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Swahili can unite Africa.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has called on Africans to speak Swahili to aid in unifying the continent.In a speech on African Integration Day, which marks progress in bringing the continent together, Museveni described Swahili as a “neutral language to unite us, it is non-ethnic and belongs to nobody.During the speech he lamented that Africans were not more unified.As a non-European language, Swahili has often been spoken about as an alternative to English, French or Portuguese as a means for cross-continental communication. But the idea has been slow to become reality.

East Africa

East African intelligence chiefs call for united front against terrorism.

A senior representative of the governent of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Claude Ibalanky Ekolomba has called for a United effort to combat terrorism in  East Africa. He said this at  the fourth meeting of Heads of Intelligence and Security services of the DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania in Bujumbura, Centered on the theme: “confidence building towards enhanced regional cooperation to neutralize negative forces,” the meeting of the heads of intelligence and security services was the fourth edition.The meeting also had in attendance representatives of the Secretary General of the United Nations in the Great Lakes region, a delegate from Monusco and the African Union (AU).

Zambia

Zambia holds state funeral for Kaunda after court rejects burial site petition.

Zambia held a church service on Yesterday as it prepared to bury its founding president Kenneth Kaunda who died last month.The high court in Lusaka dismissed a late application filed by the family, challenging Kaunda’s burial at a site reserved for former presidents. The family had argued that Kaunda wished to be interred at his private residence.

The hero of the struggle against white rule in southern Africa,  died on June 17 was laid to rest yesterday following a state memorial held last week at the city’s 60,000-seat National Heroes Stadium.

Diaspora

Haiti President Jovenel Moise killed at his home.

A group of gunmen wielding assault weapons assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and wounded his wife at their home in the hills overlooking Port-au-Prince early Wednesday, plunging the Western Hemisphere nation deeper into a destabilizing crisis.The attack by assailants that Haitian authorities described as “commandos” comes amid months of escalating political instability and gang violence that have critically eroded the rule of law in the Caribbean nation of 11 million. Moïse, 53, dissolved parliament in January 2020 and ruled by decree as opponents and protesters demanded that he step down. Armed gangs with unclear allegiances have seized control of growing portions of the country, terrorizing the population

Kenya

Kenya will be hosting the WRC Safari Rally for the next 5 years.

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Kenya has secured the hosting rights of the elite motorsport event from the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the WRC after years of intense lobbying and preparations. He also announced that the government had plans to commence preparations for next year’s WRC Safari Rally immediately. He made the announcement on Sunday when he presided over the presentation of prizes to winners of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally. With the successful hosting of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally, the President said Kenya had demonstrated to the world that it is prepared to host global events despite the logistical challenges posed by Covid-19.


South Africa

Jacob Zuma hands himself over to police.

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has handed himself in to police to begin serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court.He was admitted to Estcourt Correctional Centre in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

Police had warned that they were prepared to arrest him if he did not hand himself in by midnight.

Zuma, 79, was handed the jail term last week after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry.The sentencing sparked an unprecedented legal drama in South Africa, which has never seen a former president jailed before.Zuma had initially refused to hand himself in, but in a short statement on Wednesday, the Jacob Zuma Foundation said he had “decided to comply”.His daughter, Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, later wrote on Twitter that her father was “en route [to the jail] and he is still in high spirits”

Nigeria

Senate Approves Buhari’s Request for $6.183bn External Loan.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the authorisation of $6.183 billion (N2.343trn) as external borrowing in the 2021 Appropriation Act.The external borrowing is expected to be sourced through the Issuance of Eurobond in the International Capital Market.The approval by the Senate on Wednesday was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.

Kenya

Kenya ‘not consulted’ about UK charity’s elephant project.

Confusion has erupted over plans to fly a herd of elephants from Kent to Kenya, after the Kenyan wildlife service said it had not been contacted or consulted about the operation.On Monday, the Aspinall Foundation announced ambitious plans to transport 13 savanna elephants, born and bred in captivity, almost 4,500 miles from their home at Howletts Wild Animal Park to a site in the east African country, in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). But on Wednesday, Kenya’s ministry of tourism and wildlife tweeted its concern about newspaper reports of the plan and said it had not been contacted.