Christian group in DR Congo marks Christmas Day

A Christian group mainly based in the Democratic Republic of Congo is on Wednesday marking Christmas Day to commemorate the birth of Jesus. The Church of Jesus Christ on Earth by His Special Envoy Simon Kimbangu has about 20 million followers in the country, but also enjoys a following in neighbouring Angola. It’s also called

Angry Tanzanian MP does handstand in parliament

By BBC Africa A Tanzanian MP angered by poor conditions of roads in his constituency has done a handstand in parliament to draw attention to his complaint. Flatei Massay, the MP for the northern constituency of Mbulu, was commenting on budget estimates on Monday when he called on the government to fulfil its pledge to

Mozambique detects first case of polio in 30 years

By Reuters MOZAMBIQUE on Wednesday declared a polio outbreak after the virus was detected in a child living in the northeastern Tete region, the first case of the poliovirus in the country in almost three decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. The case, which marks the second imported case of wild poliovirus in southern

Land ownership in South Africa remains skewed towards white farmers. David Silverman/via Getty Images

Land reform in South Africa: what the real debate should be about

By Land reform in South Africa is an emotive and politically fraught subject. That’s because land was at the heart of the dispossession of Africans by colonial settlers. Successful land reform can help overcome this legacy, making it central to forging shared national bonds. It can also serve as a basis for a cohesive

Africa unites against Russia-Ukraine war food, fuel crisis shocks: UN agency

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent THE United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has called for collaboration among African countries to minimise the impact of the Russian-Ukranian war on global supply chains. Following the start of the Russian offensive on Ukraine, the continent is faced with renewed shortages of food, fuel and fertilizer, among

‘Outrageous’ – Botswana rejects ex-President Khama’s claims of assassination plot

By The Botswana government says former President Ian Khama is lying about a plot to kill him. The government says Khama’s allegations tarnish the country’s reputation regionally and internationally. He says no one is above the law and that President Mokgweetsi Masisi is not linked to Khama’s alleged crimes. The Botswana government has dismissed

Kenyan president hikes country’s minimum wage by 12%

By Reuters NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Sunday his government would hike the country’s minimum wage by 12% immediately to help workers cope with a surge in consumer prices, driven in part by the war in Ukraine. “There is a compelling case to review the minimum wage so as to cushion our workers

SA: Ramaphosa abandons May Day speech as angry workers boo him, storm stage

By Associated Press RUSTENBURG: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa abandoned his Workers’ Day speech in the northwestern city of Rustenburg on Sunday when striking mineworkers stormed the stage. The workers employed by Sibanye-Stillwater mine are demanding a wage increase of 1,000 rand ($63) per month instead of the 850 rand ($54) being offered by the

Ramaphosa commends West Africa’s bloc for anti-coup drive

By AFP President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday praised the West Africa’s regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) for developing what he called a “decisive” anti-coup strategy. West Africa has seen a resurgence of coups in recent months, and the 15-nation Ecowas has deployed “stabilising” forces in Guinea-Bissau. After talks with visiting Guinea-Bissau

South Africa likely in new (5th) COVID wave, says health minister

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has likely entered a new wave of COVID-19 earlier than expected as new infections and hospitalizations have risen rapidly over the past two weeks, the country’s health minister said on Friday. The increase in new cases has been dominated by the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant which

For many migrants, the view of Rwanda is often far from rosy

By Associated Press KIGALI: Britain’s recent decision to send some migrants to Rwanda is questioned by several people resettled in this tiny East African country who say it is not a suitable refuge. One Eritrean refugee who was deported from Israel to Rwanda in 2015 said he found the country “too difficult” and moved his

Former Kenyan President Kibaki is dead at 90

By Associated Press NAIROBI: Mwai Kibaki, the former Kenyan leader whose distinguished political career was tarnished when he won a second presidential term that was followed by deadly post-election violence, has died at the age of 90. Kibaki’s death was announced Friday by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who said his passing was a sad day for

‘Drunk’ Congo soldiers run amok killing 15 – officials

By AFP Two drunken Congolese soldiers have gunned down a total of 15 people in separate attacks in volatile eastern DR Congo, authorities said Monday. One “inebriated” soldier killed eight passengers and wounded seven on Monday aboard a boat on Lake Tanganyika, South-Kivu province’s Fizi territory administrator Aime Kawaya Mutipula told AFP. “Among the victims,

Libya’s rival officials conclude election talks without deal

By Associated Press CAIRO: Rival Libyan officials wrapped up weeklong talks in the Egyptian capital without an agreement on constitutional arrangements for elections, the United Nations said Tuesday. Twelve lawmakers from Libya’s east-based parliament and 12 from the High Council of State, an advisory body in the capital of Tripoli in western Libya, took part

Anti-migrant vigilante group Dudula stokes tensions in South Africa

By Reuters JOHANNESBURG: Shopkeepers pulled down their metal shutters and foreign staff stayed out of sight as hundreds marched through a Johannesburg neighbourhood demanding that migrants leave and that their jobs go to South Africans. The march through dilapidated Hillbrow, where many African migrants live, was organised by Operation Dudula, a vigilante group whose activities

Rwanda Says To Get Nearly 500 Zimbabwean Teachers By September HARARE: Rwanda is set to receive close to 500 Zimbabwean teachers by September this year, according to the Rwanda Education Board (REB). REB Director General Nelson Mbarushimana announced the development in his remarks at the ongoing Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade and Investment Conference in Harare. The conference, happening for the second time, is organized through a

South Africa skates on diplomatic thin ice over Russia-Ukraine war

By AFP JOHANNESBURG: A month into the war in Ukraine, South Africa, one of the few African countries wielding diplomatic influence outside the continent, has stuck its neck out, adamantly refusing to condemn Russian aggression. Pretoria says it would rather be neutral and allow negotiations to end the conflict. On Thursday it sponsored a resolution at