Nigeria: APC’s Consensus Conundrum

All Progressives Congress leadership’s preference for a consensus presidential candidate unattainable, writes Bolaji Adebiyi It is clear from the body language of the All Progressives Congress leadership that it would prefer a consensus presidential candidate for the 2023 general election. There were two indications of this. First, President Muhammadu Buhari, among other reasons, initially refused…

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Mauritius: Protests

Cost of living protests descended in riots last month. Food and fuel prices are set to rise further. In late-April, protests against the soaring cost of living erupted in cities across Mauritius. In Beau Bassin, Rose Hill, and the capital Port Louis, large groups of frustrated residents – particularly from low-income neighbourhoods – took to…

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Kenya: Climate Change Isn’t a Priority for Universities. It Should Be

Universities can play a vital role in shaping change in societies. They produce knowledge through research, train future decision makers, and contribute to public awareness of issues. But not all universities are rising to challenges like this. Studies have established that efforts to integrate sustainable development into African universities’ curricula and their community engagement processes…

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Nigeria: Nigerian Activist, Six Others Win Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Prize is awarded annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions. The Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Chima Williams, has been named among the seven winners of this year’s prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Other winners of the prize include Niwat Roykaew (Thailand),…

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Africa: Fix Broken Financing to Ensure a #StrongWHO – Appeal from 80 Organizations

Geneva — Following is a letter from 80 organizations around the world to delegates attending the World Health Assembly #WHA75 calling on Member States to strengthen the World Health Organization by providing adequate financing. DearMemberStateDelegatestothe75thWorldHealth Assembly, On behalf of the undersigned non-profit organizations, civil society and community groups, philanthropies, and concerned individuals, we have an…

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Africa: Growing Hunger, High Food Prices in Africa Don’t Have to Become Worse Tragedy

Avoiding the horseman of famine will take applying past lessons and quick action by governments, international organizations. The cascading global events of the 2020s seems to have no end in sight. The once-in-a-century pandemic (COVID-19) has been followed by the destructive Russian invasion in Ukraine, strong inflationary pressures around the world linked, ominously, to a…

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West Africa: Togo

The threat of violent extremism across West Africa has been on the rise in recent times. Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province have been active in the Lake Chad Basin region. Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin, the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara and Ansarul Islam in the Sahel. The implications…

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Africa: Continent to Pass the 300 Million Mark for Covid-19 Vaccinations

As of May 20, 2022, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  11,662,928 while over  298,026,398 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached  253,590 and  9,766,659 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases of  3,915,258 and  100,898 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( …

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Zimbabwe: Hwange Colliery Company to Procure U.S.$15 Million Worth Equipment

Listed coal producer, Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL), is set to procure equipment worth US$15 million in an effort to increase coal output. Presenting the company’s performance for the period ended December 31 2021, HCCL administrator, Engineer Dumisani Sibanda, said the company has entered into an equipment mobilisation agreement for the Underground Mine. “This will…

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Zimbabwe: Court Orders Borrowdale Brooke Homeowners to Restore Wadyajena’s Access to the Estate

Gokwe Nembudziya legislator, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, has won a case in which he sued the Shingi Munyeza-chaired Borrowdale Brooke Homeowners Association (BBHOA) for deactivating his vehicle tags and relegating him to the visitors’ lane to enter and exit the plush residential area. Wadyejena is up in arms with his neighbours for driving around the serene…

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Namibia: Govt Seizes Timber in Kavango West

Rundu — Forestry officials in Kavango West have seized about 4 000 planks from illegal timber harvesters at some recently allocated farms with no government leaseholds in the Katji-na-Katji area. A forestry patrol team discovered the illegal operation deep in the forest where planks and a timber cutting machine was confiscated. Two suspects were apprehended.…

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Namibia: Aupindi Tears Into Malema … Tells Him to Focus On South Africa’s Corruption

Swapo political bureau and central committee member Tobie Aupindi has hit back at Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema after he called the Swapo-led government corrupt. Aupindi’s annoyance came after Malema, the fiery leftist, while condemning the arrest of the Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) Epafras Mukwiilongo, labelled the ruling party-led government as corrupt during…

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Africa: Zimbabwean Company Shortlisted for Prestigious Continental Energy Award

A ZIMBABWEAN company, Zonful Energy, is among the eight African low carbon innovators shortlisted for this year’s edition of the Ashden International Awards. The nominees were announced at the ongoing Humanitarian Energy Conference in Kigali, Rwanda Monday. The corporations are tackling climate change creating alternatives in the continent’s most marginalised communities. he initiatives include solar-powered…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Denies Harbouring Rwandese Genocider, but Questions Continue to Linger

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has shot down claims it harboured, until his death, indicted Rwandan war criminal, Protais Mpiranya, who committed atrocities during the 1994 genocide. The remains of Mpiranya, alias Ndume Sambao, were recently traced to a grave at Granville Cemetery in Harare, popularly known as Kumbudzi, following an arduous search for the fugitive…

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Nigeria: NANS Protest

Ibadan — The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has berated Senate President Ahmad Lawan for asking protesting students not to use their protest to disrupt political activities. The University of Ibadan ASUU chapter chairman, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, said on Thursday in a statement that Lawan represented the class of political vipers bent on destroying…

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Zimbabwe: New Zanu-PF Youth League Boss Warns Against Infighting

NEWLY elected Zanu PF youth league deputy national secretary, John Paradza, has virtually confirmed the heavy infighting among the ruling party’ Young Turks. The youth league is struggling to douse flames engulfing party structures across the provinces in the aftermath of the contentious elective national conference held last week. Interestingly Paradza, in a statememt Thursday,…

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Nigeria: Appeal Court Nullifies Judgment On Section 84(12) of Electoral Act but Says the Law Is Illegal

Although the appellate court, essentially, validated the controversial law, it said it would have ruled otherwise if the main suit was properly brought before it. The Court of Appeal has voided a ruling of a high court that nullified the controversial Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022. Although the appellate court, essentially, validated…

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Lt. Gen Muhoozi Should Face The COurt Martial. – FDC Spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda.

The spokesperson of the Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, has said Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba should face the court martial over his recent political pronouncements on social media and elsewhere. The first son and a group of his family and friends have held various birthday celebrations across Uganda in honour of the serving…

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