Parliamentarians are entitled to a good salary and pension benefits, but luxuries have no place in the current economic climate, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Dozens of Kenyans have marched through the streets of Nairobi to protest against the detention of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, more commonly as Bobi Wine, in neighbouring Uganda by the government.
Several people have been shot dead as opposition protests sparked violence during Kenya's presidential re-run, and French soldiers have killed at least 15 jihadist linked to al-Qaeda in northern Mali.
Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye and five others have been charged with inciting violence and freed from jail after six nights in detention.
Ugandan police have detained the country's most prominent opposition leader over allegations of attempted murder.
President Yoweri Museveni has left many in Uganda disappointed following the remarks he made that he was not a "servant" - for Ugandans - but a "political fighter".
Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has left the east African country to attend an International Commission of Jurists Conference in South Africa.
Ugandan police have been accused of blocking opposition party leader Kizza Besigye from travelling to South Africa where he was expected to speak at the International Commission of Jurists conference.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has blamed police brutality in his country on opposition leader Kizza Besigye, according to a report.
Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has claimed that President Yoweri Museveni's recent roadside telephone conversation is clear evidence that he is feeling insecure and besieged
Hours after being granted bail on charges of treason, Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has urged his supporters to not give up their fight for a better Uganda, a report says.
Another top Ugandan opposition figure has been arrested amid the uproar over a pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker being charged with treason.
Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been arrested again just five hours after being charged with inciting violence and released on bail, a leader of his political party says.
A Zimbabwean pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die in October is reportedly planning to contest the forthcoming elections, and Kenya's national police say four people have been killed in recent opposition demonstrations.
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.
Rights groups are urging Ugandan security forces to show restraint as they crack down on the members of a tribal militia in a remote area near the border with DRC.
Zimbabwean firms urge government to adopt the SA rand as its "reference currency" and Ugandan police "block" opposition leader Kizza Besigye from travelling to SA.
A Ugandan official says two opposition activists have been arrested outside the US Embassy while demonstrating their support for Donald Trump
Uganda police chief summoned to court over alleged torture of opposition members
Ugandan police reportedly attacked former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye's supporters who had gathered to see him after he had been incarcerated for two months on treason charges, a report says.
Uganda: Opposition leader jailed on treason charges says he fears for his life in prison
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