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Botswana: Five feet bronze Buddha statue stolen from temple

A half ton-bronze Buddha statue has been stolen from a temple in Botswana’s capital Gaborone. The theft comes weeks ahead of the first visit of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to the country to address a human rights conference. The 1.5m (5ft) tall and 1.2m wide bronze statue, which was donated by Thailand in […]

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Botswana’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads – Parliament

Botswana’s parliament on Wednesday adopted a motion to implement a nationwide provision of sanitary products for school-aged girls. The motion passed by the southern African nation parliament will allow every girl in both private and public school to have access to education even during their menstrual periods. “Government provision of sanitary pads to all schools […]

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Malawi: self-exiled ex-president claims innocence over graft scandal

Former Malawian president, Joyce Banda on Tuesday, indicated she is ready to return to the southern African nation country to clear her name in a corruption scandal that occurred during her tenure. “I will be coming back because I never did anything wrong and I am innocent,” Ms Banda told Reuters from her exile in […]

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Tanzania: About 479 people accused of witchcraft killed

Human Rights watchdogs are calling on authorities in Tanzania to take action as about 479 people accused of being witches have been killed in the East-African nation this year by vigilance groups. According to a report released on Monday by the Dar es Salaam-based Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), some 80 people, accused of […]

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Malawi’s ex-leader, Joyce Banda, wanted in corruption scandal

A court in Malawi on Monday issued an arrest warrant against the country’s former president, Joyce Banda, in relation to a corruption scandal that took place during her tenure as president. “The Malawi police wishes to inform Malawians that its Fiscal and Fraud Section conducted some investigations on the suspected involvement of the former President […]

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Name your successor! – Wife urges 93 year-old Mugabe

Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwean iron First Lady has challenged her husband Robert to name his preferred successor to end deepening political divisions in the southern African nation. The first Lady who earlier this year accused some ruling Zanu-PF party officials of plotting to take over from her husband did the U-turn on Thursday, State television’s website […]

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Liberia: U.N. calls for ‘credible and transparent’ 2017 polls

The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council on Wednesday called on stakeholders in Liberia to uphold peace during the general elections in the country later this year and ensure that the polls are ‘free, fair, credible and transparent.’ The Council tasked the government to put in place an election security plan which will see a transfer […]

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Benin: China offers $89m to improve drinking water supply

The Chinese government has granted $89 million to the government of Benin for the supply of drinking water in the central region of the country, China news agency Xinhua reports. “This program aims to develop the production and distribution capacities in urban areas, peri-urban, of 11,800 localities without any functional modern water point,” Benin’s Foreign […]

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Ethiopia eyes $30 billion dollars from textile by 2030

The Ethiopian government plans to use 80% of the total area of land suitable for cotton growing as the country projects to generate $30 billion in foreign exchange earnings from the textile and garment sector by 2030, Bogale Feleke, Ethiopian Deputy Minister of Industry said. “We intend to increase our area of cotton production. At […]

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Angola: election campaigns kick off for Aug. 23 polls

Presidential election campaigning in Angola officially started with the participation of six contesting parties, local media reports. The participating political parties include the ruling MPLA led by Joao Lourenco, main opposition UNITA led by Isaias Samakuva, FNLA, PRS, APN and the coalition CASA-CE party. The oil-rich nation has rejected conditions demanded by an EU election […]

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