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

Sudan bans importation of additional 19 goods to protect its currency

The Sudanese government has imposed temporary ban on selected foods in an effort to protect its currency and narrow its budget deficit, Reuters reports. The Ministry of Commerce on Saturday added 19 new items to a long list of goods that traders are not allowed to import. According to the Trade Minister Hatim al-Sir, the […]

Congo: Army general detained over alleged coup plot

An army general, who is also a relative of President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, has been put under house arrest over an alleged coup plot. General Norbert Dabira, 68, was arrested on Thursday by the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST), local media reported. President Denis Sassou Nguesso has extended his […]

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Uganda starts pulling out troops from Somalia

Uganda has begun the withdrawal of its troops serving in the African Union mission (Amisom) in Somalia. The withdrawal of 281 army personnel comes as part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year, military officials in Kampala said. Uganda provides the […]

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Zimbabwe inks first post-Mugabe loan with China

Zimbabwe’s new government has inked a $153 million loan agreement with China on Wednesday to finance expansion and refurbishment of its international airport in Harare as it bids to attract investors and tourists. It’s the first post-Mugabe deal interim president Emmerson Mnangagwa has signed with a foreign government. The loan for refurbishing the Robert Gabriel […]

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West and Central Africa lagging far behind world in HIV response, warns UNICEF

Four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the “It is tragic that so many children and adolescents today are rise, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. not receiving the treatment they need […]

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Switzerland to return $321m confiscated funds to Nigeria

Switzerland will soon return to the Nigerian government $321m confiscated from Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha’s clan, Swiss government said on Monday. According to Transparency International, Sani Abacha looted up to $5 billion of public money during the five years he ran Africa’s most populous nation, from 1993 until his death in 1998. He was investigated […]

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DR Congo: M23 Fighters helped Kabila to crush protesters – HRW

Human Rights Watch in a report released on Monday said senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilized over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring Uganda and Rwanda to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila at the end of his constitutionally mandated term limit in December 2016. The 69-page report titled […]

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Gambia: Ten loyalists of ex-leader Jammeh face coup charges

Ten soldiers accused of treason and mutiny in a plot against Gambian President Adama Barrow, have been sent to court on Tuesday, local media reported Two others loyalists of former leader Yahya Jammeh are also being tried for aiding a sergeant to escape. The ten soldiers have allegedly attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government […]

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South Africa: Jacob Zuma calls for urgent measures to boost economy

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Monday, called on the country’s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to identify concrete measures to urgently address the economic challenges of the southern African nation, the presidency said in a statement. The move comes three days after S&P Global Ratings downgraded local currency debt to sub-investment grade. Moody’s has also […]

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Uganda: Three Journalists charged with treason

Three journalists, who work for the Red Pepper newspaper in Uganda, are facing treason charges after the publication of a story alleging that President Yoweri Museveni was planning to overthrow Paul Kagame’s government in Rwanda. The three journalists, Ben Byarabaha (Managing Editor), Richard Kintu (News Editor) and Francis Tumusiime (also News Editor) are also charged […]

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