Burundi lawmakers to make president “Supreme Guide” ahead of elections

24 January 2020, 7:54 PM
Burundi is drawing up legislation ahead of May elections to give President Pierre Nkurunziza the title of "Supreme Guide of Patriotism", state television reported, despite widespread rights abuses and an economic meltdown under his leadership.
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Malawi’s Rastas cheer ruling allowing dreadlocks in school 24 January 2020, 4:11 PM

Malawi’s Rastafarians are cheering a court ruling that will allow their children to go to school with dreadlocks. Rastafarianism was upheld as a religion and banning dreadlocks, a Rasta religious symbol, is now unconstitutional.

Zimbabwe billionaire to pay doctors about $300 a month to end strike 24 January 2020, 12:46 PM

Striking junior doctors at Zimbabwe’s state hospitals will end a four-month strike after accepting an offer from a telecoms billionaire to pay them a monthly allowance of about $300 for six months, their union said on Thursday.

Libya’s neighbours meet in Algeria seeking stronger truce 23 January 2020, 4:17 PM

Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum told visiting envoys from other countries neighbouring Libya on Thursday that he hoped their meeting would strengthen a fragile truce in the country and help avert more foreign influence there.

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Angola may seek international arrest warrant for Isabel dos Santos: reports 23 January 2020, 2:49 PM

Angola could issue an international arrest warrant for billionaire Isabel dos Santos if she fails to cooperate with a fraud investigation in which she has been named as a suspect, its chief prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Egypt SA Ambassador optimistic of Grand Renaissance Dam agreement 23 January 2020, 9:54 AM

Egypt's Ambassador to South Africa Issa Sharriff says he is optimistic that an amicable agreement will be reached next week regarding the Grand Renaissance Dam in the Nile River.

SA to take reins of AU with mandate to end conflict 22 January 2020, 4:03 PM

South Africa will be taking the reins of the African Union (AU) from next month with a clear mandate of ending conflict on the continent and bringing collective prosperity to its people.

Police interview Thabane regarding assassination of his former wife 22 January 2020, 3:16 PM

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane has been interviewed by the country's Deputy Police Commissioner.

Turkey says Libya’s Haftar must choose political solution 22 January 2020, 10:50 AM

Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar must abide by calls for a political solution to the conflict in Libya and take steps to secure "calm on the ground", said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Nigeria charges ex-attorney general with financial crimes in $1.3 billion oil deal 21 January 2020, 7:18 PM

Nigeria’s financial crimes watchdog charged a former attorney general suspected of taking bribes to facilitate a $1.3 billion oil block sale, the agency said on Tuesday, in the latest twist in one of the industry’s biggest alleged corruption scandals.

Thabane requested to appear before police commissioner 21 January 2020, 12:29 PM

Police in Lesotho have requested Prime Minister Tom Thabane to appear before the country's deputy national police commissioner on Wednesday in connection with the assassination of his estranged wife.

UNSC considering meeting proposal on Libya 20 January 2020, 8:45 PM

The United Nations Security Council is considering a proposal to meet on the situation in Libya this week after world leaders agreed on a final communiqué at a summit in Berlin at the weekend.

EU agrees to consider ways to support formal Libya truce 20 January 2020, 7:22 PM

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to look at ways to support a formal ceasefire in Libya if warring sides can move beyond a tentative truce, including a monitoring mission and reviving a naval operation to uphold a U.N. arms embargo.

In Zimbabwe, a backyard hydroponic farm beats drought to grow veg 20 January 2020, 2:39 PM

In a backyard in Zimbabwe's capital, a 50-year-old mother of two is using hydroponics to grow vegetables for some of Harare's top restaurants, defying drought and an economic crisis that have left millions needing food aid.

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International interference necessary for Libya: former official 20 January 2020, 8:21 AM

Although the participants in the Libya conference agreed on Sunday to enhance arms embargo in the war-torn north African country, the ceasefire is temporary and the situation could worsen, said a former official with Libya's  transitional government.

