Archive for April 12th, 2008

source: Engineering News
By: Matthew Hill
Published: 18 Mar 08 – 17:20

A Botswana government official said on Tuesday that he hoped that the contracts for the power tariffs and construction of the 2 400 MW Mmamabula power plant to be built in the country would be signed “within the next month of so”.

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Mines, Akolang Tombale, said that the project was expected to cost between $6-billion and $10,5-billion, and that cost increases for the construction of the project had been “enormous”.

Engineering News Online reported earlier this year that the developer of the project, Canada’s CIC Energy wanted to [continue reading]

source: IRIN

HARARE, 11 April 2008 (IRIN) – Zimbabwe’s electorate is still anxiously awaiting the official results of the two-week old presidential polls, but the sudden closure of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) national command centre has sparked “grave concern” over tampering and irregularities.

The centre had been operating out of a hotel in the capital, Harare, where the 29 March presidential, parliamentary and council election results were to be counted and announced. Having only announced parliamentary and senatorial election results, the ZEC secretly cleared out and locked the rooms it had been using.

“It is of grave concern that the ZEC command centre can just be closed and no communication officially conveyed to observers, party agents and candidates who have been waiting [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
This Day (Lagos)

11 April 2008
Posted to the web 11 April 2008

Ayodele Aminu, Constance Ikokwu and Kunle Aderinokun
Washington, DC

The World Bank yesterday expressed concern over rising global food prices and urged the international community to fill the gap of about $500 million worth of food which the United Nations’ (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) said is required to meet emergency needs.

Addressing newsmen yesterday at the ongoing International Monetary Fund/Word Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C, World Bank President, Mr. Robert Zoellick lamented that the poor in many development countries spend up to 75 per cent of their income on food, a situation which puts them in precarious conditions.

According to a recent World Bank report christened “Rising Food Prices: Policy Options and World Bank Response,” increases in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

11 April 2008
Posted to the web 11 April 2008

Police have banned all political rallies in Zimbabwe and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe plans to boycott Saturday’s summit of regional leaders called to discuss his country’s election crisis.

Zimbabwe’s government-controlled broadcaster, ZBC News, reported assistant police commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena as saying the police “will deal with any political party” which defies the ban on rallies. It was introduced on Friday “with immediate effect.”

In a separate report, the [continue reading]