What to remember from the African news of the week of November 21

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  • On a state visit to Londonthe South African president on Tuesday urged rich countries to help vulnerable countries in the face of climate change, in the wake ofa mixed deal reached at COP27. In front of British MPs, Cyril Ramaphosa also mentioned the problem of corruption in his country, a practice of which he himself is accused by his opponents.

  • The Burkina Faso claims to have recruited more than 90,000 civilian auxiliaries to fight against the jihadists, announced the Burkinabè army on Thursday. The country launched a campaign on October 24 to recruit 50,000 volunteers. This announcement comes as at least fourteen people, including eight civilian auxiliaries, were killed earlier this week, in two separate attacks in the North.

  • In Chad, a dozen soldiers were killedTuesday, in an attack carried out by jihadists in the west of the country, in the Lake Chad region, where the jihadist groups Boko Haram and its dissident branch of the organization Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) regularly take them from armies and civilians.

  • In Algeria, a court sentenced 49 people to death on Thursday for the lynching in 2021 in Kabylie of a man wrongly accused of arson. However, if the death penalty is indeed provided for by the penal code in Algeria, it is no longer applied under a moratorium in force since 1993.

  • Finally, with two draws and three defeats recorded before the second meeting of the SenegalFriday, against Qatar, the African teams are badly engaged in the World Cup-2022. And Ghana remains for the moment the only team to have shaken the net with two goals scored against Portugal.

Another high point in African news this week was the announcement of a ceasefire in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, duringa mini-summit organized in Luanda, the Angolan capital. However, many doubts remain about the ability of this agreement to stop the fighting, as M23 rebels threaten the city of Goma.

The M23 notably declared not “feel really concerned” by this agreement between leaders of several African countries. Another weak point: the absence of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, represented by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Biruta.

Kinshasa has accused Kigali for many years of supporting this majority Tutsi rebellion. Patrick Muyaya, the Minister of Communication of the DRC, moreover assured on the antenna of France 24 that “the M23, since the beginning of the hostilities, is represented by Rwanda”.

Claims denied the next day by the deputy spokesman of the Rwandan government. “Rwanda is not the spokesperson for the M23. It is always this kind of assertion that has led to the resolutions not being applied,” added Alain Mukuralinda.

Alain Mukuralinda, deputy spokesperson for the Rwandan government.
Alain Mukuralinda, deputy spokesperson for the Rwandan government. © Screenshot, France 24

On Twitter, several publications share images of a French military plane on the tarmac of an airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo claiming that France delivers weapons to the M23 rebels. In reality, it is a simple technical problem. And this is not the first time that Paris has been targeted by this type of accusations in the region.

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info intox © france 24

Wagner’s Mercenaries, present in several African countries, particularly in the Central African Republic, the bridgehead of Russian ambitions on the continent, are in the news this week with a report by “All Eyes on Wagner”. This collective, which denounces the abuses committed by the paramilitary group in Mali, thus counts at least 23 cases of assassinations and violation of human rights. In addition, the European Parliament has just voted a text qualifying Russia as a State “promoter of terrorism”.


Electric two-wheelers are on the rise among motorcycle taxis in Benin and Togo

Gone are the deafening noises of exhaust pipes and the black smoke which escapes from them, more and more motorcycle taxi drivers are swapping their gasoline-powered machines for more environmentally friendly electric motorcycles. and more economically advantageous.

In Benin, motorcycle taxi drivers are swapping their petrol machines for electric vehicles
In Benin, motorcycle taxi drivers are swapping their petrol machines for electric vehicles AFP – YANICK FOLLY

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