Lesotho parliament moves closer to forcing PM Thabane out of office

Lesotho lawmakers and South African mediators said on Saturday that legislation awaiting assent from the king will see Prime Minister Thabane, suspected of killing his ex-wife, leave office soon, ending a crisis that has engulfed the mountain kingdom for months.Thabane, 80, has been under pressure t


COVID-19: Trump says US to send ventilators to Ethiopia

US President Donald Trump said he will send ventilators to Ethiopia in support of its effort to fight COVID-19. "Just spoke to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia. His Country needs Ventilators, and the U.S. is in good position to help him. We will," Trump said on Twitter. Ali tweeted simila


Thomas Thabane: Lesotho's PM sends army into streets

Lesotho's prime minister, who is accused of murdering his estranged wife, has deployed the army on the streets to "restore order". In a TV address, Thomas Thabane accused unnamed law enforcement elements of seeking to undermine democracy. The decision comes a day after the constitutional court rul


Some African nations complain about treatment of Africans in China's Guangzhou

Several African countries have demanded that China address their concerns that Africans in Guangzhou city are being mistreated and harassed amid fears there of a potential spread of coronavirus from imported cases. In recent days Africans in the city have reported being ejected from their apartment


Kenya, Ethiopia join expanding list of African states with coronavirus

Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea all confirmed their first cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, giving the disease a foothold in 18 countries on the African continent. Africa had until now largely been spared the rapid spread of COVID-19, which has infected at least 127,000 people and killed 4,


Ethiopia: 29 injured in ‘bomb attack’ at rally in support of PM Abiy

A “bomb attack” on a rally in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed injured nearly 30 people on Sunday, a police official said, in the latest sign of instability ahead of elections in August. The incident occurred in the town of Ambo, located roughly 100 kilometres (60 miles) w


France's Macron says 'intolerable' rights violations taking place in Cameroon

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday “intolerable human rights violations” were taking place in Cameroon, a week after 22 people were killed by gunmen in military fatigues in a village at the heart of a separatist insurgency. Macron was reacting after a man in the crowd at


Kenya's longest serving President Daniel Arap Moi dies at 95

Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, who ruled the country for 24 years, has died, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced Tuesday. Moi was 95. "It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of a great man of an African state," Kenyatta said in a statement.He ordered a period of national mou


IMF approves $2.9 bln Ethiopia aid package

John Benny Ethiopia will get $2.9 billion in a three-year aid package to help implement its economic reform plan, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. The country, one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, will receive $308.4 million immediately, the Fund said in a statement on Friday


Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan views come closer on giant Nile dam: Sudanese minister

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have come closer to aligning their views on filling the reservoir of and operating the giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, the Sudanese irrigation minister said on Sunday. Egypt is worried the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), under c


Politics and fashion: the rise of the red beret

Bobi Wine has come a long way in two years. The self-styled “Ghetto President” of Uganda used to be a music star, playing politically charged reggae beats to packed houses. In 2017, the politics took over. Donning a red beret, he formed the People Power movement, running a successful g


Landslides kill at least 36 people as heavy rains lash northwestern Kenya

 Mombasa - At least 36 people, including seven children, have been killed by landslides triggered by unusually heavy rains in northwestern Kenya, a local official said on Saturday23 November 2019 . The downpour began on Friday in West Pokot County, which borders Uganda, and worsened overnight,


Ethiopian PM Abiy defends response to ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday 11-3-2019 pushed back against portrayals of his government as weak and timid in the face of recent unrest that left more than 80 people dead. Protests against Abiy, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, erupted in Addis Ababa and i


Zimbabwe minister barred from US over rights offences

The United States said on Friday that it would refuse entry to Zimbabwe's security minister in response to a crackdown on protests and the opposition. The announcement came the same day the Zimbabwean government organised a mass protest against longstanding US sanctions. The State Department said


Will the DA survive Mmusi Maimane's resignation?

South Africa's official opposition is in crisis. Mmusi Maimane's resignation on Wednesday as leader and member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) marked a critical climax of the party's undoing following a poor electoral performance that highlighted its challenges to win over the majority black vote.


EU criticises 'unlevel playing field' in Mozambique election

A European Union observer mission to Mozambique's election raised the alarm on Thursday over unfair conditions and unjustified use of state resources by the ruling party, as well as widespread violence. Results are not in yet from Tuesday's presidential, legislative and provincial poll. But its out


Sudan's government and rebels start peace talks in Juba

Sudan's transitional government and rebel leaders on Monday began peace talks to end years-long insurgencies in the country. The peace initiative was built into a power-sharing deal between Sudan's army and its pro-democracy movement that was reached after the overthrow of long-time president Omar


Nile dam dispute: Abiy Ahmed to meet Egypt's Abdel Fattah El Sisi in Russia

 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Sunday said he hoped differences with Ethiopia over the reduction of his country's share of Nile water would be resolved when he talked with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia.Mr El Sisi did not give the exact date for the talks or say why the meet






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