Category archives for: African News

Libyan PM Accuses Rival Leader of Seeking a Coup

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj says his rival for power, General Khalifa Haftar, is trying to stage a coup and take Libya by force. “He’s dreaming of entering Tripoli,” al-Sarraj told France 24 television in Paris Wednesday. “This attack must be clearly condemned because it is an attempt to overthrow the (government’s) legitimacy and seize […]

Study Finds Ethiopian Garment Workers are Worst Paid in World

Ethiopia’s clothes factory workers, producing items for top fashion brands including Guess, H&M and Calvin Klein, are the worst paid in the world, earning only $26 (23 euros) a month, a report said Tuesday. As Ethiopia seeks to become the continent’s leading manufacturing hub, it has sold investors on workers’ willingness to toil for less […]

A Conflict Deadlier Than Boko Haram

Haruna Usman’s biggest worry for many years was the pests that feasted on his harvest of millet, corn and groundnut in the small farming village of Maha-awo in Nigeria’s northwest state of Zamfara. Life was peaceful for the 50-year-old with three wives and 25 children. Then, in April, his life tipped into tragedy. Bandits killed […]

Son Becomes Lawyer, Wins Back Family Land Lost 23 Years Ago

A Ugandan man, who was only six years old when his father lost his land in a legal dispute, has finally won it back 23 years later, after becoming a lawyer. Jordan Kinyera went through 18 years of education and legal training before taking on the case. On Monday, the High Court delivered a final […]

President Officially Secures Re-election

Senegalese President Macky Sall was officially declared winner of the Feb. 24 vote on Tuesday, after the constitutional council confirmed his re-election with 58 percent of votes. Provisional results announced by Senegal’s official counting body last week had showed Sall comfortably securing a second term without a run-off vote. Sall had been tipped to win […]

Committee Begins Probe Into Massive Failures at Ghana Law School

Results released by the Independent Examinations Committee of the General Legal Council, reveals only 64 students passed in all the papers. The Student’s Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law sent a formal written request to the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, last Tuesday. They urged him to institute investigations into […]

Child Mortality Down But Another Crisis Looms

by Orji Sunday It is a bright morning in Lagos, Nigeria. Babatunde Ogunmefun, 24, limps around the soccer pitch, chasing the ball, hands firmly gripping his crutches. When he heaves his single leg forward to kick the ball, he staggers and smiles before regaining his balance. “From childhood I always loved football,” he says. But […]

U.S.Extends Sanctions on Zimbabwe by One Year

US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year, saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to the American foreign policy. The renewal on Monday comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give […]

Government Cracks Down on Opponents

Cameroon’s High Court refused to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto, as well as six of his supporters, who were arrested in January on politically motivated charges. The Mfoundi High Court, located in Cameroon’s political capital, Yaoundé, made this decision following a habeas corpus request led by the detainees’ defence lawyers. Kamto and his party, the […]

Son of Ex-Liberian President Charged Over Missing Money Scandal

Liberian police have formally charged the son of the country’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in connection with the unlawful overprinting of local currency worth millions of US dollars. Charles Sirleaf, the 61-year-old former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, was ordered by a court in the capital, Monrovia, on Monday to be […]