The Africa Report 06 June

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

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, is expected to announce the total amount of compensation the UK government will offer victims of the 1950s Mau Mau Uprising

UK TO COMPENSATE MAU MAU VICTIMS OF TORTURE

More than 5000 Kenyan victims will finally receive compensation due to them from the British government.

Kenyans who suffered at the hands of British colonialism in the 1950s have reason to celebrate as an offer of approximately $20-million has been made by the British government.

Foreign Secretary William Hague is expected to announce the official amount for compensation on Thursday.

This announcement follows a prior claim by the British that the statute of limitations had run out.

More than 10 000 people died during the Mau Mau insurgency that is recognised as one of the darkest eras of British colonialism.

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MALI ARMY CLASHES WITH SEPARATISTS

Malian soldiers have launched an attack on the Tuareg separatists in the north.

Fighting had broken out near the village of Anefis, roughly 100 km south of Tuareg strongholds in the provincial capital of Kidal.

In 2012, an armed conflict broke out in northern Mali as the Tuareg rebels took control of the area in an attempt for a separatist state, Azawad, which was soon taken over by al-Qaeda militants.

Earlier this year, France sent troops into Mali to block any advances by Islamic militants and managed to push them out of the main cities and into the outskirts of the country in a successful military operation.

France had recently announced their wish to begin withdrawal of troops but have agreed to remain in the region until an African force takes over.

This is the first clash between the Malian army and the Tuareg who have not given up their battle for a separatist state.

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MORE THAN 100 CHINESE NATIONALS ARRESTED IN GHANA FOR ILLEGAL MINING

In the latest news suggesting China is losing its footing in Africa, 124 Chinese nationals were arrested in Ghana for alleged illegal mining.

Ghanaian authorities searched a hotel where they captured these Chinese who are currently in police custody.

The arrested 124 are suspected of illegal mining in Ghana's mineral-rich Ashanti region, home of an ancient supply of gold.

The Chinese embassy has stated that they have been given the assurance by Ghana that these types of "raids" will come to an end.

It is not yet known whether the detainees will be charged but deportation is a certainty.