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Senegal announces tougher sentences for rape and pedophilia [Morning Call]

The Senegalese National Assembly voted unanimously on Monday for a bill proposing tougher sentences such as life imprisonment for acts of rape and pedophilia. Up to now, rape had been considered in as a simple offense, punishable by five to ten years in prison. Former magistrate Dior Fall Sow tells us how effective she thinks this law will be in reducing rape cases in the west African nation. @NyashaKMutizwa

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Chocolate: Africa’s ambitions [Business Africa]

With 70% of world cocoa production, Africa has several assets to transform its production, but it faces numerous obstacles. The continent, home to more than two of the world’s major cocoa producers, has enormous potential and resources to process locally. But it faces the problem of imbalance: producers complain that they receive only 2% of the $100 billion generated by the global chocolate industry. In this episode, Michel Arrion, the Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organization from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, explains.

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Kenya: Diversifying tea production [Business Africa]

In Kenya, tea farmers are looking for alternative sources to fill the economic gap caused by the fall in world market prices. It is to face these difficulties encountered by the world’s leading tea supplier that Kenyan producers are now experimenting with different varieties of tea, to open up to a new clientele and to protect themselves against price instability. Senegal: funds for agriculture *Agro-industrial processing zone, Senegal is embarking on a vast agro-pole project of 88 million euros. Casamance is the beneficiary of this vast project approved by the…

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Defiant Chaka Chaka says she will ‘return to Uganda and perform’

I will come back to Uganda Celebrated South African musician and global children’s ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka says she will come back to Uganda and perform, following her controversial departure from the East African nation on the eve of New Year’s Day. ‘‘I can assure you. I will come back to Uganda and perform. This is my motherland,’‘ Chaka Chaka tweeted. She went on to reiterate her stance that authorities in Uganda did not deport her, presenting her boarding pass as a business class passenger on a Rwanda Airlines flight…

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Former Guinea Bissau PM Embalo wins presidential election (official)

Guinea Bissau’s electoral commission on Wednesday declared the country’s former prime minister Umaro Cissoko Embalo the winner of Sunday’s presidential election with 54% of the vote. Embalo, 47, who beat opponent Domingos Simoes Pereira in a run-off vote, will succeed incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, whose tenure was marred by political infighting, an ill-functioning parliament and corruption.

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Worshippers honour Afro-Brazilian sea goddess in New Year’s ritual

Worshippers of the sea goddess Yemanja gathered in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, December 28, 2019 to honour the so-called Queen of the Sea. The followers of Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian Candomble and Umbanda faiths were singing, playing drums, and dancing during the traditional New Year tribute. This year’s celebration was not as big as previous years due to the lack of support from the city’s government, for a second year in a row. Worshipper Rafael Cesário said that “to have this budget cut, it’s sad. It’s very sad.…

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Cameroon marks 60th Independence Day amid crises [Morning Call]

Cameroon, the first of the 17 African countries to gain independence in 1960, will mark its 60th anniversary on 1 January. It may be a muted Independence Day in the central African nation. The nation is currently facing Boko Haram attacks in the far north and a violent separatist conflict in the English-speaking southwest. Anthropologist and writer, Professor Charly Gabriel Mbock gives his view on the perceived colonial master’s continued control over the central African nation. @NyashaKMutizwa

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Congo’s veteran president Denis Sassou Nguesso set to run anew in 2021 [Morning Call]

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been chosen by his party to run again for the top job in 2021, having already led the central African country for a total of 35 years. His re-election in 2016 sparked violence in a country where most of the five million people live below the poverty line despite huge oil reserves. Africanews correspondent Laudes Martial gives us the reactions from the Congolese capital Brazzaville. @NyashaKMutizwa

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Preview of 2020 highlights [Business]

2020 is projected to be a year of economic integration and action in Africa. In this week’s business segment, Amelia Martha Nakitimbo highlights some events on the calender. AfCFTA to come into force In exactly seven months from now, Africa will become the world’s largest trade block valued at $1.3 billion dollars. The African Free Trade Continental Agreement (AfCFTA) comes into force on July 1, 2020. Current regional economic blocs are expected to facilitate integration given the existing rules and infrastructure. West African states to adopt single currency, ECO Speaking…

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