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video--Plan threatens Uganda's Mabira rainforest

Wangari Maathai: Death of a visionary

BBC News "Wangari Maathai's compelling life story is inextricably linked with the social and political changes that so much of Africa has been through since the idea of throwing off European colonialism began to gain traction shortly after World War II."

Africa salutes humble RB

Zambian Watchdog: "The Zambian election has provided an important lesson for the people of Zimbabwe and Sadc that peaceful power transfer is possible, analysts said on Friday, wrote the Newsday of Zimbabwe
The Zambian election, which saw opposition leader Michael Sata, nicknamed “King Cobra”, oust incumbent Rupiah Banda, whose Movement for Multiparty Democracy had run Zambia since 1991, is a victory for democracy.

Sata was duly declared the winner by Ireen Mambilima, chairwoman of the Electoral Commission, and Zambia’s Chief Justice Ernest Sakala."

5 killed for failing to recite Quaran

Vanguard "The five people believed to be Igbo traders were said to have been shot dead at Madala Market on Thursday Night between 7 – 8pm.

Our correspondent reliably gathered that the yet to be identified gunmen were said to have stormed the Madala market and made straight to a shop believed to be that of some Igbo traders and ordered th"

Julius Bambay Kamara rejects Apology of Julius Maada Bio

Awareness Times "The 34 years old son of James Bambay Kamara, Sierra Leone’s police boss who suffered extra-judicial execution in December 1992, has told Awareness Times that he was “not even considering” the apology made to his family by the main opposition SLPP Presidential Aspirant. According to Julius Bambay Kamara who was speaking from his Wilkinson Road residence in Freetown yesterday September 22nd 2011, his namesake and presidential contender Julius Maada Bio, a member of the NPRC Junta which executed his father, has not given the families of victims the respite they need."

French now matter of concern in EA

Arushatimes "French may be the language of love but not exactly to the panel of Ministers from the five member states making up the East African Community.

The language factor apparently looks set to become another bone of contention, if not tug-of-war between Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, the country which advocates for it."

FG to sack security chiefs over collusion with Boko Haram

Vanguard "The federal government is likely to sack some security chiefs over their collusion with Boko Haram, Saturday Vanguard has learnt.

It was also gathered that the Presidency has commenced investigation into how and when a ‘confirmed and hardened’ adherent of Boko Haram, Mr. Ali Tishau, who was in police detention on allegations of terrorism, was released to the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) on the request of a former Chief of Defence Intelligence (names with-held), found his way to the African Independent Television (AIT) to grant an interview where he claimed that ‘Nigeria police hid bomb warnings from the Presidency’."

Zambians toast Sata’s victory

Times of Zambia "ZAMBIANS across the country have continued to toast the victory of President Michael Sata in the September 20 tripartite elections.

Ndola Patriotic Front (PF) supporters and residents broke into wild celebrations after President Sata was officially declared winner of the presidential elections.

The residents left their houses to celebrate on the streets soon after Chief Justice Ernest Sakala, who was the returning officer for the presidential elections, declared Mr Sata the duly elected president yesterday.

The celebrations continued late into the afternoon as the residents and supporters matched around town while they also made mock funeral processions of the former ruling party, the MMD which was the PF’s closest opponent."

Time for Zim professionals to return home: Mantashe

The Herald Online "AFRICAN National Congress secretary general Cde Gwede Mantashe believes it's high time professional Zimbabweans in South Africa return home and help in the rebuilding of the economy.

Cde Mantashe said because of Zimbabwe's intellectual prowess, South Africa had benefited a lot and Zimbabwe now needed its expertise to also grow.
In an interview during his recent visit here, Cde Mantashe said Zimbabwe's education policies had developed a competent human resource base."

Sudanese man executed in Saudi Arabia for 'witchcraft and sorcery'

Sudan Tribune: "The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of Abdul Hamid bin Hussein Mostafa al-Fakki for the crime of "witchcraft and sorcery", which contravenes shariah law, according to the Saudi Gazette.

It was reported by the Egyptian news agency, Bikya Masr, that the court accused al-Fakki of "producing a spell designed to lead to the reconciliation of his client’s divorced parents."

