- An inquiry commission probing the causes of the 22 March explosion in Mozambique’s Malhazine military armoury in the capital Maputo submitted its report to President Armando Guebuza. The commission blamed “human error, soaring temperatures, terrible conditions of maintenance, storage and preservation of expired military armaments in the armoury” as the causes of the fatal detonation.
So far, 117 people died of the blast while 500 sustained injuries.
The commission report disagree to claims from some quarters that the explosion was magnetised by fire or attempts, extract mercury or sabotage.
Experts of the Southern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the control of small arms and light weapons issued a preliminary report, advising the Mozambican government to be careful of keeping deteriorated physical and chemical conditions of ammunition and explosives, which might have been possible cause of the explosion.
The commission sealed its report with recommendations asking the Mozambican government to destroy obsolete weapons or ammunitions to avoid a recurrence of future explosions in the military armouries in the country.
President Guebuza has quickly heeded to the advice of the commission and asked its recommendation to be fully implemented without delay. He also ordered the transfer of arms of stockpoles to more adequate military armouries.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.