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AFRICA NEWS BRIEF • April 12, 2016


Dear Friends of Africa and The Africa Society,

We are pleased to begin providing you with periodic news flashes about the continent. As an important part of our mandate is to educate and advocate for Africa and things African, we hope you will find this useful. We welcome also information and happenings you deem important to our audience. We will keep you informed in a timely fashion about our activities and programs for the upcoming year. Our team is excited and eager to strengthen the work that we engage in for more effective advocacy for Africa and Africans to the mutual benefit of our countries. We value our partnership with you, our friends and members.

Warm regards,
Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater (Ret.)
CEO and Board Chair

Africa: Trade to Be U.S.$250 Billion By 2021

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is to implement a new strategy aimed at driving industrialisation across Africa and increasing intra-African trade by, at least, 50 per cent in the next five years.The Afreximbank Intra-African Trade Strategy, approved by the Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday, will see the Bank work with partners to ramp up trade among African countries to $250 billion from its current level of about $170 billion by 2021, a statement announced.

South Africa: President Jacob Zuma says he’ll abide by ruling he broke law

Jacob Zuma calls the ruling groundbreaking and says he respects it without reservations. The court ruled he defied the constitution using $15 million in state funds to renovate his home. Friday he’ll abide by this week’s Constitutional Court ruling that he broke the law by using $15 million in state funds to upgrade his private home.Zuma called the ruling groundbreaking and said he respects it without reservations.The judgment underscores the values that underpin our hard-won democracy,” Zuma said, while still insisting he didn’t act dishonestly.

Egypt:  Ex-minister Salah Eddin Helal jailed for 10 years

A court in Egypt has sentenced a former agriculture minister and his office manager to 10 years in prison after finding them guilty of corruption. Salah Eddin Helal was also fined $110,000 (£80,000), while his chief-of-staff Muhyidin said fine was $55,000.Helal resigned in September, when he was accused of taking bribes to sell state land a heavily discounted price.

Nigeria:  ‘Huge rise’ in child suicide bombers

Boko Haram’s use of child bombers has increased over the last year with one in five suicide attacks now done by children, the UN’s child agency says.Girls, who are often drugged, were behind three-quarters of such attacks committed by the militant Islamist group in Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad..It is an 11-fold increase with four attacks in 2014 compared to 44 the next year, including January 2016. The change in tactics reflects the loss of territory in Nigeria by the group

Uganda:  building collapse leaves one dead in capital Kampala

At least one body has been recovered after the collapse of a building in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Rescuers have so far brought seven people out from the rubble alive, eyewitnesses have told the BBC.A large crowd has gathered and rescue workers have been pleading with people to move back, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire reports from the scene. Officials have not said what was behind the collapse, which happened opposite Uganda’s famous Makerere University.

Malawi: Former Malawi president Joyce Banda’s ‘life in danger’ – aide

Lilongwe – An aide of former Malawian president Joyce Banda has expressed concern over the former leader’s safety after criminals broke into her private residence and tampered with documents, a Nyasa Times report has indicated. Andekuche Chanthunya, Banda’s spokesperson, alluded to the burglary being an act of sabotage, informing the Daily Times that computers in the house had been turned on and documents rummaged through during the home invasion.

Somalia: Isis new terrorist group Jahba East Africa pledges allegiance to ‘Islamic State’ in Somalia

A group calling itself “Jahba East Africa” announced its alliance on Thursday, hailing a “new era” in the region. In a statement; militants gave bayah (an oath of allegiance) to Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and recognized him as the “rightful Khalifa (leader) of all Muslims”.The group’s name is previously unknown but there were hints in the statement that its supporters may previously have been part of al-Shabaab.


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