archives : September 2009


Angola - Congo - DR Congo
Thousands of Congolese have been deported from Angola this year. The Republic of Congo has also deported DRC nationals from its territory. In a decision to retaliate, Kinshasa has decided deport illegal Angolan immigrants from the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC). The UN has warned of high numbers of human rights abuses. - Wednesday 30 September 2009

Uganda’s "Year of the Gorilla” has been marked with the launching of " Friend a gorilla" site, which allows users to follow the daily life of a gorilla and his/her family in the mountains of Uganda. By inviting internet users to pay a dollar a year for this virtual incursion, the Ugandan government intends to generate the necessary revenue for the protection of gorillas and boost tourism in the region. - Wednesday 30 September 2009

Gabon’s Constitutional Court Tuesday embarked on a vote re-count in the presence of opposition candidates who complained of fraud and rigging, during the August 30 presidential election. The decision was announced Saturday by Marie Madeleine Mborantsuo, the president of the court. - Wednesday 30 September 2009

Stifled by a wave of lawsuits that has become the order of the day, the Nigerien opposition has shown their strongest determination, yet, to fight against authoritarianism by announcing their intention to boycott parliamentary elections set for October 20. President Mamadou Tandja has been ruling with an iron fist since an unconstitutional reform in August that gave him the power to run for president as many times as he wishes. He also intends to use the elections to expand his influence in Parliament by putting his own men in strategic positions. Last May, he dissolved the National Assembly after they refused to vote in favour of a referendum on the disputed reform. It was an indirect way of revealing their disagreement with Tandja’s decision to stand for a third term in 2012. - Tuesday 29 September 2009

Ghana - United States
Recently, my friend, Mansaray returned from a visit to the state of Indiana in the United States. The effect of the Indiana visit on Mansaray is best experienced. She spoke glowingly of acres of endless cornfields. Then she delved into the plush restaurants typical of the mid-western American State where many rich old farmers would congregate for lunch. She recalled with childlike sentimentalism the lush lawns. - Tuesday 29 September 2009

As announced, and despite a ban issued by the authorities Sunday, key political and civil society personalities were able to mobilize a large portion of the population at the national stadium in Conakry, on Monday 28 September. Their intention was to demonstrate against a decision taken by the head of the junta, Captain Dadis Moussa Camara to run for office as president in 2010. But barely after the crowd had pushed open the doors of the stadium, the security forces besieged the scene in a bloody attempt to disperse the demonstrators, leaving several dead and hundreds injured. - Tuesday 29 September 2009

A Zimbabwean tour guide in Victoria Falls is feared dead after he plunged into the gorges in an attempt to rescue a tourist. - Monday 28 September 2009

Prominent Zimbabwe human rights activist Jestina Mukoko was on Monday morning acquitted by the Supreme Court after she challenged the manner in which she was arrested and treated by state security agents last year. - Monday 28 September 2009

Djibouti - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Kenya - Uganda - Somalia - Sudan - Tanzania
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti ... East Africa is currently experiencing a severe drought that is threatening, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), nearly 20 million people. And although Western countries have pledged emergency relief to the affected populations, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) has still not received the necessary funds to address the situation. Meanwhile, another El Niño that looms in the horizon could turn this damaging drought situation into equally ruinous floods. - Monday 28 September 2009

Ethiopian Ministry of Works and Urban Development (MoWUD)) this year suspended a number of affordable housing projects across the country with the exception of the capital city, Addis Ababa. Top government officials have said the exercise is to lessen the government’s expenditure and save the economy from further decline. - Monday 28 September 2009

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