$40M worth diamond, fifth larget gem lives in Lesotho

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A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million.

The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng mine in the landlocked southern African country and described the 910-carat find as of “exceptional quality”.

“Since Gem Diamonds acquired Letseng in 2006, the mine has produced some of the world’s most remarkable diamonds, including the 603 carat Lesotho Promise,” Gem Diamonds chief executive Clifford Elphick said in a statement.

“However, this exceptional top quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date… This is a landmark discovery.”

Ben Davis, a mining analyst at Liberum Capital, speculated in a research note to investors that the diamond could be worth as much as $40 million (33 million euros).

Gem Diamonds shares in London were up 14 percent from the market open to £0.92 a piece.

South African ruling party’s leader intensifies authority over Zuma’s government

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The South African ruling party, African National Congress ( ANC), leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, has began a diplomatic tack as he moves to stamp his authority over Jacob Zuma’s government, the action of which was said to have began less than a month after he assumed the leadership of the political party.

Ramaphosa, speaking to  journalists in Johannesburg-based eNCA, said  that the ANC A has to be careful about deciding on Zuma’s future as the nation’s leader before he’s due to step down in 2019 when general elections are scheduled.

Amid rising speculation that Ramaphosa would soon replace Zuma, he stated that he was not ready to humiliate the president and divide the nation.

However, a Johannesburg based independent political analyst, stated that while Zuma probably would not see out his full term, it’s difficult to dislodge him and that the president and his supporters were deeply entrenched in the nation’s security system, the government and the party,

“If you have to remove him you have to dismantle a very complex system that cannot be done overnight,” he said. “Ramaphosa is being diplomatic and rightfully so. He cannot come out in public and say that there are plans to remove Zuma. I think he has read situation very carefully.”

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa was said to have been a tough task in negotiating political changes needed to make good on his pledges to fight graft, revive a struggling economy and restore investor confidence that has been eroded under Zuma’s administration.

From reports, on paper, he has the tools: the former labor-union activist was the ANC’s lead negotiator in talks to end apartheid in the 1990s and become one the richest black South Africans before Zuma named him as deputy president.

While Ramaphosa said in the interview that his discussions with Zuma since taking over the leadership of the ANC have gone very smoothly,  the issue of the party’s ultimate authority over the government is non-negotiable.

“Everyone has to be receptive to the decisions of the ANC because that is the political center,” Ramaphosa said. “You have got to accept the decisions and you also have to accept the direction that you are given by the ANC.”

Already Zuma has bent to the party’s will. After months of delay, he agreed last week to set up a commission of inquiry into allegations that he oversaw “state capture” by allowing members of the Gupta family to influence cabinet appointments and the award of government contracts. The ANC welcomes the decision, Ramaphosa said.

“The country is yearning to put behind all these horrible things that have to do with corruption, state capture, behind us,” Ramaphosa said in the eNCA interview. “The sooner these are all done the better because we want to move on, we want to move on to a better life.”

Ramaphosa also has an eye on the 2019 general elections. Under Zuma’s rule, the ANC suffered its worst-ever electoral performance in municipal elections in August 2016 when it lost control of Johannesburg, the economic hub, and Pretoria, the capital.

“We want to renew our vows with our people, we want to reconnect with our people, we want to get our people excited again,” Ramaphosa said. “Many of our people are saying the ANC is back. They are rekindling their love, their affection with the ANC. We are nowhere near where we should be.”

Zimbabwe president recounts ordeal at predecessor’s hands

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The Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has disclosed that he had to traveled through landmine areas when he fled the country following his sacking by Robert Mugabe in 2017.

It was reported on Saturday that Mnangagwa recounted previously unknown details of his great escape” from Zimbabwe, during an official visit to Angola.

The 75 old president fled to Mozambique after he was sacked as vice president by Mugabe, leaving the country within four hours of his ouster, fearful of a threat to his life.

“I didn’t think it was pleasurable to wait to be eliminated. I left within four hours of being fired for the Mozambican border,’’ he said.

He said that he walked for long hours and claimed there were attempts at the border to shoot him, but the attack was foiled by his son.

“He (one of his twin sons) is an officer and was able to grab the weapon and I was not shot,’’ Mnangagwa said.

The news report said once in Mozambique he flew from Beira to South Africa.

Mnangagwa ultimately returned triumphant to the country and replaced long-time ruler Mugabe after a bloodless military coup in November.

According to the news report, Mnangagwa also spoke of the attempt to poison him at an event of the ruling ZANU-PF party in 2017 and said he was airlifted to South Africa for treatment.

He had accused then first lady Grace Mugabe of having given him poison ice cream at a party.

“I am happy that last week I was declared poison free. It is now undetectable,’’ he was quoted as saying.

