Africanews RSS Receive free and in real-time all news published by africanews.com, by subscribing to our RSS feeds. http://www.africanews.com/feed/rss Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:40:49 +0000 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:40:49 +0000 Malawi's human development index on the rise-UN report http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/malawi-s-human-development-index-on-the-rise-un-report/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/malawi-s-human-development-index-on-the-rise-un-report/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:40:49 +0000 Malawi’s human development index has slightly improved over the previous years to 170 out of 188 countries and territories, a new UN report said. The annual report by the United Nations indicates that between 1990 and 2015, Malawi’s human development index value increased from 0.325 to 0.476, an increase of 46.4 percent. The Human development index is based on a composite index of life expectancy, education and income of a country’s general population. Its life expectancy at birth stood at 63.9 years an increase by 20.1 years, and the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita $1,073 decreased by about 27.2 percent between 1990 and 2015, the report said. Malawi’s 2015 HDI of 0.476 is below the average of 0.497 for countries in the low human development group and below the average of 0.523 for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. From Sub-Saharan Africa, countries which are close to Malawi in 2015 ranking and to some extent in population size are Mali and Zambia, which took positions 175 and 139 respectively. Rwanda's exiled activist wife charged with treason http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/rwanda-s-exiled-activist-wife-charged-with-treason/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/rwanda-s-exiled-activist-wife-charged-with-treason/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:32:04 +0000 The Rwandan-British wife of a member of the Rwandese opposition in exile appeared Thursday in a court in Kigali, accused of “forming an illegal armed group”. Violette Uwamahoro, dressed in a grey dress and a blue jacket, rejected all charges against her at the hearing which will decide whether she should remain in custody until the start of her trial at an undetermined date. “The prosecutor wants to keep Madam (Uwamahoro) in prison but we demand her release” because she is pregnant, his lawyer Antoinette Mukamusoni told AFP. The decision will be rendered on Monday. Violette Uwamahoro is accused, along with her cousin Jean-Pierre Shumbusho, of among other charges of “revealing state secrets” and “forming an illegal armed group”. According to her lawyer, Mrs. Uwamahoro was accused of having asked Mr. Shumbusho, a policeman in Kigali, via the WhatsApp messenger, to reveal “information about state security” and to ask him “to go to Uganda to form an armed group to attack Rwanda”. “It’s a lie,” insisted Mrs. Uwamahoro after the charges were read. “Yes, we used to chat but I never talked to her about anything related to national security. We were only discussing family stories,” she maintained. Mrs. Uwamahoro is the wife of Faustin Rukundo, a Rwandan National Congress (RNC) official, an opposition party in exile formed by former officials of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and whom Kigali calls a “terrorist” group. Residing in the United Kingdom since 2004, Uwamahoro had traveled to Rwanda to attend her father’s funeral upon which she was arrested. Rukundo who is currently in UK has denounced in the British press the “kidnapping” of his wife by the Rwandan intelligence services, and linked it to his own political activities. He maintains that his wife is not politically engaged. Uwamahoro’s whereabouts were unknown for more than two weeks before Rwandan police confirmed on 3 March that they had detained her on suspicion of engaging in “serious crime”. “Violette Uwamahoro was detained illegally, without being able to contact a lawyer or her family for more than two weeks. This is an unacceptable violation of Rwandan and international laws,” Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Ms. Uwamahoro’s arrest and “other cases of arbitrary detention seem destined to stifle dissenting voices” in the run-up to the presidential election scheduled for August 4, Amnesty International said. President Paul Kagame is expected to run for a new term. South Africa to name new Bafana coach after Angola match http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/south-africa-to-name-new-bafana-coach-after-angola-match/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/south-africa-to-name-new-bafana-coach-after-angola-match/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:29:31 +0000 South Africa Football Association (SAFA) is set to unveil the new Bafana Bafana head coach after its international friendly against Angola later this month, Sport24 reports. SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi revealed that the association had already sealed the deal with the new head coach and were just waiting to reveal his name. The team has been without a coach since the end of December 2016 after SAFA sacked Shakes Mashaba for misconduct. Earlier this month, Sport24 reported that Iran’s head coach, Carlos Queiroz and Morocco’s Herve Renard were SAFA’s top-two choices. However, reports said both coaches confirmed that neither of them are interested in filling fill the void left by Mashaba. Bafana Bafana face Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday before squaing off with Angola three days later at Buffalo City Stadium in East London. Rwanda to send extra troops to South Sudan http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/rwanda-to-send-extra-troops-to-south-sudan/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/rwanda-to-send-extra-troops-to-south-sudan/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:48:38 +0000 Rwanda plans to send more peacekeepers as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the acting Defence and military spokesperson, Col Rene Ngendahimana said. He disclosed this on Thursday after the U.N chief, Herve Ladsous during a visit to South Sudan’s capital, Juba on Tuesday said that the first peacekeepers from Rwanda, Nepal and Bangladesh will begin arriving in the next few weeks. Rwanda currently maintains 1,650 troops as part of UNMISS. According to the UN, the under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, told president Salva Kiir of South Sudan that it is clearer that ever that the problems the country faces must be resolved through politic rather than military means. Ladsous said the UN was sparing no effort to speed up the deployment of the 4,000 extra troops of the Regional Protection Force earlier mandated by the Security Council. “We are working actively on it, we did lose time because getting clearance, authorisations here was slow, but we are sparing no effort to speed up and in the next few weeks you will see the first vanguard of the Regional Protection Force being deployed,” RWANDA PEACEKEEPERS IN SOUTH SUDAN COMMENDABLE https://t.co/LsQs5Fi85F pic.twitter.com/Tat7o7PLYa— Rwanda (@RwandaRR) March 22, 2017 He noted that the deployment of the regional protection force is of a high priority item for the security council. The troops from the three countries will later be followed by Ethiopian forces and troops from other countries. Kenya launches phone-based bonds, tapping pool of small investors http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/kenya-launches-phone-based-bonds-tapping-pool-of-small-investors/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/kenya-launches-phone-based-bonds-tapping-pool-of-small-investors/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:20:05 +0000 Kenya on Thursday began selling its first mobile-phone-based government bond as part of an ambitious plan to broaden the pool of investors in government securities. Finance Minister, Henry Rotich said the government is initially making a limited offer of 150 million shillings to test the system before a bigger offer in June. “M-Akiba is about financial inclusion, we want to get as many Kenyans to be included in the financial sector so using the mobile whereby about 23 million Kenyans are now having mobiles, they can easily access this product and they will be fully participating in the financial system ,“he said. Central Bank Governor, Patrick Njoroge said the bond, called M-Akiba, allows people to invest as little as 3,000 Kenyan shillings ($29.20). “The first time, we will provide securities, government securities to the entire population – a point where you can buy a security for as little as 3,000 dollars… 3,000 shillings. It is remarkable, I don’t think this is something that we can take lightly,” he added. Kenya pioneered the use of mobile money in 2007 with M-Pesa, a money transfer service, by telecoms operator Safaricom. M-Pesa allows users to transfer cash and make payments on even the most basic mobile phone. In partnership with local banks. Safaricom has since expanded the service to offer savings, lending, and insurance products. Dibie Ike Michael Tackling the water crisis in Africa[The Morning