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Congo’s Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Technip Energies, an engineering and technology company, have signed an agreement on cooperation in the fields of offshore and onshore energy developments.

As per the terms of the agreement, Technip Energies is expected to provide its expertise to strengthen both the Ministry’s and the national oil company’s capacities regarding energy transition principles, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), zero-carbon energy solutions and decarbonisation.

More specifically, according to the African Energy Chamber, the deal covers areas such as process engineering (including oil and water treatment facilities and gas processing facilities), offshore and onshore platforms and installations (including semi-submersible rigs, LNG trains, fertiliser plants and refineries) and conception development for an offshore oil and gas field (including technical studies, cost estimation and economic analysis, engineering, execution and management of a floating production, storage and offloading unit and floating LNG).

Congo’s Minister Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua said: “Technip Energies is essential to developing capacity in my country at all levels… We hope that this partnership will give more space to Technip Energies in the Congo and we will continue to give incentives to companies to work with Technip Energies and come into the country.”

Technip Energies COO Marco Villa added: “This is an important step for our presence on the continent and I can assure you that we will fulfil our commitments. It is part of our strategic commitment to be close to the country from the concept phase to the end of the development.”

The deal follows a series of projects in the Congo’s LNG market, including the inauguration of the 3 million tonnes per year Congo LNG project by Eni in April this year.

According to Eni, Congo LNG will exploit the gas resources of Marine XII project, fulfilling the country’s power generation needs while also fuelling LNG exports, and supplying new volumes of gas to international markets focusing on Europe. By Aida Čučuk, Offshore Energy

Tunisia's new constitution replaced the term of judiciary power with judiciary job, a term judges furiously refuse. [Getty]

The Tunisian justice system is experiencing "its worst era" amid soaring state interference with judges' authority, the Association of Tunisian Judges claimed  on Thursday.

In Tunis, dozens of judges took to the streets on Thursday to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the first Tunisian constitution after the country's independence from French colonisation.

"But today it has become a painful memory after the massacre of the Tunisian judiciary. On June 1, 2022, 57 judges were dismissed, which became a black history after the injustice that Tunisian judges were subjected to," said Anas Al-Hammadi, the President of the Tunisian Association of Judges, facing a large crowd in front of the Tunisian Court of First Instance.


Last June, President Kais Saied sacked 57 judges, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists; charges which the Tunisian Judges' Association argue were mostly politically motivated.

A month later, the Tunis court revoked Saied's encroachment on the judiciary. 

On 14 August 2022, the Ministry of Justice's said that "the judges who were dismissed are still the subject of judicial prosecutions."

"We cannot continue to remain silent in light of the great injustice against the exempted judges. (...) the court's decision was not activated, and the Minister of Justice interferes in appointments through memos without any legal basis," said Al-Hammadi during the protest.


Passed last year by a low turnout, the new constitution in Tunisia stipulates that the President is the head of the armed forces and is charged with naming judges, who are banned from striking under the controversial draft.

In addition, the new constitution replaced the term of "judiciary power" with "judiciary job", a term charge judges have furiously refuse.

"The judiciary is an authority, not a job, and we reject the current constitution, which states that it is a job, and we reject attempts to domesticate the judiciary," added Al-Hammadi. By Basma El Atti, Mena

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa - Aaron Ufumeli/Shutterstock© Aaron Ufumeli/Shutterstock

Zimbabwe’s parliament has outlawed criticism of the government ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in August, with violations of a new law punishable by up to 20 years in jail.

The Criminal Law Code Amendment Bill, widely known as the Patriotic Bill, contains a clause that criminalises “wilfully damaging the sovereignty and national interest of Zimbabwe”.

Opposition activists said the law, passed late on Wednesday, was designed to punish citizens, civil society organisations and political adversaries of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

It has raised fears that the government could launch a crackdown on dissent ahead of the general election on Aug 23 at which Emmerson Mnangagwa aims to secure a second term as president

Main rival 

The 80-year-old’s main rival is Nelson Chamisa, 45, a lawyer and pastor who leads the new Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

Fadzayi Mahere, CCC spokesman and lawyer, described the law as “dangerous” and said it was aimed at closing the democratic space ahead of elections.

“Zanu-PF has reduced our great nation into an outpost of tyranny,” Mahere told Reuters.

“None of it will work because Zimbabweans go to the polls with one mission - to win Zimbabwe for change. No amount of panicky despotism by Zanu will stand in the way of change whose time has come.”

A Zanu-PF spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Telegraph

President William Ruto addresses wananchi during the 60th Madaraka Day national celebrations at Moi stadium in Embu on June 1, 2023. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG

Kenyans borrowed an extra Sh11 billion between February and May from the Hustler Fund highlighting the thirst for cheap credit, which prompted the State to launch a third phase of the facility now targeting chamas.

