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Missing Tanzanian activist Mdude Nyagali ‘found in bush’

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309 total views, 14 views today BY BBC NEWS,9TH MAY 2019-Leading Tanzanian opposition activist Mdude Nyagali, who was abducted on Saturday by masked gunmen, has been found dumped in a bush near a village in the southwestern Mbeya region, local media reports say. He appeared to have been tortured, looked weak, and had difficulty speaking, residents from Makwenje village are quoted as saying. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Mr Nyagali is a member of the main opposition Chadema party, and a fierce critic of President John Magufuli. Chadema accused police…

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South Africa ANC takes early lead in election results

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2,807 total views, 199 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, PRETORIA, South Africa, May 9 – South Africa’s ANC was leading in early official results on Thursday following the first electoral test of whether President Cyril Ramaphosa has reinvigorated support for the ruling party. With just over a fifth of voting districts tallied, the Election Commission count put the African National Congress ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing at a distant 26 percent. Ramaphosa, 66, took over last year after the African National Congress (ANC) forced then-president Jacob Zuma to resign…

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Special school calendar post-Cyclone Kenneth

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3,053 total views, 191 views today BY BBC NEWS,MAPUTO,7TH MAY,2019-Mozambique has decided to set up a special academic calendar for students affected by Cyclone Kenneth, which hit the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula last month. Forty-three people have died and 70 schools have been destroyed across both provinces, affecting more than 22,000 children. “Students in the storm-hit areas lost 10 days of classes,” said Mozambique’s Deputy Minister of Education Armindo Ngunga when he announced the calendar change on Monday. He added that extra assistance would be provided to allow catch-up…

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Tanzanians flee Mtwara region as Cyclone Kenneth nears

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573 total views, no views today BY  UPESINEWS CORRESPONDENT,25TH APRIL 2019-Tanzanians in Mtwara region on Thursday were scrambling to leave with Cyclone Kenneth set to make landfall tonight. Authorities in the region ordered schools and businesses closed to ensure the residents’ safety after warning of life-threatening effects the deluge storm will bring. The order to close schools and workplaces was issued on Wednesday by Mtwara Regional Commissioner Gelasius Byakanwa. Meanwhile, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) said the storm would make landfall in Tanzania and Mozambique on Thursday night. The agency told…

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Not again:Police arrest Bobi Wine as supporters clash over blocked shows

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184 total views, 2 views today BY  CORRRESPONDENT,UGANDA,22ND APRIL,2019-Supporters of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine on Monday clashed with police after authorities cancelled his Easter music shows in Kampala, Arua and Lira. Tension ensued after police blocked a procession led by Bobi Wine at his One Love Beach in Busabala. Bobi Wine was arrested and whisked away by a police van to an unknown destination. Police forcefully opened the car in which the MP was driving, breaking his window and pulled him out. However, singer Nubian Li who was with him…

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South Sudan: Thousands receive food, thanks to Emergency Response project supported by the African Development Bank, World Food Programme (WFP)

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1,010 total views, 2 views today JUBA, South Sudan, April 18, 2019/ — Thousands of people in South Sudan have received relief from a food security project which is addressing the nation’s severe food and nutrition needs. The South Sudan Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP) was launched in December last year by the government with a $43.57 million grant from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org). The World Food Programme is implementing the project. To date, WFP has succeeded in procuring 8,500 MT of food, representing about 85 percent of the planned…

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Congo boat disaster: ‘150 missing’

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982 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,17TH APRIL,2019-About 150 people are missing after the boat they were travelling in sank in Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, President Felix Tshisekedi has said. A total of three bodies had been recovered, 33 passengers had been rescued and the “provisional toll is 150 people missing”, his office quoted him as saying in a tweet in French on Tuesday night. The president was “very saddened” by the disaster, and was “following the situation closely in order to identify…

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Equatorial Guinea ‘promises to scrap death penalty’

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1,117 total views, 1 views today BY BBC NEWS 16TH APRIL 2019-Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has promised to abolish the death penalty so that the country can retain its membership of a group of Portuguese-speaking nations, AFP news agency reports. Speaking during a visit to Cape Verde, Mr Obiang said the the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) has asked Equatorial Guinea to scrap the death penalty, but he did not want to act unilaterally. “So my government will soon put this question to parliament, where my party has a…

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Pope hopes for S.Sudan peace as leaders end Vatican retreat

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1,225 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Vatican City, Vatican City State, Apr 11 – Pope Francis called Thursday for warring South Sudanese factions to respect the latest armistice after a two-day Vatican retreat aimed at shoring up the fragile peace. “I express my heartfelt hope that hostilities will finally cease, that the armistice will be respected,” the pope told President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar at the Vatican. The pontiff said he hoped “that political and ethnic divisions will be surmounted, and that there will be a lasting…

