Tanzania, a key African state along the Indian Ocean Region, is emerging as one of economy and politically stable states in the continent with Tanzania’s passport has been ranked 74 in the global mobility ranking and maintained its spot as the ninth most powerful in Africa. Neighbouring Mozambique also along the Indian Ocean Region, however, may face scrutiny for action by its soldiers against rebels. Africa’s biggest economy South Africa may head for political turbulence with the current president locked in a court battle with his predecessor. In Kenya, USA has announced reward against one of terror masterminds. Meanwhile, Mauritius has decided to focus on financial sector to boost its economy and Seychelles continues to nurture its special ties with UAE.
Tanzanian Passport top 10 most powerful in Africa
The Citizen | 12th January 2023
Tanzania’s passport has been ranked 74 in the global mobility ranking and maintained its spot as the ninth most powerful in Africa. The Henley Passport Index Report released on Wednesday, January 11, shows that the number of countries that Tanzanians can visit without a visa, or obtain one on arrival increased to 72.
Mozambique: investigation after video shows soldiers burning corpses
Africanews | 10th January 2023
The regional forces in Mozambique fighting jihadist violence have launched an investigation after a video surfaced on social networks showing soldiers throwing dead bodies on a pile of burning rubble, the South African military (SANDF) said Tuesday. The command is “investigating the involvement of its members in this despicable act,” the SANDF, which has sent troops to Mozambique, said in a statement. “The culprits will be brought to justice.”
Adamant Cyril Ramaphosa will lose interdict bid, Jacob Zuma’s daughter says ‘see you next week’
IOL | 12th January 2023
“See you next week” those are the words of former head of state Jacob Zuma’s daughter Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla implying that incumbent president Cyril Ramaphosa would have lost his bid to interdict a private prosecution by the former president. She was speaking to the media, just before leaving the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday afternoon where her father is involved in a legal bid to privately prosecute Ramaphosa.
US dangles Sh1.2bn reward for intel on Dusit mastermind
The Nation | 12th January 2023
The US State department has offered a Sh1.2 billion reward for information leading to the capture of the mastermind of the Dusit D2 terror attack of 2019. The US Rewards for Justice programme says it will pay the hefty sum to find Mohamoud Abdi Aden, a Kenyan national suspected of heading the Shabaab terror cell that carried out the attack.
Mauritius: Financial Sector Is the New Emerging Pillar of the Mauritian Economy, Says Minister Seeruttun
All Africa | 11th January 2023
The financial sector is an emerging important pillar which can contribute significantly to the Mauritian economy in the years to come, stated the Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance, Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, in Ebène.
Seychelles’ President to attend Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and IRENA Assembly
Seychelles News Agency | 12th January 2023
The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, will depart Seychelles for Abu Dhabi on Friday to attend the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2023 (ADSW), according to a State House press statement on Thursday. Ramkalwan was invited to attend the ADSW by the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Biodiversity: Rising tide of extinctions on Madagascar
BBC | 10th January 2023
One of the world’s remaining biodiversity hotspots will take millions of years to recover from extinctions, scientists predict. A new study suggests more than three million years of evolutionary history have already been lost on Madagascar. The researchers are calling for urgent conservation action to prevent another wave of extinctions. The island is known for its unique fauna and flora.