ZUMA ‘CORRUPTION’ INQUIRY BEGINS

A public inquiry has opened in Johannesburg into alleged corruption and misuse of state funds by former South African President Jacob Zuma. In a scandal known as “state capture”, Mr Zuma is accused of granting the Guptas, a wealthy business family, influence over government appointments, contracts and state-owned businesses. Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas […]

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BURUNDI TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS BY 2020

In 2020, Burundi will join a growing number of African countries to have banned plastic bags. President Pierre Nkurunziza issued a decree on Monday prohibiting the “manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging”, according to a presidential order seen by the BBC. It will come into effect in […]

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EIGHT MIGRANTS FOUND DEAD IN CONTAINER IN LIBYA

Eight migrants including six children were found dead on Monday after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a lorry container on the west Libyan coast, authorities said. Another 90 migrants recovered from the container were in critical condition and had been taken to a local hospital for treatment, the security directorate in the town […]

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SOUTH SUDAN PRESIDENT’S TERM EXTENDED

South Sudan’s parliament has voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s term in office until 2021 amid failure to hold elections this year. Mr Kiir has been in power since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 and elections in 2015 were also postponed. The move could undermine ongoing peace talks aimed at ending almost five years of […]

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KENYA OUTRAGE AT MP’S 2018 WORLD CUP TRIP

Kenyans have reacted furiously to news that 20 MPs have travelled to watch the World Cup at the taxpayers’ expense. They are watching four games, including the final, in a two-week trip to Russia estimated to be costing hundreds of thousands of US dollars. The MPs caught the attention of Kenyans when they posted selfies […]

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