on their numbers when Chris Steinobel scored after Remour was sin-binned.

Zenay Jordan was to score the winner for South Africa as the Lionesses rued their lost chances.

Earlier, Janet Okello scored a brace of tries as Kenya landed four tries to beat hosts Tunisia 26-7 and reach the final. South Africa bundled out Uganda 27-0 in the other semi-final.

In the semis, Philadelphia Olando and Celestine Masinde engaged in a thrilling exchange that tore Tunisia defence apart in the middle where Okello sliced through for the first try. Janet Owino converted for a 7-0 lead.

Tunisia defence proved solid with good attacking to gain inroad in Lionesses half. Oumayma Dziri would cash on Kenya’s unforced handling errors to charge from the ruck to score and level 7-7 at the break.

Kenya were reduced to six players on resumption when Sinaida Aura was sin-binned for infringement but that didn’t shake the Lionesses.

Against the run of play, Okello chalked an overhead kick almost at the middle of the field before charging pass Tunisia defence to pick the ball inside their opponents 5m before landing a pulsating try.

Owino added the extras to stretch the lead to 14-7 before Stacy Owino stole the lineout ball to put Olando through for their third try for 19-7 lead. Aura returned to round off Tunisia defence on the left flank for their last try.

In the quarters, Aura landed four tries as Kenya Lionesses crushed Morocco 47-0 to set up Tunisia who edged out Zimbabwe 24-7.

Defending champions South Africa whacked Senegal 43-0 to set up Uganda in the other semi-final at 3.34pm. Uganda had beaten Madagascar 12-5 to advance.

The Lionesses won possession at the breakdown to see Aura sneaking through to score before going for her brace. Remour converted as the Lionesses led 14-0 against Morocco.

Okello’s quick ball set up Sheila Chajira for the Lionesses third try before Remour added the extras to stretch the lead to 21-0. Masinde crossed the line before Remour converted for a 28-0 lead at the break.

Aura completed her hat-trick after she cashed on Morocco’s blunder. The Lionesses were awarded a penalty try as Remour curled over the conversions for a 42-0 lead. Aura finished it off with her fourth try.

Kenya Sevens Stars to Play in National Circuit

By Ayumba Ayodi

Kenya Sevens players who missed opening leg of the National Sevens Circuit, Driftwood Sevens held in Mombasa at the weekend will be allowed to take part in the second leg of the circuit.

The second leg of the circuit, Kabeberi Sevens, will be held this weekend at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi. Before the start of the series, Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu had asked national team players to skip the first two legs of the series and to instead attend high performance training in Nairobi.

But Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela has said that it will be prudent for the players to take part in the circuit to allow the technical bench come up with a wider squad, considering that the 2017/2018 season will be big and busy.

Besides the 10 events in the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series, Kenya Sevens will take part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games due for April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia and the 2018 Rugby World Cup planned for July 20 -22 in San Francisco, USA.

A total of 15 players are with the Kenya Sevens team, undertaking a high performance training in Nairobi ahead of the World Rugby Series starting with Dubai Sevens on December 1-2 in the United Arab Emirates.

Omwela said although Kenya Sevens head coach Simiyu had requested that the players skip two opening events of the series, he was of view that they play in all of the six local events.

“We have a long season ahead hence we want to get all the players playing and training together,” Omwela said.

“It’s our desire to have a pool of 30 players to select from, considering that there could be injuries, this being a long season.”


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Congo-Kinshasa: South Kivu Cholera Outbreak Threatens to Spread Out of Control

Photo: Radio Okapi/Ph. John Bompengo

South Kivu.

press release

A recently declared cholera outbreak in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, threatens to spread out of control unless a full response is implemented, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned. MSF teams are providing assistance in the towns of Minova, Bukavu, Bulengo, Numbi, Sebele, Nyange and Baraka, with the disease threatening to spread rapidly unless prevention measures are in place, including in the large towns of Minova and Bukavu.

MSF is running four cholera treatment centres in Minova, Baraka, Sebele and Bukavu, and three treatment units in Bulengo, Nyange and Numbi. To ease the burden on the country’s Ministry of Health, MSF teams are treating the patients in these structures and have provided more beds and equipment to increase the response capacity of the different health structures.

