Africa Briefs

Virunga Park warden tapped for grassroots activist prize

Virunga Park warden tapped for grassroots activist prize

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—As a child soldier at the age of 14, Rodrigue Katembo learned his survival skills in dangerous times. Belgium had granted independence to the Congo but it was little more than a piece of paper after years of colonial rule. After a U.S.-led coup in 1961 that removed legally-elected Patrice Lumumba, the nation’s prime minister, […]

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France pays ‘debt of blood’ to surviving African WWII vets

France pays ‘debt of blood’ to surviving African WWII vets

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Fifty years after more than a million Africans fought and thousands died for France during the ferocious battles against Nazis in World War II, French President Francois Hollande has given citizenship and full pensions to African survivors of that war and other conflicts. In a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 18, […]

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Tipoff leads anti-graft SWAT team to upscale Lagos pad, bundles of U.S. cash

Tipoff leads anti-graft SWAT team to upscale Lagos pad, bundles of U.S. cash

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Neatly-bound bundles of fresh U.S. dollars, Nigerian naira and British pounds totaling more than $50 million were recovered by an anti-graft “SWAT team” in a raid at the Osborne Towers, a luxury building in an upscale section of Lagos. The raid was orchestrated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting on a new […]

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Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Way to go African media! The prestigious Pulitzer Prize which honors excellence in journalism has named two media outlets in Africa—working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)—as distinguished 2017 winners for their groundbreaking reporting on the Panama Papers. This historic, global investigation uncovered offshore hideaways tied to mega-banks, corporate bribery scandals, drug kingpins, […]

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Wreath-laying ceremony planned for anti-apartheid activist

Wreath-laying ceremony planned for anti-apartheid activist

| April 16, 2017

(GIN)—Fierce anti-apartheid fighter Chris Hani will be remembered in South Africa this week at a time when the Africa National Congress faces its most serious internal divisions. Fortunately, many writings survive that reveal Hani’s physical and moral bravery. Among his most famous quotes are these: “What we need in South Africa is for egos to […]

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Uganda tries to silence ‘impolite’ activist fighting for sanitary pads

Uganda tries to silence ‘impolite’ activist fighting for sanitary pads

| April 13, 2017

(GIN)—She’s an activist and academic whose rants against the current Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni are definitely rated PG if not Triple X. On live television, in one memorable occasion, she stripped half-naked to protest her eviction from her office at Makerere University, for allegedly breaching departmental policy.  In that case, […]

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Ashanti cultural center hit by wave of vigilantes

Ashanti cultural center hit by wave of vigilantes

| April 12, 2017

(GIN)—Once the envy of its neighbors and the model of democracy and the rule of law, Ghana has been struck by “vigilantism” led by one-time security guards turning against the political parties that once hired them. Most recently, former political party guards by the name “Delta Force” stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court, in the heart […]

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U.N. chief cites ‘chapters of inaction’ as Rwanda marks 23rd memorial year

U.N. chief cites ‘chapters of inaction’ as Rwanda marks 23rd memorial year

| April 11, 2017

(GIN)—The poison of intolerance still exists around the world, laments U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “Even today, minorities and other groups suffer attacks and exploitation based on who they are,” said Guterres. Guterres sent his message recalling “tragic chapters of hatred, inaction and indifference” on the occasion of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide […]

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Ugandan warlord no longer priority for U.S. capture

Ugandan warlord no longer priority for U.S. capture

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—American special operations forces will no longer be searching for the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, described as a “specially designated global terrorist,” by the International Criminal Court. The Geneva-based Court issued an arrest warrant for Kony in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. A spokesman for the U.S. […]

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Ghana to review previous government’s signed contracts for gross overpayments

Ghana to review previous government’s signed contracts for gross overpayments

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is pledging to review all 42 power deals signed by the previous government of John Mahama after the discovery of an apparent overpayment of $150 million to a Dubai power producer. Ghana is burdened by a heavily indebted energy sector with a debt estimate of $2.4 billion, according to the […]

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