Kabila party HQ ‘ransacked’, one shot dead in DR Congo vote demo

18 December 2018, 9:24 PM
One person died at a protest on Tuesday against the arrival of the "pro-Kabila" candidate in a city in central DR Congo, days ahead of elections that will see the country emerge from the 17-year presidency of Joseph Kabila.
Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe.
Afriforum confirms a warrant of arrest for Grace Mugabe 19 December 2018, 11:41 AM

Lobby group Afriforum has confirmed that a warrant of arrest has been issued for former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe for her alleged assault of South African model Gabriella Engels.

Kgalema Motlanthe.
Motlanthe blames MDC for post election violence in Zim 19 December 2018, 10:15 AM

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe's Commission Of Inquiry into the post-election violence in Zimbabwe has blamed the opposition Movement for Democratic Change for the chaos that broke out a day after the country's national elections this year.

Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina
Madagascar ex-presidents compete in run-off election 19 December 2018, 8:56 AM

An ex-president of Madagascar and the man who removed him in a 2009 coup compete to become the island state's next leader in a run-off election on Wednesday.

DRC Flag with background image
High stakes for friends and foes as DRC heads to polls 19 December 2018, 5:50 AM

From the countries who share the Democratic Republic of Congo's vast border -- some of which stirred its devastating conflicts -- to international powers invested in peace efforts, the impact of upcoming elections looks set to reverberate far and wide.

Use of live ammunition by soldiers in Zimbabwe unjustified: Report 18 December 2018, 7:19 PM

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe's Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence in Zimbabwe has blamed the opposition MDC for the chaos that broke out a day after the country's national elections earlier this year.

Emmerson Mnangagwa
Mnangagwa acknowledges Zim financial woes 18 December 2018, 6:59 PM

Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has acknowledged that the Southern African country is faced with the worst economic situation in a decade.

Major cabinet reshuffle in Lesotho 18 December 2018, 6:44 PM

His Majesty King Letsie has embarked on a massive cabinet reshuffle, through the advice of his Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane.

A gavel on a desk
‘Sex-for-marks’ lecturer jailed in Nigeria 18 December 2018, 3:21 PM

A Nigerian court sentenced a university lecturer to jail after he demanded sex from a female student to boost her marks in a landmark ruling designed to address "rampant" sexual harassment on campuses.

Joseph Kabila
Bowing out as president, DRC’s Kabila raises prospect of a return act 18 December 2018, 6:04 AM

A month before his scheduled departure after nearly two decades as Congo's president, Joseph Kabila received a procession of foreign reporters at his heavily guarded riverside palace for a rare series of interviews.

Fastjet plane
Fastjet suspends flights in Tanzania until the end of January 17 December 2018, 7:55 PM

African low-cost airline Fastjet has suspended all domestic flights within Tanzania until the end of January after the country's aviation authorities warned they are likely to revoke its licence, the company said on Monday.

Two farm workers
Amnesty says over 3,600 killed in Nigeria’s farmer-herder violence 17 December 2018, 4:40 PM

More than 3,600 people have been killed in clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria since 2016, Amnesty International said on Monday.

DRC Flag
DR Congo, a vast African giant wracked by violence 17 December 2018, 6:57 AM

Africa's second largest country, Democratic Republic of Congo, is rich in raw materials and minerals but cursed by deadly violence, insurgencies, graft and poverty.

Masked soldiers holding weapons
Twelve Nigerian soldiers killed in fighting with Islamists 16 December 2018, 5:26 PM

At least 12 Nigerian soldiers were killed and dozens of others are missing after fighting with Islamists in the north eastern state of Borno, three military sources said on Sunday, one of the largest known losses of life by the army in the in November.

Copper mine
First Quantum Minerals to cut over 1000 jobs at Zambia mine 16 December 2018, 10:09 AM

Canada's First Quantum Minerals plans to lay off more than 1,000 workers at Zambia's Kalumbila copper-nickel mine when the government hikes taxes in January, the minister of labour said on Saturday.

Emmerson Mnangagwa
ZANU-PF gives Mnangagwa the go ahead for a second term 15 December 2018, 6:05 PM

Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union –Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party has given President Emmerson Mnangagwa the go ahead to run for a second five year term in 2023.

Mukhtar Robow
African Union force says not involved in arrest of ex-Shabaab leader 15 December 2018, 3:58 PM

African Union peacekeepers did not help in the arrest of a former al Shabaab leader that led to clashes in which 11 people were killed.

U.S. orders non-emergency staff out of Congo before election 15 December 2018, 1:20 PM

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had ordered non-emergency government staff and family members of government employees to leave Democratic Republic of Congo a week before a presidential election that it fears could turn violent.

Former Ethiopian president Girma Wolde-Giorgis dies: state media 15 December 2018, 9:53 AM

Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis died on Saturday, two weeks short of his 95th birthday, state media reported.

SADC gravely concerned at DRC’s worsening political situation 15 December 2018, 7:26 AM

SADC says it is gravely concerned at the deteriorating political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Leaders holding hands
Ethiopia to move troops from Eritrean border as relations thaw 14 December 2018, 7:20 PM

Ethiopia will begin moving its troops away from the border with Eritrea, senior military officials said on Friday, months after the erstwhile enemies reopened it for the first time in 20 years.

Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa to publish post-election violence report next week 14 December 2018, 6:45 PM

A report into Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that left six people dead and dozens injured in August will be published next week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday.

Mukhtar Robow
Supporters of ex-al Shabaab leader clash with police in Somalia, 11 dead 14 December 2018, 5:44 PM

At least 11 people were killed in Somalia's city of Baidoa in clashes between security forces and supporters of a former al Shabaab leader who is seeking election as a regional president.

Michelle Bachelet
UN’s Bachelet urges DRC to control violence ahead of elections 14 December 2018, 2:44 PM

Congo’s forensic police are investigating Thursday's blaze and the national electoral commission said the vote would go ahead as scheduled.

Smoke from the warehouse fire
Electoral material destroyed in DRC warehouse fire 14 December 2018, 8:17 AM

The United Nations has expressed concern that a devastating fire in a  warehouse holding electoral materials, including voting machines, could hamper the holding of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Coptic Christians protesting
Egyptian Christians protest at police killing 14 December 2018, 7:05 AM

Hundreds of Coptic Christians on Thursday attended the burial of a father and his son who were killed by a police officer in Egypt's Minya province, amid cries for the state to provide more protection.

Cameroon president halts prosecution of 289 separatists 13 December 2018, 9:07 PM

Cameroon President Paul Biya on Thursday called a halt to the prosecution of 289 separatists from the West African country's western English-speaking regions, his office said.

Nigeria launches $1.1bn lawsuit against Shell, Eni 13 December 2018, 7:26 PM

The Nigerian government is taking oil giants Shell and Eni to court in London, requesting the return of $1.1 billion (969 million euros) as part of a case of alleged corruption dating back to 2011, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election 13 December 2018, 4:18 PM

A fire overnight at a warehouse in Congo's capital destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes that were due to be used in the country's long-delayed December 23 presidential election, authorities said on Thursday.

Isaias Afwerki
Eritrean President arrives for first visit to Somalia 13 December 2018, 11:22 AM

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrived on Thursday for his first-ever visit to Somalia, Eritrea's information minister said, in another sign of rapidly changing relations in the region following Eritrea's rapprochement with one-time foe Ethiopia.

Atiku Abubakar
Nigerian opposition candidate signs election peace accord 13 December 2018, 8:06 AM

Nigerian opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar signed an election peace accord on Wednesday, a day after his absence from the official signing ceremony raised concerns about the conduct of the February 2019 vote.