US-Africa: Bolton Unveils Plan to Counter Russia and China Influence

US-Africa: Bolton Unveils Plan to Counter Russia and China Influence

The US has accused China and Russia of using “opaque” and “corrupt” practices to expand their influence in Africa. US National Security Adviser John Bolton said the two nations were “deliberately and aggressively” attempting to gain an economic advantage over the US on the continent. He said the Trump administration’s new strategy for Africa would […]

Mozambique Busts ‘30,000 Ghost Workers’

Mozambique Busts ‘30,000 Ghost Workers’

Mozambique’s government has discovered more than 30,000 ghost workers on the civil service payroll. The civil service minister said some were paid for jobs they had not done, others were dead or fictitious. The fraud had cost the government around $250m (£198m) between 2015 and 2017, Carmelita Namashulua said. She said the government recognised that […]

‘Hakuna Matata’ and Other Unlikely Trademarked Phrases

‘Hakuna Matata’ and Other Unlikely Trademarked Phrases

In recent days angry opinion pieces have sprung up in Kenyan media over the well-known Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata”. The phrase translated means “no problems” or “no worries” and is a common expression throughout east Africa. But to the rest of the world, it’s best known as a song from the Lion King – and […]

Satelites Warn African Farmers Of Pest Infestations

Satelites Warn African Farmers Of Pest Infestations

UK researchers have developed an early warning system to prevent the crops of African farmers from being devastated. The Pest Risk Information Service (Prise) combines temperature data and weather forecasts with computer models. It then sends farmers a mobile phone alert so that they can take precautions. It is hoped that the system will boost […]

African Union Hit by Sexual Harassment Claims

African Union Hit by Sexual Harassment Claims

Sexual harassment is a major problem for women who work at the African Union Commission (AUC), an internal investigation has found. Most of the victims are short-term staff, youth volunteers and interns looking for jobs, the report said. Those responsible “position themselves as ‘gate-keepers’ and ‘king-makers’”, it added. The inquiry was launched in May and […]

Cameroon Speaking Regions Fight For Independence

Cameroon Speaking Regions Fight For Independence

The Red Dragons, Tigers and Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) – these are just some of the armed groups which have sprung up to fight for independence in English-speaking parts of Cameroon, posing a major security threat to Sunday’s elections, in which President Paul Biya, 85, is seeking to extend his 36-year rule. In the absence […]

Teachers Whipped By Jihadists In Burkina Faso

Teachers Whipped By Jihadists In Burkina Faso

Schools in Burkina Faso near the borders with Mali and Niger are coming under increasing threat from jihadist groups demanding the schools abandon secular education. On Monday, four armed men on motorbikes pulled up to a school in the small northern community of Toulfé. Burkina Faso’s Minister of Education Stanislas Ouaro told BBC Afrique the […]

Tanzania Authorities Ban ‘Immoral’ Songs

Tanzania Authorities Ban ‘Immoral’ Songs

Tanzania’s arts regulatory council, Basata, has banned a brand new hit song – Mwanza – by household musicians Raymond Shabaan Mwakyusa, famously known as Rayvanny, and Diamond Platnumz The song, which was released over the weekend, is now strictly prohibited from being played on any TV and radio stations in Tanzania. Basata said the song’s […]

Gabons President Seriously ill

Gabons President Seriously ill

Gabonese President Ali Bongo is seriously ill but on the mend, his spokesman says, ending weeks of official silence on his condition. Speculation has mounted on the health of President Bongo, 59, with some reports saying he suffered a stroke. He is being treated in Saudi Arabia, with the initial announcement last month saying he […]