Monthly Archives: September 2012

Attack on Nairobi Church leaves one dead, several people injured

One child was killed and three seriously hurt in a grenade attack on a Church’s Sunday school in the Kenya capital, Nairobi. The attacker targeted St Polycarp’s Church on Juja Road. A police spokesman blamed sympathisers of Somalia’s Al-Shabaab Islamist militant group, angry over Kenya’s involvement in peacekeeping activities. A mob later rounded on Somalis living near the church with sticks and stones in a suspected revenge attack.  Police chief Moses Nyakwama told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that 13 people had been injured in the revenge attack, in the suburb of Eastleigh. Reports suggested a number of those hurt at the church were injured in a stampede after … Continue reading

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Mozambique celebrates 50 years of independence from ‘Marxism’

It was billed as a celebration of its socialist revolution, but when Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party marked its 50th birthday this week, Marx came a distant second to Money. Reflecting their anti-colonial, revolutionary roots, Frelimo leaders pointedly chose a venue in the untamed corner of southern Africa where half a century ago guerrillas launched the uprising that would lead to independence from Portugal in 1975. But beyond the symbolism of the location, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, the obligatory use of “Comrade” and the AK-47 rifle that still adorns the national flag, everything at the party congress pointed to the huge wealth accruing to the political elite in … Continue reading

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Ugandan Minister stuck in mud as roads get worse

By Steven Ariong in Moroto, Uganda A Ugandan Minister was compelled to close a vital road network after he got stuck on the road that had been severely damaged by heavy rains and too many heavy truck ferrying commercial good to the people of the area. John Byabagambi, the Minister of State for Works was forced to order the road closed after his car was stuck in the mud and he had to make a difficult decision to close the road in order for its repairs to be conducted safely The closure of the road which many business people have been using, saw a hike in food prices all over … Continue reading

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Don’t sign new landmark charter – Nobel prize winners tell Britain

Three Commonwealth Nobel prizewinners have called on Britain and other countries not to sign a new landmark charter that they say fails to protect human rights. In an open letter to Commonwealth foreign ministers meeting at a summit in New York on Saturday, Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican Archbishop of Johannesburg and Nobel Peace laureate, Nadine Gordimer and Wole Soyinka, winners of Nobel literature prizes, denounce as “repetitive rhetoric” the proposed charter setting out the Commonwealth’s fundamental values, commitment to democracy, rule of law and human rights. “We ask those responsible not to sign any charter which fails to include a credible, authoritative and specific mechanism to verify serious breaches … Continue reading

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Killing of America’s ambassador to Libya linked to al-Qaeda

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton delivers a speech during a luncheon to honour heads of state attending the UN General Assembly in New York. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has indicated for the first time that there was an explicit link between the Al-Qaeda franchise in North Africa and the attack at the American diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans, including the ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. Mrs. Clinton made her remarks at a special United Nations meeting on the political and security crisis in the swath of North Africa known as the Maghreb and the Sahel, a crisis that is particularly affecting northern Mali, which … Continue reading

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Stop this feud – Hilary Clinton tells Kagame and Kabila

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged the presidents of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to resolve a conflict over rebels in eastern Congo whose military advances have stoked tensions in one of Africa’s most volatile regions. In a rare show of frustration with what is going on in Africa’s Great Lakes Region, Mrs Clinton sat down with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Congolese President Joseph Kabila in New York Monday, delivering a firm message to both that steps must be taken to resolve the crisis, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. Clinton’s unadvertised meeting, her first joint session with the two feuding African leaders, was aimed at underscoring … Continue reading

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Zimbabwean girl enrols at university aged only 14

A 14-year old orphaned girl has made history by becoming the first student at that age in southern Africa to embark on a university degree course. Maud Chifamba whose father died when she was only five and whose mother died last year when she was just eight, has started a Bachelor of Accountancy honours degree course at the University of Zimbabwe where most of her fellow students are much older and in their 20s. Having grown up in poverty, Maud’s intellectual prowess and hard work have earned her a four-year scholarship of nearly $10,000 after she excelled at last year’s Advanced Level exams. Now, one week into her new life at … Continue reading

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Uganda bans Bobi Wine’s song critical of Kampala City chief

The song ‘Tugambire ku Jennifer’, translated to mean ‘please talk to Jennifer on our behalf’ was released early this month by Sentamu a.k.a Bobi Wine, the self-proclaimed ‘Ghetto president’. The translated chorus says ‘Tell Jennifer on our behalf to reduce on her harshness because the town is ours’. The song raises Kampala’s problems ranging from increased murders, robberies to eviction of vendors off Kampala streets. The song also allegedly points out that Jennifer’s ruthlessness is worsening the lives of poor city dwellers. Art. 29 1 (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995 states that everyone shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression which shall … Continue reading

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Egyptian court sentences 14 militant islamists to death by hanging

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 14 militants Islamists to death by hanging and four to life imprisonment for attacks on army and police forces in the Sinai Peninsula last year. The verdicts showed the state’s determination to deal firmly with militant activity in Sinai, which has increased since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Security forces are mounting operations in the area following the killing 16 Egyptian border guards in August. The court’s decision is likely to go in the way of appeasing Israel, which has voiced concern over the faltering security in Sinai where at least four cross-border attacks took place in just over a … Continue reading

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Suicide bomber blows himself up outside church in Nigeria

A suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing himself and at least two other people and wounding 46, police said. Police cordoned off the area around St. John’s church after the blast, which caused minimal damage to the building but killed at least two people in a market area of Bauchi city. A Reuters journalist saw emergency services bring out three bodies in the area, called Wunti, and police identified one as the occupant of the car that blew up. Several wounded were being taken out on stretchers. “I was just coming out on my way to church and I saw … Continue reading

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