Call] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/tackling-the-water-crisis-in-africathe-morning-call/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/tackling-the-water-crisis-in-africathe-morning-call/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:40:00 +0000 World Water Day marked every 22nd of March. Under this year’s theme Why waste water? Africa joined the rest of the world to observe the day. The continent’s rising population is driving demand for water and accelerating the degradation of water resources. A three day conference, the UN World Water Day Summit and Expo, kicked off on wednesday in Durban South Africa to highlight the importance of the reuse of wastewater. Zimbabwe opposition demand electoral reforms [The Morning Call] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/zimbabwe-opposition-demand-electoral-reforms-the-morning-call/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/zimbabwe-opposition-demand-electoral-reforms-the-morning-call/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:54:08 +0000 Opposition parties in Zimbabwe staged protests in the capital Harare on Wednesday to demand for electoral reforms before the country goes to the polls in 2018. They are accusing the ruling ZANU-PF party of procuring biometric registration kits without the involvement of the United Nations Development Programme. According to the opposition parties, the ruling ZANU-PF party is seeking to rig the voter registration process in favor of President Robert Mugabe, to skew the list of eligible voters in its favour. Egypt reopens corruption investigation against former President Mubarak http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/egypt-reopens-corruption-investigation-against-former-president-mubarak/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/egypt-reopens-corruption-investigation-against-former-president-mubarak/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:27:39 +0000 An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the reopening of corruption investigation against former President Hosni Mubarak who was recently acquitted in another case, officials said. This decision will not affect the decision of the public prosecutor’s office to release Mubarak after his acquittal in early March for the deaths of demonstrators during the revolt that caused his fall in 2011, they said. Hosni Mubarak, 88, is still in a Cairo military hospital. The new investigation concerns allegations that he, his wife, two sons and daughters-in-law received gifts from the government daily Al-Ahram worth about $ 1 million. In 2013, an judge agreed to abandon the investigation after the money was returned by the parties concerned, but the prosecution appealed. Mubarak is also the subject of another investigation for unlawful gain, but has not been brought before the courts for that case. The court of cassation acquitted Hosni Mubarak on March 2 for his involvement in the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators during the 2011 revolt. In January 2016, the court of appeal upheld a three-year prison sentence for Mubarak and his two sons in a corruption case. Twenty million people facing starvation in Yemen and Somalia-Red Cross http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/twenty-million-people-facing-starvation-in-yemen-and-somalia-red-cross/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/twenty-million-people-facing-starvation-in-yemen-and-somalia-red-cross/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:56:24 +0000 The International Committee of the Red Cross says there is need for urgent food aid to Yemen and Somalia which had been made worse by drought and war. The organisation adds that it needs about 300 million US dollars out of the 400 million dollars which they requested to finance its humanitarian activities in these countries and other war torn areas like South Sudan and the north-east of Nigeria. The famine has affected more than 20 million people in the regions. “This is not business as usual. Twenty million people facing starvation is not something that we are dealing with everyday and therefore, we really need to act now. And if we act now, especially in Yemen and in Somalia, famine can be averted. We need to learn the lessons from 2011, where the response was too slow, too little and 260,000 people died of starvation, more than half of them children under the age of 5, so we really need to act now,” Dominik Stillhart, ICRC Director of Operations worldwide said. Red Cross officials add that cholera which is a fatal cause of death for children is on the rise in Somalia while an average of 20 people die each day in Yemen caused by war injuries or illness. Elvis Boh NGOs raise concern over rights violations in Burundi http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ngos-raise-concern-over-rights-violations-in-burundi/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ngos-raise-concern-over-rights-violations-in-burundi/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:11:50 +0000 Non governmental organizations in Burundi are calling for immediate stop to human rights violations involving law enforcement and security officers in the country. The NGOs claimed that the law enforcement unit has conducted several extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to public members. A 2016 report by SOS Torture campaign revealed 46 people from 12 provinces in Burundi were arbitrarily executed. The same report reveals the killing of citizens in different areas of the country and abduction of 74 people by the agents of security forces. The body recommends investigations to be done within the framework of the International Criminal Court to identify those responsible for serious human rights violations in Burundi and to institute international legal proceedings against persons and entities found guilty of these crimes. The UN Security council in July 2016 authorized the deployment of up to 228 UN police to Burundi to monitor security and human rights, but the government has blocked progress on that force. Hundreds have died and 390,000 people have fled since the country descended into violence in April 2015 after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans to run for a third term, which he went on to win. Restoring Benin's historical sites [The Morning Call] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/restoring-benin-s-historical-sites-the-morning-call/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/restoring-benin-s-historical-sites-the-morning-call/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:40:14 +0000 Benin can hold its own against the best African holiday destinations. From palm tree-lined beaches, a unique heritage and wildlife parks. Authorities in the country seem to have understood that tourism is the first global industry. They have decided to implement a series of strategies aiming to boost the national tourism sector. Press Review of March 23, 2017 [The Morning Call] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/press-review-of-march-23-2017-the-morning-call/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/press-review-of-march-23-2017-the-morning-call/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:40:06 +0000 We review the headlines of Africa’s top newspapers on The Morning Call. Tanzania president sacks information minister without notice http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/tanzania-president-sacks-information-minister-without-notice/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/tanzania-president-sacks-information-minister-without-notice/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:19:03 +0000 Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked Information Minister Nape Nnauye on Thursday morning without notice. Immediately after a new minister was named, the sacked minister addressed the media from his car at a hotel he was barred from entering by the police, local media The Citizen reported. Nnauye confirmed that he was not consulted before his replacement but thanked the president for his trust and cooperation during his one year as minister, the report added. Nape Nnauye’s sack comes a day after a report was released by an inquiry he set up to investigate Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda who was accused of storming the studios of a private radio and television station last week with armed policemen to threatened workers over a television programme. The committee formed by the former minister found Makonda guilty and recommended measures be taken against him. President Magufuli rejected calls by the public to dismiss Paul Makonda on Monday, which was the day the committe was formed. “I believe in my abilities and don’t need anyone to make decisions on my behalf … I encourage you to keep working hard and not to be distracted by what they are saying on social media,” the president publicly backed Makonda. The president named Dr Harrison Mwakyembe as the new Information Minister. He was previously the Constitution and Justice Minister which is now being managed by Professor Palamagamba Kabudi. Ismail Akwei Congo's attraction sights [Travel] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/congo-s-attraction-sights/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/congo-s-attraction-sights/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:15 +0000 In this week’s Travel segment we take a look at the scenic and beautiful wonders that