29 March 2022

The fish doesn’t believe it can be betrayed by water until it goes into the pot
BBC Africa Live 29 March 2022. 4.35: Proverb of the day. Sent by Helen Isaac to BBC News Pidgin

Guinea: In a move that the government says was part of an urgent reconstruction programme “targeting irregularly acquired state property and sub-standard buildings”, the private residence of former opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo was destroyed on Saturday. He had bought it in 2005. In mid-February, he had been ordered to leave the house. An investigation was ongoing. The government says the demolition “does not prevent justice from taking its course”.
BBC Africa Live 29 March 2022. 7:39

Congo-Kinshasa/Rwanda: Kinshasa says Rwandan soldiers backed the M23 in its attack on army positions in Tshanzu and Runyonyi on Monday, near the Ugandan and Rwandan border. Kigali denies this.
BBC Africa Live 29 March 2022. 5:55
BBC Africa Live 29 March 2022. 11:15

Congo-Kinshasa: According to OCHA (the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) since the beginning of 2022 about 400 civilians have been killed and over 83,000 have been displaced from their homes in Ituri province, which counts 1.9 million IDPs and where “some three million others (are) severely food insecure”.
BBC Africa Live 29 March 2022. 9:03

Congo-Kinshasa/East African Community: At a virtual EAC summit, Congo-Kinshasa today became the 7th EAC member after Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. This will substantially enlarge the East African Community.
BBC Africa Live 29 March 2022. 11:48

Nigeria. Because of the attacks and kidnappings on the roads, many commuters had taken to travelling by train between Abuja and Kaduna (190 km north of Abuja). But gunmen yesterday attacked the evening train and abducted a yet unknown number of passengers – the second time a train has been attacked in the last half a year. On Saturday, an attack had targeted Kaduna's international airport.
BBC Africa Live 29 March 2022. 4:38

28 March 2022

Egypt/Morocco et al.: Foreign ministers from Egypt, UAE, Morocco, Bahrain, Israel and the US are about to meet in Israel “in a sign of their commitment to a new relationship with Israel”. Main topics of discussion are thought to be nuclear Iran and the Ukraine war.
BBC Africa Live 28 March 2022. 9:40

Egypt: For Egyptians, there is nothing more central than bread: “bread is life”. Shortage of wheat and thus of bread because of the ongoing Ukraine war is a potential catastrophe.

Mozambique/Rwanda: Kigali has asked the European Union for financial support for keeping its troops in Cabo Delgado to further improve the situation in the region.
BBC Africa Live 28 March 2022. 8:40

Zimbabwe: By-elections have reportedly been “marred by intimidation and vote-buying.” A split within the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the main opposition party, had made most of the by-elections necessary. Nelson Chamisa’s new party (result of the split) Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has won 19 of the 28 parliamentary seats, but Zanu-PF, the ruling party, made some inroads – 2 seats – and this is where intimidation and vote-buying seems to have taken place. Zany-PF continues to have a two-thirds majority in Parliament.
BBC Africa Live 28 March 2022. 6:59
BBC Africa Live 28 March 2022. 17:22

Central African Republic: Week-long peace talks which were boycotted by the political opposition and to which rebel groups active in the country had not been invited ended on Sunday “without any real progress”.
BBC Africa Live 28 March 2022. 17:38