Suitcase Of Cash Stolen From Robert Mugabe’s House

Suitcase Of Cash Stolen From Robert Mugabe’s House

Harare – Three people have appeared in court in Zimbabwe, accused of stealing a suitcase containing US$150,000 (£117,600) of cash from the country’s ousted president, Robert Mugabe. The suspected thieves allegedly spent the money on cars, homes and animals. A relative of the ex-president, Constantia Mugabe, is among the accused, government-owned media report. She allegedly […]

DR Congo Election: Candidate Martin Fayulu Appeals Against Result

DR Congo Election: Candidate Martin Fayulu Appeals Against Result

An opposition presidential candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo has filed an appeal in the constitutional court against last month’s poll result. Martin Fayulu insists he won the vote and has demanded a manual recount, but the electoral commission declared rival Felix Tshisekedi the winner. Troops have deployed near Mr Fayulu’s residence and outside […]

Joburg Mayor Under Fire Over Sanitary Pads

Joburg Mayor Under Fire Over Sanitary Pads

The mayor of South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, has been criticised for saying that giving schoolgirls sanitary pads would make them focus on sex. Herman Mashaba comments were sparked by a picture showing the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, handing over packs of pads to pupils in reception, aged under six years old, IOL […]

Felix Tshisekedi: Opposition Leader Named Winner in DR Congo Poll

Felix Tshisekedi: Opposition Leader Named Winner in DR Congo Poll

Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s tightly contested presidential vote, the electoral commission says. Provisional results put him ahead of another opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, and the ruling coalition’s Emmanuel Shadary. If confirmed, Mr Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained independence. Current […]

DR Congo Opposition Candidate Fayulu Says Results ‘Not Negotiable’

DR Congo Opposition Candidate Fayulu Says Results ‘Not Negotiable’

Opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu has warned election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to “disguise the truth” as tensions mount over the delayed result. Mr Fayulu said the “Congolese people already know” the result of the vote, which took place on 30 December. The election outcome was initially expected to be announced […]

Gabon Coup: Government Says ‘Situation Under Control’

Gabon Coup: Government Says ‘Situation Under Control’

A spokesperson for the government of Gabon has said the political situation in the country is “under control”, following an attempted military coup. Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told the BBC that four of the rebels had been arrested by the authorities. A fifth is on the run. The junior officers claimed they seized power “to restore democracy” […]

Soldiers ‘Seize Power’ In Gabon

Soldiers ‘Seize Power’ In Gabon

Juniors officers say they have seized power in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years. Soldiers in the west African country say they launched a coup “to restore democracy”. They took control of the national radio station at 04:30 local time (03:30 GMT) to read a short statement announcing a […]

DR Congo Result Delay: Voters Told To ‘Be Patient’

DR Congo Result Delay: Voters Told To ‘Be Patient’

Voters awaiting the results of last Sunday’s presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of Congo need to be patient, the electoral commission says. So far 53% of votes from the country’s 75,000 polling stations had been counted, the electoral commission chief Corneille Nangaa told journalists. Results had initially been expected this Sunday. The influential Catholic […]

Jacob Zuma: Ex South Africa President In Row Over Music Album

Jacob Zuma: Ex South Africa President In Row Over Music Album

South Africa’s ex-President Jacob Zuma is embroiled in a new political row – after signing an unexpected record deal. The eThekwini district agreed to fund an album of protest songs sung by him, which officials said would preserve an aspect of cultural heritage. But South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has branded the […]

Obituary: The Witch Who Protected a Village From Genocide

Obituary: The Witch Who Protected a Village From Genocide

Zura Karuhimbi had no weapons to defend herself when the men waving machetes surrounded her home, demanding she hand over those she was sheltering inside, Reports the BBC. She did, however, have a reputation for magical powers. That reputation, and the fear it engendered in the group of heavily armed men, was enough to keep […]