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Zimbabwe Hikes Electricity Tariffs By More Than 200 Percent

Zimbabwe Hikes Electricity Tariffs By More Than 200 Percent

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has more than doubled electricity tariffs for ordinary consumers with more than 200 per cent effective immediately. Presenting his 2019 Mid-Term Monetary Policy Review statement on Thursday, Ncube gave power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) the nod to implement the tariff increase. “Electricity tariffs for domestic consumers will be increased […]

6 People Killed In Sudan’s Protests

6 People Killed In Sudan’s Protests

Talks on power-sharing between Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and the opposition have been postponed after six people were killed in protests.  The deaths occurred in the city of Obbayed. Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and opposition groups suspended talks on a draft constitution Monday after violence in North Kordofan state killed six protesters, including school students. […]

One Year After Peace Deal, Little Has Changed In Eritrea

One Year After Peace Deal, Little Has Changed In Eritrea

Today marks one year since the historic peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which ended 20 years of intermittent conflict between the two countries. Eritrea’s leaders had long used the “no war, no peace” situation with Ethiopia to justify some of their most repressive policies, and many had hoped that the peace deal would usher in a […]

‘ I Understand That There Are Issues In The Country’ – President Weah Responds To Protesting Liberians

‘ I Understand That There Are Issues In The Country’ – President Weah Responds To Protesting Liberians

Following the 7 June protests, the organisers gave President Weah a one-month ultimatum to act. That deadline is fast-approaching. It has now been almost three weeks since Liberia witnessed its biggest anti-government protests since the end of civil war in 2003. In a mass action on 7 June, thousands of people took the streets to […]

South Sudan Govt Delays Formation Of Unity Govt By 6 Months

South Sudan Govt Delays Formation Of Unity Govt By 6 Months

Parties to the South Sudan peace agreement on Friday agreed to delay the formation of a transitional government for six months, providing temporary guarantees that the deal could hold for now. The extension which starts on May 12, the day the transitional government was to be formed, means the chief principals, President Salva Kiir and […]

I Will Not Stay In Office An Extra Day – President John Magufuli

I Will Not Stay In Office An Extra Day – President John Magufuli

 President John Magufuli on Wednesday, March 3, said he would not be tempted to stay an extra day in office after his mandate in office ends. Speaking in Newala during his official tour of Mtwara Region which started on Tuesday, the President said, ‘My position is temporary and once my tenure ends I will leave […]

Cameroonian Journalists Detained While Covering Opposition Gathering

Cameroonian Journalists Detained While Covering Opposition Gathering

 Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release journalists Théodore Tchopa and David Eyengue Nzima, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two journalists, from privately owned daily newspaper Le Jour, were arrested yesterday while covering an opposition gathering in Douala, Denis Nkwebo, their deputy editor in chief and the president of the Cameroonian journalists’ trade […]

Congo Votes for Successor to Kabila in Long-Delayed Election

Congo Votes for Successor to Kabila in Long-Delayed Election

The Democratic Republic of Congo voted Sunday for a successor to long-serving President Joseph Kabila after a tense campaign the opposition said was marred by crackdowns and disruptions. Kabila’s handpicked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, is running for the ruling coalition and faces strong challenges from opposition alliances headed by Felix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu. The […]

Ethiopia Arrests Ex-head Of Army Firm As Crackdown Targets Security Services

Ethiopia Arrests Ex-head Of Army Firm As Crackdown Targets Security Services

Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopia’s army and former chief executive of METEC, was taken into custody close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea, state-run broadcaster EBC said. State media broadcast footage showing Kinfe surrounded by a ring of soldiers and later images of him in handcuffs arriving by military helicopter in the […]

New Tax Evokes Memories of 2008 Crisis in Zimbabwe

New Tax Evokes Memories of 2008 Crisis in Zimbabwe

When Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed a comparatively youthful, Cambridge-trained economist as finance minister in September, he gave him an almost impossible task: repay billions of dollars in debt and ignite a stagnating economy. Mthuli Ncube, 55, quickly moved to impose a two percent tax on electronic transactions in a bid to raise $700 million […]

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