1Cameroon’s Election Sets Tone for the Future
Voters in English-speaking regions of Cameroon went to the polls on Sunday amid gunfire and confrontations between the country’s military and separatists. About 528,000 people were registered to vote in the north-west, although most polling stations inspected received few or no voters. Some voters, who had earlier showed interest in the elections, said that following the gunshots, they wouldn’t risk it. Nor did officials dare to venture out to man polling stations.
2Angola’s Scam of Biblical Proportions
WSJ looks at an elaborate $500 Million central bank heist and how it was foiled. Officials in Angola have charged four men in connection with an alleged plot that would have been one of the biggest of its kind. The new president’s anti-corruption effort and the teller’s sharp eye helped recover the bulk of the money.
SOURCES: Wall Street Journal
3Africa’s Richest Man Still Struggles to Travel in Africa
Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has said he needs 38 visas to travel within the continent on his Nigerian passport. Many European nationals, meanwhile, travel into most Africans countries visa-free. He is reportedly one of the first in line to receive the African passport which was launched in 2016. The travel document is supposed to eventually replace individual nations’ passports, but is currently only available to some heads of state, senior diplomats and top AU officials.
4Zimbabwe’s Cholera Vaccination Drive in Full Swing
There have been long queues at most vaccination centres in the suburbs, with residents hoping to stop the disease in its tracks. The Zimbabwe government is to vaccinate over a million citizens, after the waterborne disease has killed 49 people, and infected 10, 000 in recent weeks. The World Health Organization has provided over 500, 000 vaccination doses and more are expected.
5How Rwanda’s Ban on Second Hand Clothes has Materialised
The Rwandan government says the decision to tax used clothes was not just about money. It was also about reclaiming dignity. Rwanda is attempting to shed the “dependency” and “third world” labels and wants to become a middle-income country by 2020. But 63 percent of the population still earn less than $1.25 a day.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
6The Dark Tales from Nigerian Women in the City of Love
The Bois de Vincennes, a sprawling park on the outskirts of eastern Paris, is home to horse riding schools and a zoo. It has also been part-commandeered by human traffickers. The park’s central road is yet another point on the map of a massive cross-continental trafficking network that has channeled tens of thousands of Nigerian women and children throughout Europe and as far as Malaysia.
7Here’s how Taxify is Overtaking Uber in Africa
The Estonian company which has grown to become Uber’s biggest rival in Africa is pursuing an expansion strategy that’s focused on not only operating in major cities across Africa, like Uber does. Taxify has also been expanding to smaller cities and now operates in more African cities than Uber.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
8Uncertainty in South Africa’s Finance Ministry
Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene says he has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties following public pressure over his testimony at the commission of inquiry into state capture at which he admitted to meetings with the Guptas.
9Botswana is Exploring the Chinese Market for Beef and Byproducts
The country’s agriculture minister says the move is in line with its export growth strategy. Botswana produces at least 24,000 tonnes of beef a year through its meat-processing company, Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), which is sold both locally and internationally.
SOURCES: CGTN Africa
10Melania Ends her Africa Tour in Egypt
U.S. first lady Melania Trump spent the weekend in Cairo, Egypt, where she was greeted at an arrival ceremony by President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and his wife, Entissar Mohameed Amer. After a visit to the presidential palace and a stop at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the first lady visited the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx.