DR Congo President Joseph Kabila Not Seeking Third Term

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila Not Seeking Third Term

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila will not be seeking a third term in December’s election, his spokesperson has said. The governing coalition has nominated former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to be its candidate. Mr Kabila’s second term ended in 2016, but elections have been delayed and there had been speculation that he […]

Egypt’s Pope Quits Facebook to Save Time

Egypt’s Pope Quits Facebook to Save Time

Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, has announced his intent to shut down his official Facebook page and make better use of his time, the state-run Mena news agency reports. It quoted him as saying on Facebook: Time is the most precious gift God gives us daily, and we […]

Zimbabwe Election: Troops Fire On MDC Alliance Supporters

Zimbabwe Election: Troops Fire On MDC Alliance Supporters

Three people were killed in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare after troops opened fire on rioting opposition supporters, police say. The government says the army was deployed in central Harare to help police restore order. The opposition MDC Alliance condemned the crackdown, saying it was a reminder of the “dark days” of Robert Mugabe’s rule. It alleges […]

Zimbabwe Election: Both Sides Certain of Winning

Zimbabwe Election: Both Sides Certain of Winning

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival, Nelson Chamisa both say they are confident of victory after Monday’s election. Observers say it could be a tight race, but the opposition has said it will protest if their candidate is defeated. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.

Zimbabwe Election: First Vote Without Mugabe

Zimbabwe Election: First Vote Without Mugabe

Voters in Zimbabwe are going to the polls in the country’s first election without the involvement of long-time leader Robert Mugabe. The country’s founding president, Mr Mugabe was ousted in a coup last year after almost four decades in power. The main contenders in the presidential vote are incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa, of the ruling Zanu-PF […]

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 […]