Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Student Protesters at Lang’ata School

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale (Photo Credit: Twitter via CapitalFM_Kenya)

Kenyan authorities apologized after police used tear gas on students protesting the sale of the playground at Lang’ata school in Nairobi to a developer.

Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery apologized after meeting with students at the school on Tuesday. He confirmed that the playground belonged to the school.

BBC News reports the students had returned to school after a “two-week teachers’ strike to find the playground fenced off.”

Teachers and activists joined the students in trying to “push down the barriers” before the police intervened, using tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Top al-Shabaab militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi surrendered to Somali police. BBC News said Hersi, a leading figure in the group’s intelligence wing, surrendered to police in the Gedo region.

In June 2012, the US state department offered $3m (£1.9m, 2.5m euros) for information leading to his capture.

It comes three months after al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US air strike.

A Somali intelligence officer, quoted by the Associated Press news agency, suggested Mr Hersi may have surrendered because of a dispute with al-Shabab members loyal to the former leader.

BBC Africa editor Mary Harper says Somali intelligence had received a tip off that he was hiding in a town close to the border with Kenya. He fell out with Godane last year and has been on the run ever since but he is still a powerful figure, she adds. Ahmad Umar was named the new leader of al-Shabab, days after Godane’s killing last September. Source: BBC News

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu

Riots Erupt in Zambian Capital Over Acting President Guy Scott Firing Edgar Lungu (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Riots have erupted in Zambia’s capital city Lusaka as protests mount over white acting president Guy Scott, firing Edgar Lungu, the ruling party’s secretary general following the death of president Michael Sata.

The riots started on Monday night in several places in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, including the University of Zambia and a government building designated as a place for Sata’s mourners to gather, according to witnesses.

Protesters had descended on the building, Belvedere Lodge, with stones, machetes and other weapons, and police fired tear gas into the venue to clear demonstrators from the area.

The protesters were angry over the decision by acting president, Guy Scott, to dismiss Edgar Lungu, the ruling party’s secretary general.

Lungu, who remains defence and justice minister, said his dismissal was illegal and accused Scott, who is of Scottish descent, of “insulting our culture”. Source: News 24

President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

President Obama announced $33 billion in commitments to Africa to form economic partnerships beyond the usual humanitarian aid. This comes as the U.S. is playing catch-up to the Chinese, who have capitalized on the growing economies. Africa is home to six of the world’s fastest growing economies and fast-growing middle class. That means increased spending power.

The bulk of the commitments Obama made comes from private sector companies like Coca Cola and General Electric.

President Obama noted that just one percent of U.S. exports go to sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. trade with the continent is about the same as its trade ties to Brazil.

Obama said at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “We’ve got to do better, much better.” He added, “I want Africans buying more American products and I want Americans buying more African products.”

Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who opened the summit, said, “We also realize we have some catching up to do.” “We are letting Europe and China go faster than the U.S.,” he added.

Fact-sheet on Doing Business in Africa: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/05/fact-sheet-doing-business-africa-campaign

Here are some tweets about the #USAfrica:

FREE AT LAST: Sudan ‘Apostasy’ Woman, Meriam Ibrahim, Arrives in the U.S.

FREE AT LAST: Sudan 'Apostasy' Woman, Miriam Ibrahim Arrives in the U.S.

FREE AT LAST: Sudan ‘Apostasy’ Woman, Meriam Ibrahim Arrives in the U.S. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

FREE AT LAST: Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was freed from death row for apostasy after international outrage, has arrived in the U.S. with her family. The family arrived at the Manchester, NH, airport, the final leg of their journey, shortly after 8 p.m. ET, after first entering the U.S. via Philadelphia.

Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death by hanging and 100 lashes for committing adultery for marrying a Christian man, Daniel Wani,was finally allowed to leave Sudan, after being detained one day following her release from prison. The Italian government negotiated her release, along with input from Pope Francis.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who presented Ibrahim with a small replica of the Liberty Bell, said she was a “world freedom fighter.” He compared her to Rosa Parks, and said people would remember her just like “others who stood up so we could be free,” BBC reports.

Meriam Ibrahim and her family flew from Rome with the Pope’s blessings. She is finally free at last.

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Who Led Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone, Dies from Virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, who led the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, died from the virus. Government officials have hailed Khan, 39, as a “national hero.”

