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Namibia’s president admits breaching lockdown rule, pays fine

Namibia's president Hage Geingob on Thursday admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations last month by hosting a celebration to mark his party's 60th anniversary and subsequently fining all guests.The South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) birthday party took place in...

Police hunt for hundreds who fled quarantine in Zimbabwe and Malawi

Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centers in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed.In Malawi, more than 400 people...

Government bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate in South Africa

South Africans of all classes, from downtown Soweto to posh suburbs in Capetown, are finding surreptitious ways to bypass government bans on the sales of alcohol and tobacco to satisfy their cravingsAccording the Associated Press, a bootlegging culture has...

Malawi electoral commission boss, Jane Ansah resigns

Under pressure chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Jane Ansah, bows to pressure, as she resigns a month before the conduct of fresh elections.Her resignation comes after months of protests organized by rights campaigners who accused her of mismanaging...

Lesotho gets new Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro

Moeketsi Majoro was sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister on Wednesday, a day after his predecessor resigned under pressure over a scandal involving the killing of his wife.Majoro, who was previously finance minister, took the oath at the...

Namibia bans buying new cars for politicians for virus spending

Namibia's president on Thursday slapped a five-year ban on buying new cars for top politicians and government officials in order to channel funds into fighting coronavirus, his office said.President Hage Geingob "has directed that the vehicle fleet of the...

Isabel dos Santos fights back, says Angola forged Bruce Lee’s signature in evidence against her

Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of Angola's ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, on Tuesday accused the government of resorting to forgery to freeze her assets last year.The 47-year-old tycoon and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo are accused of...

Lesotho PM Thabane to resign on May 22nd – spokesman

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will resign by May 22nd, his spokesman said, adding he knew nothing of a report that the prime minister would hand in his resignation to the king on Wednesday.Thabane’s departure would resolve a political...

Breaking: Malawi supreme court reject’s Mutharika’s poll appeal

Malawi’s Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional court's invalidation of last year's presidential election results and ruled that Peter Mutharika was not duly elected, reports the BBC.In February, the Constitutional Court nullified the results after the opposition parties challenged...

Lesotho PM confirms plans to retire in July

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Thursday reiterated his intention to retire by the end of July "or earlier", despite risk of prosecution for his alleged involvement in the 2017 murder of his estranged wife.Ruling party officials and opposition...
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COVID-19 vaccine may start in Africa by first quarter 2021

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Death of Ivory Coast PM: Is Ouattara set to run for third term?

Ivory Coast’s ruling party may ask President Alassane Ouattara to rethink his decision not to stand for a third term, after the sudden death...

S/Sudan diplomat sparks uproar after urinating during live panel discussion

A South Sudanese diplomat in the United States, Gordon Buay has sparked an online uproar when he was seen urinating during a live Facebook...

Ragtag Burkina Faso’s volunteer fighters no match for jihadists

Issa Tamboure, 63, a member of local defense fighters was no match for gun-wielding jihadists who attacked his village in northern Burkina Faso in...

Ivory Coast PM and ruling RHDP candidate for presidency in next election dies at 61

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the ruling party’s candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, President Alassane Ouattara said.The...