The Africa Report: 08 April

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

Kenya's newly elected President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to faithfuls after attending a mass on March 10, 2013 at the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic church during a thanksgiving service in Gatundu, Kiambu. Picture: AFP


President Jacob Zuma will be jetting off to Kenya to attend the inauguration of incoming Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta this week.

Kenyatta won the Presidential elections in March, beating off age-old rival, Raila Odinga.

On the eve of his inauguration Kenyatta said that Kenya will maintain close ties with the West.

This announcement comes as a surprise after long and very strong anti-Western rhetoric during his campaign just weeks ago.

Kenyatta was angry about the pressure brought upon him by the world.

He is facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Odinga, who remains a strong opponent of Kenyatta, says the newly-elected President will run the country from a cell in The Hague.

Although Odinga's predictions are unlikely to avail, there are many western governments who are saying that they will not engage in dealings with Kenyatta if he is found guilty of crimes against humanity or if he does not go through the ICC process.

Kenyatta's inauguration takes place on Tuesday.



The past weekend seen religious violence in Cairo intensify.

Hundreds of Christians were under siege inside Cairo's Coptic cathedral last night as security forces and local residents, some armed with handguns, launched a prolonged and unprecedented attack on the seat of Egypt's ancient Church.

Four Christians died in religious violence over the weekend, followed by another death at an enormous demonstration outside the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo.

With Copts making up approximately 10% of the population, this violence is not something which Egypt can afford.

The Copts are currently undertaking a train strike on in Egypt in addition to a battle with prosecution, thus, they face a full plate of problems.



Katy Perry visited Madagascar to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country.

The 28-year old singer and songwriter joined forces with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and has spent the last few days visiting children in one of the world's poorest countries.

Perry spent three days with abandoned and abused children in the slums of Antananarivo.

These children are the surviving victims of the tropical cyclone, Felleng, which hit Madagascar in February.

After less than a week in Madagascar, Perry has admitted that the trip has truly opened her eyes.

Recently divorced Perry contributed a song to the hit film Madagascar 3 soundtrack.