AirBnB security and confusion for Zambia's fruit farmers

Apr 14, 2017, 01:05 PM

Presenter: Russell Padmore:

The main headlines.....

The internet accommodation service AirBnB will improve security of its website after criminals burgled people's homes using stolen accounts.

Confusion for farmers in Zambia after the government reverses a ban on imports of fruit and vegetables.

And Kenya considers legalising marijuana.

AirBnB has promised to tighten online security, after a BBC investigation found people's homes had been burgled by criminals using stolen accounts. The scammers hijacked accounts and changed personal details used to book properties. AirBnB will warn members if somebody changes their profile information. The BBC spoke to Christian, who was burgled when he rented out his apartment.

Farmers in Zambia have criticised the government for reversing its decision to ban imports of certain fruits and vegetables, which was aimed at encouraging supermarkets to buy produce from local growers, instead of suppliers in South Africa. The government says it cancelled the order to comply with the rules of the COMESA trade bloc. Graham Rae is a commercial farmer in Zambia.

Supermarkets have been accused of importing fruit and vegetables from South Africa at the expense of small farms in Zambia. Henry Jere, a manager with the Food Lovers chain in Lusaka, told the BBC Zambian farmers are not growing enough to meet demand.

Could Marijuana be openly available soon in Kenya? Politicians are seeking views on the economic value of marijuana, or cannabis, to consider legalising it. More from the BBC's Michael Kaloki in Nairobi.

Complex land laws are being blamed for delaying key infrastructure projects in Uganda. Projects affected include a rail network to connect Kenya with the DRC, Rwanda and South Sudan as well as the Kampala - Entebbe Expressway. People who own land required for construction are refusing to give it up, forcing the authorities to reconsider offers of compensation. The finance Minister, Matiya Kasaija, fears the plan to build an oil pipeline from the West of Uganda to the port of Tanga, in Kenya, could also be delayed, unless the government passes a new law to speed up land acquisition.

While efforts are being made to expand car manufacturing in Africa, the industry is about to close its last factory in Australia. Last year Ford took the decision to close its two Australian automotive plants, while Toyota is about to close down its factory in Melbourne and General Motors is ready to pull down the shutters on its operation in Adelaide, where it has made Holden cars since the 1930's. Thailand is becoming a regional centre in Asia for building cars, because labour costs are cheaper. But what does the future hold for thousands of workers in the Australian automotive industry? The BBC's Vivienne Nunis reports on how Toyota is helping staff find another job.