Africa

Jailed Zambia opposition leader speaks out 27 June 2017 LUSAKA - Hakainde Hichilema, the Zambian opposition leader who has been in custody since a traffic incident when his convoy refused to give way to the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu, has posted an update from prison on his Facebook page. Mr Hichilema said he and those with him are "in good...
Congo president's daughter charged with corruption 26 June 2017 PARIS - Investigators have widened a corruption probe into the French assets of three African ruling families, charging the daughter and son-in-law of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, judicial sources told AFP on Sunday. Julienne Sassou Nguesso, 50, and her 53-year-old husband Guy Johns...
Ailing President Buhari sends message to Nigerians 26 June 2017 ABUJA - Nigeria's sick president Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly released an audio message in which he gives an Eid greeting. Buhari is currently in London where he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness. According to This Day, this was the first time in eight weeks that Nigerian...
SA court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote 23 June 2017 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the power. Oppos...
Former Botswana president Sir Masire dies 23 June 2017 GABORONE - The Board of Trustees of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation (SKMF) and the Masire family wish to inform all friends and supporters of SKMF of the passing of former Botswana president Sir .Ketumile Masire. He died peacefully at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family at 22...
Doctor in court for 'defaming' president Lungu 21 June 2017 LUSAKA - Trial has commenced in the Mongu Subordinate Court in the matter in which a medical doctor at Luampa Mission Hospital in Western Province has been charged with defaming Republican President Edgar Lungu in first the count. Dr. Kwalela Kafunya has in the second count been charged with i...
Nigerian leader "recuperating fast" 6 June 2017 LAGOS - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is "recuperating fast" from his illness, his wife Aisha Buhari has said. She made the comments after a trip to London, where her husband is being treated for an unspecified illness. Buhari, 74, left for London nearly a month ago - his second trip...
Zuma Cabinet reshuffle appeal to be heard 3 June 2017 PRETORIA - The High Court in Johannesburg will on Friday morning hear an appeal by President Jacob Zuma against a ruling that he must hand over records explaining his controversial Cabinet reshuffle. The infamous late night reshuffle saw Pravin Gordhan axed as finance minister, along with his ...
Treason, corruption charges against Zuma, Guptas 31 May 2017 PRETORIA - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid complaints with the police against President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane, three Gupta brothers, and various cabinet ministers whom they accuse of treason, corruption and racketeering in charges related to state capture. Those mentioned in the c...
Kagame's Rwanda controls presidential candidates' social media 31 May 2017 KIGALI - There will be no spur of the moment Twitter rants by Rwanda's presidential candidates, as the election commission has ruled that it must pre-approve all of their social media updates. "We are asking (candidates) to present us their messages, their drafts" to verify that they are not a...
Zuma plans relocation to Dubai 29 May 2017 PRETORIA - South Africa's embattled president Jacob Zuma has been planning to set up home in Dubai, according to emails published in South African media. The reports suggest deepening ties between President Zuma and the controversial Gupta business family. But the president's spokesman has ...
Zambia 'deports' SA opposition leader 26 May 2017 LUSAKA - South Africa's opposition leader has been expelled from Zambia, blocking him from attending the treason case of his detained counterpart, his party says. Police boarded Mmusi Maimane's flight, and "forcefully prevented" him from entering Zambia, his party said. Mr Maimane had plann...
'Angry' judge defies Khama 25 May 2017 GABORONE - Botswana's Court of Appeal (CoA) Judge president Ian Kirby is furious that President Ian Khama appears to be wrongly advised in his refusal to appoint veteran attorney Omphemetse Motumise as a judge. According to sources close to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Kirby expresse...
Followers free prophet from prison 18 May 2017 KINSHASA - Members of a religious political sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman says. Gunfire was heard near the prison in Kinshasa, as Ne Muanda Nsemi and other inmates escaped, witne...
SA minister Gigaba's wife, ex-mistress in social media storm 11 May 2017 JOHANNESBURG - A storm has erupted on social media on an account allegedly belonging to Buhle Mkhize against Norma Gigaba, wife of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. Mkhize had an affair with Malusi Gigaba in the past, and a previous social media spat between the two carried on for months in 2015...
Nigeria president back in UK for treatment 8 May 2017 LAGOS - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking fresh treatment in London for an undisclosed illness. His health has been a major cause of concern in a country where there are fears that a power vacuum could affect its recovery from recession. In a brief message, the president said ...
Ailing Buhari misses another meeting 4 May 2017 LAGOS - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has missed his third cabinet meeting in a row amid ongoing questions about the state of his health. He has not been seen in public for more than a week. His wife Aisha Buhari had tweeted on Tuesday that her husband was not as sick as is being per...
'Rich Kid' pays $20k for Lungu hat 4 May 2017 LUSAKA - A 23-year-old Lusaka youth shocked people last Friday after he outbid everyone to buy Zambian President Lungu's bow hat for K185 000 – $20 000. The 'rich kid', Munir Zulu – who bought the hat a 'Meet the President Gala Dinner' – said he paid the hefty price because he loves Lungu's pa...
Prepare for the worst, S. Africans warned 30 April 2017 HARARE - Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's adviser, Professor Chris Malikane, has warned South Africans to be prepared for the worst if radical economic transformation is to succeed. Malikane was speaking last night at the Blacks in Dialogue event at the Devonshire Hotel in Johannesburg, which ...
Kenya opposition name Odinga presidential candidate 28 April 2017 NAIROBI - Kenya's opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) has named former Prime Minister and opposition leader Raila Odinga as its presidential flag bearer ahead of the country's General elections in August. Odinga will battle it out for the top seat with the incumbent Presid...
ICC unveils arrest warrant for ex-Gaddafi security chief 26 April 2017 TRIPOLI - International judges on Monday unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of carrying out war crimes in 2011 to quash opposition to late dictator Moammar Gaddafi. The warrant, first issued in 2013 by the International Criminal Court, charges Al-Tuhamy ...
Bus crash kills at least 19 children in SA 22 April 2017 PRETORIA - At least 19 children have been killed in a minibus crash near the South African capital, Pretoria, emergency services and officials say. The children died after the vehicle burst into flames following a collision with a truck just north of the capital. There were understood to be...
Zuma's son vies for ANC position 11 April 2017 JOHANNESBURG - While embattled South Africa President Jacob Zuma came under increased pressure to step down this week, his eldest son, Edward, was fighting to become chairperson of the Msholozi branch in KwaNxamalala Village in Nkandla. But his bid was thwarted after the general meeting last S...
Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 7 April 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Protesters are gathering in major South African cities calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down after the sacking of a respected finance minister. Crowds are building ahead of demonstrations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and the capital, Pretoria. Mr Zuma's sacking ...
Zuma makes JSC appointments 4 April 2017 PRETORIA - SA President Jacob Zuma has appointed Thandi Norman, Thabani Masuku  (both advocates) and Sifiso Msomi to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). The appointments were made following a consultation process with political parties represented in Parliament, the presidency said yesterda...