WHO ‘Rethinking’ Robert Mugabe’s Appointment

WHO ‘Rethinking’ Robert Mugabe’s Appointment

The new head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is rethinking a plan to appoint Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s original proposal sparked an outcry. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But Mr Mugabe’s critics say Zimbabwe’s health care system has collapsed under […]

Millions Caught In South Africa’s ‘Worst Data Breach’

Millions Caught In South Africa’s ‘Worst Data Breach’

Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them at risk of identity theft. The information contained in a 27GB file was discovered by Australia-based internet security expert Tony Hunt earlier this week. It contains their […]

Somalia Appeals for Blood After Bombing

Somalia Appeals for Blood After Bombing

Somalia is appealing for blood to treat those wounded in Saturday’s huge truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which killed at least 281 people. Information Minister Abdirahman Osman told the BBC the death toll was likely to rise, and more help was needed. He said more than 300 people had been injured in Somalia’s deadliest […]

Kenya Election Official Resigns, Saying Poll ‘Not Credible’

Kenya Election Official Resigns, Saying Poll ‘Not Credible’

A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions. Now in the US, she told the BBC she had feared for her safety while in Kenya […]

Somalia: At Least 230 Dead In Mogadishu Blast

Somalia: At Least 230 Dead In Mogadishu Blast

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist […]

SA’s President Zuma Loses Appeal Over Corruption Charges

SA’s President Zuma Loses Appeal Over Corruption Charges

South African President Jacob Zuma has tumbled into deeper legal trouble on corruption charges after an appeal court issued a devastating ruling against the prosecutors who had dropped the charges against him. The Supreme Court of Appeal delivered a scathing 47-page ruling on Friday, criticizing the national prosecuting agency for its controversial decision to drop […]

Kenya Bans Street Protests Amid Election Row

Kenya Bans Street Protests Amid Election Row

Kenya’s government has banned demonstrations in three major Kenyan cities – the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said the ban was aimed at protecting Kenyans and their property. Opposition supporters have been holding regular protests in the three cities, which have resulted in looting and violent clashes with police. They are […]

Ministerial Statement On Cholera Outbreak

    Presented to the National Assembly by Dr. Chitalu Chilufya MP Hon. Minister of Health       12th October 2017   Mr. Speaker, Thank you for granting me this opportunity to present a Statement on the outbreak of Cholera in Lusaka district and to indicate the measures that Government has taken to stop […]

No Congo Election Until Mid-2019, Vote Commission Says, Angering Opposition

No Congo Election Until Mid-2019, Vote Commission Says, Angering Opposition

KINSHASA (Reuters) – An election to replace Congolese President Joseph Kabila cannot take place before April 2019, the electoral commission said, a delay that the opposition said would cause an impatient population to “take matters into its own hands”. The schedule outlined by the electoral commission would torpedo an agreement between Kabila’s camp and his […]

Nigeria Teachers Fail Exam Set For Pupils

Nigeria Teachers Fail Exam Set For Pupils

Thousands of primary school teachers in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state are to be sacked after failing the exams they set for their six-year-old pupils. State governor Nasir El-Rufai said 21,780 teachers, two-thirds of the total, had failed to score 75% or higher on assessments given to pupils. He said 25,000 new teachers would be recruited […]