IOM Distributes Non-Food Aid, Health Care in Boda: CAR Conflict Town

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Over the past week IOM has distributed over 700 emergency relief kits including buckets, jerry cans, blankets, mosquito nets, mats, and soap to 1,400 households in Boda in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The distribution, to roughly a quarter of the town’s displaced households, was made in close cooperation with Muslim and Christian displacement site leaders, who identified the most vulnerable, including pregnant women, the elderly and the sick. Kits were divided according to specific needs.

Boda is one of the most desperate cases in the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis. Divided along religious lines, hungry and exposed to the elements, people are in desperate need of food, shelter and medical assistance.

Approximately 1,000 homes were destroyed when the conflict flared up on 29 January between Seleka (Muslim-affiliated militia) and Anti-Balaka (Christian affiliated militia), most in mixed neighborhoods and on the streets that divide the Christian and Muslim neighborhoods. The Seleka have since departed, and the Anti-Balaka have an influential presence.

More than 19,500 Christians and 14,300 Muslims are now living at 11 displacement sites in Boda. Hundreds more continue live in the bush after fleeing the conflict. Emaciated children are a common site within the Muslim enclave, which is surrounded by Anti-Balaka militia. French Sangaris and UNMISCA troops are providing security.

Both the Christian and Muslim communities have asked the international community for help and on March 29th IOM opened a sub-office in the town.

An IOM doctor and six locally hired nurses now run a mobile medical clinic in Boda, alternating days between Christian and Muslim displacement sites and the Boda Hospital. The medical team distributes numbers to clinic visitors in order of arrival up to 100 and prioritizes the urgent cases. Those who cannot be helped are asked to return the next day.

The team’s stock of medicine has quickly run low because of the number of people requesting treatment. There are many serious cases of malnourished children, people living with HIV and TB without treatment, and occasional machete and gunshot wounds.

Before 29 January, Boda was considered a safe city. Many pastoralist families decided to bring their children to Boda and men returned to the bush. These families have been separated since the conflict began. Many are traumatized, still waiting for news of their loved ones and are requesting to go to Kenzo, a Muslim area to the north, where they believe their families may be.

IOM has already registered some 700 third country nationals who are requesting evacuation to Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Approximately 60 per cent are children.

Source: APO

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DHL announces new heads for key Africa regions

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, April 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ —

• DHL Global Forwarding makes top promotions

• Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya to head Southern Africa and Pramod Bagalwadi to run Eastern Africa and Kenya

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL (, has promoted two African country heads to take regional roles in a continent poised for renewed growth. Former managing director, South Africa, Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya becomes the new CEO for the Southern Africa region while Pramod Bagalwadi, currently Country Manager DHL Global Forwarding Ghana, has been named Eastern Africa CEO and Kenya head with immediate effect.


Photo Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya: (Former managing director, South Africa, Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya becomes the new CEO for the Southern Africa region)

Photo Pramod Bagalwadi: (Pramod Bagalwadi, currently Country Manager DHL Global Forwarding Ghana, has been named Eastern Africa CEO and Kenya head with immediate effect)

Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya, who took over his new post in February after three years with DHL Global Forwarding, will now be responsible for Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, as well as South Africa. Pramod Bagalwadi takes charge of Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mauritius in Eastern Africa as well as being Country Manager for Kenya.

Both Twine and Pramod will report to Roger Olsson, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Said Roger: “DHL Global Forwarding has been growing steadily across the Southern African and Eastern African regions, however the untapped market is still huge. More investments and global customers are coming into Africa every day and we need to be ready to serve them with excellence. That requires a great team, led by great management. Both Twine and Pramod’s operational backgrounds combined with leadership experience and business acumen are welcome additions to our senior leadership team in Africa, and their promotions to regional roles are well-deserved and ones that both are eminently equipped to fulfill.”

Twine joined DHL Global Forwarding as Chief Operating Officer in March 2011, taking responsibility for the operational performance of the company in South Africa. In that role he streamlined the South African operations, which resulted in the business achieving all its targets. He was promoted to Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding South Africa two years ago, and since then South Africa’s profitability and success path has been on the increase, with continuous growth and investments.

Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya, said: “This is an expanded role for me and I welcome the opportunities to develop the freight forwarding opportunities in Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia and work with our teams there as well as in South Africa. Intra-African trade, and especially Southern Africa Development corridors has tremendous potential for growth and we will focus on the synergies of these markets and the benefits for our local, regional and global clients.”

