Panic grips South Africa over sausage contamination

Hundreds of customers have flocked to the South African factories suspected of being the source of the listeriosis infection which has claimed at least 180 lives in the last 14 months.

Members of the public are demanding refunds for some of the meat products they bought and some are returning the goods.

South Africa’s Health Minister Arron Motsoaledi told a media briefing the Enterprize facility in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, was the source of the outbreak. Read more

Human rights activists welcome sacking of Uganda Police Chief

General Kale Kayihura, Inspector general of the police, during a press conference at the Police Headquarters in Kampala, UgandaHuman rights activists have welcomed the sacking of Uganda’s police chief, whose time in office was marred by accusations of torture and a crackdown on public protests.

President Yoweri Museveni fired both Gen Kale Kayihura and the Security Minister Henry Tumukunde late on Sunday night.

Gen Kayihura and Uganda’s police force have been under intense scrutiny, especially after a series of unexplained murders.

President Museveni has publicly criticised their ability to tackle crime, while Lt Gen Tumukunde had led a public campaign against Gen Kayihura and the police before he too was dismissed. Read more

Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos denies corruption charges

Image result for isabel dos santosThe daughter of Angola’s former president, Isabel dos Santos, has denied allegations of corruption when she was head of the state oil firm, Sonangol.

She described as entirely legitimate a payment of nearly $40m (£29m) to a Dubai-based company after she was dismissed from Sonangol.

She said, under Angolan law, public officials must continue in their roles until a replacement was found. Read more

‘I cant comprehend what our President was doing at a wedding when 110 girls are missing’

Lagos, Nigeria: The Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, says he cannot comprehend what President Muhammadu Buhari and 22 state governors were doing at the wedding Fatiha of Idris Abiola Ajimobi, son of Governor Isiaka Ajimobi and Fatima Umar Ganduje, daughter of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in Kano on Saturday while 110 Dapchi schoolgirls are still in Boko Haram captivity.

Recall that on Feb. 19, Boko Haram stormed Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, and kidnapped 110 students.

Two days before the wedding, Boko Haram also killed some UN aid workers and some Nigerian soldiers in Rann. Read more

Prophet Bushiri talks about his ministry, business and his church’s rapid growth with BBC

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s meteoritic rise as a preacher continue to attract global attention with latest being the world’s oldest international media house, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The BBC feature comes barely months after Prophet Bushiri also made headlines in different other reputable international media such as Aljazeera, The New African, Nigeria’s Tribune and the African Leadership Magazine, among others.

The BBC team met and interviewed the Malawian-born but South Africa based founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) at the church’s headquarters in Pretoria a week ago. Read more

Teaching computing… without computers!

The school does not have any computers even though in recent years 14 and 15-year-olds are expected to write and pass a national exam, with ICT being one of the subjectsA teacher from Ghana has received worldwide praise after a photo of him teaching students how to use Microsoft Word on a blackboard went viral.

Because there are no computers at the middle school where he works he uses coloured chalk painstakingly to draw a version of the computer screen onto the blackboard.

In mid-February, he shared a Facebook post showing photos of his ‘needs must’ method of teaching.  Read more

26-year-old Kenyan busted with $90,000 worth of drugs at KIA

A Kenyan woman has been arrested by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) for allegedly trafficking into the country, a substance suspected to be narcotics drugs worth $90,000.

Ivy Mugure Daniel, 26, was apprehended at the Kotoka International Airport on January 9, 2018 while undergoing arrival formalities.

A press release issued by NACOB indicates that the suspect who arrived on board Ethiopian Airline flight ET 921 was accosted by its officers detailed at the Airport and asked for her check-in luggage.  Read more

Court jails South African pastor who sprayed his followers with insecticide

Image result for insecticide pastorSouth African self-styled prophet who sparked outrage on social media for spraying his followers with insecticide has been sentenced.

Prophet Lethebo Rabalago, 25, the leader of The Mount Zion General Assembly was found guilty of contravening the Agricultural Stock Remedies Act.

On Tuesday, Mookgopong magistrate Frans Mahodi‚ sentenced‚ him to one year in jail or a fine of R6‚000 for contravening the Stock and Agricultural Remedies Act 36 of 1947‚ which deals with pest control operators.

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The controversial prophet was also sentenced to three years in jail or a R30‚000 fine for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. However‚ half of the fine for assault was suspended, Sowetan Live reported.

His lawyer Edmund Lubusi, told the Court that his client will pay off his fine of R21‚000 in installments of R3‚000 a month.

“We have made an arrangement that my client will pay 3,000 rand in instalments every month until the fine is fully paid,” Lubusi told the paper.

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