Africa

Tanzania's Magufuli sacks officials for forgeting road budget 8 November 2017 DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked two public officials after scolding one of them on live TV. He had asked the two municipal directors what their budget was for road construction in their districts. Neither could recall on the spot, and a few hours later both offi...
Kenyatta re-elected in disputed poll 1 November 2017 NAIROBI - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of a controversial re-run of the presidential election. Odinga boycotted the re-run because he said that no reforms had been made to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after the Supreme Court found irreg...
Liberia ruling party contests result of presidential vote 30 October 2017 MONROVIA - Liberia's ruling party on Sunday announced a formal complaint against the electoral commission over the outcome of the October 10 presidential poll, days before a runoff involving its candidate, Vice-President Joseph Boakai. The Unity Party said it would join two other parties in se...
Security tightened as Kenya goes to vote 26 October 2017 NAIROBI - Security has been tightened in Kenya as voting takes place in a re-run of the presidential election, which is being boycotted by the main opposition. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has urged people to vote and remain peaceful. Opposition leader Rai...
Move to prosecute Zuma's son 18 October 2017 JOHANNESBURG - South African lobby group Afriforum has announced plans to privately prosecute President Jacob Zuma’s son. The group says it wants to prosecute Duduzane Zuma on manslaughter, or culpable homicide, charges emanating from a car crash in which a 27-year-old woman died in 2014. T...
Liberia poll: Ex-football star George Weah takes lead 13 October 2017 FREETOWN - Partial results from Liberia's presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead. Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted. His main rival, incumbe...
Malawi imposes curfew over 'vampire' killings 11 October 2017 LILONGWE - Malawi government has imposed a night-time curfew to prevent any more deaths after at least five people were killed by people accused of behaving like vampires. The UN says it has pulled staff out of two districts as the vampire scare sweeps across the south of the country. Accor...
Paramedics robbed in Joburg while helping patient 10 October 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Two paramedics were robbed at gunpoint in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning, the City of Johannesburg EMS said. Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the paramedics had just picked up a patient in Second Street at around 02:00, and had started driving when two arm...
16 die as gunmen attack Mozambique police 8 October 2017 MAPUTO - Suspected Islamists attacked a string of police stations in a small town in northern Mozambique killing two policemen but 14 of the gunmen were slain, police said on Saturday. Police have been slow in releasing details of the attacks which occurred on Thursday and Friday in Mocimboa d...
Flood warning for Joburg as 'thunderstorm' strikes 6 October 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Johannesburg have been warned to take extra precautions, as heavy rainfall could result in localised flooding. Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said that the country had "officially entered into thunderstorm season". He warned residents in low lyin...
Chaos in Uganda's Parliament 28 September 2017 KAMPALA - The motion to remove presidential age limits from Uganda's constitution in parliament is inching forward after several disruptions by lawmakers opposed to the change. Fist fights, chair throwing, heckling and singing have become regular scenes in the house since the age limit motion ...
Kenyatta's supporters protest negation of elections 20 September 2017 NAIROBI - Hundreds of supporters of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyattas' have held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi to protests the ruling which annulled the August election. They have accused the court of  stealing their electoral victory. The protests come amid three petition...
Ghana introduces free secondary education 12 September 2017 ACCRA - A new programme of free secondary school education has started in Ghana. This was a key campaign promise of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was elected last year. The 400,000 students entering secondary school this year will also receive free textbooks, meals and other benefits. ...
Kenya election: Odinga threatens to boycott re-run 6 September 2017 NAIROBI - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not take part in the presidential election re-run slated for 17 October "without legal and constitutional guarantees". Last week, the Supreme Court annulled August's election result saying the electoral commission (IEBC) ha...
Nigeria's Buhari leads first cabinet meeting in five months 31 August 2017 LAGOS - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has led his first cabinet meeting today in five months after receiving medical treatment in the UK for an undisclosed illness. The 74-year-old returned to Nigeria from London last week, but has been working from home following complaints of a rodent...
Kenya plastic ban comes into effect 29 August 2017 NAIROBI - A ban on plastic carrier bags has come into force in Kenya, which means that anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years. The government says the ban will help protect the environment. But manufactu...
Angola's ruling party claims victory in election 24 August 2017 LUANDA - Angola's ruling party said on Thursday it won a majority in the country's election with five million votes counted so far, opening the way for the defence minister to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos after his 38-year rule, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported. The ruling...
Angolans choose new leader after Dos Antos 38-year rule 23 August 2017 LUANDA - Angolans are heading to the polls to vote for a successor for their veteran leader. Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power in the oil-rich country since 1979, making him the world's second-longest serving president. He is not contesting this election - Defence Minister Joao Lour...
Nigerians upbeat over ailing president's return from London 21 August 2017 LAGOS - Nigerians on Sunday celebrated the return of President Muhammadu Buhari with thanksgiving services after his prolonged absence abroad for medical treatment, a period that stoked tension in a divided nation. Early morning services were held in churches across the vast west African count...
Zambia opposition leader released 17 August 2017 LUSAKA - Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who has been held in prison since April on treason charges, has been released. Mr Hichilema was due to stand trial, but instead walked free from Lusaska's high court after 100 days in custody. Sources say the charges against Mr Hichile...
SA plane blocked to nab Zimbabwean car thief 10 August 2017 JOHANNESBURG - An aeroplane en route to Harare, Zimbabwe, had to be towed back to its parking bay at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday, in order for a suspected car thief on a watch list to be arrested. Police alerted the international airport aviation safety staff about the wanted c...
Zuma survives no-confidence vote 9 August 2017 CAPE TOWN - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived his latest vote of no confidence - despite the ballot being held in secret. Opposition parties had hoped the secret ballot would mean some MPs from the governing ANC party might side with them against the president. But the motion...
Protests ahead of Zuma no confidence vote 8 August 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Major roads in the Johannesburg area were blocked with burning tyres and rocks on Tuesday morning ahead of the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said major highways and roads wer...
PF slams Malema for calling Lungu a coward 31 July 2017 LUSAKA - The the ruling Patriotic Front media team has described South Africa's opposition leader Julius Malema as an imperialist's rabid lap dog running errands for his master. In a statement made available to the media today and signed by PF's Media Director Sunday Chanda, the ruling party s...
Zuma critic gets police protection 19 July 2017 CAPE TOWN - South African parliament and police are to provide security for an African National Congress (ANC) MP after a number of death threats against her. Parliamentary spokesman Moloto Mothapo said the decision followed a security assessment that confirmed "a security threat existed" agai...