Mali’s top court declares Keita president after contested vote

20 August 2018, 3:10 PM
Mali's Constitutional Court on Monday declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keita president after the 73-year-old incumbent won elections that his opponent, former minister Soumaila Cisse, 68, said were marred by fraud.
At least six dead in NE Nigeria after Boko Haram attack 20 August 2018, 6:03 AM

At least six people were killed when Boko Haram jihadists raided a village in northeast Nigeria, burning houses and looting food supplies, a local militia leader and residents said on Sunday.

Boko Haram
As killings rise, aid workers confront era of growing risk 19 August 2018, 7:35 PM

Working in conflict zones for years does not make it any less frightening when armed militiamen storm the hospital you run, says Colette Gadenne of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s Buhari to return from leave, allaying health fears 19 August 2018, 3:07 PM

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will returned from leave on Saturday, a presidential aide said, easing concerns over the leader’s health in the run-up to elections in early 2019.

Geingob slams African states for being reliant on foreign aid 19 August 2018, 6:29 AM

Incoming chairperson of SADC and Namibian president Hage Geingob has slammed African states for being reliant on foreign aid particularly from western countries.

Annan lauded for ending Kenyan conflict 18 August 2018, 9:41 PM

In Kenya, Kofi Annan is revered for his success in ending the 2007/8 Post election conflict that left more than 1,200 people.

Former Ivory Coast's first lady Simone, was sentenced to a 20-year jail term for endangering state security in 2015.
Ivorians exiled in SA celebrate release of Simone Gbagbo 18 August 2018, 8:41 PM

Ivorians, many exiled in South Africa, are celebrating the release and amnesty of former First Lady Simone Gbagbo.

SADC urges Lesotho to implement its reforms roadmap 18 August 2018, 7:15 PM

The Southern African Development Community urged Lesotho to implement its reforms roadmap.

Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
Hundreds protest Mali election results marred by fraud claims 18 August 2018, 7:13 PM

More than a thousand supporters of Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse gathered in the capital Bamako on Saturday after he lost a presidential run-off to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita amid accusations of fraud. Keita was re-elected with 67.17% of Sunday’s vote against 32.83% for challenger and former finance minister Cisse. In Bamako, the protesters played […]

Regional leaders call for calm ahead of Zimbabwe poll ruling 18 August 2018, 5:36 PM

Southern African leaders on Saturday called for calm in Zimbabwe as the country awaits a Constitutional Court hearing on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's disputed election victory.

Cyril Ramaphosa has handed over the one year rotational chairpersonship of the regional block.
President Ramaphosa concludes a successful SADC summit 18 August 2018, 4:32 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday returned to South Africa from Windhoek in the Republic of Namibia, where he participated in the 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community

Ghana declares week of mourning after death of Annan 18 August 2018, 2:47 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday declared a week of mourning to pay homage to former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan.

A boat full immigrants at sea
One dead as Tunisia security forces arrest migrants 18 August 2018, 9:50 AM

A migrant died early Friday as Tunisian security forces clashed with a group of Tunisians and Africans embarking on a clandestine sea crossing to Italy, a security official said.

Mpofu, Ngcukaitobi arrive in Zimbabwe as part of MDC legal team 17 August 2018, 7:51 PM

Advocates Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi have arrived in Harare Zimbabwe as part of the MDC Alliance's legal team challenging the outcome of the July 30 polls.

Demolitions to protect river spark rows in Kenyan capital 17 August 2018, 7:35 PM

For decades the Nairobi River has been besieged by the construction of buildings teetering perilously over its banks, bringing pollution, blockages and floods to the waterway that runs through the capital.

WHO expects more Ebola cases in Congo 17 August 2018, 4:23 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it could not be certain that it had identified all people exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region, where insecurity prevents aid workers from reaching some areas.

SA to chair committee that will focus on Fourth Industrial Revolution 17 August 2018, 3:33 PM

South Africa has been elected to chair a committee of five African countries that will discuss ways that Africans can be part of the fourth industrial revolution.

DRC issues international arrest warrant for Katumbi 17 August 2018, 2:38 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s government says it has issued an international arrest warrant for opposition leader, Moise Katumbi, who has been in exile since 2016.

Angola court acquits 13 Cabinda separatists 17 August 2018, 12:34 PM

 Thirteen separatists in an oil-rich enclave on Africa's west coast ruled by Angola have been acquitted of charges of crimes against state security, local media said Friday.

Stable Libya key to ending migration to Europe: Niger 17 August 2018, 6:28 AM

If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals on its shores from Africa it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters on Thursday, warning that the stability of neighbouring countries was at stake.

Keita re-elected Mali president by a landslide 16 August 2018, 8:00 PM

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been elected for a second five-year term after winning a runoff ballot by a landslide, according to official figures Thursday.

Zimbabwe court to hear election challenge on August 22 16 August 2018, 3:31 PM

 Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will hear the opposition's legal challenge to the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 22, the ruling party said on Thursday.

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa moves to stop Chamisa’s election court challenge 16 August 2018, 1:39 PM

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has filed submissions in the land’s highest court opposing a court challenge to his victory by main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo 16 August 2018, 6:28 AM

First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.

Police on the back of a van
Ugandan MP beaten up after president’s convoy stoned 15 August 2018, 8:25 PM

Ugandan legislator Francis Zaake, detained after the president's convoy was stoned, has been "brutalised" by security personnel, an opposition figure said on Wednesday as images of the bruised lawmaker emerged on social media.

Soumaila Cisse said on Monday he would reject the results of the vote.
Mali urged to restrain after opposition leader rejects results 15 August 2018, 2:46 PM

The United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) called for restraint in Mali on Tuesday after the opposition candidate said he would reject the results of a presidential run-off.

Mnangagwa has called on the country to move on from its disputed elections.
Zanu-PF opposes MDC’s election bid 15 August 2018, 12:05 PM

Zimbabwe's governing Zanu-PF party has filed court papers at the country's Constitutional Court to oppose the MDC-Alliance's challenge to the recent election results.

Gloves off amid tension in Lesotho’s ruling party 15 August 2018, 7:59 AM

Tensions that have been simmering in Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane's All Basotho Convention have come to a head.

A boat full immigrants at sea
Tunisia denies migrants arrested on way to Italy were ‘terrorists’ 15 August 2018, 6:14 AM

Tunisian authorities on Tuesday denied accusations by Italy that migrants it arrested as they tried to cross the Mediterranean for Italian shores were "terrorists".

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita casting his vote
Mali president claims election victory amid fraud accusations 14 August 2018, 7:45 PM

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won re-election "comfortably" based on his campaign's vote count, his spokesman said on Tuesday, dismissing claims from the opposition that they won.

Oil barrels
Nigeria’s state oil company considers refinery partnerships 14 August 2018, 5:54 PM

Nigeria's state oil company could allow private investors to install two refineries on two of its sites, it said on Tuesday.