The Africa Report: 31 May

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

Visiting Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan speaks in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, 7 May 2013. Jonathan is paying his first state visit to South Africa and will attend the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town this week. Picture: GCIS.


The Nigerian army have discovered an arms cache belonging to Lebanese terror group, Hezbollah.

The cache, found in the northern city of Kano, included armament such as rifles, anti-tank weapons and a rocket-propelled grenade.

The northern areas of Nigeria are known strongholds of Nigerian militants, Boko Haram, resulting in the conclusion that these weapons were intended for use by Boko Haram.

The armoury found was allegedly planned for an attack on Israeli and Western interests, reports BBC News Africa.

Whilst the owner of the warehouse where the weapons were found was out of the country, Nigerian forces have made five arrests.

The five men arrested are part of the large Lebanese business community based in Kano city.

With the Nigerian army's continued onslaught on jihadi in the north of the country, this find is recognised as a great success.



Just a week after Malawian President Joyce Banda was applauded for raising funds for her country by selling off the presidential plane and a fleet of luxury vehicles, her government has come under fire for striking a controversial labour deal with South Korea.

It what has been labelled "slave labour" by Malawian opposition and pressure groups, Banda, on her recent visit to the Asian county, made an agreement with South Korea that would see the "exportation" of Malawians to Korean farms and factories.

Labour Minister, Eunice Makangala, has spoken out against the wave of criticism that has hit Malawi, saying that government wants to help the country's unemployed.

Although an official unemployment rate is not known, an estimated 80% of secondary school graduates in Malawi are unemployed and unable to self-employ.

Government has defended their decision as having acted in good faith and thousands of Malawian youth are set to leave for South Korea in the near future.



In collaboration between governments, British police have arrested five Rwandan genocide suspects.

Accounts of arrests continue to emerge following the Rwandan genocide of 1994, which the world turned its back to.

In this incident, Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Charles Munyaneza, Celestin Ugirashebuja, Vincent Bajinya and Celestin Mutabaruka were arrested by British police following the emergence of new evidence.

Four of the five men were in fact detained from 2006 to 2009, but the extradition process was stopped by the British High Court for fear that they would not receive a fair trial in Rwanda.

Rwandan authorities have expressed satisfaction and have said they hope these men will face the charges brought against them in what is hoped to be a step closer to pursuing justice for the estimated 800, 000 Rwandans murdered in the genocide.