20 September 2022

For the one who sits, the sky seems near
BBC Africa Live 20 September 2022. 6:33 Proverb of the day. An Amharic proverb from Ethiopia sent by Ebenezer in China.

Cameroon: In Nchang, in the country’s South-West region, separatist fighters have burnt down a church and kidnapped a Catholic priests, a nun and worshippers – eight in all – and are demanding ransom. According to the International Crisis Group, the conflict in anglophone South- and North-West regions has so far claimed “more than 6,000 lives and displaced around a million people”.
BBC Africa Live 20 September 2022. 6:36

Supply change management: Covid-19 “disrupted the supply of most essentials” and “exposed the weakness of global interdependencies”. It is now necessary to rethink “the trade-offs between the benefits of globally dispersed production and the need for secure supply and quick delivery”. The article’s author, a professor of International Business, details what needs to be taken into account in this rethinking and reconfiguring.

Tanzania: From 1st of October onwards, banking and mobile money transaction fees will cease to exist. They had been extremely unpopular when introduced in 2021. To compensate the resulting decreases in state revenue, government agencies are to cut expenses for snacks, seminars and workshops.
BBC Africa Live 20 September 2022. 16:12

Uganda: A new Ebola outbreak has been confirmed by authorities – a 24-year old has died of it in the centre of the country and “eight people with suspected symptoms are receiving medical care”.
BBC Africa Live 20 September 2022. 9:04

19 September 2022

Jidahists/Coastal West Africa: Intelligence gathering, building community resilience and other such measures are necessary for stemming the spread of jihadism to coastal West African countries, but they won’t be enough. Beyond traditional counter-terrorism practices, comprehensive nation building interventions are necessary. “Local grievances and governance deficits are the key causes of political extremism.” Terrorism cannot be defeated, the problems and conditions that produce it can be resolved.

Nigeria/Lecturer strikes: All in all, 57 months have been lost since 1999 due to industrial action. The strike that started on 14th of February 2022, is the 17th in 23 years. It “always comes about as a result of under-funding”. The very short article points to three The Conversation articles about the issue.

Burundi/Uganda: The Burundian culture ministry is displeased that the Burundian sacred drum has been used at the Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda on the banks of the river Nile. The festival was attended by around 12,000 visitors. It is not the first time that the Burundian authorities have proven very sensitive about the country’s holy traditions.
BBC Africa Live 19 September 2022. 15:30

Ghana/E-levy: The highly unpopular 1.5% tax on mobile money transactions introduced in May was meant to tax higher earning segments of the informal sector – that were thought to be under-taxed. That transactions below 100 cedis per day were exempted from the tax was meant to shield lower-income earners. But the article’s authors’ research has shown that “the tax burden is highest on the lowest earners”. The tax is regressive: earners in the lowest earning quintile pay 8% (men) resp. 6% (women) of monthly earnings in the lowest earning quintile, while earners in the highest quintile pay less than 1% (men and women) of earnings.