Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup took a major blow during the week when it finished bottom of a technical review of the countries bidding to host the tournament.
South Africa, who finished top of the report, are favourites to be named hosts. France finished second in the report.
Ireland’s bid is not yet dead in the water – the host nation will not be confirmed until November 15th following a vote by the World Rugby council.
There is hope that Ireland has garnered enough support from the voting unions be named hosts despite the knock from the technical review.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is one of those still believes Ireland are in with a shout. Speaking to the Irish Independent in Seattle, Varadkar said, “We won’t be pulling out.”
He also took a dig at South Africa’s bid, suggesting that the games would be played in front of “half-empty” soccer stadiums.
What we want is a tournament where people see matches in full stadiums in the middle of rugby communities in our cities rather than in big soccer stadiums on the outskirts of our cities that would be half-empty. That’s part of the case we’ll be making to the rugby unions.
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Dr Anthony Ekwaro Obuku before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee.
By Olive Eyotaru
The Uganda Medical Association (UMA), an umbrella body for registered medical practitioners plans to set up a team of personnel to conduct research on whether a person who is 75 years and above has the physical and mental abilities to be president.
The association’s president, Dr Anthony Ekwaro Obuku told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee today, Wednesday afternoon that the panel of seasoned experts will beef up its research in ascertaining the competences of a 75-year-old, in the wake of strong debate on the unpopular age limit bill.
The Constitution (Amendment) (No 2) bill 2017 is currently being scrutinised by the committee, with the proposal to amend article 102 (b) to remove the presidential age limits of between 35 and 75 years.
Dr Obuku revealed to the legislators that those lined up on the panel include a physiologist to look at the body functions of a 75-year old; a psychiatrist to look at the behavioral and cognition functions; a pychologist; a pathologist; a neurologist to look at the physical state of nerves and the brain; as well as a geriatrician, a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and disability in older adults.
“Due to the importance of this subject to the future of the country, we take cognisance of the robust due process required to come up with concrete findings that will better inform Parliament’s decision,” Dr Obuku explained.
He added that the association has contacted international agencies which conduct systematic reviews to support the initiative.
“This job needs to be thoroughly done. It is a job that has huge implications on the country. We are gong through a thorough process looking at research from all over the world,” he said.
The association requested for between two and four weeks to carry out what they termed as a high profile research and present the findings thereafter before the committee.
Committee chairperson, Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama South) granted them two weeks to return with their findings. Earlier, the committee met officials from the Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC) and Electoral Commission.
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South Africa were the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board but the IRFU and FFR are refusing to throw in the towel.
“Hopefully Ireland and France, like us, will stick to the moral high ground,” Roux said.
“You can’t add any more information, you can’t present to anybody, you can’t do any more presentations … all you can do is ask for the process to take its normal course and hopefully not be part of anything untoward.
“What we will do is keep on feeding information on our bid and the fact that we’re grateful that we’re over the first hurdle.
“Other than that, we honestly can’t do anything other than walk into the council meeting (on November 15) and hope that everybody has made the right decision.”
The World Rugby Council will now meet on 15 November in London to consider the recommendation and vote on the next host but are not bound by their decision.
Ireland may have come last of the three bidders in the eyes of the technical review group but they did find that we had the capability of holding a successful tournament if we were chosen.
Ireland have been lobbying other unions over the past number of year and are not giving up on securing the required 20 votes out of the 39 available from the World Rugby Council.
HOW THE DECISION WILL BE MADE
– The result will be announced on November 15
– The winning bidder needs 20 votes out of a total of 39
WHO HAS A VOTE
Six Nations/SANZAR Unions not bidding (three votes each)
Six regional associations + Japan (two votes each)
– Americas North
– South America
Four individual unions (One vote each)
Like many Somalis displaced by decades of civil war, Mohamoud Elmi felt he had a duty to use what he learned in America to help rebuild his homeland. After getting a business administration degree in Ohio, he fulfilled that calling and returned to Somalia in 2008 to work in government.
