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Zambia Announces Penalties Against Abuse of Government Vehicles

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zambia on Friday announced revised penalties meant to curtail usage of government vehicles. Recently, the Ministry of Works and Supply, announced measures to control the usage of government vehicles as government was spending huge sums of money on fuel and repairs. The announcement was followed by weekend patrols in which a number […]

Tanzanian Govt Suspends 22 Senior Staff For Printing Error-laden Textbooks

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The Tanzanian Government has suspended 22 senior staff of the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE), the country’s education watchdog, for reportedly printing error-laden textbooks for secondary schools. Joyce Ndalichako, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that the government would take legal action against […]

Ethiopia Says British Museum Must Permanently Return Its Artefacts

Photo: Mulatu Teshome (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Britain must permanently return all artefacts from Ethiopia held by the Victoria and Albert Museum and Addis Ababa will not accept them on loan, an Ethiopian government official said. The call comes after the museum, one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, put Ethiopian treasures plundered by British forces on […]

Al-Bashir Sacks Sudan’s Foreign Minister

Photo: Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has issued a presidential decree relieving Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, of his position, state news agency SUNA reported on Thursday. The news agency did not provide any further details or say who would be appointed in his place. Ghandour had on […]

Kenya Moves to Achieve Malaria Free Status

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Kenya is likely to achieve the UN target of total malaria eradication by 2030 as the government and bilateral partners roll out robust interventions to contain the disease, officials said on Wednesday. Sicily Kariuki, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, said Kenya has the potential to achieve the vision of malaria free status […]

Darfur Refugee Camp Closes After More Than a Decade

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The last refugees still in a camp in Darfur, western Sudan are returning home today as the site closes. The UN has tweeted pictures from the refugee camp in Mukjar, 190km southwest of El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur: People from Chad sought refuge in Darfur over a decade ago despite […]

Extremists Attack African Union Base in Southern Somalia

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Al-Shabab fighters launched coordinated attacks on five military camps in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, killing at least 12 militants and a civilian, witnesses and officials say. Somali officials says two suicide trucks filled with explosives blew up Sunday at the AMISOM military camp in Bula Marer, 110 km south of Mogadishu and […]

UN Condemns Congo’s ‘Unlawful’ Crackdown on Protests

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The United Nations on Monday condemned Congolese security forces for killing at least 47 people, including women and children, in “unlawful and unjustified” crackdowns on protests during 2017 and early this year. Democratic Republic of Congo is facing growing public unrest since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down after his mandate […]

Lightning Kills 16, Injures Many At Rwanda Church

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – About 16 people were killed and while many injured by lightning Saturday at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda. Officials said the victims died instantly when the lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local Mayor Habitegeko. Mayor Habitegeko confirmed that the lightning also killed a student in the […]

Uganda Ruling Party Wants to Extend President’s Rule to 2035

Uganda’s ruling party is pushing for a referendum that could extend the longtime president’s rule to 2035. Rogers Mulindwa, a spokesman for the National Resistance Movement party, says the referendum to extend the president’s term from five years to seven most certainly will happen in 2018. In December, lawmakers passed a contentious bill that removed […]

Another 1,500 Prisoners Released in Ethiopia

Authorities in Ethiopia’s Somali region have released about 1,500 people from prison, the latest step in a campaign to ease long-running political tensions. Mohammed Bilal Hassan, media adviser to the regional president, told VOA’s Horn of Africa service that the prisoners were released Thursday, hours after regional officials announced such action would be taken. He […]

UN Blasts Nigeria Over Cameroon’s Extradition

Photo:  Sisiku Ayuk Tabe  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The UN refugee agency on Thursday criticised Nigeria for breaching international agreements after the leader of a Cameroonian anglophone separatist movement and his supporters were extradited at Yaounde’s request. The UNHCR said it learned “with great concern” about the case of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, who was sent back […]

Despite Warning, Kenya’s Opposition Leader, Odinga Sworn-in as ‘People’s President’

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Kenya’s first opposition leader, Mr. Raila Odinga, has been sworn-in as the “People’s President.” The controversial swearing-in ceremony which held at a park in the capital Nairobi was attended by thousands of Mr. Odinga’s supporters in spite of a government warning that the action amounted to treason. While holding […]

Cameroon’s Opposition Eyes Single Candidate to Defeat Biya

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Cameroon’s elections aren’t expected until at least September but the political scene is already heating up. Supporters of longtime President Paul Biya are urging him to seek another term, while parts of the country’s notoriously fractured opposition are trying to unite behind a single candidate. Recently, hundreds of youth sang in the […]

Somalia Parliament Passes Law Criminalizing Rape, Violent Against Women

The parliament in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has approved a bill criminalizing rape for the first time, and requiring prison terms for individuals convicted of the crime. The bill, passed Saturday, is the first of its kind in Somaliland criminalizing not only rape but all gender-based violations against women. It lays out a process […]

Thousands Flee Villages in English-Speaking Parts of Cameroon for Fear of Military Attack

CAMEROON — Thousands of people are fleeing villages in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon less than a week after President Paul Biya declared war against anglophone separatist groups. Fleeing villagers complain troops are engaging in rape, killings, and harassment, but the military says they are out to defend the population. The number of people traveling […]

Despite Protests, Uhuru Kenyatta Sworn-in as New Kenya’s President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Amidst protests by the opposition, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn-in for a second term as the President of Kenya. The ceremony which held Tuesday morning took place in the capital, Nairobi but was boycotted by the opposition, led by Ralia Odinga. Odinga, who also boycotted the Presidential election re-run, last month, […]

Train Crash Kills 33 in Democratic Republic of Congo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A train crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 33 people, UN radio station Okapi reports. It happened in Buyofwe in the province Lualaba, in the south of the country. Radio Okapi said that the train caught fire after crashing into a ravine. According to reports, it was carrying flammable […]

UN Raises Alarm over Humanitarian Crisis in Congo’s Kasai

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An official from the United Nations’ World Food Program has issued a warning about the situation in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict has left 3.2 million people severely hungry. In the past year, about 1.4 million residents of Congo’s Kasai region have been displaced by violence that […]

Kenya Presidential Re-run Underway Amid Tight Security as Opposition Kicks

Photo: President Uhuru Kenyatta BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Amid tight security, voting is under way in Kenya in a re-run of the recent Presidential election. However, the exercise is being boycotted by the main opposition in line with its leader, Ralia Odinga. Contrary to Odinga who had vowed to disrupt the vote, by calling for […]

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