Category archives for: African News

Surge in Violence Results in African Union Membership Suspended

by CATHERINE BYARUHANGA The African Union has suspended Sudan’s membership “with immediate effect”, amid an upsurge of violence in the capital that has seen dozens killed. The pan-African body has warned of further action if power is not transferred to a civilian authority – a key demand of pro-democracy protesters. Opposition activists say a para-military […]

Rwanda Receives Global Recognition For Strengthening Youth Involvement In Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) was awarded this year’s Edouard Saouma Award, a global prize instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for outstanding efforts in involving youth in Rwanda’s agriculture transformation. MINAGRI has been selected as joint winner, with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research in Pakistan for […]

Mass Detention of Opposition Members in Cameroon

by ILARIA ALLEGROZZI At least 350 members and supporters of Cameroon’s main opposition party, including its vice president, were arrested across the country this weekend after they tried to hold demonstrations. The arrests, targeting the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party, appear to mark yet another step in the government’s attempt to limit political dissent. Cameroon […]

China to Construct Two Major Water Dams in Sierra Leone

by ABDUL RASHID THOMAS Sierra Leone’s minister of water resources – Dr Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe, has confirmed to the Sierra Leone Telegraph that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese engineering firm – China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) to carry out the Orugu and Congo Dams and Water Treatment Plants […]

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 […]