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Voters look for their names on an electorate list near a polling station ahead of the presidential election in the slum area of Mathare in Nairobi on Tuesday. NAIROBI – Two months after Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the country’s presidential election, a rescheduled poll is now slated for Thursday, a vote with major implications for East Africa’s largest economy and its most important political power broker.
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Kenya’s opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) has dismissed the October 26 repeat presidential election.
The coalition’s leader Raila Odinga, speaking for the first time since President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner, termed the election as fraud and vowed not to recognise him and his government.
He said that Nasa would instead push for the formation of the People’s Assembly to run Kenya until a legitimate government is formed.
“Today we establish People’s Assembly to restore democracy in the country,” Mr Odinga said in Nairobi.
“The People’s Assembly will have the youth, religious leaders, economic interest groups and the civil society.”
Nasa, he said, would present petitions for the establishment of the new outfit to govern Kenya to county assemblies for discussion and adoption.
“The assembly’s timetable to be released soon,” he said.
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In the meantime, Mr Odinga said, Nasa’s resistance wing (NRM) would embark on vigorous pro-democracy campaign through economic boycotts and picketing.
Mr Odinga cast aspersions on the preparation and conduct of the repeat presidential election, saying it fell short of the standards set by poll laws, the Constitution and the Supreme Court.
Mr Kenyatta was declared the winner by the electoral commission IEBC with over 98 per cent of the votes cast in an election boycotted by Nasa.
But Mr Odinga said IEBC failed to conduct the repeat vote as directed by the apex court and instead the ruling Jubilee government, through county police commanders and its politicians, ran the show.
He claimed numbers were inflated in several Jubilee strongholds to give Mr Kenyatta the win and create an impression that Kenyans took part in the exercise.
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BlogBy Michael Tantoh
Cape Town — The regime in Yaounde has a simple way of making sure citizens toe the line. Rights provided for in the constitution is simply for reading pleasure. It is meant to please the international community and other human rights organisations. It makes it impossible for those rights to be used. This is once more evident in the banning of the march called by the main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, together with other smaller political parties to show solidarity with the plight of the Anglophones who have been in collision with the government in a crisis that started close to a year ago.
After initially giving the go-ahead, authorities made a U-turn hours before the scheduled solidarity march. The usual excuse of “protection of public order”.
The question here is, what does this really mean? What public order can a peaceful march disrupt? This is simply an excuse to prevent contrary ideas from being spread. It has become the favourite excuse for a government that is bent on hindering freedom of expression, and will go to great lengths to make sure freedom is stifled. Simply put, it is a dictatorship wrapped up in a democratic packaging. The press is also not left out in this scheme.
It is inconceivable that the ruling party on October 1 organized a match to counter demonstrations from the Southern Cameroons who were out to commemorate their independence day – a date that has long been ignored by the government. The ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Party (CPDM) had no difficulty in obtaining a permit, but will refuse a permit request from the opposition to air their views on the same issue.
In a democratic dispensation, a permit is only required so authorities can provide protection to the marchers. It is not their prerogative to decide whether the march holds or not. If any concerns are raised then they have to resort to the courts for an interdict. The application must clearly state why authorities think the demonstrations should not go ahead, and the judge will decide from the facts presented to him or her if the concerns are well-founded. These are examples of a real separation of power between the state and the judiciary.
The right to protest is a democratic right guaranteed by the constitution and it is the arm of government charged with interpretation and protection of the right that must be approached – not the executive.
The continuous deprivation of citizens of their rights might prove costly to the country as the Southern Cameroons continue defying these orders. The government has in all interactions with the protesters responded with brute force, leading to unnecessary loss of lives.
The focus is once again on the government and police this weekend, as the opposition prepares to defy these orders come Saturday, October 21, but any bloodshed will be on the government. The blood spilled on October 1 is still fresh on the minds of Cameroonians and the global community, and any further violence will only help to sink the country deeper into crisis.
