Top Africa stories: AU agrees on reforms, Zim 'terror' gangs

2018-11-20 08:00

PICS: AU leaders agree reforms to reduce donor dependence

African Union leaders on Sunday finally agreed measures compelling members states to pay their dues as part of a drive to reform a body often seen as toothless and donor-dependent.

Heads of state and ministers had gathered at the body's headquarters in Addis Ababa for what was seen as a last-ditch attempt to push through reforms that have been mulled for nearly two years.

The AU in 2016 charged its chairperson and Rwandan President Paul Kagame with getting reforms passed, but observers have said time is running out because Egypt - which is set to assume the chairmanship - is thought to oppose aspects of the agenda.


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Soldier kills five mourners in DRC shooting

DRCA soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo attacked a congregation of mourners, shooting dead five people and injuring ten others, police sources said Sunday.

The motive of the shooter was unclear, they said after the overnight attack in the city of Tshikapa in the Kasai region in the central DRC.

"People were gathered to mourn when the soldier arrived and opened fire on the crowd killing two people on the spot and injuring others," a police source said.


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PICS: Singer Salif Keita dedicates benefit concert to 5-year-old deceased albino girl

Singer and albino activist Salif Keita has dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May.

The Saturday night concert followed a forum on protecting albino people in Africa that Keita assembled. More than 100 politicians, diplomats and albinos attended the forum on Friday.

He described how albinos in Mali and other African countries are sometimes persecuted and ridiculed, with violence often increasing around elections.

Salif Keita

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WATCH: Nigeria's pro-business opposition leader launches campaign

Nigeria's opposition leader Atiku Abubakar launched his presidential campaign on Monday vowing to create millions of jobs to tackle rising inequality and insecurity in Africa's top oil producer.

Seated for a nine-minute address streamed live on Facebook and Twitter, Abubakar laid out his plan to "get Nigeria working again".

"The sad fact today, as you know, is that too many of our people are not working and are living in poverty and insecurity," Abubakar said.

"The very fabric of our society is breaking down. We have never been so divided as a nation," he said.

Atiku Abubakar

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Police on high alert as armed gangs 'terrorise' Zimbabwean cities - report

Zimbabwe's law enforcement agents are reportedly on high alert following a recent spate of armed robberies and heinous rape cases across the country.

According to Daily News, police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed the development, adding that the police were closing in on the suspected criminals.

The suspects, the report said, included a gang of rogue taxi drivers who "raped and murdered" women.

Charamba said the suspects were also likely coming from neighbouring countries that included Mozambique and South Africa.


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