Since August, more than 1,200 patients have been treated by MSF for cholera in the different centres. There are currently 70 people being treated in Minova, 67 in Bukavu, 18 in Bulengo, and 22 in Baraka.

In Baraka, MSF has installed nine chlorination points to disinfect water, and has also donated materials to the centres in Kabeya, Ruzizi and Uvira. MSF has also assigned its most specialised personnel to the health structures to help manage the fight against the disease, in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Health.

However, the response to prevent and stop the spread of the disease has so far not been effective.

“We need to set up many more chlorination points, disinfect the houses of sick people, and carry out an awareness campaign as soon as possible,” said Francisco Otero y Villar, MSF head of mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In DRC, the dry season and a lack of water can force the population to get water from unhealthy sources, which fuels the spread of cholera. Many people in both Bukavu and Minova get their water from lakes or from other sources of non-drinkable water. Half of the cholera cases that have come to the Minova treatment centre are from a neighbourhood situated on the shores of Lake Kivu, which is not a source of drinkable water.

“People need to be provided with drinkable water, and health centres need to be equipped with the materials essential to treat everyone affected as quickly as possible”, explained Francisco Otero.


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Ugandan Chief of Defence Forces Visits the Country

The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) General David Muhoozi arrived in Somalia Tuesday on an official visit.

His visit to Somalia on a routine assessment mission, is his first since his appointment as Chief of Defence Forces.

During his visit, he will interact with troops, inspect their bases and engage with with several leaders. He is accompanied to Somalia by the senior UPDF officials.

“The purpose of the visit is to check on the troops; it is a routine visit but also coming on the heels of the recent incident in Goryowein. It was planned that we come and meet the officers and men in the Mission area and that is the purpose of my coming today,” Gen. Muhoozi said on arrival in the capital Mogadishu.

Gen. Muhoozi met with AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh and the AU Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.

They discussed the current security situation in Somalia and measures being undertaken to support the peace process.

“I want to express my recognition and thanks to the people and government of Uganda for their generosity and commitment to the objectives of the African Union. I want to really express my profound admiration for the brave soldiers of AMISOM Ugandan Contingent for the wonderful work they are doing here,” Ambassador Madeira said, after their meeting.

He lauded Uganda’s contribution to the AU Mission, saying the troops had made a major contribution to Somalia’s stabilization. The SRCC condoled with the families of gallant soldiers who have fallen in the battle to rid the country of terrorists.

In his remarks, the Uganda CDF paid tribute to the troops who bravely fought Al-Shabaab militants in a recent ambush in Goryowein, in Lower Shabelle region.

“I appeal to them to stand firm, to stay the course knowing too well that we can’t be derailed by what happened,” Gen. Muhoozi said. “We are with them in thought and those that lay their lives here, don’t do so in vain.”

Uganda was the first country to deploy troops in Somalia in March 2007 and contributes 6000 troops to the AU Mission.


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Geoffrey Kimani Returns in Kenya Sevens Set Up

By Brian Yonga

Geoffrey Kimani has been re-appointed Kenya Sevens Strength and Conditioning Coach for a third stint, a statement from Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) said on Friday.

Kimani’s two previous spells were from 2008-2011 and 2015-16 alongside former head coach Benjamin Ayimba and he will now work under new tactician Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu.

Kimani returns after one year to take the position left by Englishman Ian Gibbons who quit just after two months.

Shujaa are set to start their preparations for their upcoming 2017/18 campaign which include the Safari Sevens, the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA.


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Angola: Mining Sector More Competitive With Laúca Dam

Cacuso — The Angolan mining and geology sector is as from now more competitive than other African countries with the inauguration of the Laúca Dam in northern Malanje province.

This was said Sunday in Cacuso, Malanje, by the minister of Geology and Mining, Francisco Queiroz.

According to the minister, the construction of the Laúca Dam has an extraordinary value as the power it will generated will favor the emergence of great projects in the mining sector.

The increase in the production of electricity through the creation of new projects is crucial to the rise in new business since the transformation of mining products requires a lot of power.

“We have been observing the diversification of the mining sector, but this suffers a bit with the costly conditions of generation of energy, as it mostly used thermal energy which slightly increased the costs of production,” the minister stated.


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