July News in Brief

Jul 8th, 2012 | By | Category: International, News

By Paul Kelly




-Algerian journalist Manseur Si Mohamed has been given a two month sentence for defamation after criticising Algeria’s Council of State.

-Angola: war veterans and widows were fired upon late last month by the Angolan military while marching in Luanda in protest against non-payment of their pensions.

-Benin: on June 17th, militants invaded Igbinedion University, destroying property, machetting students and kidnapping others.

-Botswana: a new study has found that climate change may harm the Okavango Delta, the country’s most lucrative tourist attraction.

-Burundian journalist  Hassan Ruvakuki has been sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly “participating in acts of terrorism.” Reporters Without Borders has claimed it is a politically motivated sentence.

-Cameroon: all charges against writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse have been dropped, but he remains in prison and faces blindness if not allowed to undergo an operation to treat a serious eye condition he has developed.

-Cape Verde’s former president, Pedro Pires, has been honoured by Angola’s president with a first grade “September 17” medal for assisting Angolan independence.

-Chad’s Minister of Water Resources has announced that Lake Chad has shrunk rapidly due to climate change, from 25,000 km2 in the 1960’s to less than 2,000 km2 today

-Comoros: 65,000 people have been affected by heavy rainfall which has brought flooding, power outages and increased disease to the small islands.

-Congo-Brazzaville: a community radio station based in Pokola has begun broadcasting a programme based on trying to bring the Bantu majority and Pygmy minority together.

-Egypt’s former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has recovered from a stroke and is now in a stable condition.

-Equatorial Guinea’s president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has met with four human rights groups to address concerns of rampant corruption and civil rights abuses.

-Eritrea: 44 animal science professionals have received training in artificial insemination from the Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture in an attempt to boost food security.

-Ethiopia has banned the use of Skype and other Voice over IP software in a move which will protect the state’s monopoly over telephone communications and restrict press freedom.

-Gambian Fatou Bom Bensouda has become the new chief prosecutor of the ICC. She is the first African woman to take on the role.

-Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Energy, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has claimed that the lack of electricity in several parts of the country is due to the slow pace of loans which had been promised to the electrification scheme.

-Kenya has passed a law which requires that all future presidents, MP’s and governors hold a university degree. The move effectively locks out almost 100 existing MP’s from the political system.

-Lesotho’s new Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has formed a new twenty member cabinet, containing three major parties.

-Liberia has been commended by Human Rights Watch for swiftly investigating, with a view to prosecuting, the armed bandits who led the cross-border attack on Cote d’Ivoire.

-Libya’s former deputy election commissioner has claimed he quit as he did not feel the country would be prepared in time for elections on July 7.

-Madagascar’s former president Marc Ravalomanana may face charges of crimes against humanity in a South African court, after a ruling which found that all South African residents who are accused of such crimes must be investigated.

-Malawian president, Joyce Banda, has stated that there will be an investigation into the death of former president, Bingu wa Mutharika, who died from a heart attack earlier this year.

-Mali: children are fleeing schools in the northern part of the country after Islamist rebels began imposing strict Sharia laws on schools, including dress codes, removing some curriculum subjects and adding others.

-Mauritania has been urged by the Coalition for the International Criminal Court to accept its jurisdiction in order to “embrace a new system of international justice and advance the rule of law”.

-Mauritius and the US have concluded a trade agreement aimed at increasing trade in Information and Communication Technology.

-Morocco’s Prince Moulay Rachid has presided over the opening of a new centre for those with Down’s Syndrome in the country’s capital.

-Mozambique’s Deputy Interior Minister, Jose Mandra, has charged 22 individuals in connection with the wave of kidnappings of Asian businessmen which has struck Maputpo.

-Namibia: a man has been killed by an antelope in Mururani, after its horn speared him as he tried to bludgeon it to death.

-Nigeria’s Joint Task Force have killed four suspected Boko Haram militants and uncovered a car which had been primed for a suicide bomb attack.

-Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, has ordered officials of aviation agencies to not comment on the Dana Air crash until the full report on the horrifying crash is published.

-Nigerian actor Jim Lyke has signed a multi-million dollar deal to film three films in the Gambia, each of which will promote the Gambia’s image abroad.

-Rwanda has been accused of fuelling the on-going rebellion in the DRC by assisting the rebel leader, General Bosco Ntaganda, in recruiting troops.

-São Tomé and Príncipe’s president, Manuel Pinto da Costa, has met with Angola’s president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in an attempt to improve bilateral relations between the two small states.

-Senegal has been urged by the US to extradite Chadian war criminal, Hissène Habré, to Belgium to be tried by the ICC.

-Seychelles’ “fiscal performance” has improved rapidly, exceeding expectations, according to a recent IMF report which commended the small state’s strong growth.

-Sierra Leone’s main opposition party has called on the disarmament of the police force “until they are properly trained” due to claims of indiscriminate killing of civilians.

-Somali defence forces have successfully rescued a South African couple which were kidnapped by Al Shabab militants 18 months ago.

-South Africa’s Jacob Zuma has called on world leaders to push towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The president was speaking towards the end of the Rio+20 conference in Brazil.

-Sudan and South Sudan have begun renewed peace talks in the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.

-Sudan’s government has appointed a new prosecutor, Yassir Ahmed Mohamed, to investigate the Darfur genocide. Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir is wanted by the ICC for the same crime.

-Swazi teachers went on a protest march on June 13th as they sought a 4.5% wage increase. The march ended in the presentation of a petition to the Minister of Public Service, despite being stopped by riot police.

-Tanzania: an unidentified Albino man was found mutilated in Namabala village. His face, ears, arms, throat and genitals were all ripped from his body.

-The African Union has called on rebels in the DRC to disarm and to utilise “political channels” to address their concerns instead of violence.

-The World Bank has approved an IDA grant of $25 million to Guinea to assist its ‘Productive Social Safety Net Project’ which will see thousands of jobs created for public works schemes.

-Togo-based Company, Elohim has begun seeking financial partners to assist the expansion of its gas stove manufacturing business. It aims to grow at 35% a year.

-Tunisia has lifted its curfew from five major areas of the country. The curfew was originally imposed after riots directed against an art exhibition seen as insulting to Islam threatened internal security.

-Ugandan Prison Services has submitted a list of over a thousand prisoners who can benefit from the presidential pardon. Breastfeeding mothers, those on death row and pregnant women are among those listed.

-Zambia: a swarm of bees disrupted court proceedings in Ndola late last month, sending people panicking and forcing some into hospital.

-Zimbabwe: dozens of MP’s have undergone AIDS testing in an effort to remove the stigma associated with being tested and to encourage fellow citizens to do likewise.




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