Iceland’s Samherji exiting Namibia following bribery scandal 19 January 2020, 11:45 AM

Samherji, the Icelandic fishing company at the centre of Namibia's biggest corruption scandal, has announced that it is withdrawing from the southwest African nation.

Foreign powers to discuss ways out in Libya crisis 19 January 2020, 7:05 AM

Libyan rival camps and their foreign backers will attend a summit in Berlin on Sunday to discuss ways to end a proxy war over the capital Tripoli and the oil producer, which has displaced 140 000 and now more than halved the country's crude output.

Car bomb hits Turkish contractors, police near Somalia capital, six wounded – Police 18 January 2020, 3:15 PM

A car bomb targeting a group of Turkish contractors exploded on Saturday in Afgoye, north west of the Somali capital Mogadishu, wounding at least six people, police said.

Guinea-Bissau Court calls for clarification of presidential vote result 18 January 2020, 11:07 AM

The outcome of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election was thrown into doubt on Friday after the Supreme Court called for a clarification of the tally hours after the electoral commission released the final results.

Foreign powers to push Libyan rivals for truce in Berlin 18 January 2020, 6:52 AM

Germany and the United Nations will push rival Libyan camps and their foreign backers fighting over the capital to agree on Sunday to a truce and monitoring mechanism as first steps towards peace, diplomats and a draft communique said.

Ivory Coast court rules that presidential candidate Soro can face trial 17 January 2020, 9:16 PM

An Ivory Coast high court on Friday ruled that ex-rebel leader and presidential candidate Guillaume Soro could face trial, allowing state prosecutors to continue their investigation into a coup plot they allege Soro was behind. As a former member of parliament, Soro was immune from prosecution unless a court ruled otherwise. He has rejected the […]

Thabane apologises for instability experienced in Lesotho 17 January 2020, 8:09 PM

Lesotho's Prime Minister Tom Thabane has apologised to King Letsie the third for the instability the country has been experiencing due to internal politics in the ruling party, the ABC.

Celebrations will be taking place in Brussels to honour at Lumumba Square, in Brussels
Belgium to honour Patrice Lumumba 17 January 2020, 1:19 PM

Belgium is set to honour the life of the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas shakes hands with Libya's commander Khalifa Haftar, in Benghazi, Libya
Libya’s Haftar committed to ceasefire, Germany says 17 January 2020, 8:27 AM

A Libyan military commander waging an offensive to capture the capital Tripoli is committed to a ceasefire, Germany said on Thursday, in an apparent advance for efforts to end a near-decade of turmoil in the North African country.

Lesotho’s first lady still at large 16 January 2020, 9:04 PM

Lesotho's first lady Maesaea Thabane is still at large.

No comprehensive agreement reached over Nile River dam project 16 January 2020, 5:42 PM

A meeting in Washington DC between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia's construction of a dam on the Nile River has ended without a comprehensive agreement.

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Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane agrees to step down 16 January 2020, 4:22 PM

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane has agreed to step down and retire from his position.

Too early to say Libya ceasefire has collapsed; Turkish defence minister 16 January 2020, 12:56 PM

Turkey said on Wednesday it was too early to say whether a ceasefire in Libya had collapsed after Khalifa Haftar, commander of eastern Libyan forces, failed to sign a binding truce accord at talks this week.

Refugees gather their possessions after they were evicted from a sit in protest against xenophobia outside the United Nations High Commission.
Several African countries undermining human rights: Report 16 January 2020, 8:01 AM

According to the 2020 Human Rights Watch report South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Eswatinini have failed to uphold human rights.

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region.
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to finalise Blue Nile dam agreement this month 16 January 2020, 6:10 AM

Ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed to reconvene in Washington later this month to finalize an agreement on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile.

SA delegation to help facilitate Lesotho transition 15 January 2020, 9:07 PM

A high-level delegation that President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent to Lesotho is expected in the mountain kingdom on Wednesday night.