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The Africa Report: 2 December

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

The burnt wreckage of a Mozambican Airlines plane at the site of its crash in Namibia's Bwabwata National Park on 30 November, 2013. Picture: AFP

MOZAMBICAN CRASH VICTIMS MOVED TO WINDHOEK

Victims of the Mozambican Airline crash have been found and moved to the Namibian capital, Windhoek.

On Saturday, police reported that the plane crashed in the Namibian Bwabwata National Park after losing contact with air traffic controllers.

All 33 people on board including the crew, were killed in the crash.

This is the worst crash for Mozambique since 1984 when former President Samora Machel's plane went down.

The bodies of the victims have been moved to Windhoek while Mozambique is in an official state of mourning.

EAST AFRICAN COUNTRIES AGREE ON COMMON CURRENCY

The five member states of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to establish a common currency.

Meeting in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, the presidents of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda agreed to the single currency and signed the protocol declaring it will happen within a decade.

The EAC was established 13 years ago and have already created the Common Market and the East African Customs Union.

The aims of the EAC include bettering economic, political and cultural integration.

ANGOLA DENIES BANNING ISLAM

Despite reports of restrictions and the closure of mosques, the Angolan government has denied it has enforced a ban on Islam.

The Angolan government have claimed there is indeed freedom of religion, but religious leaders are obliged to register.

In order to register a religion, you must have a minimum following of 100,000.

There have been claims that no Islamic organisations have been allowed to register.

In the predominantly Catholic country, all mosques are currently closed and restrictions on women wearing veils have been reported.

Angolan Muslims have been ordered to dismantle their mosques or pay a fine for the government to do so.

This is in addition to the eight already dismantled mosques.

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