KW 42: Tunisia unveils new government, Germany and Nigeria sign memorandum of understanding on return of Benin bronzes, Kenyan world record holder Agnes Tirop found dead

– NEWS –

Tunisia unveils new government: Tunisian President Kais Saied unveiled a new government, but gave no hint when he would relinquish his near total control after seizing most powers in July, or start reforms needed for a financial rescue package to avert economic disaster. The move comes as the Tunisian leader faces accusations from opposition parties of engaging in a power grab. Saied dismissed former Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on July 25 and announced last month that he will rule by decree.
reuters.com, dw.com

Germany and Nigeria sign memorandum of understanding on return of Benin bronzes: Nigeria has finally reached an agreement with Germany government on the return of Benin bronzes. A memorandum of understanding on museum cooperation was signed on Wednesday in Abuja between the Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Professor Abba Isa Tijani, and the German Director General, Culture and Communication of the German Federal Foreign Office, Dr. Andreas Görgen, during the visit of a German delegation to Abuja.
guardian.ng

Kenyan world record holder Agnes Tirop found dead: Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, who represented her country at the recent Tokyo Olympics, has died aged 25, Athletics Kenya announced in a statement Wednesday. According to the country’s athletics body, Tirop was found dead at her home in Iten, after she was „allegedly stabbed.“ Police in Kenya have arrested her husband. Ibrahim Rotich, who was detained in the coastal city of Mombasa, will face charges once investigations are completed, an official said.
cnn.com, bbc.com

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UN court rules in Somalia’s favor in border dispute: The United Nations’ highest court ruled Tuesday in favor of Somalia in a years-long dispute with Kenya about their maritime border, a decision that could worsen the already fragile relationship between the neighboring countries. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Somalia, not Kenya, should control most of the triangle of water in the Indian Ocean over which Kenya has maintained sovereignty since 1979. The area, measuring about 39,000 square miles, is believed to contain deposits of oil and gas and has been a source of tension between the two countries for years.
washingtonpost.com

Thousands of Sudanese demand military coup: Opponents of Sudan’s transition to democracy took to the streets of Khartoum on Saturday to call on the army to take control of the country. Several thousand demonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace as the country’s political crisis deepens.
bbc.com

Vaccination campaign in Congo begins after Ebola virus resurfaces: Medics in eastern Congo began an Ebola vaccination campaign on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, days after the death of a two-year old boy raised fears of another major outbreak. The WHO said in a statement that people at high risk of catching the disease, including the young boy’s family members and health workers, would receive first doses of the vaccine made by Merck.
reuters.com, apnews.com

Power struggle in the ruling party keeps Zimbabwe on tenterhooks taz.de
‚Days without eating‘: Madagascar sees world’s first ‚climate change famine‘ france24.com
Police officer killed in anglophone Cameroon after he shoots 4-year-old girl at checkpoint observers.france24.com
Cape Verde voted for president on Sunday africanews.com

– BACKGROUND –

Drop-outs exacerbate education crisis in Rwanda: More than 60,000 students in Rwanda have to repeat a grade. Until now, transferring grades was automatic, even without good marks. The new regulation came as a surprise to parents, students, and even teachers, and is causing resentment among many of them. Some blame the closures of many schools during the Covid lockdown for students failing exams. Private teacher Lilianne Nashimwe says the government’s decision is unjust. Children from wealthy families and the middle class continued to study during the school lockdowns with the help of television, radios or the internet. But not all poorer children had access to this, says Nashimwe. Twenty years ago, Rwanda introduced the automatic transfer of pupils. The idea behind this policy was that pupils would otherwise drop out of school due to poor performance. The downside: In the years that followed, the level of education dropped.
dw.com

Rising sea levels threaten coasts of many West African countries: Dredging is now underway on the Senegalese fishing town of Saint-Louis to stop the ocean. It is a battle against time and against the water. Saint-Louis is only a few meters above sea level. Because of its geographical peculiarity, the island city is considered the Venice of Africa and is known for its colonial architecture: colorful balcony houses, two-story villas – the fishing town and former capital of the French colony of Senegal is a Unesco World Heritage Site. A sea barrier is Senegal’s attempt to fight rising sea levels. Experts such as Professor Boubou Aldiouma Sy of Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis are calling for alternative measures such as more coastal planting and offshore building structures to reverse erosion. Senegal’s government has announced that it will continue to examine more sustainable solutions – although these are also significantly more expensive.
tagesschau.de

– NUMBER –

About 86 percent of all coronavirus infections in Africa go unnoticed, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday.
pmnewsnigeria.com

– QUOTE –

„Either we honor our natural and life-sustaining ecosystems, preserving them for future generations. Or we exploit them on a path to complete destruction.“

Prince Harry on oil drilling in the Okavango River Basin.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de

– AT LAST –

Silicon Savannah is booming in Nairobi: Silicon Savannah is the name of the tech scene in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, alluding to Silicon Valley. Young tinkerers are developing solutions for the continent and the world. The biggest success story is M-Pesa, mobile money.
swr.de

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