Africa

Zimbabwe complicates US policy with SADC-leaked Cables 22 October 2018 GABERONE - It has emerged that the US embassy in Gaborone has tried to organise a troika, a tripartite meeting between SADC, Zimbabwe and USA, but the US Ambassador, who also sits on SADC as a representative of America was unable to convince Washington to take part. This is the first time it h...
eSwatini goes to the polls 23 September 2018 Mbabane - The African kingdom of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has gone to the polls that critics describe as a sham but supporters say are a unique blend of tradition and politics. More than 500,000 registered voters will elect 55 parliamentarians to the House of Assembly on Friday. ...
$16m seized from Equatorial Guinea leader's son 18 September 2018 Authorities in Brazil have seized more than $16m (£12m) worth of cash and luxury watches from a delegation accompanying Teodorin Nguema Obiang, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, local media report. The 48-year-old, known for his lavish taste, is the son of the oil-rich Central African count...
87 elephants killed in Botswana 6 September 2018 GABERONE - The carcasses of 87 elephants have been found near a wildlife sanctuary in Botswana, in what conservation group Elephants Without Borders called "the largest scale of elephant poaching to date". The remains were discovered during an aerial survey near a protected elephant sanctuary,...
Africa should be wary of Chinese debt 3 September 2018 BEIJING - African countries have shown a healthy appetite for Chinese loans but some experts now worry that the continent is gorging on debt, and could soon choke. The Entebbe-Kampala Expressway is still something of a tourist attraction for Ugandans, nearly three months after it opened. Th...
Theresa May on Africa visit - pledges investment boost after Brexit 28 August 2018 CAPE TOWN - Theresa May has announced plans to boost Britain's investment in Africa after Brexit, during her first trip to the continent as prime minister. In a speech in Cape Town, she pledged £4bn in support for African economies, to create jobs for young people. She also pledged a "funda...
'Don't bury Annan in Switzerland' 23 August 2018 ACCRA - The Central Regional chairperson of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is appealing to the family of late former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan to be buried in his home country, Ghana. Bernard Allotey Jacobs said such an important asset who has put Ghana’s ...
Zuma corruption claims: South Africa state capture inquiry opens 20 August 2018 PRETORIA - A public inquiry in South Africa has started investigating alleged corruption by ex-President Jacob Zuma. The inquiry is looking into "state capture", where the wealthy Gupta family is accused of trying to influence political decisions, including the naming of ministers. Accusati...
DRC: New Ebola deaths confirmed, dozens believed infected 7 August 2018 KINSHASA - Ebola is suspected to have caused as many as 33 deaths during the latest outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the health ministry said. Thirteen cases of the virus were confirmed across northeastern North Kivu province and neighbouring Ituri province, DRC...
Boko Haram fighters who abducted Chibok girls captured 19 July 2018 NIGERIA - Nigerian police have arrested eight members of the armed group Boko Haram who were involved in the 2014 abduction of more than 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, an official said. The men "confessed to having participated actively in the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls," p...
Zuma's son charged with corruption, granted bail 10 July 2018 JOHANNESBURG - Duduzane Zuma, the son of former South African President Jacob Zuma, has been released on bail after being charged for corruption. The Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court released Duduzane, who appeared in court with his legs shackled, on just under $7,500 bail on M...
Heroin becomes Mozambique's second biggest export 9 July 2018 MAPUTO - As many as 40 tonnes of heroin could be passing through Mozambique every year, making it the country's second biggest export, in a trade that is boosted by the use of mobile phone apps, writes Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon. Mozambique is now an important stop for heroin traders who...
Democracy activists challenge Swaziland name change 7 July 2018 MBABANE - A pro-democracy activist in Swaziland has challenged the king's decision to change the country's name. In April, King Mswati III, one of the world's last-remaining absolute monarchs, unexpectedly announced he was changing the country's official name to the Kingdom of eSwatini. The...
Night in Mandela's prison cell auctioned 5 July 2018 JOHANNESBURG - An auction is being held in South Africa for the opportunity to spend a night in Nelson Mandela's former prison on Robben Island. A charity is taking bids, opening at $250,000 (£330,000), to allow 67 people to stay overnight in the old maximum-security jail, where the former Sou...
'Dead' woman found alive in hospital morgue fridge in South Africa 3 July 2018 JOHANNESBURG - A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge. The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident. Ambulance company Distress Alert said she ha...
Uganda introduces social media tax 2 July 2018 KAMPALA - Millions of people in Uganda now have to pay to use popular social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as new rules come into force. In late May, the Ugandan parliament passed legislation that introduced a tax on the use of the so-called Over The Top (OTT) social m...
DRC countdown toward end of latest Ebola outbreak begins 29 June 2018 KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry says the countdown toward the end of its latest Ebola outbreak has begun, as all people who were in contact with the last confirmed case have passed the 21-day incubation period with no sign of the virus. The ministry announced the mile...
DRC's Kabila attacked by MP's 27 June 2018 KINSHASA - Dozens of legislators in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have attacked President Joseph Kabila over the trial, opening on Wednesday, of opposition leader Moise Katumbi who intends to contest upcoming elections. Katumbi and six others, including an American national, are to go...
Nelson Mandela Foundation urged to withdraw Barak Obama invitation 26 June 2018 JOHANNESBURG - Pressure has been building on the Nelson Mandela Foundation to withdraw an invitation to former US President Barack Obama who is scheduled to travel to South Africa next month to deliver the NGO's annual lecture, which this year marks the late anti-apartheid icon's birth centennial...
Malema wades further into race debate 25 June 2018 JOHANNESBURG - Firebrand EFF leader Julius Malema has lashed out at the way Africans are perceived when talking about white or Indian racism, calling some black reporters who are critical of his party "house n****rs". Addressing a crowd after a brief appearance in the Newcastle Magistrate's Co...
Malema says South Africa's white people are safe under his rule 15 June 2018 PRETORIA - EFF leader Julius Malema has warned of an "unled revolution" in South Africa, as black people "are worse off in democracy than they were under apartheid". "If things are going the way they are, there will be a revolution in this country. There will be an unled revolution, and an unl...
Shock over mysterious deaths of ancient trees 13 June 2018 International scientists have discovered that most of the oldest and largest African baobab trees have died over the past 12 years. They suspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have no direct evidence of this. The tree can grow to an enormous size, and may live hun...
Ghana to Import Petroleum Products From Dangote Refinery 12 June 2018 LAGOS - Ahead of the completion of the Dangote Oil Refinery, petroleum importing African nations and Bulk Oil Distributors based in Ghana have expressed eagerness to patronize the Nigerian Refinery when production starts. The oil buyers said arrangements have been put in place to import petrol...
Jacob Zuma corruption case adjourned to July 27 11 June 2018 JOHANNESBURG - A fraud, racketeering and money laundering case against South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has been adjourned until next month. The 76-year-old appeared on Friday at the Durban High Court for the second time over charges relating to a $2.5bn arms deal in the late 1990s, ...
Kenya suspends search for missing plane carrying 10 people 8 June 2018 NAIROBI - A Kenyan official says the search for a small plane that went missing on Tuesday with 10 people on board has been suspended until the morning. Nyandarua County Commissioner Boaz Cherotich says the search is called off overnight due to poor visibility. Authorities on Wednesday focu...