Zimbabwe has been hit by a shortage of broiler chicks after the country’s biggest poultry producer was hit by an outbreak of bird flu in recent months, local media reported on Wednesday. Irvine’s was hit by two avian flu outbreaks in May and July, resulting in it culling more than 200,000 broiler parent stock in a bid to contain the highly pathogenic virus. South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo were also affected by the bird flu. In an industry update, the Zimbabwe Poultry Association said the culling of the parent stock at Irvine’s had resulted in a shortage of broiler day old chicks of nearly 500,000 per week. The gap has to be covered by more expensive imports from outside the southern African region, it said. NAN  
Kenya's Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month's presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days. The ruling makes Kenya the first African country to have a presidential poll invalidated by a court. The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. But the opposition argued that the commission's IT system had been hacked to manipulate the results. After the ruling was announced, opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga said: "This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa." Mr Odinga added that he had "no faith at all in the electoral commission as currently constituted" and called for the prosecution of its members.. A lawyer for President Kenyatta said the decision had been "very political" but had to be respected. Reading the decision - reached by a majority of four...
Embattled President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said he had no idea why hundreds of thousands of South Africans had been calling for his resignation in recent weeks. “I am not worried about the political situation in South Africa. I haven’t heard that people are unhappy,” Zuma said in Durban. Zuma made the comments shortly before the opening of the World Economic Forum on Africa, which is taking place in the coastal city from May 3-5. South Africans have been demonstrating against Zuma in cities across the country since late March, calling on him to resign over corruption scandals and his decision to sack finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The dismissal of Gordhan caused the rand to plunge and prompted two ratings agencies to downgrade South Africa. Zuma said he didn’t know why people were protesting. “I don’t know what makes people so excited,” the president said. “Demonstrations are always there,” Zuma said, adding that he regarded...
The Nigeria Union, South Africa, (NUSA) says five Nigerians detained by the police for protesting the killing of a businessman, have been released. Clement Kalu, 35, a native of Obosi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, was allegedly killed by the police while being interrogated for being in possession of drugs, at Springs town, near Johannesburg on Sept.5. The Nigerians protested in front of the police station in the town, prompting the police to shoot rubber bullets to disperse them. Some of the protesters were allegedly wounded and treated in the hospital. Mr Adetola Olubajo, President of the Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday that the Nigerians were arrested on Sept. 6. “ They were arrested for protesting the killing of a member of the Nigerian community in the town. “ Following our intervention, they were released on Sept. 7. We urge Nigerians in the...
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said that it had repatriated 62,372 Somali refugees from Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya since the return exercise begun in December 2014. The  UNHCR said in its bi-weekly update that some 707 refugees were supported to return to their home in Somalia voluntarily in the past ten days. According to the UNHCR, 23,058 refugees out of 62,372 returned in 2017 as the UN refugee agency steps up returns to the Horn of Africa nation. The UN agency said that road convoys to Somalia remained suspended due to the heavy rains in some parts of the Horn of Africa nation. UNHCR Somalia and its partners are closely monitoring the accessibility of roads in the 12 designated return areas. However, flights to Mogadishu and Kismayo currently facilitate the voluntary return of those willing to travel by air. Kenya has been collaborating with the UNHCR to ensure a smooth...
By David Abakpa Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results. He rejected early results from Tuesday's vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta. The electoral commission has not yet responded to Mr Odinga's accusation, but politicians have called for calm. Many fear a repeat of the violence after a disputed election 10 years ago. More than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced following the 2007 vote. Electoral officials say that with 91% of results in, Mr Kenyatta is leading with about 54.5%, to Mr Odinga's 44.6%. These results mean Mr Kenyatta appears to be heading for a first-round victory. In order to avoid a run-off, a candidate needs 50% plus one of the votes cast and at least a 25% share of the vote in 24 of Kenya's 47 counties. There were eight candidates in all, but apart from Mr...

Another Death Of Peasants By Drowning

Abu Nmodu writes on the circumstances that led to the latest boat mishap in Niger State’s part of River Kaduna and how the disaster has awaken the authorities to their responsibilities. Zumba Market is a popular market along the bank of River Kaduna in Shiroro local government area of Niger State. It attracts various petty traders from the state and neighboring Kaduna State every Saturday. Traders from the neighboring Kaduna State  travel by boat to the  market because River Kaduna  separate the market  from some of the villages in Kaduna state   whose inhabitants find the market closer to sell their wares. It has always been an incident-free weekly water navigation for the traders until last weekend when the boat conveying no fewer than 60 persons and their wares capsized with 22 of them drowning. The boat carrying about 60 people, five cows, six sheep, eight bags of maize, four bags of rice and...
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday said over 30,000 people suffering from hunger in South Sudan are able to grow more of their own food, thanks to a donation from Pope Francis. According to FAO South Sudan representative Serge Tissot, thanks to Pope Francis’ contribution, more people in Yei will be able to re-start growing their own food to stave off the worst ravages of hunger. FAO said a 25,000-euro (29,000-dollars) personal donation from Francis has funded the distribution of vegetable-growing kits in the war-ravaged county of Yei. “The money is being used to provide the kits and agricultural hand tools in an area where livelihoods such as farming have been wiped out by fighting. “In Yei’s Central Equatoria state about 145,000 people are facing emergency levels of food insecurity, one step below famine on the internationally-agreed scale of hunger crises,’’ FAO said. South Sudan is in the midst of a...
The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative ( PCNI), has donated valuable relief materials to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa. Retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, the chairman of the committee, on Wednesday, presented the items to Gov. Muhammadu Bindow in Yola. Danjuma, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, said that the gesture was part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan for national strategic framework guiding all interventions in the region. He said the donation was not the first of its kind and would not be the last, adding that the effort was meant to cushion the suffering being experienced by the affected returnees. “The donation is part of the PCNI intervention sponsored by the presidency to bring succour to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state. “It is also to support the communities that are still hosting Internally Displaced Persons...
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged President Robert Mugabe to resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power. Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler and has balked at mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup, sources said on Thursday. “In the interest of the people, Robert Mugabe must resign and step down immediately,” Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, told a news conference, reading from a statement. Earlier, the political opposition in Zimbabwe called for the intermediate installation of an interim government, a day after a surprise military takeover. “At the moment the transitional government is the best way to go,” said Douglas Mwonzora, Secretary-General of Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party. “We back the military move but the country should quickly go back a constitutional government.” Armoured vehicles that were stationed at key government buildings during...