[Monitor] Kampala -Founding president of the Forum for Democratic Change party Dr Kizza Besigye has warned Members of Parliament against a creeping “culture of fear”, saying it has frustrated efforts to wrest power from President Museveni.
[New Zimbabwe] ZANU PF politicians in the Midlands have seized a foreign-owned gold mine and allowed party youths to mass onto the property in what is seen as a vote buying gimmick ahead of elections due this year.
[MalariaMustDie] Njediko -Nigeria has more cases and deaths from Malaria than any other country in the world. It’s entire 177 million population is at risk from the disease.
[Deutsche Welle] One of the world’s largest diamonds has been found in the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small country surrounded by South Africa. The diamond was found by UK mining company Gem Diamonds and could be worth up to $40 million.
[This Day] Abuja -The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has explained that the federal government decided to issue only $3 billion Eurobond and not the entire US$5.5 billion recently approved by the National Assembly, saying doing so enabled the optimisation of the price of the notes.
[News24Wire] A security guard who allegedly sexually assaulted at least 87 school girls at a Soweto primary school will not be applying for bail, the Protea Magistrate’s Court heard on Wednesday afternoon.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Abuja -The launch of Nigeria’s first state-owned DNA lab will speed up rape cases and should encourage more victims to seek justice, prosecutors and rights groups have said.
[New Zimbabwe] Top government advisor Professor Ashok Chakravarti said Zimbabwe currently needs $1 billion to deal with the current liquidity crisis.
[UN News] With a new outbreak of violence erupting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior United Nations humanitarian official today urged warring parties to protect vulnerable civilian populations as a matter of priority and ensure free movements of relief aid workers.
[East African] Ugandan writer Innocent Immaculate Acan won the fourth annual Writivism Short Story Prize for fiction for her story Sundown.