#RwandaDecides: Paul Kagame wins third term election by a landslide

 Incumbent leader Paul Kagame swept to a landslide victory in Rwanda’s presidential election, securing a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power, final results showed on Saturday. Kagame has won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 […]

Tunisia passes landmark law to ‘end all violence’ against women

 Tunisia’s parliament has approved a bill aimed at ending “all violence against women” in a move welcomed by rights groups. The new law, which is expected to enter into force next year, defines violence against women as “any physical, moral, sexual or economic aggression” against women based on discrimination between the two sexes. It includes […]

East African giants Kenya and Tanzania end months of trade restrictions

 East African giants Kenya and Tanzania have ended months of trade restrictions which were a contravention of the East African Community trade protocol. Kenya enforced a ban on the importation of cooking gas from Tanzania in April after it had banned wheat flour from its neighbour citing low safety and quality standards. After appeals by […]

Mozambique: Japan freezes $100M in grants and loans

 Japan has frozen US$100 million in donations and loans to Mozambique due to the scandal of undisclosed loans by two public companies, the head of Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced in Mozambique, sources say. Katsuyoshi Sudo, quoted by African Press Agency APA, said the funds will be released after the Mozambican government reaches an agreement with […]

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo pulls plug on three-year IMF aid programme

 Ghana’ president Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday said the country will not extend its three-year aid programme with the International Monetary Fund beyond April 2018. The IMF had urged it to do so to give it time to complete the programme’s goals. President Akufo-Addo’s announcement is a surprise turnaround after government officials said last month that Ghana was […]

Benin, Liberia and Nigeria lead Africa in ranking at maiden global robotics competition (SEE FULL RANKING)

 Benin and Liberia were ranked highest among the 40 African countries that participated in the just ended FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition held in the United States capital, Washington DC. The six-round maiden international robotics event saw 163 national teams including 6 continental teams made up of students from around the world competing with the common goal of increasing […]

Kenya’s elections body saddled with over 300 lawsuits 3 weeks before crucial polls

 Kenya’s electoral body says it is facing more than 300 court cases from candidates, parties and civil society groups before elections on Aug. 8, raising concern about whether the disputes can be resolved in time. President Uhuru Kenyatta will once again face his arch-nemesis Raila Odinga, a veteran opposition leader. Kenyatta is the son of […]

Nigeria’s Finance Minister Opposes Plans To Fund 2017 Budget With Loans

 Nigeria must not borrow more to fund its budget and should instead raise money it needs by other means, the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday, calling into question planned foreign loans of $2 billion from lenders like the World Bank. Africa’s largest economy is in its first recession in 25 years, and had planned […]