make Congo. The Republic of Congo has a population of less than five million, most concentrated in the capital, Brazzaville, and second city Pointe Noire. The country has not been a classic tourist destination but over the past years it has been the preserve of adventurous of travelers and businessmen. A host of airlines operate in the country region. Take a look at this. Ivory Coast bans sale of SIM cards to minors under age 16 http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ivory-coast-bans-sale-of-sim-cards-to-minors-under-age-16/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ivory-coast-bans-sale-of-sim-cards-to-minors-under-age-16/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:59:04 +0000 The government of the Ivory Coast has published a number of decrees on telecommunication operations in the country including a ban on SIM card subscription to minors under age 16. “The decree prohibits the subscription to communication services to minors under 16 years of age … The Telecommunications/ ICT Regulatory Authority of Ivory Coast (ARTCI) is authorized to confiscate any SIM card or communication device that does not comply with the requirements of this decree,” it stated. The Minister of Communication, Economy and Post, Bruno Nabagne Kone announced the measures on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting presided over by the President Alassane Ouattara. He added that “the minors can only benefit from mobile services through their legal guardians”. The decree was sanctioned by the government to strengthen security on networks and services used by a majority of the population to communicate and trade while others use it to commit crime, Kone explained. Among the measures taken includes the “prohibition of sale of any SIM card or access to communication without identification. The identification operation cannot be carried out outside the premises of telecommunication companies or their authorized service providers.” Ivory Coast has an estimated 20.42 million mobile phone subscribers with an 83.5 percent penetration rate, according to the country’s regulator ARTCI. The market is dominated by Orange with a 37.4 percent share and MTN with 36.2 percent. Orange has 7.59 million mobile customers, followed by MTN with 7.38 million, Moov with 4.05 million, Comium with 988,073 and Green with 302,639. Ismail Akwei IOM offers Libya support to improve conditions for migrants http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/iom-offers-libya-support-to-improve-conditions-for-migrants/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/iom-offers-libya-support-to-improve-conditions-for-migrants/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:18:14 +0000 The International Organization for Migration has offered Libya support in efforts to improve the conditions of migrants in the country. During a visit by Director General William Lacy Swing to Tripoli, Swing discussed the complex migration and displacement situation within the country. He met with Libyan authorities and said that IOM is enhancing its support to the most vulnerable people in the war torn country. “So I visited one of the detention centres, with my colleagues, I was concerned and I’ve told the minister that we want to try continue supporting the government to upgrade and strengthen and improve the conditions in the facilities, because they are very crowded and a lot of the conditions need to be improved, and we hope to be able to be a partner in improving those conditions and that will be an ongoing matter of our partnership,” said Swing. Many Libyans have been displaced as a result of internal conflicts since the ousting of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, there are an estimated 303,608 internally displaced persons. Reuters Pics of the day: March 22nd, 2017 http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/pics-of-the-day-march-22nd-2017/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/pics-of-the-day-march-22nd-2017/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:54:29 +0000 Africanews pics the best images of the day’s news. Ten Egyptian troops killed by bombs during Sinai fighting http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ten-egyptian-troops-killed-by-bombs-during-sinai-fighting/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ten-egyptian-troops-killed-by-bombs-during-sinai-fighting/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:04:50 +0000 Ten members of Egypt’s security forces were killed by bombs which struck their vehicles in central Sinai, a military spokesman said on Thursday, during an operation targeting what the army described as terrorist bases. The spokesman said in a statement the security forces killed 15 people and arrested seven others during the operation. They also found and destroyed half a tonne of TNT explosive, and seized two four-wheel drive cars containing hand grenades and hundreds of mobile phones, the statement said. Government officials indicate that hundreds of policemen and soldiers have been killed in attacks during this past three years in Egypt. Most of the attacks happen around Sinai and sometimes in the heart of Cairo. The Egyptian branch of the Islamic State claims responsibility for most of these attacks . Ghanaian is first black female neurosurgeon at top U.S. hospital http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ghanaian-is-first-black-female-neurosurgeon-at-top-us-hospital/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/ghanaian-is-first-black-female-neurosurgeon-at-top-us-hospital/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:49:00 +0000 After leaving Ghana at age 15, 26-year-old Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is now the first black female neurosurgeon resident at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah trained at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and was matched last week to be a resident at the hospital, making her the first black woman in the 30 years of the neurosurgical department ‘s residency programme to be selected. “What a way to begin the Sabbath! I still haven’t processed it yet but this is such an honor and a privilege to join the department at Hopkins to begin this next phase of my career,” she posted on facebook after her historic selection. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah gained international media attention for making history in America as a black woman and an African, while receiving huge number of congratulatory messages on social media from Africans. “I want to be remembered for serving my community, whether it is through providing quality surgical care or helping mentor the next generation of surgeons. Unique thing: Everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true,” she was quoted in the John Hopkins medical news release. “I am very much interested in providing medical care in under-served settings, specifically surgical care. I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure,” she added. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, who is the first physician in her family, will continue her medical training during the seven-year residency programme at the hospital founded in 1889. She follows the footsteps of the famous Dr. Ben Carson who was a neurosurgeon at the hospital and the youngest physician to ever head a major division at the hospital – Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Ismail Akwei Jordanian King in Morocco for an official visit http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/jordanian-king-in-morocco-for-an-official-visit/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/jordanian-king-in-morocco-for-an-official-visit/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:06:08 +0000 The Jordanian King arrived in Morocco on Wednesday for an official visit to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments. King Abdullah II met with King Mohammed VI upon his arrival. An official ceremony was held at the Royal Palace to receive the King, where the artillery fired a 21-gun salute. King Abdullah was received by senior civic and military Moroccan officials, as well as Arab and foreign ambassadors accredited to Morocco. During the three-day visit, the two sides are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation and topics of mutual interest. The two countries have signed some 60 agreements as they are both part of the Agadir Agreement, which is a free trade agreement that came into force in March, 2007. The two monarchs held talks in the royal cabinet after the official welcoming ceremony. Press Agencies France's Le Pen vows to keep to her promises if elected http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/france-s-le-pen-vows-to-keep-to-her-promises-if-elected/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/france-s-le-pen-vows-to-keep-to-her-promises-if-elected/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:59:57 +0000 French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen visited the National Assembly in N’Djamena on Wednesday on the second day of her visit to Chad. The Front National boss is on an official capacity for the first time ahead of the French presidential elections are set for next month. “You will see that when I am in power, I will astonish the world, perhaps as Donald Trump has astonished the world. The world is