Fears about Minister Dlodlo weren't unfounded. Six months into the job, she's been accused of issuing illegal interception orders, writes Adriaan Basson.
An aircraft flying 55 people from Kenya's capital to tourist attraction Lamu island veered off the runway during takeoff, skidding into some trees and leaving nine injured, aviation officials say.
The son of poor villagers, a spy boss, and now the man behind dizzying attempts to reform Africa's fastest-growing economy and heal wounds with Ethiopia's neighbours, Abiy Ahmed has seen an unpredictable and peril-strewn rise to fame.
Ethiopian Airlines denied whistleblower accusations that it tampered with the maintenance records of the Boeing 737 MAX jet which crashed in March, killing all 157 people on board.
Uganda and Rwanda are embroiled in an ongoing diplomatic row that has seen major border crossings between the countries closed since late February.
Laden with medicines, the speedboat sets off before dawn, its path lit only by the full moon as it cuts between miles of thick mangroves towards Kenya's border with Somalia, where few dare to go.
Bobi Wine, a Ugandan pop star turned leading opposition politician, has announced the government's move to outlaw the civilian use of red berets, a signature symbol of his "People Power" movement.
A group of 66 African refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Kigali from Libya, the UN says, the first of what could be thousands relocated from the north African country under a new programme.
Seven primary school children have died and dozens more were injured when their classroom collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, a government spokesperson says.
Russia and Uganda have agreed to work together in the field of nuclear energy, the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom says, as Moscow seeks to strengthen its influence in Africa.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu says his government would go ahead with proposed constitutional amendments despite flak from opposition leaders and civil society groups.
Uganda has announced its plans for a Bill to be passed that will impose the death penalty on homosexuals, according to a report.
"When I started, there was poop in bags everywhere," said Ricky Ojwang, skillfully navigating a rubbish-strewn canal in Mukuru, a Nairobi slum where he's worked to improve sanitation since 2012.
Members of Ethiopia's largest ethnic group chanted and waved flags as they gathered for the first time to celebrate their thanksgiving festival in the capital - a city that prominent members of the group claim belongs to them.
The United States has reopened its embassy in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, nearly three decades after it was shut as the Horn of Africa nation plunged into civil war.
Tanzania's president John Magufuli has announced an extension to an economic crimes amnesty after prosecutors were flooded with 467 requests in the initial seven-day period.
Uganda has designated the red beret and tunic as official military clothing that could land civilians who wear them in jail, essentially banning the uniform of opposition leader Bobi Wine and his supporters.
Volunteers and soldiers work at the scene of a deadly school building collapse in Nairobi. A Kenyan government spokesperson confirms that seven primary school children died and dozens more were injured in the incident.
A total of five people were killed in the offensive that eliminated a Rwandan Hutu rebel leader in DRC who was wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, the Congolese army says.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says that France will press to drop Sudan from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and to support efforts to reintegrate the country into the international community.
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