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Angola Seeks More Private Investment; Plans Offering Fiscal Incentives

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Angola may soon come up with more fiscal incentives like reduction in taxes to lure investors, particularly in those regions which are most needy. Briefing to a press conference on Saturday in the capital city Luanda the ruling MPLA party’s presidential candidate Joao Lourenco said the regional asymmetries which are available now may not be eliminated through decrees. Joao added ...

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Portuguese Anonymous Group Hacks Multiple Angolan Government Websites

About twenty official websites of Angolan government has been hacked by a Portuguese branch of the Anonymous hacking in retaliation to the sentencing of young activists for plotting a rebellion. Luaty Beirao, a well-known rapper, is also among the seventeen youths sentenced on Monday between two and eight-and-a-half years. Beirao has dual nationality of Angola as well as Portugal, colonial ...

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Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos To Step Down In 2018

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said Friday to be stepping down in 2018. He has been one of the longest-ruling leaders in Africa. According to news reports, Santos briefed to the leaders of his party, M.P.L.A. (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) he would not elaborate his tenure further and would resign from office in 2018. The Soviet-educated ...

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Gomes quits Rayon

French-born tactician Didier Gomes da Rosa has parted ways with the reigning Rwanda national football league champions Rayon Sports, barely a month before the team makes a return to the Africa Champions League since 2005. Didier Gomez Announcing his resignation to the press, Gomes said he is leaving the job after one year due to personal reasons. “I have terminated my contract with Rayon Sports,” Gomes said without delving into specifics for the reason behind the shock exit. “I have done everything I could for the club and I am sad that I had to leave this way.” Asked if he resigned because of unpaid three-month arrears, Gomes said; “Please allow me not to comment on this particular issue. Rayon Sports is a club that I do respect and love, most especially its fans. They have a lot to achieve this year and I don’t want them to lose focus.” Reports coming in from the Blues camp in Nyanza confirm that the club owes Gomes a three-month unpaid salary amounting to $9,000 [about Rwf6 million] while the players are yet to be paid their salaries for the past two months. Efforts to get a comment from Rayon Sports secretary-general Olivier Gakwaya were futile yesterday as our phone calls on his known mobile number went unanswered. Gomes leaves Rayon Sports after guiding them to their first Rwandan league title since 2004. Rayon, who won the league with 57 points, had last registered league success way back in 2004 under Raoul Shungu. The win also pushed the team’s tally to seven league titles since 1968 and a chance to represent the country at this year’s Africa Champions League. Next month, Rayon Sports will face Congolese side AC Leopards in the preliminary qualifying round of the CAF Champions League. Should Rayon overcome the tricky Congolese side, they will face the winner between 1ero Agosto of Angola and Lioli from Lesotho in the first round.

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Rayon Sports agree terms with Mukubya

League champions Rayon Sports have agreed terms for a two-year contract with Ugandan defender Jimmy Mukubya, who arrived in the country for talks on Friday. Faustin Usengimana is likely to miss the rest of the season with a broken leg, Jimmy Mukubya. Times Sport According to the club Secretary General Olivier Gakwaya, everything has been agreed with the player, but the club is still waiting for the official release letter from his current club, SC Villa of Uganda. “He will sign anytime as soon we get all the necessary documents from Villa,” Gakwaya told Times Sport on Saturday. Rayon Sports face Congolese side AC Leopards in the preliminary qualifying round of the CAF Champions League set for February 7-9. The former AS Kigali defender, Mukubya will join Didier Gomes da Rosa’s outfit to fill the gap left by the injured central defender Faustin Usengimana before Tuesday midnight when the transfer window closes. Another player on Rayon Sports ladder is free agent Nicholas Junior Mukimbiri, who has been based in Belgium but without a club. He has been on trial for the past two weeks. The CAF Champions League 2014 preliminary stage kicks off on February 7  when Rayon Sports travel to Brazzaville for the first leg before hosting the return leg in Kigali a week later. Should Rayon overcome the tricky Congolese side, they will face the winner between 1ero Agosto of Angola and Lioli from Lesotho in the first round. By Peter Kamasa, The New Times

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Fast Jet set to fly to Lusaka