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End of an Era as Sudan president Omar al-Bashir steps down

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1,077 total views, no views today BY BBC AFRICA,11TH APRIL2019- Sudan president Omar al-Bashir has stepped down after months of street protests against his leadership, international media reports. There has been no formal announcement about Bashir’s resignation, but local state television said on Thursday morning that the army wass set to make a ‘major announcement’ leading to celebrations on the streets and outside the palace in Khartoum which remains secured by the military. Several international news outlets quoting reliable government sources reported that Bashir had stepped down, with reports indicating that…

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Sudan army to make ‘important’ announcement after weeks of protests

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906 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Khartoum, Sudan, Apr 10 – The Sudanese army was Thursday planning to make “an important announcement”, state media said, after months of protests against longtime leader President Omar al-Bashir. Thousands of Khartoum residents chanted “the regime has fallen” as they flooded the area around army headquarters where protesters have held an unprecedented sit-in now in its sixth day. “The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” the state television anchor said, without giving further details. The protests, which erupted in…

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Sudan defence minister: Chaos will not be tolerated

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627 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,9TH APRIL,2019-Sudan’s Minister of Defence and Vice-President Awad Muhammad Bin-Awf has warned that the army will not allow the country to “slip into chaos”, the state-run Suna news agency has reported. The armed forces were not opposed to the aspirations of protesters, but would not compromise on Sudan’s “security, unity and leadership”, he added. Certain groups were trying to sow discord between the various security agencies, but this would not be allowed, Mr Bin-Awf added. His comments – after a meeting with military…

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Algeria protesters demand end to regime after Bouteflika’s fall

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963 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,ALGIERS,5TH APRIL 2019-Thousands have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital demanding a complete overhaul of the country’s political structure. This is the seventh successive week of Friday protests and Tuesday’s resignation of long-serving President Abdelaziz Bouteflika does not appear to have satisfied the demonstrators. According to the constitution, parliament’s speaker should take over. But protesters want all those associated with Mr Bouteflika to go. The president, who had been in power for 20 years, said this week that he was “proud”…

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US revokes prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s visa over Afghanistan war probe

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970 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,5TH APRIL 2019-The US has revoked the entry visa for the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda. The decision is thought to be the US response to Ms Bensouda’s investigation into possible war crimes by American forces and their allies in Afghanistan. The US secretary of state had warned the US might refuse or revoke visas to any ICC staff involved in such probes. Ms Bensouda’s office said the ICC prosecutor would continue to her duties “without fear or favour”.…

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Algerian leader resigns amid protests

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943 total views, 2 views today Algerians celebrate Bouteflika quitting BY BBC NEWS 3RD APRIL,2019-Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned after weeks of massive streets protests. Mr Bouteflika, who has been in power for 20 years, had already dropped plans to seek a fifth term as opposition to his rule grew. The powerful Algerian army had called for the 82-year-old to be declared incapable of carrying out his duties. The ailing leader suffered a stroke six years ago and has rarely appeared in public since. He made a rare appearance on state…

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Shabaab raid kills 11 in Somalia, including deputy minister

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2,897 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, MOGADISHU, Somalia , Mar 23 – An attack involving gunmen and bomb blasts on a complex housing government ministries in Somalia’s capital killed at least 11 people on Saturday, including the deputy labour minister, officials said. Claimed by the Al-Shabaab Islamist group, the assault was a  sign of the insurgency’s continued ability to strike at the heart of Somalia’s government, despite years of foreign military support for Mogadishu. The fighting began with two blasts at the gates of the complex housing the labour…

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Tshisekedi pardons 700 political prisoners

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3,419 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS ,13TH MARCH 2019-The Democratic Republic of Congo’s newly elected President Félix Tshisekedi has pardoned 700 political prisoners, in what is seen as a major gesture of reconciliation since he took office in the troubled nation in January. The 700 were imprisoned during the rule of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, who refused to release them despite a deal struck with the opposition in 2015. The president’s chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe, broke the news of the pardons to the nation. Our DR Congo…

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DR Congo: Violence may be crime against humanity, UN says

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2,391 total views, no views today By BBC , 12TH MARCH, 2019-A UN investigation says violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018 may amount to crimes against humanity. It says at least 500 people were killed, including families burnt alive in their homes and a two-year-old who was thrown into a septic tank. Ethnic violence broke out when one community wanted to bury one of their traditional chiefs on another community’s land. The investigation adds that violence could flare up again at any time. Investigators say the violence between December 16 and 18…

