Africa Briefs

Nation remembers Steve Biko legacy

Nation remembers Steve Biko legacy

| September 20, 2017

(GIN)—South Africans marked the 40th year since the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre. An African nationalist and African socialist, Biko was at the forefront of a grassroots campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. His ideas were articulated […]

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Kenyans set for rematch on flawed polls

Kenyans set for rematch on flawed polls

| September 6, 2017

(GIN)—To the surprise of many, Kenya’s supreme court overturned the country’s Aug. 8 presidential election, setting the stage for a rarely-seen voting rematch in Africa or anyplace. In its ruling, the court concluded the election “was not conducted in accordance with the constitution,” rendering the declared results “invalid, null and void.” Within the next 60 […]

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Tanzania greenlights hydroelectric plant in World Heritage game reserve

Tanzania greenlights hydroelectric plant in World Heritage game reserve

| September 6, 2017

(GIN)—To the dismay of environmentalists, President John Magufuli has called for bids on a 2,100-megawatt hydroelectric plant to be built in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal populations. The project in the UNESCO-designated Selous Game Reserve would more than double the country’s power generation capacity, ending chronic electricity shortages. The Energy and Minerals […]

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Africa’s floods largely unnoticed despite higher death toll

Africa’s floods largely unnoticed despite higher death toll

| September 6, 2017

(GIN)—“Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did.” That was the headline of a recent story in Quartz online by Lagos-based writer Yomi Kazeem. “Like severe floods in southern Asia, the disasters in Africa have been largely under-reported compared to similar events in Houston where Hurricane Harvey, a once […]

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Mudslide, flooding hits Kabila’s Congo, Uhuru’s Kenya, Magufuli’s Tanzania

Mudslide, flooding hits Kabila’s Congo, Uhuru’s Kenya, Magufuli’s Tanzania

| August 23, 2017

(GIN)—Where wasn’t it raining cats and dogs around Africa this summer? In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, dozens of villagers’ homes in Ituri province were submerged last week in a landslide which struck the village of Toro, causing the deaths of more than 40 people. It followed heavy rains in the fishing community located along […]

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Leaders come under fire as death toll from mudslide tops 600

Leaders come under fire as death toll from mudslide tops 600

| August 23, 2017

(GIN)—Sierra Leone’s catastrophic mudslide that buried over 600 mostly poor people was not just an act of God. Local reporters on the ground have begun to ask why there was no safe housing for thousands of low-income Freetown residents, many of whom cobbled together their own homes with little oversight, few permits, no central planning […]

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Nigerian leader, ending three-month hospital stay, returns with fiery speech

Nigerian leader, ending three-month hospital stay, returns with fiery speech

| August 23, 2017

(GIN)—After a long absence due to ill health, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria pledging to renew the fight against terror group Boko Haram and end a rash of ethnic violence which he blamed on “political mischief makers.” Buhari, 74, looking thin and frail, referred to a movement of Biafrans seeking an independent region in […]

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Zimbabwe nurse wins HIV research award for groundbreaking work

Zimbabwe nurse wins HIV research award for groundbreaking work

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—As an epidemiologist, Chenai Mathabire is a hard-working researcher, conducting TB screening tests and observing the effects of long-term ARV use on the emergence of non-communicable diseases in HIV patients. But, sometimes there is a chance to do more, as when a woman came into the clinic who was very, very sick. After testing the […]

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Billionaires worked behind scenes in Kenya’s recent polls

Billionaires worked behind scenes in Kenya’s recent polls

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—There was more than just voting in the presidential polls in Kenya this week. There were music jingles, dance videos, candidates doing the “dab” and “lipala” dances and a gospel number “Mambo Yabadilika” (Things are getting better). Even former President Obama made an appearance, urging Kenyans to remain non-violent after the highly-combustible exercise called national […]

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Weakened Mugabe asked to name successor

Weakened Mugabe asked to name successor

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—As the field of presidential hopefuls appears to grow by the day, first lady Grace Mugabe is now urging her husband to name a successor to be the next president of Zimbabwe. In a meeting with members of the ruling party’s women’s league this week, Mrs. Mugabe explained that naming a successor “will enable all […]

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