Africa

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...
Baboon causes massive power cut in Zambia 18 July 2017 LUSAKA - A baboon in Zambia has tampered with the cables at a power station in the south of the country leaving 50,000 people without electricity. It caused the blackout on Sunday morning by climbing into the power station and pulling at the lines. The baboon survived the "massive electric ...
Zambia ratifies 90-day state of emergency 12 July 2017 LUSAKA - Zambia's parliament on Tuesday approved a 90-day state of emergency decreed by President Edgar Lungu, a move that critics see as an effort to tighten his grip on power. Opposition lawmakers boycotted the vote by leaving the chamber, leaving only the 85 members of the president's major...
Zuma is corrupt, incapable of leading SA: Trevor Manuel 12 July 2017 PRETORIA - Former finance minister Trevor Manuel lashed out at President Jacob Zuma, saying he is corrupt and incapable of governing South Africa. Manuel also took a swing at current ministers, saying government fails to deal with corruption because competent leadership has "been replaced by i...
Kenyan MPs to get 15% pay cut 11 July 2017 NAIROBI - Kenyan MPs, who are some of the best paid lawmakers in the world, are to get a pay cut intended to reduce the public wage bill. The MPs' $7,200 (£5,500) monthly pay will be cut by 15% and they will lose some generous allowances. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) said ...
Lungu defends state of emergency 7 July 2017 LUSAKA - Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has defended his announcement last night, to move towards declaring a state of emergency, saying he was bringing sanity to the country. He vowed to operate within the constitution. But his political opponents see things very differently. They point to...
8 killed in stadium stampede in Malawi 6 July 2017 LILONGWE - Media reports in Malawi say eight people, including children, have been killed in a stadium stampede during an independence day celebration. The Daily Times, a newspaper in Malawi, reported that more than 40 people were injured in the stampede on Thursday in Lilongwe, the capital. ...
Nigeria 'in a state of emergency' 5 July 2017 LAGOS - The speaker of Nigeria's lower chamber, the House of Representatives, has said the deployment of the armed forces in more than 28 states means the country is effectively under a state of emergency. Yakubu Dogara said it was worrying that the armed forces have virtually taken over routi...
Nigeria denies Buhari jet costs $5 000 a day 29 June 2017 LAGOS - A spokesperson for Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that a presidential jet has been parked at a London airport for more than seven weeks, but has denied that this is costing the government $5,000 (£4,000) a day. Mr Buhari has been in the UK for medical treatment for ...
Kenya considers jail for disrespectful tweets 29 June 2017 NAIROBI - Kenyans risk a fine of $10,000 (£8,000) or jail term of five years for using "impolite, disrespectful or inciting language on social media ", according to a new proposal to regulate online content during the election season, Nairobi News reports. The proposal is part of rules being c...
Kenya registers 5mln new voters for August polls 28 June 2017 NAIROBI - Kenya's election commission announced on Tuesday that there would be five million new voters taking part in August polls, raising the stakes for incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his long-time rival Raila Odinga. After the first-ever audit of the voter's register - often seen as a key poi...
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...