Somalia – 29 April 2016

ISIL is competing with al-Shabaab for recruits in Somalia and appears to be gaining traction

The Islamic State may be gaining a foothold in East Africa. The militant group took responsibility for an IED attack on a convoy of African Union peacekeepers traveling outside of Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu on April 25.

African Union officials have said that ISIL may not have been behind the attack, which left no casualties. Still, there are worrying signs that the group is gaining traction in war-torn Somalia, where another extremist group, al-Shabaab, could serve as a ready pool of recruits for ISIL.



EU envoy speaks on cut in Somalia peacekeeper funding

EU envoy to Somalia Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso has stressed strong partnership with the African Union Mission as the former slashed financial aid by 20 pc, Garowe Online reports.

The European Union has provided AMISOM with millions in aid as part of ongoing stabilization operations in central and southern Somalia.  

“We know that al-Shabaab has not been defeated and we are committed to the mission but there are other missions to be accomplished in other areas and we have to give our support,” said Michele according to Kenya’s Star.


DRC – 29 April 2016

DRC police fired teargas to break opposition leader Katumbi’s rally

Police fired shots and teargas to break up a crowd before a political rally by opposition leader and potential presidential candidate Moise Katumbi in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, an official and the opposition said.

Katumbi said in a statement that police had arrested people close to him, and that others had been injured in the incident in the city of Lubumbashi. But government spokesman Lambert Mende said police intervened to disperse people who were blocking roads, preventing normal traffic. No rally had been scheduled, he said.

Standard Media


UN envoy expresses ‘serious concern’ over rising political tensions

The head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has expressed serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the country.

In a press release, MONUSCO said the situation follows the announcement by certain political groups and parties of their intention to organize political gatherings in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, and subsequent measures taken by the security forces to prevent the holding of these gatherings.

UN News

Vasu Gounden, ACCORD Founder and Executive Director, receives honorary Doctorate from University of KwaZulu-Natal

ACCORD Founder and Executive Director Vasu Gounden (Left) after being awarded an honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Joining Dr Gounden for the picture were Professor Cheryl Potgieter (Centre) and Dr Zweli Mkhize (Right)


ACCORD Founder and Executive Director, Vasu Gounden, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in recognition of his contribution to the field of Peace and Security globally.



The university, on its website, notes that under his guidance ACCORD is contributing to policy and conflict management capacity in the United Nations, the African Union, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and National Governments, and has developed into the largest Conflict Resolution organisation in Africa, making significant contributions to peace and security in Africa. The university states that he is being recognised for his distinctive service and significant contribution to Conflict Resolution and the discipline of Peace and Security globally; and that in conferring the honorary degree, the University of KwaZulu-Natal recognises him as a major contributor to the field of peace and security and honours him for his nobility of spirit to stand up for peace and justice for the most vulnerable of citizens.

To read the full article on the ACCORD website, click here.

Dr Gounden’s keynote address, presented at the 2016 UKZN Graduation on 11 April 2016, is available to read here.

China’s Position Paper on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

China’s Position Paper on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is now available to read online on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015 laid out common visions of the world to seek win-win cooperation and development of all. The Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides guidance to national development and international development cooperation in the next 15 years, marking a milestone in global development process.

Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the joint task of all countries. While facing with sluggish world economic recovery, widening development gap between the North and the South, dwindling momentum in international development cooperation, the international community is also confronted with challenges like refugee crisis, terrorism, public health threats and the climate change. All countries should work together to translate leaders’ commitments to concrete actions by implementing the 2030 Agenda. Development could serve as means to address various global challenges, speed up economic transformation and upgrading, map out the course of equitable, open, all-round, innovation-driven and sustainable development and advance the well-being of mankind.

Click here to read the full paper.

Africa – 22 April 2016

Africa moves centre-stage in global security debate

Two high-profile security conferences in Ethiopia have underlined the significance Western policymakers attach to enlisting African support when shoring up global security and meeting the growing terrorist threat.

Ethiopia was a good choice of venue. Two international forums devoted to peace and security were running almost concurrently in the nation on the Horn of Africa. The Munich Security Conference, which stages a key meeting in the southern German metropolis every year in February, mounted a Core Group Meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday and Friday. Core Group Meetings are gatherings of no more than 60 people in which pressing international security issues can be discussed in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

Deutsche Welle


Egypt will help establish security and peace in Africa

Sahel-Saharan defence officials talk military cooperation in Sharm El-Sheikh. Over the past few years the Sahel/Sahara region has become a field of conflicts and source of multiple threats due to interwoven causes in which numerous factors operated. Prime among these is the wave of terrorism that threatens all societies and states without exception or discrimination.

Our responsibility as military men has grown more complex in light of the advances in the capacities of terrorist groups. We are required to work hard, think creatively, and summon a strong will and determination in order to ensure optimum success in light of our historical responsibility to achieve the aspirations of our people.— General Mohamed Al-Kishki, Egyptian assistant defence minister for foreign affairs

Geeska Afrika


Health Security Key to Realize SDG, African Renaissance

Africa needs to ensure the health security of its people to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to realize its renaissance, according to the Director of the Africa Peace and Security Program (APSP).

