Africa

'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...
Shock, outrage as Zuma sacks Finance minister 31 March 2017 JOHANNESBURG - As the nation comes to terms with the reshuffling of cabinet members after President Jacob Zuma's shock late-night announcement last night, political parties have come out strongly against the axing of ministers including former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebis...
DRC's Kabila furious with TP Mazembe owner 18 March 2017 LUSAKA - Democratic Republic of Congo protested over the presence of former Katanga governor Moise Katumbi Chapwe at the Under-20 Afcon semi-finals between Zambia and South Africa at Heroes Stadium last week. Accompanied by State House spokesperson Amos Chanda, Chapwe mingled and interacted wi...
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 ...
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