Monthly Archives: July 2018

Mali Presidential Election Marred by Violence

Malians went to the polls Sunday, in what’s widely expected to be the first round of Mali’s presidential elections. The atmosphere was calm in the capital but instances of violence were reported in other parts of the country.

Voting has been slow in the Malian capital Bamako. At 8 a.m., there were very few people at the voting stations, in keeping with the low rate of voter card collection by the Bamako electorate. And some were even less lucky.

“I’m Eli Togo. I never got my voter card,” says this voter. “I went to look for it, but it was not available. That’s a shame because I would have loved to cast my vote for my candidate. But let the best win and rule with love for our country in his heart.”

There also were other reasons why Malians could not vote. By early Sunday afternoon, there were reports of attacks in the north and central regions of the country. Timbuktu, Kidal and Mopti reported violent incidents that prevented some people from casting their votes. At least 10 incidents of violence at polling stations and against election officials had been reported by midafternoon.

These are the areas that have presidential candidate Cheikh Modibo Diarra worried, and not just because of the violence. There are two regions where roughly only half of the residents have been receiving there voting cards.

“For Timbuktu, that means some 175,000 votes,” he said. “But when you get to Mopti, you’re talking about 1.1 million voters. If 60 percent of those people can’t vote that means 650,000. Now provided somebody put their hands on those bulletins on behalf of those people that can bias, you’ll agree with me, heavily the outcome of this election.”

On Saturday, the government and the opposition, in the presence of international observers, reached what they called a consensus on the elimination of fictitious voters and a parallel register, which the opposition claimed tilted the election in the government’s favor by a whopping 1.2 million possible votes.

Diarra and his opposition colleagues now hope the contest will be more transparent.

Mali’s vote is crucial for the international community led by France and the United States, which is using the country as a cornerstone for its fight against terrorist groups in the region. Neighbors such as Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger, which are also affected by Mali’s instabilities as they have hosted tens of thousands of refugees since the country’s conflict began in 2012, are also keenly watching the outcome.

Malians consider it their civic duty to vote but have little confidence in the current system changing. Some analysts have been predicting an upset, and in terms of names this means that either President Ibrahim Boubacar KeA�ta or his main challenger, SoumaA�la Cisse, would not win more than 50 percent of the vote, leading to a second vote on Aug. 12.

Results of Sunday’s vote may be known by Wednesday, although a final result is not expected until Friday.

Source: Voice of America

Violence, Rocket Attacks, Threats Mar Mali Presidential Election

Officials in Mali are counting the votes from Sunday’s presidential election, marred by violence, rocket attacks, threats and suspected fake polling places.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is seeking a second term. Twenty-four other candidates are challenging him.

Voter turnout was reported to be light across much of Mali, including the capital, Bamako. Only about half the voters in two regions received voter cards, meaning more than 800,000 people may have been unable to cast ballots.

Voting was briefly suspended in a northern village after militants fired rockets at a nearby United Nations mission camp. No one was injured.

In several other villages, election officials were beaten up, ballot boxes burned and armed groups stopped election supervisors from entering polling stations.

Some candidates and European election monitors also reported fake voting stations were set up in several spots and took steps to warn voters against them.

The international community is hoping for an overall successful presidential election in Mali. A positive outcome would help solidify a peace agreement between the government, pro-government forces and former Tuareg rebels in combating Islamic extremists in the largely lawless north.

Initial results of Sunday’s vote are expected later this week with a final result coming by Friday.

If no one wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is scheduled for August 12.

Source: Voice of America

Zimbabwe NGOs Woo Youths to Vote in Post-Mugabe Election

Some organizations are targeting youths in Zimbabwe to take part in the first post-Robert Mugabe general election Monday in which the issues of unemployment and political stability are likely going to determine voting patterns. A “Go Out and Vote” campaign was active at a free concert in Mbare, an underdeveloped town.

While politicians target big cities and popular places asking for votes ahead of the July 30 polls, the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust and other local NGOs have embarked on a nationwide campaign to ensure that young people participate in the election.

In Mbare, Charles Chisale of the trust explains the “Go Out and Vote” campaign, which he calls a dialogue.

