Africa Briefs

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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Botswana’s former president, statesman, Sir Ketumile Masire, passes

Botswana’s former president, statesman, Sir Ketumile Masire, passes

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, often known as Quett, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports the AFP news agency. He was also involved in peace […]

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International team to investigate reports of deadly violence in Congo

International team to investigate reports of deadly violence in Congo

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—The U.N.’s main human rights body has approved a resolution to send a team of experts “to establish the truth” about reports of thousands of deaths and the destruction of entire villages by government-backed soldiers in Congo’s central Kasai region. U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had lobbied for the resolution at a meeting of […]

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With few riches left to plunder, Angola’s old guard moves on

With few riches left to plunder, Angola’s old guard moves on

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—Africa’s oil giants are tightening their belts as the sale price of “King Oil,” buffeted by cheaper fracked gas, solar and other renewables, hits new lows. The promises of prosperity have faded in Ghana, Uganda, and Nigeria, among other oil producers. Perhaps the saddest scenario can be found in Angola—whose capital Luanda was not long […]

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Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—BEE. The initials stand for Black Economic Empowerment and the prospect thrilled many South Africans who had seen the wealth of their nation drained away during years of oppressive white rule. Under the codes of BEE, set forth in 2007, the government pledged to redress apartheid’s economic disparities to ensure broader and meaningful participation for […]

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