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
Botswana may experience tough elections in October 7 August 2019, 6:12 AM

Botswana's 2019 polls may be the toughest and most competitive elections the landlocked nation has seen yet.

Pact is reached in Mozambique but prospects for peace still uncertain 6 August 2019, 8:26 PM

With a handshake and a hug, Mozambique's leaders hoped on Tuesday to close the book on a decades-long conflict.

Widespread use of charcoal cooking in Africa could damage forests 6 August 2019, 3:09 PM

The widespread use of charcoal for cooking in African cities can cause devastating damage to forests up to 300 km away, scientist Sebastian Rodriguez-Sanchez found while working on energy and agriculture issues in West Africa.

Robert Mugabe
Mugabe remains hospitalised in Singapore 6 August 2019, 10:10 AM

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe remains hospitalised in Singapore.

Zimbabwe secures more electricity imports to ease outages 6 August 2019, 5:46 AM

Zimbabwe will ramp up its electricity imports over the next few weeks, potentially easing rolling power cuts, after it agreed to make payments to clear its debt to a regional power utility, a treasury official said on Monday.

Gambia to release three hitmen who confessed to high-profile killings: Minister 5 August 2019, 6:58 PM

Three ex-army officers in Gambia,who told a truth commission they participated in killings ordered by former president Yahya Jammeh, will be released, a minister said on Monday.

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Drone air strike in Libya kills over 40 5 August 2019, 2:31 PM

A drone air strike by eastern Libyan forces on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq has killed at least 43 people, a local official said on Monday.

Dirco to assist repatriate bodies of two pilots killed in Tanzania 5 August 2019, 6:24 AM

The International Relations Department says it is helping with the repatriation of the bodies of pilots Des Werner and Werner Froneman from Tanzania.

Seventeen dead in car explosion in central Cairo 5 August 2019, 6:07 AM

Seventeen people have died and 32 have been injured in an explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said early on Monday.

Deputy Head of Sudanese Transitional Military Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Sudan's opposition alliance coalition's leader Ahmad al-Rabiah hold up signed copies of the constitutional declaration during a signing ceremony in Khartoum.
Sudan factions initial pact ushering in transitional government 5 August 2019, 5:47 AM

Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition reached an agreement on the shape of a transitional government in lengthy negotiations since Omar al-Bashir’s overthrow by the army in April.

Nigeria security agents arrest activist for calling for revolution 4 August 2019, 8:04 PM

Nigerian security agents arrested Omoyele Sowore, an activist, news organisation founder and former presidential candidate who was calling for revolution, the security agency said on Sunday.

Mokgweetsi Masisi
Mokgweetsi Masisi’s life reported to be in danger 4 August 2019, 2:44 PM

The life of Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi is in danger. This is according to the country's Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS).

Sudanese factions agree plan to pave way for transitional government 4 August 2019, 7:43 AM

Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition reached an agreement paving the way for a new transitional government on Saturday, the African Union said, after lengthy negotiations following the fall of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.

Biggie Butale
Botswana opposition says state resources, agencies targeting them before polls 3 August 2019, 7:35 PM

Smaller parties in Botswana argue that state resources are being used during pre-elections.

Libya to shut down three migrant detention centres 3 August 2019, 5:20 PM

Libya plans to shut down three migrant detention centres in the country following deadly shipwrecks on the Mediterranean at the end of July.

Sudan generals, protest leaders agree on constitutional declaration 3 August 2019, 9:29 AM

Sudan's ruling generals and protest leaders reached a "full agreement" on the constitutional declaration, the African Union said on Saturday, paving the way for transitioning to civilian rule.

Fourth Ebola case confirmed in Congo city 3 August 2019, 7:21 AM

A fourth case of Ebola has been confirmed in the eastern Congo city of Goma, the government said late on Thursday, raising fears of an acceleration in infections close to the border with Rwanda.

Shona community in Kenya to receive birth certificates for the first time 2 August 2019, 4:35 PM

The dream of recognition for at least 4 000 members of the Shona Community living in the country, came closer to reality this week as the Kenyan government began issuing them with birth certificates.

Sudan detains nine soldiers after El-Obeid killings: council spokesperson 2 August 2019, 11:32 AM

Sudan’s military council spokesperson said on Friday that nine soldiers from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been dismissed and detained in connection with recent violence in the cities of Omdurman and El-Obeid.

Four killed in renewed Sudan protests, opposition medics say 2 August 2019, 9:03 AM

At least four protesters were killed and many injured by gunfire in the Sudanese city of Omdurman on Thursday, opposition medics said, as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to pile pressure on the country’s military rulers.

Mozambique government, opposition Renamo sign historic peace pact 2 August 2019, 7:33 AM

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo opposition leader Ossufo Momade on Thursday signed a landmark agreement aimed at formally ending decades of military hostilities, state TV said.

Sudan protesters pile pressure on military as deal appears closer 1 August 2019, 7:21 PM

Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets on Thursday, piling pressure the country’s military rulers to reach a deal with opposition leaders on forming a new government after the ousting of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

Nana Assenso
August marks 400 years since first African slave arrived in North America 1 August 2019, 3:02 PM

Nana Assenso stands at the grave of his uncle, remembering the man he loved but also a past that has haunted his family for generations.

Congo says Rwanda has closed border near Goma 1 August 2019, 11:29 AM

Congo's presidency said on Thursday that Rwandan authorities had closed the border between Goma and its nearest town of Gisenyi for all people other than Congolese citizens leaving Rwanda.

Tunisia prime minister to run for president following Essebsi’s death 1 August 2019, 5:59 AM

Tunisia’s liberal prime minister, Youssef Chahed, will run for president in an early election expected on Sept. 15, his Tahaya Tounes party said on Wednesday, making him one of the likely frontrunners to succeed Beji Caid Essebsi, who died last week.

Kenya’s dusitD2 hotel reopens after January attack that killed 21 31 July 2019, 9:19 PM

The five-star dusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi will reopen its doors to guests on Thursday; six months after 21 people were killed in an attack on a hotel and office complex by Somalia's al Shabaab militants.

Filipe Nyusi
Mozambique leader says will ink peace deal with Renamo on Thursday 31 July 2019, 5:41 PM

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi will sign a peace agreement on Thursday to put a formal end to military hostilities with the main opposition party, Renamo, almost three decades after the end of a civil war.

Angry Sudanese queue for bread in city where pupils shot dead 31 July 2019, 2:59 PM

Sudanese vegetable vendor Zain Mohamed is angry as he queues outside a bakery in the city of Al-Obeid, where five schoolchildren were shot dead while protesting against a shortage of bread.

A boat used by migrants is seen near the western town of Sabratha.
Ethiopian migrants die of hunger and thirst in stranded boat 31 July 2019, 11:29 AM

Survivors said some died from hunger and thirst and others drowned themselves, the IOM said. A number reached Yemen but died before they could get medical help, it added.

Ghana grapples with illegal fishing as stocks dive 31 July 2019, 7:54 AM

Fish vendor Mercy Allotey waits at the beachfront in Ghana's capital Accra for customers to buy the freshest catch brought in by the brightly-coloured dugout canoes plying the coast.