Tuesday 12 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Prosecutors are demanding jail terms ranging from 20 years to life against militiamen accused of raping dozens of children, including a baby, in eastern DR Congo, plaintiffs said on Tuesday. Eighteen men, including provincial lawmaker Frederic Batumike, have been on trial since November 9 in Kavumu, in the troubled eastern province of South Kivu. "The prosecution yesterday demanded punishment ranging from 20 years' jail to life for most of the accused, except for four for whom it requested acquittal," Charles Cubaka Cicura, speaking on behalf of a group of lawyers representing the victims, told AFP. The defendants are suspected of belonging to a militia group called "Djeshi ya Yesu" -- meaning "Army of Jesus" in...
(Le Point 12/11/17)
La justice sénégalaise a fixé au 14 décembre le début du procès pour « détournement de fonds publics » du maire de Dakar et de cinq de ses collaborateurs. C'est acté. Accusé de détournement de fonds publics et incarcéré depuis mars, élu député quatre mois plus tard, Khalifa Sall aura tout fait pour échapper au procès. Mais la justice sénégalaise en a décidé autrement. Le parquet de Dakar a fixé au jeudi 14 décembre le début du procès pour « détournement de fonds publics » du maire de Dakar et de cinq de ses collaborateurs, a indiqué vendredi un des avocats de l'opposant au président Macky Sall. Khalifa Sall à la barre dès le 14 décembre En prison depuis mars...
(Jeune Afrique 12/05/17)
Le consortium SMB Winning, qui exploite la bauxite guinéenne, a annoncé un investissement de 3 milliards de dollars dans une raffinerie d'alumine et une ligne de chemin de fer entre les mines du corridor de Boffa et le nouveau port fluvial de Boké-Dapilon. Un an après l’inauguration du port fluvial de Boké-Dapilon, le consortium SMB-Winning, créé en 2014 par l’armateur singapourien Winning Shipping Ltd, le transporteur UMS et le producteur chinois d’aluminium handong Weiqiao, ainsi que par l’État de Guinée,...
(Jeune Afrique 11/27/17)
À Cotonou, les discussions se poursuivent autour de la facture de 200 millions d'euros que l'État réclame au principal opérateur téléphonique du pays au titre des redevances impayées de 2016 et 2017. Signe que la situation pourrait se débloquer, le ministère de l'Intérieur a décidé de surseoir à l'expulsion du directeur général de MTN. Alors que selon un arrêté émanant du ministère béninois de l’Intérieur, il devait quitter le pays au plus tard le 24 novembre, le directeur général de...
(BBC News Africa 11/24/17)
Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has addressed a packed stadium, vowing to serve all citizens. He said he felt "deeply humbled" to take the role. And he said he was "not oblivious to the many Zimbabweans from across the political and racial divide who have helped make this day." He paid tribute to his predecessor Robert Mugabe - to muted applause - calling him "a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader". Mr Mugabe left office dramatically this week after 37...
(BBC News Africa 11/24/17)
A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius's jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was "shockingly light". Ms Steenkamp's parents were "emotional" as they watched the ruling at home on TV, a spokeswoman said. "They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace," Tania Koen told Associated Press. "But at the same time, people think this...
(BBC News Africa 11/24/17)
Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say. Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has held emergency talks with security officials to decide how to respond. What happened? Local...
(RFI 11/23/17)
African migrants in Libya have begun returning to their home countries. Côte d’Ivoire repatriated over 350 citizens from Tripoli on Wednesday, after video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off as slaves sparked global outcry. The UN says the auctions may amount to crimes against humanity. “I was shocked at seeing the footage of the CNN report, but I wasn't surprised,” Umberto Profazio, an analyst with the International Institute for Security Studies in London told RFI Tuesday. In the...
(RFI 11/23/17)
Zimbabwe's next President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to lead the country out of economic ruin, ahead of his inauguration Friday. The former Vice president returned to Harare Wednesday, after being sacked two weeks ago, in what triggered a military takeover and the end of Robert Mugabe's near four decade rule. Nicknamed the "Crocodile" for his political shrewdness, Emmerson Mnangagwa portrays himself as a free-market enthusiast. A week before military generals took over Zimbabwe, the 75-year old penned a strongly-worded critique...
