04 October 2022

Kenya: After years of hesitation about GM for possible health reasons, the government has now “authorised the cultivation and importation of genetically modified crops and animal feeds”, the new government brushing such doubts aside, saying that “the country needs seeds that are resistant to drought, pests and diseases”.
BBC Africa Live 04 October 2022. 6:36

Burkina Faso: In Ouézen Louis Oulon’s analysis, Ibrahim Traoré’s taking over from Damiba war “a palace revolution, not a coup” – the same MPSR still being in power. In fact, “many people just want stability and protection from Islamist violence, regardless of who delivers it”.
BBC Africa Live 04 October 2022. 12:19
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0d4cpff for the full interview

03 October 2022

Congo-Kinshasa: The author’s research starting from the Banyamulenge – a group of Congolese Tutsi from South Kivu – shows that violence “is used to win a place in government rather than to overthrow it”, with rebels using terrorism to negotiate their way into power. To overcome the cycle of violence, “a new status quo that doesn’t reward rebellion but decreases its appeal” is necessary as well as “(p)olitics that facilitates peaceful livelihoods”.

Somalia: Abdullahi Nadir, co-founder of al-Shabab, subject of a 3m USD bounty from the US and considered a potential successor of al-Shabab head Abu Ubaidah has been killed by Somali and international security forces the day before yesterday in the south of the country, possibly by a drone strike. Not to forget that terrorist groups always find replacements for killed leaders, that the anti-terror strategy of killing leaders has not worked anywhere.
BBC Africa Live 03 October 2022. Between 7:03 and 8:19