Good News from Africa

  1. Kwibuka25’: Rwanda marks 25th anniversary of 1994 genocide:

Rwandans gathered on Sunday (April 7) to begin a solemn commemoration of the lives of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago. The ceremony marks the beginning of a week of events to honor the dead. President Paul Kagame laid a wreath at Gisozi genocide memorial site, where over a quarter a million of people are buried. Kagame and his wife Jeanette were joined by the African Union Commission and European Commission heads, Moussa Faki Mahamat and Jean-Claude Junkers respectively.

  • Russia, Angola sign cooperation deals in Moscow:

The leaders of Russia, Angola agreed to deepen relations and coordinate efforts on international platforms. Vladimir Putin and Joao Lourenco signed six documents regarding the cooperation in diamond mining, gas and oil production, space and agriculture after a three-day visit by the Angolan president. Prior to the meeting, Lourenco said Angola is one of the principal buyers of Russian arms and his country wants to “not only buy but also produce them.”

  • UN appeals for extra $60 million to help Zimbabwe recover from cyclone disaster:

The United Nations asked donors on Friday for an extra $60 million to help Zimbabwe recover from a cyclone that tore through eastern regions last month. The storm flooded swathes of land, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis caused by an earlier drought. It killed at least 268 in the southern African country and hundreds more in neighboring Mozambique and Malawi. “The revised humanitarian flash appeal aims to respond to the rising humanitarian needs of people in Zimbabwe due to a dry spell, challenging economic situation and compounded by the recent Cyclone Idai disaster,” the U.N.’s resident coordinator in Harare, Bishow Parajuli, said.

  • Botswana’s ruling party picks president Masisi to contest October poll:

Botswana’s ruling party on Friday nominated President Mokgweetsi Masisi as its candidate for October’s general elections after his rival quit the race at the 11th hour. It was the first time in the history of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled the country since independence more than half a century ago, that the presidential incumbent faced a challenger. But the former foreign minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, withdrew her candidature a few hours before a vote by party members, denouncing the process as a “sham”.

  • Macron appoints commissions to probe France’s role in the Rwandan genocide:

President Emmanuel Macron has appointed researchers to carry out a two-year investigation into the role of the French army in the Rwandan genocide that is still a source of tension between Paris and Kigali 25 years later. The nine-member commission will have access to presidential, diplomatic, military and intelligence archives, the French presidency said on Friday, after Macron met members of an association supporting survivors of the genocide. “The goal is to deliver a report which will be published in two years’ time … and will be accessible to all. It will scientifically evaluate, on the basis of archives, the role that France played in Rwanda from 1990 to 1994,” the presidency said.

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