12 May 2021
Nigeria: Abdulrasheed Bawa, the country’s “anti-corruption chief”, announced on Tuesday that 153 million USD had been recovered from Diezani Alison Madueke, oil minister from 2010 to 2015 before fleeing to the UK. “(A)t least 80 properties valued at $80m had also been seized.”
BBC Africa Live 12 May 2021. 10:10
South Africa: “The suggestion that Mandela single-handedly achieved democracy is as intellectually threadbare as its mirror image: that he was responsible for the failure to transform social and economic relations after 1994.” The article’s two authors are the editors of a book on Mandela that tries to put some misconceptions about him right, starting with his father, passing through his communist credentials, also dealing with his marriage with Winnie and the “widening political divide (that) accompanied the breakdown of the marriage” and “how incarceration enhanced his iconic status”.
11 May 2021
South Sudan: The names of the 550 members of the new parliament have been announced yesterday (Monday) night. According to the 2018 peace agreement, 332 are from President Kiir’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), 128 from Mr Machar's Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), 50 from South Sudan’s Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and 30 from Other Political Parties (OPP) and 10 from the Former Detainees (FDs). 35% of the seats must be occupied by women.
BBC Africa Live 11 May 2021. 5:53
Nigeria/Boko Haram: The G7 have pledged 389 million USD in humanitarian aid for the victims of Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria. The conflict “has killed more than 30,000 people and uprooted millions”.
BBC Africa Live 11 May 2021. 8:40
Mozambique: According to an agreement signed in Lisbon by the two countries’ defence ministers yesterday (Monday), Portugal will “train Mozambican soldiers, share intelligence and help the country use drones to track the militants’ movements.” 80 Portuguese soldiers will be responsible for the training. On top of that, the EU “could also send between 200 and 300 soldiers to Mozambique on a training mission” – BBC does not specify what the “could” implies.
BBC Africa Live 11 May 2021. 10:59