June 27, 2018

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa believes political faction tried to kill him

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa believes political faction tried to kill him Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Mnangagwa said "aggrieved persons" were likely to be behind the attempt on his life The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said he suspects a group linked to the former first lady was behind an attempt on his life. Two people died and more than 40 were injured in an explosion near Mr Mnangagwa at a rally in Bulawayo. Mr Mnangagwa told the BBC's Fergal Keane that he suspected the G40 group, which supported Grace Mugabe for the presidency, had carried out the attack. Mrs Mugabe's husband, Robert Mugabe, was removed from power last year. Widespread suspicion that Mrs Mugabe intended to succeed her husband as the country's leader was a contributing factor to the political transition, and the army's involvement in it. Mr Mnangagwa did not accuse Mrs Mugabe of being involved in the attempt on his life. In his first interview since the attack, he told th..
June 26, 2018

Ghana’s first Sprinter, Bobsledder, and Skeleton Pays a courtesy call on Ambassador of Ghana to the United States

By: AbdulRasheed Abubakar, CABNC TV & African DIASPORA TODAY MAGAZINE Washington, District of Columbia 26 June, 2018 (CABNC TV)-Mr. Akwasi  Frimpong Ghana’s first skeleton, sprinter and […]
June 26, 2018

Letter from Africa: Snapping at the heels of Zimbabwe’s ‘crocodile’

Letter from Africa: Snapping at the heels of Zimbabwe's 'crocodile' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Campaigning had been largely peaceful until an attack on a rally for President Mnangagwa In our series of letters from Africa, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe takes a look at a crowded field ahead of presidential polls in Zimbabwe, and the ugly face of violence that has just come to grip the electoral playing field. Zimbabweans have got used to holding elections under a cloud of fear over the past few decades, and so the blast which tore through a rally on Saturday came as an unwelcome reminder. President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the incident at a rally in the second city Bulawayo, which appears to have been a bomb attack, was an attempt by his enemies to assassinate him. It's difficult to know where the blame lies at this stage, but a cloud of angst now hangs above a country heading into an unpredictable election which up until now had been marked by a ..
June 26, 2018

Afreximbank, ECIC Announce $1 billion programme to promote South Africa-Africa Trade

Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 June 2018: – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and theExport Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited (ECIC) today in Johannesburg, South […]
June 26, 2018

5 key achievements made by African Union since January 2018

Nouakchott, Mauritania 25 June 2018- The launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in Addis Ababa in January, as well as the signing of […]
June 26, 2018

Noura Hussein: Appeals court ‘overturns’ death sentence

Noura Hussein: Appeals court 'overturns' death sentence Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young women in Sudan grow up in a patriarchal society, human rights campaigners say An appeals court in Sudan has overturned the death sentence of a woman who killed her husband after he allegedly raped her, her lawyer says. Noura Hussein, 19, was instead sentenced to five years in jail, lawyer Abdelaha Mohamad said. Her mother, Zainab Ahmed, told the BBC she was happy her daughter's life had been spared. International celebrities had backed an online campaign, #JusticeforNoura, to demand Ms Hussein's release. Last month, an Islamic court had sentenced her to death by hanging, following her conviction for the pre-meditated murder of her husband. Ms Hussein was forced into the marriage at the age of 16. She said her husband had recruited some of his cousins who allegedly held her down as he raped her. When he allegedly attempted to do the same the following day sh..
June 26, 2018

DR Congo’s Kasai crisis: War crimes committed by both sides, UN says

DR Congo's Kasai crisis: War crimes committed by both sides, UN says Image copyright AFP Image caption Many survivors of attacks in Kasai have life-changing injuries UN investigators have accused government troops and militiamen in the Democratic Republic of Congo of committing war crimes in the restive central Kasai region. The two groups murdered, raped, "enslaved" and committed other "inhuman acts" against civilians, they said. The Kasai region, once one of the most prosperous and peaceful in DR Congo, descended into violence in 2016. Long-simmering resentment exploded into rebellion against the government. In December the UN said the crisis was the highest level of emergency - the same level as the crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. It has claimed 3,000 lives and displaced 1.4 million people. More on this and other stories from Africa 'The army threw people into the river in Kasai' Human crisis in Congo 'worse than Syria' In a report prepared for the UN Hu..
June 26, 2018

Eritrea and Ethiopia open first high-level talks in 20 years

Eritrea and Ethiopia open first high-level talks in 20 years Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed, left, greets Eritrea's Foreign Minister Osman Saleh The first high-level Eritrean delegation in decades has reached Ethiopia for a visit which could ease decades of military tension. Eritrea won independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year conflict - but a border war five years later killed tens of thousands. Diplomatic ties have been cut between the two countries for almost 20 years. Last week, Ethiopia's prime minister said he would accept a peace deal awarding Eritrea disputed territory. The deal, agreed by a border commission in 2000, had never formally been accepted by his country. Abiy Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor resigned in February, and has enacted a series of reforms since. On Sunday, a political rally he attended was hit by a grenade blast which killed two people and injured dozens, though Mr Ahmed was uninjured. ..
June 26, 2018

Big winners, big losers: Kenya’s addiction to gambling

Big winners, big losers: Kenya's addiction to gambling Image copyright AFP Gambling is a multi-million dollar business in Kenya, but there are more losers than winners - with an increasing number of young people chancing their luck, writes Anthony Wanjiru. The grey weather had not dampened the mood at the Mozzart Betting Shop in Westlands, Nairobi. The punters continue to loudly place their wagers in the betting store, which is one of the many that dot Kenya's capital. This is where I meet Ken Karanja, 29, who best embodies the gambling culture beguiling many young people in the city. Ken Karanja, truck driver: Image copyright Anthony Wanjiru "I am a betting addict" He lives in Rwaka, a cosmopolitan area about 15km (nine miles) north-west of Nairobi, and makes 3,000 Kenyan shillings (£22; £30) a day as a truck driver - money which he often gambles away. "I am a betting addict. I bet 100 Kenyan shillings a day and 1,000 to 1,500 Kenyan shillings during weekends," he says. ..
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