The Africa Report: 06 May

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

FILE PIC: Nigerian president Goodluck Johnathan leaves after the closing ceremony of ECOWAS heads of state ordinary summit on Febuary 28, 2013 at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Fundation in Yamoussoukro. Picture: AFP.


Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian president, will be arriving in South Africa.

South African president, Jacob Zuma, invited Jonathan to speak at the World Economic Forum.

The two presidents will also engage in bilateral discussions as Africa's two largest economies who look to further trade.

Jonathan will also be visiting car manufacturers, MTN and DSTV, of which his nation is the biggest subscriber.


A car bomb in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu has left at least seven bystanders dead.

On Sunday, a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with explosives into the convey escorting a Qatari delegation.

The members of the delegation remained unharmed and managed to arrive at their hotel safely.

The four-member delegation from Qatar is involved with investment and stability within the country.

The attack, which has been claimed by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, has been labelled a "martyrdom operation" on a pro-Al-Shabaab website, reports CNN.

This attack comes just after the great news of Mogadishu's growing port.

Somali's have been trying to overcome the slough that they have been in for more than two decades but it seems that Al-Shabaab, who were driven out of the country's main cities, are adamant to stall any growth in the troubled nation.


The Libyan parliament took a vote on Sunday which will exclude all former members of ousted Muammar Gaddafi's regime from the new government.

This move is problematic for the likes of current Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, who held a senior position during Gaddafi's 42-year rule.

Exclusion is predicted to unseat all who served under Gaddafi regardless of the part they played in overthrowing the late dictator.

The debate about this draft law had been ongoing for months but the Libyan parliament's hand was forced when two ministries were sieged by armed groups in technicals - trucks with mounted machine guns and anti-aircraft on the back.

This is indicative of the government's inability to control the militia and further illustration of how far Libya still has to go before obtaining any true stability.


The forthcoming Madagascan election, set for 24 July 2013, has been marred by the announcement that current leader, Andry Rajoelina, will be running, breaking an earlier promise not to stand.

Rajoelina had promised not to run for presidency after the regional powers - the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - had urged him not to for the sake of stability for the election.

However, the promise was broken when the wife of the overthrown leader, Marc Ravalomanana, announced that she would stand for elections.

Lalao Ravalomanana is not the only one to have made her controversial candidacy known.

Former presidents Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy will also be running for presidency.

Ratsiraka returned to the island nation a week ago and his candidacy has since been approved.

Both former presidents have asked for the elections to be delayed but SADC representatives have refused.

The island has been in a terrible state of affairs since the 2009 overthrow of Ravalomanana and was red-carded by the AU.

With Rajoelina having joined the presidential race, neutrality of the electoral commission is going to be brought into question, adding to the list of problems Madagascar faces, including famine and drought.