Top Africa stories: Zimbabwe, Malawi, Somalia

2016-10-05 18:25

Refugees stranded in Somalia after Kenya eviction

Kismayo - The camp sprawls across a grey sand dune overlooking the Indian Ocean. A multitude of small shacks lashed together quickly by hand using whatever could be found: crumpled sheet-metal, acacia branches and cardboard. Children play in heaps of rubbish.

More than 16 000 people are living here, destitute and stranded, on the fringes of Kismayo, a port town in Jubaland state, on Somalia's southern frontier.

"There is nothing, there are no good services here. We don't have a house, no education, no health, no work. We don't know where to go and where to find what we need," said Ahmed Mohamed Abukar, a father who returned to Kismayo, his hometown, in February.

Abukar arrived in a truck with his wife and six children, crossing the wild border from northeastern Kenya where his family had lived as refugees for seven years in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp.

He said he felt forced to return to Somalia because of food and healthcare cuts in Dadaab last year, and because of threats from the Kenyan authorities, he told Al Jazeera, seated on a plastic chair in the sand, a crowd of fellow returnees gathering around him.

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Catholic priest rapes teenager in Malawi

Lilongwe – A Malawian Roman Catholic priest, Francis Ngalande, is currently in police custody for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.

Media reports indicated that the priest from central Malawi’s rural district of Ntchisi defiled the girl on Friday.

According to the police, Ngalande had arranged to meet the secondary school student who he has been supporting by paying her school fees. When he met the girl, he took her to a lodge where he defiled her.

Upon learning of the abuse, the girl’s parents reported the matter to the police who arrested the priest. A medical report confirmed that the girl was indeed defiled.


The leader of the Catholic Archdiocese of Blantyre in southern Malawi, Archbishop Thomas Msusa, once admitted to the media that some priests sometimes found themselves in collision course with celibacy law.

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'He's never run a tuck shop': Anger as Mugabe's son-in-law named COO of Air Zim

 Harare - Zimbabwe's bedraggled national airline has a new boss - and the fact that he is PresidentRobert Mugabe's son-in-law has nothing to do with his appointment, apparently.

You could have fooled Zimbabweans.

Thirty-nine-year-old Simba Chikore was finally confirmed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Air Zimbabwe by a report in the official Herald newspaper on Wednesday following a social media storm prompted by leaked news of his appointment.

State ZBC television on Tuesday carried a damning expose of the state of the affairs at the national carrier, showing ramshackle head offices littered with broken chairs and left-over food takeouts. 

But the report, screened on the main evening news bulletin, did not say that Chikore had been appointed as second in command (there was one shot of the back of someone's head that may or may not have been Bona Mugabe's husband).

It was too late. On Twitter anger was bubbling over.

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UN urges Sudan to shed light on alleged chemical attacks

New York - The United Nations peacekeeping chief on Tuesday urged Sudan to shed light on allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Darfur, but Russia said the claims must not be taken seriously.

Herve Ladsous said he was "very alarmed" by an Amnesty International report that accused Sudanese government forces of carrying out more than 30 chemical attacks this year in villages of Darfur's Jebel Marra region.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in response to the report released last week that it would require further information and evidence to push ahead with a formal investigation.

Ladsous told the Security Council that Khartoum - which has signed the Chemical Weapons Convention - should "maintain full co-operation with any future OPCW investigation, as it has expressed readiness to do so".

Amnesty said that between 200 and 250 people including many children may have died as a result of exposure to chemical agents during the attacks.

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Zimbabwe court upholds ban on anti-Mugabe protests

Harare - Zimbabwe's High Court on Tuesday upheld a police ban on anti-government street protests in Harare after weeks of demonstrations calling for President Robert Mugabe to step down, a lawyer said.

Tendai Biti, the lawyer for a coalition of opposition parties who were challenging the police order, confirmed the case had been dismissed.

The parties are set to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court.

Biti blasted the police ban, due to run until mid-October, as "an arbitrary infringement of people's rights".

Police in Harare last month ordered a month-long ban on demonstrations in the capital's central business district following a string of anti-government protests.

Dozens of activists were beaten and arrested for participating in those marches.

Mugabe, 92, has often used brutal force to silence his opponents, and has warned the protesters they were "playing a dangerous game".


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