This Week in African History (4th – 10th January)

1993, 4 January – Kenya

Daniel Torotich arap Moi is sworn in for the fourth time as the second president of Kenya. He served the country as president between 1979 and 2002, being the longest serving president post independence.
1995, 5 January – Malawi

Malawi’s founding president Hastings Kamuzu Banda is charged with the murder of four politicians. He was later acquitted of all charges due to a lack of evidence, he died two years after.
1963, 6 January – Ghana

Harold Macmillan, former British Prime minister starts his “winds of change” tour across British colonies in Africa, specifically Ghana. The winds of change tour was inspired by his winds of change speech he made in South Africa in 1960 regarding the growth of national consciousness of oppression which will result in obtaining independence.
1960, 7 January – Libya

Upon the second world war the British troops captured the Tobruk Airport in Libya – at the time Libya was an Italian colony.
1965, 8 January – Democratic Republic of Congo

the Congolese government executed an estimated 500 rebels in Stanleyville during the civil war. Majority of the rebels (who called themselves simbas, lions) were leftists who believed loosely in communism and equality and were against the structures set my central government.

1969, 9 January – Libya

Italy bans racially mixed marriages in its North African Colonies, particularly Libya.

1969, 10 January – Uganda

Bernadette Olowo, Uganda’s diplomat becomes the first female ambassador to the Vatican.