Zimbabwe has been hit by a shortage of broiler chicks after the country’s biggest poultry producer was hit by an outbreak of bird flu in recent months, local media reported on Wednesday. Irvine’s was hit by two avian flu outbreaks in May and July, resulting in it culling more than 200,000 broiler parent stock in a bid to contain the highly pathogenic virus. South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo were also affected by the bird flu. In an industry update, the Zimbabwe Poultry Association said the culling of the parent stock at Irvine’s had resulted in a shortage of broiler day old chicks of nearly 500,000 per week. The gap has to be covered by more expensive imports from outside the southern African region, it said. NAN  
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, today arrived Kigali, the Rwandan capital to join other leaders in the continent and around the world to participate in the ceremonies for Paul Kagame’s inauguration as the country’s President for a third time. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osinbajo arrived Kigali early Friday morning accompanied by top government functionaries including the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Economic Adviser to the President, Dr. Yemi Dipeolu among others. According to NAN, while in Kigali, the Acting President will attend President Kagame’s inauguration ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. local time at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali. Prof. Osinbajo is also expected to attend the inauguration luncheon organized for visiting presidents as part of the inauguration ceremony. The Acting President will return to the country later on Friday. NAN reports that the Rwandan capital is wearing a new look as the country welcomes visitors and even...
International observers on Thursday praised the handling of Kenya’s presidential election, with the European Union mission saying it had seen no sign of manipulation despite opposition complaints and scattered protests. Residents said police fired tear gas at rock-throwing opposition supporters in one Nairobi neighbourhood, but most of the capital and the rest of the country were calm after four people were killed in election-related violence on Wednesday. However, most of the capital and the rest of the country were calm after four people were killed in election-related violence on Wednesday. President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a commanding lead but his rival, veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, has rejected provisional electronic results, saying figures released so far are “fictitious” and election systems had been hacked. In its first assessment of Tuesday’s poll, the European Union’s election observer mission said it had seen no signs of “centralised or localised manipulation” of the voting process. Marietje Schaake,...
By David Abakpa Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results. He rejected early results from Tuesday's vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta. The electoral commission has not yet responded to Mr Odinga's accusation, but politicians have called for calm. Many fear a repeat of the violence after a disputed election 10 years ago. More than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced following the 2007 vote. Electoral officials say that with 91% of results in, Mr Kenyatta is leading with about 54.5%, to Mr Odinga's 44.6%. These results mean Mr Kenyatta appears to be heading for a first-round victory. In order to avoid a run-off, a candidate needs 50% plus one of the votes cast and at least a 25% share of the vote in 24 of Kenya's 47 counties. There were eight candidates in all, but apart from Mr...
The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative ( PCNI), has donated valuable relief materials to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa. Retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, the chairman of the committee, on Wednesday, presented the items to Gov. Muhammadu Bindow in Yola. Danjuma, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, said that the gesture was part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan for national strategic framework guiding all interventions in the region. He said the donation was not the first of its kind and would not be the last, adding that the effort was meant to cushion the suffering being experienced by the affected returnees. “The donation is part of the PCNI intervention sponsored by the presidency to bring succour to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state. “It is also to support the communities that are still hosting Internally Displaced Persons...
South Africa’s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday the country was considering the sale of non-core assets and partial privatisation of state-owned firms to wrench the economy out of recession. Gigaba told newsmen in Johannesburg that the privatisation was part of an “ambitious 14-point programme” to put the country back on the path of growth. The minister said he would continue with the disposal of non-core state assets and roll out a “private sector participation framework” by March 2018. “All of these items that we have announced… they constitute an important intervention to restore confidence and demonstrate action and outline an action plan that we as government can be responsible for,” Gigaba said. He said the government would also reduce the issuance of guarantees to state companies, especially those extended for operational purposes. The plans to stimulate “inclusive growth” in South Africa appear to represent an ideological shift by the African National Congress...
The Federal Government says it has paid N375.8 million to 20 providers of useful information under the whistle-blower’s policy. Mr Salisu Dambatta, the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, said on Wednesday in Abuja that the sum was paid with regard to the recovery of N11.6 billion. Dambatta said that the payment was only on recovered assets that had been declared free from litigation by the attorney-general of the federation. “This payment, which is the first under the whistle-blower policy, underscores the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to meeting obligations to information providers under the policy. “The policy is an essential tool in the fight against corruption. “The ministry, therefore, encourages all Nigerians with information on misconduct, violation or improper activity which can impact negatively on Nigeria, to report it to the appropriate authorities,’’ he said. Dambatta said that the policy had been amended to include the introduction of a formal legal agreement...
Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has declared that he has no anointed candidate among the 34 governorship aspirants jostling to succeed him in 2019. The governor while fielding questions at a media interactive session organized by the state in commemoration of his 6th anniversary and this year’s Democracy Day in Ibadan, said he had raised the bar of governance in the last six years. He said his successor must be intellectual deep, compassionate, passionate, forthright and fearless to merit the coveted seat. According to him, among the 34 aspirants jostling to succeed him so far, only five of them possessed the qualities that he enunciated, saying the electorate in the state would not settle for less. Though, the governor said it was still early in the day for him to determine his political future, Ajimobi said he was contemplating a return to the National Assembly in 2019 to be a...

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An Ethiopian court on Wednesday convicted an opposition politician of encouraging terrorist acts after he criticised the government’s response to protests in Facebook posts. Rights group Amnesty International said the case of Yonatan Tesfaye, a former spokesperson for the opposition Semayawi Party who was arrested in 2015, was a miscarriage of justice. Yonatan was charged with “encouragement of terrorism” in May 2016 in relation to comments made on the social media site in 2015 in which he said the government had used excessive force against protesters. The charges were brought under a 2009 law that prescribes jail terms of between 10 and 20 years for anyone convicted of publishing information that could induce readers to commit acts of terrorism. “This is not a crime, yet he now faces up to 20 years in jail under this draconian and deeply-flawed law,” Michelle Kagari, Amnesty’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the...