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Let More Realistic Actions Be Taken Against Maternal Deaths

Let More Realistic Actions Be Taken Against Maternal Deaths

On Friday, an MP died due to pregnancy-related complications. Hailat Kaudha Magumba, 31, became part of the grim statistics that define maternal mortality in this country. Various surveys put the figure at 16 deaths daily. The Iganga Woman MP succumbed to severe preeclampsia, which health professionals define as hypertensive disorders that complicate pregnancy. The MP’s […]

Beyonce Joins Forces With UNICEF For Children’s Water Project in Burundi

Beyonce Joins Forces With UNICEF For Children’s Water Project in Burundi

Pop icon Beyonce is throwing her superstar power behind a new effort to bring safe, clean water to children in Burundi in a partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency said on Friday. Plans call for the project, BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, to help build wells and improve hygiene education and water and sanitation facilities in schools, […]

IMF Approves $312 million 3-year Credit For Chad

IMF Approves $312 million 3-year Credit For Chad

The International Monetary Fund has approved a $312 million three-year credit programme for Chad to help boost an economy hit by low oil prices, big debt and lasting security issues. The Extended Credit Facility, $48.8 million of which will be made available immediately, aims to help diversify the economy away from oil, reduce debt and […]

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon reinforced security near public buildings after a former presidential candidate gave President Ali Bongo an ultimatum to step down and threatened to blow up government property should the nation’s leader refuse to go within three days. Roland Desire Aba’a Minko asked Bongo to relinquish power and said that Jean Ping, declared the loser in […]

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan is on the cusp of ending its long status as a pariah in Washington, and the African nation is bolstering its stable of lobbyists to ensure that it happens soon. The government of President Umar al-Bashir — which is listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism — has hired Washington law […]

Tanzanian Government Accuses Acacia of Mining Gold Illegally

Tanzanian Government Accuses Acacia of Mining Gold Illegally

Tanzania’s government accused Acacia Mining Plc of operating illegally in the East African country and said mining companies have been evading taxes. Acacia’s shares slumped. “The committee has established that Acacia Mining Plc has been conducting its mining business here in Tanzania contrary to the law,” Nehemiah Osoro, chairman of a committee ordered by President […]

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s president said late Thursday night the country’s army was in “hot pursuit” of Islamist group al Shabaab fighters after the insurgents’ assault on a military base in the Puntland region that left at least 38 people dead. In the early Thursday attack, the Islamists overran a military base in Af Urur, a town about […]

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s elections may prompt violence that evokes the unrest that killed at least 1,100 people following a disputed vote a decade ago if the electoral authorities fail to ensure this year’s process is credible, opposition leader Raila Odinga said. Any outbreak of clashes would be difficult to control, even though Kenyans “don’t want to go […]

Militia Violence In Central African Republic Leaves 300 Dead

Militia Violence In Central African Republic Leaves 300 Dead

Militia violence in Central African Republic has killed around 300 people and displaced 100,000 in the last two weeks, the United Nations and the government said on Thursday, in the worst displacement since a 2013 civil war. The violence marks a sharp escalation in the long conflict that began when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel […]

Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, seen as a top contender to lead the ruling ANC into 2019 general elections, said on Sunday that the country must not become a “mafia state” as he admitted his party had become associated with corruption. Ramaphosa’s comments were among the strongest he has made on governance as the […]

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