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   Thomas Thabane
   

Lesotho PM to be charged with murdering his wife

   

   The prime minister says he will retire in July, as police accuse him of murdering his estranged wife.
     * 7h7 hours ago
     * Africa

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     * The characters at the heart of Lesotho's murder drama
     * A murder mystery, the prime minister and his estranged wife

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   Stella Nyanzi
   

Africa Live: Acquitted activist faints as police try to hustle her back to jail

   

   Acquitted activist Stella Nyanzi's supporters bundle her into a car and drive off - and more.

   cattle in namibia
   

Namibia becomes first African country to export red meat to the US

   

   Historic shipment sets off after 18 years of negotiations between the two countries.

   Kizito Mihigo
   

Rwanda rules out ‘independent' probe into musician’s death

   

   The East African country rejects demands for an independent investigation into the death of Kizito Mihigo.

   Menbe Aklilu and Atsede in hospital
   

Acid attack survivor: 'There are more good people than bad'

   

   Atsede Nguse's husband disfigured her in Ethiopia, but well-wishers have helped her recovery.
     * 20h20 hours ago
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   The crown in its secure storage facility, sat on a red pillow with an Ethiopian flag beside it
   

Ethiopian 18th Century crown returns home

   

   Former refugee Sirak Asfaw found it in a suitcase and has protected the crown for the past 21 years.
     * 10h10 hours ago
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   Riek Machar (l) and President Salva Kiir
   

South Sudan rivals agree to form unity government

   

   The announcement comes ahead of Saturday's deadline to end years of conflict which has killed some 400,000 people.

   Stella Nyanzi
   

Africa Live: Acquitted activist faints as police try to hustle her back to jail

   

   Acquitted activist Stella Nyanzi's supporters bundle her into a car and drive off - and more.

   cattle in namibia
   

Namibia becomes first African country to export red meat to the US

   

   Historic shipment sets off after 18 years of negotiations between the two countries.

   Kizito Mihigo
   

Rwanda rules out ‘independent' probe into musician’s death

   

   The East African country rejects demands for an independent investigation into the death of Kizito Mihigo.

   Menbe Aklilu and Atsede in hospital
   

Acid attack survivor: 'There are more good people than bad'

   
   The crown in its secure storage facility, sat on a red pillow with an Ethiopian flag beside it
   

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   Riek Machar (l) and President Salva Kiir
   

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   Posted at 16:49

Rwanda rules out ‘independent' probe into musician’s death

   Jacques Niyitegeka

   BBC News, Great Lakes
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   Rwanda has rejected demands by human rights organisations for an independent investigation into the death of Kizito Mihigo, a popular gospel singer, who was found dead in a police cell on Monday morning.

   He died three days after he was arrested near the border with Burundi, with police accusing him of attempting to flee the country and join rebel groups fighting against Rwanda. Mr Mihigo was banned from leaving Rwanda due to a previous conviction.

   The spokesperson for Rwanda's Investigation Bureau, Marie Michelle Umuhoza, told the BBC that “Rwanda is an independent, sovereign state capable of carrying out investigations on anything”.

   Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative have all called for an independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of the 38-year-old musician who was popular for his message on peace and reconciliation.

   On Monday, Rwanda police announced he had committed suicide while in custody. Some of his friends and foreign-based Rwandan activists have cast doubt on that account.

   Human Rights Watch official had told the BBC Newsday programme that independent investigation would look into things like surveillance cameras around where the singer was being held.

   But Ms Umuhoza said Rwanda is already conducting its own investigation into his death.

   “I don’t see the point for that other independent investigation, in an independent country”, she said, not disclosing when the investigation will be completed.

   She also said the singer’s family was free to bury him.

   Mihingo, who had been sentenced in 2015 to 10 years in prison for conspiring to overthrow the government, was released on presidential pardon on 15 September 2018 along with over 2,000 prisoners.

   Many believe his song Igisobanuro cy’urupfu, translating to "the meaning of death", released in 2014 days before the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, was what got him into trouble in the first place.

   The song is widely seen as challenging the officially accepted narrative of the Rwandan genocide – subtly hinting at crimes allegedly committed by the ruling party Rwanda Patriotic Front.
   Posted at 16:11

Acquitted Ugandan activist faints amid disorder at court

   Ugandan academic and activist Stella Nyanzi, who was earlier acquitted of insulting the president, fainted after a scuffle ensued between her supporters and police officers.

   Ms Nyanzi, who was ordered to be released immediately by a judge on Thursday, fainted after the trouble between her supporters and prison officials who tried to take her back into prison, according to Reuters news agency.

   Officials attempted to wrestle Ms Nyanzi from her supporters but they managed to help her outside the court compound, put her in a car and drive off.

   Security officers fired tear gas into the small crowd that formed, Reuters reports.

   It quotes a supporter blaming the chaos on security officers:

   "We were simply jubilating and we knew that this was court ground, we needed to move further... the police officers, they are the ones who brought in all this chaos," Flavia Kalule is quoted as saying.

   "It's not surprising because that is how the mafia state operates," she added.

