Equatorial Guinea president’s son arrested over plane’s sale

Equatorial Guinea’s vice-president personally ordered the arrest of his half-brother over allegations he sold a plane owned by the state airline, a government statement says. Both the vice-president and his half-brother are sons of President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue. He is the world’s longest-serving president after 43 years in power. Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue “expressed indignation” over the sale, the statement said. Ruslan Obiang Nsue, a former director of the Ceiba International airline, sold the ATR72-500 without the approval of the company’s board to a Spanish company, authorities say. It is also alleged he pocketed the proceeds of the … Continue reading Equatorial Guinea president’s son arrested over plane’s sale

DR Congo government blames Islamic terrorists for church bombing which killed 10

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has blamed Islamic State group-affiliated rebels for a bomb attack at a Pentecostal church in Kasindi, in the east of the country. Ten people were killed as church-goers attended Sunday worship, officials say. At least 39 were wounded and the Congolese military described it as a “terrorist act” by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The ADF is one of the most notorious active rebel groups in eastern Congo. In a statement, the Congolese government “strongly condemned” the bomb attack, which it says was “visibly perpetrated by ADF terrorists”. It expressed its “deepest condolences” to … Continue reading DR Congo government blames Islamic terrorists for church bombing which killed 10

Tragic: Family of nine killed in Somalia car bomb attack

A family of nine have died in a double car bombing in central Hiraan province, Somalia, an eyewitness has told the BBC. A further 26 people were also killed, the local deputy policy commissioner told the Reuters news agency. The al-Qaeda linked group al-Shabab has said it was behind the attack. The district commissioner of Mahas town said his home and that of a local MP were the targets. Meanwhile the second explosion targeted the market, the mayor of Mahas, Mumin Mohamed Halane, told the BBC. The blasts were so powerful that witnesses said people far away from the explosion … Continue reading Tragic: Family of nine killed in Somalia car bomb attack

Political Showdown: Zweli Mkhize rivals Ramaphosa in tight ANC party race

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is in a tight party leadership race against his former health minister – who he forced to resign amid corruption allegations. Zweli Mkhize is enjoying a last minute surge at the African National Congress conference in Johannesburg, reports say. The candidates are fighting for the support of some 4,426 delegates. The winner will lead the party to the next general elections in 2024. If Mr Mkhize does win he would become ANC leader, but Mr Ramaphosa would remain president. Mr Ramaphosa had faced calls to resign ahead of the conference over an alleged cover up … Continue reading Political Showdown: Zweli Mkhize rivals Ramaphosa in tight ANC party race

WHO head accuse Eritrean soldiers of killing his uncle

The head of the UN’s public health body has accused Eritrean troops of killing his uncle in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of the World Health Organization, said he was told more than 50 other people were arbitrarily killed in the same village. “I was not in good shape,” admitted the still visibly shaken Ethiopian, whose family hails from Tigray. Eritrea has so far made no public comments on the accusation. Speaking at Wednesday’s WHO briefing in Geneva on the latest Covid-19 issues, Dr Tedros said: “On Saturday, I was informed that my uncle was murdered by … Continue reading WHO head accuse Eritrean soldiers of killing his uncle

Update: ANC backs South African president over corruption report

Leaders of South Africa’s governing party have backed President Cyril Ramaphosa as he faces corruption allegations and a possible vote in parliament on impeachment. He came to power pledging to tackle corruption but has now been caught up in his own crisis. An independent report said Mr Ramaphosa may have broken the law by allegedly covering up a theft at his farm. He has denied any wrongdoing and his spokesman said the report was “flawed”. The report, which was commissioned from a panel of legal experts by the speaker, is due to be debated in parliament on Tuesday. The African … Continue reading Update: ANC backs South African president over corruption report

Nigerian student Aminu Adamu Mohammed apologises to Aisha Buhari over tweet

A Nigerian university student arrested and detained for more than two weeks after he allegedly defamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife on Twitter has apologised to the first lady. Aminu Adamu Mohammed was released on Friday after authorities dropped the charges on ”compassionate grounds.”. Mr Mohammed denied spreading ”false” information during a court appearance. He denied defaming Aisha Buhari in a tweet suggesting she had misused public money to her satisfaction. But in a series of tweets and video messages over the weekend, the 24-year-old undergraduate apologised to Mrs Buhari for the initial tweet. ”It was never my intention to hurt … Continue reading Nigerian student Aminu Adamu Mohammed apologises to Aisha Buhari over tweet

South African president faces threat of impeachment over ‘Farmgate’ scandal

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is facing a possible impeachment threat over the “Farmgate” scandal. The president has been accused of covering up a $4m theft from his farm in 2020, including kidnapping and bribing the burglars into silence. A leaked report from an independent panel has found that Mr Ramaphosa abused his position and may have broken an anti-corruption law. He has denied wrongdoing, and said the money was from selling buffalo. The panel’s findings have been handed to parliament, which is set to examine them and decide whether or not to launch impeachment proceedings next week. Mr Ramaphosa … Continue reading South African president faces threat of impeachment over ‘Farmgate’ scandal

Dozens sentenced to death for lynching a man over false accusation in Algeria

An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death after they were found guilty of lynching a man wrongly suspected of starting forest fires last year ,the state news agency says. The sentences are likely to be reduced to life in prison as there is a moratorium on executions. In 2021, Algeria experienced the worst fires in the country’s history, with multiple blazes killing 90 people. The lynching victim, Djamel Ben Ismail, had gone to help fight the fires. After the fires broke out in August last year, the 38-year-old tweeted saying he would travel over 320km (200 miles) from … Continue reading Dozens sentenced to death for lynching a man over false accusation in Algeria

Truce agreed between Ethiopia and TPLF

A surprise deal has been reached in the Ethiopian civil war with both sides agreeing to halt their two-year conflict which led to thousands of deaths and warnings of a famine. The African Union (AU) has called it a new “dawn”, AFP news agency says. The agreement between the Ethiopian government and Tigrayan forces should allow aid deliveries to resume. Almost 90% of people in the northern Tigray region need food aid, the World Health Organization says. About a third of the region’s children are suffering from malnutrition. Although it’s a major breakthrough, it’ll be received with some degree of … Continue reading Truce agreed between Ethiopia and TPLF

Firefighters containing blaze on Mount Kilimanjaro

Emergency workers battling to extinguish a fire on the slopes of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, have managed to contain parts of it, an official says. “We have seen great success in controlling the fire,” said Prof Eliamani Sedoyeka from Tanzania’s natural resources and tourism ministry. The fire started on Friday night near one of the mountain’s most popular climbing routes. It is not clear how the fire started. Videos posted on social media on Saturday appeared to show large flames and a blanket of smoke engulfing parts of the forest surrounding the mountain. Hundreds of emergency workers and volunteers … Continue reading Firefighters containing blaze on Mount Kilimanjaro

Tragic: Nigeria’s worst floods in a decade kill 500, displace 1.4 million

About 500 people have died in Nigeria’s worst floods in a decade and 1.4 million others have been displaced from their homes since the start of the rainy season, the government said. Floods caused by abundant rains and poor infrastructure have affected vast swathes of Africa’s most populous country sparking fears they could worsen food insecurity and inflation.  Nigeria’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs said Tuesday that “over 1.4 million persons were displaced, about 500 persons have been reported dead… and 1,546 persons were injured”. “Similarly, 45,249 houses were totally damaged… while 70,566 hectares of farmlands were completely destroyed,” added the … Continue reading Tragic: Nigeria’s worst floods in a decade kill 500, displace 1.4 million