South Sudan Spends $16m On Cars for MPs Amidst Millions Living In Poverty

South Sudan Spends $16m On Cars for MPs Amidst Millions Living In Poverty

South Sudan’s 400 MPs have received a government loan of $40,000 (£30,300) each to buy cars for themselves, causing public anger. A presidential spokesman defended the $16m expenditure, saying MPs could not be expected to “use motorbikes”. Critics have accused the government of rewarding MPs two weeks after they voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s […]

Nigeria Ruling Party Hit By Defections

Nigeria Ruling Party Hit By Defections

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari’s party has been hit by a second wave of defections in one day. It has been announced that 38 members of the house of representatives have left the All Progressives Congress. This news comes after 15 senators in the upper house of Nigeria’s parliament, the Senate, had made a similar move. […]

Isabel Dos Santos: The Fall Of Africa’s Richest Woman

Isabel Dos Santos: The Fall Of Africa’s Richest Woman

Just think for a minute. In a two-year span, a father gave his daughter, among several contracts, four that were worth over US $22 billion. The father is then President José Eduardo dos Santos, and the daughter is Isabel, Africa’s richest woman. These were the golden days of the presidential family’s capture of Angola. Period. […]

Gunmen Kill 11 Taxi Drivers In South Africa

Gunmen Kill 11 Taxi Drivers In South Africa

Gunmen in South Africa have killed 11 taxi drivers in an ambush, police say. The men from Gauteng province were travelling to Johannesburg on Saturday night when their minibus was fired at. The dead men, and four more who were critically injured, were returning from a colleague’s funeral in the coastal region of Kwa-Zulu Natal, […]

South Sudan Leaders ‘To Decide On Power-Sharing Deal’

South Sudan Leaders ‘To Decide On Power-Sharing Deal’

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed – who is mediating efforts to end South Sudan’s conflict – says rival politicians are due to decide in the next few hours whether to agree to a proposed power-sharing deal. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar signed a permanent ceasefire last month, although there […]

Cameroon President Paul Biya To Stand for Seventh Term

Cameroon President Paul Biya To Stand for Seventh Term

Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 85-year-old president, has formally declared that he will run again in the country’s upcoming elections, seeking a seventh term. Biya has been head of state since 1982, when he took over following the resignation of Ahmadou Ahidjo who was in power since independence in 1960. “Aware of the challenges, we must take […]

Algeria ‘Stops Dumping Migrants In Sahara’

Algeria ‘Stops Dumping Migrants In Sahara’

The number of migrants allegedly being forced to cross the Sahara Desert on foot by Algeria has dropped significantly, a UN agency says. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has dealt with about 10,000 people abandoned near the southern border since last September. Some were left by traffickers, but others were expelled by Algerian authorities, […]

Uganda Social Media Tax to Be Reviewed

Uganda Social Media Tax to Be Reviewed

Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made the announcement soon after police broke up a protest against the taxes. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the taxes to boost government revenue and […]

Zimbabwe Launches Space Agency

Zimbabwe Launches Space Agency

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has launched a space agency to help farmers, mine companies and cartographers, among others. The Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZNGSA) is expected to use observation satellites and drones, among other hardware, to help in its work, AFP news agency reports. The ZNGSA was launched alongside two other new organisations […]

Uganda and DR Congo Clash On Lake Edward

Uganda and DR Congo Clash On Lake Edward

Seven people died, including four Ugandan soldiers, in clashes on Lake Edward between forces from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, according to a Congolese official quoted by the AFP news agency. Lake Edward straddles the border between the two countries. The administrator of Congo’s Beni region, Donat Kibwana, is quoted by AFP as […]