Diaspora Matters

Sierra Leone’s ruling All People’s Congress appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Samura Kamara as its candidate for next year’s presidential polls to succeed President Ernest Bai Koroma. Kamara was named uncontested on Sunday as Koroma’s preferred successor at a party convention that was broadcast live on state-owned radio from Makeni, 187 kilometers (116 miles) northeast of […]

Ugandan lawmakers brawl over a bill that could create a president-for-life. Tanzania arrests lawmakers and shutters newspapers. And as Kenya tries to rerun a botched election, a ruling party leader says what the country really needs is a benevolent dictator.  East African democracy is not in the best of health. As unrest and crackdowns plague some of the region’s […]

The European Union is seeking to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control. EU leaders will announce at their summit in Brussels on Oct. 19-20 that they “encourage work underway to rapidly establish a permanent EU presence in […]

Burkina Faso’s former foreign minister will be released from jail pending trial for treason over his alleged involvement in a coup attempt in 2015, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Djibril Bassole was the last foreign minister under president Blaise Compaore who ruled for three decades before being driven out of power by mass protests in […]

The United States has issued a travel advisory to citizens in respect to Cameroon’s predominantly anglophone regions. The “Security Message” titled “Unrest in the Northwest and Southwest regions,” said there was the possibility of protests – some which could turn violent. The statement read in part: “The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde informs U.S. citizens that […]

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s Vice-president has declared his boss as a ‘David’ who stood up to a ‘Goliath’ in the person of U.S. President Donald Trump at the just ended United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Mnangagwa was speaking at a reception held on Monday at the Harare International Airport for President Mugabe on his return from […]

A prominent Ethiopian blogger has disclosed that members of the Oromo ethnic group were the worst affected by recent ethnic tensions – between the Oromia and Somali regional governments – in the country. Daniel Berhane, who is also editor of the Horn Affairs news portal, wrote on his Facebook wall that he had received information […]

Clashes along the border of Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday, in violence that has prompted the government to send the military in. Spokesmen from the two regions told regional news outlets earlier this week that at least 50 people were killed. Each side […]

Relations and nature of interaction among the ruling oligarchy, opposition elements, the general citizenry, and civil society groups in Zimbabwe have been dominated by the long and pervasive Zanu PF rule, which currently is in its 37th year. The Zimbabwean Republic Police (ZRP) has repressed with weapons of high lethality which can cause deaths and further alienation […]

Since her establishment, the African Union aims at building a cohesive, integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by her citizens and representing a dynamic force in the world. This will only be a reality if all Africans, including those in the “diaspora”, put at use their full potential and resources to the benefit of their […]

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