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Call to probe Mugabe’s nomination as WHO envoy

HARARE, October 23  – Human rights groups have called for a probe into the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health organisation (WHO). The appointment as ambassador for non-communicable diseases in Africa has been rescinded after WHO, the United Nations agency, came under international pressure. However, UN Watch, […]

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AU, UN wary of Kenya plunging into turmoil

NAIROBI, October 23 – The international community is concerned Kenya might degenerate into mayhem amid polls set for Thursday. The run-up to the poll has been volatile, characterised by violent protests against electoral authorities and the challenger, Raila Odinga, threatening to boycott the exercise. Police have also been accused of killing scores of opposition supporters […]

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13 killed in suicide bombing in Nigeria

JOHANNESBURG, October 23 – Thirteen people have been killed in a suicide bombing attack in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, Reuters reports. The bombing, which took place late Sunday night, presents the deadliest bombing in over a month as Nigeria’s military conflict with the Islamist group Boko Haram continues for the ninth year. Five people were […]

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Improved African policy can harness industrial development – UN

JOHANNESBURG, October 20 – The right African policy framework, including industrial policies that will generate the skilled jobs and productivity gains needed for the structural transformation of economies, could harness the continent’s rapid urban transition to drive industrial development, the UN said. “African urbanisation has not been driven by improving agricultural productivity or increased industrial […]

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Kenyan ruling party sues opposition leader

JOHANNESBURG, October 20 –  Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka are being sued in Kenya’s Supreme Court by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Friday. Jubilee alleges that the pair have disobeyed court orders and are planning to disrupt the rerun of August’s annulled presidential elections […]

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SA Fraud Prevention Service concerned about ‘biggest’ data breach

JOHANNESBURG, October 20 – The Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) has warned consumers to “proceed with caution” in light of  “South Africa’s biggest data breach” in which details – including ID numbers and home addresses – of citizens were dumped on the internet. Responding to what has been billed as South Africa’s “biggest data […]

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Kenyan president snubs crisis meeting

JOHANNESBURG, October 19 – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has snubbed a crisis meeting called by the chairman of the election board for Thursday, Reuters reported. The situation in Kenya remains volatile after August’s presidential elections were annulled on the grounds of procedural irregularities with the Supreme Court ordering a rerun on October 26. Chairman of […]

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Cracks widen further between Mugabe and war vets

HARARE, October 19 – Zimbabwe’s liberation war veterans have reiterated opposition to President Mugabe’s candidature or the ascension of his wife, Grace, to the presidency ahead of next year’s elections. The veterans of the 1970s struggle that freed Zimbabwe from British colonial rule said they would mobilise all former fighters and stakeholders within the ruling […]