Kenya grants Shona community members citizenship, ending a protracted struggle for recognition

28 July 2021, 9:00 PM
More than 1 600 members of the Shona community who have lived in Kenya for decades as stateless persons were conferred with the country's citizenship on Wednesday.
Ugandan opposition, activists denounce digital car tracker plan 29 July 2021, 2:34 PM

A move by Uganda's government to install digital tracking devices on vehicles to help fight rampant crime has been denounced by rights advocates and the opposition who say it will be used to monitor activists, government opponents and critics.

Two arrested Eswatini MPs expected to appear in court for bail application 29 July 2021, 10:27 AM

Two arrested members of parliament in the Kingdom of Eswatini are expected to appear in court for bail application.

Tunisian President replaces head of television station 29 July 2021, 1:06 AM

Tunisian President Kais Saied removed the head of the national television station, Mohamedal-Dahach, on Wednesday and appointed a temporary replacement, his office said, after calls to protect free speech.

Tunisian President bashes ‘wrong choices’ on economy 28 July 2021, 11:46 PM

Tunisia's President Kais Saied said on Wednesday that "wrong economic choices" had caused major financial problems in his first comments on the economy since using emergency powers to seize control of government late on Sunday.

Tanzanian president launches COVID-19 vaccination drive, urges citizens to get their shots 28 July 2021, 7:15 PM

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan and other government officials received their COVID-19 vaccine at the launch of the country's inoculation campaign.

March planned in support of Eswatini MPs charged with terrorism 28 July 2021, 5:15 PM

Several organisations have condemned the arrest of two members of parliament in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube were arrested last Sunday.

Road, railway linking Djibouti to Addis Ababa is blocked: Ethiopian official 28 July 2021, 11:00 AM

The president of Ethiopia's Somali region said on Wednesday a vital road and rail trade artery linking the landlocked capital of Addis Ababa to the seaport of Djibouti was blocked.

SA decries AU Commission decision to grant Israel observer status in the union 28 July 2021, 10:34 AM

South Africa says it is appalled by what it calls unjust and unwanted decision by the African Union Commission to grant Israel observer status in the African Union.

Nigeria expects 29 million doses of J&J COVID-19 vaccine in August 28 July 2021, 6:08 AM

 Nigeria expects to take delivery of 29 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in August, allowing it to ramp up its vaccination programme just as a third wave of infections takes hold, the health minister said.

US calls for halt to violence against Eritreans in Tigray 28 July 2021, 12:07 AM

The United States is deeply concerned about reported attacks against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a US State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday, calling for the intimidation and attacks to stop.

Armed men kill 14 in latest west Niger village attack 27 July 2021, 4:14 AM

Armed men on motorbikes killed 14 people in a part of western Niger where Islamist militants have repeatedly massacred civilians this year, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Tunisian President responds to coup critiques: ‘review your constitutional lessons’ 27 July 2021, 1:13 AM

Tunisian President Kais Saied, who recently ousted Parliament, responded to critics who called his actions a coup on Monday by telling them to "review your constitutional lessons."

Tanzania bans concerts, festivals in bid to contain spread of COVID-19 27 July 2021, 12:00 AM

The Tanzanian government has officially banned concerts, festivals, and unnecessary gatherings in a bid to contain the transmission of COVID-19. It has also directed everyone to use public transportation and social distance as the country tries to rein in a third wave of the virus.

Rwandan forces reportedly kill 30 insurgents in Mozambique 26 July 2021, 9:56 PM

Rwandan forces have allegedly killed 30 insurgents after fierce fighting in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Tanzania sets up COVID-19 testing centres in Arusha 26 July 2021, 12:50 PM

Tanzania has set up COVID-19 testing centres in the tourist city of Arusha in the north of the country. The new testing centres are expected to cater to tourists and residents in a region of the country that attracts visitors from across the globe.

Man accused of attempted assassination of Mali president dies in custody 26 July 2021, 4:31 AM

A man accused of attempting to stab Mali's interim President Assimi Goita last week has died in hospital while in the custody of security services, the government said in a statement on Sunday.

Algeria reimposes restrictions on gatherings to stem coronavirus cases 26 July 2021, 2:11 AM

Algeria will reimpose restrictions on gatherings from Monday to cope with a rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus that has led to an increase in the number of patients, the prime minister’s office said.

Protests across Tunisia as COVID-19 surges and economy suffers 25 July 2021, 3:04 PM

 Hundreds of protesters rallied in the Tunisian capital and other cities on Sunday demanding the government step down after a spike in COVID-19 cases that has aggravated economic troubles.

Israeli airlines start direct flights to Morocco after improved ties 25 July 2021, 2:12 PM

Two Israeli carriers on Sunday launched nonstop commercial flights to Marrakesh from Tel Aviv following the upgrading of diplomatic relations last year between Morocco and Israel.

At least six Cameroonian soldiers killed in raid by insurgents 24 July 2021, 9:15 PM

At least six Cameroonian soldiers were killed and four wounded during an attack by militants on an army outpost in the far north of the country, state broadcaster CRTV said on Saturday.

Tunisia reports a daily record of 317 COVID-19 related deaths 24 July 2021, 2:02 PM

Tunisia recorded 317 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a daily record since the start of the pandemic, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Ethiopian parents appeal for help to evacuate students stranded by Tigray war 24 July 2021, 12:46 PM

The parents of thousands of Ethiopian students stranded in the war-ravaged northern region of Tigray on Friday appealed for help to evacuate them after the main university warned it could not feed them for much longer amid food and cash shortages.

Uganda struggling to buy COVID-19 vaccines, splashes on new vehicles for lawmakers 23 July 2021, 4:25 PM

 Uganda has spent over $30.2 million on buying new vehicles for lawmakers, a move that has been slammed by critics who depict it as profligacy in a country struggling to buy vaccines to stem a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

French citizen among six arrested over plan to kill Madagascar president: Minister 23 July 2021, 10:54 AM

A French citizen is among six people arrested on suspicion of involvement in a plot to kill Madagascar's president, the Indian Ocean Island’s public security minister said.

Africa demands local production of COVID vaccines 23 July 2021, 9:51 AM

Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday.

Fighting in Ethiopia’s Afar forces 54 000 people to flee, official says 23 July 2021, 1:44 AM

Attacks by Tigrayan fighters in Ethiopia's Afar region have forced over 54 000 people from their homes, an official said on Thursday, and refugees in a camp in southern Tigray described heavy clashes nearby.

SA unrest could have happened anywhere in Africa as unemployment and economic exclusion concerns persist, says analyst 22 July 2021, 6:50 PM

The unrest that followed former president Jacob Zuma's arrest may have exposed deep seated unresolved issues in South Africa among a section of the country's population, but analysts say this could have happened anywhere in Africa.

Algeria, Tunisia experiencing 4th COVID-19 wave: Nkengasong 22 July 2021, 12:15 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says Algeria and Tunisia are experiencing a 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several arrested over plot to kill Madagascar President, attorney general says 22 July 2021, 10:54 AM

Madagascan authorities arrested several people including foreign nationals on Tuesday on suspicion of plotting to kill the president, the attorney-general said.

Police in Nigeria secure release of 100 kidnapping victims 21 July 2021, 4:39 PM

Police and government authorities have secured the release of 100 people, including women, children and nursing mothers, who were kidnapped from their village in northwestern Nigeria over a month ago, a local police spokesperson said.