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Pan African Passport Is One Year Old, Has The Vibe Died?

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July 17, 2017 marks exactly a year since the African Union (A.U.) launched the African passport in Kigali, Rwanda.

The first copies were issued to Rwandan president, Paul Kagame and the then-A.U. President, Idris Deby Itno of Chad during the 27th A.U. summit held at the Kigali International Conference Center (KICC).

According to the immediate past A.U. Commission chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the initial plan was to issue the documents to African Heads of State, Foreign Affairs ministers and top diplomats.

She said back then that the A.U. has received massive calls to make the document available and therefore tasked governments to accept the challenge of issuing the African passports to their nationals within their own processes.

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At the heart of the passport is the free movement (visa-free) access across all A.U. member nations. The African passport will thus supersede all existing national documents.

The passport is a key component of the continental bloc’s Agenda 2063 action plan. It basically emphasizes the need for greater integration among members. It is built on freedom of movement agreements such as the 1991 Abuja treaty.

Questions worthy of note:

1. How many countries have started processes aimed at providing the African passport to their citizens?2. Can ordinary Africans realistically look forward to receiving copies by 2018 as projected by the A.U.?

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3. How will visa restrictions which affects most Africans play out in the general scheme of events?

Excerpts of the former A.U. Chair, Dlamini Zuma’s remarks in July 2016

“At the Summit in January 2016 this year, you decided that we must launch the African Passport. We are making this start with our Heads of State and Government, with Foreign Ministers, the leadership of the RECs and Organs.

“But, we’ve been overwhelmed by requests, and enquiries of other Ministers, officials, and Africans citizens to share in this privilege of holding an African passport.

“We will therefore suggest to the Summit for consideration, as we launch the African passport today, that we agree to create the conditions for Member states to issue the passport to their citizens, within their national policies, as and when they are ready.

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“It is therefore my distinct honour to present the African passports to the Chairperson of the African Union, His Excellency President Idriss Deby and to our Host, His Excellency President Paul Kagame.

“Our teams during the cause of the two days shall capture the details of other Excellencies Heads of State and Government, so that you too shall receive your African passports,” she concluded.

Shaban Abdur Rahman Alfa
Digital journalist
Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo
alfa.shaban@africanews.com

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ANC To Declare National State of Disaster, South Africans Kicks

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The recent proposal by the African National Congress (ANC) to declare a national state of disaster has been met with suspicion and skepticism by the South African public. The country is currently experiencing its worst bout of load shedding on record, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the government is considering the declaration of a national state of disaster in response to the energy crisis.

However, many South Africans believe that the ANC’s motives for wanting to declare a national state of disaster are not rooted in a desire to improve the country’s well-being, but rather to have unrestricted access to tax money through unregulated procurement processes. The ANC has been criticized for prioritizing their own interests over those of the people, and there is a growing concern that the declaration of a national state of disaster will be used as an excuse to loot the country’s resources.

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The last time that President Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster was during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the ANC has been accused of stealing R500 billion during this time. This has led many South Africans to believe that the ANC is merely looking for an excuse to milk the country dry and increase the country’s debt.

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Lawson Naidoo, an expert on South African politics, has weighed in on the issue, stating that the ANC’s proposal to declare a national state of disaster is deeply concerning and that the public needs to be vigilant in ensuring that the country’s resources are not misused.

The energy crisis in South Africa is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, but the public needs to be assured that any measures taken to resolve the crisis are rooted in a genuine desire to improve the well-being of the country and its people, and not just to line the pockets of the ANC. The South African public is calling for transparency and accountability, and for the government to prioritize the needs of the people over their own interests.

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UN warns of food crises in decades due to COVID-19

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The United Nations has issued a warning that the world is on track for the worst food crisis in decades due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has disrupted food systems and supply chains, leading to food insecurity for millions of people. The UN estimates that 265 million people will suffer from acute hunger in 2021, an increase of 130 million from pre-pandemic levels.

The crisis is not only affecting low-income countries, but also middle- and high-income countries. The pandemic has led to job losses and reduced incomes, making it difficult for many people to afford food. In addition, lockdowns and other restrictions have made it difficult for people to access food, especially in urban areas.

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The UN is calling for immediate action to address the food crisis. This includes providing emergency food assistance to those in need, supporting small-scale food producers and traders, and investing in sustainable food systems. The UN also urges governments to prioritize the most vulnerable groups, such as women and children, who are disproportionately affected by the crisis.

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The food crisis is also having a significant impact on the environment. The increased demand for food has led to overfishing and deforestation, and the use of agrochemicals has increased. This is causing damage to ecosystems and reducing biodiversity, which in turn impacts food security.

The food crisis caused by the pandemic is a reminder of the importance of sustainable food systems. It is essential to address the underlying causes of food insecurity, such as poverty and inequality, in order to build a more resilient and sustainable food system. Investing in sustainable food systems will not only help to alleviate the current crisis, but also ensure that future crises can be prevented.

