Africa

Issa Hayatou ousted 16 March 2017 ADDIS - Madagascar's football chief Ahmad Ahmad has been elected president of the Confederation of African Football on Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office. Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou's 20, official results showed. ...
Hundreds protest in Guinea Bissau 14 March 2017 BISSAU - Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Guinea Bissau on Saturday to demand the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz, the latest sign of growing anti-government sentiment following an 18-month-long political crisis. The former Portuguese colony in West Africa has not convene...
Nigeria VP to continue as acting president despite Buhari's return 10 March 2017 LAGOS - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he will not resume power immediately and instead leave his deputy in charge after returning from nearly two months' medical leave in Britain. A Nigerian Air Force jet carrying the 74-year-old landed at the airport in the northern city...
Xenophobia protests in SA 24 February 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Roads leading in and out of Atteridgeville have been barricaded with burning tyres, stones and other objects. Chairperson of the Coalition Against Xenophobia, Temba Ncalo says protesters are throwing stones and preventing vehicles and people from entering the township. "There...
Joburg sets aside R6m for farmers hit by army worm 20 February 2017 JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial government has set aside an initial R6 million to assist farmers affected by the destructive fall army worms. MEC for Agriculture Lebogang Maile visited affected farms and interacted with them in the Bronkhorstpruit area, east of Pretoria. The crop-dest...
Cyclone Dineo triggers cholera outbreak in Mozambique 17 February 2017 MAPUTO - Along with the havoc wreaked by tropical storm Dineo, Mozambique has also been hit by a cholera epidemic, with 216 confirmed cases of the diarrhoeal disease and one death in three cities, radio station VOA Portugues reported on Thursday. The capital Maputo, currently experiencing wate...
Nigeria's Buhari remains in London as wife returns to Abuja 14 February 2017 ABUJA - The wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha Buhari jetted back to the country on Saturday amid speculation over Buhari’s health. Local media reported that after having stayed with Buhari for a short while in London, she went to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she performed Umrah (Lesser H...
Opposition forms coalition to challenge Ian Khama in 2019 polls 6 February 2017 GABORONE - Opposition groups have reportedly come together to form a coalition to challenge President Ian Khama's Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 2019 elections. The BDP has been in power since 1966. According to eNCA, four parties - the Botswana National Front, the Botswana Movement for...
Angola's dos Santos not contesting presidential poll 3 February 2017 LUANDA - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, is announcing an end to his 38 years in power, saying Friday he will not run again in this year's election. The Portuguese news agency Lusa reported dos Santos' comments during an address to his ruling...
Top Jammeh army commander arrested 31 January 2017 BANJUL - West African forces have arrested a senior Gambian army general and have seized weapons from the private residence of exiled former ruler Yahya Jammeh, force commander Francois Ndiaye has said. General Bora Colley, the head of an elite commando unit, had been arrested in neighbouring ...
Doctors' salary strike cripples Kenya hospitals 27 January 2017 NAIROBI - A doctors' which has now lasted a record 52 days and with no end in sight has crippled Kenya’s hospitals. The corridors of the Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya’s oldest hospital, and its largest teaching and referral institution, are deserted and empty. The striking medical pract...
Equatorial Guinea silent on Jammeh's presence 23 January 2017 BANJUL - Officials in Equatorial Guinea refused to comment on Sunday on whether ousted former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh had arrived in the country. But in a statement, Equatorial Guinea's opposition denounced the presence of Jammeh, whose 22-year reign was marked by systematic human rights a...
Gambia's Jammeh agrees to step down 21 January 2017  BANJUL - Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh said he was stepping down on Saturday under pressure from West African armies which entered the country this week following his refusal to concede an election defeat to President Adama Barrow. Jammeh's announcement in an overnight broadcast on state telev...
Botswana no longer recognizes Gambia's Jammeh 20 January 2017 GABORONE - Botswana has become the first country to announce that it no longer recognize Yahya Jammeh as Gambia's president. A statement from government said: “Following Mr. Yahya Jammeh's refusal to hand over power to the President-elect Adama Barrow, in accordance with the expressed will of ...
Gambia's Jammeh given mid-day deadline, as troops close in 20 January 2017 BANJUL - West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh until midday on Friday to cede power after regional troops crossed the border in support of his democratically elected successor. Marcel Alain de Souza, chairman of the west African union Ecowas, said the troops will force Jammeh out if he ...
Gambia MPs extend President Jammeh's term 19 January 2017 BANJUL - The Gambia's National Assembly has adopted a resolution to allow President Yahya Jammeh to stay in power for three more months, starting from Wednesday, according to state television. Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia for 22 years, initially acknowledged opponent Adama Barrow as the wi...
Gambia President-elect 'to stay in Senegal until inauguration' 16 January 2017 BANJUL - The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow is to remain in Senegal until his planned inauguration on Thursday, state media in Senegal say. The move was requested by West African leaders after a summit in Mali, Senegalese news agency APS said. President Yahya Jammeh is currently refu...
Malawi Times sealed off 13 January 2017 BLANTYRE - The  Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has today sealed Times Group offices in Blantyre over tax arrears the media group owes government. Operations at Malawi's privately-owned media business, The Times Group, have been stopped after officials from the revenue authority, accompanied by...
Defiant Gambia president vows 'to stay until poll ruling' 12 January 2017 BANJUL - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May. In a nationwide TV broadcast, the longstanding ruler also reiterated his concern at "foreign interference". Regional mediators, ...
Uganda's Museveni promotes son to special adviser role 11 January 2017 KAMPALA - Uganda's leader Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of army commanders. Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military, fuelling speculation that he is being groomed to become president one day. Ana...
Defiant Gambia dictator slams Ecowas 2 January 2017 BANGUL - President Yahya Jammeh says the West African community's decision to send troops into The Gambia to force him to accept defeat in last month's presidential election, is "a declaration of war". Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, deployed troops to Th...
Kabila to step down 2 January 2017 KINSHASA - Joseph Kabila will step down as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo after elections held before the end of 2017, under a draft agreement reached by political parties, according to a lead mediator from the Catholic Church. Under the deal, reached on Friday but not yet signe...
Floods kill 50 in DRC 30 December 2016 LONDON - At least 50 people have died and thousands have been left homeless after severe flooding in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Torrential rain caused the Kalamu river, which flows through the city of Boma, to burst its banks on Tuesday. The bodies of some of the vi...
Kabila deal hangs by thread after marathon meeting 24 December 2016 KINSHASA - Hopes of a deal to end DR Congo's dangerous political crisis before Christmas were fast dissipating on Saturday after fruitless all-night talks over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to quit power.    Kabila's second and final five-year term ended on December 20, but he has shown no...
Gunfire in DRC capital as tension rises over Kabila 20 December 2016 KINSHASA - Gunfire erupted in several parts of Kinshasa early on Tuesday as Democratic Republic of Congo's long-serving President Joseph Kabila appeared set to stay on despite the expiry of his mandate and announced a new government. Shots rang out in several parts of the sprawling city of 10 ...