Network Africa: Attacks In Somalia, Tanzania, As Ebola Claims More Lives In W.Africa

Network Africa MAPOn this edition of Network Africa, we look at the Ebola virus as it claims more lives in West Africa with health officials recording up to 25 new deaths.

Oscar Pistorius’s 4 month old trial hits the home stretch, what will it be for the blade runner? Trial resumes on August 7.

Somalia President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, escapes death by the whiskers as Islamist al-shabab militants attack the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

For the first time since 1998, Tanzania experiences series of bomb explosions in the month of July as 8 people get badly injured in a blast at a restaurant in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.

Then hopes stirred again in the rescue of the Chibok girls after over 80 days in captivity as former Heads of State brainstorm on their return.

Africa must tackle chronic underfunding in agriculture – Koffi Annan

African leaders and private sector organizations have been urged to keep promises made to support agriculture growth in the continent to achieve food and nutrition security at home and help deliver it globally in the long-term.

Kofi Annan; Chairman Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa made this call at the opening of the 2012 African Green Revolution Forum in Arusha Tanzania.

The Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete led other leaders and stakeholders to discuss how to tackle leadership policy, revolutionizing African agricultural finance models, strengthening markets, and transforming African agriculture through innovative partnerships.

In his key note address, Kofi Annan noted that African leaders under the 2003 Maputo Declaration promised to raise their investment in agriculture to at least the 10% levels of national budget, adding that promises fulfilled is promise made.

“Africa needs to tackle the legacy of chronic underfunding in agriculture, if it is to achieve food and nutrition security at home – and help deliver it globally in the long-term. The challenge is to realize a dream of a more prosperous and equitable future for all Africans.”

The former United Nation’ s Secretary General said the ability of Africa to achieve food and nutrition security, both in Africa and globally, depends on catalyzing a sustainable Green Revolution.

According to him, “climate smart” transformation of African agriculture that increases the productivity of land, labour and capital invested in farming, while strengthening the resilience of farmers to climate change.

“As well as addressing large-scale land acquisitions that risk giving away fertile arable land for other use such as the production of bio-fuels. “

Kofi Annan also used the occasion to call for unwavering focus on improving the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers – most of whom are women.

Rwandan ex-minister jailed for life over genocide

The U.N. war crimes tribunal for Rwanda sentenced former minister Callixte Nzabonimana to life in prison on Thursday after he was found guilty of playing a key role in his country’s 1994 genocide.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in Arusha in Tanzania, convicted the former Rwandan Minister of Youth and Associate Movements for genocide, conspiracy, incitement and extermination as a crime against humanity.

“The trial chamber found that … Nzabonimana instigated the killing of Tutsis. It also found Nzabonimana guilty of entering into two separate agreements to kill Tutsis,” ICTR said in a statement.

The former Rwandan politician, 59, was arrested in Tanzania in February 2008.

Ethnic Hutu militia and soldiers butchered 800,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in the tiny east African country in just 100 days between April and June 1994.