National |British firm illegally evicts 20,000 Ugandans

Daily Monitor: "The revelation is contained in a report, Land and Power, released on Thursday by British NGO Oxfam, which notes that speculators, pension funds and global agri-businesses from rich countries have been quietly acquiring large chunks of land in developing countries such as Uganda, South Sudan and Indonesia, leading to conflict, hunger and human rights abuses.

Oxfam reported that many evictees told of how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school."

Opposition's Sata declared Zambia's next president

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ubilant opposition supporters celebrate in the streets of Lusaka after Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata is declared winner of Zambia's presidential elections, ending 20 years of MMD rule. Announcement of the election result and people celebrating

Thugs used Malawi government car to attack activist Bisika

NyasaTimes "Minister of Lands, Yunnus Mussa has been implicated in the brutal assault of Lawrence Denizio Bisika by regime thugs in Zomba city on Wednesday, after it has been revealed that the assailants used a vehicle assigned to him.

Bisika was one of the main organisers of Wednesday’s historic work stoppage, when most of the country’s labour force downed tools to force President Bingu wa Mutharika to address political and economic ills besetting Malawi."

Gunmen storm bar near Burundi capital, kill 36

msnbc.com: "BUJUMBURA, Burundi — Gunmen from neighboring Congo killed 36 people in a late-night attack at a pub in Burundi, an official from the central African nation said Monday.

Bujumbura province governor Jacques Minami said that the attackers descended on the pub west of Burundi's capital Sunday night.
He said the attackers had crossed the river from Congo."

Oil facilities threatened

Tribune "THERE are fears over likely attacks on oil installations in Warri, Warri Local Government Area of Delta State, as security agents were, on Sunday, put on red alert, following a report on the arrival of three vehicles loaded with suspected Boko Haram members.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that the vehicles that brought the suspected sect members arrived in Warri at about 4.00 a.m."

Niger will not send Saadi Kadhafi back to Libya

video--Crackdown on illicit brew

Provincial administration officers have swung into action, a day after president Mwai Kibaki ordered them to contain the illicit brew menace. Over 2,000 liters of illicit brew was impounded in Nairobi's Korogocho slum. Elsewhere, residents of Ruiru have forwarded a list to authorities, of people they suspect are brewers and distributors of illegal brew.

Immigrant prostitutes steal the show

Newsday: "Once a shunned destination for foreign commercial sex workers due to the inflation-wasted currency, Zimbabwe has once again become a hub of activity for prostitutes from as far as Malawi, Zambia, DRC and even Nigeria.

The immigrant sex workers have become prevalent across the Avenues areas in Harare.

In interviews held with this reporter, the immigrant sex workers revealed that they preferred Zimbabwe due to the favoured United States Dollar being used in the country."

Libyans hail Cameron, Sarkozy

A roaring welcome in Libya's second city of Benghazi greeted Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron. The British Prime Minister and French President shared the triumphal limelight with interim premier Mahmoud Jibril, to an outpouring of thanks.

Horror as woman delivers monster baby in Ekiti

The Moment: "A middle-aged woman (names withheld) has been delivered of a baby with a monstrous head at the General Hospital, Iyin-Ekiti, Ifelodun/Irepodun Local government Area, Ekiti State.

The strange creature, which has bulging, froggy eyes, was born at around 2.15 p.m. at the weekend through a caesarean operation.

The monster baby also has an open hole at the back of its head, from where something that looked like mucus could be seen.

Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wole Olugboji, who confirmed the strange occurrence to newsmen yesterday, said the headless baby died but the mother was alive."

Zimbabwe: A Mujuru Mugabe struggle for Zanu PF

The Africa Report.com: "Inside sources have informed The Africa Report that the death of former Zimbabwe army commander General Solomon Mujuru may have been the product of a political agenda under fire. Some have suggested that the convenient death of the shrewd politician might have been part of the acrimonious battle to succeed longtime leader President Robert Mugabe."

Seven die after consuming fatal brew in Ruiru

KBC News: "Seven people have died after consuming an illicit brew at Ruiru in Thika County.

Ruiru District Commissioner Erastus Mbui says four died while receiving treatment at Ruiru hospital and three others at various locations.

He said they have launched investigation into the incident to establish the exact cause of the deaths.