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Egypt Knocks Off South Africa, Becomes No1 Investment Destination In Africa

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Egypt has replaced South Africa and made it to the top of “Where to invest in Africa in 2018” list released by the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

South Africa is now second on the list. RMB said in a report, “Egypt displaced South Africa because of its superior economic activity score and sluggish growth rates in South Africa, which have deteriorated markedly over the past seven years.”

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The top ten investment destinations include Morocco in the third place and Ethiopia in the fourth place.

In November 2016, Egypt started its economic reform program backed by the IMF after it had taken several measures, including the imposition of Value Added Taxes (VAT) and gradual removal of subsidies, to receive a $US 12 billion loan.

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AFROSAI holds audit workshop in Eritrea

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In 2014, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) in Eritrea was recognized as the best performing institution in the region. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has continued to work with OAG to enhance its capacity for financial, compliance, and performance audits in the country.

Recently, the Africa Supreme Audit Institute (AFROSAI) organized a workshop on financial, performance, and compliance audits at the OAG in Eritrea. The workshop, which took place from May 22nd to May 26th, 2017, aimed to equip Eritrean auditors with the necessary skills to comply with international auditing standards.

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The OAG is the supreme audit institution (SAI) in Eritrea, responsible for checking the accounts of all government institutions, parastatals, and state-owned enterprises. This extensive mandate requires constant recruitment of accounting graduates and training to ensure that the institution is compliant with international standards.

UNDP is partnering with the OAG to enhance human and institutional capacity, as well as equipping classrooms and libraries with furniture, computers, training manuals, and accounting books. With UNDP support, the institution has also adopted the use of solar energy and improved security through the installation of cameras and monitoring devices.

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Mr. Gherezgiher Ghebremedhin, the Auditor General, stated that the AFROSAI training was a step towards establishing a permanent performance audit department by the end of 2017, and forensic and environmental audit departments in 2018.

Earlier in the year, the OAG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AFROSAI to support the institution in establishing performance and compliance audit departments. UNDP is supporting these efforts by providing capacity building workshops and the necessary tools, equipment, and resources for the OAG to undertake these tasks.

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UNDP has also been supporting the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) training for accounting graduates. Currently, 36 accountants have been certified and 170 are enrolled for ACCA training to acquire international certification. This ongoing collaboration between UNDP and the OAG is aimed at strengthening the institution’s capacity to meet international standards and improve governance in Eritrea.

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Craig Murray, Former Ambassador Exposes The Attrocities Of The British Government (Must Watch)

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In this video Craig Murray, a former British Diplomat said, I worked in the British Foreign office. I became the British Ambassador. I was a British diplomat for 20 years. I was alway patriotic to be British. I was very very proud, I remember when I first became a British Ambassador and I first went out on my own flag car with the Union Jack flying on the front as the Ambassador.

I had a lump on my throat, it’s a proud moment for me. It was only 6 months and I discovered that in a country where I was Ambassador, we and Americans were shipping people in order for them to be tortured and some of them were tortured to death. Now as you may imagine, my world view changed.

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It was at the same time about a month later we invaded Iraq against the will of the Security Council. Not just without the will of the security council. But in the full knowledge that if we had gone to the security council, we would be voted down. I as a British diplomat, I saw all the internal memos that went through all that decision. I know for a certain.

“  Anybody who is voting ‘no’ is voting to support a psychologically flawed,   pathologica state, which is a danger to the world. A rogue state. A state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy.

I used to be head of FCO unit that monitored Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. I know for certain I can tell you they knew there weren’t any. It wasn’t a mistake, it was a lied. I think it is impossible to be proud of the United Kingdom. I think when we invaded Iraq, we did to the United Nations what Hitler and Mussolini did to the League of Nations. And I think what we’ve done since where the truth is often much hidden in the bombing.
If we look at Libya, disaster now. We bombed it. We killed fifteen thousand people (15000) when NATO bombed it. Something they never told you on the BBC. Did we make it better? No. I saw in Uzbekistan. I saw the gas contracts signed by Imron. A company called Unical, which George Bush Snr was on board.

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It’s a big gas pipeline from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan over Afghanistan down to the indian ocean. That was actually what the Afghan war was about. They had actually had talks with the Taliban and Unical to see if the Taliban would provide pipeline security.

The person who held those talks, the consultant of Unical was a certain Mr Kassi. Who after being employed by George Bush Snr as consultant went on to become president of Afghanistan. That was their plan B. The Taliban wouldn’t do it so they invaded. I’ve seen it on the inside. It’s almost always about control of resources. It is every bit as corrupt. I can tell you it is not an academic construct.

