Category archives for: African News

Reverend who went back to African religious roots

For a man who claims to have renounced his faith in the Christian religion, the Rev Kamau wa Macharia sure knows his Bible. He does not have many positive things to say about Islam either, the other major religion imposed on Africans. Instead, he embraces the African Traditional Religion which has been deliberately suppressed by […]

Africa’s last kingdom is using modern methods to silence dissent

TAWANDA KAROMBO With the internet shut down and under the cover of darkness, government forces went after protestors in Africa’s last absolute monarchy of Eswatini. All this while Eswatini’s dominant neighbor, South Africa, remained silent in the midst of former president Zuma’s court sentencing trials. The shutdown of the internet in Eswatini was confirmed in […]

South Africa’s ex-president Zuma is jailed after landmark ruling

SUSAN NJANJI Jacob Zuma on Thursday July 8, began a 15-month sentence for contempt of court, becoming post-apartheid South Africa’s first president to be jailed after a drama that campaigners said ended in a victory for rule of law. Zuma, 79, reported to prison early Thursday after mounting a last-ditch legal bid and stoking defiance […]

‘There is famine in Ethiopia right now,’ says UN aid chief

ELEANOR PICKSTON & NIMA ELBAGIR Over 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s conflict-ravaged Tigray region are experiencing dire hunger, finds a new report by the United Nations and other aid groups. “There is famine in Ethiopia right now,” United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Thursday. According to the global Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) […]

Gabon is first African country paid to protect its rainforest

Gabon has become the first African country to receive payment for reducing carbon emissions by protecting its rainforest. The UN-backed Central African Forest Initiative (Cafi) has handed over $17m (£12m) – the first tranche of a $150m deal struck in 2019. Nearly 90% of Gabon is covered by forest, which captures more carbon than the […]

Kenyan youth mobilizing school children to restore degraded forests

At only 25, Patricia Kombo from south-eastern Kenyan county of Makueni is shouldering the burden of recruiting learners into the efforts of protecting, managing, and restoring forest ecosystems, whose sustainability is in jeopardy thanks to human activities. Through her initiative PaTree, Kombo is on a mission to resurrect farming clubs in elementary schools, engage learners […]

Maggots Help Zimbabwe Rural Villagers Put Food on the Table

KUDZANAI MUSENGI The black soldier fly is becoming an important weapon in the arsenal of small-scale and communal farmers in Zimbabwe who have been hard hit by drought, low prices and escalating input costs. Miriam Sibanda, 32, dips her left hand into a heap of greyish matter lying in a makeshift pond and lifts out […]

Germany to fund projects in Namibia to atone for colonial crimes

Namibian government says Germany will fund infrastructure, healthcare and training projects over 30 years. Germany has agreed to fund projects in Namibia worth 1.1 billion euros ($1.3bn) over 30 years to atone for its role in mass killings and property seizures in its-then colony more than a century ago, according to a Namibian government spokesman. […]

Tanzania government lists priorities to give agriculture a push

LOUIS KALUMBIA Dodoma. The ministry of Agriculture yesterday outlined seven areas the government will prioritize in the 2021/22 financial year to boost growth of the key economic sector. They include research, seed development and extension services. Others are increasing the size of land for irrigation farming, strengthening markets for agricultural crops, improving access to inexpensive […]

Amid protests, Sierra Leone sells rainforest to China for industrial harbor in $55m deal

ABU MUBARIK Sierra Leone has sold 100 hectares of beach and protected rainforest to China to construct an industrial fishing harbor. The deal, said to be worth $55 million, was struck by the two countries amidst protest from conservationists, The Guardian has reported. According to the UK newspaper, rights groups, landowners, and conservationists have described […]