Speaking to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) on phone, Mbui said 6 people are admitted at the hospital.

He noted that his office has been fighting illegal brewing in the area.

The incident comes a day after a lethal brew called ‘Yokozuna' claimed twelve lives in Nyahururu in Nyahururu and Ol Kalou."

Ministers demand VP to resign or face impeachment 

Malawi Nyasa Times "Ministers in President Bingu wa Mutharika cabinet have asked Malawi’s Vice President Joyce Banda to resign from her position for “fighting her own government” or risk being impeached in parliament when it sits in November.

According to the constitution, the vice president cannot be removed but can resign voluntary or be impeached by parliament.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has absolute majority in parliament and can possibly get the numbers to indict the vice president for impeachment proceedings."

FATAL MISTAKE

The Voice: "A 12- year- old boy who died after he was mistakenly given a fatal dose of wrong anti-retroviral tablets (ARV’s) was buried last Sunday.
If only the pharmacist had listened to the HIV positive boy (name withheld) when he suggested that the bottle he was given was not the one he normally had, he would still be alive today claimed his grieving mother."

Kampala bomb suspects trial continues

New Vision Online "THE trial of the Kampala twin bomb blasts continues on Wednesday at the High court in Kampala.

On Tuesday, 2 of the 14 Al Shabab suspects, Mohamoud Mugisha and Edris Nsubuga, pleaded guilty to participating in the July 11, 2010 Kampala bombings.

Mugisha, 25, told the High Court trial judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo that he conspired with Al Shabab leaders in different countries including Somalia, Kenya and Uganda to commit acts of terrorism. "

How wealthy Nigerians sponsor Boko Haram

Tribune "STRONG indications have emerged that bomb experts in the armed forces are now convinced that the bombs being used by the Boko Haram sect are being manufactured locally.

Expert sources in the military revealed that the notion that the bombs were imported had been ruled out, as some locally made devices were being put together to manufacture the explosives."

video--Miss Angola crowned Miss Universe in Brazil

video--Scores killed in Kenya pipeline fire

At least 100 people have been killed by an explosion at a leaking petrol pipeline in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi.

Entire families were wiped out in the mid-morning incident, which took place in in a densely populated slum.

Medical personnel at Nairobi's Kenyatta Nation Hospital are struggling to treat the stream of injured being rushed in.

Libyans flee the battle for Bani Walid

Gaddafi's third son 'flees to Niger'

Khama,a closed book-Wikileaks

Mmegi Online "The cable details a report by then US ambassador Stephen Nolan stating that Khama prefers talking on pertinent policy issues with church leaders but not on spiritual matters.
The cable, which is largely dedicated to describing the psychological profile of Khama, says the president values loyalty and keeps a tight circle of friends."

Tragedy at sea

The Citizen "Dar es Salaam. It was a day of sorrow and shock in Tanzania yesterday as 180 people died after a grossly overcrowded ferry capsized off Zanzibar. Scores more are still missing in one of the biggest tragedies to hit the country in recent years.

MV Spice Islander I sank about 30 kilometres into its journey to Pemba. Head of the rescue mission Lieutenant Hussein Mohamed told The Citizen on Sunday evening that preliminary reports indicated that the tragedy was caused by overloading.

“It was heavily overloaded with passengers and cargo,” Lieutenant Mohamed said. “It started sinking in the rear, where water got into the vessel.” "

14 More Killed in Jos, Jang Ponders Vigilante Response

Thisday newspaper:Against the backdrop of yet another 14 murders, among whom was a pregnant woman late Friday night, the Plateau State Government may have begun to consider self-help measures, including the use of armed vigilante groups, to defend the lives and property of its citizens.

To this end, the governor, Dr. Jonah Jang, is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting with President Good-luck Jonathan Monday to discuss lasting solutions to the situation that has left the state in a permanent state of siege.

Jealous housewife kills husband, mate

Sunday Tribune "Authorities of the Niger State Police Command have nabbed a house wife, identified as Ramatu Yakubu, following allegations that she was responsible for the death of her husband, one Yakubu Baraje and her mate, Hadiza Yakubu.

The incident was said to have taken place last weekend in Angwar Kurmi area of Madaka district in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.

