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Kenya’s UN Security Council bid: African Union makes final vote

The African Union (AU) is on Wednesday expected to make a decisive vote on who between Kenya and Djibouti will take the sole United Nations Security Council non-permanent seat reserved for the continent in 2021. A committee of envoys representing member states at the AU headquarters in...

Tanzania journalist Kabendera’s case set for August 30

Tanzania on Monday set the hearing of an economic crimes case against journalist Erick Kabendera for August 30, 2019. Kabendera was charged on August 5 with money laundering, tax evasion and leading organised crime. He was arrested the previous week over what police said were issues concerning...

University of Botswana to offer Brexit course

A course about Brexit, the UK's plan to leave the European Union, is to be offered as an option by the University of Botswana's history department. The course, called Modern Britain, will "study the crisis" as it happens, a notice shared on Twitter said. Students will, however,...

Sudan’s Bashir ‘got Sh9bn from Saudi royals’

Khartoum, Omar al-Bashir received $90 million (Sh9 billion) in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a court at the opening Monday of the deposed Sudanese strongman's corruption trial. The former president, who was forced from power by months of protests in April after 30 years...

Bashir trial opens as Sudan sovereign council delayed

Khartoum, Sudan's deposed military leader Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country for 30 years, arrived in court Monday in Khartoum for the start of his trial on corruption charges. The trial comes as a sovereign council was being formed, following Saturday's signing of a transitional constitution by...

Chad declares emergency in east after dozens die in ethnic violence

The state of emergency will run for three months in Sila and Ouaddai regions.

Jubbaland polls: Agency declines to extend listing period

Somalia’s Jubbaland electoral agency on Sunday rejected pleas from the international community to extend the reopened window for candidate registration beyond Monday. The Jubbaland Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it had consulted everyone involved in the polls before deciding the three-day window was sufficient for anyone...

Albino teen found dismembered in Burundi

Nairobi, A 15-year-old albino boy has been found dismembered in Burundi a week after going missing, the first such killing in the country in three years, a local albino group said Sunday. Albinos, who have white skin and yellow hair as a result of a...

Litmus test for Madobe as regional politics plays out in Jubbaland poll

Sheikh Islam Ahmed Madobe, the president of Jubbaland state of Somalia may on August 22 be waiting for the spinning coin to land in his favour when he faces other candidates for another term in office. Previously planned for August 21, the poll for the state presidency...

Gabon’s Ali Bongo seen in public after 10 months absence

Libreville Gabon's President Ali Bongo on Saturday made a rare public appearance to attend the country's independence day celebrations, nearly ten months after suffering a stroke that fuelled speculation about his ability to rule. Bongo, whose every move is scrutinised for signs of his state of health,...

Sudan generals, protest leaders sign transition deal

Khartoum, Sudan's military council and protest leaders on Saturday signed a "constitutional declaration" that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule. The agreement was signed by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, deputy chief of the military council, and Ahmed al-Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and...

Gabon’s Ali Bongo attends independence parade

Libreville, Gabon's President Ali Bongo on Saturday made a rare public appearance to attend the country's independence day celebrations, nearly ten months after suffering a stroke that fueled speculation about his ability to rule. Bongo, whose every move is scrutinised for signs of his state of...

Sudan conflict: Senior commander Hemeti vows to stick with deal

A key military leader in Sudan has promised to abide by a power-sharing agreement with the opposition. Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo - widely regarded as Sudan's most powerful man - made the pledge in a BBC interview as the two sides prepared to sign the landmark deal...

Sudanese eagerly anticipate transition to civilian rule

KHARTOUM, Sudan was poised Saturday to celebrate a historic deal between generals and protest leaders for a transition to civilian rule, which many hope will bring increased freedom and prosperity. During a ceremony to be held at a hall by the Nile in the capital Khartoum, members...

Ebola cases surface in DR Congo’s South Kivu province

Bukavu, DR Congo, The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu said Friday it had recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality. The new cases revived concern that the virus could cross the porous borders...