“We are going to be discussing all the youths’ concerns, what the youths want after the 2018 elections so please come and witness, please come and share so that we can all build the Zimbabwe we all want,” said Chisale.

Hashton Gumira, a youth leader in this township who refuses to reveal his political affiliation – welcomes the idea of encouraging Zimbabwe youths to vote on Monday.

“Young people we have suffered and we have suffered enough, now it’s time to use our demographic dividend, 60 percent of the 5.5 million of voters in this election they are young people aged between 18 and 40 so it is very important because for me as a young person I think the issues which affect us as young people are similar so when you go and vote we have to go and vote for our issues, the issues of youth employment,” said Gumira.

In the Monday election, 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa faces 22 presidential challengers, including 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance.

Results of Monday’s general election are expected by next Saturday. The country’s constitution requires the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release results within five days of the closing of polls.

Source: Voice of America

KT crée un dispositif numérique pour l’identification nationale en Tanzanie

– Le Premier ministre de la Corée du Sud et le ministre de l’Intérieur de la Tanzanie visitent un nouveau centre de données

– KT s’apprête à mener un plus grand nombre de projets consacrés aux technologies de l’information de la communication (TIC) au Gabon, au Botswana et en Angola

SÉOUL, Corée du Sud, 27 juillet 2018 /PRNewswire/ — KT Corp. (KRX : 030200 ; NYSE : KT), la plus importante société de télécommunications en Corée du Sud, a mis au point un nouveau dispositif numérique d’identification nationale en Tanzanie, ce qui représente un progrès majeur pour la société en Afrique, alors que KT continue d’exploiter de nouvelles opportunités d’affaires sur l’ensemble du continent.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon (center, seated) and Tanzanian Home Affairs Minister Alphaxard Lugola (second from right, seated) photographed with government officials and representatives from KT and Samsung C&T at the main data center of Tanzania’s new national electronic resident registration system in Kibaha on July 22.

Le 22 juillet, Lee Nak-Yon, Premier ministre sud-coréen et Alphaxard Lugola, ministre de l’Intérieur en Tanzanie, accompagnés d’autres fonctionnaires des deux pays, ont effectué la visite du principal centre de données abritant un dispositif d’enregistrement à l’échelle nationale pour la Tanzanie. Le centre de données est situé à Kibaha, dans l’est de la Tanzanie.

Le dispositif d’enregistrement, qui a récemment vu le jour, constitue une étape importante de l’effort de KT pour étendre sa coopération à travers l’Afrique. KT travaille actuellement sur différents projets afin d’améliorer l’infrastructure des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) sur le deuxième continent au monde par sa taille et par sa population ; des réseaux de communications à grande vitesse au Gabon et au Botswana sont envisagés, ainsi qu’un réseau de sécurité publique en Angola.

Au mois de mai, au Rwanda, le chef de file coréen en matière de télécommunications a terminé la construction du premier réseau LTE national en Afrique et a également remporté un projet visant à mettre au point un dispositif de surveillance qui permettra d’éviter la pêche illégale en Sierra Leone et au Liberia, en Afrique de l’Ouest.

« Nos projets les plus récents au Rwanda et en Tanzanie encourageront d’autres entreprises coréennes à explorer des marchés prometteurs en Afrique », a déclaré Yun Kyoung-Lim, responsable de la convergence future et des affaires internationales de KT. « KT continuera à présenter des technologies de l’information et de la communication remarquables de la Corée au continent africain, à travers plus de projets planifiés. »

En Tanzanie, le nouveau dispositif de l’administration publique, basé sur les technologies de l’information, comprend le centre de données d’identification numérique national de Kibaha, un centre de sauvegarde, 13 bureaux régionaux d’enregistrement des résidents, un dispositif d’identification et de gestion des empreintes digitales, un système de contrôle de réseau et un site Internet d’enregistrement des résidents.

KT a créé un consortium avec Samsung C&T Corp., afin de réaliser un projet de 52,6 milliards de won (47 millions $US), commandé par le Bureau national de l’identification de Tanzanie. Le projet, auquel participent 15 petites et moyennes entreprises coréennes, a débuté en avril 2015. KT est responsable de la réparation et de la maintenance du dispositif jusqu’en juin 2020.

