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South African Shoprite eyes Kenya entry

South African retailer giant, Shoprite Holdings, will open seven prime shopping malls in Kenya in the coming months, the firm’s chief executive, Pieter Engelbrecht said. According to Engelbrecht, Shoprite has opened 158 new stores in 2017 across 14 countries; creating 4,254 jobs. The supermarket chain operates 2,811 outlets employing 148,000 people. Six of its seven […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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Tanzania: Catholic Bishops accuse President Magufuli of harming democracy

The Catholic Bishops in Tanzania Sunday denounced the violations of democratic principles and freedom of expression by President John Magufuli’s administration. In a pastoral letter, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Tanzania said political activities are prohibited by the instrumentalization of the police. The Church accused President Magufuli for his silence. Activities of political parties, […]

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Zambia-Cholera: church services & street vending banned, protests erupt

Residents in a slum in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, are violently protesting over a regulation imposed to control the spread of a cholera epidemic in the Southern African nation. According to news portal Mwebantu, security forces operating in Kanyama have been forced to discharge tear gas after protesters started to throw stones and other projectiles at […]

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Togo, only African country to back US position over Jerusalem

Togo, a tiny West African nation, is the only country on the African continent to have voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s political move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly repelled Trump’s decision in a resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority last week. The resolution in effect condemned President Trump’s […]

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Tanzania: Lack of public spending curtailing economic growth – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday called on Tanzanian authorities to speed up reforms to prevent a slowdown of the economy of the East African nation. The Tanzanian economy slowed down to 6.8 per cent between January and June, compared with 7.7 per cent over the same period last year. Tanzania is Africa’s fourth-largest […]

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Tanzania, Uganda condemn ICC Burundi investigation

Tanzania and Uganda have opposed a plan by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Burundi, a statement from the office of Tanzanian President John Magufuli said. According to the two leaders, who are both members of the East African Community (EAC), the Hague-based court’s decision “compromises efforts” of an […]

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Uganda eyes up to $20 bln oil sector investment by 2020

Uganda’s petroleum authority on Tuesday said it expect investments of $15 billion to $20 billion in its oil industry in the next three to four years. Ernest Rubondo, executive director of Uganda’s petroleum authority made the statement during a conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The discovery of large oil reserves in Uganda led to […]

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Two UN Peacekeepers killed in DRC

Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several injured in an attack on their base in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN spokesperson announced. “The injured peacekeepers have been evacuated to Goma for medical assistance,” said spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the regular news briefing at UN Headquarters, in New York, […]

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli reveals his salary

Tanzanian President John Magufuli who made international headlines in recent year for his crusade against corruption has disclosed how much he earns every month as president. The 57-year-old leader nicknamed the ‘bulldozer’ said his salary was 9 million Tanzanian shillings, about $4,000. He made the statement while addressing a local government agency, the Association of […]

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