BBC TWO men convicted over the assassination of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Laurent Kabila 20 years ago have been pardoned. Although Mr Kabila was shot by his bodyguard, two of his senior officials, Col Eddy Kapend and Georges Leta, were implicated in the killing. President Félix Tshisekedi commuted their death sentences last June.
Timeslive “I don’t care if you are my reliable supporter, you will get an apology in heaven.” This was the response from Julius Malema to calls for him to apologise for allegedly disregarding Covid-19 regulations during a Christmas gathering. Videos of the EFF leader partying up a storm are making rounds on Twitter, drawing huge
The Guardian MORE than 300 schoolboys kidnapped in northern Nigeria have been rescued, the Katsina state governor has said. The 344 boys, whose abduction was claimed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, were on their way back to Katsina, Aminu Masari told the state broadcaster on Thursday. “At the moment, 344 of the students
BBC Boko Haram has said it was behind the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys in Nigeria’s north-western Katsina State, hinting at the group’s continued expansive and deadly reach in recent weeks, the private Daily Nigerian website has reported. At least hundreds of schoolboys at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina state are still
BBC South Africa has announced new restrictions to try to contain a second wave of Covid-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa said a sharp rise in new infections was a cause for great concern as he announced plans to close some beaches and limit mass gatherings over the holiday period. The nation’s teenagers are being blamed for
BBC The federal government of Somalia has cut diplomatic ties with neighbouring Kenya. It has recalled all its diplomats from Nairobi and given Kenyan diplomats in Mogadishu seven days to leave the country. The announcement was made by the Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe on state media. “The Somali government, based on its national
BBC Ghana’s opposition leader, John Mahama, has expressed concern over alleged use of the military to intimidate and attack his supporters in some parts of the country. The government has denied the allegations. Vote counting is still ongoing in the country following Monday’s election. More than 17 million people were eligible to vote for a
BBC South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has tightened restrictions in the Eastern Cape province that has recorded increased Covid-19 cases. The president introduced a night curfew in the in the eastern Nelson Mandela Bay area that is the new hotspot. Consumption of alcohol in public areas like beaches was also banned starting Thursday in a
BBC Nearly 22 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing acute food insecurity, in a dramatic rise from last year, a UN agency has warned. “The number of people facing acute food insecurity at crisis or worse levels has dramatically increased – from 15.6 million in 2019 to 21.8 million,” the UN’s
IOL Durban – The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini who for the past few weeks has been battling to overcome Covid-19, has been transferred to an undisclosed South African hospital. Ambrose Dlamini had previously been transferred to a Lubombo referral hospital in the east of the kingdom designated to cater for Covid-19 patients.
BBC THE state funeral of former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings will be held on 23 December; the funeral planning team has announced. The ceremony will be held at Independence Square in the capital, Accra. “The family is working in conjunction with government on the finer details of the funeral ceremony and will communicate the
Reuters SOMALIA expelled Kenya’s ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Nairobi after accusing its neighbour of interfering in the electoral process in Jubbaland, one of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states. Relations between the countries have been tense over the ownership of potential oil and gas deposits, some of which lie off the coast of Jubbaland.
BBC At least 110 civilians were killed and many others wounded in an attack on farmers in the northeast Nigeria, according to the UN. Earlier reports said more than 40 farmers in were killed during the attack at a rice farm near Maiduguri. This latest information indicates that the number of casualties is far higher
Reuters KAMPALA: Ugandan pop star and presidential candidate Bobi Wine, whose arrest this week triggered protests that led to at least 37 deaths, was released on bail on Friday after being charged with holding rallies likely to spread the coronavirus. The violence comes as campaigns kick-off ahead of January elections in the oil-rich East African
BBC AID id agencies are calling for an immediate temporary ceasefire in northern Ethiopia to allow aid to reach civilians affected by fighting. The UN wants humanitarian corridors set up after two weeks of conflict between Ethiopia’s military and forces backing the leadership in the Tigray region. Hundreds of people are reported to have been
Reuters SIXTEEN people have been killed in Uganda over two days in operations by security personnel trying to quell protests triggered by the arrest of presidential candidate Bobi Wine, police said in a statement. Police added 65 people had been injured while 350 people were arrested.
BBC South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has applied for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself as the head of a commission investigating corruption during his presidency. The inquiry, known as the Zondo Commission, was established to investigate the “state capture” scandal during Zuma’s tenure as president. The scandal revolves around allegations that
Africa News Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings has died in Accra Thursday morning, local media reports. He is said to have passed on at the nation’s premier hospital, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Jerry Rawlings had been on admission at the hospital for about a week for an undisclosed ailment. There are rumors that
Africa News Former Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré, has died. Toure passed away on Monday in a hospital in Turkey, his family said. He was 72. Touré was president of Mali from 2002 to 2012 before being overthrown in a military coup. He was recovering from a heart operation he had in Bamako before his
BBC South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned Monday’s clashes between parents and members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party outside a school in Cape Town during an anti-racism protest. The school was accused of being racist after a video of an all-white matriculation party emerged online. President Ramaphosa, in a statement, said the incident