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The system stinks, Westminster stinks. The British Government is deeply deeply immoral. They don’t care how many people they kill abroad if advances them and anybody who is voting ‘no’ is voting to support a psychologically flawed,   pathologica state, which is a danger to the world. A rogue state. A state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy. That’s why I say it’s not possible to be a decent person and vote ‘no’ and we shouldn’t be ashamed to say that.

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People Are Horrified That Facebook’s Hidden Inbox Is Hiding Incredibly Important Messages

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Facebook has a hidden message folder where it filters messages it thinks you don’t want to see — sometimes with serious and unintended consequences.

Users are complaining about not seeing messages from since-deceased family members, people reaching out to help them, and even people contacting them to let them know their friends have died.

Back in October 2015, the social network revamped its messaging system.

Previously, you had your “Inbox,” and an “Other” folder where messages from people who aren’t friends or friends-of-friends would end up. But it replaced this second folder with “Message Requests” — which let people you’re not connected with ask to be able to talk.

But what very few people realize is there is now also a third category of messages: Filtered Message Requests. These filtered messages are what Facebook thinks is spam, and so doesn’t even notify you about. They’re also not easy to find.

There has been a spate of articles over the last few days explaining how to access them. Judging by the reaction on Twitter, almost no one knew it was there.

 

A lot of the time, the feature appears to be fulfilling its purpose pretty well — protecting people from strangers’ spam they’ve got no interest in viewing.

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The message Daniel Emery received informing him his friend had died — and which he only discovered two months later.

But there have also been cases of it hiding far more important messages, meaning their intended recipients only see them when it’s far too late.

Former BBC technology journalist Daniel Emery contacted Business Insider after reading our story and checking the “filtered” folder out of curiosity.

He told us that back in February, the partner of an old college friend messaged him to tell him that his friend had died — but the message was filtered, so he only saw it today, two months later.

Emery said: “He was a friend of mine from when I was a student in Aberdeen. Used to be a good mate, obviously lost touch a few years ago, as you do.”

He had thought about reaching out, but never got round to it — and then saw the message letting him know his friend had “popped his clogs.”

“So its his partner — I don’t quite know who she is — picking up the pieces … it’s all a bit strange really.”

Emery’s not the only one to have experienced something like this.

Matt Spicer, from Bristol, England, said that his wife started crying after discovering the “filtered” inbox — because it contained a message sent by her cousin, who died before it was ever read.


And Brittany Knight wrote on Twitter that she lost her passport and missed the message from the person trying to return it to her due to the filter.


There are many more cases like this. Some are recent, while other messages appear to have been sent before the Filtered Message Requests inbox was introduced, and were then automatically moved to it once it was launched — all without ever being read.

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The situation is made doubly frustrating by the fact that one of the big reasons for the change to Message Requests (and Filtered Message Requests) is to prevent things like this happening.

Tony Leach, a product manager at Facebook, told TechCrunch back when Message Requests launched: “We’ve heard so many stories like estranged parents trying to get back in touch, or you lost your wallet and someone trying to get in touch with you … That’s why we want to replace that with a system that makes it a lot easier to catch the messages that you want to see.”

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Clearly, this hasn’t been a complete success.

But what can Facebook do about this? It’s a tricky one. If it errs on the side of caution, and filters more, then important messages will continue to fall through the cracks. But if it relaxes its filters, then more spam will likely get through too — and people will complain. (Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Daniel Emery, who missed the message telling him of his friend’s death, would like Facebook to modify its messaging feature to add a more straightforward spam folder.

“Gmail and Google, for all its flaws, has a pretty sensible system,” he told Business Insider. “There is a folder for spam, you can look into it if you want, you can pull things out. It’s not hidden from you, and I think the issue with this is it’s kind of a bit too much ‘nanny state.'”

He added: “Facebook is trying to be overprotective. Overprotective comes at a cost, and things like this happening are exactly that … hiding it is never a good thing.”

If you want to check your Filtered Message Requests in the mobile app, load up Settings, then click on “People,” then click on “Message Requests,” then click on “See filtered requests.” If you’re on the desktop version of Facebook, click on the drop-down Messages tab, then on “Message Requests,” then press “See filtered requests.” For more detailed instructions, read this.
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Facebook plans to buy M-Pesa, one of Africa’s largest mobile money platforms

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It was the first time that Mark Eliot showed envy on the largest Mobile money company on the planet. Mark made one of the largest buyouts in history when he bought social messaging company Whatsapp.

He also bought the premiere photo sharing app Instagram both of which have grown to over a billion monthly users making them the largest social networks and on top ten Websites on Alexa.

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What it means for Mpesa If Facebook finally manages to acquire Mpesa, it will become a global company. It will have advantage of a worldwide exposure through merging with Facebook and it will get world class infrastructure by the elites of the Tech business.

Charges will go down, most probably so low due to a large user base. The negotiations are ongoing and soon we may be cerebrating one of our own, changing lives around the globe.

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