Author: Globe Afrique News Desk

China’s role in tackling Africa’s infrastructure deficit

BUILDING COMPETITION: How to separate the myths and realities of China’s role in tackling Africa’s infrastructure deficit Chinese president Xi Jinping is visiting a number of African countries this week. This brings up the usual debates about Chinese activities in building and financing infrastructure in Africa and whether China is ultimately good or bad for the continent. China’s investments in Africa are already huge, it was the fourth largest foreign investor in Africa spending about $40 billion in 2016, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment 2018 report (pdf, page 38). It came behind the US ($57 billion), the UK ($55...

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Burkina Faso prefect killed ‘by jihadists: sources

Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore Media source: Agence France-Presse A top official in Oursi, a town in Burkina Faso bordering Mali, has been killed by suspected jihadists, sources said Tuesday. “Armed individuals shot the Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore, at his home, which was also set on fire,” a security source told AFP. The body of the prefect — the government’s highest representative in the area — was found not far from his official residence after the attack which took place at around 11:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday, the source added. “A thorough search is underway to apprehend the individuals” whose...

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Jailed Shiite leader makes rare appearance in Nigeria court

Ibrahim Zakzaky Media Source: Agence France-Presse A pro-Iranian cleric who has been in Nigerian custody since 2015 after clashes between troops and his followers made a rare public appearance in court on Tuesday to face criminal charges. Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife were brought from Nigeria’s capital of Abuja to the Kaduna State High Court to face charges including culpable homicide and unlawful assembly. It is only the second time the leader of the Shiite Muslim Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has been seen in public after being taken into custody. Despite court orders that he should be freed,...

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Guinea opposition to resume protests over contested vote

Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo Media Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo on Thursday said protests would resume next week over disputed local elections in February as he called off negotiations with the government. Demonstrations over the results of that vote have claimed at least 15 lives. The opposition was in talks with the government but Diallo, who met President Alpha Conde in on April 2, accused the authorities of dragging their feet. He announced a new strike on Monday in the capital Conakry, adding: “We are suspending dialogue… because we have noticed a...

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Sierra Leone new president announces free education for kids

President Julius Maada Bio Media Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) Sierra Leone’s new President Julius Maada Bio on Thursday announced the introduction of free education for both primary and secondary school age children, in line with a major campaign pledge. “Free education will be introduced effective September 2018 for all primary and secondary schools to improve access to quality education,” President Bio told the state opening of parliament, to thunderous applause. Bio took office in early April after a tumultuous election campaign, ending a decade-long rule by the All People’s Congress (APC). He also announced a near doubling — from 11...

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