Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba named as Congo prime minister

20 May 2019, 8:04 PM
Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, acareer politician and ally of former President Joseph Kabila, was appointed as Democratic Republic of Congo's prime minister on Monday, the government said in a statement.
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Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba shaking hands with Felix Tshisekedi
Algeria army chief urges protesters to accept July poll 20 May 2019, 5:01 PM

Algeria's army chief on Monday urged demonstrators to accept presidential polls set for July 4 to elect a successor to ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Moise Katumbi
DRC’s Moise Katumbi returns home from exile 20 May 2019, 1:42 PM

Thousands of people welcomed Moise Katumbi, a prominent foe of former DR Congo president Joseph Kabila, as he landed at Lubumbashi airport on Monday after three years in self-imposed exile.

Edypt bus blast.
Call centre opened to assist the families of South Africans in Egypt 20 May 2019, 6:52 AM

A 24-hour call centre has been opened to assist the families of South Africans in Egypt, following a bus explosion.

Peter Mutharika
Malawi’s president makes final plea for re-election in tight race 20 May 2019, 6:15 AM

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika made a last-ditch bid to win re-election on Saturday as candidates for next week’s hotly contested election wrapped up their campaigns at rival rallies across the country.

22 South Africans involved in Egypt bus explosion to return home 19 May 2019, 9:41 PM

The South African Ambassador to Egypt, Vusi Mavimbela, has confirmed that 22 of the 25 South Africans who were in a tourist bus when a bomb exploded in Egypt will return home on Monday morning.

Seven South Africans in hospital after Egypt bus explosion 19 May 2019, 8:24 PM

Seven South Africans who were on the tourist bus in Egypt when a bomb exploded, have been admitted to hospital. The bus was carrying the tourists from the airport in Cairo to the pyramids

Explosion hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids: security sources 19 May 2019, 4:41 PM

An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt on Sunday, two security sources said. Most of those injured were foreign tourists, the sources said. One security source said they included South African nationals. There were no reports of deaths. A […]

Sudan protesters want civilian as head of new ruling body 19 May 2019, 12:57 PM

Sudan's protest movement said that it is determined to have a civilian as head of a new governing council ahead of negotiations Sunday with army rulers to finalise its makeup.

Malawi’s Mutharika makes final plea ahead of elections 19 May 2019, 10:17 AM

Malawian President, Peter Mutharika, made a final plea to voters on Saturday, promising to develop the country "beyond recognition" if he wins next week's election.

Uncertainty faces Malawi presidential candidates at the polls 19 May 2019, 6:52 AM

Malawi goes to polls on Tuesday in a presidential race that could test President Peter Mutharika's hold on power. Here are the leading contenders:

Malawi’s president makes final plea for re-election in tight race 18 May 2019, 9:56 PM

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika made a last-ditch bid to win re-election on Saturday as candidates for next week’s hotly contested election wrapped up their campaigns at rival rallies across the country.

Ethiopia’s GIBE III hydropower dam.
Ethiopia to ration electricity for homes and industries 18 May 2019, 10:44 AM

Under the rationing program, which runs until July, domestic consumers will face blackouts for several hours each day.

Zamfara police
Violent kidnappings-for-ransom spread across Nigeria 18 May 2019, 7:55 AM

203 crime-related deaths and 281 kidnappings in the first three months of 2019, according to Nigeria's top police officer.

Food at a market
Lesotho faces acute food shortages 17 May 2019, 10:30 PM

Lesotho is facing acute food shortages. It's estimated about half a million people are facing hunger and malnutrition. The recent El-Niño-induced drought has led to two successive crop failures.

Call for African Union reforms 17 May 2019, 6:30 PM

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) wants the African Union reconfigured and more power given to its secretariat. The organisation made the call as Africa celebrates Africa Month, which marks the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963.

Daniel Arap Moi
Kenyan ex-president Moi fined for land grabbing 17 May 2019, 6:22 PM

A court in Kenya on Friday found former president Daniel Arap Moi guilty of land grabbing, and ordered he pay part of nearly $10 million to the rightful owners of a property he sold.

Floods
Floods claim 15 lives in Mali 17 May 2019, 6:07 AM

Heavy floods have claimed 15 lives in the Malian capital Bamako along with serious property damage on Thursday, authorities said.

Sudan-protesters.
Sudanese protesters vow to press on after talks suspended 17 May 2019, 6:00 AM

Sudanese protesters voiced regret on Thursday at an army decision to suspend crucial talks on installing civilian rule but vowed to press on with a sit-in despite being targeted in fresh violence.

Somalialand people in their flag colours
Somaliland lobbies other African states for recognition 16 May 2019, 4:53 PM

Somaliland is lobbying neighbouring East African states to push for its recognition by the international community.

Sudanese protesters
Sudan military council blames protestors for suspended talks 16 May 2019, 2:25 PM

The Head of Sudan's Transitional Military council has accused Sudanese demonstrators of breaking an agreement undertaking to put on hold demonstrations whilst talks are underway.

Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundi court seizes assets of opposition figures 16 May 2019, 11:48 AM

Burundi's chief justice has ordered the seizure of property belonging to jailed army officers and exiled opposition activists accused of supporting a supposed coup plot against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Rashid al-Sayed
Sudan’s army ruler suspends civil rule talks 16 May 2019, 6:22 AM

Sudan's military rulers on Thursday suspended crucial talks with protesters on installing civilian rule, insisting more time was needed to finalise the deal as Khartoum's security situation deteriorated.

AU commends Sudan for progress in country’s political transition 15 May 2019, 9:12 PM

The African Union has commended Sudan for making progress towards reaching an agreement for a political transition in the country.

Eight wounded from gunshots near Sudan sit-in: protest spokesman 15 May 2019, 8:38 PM

At least eight people were wounded by gunshots near a Khartoum sit-in Wednesday, a spokesman for Sudan's protest movement and a witness said, ahead of crucial talks on civilian rule.

Man holding the Cameroon flag
Cameroon objects to UN Security Council meeting 15 May 2019, 3:15 PM

Cameroon has strongly objected to the holding of a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the worsening humanitarian situation in that country.

King Mswati
eSwatini says fake polygamy story ‘insult’ to king and country 15 May 2019, 11:22 AM

The government of eSwatini on Tuesday angrily denied viral online reports that King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch who has 14 wives, had ordered men to have at least two marriages or face jail.

Sudan army rulers, protesters agree on 3-year transition period 15 May 2019, 5:30 AM

Sudanese army rulers and protest leaders on Wednesday agreed on a three-year transition period for transferring power to a full civilian administration, even as negotiations over a new sovereign ruling body remain unfinished.

Thomas Thabane
Lesotho opposition worried about political environment 14 May 2019, 8:39 PM

Lesotho's perturbing political environment is worrying the opposition parties.

Four dead, several injured, in Somalia suicide bombing 14 May 2019, 2:54 PM

A suicide bomber killed at least four people and injured several others Tuesday after detonating a car packed with explosives in Mogadishu, Somali security forces said.

Zimbabwe starts rolling power cuts, hitting mines, industry 14 May 2019, 1:41 PM

Zimbabwe has started rolling power cuts lasting up to eight hours that will also hit mines, a schedule from the state power utility showed on Monday, after reduced output at both the largest hydro plant and ageing coal-fired generators.