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Ugandan Rights Watchdogs Demand Arrest Of Visiting Sudan President

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Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is one a two-day visit to Uganda and amid his warm welcome the rights group of the country called on Monday for the arrest of the leader citing he has been wanted by the International Criminal Court for long for serious crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region. In 2015 al-Bashir visited South Africa, but the country didn’t ...

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East Africa Facing Hunger On Massive Scale, DEC Appeals For Fund

About sixteen million people in east Africa are facing hunger on a massive scale and Disasters Emergency Commission called on Wednesday a major appeal for funds to scale up the response to drought. The areas struck with drought most include Somalia, southern and south eastern Ethiopia and northern as well as coastal Kenya. There had been rianfall shortage of about ...

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South Sudan Fighters Encouraged To Rape As Form Of Wage

A new report by United Nations, backed by same from Amnesty International, writes the fighters in South Sudan have been encouraged to rape women in lieu of wages. UN has called South Sudan is having one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world. The report of Amnesty International writes government forces have deliberately suffocated to death dozens ...

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Egyptian firm raises stake in Rift Valley Railways buy-out deal

NAIROBI, KENYA: Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital has completed a $530 million (Sh45.6 billion) purchase of additional shareholding in its subsidiaries in Africa including  Rift Valley Railways (RVR). This comes as it prepares to work on a major transport corridor project connecting East Africa to Cairo through Kampala, Juba and Khartoum. The Cairo-headquartered company said it had acquired additional stakes in different companies throughout the region where it has shareholding. MAJORITY STAKES “Citadel Capital today completed its planned purchases of additional stakes in its platform companies totalling Egyptian Pounds 3.7 billion (Sh45.6 billion) as part of its ongoing transformation into an investment company that will hold majority stakes in its subsidiaries in five core industries – energy, transport, agrifoods, mining and cement,” said the firm in a statement yesterday. The buy-out is likely to affect the ownership structure of RVR, where the firm has a controlling stake of 51 per cent shareholding. RVR holds the concession for running the Kenya-Uganda Railway. TransCentury, the other major shareholder in RVR, said in January it had exercised an option that would affect its shareholding in RVR. “At a meeting held on February 13, 2014, Citadel Capital’s board accepted a report by its independent auditor (KPMG) certifying Egyptian Pounds 3.7 billion ($530 million) in liabilities to co-investors and shareholders arising from these securities purchases. “These liabilities will be capitalised during the second subscription round for the capital increase, thereby resulting in full subscription to the share issuance,” it added. Last December, Citadel Capital shareholders approved a plan to increase the firm’s total issued capital to Egyptian Pounds 8 billion ($1.2 billion) from Egyptian Pounds 4.4 billion through the issuance of 728 million new shares. This was approved by the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority on December 1 last year and made public on December 4. The closing date for the first round of subscriptions took place on February 13. The second round is expected to be completed next month. CO-INVESTORS The funds drive is expected to give the company a war chest in its acquisition of stakes in its subsidiaries. But in its January statement, TransCentury did not indicate if it would increase its stake in RVR. It is likely to be among co-investors selling part of their stake to Citadel. “TransCentury Ltd would like to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary company, Safari Rail Company Ltd, has exercised an option that will result in a change of its shareholding in KU Railways Holdings Ltd (the firm’s lead investor in Rift Valley Railways),” said the firm in the late January cautionary statement. The money may also go to enhancing an inland trade route connecting Cairo to Mombasa, where Citadel has made huge investments in both rail and water transport. The company last December said it planned to create a route connecting East African countries to Egypt through South Sudan and Sudan. Cargo moving on the route will use both rail and water transport. Citadel has a shipping company that operates on the Nile. The route could offer speedier movement of goods within the Comesa trading block and also serve as an alternative route for exporters and importers into the EAC. It would help movement of goods to and from the Middle East and Europe to EAC, and from the region to Egypt using the country’s port cities to move them onwards to Arabia and Europe by sea. By MACHARIA KAMAU, The Standard

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Injuries ravage AS Kigali ahead of Academia Tchite clash

Rwandas representatives in this year’s African Confederation Cup AS Kigali might be without three key players when they take on Burundi’s Academia Tchite in Saturday’s action at Amahoro stadium in Kigali. Midfielder Muhammed, seen with the ball, is among the players who might miss the weekend’s match against Academia Thcite. The New Times/Timothy Kisambira. Speaking to Times Sports, head Coach Andre Gasambungo, confirmed prolific midfielder Muhamed Mushimiyimana, striker Bodo Ndikumana and winger Hamidou Ndayisaba are yet to recover from arm, hamstring and groin injuries, respectively, suffered during the last two matches in the Turbo King Football League. “It is unfortunate that we are likely to miss these influential players, but we have a couple of other players who can play in the same positions,” he said. “If the injured players don’t recover in time, we will give others a chance to step up and deliver.” The second leg is due in Bujumbura a fortnight later. “I believe we will face a tricky side from a country which has overcome Rwandan teams in the past few continental assignments, which requires us to be in our top form.” “We are aiming to go past the preliminary round and this means we have to score a couple of goals at home so we can go into to return leg with an advantage and confidence,” added Gasambungo. If the City of Kigali-sponsored side progress past the qualifying round, they will face Alhly Shandy of Sudan in the first round. This is the second time AS Kigali will be competing in the continental competition after making their debut in 2001 when they were still named Les Citadins. The second round matches will be played between February 28 and March 9, while the final qualifying-round matches are slated for March 21-30. Last year, Rwanda representative debutants Police FC were knocked out in the preliminary round by Burundian side Lydia Ludic Academic. Confederation Cup Saturday AS Kigali vs. Academia Tchite By Peter Kamasa, The New Times

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Sudan orders Red Cross to suspend work

Sudan has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to suspend its activities in the country. The ICRC said it had received a letter from the Sudanese authorities citing “technical issues relating to its humanitarian plans for this year”, but giving no further details. Sudan has in the past suspended or expelled humanitarian organisations. The Red Cross supplies food, water, health care, and other forms of aid, mainly in the western region of Darfur. Last year it helped more than 1.5 million people affected by conflict in Sudan. The ICRC said it had halted its work in response to the letter but hoped “to resume our activities as soon as possible”. The UN estimates that more than 300,000 people have died in Darfur since rebels took up arms in 2003. Although the violence has come down from its peak, clashes between government forces, rebels and Darfur’s rival ethnic groups have continued. Agencies

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UNAMID Joint Special Representative to hold press conference in Khartoum

Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas © European Union EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, January 22, 2014 – The Joint Special Representative (JSR) of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, will hold a press conference at the Mission’s Khartoum offices on Thursday 23 January 2014 at 11:30 a.m. JSR Chambas will brief the press on the current developments in relation to UNAMID’s mandate and activities as well as the Darfur peace process. UNAMID’s premises in Khartoum are located on Omak Street, just opposite the Embassy of Pakistan and approximately 200 meters from the headquarters of MTN Telecommunication Company, in Al-Manshiya area.

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