African press review 8 October 2013 [Radio France Internationale]
(Radio France Internationale Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) More on Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto's trial at the ICC, Ngina Kenyatta's personal fortune, and Kizza Besigye and Yoweri Museveni's squabble in Uganda....
The Kenyan front pages all look to The Hague.
The main story in The Standard reports that the leadership and campaign agenda of the Orange Democratic Movement during the disputed 2007 presidential election was the key feature in the testimony of the second prosecution witness at the International Criminal Court on Monday.
The witness, identified as number 326, told the court that Deputy President William Ruto, then a member of the ODM's executive, promised to resettle squatters in the Rift Valley if the party won. "He told us that the era of the hyenas" was over, said the witness.
The witness also said ODM centred its campaign on resolving unequal distribution of resources in the country as well as historical land injustices.
According to sister paper The Daily Nation, the same witness claimed the Deputy President had used coded language against some communities in the Rift Valley during the 2007 election campaign.
When pressed by the presiding judge Chile Eboe-Osuji to clarify if Ruto had used the term "hyenas" the witness responded in the affirmative, explaining that the crowd understood the term to mean "outsiders who have grabbed land."
The witness is expected to re-take the stand this morning for further questioning.
Also in The Nation, a report that four Kenyan mobile phone company bosses have been warned that they face arrest for allowing phones with unregistered SIM cards to make calls and send messages using their companies' networks.
The warning came as it emerged that the police are trying to trace the telephone numbers they suspect were used by terrorists who killed 67 people during last month's attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
There are currently 684,139 unregistered phone subscribers in Kenya.
You've probably heard by now that there's an epidemic of billionaires in Africa. The continent has no fewer than 55 people with personal fortunes in the billion bracket, according to the Nigeria-based Ventures magazine. Forbes could find only 16 a year ago. But what you mightn't know is that just three of them are women, and one of those women is Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta's mother, Ngina.
In April, the World Bank said the number of people living in extreme poverty in Africa had risen in the past three decades from 205 million to 414 million.
In Uganda, The Daily Monitor says that President Yoweri Museveni yesterday called on arch-opponent, Kizza Besigye to apologise, stop fighting losing battles, repent, and be re-admitted into the ruling party.
The remarks drew a quick-fire rejoinder from Dr Besigye, a former comrade and personal doctor of the president, who has now run in three bitterly-contested elections against Museveni.
Apologise for what? Besigye asked, saying the president presents himself as a judge and jury. "That is exactly what we are fighting," Dr Besigye told the Daily Monitor on the phone. "I am not surprised because Museveni is out of touch with reality. He is not aware that he has completely destroyed the country."
What's happening in Zimbabwe?
Well, Emegy Slyvesta Chizanga is licking his wounds. Emegy Slyvesta Chizanga is perhaps better known as Freeman, and he's a dancehall musician. Last Saturday night, according to today's edition of the privately-owned paper, NewsDay, Freeman was chased off the stage at a Harare venue after just two songs.
Fans threw empty beer cans and bottles at the stage when Freeman's performance failed to meet expectations. The organisers blamed the mishap on fan anger due to other acts who arrived late.
Freeman was not available for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered yesterday.
But there's brighter news on the sports pages: Zimbabwe's leading female tennis player Cara Black won her second title in a row as she lifted the China Open trophy with India's Sania Mirza, demolishing the challenge of Vera Dushevina and Arantxa Parra Santonja in straight sets, in Beijing on Saturday.
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