surprised to see an elected president who respects his promises, I think it is frankness, uprightness, honesty … One is to be elected on his convictions and to be honest, apply your convictions when you come to power,” said the French presidential candidate. Earlier in the day Le Pen met with French soldiers based there as part of the Barkhane anti-terrorism force. She also held talks with President Idriss Deby on Tuesday to discuss the fight against jihadists in the Sahel region. Reuters Zimbabwe: Opposition wants UN to handle 2018 polls http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/zimbabwe-opposition-wants-un-to-handle-2018-polls/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/zimbabwe-opposition-wants-un-to-handle-2018-polls/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:17:22 +0000 Zimbabwe’s opposition parties are calling for United Nations involvement in next year’s presidential election. This comes after a preparatory meeting fell apart on Tuesday, after a confrontation that saw the country’s electoral commission chairperson Rita Makarau walk out accusing the opposition of unfairly targeting her. The opposition parties led by the main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have demanded her resignation, saying she is trying to help 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe win another five-year term. Zimbabwe’s government took over the acquisition of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, contrary to an initial agreement where the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would have procured them, a move that the opposition claims will expose the election to fraud and manipulation by the government. “Our issue is not whether the government must sponsor or must pay the money. That is not our issue. Our issue is whether the government must procure and of course to pay for the kits. This is because we had an agreement and the agreement was that the elections in Zimbabwe which have always been characterized by fraud as well as the other malpractices needed to be fair for everyone. We wanted something which everyone would be happy about and we agreed on a procurement process. This is a breach of the agreement because we feel that one: It compromises the independence of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and two: It exposes the whole process to manipulation by the government like we have witnessed before. That is what we sought to avoid when we entered the agreement,” MDC’s Secretary-General Douglas Mwozora told Africanews. The electoral commission has been unable to explain why Zimbabwe’s struggling government stepped in to procure the kits, even when an external independent organ was willing to bankroll the procurement. Follow @Muisyo_ Victor Muisyo South Africa suspends some meat imports from Brazil http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/south-africa-suspends-some-meat-imports-from-brazil/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/south-africa-suspends-some-meat-imports-from-brazil/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:07:06 +0000 South Africa has suspended some meat imports from Brazil citing a scandal in the South American country’s meat processing industry, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said on Wednesday. Police in Brazil have launched raids to investigate alleged bribes paid to conceal unsanitary conditions in Brazil’s meatpacking facilities. China and Canada also suspended some meat imports from Brazil on Wednesday. Four dead, 18 injured in northeastern Nigeria blasts http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/four-dead-18-injured-in-northeastern-nigeria-blasts/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/four-dead-18-injured-in-northeastern-nigeria-blasts/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:35:02 +0000 Multiple blasts at camps for people who have fled the Islamist militants Boko Haram killed four and injured 18 in the northeastern Nigeria city of Maiduguri, the state police commissioner said on Wednesday. The attacks were the latest in a series in the past week. In a video circulated on Friday, a man claiming to be Boko Haram’s leader claimed responsibility for bombings in Maiduguri and a raid in a nearby town last week. Bombings near the city killed four on Sunday. Borno Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said the latest blasts happened at around 04:30 a.m. (0330 GMT). “Three bomb explosions occurred this morning at three different locations near Muna Garage, Maiduguri. Four people were killed and 18 people injured,” he said. Chukwu said two of the blasts happened at camps for people displaced by Boko Haram. The frequency of attacks has increased since the end of the rainy season in late 2016. Maiduguri has been the city worst hit by Boko Haram’s eight-year-old campaign to create an Islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria. Its attacks have killed about 15,000 people and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes. Rwandans demand apology from French media for 'photo misrepresentation' http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/rwandans-demand-apology-from-french-media-for-photo-misrepresentation/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/23/rwandans-demand-apology-from-french-media-for-photo-misrepresentation/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:51:44 +0000 Rwandan nationals have staged an online protest on Wednesday against French media France 24 for using a Rwandan peacekeeper’s picture for a story on sexual abuse allegations against French soldiers in the Central African Republic. The protest was sparked by the fact that a picture of French soldiers was not used for the story which was originally written by French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) with the headline: French prosecutors want Central Africa child-rape case dropped. #SomeoneTellFrance24 please next time use your own soldiers on these posts. That's not our mission but to protect and keep peace pic.twitter.com/KMACZyLuQZ— Mukunzi Patrick (@MukunziPatrick1) March 22, 2017 The hashtag #SomeoneTellFrance24 started trending about 8 hours after the story was published on the France 24 website and Twitter account. The protesters called on France 24 to change the image, delete the tweet and then apologise to Rwanda. Dear FRANCE24</a><br>1) Respect Rwandan peacekeepers<br>2) Apologize to Rwanda <br>3) Rectify CAR pix <br>4) Redress <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CARChildRapists?src=hash">#CARChildRapists</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://t.co/6qoavRHhy0">pic.twitter.com/6qoavRHhy0</a></p>&mdash; Caroline Kere (carolinekere) March 22, 2017 The French media has however deleted the picture and tweet yet the accusations keep heightening because the picture was not replaced with that of French soldiers. #SomeoneTellFrance24 why have FRANCE24</a> chosen Rwanda policeman to be the whipping boy? just removed the pic,& didn&#39;t use 1 of thr soldiers😡 <a href="https://t.co/HMg6BZqzfV">pic.twitter.com/HMg6BZqzfV</a></p>&mdash; Isimbi Leila (leilaisi) March 22, 2017 The hashtag keeps trending on both Facebook and Twitter demanding an apology while others accused the news media of bias. They should also be apologetic about their pessimistic actions! Enough with disrespecting Rwanda. #SomeoneTellFrance24— GASANGWA Mucyo Mike (@MucyoMike1) March 22, 2017 An online petition was launched Wednesday morning by Rwandan national Innocent Kaneza calling on France 24 to “officially apologize to Rwanda and the international community for such defamation”. As at Wednesday evening, over 50 people have supported the petition which is addressed to France 24, the French government and AFP. we have a petition https://t.co/h5DsSTEcsA #SomeoneTellFrance24 https://t.co/NdomrNI44u— Kaneza Innocent (@ikaneza) March 22, 2017 The hashtag has been used before in 2013, 2015 and March 2016 by both Kenyans and Rwandans in protest against stroies published by the French media. #someonetellFrance24 bad news is good news but be more positive about our country Kenya.— Carole Muthaura (@carolemuthaura) March 4, 2013 Online protests against media reportage are gaining popularity in Africa with the most recent incident in December last year when Ghanaians condemned a report by American television network Cable News Network (CNN) claiming Ghanaians were “struggling to obtain food and services”. The protest led to an update of the article including an Editor’s Note acknowledging the mistakes. Below are some social media reactions to France 24’s article in question. This should be the right #Picture instead of using #Rwanda 's #PeaceKeepers #OperationSangaris #SomeOneTellFrance24 FRANCE24</a> , <a href="https://t.co/iXVAbmaaAh">pic.twitter.com/iXVAbmaaAh</a></p>&mdash; AKAYITANA (AKayitana) March 22, 2017 .FRANCE24</a> has used Rwandan peacekeeper photos 3+ times on story of French soldiers child rape in CAR. It&#39;s deliberate. