For months now, there have been speculations that the Esiris – Dr Sid and Simi – have called it quits. But, there were no official statements or evidence to back it up which made it look like baseless rumors. Now Simi has let the cat […]
1961 May 31, South Africa became an independent republic.
1979 May 31, Zimbabwe proclaimed its independence.
2001 May 31, The people of Somaliland voted 97.1% in a referendum for independence. The referendum was opposed by the government of Somalia and did not lead to any state recognising the independence of Somaliland.
2002 May 31, Zimbabwe declared HIV a national emergency. Some 25% of the adults there were infected with the virus.
2004 May 31, Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo said that his country’s 30-billion-dollar external debt was “burdensome, unsustainable and unpayable” and appealed for leniency from its creditors.
2005 May 31, Sudan arrested a second aid worker from the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) aid agency over a report on hundreds of rapes in the troubled Darfur region.
2006 May 31, Kenya approved legislation that included provisions to punish those found guilty of child prostitution and sex tourism and trafficking. The new law aimed at curbing increasing sex abuse drew protest for failing to criminalize marital rape while penalizing false rape reports.
2006 May 31, In Somalia Islamic militias and secular warlords resumed fighting for control of Mogadishu, killing at least 13 people and wounding 11 after a five-day lull.
2007 May 31, Rwanda said a law abolishing the death penalty would come into force at the end of July, six months after the government first announced plans to scrap capital punishment.
2007 May 31, In South Africa Britain’s PM Blair also said that Africa’s leaders must get tough on authoritarian governments, such as those in Sudan and Zimbabwe.
2008 May 31, In Nigeria a senior health department official for the federal capital said smokers in public places in the capital of Abuja will be arrested and prosecuted from June 1.
2008 May 31, South African police said on a wave of attacks on foreigners has killed 62 people since the violence broke out three weeks ago.
2008 May 31, Zimbabwe state radio reported that 2 supporters of the ruling party have been shot dead in the country’s northeast over the last 2 days, amid mounting violence ahead of a presidential run-off next month. Police arrested Eric Matinenga, a lawyer of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), as he went to visit arrested members in Buhera where more than 70 suspects had been arrested over recent outbreaks of violence.
2009 May 31, In Egypt police reported that a 25-year-old man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family.
2009 May 31, In Mali it was believed that Al-Qaida terrorists killed British hostage Edwin Dyer. The fate of a Swiss hostage taken at the same time was unknown. Dyer was abducted in January and his captors had threatened to kill him by the end of May if Britain refused to release extremist preacher Abu Qatada from prison.
2010 May 31, Business leaders from Ghana and Zimbabwe met in Accra to forge closer economic and trade cooperation between the two African countries.
2010 May 31, South Africa’s African National Congress decided to discipline trade union boss Zwelinzima Vavi, who last week said the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), which he heads, was concerned that senior ANC members were exploiting political connections to accumulate personal wealth.
2010 May 31, In southern Sudan renegade general George Athor said 3 top officers who quit south Sudan’s army over alleged fraud in national elections are coordinating attacks in the oil-producing region, but the army played down the threat.
2011 May 31, The African Union said representatives from north and south Sudan have agreed to set up a demilitarized zone along their shared border, ten days after the north seized the disputed Abyei region.
2011 May 31, In the Central African Republic violence erupted after the bodies of two children were discovered in the boot of a car belonging to a Muslim.
2011 May 31, Egypt’s transitional government imposed a quote of no more than 400 passengers a day for crossing into Egypt at Rafah. A blacklist of 5,000 Gazans, who would not be allowed to cross, was reinstated.
2011 May 31, The South African Human Rights Commission said South Africa’s ambassador to Uganda, a country criticized for threatening the rights of gays, has been found guilty of hate speech for an anti-gay column he wrote before his appointment. Jon Qwelane was ordered to apologize and pay a fine of 100,000 rand (about $14,000) that the human rights commission will donate to a gay rights organization.
2011 May 31, South African regulators approved Wal-Mart’s 17 billion rand (about $2.4 billion) bid to buy a 51% controlling share of South Africa’s Massmart chain in a ruling that culminated a fierce debate over protectionism in the country with the continent’s most promising economy.
2012 May 31, Egypt’s notorious emergency law, in force since 1981, lapsed at the end of a two-year extension passed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s parliament.
2012 May 31, Zambian investigators arrested Andrew Banda, the oldest son of former president Rupiah Banda, for corruption and possessing assets bought with dirty money.
2013 May 31, Central African Republic said it has issued an international arrest warrant for ex-President Francois Bozize, ousted in March. He has been accused of kidnappings, murder and crimes against humanity. He is also accused of economic crimes, including misappropriation of public funds and corruption.
2013 May 31, In Egypt a bus carrying Mexican tourists overturned in the Sinai Peninsula before bursting into flames, killing at least six tourists.
2014 May 31, In Central African Republic hundreds of Muslims marched in their last major enclave in Bangui, protesting against a call by the president that they disarm and demanding their safe evacuation from the city.
2014 May 31, Egypt’s outgoing interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree making dishonoring the Egyptian flag or not standing for the national anthem a criminal offense, punishable by sentences of up to one year in prison and a fine of more than $4,000.
2014 May 31, In southwest Egypt smugglers killed 6 army border guards, including an officer, in a gunbattle in in the Wadi el-Gadid province.
2014 May 31, Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned in the Red Sea in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year.