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DRC Records New Cases of Deadly Ebola Virus

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – New cases of deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) city of Butembo, near the Ugandan border, where it has claimed three lives. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed on Friday saying they have stepped up community-based efforts to […]

Cameroon President Condemns Attack on School Children

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Paul Biya of Cameroon has condemned an attack on school children in the Northwest, one of the country’s two English-speaking regions, Communication Minister and Government Spokesman, Issa Tchiroma, said on Thursday. “President Biya has expressed indignation at the terrorist act that constitutes serious violation of the right to education,” Tchiroma said […]

Somali Militants Kill Soldiers, Kidnap Scores of Elders

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Officials on Thursday said gunmen from Somalia’s Al Shabaab group killed six people including at least four soldiers in the streets of the capital, a day after the Islamist movement kidnapped scores of elders in a central region. Police said the militants drove up to a tuk-tuk vehicle carrying the soldiers in […]

In Zambia, Traffic Violations Drop After Introduction of Roadside Cameras

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Compliance levels to road traffic rules have gone up in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, after the installation of roadside cameras on some selected roads, the country’s road safety agency said on Monday. The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) said it had recorded a significant increase in speed limit compliance since the […]

Aid Agencies Express Concern About 1m Displaced Ethiopians

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Aid organisations on Friday called for concerted swift measures to meet the humanitarian needs of nearly one million people who are displaced due to inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. The UN migration agency has recently revealed that since April,  some 970,000 people have fled their homes due to fighting between communities along the […]

Ugandan MP Beaten Up After Museveni’s Convoy Stoned

Photo: President Yoweri Museveni (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ugandan legislator, Francis Zaake, detained after the president’s convoy was stoned, has been “brutalised” by security personnel, an opposition figure said on Wednesday as images of the bruised lawmaker emerged on social media. Supporters of an independent candidate running in a parliamentary by-election threw stones at President Yoweri Museveni’s […]

After 15 Years Of Hostility, Eritrea, Somalia Renew Diplomatic Relations

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Eritrea and Somalia have taken up diplomatic relations after 15 years of hostility, the two East African nations said Monday. The thawing of relations comes after Somalia’s president on Saturday began a three-day visit to Eritrea in a bid to normalize relations. According to a joint statement, both countries plan to take […]

WHO Declares DRC Ebola-Free

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been declared over by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Speaking from the country’s capital, Kinshasa, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, hailed the “tireless efforts” of local teams in combating the deadly disease, which claimed 29 lives, and infected dozens more. […]

Cameroon’s Bus Crash Claims 30 Lives

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Thirty people died when a bus skidded off the road into a ditch in Cameroon’s centre region, authorities said on Friday. “We understand the driver had fallen asleep,’’ regional governor Naseri Paul Bea told the state broadcaster CRTV. Two children under the age of two “miraculously’’ survived the crash, he added. The […]

AU Hails Recent Positive Development in Ethio-Eritrea Relations

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the recent positive developments in the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, an AU statement said on Thursday. The two neighbouring East African countries fought a border war from 1998 to 2000 before signing a peace accord, dubbed the Algiers agreement […]

Uganda’s President, Police Vow Crackdown After Killing Of Lawmaker

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the country’s police chief have vowed a crackdown on crime after a ruling-party lawmaker was shot dead on Friday by men on motorbikes. Speaking at the funeral of MP Ibrahim Abiriga, Museveni said the government would ban motorcycle riders from wearing hooded jackets. The men who shot […]

Ugandan Establishes New Anti-Corruption Unit

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, on Wednesday, announced the establishment of a new anti-corruption unit and encouraged the public to report corrupt officials to the unit. Museveni, while delivering his state of the nation address, said the move was aimed at fighting rampant corruption and poor service delivery. He said the unit would […]

Kenyan Authorities Arrest 54 Officials Amid Graft Probe

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Kenyan authorities arrested the head of a government agency and 53 others  on Monday in a corruption investigation into the theft of nearly 99 million dollars, a rare move to hold officials to account for graft in a nation where it is widespread. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pledged to stamp out graft when […]

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 […]

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