OACA denies explosion of foreign plane’s engine at Tunis-Carthage airport

The Civil Aviation and Airports Authority (OACA) denied the explosion of a foreign plane's engine at Tunis-Carthage airport, contrary to information relayed on this subject by some local and foreign media and on social networks. The OACA said in a statement issued on Wednesday that an ordinary technical failure was found in the engine of the plane in question, during the inspection of the aircraft on the airport tarmac. The plane is currently parked at Tunis-Carthage airport until the repair process is completed. Local and foreign news sites announced on Wednesday the explosion of the engine of an Airbus plane belonging to the "Iraqi Airways" company. According to the same sources, the plane was carrying an Iraqi government delegation to Tunisia. For their part, Iraqi Airways and the Iraqi ministry issued statements denying the explosion of the engine of an Airbus A 220 carrying a government delegation that was to attend cultural events in Tunisia and called for verification of information with official sources.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina: Security situation, governance and social facts, highlighted in the daily newspapers

This Wednesday's Burkinabè dailies deal with governance as well as social facts, with particular emphasis on the security situation.

"Security situation: A new law adopted in the face of the challenges of the moment", headlines the state daily Sidwaya referring to a law adopted the day before by the deputies of the Transition.

The daily informs that the President of the Transitional Legislative Assembly (ALT), Dr Ousmane Bougouma chaired, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Ouagadougou, a plenary session devoted to the examination and adoption of a bill relating to national security.

On this subject, the private daily newspaper Le Pays, mentions as a headline: “Fight against terrorism: The bill relating to national security voted unanimously”.

The newspaper indicates that the adopted law marks a paradigm shift in the sense that it takes into account the need to break with the too sectoral and compartmentalized conception of security to be part of a vision and a strategic orientation.

As for L'Observateur Paalga, the dean of the private dailies of Burkina Faso, it observes that there was "the guarantee of the ALT for a change of paradigm".

The same newspaper features, on the front page, the image of the Minister of State, in charge of the Public Service, with this title: “Next reshuffle: Basolma Bazié, Minister of State, Minister of occult affairs”.

Indeed, L'Observateur Paalga, evokes in its humorous column ''Les Humeurs de Barry'', the recent outing of Minister Bazié during which he invited the guardians of tradition to use their mystical powers for the benefit of fight against terrorism.

For the author of the writing, "in these times of ambient grayness, there are personalities and not the least, which push us to smile", adding "thank you to Bassolma Bazié".

For its part, L'Express du Faso, a private daily published in Bobo-Dioulasso, devotes its headline to the sale of land in Nasso, a locality located in the Haut-Bassins region, in the west of the country.

The Bobolais newspaper highlights the remarks of the chief of the village of Nasso, His Majesty Tioro Sanon who declares: "I call on the populations of my region to think of future generations".

According to the newspaper which publishes an interview with the customary chief, his majesty Tioro Sanon chief of the village of Nasso requested the cessation of all land sales in his territorial jurisdiction through a press release dated April 17, 2023.

Under the title: "Cultures and traditions unite communities", the national daily Sidwaya addresses, through a report, the situation of Malian refugees living in Dori, capital of the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, in the north of the country.

According to the newspaper, since November 2021, "15,459 Malian refugees have found lodging and cover in Dori due to recurring attacks" in the area.

Speaking of the fight against terrorism, Sidwaya mentions on its front page: “war effort: The Burkinabè of the USA mobilize more than 48 million FCFA”.

The newspaper informs that the Burkinabè diaspora residing in the United States of America (USA) has initiated a collection campaign called: "Operation Mon Faso d'abord", which has made it possible to collect "48,680,751 FCFA within associations, communities nuns, NGOs, companies and independent people who spared no effort for the success of the operation".

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Komondjari: The populations of Tankoualou participate in the peace effort with 265,000 FCFA

The population of the village of Tankoualou in the commune of Foutouri, province of Komondjari, presented this Wednesday, a check for 265,000 FCFA for the peace effort.

This morning of Wednesday, May 10, 2023, the population of the village of Tankoualou in the commune of Foutouri showed their solidarity with the peace effort by presenting a check worth two hundred and sixty-five (265,000) francs municipal and provincial authorities.

The information was given by Moumouni Sinaré, President of the Special Delegation of Foutouri.

As a reminder, the village of Tankoualou has been under terrorist blockade since 2019.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: The Combatant Forces kill many terrorists in the Sahel and the Center-North

The Combatant Forces have neutralized around fifteen terrorists in the Center-North and around sixty others in the Sahel, the AIB learned on Wednesday from security sources.

This Wednesday, in the Center-North, in the Mané area, about fifteen terrorists came to harass the positions of the friendly forces.

Chased, at least a dozen aggressors and their motorcycles will be reduced to ashes thanks to an aerial intervention.

The same day in Intalayene in the Sahel, the means of surveillance located about sixty terrorists.

Several of these bandits were neutralized in strikes.

