Africa Live: Kenya police brutality accusations, FGM warning for doctors

Kenya police accused of brutal crackdown on demonstration
Doctors warned by WHO not to unwittingly get involved in
Nigeria labour and government to continue talks over fuel
Kenyan authorities to demolish residences after fatal
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Tuesday 17 May 2016
Live Reporting
By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane
Cartoon takes on Kenya police violence
Kenya’s Star newspaper has waded into the debate following
Monday’s violence in the capital over protests against the
country’s electoral commission (IEBC).
The paper’s cartoon is inspired by a photo which is being
widely shared online, showing a Kenyan police officer badly
beating one of the protesters:
Moroccan athletes ‘arrested over doping allegations’
Six Moroccan athletes have been arrested over doping
allegations, the AP news agency reports.
This follows a long-running investigation by the Moroccan
authorities that began in 2007.
The names of the six who have been arrested over the
course of the probe have not been revealed.
#StopPoliceBrutality trending in Kenya
Following Monday’s protests in the Kenyan capital,
Nairobi, that ended in violence, and reports that one of
those involved has died after being severely beaten by
police (see entry below at 10:49), the hashtag
#StopPoliceBrutality has been trending nationwide.
At least 15 of those arrested on Monday have been
charged with participating in an illegal protest, going in
public armed and a breach of the peace, reports the BBC’s
Ruth Nesoba from Nairobi.
The defendants pleaded guilty to participating in the illegal
protest, but denied all the other charges.
Kenya’s National Commission on Human Rights
has condemned the use of excessive force by police on
Nigeria unions and government try to end deadlock of
fuel price rise
Nigeria’s labour unions and the government are expected to
continue talks today in an effort to avoid a strike over the
rise in fuel prices.
The Nigeria Labour Congress called last week’s 67% increase
to 145 Naira ($0.72) “criminal” and vowed to oppose it.
The government said it could no longer afford the subsidy
and wanted to introduce measures to help end the
current fuel shortage.
A meeting between the two sides on Monday ended in
Kenyan protester dies after being beaten by police,
reports say
BBC Monitoring
Vincent Kisanya
Kenyan radio station Capital FM is reporting
that a protester, who was
filmed being beaten by police in Nairobi on Monday, has
Scores of protesters were injured after police used clubs,
tear gas and water canons to disperse them outside the
offices of the country’s electoral body.
Over the past three weeks protesters, led by opposition
leaders, have been holding demonstrations on Mondays to
demand the removal of the body’s commissioners.
The opposition has said the electoral officials are biased and
has called for them to be replaced as part of reforms ahead
of the 2017 elections.
South African’s roadside job hunt goes viral
A tweet posted last night in South Africa appears to have
struck a chord as the country faces some of its highest ever
unemployment figures:
This picture of graduate Anthea Malwandla has been shared
more than 1,500 times (at time of writing).
We called her up, but sadly the popularity of the image has
not yet resulted in a job offer.
She told us she graduated from Vaal University of
Technology and has been looking for work, preferably
helping to produce fertiliser, for the past year.
She says she’ll continue to look for work.
Last week Statistics South Africa said the unemployment rate
is 26.7%, which is a 12-year high.
How has the CIA meddled in Africa?
The story that Nelson Mandela’s 1962 arrest was the result
of a tip-off from a CIA agent in South Africa got us thinking
about other times that the agency has been accused of
getting involved in African issues.
We’ve focused on four examples, though there are several
1. The assassination of Congo’s first prime minister Patrice
Lumumba in 1961. The Belgians have apologised for their
involvement, but the US has never been explicit about its
role despite the CIA plotting to kill him.
2. The overthrow of Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah
in 1966. The CIA knew of the planned coup and was in touch
with the plotters, but it is not clear if agents supplied help.
3. Support for anti-MPLA forces in Angola in 1975. The CIA
helped arm and train the FLNA and Unita who were fighting
the MPLA for control of Angola after independence from
4. Support for Hissene Habre in Chad in 1982. The CIA backed
Habre’s overthrow of President Goukouni Oueddei as the
US feared a Chad-Libya alliance involving Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi.
Read the full story: Four more ways the CIA has
meddled in Africa
FGM: Advice from a Somali woman who was cut to
Following a warning from the World Health Organization
(WHO) to doctors not to get
involved in carrying out FGM procedures (see earlier entry
at 09:00), the BBC has been speaking to Hibo Wardere.
Hibo, who is from Somalia, was cut aged six. She first sought
help for her medical problems aged 18, when she lived in
the UK. She told Newsday’s David Whitty about her
first meeting with a doctor about the procedure.
Warning: This interview contains graphic descriptions
Hibo was given type three FGM, the most extreme version of
the procedure, after which the vagina is sewn up, leaving
only a small hole to urinate out of:
She gives her advice to other girls and women who have
experienced FGM and who live in countries where it is not
Read more about Hibo’s story
Where we come from, it’s the way you should be found. Your
husband needs to find you that way. He needs to force his way
in, which means you’re going to be in such horrific pain and
that is the only way they’re going to believe you’re a virgin.”
If you are outside the UK, find out a doctor that you trust.
Find out somebody who is not going to go back to your
community and tell them what you’ve done because that can
create repercussions for you… Be careful, but still seek help.”
Nairobi building collapse: Demolitions in surrounding
The authorities in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, are set to
continue with their plan to demolish the city’s unsafe
This follows last month’s collapse of a building in the
Huruma district in which 51 people died.
Two hundred buildings have been earmarked for
Today, six buildings next to the original area of the collapse
are due to be demolished, after residents were given a
week’s notice to leave.
Read more: Why do buildings collapse?
Doctors warned against getting involved in FGM
New World Health Organization guidelines have warned
doctors not to get involved in what it describes as the
“medicalization” of female genital mutilation.
In new guidelines for health workers
dealing with the issue it says
that parents can sometimes “ask health providers to conduct
FGM because they think it will be less harmful”.
The WHO’s Dr Lale Say says: “It is critical that health workers
do not themselves unwittingly perpetuate this harmful
The guidelines – which also deal with treating sexual and
mental health problems – have been issued because “health
workers are often unaware of the many negative health
consequences of FGM and many remain inadequately
trained to recognize and treat them properly”.
Wise words
Today’s African proverb:
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If you break a coconut on a man’s head, he will not enjoy
eating it.”
Sent by David, Abuja, Nigeria
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