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Second day of land protests in Ethiopia

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1,397 total views, no views today BY BBC AFRICA,8TH MARCH 2019-For the second day, thousands of people are protesting in Ethiopia’s Oromia region. This is the town of Aweday, where people were chanting “Addis Ababa belongs to the Oromo” The protests follow the decision by the Addis Ababa administration to sell units of houses. Protesters say the government did not pay enough compensation to local people for the land the houses are built on. The controversy over the ownership of the land started five years ago when the local authority unveiled…

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DR Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi and Joseph Kabila agree to form coalition

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1,442 total views, no views today BY AFP,KINSHASA, 7TH MARCH 2019-DR Congo’s recently elected president, Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila on Wednesday said they had decided to form a coalition government following talks. Despite Tshisekedi’s election — the first peaceful transition of power since the Democratic Republic of Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960 — the 55-year-old has found himself effectively having to share power since the presidential poll. HOUSE NUMBERS He has not been able to push through his choice for prime minister as Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC)…

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Algerians protest Bouteflika bid for fifth term as deadline looms

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217 total views, 2 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Algiers, Algeria, Mar 3 – Hundreds of students took part in new protests Sunday in Algiers and other cities against a fifth term for ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who faced a midnight deadline to register for April elections. Chanting “Bouteflika go away”, more than 100 students rallied near the main campus of the University of Algiers, in the city centre, cordoned off by police, AFP journalists said. Hundreds more held rallies at campuses across Algiers, including at the Faculty of Law near the headquarters of…

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Armed Gunmen battle security forces in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

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1,475 total views, 1 views today BY KORIR JUMA/NEWS DESK,NAIROBI,1ST MARCH 2019-Gunmen battled security forces in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday morning, hours after insurgents launched a car bomb attack in a busy street that left at least five dead, police said. While one Al-Shabaab fighter blew themselves up in the car bomb late on Thursday, other fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked group had then stormed inside a restaurant building, where they were encircled by police. “There are still some armed men inside a building,” police officer Ibrahim Mohamed said on Friday, as…

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Nigeria’s Buhari wins re-election,to rule for the next 4 years

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1,302 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb 26 – Muhammadu Buhari was on Tuesday re-elected Nigeria’s president, after a delayed poll that angered voters and raised political temperatures, leading to claims of rigging and collusion. Buhari, 76, took an unassailable lead of more than four million votes with the last states yet to be declared, making it impossible for his nearest rival, Atiku Abubakar, to win. The former military ruler was first elected as civilian president of Africa’s most populous nation and leading oil producer in 2015.…

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Nigeria votes for a new president after delay

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1,062 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Daura, Nigeria, Feb 23 – Nigerians voted for a new president on Saturday after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations opened from 0700 GMT, although there were delays in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff. Results are expected from early next week, with the winner gaining control of Africa’s most populous nation and leading oil producer for four years. President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the first…

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Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

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857 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Khartoum, Sudan, Feb 23 – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared a nationwide state of emergency on Friday and dissolved the government in an effort to quell weeks of demonstrations that have rocked his iron-fisted rule. Deadly protests have broken out across the east African country since the government tripled the price of bread on December 19, with demonstrators accusing the government of mismanaging the nation’s economy and calling on the veteran leader to step down. “I announce imposing a state of emergency across the…

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Tanzania jails Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ trafficker for 15 years

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1,268 total views, no views today BY AFP,19TH FEB 2019-A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese woman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” to 15 years in jail for her role in trafficking tusks from more than 400 elephants. Yang Fenlan, 69, was convicted in Dar es Salaam of trafficking 860 tusks between 2000 and 2014, a haul representing the slaughter of dozens of herds of elephants. Two Tanzanian men were also found guilty for their role in the illegal commerce. They were also sentenced to 15 years each. “The prosecution proved…

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Nigeria postpones presidential election for one week

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214 total views, 1 views today BY AFP,ABUJA, 16TH FEB 2019-Nigeria’s electoral watchdog on Saturday postponed presidential and parliamentary elections for one week, just hours before polls were due to open. Polling had been due to start at nearly 120,000 polling units in Africa’s most populous nation at 0700 GMT, with a record 73 candidates on the ballot. President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a second term of office, but is facing a stiff challenge from the main opposition candidate, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar. But the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu,…

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Zimbabwe’s vice president hospitalised in India: official

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2,579 total views, 1 views today BY REUTERS,11TH FEB 2019- Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is being treated in India for a minor ailment, a government deputy minister has said, days after a local news website reported that the retired general had gone to that country due to failing health. The health of Chiwenga, 62, is closely followed in Zimbabwe because he is widely seen as the power behind President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the front-runner to succeed him. He led the coup that ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in 2017. A gaunt-looking…

