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Pressure Group In Uganda Embarks On Save Trees Campaign

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Pressure Group In Uganda Embarks On Save Trees Campaign

A fledgling pressure group of journalists, researchers and community workers is taking a message to Ugandan rural communities to save the trees.

The group is fighting the rapid destruction of trees in the region that was once the epicenter of a twenty-year war that had left a legacy of poverty and fragile land rights.

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Uganda’s rapidly growing urban population is boosting demand for charcoal, trucks of which are piled high with white sacks of the burnt tree nuggets on the road to the capital.

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Researchers say this demand is accelerating one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world.

As it takes its campaign across the region, the pressure group of journalists, teachers, community workers and researchers is hearing complaints that the campaign to save trees is good but too late because of the large-scale deforestation in the region.

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Namibia: Group Wants Parliament To Ban Foreigners From Owning Land In The Country

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Namibia: Group Wants Parliament To Ban Foreigners From Owing Land In The Country

Namibia’s Affirmative Repositioning movement has called on parliament to enact a law that would ban foreign nationals from owning land in the country.

300 activists who took part in a peaceful demonstration on land and housing matters in the country submitted the proposal to parliament in Windhoek on Monday.

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The proposal seeks to regulate foreigners’ right to acquire property in Namibia.  It would also reaffirm and give power, control and ownership of the land in Namibia to the people of Namibia.

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The second national conference in October last year had adopted a position to direct the government to expropriate under-utilized farmland and those farms and farms owned by absentee landlords who are mostly foreigners.  It calls for just compensation as guided by the constitution.

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UN Urges DRC President To Form New Government Without Delay

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UN Urges DRC President To Form New Government Without Delay

The United Nations top official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has urged president Felix Tshisekedi to form a new government without delay, as the country continues its first peaceful transition of power in its nearly sixty years as an independent nation.

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Head of the UN Mission in DRC, Leila Zerrougui, said discussions for the new government is underway between the Common Front for Congo, FCC, which secured the majority of legislative seats at the national and provincial levels, and the coalition for change, which supported Tshisekedi’s candidacy.

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The elections that swept Tshisekedi to power were marred by widespread irregularities and allegations by the country’s powerful clergy that another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, was the real winner.

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Cameroon Protests US Interference During Nagy Visit

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Cameroon Protests US Interference During Nagy Visit

Top U.S. diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy, has arrived in Cameroon amid a protest against what pro-government groups call Nagy’s interference in Cameroon’s internal affairs.

Nagy and the European Union representative Federica Mogherini, had recently called on Cameroon to free opposition leader Maurice Kamto and a hundred fifty of his supporters, detained since January for taking part in anti-government demonstrations.

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They also urged Cameroon authorities to work harder to stop the violence in its western, Anglophone separatist regions.

Coordinator for Monday’s protest, Lilian Koulou Engoulou, says the demonstrators want Nagy to hear the and take their message back to Washington.

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Kamto and his supporters are being tried in military courts for charges that include rebellion and could face the death penalty.

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