Legislators, Heads of State to discuss Lake Chad’s extinction at Global Forum

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In a bid to proffer solutions on saving the drying Lake Chad, the presidency, in conjunction with other Heads of States and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission is planning to have a International Conference scheduled to hold from 26th to 28th February, 2018 in Abuja.

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this on Thursday, through a statement made available by the Director for Information and Public Relations Unit, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Margaret Umoh when the United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

Adamu noted that the objective of the conference is to find lasting solutions in recharging the drying up of the basin, while stressing that in the next 50 to 100 years from hydrological perspective, the lives of the people of that region who depend on the lake as their source of livelihood would be in danger as the Lake faces extinction.

The Minister proposes for cheaper and workable solutions to saving the Lake from extinction. According to him, the MoU signed between the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the POWERCHINA International Group Limited in April 2016 to save Lake Chad from drying up, can be actualized by the transfer of water from the Congo Basin to Lake Chad Basin.

Adamu said that study done by POWERCHINA, shows that it is technically feasible to transfer water from river Congo to Lake Chad thereby increasing the level of the Lake. This, according to him would halt the receding of the Lake and the drying of the north basin due to climate change.

Speaking further, he called for more workable solutions that may be cheaper than the Inter-basin water transfer.

On cooperation between Nigeria and the UN on the re-integration of the people of the North East ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency, the Minister said part of the ministry’s efforts in cushioning the effects of the insurgency in that region under this present administration in the past two years has been by budgeting about 1 billion naira annually to water supply and sanitation facilities for the IDPs nationwide

The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina Mohammed had said that the purpose of the high-level mission which was an informal consultation on political, human rights, humanitarian and development issues will help scale up UN presence in the North East in particular and Nigeria in general.

She said UN is more committed in the re-integration process on-going in the North East as well as in the planned Conference of Saving Lake Chad that is scheduled for February, 2018. She charged Heads of States and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to consider passing the resolutions of the Conference in a communiqué to the African Union (AU) for further action.

“Saving the Lake Chad is a sustainable development issue and the UN is ever ready in addressing such an issue. All hands must be on deck in saving the Lake from extinction. We need to know how it can work and not how it cannot work,” Amina said.

Buhari charges Aare Ona Kakanfo, Gani Adams on Nigeria’s unity

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President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams to use his new position as Aare Ona Kakanfo to pursue worthy goals of security, peace and national unity.

He made the charge through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while congratulating Adams on his investiture as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo scheduled for Saturday.
Commending the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi III, on the appointment of a new Aare Ona Kakanfo, Buhari further urged the new Kakanfo to bring quintessential courage, wisdom and astuteness to bear on his new office, for a more secured life for the weak, vulnerable and voiceless in the country.

The statement read in part, “President Buhari charges Otunba Adams to use the new position to pursue worthy goals of security, peace and national unity. The President commends the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, on the appointment of a new Aare Ona Kakanfo, who will assist him in the arduous task of leading the illustrious Yoruba people.

“President Buhari urges the new Kakanfo to bring quintessential courage, wisdom and astuteness to bear on his new office, for a more secure life for the weak, vulnerable and voiceless in the country. The President prays that the Almighty God will grant the Aare Ona Kakanfo a favourable reign,” it stated.

Ganiyu Adams is a Nigerian social activist and politician who leads a faction of the Oodua Peoples Congress, a secessionist and nationalist organisation based in Nigeria, which supports a sovereign state for the Yoruba people.

Child traffickers, pedophiles will be jailed! – Kwara Govt

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The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Kwara Government , Dr. Asiata Saka has warned that offenders engaged in child-trafficking, child or pedophiles would be sent to jail.

Saka, who represented First Lady of Kwara State, Omolewa Ahmed, made the charge on Saturday during the 2018 New Year Party organised for orphans from various reception centres in Ilorin.

She said that the government was currently taking care of some children abused by pedophile fathers as well as abandoned triplets, stressing that there was a need for children to be adequately catered for and protected.

The commissioner also said that three other cases of child abuse were currently being handled in various courts, adding that there were plans to rehabilitate the victims of child abuse.

“We have about 22 children in the state’s reception centres and 40 abandoned babies with the Life Empowers Anchors Hope (LEAH) Foundation belonging to Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed, Kwara Governor’s wife.

She explained that the ministry had various departments such as the orphanage, juvenile delinquent and child-trafficking departments to take care of children’s affairs in the state.

 

13 kill after gunmen launch attack in Senegal

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At least, 13 people have been confirmed killed while seven others were reported wounded Gunmen attacked launched on Saturday in the forest of Senegal’s southern region of Casamance.

It was not clear who was responsible or what the motive was for the attack on a group of civilians searching for firewood near the town of Borofaye and about 10 km (six miles) from the Guinea Bissau border, said army spokesman Abdoul Ndiaye.

