- Nambia's all-powerful Safety and Security Minister, Peter Tsheehama, was among the
casualties of President Hifikepunge Pohamba's cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.
Tsheehama, a former freedom fighter, was replaced by Nickey Iyambo who had previously held Ministeries of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The government has not advanced any reason for Mr Tsheehama's sacking, but many people linked it to his deteriorating health situation.
Surprisingly, President Pohamba appointed Namibia's first Prime Minister as Minister of
Trade and Industry. Hage Gingob became the Vice President of the ruling SWAPO in December 2007.
He also appointed the head of Namibia Planning Commission, Helmut Angula, as Minister of
Works and Transport.
The reshuffle also saw the transfer of Jerry Ekandjo, the former Lands and Agriculture
Minister to the Ministry of Regional, Local Government, Housing and Rural Development. His successor, John Pandeni, died in a car crash few weeks back.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.