Thousands Of Voting Machines And Ballot Boxes Destroyed In DRC Electoral Commission Fire – African News – African News Network | Latest African News | Nigerian News | Breaking News
Connect with us

African News

Thousands Of Voting Machines And Ballot Boxes Destroyed In DRC Electoral Commission Fire

Published

on

Thousands Of Voting Machines And Ballot Boxes Destroyed In DRC Electoral Commission Fire

Thousand of voting machines and ballot boxes were destroyed when an electoral commission building in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa was razed in a fire. The machines and ballot boxes were to be used in the presidential elections ten days away.

The electoral commission says this would not hamper the election process, but that it is looking into the cause and extent of the fire.  It says machines from other parts of the country would be brought in to replace the ones consumed in the fire.

READ:  162 Nigerians Including Four Pregnant Women Return From Libya

Presidential adviser Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi blames the fire on those he called criminals. He said most of the equipment meant for the polls in Kinshasa, the capital was destroyed in the fire.   More than 15 percent of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s population lives in the capital.

READ:  Tunisian Parliament Approve Cabinet Reshuffle

Meanwhile, the UK is now advising its citizens against “all but essential travel” to any part of DR Congo. It has also urged non-essential diplomatic staff to leave the country by next Monday.

READ:  First Mozambican President's House In Bad State Of Repair

African News

Ethiopian Airlines Says Compensation Payment To Victims’ Families Is Underway

Published

on

By

Ethiopian Airlines Says Compensation Payment To Victims' Families Is Underway

Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam says, the airline, has began distributing compensation payments to families of victims who died in last month’s devastating plane crash, near Addis Ababa.

All 157 persons on-board the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 were killed when it came down shortly after take-off.

READ:  Study Shows Majority Of African Migrants In Libya Face Rape And Torture Trying To Reach Europe

Gebremariam said, the airline is working alongside insurance companies to establish victims’ identities to distribute compensation and the necessary authorities to follow up on the march tenth tragedy.

READ:  Angolan President João Lourenço Lands In Moscow

He says, Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet since the tragedy, and will decide on whether or not to continue future orders with Boeing once both parties make careful considerations and jointly find solutions to the issues.

READ:  Tunisian Parliament Approve Cabinet Reshuffle

Continue Reading

African News

US To Toughen Measures Against Africans Who Overstay Short-Term Visas

Published

on

By

US To Toughen Measures Against Africans Who Overstay Short-Term Visas

The United States has announced tough new measures against Africans who overstay their short-term visas in the country.  This is in concert with president Donald Trump’s efforts to curb immigration.

READ:  Africa's Trafficking Gangs Flourish As Nations Fail To Work Together

The wall street journal reports African national with high overstay rates, including Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, could be affected by the clamp-down.

READ:  WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On DRC's Ebola Outbreak

In a 2017 report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recorded the African countries to be among those, under the non-visa waiver program, whose nationals have the highest populations of overstays among non-immigrants in the United States.

READ:  South African Airways Set To Receive Another Bailout

Continue Reading

African News

Advisor To The Presidential Ivanka Trump And OPIC Chief Announce $1Billion Women’s Investment Initiative

Published

on

By

Advisor To The Presidential Ivanka Trump And OPIC Chief Announce $1Billion Women's Investment Initiative

Advisor and daughter of the US President, Ivanka Trump, has joined with David Bohigian, acting president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, to announce the launch of OPIC’s initiative to support investment in women in Africa. The announcement was made during a U.S. government delegation to Ethiopia.

READ:  162 Nigerians Including Four Pregnant Women Return From Libya

OPIC aims to unlock the full economic potential of women in Africa by catalyzing one billion dollars through the initiative, directly investing 350 million dollars in businesses and funds owned by women, led by women, or providing a good or service that intentionally empowers women on the continent.

READ:  Angolan President João Lourenço Lands In Moscow

The women’s initiative will advance the white house-led government commitment to empowering women globally.

Ivanka Trump said for women to succeed as entrepreneurs and job creators, they must have equal access to the financing necessary to start and grow their businesses,

READ:  Kenya Airways Spends $142m Annually On Leasing Aircraft

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, (OPIC), was established in 1971 as a self-sustaining U.S. government agency that helps American businesses invest in emerging markets.

Continue Reading

Trending

Subscribe to ANN News Alert

Be the first to receive the latest news from Africa and around the world.

%d bloggers like this: