AFRICA

Gambian court seizes former ruler Jammeh’s assets, accuses him of $50m theft

The Gambia’s former president has been accused of stealing “at least” 50 million US dollars from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has announced. A court has now ordered his remaining assets in The Gambia to be frozen. A court in the Gambian capital Banjul Monday ordered a temporary freeze of properties belonging to …

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EU should deal with Brexit headache and leave Burundi alone, say Presidents of Tanzania and Uganda

EU should deal with its Brexit headache and leave Burundi to sort out its internal problems, the presidents of Tanzania and Uganda have said. It’s the view of the statesmen that the sanctions are compounding the efforts of regional leaders to resolve the crisis. Tanzania’s John Magufuli and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni made the call on Saturday in the Tanzanian capital, …

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Ugandan lawyer awarded German Africa Prize 2017

The Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has won the 2017 German Africa Prize. In a statement, the German Africa Foundation which has awarded the prize since 1993, said Opiyo had been honoured for his role in protecting peace, democracy, and human rights in the east African country. Opiyo, founder of the human rights organization “Chapter Four Uganda”, has worked …

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Italy, Germany call for EU mission on Libyan border with Niger

The German and Italian interior ministers have called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger to stem migrant crossings to Europe, reports Nikolaj Nielsen Italy and Germany are reportedly seeking an EU mission to secure Libya’s 5,000-km southern border with neighbouring countries to curb migration. German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday …

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EU counters terrorism in the slums of Uganda’s capital city

A mosque’s call to prayer echoes above the narrow alleyways of Bwaise, a 90,000-person slum in the outskirts of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. Here, al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based radical Islamic terror group, had already found easy recruits among its disenfranchised youth in 2010, when over 70 people were killed and scores injured following twin suicide bombings in the capital. While the …

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Book: Searching for an alternative to democracy in Africa

Lost in Democracy is the title of a new book authored by the Germany-based Nigerian journalist and writer Frisky Larr. The book dwells on the failure of democracy in Africa to deliver its much-hoped-for dividends for its peoples. The majority of African countries are governed democratically. Well, to put it more accurately, they’re governed to varying degrees by democratic norms. …

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Nigeria frees 82 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Boko Haram militants have released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok three years ago in exchange for prisoners, the presidency said on Saturday. Around 270 girls were kidnapped in April 2014 by the Islamist militant group, which has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million …

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Buhari’s health not as bad as perceived – Wife says

The wife of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has spoken out about the health of her husband, stating that “his health is not as bad as it’s being perceived.” Aisha Buhari took to Twitter yesterday apparently in response to the growing anxiety in the country over the health of its leader. She also thanked Nigerians for their “concern, love and prayers …

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Kenyan man wins two million US dollars in football betting jackpot

A 28-year-old man has won 221 Kenyan Shillings (US$2 million) after perfectly predicting the scores of 17 matches last weekend in a football betting jackpot. This is one of the biggest wins in Africa and for Kenya’s largest online sports betting service SportPesa. The jackpot winner, Samuel Abisai, was picked up on Tuesday in a white limousine together with his friends …

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Germany’s foreign minister in Somalia, warns international community

Germany’s foreign minister has warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe on a trip to Somalia. His visit, the first by a German foreign minister, comes ahead of an international security conference on Somalia. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday pledged to double aid to drought-hit Somalia, where more than 6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Gabriel …

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IOM trains Libyan officials to treat African migrants humanely

In response to the many reports of the maltreatment of sub-Saharan migrants in Libyan detention centres, the International Organization for Migration, IOM, has begun training officials in five facilities on human rights. These are “the first trainings inside detention centres since 2014”, the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) announced. In the pilot project, IOM is targeting five centres …

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Pope Francis denounces religious fundamentalism in Cairo

Pope Francis has urged Muslim leaders to unite in renouncing religious extremism during the first day of his 2-day trip to Egypt. The visit, amid tight security, is aimed at promoting better ties between Muslim and Christian leaders and comes after two deadly attacks on Egyptian Coptic churches this month which left 45 people dead. The Pope paid a courtesy …

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Kenya’s ruling party cancels primary elections after too many voters turn up

An unexpected surge in voters in the primaries for Kenya’s ruling party overwhelmed authorities and led them to partially cancel the vote, the President announced on Saturday. President Uhuru Kenyatta said large voter turnout sparked chaos and confusion during voting on Friday, leading to a shortage of voter materials. “Primaries usually do not experience the kind of turnout we saw yesterday,” …

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Cameroon restores internet to English-speaking regions

English-speaking parts of Cameroon are now back online as the government in French-speaking Yaounde overturns an internet blackout, which damaged the local economy and triggered a free speech campaign, reports Mark Caldwell (Reuters, AFP). The government of Cameroon has announced that it has restored the internet to its English-speaking regions. The move comes three months after the authorities imposed an …

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Gambian minister, UN deputy chief win ‘African Woman of the Year’ awards

Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan, Gambia’s Minister of Women Affairs and Overseer – Vice President’s Office, has won the top award of the New African Woman of Year. The fearless Gambian human rights and democracy activist took New African Woman magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Award at a glitzy ceremony, which held in Dakar on Wednesday. Mrs Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in unifying the …

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Germany-based group informs Africans about the dangers of illegal migration to Europe

The African Network of Germany (TANG) has launched a project, christened  ‘Lost Dreams’, about the dangers of illegal migration to Europe. It’s currently being presented to young people in Cameroon. Moki Kindzeka reports. In the Nlonkak neighborhood of Cameroon’s capital Younde, the “Cameroon Center Band” is playing songs encouraging young people from rural areas to come to the capital to …

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African migrants sold as slaves in Libya, says UN agency

The United Nations’ migration agency says growing numbers of African migrants passing through Libya are being sold as slaves by traffickers or militia groups before being held for ransom. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published a report based on interviews with several West African migrants who told of being bought and sold in garages and car parks in …

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