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Malawi: Mchinji District Achieves 13% Reduction On HIV Prevalence Rate

By Aaron Banda

Mchinji — The HIV and Nutrition Officer for Mchinji, Patrick Mulenga has said the district has managed to achieve a 13 percent decrease on HIV prevalence rate within the period of ten years.

Mulenga made the remarks Friday during a tour by the Malawi Partnership Forum for HIV and Aids.

He said the district has managed to achieve the decrease due to interventions that were put in place, such as engaging the youths in the fight against new infections and provision of HIV testing and counseling among others.

“We have seen some positive impacts on the role played by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) implementing youth programs in the district. Engagement of youths in HIV prevention is very beneficial as you can see the Malawi Demographic and Health Survey, HIV prevalence rate for young people has reduced,” he said.

Malawi Partnership Forum for HIV and Aids Official, Annabel Dzimadzi, who is the chairperson for the group commended the district for the achievement and has asked other districts to learn some of the interventions from the district so that Malawi continues reducing new virus infections.

“Mchinji district has managed to put a lot of infected people on treatment meaning now the infections are reducing. Mchinji is a bordering district where serious interactions are done as you know it has various groups of people who are vulnerable to the virus, like truck drivers and sex workers who are too mobile,” she said.

Vice chairperson for the National Aids Commission (NAC) Board of Commissioners, Reverend Ronald M’mangisa, said the Board is concerned with poor coordination on the ground among stakeholders working in the fight against HIV in different districts in the country.

M’mangisa stressed that if this continues there would be wastage of resources through duplication of programs.

“As Board of Commissioners, we are going to sit down and see the way forward so that we instantly coordinate these NGOs so that things start moving in the right direction.

Mchinji is progressing well in achieving 90: 90: 90 and we believe if we as a country continue doing that, come 2030 the percentage of new virus will be reduced,” he said.

The team of Malawi Partnership Forum for HIV and Aids during their three day trip toured three districts of Ntcheu, Dedza and Mchinji where they visited different NGOs working on HIV and Aids programs.

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East Africa: EA Region to Benefit From Agricultural Financing

By Victor Kiprop

East African countries are among the beneficiaries of a new multibillion agricultural funding programme aimed at increasing incomes and improving the food security of 30 million households in 11 African countries by 2021.

Ethiopia, Kenya Tanzania and Rwanda are among the priority countries set to benefit from the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (Piata), which will provide up to $280 million for agricultural transformation.

The project, which was launched a week ago at the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum, is from a partnership of the Rockefeller Foundation, USAid and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that have been supporting agricultural initiatives separately in Africa.

According to Mamadou Biteye, the managing director of the Rockerfeller Foundation Africa Regional Office, the partnership will allow the partners to complement efforts and leverage on their networks for greater impact.

“We are looking forward to deploying the technologies that we have helped develop over the years, to gather our shared knowledge and grant support to work with our esteemed partners.

Together we hope to catalyse Africa’s pursuit for prosperity through agriculture,” Mr Biteye said.

The launch of the project is in line with the goals laid out in the 2014 Maputo declaration to enhance investment finance and resilience in livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other shocks.

Sean Jones, the senior deputy assistant administrator at USAid said Piata offers a new way of doing business to ensure food security and economic growth.

Agnes Kalibata, the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, hailed the partnership, saying that the partnership would contribute significantly towards accelerating Africa’s path to prosperity by growing inclusive economies and jobs through agriculture.

“Piata will be critical in bringing key players together to support governments in their push to fully unlock the potential of Africa’s smallholder farming and agribusiness,” she said.

Other beneficiaries of the strategic partnership are Ghana,Mali, Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Mozambique.

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Sudan: Trade Minister – Gum Arabic Manufacturing Way to Increase Exports, Reform of Trade Balance

Khartoum — The Trade Minister, Hatim Al-Si’ir, noted that the manufacturing of gum Arabic is the way to increase the added value, and then increase the revenue of the exports and the reform of the trade balance.

