July 2, 2018

Why Uganda is taxing social media ‘gossip’

Why Uganda is taxing social media 'gossip' Image copyright AFP Image caption The revenue raised is also intended to help pay off of the country's growing national debt Ugandans have taken to Twitter to complain about the imposition of a 200 Uganda shilling [$0.05, £0.04] tax on the use of social media. Some have also used Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to get around paying. Parliament approved the tax in May after President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip. But some argue that it is a way of restricting critical comments about the government. Africa Live: BBC News Updates Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in 'anti-fake news campaign' Uganda country profile Why has the government done this?President Museveni has spoken out about people using social media to spread gossip which he described as "opinions, prejudices, insults [and] friendly chats". In a letter to the finance minister in March, Mr Museveni said a soc..
July 2, 2018

‘Dead’ woman found alive in South Africa morgue fridge

'Dead' woman found alive in South Africa morgue fridge A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge. The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident. Ambulance company Distress Alert said she had shown "no form of life", South Africa's TimesLive website reports. But when a morgue worker returned to check on the body in the fridge, he found the woman was breathing. An official has confirmed to the BBC the woman is now being treated in hospital after being referred by forensics officers. She has not been named. The women paid to cry at the funerals of strangers Africa Live: More on this and other stories from around the continent An investigation into the incident is being carried out, but Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick said there was "no proof of any negligence" on his company's behalf. "This did not happen becau..
July 1, 2018

African Union Summit Opens in Nouakchott, Mauritania..

Nouakchott, Mauritania. July 1st, 2018 (CABNC TV)-Delegations of 22 African countries are led by heads of state, including Sudan, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa and Senegal. While […]
June 30, 2018

The Nigerian imam who saved Christians from Muslim gunmen

The Nigerian imam who saved Christians from Muslim gunmen Image caption Christians say they would have died had it not been for the bravery of the Muslim cleric (centre) When an imam in Nigeria saw hundreds of desperate, frightened families running into his village last Saturday, he decided to risk his life to save theirs. They were fleeing from a neighbouring village - a mainly Christian community. They say they came under attack at about 15:00 (14:00 GMT) from about 300 well-armed men - suspected cattle herders, who are mostly Muslims - who started shooting sporadically and burning down their homes. Some of those who managed to escape ran towards the mainly Muslim neighbourhood nearby where the imam lived, arriving over the next hour. The cleric immediately came to their aid, hiding in total 262 men, women and children in his home and mosque. "I first took the women to my personal house to hide them. Then I took the men to the mosque," the imam told BBC Pidgin. We have blurred the f..
June 29, 2018

Bringing Gay Pride to Africa’s last absolute monarchy

Bringing Gay Pride to Africa's last absolute monarchy Image copyright AFP Image caption Swaziland, now known as eSwatini, is a traditional country ruled over by King Mswati III (centre) Africa's last absolute monarchy is holding its first LGBTI Pride event this weekend. And anyone doubting the determination needed to undertake such an event in Swaziland, now known as eSwatini, just needed to open last week's Sunday Observer. A full-page letter accused those organising the march of promoting "paedophilia and bestiality", calling on the organisers to "cancel this gay Pride until Emaswati have decided that they will choose this unnatural behaviour". 'Turn hate into love'But for Melusi Simelane, communications officer for LGBTI rights group Rock of Hope, which is organising the event in the capital, it was a case of: "If not now, when?" "The right time will never come," he told the BBC. "It is an issue of being courageous enough. So we decided if no-one is going to..
June 29, 2018

DR Congo: Oil drilling allowed in Virguna, Salonga parks

DR Congo: Oil drilling allowed in Virguna, Salonga parks Image copyright Brent Stirton/Getty Image caption Virguna national park is home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has decided to allow oil exploration in two protected wildlife parks, Virunga and Salonga. The move is strongly opposed by environmental activists, who say drilling would place wildlife at risk and contribute to global warming. Around one-fifth of Virunga national park will be opened to oil drilling. The parks are home to bush elephants, critically endangered mountain gorillas and the bonobo, an endangered ape. Both parks are Unesco World Heritage Sites, with Salonga national park covering 36,000 sq km (13,900 sq miles) of the Congo Basin - the world's second-largest rainforest after the Amazon. Gorillas, guns and guerrillas - a deadly mix in an African park DR Congo profile My daughter the gorilla The government has defended its right to authorise d..
June 29, 2018

Yemisi Adegoke: How fake news fuels Nigeria’s herder crisis

How fake news fuels Nigeria's herder crisis Image copyright AFP Image caption A herdsman stands beside cattle at a market (file photo) Fake pictures circulating on social media which users are falsely claiming depict inter-communal violence are inflaming already high tensions in Nigeria. It comes after three days of deadly clashes between mainly Muslim cattle herders and mostly Christian farmers left more than 200 people dead in the centre of the country. A gruesome image of a woman face down in a pool of blood with a gaping shoulder wound is purported to be from the recent attacks. It has hundreds of retweets on Twitter, but it first appeared on the internet in 2011 in a story about domestic violence in Nigeria. Another image appears to show half a dozen people that were killed in the attacks. On closer inspection it becomes clear that the picture was not taken in Nigeria, and is actually the scene of a 2015 traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. They are both too graphic ..
June 29, 2018

‘Abacha loot’ to be given to poor Nigerians

'Abacha loot' to be given to poor Nigerians Image caption The late ruler is suspected to have embezzled about $2.2bn from Nigeria's central bank Money looted by Nigeria's former military ruler Sani Abacha is to be distributed to poor families, the government says. The distribution is to start next month after more than $300m (£228m) was returned by the Swiss authorities. The money, stolen by Abacha in the 1990s, is due to be given to around 300,000 households, with each getting around $14 a month. Critics fear the handouts could be a way to influence next year's election. Africa Live: More on this and other stories from the continent Sani Abacha timeline At this rate, the payments should last for about six years. The money was originally deposited in Luxembourg, and is a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly looted while Abacha was in power from 1993 to 1998. President Muhammadu Buhari made the recovery of stolen assets a major part of his 2015 electi..
June 29, 2018

What went wrong for Africa at the World Cup?

What went wrong for Africa at the World Cup? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fans in Nigeria, Morocco and Senegal express their sorrow after their teams were knocked out the tournament Senegal's World Cup exit on Thursday means Africa has suffered its worst World Cup display for 36 years. Not since 1982 has there been no African side in the competition's knock-out phase. So what is to blame: Bad luck, VAR, or a lack of flair? BBC Africa's Piers Edwards reports from Russia. Ahead of Russia 2018, there were high hopes Africa could build on its display in Brazil when two teams - Nigeria and Algeria - reached the second round for the first time. Instead, a continent will be wondering where it went wrong as its 15 games resulted in 10 defeats, two draws and just three wins. Wounded Egyptian king This was supposed to be the tournament where Egypt changed its lamentable World Cup record - thanks to a weak group and boasting one of the world's finest payers. ..
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