African press review 6 April 2016

Uganda’s Daily Monitor

We begin with a frightening story from Uganda’s Daily Monitor. The paper has been reporting on the recent attacks on security installations in the region of Rwenzori, which have left more than 45 people dead. Among other things, local police are blaming the violent clashes on witchcraft.

The regional police commander says witch doctors have been inciting the attackers by giving them herbs which are supposed to make them immune to bullets. But if the black magic explanation strikes you as being somewhat insufficient, the police say the armed groups are also being promised large sums of money.

South Africa’s BusinessDay

South Africa’s BusinessDay has been focused is on the recent calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

The paper says the country’s finance minister, Trevor Manuel, has joined the chorus of condemnation following Zuma’s improper use of state spending at his private home. Several high-ranking members from Zuma’s own African National Congress (ANC) have been calling on the president to step down after a Constitutional Court found that he had violated his oath of office. But Zuma seems to be pulling through by the skin of his teeth.

“While broad swathes of society have called for Mr Zuma’s head to roll,” BusinessDay says, “The ANC and its allies have closed ranks around him, careful not to be seen to kowtow to opposition parties who have threatened to take to the streets to remove him.”

Kenya’s Business Daily


Business Daily is rather concerned with the increasing amount of Chinese loans weighing down on Kenya’s economy. The paper is keen to highlight the burden of debt used for major infrastructure projects. It says that in June, Kenyan taxpayers will have coughed up 30 million euros over the past year to replace the money.

The main borrowing is linked to the standard gauge railway, where Kenya is using Chinese money to build a new line from Mombasa to Nairobi, at a cost of nearly two billion euros.

The World Bank has already warned Kenya about taking out hefty Chinese loans, which have grown by 54 per cent a year between 2010 and 2014.

Kenya’s East African

Finally, Kenya’s East African says the continent has until 2018 to meet the African Union’s goal of abolishing visa requirements, in order to promote free movement of people across Africa.

This was revealed at the inaugural launch of the Africa Regional Integration Index (ARII) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

To promote free travel across the continent, the index ranks countries according to their level of visa restrictions.

The East African Community, which is made up of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda, was cited as the most integrated regional bloc. But in most areas, border-crossing is no walk in the park: on average, Africans need visas to travel to 55 per cent of other African countries, and can only get visas on arrival in 25 per cent of them. Which means they can only travel to 20 per cent of the countries without a visa.

Source: rfi afrique