Michelle Ndiaye Ntab, Director of the Africa Peace and Security Program (APSP) and Tana Forum Head of Secretariat at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), told ENA that health security has been the toughest challenge to the overall development of Africa.

“HIV/AIDS has been the main cause of death for millions of Africans over the last decades,” Michelle said indicating the lives of many productive manpower lost due to the spread of the deadly disease.

Zimbabwe – 22 April 2016

Mnangagwa Says Bickering Between Chinamasa and Zhuwao Caused Confusion and Unsettled Investors

THE fight between finance and indigenisation ministers, Patrick Chinamasa and Patrick Zhuwao over indigenisation laws had the effect of undermining investor confidence prompting President Mugabe’s intervention, says VP Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zhuwao, President Mugabe’s nephew, recently came out in the open attacking Chinamasa for daring announce that banks were complying with the laws, saying the announcement was supposed to have been made by himself and not the finance minister.


Goche, Shamu appeal against suspension

Goche and Shamu were suspended from Zanu PF last year, together with several other top-ranking officials including Francis Nhema, Flora Buka and Olivia Muchena, on allegations of conniving with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru in an alleged plot to oust President Robert Mugabe.

“Goche and Shamu have filed appeals with the central committee against their suspensions,” an impeccable Zanu PF source said yesterday. However, both Goche and Shamu could not be reached for comment.

Zanu PF, two weeks ago, said it was opening the floor for all suspended members to challenge the party’s decision.

Party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo, however, said the appeal window was only open for members with no links to Mujuru’s alleged ouster plot.

News Day

Swaziland – 22 April 2016

Zuma in Swaziland for Customs Union talks

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday arrived in Swaziland for talks with King Mswati III on matters relating to Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

In a statement, the Presidency said Zuma had already had discussions with the Heads of States and Government of Botswana and Namibia on the matter.

“The consultations are a follow up to the discussions held by the SACU Heads of State and Government during the inauguration of the new SACU Headquarters building in Windhoek, Namibia, on 12 November 2015. It is expected the discussions will also focus on progress in the implementation of the SACU work programme as adopted by the 2011 SACU Summit.”



Swaziland is hub for human trafficking – US Report

Swaziland is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour, a US government report has alleged.

The US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 says, “Swazi girls, particularly orphans, are subjected to sex trafficking and domestic servitude, primarily in Swaziland and South Africa.

Traffickers reportedly force Mozambican women into prostitution in Swaziland, or transit Swaziland en route to South Africa. Mozambican boys migrate to Swaziland for work by washing cars, herding livestock, and pottering; some of these boys subsequently become victims of forced labour.”

Star Africa

Madagascar – 22 April 2016

Fight against poverty and corruption will be priority – New Madagascar PM

Madagascar’s new Prime Minister, Solonandrasana Olivier Mahafaly, has pledged to focus on fighting poverty and corruption as he took over the position formerly occupied by Jean Ravelonarivo.

“Our priorities will be the fight against poverty,” adding that beyond poverty, “the fight against corruption…, the fight against the looting of our natural resources,” would be crucial, Mahafaly said at the handover ceremony in the capital Antananarivo.

Africa News

Western Sahara – 22 April 2016

Gulf Arabs back Morocco in Western Sahara rift with U.N.

Gulf Arab rulers back fellow monarchy Morocco in its row with the United Nations over the disputed region of Western Sahara, Saudi Arabia’s SPA news agency reported, one of the worst diplomatic crises over the territory since a 1991 ceasefire.

Morocco expelled dozens of U.N. staff from the mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month referred to the North African nation’s 1975 annexation of the region from Spain as an “occupation.”

Rabat said its decision was irreversible, but that it was committed to military cooperation with the U.N. to guarantee the ceasefire. Ban has recommended extending MINURSO’s mandate for a year, warning that the conflict there was in danger of reigniting.



Polisario Front Reaffirms Commitment to Negotiating With Morocco

The Polisario Front reaffirmed Wednesday in New York its willing to engaging in negotiations with Morocco on the status of Western Sahara and expressed its concern over repetitive blockings from Morocco to undermine the UN political process.

In a statement released Wednesday in New York, the Sahrawi coordinator with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso) M’hamed Khaddad stressed that the Polisario Front “is ready to engage in negotiations with Morocco as soon as possible and without preconditions, in accordance with the UN Secretary General’s statement on 4 November 2015 et resolutions of the Security Council.”

“The Polisario Front expressed deep concern” over Morocco’s repetitive attempts to hinder the UN political process on Western Sahara,” he said.

South Sudan – 22 April 2016

South Sudan Peace Talks Imperiled by New Squabbles

A long-awaited peace deal to end the civil war in South Sudan that has killed tens of thousands is being imperiled again, this time mainly by squabbles over how many weapons and soldiers the opposition can bring with it to the capital.

The opposition leader, Riek Machar, was scheduled to fly to the capital, Juba, on Monday this week to be reinstated as vice president and form a transitional government with his rival, President Salva Kiir. His return is seen as crucial to ending the war that has torn apart the young country.

New York Times


South Sudan, Rebels In Weaponry Wrangle Over Machar’s Return

South Sudan’s government and rebels are wrangling over weaponry and therefore still at odds over the terms for allowing rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the capital, a government negotiator said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the two sides said a deal had been reached on Machar’s delayed return to form a unity government.