More than 10 soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber blew
himself up at a military base in the Somali capital Mogadishu, reports say.
A reporter at the scene said the
bomber, posing as a military trainee, walked into the army camp in the Wadajir
district of the Somali capital and detonated explosives strapped to his waist,
during morning training.
At least 10 other people were injured.
UN calls for free and fair elections in Mali
The UN Security Council has called for free and fair elections in Mali in the wake of a military takeover of the government.
The majority of the 15-member council said that the military leaders should not participate in the elections scheduled for February next year - while underscoring the need to ensure they were free and credible.
French ambassador to the UN Nicolas de Riviere said at the forum that "the absolute priority must be the organisation of the presidential election in February 2022".
"The Malian political class must now show responsibility," he said.
It came as the UN's special envoy for Mali El-Ghassim Wane called for strong international support amid a "deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the country".
Mr Wane said the new president and prime minister of the transition had reassured international partners that they would respect the transitional calendar.
He however said that immediate action was required for critical reforms in preparation for a credible electoral process.
"We cannot allow [Mali] to slide into further instability with drastic consequences for the subregion and beyond," Mr Wane said, according to a statement from the UN.
Mali has had two coups in nine months with the military junta leader Col Assimi Goïta recently declaring himself transitional president.
He named opposition leader Choguel Maïga as prime minister of his transitional government.
Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba commented on the tweet telling the public not to get involved in the matter.
"Be careful not to be used by attaching yourselves to something you don’t know or what you don’t have enough knowledge of! You are not the acquiring authority; you are not the Malungas. Just making some noise because Sipho has howled to a notice of intention to acquire the land? What are the facts? Tell us you who know," he wrote.
Journalist Hopewell Chin'ono - a fierce critic of the government - wrote: "This is really petty by [President Emmerson] Mnangagwa’s regime. It is an opportunity to expose the ridiculousness of this regime’s land reform program! This is crazy, you must be supported by all well meaning Zimbabweans."
Senegal president seeks action over beach deaths
Senegalese President Macky Sall has called for urgent action after at least eight people died off the beaches in the capital Dakar.
"The death of young people by drowning on the beaches of Malika is intolerable," he said in a statement on Twitter.
health authorities in South Sudan have said that they have so far vaccinated more than 16,000
people against Covid-19. South Sudan has a population of 13 million.
March, the country received 132,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from
the Covax facility, and another consignment of 59,000 doses from the African
Union (AU) and South African telecom giant, MTN.
the 59,000 doses donated by the AU could not be used as they expired on 13 April before South Sudan could start a vaccine rollout.
Other doses have been donated to neighbouring Kenya.
But now the vaccine programme has started.
On Monday, Dr John Romunu Pasquale, head of preventive health services at the health ministry, said that 16,509 doses had so far been administered.
are doing well with vaccination, I am happy to inform you that now all the 10 [regional] states and the three administrative areas are having Covid-19
vaccination," he told reporters.
Sudan has so far recorded 115 deaths from coronavirus.
Kenya mourns top businessman Chris Kirubi
Kenyans have been paying tribute to businessman Chris Kirubi who has died aged 80 at his home in the capital, Nairobi.
Mr Kirubi, one of the country's richest people, had interests spanning manufacturing, investments and media and was known for his colourful lifestyle.
He became a part-time radio personality at a station he owned and was known by his moniker: DJ CK.
Employees at his companies and those who have worked for him previously have hailed his as a good friend and mentor.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said Mr Kirubi, who sat on several company boards, was a "great coach".
“Besides his celebrated business acumen, Kenya will remember Chris a great coach and business mentor who raised some of our country’s best businessmen and corporate leaders,” Mr Kenyatta said.
The late businessman name is the top trend on Twitter in Kenya with some users sharing a screengrab of his last tweet, sent just hours before his death was announced:
Kenyan journalist Mariga Thoithi thought it was something he didn't need to think about - until a good friend died of it at just 29 years old.
He then started researching the cancer and was horrified at what he found.
Only about one in six women in Kenya will be screened for what should be a preventable disease, and 3,000 Kenyan women die of it each year.
Of the 20 countries in the world with the highest rate of cervical cancer, 19 of them are African.
The problem is that the cause of the cancer - the infection HPV - is primarily sexually transmitted - meaning taking a test can be stigmatised.
He's now written an article entitled "The fight against cervical cancer is very much a man's issue".
Quote Message: Men are primarily the spreaders of the HPV. Most of us will get HPV in our lifetime... Men wouldn't see themselves as part of the problem, but I feel this is exactly why men should be involved in finding the solution."
Men are primarily the spreaders of the HPV. Most of us will get HPV in our lifetime... Men wouldn't see themselves as part of the problem, but I feel this is exactly why men should be involved in finding the solution."
The military court in Kampala
has released on bail 18 supporters of opposition politician Robert
Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, who had been arrested at an election campaign
rally in December 2020.
They include Bobi Wine’s
personal bodyguard Edward Sebuwufu, Eddie Mutwe, and his musician
colleague Bukeni Ali known as Nubian Li.
They were part of a group of
49 people charged with possession of four rounds of ammunition. They have all now been released on bail.
Out of those arrested, 13 were granted bail in February and 18 others in late May.
They had been arrested in the
Lake Victoria island district of Kalangala, during a rally at which Bobi Wine
was also picked up and flown against his will to his home in Kampala in a military
During the election campaign season and
the months following the January polls, Uganda witnessed a wave of arrests and
alleged kidnaps of what are believed to be hundreds of opposition supporters.
A statement presented to
parliament by then Internal Affairs Minister General Jeje Odongo in April
showed that the security forces were holding at least 1000 people at one point.
Families in the capital
Kampala and other parts of the country continue to ask government to produce
loved ones who they say were arrested by security personnel and remain