Politics

Morocco food stampede kills 15

Image copyright AFP Image caption Most of the victims were women and elderly people At least 15 people have been killed and five others wounded in a stampede in Morocco while food aid was distributed. The incident occurred in the town of Sidi Boulaalam in Essaouira province. The aid was being handed out by a private local charity. Some reports indicate that up to 40 people were injured in the crush. Local media reported that most of the victims were women and elderly people. Pictures on social media showed bodies of women laid out on the ground. Witnesses told local media that this year’s annual food aid distribution at a local market in Sidi Boulaalam, an impoverished town with just over 8,000 inhabitants, attracted a larger crowd than usual. “This year there were lots of peop...

Why China matters

Image copyright MND Image caption General Chiwenga was welcomed to China by military leaders A trip to Beijing by Zimbabwe’s military chief was a “normal military exchange”, China’s foreign ministry said after the army seized power in Harare. How deep are relations between China and Zimbabwe really? The news that General Constantino Chiwenga had visited China only a few days before the military takeover in Zimbabwe was a coincidence that did not go unnoticed. There was also speculation after China said it was closely watching developments, but stopped short of condemning President Mugabe’s apparent removal from power. China is Zimbabwe’s fourth largest trading partner and its largest source of investment – with stakes worth many billions of pounds ...

Family affair

Image copyright AFP With Robert Mugabe’s hopes of handing power to his wife in Zimbabwe over, which political dynasties are still going strong elsewhere in Africa? Since the 1990s, multi-party elections and peaceful transfers of power have become far more common on the continent but quite a few current leaders have succeeded their fathers, or are planning to hand power to their sons. (Daughters seem to be less favoured.) Some dynasties have established themselves through assassinations, coups, and rebellions, while in Zimbabwe’s neighbour, South Africa, President Jacob Zuma is hoping to hand power to his ex-wife in the coming years. Togo: Oldest dynasty Image copyright AFP Image caption Most Togolese have lived under only one family’s rule A former French colony, it has b...

Anne Soy: Freedom frenzy grips Zimbabwe

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAnne Soy with jubilant protesters in Harare A carnival mood has engulfed Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Zimbabweans poured out to the streets carrying flags and placards to celebrate Wednesday’s military takeover. President Robert Mugabe is under intense pressure to resign. But nothing has been heard from the 93-year-old since he appeared at a university graduation on Friday. “We want to tell President Mugabe, it is time to rest,” Chipo tells us as she continues celebrating with her friends near Freedom Square. “This is a new Zimbabwe, and freedom has finally come,” she adds. Such a public display of defiance against the president would have been unthinkable before the military intervention. Image co...

Libya migrant ‘slave market’ footage sparks outrage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The International Migration Organization says it has gathered evidence of slavery in Libya The African Union (AU) has expressed outrage after footage emerged appearing to show sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya. On the video, released by CNN this week, young men are seen being auctioned off as farm workers. The AU chairman, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, demanded prosecutions over a “despicable” trade “from another era”. Migrants trying to reach Europe have spoken of being held by smugglers and forced to work for little or no money. The footage released by CNN appears to show youths from Niger and other sub-Saharan countries being sold to buyers for about $400 (£300) at undisclosed locations in Liby...

1 to 231 million

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy is Zimbabwe in such a bad way? Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest after almost four decades in power – following a military takeover. Here are 10 numbers that will help you understand how the country got to where it is now. 1 = the tally of leaders in the last 37 years President Mugabe, who led the country’s liberation movement, has been in power since independence in 1980. He served first as prime minister until the switch to a presidential system in 1987. Image copyright Reuters But the 93-year-old leader’s years in office have been marked by economic crisis and the crushing of dissent. He and his supporters have managed to stay in power for so long by using violence and murder as ...

Buhari has delivered with empty purse – Lai Mohhammed

By Emmanuel ElebekeABUJA: The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said Buhari Administration has recorded laudable strides, despite a terrible economic downturn and an empty purse foisted on it by those who monumentally mismanaged the economy. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed briefing journalists on the prosciption of all activities of the Independent People of Biafra at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adehsida The Minister stated this in his remarks at the launch of a book chronicling the Administration’s achievements in Abuja on Thursday. He said: ”despite those who are daily trying to muddle the waters, this Administration has, through fidelity to discipline, determination and transparency, recorded landmark a...

Garcia hopes Evra’s career won’t end with kick

Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said on Friday that he hopes Patrice Evra will not finish his “fantastic career” on “this note”, referring to the left-back’s attack on a fan. Patrice Evra banned for kicking a club supporter Evra is without a club after kicking a supporter in the head before Marseille’s Europa League game with Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal on November 2. The 36-year-old agreed to terminate his contract with Marseille eight days later. “It would be a pity for it to finish this way,” Garcia told a press conference ahead of Marseille’s league match at Bordeaux on Sunday. “I will take this chance to say that Pat is a great man and that all the dressing room liked him.” Garcia said he thought the decision to part ways “was the best option”. He added that he was ...

UniAbuja Staff School teacher embarks on hunger strike

By Johnbosco AgbakwuruA teacher with the University of Abuja Secondary School, Mr. Solo Anuli Obiagwu embarked on hunger strike for five days over the plight of teachers in the university. L-R: Emeka Oparah, Director, Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria; Kudirat Kasali, Head Mistress, Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle; and Chioma Okolie, CSR Lead, Airtel Nigeria, during the presentation of Airtel Outstanding Contribution to Education Award to the head mistress at Airtel Teachers training held in its adopted school, Oremeji Primary School in commemoration of World Teachers Day on today, Thursday, 5th October, 2017 Obiagwu, who claimed he was being owed for eleven months by the university, said that teachers in the staff school have been subjected to serious emotional trauma...

ICPC seeks to prosecute corruption cases at Federal High Courts, Others

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has proposed to the National Assembly for an expansion of its options of courts for the prosecution of corruption cases to include Federal High courts. This was contained in a memorandum it presented to the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption during a public hearing organised on a bill to amend the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. The Acting Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Abdullahi Bako, who made the presentation on behalf of the Commission explained that the amendment had become necessary given the fact that the Commission is restricted by its extant law to prosecute cases only in State High courts which has hampered its prosecutorial effectiveness...

Barca braced for week of reckoning – Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde warned against complacency when the La Liga leaders travel to Leganes on Saturday ahead of a testing week with trips to Juventus and Valencia also to come. Barcelona’s forward from Argentina Lionel Messi (R) celebrates past Barcelona’s defender from Spain Gerard Pique after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match FC Barcelona vs Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO Barca could move seven points clear of Valencia at the top of the table and open up an 11-point lead over Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, who face each other later on Saturday, with an 11th win in 12 La Liga matches since Valverde took charge. “It is clear it is an important week given the opponents we are f...

N112m scam: EFCC commences trial of Delta INEC official

Justice E.O Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State on Thursday, 16 November, commenced hearing of a matter involving a former official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Fidelia Omoile, who is facing trial on a one- count charge bordering on bribery to the tune of N112, 480, 000.00 (One Hundred and Twelve Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira only). INEC staff members at court Omoile was a former INEC official in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State during 2015 general elections . She is among scores of INEC officials being prosecuted by the EFCC for their suspicious transactions and exposure to the infamous Diezani Alison-Madueke’s $115million polls bribe. When the matter was called, prosecution counsel, Kayode Oni pres...