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://t.co/RHQaqSdQ5P">https://t.co/RHQaqSdQ5P</a></p>&mdash; Yolande Makolo 🇷🇼 (YolandeMakolo) March 22, 2017 Use the pictures of French soldiers not innocent Rwandan peacekeeper. April genocide memorial is around the corner. #SomeoneTellFrance24— kamogody (@kamogody) March 22, 2017 trying to tarnish Rwandan flag encourages Rwandans to work hard and prove you wrong! whatever u do Rwanda keeps moving #SomeoneTellFrance24— gahigi (@gahigip) March 22, 2017 #SomeoneTellFrance24 that libel and slander have never been sure ways to distort facts. Peacekeeping isn't surely French troops' knowledge— kanangire Christian (@kanangire) March 22, 2017 Rwandan troops are known as the most professional &disciplined force in the entire UN peacekeeping mechanism worldwide. #SomeoneTellFrance24— gahigi (@gahigip) March 22, 2017 #SomeoneTellFrance24 that they have to apologize to #Rwanda peacekeepers for their repeated mistakes. enough is enough FRANCE24</a></p>&mdash; Dr. PETER Mahirwe (pmahirwe) March 22, 2017 #SomeoneTellFrance24 Rwanda is the 5th largest army contributing to UN peace operations highly professional and disciplined.!stop ignorance— Ndamira Didace (@Ndamira05) March 22, 2017 #SomeoneTellFrance24 that when their President fhollande</a> was in Central Africa, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rwanda?src=hash">#Rwanda</a> Peacekeepers were in charge of his security. <a href="https://t.co/ubILuGDlbK">pic.twitter.com/ubILuGDlbK</a></p>&mdash; Dr. PETER Mahirwe (pmahirwe) March 22, 2017 Creepy, they removed the Rwandapolice</a> officer&#39;s photo but they don&#39;t have the balls to post one of a French soldier <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://t.co/fD1rN6FOBJ">pic.twitter.com/fD1rN6FOBJ</a></p>&mdash; Edwin Musoni 🇷🇼 (EdwinMusoni) March 22, 2017 Muzungu4</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24">FRANCE24 Power of social media , they must just apologize to Rwandans, like head of Catholic Church #SomeoneTellFrance24— Caroline Kere (@carolinekere) March 22, 2017 Ismail Akwei Tunisia protests laptops ban on UK,US flights cabin http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/tunisia-protests-laptops-ban-on-ukus-flights-cabin/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/tunisia-protests-laptops-ban-on-ukus-flights-cabin/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:58:56 +0000 Tunisia has expressed its concern following an announcement by the United Kingdom and the US of banning laptops and tablets in aircraft cabins on direct flights from Arab countries and Turkey. Tunisia, which is among the countries covered by the British ban, said the directive will hurt its economy. “This is something that we will raise with the Foreign Ministry,” Tunisia’s Tourism Minister Salma Elloumi said. On Tuesday, the US and UK said the ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone was being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution. Officials from Tunisia’s Federation of Travel Agencies said they feared the ban will hurt its tourism sector that has just started to recover following a spate of terrorist attacks that sent tourists fleeing. “As long as England maintains these restrictions on Tunisia, and from time to time consolidates them with similar decisions, this will have a negative impact on Tunisian tourism,” Mohamed Ali Toumi, President of Tunisia’s Federation of Travel Agencies said. The British ban that comes into force on Saturday, also targets Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Fourteen airline companies are required to comply with the directive, including British Airways and EasyJet. Wilmots vows to make 'Ivory Coast winners' http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/wilmots-vows-to-make-ivory-coast-winners/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/wilmots-vows-to-make-ivory-coast-winners/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:50:39 +0000 Ivorian head coach Marc Wilmots has said he is aiming to “make the team win again” shortly after he was presented to the media by Ivory Coast Football Federation. The Belgian said Wednesday that intends to be “the only boss on board”, sweeping aside questions about the sometimes difficult pressure of working in an African environment. “When I take on a business, I am the only one on board (...) I go my way, I do what I want with my feelings and that’s my way of working, “said the former Belgian coach at his press conference. “There is no pressure from a club or a player agent, it does not exist in me,” he added. Wilmots said he will want to play “young and old” together and is not closing the door on older players such as Gervinho, Solomon Kalou and Yaya Touré, whom he said “are not finished”. “If we play as a team, we will be strong. I hope that everyone understands it. Otherwise it will be difficult to play with me,” the 48 year old Belgian added, stressing that he wanted to analyze the situation and gauge the pulse of the older players before making any decision. “The first objective is to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. We will do everything to be there,” the former Belgium coach added. Wilmots signed on Tuesday a two-year contract that will see him lead the elephants during the CAN-2019 qualifiers and an additional option for 2 years until CAN-2021 championship. The coaching job with Ivory Coast is the first African experience for the former Belgian international striker. Ken Karuri Ivory Coast repatriates more than 150 of its nationals in Libya planning to migrate to Europe http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/ivory-coast-repatriates-more-than-150-of-its-nationals-in-libya-planning-to/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/ivory-coast-repatriates-more-than-150-of-its-nationals-in-libya-planning-to/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:24:21 +0000 Ivory Coast repatriated on Tuesday more than 150 of its nationals who were stranded in Libya, after attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. “This is a humanitarian evacuation of 151 Ivorians detained until then in detention centers in Libya,” a cabinet director at the Ivorian Ministry of African Integration, Diamouténé Zié said The north African country has become a transit zone for thousands of migrants who are keen to escape poverty and war to Europe. Mr. Diamouténé welcomed the “successful” operation that had been carried out with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is leading efforts to “campaign against irregular migration” to Europe. “I was too happy to go back home. We were kept in prisons (in Libya), deprived of food and beaten every day,” said one of the returnees, Aboudramane Sangaré, after he descended the plane. In November 2015 Côte d’Ivoire carried out an initial evacuation of 44 of its nationals stranded in Libya. Since the end of the revolt that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya is fragmented and has been under the control of rival militias. Insecurity has led to more immigrants, often present in the country for years, trying to cross the Mediterranean at the risk of murderous shipwrecks. Germany to quash thousands of historic convictions for homosexuality and offer compensation http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/germany-to-quash-thousands-of-historic-convictions-for-homosexuality-and-offer/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/germany-to-quash-thousands-of-historic-convictions-for-homosexuality-and-offer/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:49:34 +0000 Germany is to pardon 50,000 men convicted under an arcane law criminalising homosexuality. Paragraph 175 was introduced in the 19th century, but was especially enforced by the Nazis, and only dropped when homosexuality was decriminalised in 1969. Heinz Schmidt was only 17 when police approached him in 1962. “They started the full programme. Taking photos, fingerprints, you were treated like a criminal. And then there was unfriendly behaviour – in a manner of: ‘such a pig’,” said Schmidt (not his real name). An estimated 100,000 men were subject to criminal proceedings between 1949 and 1969, and it led many to take their own lives. Each surviving man is entitled to 3,000 euros and 1,500 euros for each year spent in prison and the bill still requires parliamentary approval. The Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the law was long overdue. “We won’t be able to make up for the sustained injustice, but we want to give a clear signal that the state of law is capable to correct its own mistakes, because it is never too late for justice.” Car attacker mows down crowds and stabs policeman outside UK parliament http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/shooting-reported-near-houses-of-parliament-in-london-parliament-session/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/shooting-reported-near-houses-of-parliament-in-london-parliament-session/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:42:32 +0000 At least four people have died and 20 more were wounded after a car ploughed through crowds outside the UK parliament. After the vehicle came to a halt, a man rushed out and stabbed a policeman at the entrance to the building before being shot dead by other members of the security team. The policeman is believed to be among the victims, despite attempts by his colleagues and an MP to save him. Police are investigating the incident as a “terrorist” attack”. Prime Minister Theresa May was declared “safe” and is due to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency committee. Terror attack outside U.K. Parliament. 