June 3, 2018

Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata die aged 22

Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata die aged 22 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMaria and Consolata speak of their dreams in a 2017 BBC interview Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti have died after suffering heart failure aged 22. The women, who were joined from the navel downwards and shared organs like the liver and lungs, had two hearts and separate heads and arms. They were admitted to a local hospital in December due to issues relating to heart disease but died on Saturday. The news has caused sadness in Tanzania, where the twins were well-known and loved. Many people took to social media on Sunday to send messages of condolence to the family and friends. Tanzanian President John Magufuli tweeted that he was "saddened" by their deaths, adding that Consolata and Maria had "dreamed of serving the nation". In an interview with the BBC last year, the twins said that after they had completed their university education, they want..
June 3, 2018

Nigeria: Dozens killed by cattle thieves in Zamfara state

Nigeria: Dozens killed by cattle thieves in Zamfara state Image copyright AFP Image caption Dozens of people have died in clashes between vigilantes and cattle rustlers in Zamfara in recent months (file photo) Cattle thieves have killed more than 20 people in Nigeria's northern state of Zamfara, officials say. The thieves arrived in the village of Zanoka on motorbikes, shooting at people and setting fire to their homes. Clashes between vigilantes and cattle rustlers in Zamfara have intensified in recent months. Violence related to cattle has been going on for years in Nigeria - even longer than the northern Islamist insurgency and southern oil militancy. It is now said to have killed more people than the Boko Haram conflict, although official statistics are hard to come by. The chairman of the local government area for Zanoka, Mustapha Muhammad, told the AFP news agency that people in the village had "buried 23 people killed in the attack, including vigilantes who tried to fight ..
June 2, 2018

Letter from Africa: Mali ‘Spiderman’ is the superhero of our modern age

Letter from Africa: Mali 'Spiderman' is the superhero of our modern age Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMalian "Spiderman" rescues Paris child - then meets French president In the latest in our series of letters from Africa, Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih says the Malian migrant who scaled a building to save a child in Paris is the kind of superhero the world's migrants need. As a child growing up reading translated DC and Marvel comics in Sudan, I believed in superheroes - but I didn't understand why none of them looked like me, or had stories that people like me could relate to. Maybe that's why I decided to become a cartoonist. All my childhood feelings came to the surface on Tuesday when I stumbled across the viral video showing a man selflessly scaling four storeys of a building in less than 20 seconds in Paris, the French capital. He went on to save a young boy hanging dangerously off the edge of a balcony. 'Better th..
June 2, 2018

Ethiopia cabinet drafts early end to state of emergency

Ethiopia cabinet drafts early end to state of emergency Image copyright AFP Image caption The cabinet, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, proposes lifting the state of emergency two months early Ethiopia's cabinet has approved a draft law that would bring an early end to the six-month state of emergency imposed in February. The government said law and order had been restored in the country. The three years of deadly protests by the country's two largest ethnic groups - the Oromo and the Amhara - appear to have come to an end. Thousands of political prisoners have been released and other reforms promised. The draft will be sent to parliament which is expected to endorse it as all MPs are from the governing party. Why did Ethiopia impose a state of emergency? Ethiopia country profile Ethiopia frees abducted Briton on death row The move to lift the state of emergency two months early shows how far Ethiopia has come since the new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, came to power, says ..
June 2, 2018

Preparations for Intra-African Trade Fair Goes into Top Gear. Trade Minister says AfCFTA Will Raise Trade by 52%

Cairo, 01 June 2018: -The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) yesterday in Cairo hosted a conference to announce arrangements for the inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2018) to be […]
June 2, 2018

Egypt’s Sisi sworn in for second term with vow to fight terrorism

Egypt's Sisi sworn in for second term with vow to fight terrorism Image copyright AFP Image caption Jets accompanied the swearing-in ceremony in central Cairo Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in for a second term as Egypt's president with a vow to fight "those who choose violence, terrorism and extremism". Fighter jets flew overhead and there was a 21-gun salute as Mr Sisi took his oath in parliament. Mr Sisi won 97% of the vote in March but on a turnout of just 41% and with his only opponent a Sisi supporter. Supporters say he has brought much-needed stability, opponents that he has stifled democracy with arrests. Egyptian air force fighter planes flew overhead releasing smoke in the colours of the national flag as Mr Sisi, 63, approached parliament in his motorcade. After taking the oath of office he said in his speech he wanted to create a "common space" for Egyptians and that only those "who chose violence, terrorism and extremist thought as a way to impose their wil..
June 1, 2018

How Mozambique’s ruby smugglers nurtured jihadists

How Mozambique’s smuggling barons nurtured jihadists Image caption The army has increased patrols in northern Mozambique since the attacks began last year Attacks by young Islamist militants in northern Mozambique are fuelled by a mix of poverty and corruption, writes Joseph Hanlon. In the most recent attack, 10 people were decapitated with machetes in Palma district in the country's northerly Cabo Delgado province. More than 300 people have been detained by the police and army since the first attack in the port town Mocimboa da Praia on October 2017. Coastal northern Mozambique has a long history of trade and movement of people with the rest of East Africa, and people in this area are traditionally Muslim. The offshore discovery of one of the largest natural gas fields in Africa in 2010 triggered dreams of wealth, but so far there has been little impact locally. Gas will not be produced in the region until 2022 and there will be no serious government revenue until 2028 or la..
June 1, 2018

Kenyan officials to take polygraph tests to tackle corruption

Kenyan officials to take polygraph tests to tackle corruption Image copyright AFP Image caption Uhuru Kenyatta promised to deal with corruption when he was first elected in 2013 Top officials working for Kenya's government must undergo a lie detector test as part of a corruption crackdown, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. Mr Kenyatta said the test, which would determine employee "integrity", was just one part of a raft of planned measures to deal with the problem. He was speaking after it was revealed 8bn Kenyan shillings (£59m; $78m) had gone missing from a government agency. Some 40 civil servants are facing charges over the alleged theft. Is Kenya serious about tackling corruption? Kenya country profile Africa Live: More on this and other stories The corruption scandal, which was brought to light by suppliers who had not been paid, saw funds allegedly stolen via the National Youth Service (NYS) through fake invoices and multiple payments. The investigation into the NYS - a ..
June 1, 2018

Uganda to build ‘Idi Amin museum’ to attract tourists

Uganda to build 'Idi Amin museum' to attract tourists Image copyright Hulton Archive/Getty Images Image caption Idi Amin was forced from power after one of the bloodiest rules in African history Uganda hopes to attract tourists with a war museum showcasing some of the darkest moments from its history. Atrocities committed under ex-President Idi Amin's brutal eight-year rule and by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are to be documented. "We want to put the record straight," Uganda Tourism Board Chief Executive Stephen Asiimwe told the BBC. The Uganda war museum, which has yet to be built, will also showcase pre-colonial and colonial history. Africa Live: News from across the continent"History gets richer, it's like red wine - it gets more interesting as the years go by," Mr Asiimwe said. He told the BBC's Newsday programme that the project was not intended to be insensitive or voyeuristic. "I lived through the Idi Amin era as a young boy, my fellow students..
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