What to remember from the African news of the week of February 13

  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced Tuesday “the worsening of the repression” in Tunisia, after the Tunisian police arrested the day before Noureddine Bhiri, a leader of the Islamo-conservative Ennahda party, as well as Noureddine Boutar, general manager of the private Mosaïque FM radio station, which often gives voice to the opposition.

  • According to the Forbidden Stories consortium of investigative journalists, behind the Pegasus spyware scandal, an Israeli company in 2020 orchestrated a campaign against the International Committee of the Red Cross in Burkina Faso.

  • Clashes broke out Thursday, February 16 in several neighborhoods in the suburbs of Conakry between demonstrators and law enforcement, forcing the Guinean authorities to requisition the army to restore calm. The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) had called for demonstrations despite the ban on all gatherings by the military. The opposition collective, officially dissolved by the Guinean authorities, is calling for a return to constitutional order. According to his report, this violence cost the lives of two young people.

  • In Senegal, day under high tension in Dakar on Thursday. The opponent Ousmane Sonko accused of defamation, public insults and forgery and use of forgery by the Senegalese Minister of Tourism has been summoned to a hearing by a judge. The case was eventually adjourned to March 16. Ousmane Sonko, president of the opposition party “Pastef-Les Patriotes” is the main opponent of President Macky Sall. For him, this affair is a political coup which would aim to make him ineligible for the next Senegalese presidential election in 2024.

  • The transitional government in Burkina Faso has requisitioned 200 kg of gold produced by a subsidiary of the Canadian group Endeavor Mining for “public necessity”, according to an order from the minister in charge of mines. The text specifies that the mining company “will receive compensation corresponding to the value of the gold thus requisitioned”.

Peter Obi, the hope of Nigerian youth who wants to dynamite the old parties

Dominated by two major parties since the return to democracy in 1999, Nigerian political life has been shaken up in recent months by a third man: Peter Obi, a wealthy businessman at the head of a microscopic party who is seen as a challenger credible on the eve of the February 25 presidential election.

A clandestine Israeli company, specializing in electoral manipulation, particularly via social networks, has been recruited to influence dozens of elections around the world, particularly in Africa, according to the collective of investigative journalists “Forbidden Stories”. The African newspaper receives its founder, Laurent Richard.

Britain is accused of crimes against humanity against the Chagossians. This people was expelled in the 1960s and 1970s from the Chagos Archipelago located in the Indian Ocean. The reason for their misfortune, the American base of Diego Garcia. Human Rights Watch claims that “the British government secretly planned, together with the United States” their deportation to Mauritius and the Seychelles.

“During the night, my grandson felt bad, in the morning he was dead”. In the past two months, around 20 children from Kpo-Kahankro, in central Côte d’Ivoire, have died suddenly. Between mystical beliefs and bacterial contamination, concern persists in the village.