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.
Lesotho’s small business minister urges Ramaphosa to open doors for SADC’s assistance amid unrest 15 July 2021, 8:30 PM

Lesotho's Minister of Small Business, Thesele Maseribana, has appealed to President Cyrill Ramaphosa to urgently open doors for neighbouring SADC leaders to assist in expediting dialogue around the unrest in South Africa.

Government is acting to restore order in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, Pandor assures Namibia 15 July 2021, 3:00 PM

International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor, says government is also working on ensuring the free flow of goods to neighbouring countries such as Namibia, Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

Hundreds of Tigrayans detained in Ethiopian capital in recent weeks 15 July 2021, 1:00 PM

Ethiopian police have detained hundreds of ethnic Tigrayans in Addis Ababa since federal government forces lost control of the Tigray region’s capital on June 28, according to some of those who say they were released.

DRC court lifts former PM’s house arrest 15 July 2021, 12:55 PM

Former Congolese Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon has been freed from house arrest after he agreed to make himself available to answer questions about the alleged misappropriation of government funds.

Eswatini citizens raise concern over shortage of fuel 15 July 2021, 7:05 AM

Eswatini citizens have raised concerns over the shortage of fuel in the country. This comes after a series of violent protests that began three weeks ago in the kingdom.

Ethiopia conflict heats up as Amhara region vows to attack Tigray forces 15 July 2021, 12:42 AM

Ethiopia's war in the northern region of Tigray looked set to intensify on Wednesday as the prime minister signalled the end of a government ceasefire and the neighbouring Amhara region said it would go on the offensive against Tigrayan forces.

Eswatini citizens raise concerns over shortage of fuel in the country 14 July 2021, 8:00 PM

Eswatini citizens have raised concerns over the shortage of fuel in the country

Aid offers hope as Tunisia struggles to cope with COVID-19 surge 14 July 2021, 3:04 PM

In Charles Nicolle Hospital in the Tunisian capital, the emergency department is filled with patients who are sharing oxygen in rooms and even hallways.

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AU condemns ongoing violence and looting in South Africa 14 July 2021, 10:20 AM

Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mousa Faki Mahamat, has condemned the ongoing violence and looting in South Africa and called for immediate restoration of order in the country.

Zimbabwe targets 1 million people in COVID-19 vaccine blitz 14 July 2021, 6:11 AM

Zimbabwe is aiming to vaccinate 1 million people against COVID-19 in the next two weeks, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Tuesday as he extended tough lockdown measures by another 14 days.

Pending agreement delays deployment of standby SADC troops to Mozambique 13 July 2021, 7:19 PM

The deployment of the Southern African Development Community (SADeC) standby force to Mozambique hangs in the balance as Mozambique delays signing the Status of Forces Agreement needed to allow army troops from a foreign country to join a local mission.

Mozambique’s Nyusi confirms arrival of Rwandan troops to help fight insurgency 13 July 2021, 10:31 AM

The president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, has confirmed the arrival of troops from Rwanda to support the fight against terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado.

US condemns retaliatory attacks against civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region 13 July 2021, 3:01 AM

The United States is gravely concerned about reports of hostilities in Ethiopia's Tigray and condemns any retaliatory attacks against civilians in the region, a State Department spokesman said on Monday.

Zimbabwe could lose $25 million if SA riots continue 12 July 2021, 7:10 PM

The Zimbabwean economy will lose up to 25 million US dollars if the ongoing riots in SA continue for another week. This is according to Takunda Mugaga, president of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce.

COVID-19 cripples crucial Kenya’s informal sector, drives more than 5 million people out of work 12 July 2021, 11:55 AM

More than five million people in Kenya's informal sector, the country's largest employer, have lost their jobs since March 2020 when Kenya first declared its first positive case of COVID-19 and instituted stringent measures to control its spread, according to the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Victims of Eswatini protests laid to rest 11 July 2021, 5:46 PM

Some of the citizens who died during violent protests in Eswatini have been laid to rest.

Kidnapped Nigerian students freed after ransom paid – school, parent 11 July 2021, 4:07 AM

Six students and two officials who were kidnapped last month from a school in Nigeria's Kaduna state were released after relatives paid ransom money, a school official and parent said on Friday.

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy’s party wins landslide victory in election 10 July 2021, 9:57 PM

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party won the most seats in Ethiopia's parliamentary election, the election board said on Saturday, a victory that assures him another term in office.

Algerian PM infected with COVID-19: State TV 10 July 2021, 7:01 PM

Newly appointed Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane is infected with COVID-19, Algerian state TV said on Saturday.

King Mswati III should explain why people were killed: EFF 10 July 2021, 7:37 AM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national chairperson of Swaziland, Hlobisile Sibandze, says King Mswati III should explain why some people have been killed in the kingdom.

Arab countries pledge aid as Tunisia struggles with COVID pandemic 10 July 2021, 12:42 AM

Several countries promised to help Tunisia fight the coronavirus on Friday as the north African country recorded its highest daily death toll since the pandemic began, putting its health care system under severe stress and depleting oxygen supplies.

Ugandan activists praise Zuma’s incarceration, say ruling shows strength of rule of law in SA 9 July 2021, 9:33 PM

Activists in Uganda have heaped praise on South Africa's judicial system following the start of Jacob Zuma's jail term. They say the case demonstrates the rule of law. 

Senegal to build COVID-19 vaccine plant in bid to expand African access 9 July 2021, 7:25 PM

Construction of a new plant in Senegal to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines is expected to begin later this year, and the facility should produce 25 million doses per month by the end of 2022, the financers of the project said on Friday.

UN to support mediated talks between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan 9 July 2021, 5:45 PM

The UN Security Council says it will support attempts by the African Union to mediate talks between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan as they try to resolve a long-running dispute over the operation of the Great Renaissance Dam.

Rwanda begins deploying 1 000 security officers to Mozambique 9 July 2021, 3:59 PM

The contingent consists of members of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and Rwanda National Police (RNP).

UNSC supports African Union mediation effort in Nile dam row 9 July 2021, 8:34 AM

The United Nations Security Council members are supporting the African Union's mediation efforts on the Nile dam row between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.

Zimbabwe gets 2 million Sinovac doses to boost COVID-19 vaccination 9 July 2021, 7:39 AM

Zimbabwe received two million COVID-19 vaccines from China's Sinovac on Thursday. It is the single largest shipment which is expected to boost a vaccination campaign that had been slowed by shortages while infections and deaths rise.

Kenyans react with a tinge of envy and shock to news of Zuma’s incarceration 8 July 2021, 8:05 PM

News of the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma has been met with mixed reactions, even some tinge of envy in Kenya.

COVAX aims to deliver 520 mln vaccine doses to Africa this year 8 July 2021, 5:35 PM

The global vaccine distribution scheme COVAX aims to deliver 520 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa this year, its managing director said, with supplies ramping up from September after delays caused by Indian export restrictions.

Pro-democracy activist accuses King Mswati of using his power to silence dissenting voices 8 July 2021, 3:28 PM

Leader of the National Liberation Congress in Eswatini, Sibongile Mazibuko, says the arrest warrants issued against two members of Eswatini's parliament are aimed at silencing those who are calling for democracy.