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Lighting Up Rural Africa—via Power Cycling?  2014-12-15
Ninety-seven percent of Burundi's 10 million people may have no access to the electrical grid, but Burundian resident Jeremie Nyabenda has something to smile about—behind him a pedal-powered generator whirs, recharging five small LED lights in just 20 minutes.“I had to buy three candles per day for my children so they could study and eat at night,” he said, explaining that the candles would cost ...
Kabila says Congo won't bow to foreign "injunctions"  2014-12-15
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The president of Democratic Republic of Congo told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country's sovereignty after several urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election. Though Joseph Kabila has yet to publicly declare his intentions, Congo is rife with speculation that he is looking for ways to remain in charge of the vast, mineral-rich ...
Burundi: UN Political Chief Welcomes Commitment of Govt to Dialogue, Elections  2014-12-15
[UN News]As Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman wrapped up his visit to Burundi, he met today with President, Pierre Nkurunziza, to discuss issues related to the drawdown of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB), and establishment of the UN Electoral Observation Mission (MENUB).
UN, aid groups overstretched by crisis in Congo’s mining heartland  2014-12-14
By Aaron Ross PWETO, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Faced with a dearth of United Nations peacekeepers, lack of funding and competition from other global crises, relief agencies are struggling to contain a growing humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic of Congo's mining heartland. More than a decade after the official end of a 1998-2003 war that killed millions of people in Congo ...
U.N., aid groups overstretched by crisis in Congo’s mining heartland  2014-12-14
By Aaron Ross PWETO, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Faced with a dearth of United Nations peacekeepers, lack of funding and competition from other global crises, relief agencies are struggling to contain a growing humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic of Congo's mining heartland. More than a decade after the official end of a 1998-2003 war that killed millions of people in Congo ...
Burundi opposition claims fraud as voter registration ends  2014-12-13
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's election commission said Saturday it was "very pleased" after over 3.6 million people registered to vote in key presidential polls next year, in a process the opposition said was flawed.
Thankful in Rwanda  2014-12-13
My wife, Alissa, and I moved to Rwanda nearly a decade ago for what was to be a two-year stint. But we fell in love with the land, its people, and its progress, and we have stayed, now raising our three children here. Out of the ashes of genocide, the country has progressed tremendously––it offers one of the world’s fastest growing economies and least corrupt governments, and it has afforded me ...
UN political chief welcomes commitment of Burundi’s Government to dialogue, elections  2014-12-13
As Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman wrapped up his visit to Burundi, he met today with President, Pierre Nkurunziza, to discuss issues related to the drawdown of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB), and establishment of the UN Electoral Observation Mission (MENUB).
Rwanda says foreign exchange reserve cover has fallen this year  2014-12-12
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda's foreign exchange reserves are expected to have fallen to 4.1 months of import cover at the end of this year from 5 months at the end of 2013, mainly due to increased imports of capital goods, the government said in a letter to the IMF released on Friday. The east African nation's economic growth slowed down sharply in 2013, after key donors suspended aid, but has ...
Burundi: Discriminatory Laws Hinder Burundi's Response to HIV  2014-12-10
[Key Correspondents]On Human Rights Day (10 December), Jean Claude Kamwenbusa reports on how the criminalisation of same sex relationships in Burundi is putting people's health and lives at risk.
Rwanda to import 30 MW of electricity from Kenya in 2015  2014-12-10
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya will sell 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity to Rwanda in 2015 to cater for the smaller nation's growing demand for power, Kenya Power said in a statement. Rwanda has a power output capacity of 160 MW that is level with the demand, piling pressure for alternative sources. The power will be transmitted through a new high voltage line linking the two nations via Uganda. ...
Congo’s New Cabinet Favors President Kabila as Opposition Splits  2014-12-09
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s second-largest opposition party expelled three officials for joining the government, amid uncertainty over whether the country will hold democratic elections in 2016.
Research and Markets: Emerging Consumer Lifestyles in Rwanda  2014-12-08
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Emerging Consumer Lifestyles in Rwanda" report to thei
Burundi groups urge halt to voter registration, cite fraud  2014-12-07
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Civil society groups in Burundi on Sunday urged the electoral commission to halt voter registration and said fake identification cards were being used, highlighting tensions before next year's elections. Opposition parties in the African nation which emerged from ethnic-fuelled civil war in 2005 made a similar demand last month, citing irregularities in ...
Burundi appoints controversial truth commission members  2014-12-03
Burundi's parliament on Wednesday appointed the members of a much-delayed Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to probe decades of ethnic killings.





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