   Ms Nyanzi, who blew kisses and flashed the middle finger immediately after the judge's verdict, had questioned the real reasons for her arrest before she fainted:

   "Why was I in prison, because I wrote a poem? Because I expressed my deep disinterest and disgust of the NRM (National Resistance Movement) regime?" she asked.

   She was convicted over a September 2018 Facebook post in which she referred to the president's mother's private parts.
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   Stella Nyanzi was sentenced to 18 months in jail for insulting the president
   Posted at 15:18

Businesman kidnapped 'outside his front door' in Mozambique

   Jose Tembe

   BBC News, Maputo

   A high-profile businessman in Mozambique has been abducted in the second such case in a fortnight.

   Kidnappers seized Manish Cantilal on Tuesday as he was walking towards the front door of his house in the capital, Maputo.

   Maputo police spokesman Leonel Muchina said the incident was captured on CCTV.

   Joint investigations are under way with the National Criminal Services, he added, to "return the abductee to his family, and neutralise the abductors and bring them to justice for this crime".

   In 2014 Mr Cantilal was himself accused of being part of a feared gang of kidnappers that struck fear into wealthy business owners, many of whom fled to South Africa and Portugal for their safety.

   He always denied the charges, which were later dropped.

   In another twist, a judge who presided over the case was later shot dead in the capital.

   The rate of kidnappings in the southern African country is on the rise again. Wealthy business owners, often of Asian origin, are frequent targets.

   Last week, businessman Issufo Satar was kidnapped from the city of Chimoio in central Mozambique.
   Posted at 14:38

Ridiculed South African minister clarifies her words

   Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
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   South Africa's Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has clarified she meant to say "France" not "Switzerland" when she appeared in a TV interview on Wednesday to respond to allegations of flying her husband to Switzerland on taxpayers' money. (See earlier post)

   "I have never been to Swizerland... We went to Geneva and New York," she said, sparking wide ridicule online.

   Geneva is a city in Switzerland.

   Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams wrote on Twitter that she "made an error":
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   She released a statement, in which she said she "erroneously referred to Switzerland instead of France", according to South African news site News24.

   "I profusely apologise for this error as I meant to say that we had not been to France in that particular instance, but in Geneva where Mr Abrahams had accompanied me on an official trip in line with the Ministerial Handbook," News24 quotes as the statement saying.
   Posted at 14:31

Tunisia bid to host Caf Champions League final

   
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   The Tunisian Football Federation has submitted a bid to host this year's Caf Champions League final.
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   Posted at 14:25

Lesotho PM to be charged with murdering his wife

   
   Thomas Thabane
   

   The prime minister says he will retire in July, as police accuse him of murdering his estranged wife.
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Namibia becomes first African country to export red meat to the US

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   The first shipment of red meat to the US has set off, after nearly two decades of negotiations

   Namibia has become the first African country to export red meat to the US, after nearly two decades of negotiations.

   The state-owned Meatco's first shipment of meat, 25 tonnes of beef, set off towards Philadelphia on Wednesday, news agency Reuters reports.

   Minister of International Relations,Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was pleased that the southern African country was able to "finally export meat to the lucrative and big US market".

   Namibia is expected to export 860 tonnes of beef in 2020.

   "Namibia will benefit economically from tapping into the largest consumer market with purchasing power of $13 trillion, and US consumers will benefit from access to Namibia’s high-quality, free-range, grass-fed beef," the news agency quotes US Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson as saying.

   The US tops the tables for annual meat consumption.
   Posted at 13:27

'The football photos that saved my life'

   A goalkeeper who survived the 1994 Rwanda genocide is using football to unite the country.

   Amidst the Rwandan genocide of 1994, a Tutsi on the verge of being killed by Hutu extremists, recalls how his life was saved.

   Those who had come to kill him, realised he played for one of the country’s biggest clubs, and so spared his life.

   Today, Eric Murangwa Eugene uses football as a tool to bring harmony in Rwanda in the hope of avoiding such conflict in the future.

   This video is part of Crossing Divides, a BBC season bringing people together in a fragmented world.
   Posted at 13:06

South Sudan leaders agree to form unity government

   Catherine Byaruhanga

   BBC News, Kampala
   President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar
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   Previous talks between President Salva Kiir (R) and his rival Riek Machar have failed

   South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar have agreed to form a unity government by Saturday’s agreed deadline.

   This latest development follows a meeting at State House in the capital, Juba, on Thursday.

   President Kiir has promised protection for opposition leaders. Mr Machar’s allies had sought assurances about his safety should he formally return to the capital.

   Mr Kiir said the key issues which have not been resolved, such as how he and Mr Machar would share the power and how opposing forces will be unified, are set to be addressed and finalised in the coming days.

   Mr Machar has agreed to take up his former position as first vice-president and the current cabinet will be dissolved to make way for more opposition members.

   There are expectations the deal will bring an end to South Sudan's devastating six-year civil war, which has killed some 400,000 people.

   The two men formed a short-lived unity government once before, in 2016. It lasted for three months before Mr Machar left Juba as fighting resumed.
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