Thursday 18 January 2018
(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 of Liberia, President William R. Tolbert served from 1971 to 1980 before he was killed in a coup d’état by Samuel Doe, who later became president until he was killed in 1990 in another coup. Read more at: http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20171108-reclaiming-liberia-s-heritage-one-paper...
(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 Mugabe et sa famille sont sains et saufs et que leur sécurité est garantie. Nous ne ciblons que des criminels autour de lui qui commettent des crimes qui causent des souffrances sociales et économiques dans le pays afin de les...
(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 João Lourenço, le nouveau président angolais depuis septembre 2017. Dans une déclaration transmise à la presse le 15 novembre, il a affirmé avoir décidé de « relever de leurs fonctions les membres du conseil » de la Sonangol. La fille...
(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 other stories Mugabe's wife urges him to name heir 'Grace Mugabe underwear' reporter held Mr Mugabe's wife Grace, who is now the favourite to succeed her husband, referred to Mr Mnangagwa as a snake which "must be hit on the...
(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 Abdi, from the International Crisis Group, told the BBC's Newsday programme if Somaliland "pulls off another credible election" it will improve its push for independence. Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-41967141?ns_mchannel=social&ns...
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court said Wednesday it could not hear a last-minute petition to postpone Thursday’s presidential election because it didn’t have a quorum of judges, while the shooting of one judge’s driver hours before the hearing raised fears about intimidation. Chief Justice David Maraga appeared alone in the courtroom and said only he and one other judge had been able to attend the hearing. The announcement appeared to clear the way for Thursday’s fresh presidential elections to proceed. Outside the court, hundreds of women in white scarves gathered to call for peace as tensions have risen about possible violence.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/17)
LILONGWE (Reuters) - Police in Malawi have arrested 200 suspected members of vigilante mobs that have been killing people they believe are vampires, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Nine people have been killed since mid-September in southern Malawi where there is a widespread belief in witchcraft. The violence has prompted the United Nations and the U.S. embassy to declare some parts of the country no-go zones. The attacks spread last week to Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city where a 22-year-old man was stoned then burned to death and another was stoned to death. Both were accused of bloodsucking, although medical experts deny the existence of vampirism in Malawi. Amos Daka, head of the Medical Society of Malawi, said his group...
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. says her government will continue sending aid to South Sudan despite the stalling of a peace process to end the civil war that has killed tens of thousands. Nikki Haley spoke Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after meeting with Ethiopian and African Union leaders to discuss Africa's peace and security challenges. Haley said South Sudan's president "doesn't care if we pull USAID. He doesn't care if his people suffer. That's the concern we have." Haley warned South Sudan could become a breeding ground for extremist groups amid the suffering. South Sudan plunged into conflict in December 2013 after a dispute in the capital Juba between forces loyal...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/17)
Kenya's Chief Justice has said the Supreme Court is unable to hear a petition calling for a delay in Thursday's presidential re-run. David Maraga said not enough of the court's seven judges were available to hear the case. The deputy chief justice was not available after her bodyguard was shot by gunmen on Tuesday. The BBC's Alastair Leithead in Nairobi says the election is now expected to go ahead as planned. The Supreme Court annulled the original election in August, saying there had been "irregularities and illegalities". Opposition leader Raila Odinga is boycotting the re-run, saying nothing has changed. Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41747735
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
The Latest on the four service members killed in Niger (all times local): 8:15 a.m. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says an examination of U.S. military involvement around the world needs to be a part of the discussion around this month’s fatal ambush of four U.S. soldiers in Niger. Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee tells NBC’s “Today” that what happened in Niger will launch a bigger debate that was already under way. Corker says his committee will hold hearings on the matter. He adds that it may be time for Congress to update the rules for U.S. military engagement with terrorists across the globe. Corker notes that U.S. soldiers are operating under rules first put in...
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres paid tribute Tuesday to the thousands of U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic, the site of one of the U.N.’s most dangerous missions and the most sexual misconduct allegations against peacekeepers and U.N. personnel last year. The U.N. chief attended a wreath-laying ceremony in the capital of Bangui. A dozen peacekeepers have lost their lives so far this year amid escalating violence in the long-volatile country. “We need to make sure that the world fully appreciates the heroic contributions of peacekeepers protecting civilians, sometimes in extremely difficult circumstances, like the ones we face in the Central African Republic,” Guterres said. “I am very proud to be your colleague. I am very proud to serve in the...