(RFI 11/23/17)
France on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity. "France decided this morning to ask for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this issue," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament. "We are doing it as a permanent member of the Security Council. We have this capability and we are using it." Macron said...
(RFI(EN) 11/17/17)
The firing of the billionaire daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos has sent shockwaves through the country's political elite. Isabel dos Santos was sacked Wednesday from her influential post as head of state oil company Sonangol in a shake-up that has seen other members of her family axed. "This is a seminal moment for Angola," Piers Pigou, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, told RFI Thursday. "For the Dos Santos family to be challenged in this...
(RFI(EN) 11/17/17)
Zimbabwe's military on Wednesday denied it was staging a coup d'état after troops took control of key points of Harare overnight Tuesday. The move was targeting "criminals" close to President Robert Mugabe, the generals said, adding that the situation would return to "normalcy once [their] mission is completed". It was unclear n Wednesday moring who was behind the military action, RFI's correspondent Ryan Truscott said. "The catalyst seems to have been the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mngangawa last week," he...
(BBC News Africa 11/17/17)
Driving around Zimbabwe, one can hardly tell the country is in the middle of the biggest political crisis since independence. In one town, a man in his 20s invites me to his shop and tries to convince me to buy a silver necklace. "It costs $20 [£15]," he says. "But for you I can make that $15." He offers the discount rather half-heartedly. "You see, people don't want to spend money on thing like these; the economy is really doing...
(BBC News Africa 11/17/17)
The main parliament building in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé has been badly damaged by fire which ripped through four floors. Firefighters managed to put out the blaze before it could reach the parliamentary chamber. There has so far been no indication of any casualties and the cause of the blaze was not immediately clear. In this week's session, the national assembly had been discussing the budget. Pictures and video posted on social media show the upper floors in flames, hours after...
(BBC News Africa 11/17/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible". Live updates from Zimbabwe Mr Mugabe was...
(RFI(EN) 11/17/17)
On the ground floor of the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) in downtown Monrovia, a group of people huddle around a makeshift table made from pallets. They are looking over stacks of documents, with many more boxes informally labelled on shelves behind them, others haphazardly stacked in the corner. “We’re classifying the Tolbert documents according to ministries-- presidential affairs and ministries,” says Rita C. Shaw, who has been contracted to help archive presidential papers. The 20th president...
(La Tribune 11/16/17)
La confusion régnait encore ce matin au Zimbabwe où l’armée a pris le contrôle de la télévision publique et quadrille le quartier administratif de la capitale Harare. Un haut gradée s’est exprimé hier dans un message télévisé précisant «que ce n’est pas une prise de pouvoir militaire», mais une sorte de contre-purge. «Nous souhaitons assurer la nation que son excellence le président de la République du Zimbabwe et commandant en chef des forces de défense du Zimbabwe, le camarade RG...
(Le Point 11/16/17)
La fille de l'ex-président Eduardo dos Santos ne dirige plus la compagnie nationale pétrolière. Une décision qui intervient dans un contexte de rupture avec les anciennes pratiques du clan présidentiel. « Le mandat de PDG de Sonangol n'est pas dépendant du processus électoral […], je veux continuer. » Lorsqu'elle a prononcé ces mots il y a quelques mois, Isabel dos Santos semblait certaine de son avenir à la tête de la compagnie nationale pétrolière. C'était compter sans la volonté de...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/17)
Zimbabwe's army chief has warned those responsible for "purging" the country's ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in. The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name. Mr Mnangagwa, once seen as a successor to Mr Mugabe, has fled into exile. Africa Live: More on this and...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/17)
Polls have opened in the self-declared republic of Somaliland in the presidential election. The election will use an iris-based biometric voting system - a world first, according to the election spokesman. Just over 700,000 voters are eligible to take part in the election which is being contested by three candidates. One of the observers, Susan Mwape from Zambia, told the BBC that they will be monitoring all aspects of the election including the "technical competence of electoral commission staff." Rashid...

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