BRAWL AMONG SIERRA LEONE’S NEW MPS

Serious fighting has broken out in Sierra Leone’s parliament, just as the swearing-in of new MPs was getting under way following general elections last month. Members of the All People’s Congress (APC) disrupted proceedings because 16 of their number had been asked to leave the chamber after a high court injunction against them. So chaotic […]

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SENEGAL POLITICIANS ARRESTED AS POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS

Three opposition politicians in Senegal have been arrested and police have fired tear gas to prevent a demonstration against a controversial government bill. Protesters gathered early this morning near parliament in the capital, Dakar. Some said they wanted to prevent MPs from attending a controversial voting session at the national assembly. The politicians arrested are […]

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TANZANIAN MP SENT TO PRISON FOR DEFAMING PRESIDENT

  A Tanzanian opposition MP has been handed a five-month prison sentence after being found guilty of defaming President John Magufuli, The Citizen news site reports. Joseph Mbilinyi – popularly known as Sugu – from the opposition Chadema party, was convicted by a magistrate’s court in the southwestern town of Mbeya. His co-accused, Emmanuel Masonga, […]

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SA’S GUPTA BROTHERS ‘DENY THEY ARE FUGITIVES’

The Gupta brothers have denied they are fugitives from South Africa’s justice system, according to eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan. She says their lawyer accuses South Africa’s police force of issuing statements which are “malicious, misleading and simply incorrect”. She adds that the lawyer has demanded the police provide proof of an arrest warrant for Ajay […]

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ZIMBABWE WILL STILL MARK ROBERT MUGABE DAY

Robert Mugabe may no longer be Zimbabwe’s leader, but the country will still mark his birthday with a public holiday. Zimbabwe’s new government said tomorrow-21st February –will continue to be known as Robert Gabriel Mugabe Youth Day. Mr Mugabe, who was ousted from power in November, last year after three decades as president, will turn […]

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KENYA’S HIGH COURT SUSPENDS THE GOVERNMENT’S SHUTDOWN OF 3 PRIVATE TV CHANNELS.

Kenya’s High Court has suspended the government’s shutdown of three of the country’s largest private TV channels. KTN, NTV, and Citizen TV were taken off-air over plans to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga’s unofficial “inauguration” on Tuesday. The court has suspended the ban for 14 days while the case is heard. Mr Odinga lost last […]

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