The area is home to separatist rebels who in 1982 formed what is now one of Africa’s oldest rebellions in their search for independence from northern Senegal.

The Movement of Democratic Forces for Casamance (MFDC) is active in the area of southern Senegal, which is separated from the more affluent north by Gambia.

The movement has been largely dormant since a ceasefire in 2014. However, many areas remain off-limits because of land mines and arms stockpiles.

President Macky Sall called in his New Year address for dialogue with the rebels and a lasting peace.

 

Weah speaks on new dawn, assures Liberians of prioritising right

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The Liberia newly-elect President, Goerge Weah, has assured Liberian that he would center his focus on rebuilding the country, just as indicated that his next move would to assemble competent hands that would serve people of Liberian.

Throough his victory speech on Sunday, the former soccer star, disclosed that people that would choose to serve would and must be dedicated to the ideas of grassroots, social transformation.

He stated that his government would not allow Liberian people be cheated and that corruption would have no place in hs administration.

“We will build on the institutional gains under Madam Sirleeaf to improve the lives of our people. We will build a new institution where necessary to protect rights and engender inclusion among all our people.’’

From the his speech excepts:

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President-elect of the Republic of Liberia

Fellow compatriots

Today is a day to give thanks. Let us begin by lifting our eyes to heaven to thank God Almighty for the wonderful blessings He has bestowed upon beloved our country. It was God who inspired the people of Liberia to vote change to believe that with this change will come the hope of … in a most prosperous Liberia future. I thank God that among so many presidential candidates, I was chosen to be the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia.

I am truly blessed and humbled by this divine favour. I thank my darling wife, Clar Weah, and my family who have stood by me over the years, especially in the last 13 years of political struggle. Through the darkest moments of this struggle, my wife and children have remained my pillar of strength. I would not have been able to do this without their untiring support and advice.

I cannot summon the words to thank the people of Liberia who have made this historic day possible. What the people of Liberia have delivered for the country cannot even be described in words. So, I will ask Liberians here and those throughout the country under the sound of my voice to thank the Liberian people by clapping for one minute.

I thank you for joining me to celebrate the Liberian people. They are the true heroes and heroine of this victory. Let me also thank the leadership, partisans, supporters and sympathisers of the Coalition we say a big thank you, with special thanks and appreciation going to the Honourable Senator of Nimba County, Prince Yormie Johnson. To the leadership and partisans of the Liberia People Democratic Party, we say thank you. To the leadership and partisans of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) we say thank you, and of course to our own, Congress for Democratic Change, we say a resounding thank you.

CDCians have sustained the struggle over the years, and without you this victory would not be possible. Two days ago, the world watched me cry. I did not cry because I won. I cried because of the many partisans who lost their lives in the struggle for change. They will never be forgotten. Please join me in a moment of silence in memory of the fallen heroes of our revolutionary struggle.

We truly thank all Liberians especially the women of Liberia who stood with us in the battle. For that I can truly that the best way to celebrate all Liberians is to improve their lives through the instrument of pro-poor public governance. I declare publicly today that transforming the lives of all Liberians is a singular mission and focus of my presidency.

Over the next few days, we will assemble the government committed to fighting for the ideas that have inspired our campaign, and dedicated to delivering for the Liberian people. Those chosen to serve will and must be dedicated to the ideas of grassroots, social transformation. Person looking to cheat the Liberian people thorough the menace of corruption will have no place in my administration. We will build on the institutional gains under Madam Sirleeaf to improve the lives of our people. We will build a new institution where necessary to protect rights and engender inclusion among all our people.

To our Diaspora Liberians, we say come home. This is a new dispensation. We need your skills, your ideas, your expertise and talents so that together we will build our common patrimony. To our development partners we say a big thank you for the support you have provided over the last 12 years. As we embark upon this transition, we call for renewal and strengthening of this partnership. We know that aid flows have declined in the last few years. In our view this decline is not good for the current transition – at least in the short term. While we work to grow the Liberian economy and expand our revenue base, medium term aid would be needed to support projects that would be critical to our long term growth.

To investors we say Liberia is open and ready for business. Over the long term, private investment will be our key strategy to delivering transformation. We will work to relax constraints to private investment; strengthen the business, legal and regulatory environment, and protect business profits.

Fellow partisans, I received a concession call from His Excellency Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai. I thanked him and said that in the interest of our people, we will work together. He is a statesman and also my neighbour. If I have to walk over to greet and get advice from him, I will. That is what neighbours are for.

To other political parties, we are not enemies. We welcome you with open arms as we all strive to build our country. This election was a contest in ideas, and not a clash of political personalities. Our ideas have prevailed but that does not mean you do not have a contribution to make. We need to bring our country together to secure our peace and work harder towards national unity and development.

