African press review 14 January 2015
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The newest issue of Charlie Hebdo comes out today and some people are not happy about the choice of front page. The Kenyan teachers' strike seems to be reaching a decisive point. And teh WHO's handling of the Ebola epidemic comes under fire.
On it you'll see the prophet Mohammed, a tear on his cheek, holding a sign that reads "Je suis Charlie". The words "All is forgiven" are written across the page.
Of course, that cover was bound to shock some people.
According to the Egypt Independent, the Egyptian Grand Mufti warned the French satirical newspaper against publishing a new caricature of Mohammad.
Shawqi Allam said "it was a racist act that would incite hatred and upset Muslims around the world".
He added that "what the magazine is doing does not serve coexistence or a dialogue between civilisations".
The Grand Mufti of Egypt is one of the most influential clerics of the world, explains the paper.
Still the Grand Mufti described last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo as "terrorist".
The Kenyan is again headlining on the ongoing teachers' strike and, according to the Standard, the strike might end today.
The teachers have been on strike for more than a week, protesting against the lack of pay rises.
According to the newspaper, the Industrial Court is supposed to rule today on whether or not the strike is legal.
The court was summoned for direction by the two main teachers' unions and the Teachers Service Commission.
The Standard explains that "a declaration that the strike is illegal would weaken the teachers' position and give the government the upper hand in its push to have teachers resume duty".
But on the other hand, if the court rules out in favour of the teachers, they will "have a better position of negotiating better pay" explains the daily.
It doesn't seem as if the problem will be resolved quickly though. Kuppet, one of the teachers unions, said that "even if anything happens, teachers shall decide what next".
According to the Daily Nation, the unions even rejected proposals from Bishop Maurice Crowley, who is in charge of education at the Catholic Church.
The bishop held a meeting but it only last 10-15 minutes and "the parties didn't reach a conclusion".
The Liberian paper Front Page Africa says the World Health Organisation (WHO) is also to blame for the Ebola crisis.
The WHO released a report blaming solely the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for mishandling the deadly Ebola virus.
Front Page Africa doesn't agree.
In an editorial, the newspaper is accusing the international organisation of having been slow and "allowing this deadly outbreak to spin out of control".
"The WHO and other international agency wasted too much time to step in and intervene," it says.
So far the outbreak has killed 8,371, Front Page Africa reminds us.
And the paper regrets that a report by the WHO on its own handling of the crisis, was not made public.
A lack of transparency that the editorial describes as mind boggling because we need to know where the millions of dollars devoted to the battle against the epidemic are going.
"There are a lot of blames to go around this Ebola outbreak but now must be about finding solutions," it concludes. "Despite millions of dollars in aid money, people are continuing to die and become infected even as the international agencies report that we may have seen the worst of Ebola."
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