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Botswana court recognises transgender as female

JOHANNESBURG, December 13 – Homosexuals in Africa receive little tolerance at best and are actively persecuted at worst, but a landmark ruling by a Botswana court has recognised a transgender woman as officially female, Reuters reports. Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, the executive director of South African-based Gender Dynamix, an organisation that advocates for the human rights […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe flies to Singapore

HARARE, December 12 – Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday. The 93-year-old, who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the army and his […]

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Tanzanian child rapists walk free

JOHANNESBURG, December 11– Two Tanzanians serving life sentences for raping primary school children have walked free from a Tanzanian prison after receiving a presidential pardon, the BBC reported on Monday.   The two popular rhumba singers, Nguza Viking, known by his stage name Babu Seya, and his son Johnson Nguza, known by his stage name […]

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Metrofile to buy Kenyan records management company

JOHANNESBURG, December 11–  South Africa’s information management firm Metrofile said on Monday it had concluded a deal to acquire the entire issued share capital of Kenya’s G4S Secure Data Solutions, the largest records company in East Africa, for approximately R281.4 million.   “The transaction is a strategic move which will increase Metrofile’s footprint in Africa […]

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Kenyan teenager Mathew Kimeli steps up with victory in senior men’s cross country race

ITEN, Kenya, December 11– In his final month in the Under-20 ranks, 19-year-old Mathew Kimeli showed he is more than ready to make the transition into the seniors after winning the senior men’s 10km at the fourth Athletics Kenya Cross Country meeting in Iten on Saturday. One of Colm O’Connell’s newest proteges, Kimeli came to prominence […]

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Kiir slams IGAD for ignoring Juba’s views in preliminary peace report

JOHANNESBURG, December11– South Sudan President Salva Kiir has criticised the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), for failing to take into account his government’s views in a report which endorsed the high-level revitalisation of peace talks, the Sudan Tribune reports.     “I write to register my sincere disappointment, on behalf of the transitional government of […]

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Controversial ‘inauguration’ of Kenyan opposition leader postponed

JOHANNESBURG, December 11– Tuesday’s planned “swearing-in” of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has been postponed easing fears of more political unrest in the East African country, and presenting a window of opportunity for possible talks with the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, AP reports.     The opposition coalition the National Super Alliance (NASA) had […]