During his address to the workshop of the gum Arabic production, prospects of industry and marketing, organized by the council’s committees of the industry, trade and investment, and agriculture, irrigation, animal resources and forests, in collaboration with the general qualitative cooperative union of the producers of natural gum, the minister has stressed the National Accord Government concern to achieve a leap in the production of gum Arabic, indicating the government readiness to surpass obstacles and challenges facing the increase of gum Arabic production.

He pointed to the government efforts for combating the Mafia of gum Arabic smuggling, stressing the state’s capability to have control over the smuggling.

He called on participants at the workshop to come out with recommendations that would enable the state to manage the gum Arabic sector, organize the producers and aggrandize role of trade.

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Arusha Accord Can Still Inspire

analysisBy Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana

Burundi has just celebrated the 17th anniversary of the signing of the Arusha Agreement. In a crisis context, this compromised peace process could be used.

This anniversary coincides with another dialogue which is being held in Arusha by stakeholders in the Burundian conflict. A kind of remake that disappoints those who believed that the Arusha Accord had saved Burundi. It must be said that the negotiations resulted in a consensus. The international community and the sub-region had supported this process. Important personalities such as Julius Nyerere and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela were mediators.

It was necessary to put an end to the war, face up to the ethnic divisions that had cast tragic shadow to Burundi.

That is how the protagonists came to a compromise to help the country move forward. They eventually reached the signing of the Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. One of its achievements is the sharing of power among all Burundian ethnic groups.

15 years after a certain political stability, Burundi tragic history repeated in 2015. The crisis broke out with the announcement of the candidacy of President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand as a presidential candidate in the election.

The opposition and the civil society judged his candidacy as “illegal” and “illegitimate. To prove it, they referred to the Arusha Peace Agreement. One of its clauses stipulates that the president is entitled to “only two terms”. The ruling party also used the Constitution to object to the allegations of the opposition. For Cndd-Fdd, the first term of Pierre Nkurunziza was not made by direct universal suffrage. The failed coup d’état of 13 May 2015 worsened the situation. Several people were killed, thousands more forced into exile.

Two years later, the Arusha dialogue that started in 2016 seems deadlocked. Mediation and facilitation are provided by Ugandan President Museveni and former Tanzanian President Mkapa. The least that can be said is that they have difficulty putting the parties in conflict on the same table, like their counterpart Julius Nyerere, a few years ago.

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Presidential office: “This agreement contains an aberration”

The Senior Advisor to the President recognizes the legal status of the Arusha Peace Agreement as an ordinary law. For Willy Nyamitwe, some clauses of this agreement belong to a bygone era. “We cannot build our country on ethnic and divisive bases between Hutu and Tutsi. Those who were in Arusha did not represent all Hutus and Tutsis. “He also says these bases were distorted from the start because the Hutu and Tutsi concepts were attributed to us by colonists. Ambassador Willy Nyamitwe says that the Arusha Peace Agreement has helped to find a temporary solution.

“Nevertheless, it must be recognized that this agreement contains a certain aberration.”

Cnared supports the respect of the spirit and the letter of the Agreement

For the head of the opposition coalition in exile, no lasting solution to the Burundi crisis can be envisaged if the spirit and letter of the Arusha Agreement are not considered. He insists on inclusive and unconditional negotiations.

Charles Nditije deplores the will of Bujumbura to amend the Constitution. “This constitutes a red line and declaration of war to the Burundian people and will give a final and fatal halt to the negotiation process.”

The Coalition therefore calls on the Heads of State of the sub-region and the international community to dissuade the government from continuing the project. “If this is not the case, sanctions including an economic and arms embargo could be imposed against Bujumbura.”

Cndd-Fdd: “The Arusha Agreement does not supplant the Constitution”

The National Information and Communication Secretary for the ruling party says the Arusha Agreement is useful like other agreements such as the Charter of National Unity or the Comprehensive Agreement on the ceasefire between Cndd-Fdd and the government in 2003. Ninette Mutoni concludes saying that the Arusha Agreement is important as an agreement but cannot supplant the fundamental law which is the Constitution.

Léonard Nyangoma: “The spirit of the accord is more important than the text.”

The chairman of Cndd party says the most important thing to remember from Arusha is its spirit rather than the text, which also has shortcomings. According to Léonard Nyangoma, reckless individuals settled down after some discussions.

