archives : August 2008


A foremost Islamic organisation in Nigeria has passed a death sentence (fatwa) on a Muslim, Muhammadu Bello Masaba, for marrying over 80 wives contrary to the Islamic religion, the private Guardian newspaper reported Friday. - Saturday 23 August 2008

The Moroccan government, on august 14 and 21, released the oldest Moroccan political prisoners a quarter century after they were accused and sentenced for conspiring against the government. This release is welcomed by Moroccan human rights bodies. - Friday 22 August 2008

Zimbabweans who have become dependant on cross-border forays to source necessities heaved a collective sigh of relief when the government decided to suspend import duty on essential food and non-food items. - Friday 22 August 2008

Ethiopia - Somalia
Ethiopia has blasted Somalia’s political leaders for getting bogged down in ”internal squabbles” while millions of Somalis live on the brink of a humanitarian disaster in a country that remains violent and ungoverned. - Friday 22 August 2008

Nigeria - China - International
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has announced an indefinite suspension of top sprinter Uchenna Emedolu after he deliberately sabotaged the country’s men’s 4x100 metres relay team at the ongoing Beijing Olympics. - Friday 22 August 2008

Fighting between Islamic insurgents and forces of the local administration in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo entered a second day on 21 August, displacing hundreds of families, with dozens killed, sources declared. - Friday 22 August 2008

Somalia - Netherlands
A Malaysian tanker carrying palm oil has been seized off the coast of Somalia, regional maritime sources said Thursday. The vessel and more than 20 crew members were seized in the Gulf of Eden, according to the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Programme official, Andrew Mwangura. - Friday 22 August 2008

Nigeria - International
The Nigeria Football Federation has blasted a report that the Nigeria U-23 team at the Olympics has been wearing only one jersey throughout. - Thursday 21 August 2008

The Kenya paralympic team head coach Herina Malit collapsed and died Thursday shortly after she was dropped from the Beijing-bound side. - Thursday 21 August 2008

Kenya - Namibia
France-based striker Dennis Oliech is among the high-pro file players dropped from the Kenyan squad that will face Namibia in the 6 September World Cup qualifier return match. - Thursday 21 August 2008

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