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Tanzania accused of violence on Maasai protesting eviction; 70,000 could be displaced

By Associated Press NAIROBI: Tanzania’s government has been accused of using violence against Maasai herders protesting efforts to evict them from one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, in the latest friction between those who see certain African landscapes as a lucrative playground and those who simply call them home. Witnesses of the confrontations

DRC president says Rwandans waging ‘economic war’

By Associated Press KINSHASA: Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi on Friday accused Rwanda of trying to occupy his country’s land for its vast mineral wealth, the latest escalation in tensions between the two neighbours that has led to talk of war. There was no immediate reaction to the Congolese president’s comments, though Rwanda has long denied

A Boeing 767 aircraft at MoD Boscombe Down, near Salisbury, which is believed to be the plane set to take asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda

Rwanda asylum flight cancelled after legal action

BBC The first flight due to take asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda was cancelled minutes before take-off after legal rulings on Tuesday evening. Up to seven people had been expected to be removed to the east African country. But the flight was stopped after a late intervention from the European Court of Human

Thousands flee as jihadist attacks resume in Mozambique

By AFP At least seven people have died in a spate of jihadist-related violence in northern Mozambique. The UN estimates 10 000 people have fled their homes over the last week. Four people were beheaded in a remote village. At least seven people have died in a spate of jihadist-related violence in northern Mozambique, local

DRC military accuses Rwanda of invasion; rebels seize town

By Associated Press GOMA: Congo’s military accused Rwanda of “no less than an invasion” after M23 rebels captured a key town on Monday. The military vowed that Congolese forces would defend their homeland, marking a dramatic escalation in tensions between the two Central African neighbors. The statement from Gen. Sylvain Ekenge, spokesman for the military

Botswana nurses to fill vacancies, NHS trust says

By BBC Africa More than 60 nurses from Botswana are to work for an NHS trust to fill vacancies after a “challenging” two years, it has said. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), which operates in Essex, Suffolk and Bedfordshire, said it would improve “patient experience and support staff”. The 66 nurses are due

South African president grilled in Parliament on farm theft; at least US$4m in cash reportedly stashed at the property

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was confronted in Parliament Thursday by opposition politicians who pressed him to step down from office pending a criminal investigation into allegations that he covered up a theft from his rural game farm. Parliament members from the Economic Freedom Fighters were forcibly removed from the legislature’s

SADC nations using internet shutdowns as tools for repression: MISA

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent  SOUTHERN African governments have regrettably resorted to shutting down the Internet when faced with growing citizens’ dissent expressed through social media platforms, a media lobby group has said. Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) regional chairman, Golden Maunganidze, has written a letter to former Tanzanian president, Jakaya Kikwete, expressing

Cyril Ramaphosa’s Unexplained Millions Stashed Under Mattresses At His Farm

IOL President Cyril Ramaphosa allegedly kept large sums of money in foreign currency, estimated to be $80 million (R1.24 billion), “concealed” under mattress and couches at his farm in Bela-Bela, Limpopo. It has been established that the money was allegedly stolen by five Namibians who conspired with his domestic worker in February 2020. Ramaphosa has

AU head tells Putin Africans ‘victims’ of Ukraine conflict

By AFP African Union head Macky Sall on Friday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to take into account the suffering in African countries from food shortages caused by Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. Putin hosted Senegalese President Macky Sall, who chairs the African Union, at his Black Sea residence in Sochi on the 100th day

Former spy boss Arthur Fraser lays criminal complaint against Ramaphosa

eNCA JOHANNESBURG – Former State Security Agency Head Arthur Fraser has laid a criminal complaint against President Cyril Ramaphosa. The complaint relates to the alleged theft of money, which he says was hidden on Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in Limpopo. Fraser also alleges that suspects, colluding with Ramaphosa’s domestic worker, stole around 4 million US

A man uses a donkey cart to transport animal fodder to drought affected areas in Higlo Kebele, Adadle woreda, Somali region of Ethiopia, in this undated handout photograph. Michael Tewelde/World Food Programme/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Drought threatens starvation in Horn of Africa, U.N., agencies say

Reuters MILLIONS of people face severe hunger in the Horn of Africa as the worst drought in more than 40 years could extend to a fifth consecutive failed rainy season, the United Nations and humanitarian agencies warned on Tuesday. The March-May rainy season appears likely to be the driest on record, devastating livelihoods and deepening

Egypt archaeologists unearth new ancient artefacts

By BBC Africa Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered new ancient artefacts at the Saqqara archaeological site around 19 miles (31 km) from Cairo. They include hundreds of coffins and statues and date back to around 500 BC according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities website.  The treasures will be displayed at The Grand Egyptian Museum

Kigali says two of its soldiers were kidnapped while on patrol (archive photo) AFP

Rwanda-DR Congo tensions spark ‘grave concern’ – AU

BBC The head of the African Union, President Macky Sall of Senegal, has expressed “grave concern” at rising tensions between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Each country accuses the other of backing armed rebel groups. Mr Sall appealed for calm and urged both sides to resolve their dispute through dialogue. On Saturday Rwanda

Internally displaced people wait for aid in Djibo, Burkina Faso, May 26, 2022.

‘We Don’t Have Food’: African Leaders Meet as Crises Grow

By VOA DJIBO, BURKINA FASO —  African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent extremism, climate change challenges and a run of military coups. Leaders called for increased mobilization to resolve a humanitarian crisis that has left millions

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 theconversation.com 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