Sunday Tribune investigation revealed that the relationship between Ramatu, her mate and their husband became testy some years back, after Ramatu allegedly observed that her husband, Malam Yakubu, had developed more feelings for her mate, Hadiza a situation that did not go down well with her."

Bishop Malasa accused of womanising, abuse of office

NyasaTimes "Bishop Brighton Malasa of the Upper Shire has come under fire from some members of the church that he is a womaniser and is abusing his office.

Emails are circulating in the diocese exposing how the Malasa is abusing his office and the emails have even gone to the donors of the diocese.

The emails coming from one called Gabriel Kaferapanjira and addressed to many recipients including some Anglican bishops both in Malawi, abroad and donors claim Bishop Malasa is a “drunkard and womanizer”. They also accused the Man of God as a tyrant leader among others.

Some of the addressees of the emails are bishop James Tengatenga of Southern Malawi diocese, bishop Fanuel Magangani of Northern Malawi diocese and bishop Francis Kaulanda of Anglican Diocese of Lake Malawi."

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Wikileaks: Janet behind gays Bill

Daily Monitor "The First Lady Ms Janet Museveni, was behind the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, US Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier, said in a leaked diplomatic cable.

The revelation was made by Senior Presidential Adviser John Nagenda, during a discussion with a US embassy political officer.

In Mr Lanier’s comments which were leaked on September 1, by whistleblower Wikileaks, Mr Nagenda is quoted to have told the US embassy that President Museveni is “quite intemperate” when it comes to homosexuality, but the First Lady, who he described as ‘a very extreme woman,’ “is ultimately behind the bill.”"

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Scores dead as Tanzanian ferry capsizes

Man hack family Naivasha

Boko Haram: Suicide bombers paid N10m each •Fresh facts on UN House bombing emerge •As EFCC vows to track sect’s funds •Jonathan set to effect changes in security

Nigerian Tribune "AS a way of stemming the growing security menace of the Boko Haram sect, the Federal Government is said to have approved the establishment of a new tact team within the Department of State Security Service (SSS), sources have confirmed.

Sources further confirmed that findings by the top brass of the administration further revealed the recruitment procedure of suicide bombers being used to prosecute suicide attacks so far carried out in the country."

Lansana Fadika breaks down in tears

Sierra Leone News: "The Western Area Regional Chairman of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) last weekend broke down in bitter tears over the ‘Monologue’ radio airwaves as he defended himself to popular radio journalist David Tam-Baryoh.

Fadika, who is SLPP’s constitutional No. 3 man, was speaking of allegations he had received money from President Koroma in order to sabotage the occasion of the delivery of the Maiden Speech of the SLPP’s Presidential Nominee Julius Maada Bio.

Indeed, the much-publicized and highly anticipated huge crowd of SLPP supporters who should have painted the streets of Freetown green and caused traffic jams in the city, just did not materialize last Saturday 3rd September 2011."


11 die in fresh Plateau violence

Nigeria Guardian "THE fresh orgy of violence in Plateau State, which began last week, continued on Sunday night as 11 people were killed in two different locations.

Seven people were hacked to death at Zakaleu near Babale in Targon District of Jos North Local Council of the state while in Kuru, Jos South Local Council, four people were killed on the same night.

Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, led journalists to the two venues to see the casualties."


WikiLeaks exposes Sikhanyiso Ndlovu

The Herald Online "ZANU-PF secretary for education in the Politburo and former deputy national political commissar Cde Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told the US political section chief Matt Harrington in 2002 that senior party members were quietly discussing President Mugabe's exit.
According to WikiLeaks cables released last week, Cde Ndlovu told the Americans that Politburo members were considering their future after President Mugabe had stepped down.
"In an April 24 (2002) conversation with political section chief, Zanu-PF deputy political commissar Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said Politburo members are, for the first time, quietly discussing ways to ease President Mugabe out, but few are willing to confront the Zimbabwean President directly. "


National |MPs ask Mbabazi to resign over strike

Daily Monitor: "Confusion marked yesterday’s opening of public schools for the crucial last term after some teachers reported for duty even as their colleagues across the country refused to call off the strike over a salary dispute.

