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Today In African History:28th May

Today In African History:28th May

1998        May 28, In Eritrea veterans were mobilized to be sent to Ethiopian border where the 160-square-mile Yigra triangle was under dispute. Eritrea claimed ownership under the still binding Italian colonial borders.

2000        May 28, In Eritrea Ethiopian warplanes bombed a nearly completed power plant in Massawa as thousands of refugees fled north.

2000        May 28, In Sierra Leone the last 85 UN peacekeepers were released by rebels into Liberia and returned to Freetown.

2001        May 28, In the Central African Republic at least 12 people were killed in a failed coup attempt against Pres. Ange-Felix Patasse. 80 people in 2002 went on trial for the attempted coup.


Former Pres. Ange-Felix Patasse. (now late). Photo : Historica Wiki

2002        May 28, Libya offered $10 million in compensation for each victim in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in exchange for removal from the US list of states that sponsor terrorism.

2004        May 28, The Sudanese government and rebels from Darfur agreed that the first international observers of a fragile ceasefire would deploy there next week. Villagers in west Sudan said Sudanese aircraft bombed their village and killed at least 11 people.

2005        May 28, In Ethiopia provisional results showed that the ruling coalition and its allies won a majority in parliamentary elections, but the opposition made significant gains.

2005        May 28, In Sudan tens of thousands of chanting refugees lined the muddy streets of Darfur’s largest camp to greet the U.N.’s Kofi Annan, who later listened as women raped during the conflict told their stories.

Photo: WWAY

2007        May 28, A blast ripped through a crowd in Ethiopia’s volatile Somali region, killing 6 people and setting off a stampede that saw up to six more die. The attack happened as hundreds of people were gathered at the stadium in Jijiga town’s Revolutionary Square for a ceremony marking the overthrow of Ethiopia’s former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. In 2008 an Ethiopian court sentenced to death 8 alleged members of the Ogaden National Liberation Force (ONLF) for the attack.

Mengistu Haile Mariam. Photo: Daily Nation

2008        May 28, African leaders, in Japan for a major development conference, lashed out at rich nations for erecting trade barriers that prevent the continent’s economic development even as they make lofty pledges to boost aid. Japan pledged to double aid to Africa by 2012 and to help the continent boost rice production two-fold to ease food shortages.

2008        May 28, In southern Ethiopia a bomb exploded in a hotel, killing 3 people and wounding five others. The government suspected a terrorist group planted a bomb in the hotel in Negelle Borena.

2009        May 28, In Sudan Darfur’s most active rebel group said it intends to free 60 Sudanese troops as a “sign of goodwill” ahead of Qatari-brokered peace talks with Sudan’s government.

2010        May 28, In South Africa an expert with the country’s national parks said poachers killed a record number of rhinos in South Africa last year and are already on track to surpass that number again in 2010.

2010        May 28, Sudan’s autonomous southern government announced, during a visit by UN relief chief John Holmes, that it had earmarked $35 million (€28 million) to fight food shortage.

2011        May 28, An Egyptian administrative court fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two former officials 540 million Egyptian pounds ($91 million) for cutting off mobile and internet services during protests in January. Egypt charged former Information Minister Anas el-Fekky with “deliberately causing financial harm” to the state-run Radio and Television Union.

Ousted Egypt President Hosni Mubarak

2011        May 28, Egypt lifted a four-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip’s main link to the outside world, bringing relief to the crowded territory’s 1.5 million Palestinians but deepening a rift with Israel since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.

2011        May 28, South Sudan’s vice president flew to Khartoum on a mission to “ease tensions” over Abyei, one week after northern troops overran the contested border region.

2011        May 28, Sudan’s Suna news agency said Khartoum has ordered the official termination of the UN’s north-south peacekeeping mission on July 9, the date the south is to declare full independence following a referendum.

2012        May 28, In Kenya a blast ripped through shops in central Nairobi, killing one person and wounding dozens in what PM Odinga called a “terrorist” attack despite initial police reports of an accidental cause.

2013        May 28, Ethiopia’s Deputy PM Demeke Mekonnin told officials at a ceremony diverting Blue Nile flow at the dam construction site that the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will provide hydroelectricity not only for Ethiopia but also for neighboring countries.

2013        May 28, Kenya MPs unanimously voted to remove a directive reducing their salaries and then many walked out following the vote, even though there were other important reports and motions to be discussed

2013        May 28, A Tunisian court convicted Amina Sboui, the Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen, for carrying an “incendiary object” and fined her $182. Her lawyers had argued that the 1894 statute on “incendiary objects” should not apply to her can of pepper spray. She remained in custody pending more serious charges.

Tunisia activist Amina Sboui. Photo: Haaretz
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