Zimbabwe police beat protesters defying ‘rogue’ government

Harare, Riot police in Zimbabwe on Friday fired teargas and beat demonstrators who defied a protest ban, as the opposition accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of surpassing Robert Mugabe's regime in brutality. Scores of people gathered in a square in the capital Harare to demonstrate against...

Uganda slams report Huawei helped spy on Bobi Wine

Kampala, Uganda on Friday denied a report that employees of Chinese telecom giant Huawei had aided a domestic spying operation targeting pop star turned opposition icon Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Huawei technicians helped Ugandan authorities use spyware to intercept Wine's...

Sudan allows Al-Jazeera to reopen office

Khartoum, Sudan has allowed Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera to reopen its Khartoum office, which they had shut down in May, the channel's director in the Sudanese capital told AFP Friday. "The Sudanese authorities have agreed to let us resume our work in covering Sudan," Al-Musallami Al-Kabbashi said. The...

Zimbabwe protests: Opposition vows to defy police ban on rally

Zimbabwe's main opposition group has said it will hold anti-government protests in the capital Harare, in defiance of a police ban. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called for protests against the government's handling of the economy. The MDC has said it has given the...

Row over Burundi students ripping up uniforms after exams

Pictures of Burundian students celebrating the end of exams by tearing up their uniforms have caused so much of a stir they even came up at this week’s national security meeting. The students, posing for the cameras in their ripped clothes, were also marking the end of...

Ex-presidents endorse Jubbaland poll agency

Former Somali presidents have thrown their weight behind the formal electoral agency in Jubbaland in what could be seen as endorsing the decisions of the incumbent leader Sheikh Ahmed Islam Madobe. Presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed say the official Jubbaland Independent Electoral and Boundaries...

Revealed: How Huawei helped Museveni spy on Bobi Wine

An investigation by Wall Street Journal claims Huawei technicians helped authorities in Uganda to intercept encrypted messages to penetrate a WhatsApp chat group in which musician and politician Bobi Wine is a member. Bobi Wine is a fierce critic of President Yoweri Museveni.Ugandan authorities supposedly used messages...

Ethiopians abandoned after deportation from Saudi Arabia: HRW

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopian migrants who braved death-defying land and sea journeys to find work in Saudi Arabia are being deported en masse with nothing but the clothes on their backs, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. A report based on interviews with deportees in the Ethiopian capital Addis...

Libya capital flights suspended after deadly rocket fire

TRIPOLI, Flights from the Libyan capital's sole functioning airport were suspended Thursday after deadly overnight rocket fire, a spokesman for the country's unity government said. Moustafa al-Mejii of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) said Wednesday night's rocket fire "killed a guard and wounded several security...

US bans former Sudan security chief Ghosh over ‘torture’

Washington accused the former head of Sudan's feared security service of torture on Wednesday and barred him from entering the United States. Salah Ghosh headed the African country's National Intelligence and Security Service until he resigned in April this year, two days after a military council took...

Somali army base hit by suspected Al-Shabaab attack

Security forces and Amison troops had just retaken Awdheegle where the attack took place.

Malawi court sentences three to death over albino killing

BLANTYRE, A Malawi court has convicted and sentenced two men and a woman to death for killing a person with albinism, a judiciary official said on Wednesday. Malawi has since late 2014 seen a surge in attacks on people with albinism, whose body parts are often used...

Leave our graffiti on the walls, say Sudan protesters

Khartoum, The graffiti that symbolised Sudan's uprising are being painted over across the capital Khartoum, protest leaders complained Wednesday, urging the military authorities to stop their whitewashing. The Forces for Freedom and Change that led the months-long protest movement that brought down longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir...

Toll from Tanzania fuel truck blast rises to 82: hospital

The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania at the weekend has climbed to 82 after seven more people died from their injuries, a hospital official said Wednesday. A spokesman for the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam said 32 others were being treated, including...

Zimbabwe after Mugabe: The country where pensions have disappeared

Retired couple Teddie and Vesta always imagined they would live out their golden years with dignity. He is 85, and served one company for 46 years as a cleaner, eventually rising to become a receptionist. Vesta says that rising inflation has robbed them both of a comfortable...
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