Dry Conditions Highly Likely To Continue

After almost three years of persistent drought conditions, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) today announced that below normal rainfall is expected in most parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) over March to May(MAM) season.

Delegates gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, for the 63rd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 63) examined the forecast for the March to May (MAM) 2023 season which points towards depressed rainfall and high temperatures.

In view of the grim realities, IGAD’s Executive Secretary, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, called for “an immediate scaling-up of humanitarian and risk reduction efforts. National governments, humanitarian and development actors must adopt a no-regret approach before it’s too late”.

IGAD also announced the launch of a partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to address the multi-faceted crisis in the IGAD region.

In parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda that have been most affected by the recent drought, this could be the 6th failed consecutive rainfall season.

The probability for drier than normal rainfall is also enhanced for parts of Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Tanzania, and western South Sudan.

On the other hand, wetter than normal conditions are expected over the cross-border areas of Ethiopia and South Sudan, north- western Kenya, and parts of central and southern Tanzania.

Warmer than normal temperatures are likely across the region, particularly over Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, north-western South Sudan, southern and north-eastern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, northern and western Kenya, and parts of south-eastern and western Tanzania.

March to May season constitutes an important rainfall season, especially in the equatorial parts of the GHA where it contributes up to 60 percent of the total annual rainfall.

Speaking during the 63rd Creator Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum at a Nairobi hotel, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry (CS) Soipan Tuya, said that the theme resonates well with the current climate crisis that the Horn of Africa region is currently experiencing.

“We need to develop climate services that are tailored to our needs and particularly for our governments and all stakeholders that utilize these products for socio-economic planning,” said Tuya.

The CS further highlighted that the demand for climate information for decision and policy making in this time and age cannot therefore be gainsaid, saying that both the private and public sectors know the relevance and value of such information for building climate resilience and in mitigating and adapting to changing climate.

“We are currently more than ready to embark on this monumental activity and no doubt the climate outlook report that emanates from the 63rd Session of the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum will serve as the guide to the success of implementation of our programmes,” she added.

Dr Guleid Artan, ICPAC Director, explained that “even if the general conditions for the season do not look favourable, people can still take advantage of rainfall. This is why I urge all to consult our weekly and monthly forecasts which have a high degree of predictability”.

ICPAC’s analysis indicates raised chances of a delayed start of the rainfall season (the “onset”) over north-eastern Tanzania and raised chances of an early onset over much of western South Sudan. Elsewhere, probabilities favour a normal onset timing, with delayed or early onset only in small pockets.

In the regions severely hit by drought, the current trends are worse than those observed during the drought of 2010-2011.

The Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG), co-chaired by IGAD and FAO, estimates that close to 23 million people are currently highly food insecure in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

It is likely that the situation in the affected areas will intensify through the transition period to MAM 2023. Beyond this point, the situation will be informed by the season’s performance.

However, considering that 11 million livestock have already died and that the MAM harvests start around August, any positive impacts will be realized much later.

Mohammed Mukhier, IFRC Director for Africa, said, “These prolonged and recurrent climate change induced droughts will further worsen other existing, mutually exacerbating humanitarian challenges in the region, including the ongoing hunger crisis, the impacts of COVID-19 and internal displacement. We need an all-hands-on-deck approach to strengthen food systems, livelihoods, and climate resilience.”


Source: Kenya News Agency

Fenkil Operation commemoration in Germany

Nationals in Germany commemorated the 33rd anniversary of Fenkil Operation from 10 to 19 February in various cities of Germany with patriotic zeal under the theme “Fenkil-Resolute Commitment”.

The commemorative event in Frankfurt and Manheim that was virtually conducted has witnessed strong organization and unity of nationals especially that of the youth.

Indicating that Fenkil Operation has been spectacular in which the liberation fighters demonstrated coordinated offensive especially in land and naval operation, Mr. Kibreab Tekeste, Eritrea’s Consul General in Frankfurt, called for transferring the shining history to posterity.

Pointing out that the EPLF has been the vanguard organization that accomplished the desire of independence of the Eritrean people, Mr. Kahsai Tewolde, head of Public and Community Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy, said that Fenkil Operation was one of the operations that the Eritrea’s liberation fighters demonstrated heroic feat.

