Kagame visit to U.S. church meets with criticism

Kagame visit to U.S. church meets with criticism

The human rights record of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is under renewed scrutiny after he appeared at the weekend with Christian pastor Rick Warren, left, at his Saddleback Church to focus on reconciliation and the recovery of trauma. Kagame, who has a long relationship with Warren’s Baptist-affiliated megachurch in…

Report: Suspect Boeing system was activated before ET302 crash

Report: Suspect Boeing system was activated before ET302 crash

Investigators say their preliminary findings into what went wrong with Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, which crashed outside of Addis Ababa with 157 people on board on March 10, suggest that a suspect feature in the Boeing 737 MAX8 was automatically activated before the plane nose-dived to the ground. That’s according…

Kenya denies it has approved deal with cannabis firm

A cannabis company based in the United States says its plans for production operations in Kenya are moving forward – but the Kenyan government is denying that’s true in a country where cultivation and use remain illegal. GoIP Global (GOIG) announced in early March that it has secured the initial…

Germany agrees it’s ‘the right time’ to be in Ethiopia

In Addis Ababa, President Sahle-Work Zewde met with his German counterpart Monday, and told President Frank-Walter Steinmeier that it was the right time for his nation to come to Ethiopia. That seemed evident when Steinmeier also participated in signing ceremonies with Volkswagen, as the German automaker announced an assembly plant…

LSE showcases African biz in ‘Companies to Inspire’ report

The London Stock Exchange has named 360 companies from 32 African nations in its new “Companies to Inspire Africa 2019” report. Nigeria and Kenya lead the way, with the report’s foreword written by President Uhuru Kenyatta. “Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Kenya’s vibrant economy, propelling investment, job creation and…

Tiffany brand launches new Diamond Sourcing Initiative

Leading American jeweler Tiffany & Co. announced a new initiative Wednesday to ensure transparency in its diamond sourcing. “Tiffany & Co. will begin sharing with our customers the provenance, meaning region or countries of origin, of our newly sourced, individually registered diamonds – a significant step for diamond transparency,” said…

Huawei confirms CFO arrested in Canada

The CFO of Chinese technology company Huawei, a firm with significant investments across Africa, was detained in Canada earlier this week for extradition to the United States, the company confirmed early Thursday. Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the global company’s founder, is believed to be under investigation in connection with…

Ethiopia’s Bole Airport lauded as new gateway to Africa

Ethiopia’s rapid reforms under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appear to be paying dividends in tourism and international travel, with Addis Ababa becoming the new “gateway to Africa.” That’s according to data from industry analysts at Forward Keys, who found an “extraordinary rise” for Ethiopia as a destination and transfer hub…

Tanzania’s Msuya steps up at UNEP following Solheim departure

The surprise resignation of Erik Solheim, the former United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) executive director, took effect Thursday with Tanzanian scientist Joyce Msuya tapped as acting director. The departure of the Nairobi-based Solheim followed a UNEP audit that determined he was rarely in Kenya. A draft of the audit, leaked…

Five Africans awarded Franco-German Prize for Human Rights

Five Africans have been named recipients of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, presented jointly on Wednesday by the two European nations. They are among 15 human rights leaders honored by French minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German foreign minister Heiko Maas. “Through them, our…

Ghanaian officer wins UN’s top female cop award

A police officer from Ghana has been named the United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year, in a ceremony held in New York by the UN’s peacekeeping department. Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei, who is serving with United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), was chosen for her work in Jubaland….