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#New Kiswahili Science Fiction Award Charts a Path for African Languages

The 6th edition of The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature, suspended last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is back. Founded in 2014, the prize recognises writing in African languages and encourages translation from, between and into African languages. Kiswahili is widely spoken across the east coast of Africa. This year’s prize also offers a special award designed to promote and popularise a Kiswahili vocabulary for technology and digital rights. The shortlist will be announced inOctober/November 2021, with the winners announced in Dar es Salaam in December 2021.

Ethiopia 

#Another five-year term for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Another  five-year term for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as per results Saturday of a landslide victory in a landmark and twice delayed parliamentary vote where the country’s ruling Prosperity Party won 410 seats out of 436.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hailed the outcome of what he described as a “historic” election.

It is the first time he faced voters since being appointed prime minister in 2018 following several years of anti-government protests.The winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize had hoped to frame victory at the ballot box as a mandate for political and economic reforms and military operations.The vote was meant to affirm a promised democratic revival in Africa’s second-most populous nation, with Abiy vowing a clean break with repression that tarnished past electoral cycles.

South Africa 

#Supporters demand Zuma’s release via fiery protests in many South Africa cities

Roads block off several trucks and commercial property have been  set ablaze since Friday in KwaZulu-Natal  the home of former South African president Jacob Zuma , whose supporters have been on a fiery rampage and looting spree in protest of his 15-month prison sentence.Zuma is serving time for defying a court order to testify before a state-backed inquiry probing allegations of corruption during his term as president from 2009 to 2018. Zuma turned himself over to police late Wednesday night.Scores of Zuma’s supporters who gathered outside his home in Nkandla last weekend had threatened violence should the former president be sent to prison.More police officers have been deployed to affected areas to monitor major highways entrances and search vehicles. Around 27 people have been arrested for their involvement in the violent demonstrations. Zuma’s supporters demand his release from the Estcourt Correctional Center. His own bid was rejected by a regional court on Friday and he will try again for his freedom at the nation’s apex court on Monday.

Rwanda

#Rwanda deploys 1000 troops to Mozambique in SADC anti-jihadist mission

Rwanda has started deploying 1,000-strong forces to Mozambique to help it combat worsening violence in the gas-rich northern Cabo Delgado province.The announcement came on Friday after the 16-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) approved last month the deployment of joint forces to help Mozambique respond to the nearly four-year-old conflict, which has killed some 3,000 people and displaced almost 800,000, half of whom are children.

Uganda

#One Arrested for Announcing Museveni’s Death

Police say they have arrested one man from Luweero District in central Uganda over offensive communication after he allegedly circulated falsified news that President Museveni had passed on.The arrest comes after Mr Museveni, 76, directed security forces ‘‘to locate very quickly’’ and arrest those who had been spreading fake news about his death.

The claims that had become vocal, even after the president made several public appearances, started circulating on the night of June 26 in form of multimedia from anonymous sources on microblogging platforms, including the government-banned Facebook mobile application.

Kenya

#Research Miraa, Marijuana Benefits to Human Health, PS Tells Scientists

Education and Research Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi has urged scientists to research miraa and marijuana to establish their advantages and disadvantages to human health.The research will help Kenya find a market for the products internationally, he said.Lack of scientific evidence on the advantages of the products, he said, had led people to perceive them as illegal.Mr Nabukwesi spoke during the official opening of the second phase of the Pwani University Bioscience Research Centre at Pwani University in Kilifi.He said anything perceived to have negative effects on the community might also have advantages for it.The PS said Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea are among the countries known to have a high consumption of miraa and can provide Kenya with a good market.He said the issue of miraa and marijuana use cannot be approached only politically but also scientifically.

Tanzania 

#Fire guts popular Tanzania market

A fire brigade has managed to extinguish a burning fire at the Dar es Salaam’s popular market-Kariakoo that burnt for over five hours.Authorities said they will launch an investigation into its roots but observers and eyewitnesses faulted the technology employed by the Fire and Rescue Unit as well as the management of the market.

Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Amos Makala visited the market and ordered the police forces to intensify security in the area. He stated that It has not been established the damage associated with the fire incident but billions of shillings-valued goods and their value chain have been compromised.

Nigeria

#Nigeria stun US basketball team in pre-Olympic friendly game

Nigeria have pulled off one of the greatest upsets in international basketball history by stunning the United States in an Olympic exhibition game in Las Vegas, 90-87.On Saturday evening, Nigeria, with six NBA players and former NBA head coach Mike Brown at the helm, became the first African nation to beat the US, who were playing the first of the five tune-up games before the Tokyo Olympics.The landmark victory came nine years after the U.S. shellacked Nigeria 156-73 at the London Olympics, the U.S.’ biggest blowout in Olympic men’s basketball history.