To the iron lady of African, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, we say thank you for the peaceful transfer of power that is about to take place. Yours is a legacy in democratic empowerment, and we promise to follow your footsteps in protecting the rights of Liberians and providing even greater freedom. We will build on the foundation you have laid to achieve more for all of our people. Your job is not yet done, Madam President, as we will continue to count on you to strengthen our outreach to both development partner and investors, all in the direction of moving our country forward.

Let us all work hard to build our country; only then will the creed in our national anthem ring true:

In union strong success is sure

With God above

Our rights to prove

We will o’er all prevail

Liberia, Weah, VP set for election runoff

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The Liberian National Elections Commission (NEC) has dislcosed that it was set for  presidential runoff election in Liberia slated December 26 as runoff between world soccer star, George Weah, and incumbent Vice President, Joseph Boakai.

However, the spokesman to commission, Henry Flomo, confirmed the readiness of electoral umpire and that it had put measures and humanly possible place for a smooth process.

Speaking in Morovia on Monday, Flomo hinted tat the commission had fully carried out the Supreme Court’s directives on the exercise, including cleaning up the voter register and publishing it at polling centres across the country.

He added that body was in the final stage and that every humanly possible measures have been put in place for a smooth process.

“With the help of ECOWAS technical team, yes we did that (cleaning of the voter register) days ago and we have also completed other mandates that say we should post them before election.

“We completed that since Friday. As we speak people should have no problem now locating their rooms (voting points) because the background for that was for people to know which room they belong to.’’

There were reported that issues identified during elections was inability of many voters to locate their right voting points because the voters’ register was not displayed ahead at polling centres ahead of the exercise as required by law.

It was reported that the Supreme Court of Liberia has in November halted preparations for the run-off earlier slated for Nov. 7 to hear complaints filed by the presidential candidate of the opposition Liberty Party (LP).

The LP flag bearer, Charles Brumskine, who came third in the first round of the elections conducted in October had alleged massive fraud and irregularities in the exercise.

The ruling Unity Party (UP) and its presidential candidate, Vice President Joseph Boakai, joined Brumskine in his call for a rerun of the election.

Ruling on the case on Dec. 7, 2017, the apex court acknowledged there were irregularities in the Oct. 10 polls as alleged by the complainants.

But it held that level was not sufficient to warrant the cancellation of the results as requested.Audio

The court, however, mandated NEC to do several things before the run-off to ensure compliance with the standards of publication of the voter register known as Final Register Roll (FRR).

It ordered the commission to clean up the FRR to ensure that multiple names of identification numbers were removed from the FRR.

NEC was also ordered to make the FRR available in hard copies to all Election Magistrates and polling places across the country as well as prevent those whose names are not found in the FRR from voting.

The commission spokesman said that less than 90 names were taken out of the FRR in the cleanup.

“Not many names, just few, very few, less than 90 names were taken out because that was part of the Supreme Court mandate that we remove names that have multiple numbers’’

“But we didn’t remove all of them. Some were maintained and given new cards.

“We have a breakdown of the implementation of the roadmap that was agreed upon by the parties, NEC and the ECOWAS team, and they are satisfied with that.’’

On difference between  first round of elections and the run-off, the NEC spokesman said the winner would emerge in the run-off through a simple majority.

“The difference is, according to our law, to have a clear-cut winner in the first round, a party or candidate should have 50 per cent plus one vote, that is absolute majority.

“If you don’t have an absolute majority, you have a second round of election, which we call run-off, and then the person with the highest votes can now win.

“So tomorrow, the absolute majority will not apply any more. It will now be simple majority,’’ he explained. (NAN)

The runoff is between former World Football Player of the Year, Sen. George Weah, and incumbent Vice President, Boakai.

Both men are battling to succeed outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, whose constitutional two terms in office will end in January.

Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), led 21 other presidential candidates in the first round with 38 per cent of the total votes cast, while Boakai came second with 29 per cent.

Egypt rolls out plans for $5.6Bn construction project

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The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said on Saturday Egypt would in next two to three years embark on a $5.60 billion construction project in the Sinai peninsula whose north has been gripped by an Islamist insurgency.

While coast of the south of the peninsula was peppered with Red Sea tourist resorts, North Sinai province was underdeveloped and lacks basic infrastructure and job opportunities.

Meanwhile, security forces fought Islamist militants in the mainly desert region, stretching from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and Israel, since 2013. Militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

It was reported that the president ordered armed forces to end the insurgency within three months after an attack on a mosque in North Sinai last month killed more than 300 people. It was the worst militant attack in Egypt’s modern history.

Sisi, at a ceremony to inaugurate a development project in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, said that the country had entrusted ministry of housing and engineering authority with a national project of comprehensive urban planning.

The president stated the project would cost 100 billion Egyptian pounds and that it would be carried out whether he remained in power or not, thought did not provide a start date, sources of funding or specific details of what would be built under the project.