The fugitives who tried to reach the border suffered the same fate thanks to the reactivity of the aerial vectors.

Our sources tell us that several other operations in many localities.

Lost people who wish to save their lives are invited to lay down their arms and join the National Call Center by calling 199 and by WhatsApp at the numbers +226 71 20 33 33 and +226 68 24 44 44.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

The secretary general of the province of Ioba salutes the commitment of the Combatant Forces

The Secretary General of Ioba, André Lankoandé, on Monday, during the ceremony of the monthly raising of the colors, praised the commitment and determination of the FDS and the VDP in securing the territory .

The Dreyer Foundation received the members of the constituted bodies of the province of Ioba for the monthly ascent of the colors, on May 8, 2023.

According to the secretary general of the province of Ioba, André Lankoandé, this choice is a mark of recognition to all the structures and non-governmental organizations that support the government in the implementation of development policies in Ioba.

In the absence of the High Commissioner, Mr. Lankoandé presided over the ceremony in the presence of the Executive Director of the Dreyer Foundation Dr. Laurent Sedego, members of the members of the constituted bodies, the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and the Homeland Defense Volunteers (VDP).

At the end of the military ceremony, André Lankoandé reassured that all activities in the various public services are going well until the last village bordering the province of Tuy, according to quarterly reports compiled by the High Commission.

He explained that some difficulties exist but thanks to the selflessness of everyone, everything is fine even in some municipalities where we have encountered security concerns.

All schools are open and functional, he said.

This is why he invited the entire population, all the constituted bodies, the FDS and the VDP to keep this momentum to keep the province of Ioba free from terrorist threats and to respond to the call of the head of the State to be resilient.

"This will allow us to show those who think that Burkina Faso will bend that it will not be possible," he continued.

He praised the commitment and determination of the FDS and the VDP who continue to carry out excellent security work.

Mr. Lankoandé also informed the participants of the smooth running of the sports events of the school exams.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Cooperation: Prime Minister Kyelem arrived in Caracas, Venezuela

The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambela arrived yesterday Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a work and friendship visit.

The Burkinabè Head of Government was greeted on his descent from the plane, at Simon Bolivar International Airport, by the Minister of People's Power in charge of Foreign Affairs, Yván Gil and the Deputy Minister in charge of Africa, Yuri Chilli.

During his stay, Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambela will meet several Venezuelan officials including members of government and presidents of institutions.

In his agenda, the Prime Minister will talk about strengthening cooperation between the two countries, in strategic sectors such as agriculture, the exploitation of mineral resources, basic and higher education, health, culture, and defense.

In addition, the visit of the head of the Burkinabè government to Caracas will be an opportunity to celebrate, on Thursday, May 11, 2023, the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Venezuela and Burkina Faso, through a wreath laying of flowers in honor of the Liberator Simon Bolivar, in the presence of the African diplomatic corps accredited in Caracas.

The Prime Minister, Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambela will also meet, on Friday May 12, 2023, students from Burkina Faso participating in the Fundayacucho Program.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Religion: Catholic pilgrimages are scheduled from July 10 to August 16, 2023, Resp

The President of the Episcopal Commission for Eucharistic Pilgrimages and Congresses (CEPCE), Monsignor Paul Y. Ouédraogo, announced on Tuesday the resumption of external Catholic pilgrimages in Burkina Faso, with a first planned period of July 10 to August 16, 2023.

The Episcopal Commission for Eucharistic Pilgrimages and Congresses (CEPCE) announced on Tuesday the resumption of external Catholic pilgrimages to Burkina Faso 2023, during a press conference.

The announcement was made by the President of the CEPCE, Monsignor Paul Y. Ouédraogo who unveiled the 2023 pilgrimage program scheduled from July 10 to August 16, 2023.

According to him, the Catholic pilgrimage is a spiritual journey motivated by faith.

"It takes place through the visit of a sanctuary linked to the celebration of a mystery of the Catholic faith or by stopping at a place linked to passages of Sacred Scripture, Holy Land or apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Marie or to places where Saints have passed, "said Bishop Ouédraogo.

He reminded all the faithful that the CEPCE itself organizes Catholic pilgrimages and can authorize Catholic pilgrimages to private promoters who accept the requirements of the Commission.

The man of faith also noted that Catholic pilgrimages fall under the competence of the CEPCE which promotes, organizes, coordinates and controls the said pilgrimages.

“It is she who is authorized to give the label of “Catholic Pilgrimage” to organized trips, even in a process of faith”, he specified.

Bishop Ouédraogo urged pilgrims who want to register to make sure that the pilgrimage offered to them appears on the list of pilgrimages organized by the CEPCE or on the list of pilgrimages authorized by the Episcopal Commission

Source: Burkina Information Agency

The European Union sympathizes with the suffering of the people of Burkina Faso

The European Union (EU) once again showed its compassion for the people of Burkina Faso, hit by terrorism, by announcing an additional envelope of 133 million Euros (more than 87 billion F CFA) for the financing of two major projects.