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BBC journalists arrested in Uganda

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1,928 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,7TH FEB 2019-Ugandan police have detained a team of BBC journalists in the country’s capital, Kampala. The journalists were looking into the illegal sales of government drugs and were arrested on Wednesday night. The Ugandan government spokesman has demanded the immediate release of the team, according to Reuters news agency. In a statement, the BBC said it had been in contact with the relevant authorities and is working to resolve the situation. “I am yet to find out the logic why police arrested…

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Strengthening bilateral relations between DRC and Kenya takes center stage as President Kenyatta holds talks with DRC leader Tshisekedi

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1,411 total views, no views today By PSCU, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday afternoon held talks with the visiting Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Tshisekedi at State House Nairobi. During their talks the two leaders explored ways strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. President Kenyatta assured his counterpart of Kenya’s commitment in helping the DRC achieve political stability saying that Kenya has learned valuable lessons from past political tensions, which the country is willing to share with the Great Lakes nation. “Thank you for coming and we…

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Six Tanzanian children killed ‘for body parts’, others missing

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1,809 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,28TH JAN,2019-Six children in south-western Tanzania have been killed and had their ears and teeth removed, the authorities say. Some of the bodies of the children, aged between two and nine years old, were also missing limbs. “This is all about superstitious beliefs and many believe they will get help from witchcraft,” Njombe District Commissioner Ruth Msafiri said. Other local children are also missing and Ms Msafiri said people should work together to deal with the issue. Correspondents say that some witchdoctors in…

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Felix Tshisekedi resumes inaugural address after being taken ill

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2,064 total views, no views today BY REUTERS,24TH JAN,2019– Democratic Republic of Congo’s new President Felix Tshisekedi was briefly taken ill during his inaugural address on Thursday but returned to the stage to complete his remarks. Tshisekedi said he was exhausted by the long election process and the emotion of the occasion.  His spokesman later told Reuters that his bulletproof vest had been too tight and he had since removed it. He was sworn in on Thursday as Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, succeeding Joseph Kabila in the vast central African country’s…

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Africa DR Congo ushers in new president in historic transition

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871 total views, no views today BY AFP,KINSHASA,24TH JAN 2019-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 disputed elections. Tshisekedi, 55, took the oath of office before receiving the national flag and a copy of the constitution from outgoing president Joseph Kabila, who is stepping aside after 18 years at the helm of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country. Thousands of Tshisekedi supporters, many of them dressed in white, celebrated the historic event outside the…

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Legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi dies

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1,395 total views, no views today BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,23RD JAN 2019-Popular Afrojaz music legend Oliver Mtukudzi has died. Mtukudzi died on Wednesday afternoon at the Avenues in Zimbabwezi’s capital Harare. He has been ailing for some time now.In recent months he has been forced to cancel some of his performance concerts across Zimbabwe and other parts of the continent and the world this mainly atributed to his ill health. His Aro-jazz music made him to be one of the most loved and popular artist across Africa and beyond since his songs…

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Mnangagwa returns to Zimbabwe after protest crackdown

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1,198 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Harare, Zimbabwe, Jan 22 – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has landed back in Harare, state television said Tuesday, after cutting short a foreign tour over nationwide protests that were met with a brutal security crackdown. Police and soldiers launched a large-scale operation against suspected protestors, activists and organisers of the strike last week, which was triggered by a sharp rise in fuel prices. At least 12 people were killed and 78 treated for gunshot injuries, according to the Zimbabwe Human Rights…

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It is now illegal to engage in sport betting in Uganda as president Museveni cracks whip

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940 total views, 1 views today BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,21ST JAN 2019-Those who like to bet during live matches in Uganda has suffered a blow after President Yoweri Museveni banned the issuance of new licences to sports betting companies and renewal of existing ones when they expire. The shocking news was revealed by Minister of State for Finance David Bahati at a local church service on Sunday saying.The president says betting has promoted laxity among the youth. “We have received a directive from President Museveni to stop licensing sports betting, gaming and gambling…

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DR Congo court upholds Tshisekedi presidential election win

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1,159 total views, no views today BY BBC AFRICA,20TH JAN 2019-The constitutional court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has upheld the victory of opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi. The court rejected an appeal by Martin Fayulu, another opposition contender in the 30 December poll. Mr Fayulu argued that Mr Tshisekedi had made a power-sharing deal with the outgoing president, Joseph Kabila. Mr Tshisekedi’s team denies this. Despite the court ruling, Mr Fayulu said he was a “legitimate” president. Mr Fayulu also urged the international community not to recognise the official…

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