The Africa Report: 15 May

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

The much loved Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba. Picture: AFP


Usually when politicians begin changing names of towns and roads the assumption is that they feel they have nothing better to do.

However, in the case of news from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a new town name is very much welcomed.

The DRC will "build" a new town merging two existing ones to form Lumumbaville.

Of course, this is in honour of the much loved Congolese independence leader, Patrice Lumumba.

Lumumba helped liberate the DRC from centuries of Belgian colonialism.

He was the first democratically elected Congolese leader but was killed within four months of his 1960 incumbency at the age of 35 by the United States and British intelligence services, the CIA and MI6.

Lumumbaville is to be located in the province of the liberator's birth, the Kasai province.



Libyan officials have stated that they not willing to confirm that Monday's car bomb explosion was indeed deliberate.

The bomb killed at least 10 people outside the Jalaa hospital and a shopping centre in Benghazi.

It was initially believed to have been an indiscriminate attack on civilians.

Senior ministers have now announced that they are considering the possibility that the blast was an accident, claiming that this might have been a case of people walking by, carrying explosives.

The question must be asked though why it is that someone would be carrying around explosives in the first place.



Positive news coming in from Mali as the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, pledged €500 million to what was once one of Africa's greatest democracies.

Mali and South Africa were the only two African nations invited to the Conference of Democracy 15 years ago.

But in January 2012, northern Mali erupted in conflict which led to months of violence.

The pledge made by the European Union will thus seek to help rebuild Mail, relaunching both its government and military.

Of course, terms and conditions do apply with the onus put on Mali to hold democratic elections and reestablish dialogue with the North.