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan’s death comes days after prominent Liberian doctor Samuel Brisbane died from the disease.

The government of Sierra Leone said last week that Dr. Khan was being treated for Ebola and had been quarantined.

American doctor Kent Brantly is said to be in grave condition in Liberia after contracting the disease. American Daniel Sawyer also died from the disease. He became visibly ill during a trip from Liberia to Nigeria. He had been taking care of a sister who had also contracted the disease.

 

Liberia Suspends Football Activities to Control Spread of Ebola Virus

Liberia Suspends Football Activities to Control Spread of Ebola Virus

Liberia Suspends Football Activities to Control Spread of Ebola Virus

Liberia suspends all soccer activities as it seeks ways to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed 672 lives in West Africa, according to new UN figures.

There was a risk of infection because football is a contact sport, the football association said.

A major regional airliner, Asky, said it had halted flights to the Liberian and Sierra Leonean capitals because of growing concerns about the virus.

It is the second airline company to take such a decision, following the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever.

“Asky is determined to keep its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time,” it said in a statement said.

Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected, but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.

It spreads through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. Source: BBC

Boko Haram Militants Seize Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister’s Wife in Latest Attack

Boko Haram Militants Seize Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister's Wife in Latest Attack

Boko Haram Militants Seize Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister’s Wife in Latest Attack (Photo credit: SPM.Gov.CM)

The wife of Cameroon Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali was among several people kidnapped by Boko Haram militants, who attacked Kolofata, a town on the country’s Far North Region near Nigeria.

Colonel Felix Nji Formekong said, “The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you Boko Haram elements are still in Kilofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” Reuters reports.

Formekong said, “Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime Minister succeeded in taking him out of town to Mora.”

South African School Accused of Racist Abuse of Black, Mixed-Race Students

South African School Accused of Racist Abuse of Black, Mixed-Race Students

South African School Accused of Racist Abuse of Black, Mixed-Race Students (Credit: Wikipedia)

The South African Human Rights Commission has found  black and mixed-race students at Dr. Viljoen Combined School were subjected to racist abuses by the staff.

Children at the school alleged staff members called them racist names, such as baboons and monkeys.

After an 18-month investigation, staff members and the head teacher were found to have exposed students to dehumanizing and racist treatment.

Representatives of Dr Viljoen Combined School told the BBC they would not “comment at this stage.”

They said they had not seen the report and would refer the matter to the school’s governing body.

Representatives of the Free State Department of Education, responsible for the school, say they will study the report and would hold their own investigation before taking any potential disciplinary action.

The SAHRC is an independent body set up after the end of white-minority rule in 1994 to investigate allegations of human rights abuses and hold public institutions accountable.

Read more at BBC.

Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

The U.S. is now in a diplomatic row with the government of Sudan over granting Meriam Ibrahim a visa after she was freed from jail on apostasy and adultery charges stemming from marrying Daniel Wani, a Christian man and for refusing to denounce her Christian faith. The government of Sudan has summoned the U.S. ambassador.

Ibrahim was freed from death row on Monday but was re-arrested hours later by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) at the Khartoum airport as she and her family tried to leave the country. The NISS, whose personnel are known as the “Agents of Fear,” said on its Facebook page that Meriam Ibrahim and her family were attempting to travel to the U.S. with documents from the embassy of South Sudan. NISS said she was carrying a U.S. visa and that her attempts to use the documents were considered a “criminal offense.”

The U.S. State Department maintains they were told the family was not arrested, but Ibrahim’s lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed says she has been transferred from NISS to police detention.

I thought when the appeals court ordered Ibrahim’s release from death row that the case against her had been dropped. Why would she still have bail conditions to meet? The Sudanese government is playing a twisted game of gotcha with this woman’s life and I am afraid with every passing day there’s the real possibility she will be murdered.

Why in the world didn’t the State Department put the couple and their two kids on their plane to get them out of Sudan instead of allowing them to go through the usual process? Also, this family has been on the State Department’s radar since 2011 and they reportedly kept giving Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, the brush-off. Why? Because he’s black and from Africa? This is a disgrace and it could have all be avoided had someone given this man’s case some attention.

The Christian Post is reporting that Meriam Ibrahim was re-released. We’ll continue to monitor this story…..