The Africa Report: 26 September

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

A screengrab from a CNN video taking a look at the Al-Shabaab militant group claiming responsibility for the deadly attack at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Picture: CNN


According to analysts, propaganda is the one unifying factor between jihadist groups in Africa.

The likes of al Shabaab and al-Qaeda are often referred to as somewhat of a franchise and are commonly understood to be part of a tight network of terror organisations.

Analysts have stated that this is incorrect and that it is only propaganda that unites them.

The jihadists most closely connected are al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al Shabaab, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

However, the similarities between certain terror groups are cause for concern and this is where opinions of analysts differ.

Due to their geographical proximity, AQIM and Boko Haram are known to exchange weapons, equipment, and engage in joint training.

As for funding, al Qaeda affiliated groups commonly receive theirs from the mother body whilst al Shabaab receives the majority of its funds from the Somali diaspora in the West, particularly the United States and Britain.

The attack on the Nairobi Westgate mall adds another element to the communication and possible unification between terror groups.

English-speaking fighters were handpicked by al Shabaab to carry out the attacks that claimed the lives of more than 70 people and left nearly 200 wounded.



During his speech at the 2013 United Nations General Assembly, the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) president, Joseph Kabila, condemned neighbouring Rwanda for its "never-ending aggression".

On Wednesday, Kabila blamed Rwanda for the continued violent clashes in the eastern DRC, specifically in the city of Goma.

The M23 rebels, who have terrorised the eastern DRC since 2012, are allegedly backed by the Rwandan government.

Rwanda strongly denies any affiliation with or support of the rebels.

Kabila stated that it was the DRC's welcoming of Rwandan refugees that have ultimately led to the clashes.

He blamed the on-going violence on the Rwandan refugees.

Rwandan present, Paul Kagame is due to speak at the UN General Assembly on Thursday and is expected to hit back at Kabila. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Hundreds of frustrated Sudanese have taken to the streets in protest of the governments cancelling of fuel subsidies.

The riots, which began on Tuesday, were sparked when government cancelled fuel subsidies to bring its budget under control, more than doubling petrol and gas prices.

Sudan is certainly feeling the loss of South Sudan who became independent in 2011, taking 75 percent of Sudan's oil resources.

Besides the hiked fuel prices, the Sudanese are facing rising inflation, corruption, and mismanagement, and, were recently hit by flooding.

Rioters have set gas stations and state-run bus stations alight and have opened fire on a police station and university facility.