President William Ruto, On Thursday, launched the Hustler Fund for groups, seeking to provide cash mainly to informal traders who must register as a group to qualify for the kitty. 

He spoke in Embu County during this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations.

Read: Hustler Fund loans hit Sh19bn in three months

The launch came on the day the Head of State announced that Kenyans have so far borrowed Sh30 billion, up from Sh19.6 billion accessed as of mid-February.

The first phase of the Hustler Fund was launched on November 30 last year as the new administration moved in to ease access to credit by individuals, albeit small amounts from as low as Sh500 to a high of Sh50,000. 

In March this year, the Head of State launched a remodelled Hustler Fund that has Women Enterprise Fund (WEF) and the microloan product.

“The total number of digital transactions now stands at 42.5 million through which 20.2 million Kenyans have accessed nearly Sh30 billion, and repaid Sh19.7 billion, with seven million being repeat customers,” Dr Ruto said in his Madaraka Day speech.

The President did not disclose the number of borrowers who have defaulted, months after the State first admitted that some beneficiaries had shown signs of distress.

Read: M-Akiba bond to be revived using Hustler Fund savings

The interest rate for the Hustler Fund for chamas remains undisclosed. The interest rate for the one targeting women is seven percent while that for individual loans launched last year in November is eight percent.

The rates are calculated on a pro-rata basis. Details on the minimum amount that groups can borrow, however, remain scanty. By LYNET IGADWAH, Business Daily

Zimbabwe's national elections will take place on Aug. 23, the country's president announced Wednesday. The vote is expected to be another closely watched affair in a country with a history of violent and disputed elections.

The announcement through a government gazette also set Oct. 2 for a presidential runoff vote if required. 

Opposition parties have already made allegations of violence and intimidation against their supporters in the buildup to the elections, and human rights groups have said President Emmerson Mnangagwa is silencing criticism.


The southern African nation has only had two leaders since it gained independence from white minority rule in 1980. Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was removed and replaced by Mnangagwa in a coup in 2017. Mnangagwa had served as a vice president under Mugabe.

The last general election was held in 2018, nearly a year after the coup.

Once a close ally of Mugabe, Mnangagwa, 80, has tried to present himself as a reformer despite accusations that he is even more repressive than the man he helped remove from power.

Mnangagwa is expected to face a strong challenge from Nelson Chamisa, the 45-year-old leader of the main opposition party, Citizens Coalition for Change. Chamisa narrowly lost to Mnangagwa in 2018, with the Constitutional Court dismissing his claims of election rigging.

Apart from the presidency, the election will also decide the composition of the 300-seat parliament and close to 2,000 local council positions. 

Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF ruling party and the government have denied allegations of violence and intimidation by ruling party activists and security forces. But rights groups have accused Mnangagwa’s government of intimidation and of suppressing any criticism and opposition amid a currency crisis and a sharp rise in food prices.

Zimbabwe has faced severe economic problems for years and has been under U.S. sanctions for two decades over human rights abuses. Mugabe died in 2019. 

Chamisa said this week he is ready for the election, but has made allegations of voting roll irregularities. Compounding that, Chamisa said his party is at a disadvantage because Mnangagwa and ZANU-PF control state–run media and hold sway over the police, other security forces and the judiciary, which are used to clamp down on dissent.

On Wednesday, Fadzayi Mahere, spokeswoman for the Citizens Coalition for Change, tweeted: “No govt that’s popular & knows it’s winning behaves like this. They’re terrified cause, like all of us, they know that ZANU PF can never win a free & fair election in Zimbabwe."


"That’s why they’re trying to stitch & doctor the voters’ roll but it won’t work. People want change.”

Opposition parties had accused Mnangagwa of delaying announcing a date for the election that must take place before the end of August.

Mnangagwa's announcement came a day after Zimbabwe's foreign ministry summoned the United States’ deputy ambassador over a series of tweets the embassy sent calling for a peaceful election.

The ministry accused the embassy of “election-related social media posts bordering on activism and meddling in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs.”

Deputy Ambassador Elaine French was called to a meeting with Zimbabwe foreign affairs acting permanent secretary Rofina Chikava on Tuesday following the posts on the U.S. Embassy's official Twitter account.

The Zimbabwe foreign ministry said it had a particular issue with a May 26 tweet that called for Zimbabweans to “Register to vote and make sure your voice is heard.” Another tweet from the embassy said “Zimbabwe’s constitution grants citizens the right to choose their representatives in legitimate, credible, & peaceful elections.”

The foreign ministry said the tweet urging people to register to vote was against diplomatic protocols.

“We stand by our recent social media posts calling for peace during the election season," U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Meg Riggs said in a statement. “Elections are a part of a functioning democracy.” By Farai Mutsaka, The Independent

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