Tanzania Threatens To Shut Churches After Magufuli Criticism

Tanzania Threatens To Shut Churches After Magufuli Criticism

Tanzanian authorities have threatened to shut down churches which mix religion and politics after a cleric criticised President John Magufuli. The cleric, Zachary Kakobe, used a Christmas sermon to say the country was “turning into a one party state”. Days later, the Home Affairs Ministry warned religious organisations which dabbled in political issues would have […]

Kalusha’s Friend George Weah Elected Liberian President

Kalusha’s Friend George Weah Elected Liberian President

Former football star George Weah has been elected as Liberia’s president. With nearly all ballots from Tuesday’s run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote. As news of Mr Weah’s victory emerged, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia. He will succeed Ellen […]

Kenyan Police ‘Lock Up Children As Young As Four’

Kenyan Police ‘Lock Up Children As Young As Four’

Children accused of stealing scrap metal have been held in a police cell in Kenya, the privately owned Daily Nation reports. The news site says that five children, aged between four and 10, were taken to a police station in the central Nyeri County on Sunday night and kept in a cell for more than […]

Museveni Scraps Presidential Age Limit To Allow Him Stand Again

Museveni Scraps Presidential Age Limit To Allow Him Stand Again

After three days of debate, MPs voted overwhelmingly to remove the age limit of 75 for presidential candidates. It means 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled for more than 30 years, can seek re-election in 2021. A two-term limit was scrapped in 2005 to allow Mr Museveni to stand for a third term. But […]

Uganda MPs Debate Extending Their Term From 5yrs To 7yrs

Uganda MPs Debate Extending Their Term From 5yrs To 7yrs

Uganda’s MPs were locked in debate this afternoon over a proposed amendment to the constitution to extend their term in office from five to seven years. Critics described the idea as a sign of the ruling party’s greed, and said MPs should not be afraid of seeking re-election if they knew they had served their […]

Rwanda Bans Shisha

Rwanda Bans Shisha

Rwanda has banned the smoking of water-pipe tobacco known as shisha starting Friday, health minister Diane Gashumba said in a statement. The minister said the new order follows an advisory by the World Health Organization (WHO) that found that shisha was “damaging, addictive and dangerous”. Shisha smoking has become quite popular among young people in […]

Second Most Powerful Man In North Korea ‘Executed’

Second Most Powerful Man In North Korea ‘Executed’

A top aide of Kim Jong-un, once described as the “second-most powerful man in North Korea”, has disappeared from public life, sparking speculation he may have been executed by death squads. General Hwang Pyong-so once held the most senior military position in the hermit state as a Vice-Marshall after the supreme leader. But now he […]

Zimbabwe Christmas Cheer For Civil Servants

Zimbabwe Christmas Cheer For Civil Servants

Zimbabwe’s government has ordered that civil servants be paid their salaries before Christmas, breaking from the policy of the former regime of Robert Mugabe which delayed payments because of a severe cash crisis, the state-run Herald newspaper reports. Solders, who played a key role in ousting Mr Mugabe, and health workers would be paid tomorrow, […]

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Seeks End To Western Sanctions

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Seeks End To Western Sanctions

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa is seeking the removal of sanctions imposed by Western countries, saying they are crippling national development. He also indicated that elections due next July could be brought forward. Speaking to governing Zanu-PF party leaders, Mr Mnangagwa said the government would do everything to make sure they were credible, free and […]

Release Of Child Rapists In Tanzania Condemned

Release Of Child Rapists In Tanzania Condemned

The release of two musicians who were serving life sentences for the rape of primary school pupils is indicative of the Tanzanian president’s “punitive” attitude towards children, a child rights activist has said. Kate McAlpine, director of Community for Children Rights in northern Tanzania, said she was “horrified but unsurprised” by President John Magufuli’s decision. […]