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Tanzania: PM Majaliwa asks new envy to embrace patriotism

Premier Kassim majiliwa has asked newly appointed envoys to practice patriotism while in service of the country [Image: @kassimmajaliwa/Twitter]
Tanzania—Kassim Majaliwa, Tanzania’s Prime Minister has asked on newly appointed envoys of Tanzania to get down the country’s economic diplomacy to attract foreign entrepreneurs.

Majaliwa met with the ambassadors on Tuesday at his Mlimwa office in Dodoma.

Noting that, “in line with serving your representative countries, make sure you protect the image of Tanzania while focusing on drawing tourists and enabling the country’s businessmen to do business overseas.”

According to him, the decision will also reduce the unemployment rate and improve the nation’s economy.

Asking the ambassadors to strive towards promoting investment, strengthening trade as well as finding markets for locally produced goods in their various countries of assignment.

Majaliwa further asked the ambassador to strengthen their relationship with the embassy officials as well as members of the diaspora. “I want to urge you all to ensure you help promote Kiswahili that can also be another source of employment for Tanzanians living abroad,” the premier noted.

The envoys were Professor Adelardus Kilangi (Brazil), Ambassador Said Juma Mshana (DR-Congo), Ambassador Alex Gabriel Kalua (Israel), Ambassador Said Shaib Mussa (Kuwait) and Ambassador Fredrick Ibrahim Kibuta (Russia).

Senegal: Eduardo Mendy crowned Best FIFA Goalkeeper 2021

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy becomes the first African to win FIFA Best Goalkeeper award [Image: courtesy]
Senegal—Edouard Mendy, Senegal’s goalkeeper triggered scenes of joy while away with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations after he became the first African to win FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper award.

The Chelsea goalkeeper, who is currently with his country at the African Cup of Nations pipped Italy and PSG goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper, Granit Xhaka to the award.

Mendy won the prestigious prize after a stellar year in between the sticks for Chelsea, where he helped guide the club to Champions League and UEFA Super Cup glory.

It’s been a sizzling and surreal last 12 months for Mendy, as he helped Chelsea to the Champions League and has been instrumental to the Blues’ improvement under Thomas Tuchel.

And after it was confirmed that he beat Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer to the award, he was treated like a hero by his Senegal teammates in what was a heart-warming moment.

FIFA noted that Mendy “became the first African goalkeeper to appear in a European Cup final since 1985 when he started for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League 2020-21 showpiece in Porto, pocketing a winner’s medal after the success against Manchester City.”

“The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Award is given to the most outstanding goalkeeper in men’s football as voted for by an international jury comprising the current coaches of all men’s national teams (one per team), current captains of all men’s national teams (one per team), one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com.” Added FIFA.

In a video filmed by Bayern Munich and Senegal full-back Bouna Sarr, Mendy can be seen celebrating his achievement while his international teammates applaud and punch the air with joy.

TotalEnergies to sell its interest in Block 14 in Angola to Somoil

TotalEnergies set to sell its interest in Block 14 in Angola to Somoil [Image: courtesy]
Angola—France’s TotalEnergies and Japan’s Inpex Corporation have signed a deal to offload their non-operated interests in Angola Block 14 and Block 14K to Angolan Company Somoil, both companies said Jan. 17.

Angola Block 14 B.V., owned by TotalEnergies Holdings International B.V. (50.01%) and Inpex Angola Block 14 Ltd (49.99%) holds a 20% interest in block 14 in Angola and a 10% interest in block 14K.

Somoil will acquire the company Angola Block 14 B.V., owned by TotalEnergies Holdings International B.V. (50.01%) and Inpex Angola Block 14 Ltd (49.99%).

The blocks have been produced since 1999. Net production from Angola Block 14 B.V. was 9,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2021.

Henri-Max Ndong-Nzue, Senior Vice President Africa of TotalEnergies Exploration & Production, noted:  “By divesting this interest in mature fields, TotalEnergies is implementing its strategy to high-grade its oil portfolio, focusing on assets with low costs and low emissions.”

“TotalEnergies remains the number one energy player in Angola, through its leading operating position in deep-offshore, its interest in Angola LNG, and in a first solar power plant project, Quilemba Solar, located in the southwest of the country.”

According to Japanese oil and gas explorer Inpex said it is reviewing its asset portfolio amid the global trend toward decarbonization.

Angola used to be Africa’s second-largest oil producer until early 2021 but has seen output tumble to 17-year lows. Crude output has averaged around 1.13 million b/d in 2021, down from a 2008 peak of 1.9 million b/d, according to S&P Global Platts estimates.