Uncertainty over how schools will function continued with MPs demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi over a seven-day ultimatum he issued to teachers on Sunday. The PM, who warned that teachers who fail to report for duty will be replaced, was criticised for aggravating a situation that now affects the future of thousands of pupils and students."

Namdeb strike continues as talks falter

the Namibian: "Announcing the collapse of the talks that Labour Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko had mediated, the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) secretary general, Evilastus Kaaronda, announced on Thursday evening that the union had pulled out of the talks.
The union ended the talks after it was served with court papers by Namdeb management for a civil suit as well as to declare the strike illegal.
Namdeb has for now suspended its intention to approach the courts.
“What the letter shows both in content and purpose is the total disrespect, indifference, insensitivity and bad faith so much characteristic of Namdeb's conduct throughout this entire process of negotiations and search for settlement,” Kaaronda fumed.
“It is clear that Namdeb's deliberate acts of bad faith are aimed at derailing all efforts aimed at bringing about a genuine resolution to the current impasse,” he added."


Makerere appeals to govt for salaries

New Vision Online "UGANDA'S main university Makerere is facing a cash crisis and will not meet its wage bill for satff this month without aid from the government.

The University Vice-Chancellor Prof Venansius Baryamureeba said the university had not generated enough funds.

He said the financial crisis at the university has been caused by its closure following both lecturers’ and students’ strikes last week. He said most students had not paid their tuition. "

‘CRAZY ABOUT SEX ‘

The Voice: "Two under-aged primary school girls recently found themselves facing an HIV scare after having unprotected sex with their older boyfriends.
The 12- year -old standard five school girl and her 13- year old standard six cousin who have been described as ‘sex wild’ by their parents however breathed a temporary sigh of relief when their first HIV test turned out negative recently.
They were prompted to check themselves for the HI Virus after their older boyfriends who said that they had the virus claimed to have deliberately infected their young lovers to stop them from sleeping with other men."


Mubarak trial: Police witness denies live fire orders

Clashes in DR Congo over 'voter fraud'

Al Jazeera English: "Police in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have fired tear gas to disperse several hundred opposition supporters who accuse the electoral commission of fraud in the run up to elections later this year.

The protest is the latest sign of growing tension in Congo before presidential and parliamentary polls in November, the second set of elections since the last war ended in 2003."


Grace Mugabe hoodwinked

Times LIVE: "President Robert Mugabe's family could lose their luxurious $7-million mansion in Hong Kong because the Chinese businessman whom they fronted to purchase the house for them four years ago is refusing to hand over the title deeds.

Highly placed government insiders say businessman Ping Sung Hsieh sweet-talked first lady Grace Mugabe into buying the house in his name after convincing her that the media would "blow the issue apart" if the house was put in the Mugabe name."


Bomb scare in Lagos........

Nigeria Tribune "THERE was panic at the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, on Thursday, following the rumour of a bomb blast by the Boko Haram sect in the area.

This led to the closure of prominent entrances into the secretariat, including that of the deputy governor, Mrs Joke Orelope-Adefulire.

The development also resulted in heavy human and vehicular traffic within the secretariat as workers and visitors hurried to flee the scene.

Nigerian Tribune observed that the government had since put stringent security measures in place at the secretariat since five months ago."

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Zimbabwe: the greatest transfer of property in southern africa - by Paul T. Shipale

New Era: "On 25 August 2011, a story appeared in the New Era’s newspaper with the former Governor of Omusati Region, Nangolo Leonard Mukwiilongo, reported to have urged the government to revise its land distribution policy, because, according to Mukwiilongo, ‘the government has failed to address the land issue...which renders fruitless the liberation struggle that was in part driven by Namibians’ quest for land from which they were uprooted’.

The land question is such a sensitive issue that should be handled with care. "

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The Solomon Mujuru Death Story…What’s Wrong With It?

Bizsetup Group: "Recently Zimbabweans were hit with the terrible news of the death of retired Army General, Solomon Mujuru. He was a genuine national hero – an endangered species in most countries. Right from the beginning, the story had ‘foul play’ written all over it, for most Zimbabweans.

If I was a psycho, jealous or ambitious somebody determined to murder a very high-profile national hero, I’d probably want to take the time to think up a good story first.

It’s murder 101 isn’t it?"