KT prévoit que le dispositif d’enregistrement numérique contribuera au développement économique et social de ce pays d’Afrique de l’Est. La Tanzanie compte environ 56 millions d’habitants et sa croissance économique annuelle dépasse celle de ses voisins de six à sept pour cent.

La Tanzanie est un pays montagneux, densément boisé, qui s’étend sur un vaste territoire dans la région des Grands Lacs africains, ce qui a posé de nombreux défis à la mise en place d’un dispositif d’administration publique numérique à l’échelle nationale. Bien que les bureaux d’enregistrement nationaux sur le terrain se trouvent parfois éloignés de jusqu’à 1100 kilomètres (684 milles), ils sont maintenant connectés au nouveau dispositif numérique.

La construction de bâtiments et la pose de câbles en fibre optique ont présenté des difficultés particulières dans la région au nord-ouest de Mwanza, également connue sous le nom de City of Rocks (ville des rochers). L’importante expérience de KT dans la construction et l’exploitation de centres de données dans différents pays a permis de surmonter les obstacles rencontrés à Mwanza.

Le gouvernement tanzanien devrait rapidement mettre en œuvre le nouveau dispositif numérique d’identification nationale, qui permettra à la nation d’améliorer ses services publics en matière d’éducation, d’hygiène et de soins de santé. Le gouvernement espère aussi utiliser le dispositif pour atténuer certains problèmes sociaux au niveau du pays, en ciblant certains délits et la fraude fiscale.

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KT Corporation, le plus important fournisseur de services en télécommunications en Corée, rétabli en 1981 en vertu de la loi sur les télécommunications, est à la pointe de l’ère des innovations dans le pays le plus connecté au monde. La société mène la quatrième révolution industrielle, grâce à un réseau câblé à haute vitesse ou sans-fil et une technologie de l’information et de la communication innovante. Après avoir installé 4,5 millions de lignes fixes destinées à 20 millions d’utilisateurs en seulement 12 ans, KT a été le premier fournisseur de télécommunications à présenter un service d’essai 5G à grande échelle, en 2018. Cette nouvelle étape montre les efforts continus de KT pour fournir des produits et services essentiels, en tant que meilleure société de technologies de l’information et de la communication, reconnue par tous.

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SOUTH AFRICA UPGRADES MAIN BORDER CROSSING WITH ZIMBABWE TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW

PRETORIA– The recent upgrade of the Beitbridge border post is set to significantly improve road traffic movement between South Africa and Zimbabwe, says the South Africa National Roads Limited (SANRAL), the South African parastatal responsible for the management, maintenance and development of the country’s national road network,

SANRAL spokesperson Vusi Mona said Thursday that the intention was to establish a one-stop border post at the transit point, which is South Africa’s primary road gateway into the rest of Africa. An estimated 15,000 people and 500 trucks cross the border at Beitbridge every day.

South Africa’s N1 national freeway connects Beitbridge with Limpopo Province and into the Gauteng Province economic core of South Africa. Just to the south of the border post, construction of the Musina Ring Road, a new eight-kilometre, single-way road, is nearing completion.

Mona said the upgraded border post will contribute to the better flow of people and goods within the southern African sub-region.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week conducted the ground-breaking ceremony in which a decision was taken to upgrade the border post and expand the infrastructure through a 240 million US dollars contract awarded to the Zimborders consortium.

The project includes upgrades to the roads to and from the crossing, perimeter fencing, gate controls, parking areas and upgrades to security and lighting systems.

The entire border post will fall under the jurisdiction of the newly established Border Management Agency. There are no plans to build another bridge as the existing New Limpopo Bridge has sufficient capacity to handle projected future traffic.

Mona said the new border arrangements would also enable SANRAL to collect toll monies on traffic travelling in a southerly direction from Beitbridge. The concession agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe recently expired and toll fees are currently only collected on the Zimbabwe side of the border.

Should the government decide to introduce tolling on southbound traffic out of Zimbabwe, it will not add additional costs to travellers crossing the border and the funds collected will be used to maintain the roads and bridges at the border post.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK