AFRICA NOW: Ghana, Equatorial Guinea to Sign Large Oil Deal

On Monday, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo began his three-day visit to the Gulf of Guinea with plans to sign an agreement to import liquefied natural gas from Equatorial Guinea.

Though Ghana still proves to be a heavy competitor in the distribution of petroleum, the country has struggled in the past to ensure reliable power production needed for a strong domestic market.

“The execution of this agreement is intended to augment domestic supply over the period, and improve further the power situation in the country, both for local consumers and industry,” Ghana officials said in a statement.

The deal is reportedly part of a bigger strategy through Ghana’s government to increase supplies to fuel power plants.

In June, the acting head of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation said it was in the market for between 250 million and 500 million cubic feet of gas per day and expected to begin importing early next year, Reuters reported.

Zimbabwe’s First Lady Faces Legal Action After Fight

After being accused of assaulting a young model with an extension cord, Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe recently returned home to Harare on Sunday after being granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa.

The decision came as a shock to many after South Africa’s foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, signed the notice granting diplomatic immunity, stating that she was “acting in the interest” of South Africa in recognizing “the immunities and privileges” of Mugabe.

The legal team for 20 year-old model Gabriella Engels, who claims to have been struck by Mugabe, said last week she had rejected a proposed settlement.

The incident is not Mugabe’s first alleged assault, nor her first time receiving diplomatic immunity. In 2009, Hong Kong’s Department of Justice granted her immunity after she was accused of repeatedly punching a British photographer who tried to take photos of her.

Mudslide Terrorize Villagers in Sierra Leone

An epic mudslide last week sparked by heavy rains devastated many villages in the severely deforested areas of Sierra Leone.

According the latest death toll, 499 people, including more than 150 children, were killed in the Aug. 14 mudslide, with hundreds more still missing.

“We saw the hill coming down and we ran away,” said Wuiatu Kondeh, whose husband went missing, CNN reported. “Someone carried my child. I didn’t have my slippers. … Later, I looked for my husband and I didn’t see him. I didn’t see my uncle … my sister, she lost two of her children. I didn’t see her again.”

The country now has an estimated 20,000 displaced people, including 5,000 children, as relief continues to dig through mud and dirt for victims.

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Lauren M. Poteat

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