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
Authorities in Madagascar say the death toll from a plague outbreak has reached 124 people as the disease for the first time affects the Indian Ocean island’s two biggest cities. The nation’s disaster risk management office says 1,192 cases have been identified. More than two-thirds of cases are of the more virulent pneumonic form. The office says less than 30 percent of people who have had contact with plague patients can be traced, making it more difficult to control the spread of the disease. Plague is endemic in Madagascar. This year’s outbreak is unusual because it has reached the nation’s two largest cities, Antananarivo and Toamasina. Read more at: https://apnews.com/4df37efa4ecd47e98485fae7b9146861/Madagascar 's-plague-deaths-up-to-124,-island-nation-says
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
The husband of an Australian teacher has been arrested as a suspect in her murder last week, a Kenyan police official said Tuesday. Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna and his cousin John Njuguna Waithira were arrested, said area police chief Cunningham Suiyanka. Maina is the prime suspect in the murder of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, said the police chief. Gabrielle had complained of receiving threats from her husband before her killing and had obtained a restraining order as the couple was divorcing, said Suiyanka. Her death was initially reported as a robbery but a post-mortem indicated she could have been shot while kneeling. Police said Gabrielle was killed while walking home in Karen, one of Kenya’s most affluent neighborhoods that has...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/17)
In a move denounced as a bribe, Ugandan MPs have received a one-off payment of 29 million shillings ($8,000; £6,000) each for consulting their constituents on a bill seeking to scrap the presidential age limit, the Reuters news agency reports. The proposed bill seeks to remove the upper age limit of 75 and is seen as a way of removing constitutional barriers that would prevent President Yoweri Museveni, 73, from running for office gain in 2021. Parliamentary spokesman Chris Obore told Reuters that the one-off payment had been released to the legislators’ bank accounts this week. “It’s to help them to consult with their constituents on this bill,” he said. Lire sur: http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-41513611?ns_mchannel=social&ns...
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
A Kenyan judge has ruled that the appointments of electoral agents at the constituency level for the Thursday’s repeat presidential election are illegal, throwing more uncertainty on the controversial elections. Judge George Odunga ruled Wednesday that the electoral commission did not follow the law when appointing constituency returning officers and their deputies. Returning officers manage the polling centers at the constituency level and are responsible for the transmission of results to the national tallying centers. Despite this ruling, the electoral commission announced that the repeat elections will go ahead as planned Thursday with the appointed returning officers and deputies. Last month the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election, citing irregularities and illegalities in the vote. Opposition leader Raila...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/17)
Togolese striker Francis Kone has been honoured by Fifa for his life-saving actions in a Czech league match. He was given a Fair Play award at the Fifa "Best" ceremony in London on Monday night. Kone saved the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec back in February, after he nearly swallowed his tongue following a collision. Slovacko's Kone acted after Berkovec had clashed with his Bohemians 1905 team-mate Daniel Krch. He used his fingers to move Berkovec's tongue and stop him suffocating, after the player had been knocked out. Berkovec later wrote on Facebook: "I would like to thank Francis Kone for rescue and emergency… I'm glad for the relief and thanks again!!!" "I can't stand there, watching someone suffocate, without...
(RFI 10/11/17)
Ce 10 octobre, les bureaux de vote ont ouvert à l'heure, à 8h pile, à Monrovia au Liberia pour ce jour d'élections générales : des législatives et une présidentielle pour élire le successeur d'Ellen Johnson Sirleaf qui ne peut pas se représenter. Vingt candidats sont sur les rangs pour un scrutin qui s'annonce serré. Ce 10 octobre au matin, à Monrovia, au Liberia, un électeur résumait le sentiment général : « Je suis très fier d’avoir voté pour notre numéro un, je suis un citoyen de ce pays et j’ai le droit de vote », explique-t-il. « Nous prions pour que nos meilleurs candidats l’emportent, poursuit-il, que tout se passe bien et qu’il n’y ait pas de violence » après...
(Bloomberg 10/05/17)
An outbreak of pneumonic plague in the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar has killed 30 people, with almost 200 others infected, the Public Health Ministry said. Seven of the deaths occurred in the capital, Antananarivo, where 43 people are suspected of having contracted the disease, the ministry said in a statement Wednesday. The outbreak started on Aug. 23 after the death of a 31-year-old male in the country’s Central Highlands region, a plague-endemic area, according to the World Health Organization. Ten cities have reported outbreaks of pneumonic plague, while there have also been cases of bubonic and septicemic plague, the United Nations body said on its website. Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-05/plague-outbreak-kills...
(Bloomberg 10/05/17)
Kenya will deploy security forces to monitor protests planned by the main opposition alliance, the government’s spokesman said, as he criticized the demonstrations for slowing down business. The opposition National Super Alliance plans to hold demonstrations in the capital, Nairobi, and other cities on Friday. The coalition began a campaign of twice-weekly protests on Monday to press its demands for an overhaul of the electoral commission before a rerun on Oct. 26 of the country’s annulled presidential elections. “It seems that Nasa has deliberated to adopt a political approach that creates a lot of uncertainty in the business environment of our country,” government spokesman Eric Kiraithe told reporters Thursday in Nairobi. “To Kenyans, we are telling them to go to...
(BBC 10/05/17)
Three US soldiers have been killed and two others wounded in an ambush in Niger near the border with Mali, the US Africa Command has said. Another soldier from a "partner nation" had also died in the attack, it said - without specifying their nationality. The US soldiers had been providing advice and assistance in Niger's counter-terror operations and come under "hostile fire", it said. Islamist militants, including al-Qaeda fighters, operate in the region. They are most active in neighbouring Mali, where French troops intervened in 2013 to prevent them from advancing on the capital. Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41507337

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