Activists want President Salva Kiir, pictured, to replace two male governors with women

South Sudan ruling party sued for locking out women from top posts

BBC A group of activists in South Sudan have taken the ruling party, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), to the Supreme Court for what they call a “violation” of women’s constitutional rights. They accuse the party of not respecting the constitution and provisions of the September 2018 Revitalised Peace Agreement which grant a 35% gender

Mali’s Military Takes Key Posts In New Govt

BBC MALI’S transitional President, Bah Ndaw, has appointed a 25-member government in which senior military personnel have been given several key posts. According to a presidential decree read out on state television, the ministries of defence, security, territorial administration and national reconciliation are all to be led by colonels in the Malian military. Mr Ndaw

Lazarus Chakwera

Malawi President Backtracks On 1m Jobs Promise

AFP MALAWI’S President Lazarus Chakwera has backtracked on his campaign promise to create one million jobs, saying the government can only employ 200,000 people. President Chakwera said the government could not create jobs on its own and needed the private sector’s help. He said every entrepreneur needed to employ more people. The president spoke during

Kenya to reopen schools

Kenyan teachers to return to schools for reopening

BBC Teachers in Kenya have been asked to return to schools to help prepare for their reopening after the coronavirus lockdown. Schools in the east African country had been shut since mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic, and were due to remain closed until January. But at a press conference in the capital, Nairobi, the Teachers

A ban on private and public transport has been lifted

Uganda eases restrictions despite virus surge

BBC Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced a further easing of coronavirus restrictions in the country as the infection rate continue to rise. The health ministry blames the rise in infections on the public’s complacency to social distancing and wearing of masks. Museveni said the country cannot remain under restrictions indefinitely, citing the economy’s weakened

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Zimbabwean writer, Americans on diverse Booker Prize list

BBC A Zimbabwean writer who was arrested during anti-government protests is among six finalists announced Tuesday on a diverse list of contenders for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. Tsitsi Dangarembga was nominated for the 50,000-pound ($64,000) award for “This Mournable Body,” which links the breakdown of its central character and turmoil in post-colonial Zimbabwe.

The Groblers rented a farm after they were among the 4,500 white farmers evicted under then president Robert Mugabe’s land reform policy in 2000.

Zimbabwean farmer describes losing home of 22 years in fresh land grab

Times Live “It has been a few days since the eviction began and we are still unable to find words to articulate the feelings felt to see our home of 22 years literally carried out of the door and loaded into vehicles within a matter of hours.” These are the words of Martin Grobler, a

Gen Haftar

Khalifa Haftar’s rival Libya government resigns after Benghazi protests

BBC The rival government in eastern Libya has submitted its resignation after a number of protests over deteriorating living conditions and corruption. At the weekend demonstrators in the city of Benghazi set fire to strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar’s headquarters. They also clashed in his stronghold of Al-Maj for the first time. Libya has been torn

Schools were closed in March

South Sudan re-opens schools and universities

BBC Schools and universities in South Sudan are scheduled to re-open on Monday after nearly six months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to re-open schools and universities was reached during a cabinet meeting on Friday chaired by President Salva Kiir. Health Minister Elizabeth Acuei Yol told her colleagues that there was

Denis Mukwege

UN Sends Troops To Guard DRC Nobel Winner After Death Threats

The Guardian THE UN has redeployed soldiers to protect a Nobel prize-winning doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after being warned that he was at risk of assassination. The Guardian reported on Monday that Denis Mukwege, who shared a Nobel prize in 2018 for his work with victims of sexual violence, had been left without

Nelson Mandela

Mandela foundation hits back at Trump

BBC The Nelson Mandela foundation has hit back at remarks attributed to US President Donald Trump about anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. The remarks are from a new book by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, which comes out on Tuesday. In the book,  Cohen claims Trump made racist comments about Nelson Mandela. He claimed  Trump said

Julius Malema

More protests planned over SA racist advert

BBC South Africa’s opposition figure Julius Malema has called for more protests to demand that beauty company Clicks closes all outlets for five days over a racist advert. Protests on Monday led by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party leader led to the closure of more than 400 outlets of the company. Several outlets were

South Africa has recently witnessed several horrific cases of reported femicides

S Africa seeks law change to curb violence against women

BBC South Africa’s government has introduced three Bills in Parliament to curb gender-based violence. President Cyril Ramaphosa has termed them as the “most far-reaching legislative overhaul in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide”. The proposed changes seek to among other things create a new offence of sexual intimidation, allow for names of sex offenders

Protest in Sudan

Two killed in Sudan protests over new governor

BBC At least two people were killed when a protest march turned violent in Sudan’s Kassala state over the appointment of a new governor. Two ethnic groups – Beni Amer and Beja – clashed over the nomination of Governor Salah Ammar of the Beni Amer tribe. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has sent a ministerial delegation

Zambia President Edgar Lungu

IMF Speaks On Zambia’s Central Bank Chief Sacking

BBC News THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern about the president of Zambia dismissing the governor of the country’s central bank, just days after a cut in interest rates alongside a warning about the country’s economic problems. President Edgar Lungu fired Denny Kalyalya on Saturday, without giving a reason and replaced him with

Ebola outbreak in western DR Congo hits 100 cases, 43 dead

TimesLive The Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of Congo has infected 100 people as of Friday, killing 43 of them, the World Health Organization said. The latest outbreak of the virus was declared on June 1 in Mbandaka, a city of 1 million people on the River Congo, just before Congo declared the end