The Africa Report: 23 August

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

Prince William and his wife Catherine, with their newborn baby boy, Prince George of Cambridge, Tilly the retriever (L), a Middleton family pet and Lupo, the couple's cocker spaniel (R) at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, in early August, 2013. Picture: AFP.


New father Prince William has announced in an interview with CNN that the young Prince George will grow up in an African bush themed royal nursery.

Prince William has a great love for the African outdoors and hopes to impart this on his "little rascal" of a son, and hopes George will one day experience Africa in the way William and his brother Prince Harry did.

He and George's mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, got engaged in the African bush.

"I'll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room. We'll cover it in, you know, lots of bushes and things like that. We'll make him grow up as if he's in the bush," said the Duke of Cambridge.


A Congolese military general was arrested in France on Thursday on charges of crimes against humanity relating to the disappearance of 350 refugees in 1999.

General Norbert Dabira was inspector-general of the Congolese forces and now holds the rank of minister, with the duty of reintegration of former soldiers.

He has a house in France and was visiting the country when he was arrested on Thursday and put under investigation for crimes against humanity.

The charges relate to a 1999 incident when 350 refugees fleeing political instability went into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo but when they returned to Congo-Brazzaville, they disappeared and Dabira was apparently responsible for this.

There is a foreign jurisdiction element that has been brought in that allows countries to do this in the case of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and although Dabira has since been released from official custody, he will be put under strict judicial control.


With tensions increasing between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Rwandan army has accused the DRC military forces of deliberately firing a rocket at their border.

Fighting has resumed near the DRC eastern city of Goma between Congolese forces and the rebel group, M23.

The M23 rebels are believed to be backed by the Rwandan government.

Although there have been no reports of death and injuries, the Rwandan army is calling the firing of the rocket a deliberate and provocative act.

Previously, there were reports of mortar shells landing in the DRC from Rwanda which claimed the lives of a few people.