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Today in African History – 29th May

Today in African History – 29th May

1979        May 29, Bishop Abel Muzorewa was sworn in as the first black PM of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia – the name given to the country in the brief period before full independence. 


Bishop Abel Muzorewa died of cancer. Photo: Denfordmagora

1996        May 29, Hundreds of Tutsis crossed into Rwanda fleeing the fighting in Zaire. Thousands of displaced Tutsis are behind them in the Masisi and Rutshuru regions of northeastern Zaire.

1996        May 29, In Papua New Guinea the 500 Bahinemo people and the several hundred Bitara people were faced with the decision over whether to allow logging in their 2,300 sq. mls of primeval woodland.

1997        May 29, In Algeria armed men attacked a home in Djebabra and slit the throats of 6 men and 2 women.

1997        May 29, In Angola troops overran the northern part of the country held by the former Unita movement. 

1998        May 29, Two activists were killed by the Nigerian Mobile Police on Chevron’s Parabe oil production platform. The police were flown in on Chevron helicopters following 4 days of protests. In 2009 a federal judge upheld a San Francisco jury’s verdict that cleared Chevron of wrongdoing in the shootings.

1999        May 29, In Nigeria Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo became the first civilian president in 15 years, ending a string of military regimes. He suspended contracts awarded by his predecessor. In the oil region 56 people were killed in ethnic unrest.


Former Nigeria Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo , Photo: PMNews

2000        May 29, In Zimbabwe Thadeus Rukuni, a candidate for the Movement for Democratic Change, was beaten to death in Bikita. 

2002        May 29, Libya denied that it had any relationship to the deal made by lawyers to pay $2.7 billion to the families of Pan Am Flight 103 victims. The move was seen as a ploy and a settlement was expected soon.

2002        May 29, In Zambia Pres. Levy Mwanawasa declared a national food crises with 4 million people facing starvation due to drought.


Zambia Pres. Levy Mwanawasa . Photo: The telegraph

2006        May 29, In southwestern Nigeria a truck hauling iron rods lost control and crashed into several roadside buses as passengers were boarding, killing at least 30 people.

2007        May 29, Egypt’s parliament voted to expel an MP and nephew of late President Anwar Sadat, after he was declared bankrupt.

2007        May 29, Libya said it will sign a 900 million dollar exploration deal with energy giant BP, which plans to return after a 33 year absence. British PM Tony Blair arrived in Libya and welcomed improved relations as oil companies from both countries signed a major deal.

2007        May 29, Umaru Yar’Adua (56), a former governor hand-picked by departing President Olusegun Obasanjo, was sworn in as president in Nigeria’s first transfer of power from one elected government to another. Gun battles between rival gangs in Nigeria’s southern oil-producing state of Rivers erupted in violence linked to a change of governor, killing 15 people.

2008        May 29, In Ethiopia a flash flood hit Jijiga town late at night and swept away 200 houses, killing 25 people of whom 19 were children.
  

2011        May 29, In Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in for a full four-year term as president and faced the challenge of uniting a country that saw deadly postelection violence despite what observers called the fairest vote in over a decade. A blast in the city of Bauchi killed 15 people. One bomb went off at a beer garden in Zuba, near the capital, killing two people and wounding at least 11. Another explosion in the northern city of Zaria also targeted a bar hours after the inauguration.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Photo: Independent News

2011        May 29, Nigerian police raided the Cross Foundation in Aba, a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes. Dr. Hyacinth Orikara was arrested and 32 pregnant girls, aged 15-17, were rescued.

2011        May 29, In South Sudan a week of fighting subsided near water points in Jonglei state with at least 68 people killed. Nuer tribesmen allegedly attacked the area and drove off with more than 100,000 cattle owned by the Murle.

2012        May 29, In Egypt final election results showed that that Mohammed Morsi won close to 5.8 million votes, or almost 25%, while Ahmed Shafiq garnered 5.5 million votes, or nearly 24%. Finishing third was leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi with 4.8 million votes, or about 21%.

2012        May 29, Lesotho opposition parties agreed to unite to bring down veteran PM Pakalitha Mosisili, whose party failed to win an absolute majority in the weekend parliamentary election.

2012        May 29, Somalia’s president Sharif Shekh Ahmed escaped an ambush unharmed as Al-Qaeda linked Shebab fighters attacked his armored convoy in the Afgoye corridor. Shebab insurgents said they had fired on two foreign warships that came in close to the key rebel port of Kismayo, the first such reported incident as they face growing military pressure.

2012        May 29, Sudanese troops withdrew from the disputed territory of Abyei. Top negotiators for Sudan and South Sudan met in Ethiopia for their first talks since deadly border fighting last month took them to the brink of war.

2012        May 29, In Tanzania a leading local rights group said some 3,000 people suspected of witchcraft, mainly old women, have been lynched in Tanzania from 2005 to 2011.

2013        May 29, Libya’s parliament chief, Mohammed al-Megarif, who served under Moammar Gadhafi before becoming an opposition leader in exile, resigned, just weeks after lawmakers passed a bill banning former regime officials from senior government posts.

Dr. Mohamed Yusuf Al Magariaf ; a Libyan politician who served as the President of the General National Congress from its first meeting in August 2012 until his resignation in May 2013. Photo : Fox News

2013        May 29, In Tunisia 3 foreign activists disrobed in front of the Ministry of Justice in Tunis to protest against the jailing of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN, quickly attracting a crowd of offended Tunisians before the 3 women were hustled away by police.


Amina Sboui, a Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN,

2014        May 29, In Central African Republic youths plundered a mosque in Bangui and barricaded streets with burning tires in protest at an attack by Muslim gunmen on a church a day earlier.

2014        May 29, In Egypt with nearly all votes counted, retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won a crushing victory over his sole opponent in the country’s presidential election with more than 92 percent of the votes. The interim president said turnout reached 46 percent.

2015        May 29, In Egypt 16 people were killed, all but three of them policemen, in a collision between a police vehicle and a truck south of Cairo.
 

2015        May 29, Nigeria held inauguration ceremonies for President Muhammadu Buhari (72). He pledged to take personal charge of the fight against Boko Haram Islamic extremists and said he will root out human rights violations by the military.


President Muhammadu Buhari

2015        May 29, Rwanda slapped an indefinite ban on BBC local language broadcasts as punishment for a controversial documentary on the central African country’s leadership and the 1994 genocide.

2016        May 29, An Egyptian military court sentenced eight alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to death on terrorism charges.

2016        May 29, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to keep and “re-engineer” a controversial amnesty program for Niger delta militants designed to stem attacks that have slashed oil exports but set to be scrapped.

2016        May 29, In Nigeria at least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra campaigners. Activists wanting a separate state for the Igbo people in the southeast were commemorating the 49th anniversary of the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967.

2017        May 29, The Democratic Republic of Congo said it has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast.

2017        May 29, Egypt announced a $2.49 billion package of income tax discounts, bonuses for state employees, increased pension payments and cash subsidies for lower and middle income Egyptians to cope with soaring inflation.

2018        May 29, Egyptian state news MENA reported that four officials including the chairman of the state Food Industries Holding Company (FIHC) have been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from commodities trading firms.

2018        May 29, Kenyan officials denied charges related to alleged wrongdoing in the National Youth Service following investigations into a $79 million corruption scandal.

2018        May 29, Kenyan officials denied charges related to alleged wrongdoing in the National Youth Service following investigations into a $79 million corruption scandal.

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