Burkina Faso army says it has deposed President Kabore

blinking-dotLive updatesLive updates, Mutinous soldiers say on state television they have suspended the constitution and dissolved the government. Burkina Faso’s army said it has deposed President Roch Kabore, suspended the constitution, dissolved the government and the national assembly, and closed the borders. The announcement, signed on Monday by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba and read … Read more

Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore detained in ‘safe place’ after ‘attempted coup d’état’

Kaboré’s location remains unknown; on Monday afternoon, a message was posted from his Twitter account asking those involved in the insurrection to lower their arms. “Our nation is going through difficult times,” the tweet said. “We must in this precise moment, preserve our democratic achievements. I invite those who took arms to lower them in … Read more

Timeline: Burkina Faso from popular uprising to soldier mutinies

Soldiers staged a mutiny in parts of the country on Sunday as Burkina Faso continues to suffer from unrest and armed violence since 2014. Burkina Faso’s government has dismissed reports of a coup following mutinies at several army barracks. Frustration in the West African country has grown in recent months over deteriorating security. Burkina Faso has … Read more

‘Many victims’ in deadly fire at nightclub in Cameroon’s capital

Issued on: 23/01/2022 – 14:44 Cameroon’s government said Sunday that 16 people were killed in a fire caused by fireworks in a nightclub in the capital Yaounde, the tragedy occurring as the nation hosts the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament. “The initial report shows 16 dead and eight seriously injured” after the “accidental fire” … Read more

Heavy gunfire heard in Burkina Faso barracks, government denies army takeover

Heavy arms fire at the capital Ouagadougou’s Sangoule Lamizana camp, which houses the army’s general staff and a prison whose inmates include soldiers involved in a failed 2015 coup attempt, began at least as early as 5:00 a.m. (midnight ET), a Reuters reporter said. The reporter later saw soldiers firing into the air in the … Read more

Burkina Faso forces fire tear gas at anti-government protests

Several hundred people march through downtown Ouagadougou as anger against armed attacks in the country grows. Security forces have fired tear gas at protesters barricading the streets and throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital, as anger grows at the government’s inability to stop armed attacks spreading across the country. Several hundred people marched through downtown … Read more

The Observers – DR Congo: Raising larvae a new solution for food security, environment and economy

Issued on: 21/01/2022 – 14:27 For several months now, Murhula Zigabe has been breeding black soldier flies in Bukavu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The flies’ larvae feed on food waste and are themselves used by local breeders to feed fish, chickens and pigs. Less expensive than traditional animal proteins, Zigabe believes these insects can help … Read more

At least 17 people dead after mining truck explodes in Ghana

Issued on: 21/01/2022 – 04:31 At least 17 people were killed and 59 injured Thursday in a devastating explosion in a western Ghana town after a truck carrying explosives collided with a motorcycle, the government said. The blast left a huge crater and reduced dozens of buildings to dust-covered piles of wood and metal in Apiate, near … Read more

Mali’s junta seeks review of ‘unbalanced’ defence deal with France

Amid heightened tensions between Mali and France, Mali’s transitional authorities have asked for a review of the 2013 bilateral defence accords between Paris and Bamako. FRANCE 24 examines some of the details of the agreement and the likely impact of the latest development on the ground.  Slapped with tough sanctions that have effectively shut Mali’s … Read more

Hollande hails Mali’s late president as a proud African and a ‘man of culture’

Issued on: 16/01/2022 – 18:56Modified: 16/01/2022 – 19:06 Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who led the West African country from 2013 until he was ousted in a coup in 2020, died at the age of 76 in the capital Bamako on Sunday, his family said. The former French president, François Hollande, paid tribute to him … Read more