Category: Africa

African press review 21 July 2017

We begin with concerns about the security situation in Côte d’Ivoire where gunmen, some of them in military uniforms, attacked the National Police Academy in Abidjan and stole stocks of weapons late on Wednesday night. The Nigerian Tribune says, the attack came just hours after President Alassane Ouattara reshuffled key security posts, in a power

Morocco police fire tear gas as protesters defy govt ban

Police in the northern Moroccan city of Al-Hoceima on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse protesters and stop them marching in defiance of a government ban. Organisers from the Al-Hirak al-Shaabi movement dubbed the demonstration the “million-man march” and said they would go ahead with it despite an injunction. Al-Hoceima, the main port in the

African press review 20 July 2017

South Africa’s troubled electricity company is back on the front pages. Financial paper BusinessDay‘s editorial says the decline of power generator Eskom’s pre-tax profits by 85 percent makes a mockery of company claims that it is on a firm financial footing. Worse, says the same editorial, it is South African taxpayers who are footing the

Eritrea accused of manipulating Orthodox Church leader’s reappearance

“Everything points to trying to manage a narrative because of international pressure,” said Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s Khataza Gondwe, referring to Antonios’s appearance during mass at a cathedral in Asmara on Sunday. Despite being present at the service, Antonios was not allowed to say anything, people were forbidden from taking photographs and afterwards he was returned

African press review 19 July 2017

The Guardian in Nigeria reports that at least 37 people are feared killed and many others seriously injured following clashes in Southern Kaduna. The latest trouble is said to have started on Sunday when Fulani youth allegedly went to a village about 50 kilometres from the state capital to avenge the killing of a kinsman.