Ramaphosa to lead Africa Day virtual celebrations

25 May 2020, 10:40 AM
African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, will lead the Africa Day virtual celebrations on Monday. This is the 57th commemoration of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union.
SADC mediation delegation commended for Thabane’s peaceful exit 19 May 2020, 3:14 PM

The SADC delegation that was sent to Lesotho to mediate the situation between outgoing Prime Minister Tom Thabane and opposition parties has been commended for brokering a peaceful exit agreement.

US Supreme Court heaps more damages on Sudan in embassy bombing cases 19 May 2020, 2:53 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a legal setback to Sudan on Monday, ruling that the African nation cannot avoid punitive damages in lawsuits accusing it of complicity in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

Rwandan genocide fugitive Kabuga due before French court 19 May 2020, 2:43 PM

Rwandan genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga is due to appear before a Paris court on Tuesday, three days after French police swooped on his hideout in a Paris suburb, ending a 26-year manhunt.

South Sudan’s Vice President, wife test positive for coronavirus 19 May 2020, 12:08 AM

South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny, who serves as Defence Minister, have tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Monday.

Explainer: UN tribunal set up to try Rwanda genocide perpetrators 18 May 2020, 9:47 PM

French gendarmes arrested Felicien Kabuga, wanted for allegedly financing the Rwandan genocide, near Paris on May 16 after a global manhunt spanning more than a quarter of a century.

Nigeria to impose ‘precision lockdown’ in coronavirus hotspots – task force head 18 May 2020, 8:52 PM

Nigeria will impose “precision” lockdown measures in areas that report rapid increases in cases of the new coronavirus but it will slow the phased reopening of the economy, the head of its task force said on Monday.

Suicide bombing in Somalia kills governor, three others in Puntland: Police 18 May 2020, 4:32 PM

The governor of Mudug, a region in Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland, was killed with three of his bodyguards in a suicide car bombing on Sunday that was claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab, police said.

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Lesotho’s Finance Minister to replace embattled Thabane 18 May 2020, 4:22 PM

Lesotho's Prime Minister Tom Thabane is expected to hand in his resignation on Monday. Lesotho's Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro will replace him.

Rwanda genocide fugitive lived incognito in Paris 18 May 2020, 4:00 PM

Rwandan genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga, whose arrest on Saturday ended 26 years on the run, was a frail, elderly man who said little to neighbours and who would take a stroll most days outside of his apartment in a well-off suburb of Paris.

Nigeria impounds British plane for breaking coronavirus flight ban rules 18 May 2020, 3:00 PM

Nigeria impounded a plane operated by a British company for allegedly contravening a flight ban imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the aviation minister said on Sunday.

‘He wouldn’t say a word’ – Rwanda genocide fugitive lived incognito in Paris 18 May 2020, 4:11 AM

Rwandan genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga, whose arrest on Saturday ended 26 years on the run, was a frail, elderly man who said little to neighbours and who would take a stroll most days outside of his apartment in a well-off suburb of Paris.

Tanzania’s Magufuli plans to lift coronavirus restrictions 17 May 2020, 8:51 PM

Tanzania's President John Magufuli said on Sunday he plans to re-open universities and allow the resumption of sports and international flights if the decline in new coronavirus infections continues.

Egypt tightens coronavirus restrictions for Eid holiday 17 May 2020, 5:02 PM

Egypt will bring forward the start of its curfew by four hours to 5pm and halt public transport from 24 May for six days during the Eid holiday, as it seeks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the prime minister said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe to ease coronavirus curbs, but lockdown to remain for now 16 May 2020, 11:37 PM

Zimbabwe will keep its coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown for the time being, though businesses will be allowed to open for longer and the restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday.

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Kenya bans cross-border movement between Tanzania and Somalia amid COVID-19 16 May 2020, 7:36 PM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned movement across the country's borders with Tanzania and Somalia in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

French authorities arrest Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga 16 May 2020, 4:01 PM

French authorities have arrested one of the world's most wanted fugitives, who is also Rwanda's most-wanted man, Félicien Kabuga.

Impoverished Burundi, battered by violence and coronavirus, gears up for elections 16 May 2020, 2:34 PM

Burundi will have its first competitive presidential election since the civil war erupted in 1993, but simmering political violence and fears that campaign rallies could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus have already marred the campaign.

Zimbabwe’s opposition calls for international intervention against human rights abuses 16 May 2020, 8:50 AM

Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, is calling on the international community to intervene in human rights violations in the country.

Private creditors push back against blanket debt relief for Africa 16 May 2020, 12:03 AM

Prominent emerging market creditors have created a working group to help heavily-indebted African countries with the economic impact of COVID-19, but have criticised G20 calls for blanket debt relief.

Namibia’s President cuts ministers’ perks in coronavirus fight 15 May 2020, 10:21 PM

Namibia's President Hage Geingob announced cost-cutting measures on Friday to save up to 200 million Namibian dollars ($10.80 million) as the country battles with the impact of the novel coronavirus.

Zambia reopens border with Tanzania to cargo after COVID-19 closure 15 May 2020, 4:00 PM

Zambia reopened its Nakonde border with Tanzania on Friday for cargo after a five-day closure of the key transit point for copper and cobalt exports and fuel imports, but people were still not allowed to cross, a provincial minister told Reuters.

Ethiopia migrants recall nightmare when 64 died in a metal container 15 May 2020, 12:36 PM

Silence gradually replaced the screams around Dejene Degefa as his fellow travelers suffocated one by one inside a locked metal container. He struggled to stay conscious but finally passed out, only waking to the sounds of rescue.

Burundi expels WHO team as it prepares for presidential election 15 May 2020, 6:53 AM

Burundi is expelling the national head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and three members of his team as it prepares for a presidential election that is being held next week despite concern about health risks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Children released in South Sudan
First war, now COVID-19 threatens South Sudanese in crowded camp 14 May 2020, 8:20 PM

Thousands of war-hit people sheltering in an overcrowded camp in South Sudan now risk contracting COVID-19, charities said on Thursday after the first two cases surfaced.

OPINION: Supporting Africa’s Agribusiness will avert a food crisis 14 May 2020, 2:50 PM

 In Kenya’s coastal Mombasa County, Mercy Mghanga reminisces about her past, not so long ago she sold tons of fish to five-star hotels in the tourist town and exported the rest to China.

Tunisia relaxes curfew with virus outbreak slowing 14 May 2020, 10:12 AM

Tunisia shortened its nightly curfew on Wednesday after three consecutive days without recording any new coronavirus cases and as the government relaxes a general lockdown.

US warns its citizens in Tanzania of the risk of contracting COVID-19 13 May 2020, 9:02 PM

The United States government has issued a health alert to its citizens in Tanzania following the lack of current data on confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the country

‘Sub-Saharan Africa could see spike in AIDS related deaths due to stretched health services’ 13 May 2020, 7:17 PM

The World Health Organisation and UNAIDS have warned that if interruptions in health services and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic are not overcome, it could lead to more than half a million extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Lesotho confirms first coronavirus case 13 May 2020, 5:04 PM

Lesotho has confirmed its first positive case of the coronavirus.

Mozambique court declares void two loans in ‘hidden debt’ scandal 13 May 2020, 5:00 PM

Mozambique’s constitutional court has declared void two loans totalling more than $1 billion at the heart of a “hidden debt” scandal that triggered a currency collapse and sovereign debt default, a court ruling showed.