Shootings in Mogadishu claim 7
Seven people died in three shootings in the Somali capital on Saturday. Three intelligence officers were among those killed in the wave of violence that came after the USA confirmed an airstrike had killed Hassan Ali Dhoore, a senior al-Shabaab member on Thursday. A commander of al-Shabaab in Jannaale town, Qorilow is also suspected to have been killed by a U.S. airstrike on Friday. Two of the three shootings involved masked men and the third occurred when government security forces opened fire on a group of protesters. The security forces shooting killed three people and injured one. Somalia is one of the worst hit countries by al-Shabaab, a jihadist appendage of the famed al-Qaeda terrorist group.
A Year after the Garissa University Disaster
Saturday the 2nd of April marked a year after the Garissa University shootings which claimed 148 people. The victims of the al-Shabaab attack are still haunted by the massacre a year later while confidence in the government’ ability to protect citizens has waned off. The Garissa attacks came after the 2013 Westgate attacks which killed 67. With the terror group sporadically attacking the outer fringes of Kenya and hiding in the Bono forest, another strike is not a far-fetched prospect at all. There is no reason to feel safe. If anything, schools now seem to be recruiting grounds for terrorist groups. However, it is not all doom and gloom, Garissa and the greater Kenya are on a path to normalcy and though it will take time, there is hope yet.
President Zuma Apologises to South Africa but Will Not Resign
President Jacob Zuma on Friday apologised to South Africa but did not resign as was expected by some quarters of the South African political fray. He said he would follow the Constitutional Court ruling that he should reimburse government for money he spent on security upgrades, a swimming pool and amphitheatre. The public protector ruled that about $15 million of taxpayers’ money was spent on President Zuma’s rural home and he was ordered to pay back part of the expense. With the apology, the South African premier seems to have wriggled out of a precarious political position. Opposition party EFF had called for his resignation while the Democratic Alliance called for impeachment. He is not out of the woods yet but the master-tactician looks set to escape the growing pressure.
Zimbabwe closes Firms which did not hand holdings to Nationals
Zimbabwe’s cabinet directed line ministries to give orders to licensing authorities to cancel licenses for firms not compliant with the country’s indigenisation framework by the 1st of April 2016. Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister, Patrick Zhuwao announced on the 23rd of March that the government had unanimously decided to invoke the Indigenisation legislation arguing that laws must be adhered to. The cabinet decision was in tandem with President Robert Mugabe’s pronouncement that resistance to indigenisation would come to an end come 2016. The Indigenisation law in question prescribes that 51% of ownership in foreign companies valued at more than $500,000 should be transferred to locals. Companies which did not send in their indigenisation plans by 1 April will be expected to show cause but as it stands, the cabinet directive is clearly that their licenses would have been revoked then.