Presenting a roundup of the biggest news across Africa this past week, catch last week’s biggest news edition 11, in case you missed it.
In this week’s edition #11;
1. Cameroon Conflict Updates:
- Cameroon is still embroiled in conflict with various reports of killings across the country.
- A loan is said to have been granted by China to combat the humanitarian crisis as a result of the crisis.
- The country has been urged to stop fighting as the school year resumes to enable students go to school.
- Videos have emerged showing the major timelines of the conflict in the region.
2. Migrant Crisis update:
- While the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean is said to have dropped, the risks are said to have increased to about 1 in 18 deaths in 2018.
- Thousands were said to have taken to the streets to demand the German Government take more migrants stranded at sea.
Images via sky news.
3. Politics and Conflicts:
- The Malian presidential election held on the 29th of July resulted in the opposition refusing to accept the outcome of the election that saw the re-election of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who has been in power since 2013.
- While the UN is seeking to extend sanctions in Mali due to alleged violation of peace deal made in 2015.
- Ugandan Popstar turned Politician, Bobi Wine, is said to have arrived in the US for treatment after alleged torture by the Ugandan forces.
- Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), with the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of both parties continuing to defect to opposing party.
- African leaders are in Beijing, China for the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), with the Chinese President pledging some $60 billion to African projects.
- Despite the election results being concluded, the US has maintained sanctions against Zimbabwe’s political elites and state owned companies despite the European Union having lifted them.
- South Sudanese rebels approve peace deal with the government and signs.
4. Eight people are said to have died following a blast near Cape Town, South Africa.
5. Kweku Adoboli, the Ghanaian born, UK resident, former UBS bank trader, who was sentenced to jail for the largest ever unauthorized trading loss in the history of the UK, is facing deportation.
6. Who is heading to the election polls in Africa
- Cameroonian Elections are set to hold on 7th of October 2018; current president Paul Biya announced his intent to run in 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.
- 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.
- 6. MTN share price tumbles as they are fined $8.1 billion USD by Nigerian government.
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