Leaders of Rwanda and Uganda sign pact in bid to end tension

21 August 2019, 5:41 PM
The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda signed a pact on Wednesday in Angola's capital aimed at ending a long-running rivalry that has resulted in their busiest border crossing being closed for six months.
Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame
A gavel sits on the chairman’s dais in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill.
WARNING: Graphic details – Malawi judge sentences three to death for albinism murder 15 August 2019, 5:44 AM

Three people have been sentenced to death in Malawi for the murder and mutilation of a person with albinism, a court official confirmed on Wednesday, a sanction the judge said would serve as a strong deterrent.

SADC summit to focus on economic challenges, security issues 14 August 2019, 9:20 PM

 Southern African Development Community's (SADC) economic challenges and peace and security issues will be placed high on the agenda at the upcoming Heads of State Summit in Tanzania this week.

Car bombs, gunfire hit government military base in southern Somalia 14 August 2019, 2:44 PM

A government military base in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia was struck by car bombs and gunfire on Wednesday, residents and a military officer said, and the al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ramaphosa set for state visit to Tanzania 14 August 2019, 11:18 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magafuli, during a state visit in Dar-es Salaam on Thursday.

Nigerian president moves to curb spending on food imports 14 August 2019, 6:32 AM

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has told the central bank to stop providing funding for food imports, his spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mnangagwa calls on Zimbabweans to cherish the peace they experiencing 13 August 2019, 7:43 PM

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on Zimbabweans to cherish the relative peace that is currently prevailing in the country.

Burundian YouTube child star’s death spotlights malaria epidemic 13 August 2019, 6:10 PM

The death of a six-year-old YouTube star from a malaria epidemic in Burundi has spotlighted the growing challenge of combating malaria in a warmer world, health experts said on Tuesday.

Edgar Lungu
Zambia court adjourns ex-minister graft case that prompted aid freeze 13 August 2019, 2:27 PM

A Zambian court on Tuesday adjourned until September the start of corruption trial involving a former cabinet minister that prompted some western donors to freeze aid to the southern African nation.

French troops in Mali anti-jihadist campaign mired in mud and mistrust 13 August 2019, 7:31 AM

The French soldiers seeking out jihadists in central Mali’s savannahs were prepared for the sandstorms, the thunderstorms, the lack of anything resembling a road and the need to tow vehicles whose wheels kept getting stuck in floodplains.

Mnangagwa issues stern warning that MDC must protest peacefully 12 August 2019, 7:43 PM

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has issued a stern warning to opposition party the MDC to ensure their upcoming protests are peaceful.

Oil Tank blast victims
Tanzania establishes commission of inquiry into Saturday’s oil tanker blast 12 August 2019, 6:09 PM

Tanzania has established a commission of inquiry into the deaths of 71 people after an oil tanker exploded in Morogoro region on Saturday.

‘Green gold’: Kenyan farmers abandon food crops to grow herbal stimulant 12 August 2019, 3:12 PM

At this time of year, Albert Njeru's farm would usually be blanketed with shoulder-high rows of maize, but not anymore.

Tanzania fuel tanker explosion death toll continues to rise 12 August 2019, 8:29 AM

The death toll in the aftermath of the explosion of a fuel tanker in eastern Tanzania has continued to rise.

WHO says no new Ebola cases in Goma, vaccinates over 1300 12 August 2019, 7:31 AM

The World Health Organisation said it has vaccinated over 1300 people who potentially came into contact with the Ebola virus in the Congolese city of Goma, helping contain what many feared would be a rapid spread in an urban centre.

Pandor sends condolences to Tanzania government after fuel tanker explosion 11 August 2019, 3:09 PM

The International Relations Naledi Pandor has on behalf of the government expressed condolences to the people and government of Tanzania, after more than 60 people were killed when a fuel tanker exploded

Car bomb explodes in Libya’s Benghazi, killing 3 UN staff 11 August 2019, 6:58 AM

A car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed three UN staff members and two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said.

Lesotho to reopen Parliament on Friday 10 August 2019, 6:28 PM

Lesotho Parliament will reopen on Friday.

Tanzania blast
Tanzanian government assist following tanker explosion 10 August 2019, 3:15 PM

The Tanzanian government is helping to co-ordinate the salvage operation to ensure that families identify the bodies of their loves ones and the injured get proper treatment after a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in the east of the country.

Fuel tanker blast kills 57 in Tanzania: state media 10 August 2019, 10:59 AM

A fuel tanker exploded in Tanzania on Saturday, killing 57 people and injuring 65, many of whom were siphoning petrol from the vehicle, which had crashed, state broadcaster TBC Taifa said.

Libya government accepts UN ceasefire proposal, implementation unclear 10 August 2019, 7:29 AM

Libya’s internationally recognized government, which is facing a campaign by eastern troops to take the capital, has accepted a United Nations proposal for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, a statement said on Friday.

Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopia to hold national election next year 9 August 2019, 9:21 PM

Ethiopia's ruling coalition said on Friday it will hold a national election next year, defying worries over security and displacement in the east African nation that had led some to expect the election would be postponed.

Two workers at a mine shaft in a Zambia mine
Zambia asks Glencore unit to rescind mine shaft closures 9 August 2019, 2:28 PM

Zambia's mining ministry has asked Glencore subsidiary Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) to rescind its decision to close two shafts at its Nkana site.

Eritrea’s military service still “repressive” despite peace deal: HRW 9 August 2019, 8:31 AM

Eritrea is forcing thousands of students and teachers into indefinite national service, driving many into exile and frustrating hopes that a peace deal with Ethiopia might end conscription, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa fires minister for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ after corruption charge 9 August 2019, 6:57 AM

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired his tourism minister, who was last month charged with corruption involving $95 million, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Central African Republic sees sharp decline in violence 8 August 2019, 5:29 PM

Central African Republic may be getting safer, according to new figures from the United Nations (UN) that show a sharp drop in the number of attacks and human rights abuses since 2018.

Egypt’s headline inflation slows to four-year low of 8.7% in July 8 August 2019, 3:21 PM

Egypt's headline inflation rate fell to its lowest in nearly four years, dropping to 8.7% in July from 9.4% in June; official figures from the CAPMAS statistics agency showed on Thursday.

West African slavery lives on, 400 years after transatlantic trade began 8 August 2019, 7:51 AM

As the world marks 400 years since the first recorded African slaves arrived in North America, slavery remains a modern-day scourge. Blessing was only six-years-old when her mother arranged for her to become an unpaid housemaid for a family in the Nigerian city of Abuja, on the promise they would put her through school.

Stateless Shona children in Kenya receive birth certificates for the first time 7 August 2019, 8:51 PM

The Kenyan government has issued birth certificates to 600 children from the Shona community as part of a move towards ending statelessness for about 3 500 people.

US not ready to remove Sudan from sponsors of terrorism list 7 August 2019, 6:42 PM

The United States still needs to resolve longstanding issues with Sudan before it can consider removing it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.

Tunisian defence minister Zbidi to run for president 7 August 2019, 2:21 PM

Tunisian defence minister Abdelkarim Zbidi submitted his candidacy on Wednesday for a nearly presidential election expected to take place on Sept. 15.