Mali’s interim council grants coup leaders amnesty

The leaders of the two recent coups in Mali have been granted amnesty by the country’s interim parliament. Colonel Assimi Goita and other army officers involved in overthrowing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August last year and interim president, Bah Ndaw, in May this year, will not face prosecution. The motion was passed by an […]

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UN urges resumption of talks over Ethiopia dam row

The United Nations has urged Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to resume talks to resolve the dispute over the Nile da, “within a reasonable time frame”. The UN Security Council on Wednesday issued a statement saying the three nations should begin the negotiations at the invitation of the African Union’s chairperson “to finalise expeditiously the text […]

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Former DR Congo health minister freed on bail

A former health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Eteni Longondo, has been freed after spending 17 nights in Kinshasa’s main prison. The former minister was released on bail on Tuesday, according to his lawyer, Hugues Pulusi Eta. Longondo faces accusation of embezzling $6 million funds allocated for the fight against Covid pandemic […]

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Guinea junta announces number to report abuses

Guinea’s military junta, which took power last week, has announced a toll-free number for civilians to report any abuses by the security forces. The number 100 is available to all telephone operators in the country. The junta announced a four-day consultation programme with different groups starting Tuesday. The meetings are set involve religious leaders, civil […]

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Sacking of South Sudan’s female foreign minister sparks debate

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked the country’s foreign minister. The sacking of Beatrice Khamisa Wani Noah was announced in a presidential decree read on the national broadcaster SSBC on Thursday night. Reasons for her removal from office were not given. Wani Noah has been replaced with Mayiik Ayii Deng, the former minister for […]

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Kenya declares drought a national disaster

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the drought affecting parts of the country a national disaster. The drought has affected 10 out of 47 counties. At least two million Kenyans are affected. Kenyatta directed the treasury and the interior ministry to support the victims. He announced this after meeting leaders from the affected arid and […]

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Somali president appoints new spy chief amid row

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” has picked a new spy chief days after the prime minister appointed a different person for the job. The move further deepens the row between the president and the prime minister. Prime Minister Mohamed Roble sacked the intelligence head Fahad Yasin after defying his order to give comprehensive report on […]

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Tigray rebel group says 150 people have died from starvation

The rebel group in Ethiopia’s Tigray region says that 150 people may have died of starvation as the humanitarian crisis worsens in the region. The Ethiopian government has not reacted to the allegation. But it had previously denied accusations by the UN that it was blocking aid. The TPLF’s agriculture chief Atinkut Mezgebo said people […]

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Tanzania bans newspaper for ‘misleading’ headlines

A Tanzania newspaper has been suspended for 30 days for publishing false information, said a government spokesperson. The weekly publication, Raia Mwema, headlined a story linking the gunman who attacked soldiers near the French embassy last month to the ruling party. Spokesperson Gerson Msigwa said this violates the information act and could threaten the country’s […]

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