Mr. Kahsai also said that Fenkil Operation commemoration anniversary that signaled the total independence of Eritrea shoulders every citizen to live up to expectations of martyrs that gave their precious lives.

The commemoration events have been highlighted by cultural and artistic programs.


Source: Ministry of Information Eritrea


Henok Mulubrhan has won the third stage of the Tour du Rwanda, a stage in which there was a lot of climbing. The Belgian William Junior Lecerf ( Soudal Quick-Step Development) finished second, the Ukrainian Anatoliy Budyak was third. Mulubrhan is also the new leader.

The first stages of the Tour du Rwanda ended in a sprint and were won by Ethan Vernon , but on day three it was up to the climbers. In the second part of the 199.5 kilometer long ride, the necessary hills had to be conquered, including the climb to Kiviruga (7.1 km at 6.5%). From the top it was still about 25 kilometers to the line, but the last three kilometers also went up at almost six percent.

Gigantic lead
In the flat opening phase we saw a leading group of three gather a gigantic lead. Marc Oliver Pritzen (EF Education-NIPPO Development), Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwanda selection) and James Fouché ( Bolton Equities Black Spoke ) had already cycled together for ten (!) minutes after thirty kilometers and then even extended to twelve minutes. Despite Israel-Premier Tech having taken the initiative by now, the three started the first climbs of the day by that margin.

Nsengimana, the 2015 overall winner of the Tour du Rwanda, left his fellow refugees there. He was the first on top of some slopes, but would later be caught by Fouché and Pritzen. Then the home rider was left behind. There had also been a separation in the peloton. For example, classification leader Ethan Vernon had to release early. Carl Fredrik Hagen ( Q36.5 ) then had to retire after a crash.

Mulubrhan the strongest
The initially big lead of Fouché and Pritzen quickly diminished in the final, but the former managed to hold on for a long time. He started the final climb alone. The Australian was chased by a group of nine, including the Dutchman Pepijn Reinderink, the Belgian William Junior Lecerf (Soudal Quick-Step Development ) and the Eritrean Henok Mulubrhan (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè).

Mulubrhan, who has already achieved third and second place in recent days, proved to be the strongest of the select group on the final climb. After Fouché was caught, he sprinted with conviction to the stage victory. Lecerf and the Ukrainian Anatoliy Budyak (Terengganu Polygon) finished in second and third place, Reinderink was tenth.

Froome limits damage
Chris Froome , who was not in the chasing group at the foot, was able to limit the damage. The two-time Tour winner crossed the line in 34 seconds in 22nd place. He was thus the best rider of Israel-Premier Tech . After the third stage, Froome is twentieth in the general classification, 42 seconds behind Mulubrhan.


Source: Dehai Eritrea Online

Tour of Rwanda: Eritrean Henok Mulubrhan wins the 3rd stage and takes command of the general

It was the Eritrean and African champion Henok Mulubrhan (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), 23, who won the 3rd stage of the Tour of Rwanda in Musanze. At the end of the 199.5 kilometres, he sprinted ahead of the Belgian WIlliam junior Lecerf and the Ukrainian Anatoliy Budyak (Terengganu Polygon)

Henok Mulubrhna, 3rd on the 1st stage, 2nd on the 2nd, also takes command of the general

20 kilometers from the finish, we found the breakaway of the day with Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwanda Selection), Marc Oliver Pritzen (EF Education-NIPPO Development Team) and James Fouché (Bolton Equities Black Spoke). The latter then have one minute and twenty seconds on a reduced peloton

But the trio got along well, but that did not prevent the group of 9 men from returning on the final climb (2.8 kilometers at 6%) despite strong resistance from Fouché. .

Henok Mulubrhan then launched his sprint from afar and won in front of William Junior Lecerf.

