Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo pardoned three prominent political prisoners and 700 regular ones on Wednesday, a good will gesture signalling a break with a predecessor who had scores of his opponents jailed. State TV reported that the freed included opposition figures Franck Diongo, Diomi Ndongala and Firmin Yangambi, who had […]

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement on Wednesday evening that he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the building collapse. ‘‘I charge the Lagos State Government to do all that is needful, so that such tragic developments do not recur,’‘ the president instructed. Adeshina Tiamiyu, general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, said […]

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has reshuffled his cabinet, appointing at least 15 new ministers, state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday. Changes included the ministers of petroleum, finance and the interior. The move comes amid relenting protests calling for the president to quit. A state of emergency imposed in late February has done very little to assuage […]

Citizens of Rwanda and Uganda are hoping that regional leaders from the East African region and beyond can intervene with a view of resolving the ongoing border and diplomatic standoff between the two governments. On Wednesday, Uganda’s foreign ministry issued a statement clarifying that it has not closed its border with Rwanda. The same statement […]

Kenya’s mobile operating firm Safaricom, has secured a deal with China’s largest e-commerce company. The deal will enable Kenyan shoppers to buy goods on the Aliexpress.com site, run by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, using Kenya’s M-Pesa mobile payment service for online shopping. “This obviously then opens up a lot more opportunity because today customers […]

The governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode confirmed that some people were killed when a Nigerian building that housed a school collapsed on Wednesday. “We have rescued about 25 people, some already dead,” Ambode said, even though he did not say how many died. A Reuters reporter at the scene saw a boy of 10 […]

The new Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui met his predecessor Ahmed Ouyahia on Tuesday in Algiers. A meeting that took place in a tense environment following the strong mobilisation and protests street against a 20-year-old Bouteflika system. Bedoui has praised the efforts of his predecessor and promises to listen to the people. Below is his […]

Nigeria’s ruling party took a close lead in elections for powerful state governors on Tuesday, although the final results hang in the balance as six contests were declared inconclusive or suspended. Most of those states lean towards the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), whose politicians voiced outrage at the inconclusive results. In the case […]

International rights group, Human Rights Watch, HRW; says it is worried at the lack of action on fundamental human rights by Eritrea. A March 11, 2019 statement called on the government to roll out a time line for the dismantling the compulsory national service that conscripts young Eritreans. The statement also tasked Eritrea to allow United […]

Thousands protested across Algeria on Tuesday, demanding immediate political changes a day after ailing President Abelaziz Bouteflika abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power but stopped short of stepping down. Huge crowds gathered in several cities and Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralysed operations at the Mediterranean port at Bejaia. […]

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