1Zambia Kicks Out Potential Asylum Seeker
Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe’s former finance minister and a leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), claimed asylum in Zambia on Wednesday after making a dash for the border, he’s facing charges of inciting post-election violence in Zimbabwe. Exiled former Zanu-PF spin doctor Professor Jonathan Moyo has said it would be irrational and against international law for Zambia to deport feeling MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti back to a government that kills its own people.
2Kabila Says His Reign is Really Over
After years of uncertainty, president Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo will not run for re-election. The government announced former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary will be the nominee for the ruling party in the upcoming December polls. It ends speculation over whether Kabila would run again or who would replace him as leader of the central African nation if he stepped down.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
3Encouraging African Mothers to Continue Breastfeeding
Jane Napais is a nutritionist for the charity, Feed The Children in Kenya. She gives five reasons why breastfeeding is a healthy option for mother and child, to coincide with the final day of World Breastfeeding Week 2018.
4A Real Threat to Cameroon’s President?
Aside from the main opposition leader Joshua Osih, no candidate for the October election is creating as much hype as 66-year-old lawyer Akere Muna. Muna, the former vice president of the anti-corruption group Transparency International, says he is the best candidate to fight the deep-rooted corruption that has hindered Cameroon’s development, despite rich natural and human resources.
5Nigerian Man Saves 13 from Drowning
Joseph Blankson had always been a strong swimmer so when the boat he was in had an accident and capsized, he didn’t think twice about jumping in the water to help rescue those who had fallen overboard. Singlehandedly, Blankson managed to pull 13 people out of the river. The father of two eventually became exhausted as he went in and out of the river, rescuing one person after the other.
6Ebola Flares Up Again in DRC
WHO says armed escorts will be required to protect vaccination teams as they battle to contain Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The latest Ebola outbreak area in North Kivu province, which is classified as a level four security threat by the WHO and one of the highest set by the UN, comes amid local unrest including violence between rival militia groups.
7Being a Woman in South Africa
From unequal pay‚ greater unemployment levels and the constant risk of violence‚ South African women don’t seem to have that much to celebrate this Women’s Day.
SOURCES: Times Live
8Uganda Reboots its Airline Industry
Uganda is working to establish a new flag carrier after the last collapsed amid mounting debts in 2001. Officials say the chief role for the airline, to be based at Entebbe airport outside Kampala, will be in boosting travel links and introducing competition to bring down fares. It will also have a cargo arm to serve areas of the economy such as flower exports and a growing oil sector.
9Empowering Athletes In Africa
Building on its already established track record of supporting Ghanaian footballers and relying on $50,000 that is now mostly secured for the project, Keerapa Active needs to match these funds with another $50,000 to offer Ghana’s aspiring football players who want to become professionals, the accessible and high-standard sports facility that they need to achieve this goal.
10Afro-vegan Ideas to Kickstart your Tastebuds
In his latest cookbook, Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed, Chef Bryant Terry combs through the African diaspora around the globe. The result: 100 meat-free recipes that bridge the gap between veganism and African flavors from the Middle East, the Caribbean and elsewhere.