“We felt the need for more compromise”. He is optimistic about the current crisis. “I believe in the genius of my people”. Nevertheless, Léonard Nyangoma says the regime would come to negotiations after strong internal and external pressure. “Or a general insurrection will overthrow it because people have the last word and are invincible “.

Light on the genesis of the Arusha Agreement process

The peace process in Arusha did not happen overnight. It was the result of several internal and international initiatives .Overview

– October 1993, assassination of President Ndadaye. The country plunged into a serious socio-political crisis.

– September 1994, the Convention of Government was signed. It included the pledge to organize a “National Debate” on the major problems the country was faced with. Its realization has not progressed further.

– On 25 June 1996, the Heads of State of the sub-region organized a summit in Tanzania. President Sylvestre Ntibantunganya asked them to assist Burundi by sending an international force to Burundi. He said that once this was done, comprehensive and inclusive negotiations would start and would even include armed political movements which were Cndd, the current Cndd-Fdd and Palipehutu Fnl.

– 1995, the Community of Sant ‘Egidio was called on for reinforcement by Sylvestre Ntibantunganya. Sant ‘Egidio began contact with Burundian politico-military protagonists.

– On July 25, 1996, a coup led to Major Pierre Buyoya’s return to power. He began secretly negotiations with Cndd-Fdd through this community.

– 8 June 1998, signing of the Indonesia Peace Partnership. The crisis is in full swing. The executive that resulted from the coup d’état had difficulty in governing with the majority of parliamentarians from Frodebu party.

Together, they decided to enter into negotiations. The Inner Partnership for Peace was being built. To ease the process, the victim of the coup, Sylvestre Ntibantunganya participated in the investiture of Pierre Buyoya.

– At the end of June 1998, the Arusha process began, two weeks after the Internal Partnership for Peace.

Analysis of the Arusha Agreement

Ambassador Cyprien Mbonimpa participated in the Arusha Agreement negotiations as a spokesperson for the government delegation on peace and security issues. He speaks of the difficult signing of the agreement in 2000, which is the result of a long process. The compromises made it possible to stop the civil war and establish democratically elected institutions in 2005. “The Arusha Agreement is a heritage of the Burundian people. “However, he acknowledges that like any human work, the agreement certainly contains some points that should be updated. “It is a political agreement, that is to say, dynamic. There may be differences of interpretation as it happened in 2015.” These divergent interpretations could have found solutions if the partners had found it worth discussing them.

The sponsors of the Agreement, namely the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the countries of the region grouped today within the EAC, must help Burundians engage in a sincere dialogue. “Let us hope that the mediation of former President Mkapa and the new UN Special Representative will lead to real dialogue between Burundians. This is the only way to save the Arusha Agreement.”

For this diplomat, it would not be about negotiating a new agreement but agreeing on the best application of the Arusha Agreement and what should be improved or updated taking into account the developments in the Arusha Agreement situation since 2000.

Written by Agnes Ndirubusa and translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana

Liberia: Bridge Responds to PSL Critics

By Staff Writer

In the wake of barrage of criticisms from partners including Education International, and National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Marcus S. Wleh, Country Director of Bridge Academies, Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) said the PSL is the best option for improving learning outcomes in Liberia.

Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) is a pilot programme run by the Liberian Ministry of Education that selects non state school operators for the purpose of improving learning outcomes.

Since its inception, educational stakeholders have condemned the move by the Ministry of Education MOE describing it as an abandonment of an educational responsibility to the commercial benefit of a private company.

However, at a news conference Yesterday, Country Director Wleh said the campaigns have amounted to naught and it seems the organizers thereof, have no interest in the Liberian children on whose behalf the program is disrupting the status quo and changing learning outcomes.

He mentioned, “Bridge is only one of eight providers for Brac International. We have other operators including Street Child, Omega, Liberia Youth Network, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Rising Academies, and More Than Me.”

“Partnership school is not about Bridge only. We are scratching our heads on why is it that people are always using the name of Bridge instead of addressing the core issues,” he said.

He maintained despite the criticisms, Bridge PSL have enrolled over 9,000 students in 25 schools across the country over the course of the 2016/2017 academic year.

