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

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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Congo-Brazzaville: Dangote opens the biggest cement plant in central Africa

The Lagos-listed cement giant Dangote group owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has officially opened a $300 million cement production plant in the Republic of Congo, the group said in a statement. The plant, which has a production capacity of 1.5 million metric tons per annum, is located at the Mfila area of capital […]

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Somaliland: ruling party candidate wins election

Ruling party candidate Muse Bihi Abdi has been declared the winner of the presidential election of Somaliland, local media reported. On Tuesday, the electoral commission announced Bihi Abdi had received 55 % of votes cast in last week’s election. His main rival, Abdurahman Mohamud Abdullahi of the opposition Wadani party, garnered just 40% of the […]

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Mali’s gold mining revenues soared 14% in 2016

Gold mining revenues in Mali have increased by 14 percent in 2016 to $505 million, Mines Minister Tiemoko Sangare said on Tuesday. The income rise of Africa’s third-biggest gold producer coincided with an 8.5 percent rise in the price of gold in 2016, Reuters reported. Mali’s industrial gold production rose negligibly from 2015 to 2016, […]

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Zimbabwe: pressure mounts on Mugabe to resign

Zimbabwean ex-Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday called on 93-year-old President Mugabe to resign, saying he needed to heed the “clarion call” of his people. The self-exiled Robert Mugabe’s most likely successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said he had been in contact with Mugabe and invited to return but would not do so until his personal security […]

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Algeria’s coastguard intercepts 286 migrants en route to Europe

Algeria’s Defense Ministry on Sunday said coastguard has picked up 286 would-be illegal migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Europe by boat. According to a ministry statement released by the state-run news agency, APS, the migrants were detained on several boats between Thursday and Saturday. The number of illegal migrants detained in the North African […]

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Benin’s government unveils 277 socio-economic projects

Beninese government plans to inject more than 470.1 billion FCFA (about $845 million) in 277 socio-economic projects, Minister of State, in charge of Planning and Sustainable Development, Abdoulaye Bio Tchané said. The funds will be released under the 2018 Public Investment Program (PIP), the minister said. According to the official, special emphasis will be placed […]

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African Union Urges ‘Slave Market’ Probe in Libya

The African Union on Friday urged the Libyan authorities to investigate “slave markets” of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, after the CNN aired footage of live auction in Libya where black youths are sold off for as little as $400 prompting outcry. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also chairman of the African […]

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Cameroon’s parliament complex catches fire, casualties unknown

The third and fourth floors of the main building of Cameroon’s parliament in Yaoundé caught fire overnight on Thursday, local media reported. Pictures posted on social media by the state-run broadcaster, CRTV, appeared to show a large part of the building had been damaged. The National Assembly of Cameroon is, since Tuesday, in ordinary session […]

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Cameroon to issue 10 billion CFA francs in treasury bills

The Cameroonian government on Wednesday, returned to the regional market of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) to raise a 10 billion CFA francs loan. The treasury bills will have maturity of 13 weeks, officials said. Since the beginning of this year, this is the first issue of T-Bills, over 7 billion CFA francs. […]

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