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Women Now Constitute 52% Of Kagame’s Cabinet

Women Now Constitute 52% Of Kagame’s Cabinet

President Paul Kagame on Monday reshuffled cabinet, making changes in which women comprise 52 per cent, an increase from the 50 per cent women representation in the previous cabinet. The members of the cabinet have also increased from 26 to 27, as ministries and fully-fledged ministers also increased from 17 to 18, because of the […]

Gambian Women Testify About Sex Abuse Under Ex-President Jammeh

Gambian Women Testify About Sex Abuse Under Ex-President Jammeh

Speaking calmly through tears, in a hearing streamed live on YouTube, former beauty queen Fatou Jallow told how Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh locked her in a room and raped her. The 23-year-old’s testimony on Thursday concluded three weeks of public hearings dedicated to sexual and gender-based violence under Jammeh’s presidency, part of a broader probe […]

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed Calls For The Full Participation Of Women In Peace, Security and Development Efforts

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed Calls For The Full Participation Of Women In Peace, Security and Development Efforts

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed inspects a guard parade on arrival at Aden Abdulle International Airport, Mogadishu, during a joint UN-AU Solidarity Mission to Somalia on 23 October 2019. UN Photo / John Arigi The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has called for the full participation of women in the country’s peace, […]

Nneka Abulokwe Awarded OBE By HM Queen Elizabeth II

Nneka Abulokwe Awarded OBE By HM Queen Elizabeth II

Digital governance and tech entrepreneur Dr Nneka Abulokwe has been awarded the distinction of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The award, which is part of the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours List, was formalised today at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Abulokwe received her OBE […]

Doctors In Zimbabwe Launch Crowd Funding Initiative To Replace Salaries

Doctors In Zimbabwe Launch Crowd Funding Initiative To Replace Salaries

Striking doctors have set up a crowd funding initiative appealing for donations from the public after government denied them their October salaries. The health workers, who are pressing on with their job action which commenced over six weeks ago, on Thursday launched the initiative that they said will go some way to help the desperate […]

U.S.$400m Deal Divides Ministers In Zimbabwe

U.S.$400m Deal Divides  Ministers In Zimbabwe

Cabinet’s shock decision this week to cancel the US$400 million National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) recapitalisation deal won by the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) and South African rail, ports and pipeline utility, Transnet, has sharply divided government and sucked in the military, as the battle to control one of Zimbabwe’s largest parastatals intensifies. Informed […]

Mozambique Votes Amid Security, Fraud Concerns

Mozambique Votes Amid Security, Fraud Concerns

Mozambique held general elections Tuesday, with pundits saying it could be the biggest test yet for Frelimo, the party which has been in power since independence.  The president said the elections are being closely observed.  But civil society groups say thousands of would-be election monitors were denied credentials by the authorities. As Mozambique went to […]

President Macky Sall Pardons Political Rival Khalifa Sall

President Macky Sall Pardons Political Rival Khalifa Sall

Senegal President Macky Sall has pardoned one of his chief political rivals, the charismatic former mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall, who was jailed in 2018 on corruption charges. Khalifa Sall, who is no relation to the president, was arrested in March 2017 on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs ($3 million) in public funds. […]

UN Probes Zimbabwe

UN Probes Zimbabwe

UNITED Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Clement Voule this week flew into a storm as his visit coincided with the reported abduction of the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association Peter Magombeyi amid worsening human rights violations. Civil society groups say more than 50 people have […]

Tunisians Vote For New President

Tunisians Vote For New President

Tunisians voted Sunday to select their next president among some two dozen candidates with unofficial results suggesting two outsider candidates are ahead. More than seven million people were eligible to cast their ballot in what is only the North African country’s second free presidential election, eight years after its so-called Jasmine Revolution. A steady stream […]

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