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African press review 10 June 2016


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is honoured as a military hero. Some of the Ethiopian children abducted in April by South Sudanese gunmen have been released and have now returned home. Jacob Zuma T-shirts are still popular in South Africa. And the Kenyan Foreign Ministry mislays nearly seven million euros.


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was yesterday awarded the country’s highest military medal, ‘The Order of Katonga’ during celebrations marking Heroes Day.

The story is top of the front page in this morning's Kampala-based Daily Monitor.

The president becomes the third person to receive the award named after the battle of Katonga, one of the final assaults by the Museveni-led National Resistance Army during the bush war against the Ugandan army under Idi Amin.

The other two holders of the Order of Katonga are former Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi and former Tanzanian president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

Some abducted Ethiopian children return home

Regional newspaper the East African reports the United Nation's children's agency Unicef as saying that eighty-eight Ethiopian children abducted in April by South Sudanese gunmen have been released and have now returned home.

At least 216 people were killed and 136 children abducted in the cross-border raid into Ethiopia's south-western Gambella region on April 15.

Negotiations continue for the release of 58 children still being held captive.

Smiling Zuma still crucial to ANC election drive

I'm not sure if it's intended as a warning, but South African financial paper BusinessDay has a headline reading "Jacob Zuma’s beaming face coming soon to a T-shirt near you".

Describing T-shirts as a cornerstone of the ANC’s visibility and branding campaign, particularly ahead of the upcoming local election, the ruling party’s treasurer-general, Zweli Mkhize yesterday denied that fewer party T-shirts are being branded with the president's smiling face.

In 2014, reports surfaced that among the factors that led to the so-called purge at the South African Revenue Service was a decision to hold back a multimillion-rand consignment of ANC T-shirts before the April elections.

Newspaper headlines are free advertising!

BusinessDay also reports that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has responded to criticism that its banning of reading newspaper headlines on-air is a form of censorship.

An SABC spokesman last night confirmed that the broadcaster had banned the reading of newspaper headlines on all programmes across its TV and radio platforms with immediate effect.

The spokesman added that the decision came from the realisation that the reading of newspaper headlines was providing free advertising for the publications that the headlines were being read from.

What colour for the Quran?

The Cairo-based Egypt Independent reports that the appearance of brightly colored copies of the Quran in markets this Ramadan has caused a stir in religious circles, fueling a debate about the approprate colours for the Muslim holy book.

The sale of brightly colored Qurans has been growing in recent years, prompting Egyptian officials to weigh up the appropriate response, erring on the side of caution while they wait for an official ruling from the religious authorities at Al-Azhar.

Last year, the Islamic Research Academy decided to confiscate all copies of the Quran printed in bright colors, including red, purple and pink. Meanwhile, the Research, Authoring and Translation Administration has called for the withdrawal of all copies from bookshops until Al-Azhar decides that brightly colored Qurans are permitted.

Banker jailed for robbing the dead

Punch in Nigeria reports that a Lagos State High Court yesterday sentenced a bank official to 39 years imprisonment for stealing from the dead.

The official and six others were accused of conspiring to steal 30 million naira from the account of a deceased customer. He was given 13 three-year sentences, to run concurrently.

Kenyan Foreign Ministry mislays 767 million shillings

The main story in the Kenyan Daily Nation reports that the Foreign Ministry appears to have lost 767 million shillings, over six-and-a-half million euros.

The Auditor-General says that Kenya’s embassies and missions abroad cannot account for millions collected from the issuance of visas, consular fees and rent income.

This is not the first such shortfall: the embassies in London, Rome, Addis Ababa and Washington lost the shilling equivalent of well over one million euros in the previous financial year.

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