Secessionist rebels in the Senegalese region of Casamance deny involvement in the killing of over a dozen people over the weekend. They say a logging feud was behind the bloodshed. In South Sudan, a December ceasefire continues to be violated and a former army chief is accused of switching sides. And South Africa is hoping to come up with a new look for its clothing industry. For decades it was one of the biggest textile producers on the continent, but relocations have hit the sector hard.
Senegal began two days of mourning on Monday after 13 people were massacred over the weekend in the region of Casamance. Armed secessionist rebels from the area have denied involvement in the bloodshed and blamed the killings on a feud between illegal logging rings.
Also, hopes are fading that the latest ceasefire signed in South Sudan could mean the end to over four years of bloody civil war. On Monday, Juba accused former Army Chief of Staff General Paul Malong of being a rebel himself and ordering recent attacks on government forces. Fighting between rebels and soldiers continues despite a deal signed between Kiir's government and armed opposition groups in Ethiopia in December.
Two days of mourning also began on Monday for the 48 people believed to have died in recent severe flooding in Kinshasa. The extreme weather, which began last Wednesday, eased off on Sunday but caused landslips and mudslides in the Congolese capital.