NIGERIA: “I don’t want to see Nnamdi in these attires again” Judge to DSS

Magistrate of  an Abuja Federal high court has ordered DSS to allow Kanu change attires [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Binta Nyako, judge of an Abuja federal high court, on Tuesday ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to permit Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, to change his linen.

Kanu, who is facing charges bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony, was arraigned in court on Tuesday.

However, at the court session on Tuesday, Mike Ozekhome, Kanu’s lead counsel, complained that his client is still being subjected to poor treatment in DSS custody.

According to him, Kanu is still being kept in solitary confinement and any other detainee who greets him is also kept in solitary confinement.

His lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, drew the attention of the Judge to the treatment his client was being subjected to in the custody of the DSS.

According to him, Kanu was still being kept in solitary confinement, adding that inmates who greeted him were also being subjected to the same treatment.

To respond, Nyako reiterated her earlier order for the DSS to allow Kanu to enjoy some comfort. She, however, reminded his counsel that a detention facility is not a five-star hotel.

“I don’t want to see him in these clothes again. This one is almost off-white. Also, make sure that you allow him to exercise,” Nyako spoke.

 

Nigeria: Davido mocks his uncle’s political aspiration

David has criticized his uncle’s aspirations of vying for Osun state gubernatorial position [Image: @deleadekele/Twitter]
Nigeria—Celebrated Afropop Star, David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known Davido has initiated criticism at his cousin Bamidele Adeleke who has declared interest to vie for Osun State gubernatorial election this year.

The 29-year-old award-winning singer posted a picture of his cousin posing with a provisional clearance certificate for the Osun State gubernatorial election, alleged Bamidele struggled to graduate with a Second Class (Lower Division) and has not succeeded in building “one single thing in his life on his own.”

Adding that the aspirant of ‘forming intellectual,’ warning the people of Osun to beware of ‘FAKES’.

“Wonderful! Me I finished uni with a 2:1. But it’s now cousin Dele who struggled to even get a 2:2 that is now forming “intellectual”. He wrote.

“Intellectual that has not succeeded in building one single thing in his life on his own. This life ehn! Osun Beware of FAKES! @deleadeleke001.” He added.

Davido’s uncle Senator Ademola Adeleke submitted his gubernatorial nomination form at the PDP office, announcing his interest in the Osun gubernatorial election.

He was the PDP governorship candidate in 2018. He lost to Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

A Ugandan road named in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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A Ugandan road has been named in honor of late South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu [Image: courtesy]
Uganda—A road in Uganda has been named in respect of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a renowned South African clergyman who stood against the apartheid and racial segregation in South Africa.

The Chargé d’Affaires at the South African High Commission, Solomon Sebola, officiated at the assigning of the road in Katuuso-Buziga, a suburb in Kampala.

“Like the (late) Archbishop, Ugandans should also advocate for the protection of human rights and freedom of people, stand for the truth, and champion the cause of the poor because, for Bishop Tutu, that was his hallmark,” Mr. Sebola spoke to newsmen.

Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer during the early 1990s and is believed to have died of infections associated with its treatment on December 26 last year.

Evenly, Sebola discouraged corruption like how the late Archbishop Tutu did.

“He believed that if states are free from corruption, then services can easily be rendered to respective communities,” Mr. Sebola noted.

The founder of Quality Chemical Industries Limited, Emmanuel Katongole, also a resident of Katuuso-Buziga, hailed the late as a great man of admiration in Africa who played a big role in bringing peace to the continent.

“He did not only stop in South Africa but inspired the whole of Africa to be liberated although his role was as a church leader who sometimes acted as a politician to air out what he felt was oppressing people,” he said.

RwandAir recommences flights to Dubai

RwandAir resumes Dubai bound flights after Covid-19-Omicron variant hiatus [Image: courtesy]
RwandAir, the Rwandese main Airline will officially make a comeback of its route to and from the United Arab Emirates, effective January 20.

Dubai-bound flights from Rwanda were suspended last year on December 27 after the United Arab Emirates banned flights from some African countries over the escalation of a new variant of Covid-19.

“Effective 20 Jan 2022, RwandAir will resume Passenger flights to Dubai for passengers originating from Kigali, Entebbe, Douala, Bujumbura, Accra and

Lusaka” reads a statement by the national carrier.

According to the statement passenger services of RwandAir’s network to Dubai as a final destination remain suspended until further notice.

