Nigerian president condemns killing of 37 villagers by cattle thieves

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday “strongly” condemned recent attacks by cattle raiders on three villages in the country’s northwest that officials said killed 37 people. He offered commiserations to the survivors and vowed a firm response to “these brutal and remorseless enemies of humanity”. “These frequent and large scale killings of poor villagers by […]

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Phone operators and businesses left stranded as load-shedding hits Zim

Millions of mobile phone subscribers and businesses were left stranded as power cuts in Zimbabwe had their biggest mass effect at the weekend. Econet Wireless – with a subscriber base of at least 10 million people and with control of 90% of mobile money transfers – failed to power its generators on Saturday during 14 […]

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Johannesburg Court Dismisses Case Against Resurrection Pair

The Johannesburg magistrate’s court has withdrawn charges against two people arrested in connection with the “resurrection video” at Alleluia Ministries International church which is headed by Pastor Alph Lukau. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that the case against Nkululeko Dlamini, 35, and Silungisani Sibanda (aka Grace Ncube), 40, had been struck off […]

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Step by step, Africa inches toward ‘historic’ free trade zone

The African Union launches the “operational phase” this weekend of a long-awaited trade accord, but analysts say the continent faces an uphill task to transform the pact into reality. The 55-nation AU, gathering for a summit in Niger, will give the formal push to a deal to phase out tariffs on trade from the Cape […]

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Nigeria to sign Africa free trade pact

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the landmark African free trade agreement during the upcoming African Union meeting in Niger, his office said. “Nigeria will sign the #AfCFTA Agreement at the upcoming Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in Niamey, Niger,” the presidency said in a Tweet late Tuesday. African leaders are meeting in Niamey […]

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‘Lies have short legs,’ says Zim’s energy minister as he shares proof of payment to Eskom

The payment, however, does not guarantee power for Zimbabweans. Energy Minister Fortune Chasi took to social media to share Zimbabwe’s proof of payment to Eskom after being accused of lying about the payment following the power utility’s statement on Friday. In a statement, the power utility said no funds had reflected on its accounts for […]

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Police rescue Buhari’s in-law from kidnappers

Police in the northern Nigerian city of Kano said on Tuesday they had rescued an in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari from kidnappers, freeing him after an overnight gunfight with his abductors. Special police operatives on Monday evening stormed a hideout on the outskirts of Kano, where Musa Umar had been held since he was captured on May […]

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US imprisons Rwandan linked to 1994 genocide for immigration fraud

A US federal judge in Boston sentenced a Rwandan man to more than eight years prison on Monday for lying about his involvement in the East African country’s 1994 genocide. Jean Leonard Teganya, 47, was convicted in April of two counts of immigration fraud and three counts of perjury, a statement from the US Department […]

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CASH-STRAPPED AIRLINE FASTJET’S CEO TO STEP DOWN

Struggling low-cost African airline Fastjet Plc said on Tuesday that after three years at the helm its chief executive officer Nico Bezuidenhout would step down to re-join a business that he founded. Media reports last month suggested that Bezuidenhout could return to Mango Airlines as its top boss, a role he previously held for nearly a decade. […]

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