"We do not close our eyes to the suffering of the Burkinabè people", launched Tuesday evening, the ambassador of the European Union in Burkina, Wolfram Vetter.

The ambassador was speaking on Europe Day, celebrated every May 9 for 73 years.

“Burkina Faso is going through a very serious crisis with several challenges. It is with a broken heart that I see the daughters and sons of Burkina falling in the terrorist attacks, suffering the consequences of the insecurity and the humanitarian challenge in a large part of the country”, added Mr. Vetter, followed by his deep condolences.

Wolfram Vetter recalled that the European Union launched in March 2023, the stabilization program for the Ouaga-Kaya-Dori-Djibo axis, which should ultimately improve the living conditions of 25 municipalities in the Center-North and of the Sahel.

He also mentioned two other programs in preparation at the level of the Ouaga-Koudougou-Dédougou-Bobo-Dioulasso (OKDB) triangle, in order to ensure the food security of the populations.

These two projects, to hear Wolfram Vetter, are estimated at 133 million Euros, or more than 87 billion CFA francs.

“And finally, an envelope of 15 million euros is available to support the electoral process planned by the Transition and approved with ECOWAS. Other support options are on the table, including in the security and defense sectors,” the diplomat said.

Mr. Vetter assured that the actions of the European Union are fully in line with the priorities of the Transition.

The ambassador indicated that the European Union has no lessons to give and respects the strategies and priorities of Burkina Faso in the fight against the common enemies that are the terrorists.

He added that in this fight, the security of the population and respect for human rights and international humanitarian law must remain at the heart of the concerns.

"I hope, for all Burkinabè, that peace will return as soon as possible and that you can build together, hand in hand, a new Burkina free from the horrors of terrorism", affirmed Wolfram Vetter.

Note that the diplomat is in his last year of service in Burkina Faso.

He thanked the people of Burkina Faso for their hospitality.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: The new security law places people at the center of the security issue (minister)

The new national security law adopted on Tuesday by the Transitional Legislative Assembly puts people at the center of the security issue, said the Minister of State in charge of Defense , Colonel Major Kassoum Coulibaly.

The Transitional Legislative Assembly (ALT) adopted Tuesday, during a plenary session, the bill on national security to enable the government to face the challenges of the moment.

According to the Minister of State in charge of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Colonel-Major Kassoum Coulibaly, the recommendations of the national forum on national security, held in 2017 by the Burkinabe government decided to set up a security policy.

Colonel-Major Coulibaly clarified that this paradigm shift is now effective, with the validation of this bill comprising 70 articles and which aims to improve security in Burkina Faso.

"We had to review a new concept that puts people at the center of the security issue," said Kassoum Coulibaly.

For him, many decrees will be applied by the government to strengthen the fight against terrorism in Burkina Faso.

Since 2015, the country has been plagued by terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds, displaced more than 2 million people and caused the closure of many schools and health establishments.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: Personal data protection authorities concerned about breaches

Personal data protection authorities, meeting in Ouagadougou, expressed concern about the multiple violations of the rights of individuals which sometimes jeopardize social cohesion and living together within communities. States.

“The protection of the personal data of our populations on digital platforms constitutes for us, protection authorities, a major concern, in the face of the multiple violations of the rights of individuals and illicit publications of all kinds, often jeopardizing social cohesion. and our living together”, declared the president of the Commission of data processing and freedoms (CIL), of Burkina Faso, Marguerite Ouédraogo.

Ms. Ouédraogo was speaking Tuesday morning in Ouagadougou, at the opening of an international conference on the protection of personal data, under the chairmanship of the representative of the Head of State, the director of cabinet of the Presidency of Faso, Céleste Anderson Dekomwin Medah.

Marguerite Ouédraogo noted that this international conference has, among other objectives, capacity building for digital players and reflection on better protection of the rights of individuals on the African continent, in connection with the use of their personal data on digital platforms in general and on social networks in particular.

According to her, these structures will continue to raise awareness in the context of the protection of personal data, which is a major challenge, in order to better secure populations through digital platforms.

For example, the president of the CIL invited Burkinabè soldiers in the fight against terrorism to remain truly courageous in the face of the adversary and not to share the data they have collected in the field.

Marguerite Ouédraogo also invited the populations not to share the data of the Combatant Forces in order not to expose them.

She indicated that the members of the African Network of Personal Data Protection Authorities, present at the 6th General Assembly (GA) of the international conference, will seize the opportunity to harmonize points of view to find solutions, in order to better protect the personal data of their fellow citizens.

The international conference on the protection of personal data, which is being held from May 9 to 12, has the theme: "Protection of personal data and privacy on digital platforms: challenges and prospects".

It should be noted that the Commission for Computing and Liberties (CIL), created in 2004 by law, essentially aims to raise public awareness about better protection of their personal data.

Source: Burkina Information Agency