May 16, 2018

Burundi’s President Nkurunziza: First a third term, now a seven-year mandates

Burundi's President Nkurunziza: First a third term, now a seven-year mandates Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Nkurunziza has been president since 2005 Burundi goes to the polls on 17 May to vote in a constitutional referendum, which could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza's rule to 2034. Here's why the vote has become a contentious issue: Who is President Nkurunziza?He is a former rebel leader who came to power at the end of Burundi's ethnically-charged civil war in 2005. His run for a controversial third term in 2015 set off a wave of violence and an attempted coup, which was foiled by government forces. The political crisis led to hundreds of deaths, and more than 400,000 people fled the country, according to the UN. Image copyright AFP Image caption The president is portrayed as the man of the people Critics at the time called his move unconstitutional. But supporters of Mr Nkurunziza, a born-again Christian and father of five, who has his own footb..
May 16, 2018

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in anti-fake news campaign

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in anti-fake news campaign Image copyright AFP Image caption President Kenyatta says the new law will help prosecute cyber criminals A new law in Kenya will punish the spreading of "false information" and impose a lengthy jail term on offenders. It proposes a fine of $50,000 (£37,000) and/or up to two years in prison for publishing "false" information. The Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes law also criminalises abuse on social media and cyber bullying. However, the Committee to Protect Journalists ( CPJ) says the bill would stifle press freedom. The rights body had urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to send back the bill to parliament to remove clauses that it says violated freedom of expression. CPJ said that parts of the law criminalised unauthorised access and sharing of government data which would remove protection for whistle-blowers. According to Kenya's Editor's Guild, the law "may be abused by state authorities to curtail media freedom". Che..
May 16, 2018

Maghreb Matters: Tunisia Holds Local Elections, Independents Lead Returns. Economy Continues to Drag ..

May 16, 2018: (CABNCTV)-While there were no clear winners in terms of a majority in the recent local elections in Tunisia, observers noted that, despite a […]
May 15, 2018

President Buhari officially commissions EFCC’s Multi-billion Naira Complex.

President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, Speaker RT. Hon. yakubu Dogara, Former President of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki, Secretary-General […]
May 15, 2018

Ghanaian shoe seller vows to bring Jammeh to justice

Ghanaian shoe seller vows to bring Jammeh to justice A Ghanaian man is leading a campaign to bring The Gambia's ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh to justice over the murder of 56 migrants who were mistaken for coup plotters, writes the BBC's Alex Duval Smith. Martin Kyere leapt from the pick-up truck into the darkness. Bullets whistled around him as he ran for his life through the thick Gambian forest. He fell. He picked himself up. He dodged the soldiers' searchlight. He promised himself not to rest until Mr Jammeh was brought to justice. Thirteen years later and living in his native Ghana, Mr Kyere is the key witness in an international effort to bring The Gambia's former president to trial for what was probably the single largest mass killing during the 22-year reign of terror. Meanwhile, Mr Jammeh has lived in Equatorial Guinea since January 2017. He went into exile there under a regionally-brokered deal after losing the December 2016 presidential election to Adama Barrow...
May 15, 2018

Saudi declared Thursday as first day of Ramadan

Saudi Arabia declared that Ramadan will begin on Thursday May 17, 2018. It was officially announced today. KhaleejTimes reported. The Saudi moon-sighting committee met on Tuesday […]
May 14, 2018

Sam Nzima: The man behind the iconic photo of the fight against apartheid

Sam Nzima: The man behind the iconic photo of the fight against apartheid Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A woman holds the iconic photograph taken by legendary photographer Sam Nzima in 1976 South African photographer Sam Nzima dashed to the scene of a shooting during the June 1976 students' uprising against apartheid just in time to see a child falling to the ground. It was when another student picked up the dying 13-year-old Hector Pieterson that Nzima clicked to take one of the most iconic photographs in history, becoming a symbol of the brutality of the white minority regime, which flashed around the world. In a 2010 BBC interview, Nzima, who has died aged 83, recalled: "I didn't know who it was. I saw a child falling down. "I rushed there with my camera. "And I saw another young man pick him up and as soon as he had picked him up, I started shooting the pictures. "It was a very high risk because this picture was taken under a shower of bullets," he said. ..
May 14, 2018

DR Congo: Why tourists go to Virunga National Park

DR Congo: Why tourists go to Virunga National Park Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mountain gorillas are one of Virunga's main attractions One of Africa's most stunning parks - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - has suffered a major blow following the killing of a ranger, and the abduction of two British tourists, who were later released. The attack has forced the park's boss - Belgian prince Emmanuel de Merode - to announce a suspension of tourism. This will be another setback to efforts to earn much-needed income to protect the World Heritage Site from the lawlessness that has gripped the region since the fall of long-serving ruler Mobutu Sese Seko more than two decades ago. How dangerous is Virunga?Boasting Africa's most diverse wildlife, Virunga - which stretches across 7,800 sq km (3,000 sq miles) - is one of the most dangerous parks on the continent. The extent of the threat is reflected by the fact that between 1,500 and 2,000 armed f..
May 14, 2018

DR Congo: Kidnapped Brits ‘very grateful’ after release

DR Congo: Kidnapped Brits 'very grateful' after release Image copyright Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty Image caption The pair were abducted north of the city of Goma, North Kivu province Two Britons kidnapped in a national park in DR Congo have said they are "very grateful" after their release. Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty were among three people held when their vehicle was ambushed in Virunga National Park on Friday. They paid tribute to the "excellent support" they had received and said they would not comment any further. Park ranger Rachel Masika Baraka was killed by the kidnappers; a driver was injured and released. The 25-year-old ranger is the eighth to be murdered at the park this year. Park director Emmanuel de Merode said: "Ranger Baraka's life was tragically cut short in service to Virunga National Park. "She was one of the park's 26 female rangers and was highly committed, showing true bravery in her work. "We wish to extend our sincerest condolences ..
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