Pramod joined DHL Global Forwarding in 2003 as Trade Lane Manager for Africa, and later became Commercial Manager for Nigeria. In 2008, he was promoted to Country Manager for Ghana with the creation of DGF in Ghana. Under Pramod’s leadership, the business grew significantly over five years, and he has been instrumental in shaping and developing the in-country organization, while consistently delivering positive results.

Pramod Bagalwadi said: “A regional role in the exciting Eastern Africa region and Kenya gives me an opportunity to continue and expand on the success our teams have had in Ghana both operationally and commercially to provide services and solutions for our clients.” Pramod will continue as acting Country Manager for DHL Global Forwarding Ghana until a suitable replacement is found. He replaces Lars Nees who is leaving DHL after one year to pursue other interests.

Twine, who has a Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa among other degrees, has more than 13 years’ experience in the logistics industry in general management, supply chain optimization, domestic courier and distribution, project management and business process re-engineering. Prior to joining DHL Global Forwarding, Twine worked for 10 years in various roles at UTI South Africa, one of the country’s leading distribution companies.

Pramod has a Master of Business Administration with specializations in Supply Chain Management from institutes in both London and India. He spent five years in procurement and 17 years in Logistics with 14 years based in Africa covering the entire range of services from Courier to Charter Services. Prior to joining DHL Global Forwarding he worked for UTi and SDV Bollore for 8 years in different roles in India and East Africa.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

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DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

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EnergyNet recognised by British Prime Minister and H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in Birthday Honours

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — EnergyNet ( is delighted to announce that on the advice of the British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will present EnergyNet Ltd. the Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.


This award has been made in recognition of EnergyNet’s international success over the last three years uniting public and private sector leaders under one common goal; to increase investment success in Africa’s power sector, promoting economic development and job creation.

Simon Gosling, MD, EnergyNet says – “Over the past few years we have been witness to a political landscape that has shifted dramatically, where Ministers from Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa and beyond have had to adapt to meet the needs of both ‘the people’ demanding increased access to energy and also the international investors that will help to deliver that energy.

As a reflection of this, EnergyNet’s portfolio has grown whilst remaining committed to our highly focused industry demographic, building strategic alliances with key businesses that are shaping the investment landscape across Africa, including; Norton Rose Fulbright, Aggreko, KenGen, APR Energy, GE, Schneider Electric, IIPELP, Copperbelt Energy Corp, TANESCO, National Treasury South Africa, CADFund, Globeleq, Symbion Power, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, OPIC, USAID, MCC, IFC, AFC, World Bank and AfDB.

It is these leaders who are laying the foundations for future generations and that are the champions for tomorrow’s success. However, it is the entrepreneurs of tomorrow that will create the biggest transformation. They will have the opportunity to squander what today’s industrialists build or to take continent forward to a 23rd century where Africa is King.

To support those entrepreneurs and industrialists of tomorrow we have established the ‘EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative’ bringing legal, finance and engineering students to our international forums to promote capacity building and their own awareness of ‘Africa’s industrial potential’. It will also enable them to gain a deeper insight into the nuances of doing international business across all foreign continents which for us as a content provider is hugely important for the development of international trade for Africa.

It is an exceptional honour to have one’s achievements recognised. It is a reflection of our partners that have consistently supported EnergyNet and our values over the years and that have invested heavily (beyond just financial investment) ‘turning the lights on in this incredible continent’.

Inspiration comes in many forms, today we have been inspired to do more and to be better, but equally important, we have been inspired to remain resolute in our business strategy, linking the impact of power generation to job creation.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of EnergyNet Ltd.

For more information please contact:

Amy Offord, Senior Marketing Executive

EnergyNet Ltd.

T: +44 20 7384 8068



About EnergyNet:

Who we are:

EnergyNet Ltd. ( organises a global portfolio of investment meetings, conferences and infrastructure events focused specifically on the power and industrial sectors across Africa.

Proven to engage the decision makers and technical directors behind Africa’s most exciting economies, EnergyNet places economic development at the heart of industrial solutions, helping to generate a more stable and viable investment option for your organisation in Africa. We challenge the way your business does business in Africa; the information we provide isn’t available on the internet and isn’t out of a dusty old textbook.

