Africa East Africa World 

At least nine killed in fuel tanker explosion in Uganda

A fuel tanker explosion on Sunday has killed at least nine people, with several others reportedly unaccounted for. Local media reported that the incident occurred in Kyambura trading centre, Rubirizi District, in western Uganda. A local official Harriet Nabukenya told Daily Monitor that the driver of the fuel truck lost control and rammed into two commuter taxis parked on the roadside. The collision resulted in the explosion with about 40 retail and wholesale shops being burnt. Many residents and traders have reported of losing all their goods and property in…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Zuma’s relative shot dead by ‘jealous’ lover

Police in Johannesburg in South Africa have arrested a 33-year old man who shot and killed his lover. The deceased, Silindile Zuma, 30, was shot twice in the face by the suspect Mbuzeleni Mpungose when she told him she wanted to end their relationship. Silindile Zuma was a relative of former South African president Jacob Zuma. According to police Mpungose allegedly went on the run after the July 8 killing of Silindile Zuma. He was however arrested after he was tracked to his hideout this month. Zuma and Mpungose were…

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Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan’s army and civilians sign power-sharing deal

Sudan’s military council and the opposition alliance have signed a major power-sharing deal in the capital Khartoum. The agreement signed on Saturday now ushers a country gripped by political crisis and violence into a new era. Hopefully the deal should eventually lead to a civilian rule when elections are held at the end of the transition period. There will be a new governing council made up of both civilians and generals and the task is to work towards elections within three years. The deal was signed by Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti”…

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Africa Egypt North Africa World 

Egypt’s Military is the most powerful in Africa

Egypt’s Military has been ranked the most powerful in Africa, placing 12th most powerful military in the world. The new list of military rankings was released by Globalfirepower. The Egyptian Armed Forces had a Power Index score of 0.2283. Algeria’s military came second (27th in the world) while that of South Africa placed third (32nd in the world). The Nigerian Armed Forces however ranked as the fourth most powerful military on the African continent and placed 44th in the global ranking. The fifth most powerful military in Africa was that…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigerian man arrested by the FBI over $11 million fraud

A Nigerian businessman Obinwanne Okeke aka ‘Invictus Obi’ has been arrested by the FBI in the U.S over alleged $11 million fraud. Okeke was a Forbes Contributor & a Young African Business Leader nominee. He has appeared on global media platforms such as BBC News Africa, CNBC Africa, London School of Economics Africa Summit and TEDxYABA. He was listed among Forbes 100 Most Influential Young Africans 2018. On social media screenshots of the affidavit reportedly sworn to an FBI Special agent, Marshall Ward went viral. The document revealed that Okeke,…

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Africa West Africa World 

[Video] – Ali Bongo’s first public appearance after stroke

President of Gabon Ali Bongo has made his first live appearance in public nearly 10 months after suffering a stroke. He was seen walking with a stick while attending ceremonies in the capital Libreville. President Bongo suffered stroke last year during a trip to Saudi Arabia. That plunged the country into governance crisis. It resulted in a failed coup forcing him to return home quickly to re-assure citizens. President Ali Bongo returned home in January this year to swear in his new government. He reshuffled his government after some soldiers…

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Africa Featured Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe: Police fire tear gas and beat protesters in Harare

Zimbabwe police on Friday fired tear gas and beat many opposition supporters who gathered in central Harare for a protest march. The government had banned an anti-government protest although the country’s high court upheld it. Protesters largely members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) defied the ban. In an attempt to prevent the protest from taking place, police officers clashed with protesters. Police had to fire tear gas and water cannon and in some instances chased protesters from one of the city’s main squares with batons. There were reinforcements…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria’s Shia leader refuses medical treatment in India

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who traveled to India for medical leave has refused to undergo medical treatment. He traveled to India this week with his wife after securing a medical leave from custody since their detention in 2015. El-Zakzaky and his wife visited the Medenta Hospital in New Delhi but he reportedly discharged himself from the hospital to return to Nigeria. He had demanded to be treated by doctors of his own choice, an act that the Nigerian government has described as “unruly”.…

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Africa Central Africa Featured World 

Burundi begins Ebola vaccination for health officials

Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola as it makes efforts to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that the vaccination is happening near Burundi’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burundi has not reported of any Ebola cases but does not want to taken by surprise. The Health ministry in Burundi launched vaccination exercise at the Gatumba border crossing point on Tuesday. The Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is being used for this exercise. In a statement…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Why Nigeria’s Buhari is restricting food imports

There have been several interpretations to the order from Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari to the country’s central bank to halt the funding of food imports. Some analysts have said the order has implications for the independence of the central bank of Nigeria. But the Nigerian government said the move it meant to boost consumption of locally produced food. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy and is the continent’s top oil producer. But it relies on crude sales for around 90% of it foreign exchange. The country however wants to reduce the…

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