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.
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.

Zimbabwe orders COVID-19 vaccination for all civil servants 21 July 2021, 12:41 PM

 Zimbabwe's government on Tuesday ordered that all its workers should receive a COVID-19 vaccine and only 10% of civil servants report for duty, with the rest working from home in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic.

SADC delegation engaging with different stakeholders in Eswatini 20 July 2021, 6:57 PM

Southern African Development Community (SADC) delegation continues to engage with different stakeholders in Eswatini.

Senegal’s COVID-19 surge forces difficult Eid al-Adha decisions 20 July 2021, 5:22 PM

With COVID-19 cases surging across Senegal, Pape Gueye made the difficult decision to spend the first Eid al-Adha of his life apart from his 88-year-old mother.

Zimbabwe defers compensating white farmers by a year 20 July 2021, 12:08 PM

Zimbabwe's finance minister said on Tuesday the government had deferred by a year payment of the first tranche of compensation to white farmers who lost their land, due to delays in finding a financial advisor and the impact of COVID-19.

Ivory Coast to become regional medicine hub with $300 mln IFC loan, PM says 20 July 2021, 3:00 AM

A World Bank programme to help medical clinics in Ivory Coast procure equipment from General Electric (GE.N) and Philips (PHG.AS) could spur the cocoa-producing country's development into a regional medical hub, Prime Minister Patrick Achi said on Sunday.

Emergence of Delta COVID-19 variant has prompted Nigeria to put capital Abuja on high alert 19 July 2021, 9:34 PM

Nigeria has placed its capital Abuja and six other states on high alert following the emergence of the Delta variant of coronavirus infections in the country.

Nigerian regulator tells television stations to curb reporting on violence 19 July 2021, 2:43 PM

Nigeria's broadcasting regulator has asked television stations to curb their reporting of insecurity in the country by withholding details of incidents and victims, in what a leading civil society group described as a "sweeping gag order".

As many as 17 missing after cargo ship sinks off Liberia 19 July 2021, 2:33 PM

As many as 17 people were missing from a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Liberia over the weekend despite being barred from setting sail, the Maritime Commissioner said.

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Second filling of Ethiopia’s giant dam nearly complete: State Media 19 July 2021, 12:21 PM

Ethiopia has nearly completed the filling of a huge dam on the Blue Nile river for a second year, state media reported on Monday, a move that has already angered Egypt.

Nigeria puts six states on COVID-19 red alert 18 July 2021, 11:12 AM

Nigeria has put six states on red alert after seeing a "worrisome" rise in COVID-19 infections, a government official said, urging people to curb gatherings and hold prayers outside mosques during this week's Muslim festival Eid-el-Kabir.

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces say they freed 1 000 captured soldiers 18 July 2021, 10:42 AM

Forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have released around 1 000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the west of the region.

Botswana to use other vaccines for second shots due to delay in delivery of AstraZeneca 17 July 2021, 6:41 PM

The ministry of health in Botswana says there has been a delay in the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country.

Africa needs fairness and vaccines to revive its tourism sector 17 July 2021, 11:14 AM

African countries need to get equal access to COVID-19 vaccines so they can start rebuilding their devastated tourism industries, Kenya's tourism minister said on Friday.

Senegal president threatens to close borders as COVID cases soar 17 July 2021, 2:15 AM

Senegal's President Macky Sall threatened on Friday to close the borders and re-impose a state of emergency after the country registered a new record number of daily COVID-19 cases for the third time in a week.

Eswatini pro-democracy groups snub King Mswati’s address to the nation 16 July 2021, 6:40 PM

The national dialogue, Sibaya was called following weeks on civil unrest in the kingdom, demanding political reforms among others. Instead the groups organised a march in Manzini.

King Mswati III expected to meet with citizens following pro-democracy protests 16 July 2021, 9:35 AM

The King of Eswatini, Mswati the 3rd, is expected to hold talks on Friday following last month's deadly pro-democracy protests.

COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge 43% in a week 16 July 2021, 7:30 AM

The World Health Organization says Africa recorded a 43% jump in COVID-19 deaths last week. Infections and hospital admissions have risen and countries face shortages of oxygen and intensive-care beds.

Pandemic disruptions push millions of Nigerians into hunger 16 July 2021, 7:00 AM

Shehu Ismaila Gbadebo has worked as a barber for two decades. The money he made at his rented stall in a bustling suburb of Nigeria's megacity, Lagos, used to be plenty for him to pay bills and set aside some savings.

Ethiopian regulator suspends Addis Standard news website 16 July 2021, 1:10 AM

Ethiopia's media regulator, EMA (Ethiopian Media Authority) said it had suspended the news website The Addis Standard on Thursday and accused it of advancing the agenda of a terrorist group.