Monday, July 26, 2010

Africa News making Headlines

By Lusanda Bill
26 July 2010

#Two Rwandans have been arrested in Rwanda Kigali. The two opposition activists are said to belong to the party of Victoire Ingabire, who wanted to challenge President Paul Kagame in the August 9th presidential poll. Police spokesperson Eric Kayiranga has stated that the police cannot provide any details on their identity but stated that the police can confirm that the pair were members of the United Democratic Forces party.

# In Somali Mogadishu eight people have been killed over the weekend. Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse said five people died and seven were wounded late on Saturday. A witness saw three more wounded people. Muse says three died and seven were wounded on Sunday when mortars hit a market. Most of the dead were civilians, he said. The news came as African leaders discussed Somalia's conflict at an AU summit. Somalia became a focus of the summit after 76 people were killed two weeks ago in twin bombings in Uganda. Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks.

# Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has given up on moving into Zimbabwe House. Reports say Tsvangirai has accepted a lesser house in Highlands, as President Robert Mugabe continues to hold onto both the property reserved for the head of government and State House, his official residence. Zimbabwe House is ceremonially reserved for the prime minister. Since the formation of the inclusive government almost two years ago, Tsvangirai has been resident at his family home in Strathaven.

# A suicide bomber killed at least one person in Algeria's eastern Kabylie region on Sunday by driving a car rigged with explosives into a building used by security forces, local residents said. The attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning and targeted a brigade of gendarmes at a village near the city of Tizi Ouzou about 110km east of the capital. The attack killed the night watchman at the village's town hall, directly adjacent to the gendarmes building, local residents said. Eight gendarmes were also injured in the attack.

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