FastJet, a Tanzanian-based airline is expected to launch flights into Lusaka, Zambia next month to tap into the increasing cross border trade between the two countries. Fastjet Fast Jet Manager for Africa, Kyle Haywood told the Daily News in an interview the planned flights to Lusaka would boost the growing trade between Tanzania and Zambia. “It is correct we are launching flights to Lusaka from the 1st of February as reported in Zambia,” he said confirming media reports from Zambia that the airline would fly to Lusaka. The reports said Fastjet would fly between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka twice a week from the 1st of February. He also confirmed reports that Fast Jet was planning to establish base in Zambia that will service the southern African region. He said negotiations with the Zambian government were going on to establish base in Lusaka that will service Malawian, Zimbabwean and South African routes to be launched soon. He noted however that the planned base in Zambia would not affect operations of its base in Tanzania. “It will not affect our base station in Tanzania. It will be additional,” he said adding they were continuing to look for alternatives as they target the southern African regional market. Fastjet was launched in 2012 and operates flights to Kenya, Ghana and Angola. It also operates domestic routes in Tanzania for about US$20. Meanwhile, FastJet has announced signing of two additional distribution agreements that will allow travel agents worldwide to access and sell its flights. According to ETN Global Travel Industry News, the first agreement, signed recently with Skyscanner, the award-winning global travel search and comparison company, will enable consumers to compare FastJet’s flight schedules and prices against those of other African carriers. It will also enable customers to link directly to FastJet’s website and book flights. Skyscanner currently has over 25 million unique visitors every month. In addition has FastJet also signed an agreement with Hahn Air Systems, a sister company and client of Hahn Air. Through Hahn Air Systems’ e-alliance® product, FastJet’s flight information will be available within all of the main Global Distribution Systems (GDS), including Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport.

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Shock of three million pupils repeating classes yearly

Tomorrow, about 10 million primary school pupils return to class after a long Christmas holiday. But unfortunately, more than a third of them will be walking back into the same grade they were in last year. Some will be multiple repeaters automatically denying them the ideal age of 13-14 at Class Eight, which has been found to positively influence the final outcome in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. Repetition, though officially discouraged, is still a big problem in the country’s education system and one major cause of high dropout rates, overage students and poor grades. While Class One enrollment has grown significantly to about 1.3 million annually, almost half of this drop school before class eight or never go for secondary education. Of the estimated 1.3 million students who joined Standard One in 2005, only 840,000 sat for KCPE last year as shown by the results released last week. The results released by the Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi shows a further 200,000 underperforming pupils will drop out of the formal education system. The CS advised them to join vocational schools. Unsastainable Roughly, this means nearly half of pupils who join Class One annually are dropping out of school in what could be one of the most wasteful education systems in the world. “Planners must see inside the box of aggregated statistics which show high participation but hid low completion rates,” says Mr Paul Wasanga, of Kenya National Examination Council in a policy document. In a research brief published in October, an education expert with the Nairobi based Africa Population and Health Research Centre Dr Kassahun Admassu, quotes government figures which show that despite free primary education, completion rate is on the decline. He says the national level primary completion rate has declined from 83 per cent in 2009 to 77 per cent in 2010. “This suggests that just like its predecessors, the current free primary education programme may not be sustainable due to the massive surge in enrollment which leads to a decline in the quality of education, high grade repetition and dropouts.” The issue of repetition and overage are not just academic. Over the weekend, the Kenya National Association of Parents asked the education ministry to discourage enrollment of overage candidates for KCPE. The association’s secretary general Musau Ndunda says the enrollment of overage students for KCPE was the reason for poor grades in many schools. Ndunda quoted Machakos County where out of the 30,719 candidates who sat the KCPE last year, 20,696 were aged between16-20. He attributed the problem to pupils being forced to repeat Class Eight after attaining poor results in KCPE by either their teachers or parents. But recent research shows the practice of repetition is massive and entrenched at all levels and not Standard Eight alone. Education officials and researchers agree that the practice is much more entrenched in the public sector, in rural areas and among the poor urban than elsewhere. Dr Admassu put the repetition rate at 33 per cent among the poor in Nairobi, meaning a third of the pupils have wasted one or more years in primary school. A comprehensive analysis of the state of primary school education in Kenya in 2012, led by Mr Wasanga with others from the Ministry of Education, universities of Nairobi, Kenyatta, USIU, and Aga Khan and the Teachers Service Commission puts this figure much higher. A report by the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality on Kenya shows the national rate of class repetition to be at 48 per cent with the practice being highest in Western Province at 54 per cent and lowest in North Eastern at 21 per cent. SACMEQ, an intergovernmental agency involving 16 African countries, is mandated to carry out research to inform on national and regional education policies. With an estimated population of about 10 million in primary schools, it means almost half of the pupils are repeating classes with some doing so more than three times during their school life. This, the researchers say, is an indicator that such students will eventually attain low grades, be overage or drop out of school altogether. Ideal age “Many families question the value of keeping their children in primary school if they are already struggling and have repeated one or more years,” says Dr Admassu. Mr Ndunda says overage repeaters distract their younger counterparts during lessons because they have other issues in their minds. According to the SACMEQ report, since 2002 there has been an increase in delinquent behavior among pupils, which has included sexual harassment, drugs and alcohol abuse. This, the project says, may be symptoms of the presence of older pupils who may be delinquent and sexually mature, a factor attributed to the introduction of free education which saw older out of school children being enlisted. Dr Wasanga and his team are telling teachers and parents that the most ideal age for a child to start school is six or seven years and ideally sit for KCPE at age 13 or 14 after an uninterrupted run. ...

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