Ethiopian government blocks Internet as protests continue

Ethiopian government blocks Internet as protests continue

 

ADDIS ABABA – After more than 48 hours of total blackout following fierce, massive anti-government protests in multiple places in Ethiopia demanding regime change, the government partially restored internet access.

Scores of people were arrested in Ethiopia in a wave of anti-government protests that rocked the capital Addis Ababa and dozens other towns in Oromia and Amhara regions over the weekend.

Online activists of the #OromoProtest called for the massive protest rallies throughout the Oromia and other regional states.

On Saturday, protesters who came out on the streets of the capital following the announcement through social media and Diaspora networks were arrested by governmental security forces.

Though it was difficult to get closer to protesters, African News Agency could see peaceful protesters and even passers-by being arrested.

Deaths and detentions continued to flare as demonstrators continued in the beautiful city of Bahir Dar, Gondar of Amhara region and Oromia over the past few weeks.

The demonstrations were sparked last November in protest against a move extended the municipal boundaries of Addis Ababa into Oromia, which straddles much of the centre and south of country and includes the capital. But they have grown in intensity in response to a fierce government crackdown.

At least hundreds of thousands of protesters reportedly took to the streets in more than 200 towns and cities across Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest regional state with over 40pc number of the country’s over 100 million population, to demonstrate against the widespread and systemic prosecution.
Human Rights Watch said over 400 people were killed while the government confirmed the loss of less than half of that number.

In addition to the report from HRW activists are also documenting the death, injuries and forced disappearances of individuals from areas where protests are taking place. Hundreds of university students have also been dismissed from several state universities located in the region.

Water problems persist in Malawi’s capital

Water problems persist in Malawi’s capital

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Lilongwe – Residents in Malawi’s Lilongwe District have been warned that water will be rationed due to persistent water problems in the capital.

According to a Malawi24 report, water had become a scarce commodity in the district as levels remained low across the Lilongwe River, the city’s main source of water.

Bright Sonani, Public Relations Officer for the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), urged residents to be patient through the dry season as the country awaits much-needed rainfall.

“We had inadequate rain last season and that led to the lowering of water levels in our water sources and that’s why we have been encouraging our customers to use the available water wisely until the problem is over,” Sonani was quoted as saying.

The development followed President Peter Mutharika’s declaration of a state of emergency in the country in April.

A report by Al Jazeera indicated that maize production in Malawi had dropped by 12%, leaving it short of around one million tons of maize needed to feed the population.

“I declare Malawi a state of national disaster following prolonged dry spells during the 2015/16 agriculture season,” Mutharika said.

With the southern African nation still recovering from the devastating floods of last season, which killed at least 106 people and damaged 64 000 hectares of crop fields, many face the threat of starvation should current climate conditions persist.

No UK taxpayers money will be used to fund Mugabe’s govt’

No UK taxpayers money will be used to fund Mugabe’s govt’

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Harare – Britain has been forced to take the unusual step of insisting that it is not “bailing out” cash-strapped Zimbabwe following a media row over revelations that a former cabinet minister had held secret talks with Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa.

News that Peter Mandelson had held talks with Chinamasa in Harare in mid-February sparked anger online – and accusations that the former colonial power was willing to “prop up” President Robert Mugabe’s government, which is mired in a fresh economic crisis and growing social unrest.

Britain is much more used to accusations that it is funding and managing opponents of longtime leader Mugabe, who is 92 and has been in power for 36 years.

A series of emphatic tweets from UK envoy Catriona Laing – who attended the February meeting – were obviously not enough to stop the speculation. A statement published on the British government’s website on Monday says of Mandelson’s visit: “There was no discussion of loans or transactions of any nature with Minister Chinamasa. The meeting focused on the economic reform agenda.”

The statement continued: “No UK taxpayers’ money has been or will be used to directly fund the government of Zimbabwe… Lord Mandelson’s visit was not funded by the British government.”

Mandelson now works for an investment bank.

Zimbabwe’s finance minister was in London, Paris and Brussels in July as part of attempts to re-engage the West and raise more than $1bn to clear debt arrears with the World Bank.

Protest pastor Evan Mawarire, the founder of the #ThisFlag movement, told the Atlantic Council in Washington last week that any new lending to the Mugabe regime from banks would reinforce Zimbabweans’ feelings that “we’re on our own”.

In the pictures are gorgeous images of ethnic fashion from mainly two tribes Rendille and Samburu Rendille tribe is located in the northern eastern part of Kenya

In the pictures are gorgeous images of ethnic fashion from mainly two tribes Rendille and Samburu Rendille tribe is located in the northern eastern part of Kenya

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Kenya: Ethnic fashion and adornment!
There is no doubt that Kenyans take the prize when it comes to their bright ethnic fashion. They have some of the most unique and stunning ways of adorning their bodies.

In the pictures are gorgeous images of ethnic fashion from mainly two tribes: Rendille and Samburu. Rendille tribe is located in the northern eastern part of Kenya while Samburu people are found mostly in the north-central part of Kenya.