The thin line between electoral credibility and political stability in Kenya

2017-09-25 14:36

Democracy doesn't seem to work within societies governed by politics of ethnicity. Instead, elections continue to offer up the hard choice between electoral credibility and political stability, writes The Conversation.

Former Rwandan presidential aspirant Rwigara is arrested

2017-09-24 18:58

Rwandan police say they have arrested Diane Rwigara, a leading critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and women's rights activist over offenses against state security

South Sudan official expresses optimism at UN

2017-09-24 14:01

South Sudan's first vice president says the government is confident that peace will soon return to the world's newest nation after nearly four years of civil war

Ugandan court official suspended for wearing 'a very short, tight dress'

2017-09-23 13:07

A Ugandan court official has reportedly been suspended for wearing "a very short and tight dress" to work, breaching the country's strict dress code for public sector workers.

No constitutional crisis if Kenya polls delayed: attorney general

2017-09-22 19:30

Uhuru Kenyatta will remain Kenyan president until a new leader is sworn in, the country's attorney general has said, seeking to ease fears of a constitutional crisis if elections are delayed further.

Top Africa stories: Trump, Grace Mugabe, Kenya

2017-09-22 08:33

First Lady Grace Mugabe is reportedly plotting a "final push" to oust Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the forthcoming Zanu-PF youth interface rally in Harare, and the Kenya electoral body has delayed election rerun.

Conjoined twins set for university in Tanzania

2017-09-21 19:01

A pair of conjoined sisters are settling into campus life at a Tanzanian university, a first in a country where disabled people are often marginalised or abandoned at birth.

BREAKING: Kenyan election delayed - polls commission

2017-09-21 16:26

Kenya's new election has been delayed to October 26, says the polls commission, as it seeks more time to fix issues that led to the initial vote being annulled.

Ugandan police fire tear gas at 'life presidency' protesters

2017-09-21 12:45

Ugandan police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the longtime president to rule for life.

Tanzania president orders wall be built around tanzanite mines

2017-09-20 20:02

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the army to build a wall around the country's tanzanite mines to prevent smuggling and better control exports of the precious gems unique to the East African country.


Sudan student condemned to hang for killing of policeman

2017-09-24 18:58

A court in Sudan sentenced a university student to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in the capital last year, a defence lawyer has said.

Kenya police ordered to investigate election officials

2017-09-24 17:02

Kenya's chief prosecutor has ordered the police and anti-corruption agency to investigate the country's election commission for alleged "irregularities and illegalities" in the conduct of August's annulled presidential poll.

German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

2017-09-24 07:11

A Lufthansa passenger jet that had been hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a leftist militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home

Darfur clashes kill 3 as Bashir urges reconciliation

2017-09-23 09:04

Clashes between Sudanese forces and residents of a Darfur camp for the displaced killed three people, the UN has said, as President Omar al-Bashir urged reconciliation in the war-torn region.

The relationship between drought and famine: lessons from the Horn of Africa

2017-09-22 14:42

Historically low rainfalls have led to severe droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But various solutions exist to mitigate the social and economic impact, writes The Conversation.

Ugandan students defy ban to protest over presidential age limit

2017-09-21 20:00

Ugandan police have fired teargas at students who defied a police order banning protests as they demonstrated the proposed removal of presidential age limits that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to stand again in 2021.

Kenya president slams annulled poll as judicial 'coup'

2017-09-21 17:26

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that a Supreme Court ruling annulling his recent election victory was a "coup" that stole democracy from the people.

Riek Machar's men blamed for deadly South Sudan raid

2017-09-21 14:09

Fighters loyal to an exiled former deputy president in South Sudan have attacked government forces in Unity state, leading to the deaths of 25 people including civilians, according to officials.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Kenya, Mawarire

2017-09-21 08:30

Picture of President Robert Mugabe 'sleeping' as President Donald Trump addresses UN General Assembly has gone viral, and Kenya's Supreme Court has placed the blame for last month's annulled presidential vote firmly on the country's election committee.

Sudan's Bashir pushes for Darfur arms collection

2017-09-20 20:02

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir pressed on with a government campaign to collect arms from tribes in war-torn Darfur where a devastating conflict has killed thousands and displaced millions.

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