“Through the partnership, children attend strongly-managed public schools, where well-trained teachers are in class teaching the Liberian national curriculum for over eight hours a day,” he said.

He stated, “a new report ‘Learning in Liberia’ published by the Liberian Ministry of Education, Pencils of Promise, The Dean of Education at the University of Liberia and Bridge PSL public schools, reveals that over the course of a single semester, students in Bridge PSL public schools could read seven more words a minute and answer 6% more questions correctly about the story they just read. In math, they solved 2.6 more addition problems and 2.2 more subtraction problems in a minute.”

“Bridge PSL public school students made more progress toward achieving national literacy benchmarks. In just four months, 17 percent of Bridge PSL second graders met the reading fluency benchmark for the first time, compared to only 4 percent of second graders at traditional public schools,” he added.

Size 8 – DJ Moh and I Are Not Splitting Up

Photo: The Nation

DJ Mo and Size 8.

By Thomas Matiko

The blogosphere has been abuzz with rumours that celebrity couple and parents of Ladasha Belle, Size 8 Reborn and DJ Moh, are splitting up.

Several gossip blogs have reported that the couple, who have been married for almost four years, are not on good terms and that they no longer live together. The rumour mills went as far as mentioning that the two no longer share a bed.

Speaking to Nation.co.ke , Size 8 cleared the air.

“I will tell you this, as we speak I am with DJ Moh. We are from a meeting. He is dropping me off at home before proceeding to work and we will be together again in the evening in the same house when he gets back. Does that tell you anything? I am so used to all this gossip about me from all these blogs. It doesn’t affect me any bit because it is something that comes with the territory I am in.”

Size 8 married DJ Moh in a secret wedding after dating for several months.

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The Reverend John Gatu Passes On At Nairobi Hospital

By Wanderi Kamau

The Reverend John Gatu, the ex-Moderator of Presbyterian Church of East Africa who spilled beans on Mau Mau oaths during Jomo Kenyatta era, is dead

Close family and church sources on Friday confirmed to the Nation that the veteran clergy passed on at a Nairobi hospital on Thursday evening, where he had been admitted.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the the Gatu family, a family member said the reverend had been suffering for undisclosed disease some time.

Dr Gatu will be remembered for being outspoken against the excesses of previous governments, especially that of President Daniel Moi.

In late last year, he spilled beans on Mau Mau oath ceremonies in Mount Kenya region in an explosive biography– Fanning the Freedom– implicating Kenya’s founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

More follows.

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Kenya: The Hub Karen to Install 450kwz Power Plant

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — The Hub Karen Mall is set to install a 450 Kilowatt solar electric power generating plant as part of its going-green initiative.

The move is intended to cut the mall’s carbon dioxide emissions by 525.18 tonnes per year.

The installation of the rooftop solar panels is part of a strategy to position The Hub Karen Mall, as Africa’s premier green shopping destination.

According to Azalea Holdings Director, Philippe Cauviere, the solar farm project will generate 660,000 KWh of power per year, enough to provide for the entire day needs of the mall.

“Apart from the cost saving benefits, we are leveraging on renewable energy to address the larger environmental challenges facing the world today,” said Cauviere, adding that, “From the architectural conceptualization to the implementation of respective technologies, The Hub Karen Mall serves as a benchmark for green building construction.”

The solar power project is currently undergoing regulatory approvals and installation is expected to start once the approvals are finalised.

The mall that opened shop in February 2016, hosts local and international retailers that include the French retail giant Carrefour, Furniture Palace, Funscapes, F&F fashion, Bossini, Adidas, Reebok, Burger King, Dominos, KFC, Artcaffe and Ocean Basket among others.

The Hub Karen has been developed over two phases, the first phase being a 35,000sqm gross area (excluding parking), featuring a retail, offices, medical, wellness centre which opened on February 4th 2016; phase 2 will include more parking bays and a hotel/conference centre.

Currently, The Hub Karen is enjoying a more than 55,000 weekly foot-fall and features secure parking bays with a capacity to hold more than 1200 vehicles.

