MOZAMBIQUE DEATH TOLL RISES AS AID IS BLOCKED

  The death toll in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique has risen to 38, officials say, as aid workers struggle to reach the worst-affected areas. Cyclone Kenneth struck the southern African nation last week with winds of 220km/h (140mph), flattening villages and damaging thousands more homes. The storm lost strength, but torrential rain and high winds were […]

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UN SAYS OVER ONE MILLION AFFECTED CYCLONE IDAI

  The UN humanitarian agency, Ocha, says more than 1.8 million people in Mozambique have been affected by Cyclone Idai and some of them are in critical life threatening situations. Aid agencies are warning that thousands of survivors have yet to receive any help, 12 days after it made landfall in southern Africa. Mozambique’s Minister […]

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PRESIDENT BLASTS ‘RESURRECTION’ PASTOR

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa says government should act to curb “bogus pastors” but has ruled out regulating churches because it would cause a “backlash”. His remarks on the campaign trail in Cape Town are in response to self-styled prophet Alph Lukau’s recent claims to have resurrected a dead man.   A viral video of the […]

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected for a second four-year term, the election commission says. The 76-year-old defeated his main rival, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with a margin of nearly four million votes. Mr Abubakar’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result. The BBC reports that voter turnout was 35.6%. Delays and […]

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FAKE KENYAN PRESIDENT’ ARRESTED

Police in Kenya say they have a busted a seven-man syndicate which allegedly impersonated President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials to defraud local business tycoon Naushad Merali of a huge sum of money. One of the men phoned Mr Merali, the chairman of Sameer Africa, mimicking the president’s voice and persuading him to release […]

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RWANDA SET TO EXTEND PLASTIC BAN

  The Rwandan government wants the parliament to pass a bill banning single use plastics in the country to protect environment. The draft bill suggests a two year moratorium for companies to stop manufacturing single use plastics. Plastics were first banned in Rwanda back in 2008 but some plastic materials are still used, including mineral […]

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TOP ARMY POST FOR UGANDAN PRESIDENT’S SON

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his son to the rank of lieutenant general – the second highest position in the army. Lt Gen Kainerugaba Muhoozi is considered a likely successor to 74-year-old President Museveni, but denies any immediate plans to enter politics. In the last six years, Lt Gen Muhoozi has been promoted three […]

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BUSHIRI, WIFE GRANTED BAIL

  Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife have been granted R100, 000 bail. The two appeared briefly at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer, advocate Barry Roux represented the controversial pastor. Bushiri and wife are charged with fraud and money laundering. His faithful followers returned to court to support him. On Monday, they prayed […]

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DIPLOMATIC ROW OVER SOUTH AFRICA CORRUPTION COMMENT

  South Africa’s foreign ministry has complained about a joint statement from five ambassadors from Western countries urging the country to clamp down on corruption. In a statement released today, Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisuslu said she had met with the ambassadors from five countries “to express South Africa’s displeasure” that they hadn’t followed “established diplomatic […]

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