The Africa Report: 8 January

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

Around 30 people have been killed in ethnic violence in Nigeria’s central Plateau State.

30 VILLAGERS KILLED IN ETHNIC CONFLICT IN CENTRAL NIGERIA

Around 30 people have been killed in ethnic violence in Nigeria's central Plateau State.

Houses were torched and cattle stolen.

The perpetrators of the attack are suspected to be Hausa-Fulani Islamist herdsmen.

Most of the homes torched belonged to members of the Christian faith.

The Plateau State has experienced increased ethnic violence in recent years arguably as a result of it being the middle ground between the largely Muslim populated north and the Christian-majority south.

FIGHTING BREAKS OUT IN DRC'S SECOND CITY

Fighting has broken out between rebel forces and the military in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Lubumbashi.

More than 20 people have been reported dead in the attacks between the Mai Mai Kata Katanga secessionist group and the military.

The fighting according to DRC police, lasted for eight hours and has become an additional problem for the country.

There has been a resurgence of conflict in the volatile east of the mineral-rich country which is home to more than nine different rebel groups.

ZAMBIAN POLITICIAN CHARGED FOR CALLING PRESIDENT A POTATO

A Zambian politician has been arrested and charged for calling the nation's president a 'potato'.

Frank Bwalya, an opposition politician and former Catholic priest, offended the Zambian President Michael Sata by referring to him as a vegetable.

In a radio interview on Monday, Bwalya called President Sata a "chumbu mushololwa", a Bemba term for a long sweet potato that breaks when bent.

The term usually describes someone who does not accept and follow advice.

Sata's government has stated that Bwalya could not call the president a potato and he will now be charged with defamation which carries a maximum jail term of five years.