Rwandan travelers leaving the country’s points of exit must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, according to guidelines in place.

Within the new travel injunctions to tame the spread of the pandemic, arriving or departing passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken at least 72 hours prior to departure, and a one-day mandatory quarantine.

South African currency slips as dollar gains foot

South African currency has lost value against the dollar in the recent financial ranking [Image: courtesy]
The South African currency (The rand) fell on Monday, as the dollar found its footing on expectations for several U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hikes in 2022.

Rand traded at 15.4300 against the dollar, down around 0.4% from its previous close.

“The global economy finds itself at the starting block of a new monetary tightening cycle, meaning U.S. data, Fedspeak, and the narrative surrounding prospective Fed policy are the central drivers of global capital flows at the moment,” Analysts said in a research note.

Despite the Fed not moving rates at its Jan. 25-26 meeting, an increasing number of hawkish comments are coming from both within and outside the institution.

The Fed is not expected to move rates, but there is a growing drumbeat of hawkish comments coming from within and outside the U.S. central bank.

By the start of 2022, the rand has gained over 3% against the dollar, making it one of the best-performing currencies in emerging markets.

According to analysts at Investec, the rand typically enjoys a bout of seasonal strength around December to February, when most northern hemisphere traders are at work whereas the northern hemisphere summer months usually see less risk-taking.

The South African economic data will be releasing November mining numbers ZAMNG=ECI on Tuesday, December consumer inflation ZACPIY=ECI and November retail sales ZARET=ECI on Wednesday this week.

Entrepreneurs hope the South African Reserve Bank to raise rates for the second time in a row after November when it announces its first monetary policy decision of the year on Jan. 27.

Ugandan woman safely delivers on Qatar Airways

It was a sigh of relief and happiness after a Ugandan woman safely delivered a baby girl onboard a Qatar Airways flight [Image:courtesy]
A Ugandan woman safely delivered a baby girl onboard a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Entebbe, Uganda, recently.

“Welcome to the world, baby Miracle Aisha! We are truly grateful for the incredible efforts of Dr. Aisha Khatib, together with our cabin crew, whose swift action ensured a safe delivery in the sky on Qatar Airways.

Glad to hear mom & baby are healthy & well,” Qatar Airways tweeted on Saturday.

According to reports from the  Airline, the baby was born healthy and named Miracle Aisha, after the doctor.

The mother is a Ugandan migrant worker who was traveling home from Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Khatib, a professor at the University of Toronto, shared their experience on social media.

“Is there a doctor on the plane? Never thought I’d be delivering a baby on a flight! Thanks to the airline crew who helped support the birth of this Miracle in the air! Mom and baby are doing well and healthy,” Dr. Khatib, a professor at the University of Toronto tweeted.

The Dr. who specializes in travel medicine was headed to Uganda for some work when the call went out.

“About an hour into the flight, they announced, ‘is there a doctor on board?’,” she told newsmen.

“There was this woman lying there with her head towards the aisle and her feet towards the window,” Dr said “And this baby was coming out.”

KENYA: ODM chief Raila Odinga receives  major presidential boost from 30 county chiefs

ODM leaders Raila Odinga receives endorsement from 30 governors [Image: courtesy]
Kenya—Seven months towards Kenya’s next general election, Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, has received a heavy boost after his presidential thirst was endorsed by  30 governors.

The county bosses who were speaking after a session with Raila Odinga in Nakuru said they decided to support Odinga due to his role in championing the devolution and the leadership of the devolved government.

The governors were captained by Council of Governors (COG) Chairman Martin Wambora and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

“There is no other candidate who has impressed the Governors that devolution will outlive him and beyond his period, forever and forever,” Wambora noted.

“This coming election is about the future of devolution. Can we trust a man who has opposed devolution consistently to be the one to lead it in the next five to ten years? I don’t think we would want to take the gamble.” Added Kinyanjui.

According to Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and her Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi, the county chiefs have resolved to go out of their way to ensure Odinga is elected as the fifth President in the August 9 election.

“We would want to see a situation where the state of devolution in the country becomes uncertain after the August 9 polls,” said Amason Kingi.

The ODM leader who was present at the occasion cordially invited the endorsement and added that working together with governors will improve service delivery to citizens as well as improve access to social amenities.

“These governors are in the front line of implementing devolution as they say where the rubber meets the road. They are the ones we have entrusted to improve the lives of Kenyans through devolving funds to the counties. We know that devolution has many detractors who want to take us back to Egypt, but we must insist we are going to Canaan,” the ODM Leader noted.