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Business Titans Told to Up the Ante in Fighting Poverty

By Maureen Odunga

The business community need to focus on ways of fighting poverty and create a favourable business environment, the Chairman of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Reginald Mengi has appealed ahead of the national business council slated for next week.

“Both private and public sector should focus on same goals in boosting the country’s development which includes fighting against poverty,” said Mr Mengi when he met members of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday evening. He said the private sector was playing significant role to promote development and has a shared interest in achieving development results.

The private sector is often an agent of change and a potential partner for implementing the development goals of the country, he said and called on the business leaders to explore ways on how their business strategies can align around the development goals of the country and galvanise action for development.

He pointed out that for the country to achieve its economic development goals, it requires joint efforts for everyone to go a step further. “We cannot have our business prosper if other left behind due to poverty, we depend on one another, therefore let’s work as a team to see the economy of our country growing,” he noted.

The TPSF Chairman also advocated for peace and harmony to attract more investments and a unified system that bares the same goals in the work environment. “Let’s all work hard, pay taxes and fight poverty among other issues to promote the development of our country,” he said.

According to the Executive Secretary of TNBC, Eng Raymond Mbilinyi, the purpose of the dialogue is to discuss and reach a mutual understanding on strategic issues affecting the business environment and investment climate in the country.

“Among areas is a dialogue on how to enhance and fast track industrialisation between the private and public sector,” he said.

The meeting will be chaired by President John Magufuli as a continuation of Smart Partnership Dialogue (SPD) series aimed at promoting the principles and practice of the ‘Smart Partnership’ approach to create cooperation between the government and the private sector in boosting industrialisation efforts.

He pointed out that members to the Council are 20 representatives from the Government and 20 others from the private sector ranging from business owners and others.

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Africa: Frost & Sullivan – Investment in Services and Technology Aids Growth Opportunities in Indonesia Automation and Process Control Market

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Singapore — Automation that easily integrates into IoT environments will boost spending in major industries

Government infrastructure plans, growing population, and the development of Mega Cities will transform the Indonesian automation and process control market. Automation and process control solutions are a key enabler for augmenting growth, and the development of industries such as power, food and beverage, and water and wastewater. Vendors investing in new service offerings and technologies will gain prominence.

“To differentiate their products and drive revenues, companies are offering innovative cybersecurity services for real-time monitoring of Internet of Things (IoT) machine-to-machine (M2M) traffic, including volume, advanced diagnostics, and fraud detection features,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Industry Analyst Krishnan Ramanathan.

Opportunities in Indonesia for Automation and Process Control System Manufacturers, Forecast to 2021, part of Frost & Sullivan’s Industrial Automation and Process Control Growth Partnership Service program, finds that the total automation and process control market in Indonesia generated $194.8 million in 2016 and is expected to reach revenues of $246.9 million in 2021.

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The top five automation and process control participants–Yokogawa, Siemens AG, Honeywell, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric–contributed 72.0 percent of total market revenue. Indosat embraces technology developments by focusing its strategies on investing in an extensive range of IoT and M2M products and services across connectivity, managed connectivity, and end-to-end solutions.

New automation technology that is easily integrated into IoT environments will boost IoT spending in major industries. Other noteworthy developments bolstering the market include:

The direct investment in Indonesia’s processed food and beverage industry surpassed $3.82 billion in 2016. Growth will be due to the increased use of processed foods, with Java being the major area of focus.

Indonesia has set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by close to 30 percent by 2030. The government plans to significantly boost renewable energy sources.

The number of e-commerce transactions in Indonesia is rising steadily, indicating the potential for IT-related solutions. Recently, multinational organizations such as IBM have forged ties with local organizations to help address the requirements pertaining to data center operations.

Indonesia will look to harness semiconductors that are used in the renewable power sector to meet the needs of its growing domestic and industrial requirements. Automation will play an important role in assembly and other areas that involve complex sequences and processes.

“Automation and process control system manufacturers should look towards opportunities in the renewable energy sector as power requirements increase and cleaner and cheaper sources of energy are targeted. The food and beverage, packaging, and electronics and semiconductors industries also offer opportunities for growth as lifestyles evolve and disposable incomes increase,” noted Ramanathan.

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