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Soon after the incident, female MPs waiting inside the house for the reading of the annual budget staged a walkout.

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A Kenyan lawmaker will appear in court Friday for slapping a female colleague before the reading of the national budget, police said.

Fatuma Gedi — who is on the budget committee — accused fellow MP Rashid Kassim Amin of slapping her twice on Thursday for failing to allocate certain funds to his constituency.

“He said… ‘you are stupid’, and then he hit me. I was shocked, I could not believe it,” Gedo told Citizen TV. 

An image of her crying with her mouth bloodied was shared on social media.

Kenyan police detain MP for slapping female colleague

Both lawmakers hail from the northeastern region of Wajir.

“The MP has been arrested and will be charged in court for assaulting his colleague,” said Nairobi police chief Philip Ndolo.

House Speaker, Justin Muturi said: “I have received the complaint from (Gedi), and I want to say that that is not acceptable, the matter has been referred to the police. Parliament has no room for criminals.”

Soon after the incident, female MPs waiting inside the house for the reading of the annual budget staged a walkout.

Another female MP Gladys Wanga described witnessing Amin “hurling insults … which were followed by blows”.

“I am shocked that women leaders can be attacked by none other than their male colleagues in this parliament. If we leaders are not safe, then how about our women and girls in the counties?” she told journalists outside the court Thursday.

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Drogba begins ‘million trees’ deforestation project in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast plans to reforest eight million hectares (20 million acres) by 2045.

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Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba helped launch a drive on Friday, to plant a million trees to halt deforestation in Ivory Coast.

The “One Day, One Million Trees” campaign “is a first step, the start of the recovery,” Forestry and Water Resources Minister Alain Richard Donwahi said in Abidjan, the country’s main city.

“Our goal is to recover at least 30 per cent (of lost forest cover) by 2030,” he said.

Most of Ivory Coast’s 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of forests are considered badly degraded.

Drogba said the “numbers are alarming,” referring to projections that the tropical West African nation would lose all its forest cover in half a century if corrective steps were not taken.

“I am proud to contribute to Ivory Coast’s reforestation through helping awareness,” the former Chelsea star said, describing the tree planting as a “noble initiative.”

Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest cocoa producer and a major coffee exporter, plans to reforest eight million hectares (20 million acres) by 2045.

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Nigeria, Niger and Benin agree to tackle smuggling after border closure

Nigeria, Niger and Benin on Thursday agreed to set up a monitoring and patrol bodies to tackle smuggling, after months of border closure and dispute between the West African countries.

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Nigeria, Niger and Benin on Thursday agreed to set up a monitoring and patrol bodies to tackle smuggling, after months of border closure and dispute between the West African countries.

In a meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja representatives of the joint anti-smuggling committee, including the foreign ministers of the three countries, and the Trade Commissioner of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed to establish “monitoring and evaluation committee… to enhance the suppression of smuggled goods”.

The ministers agreed that a joint border patrol team comprising naval, customs, immigration and security officials from the three countries would meet later in the month “to recommend a date for the opening of the borders,” a statement released after the meeting said. 

In August Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy shut its land borders with Niger and Benin, to curb the smuggling of large quantities of rice and other commodities.

The joint statement is Nigeria’s first sign of appeasement towards its neighbors, three months after Africa’s largest economy shut close its land borders with the two border countries to ban the import and export of rice, oil and other commodities. 

The decision drew the ire of its neighbors, particularly Benin, which shares an economically vital land border with Nigeria, and where many citizens thrive from exporting to Africa’s largest market of 190 million people. 

The border has become a port of entry for tonnes of rice into Nigeria, which it has banned to boost local production. 

Nigeria has also accused Benin of benefiting from the illegal importation of subsidized oil, costing the government billions of dollars. 

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Whites still earning three times more than blacks in South Africa

Africa’s most industrialised nation has struggled to bridge the gap between racial and gender groups

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Whites in South Africa earned three times more than blacks on average, two decades after the demise of apartheid, according to a report shared on Thursday by the country’s statistics authority.

The report, which shed light on the highly sensitive issue of inequality, research found that the wage gap between South Africa’s groups increased between 2011 and 2015. 

It said the average monthly earning among blacks – who account for 80 per cent of the population – was 6,899 rand, while the figure was 24,646 for whites. 

Income earnings in South Africa remained “heavily racialised,” the statistics authority said.

It added that women earned roughly 30 per cent less on average than males.

Africa’s most industrialised nation has struggled to bridge the gap between racial and gender groups since the fall of apartheid in 1994.

For decades, the apartheid system legally divided South Africans into groups of whites, blacks, Indians and “coloureds,” a term designating people of mixed race.

The report did not compare wage inequality between 2015 and today.

The issue is deeply controversial, touching on issues such as inherited capital and access to quality education. 

The new report was compiled by Statistics SA, the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD).

“Black Africans are generally more vulnerable to labour markets and unemployment is high among that population group,” Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke told local radio station 702 after he released the report.

Black Africans make up the bulk of the country’s jobless at over 46 per cent with just under 10 per cent of whites facing unemployment.

The report, which also studied poverty trends, concluded that households headed by blacks and “coloureds” were “chronically” poor.

Blacks also had the lowest levels of access to the internet and health insurance coverage. 

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