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DRC president Tshisekedi names coalition ally as Chief of Staff

New President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Felix Tshisekedi, has named his coalition partner and political heavyweight, Vital Kamerhe, as his chief of staff. The appointment is among the first senior positions to be filled by the president who took office last week in a historic inauguration – the first peaceful transfer of […]

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BREAKING:Cameroon main opposition leader arrested over ‘illegal protests’

Prof. Maurice Kamto, Cameroon’s main opposition leader has reportedly been arrested, his party and rights activist in the Central African country confirmed on Monday, January 28. Kamto who is leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, has been taken to an unknown destination according to a lawyer in the Anglophone region, Agbor Nkongho. Even though […]

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Uganda:Kadaga disagrees with Gov’t over KCCA Bill

-The House was scheduled to debate the piece of legislation last week as the Government seeks to streamline operations at City Hall The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has rejected a request by the Executive to have the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Amendment Bill, 2015 ‘shelved’ for two weeks saying doing so would only […]

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Uganda:Angry residents burn church in Gulu

‘Jesus is the Living stone’ church burnt by angry residents The residents say, the church called ‘Jesus is the Living stone’, is a cult and has brought demons in their area. CRIME GULU – Angry residents of Kanyogoga sub-county in Gulu district stormed a church belonging to Pastor Okumu Batiringeya on Sunday morning, and burnt […]

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Ethiopia to prosecute ex-Somali region president for plotting civil war

Ethiopia’s attorney general has concluded investigations into crimes committed in the Somali state, announcing on Friday that the former head of the region and dozens of other officials are to be charged with plotting to incite a civil war and ordering abuses including beheadings. Abdi Mohammed Omer was arrested after three days of deadly violence […]

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Buhari suspends Nigeria’s chief justice, opposition cries foul

Nigeria’s president on Friday suspended the country’s chief justice, triggering protests from the opposition who described his actions as a ‘judicial coup’ and an ‘act of dictatorship’. The former military ruler, 76, is seeking re-election at polls on February 16, against a backdrop of mounting concern about vote-buying and violence. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, who […]

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Zimbabwe’s president declares Oliver Mtukudzi a National Hero

Zimbabwe’s fallen Afro-jazz icon, Oliver Mtukudzi was on Thursday declared a National Hero by the country’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Following Mtukudzi’s death on Wednesday, several Zimbabweans petitioned the government to bestow upon him the honor, that is historically reserved only for the ruling party elite. “He was an expression of Zimbabwean identity, a man of […]

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Ethiopia’s Oromia state signs ceasefire deal with OLF

Ethiopia’s regional state of Oromia and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) agreed to a ceasefire on Thursday, following months of sparring amidst rising insecurity in the region. The reconciliation pact was signed by Milkesa Mideksa of the Oromia state and Dawud Ibsa, chairperson of OLF. The two sides agreed to avoid bloodshed and forge a […]

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Uganda:Blood bank stuck with blood despite scarcity in health centres

“We have blood in stock, but we cannot issue it because it has not been tested for HIV, hepatitis B and blood grouping,” says Kyeyune. BLOOD BANK NMS While many hospitals are crying with lack of blood, the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) is stuck with blood in its rooms. Recently the blood bank has […]

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Tshisekedi sworn in as new president of DR Congo

-Tshisekedi took the oath of office flanked by outgoing head of state Joseph Kabila -Felix Tshisekedi, the new Democratic Republic of Congo president. PHOTO: John Wessels/ AFP Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in on Thursday as president of Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the country’s first-ever peaceful handover of power after chaotic and bitterly […]

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Guard shoots one dead, injures two near Old Taxi Park

-A large crowd of people gathered at the scene where the incident occurred, with those talked to offering their own version of the incident. SHOOTING KAMPALA – One person has been killed and two others injured after a private security guard opened fire in downtown Kampala Wednesday evening. The deadly shooting happened on Pioneer Building […]

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UAE, Turkey, Qatar, Russia pledge support for Sudan’s embattled govt

Sudan’s government has received much needed economic support from the United Arab Emirates, in addition to offers of support from Qatar, Russia and Turkey, even as fresh protests are planned for Thursday. Following more than a month of anti-government protests, Sudan’s oil minister, Azhari Abdel Qader, said on Wednesday, that the support included offers of […]

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Ethiopia to host World Economic Forum in 2020

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2020 will be hosted in Ethiopia, as the Eastern African nation hopes to attract more investment. The announcement was made following a meeting between Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed and Prof Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of WEF. The office of the prime minister said the two leaders […]

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Zimbabwe music legend Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66 – Reports

Zimbabwe’s top musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has died, multiple local media portals reported on Wednesday, January 23. The state-owned Herald said he was 66. Mtukudzi died after a long diabetes battle. He was pronounced dead at the Avenues Clinic located in the capital, Harare. He was a big deal especially with his guitar. One of […]