African leadership prize withheld - again
Getty / Motorcycles are the main form of transport in Mali
In Mali the chief of army staff has banned the use of motorcycles for moving between villages in the Segou region.
The ban – that seems centred on areas where the Islamist Macina Liberation Front is active – comes into effect at midnight on Sunday and specifically states that motorised two-wheelers are linked to terrorism.
It’s an extraordinary decision for Mali where motorbikes are the number one form of transport.
The decision comes in the wake of a clampdown in central Mali on ethnic Fulanis – who some Malian believe are linked to the Macina militants.
Human rights groups have criticised a Malian military operation which led to dozens of arrests and a number of deaths in the past week.Source: BBC