News from Africa

Mozambique 9-24-2021 Islamists are wreaking havoc in the north

For more than 4 years, Jihadists have conducted in an insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province. Residents have been displaced my roaming insurgents who threaten anyone who does not subscribe to their views with death. Reports have circulated of insurgents beheading innocent civilians. The region is rich in natural gas and petroleum. Total, the French energy company, operated the areas largest gas plant has shut down operations. Insurgents attacked its facilities and killed many workers. To protect is vulnerable work force, the energy company shut down operations until the security situation can be improved. Rwanda sent military troops to the region to deal with the Islamist insurgents. It appears that the presence has led to an improved in the security situation.  

South Africa 9-23-2021 national airlines flies again

Before the pandemic, South African Airlines was the continent’s second largest flyer. For years the airline’s bottom was solidly in the red. The publicly owned airline was financed by public funds. Finance experts suggest that mismanagement led to the company’s failure to turn a profit. In 2020 the company emerged from bankruptcy proceedings. Decades of government bailouts could not prevent the company from seeking credit protection. The government agreed in June to sell a 51 percent stake in the airlines to a group of investors called the Takatso Consortium, opening the way to a potential injection of $200m. The airline fleet of planes has decreased from 46 to only six planes. Celebrations followed the company’s first scheduled flight.

Sudan 9-21-2021 failed coup blamed on pro al-Bashir followers

Prime Minister Hamdok blames the followers of ousted President al-Bashir for Tuesday’s failed coup attempt. According to the country’s Prime Minister, remnants from the previous regime sought to abort a democratic transition to civilian rule. Al-Bashir served for more than three decades. In 2009 the International Criminal Court indicted him for war crimes. He spent much of his time in office ducting and hiding from states that would have taken steps to execute the warrant. Reuters news agency quotes the Sudanese military as saying 21 officers and several soldiers had been detained in connection with the failed coup and are continuing to search for the rest of the culprits.Most observers believe that the country’s path to democracy will be rocky. No one believes that Omar al-Bashir will return to power.

Burundi 9/19/2021 international airport comes under attack

It is being reported that rebels engaged in an hour-long shootout with security forces at the country’s airport. Members of the Red-Tabara terrorist group fired mortars into the airport. Automatic gun fire could be heard echoing around the airport.  Workers at the airport involved in flight operations reported that flight operations were not affected by the attack. Oddly, a military spokesperson said that he was not aware of the alleged attack. There has been no independent verification of the incident. The alleged attack occurred hours before President Evariste Ndayishimiye was due to fly to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.  The terrorist group is based in the neighboring DRC. Security experts say that the Red-Tabara are the most active of the rebel factions in the country.

Kenya 9-18-2021 fuel price rises stroke rage

The corona pandemic has racked economies around the world. The Kenyan government-imposed price subsidies for fuel products help people with their petrol bills. These measures were enacted to help Kenyans cope with the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. Government regulators have ended the subsidies and price supports. Petrol prices have climbed only modestly. The scrapping of the subsidies, which took effect on Wednesday, increased the price of petrol in Nairobi by about six percent to a maximum of almost 135 shillings (about $1.20 or 1.00 euro) a litre. Most commentators believe that any increase in the price of petrol would have led to complaints and discontent. The price will rise further when the government-imposed 5% excise tax goes into effect.