Ethiopia and South Sudan in famine appeal
Emmanuel Igunza, BBC Africa, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia and South Sudan have jointly appealed for urgent international assistance to help at least 15 million of people facing starvation in the two countries.
Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan while Ethiopia is facing yet another drought that has hit several countries in the East and Horn of Africa.
Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said countries in the region had agreed to share meagre resources in averting what he said was looming famine.
For his part, South Sudan’s president said his government would allow safe passage for humanitarian assistance to reach millions that are facing starvation.
Earlier this week the UN warned that the world needs to act quickly to avert further disaster in the world’s youngest nation.
The two countries also signed several agreements on border security, infrastructure and energy that will see Ethiopia selling electricity to South Sudan while exporting oil from their neighbour.
For sure Obama’s foreign policy was a failure. He will have questionable legacy in Syria, Ukraine and particularly in Africa the genocide of the Oromo people in Ethiopia. He praised the most brutal totalitarian regime on this planet as democracy and legitimized the tiny minority TPLF fascist thugs 100% wining the fake election drama.
He went there against the advice of the major policy advisors and US major news papers. By going to Ethiopia, the result is the encouragement of the ongoing genocide. He doesn’t even gave a try to talk to the opposition leaders there. Because they are from the majority Oromo population. He was in the pockets of Abyssinian conspiracy.History will judge him on this mysterious genocide episode of the Oromo people in the Horn of Africa. Via Ibsaa Nagawoo
Social media incitement condemned
Milton Nkosi, BBC Africa, Johannesburg
The South African president has appealed for calm ahead of the march by local residents against immigrants in townships around the capital Pretoria.
President Jacob Zuma strongly condemned the acts of violence and intimidation directed at African immigrants living in South Africa. In a statement Mr Zuma said he would be championing the fight against crime to promote safer and more stable communities.
Earlier this week angry mobs looted shops belonging to Somalis, Pakistanis and other migrants in townships around Pretoria and parts of south Johannesburg. Nigerian migrants have denied accusations that they are involved in prostitution rings and drug cartels.
The president also condemned the incitement of xenophobia on social media platforms. He said “the threats and counter-threats on social media must stop. All must exercise restraint, respect the laws of the land”.
Patrick Kihara, BBC Monitoring, Nairobi
Hundreds of people have been forced to flee their homes due to increasing insecurity in the country’s Baringo County, about 217km (135 miles) northwest of the capital, Nairobi over the past few days.
Yesterday bandits attacked a government truck ferrying relief food to the area and two weeks ago a local elected official and a would-be MP were killed when gunmen attacked a bar.
Local leaders have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to address the attacks which they say have resulted in the deaths of 10 people so far.
The area is home to two communities, the Pokot and Tugen, who have often clashed violently over pasture and water.
On 8 February a local official was quoted by the Star Newspaper saying “hundreds” of police officers from the country’s elite General Service Unit had been deployed to the region.
Private farms and conservancies in the neighbouring Laikipia county have also been experiencing armed incursions as pastoralists search for food and water for their livestock.
The county also borders Turkana county where in 2014 Pokot raiders ambushed a police convoy and killed 21 police officers.