Robert Mugabe Says It’s Time To Accept Mnangagwa as President

Robert Mugabe Says It’s Time To Accept Mnangagwa as President

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has said he now accepts President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country’s legitimate leader after initially accusing him of leading a “disgraceful” de facto coup that ended his near four-decades rule last year. On the eve of the July 30 vote, Mugabe said he would vote for the opposition to remove Mnangagwa’s “military […]

Chinese President Xi Denies Money being spent on Vanity Projects

Chinese President Xi Denies Money being spent on Vanity Projects

China does not invest in “vanity projects” in Africa and is helping the continent build its infrastructure, President Xi Jinping has said. He pledged an extra $60bn (£42bn) for the continent’s development, as he opened a summit with African leaders in Beijing to boost relations. China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in […]

Nigeria Fines Top Banks Over ‘illegal Transfers’

Nigeria Fines Top Banks Over ‘illegal Transfers’

Nigeria’s central bank has fined four leading banks a combined sum of $16m (£12.3m) after they were accused of helping the country’s largest mobile phone operator, MTN, to illegally transfer $8bn abroad, reports BBC Africa business correspondent Dami Ade-Odiachi. The banks and MTN have been ordered to refund the money. The banks under fire are […]

Kenyan Top Judge In Court Over Corruption

Kenyan Top Judge In Court Over Corruption

Kenya’s Deputy Chief Justice, Philomena Mwilu, is currently in court in the capital, Nairobi, where her legal team is applying to get her freed on bail. She was arrested on Tuesday afternoon at the Supreme Court and is accused of abuse of office for personal gain and tax evasion. Kenya’s Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu […]

Jean-Pierre Bemba ‘Cannot Run for DRC President’

Jean-Pierre Bemba ‘Cannot Run for DRC President’

Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba cannot run to be the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s electoral commission said. Mr Bemba was one of six would-be candidates deemed ineligible following hours of deliberation. The ex-rebel leader had a war crimes conviction overturned in June. However, the commission said Mr Bemba was excluded […]

Ethiopians Return Looted Cars and Cash

Ethiopians Return Looted Cars and Cash

In the east of Ethiopia more than 100 vehicles have been returned to their owners after they were looted during ethnic clashes earlier this month. Religious leaders and elders have been calling for reconciliation and urged people to return whatever they had seized during the unrest. Officials in Jigjiga city say looted cash has also […]

Tanzania Arresting Entire Village Over Broken Pipes

Tanzania Arresting Entire Village Over Broken Pipes

Police in south-western Tanzania have started arresting the residents of a village for vandalising some water pipes. The arrest of the entire village of Ngola was ordered by the area’s regional commissioner Albert Chalamila on Wednesday. The residents are suspected of destroying a water facility worth about $20,000 (£16,000) in Masheye village, which is in […]

Nigeria VP Cracks Down On Anti-Robbery Squad

Nigeria VP Cracks Down On Anti-Robbery Squad

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the immediate overhaul of a police unit following allegations of human rights abuses. The special anti-robbery squad, known as Sars, will be reformed and a new commissioner appointed to head it. The unit has become notorious for allegations of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture and extortion. There has […]

Burundi To Ban Plastic Bags by 2020

Burundi To Ban Plastic Bags by 2020

In 2020, Burundi will join a growing number of African countries to have banned plastic bags. President Pierre Nkurunziza issued a decree on Monday prohibiting the “manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging”, according to a presidential order seen by the BBC. It will come into effect in […]

Zimbabwe Election: Inauguration Delayed After Result Challenged

Zimbabwe Election: Inauguration Delayed After Result Challenged

Sunday’s inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been halted after a legal challenge by the opposition against the election result. MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says he has evidence to show that he was cheated out of the 30 July presidential vote. His party says the poll was marred by “mammoth theft and fraud”, but […]