Zambia Should Learn: Ghana Starts Free Secondary School Education

Zambia Should Learn: Ghana Starts Free Secondary School Education

A new programme of free secondary school education has started in Ghana. This was a key campaign promise of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was elected last year. The 400,000 students entering secondary school this year will also receive free textbooks, meals and other benefits. The aim is to reduce the number of children dropping out […]

Kenyatta Threatens To Remove Odinga If Opposition Wins Re-Run

Kenyatta Threatens To Remove Odinga If Opposition Wins Re-Run

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that if his rival, Raila Odinga, is elected president in the re-run election on 17 October, his party, which has a parliamentary majority, will remove him from office. Mr Kenyatta, who was addressing a delegation of party supporters, said (in Swahili): “even if he is elected, we have the […]

Zuma Accuses Democratic Alliance Of Witchcraft

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has blamed witchcraft for his party’s failure to beat the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in its Western Cape stronghold, the Sowetan Live reports: In the last elections I was satisfied that we were taking the Western Cape‚ I even said so. What went wrong? I too can’t tell you. I […]

Rwandan Police ‘arrest Diane Rwigara Again’

Rwandan Police ‘arrest Diane Rwigara Again’

Police in Rwanda have once again arrested opposition politician Diane Rwigara at her home in the capital, Kigali. Her mother Adeline Rwigara and her sister Anne Rwigara, were also picked up, a relative has told the BBC. He said that the three were taken at 11:10 local time (08:10 GMT). The three women returned home […]

Magufuli Wants ‘Soul Searching’ Over Corrupt Mining Deals

Magufuli Wants ‘Soul Searching’ Over Corrupt Mining Deals

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has called for national “soul searching” after two parliamentary reports revealed large-scale corruption in the country’s mining industry. Responding to the reports, the president ordered immediate legal action against the officials who have been implicated and said they should resign. He said the industry needs to be looked at afresh: If […]

Thousands March Against Togo ‘Dynasty’

Thousands March Against Togo ‘Dynasty’

Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets of Togo’s capital, Lomé, protesting against President Faure Gnassingbé. The number of demonstrators is said to be unprecedented. The internet has been severely restricted. A government concession to introduce a two-term presidential limit through a constitutional amendment failed to dissuade the protesters. They want Mr […]

Gabon Bans Opposition Leaders From Leaving The Country

Gabon Bans Opposition Leaders From Leaving The Country

Gabon on Sunday announced a ban on opposition leaders, including former top African Union official Jean Ping, from leaving the country in what it said was a “temporary, administrative measure”. “This measure follows inflammatory comments by Jean Ping on August 18 when he called for public disorder, rebellion and insurrection,” interior ministry spokesman Jean-Eric Nziengui […]

African Leaders Blasted For ‘Health Tourism’

African Leaders Blasted For ‘Health Tourism’

A South African minister has criticised African leaders who seek medical treatment abroad. Aaron Motsoaledi condemned “health tourism” while speaking in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe, who frequently receives treatment in Singapore, had left the meeting of health ministers when Dr Motsoaledi made the comments. Mr Mugabe’s spokesman has said that the president’s doctor “is not […]

Nigerian Court Seizes $21m From Ex-Oil Minister

Nigerian Court Seizes $21m From Ex-Oil Minister

A court in Nigeria has seized $21m (£16m) from bank accounts linked to former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is being pursued by the national anti-corruption agency, the AFP news agency and Premium Times reports. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), argued that the money in the bank accounts had been laundered with the […]

Kenya Plastic Bag Ban Comes Into Force

Kenya Plastic Bag Ban Comes Into Force

A ban on plastic carrier bags has come into force in Kenya, which means that from Monday anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years. The government says the ban will help protect the environment. But manufacturers of the bags have […]