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Senior Editor for Medafrica Times and former journalist for Swiss National Television. former NGO team leader in Burundi and Somalia

Bill Gates Foundation grants Sh777 billion to Tanzania

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday, announced plans to disburse about Sh777 billion ($ about 350 million) to finance agriculture, health and Information Communication Technology (ICT) sectors in Tanzania. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Foundation and the world’s richest man made the statement at Dar es Salaam State House shortly after meeting with […]

Senegalese singer charged for ‘offending the head of state’

A court in Senegal on Thursday, formally charged a popular singer with “offending the head of state and broadcasting fake news,” AFP reported. Amy Colle Dieng, 39, was arrested on August 3 after unleashing a social media storm with a recording shared via the WhatsApp messaging service and then uploaded to YouTube. The WhatsApp group […]

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Former CAF president Hayatou moves to ease 2019 AFCON fears

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad says Cameroon still needs to convince CAF of its ability to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Ahmad, who replaced Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou in March, gave his clearest indication that Cameroon could be stripped of hosting rights for the newly extended event. In reaction to […]

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DR Congo orders internet slowdown for social media

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered telecom companies to slowdown internet capacity for social media contents such as images and videos. “In order to prevent the exchange of abusive images via social media by your subscribers, I ask you to … take technical measures to restrict to a minimum the capacity to […]

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Nigeria: Trump Okays sale of high-tech attack planes

The United States President Donald Trump has given the go-ahead for the sale of military planes to Nigeria to aid in the fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the Northern regions of the West-African nation, AP news agency reports. In Trump’s first phone call with Buhari in February, he assured the Nigerian president […]

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Guinea: Opposition protests against Alpha Conde, calls for local elections

Thousands took to the streets in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Wednesday to demand the holding of local elections, which have not taken place since 2005. The demonstration, led by the country’s opposition leader Cellou Diallo, condemned the high cost of living and corruption under the current regime. “The presence of all these people says a […]

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Gambia revokes diplomatic passport of former leader Jammeh, others

The Gambia’s government has revoked all diplomatic passports held by former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh and his family members. According to local media reports, 207 people have had their diplomatic passports revoked with immediate effect, including Jammeh’s wife, children and other relatives. The move comes a week after reports by local media in the tiny […]

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Kenyans demand rapid inquiry into murder of expert

Protesters in Kenyan on Tuesday marched on the offices of Kenya’s election commission, demanding a speedy investigation after an IT chief overseeing the country’s general election has been found dead. Chris Musando was Deputy Director of ICT for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – Kenya’s equivalent of the Electoral Commission. Police found Musando’s grey […]

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Somalia: Heavy toll for African Union peacekeepers in an ambush

Clashes between al Shabaab fighters and Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers killed 24 people on Sunday, Reuters reports. The al Shabaab ambushed, near Golweyn village, 120 kilometres south of Mogadishu, targeted a supply convoy of 24 vehicles near the town of Bulo Marer. “We have carried 23 bodies of AMISOM soldiers and […]

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The press is already free – Gambian president to journalists

Gambian president Adama Barrow on Thursday met with journalists in the tiny West African nation to better engage the media after decades of crackdown by the former autocratic regime of Yahya Jammeh. In his address to journalists and media owners, the 52-year-old president hinted that the press was free under his watch adding that laws […]

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