Classification of the 3rd stage of the Tour of Rwanda

1 Henok Mulubrhan Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè 0:00
2 William Junior Lecerf Soudal – Quick-Step Devo Team,,
3 Anatoliy Budyak Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team,,
4 Víctor de la Parte TotalEnergies

General classification

1 Henok Mulubrhan Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè 11:20:59
2 William Junior Lecerf Soudal – Quick-Step Devo Team ,,
3 Anatoliy Budyak Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team 0:02
4 Víctor de la Parte TotalEnergies 0:07
5 Walter Calzoni Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team 0:11
6 Dawit Yemane Bike Aid,,
7 Metkel Eyob Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team,,
8 Logan Currie Bolton Equities Black Spoke,,
9 Eric Muhoza Bike Aid,,
10 Pepijn Reinderink Soudal – Quick-Step Devo Team


Source: Dehai Eritrea Online

Tour du Rwanda 2023: Eritrea’s Henok Mulubrhan wins longest stage

Behind us is a stage that proves how far the Tour du Rwanda has come. After almost 200km of competition, Henok Mulubrhan reached the win and it was the African champion from Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè who became the new leader of the general classification.

Why are we talking about going a certain way? For years, the Tour du Rwanda struggled with a problem that most of the stages were rigidly related to the capital, Kigali, and the length of the sections rather oscillated around 100-120km. Today, however, the competitors only transited through the largest city in Rwanda, and as much as 199.5 km was waiting for them. Someone wise will of course notice that 200 km have already been exceeded twice, but then there was only one such stage, and this year we still have 195.5 km on the 5th day of the competition.

But enough of the brainstorming, let’s focus on the stage itself, because this one was really interesting from the profile. After the first, relatively simple part, there were as many as 6 climbs waiting for the cyclists, including, above all, three Kanyinya steps (5.5km; 7.3%) climbed one after the other, not marked by a 4.8km bonus with an average gradient of 4.3% and Umuremge (5.5km; 4.6%). After a while of descents, Kivuruga (7.1 km; 6.5%) became fierce on the route, and finally a slightly simpler climb leading to the finish line in Musanze (2.8 km; 6%). In total, there was over 3,300 meters of elevation gain to overcome today.

On the first day two cyclists escaped, yesterday one, so … today the same three got together and again decided to visit Rwanda ahead of the peloton. These daredevils were Jean Bosco Nsengimana (Rwanda), James Fouché (Bolton Equities Black Spoke) and Marc Oliver Pritzen (EF Education-NIPPO Development Team). Gentlemen quickly began to build a really big advantage.

Already after 20km of driving the clock showed 7:20, after the next flat fragments it reached even 11 minutes. You could say that it got drowsy, and in the photos from the route you could catch the competitors focused not only on the ride, but also on the games of children standing by the route.

James Fouché, wearing a blue leotard of the leader of this classification, was the first to report to the flying stage. A moment later, at the foot of the first climb near Kamonyi (2.2 km; 7%), Jean Bosco Nsengimana, who obviously wanted to make his presence felt on the route to the delight of the local crowd, moved forward. The 30-year-old, winner of the 2015 Tour du Rwanda, and this year’s runner-up in the mountain classification, gained 45 seconds over the chasing two and began to win on subsequent climbs.

With 80 km to go, the lone Rwandan had 30 seconds over the New Zealander and the South African cyclist, and the peloton led by Israel-Premier Tech was losing about 11 minutes. However, the fourth climb took its toll on the host and he let Bolton and EF catch up.

The next kilometers passed quite quickly and with 30km to go, at the foot of Kivuruga (7.1km; 6.5%), the breakaway still had over 6 minutes advantage. This gave high hopes for the leader’s jersey for Jean Bosco Nsengimana, who was just over a minute behind Ethan Vernon in the overall standings.

The peloton woke up strongly in the finale, but unfortunately the high pace combined with torrential rains also brought many crashes. After two falls, one of the biggest favorites Carl Fredrik Hagen (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team) withdrew from the race, Tartu2024 Cycling Team also lost its leader – Siim Kiskonen left the race.

But let’s get back to the competition – here at the top of Kivurugi it was already known that Rwanda would not see its leader, at least not in the form of Jean Bosco Nsengimana. He scored just before the top, but the top two 23km before the finish had only 1:40 advantage. Meanwhile, the peloton, chasing in the rain, was heavily depleted and could not stand the pace, among others. the current leader of the general classification, i.e. Ethan Vernon (Soudal – Quick-Step Devo Team) or Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech).

