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  • Uganda age limit repeal law referred to parliamentary committee

    UGANDA, 2017/10/05 A law amending Uganda’s constitution to allow ageing leader Yoweri Museveni to extend his policy was introduced in parliament on Tuesday, at a session where nearly all its opponents were either barred or remained away in turmoil. Museveni, 73, has ruled Uganda since 1986. He is as from presently on ineligible to seek re-election in the next polls in 2021 because the existing constitution places an age ceiling of 75 on anyone aspiring to the presidency. The bill brought to parliament would remove the age hurdle.
  • Rwandan police arrest Diane Rwigara, family members

    RWANDA, 2017/09/05 Police in Rwanda have arrested Diane Shima Rwigara, a prominent government critic, charging her with forgery and tax evasion.
  • Africa: U.S. State Department To Get Experienced Diplomat in Key Africa Post

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/30 Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa inclunding two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of National for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump government.Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa including two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump administration. Senior CIA analyst Cyril Sartor was hired as senior director for Africa at the National Security Council earier this month Key Africa jobs at the Defense Department (DOD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development remain vacant. "Having someone with Don Yamamoto's experience in that post is very significant," Mel Foote, Constituency for Africa president, told AllAfrica. "As Africa confronts a lot of challenges, we want to see responsible U.S. engagement in partnership with African governments and civil society organizations."
  • Ethiopia Lifts State of Emergency Imposed in October

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/08/07 Ethiopia's government has lifted a national of emergency imposed in October next hundreds of people were killed in anti-government protests demanding wider political freedoms. Politicians voted to end the measure on Friday, with officials saying the country has fewer security issues.
  • Kambwili Challenges Expulsion From Zambia's Ruling Party

    ZAMBIA, 2017/07/28 The ruling Patriotic Front's expulsion of one of its founding members paves the way for President Lungu to be its presidential candidate. But they'd be wrong to think they've seen the end of Chishimba Kambwili. Last week, Chishimba Kambwili MP, an ambitious firebrand and possible presidential aspirant, was expelled from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), a party he had helped found 16 years before.
  • East Africa: World Bank Calls for Proper Urbanisation to Promote

    DJIBOUTI CITY, 2017/06/07 African cities are crowded inclunding disconnected, making them costly for both firms and residents. According to the World Bank's statement 'African cities opening doors to the world' potential investors and trading partners quickly see evidence of the physical and economic dysfunction that constraints public service provision, inhibits labor market pooling and matching, and prevents firms from reaping scale and agglomeration benefits.
  • Ex-Tanzanian president: 'Sacking of 9,000 government employees long overdue'

    TANZANIA, 2017/05/04 Tanzania's President John Magufuli has stirred controversy next sacking 9,000 government employees over fake certificates. Former leader Benjamin Mkapa supports the move. How is Tanzania's President John Magufuli faring? Should Africa continue to blame colonial Europe for its extreme poverty and underdevelopment? Why is Burundi still in a political deadlock? The former president of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, on various issues in an exclusive interview. Q: You are remembered for having headed an exemplary leadership in Tanzania. What is your take on the current national of governance in Tanzania, considering the clampdown on the media and the opposition?
  • Morocco Funds Relocation of South Sudan Capital

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2017/02/05 Plans to move South Sudan's capital from Juba to Ramciel have got a new boost with the signing of an agreement between the South Sudan government and Morroco's King Mohammed VI in which a $5m feasibility study will be done with funding from Morocco. King Mohammed VI, who is in South Sudan for a three-day national visit, as well witnessed, together with his host president Salva Kiir, the signing of eight other agreements on general cooperation, promotion of investment , avoidance of double taxation vocational training and agriculture. Four memoranda were as well signed on industrial cooperation, mining and commerce between the two nations.
  • 5 African Countries Likely To Withdraw from the ICC

    BURUNDI, 2016/11/02 South Africa has announced its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the Daily Maverick, South African diplomats delivered a formal notice of withdrawal to the Rome Statute of the ICC, initiating a year-long process. In its deposition, South Africa accused the Hague-based court of bias against African nations. South Africa maintains that there are examples of inequality and unfairness in the conduct of the ICC, its relationship with the Security Council, and to the court’s alleged focus on crimes committed in Africa, despite there being evidence of similar violations existing on other continents.
  • Zambia: Lusaka Mayor Bans Public Gatherings

    ZAMBIA, 2016/03/16 LUSAKA Mayor George Ngendwa has banned all public gatherings in the city as additional measures are being put in place to stop the increase in the number of cholera cases currently standing at 94. Mr Ngendwa directed all council officers to ensure that no public gatherings were allowed as per directive. He identified parties and funerals as gatherings that could contribute to the spread of the disease as a lot of people shared food at such functions, which posed a health risk.