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  • How Kilimanjaro ended up in Tanzania

    There is something odd about the map of Kenya. From Lake Victoria to the Coast, the borderline moves in a straight line that is only broken by a small kink

     

    PHOTO | FILE The British gave up Mount Kilimanjaro to the German Tanganyika in exchange for the sultanate of Zanzibar which stretched all the way to the Kenyan coastline.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

    There is something odd about the map of Kenya. From Lake Victoria to the Coast, the borderline moves in a straight line that is only broken by a small kink. That unassuming curve would not be significant if it did not conveniently place Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, on Tanzanian soil.

    The most popular myth about how the all-important curve came into being is that Queen Victoria bequeathed Mount Kilimanjaro to her nephew, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia, as a birthday gift. While the story is romantic to a point, and easy to use as proof of the insolent attitude of the European powers in their demarcation of Africa, it is untrue.

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  • AU condemns attack by S.Sudanese gunmen in Gambella Ethiopia

     

    African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has condemned in the strongest terms the criminal attack carried out by South Sudanese armed elements in the Jakawa area of the Gambella region of Ethiopia, on 15 Ap
    ril
     2016, killing 208 people and abducting 102 women and children.

    The chairperson expressed AU’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to the injured. She assured the government and people of Ethiopia of AU's full solidarity and support in these difficult circumstances. She also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the women and children abducted from Ethiopia.

    The Chairperson of the Commission looks forward to joint efforts by the governments of South Sudan and Ethiopia to bring to justice those who committed this despicable act.

    She expressed the AU's readiness to contribute to their efforts and support them as appropriate , through the existing regional and continental mechanisms and instruments, including the Djibouti Process on the Enhancement of Security Cooperation in the East Africa Region and the AU Convention on Cross – Border Cooperation, known as the Niamey Convention, which contains provisions relating to border security.

    Source: Fana Broadcasting 

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