Sierra Leone President blames protest on opposition leaders

Sierra Leone President blames protest on opposition leaders

President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio has blamed the deadly Protest witnessed in the country this week on opposition parties and his political rivals, accusing them of attempting to overthrow his government through a premeditated insurrection. Tell me more Earlier in the week, a demonstration organized by women to draw the attention of the…

Suing for peace

Suing for peace

The United States has welcomed engagement between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an effort to resolve the conflict between both countries.  What’s the issue between Rwanda and DRC?  Relations between the DRC and Rwanda became strained over allegations of support for rebel groups opposed to each other. Concluding his Africa tour…

Early Signs show tight Presidential Race in Kenyan
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Early Signs show tight Presidential Race in Kenyan

Preliminary results from Kenyan’s presidential election show a tight race between the two main candidates contesting to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta, as citizens pray that the announcement of a winner would not unleash violence as experienced in previous elections. Tuesday’s presidential election is an important test of stability in East Africa’s biggest economy, where two…

Odinga’s last shot? 

Odinga’s last shot? 

Kenya’s Tuesday presidential election saw a lower turnout than anticipated, as electorates cast their votes to determine the country’s next leader.  How did it go?  The election, which was considered close but calm, had a turnout of around 60%(less than the previous 80% in 2017) as voters expressed indifference about any expectation of real change….

Chad military government signs peace deal with rebel opposition group

Chad military government signs peace deal with rebel opposition group

Chad’s military government has signed a peace deal with more than 40 opposition groups to launch a national reconciliation dialogue, but the main opposition rebel group has refused to take part in the truce document. The peace accord, recently signed in Doha, the Qatari capital, is expected to open talks beginning on August 20, which…

Ivory Coast: Former President Laurent Gbagbo receives pardon 

Ivory Coast: Former President Laurent Gbagbo receives pardon 

It appears that this is a season of mending political fences in West African French-speaking countries, as Ivory Coast’s president Alasanne Ouattara pardoned his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo.  Where else did such happen?  This is coming after former president Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso apologized to the family of his predecessor and slain friend, Thomas Sankara….

Indo-Dragon Strike
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Indo-Dragon Strike

Hundreds of workers in Indonesia’s tourism industry have gone on strike, but not primarily to press demands for themselves. The industrial action was prompted by the government’s decision to raise the price of seeing Komodo dragons, from $13 (200,000 rupiah) to $251 (3,750,000 rupiah) per tourist. The price hike led to a strike by almost…

Sankara’s Ghost: Campaoré begs for forgiveness 

Sankara’s Ghost: Campaoré begs for forgiveness 

Former president Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso has apologized to the family of his predecessor and slain friend, Thomas Sankara.  At last! Yes, at last… Campaoré, ousted from power in a popular revolt in 2014, was recently sentenced in absentia to life in prison for the 1987 assassination of Sankara. In an apology read by government…

Drought: US calls for support for East Africa 

Drought: US calls for support for East Africa 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has called on the international community to step in and help bring succor to millions of people suffering from severe food shortages amidst a worsening drought.  The USAID’s administrator, Samantha Power, while promising continued support from the United States, noted that other countries must step in and…

Child exploitation: Chinese arraigned in Malawi 
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Child exploitation: Chinese arraigned in Malawi 

Prosecutors in Malawi have charged a Chinese national for racism, exploitation of children, and human trafficking. He was exposed in a BBC African Eye video documentary dated 20th June 2022 for using Malawian children to make racist, personalised videos. The 26 years old Lu Ke, who was arraigned in the capital Lilongwe on Monday, is alleged…