Michael Tantoh is a content editor at Allafrica.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of allAfrica Global Media.
In the last five years, more than 2 million people have found holiday accommodation in Africa through Airbnb which now has over 100,000 listings on the continent.African hosts earned $139 million in the last year, according to a new Airbnb study.
By opening up the homes of Africans to visitors, Airbnb has also opened up a previously untapped market. Travel in African is known to be expensive, and along with pricey flights, luxury hotels and five-star safari lodges used to be among the few choices tourists to the continent had. With Airbnb, tourists can live, eat and experience life as a local, appealing to the millennials driving the experience-over-stuff economy. What’s more, it’s opened up tourism not only to international visitors, but curious young Africans, too.
Airbnb claims African hosts have made an average of $1,500 a year. In Airbnb’s most popular city, Paris, hosts made an average of 1,970 euro (about $2,400) each year.
In South Africa, specifically, Airbnb has contributed $247 million to the country’s economy. Cape Town is the most popular among guests with 17,000 listings. Many of these homes are owned by Europeans as a holiday home or property investment, meaning the profits don’t necessarily stay in the country.
To counter this, Airbnb has launched a program that focuses on empowering hosts in the city’s townships—black-only neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city segregated during apartheid. Cape Town’s Langa township will become the pilot for a $1-million program to boost community-led tourism in Africa.
Still, Airbnb’s success is largely skewed toward African destinations that are already popular like Cape Town and Casablanca. It reflects how their tourism authorities have marketed them, says Diane Audrey Ngako, the founder of Visiter L’Afrique, a digital tourism and cultural platform for travel to Africa.
Ngako puts Airbnb’s success in Africa to its ability to sell an experience of Africa that international travelers see as authentic. Tourists know that much of the continent has a critical shortage of basic infrastructure, so they come looking for culture rather than comfort.
France is the single country with the highest number of Airbnb users looking to explore Africa, with 13% of guests identifying as French. Next is the US contributing 12% and the UK 10%. African travelers make up 29% of Airbnb guests, a quarter of whom are South African.
Tourists from South Africa may be looking for the same experience as international tourists or travelers from the African diaspora in the US and Europe. African tourists, however, want comfort.
African travelers want the perfect hotel, the perfect view and the perfect cocktail to go with it, says Ngako. Young Africans who are able to travel want a comfortable holiday that is also aspirational, which is why destinations like Cape Town appeal to them.
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Danny Jordaan is a prominent member of the governing ANC party
South African singer and ex-MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country’s football boss Danny Jordaan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago.
He “overpowered” her and “painfully” raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city, she has alleged in a blog.
Mr Jordaan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Now living in Sweden, Ms Ferguson said she had been moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out.
She said the attack took place when she was “high and happy” following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa’s first democratically elected parliament in 1994.
Mr Jordaan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African Football Association, came to her hotel suite after she had given a performance at a dinner.
“He overpowered me and painfully raped me. It must have been over in about 20 seconds although it felt like a lifetime,” she alleged.
“He left immediately without saying a word.”
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Ms Ferguson said she had been “bewildered” and in a state of “complete shock”.
“Not sure what to do, I washed and left the hotel and began to walk. I reached the beach and sat there a very long time trying to process what had happened,” she said.
“The thought of going to the police felt intolerable. What would I say? Should I have screamed louder? Fought him off harder? Had I been complicit in some way? All these questions raged in my mind. I wept.”
She accused the football boss of using her as “an object for his sad need for power and twisted gratification”.
“I am not speaking out to get revenge on Danny Jordaan or a million South African men like him. I am doing this so we can help each other be courageous, speak out and begin to heal as we find we are not alone,” she added.
Ms Ferguson campaigned against military conscription during white-minority rule in South Africa.
State radio banned her songs, including Letters For Dickie, sung in the form of letters from a girl to her boyfriend who was a conscripted soldier on the border.
