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African press review 29 July 2013

The Malian elections, the protests in Tunisia and the Boko Haram attack in Nigeria, headline the African press today.

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Here is a look at the other top stories making the headlines in the African newspapers today.

Al-Shebab - who are they?

The Kenyan Standard leads with a UN report linking a Kenyan Parliamentry official to the Al Shebab terrorist group, which has claimed responsibility for scores of deaths and attacks in several parts of Kenya.

The UN report - which also monitors Al Shebab's activities in Somalia and Eritrea - accuses the unnamed Kenyan official of supporting terrorism and the recruitment of jihadist fighters in Kenya and Somalia, through a separate entity called Al Hijra.

The report says he provides advice to alleged terror organisations to circumvent the Kenyan Prevention of Terrorism Act 2012, and to conceal connections between the terrorist groups.

The Standard says it has learned from reliable sources that the employee in question works for the Hansard Department, which is responsible for maintaining detailed records of all Kenyan parliamentary business discussions in both open and closed-door sessions.

The daily, however, says it has been unable to establish whether the suspect works for the Kenyan Senate or National Assembly.

The Nairobi based East African newspaper reports on Tanzania’s launch of it’s strategic petroleum reserve. The paper notes that the launch comes as the country seeks a long-term solution to petrol shortages.

It says Tanzania is ready to pick the company that will supply oil for its National Strategic Petroleum Reserve before the end of August, a move which is expected to stabilize domestic fuel prices.

The East African says the country’s current reserves can only sustain consumers for between 10 to 15 days in the event of a break down in supplies.

Nigeria's national newspaper Punch leads with the highly mediatised trial of Razaq Alowonle, a police sergeant accused of killing nine-year-old Timilehin Ebun, in Ketu, Lagos State.

Timilehin was killed in his father’s vehicle by a stray bullet which is suspected to have been fired by Alowonle while the officer was attempting to arrest a bus driver for a traffic violation on 13 June.

The killing caused a public outcry against local police who are often accused of misconduct and corruption.

The newspaper says that as the trial approached, the victim's father received threats urging him to abandon his quest for justice for his slain son.

Finally, Kenya's Daily Nation reports that teachers are fighting to save their July salaries as the state threatens to withhold pay for those who took part in a three-week strike

The paper quotes unions as saying they will call for teachers nationwide to take drastic measures should the government fail to pay their salaries.

The Nation says the government announced it intends to withhold pay from striking teachers not only as a consequence of the strike, but also to finance the recruitment of new teachers.

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