2 men down on road. Man with knife/machete got into Parliament and stabbed policeman. He's been shot pic.twitter.com/aYNktTiF4d— James West (@westicles69) 22 mars 2017 Witnesses described how the car zigzagged on and off the pavement as it mowed down pedestrians who were trapped by the stone railings on the edge of Westminster Bridge. One woman was later rescued from the river with serious injuries. At least three French six-form students are among the injured. The leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, made a statement saying the premises were in lockdown. A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people. pic.twitter.com/tdCR9I0NgJ— Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) March 22, 2017 Health workers in Mali continue with strike action [The Morning Call] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/health-workers-in-mali-continue-with-strike-action-the-morning-call/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/health-workers-in-mali-continue-with-strike-action-the-morning-call/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:38:44 +0000 Le Zimbabwe va augmenter les ventes de tabac [Business Africa] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/le-zimbabwe-va-augmenter-les-ventes-de-tabac-business-africa/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/le-zimbabwe-va-augmenter-les-ventes-de-tabac-business-africa/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:02:20 +0000 Au Zimbabwe, la production de tabac pourrait augmenter légèrement cette année pour atteindre environ 205 millions de kilos, comparé à 202 millions de kilos l’année dernière. Les ventes de tabac pourraient réduire la pénurie de liquidités dans le pays. En effet le tabac est le principal produit d’exportation de la nation d’Afrique australe, devant le platine et l’or. Baby separated from parasitic twin introduced at news conference http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/baby-separated-from-parasitic-twin-introduced-at-news-conference/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/baby-separated-from-parasitic-twin-introduced-at-news-conference/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:51:34 +0000 A baby girl from the Ivory Coast born with four legs and two spines has been successfully separated from a parasitic twin in a rare and complex surgery at a Chicago hospital. Doctors at the Advocate Children’s Hospital introduced the ten-month-old at a press conference on Tuesday. “The priority was, ‘ we could do it, could we do it safely and we could we aggregate the team together to do that’ and we’ve demonstrated that,” said Mike Farrel, President Advocate Children’s Hospital. A woman Nancy Swabb, from Edgebrook, Illinois has looked after Dominique since she arrived in the United States for the surgery. “We’ve thought every day, every moment, we’ve thought of her family waiting for her return, and just feel really honored to be her host family for a little while,” she added. The baby, Dominique, underwent a six-hour procedure involving five surgeons on March 8. She was born with a parasitic twin; the bottom half of her not-fully-developed twin’s body protruded from her neck and back. Girl Born With 4 Legs Is Separated From Parasitic Twin In Chicago Surgery: A baby girl from the Ivory Coast born… https://t.co/D6UUVgxwuA pic.twitter.com/UblAGpYiNK— NewsStory (@NewsStoryIndia) March 22, 2017 Doctors did not give Dominique’s family name. She’s been staying with a foster family and will be reunited with her own family in Africa in a few weeks. Dibie Ike Michael South Africa arrests 3 after burglary at chief justices's office http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/south-africa-arrests-3-after-burglary-at-chief-justices-s-office/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/south-africa-arrests-3-after-burglary-at-chief-justices-s-office/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:41:30 +0000 South African police said on Wednesday they arrested three people linked to a suspected burglary last week, that targeted the president of the Constitutional Court, causing intense political controversy. The three suspects were arrested in Mamelodi, a township on the outskirts of the capital Pretoria, the head of the police, General Khomotso Phahlane, told the press. They were to be presented before a judge on Wednesday, he added. On Saturday, burglars broke in to the offices of the country’s chief justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, in Johannesburg and carried fifteen computers containing, according to the authorities, sensitive information on some 250 South African magistrates. The robbery occurred two days after a critical ruling against the government by the Constitutional Court. In the ruling, the highest judicial body in the country slammed the government for its “incompetence” in a crisis that threatened to question the payment of social benefits of 17 million people. The two main opposition parties, said they were concerned about the troubling coincidence of the burglary and accused the African National Congress (ANC) government, and in particular Security Minister David Mahlobo of being behind the break in. General Phahlane denounced the charges on Wednesday, claiming that those arrested were “only criminals”. He also said that “unfounded and foolish allegations against any member or official of the government” were mere speculation The head of the Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary group, John Steenhuisen, however persisted in the accusations against Mr. Mahlobo. He published a column entitled “Why I do not trust David Mahlobo and the National Security Agency” on Wednesday on the online information site The Maverick. The police chief said other arrests were expected in the case, but that the stolen computer equipment had still not been found. Ken Karuri Pics of the day: March 21st, 2017 http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/pics-of-the-day-march-21st-2017/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/pics-of-the-day-march-21st-2017/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:05:20 +0000 Africanews pics the best images of the day’s news. South Africa's horse exports [The Morning Call] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/south-africa-s-horse-exports-the-morning-call/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/south-africa-s-horse-exports-the-morning-call/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:39:02 +0000 South Africa’s equine industry or the horse industry is an ambitious one. Horse breeders in the country now want to export more horses on an international level. For the time being, only five percent of the horses are exported. Press Review of March 22, 2017 [The Morning Call] http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/press-review-of-march-22-2017-the-morning-call/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/press-review-of-march-22-2017-the-morning-call/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:38:53 +0000 We review the headlines of Africa’s top newspapers on The Morning Call. S. Korea military says N. Korea missile launch failed http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/s-korea-military-says-n-korea-missile-launch-failed/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/s-korea-military-says-n-korea-missile-launch-failed/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:35:36 +0000 REUTERS – The U.S. and South Korean militaries have reported a North Korean missile appeared to have exploded just after it was launched yesterday. The report was made after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region. It was not clear what type of missile it was. The South Korean defense ministry said it was conducting analysis to determine further details. The increasing frequency of the missile tests has fueled a growing sense of urgency over how to respond to the isolated, unpredictable state. Last week U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Japan, South Korea and China and how to handle North Korea was a major issue in his talks. Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie to organise South Sudan Peace Race http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/ethiopian-legend-haile-gebrselassie-to-organise-south-sudan-peace-race/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/ethiopian-legend-haile-gebrselassie-to-organise-south-sudan-peace-race/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:07:55 +0000 Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie will participate in the inaugural Great South Sudanese Run to hold in Juba on April 8. The Great South Sudanese run has been organised to promote peace and stability in war-torn South Sudan . According to South Sudan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pitia Morgan, national dialogue and a peace prayer conference are some of the government’s efforts undertaken to promote peace in the war-torn nation. The race has been organised by the Ethiopian Great Run and an Ethiopian investor in South Sudan Ayesheshim Teka. It will be held under the theme “Fund raising for famine and poverty fighting” with the aim of assisting humanitarians in the work to help thousands of South Sudanese affected by the current famine. Close to 5000 South Sudanese are expected to take part in the Great South Sudan run. Ex-Congo VP Bemba gets extra year in prison for witness bribing http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/ex-congo-vp-bemba-gets-extra-year-in-prison-for-witness-bribing/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/ex-congo-vp-bemba-gets-extra-year-in-prison-for-witness-bribing/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:19:07 +0000 The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday sentenced former Congolese vice president and warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba to one year in prison and 300,000 euros in fines for witness tampering in his war crimes and crimes against humanity trial. “The chamber imposes on you, Mr. Bemba, an additional sentence of a year in prison in addition to your current sentence,” Judge Bertram Schmitt said. The 54-year-old former businessman was convicted in June 2016 for the wave of murders and rape committed by his militia, the MLC, in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003. Bemba was again convicted in October for corrupting 14 witnesses, presenting false evidence and false testimony. The prosecutor had requested eight more years of jail term. Jean-Pierre Bemba was also sentenced to pay a fine of 300,000 euros within three months which will then be transferred to the Victims Fund, the ICC said. “It is necessary to discourage such behavior,” added Mr. Schmitt. Bemba and four others were charged with attempting to interfere with witnesses during his trial last year that saw him jailed for 18 years after the court found him guilty of war crimes. The four include his legal counsel Aime Kilolo and a member of his defense team, Jean Jacques Mangeda, as well as a Congolese member of parliament, Fidele Babala and Narcisse Arido who served as an expert defense witness in the main trial. They face up to five years in prison, a fine, or both. Ismail Akwei Exiled Yahya Jammeh works on Equatorial Guinea farm 'for the cameras' http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/exiled-yahya-jammeh-works-on-equatorial-guinea-farm-for-the-cameras/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/exiled-yahya-jammeh-works-on-equatorial-guinea-farm-for-the-cameras/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:13:43 +0000 Pictures of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh who is in exile in the Equatorial Guinea show him on a farm in the Central African country clearing the land. One of the pictures making rounds online since Tuesday shows Jammeh, clad in his usual all-white clothes, standing with a man believed to be Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in his hometown, Mongomo as they look closely at a farm land. Just two despots chatting on the farm: exiled Yahya Jammeh, who's lost significant weight, hanging w/ PresidentObiang</a> in Equatorial Guinea. <a href="https://t.co/20l0kpaKf9">pic.twitter.com/20l0kpaKf9</a></p>&mdash; Jeffrey Smith (Smith_JeffreyT) March 21, 2017 A sweating Jammeh is also seen walking, observing, weeding and relaxing in the thick bushes while being captured by cameras. Yahya Jammeh has been actively involved in agriculture besides politics while he was president. New Gambian President Adama Barrow has accused Jammeh of embezzling an estimated 85 million Euros during his 22-year rule which ended dramatically after his refusal to accept election results after he was beaten at the December 1 polls. According to local media, the Gambian government will embark on a nationwide audit of the civil service and security forces to rid the country of corruption. #Gambia govt to embark on “comprehensive nationwide staff audit” for the civil service and security forces from 27 March to 12 May 2017.— Lamin Jahateh (@LmnJahateh) March 21, 2017 See the pictures below. Ismail Akwei Nigeria gives Niger Delta contractors 30-day ultimatum to resume work http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/nigeria-gives-niger-delta-contractors-30-day-ultimatum-to-resume-work/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/nigeria-gives-niger-delta-contractors-30-day-ultimatum-to-resume-work/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:07:44 +0000 Nigeria has given contractors 30 days to resume delayed development projects in the Niger Delta oil region or face prosecution, the presidency said on Tuesday. The government has been trying to build new roads and launch other projects to drag the region out of poverty and create jobs, aiming to give local people alternatives to joining the militants attacking oil facilities. The government has “directed that the list of all contractors who have not returned to site within the stipulated period be compiled and submitted to the Ministry of Justice and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution,” it said in a statement. Many projects have been delayed due to the collapse in oil revenues or to graft accusations. The presidency also ordered the ministry of environment to ensure “progress” of an cleanup of oil spills in the Ogoniland area, a project delayed for years. “The Federal Government has issued a new set of directives in its bid to accelerate the implementation of the (President Muhammadu) Buhari administration’s new vision for the development of the Niger Delta,” it said in a statement, referring to the contractors’ order. The government has been holding talks with militants to end attacks on oil production facilities which cut the OPEC member’s output by 700,000 barrels a day for several months last year. But a lack of development and an army crackdown on thousands of illegal refineries in the southern swamps, which process crude oil stolen from oil majors and state oil firm NNPC, have raised tensions. Militants behind last year’s attacks called for more of Nigeria’s energy wealth to go to the Delta. Crude sales make up two-thirds of government revenue. Vice President Osinbajo, whose office issued Tuesday’s statement, has visited the region several times this year to calm tensions. Last year’s attacks, combined with subdued oil prices, were a major factor in Africa’s largest economy shrinking 1.5 percent in 2016 – its first full-year contraction in 25 years. There have been no attacks so far in 2017. Congo Brazzaville opposition leader loses appeal against jail term http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/congo-opposition-leader-loses-appeal-against-jail-term/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/congo-opposition-leader-loses-appeal-against-jail-term/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:48:42 +0000 A court in Congo Republic on Tuesday threw out a challenge to opposition leader Paulin Makaya’s prison sentence for his role in protests against a third term for President Denis Sassou Nguesso. Makaya was sentenced to two years in jail last July on four counts including “incitement to disturb public order” during a demonstration in October 2015, when thousands of people took to the streets to protest against a referendum on a third term for Sassou Nguesso. He has repeatedly denied the charges. Sassou Nguesso has ruled Congo for all but five years since 1979, and was re-elected in March 2016 after the referendum passed. “We have the possibility of appealing to the court of cassation within two to three days,” his lawyer Yvon Éric Ibouanga told journalists in Brazzaville, after Makaya’s defeat in the appeals court. “We continue to believe that we can one day obtain a decision grounded in the law.” Four people were killed at the march in October 2015 when security forces opened fire on a crowd that had refused to disperse. Residents said the violence was the worst since Sassou Nguesso retook power in 1997 at the end of a brief civil war. Makaya was also charged a 2.5 million CFA franc ($4,086.30) fine. He is not the only opposition figure to face Congo’s justice system. Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, the former army chief and a power broker in the former French colony’s 1990s civil war, is on trial for allegedly violating state security and illegally possessing weapons of war. He was denied bail in August. Mokoko finished third to Sassou Nguesso in the 2016 election criticized by opposition parties and foreign powers for irregularities. Zimbabwe police deployed ahead of opposition protest http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/zimbabwe-police-deployed-ahead-of-opposition-protest/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/zimbabwe-police-deployed-ahead-of-opposition-protest/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:30 +0000 Zimbabwean police deployed water cannon and anti-riot officers on the streets of the capital on Wednesday ahead of a planned demonstration by opposition parties against changes to the voter registration process. Anti-government protests in August descended into some of the worst violence seen in the southern African nation for two decades as anger over economic hardship boiled over. Opposition parties united under a National Election Reform Agenda (NERA) banner are campaigning against a government decision to take over the purchase of biometric voter registration kits from the United Nations. They fear this will make it easier for President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party to skew the list of eligible voters in its favor. Police have allowed the NERA protest march on the outskirts of downtown Harare but have prevented it from heading through the city center to the offices