Cameroon: Anglophone Separatists Turn to Infighting


[VOA] Clashes between separatist groups in Cameroon have killed at least six fighters, with one of the groups allegedly abducting close to 40 rebels of another camp.  Separatist leaders have blamed the clashes on infiltration by Cameroon's military.  But the military says the clashes are an internal rivalry for power among the separatist groups.

Year-old Cameroonian twins return home after separation surgery in France


Their names are Bissie and Eyenga, the one-year-old sisters recently underwent a successful operation in France to separate them. The girls received a warm welcome from their relatives, who gathered to greet them at the airport in Yaounde. Their mother said she was happy to see them apart. In an interview Ngali Laurelle said: “It was very difficult to see them stuck together and I always felt uncomfortable seeing them stuck together, now I’m proud to see them separated, each doing their own thing.” Doctors carried out the surgery in November 2019 and it went without a hitch. The girls however had to stay back for rehabilitation. They spent part of their convalescence with a foster family. Despite medical clearance of their state of health, they will be monitored for a while by a doctor. Angwafo Fru Forbuzhi, director of the Yaounde Children’s hospital said: “They’ll go to the hospital, we’ll take them in, there must be a follow-up protocol, physical follow-up, psychosocial follow-up and so on.” The twins, who now manage to be separated for a few moments without causing panic for one of them, will have to go through more procedures. After the physical separation, they will have to deal with their psychological separation and their relationship with their mother. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Top 6 Unmissable Attractions In Tanzania


The beautiful country of Tanzania is without a doubt one of the planet’s most amazing and exciting travel destinations. In fact, a trip here deserves a spot on the bucket list of every traveler.

Isabel Dos Santos: Africa's richest woman accused of fraud

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Africa's richest woman has been formally accused of embezzlement by her country's prosecutors.

UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

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Trade and investment can help reduce poverty, promote women’s empowerment, and support children’s rights. It can also do the opposite.

Nigeria: Increasing Boko Haram Attacks On Highways Threaten to Cut Borno Off From Nigeria


[Premium Times] Fear is now mounting that Borno State may soon be totally cut off from the rest of Nigeria as Boko Haram insurgents in the past few weeks have launched daily attacks on the Kano-Maiduguri highway, the only remaining safe route to the state.

Zimbabwe: UAE, Estonian Experts Deal Seeks to Computerise Public Hospitals


[New Zimbabwe] The United Arab Emirates government, in partnership with Estonian e-Health experts, has unveiled a hospital computerisation programme that seeks to improve operations at the country's public health institutions with Sally Mugabe Hospital (formerly Harare Central Hospital) set to anchor the pilot project.

Malawi: Govt Pays Teachers' Outstanding Salaries After Protests Turn Ugly


[Nyasa Times] Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says it has now paid outstanding salaries for the 7,167 teachers who were removed from the payroll in November last year, following their failure to submit details of their national IDs as was requested by government.

Malawi: Come and Create Wealth in Malawi, Mutharika Beckons UK Investors


[Nyasa Times] Malawi is an African destination that can benefit investors to have quick returns and contribute to wealth creation, President Peter Mutharika has told United Kingdom business gurus.

Zimbabwe: Heavy Rains Leave Redcliff With Dry Taps


[New Zimbabwe] Heavy rains which have been pounding most parts of the Midlands province have ironically left the town of Redcliff with dry taps, Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva has said.

Zimbabwe: Chamisa Joins Mnangagwa Cleaning Exercise


[New Zimbabwe] MDC has resolved to join President Emmerson Mnangagwa's national clean-up day programmes which the popular opposition has been boycotting since its inception last year.

Ghana: Water Sachet Use - How to Stop the Pollution


[The Conversation Africa] Almost 2,500 tons of waste is generated daily in Accra. This is as a result of refuse being dumped and the environment being littered with polythene, bottles and drinking water sachets. Garbage blocks the gutters and can cause flooding and disease outbreaks.

Sudan: Deep State Still Poses a Threat to the Democratic Process


[The Conversation Africa] There have been a number of signs suggesting that Sudan's leadership needs to accelerate the dismantling of the country's internal security structures. And that it needs to develop a clear strategy on how they will work, and who will manage them. The most recent signal was a mutiny by the operation units of the General Intelligence Directorate on 14 December, 2019.

South Africa: Energy Crisis Has Triggered Lots of Ideas - Why Most Are Wrong


[The Conversation Africa] Since late last year South Africans have, once again, been subjected to power cuts by the power utility, Eskom. The need for what's called loadshedding - planned power outages - led to the recent resignation of Eskom's chairperson and a flurry of concern about the current and future reliability of electricity supply. It has also raised questions about the lack of progress in resolving Eskom's financial and operational crises since Cyril Ramaphosa became the country's president in early 2018.

