September 21, 2014

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    KENYA: Have we Changed God’s Plan on Environment? Archbishop Okoth asks

    NAIROBI  SEPTEMBER19,2014(CISA)Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth,Chairman of the Kenya Catholic Bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) on Thursday September 18 questioned whether humanity has changed God’s plan on livelihood considering the effects of climate change and food insecurity. “God told us he made the plants animals and even man and told them to multiply. Now we realise that the most places have become deserts, water is not available, food is not available. Has God changed his mind or have we changed Gods plan?” he posed. Archbishop Okoth was speaking during the National Conference on Climate Change and Food Security at Catholic University of Eastern…

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    DRC: Bishops Oppose Calls for Constitutional Amendment

    KINSHASHA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014(CISA)– The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (NEC) has rejected calls for amendment of the constitution as demanded by a section of members of parliament. The legislators are calling for amendments in the president’s terms of office that could see president Joseph Kabila stand for a third term in 2016. In a message titled “Let us Protect our Nation,” the bishops described all attempts to amend the Constitution as “dead end” calling for the respect of the current constitution. Fr Donatien Nshole, the spokesperson of the National Episcopal Conference re-affirmed the objection to all modification of Article 220 of…

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    GUINEA: Nine Members of Team ‘Fighting’ Ebola Killed by Villagers

    NZEREKORE SEPTEMBER 19, 2014(CISA)- Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness on Ebola were on Friday September 19 killed by villagers armed with machetes and clubs around the city of Nzerekore, officials said. According to BBC, Some of the bodies – of health workers, local officials and journalists – were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city. The team was attacked after they arrived in the village of Women – in southern Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded. Police have arrested six people in connection with the incident. The motive for…

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    S SUDAN: Government Will not Expel Foreign Workers

    JUBA SEPTEMBER 19, 2014(CISA) – The government of South Sudan will not be expelling any foreign workers, Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin has clarified. “There is no statement in the Republic of South Sudan saying that we are expelling foreign workers in this country,” Mr  Marial Benjamin told reporters., Wednesday September 17 despite a policy announcement that was made Tuesday 16, by the ministry of labour. The policy announcement had banned all foreign workers, giving them up to October 15 to leave the country and their jobs taken up by the nationals. South Sudan has been gripped by civil war for the past…

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    KENYA: Country at Risk of Food Shortage Research Predicts

    NAIROBI, SEPTEMBER, 19, 2014 (CISA)– There is a worrying trend in food production in Kenya that could lead to food insecurity in the country, according to a recent research by the Jesuit Hakimani Centre. According to the research finding titled Climate Change and Food Security: Predictions from the Future, climate change, lack of access to markets and minimal support from the government to the farmers are some of the factors that could lead to food shortages. The research findings were released Thursday September 18 at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Bishop Emmanuel Barbara of the Catholic Diocese of Malindi noted…

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SWITZERLAND: UN says $1.0 Billion Needed to Fight Ebola

GENEVA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014(CISA)– Nearly $1.0 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said Tuesday. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Geneva there was a “huge funding challenge”, warning that “if not dealt with effectively now, Ebola could become a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected.” The response to the crisis will require $987.8 million (763 million Euros), with about half needed for the worst-hit country, Liberia, the UN said in its response plan. It stressed there were some 22 million people living in the three countries most affected…

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NIGERIA: Bishops Call on Govt to Tackle Insurgency

WARRI, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014(CISA)-The Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have called on the federal government to tackle the spate of insurgency in the country and general insecurity with vigour and sense of seriousness. Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kiagama, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), decried in very strong terms the killing of innocent Christians and other Nigerians by the Islamist insurgents, lamenting that thousands of consequently displaced people have been turned “refugees in their own country.” “We insist that the government confront the issue of insurgency with the same seriousness as it is during the Ebola problem. It appears…

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CAR: Number of Dead from Violence is More, Estimates Show

BANGUI, SEPTEMBER,16, 2014 (CISA)- Thousands more people have died in on-going violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) since December, and many more of the dead may never be counted, new estimates suggest. Following the UN estimate of 2,000 dead made in April, many more may go uncounted according to a tallied exercise carried out by the Associated Press (AP) which suggests an increase of at least 5,186 people have died in the fighting. The Press tallied the dead by consulting survivors, Christian and Muslim clergy and aid workers across 50 communities. The new estimates come hours after about 2,000 UN peacekeepers…

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S SUDAN: Bhakhita Radio to Re-open, Barred From Reporting Politics

JUBA,  SEPTEMBER, 16, 2014 (CISA) – Mr Albino Tokwaro, the director of Bhakita Radio in the Archdiocese of Juba has announced the station is set to re-open any time following its closure on August 16, but it has been “barred from covering political matters.” “We were given back the keys on Thursday September 12 and we are waiting for the approval of the Archbishop to resume broadcasting,” Mr Tokwaro told CISA. “No condition in the airing of our programmes but only that we should not broadcast political programmes or anything regarding politics,” he added. Bakhita Radio was shut down by the Sudan National Security Services…

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S SUDAN: Government Bans Foreign Workers

JUBA, SEPTEMBER, 16, 2014 (CISA) – South Sudan government on Tuesday September 16 banned all foreign workers including aid workers and ordered they be replaced by locals. “All non-governmental organisations, private companies, banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, petroleum companies, hotels and lodges working in South Sudan are directed to notify all the aliens working with them in all the positions to cease working as from 15th October,” said a government statement, published in several newspapers. According to the statement, the organisations and companies should advertise the positions – ranging from receptionists to executive directors – so that they can be filled…