of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Opposition parties say ZEC is biased in favor of ZANU-PF and is run by security agents loyal to the 93-year-old Mugabe. ZEC denies the allegations. Zimbabwe is due to hold its next presidential and parliamentary election by July 2018. Mugabe has been endorsed as the ruling party’s presidential candidate. Somalia names 26-minister cabinet http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/somalia-names-26-minister-cabinet/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/somalia-names-26-minister-cabinet/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:29:49 +0000 Somalia on Tuesday unveiled a new cabinet. The new government was named by Prime minister Hassan Ali Kheyre, who was appointed to the post by president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed last month. The new cabinet is comprised of 26 members who include a former foreign affairs chief as finance minister and a former Journalist, in charge of foreign affairs. The cabinet awaits an approval from parliament in the coming days. The newly elected president has pledged to rid the country of the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab and has gone ahead to promise the group’s fighters a “good life” if they surrendered. But it remains clear that the militants are yet to heed his call as they carried out a deadly attack targeting a security check point near the presidential place, that killed at least five people and wounded several others on Tuesday. The armed group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on its website. Somalia has been in turmoil since 1991 and the country is now battling a drought that is threatening the lives of more than half of the population. Suspected N.Korea missile test fails http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/suspected-nkorea-missile-test-fails/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/suspected-nkorea-missile-test-fails/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:58:37 +0000 A missile launch by North Korea appears to have failed according to both US and South Korean officials The apparent test on Wednesday came from an airbase on the country’s east coast. It ended with an explosion seconds after the launch. Earlier this month, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast, angering Seoul and Tokyo. Pyongyang is banned from any form of nuclear testing and accuses the US of trying to cut it off from the global financial system by trying to extended UN sanctions against it. Successful surgery removes 'extra legs' from baby http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/successful-surgery-removes-extra-legs-from-baby/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/successful-surgery-removes-extra-legs-from-baby/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:53:48 +0000 A baby girl born with four legs and two spines is now healthy after undergoing risky surgery at a hospital near Chicago. Ten-month-old Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast with a rare condition whereby she had the remnants of a not-fully-developed conjoined twin still attached to her. Dr. John Ruge, from Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, explained: “It was as if the twin from the waist down had been attached to the back of Dominique’s neck and there was a pelvis, bladder, and functional legs that moved and feet coming out of the back of Dominique’s neck.” Dominique’s heart and lungs provided all the support for both body structures. A team of five specialists performed the life-changing surgery to removed the two extra legs and a second spine. It took six hours and they had first to prepare a 3D model of her unique anatomy to be sure where to work. The girl would likely have faced paralysis without the surgery and doctors say she should now be able to lead a normal life. Really honoured Nancy Swabb and her family are fostering Dominique while she is in the United States. She says Dominique is about two pounds lighter now, can sit up well and reach for things. Dominique is expected to go home to her family in the Ivory Coast as soon as next month. Nancy Swabb called her a very special baby: “If you can say love at first sight I think that’s true for us. We’ve thought every day, every moment, about her family waiting for her return, and just feel really honoured to be able to be her family for a little while.” France's Le Pen focuses on terrorism during Chad visit http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/france-s-le-pen-focuses-on-terrorism-during-chad-visit/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/france-s-le-pen-focuses-on-terrorism-during-chad-visit/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:45:05 +0000 French far-right leader Marine Le Pen met Chad’s President Idriss Deby on Tuesday to discuss the two allies’ cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa. Le Pen, among the frontrunners in the French presidential election, arrived in Chad on Tuesday and is using the two-day visit to meet French troops stationed in Chad and to outline her policies for the continent. “We have of course discussed the cooperation between France and Chad in the fight against terrorism,” the National Front party candidate said after the meeting with Deby in Am-Djarass, near the borders with Libya and Sudan. She said they had also discussed Libya, and she again condemned France’s role in helping to oust its longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, which she called “a serious mistake … with serious consequences.” Chad has one of the region’s most capable militaries and hosts the headquarters of France’s 4,000-strong West African anti-militant operation, known as Barkhane. Le Pen also traveled to Lebanon in February to get a sense of the Syrian crisis. Among her foreign policy objectives Le Pen has called for closer cooperation in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad and a rapprochement with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. She also wants to increase the defense budget to 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2018, up from about 1.78 percent now, and 3 percent by 2022. Car bomb kills four near Somali presidential palace http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/car-bomb-kills-four-near-somali-presidential-palace/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/22/car-bomb-kills-four-near-somali-presidential-palace/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:45:18 +0000 At least four people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint less than a kilometer away from the presidential compound in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police said. Security officials at the scene told Reuters the checkpoint was rammed by a car bomb driven by a suicide attacker, causing a blast outside a theater. “At least four people, including government soldiers and civilians, died in the blast. Several others were injured,” said Mohamed Hussein, a police officer. “Casualty numbers may rise. There were pedestrians along the street at the time of the explosion,” he told Reuters. The theater is about 300 meters away from the heavily fortified compound known as Villa Somalia, which also houses other government agencies. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the explosion. In the past, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has taken responsibility for blasts and gun attacks in the capital. Al Shabaab has been able to carry out deadly bombings despite losing most of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the Somali government. The group’s insurgency aims to drive out the peacekeepers, topple Somalia’s western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state. Somalia swore in a new leader last month. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has promised al Shabaab’s fighters “a good life” if they surrender. TP Mazembe part ways with coach Thierry Froger http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/21/tp-mazembe-part-ways-with-coach-thierry-froger/ http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/21/tp-mazembe-part-ways-with-coach-thierry-froger/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:22:18 +0000 Frenchman Thierry Froger has left Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe by mutual consent after just over one month in charge. The Congolese side based in the southern city of Lubumbashi are among 16 clubs demoted from the Champions League to the Confederation Cup last weekend after suffering round-of-32 loss to Zimbabwe’s CAPS United, and the club said coach Froger had not achieved his goal of reaching the CAF Champions League quarter-finals. CAFCL Exit Compels Thierry Froger Out Of TP Mazembe https://t.co/3eIYpMH5qh pic.twitter.com/7ZzWBjqgJM— Alonge Akinlolu (@akinnzo) March 22, 2017 Mazembe who are the second most successful in CAF competitions with 10 titles, nine less than Al Ahly of Egypt, will now face JS Kabylie of Algeria in the Confederation Cup play-offs. Kabylie on their side have won six African titles, and the pairing is a repeat of a 2010 CAF Champions League semi-final won 3-1 on aggregate by Mazembe. The first legs are scheduled for April 7-9 with the return matches a week later where the 16 overall winners will qualify for the group stages. Follow @Muisyo_ Victor Muisyo