Congo Senate declines to lift former PM’s immunity over failed agro project

16 June 2021, 10:25 AM
 Congo's Senate on Tuesday rejected a request by prosecutors to lift former Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon's immunity so they could indict him for his role in a failed agriculture project in which investigators say $200 million disappeared.
Deadly violence flares up in the Great Lakes region 4 January 2017, 12:38 PM

Over the weekend news broke of the killing of the Environment minister in Burundi Emmanuel Niyonkuru sparking fears of deepening violence and conflict in that country.

Gambia’s electoral commissioner flees country after threats 4 January 2017, 8:27 AM

The head of Gambia's electoral commission has fled to Senegal due to threats to his safety after declaring that President Yahya Jammeh lost last month's election.

Mozambique ceasefire extended till March 3 January 2017, 3:36 PM

Mozambique's Renamo opposition party said on Tuesday it had extended a ceasefire by two months to allow talks with President Filipe Nyusi's government, raising hopes for a nascent peace process.

Nigerian citizen’s death in SA sparks rage, SAPS slated 3 January 2017, 2:33 PM

Nigeria has urged "urgent" diplomatic action after one of its citizens died in a violent confrontation with South African police.

Former Gambian National Assembly speaker urges Jammeh to step down 3 January 2017, 12:29 PM

A former speaker of the Gambia’s National Assembly has appealed to President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

France tries Equatorial Guinea leader’s son in absentia in corruption 3 January 2017, 7:03 AM

The son of Equatorial Guinea's president was put on trial in his absence on Monday in France, accused of buying palatial Parisian properties and exotic cars with money plundered from his country.

Lesotho taxi operators continue to block border post 2 January 2017, 6:23 PM

Lesotho taxi operators are accusing South African police officials of having financial interests in the taxi industry.

Weather good for Ivory Coast mid crop, despite price worries 2 January 2017, 1:57 PM

Favourable weather in Ivory Coast’s main cocoa regions bode well for the April-September mid-crop harvest.

Jammeh accuses ECOWAS of declaring war 2 January 2017, 6:35 AM

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh accused ECOWAS of declaring war, after it said it was putting forces on alert in case he refused to step down at the end of his mandate this month.

Nigerian ex-militants lose confidence in Buhari over restive Delta 1 January 2017, 4:23 PM

A group of former Nigerian militants said on Sunday it had lost confidence in the president's efforts to end attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta.

Burundi Environment Minister shot dead 1 January 2017, 7:37 AM

Burundi's Environment Minister was shot dead in the capital Bujumbura early Sunday, the first assassination of its kind since the country was plunged into political turmoil in 2015.

Nigeria’s Buhari says will pursue peace in restive Niger Delta in 2017 31 December 2016, 7:35 PM

Nigeria's government will seek a lasting peace settlement with militants in the oil-producing southern Niger Delta region in 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday.

Burundian President issues ultimatum to AU and EU over unpaid salaries 31 December 2016, 7:14 PM

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza says Burundian troops, who are in the African peace keeping mission in Somalia, AMISOM, would be withdrawn within one month if their wages were not paid soon.

Egypt hands over remains of air crash victims 31 December 2016, 4:52 PM

Egypt began on Saturday handing over to their families the bodies of those who died when EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean in May with the loss of 66 passengers and crew

Congo deal reached for Kabila to step down after 2017 elections 31 December 2016, 7:35 AM

Congolese President Joseph Kabila will step down after elections to be held by the end of 2017 under a last-minute deal struck by political parties on Friday, the lead mediator of the talks said.

Congo opposition leader says talks on political deal faltering 30 December 2016, 5:05 PM

Talks to ease Congo President Joseph Kabila out of power next year and quell protests over him overstaying his mandate are hanging by a thread.

Floods in southwest Congo kill at least 50 30 December 2016, 8:34 AM

Flooding this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo port city of Boma killed at least 50 people and left another 10,000 homeless.

Tunisian authorities dismantle alleged terrorist cell 29 December 2016, 6:34 PM

Tunisian authorities dismantled an alleged terrorist cell in the coastal, north-eastern province of Sousse, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

SANDF to receive body of fallen DRC soldier 29 December 2016, 7:25 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), along with the United Nations and other authorities, are preparing to receive the remains of Private Moalosi Albert Mokhotu.

Lesotho Special Permit deadline looming 28 December 2016, 4:18 PM

Basotho nationals in South Africa face deportation if they fail to acquire their Lesotho Special Permits by end of business on Saturday.

Dozens of Boko Haram fighters surrender in southern Niger 28 December 2016, 1:45 PM

Dozens of Boko Haram fighters have given themselves up to authorities in southern Niger, the interior minister said.

ANC sends condolences to Sisulu and family 27 December 2016, 7:31 PM

The ANC on Tuesday sent condolences to Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her family after her husband, well-known academic Rok Ajulu, died on Monday after a long illness.

New Egyptian law establishes media regulator picked by president 27 December 2016, 7:20 AM

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattahal-Sisi will pick a chairman and members of a new media council under a law passed on Monday, giving the body the power to fine or suspend publications and broadcasters.

Suicide bomber attacks market in northeast Nigeria’s Maiduguri 27 December 2016, 7:11 AM

A suicide bomber attacked a cattle market on Monday in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, the city worst hit in the seven-year insurgency waged by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

At least 30 drown in Uganda Christmas drama on Lake Albert 26 December 2016, 5:21 PM

At least 30 Ugandan members of a village football team and their fans drowned on Sunday when their boat capsized on Lake Albert during a party, police said Monday.

Egypt confirms arrest of Al Jazeera producer for “provoking sedition” 26 December 2016, 6:24 AM

Egypt confirmed on Sunday that it had arrested an Al Jazeera news producer, accusing him of "provoking sedition" on behalf of the Qatar-based broadcaster.

Suicide bomber in Cameroon kills two in attack on Christmas market 25 December 2016, 4:09 PM

A suicide bomber in northern Cameroon killed a young student and a woman in an attack on a market full of Christmas shoppers, an aide to the governor of Far North region said on Sunday.

Nigeria’s Buhari says army has captured key Boko Haram camp 25 December 2016, 6:25 AM

Nigeria's army has captured a key Boko Haram camp, the Islamist militant group's last enclave in the vast Sambisa forest that was its stronghold.

Breakthrough imminent in DRC talks concerning Kabila 24 December 2016, 6:16 PM

Political parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo say a breakthrough is imminent following their talks to bring political stability to the country.

Nigeria’s freed Chibok girls and families celebrate return home 24 December 2016, 12:00 PM

A group of 21 Chibok schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram militants in October after two-and-a-half years in captivity in northeastern Nigeria were celebrating a "miracle" on Friday.