Africa Briefs

Noted writer of Zimbabwe, Chenjerai Hove, joins the elders

Noted writer of Zimbabwe, Chenjerai Hove, joins the elders

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)—A leading figure of post-colonial African literature, Chenjerai Hove of Zimbabwe, passed away in Norway, a country that gave him permanent residency and travel documents after Zimbabwean officials took away his passport and left him stateless. He was 59. The Zimbabwe Writers Association said it had received the sad news that Hove died on Sunday. […]

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Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

Mining company fingered in new report for massive tax diversion

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)—Taxes diverted by a uranium mining company in Malawi could have paid the salaries of 39,000 teachers or 8,500 doctors for a year. That was one of the findings of a new report called “An Extractive Affair” released by the social action group ActionAid which looked at the southeast African nation of Malawi. “People here […]

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Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)–Closing the income gap between rich and poor countries of the world will be on the table at a U.N.-sponsored policy conference this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite months of planning and debate, few expect the needle to move on this important issue. A relatively obscure gathering, the Finance for Development (FfD) confab is […]

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Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar to house anti-slavery museum

Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar to house anti-slavery museum

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)—The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar is moving forward with plans to complete the repair and preservation of  the century-old Christ Church Cathedral and create a heritage center to display the history of slavery in Zanzibar and current human trafficking realities in East Africa and worldwide. The church embarked on the project in October 2013 in […]

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Zambian writer tapped for prestigious prize for short story ‘Sack’

Zambian writer tapped for prestigious prize for short story ‘Sack’

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)–Of five top African short-story writers, Namwali Serpell of Zambia was chosen to receive the Caine Prize–an internationally recognized award for outstanding African writers. Since appearing on an earlier Caine Prize shortlist for her first published story “Muzungu,” Namwali has become an associate professor in the English Department at Berkeley, California, authored a book of […]

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As Boko Haram advances in Nigeria, neighbor states drawn into fight

As Boko Haram advances in Nigeria, neighbor states drawn into fight

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)–Despite threats to eliminate Boko Haram by Nigeria’s sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgent group refuses to melt away but on the contrary has launched new deadly attacks in that country. Two bombs blamed on Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and at Shagalinku, an upscale Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos. […]

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Kenyan lawmakers warn Obama, ‘keep off the gay agenda’ during visit

Kenyan lawmakers warn Obama, ‘keep off the gay agenda’ during visit

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)—Five Kenyan lawmakers have threatened to eject President Barack Obama from Parliament if he tries to lecture them during his upcoming visit about same sex marriage. Member of Parliament Cecily Mbarire also urged the government to reject any aid if it was tied to legalizing gay weddings. Ms. Mbarire, who is an ordained Cannon of […]

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South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–The reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act will open the floodgates for U.S. chicken parts and undercut South Africa’s domestic industry with cheaper cuts of meat, local chicken producers fear. AGOA, as the trade pact is known, was just reauthorized after South Africa agreed to remove “anti-dumping” protectionist tariffs in place since 2000. […]

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Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

Witnesses say Chibok girls have begun taking orders from terror group

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–With more than 400 days of captivity, some of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, may now be taking orders from their captors in the terror group Boko Haram, witnesses are telling Amnesty International. Witnesses say some are being used to terrorize other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves. The testimony cannot be […]

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President of Burundi faces isolation in drive to win third term

President of Burundi faces isolation in drive to win third term

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–Polling places have been set up in Burundi for controversial parliamentary elections that have put President Pierre Nkurunziza at odds with religious groups, the political opposition, students, the African Union, and the U.S. Nkurunziza is seeking a third term despite a constitutional limit of two terms. The president argues that his first term was the […]

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