[Democracy Works] Kenya’s recently annulled elections will soon be re-run, but the long-term questions they raised about election management are still unanswered. The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity – problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the whole continent.
[The Source] Zimbabwe is moving to inject additional bond coins valued at $3 million into the local market, it has emerged.
[Guardian] The new cut-off marks of 120 over 400 approved by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders for admission into universities in the federation is the most idiotic, thoughtless and incomprehensible admission policy for aspiring candidates of university education that this country has ever had. It is ridiculous, baffling and regressive. At a time well-meaning Nigerians are making frantic efforts to salvage a tertiary educational system in distress, the latest policy is an unexpected
[Monitor] Kampala -Hundreds of teachers have had their names scrapped off or are in the process of being removed from government payroll in an ongoing clean up exercise.
[Daily News] Mobile money transactions in 10 months ending April this year reached 1,444.6 million worth 49.99tri/-, thanks to interoperability among the four major mobile payment services providers.
[This Day] Nigerian pilots have warned of looming tragic accidents at the nation’s airports due to poor, obsolete or lack of critical landing aids.
[Vanguard] CWG Plc, Nigeria’s largest information technology integration company says its SMERP Product Distribution Management System (SMERP PDMS) has been strategically designed to manage the stock movement for manufacturing companies and their distributors.
[Balancing Act] London -Tanzania’s Amotel is pioneering a new approach to connecting areas that are unprofitable for big carriers. It is working as an MVNO on the TTCL network and World Telecoms Labs’ Vivada equipment to make it work. Russell Southwood spoke to Simon Pearson and Satya Mekala of World Telecoms Labs about how it’s being done.
[The Conversation Africa] A collaboration between Kenyan and American universities has produced the first comprehensive public transport data for a micro minibus (matatu) system in Africa. Digital Matatus continues to collect and update data on matatu routes in Nairobi and is supporting projects elsewhere. The aim is to use technology and local partnerships to help planning as well as commuters use semi-informal transit networks more efficiently.
WHEN Egypt, the world’s biggest importer of wheat, signalled last year that it would begin enforcing a ban on shipments of the grain with even trace amounts of ergot, a common fungus, it roiled the markets. Egypt, like most countries, had allowed grain with up to 0.05% ergot—a harmless level. The new standard would be nearly impossible to achieve, said suppliers, who proceeded to boycott the state’s grain tenders and raise prices