Mr Jordaan was widely praised for spearheading South Africa’s 2010 football World Cup bid. It was the first time that the tournament was played in Africa.
In 2015, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleged that South Africa had paid a $10m (£6.5m) bribe to host the tournament. Mr Jordaan and the government strongly denied the allegation.
Mr Jordaan was mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, which includes Port Elizabeth, until 2016, when the opposition took control of it in elections.
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Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos and First Lady Ana Paula dos Santos. (file photo)
By Antonio Cascais
Angola’s president-elect Joao Lourenco has promised to stamp out cronyism and corruption. But outgoing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his family look as entrenched in power as ever.
On September 24, Angola’s new president Joao Lourenco will be sworn in, signaling an end to the 38-year iron-fisted reign of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Dos Santos didn’t contest the elections held in August 2017 due to ill health.
Although the outgoing president hand-picked Lourenco as his successor, the impending political transition is still making dos Santos’ hangers-on nervous, said Luaty Beirao, a hip-hop artist who went in and out of the presidential palace as a child.
But the inner circle of the tightly-knit dos Santos clan aren’t worried.
“Essentially, they think they are still in control,” Beirao said. After all, he said, those who profited from the dos Santos’ network of political patronage have had enough time to prepare for the new era and bring their wealth to safety.
Family controls the purse strings
Even with dos Santos out of the presidential seat, several of his family members are firmly ensconced in state affairs (dos Santos is said to have at least nine children from five wives).
Isabel dos Santos, his eldest daughter, heads the state-owned oil company, Sonangol. She’s said to be Africa’s richest women, thanks to her father, critics say. According to Forbes magazine, in 2016 her assets in Angola included a 25 percent stake in Unitel, the country’s largest mobile phone company, and 42 percent of the Banco BIC bank.
Her brother, Jose Filomeno dos Santos, heads Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund which invests Angola’s enormous oil revenues.
Then there’s the ex-wives, sons-in-law, parents-in-law and cousins, as well as generals, ministers and governors, who have also benefited from their connections to the family.
Dos Santos and his clan have “appropriated the country’s entire economy,” said Rafael Marques, a prominent Angolan journalist and anti-corruption activist.
“The country has been cut up and divided among the family as well as a few ministers and generals,” Marques said.
Angola has some of the biggest oil reserves in Africa but one of the most unequal distribution of incomes in the world and one of the world’s highest rates of child and maternal mortality.
The profits from “plundering” the country are hidden abroad, said Rafel Marques, with former colonial power Portugal being “the most important for laundering Angola’s stolen funds.”
Many Angolans hope that the dos Santos’ network of power will fall apart when he leaves office. After all, his successor Joao Lourenco has promised to clean up corruption and nepotism.
Rapper Katrogi Nhanga Lwamba, known as MCK, dismissed this as “just campaign talk.”
“You can’t combat corruption with speech like Joao Lourenco does, you have to take concrete action,” he said, “and prosecute it rigorously.” Not that this is what he expects. Rather he believes that “suitcases stuffed with dollars” will continue to flow out of the country.
Dos Santos remains a serious political force
In fact, it’s questionable if Lourenco will be able to restrict the interests of his predecessor even if he wanted to.
Dos Santos might be stepping down as president but he will stay on as the leader of the ruling MPLA party.
“As party chairman, he can continue to determine who belongs to the government and he will continue to influence the government agenda,” emphasized journalist Marques.
In addition, shortly before the 2017 elections, Angola’s parliament passed a new law limiting the power of the incoming president to fire the heads of the army, police and intelligence services. The move is seen as an attempt by dos Santos to retain power of the military even after he leaves office.
Dos Santos has also been granted a seat on the country’s Council of the Republic, a position which makes him immune from prosecution.
“Joao Lourenco will be a president who controls neither the army nor the police nor the economy of the country,” Marques said.
“If you ask me he isn’t a president but rather a lapdog of the former presidential family.”
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