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After arrest, Zimbabwean novelist decries state “chokehold”

Award-winning Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker arrested at recent protests accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Tuesday of holding its people in a repressive “chokehold” as they endured an economic emergency.Tsitsi Dangarembga, whose latest book “This Mournable Body” has been...

Air Peace Nigeria sack pilots, cuts pay over Covid-19 impacts

Nigeria's largest airline Air Peace said on Tuesday it had laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations.The private carrier did not disclose the number...

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan resumes talks over disputed dam

Three key Nile basin countries on Monday resumed their negotiations to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, officials said.The talks came a day...

CIVICUS, others condemn Zimbabwe continued crackdown on critics

Zimbabwe’s military and police continue the arrests of scores of critics/opposition figures after last week's aborted anti-government protest, according to reports.Global civil society alliance CIVICUS has condemned the action of the government, describing it as barbaric, the group also...

Five Mali soldiers killed in an ambush, amid rising political crisis

Twin attacks believed to have been carried out by rebel fighters in Central Mali, have left at least five soldiers dead, amid political crisis rocking the Nation.Five soldiers were killed and five others wounded when a military convoy ran...

Gambia government officials ravaged by Covid-19

Three ministers in Gambia's government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation's president went into self-isolation.President Adama Barrow said last week he would self-isolate for two weeks after Vice President Isatou Touray...

South Africa anti-corruption watchdog probes Covid-19 tenders

South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday it was investigating irregularities in government tenders during the coronavirus crisis.The inquiries by the Public Protector come after the Special Investigating Unit launched a separate probe into tenders for personal protective equipment...

Shoprite joins Woolworths, Mr Price as it exits Nigeria after 15 years

Africa's biggest grocery retailer, Shoprite, is set to follow in the footsteps of Woolworths and Mr. Price as it exits the continent's most populated country, Nigeria, after 15 years.The Cape Town-based retailer has started a formal process to consider...

Boko Haram militants kill 16 in northern Cameroon

Suspected militants from Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least 16 people and wounded seven early on Sunday in a grenade attack on a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon, a local official said.The assailants threw a grenade...

Ex-Ivory Coast PM named as Gbagbo’s party presidential candidate

The party of Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo named his one-time prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan as its candidate for the October presidential vote, ending speculation Gbagbo might return from abroad to stand.The election is seen as the...
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Military base in Somali capital rocked by bomb blast, at least 8 dead

A huge blast rocked a military base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu near a stadium on Saturday, killing at least...
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Ivory Coast opposition says Ouattara 3rd term quest would destabilise country

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in office violates the constitution and will destabilise a country still recovering...

South African police clash with protesters at Zimbabwe embassy

South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters outside the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria on Friday, an AFP...

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara joins the infamous club, seeks for a third term

After weeks of denials and playing hide and seek, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has finally shown that like many African leaders, he cannot...

Lightning strikes again for Tanzanian miner with another huge gem find

Lightning has struck again for a small-scale miner in Tanzania Laizer Saninu, who became an overnight millionaire over a month ago when he unearthed...