Meanwhile, a 5-man group consisting of Mattéo Vercher and Thomas Bonnet (TotalEnergies), Henok Mulubrhan (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), Callum Ormiston (South Africa) and Eric Muhoza (Bike Aid) moved forward. They were soon joined by William Junior Lecerf (Soudal – Quick-Step Devo Team) and Manuele Tarozzi (Green Project), and the top two had less than a minute to reach the final climb to the finish line in Musanze (2.8km; 6%) .

3km before the end the peloton cleared the chase and James Fouché went solo in the lead. The New Zealander had only 35 seconds of advantage at that time and it seemed that the fate of the stage could play out. The Bolton Equities Black Spoke rider finally capitulated in the last kilometer when Henok Mulubrhan and William Junior Lecerf passed him, the former winning stage 3 and becoming the new leader of the general classification. The podium of the day was completed by Anatoliy Budyak (Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team).


Source: Dehai Eritrea Online

Henok Muhlubhran (Bardiani) cleverly gives Eritrea a stage victory in Tour of Rwanda

After two stages for the sprinters, with Ethan Vernon as the winner each time , it was time for the men with more climber legs on day three. The finish was in Musanze, after a climb of two kilometers at six percent.

One of the top favourites, the Q36.5 Norwegian Carl Frederik Hagen, went off course after two crashes. Without him, the peloton therefore went to the hilly final phase, where James Fouche (Bolton Equities) took a lead over his competitors. However, that was canceled out and in the end Mulubrhan turned out to have the best punch.


Source: Dehai Eritrea Online

NewTimes.co.rw: Tour du Rwanda: Mulueberhane storms to Yellow Jersey after stage 3 win

Henok Mulueberhane is the new overall leader of the ongoing Tour du Rwanda 2023 after beating William Junior Lecerf of Soudal Quick-Step to the finish line in Musanze to win stage 3.

He covered the 199.5km distance from Huye, in Southern Province, to Musanze, in Northern Province, in five hours, 13 minutes and 37 seconds.

The Eritrean cyclist, who is riding for Italian side Green Project-Bardiani, unseats Briton Ethan Vernon who claimed the opening two stages.

“It is very gratifying for us as a team to win the stage and at the same time take the yellow jersey,”the 23-year-old said after riding his way to the top of the general classification.

The rider is now the race’s new leader, having used 11 hours 20 minutes and 59 seconds from 448 kilometers covered in the past three stages.

“We still have a long way to go. There are more stages ahead, so we must fight to remain with the yellow jersey and consistency on the podium if we are to go all the way to the ultimate in yellow. Indeed, it is going to be a huge challenge.” he added.

Mulueberhane is the fourth Eritrean to win the stage which finishes at Musanze District and, particularly, he won the longest stage ever in the history of Tour du Rwanda.

On top of claiming the stage winner’s jersey and the coveted yellow for the overall leader, he was also recognised as the best African rider of the day.

Eric Muhoza, who rides for German side Bike Aid, was the best Rwandan on Tuesday, crossing the finish-line in 14th place, in a group of riders who finished 11 seconds behind stage winner Mulueberhane while Team Rwanda’s Samuel Niyonkuru emerged 28th trailing one minute and 15 seconds off the top.

Nsengimana’s lack of backup

Despite a dominant breakaway lead early in the stage from Huye, Jean Bosco Nsengimana couldn’t beat the pressure of the peloton in the last 3km when he was caught by the bunch.

After 10km, Nsengimana launched an attack peloton, opening a one-minute lead and after 90km, his lead was up to 12 minutes. The rider was a threat to his opponents throughout the stage, just like he did during Sunday’s opening stage, but his men were far from ready to fight for him.

Nsengimana seemed to be up for something during Tuesday’s stage as he continued to attack. His lead, however, started to narrow from the 137th kilometer as he struggled to cope with the pressure from a group of riders who were chasing him looking to cut off his 1’30” advantage.

His breakaway saw him scoop the second points (category 1, 2 up to 3) of the day as well as the leading intermediate sprint after 1.

The race won’t take a break on Wednesday as riders will depart Musanze heading to Karongi before competing from Rusinzi to Rubavu the following day.


Source: Dehai Eritrea Online