Whilst EnergyNet is an Africa focused team of researchers and experienced power conference professionals, we are owned and supported globally by the UK’s largest conference and exhibitions organisation, Clarion Events. With vast resources and over 500 people covering defence, energy and utilities in Brazil, Germany, London, New York, San Francisco, South Africa, Turkey, Abu Dhabi and Singapore, EnergyNet Ltd and Clarion Events are committed to providing global insights and local partnerships.

What we do:

Knowledge, passion, detailed research and commercial thinking drive our daily activities so that our content is always ahead of the curve and our speakers are relevant and at the cutting edge of sector developments. We need to be proud of what we deliver.

Trust and confidence shape our relationships and we appreciate that we often represent major corporations and their brands. globally. The responsibility of caring for each of our clients’ brands is something that we take very seriously.

Most importantly, we listen to stakeholders from both the public and private sectors so that we can react better to the changing investment climates around the world.

EnergyNet delivers local strategies, local content and local insights for global businesses.

How can Energynet support your P&L and help limit your risk:

EnergyNet works with governments, energy and infrastructure ministries and national utilities across Africa. We work with our partners to understand their strategic needs and bring together solution providers to support those goals.

We focus on core industry providers including private power developers, investment banks and DFIs, Lawyers, credible consultants, EPCs and immediate power providers to support contract delivery and project success.

It’s not so much about the ‘global’ economies as the ‘local’ economies:

We understand what it takes to work in challenging environment to generate, transmit and distribute power, and how easily millions of dollars are wasted because of changing politics, out of date industry data or simply cultural nuances. We will support your business development by connecting you with stakeholders that provide you direction and technical insight and will work directly with you to answer the most pressing questions challenging your business.

By attending one of the EnergyNet Forum’s or Powering Africa: Series’, you’ll only meet people relevant to major power and industrial projects, including; national and local government, industrial cluster and free trade zones, major power users such mining, ports and international shipping companies as well as the legal, finance and technical solution providers behind many of Africa’s power projects.

EnergyNet has proved over the last 15yrs that by remaining focused, you can build a network that can find solutions in the most challenging of environments – “It’s all about what you know and who you know!”

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NEW YORK, April 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu (Nigeria):

The members of the Security Council expressed their outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) sites and personnel, in particular the 17 April attack against the UNMISS compound in Bor that resulted in scores of dead and injured, including those seeking the shelter and protection of the United Nations, and the 14 April attacks in Bentiu and Unity State.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians and United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of those civilians injured and killed in these attacks, and to the people of South Sudan who deserve the opportunity to live in peace.

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all civilians and UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites in South Sudan, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to bring the perpetrators of these egregious acts to justice. The members of the Security Council also called on both parties to allow UNMISS to fully implement its mandate.

The members of the Security Council underscored their full support for UNMISS peacekeepers and commended the actions of the UNMISS contingents in Bor as they sought to fulfil their mandate to protect civilians. They also called on all parties to refrain from actions or statements that could further escalate the situation.

Source: APO

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NUSOJ Condemns the Assassination of Somali Media Worker in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is saddened to learn the murder of a Somali media worker in Mogadishu’s Bakaro market on late Monday, the latest in a string of violence against journalists and media workers in Somalia.

Unidentified gunmen shot several times to death Mohamed Omar Mohamed known as “Camaar” at Mogadishu’s Bakaaro market around 5:45pm. The gunmen fled the scene after shooting at Mohamed to death several times on the head and chest, radio dalsan reported.

According to the Radio Dalsan management, Mohamed Omar Camaar has worked for the radio for the last two weeks at the radio marketing department and has gone for Bakaaro on Monday afternoon on duty.

The reason behind the killing is not yet known and no group has claimed the responsibility of the assassination of late Mohamed Hassan.

The National Union of Somali Journalists condemns the brutal and heinous murder of their colleague, Mohamed Omar and called for the Somali government carry out prompt investigation into the case and bring the criminals to justice.

“We are saddened to hear the murder of our colleague and condemn the killing in the strongest terms possible,” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists said, “The killers must not escape unpunished and media safety should be prioritized.”

“Our sincere condolences and sympathies goes to the families, friends and colleague and May Allah reward him Jannah.” Mr. Ibrahim added.

Source: APO

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