How social media outrage saved bony, starving lions in Sudan zoo


At an impoverished, forlorn zoo in Sudan’s capital, the park’s few remaining lions are starving in rusted cages — their ribs protruding, eyes glassy and skin flaccid, desperate for food and water. The unsettling images, shared on social media by a local animal rights advocate, drew impassioned responses from thousands around the world. But it wasn’t enough to save two lionesses at the Khartoum zoo, said local activist Zuhair al-Sarag. “This is actually a crime,” he said, adding that the park once teemed with animals. “Someone should be held accountable.” With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions, including a lioness. Locals concerned about the fate of the lions flocked to help recently, bringing food and medical items, despite the economic crisis gripping the country. Soaring food prices in Sudan triggered a mass protest movement last year that convulsed the large African country, ultimately ousting longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April. Months later, a civilian-military transitional council replaced al-Bashir’s rule, and inherited its problems, including $60 billion in debt, rebellions in far-flung provinces and the country’s longtime status as a global pariah. Price hikes and economic hardship have caused animals to suffer, too. “Many international organizations are willing to help” the lions, including an emergency rescue group expected in Sudan soon, said Osman Mohamed Salih, the first activist who appealed for help online. While many abroad have tried to donate via crowdfunding sites, Salih noted that U.S. sanctions on Sudan have prevented the zoo from receiving funds through popular platforms, such as GoFundMe. There was no immediate response from GoFundMe. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, formerly a World Bank economist, has made it his mission to get the United States to drop its designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, so that the country can attract badly needed foreign aid and investment. The economic troubles are testing the government during its fragile transition to democracy. “Despite all of this, the marathon of recovery, healing and redevelopment … continues,” Salih, the activist, wrote on Facebook. On Wednesday, he shared a photograph of the remaining lioness after volunteers had brought food, saying she was making “beautiful progress.” AP

Seychelles could be on the brink of overtourism [Travel]


The Seychelles – the Indian Ocean archipelago, a chain of 115 islands, is a byword for luxury holidays, Instagram-perfect beaches and has gained a reputation as a honeymoon destination High-end tourism, from Europe mainly, helped pull the Seychelles from the brink of financial ruin after the 2008 economic crisis. Visitor numbers almost doubled in the decade that followed, to around 360,000 in 2018, nearly four times the country’s population. But now the Seychelles is grappling with how many visitors it can realistically accommodate. With 90% of goods imported from abroad and a round-the-clock dependence on oil powered generators for electricity, the nation is fighting increased pollution on the islands. And yet tourism is a vital component of the country’s economy, accounting for more than 60 per cent of its GDP. The dilemma for the government is to find a way to both encourage the growth of the industry while protecting the habitat of the famous Aldabra giant turtles. Find out what is being done to combat the progressive destruction of Seychelles’ nature in this travel segment with Nyasha K. Mutizwa. @NyashaKMutizwa

Comoros ruling party wins majority in boycotted legislative polls


Comoros’ ruling party has won an absolute majority in the first round of legislative elections boycotted by the country’s opposition. According to official results, President Azali Assoumani’s Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros party won 17 out of 24 legislative seats, while two other seats went to parties in the presidential coalition. Opposition parties have described Sunday’s first round of voting as a “circus” and an “electoral masquerade” and estimated the turnout at just 10%, well below the 61.5% announced by the electoral commission. They had boycotted the vote for what they called a failure to guarantee a transparent, free and democratic” election. The electoral commission announced Monday, that a second round of voting is billed for February 23rd.

Kenya: Kenya Returns 19 Trucks Carrying Milk to Uganda


[Monitor] Kampala -At least 19 trucks carrying powered and UHT milk have been returned to Uganda or diverted by Kenyan authorities, according to details obtained from Uganda Revenue Authority.

Nigeria: UK Govt Frustrating Corruption Trial of Former Minister - Economic Crimes Commission Head


[Premium Times] The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday, alleged that some foreign countries were sabotaging the efforts of the commission in its fight against corruption in Nigeria.

Angola: Drought Kills Over 5000 Cattle in Huíla


[ANGOP] Lubango -At least 5.654 heads of cattle died in 2019, in southern Huíla province, victims of diseases caused by the severe drought that affected the municipalities of Gambos, Chibia, Matala, Jamba, Lubango and Quipungo, reads a report from the provincial office of agriculture, livestock and fisheries.

Kenya: Kenya Steps Up Surveillance Amid Coronavirus Fears


[Nation] Kenya has stepped up surveillance for coronavirus at all its ports of entry. The Ministry of Health has announced that passengers from China, where there is an outbreak, will be screened for the virus.

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