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Malawi Votes In Tough Tripartite Elections

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Malawians headed to polling stations on Tuesday for presidential and legislative elections seen as a tough test for President Peter Mutharika, who is facing challenges from the deputy president and a former pastor who heads the opposition. Malawi is heavily dependent on foreign aid and is frequently beset by droughts which threaten […]

Zimbabwe Secures $500m Loan to Ease Dollar Shortages

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Zimbabwe’s Central Bank says it has secured 500 million dollars loan from unspecified international banks to support interbank currency trading from May 20. Gov. John Mangudya, said in a statement in Harare, that the loan was to ease a dollar crunch that had brought fuel and medicine shortages. Mangudya said that the […]

13 People Killed, Many Injured as Church Collapses In South Africa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 13 people have been reportedly killed and many were injured when a wall collapsed in South Africa as the Easter service took off at a Pentecostal church. Emergency services confirmed that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the incident which occred in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal. The tragedy, […]

South African Appoints Commission to Lead Digital Industrial Revolution

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has appointed a presidential commission to help the government tap the opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution (DIR), his office said on Tuesday. The presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said the 30-member commission, chaired by the president, would identify relevant policies, strategies and action plans that would […]

South African Lawmakers Oppose VFS Monopoly in Issuing Of Visas

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South African lawmakers on Tuesday castigated the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for its decision to grant VFS Global a further two years’ extension of their agreement to administer the issuing of visas. The decision to extend the contract is in direct violation of the Public Finance Management Act and relevant regulations […]

UN Report Says Hunger Rising in Africa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Hunger is on the rise in Africa mainly due to difficult global economic conditions, adverse climatic conditions due to El Nino and soaring staple food prices, according to a new report published by the UN. The 2018 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition Report was jointly published by the UN […]

Zambia Calls For Closer Collaboration To Tackle Climate Change

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zambia on Thursday called for closer collaboration among stakeholders to tackle the negative effects of climate change. Zambia’s Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme said at a World Bank-led Climate Investment Fund meeting in Morocco. “Collaboration between the public and private sectors is vital in tackling the challenges that climate change […]

Zambian Leader Laments  Deteriorating Of Discipline In Army

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday expressed concern over the slackening of discipline in the army. In remarks delivered when he inaugurated a new deputy army commander Dennis Alibuzwi, Lungu said discipline was cardinal in the army and that no rank was above discipline. Lungu, who fired former army commander Paul Mihova […]

14 Ethiopian Migrants Found Dead, Others Injured in Tanzania

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 14 migrants, identified as Ethiopians, had been found dead in Eastern Tanzania’s region of Morogoro, Police said on Monday. Morogoro Regional Police Commander Wilbroad Mutafungwa said that the aliens were found dead in Mindu area, near Morogoro municipality, on the Tanzania-Zambia highway. He said that there were 26 illegal […]

Illegal Mining Puts Johannesburg At Risk Of Explosions

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Illegal underground mining in Johannesburg is putting the City at risk of gas pipe explosions and mine collapses that could result in disaster, Mayor Herman Mashaba warned on Tuesday. An investigation by local newspaper The Sunday Times, published recently, indicated that areas of South Africa’s biggest city could collapse or be incinerated […]

Zimbabwe Orders Tough Measures as Another 42 Die In Bus Accident

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday sent a condolence message after yet another 42 people died on Thursday night when a bus they were traveling in caught fire along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road in southern Zimbabwe. At least another 20 people were also injured in the accident. The accident is the second major […]

Zimbabwe, Guinea Seek to Deepen Economic Cooperation

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Visiting Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday expressed confidence in Conakry that blossoming relations between Zimbabwe and Guinea would translate into greater economic cooperation. “I am confident that the friendship and fraternal relations will translate into strong economic ties through our bilateral relations. “As well as the various frameworks within the African […]

UN Chief Outraged by Killing of Civilians By Armed Groups In DRC

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), his spokesman said on Monday. Guterres condemned Saturday’s killing of at least 11 civilians, including one boy, as well as the injury and abduction […]

KFC Runs Out of Chicken Amid Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwe’s KFC fast food outlets on Wednesday were shuttered after running out of foreign currency with which to buy chicken, just one sign of a growing new economic crisis in the southern African country. Zimbabwe, which has long battled economic woes, is experiencing a dire shortage of foreign currency which has forced […]

South African President Appoints Ex-Central Bank Governor As Finance Minister

Photo: SA President Cyril Ramaphosa (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a former Central Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni, as his Finance Minister. The announcement was made Tuesday, after the President had accepted resignation of Mboweni’s predecessor, Nhlanhla Nene. Ramaphosa disclosed he had received a resignation letter from Nene and had decided to accept […]

Zambia Refunds UK Money After Allegations Of Misapplication

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it had refunded the United Kingdom (UK) money it released for a social cash transfer scheme following allegations of fraud and corruption. Chief Zambian Government Spokesperson, Dora Siliya, disclosed this at the weekly news conference. Siliya said that the money, amounting to about 2.7 million […]

Donors Stop Aid to Zambia Social-Welfare Scheme Over Alleged Misuse

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Britain and Finland have frozen funding to Zambia on suspicion that four million dollars they channelled into a social welfare scheme may have been misused, the Zambian presidency said on Tuesday. The social cash transfer scheme is a donor-supported programme under which the government relays money to vulnerable households in rural areas […]

Zimbabwe Declares State of Emergency On Cholera

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that the Government of Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency following a cholera outbreak in the capital, Harare. As of Friday morning, there have been more than 4,000 suspected cases, including 58 confirmed cases and 25 cholera-related deaths, WHO said. The UN health agency […]

SA Trade Union to Protest Discrimination Against White, Foreign Workers

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The South African trade union Solidarity has said that it will stage Monday a strike at the Sandton-based Sasol energy and chemical company because of the latter’s staff share scheme, which excludes white employees. Sasol has recently adopted a new 10-year staff share scheme, which excludes both white workers and foreign citizens. […]

Court Confirms Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Presidential Election Victory

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court confirmed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s disputed July 30 election victory on Friday, dismissing an opposition challenge that had held up his inauguration. Mnangagwa is due to inaugurated on Sunday. In a unanimous ruling of the nine judges of the country’s top court, Chief Justice Luke Malaba said Nelson Chamisa, who leads […]

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