Africa

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 ...
Zuma's tent collapses in storm 17 December 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma was forced to run for cover after a tent in which he was giving a speech collapsed. Strong winds and rain tore through the marquee, where Mr Zuma was addressing a crowd for Reconciliation Day. A video posted on social media by local reporte...
DRC may block social networks as Kabila mandate expires 15 December 2016 KINSHASA - Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo plan to block social networks such as Facebook and WhatsApp soon before President Joseph Kabila's mandate expires, four internet service providers said Thursday. "The instructions of the government (are that) all social networks be blo...
Malema loses court bid after calling Cyril 'murderer' 15 December 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema’s “murderer” comment which he directed at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the National Assembly has not only been judged as unparliamentary by the Western Cape High Court, but also deemed “a very serious allegation which cannot be categorised as free political spe...
Former Mozambican president Guebuza's daughter 'shot dead' 15 December 2016 MAPUTO - Former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza's daughter Valentina Guebuza has reportedly been short dead by her husband, Zófimo Muiuane, in Maputo. Reports on Thursday said the incident took place on Wednesday. According to Club of Mozambique, police confirmed the shooting, adding t...
Gambia security forces 'seize election commission HQ' 14 December 2016 BANJUL - The Gambia's security forces have taken over the headquarters of the electoral commission, its chairman says, as the country's president refuses to accept his loss in recent elections. Alieu Momar Njai told the BBC that staff were barred from entering. President Yahya Jammeh initia...
Gambia election chief dismisses dictator's call to annul poll 12 December 2016 BANJUL - The Gambia's elections commission head has dismissed President Yahya Jammeh's call to annul the election he was declared to have lost. Mr Jammeh said on state television on Saturday that he rejected the result and his party announced they will file a petition to the Supreme Court. ...
Super Falcons demand full bonus payments 8 December 2016 LAGOS - Nigeria's women's team are continuing to refuse to leave a hotel in Abuja until they are paid allowances and bonuses for winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Falcons, who clinched their eighth African title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon, are protesting ...
Ghana polls open with tight race predicted 7 December 2016 ACCRA - Voting is under way in Ghana's presidential election in what analysts say is a tight race between President John Mahama and veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo. All seven candidates have pledged to keep the process peaceful but an opposition supporter died when a rally tuned viol...
Zuma gains reprieve despite calls for his resignation 29 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s beleaguered president, appeared to have won a fierce battle to remain in office as the ruling African National Congress concluded an intense and acrimonious three-day debate on whether he should stand down from the office he has held for seven years. M...
Floods hit Joburg 10 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Mopping up operations are under way in Johannesburg after a flash flood on Wednesday afternoon caused chaos on the city’s roads. - Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos. Seven people are believed to be missing after their vehicles washed away, the Johanne...
TB Joshua says Clinton will win US election 7 November 2016 LAGOS - Nigerian prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of Nations (SCOAN) has predicted that Hillary Clinton will win the US presidential election in a "narrow victory" against her Republican rival Donald Trump. TB Joshua's declaration came as the world's attention focused on the contentio...
Zuma report points to possible corruption 3 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has found evidence of possible corruption at the top level of his government. In the report, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommends Mr Zuma establish a judicial commission of inquiry within 30 days. Mr Zuma...
Clashes in CAR leave 25 dead - UN 30 October 2016 BAMBARI - Twenty-five people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN peacekeeping mission has said. On Thursday, 15 people died in clashes between Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the Christian vigilante anti-Balaka group, it said....
Nigeria to spend $10bn to end 'oil war' 28 October 2016 LAGOS - Nigeria will invest $10bn (£8bn) in its oil-rich south to end an insurgency by militants, the oil minister has said. The money would be used to build infrastructure, including roads and railways, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said. Militant attacks have severely disrupted oil production, fu...
SA 'to withdraw from ICC' 21 October 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), media reports say. They say diplomats have notified the UN of the move, accusing the ICC of bias against African countries. Last year, South Africa refused to arrest Sudane...
Outrage over Buhari's 'sexist' remark 21 October 2016 LAGOS - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari did not take kindly Friday to reports his wife may not support his re-election: The first lady's place is the kitchen, he said. Buhari's blatantly sexist remark came during a Berlin news conference with one of the world's most powerful women, German ...
Chaos at Wits University 4 October 2016 JOHANNESBURG - There has been chaos at Wits University, with two students arrested after protests. The university's management says it will do everything in its power to ensure that academic activities resume. The situation on the university's main campus in Braamfontein remains tense. S...
Tanzania president fires officials over 'fake' earthquake fund 29 September 2016 DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzania's president has sacked two senior officials for opening a fake account to siphon money from an earthquake fund, his office has said. An accountant had been suspended for being part of the plan to take money collected for earthquake victims, John Magufuli's office added...