Presenting a roundup of the biggest news across Africa this past week, catch last week’s biggest news edition 9, in case you missed it.
In this week’s edition #10;
1. Cameroon Conflict Updates:
- Nigeria is said to be one of the key destinations for Refugees fleeing the Cameroonian crisis, with tens of thousands said to have fled. The Nigerian state of Calabar bordering Cameroon has highlighted arms smuggling across the border has become an issue for the region.
- There were also reports of the country’s military supposedly burning down villages with unarmed civilians being torched alive.
- Shocking footage emerges of Cameroonian soldiers executing blindfolded women, and children in cold blood, after accusing them of being part of terrorist group, Boko Haram. The Cameroonian government was quick to deny any military involvement but are said to have launched an investigation after the video goes viral and Amnesty Internal says they have more proof the video is not fake. A UN Human Rights Chief was said to be appalled by the video.
- A Ghanaian Pastor, Apostle Isaac Attoh, was said to have been shot dead in the town of Batibo, Cameroon alongside two other Ghanaians. It is not clear if the shooting was linked to the Cameroonian crisis.
Img src: happyghana.com
- ‘Operation Ghost Town’ was said to have taken place as a way for the Anglophone regions to protest French speaking Bias. Despite the Mayor’s directive, Ghost Town was observed in the town of Buea, Cameroon.
2. Senegalese Ambassador, Vincent Badji, was said to have died in Cameroon after a heart attack while watching TV.
3. Migrant Crisis update:
- Group of 40 migrants, including two pregnant women, departed from Libya have been denied entry in four different countries so far, Malta, France, Italy and Tunisia with Tunisia saying they are Europe’s problem.
- Some estimated 600 to 700 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa apparently stormed Morocco’s border fence in attempts to enter Spanish autonomous city in the Northern African region, Ceuta. Dozens, about 150, were said to have been injured. This led to Spain pushing back due to another 300 more migrants reaching the shores of Andalusia in the same week. Spain has confirmed they are getting overwhelmed by the arrivals partially due to Italy restricting entries in the last few weeks.
Italy has confirmed they will continue to accept migrant rescue ships until EU confirms new arrangement to distribute new arrivals in the coming weeks.
- With Italy tightening borders, Germany may be the next country with equally restrictive approach on migrants as Angela Merkel tries to work with her political allies to ensure support for her office.
- As part of it migrant management plan, the EU may introduce payment plan of 6,000 Euros per migrant as well as additional resources to each country for hosting each migrant while they process asylum. Italy has said this may not be enough and called the payment offer a ‘charity handout’.
4. Sports roundup
- Nigerian Football chief coach, Salisu Yusuf, is being investigated after footage of ‘cash gift’ emerged of the coach ‘accepting a $1000 bribe from Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas’.
- Img src: BBC; watch the full video.
- Having recovered from his shoulder injury, Egyptian Mo Salah, is back to scoring goals in Liverpool for the Premiership new season alongside Sadio Mané.
- The current African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Champions, Cameroon, failed to qualify for the 2019 Under 20 tournament. Experts from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will also visit Cameroon to inspect infrastructure readiness to host the next AFCON tournament in 2019.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, Former England and Manchester City Boss is rumored to be the potential future coach for Cameroon national football teams as well as Iraq.
5. Politics and Conflicts:
- Mali heads to the polls on the 29th of July, at least 17 civilians were said to have been killed in ongoing ethnic violence.
- Despite controversy and blast over the last month, Zimbabwe heads to polls on the 30th of July, anticipation is high as it is the first election since the exist of Mugabe in 2017, with 23 candidates contending for the presidency. Mugabe also spoke up to back the opposition party to his former party Zanu-PF on the eve of the election.
- Despite half of its population depending on food aid, the MPs of South Sudan were given loans worth $40,000 to buy cars for its 452 parliamentary members amounting to $16 million
The Bill proposed to extend South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir’s tenure to 2021; the opposition has rejected this extension. However, a power sharing deal is to be signed to allow President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar accommodate the needs of both political parties.
- The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, also met with the US Vice President, Mike Pence at the White House. Ethiopia continues to make waves with its historic reforms and passing on the message that Ethiopia is open for business to its diaspora while the PM visited the US, international investors and making peace with Eritrea.
- In a historic moment, Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki visited Ethiopia for the first time in over 20 years since the border war broke out between the two countries in 1998. Relations between the two countries is said to be gradually improving again, with Ethiopian Airlines making the a historic flight to Eritrea.
6. Simegnew Bekele, an Ethiopian Dam Engineer who was ‘the project manager of the multi-billion-dollar Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’, that will be Africa’s biggest dam, was found dead in his vehicle at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa. His funeral drew thousands of people amid protests on the death of the Engineer who was considered a national treasure as many believed he was murdered.
— FANA BROADCASTING C (@fanatelevision) July 29, 2018
Today, a true patriot of #Ethiopia was laid to rest.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Engineer Simegnew Bekele’s family, friends and loved ones.
— Ethiopian Embassy UK 🇪🇹 (@EthioEmbassyUK) July 29, 2018
7. Nigeria has announced plans to relaunch its national airline carrier, Nigeria Air by the end of the year.
Img src: premium times
8. Who is heading to the election polls in Africa
- Mali heads to the poll in July 29th, campaigns have kicked off amid tensions potential violence linked to al-Qaeda-linked jihadists. A total of 24 contenders were said to be taking part in the elections for next country president.
Despite controversy and blast over the last month, Zimbabwe heads to polls on the 30th of July, anticipation is high as it is the first election since the exist of Mugabe in 2017, with 23 candidates contending for the presidency. Mugabe also spoke up to back the opposition party to his former party Zanu-PF on the eve of the election.
- Nigeria heads to the polls soon in 2019; calls were made for citizens to get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) cards, however common complaint remains who will they vote for? Issues have come up with difficulties reported to acquire the voter’s card. Some branded voter’s card appeared online on Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce website.
- Madagascar is scheduled to hold first round of presidential election in November, 2018, and second round in December 2018, according to the Prime Minister.
Algerians will head to the polls in April 2019 to elect a new president and is not without controversy.
- Cameroonian Elections are set to hold on 7th of October 2018; current president Paul Biya announced his intent to run in the election.
- DR Congo heads to the polls in December 2018, submission of applications for presidency opens in DR Congo. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who had charges of war crimes recently dropped was rumoured to be a potential contender. However, the recommendation from the current ruling party is to declare Jean-Pierre Bemba ineligible as he was still convicted of witness tampering at the International Courts in Hague.
9. Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, appeared in court on corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering linked to hundreds of questionable payments made connected to an arms deal. The case has now been postponed to November 30th, 2018. While his son, Duduzane Zuma, who was also recently in court and out on bail is said to be away from the country in Dubai to be with his pregnant wife.
Img: SABC News
Img: BRICS flags.
12. Uganda courts upholds age limit removal for presidential term that could see the current president, Museveni become president for life, despite already ruling for 32 years already. While the courts also denied the parliament its bid to extend MP terms from 5 years to 7 years.
Img: Ugandan President, Museveni.
Img: Air Tanzania.
14. On Ebola watch, the DR Congo health officials completed Ebola surveillance, with no new cases reported, which is good news for the region.
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