eSwatini votes, but the king holds absolute power

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The tiny African kingdom of eSwatini, ruled by an absolute monarch, votes is voting in polls critics describe as a sham but supporters say are a unique blend of tradition and politics.

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

2018-09-20 18:15

Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered for ivory - some with tusks still intact.

Zim govt won't buy cars for new cabinet ministers... at least for now – report

2018-09-20 13:47

Zimbabwe's government has reportedly diverted funds intended to purchase new vehicles for the new cabinet ministers and lawmakers, and "channelled the money towards fighting the cholera epidemic".

'We'll come up with a credible report,' says Motlanthe after taking oath for violence probe in Zim

2018-09-20 11:14

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly assured Zimbabweans that the commission of inquiry into Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that took place on August 1 will “come up with a credible report after the hearing”.

WATCH: eSwatini police attack unarmed protesters with batons, stun grenades

2018-09-20 06:01

Police in eSwatini have come under fire after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

Zim court drops charges against taxi-driver who called Mnangagwa a 'dog' - report

2018-09-19 14:20

A Zimbabwean man who reportedly called President Emmerson Mnangagwa a "dog" has been freed by a court after the state failed to prove its case.

Man shoots dead worker's wife, 2 children over stolen groundnuts

2018-09-19 11:16

A Zimbabwe man has shot dead his worker’s wife and two young daughters in a row over stolen groundnuts, a report says.

Top Africa stories: Kenyan infants' corpses, Kirsty Coventry's pregnancy

2018-09-19 07:41

Top hospital officials in kenya have been suspended after infants' corpses were found in boxes, and Zimbabwe's new sports minister Kirsty Coventry says she is pregnant.

Angola, Portugal turn page on past tensions

2018-09-18 21:16

President Joao Lourenco and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa have buried the hatchet during whirlwind talks in Luanda that follow several turbulent years between Angola and its former ruler.

New Zimbabwean president rules out early return to local currency

2018-09-18 19:00

Zimbabwe's new president has ruled out an early return of the Zimbabwean dollar, toning down remarks by his finance minister that backed reintroducing the currency.


Madagascar says plague outbreak 'under control'

2018-09-20 20:41

Madagascar's seasonal outbreak of plague, which has so far killed two people, is "under control", Health Minister Yoel Rantomalala has said.

PICS: SA unions 'must support struggling comrades in eSwatini', says SAFTU

2018-09-20 16:51

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has criticised eSwatini’s police heavy handedness in dealing with striking workers this week after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

Seeking votes in eSwatini, where the king's rule is absolute

2018-09-20 12:30

On a patch of grass beside a mountain track, eSwatini parliamentary candidate Alec Lushaba makes one final push for votes - addressing an audience of five women and four children. Read more...

Top Africa stories: Man kills worker's wife and 2 children, Zim cholera

2018-09-20 08:00

A Zimbabwe man has shot dead his worker’s wife and two young daughters in a row over stolen groundnuts, and Zimbabwe's government has forced vendors off the streets amid deadly cholera outbreak

Zambia sacks minister over graft scandal

2018-09-19 18:12

Zambia has sacked its development minister a day after Britain suspended aid payments to the country over a mounting row about alleged corruption in President Edgar Lungu's government.

eSwatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy

2018-09-19 13:06

The tiny country of eSwatini, until recently known as Swaziland, is ruled by a playboy king with many wives and supreme control over a nation struggling with poverty and HIV.

New name, same flaws in eSwatini election, say critics

2018-09-19 10:00

Political parties cannot be involved, there are no campaign rallies and the king wields absolute power, choosing the prime minister and cabinet: a parliamentary election in eSwatini is a vote like no other.

Zim soldiers, riot police force vendors off the streets amid deadly cholera outbreak

2018-09-19 07:41

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly issued a banning order against vendors across the capital, Harare, following a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 30 lives in recent weeks.

Britain freezes aid to Zambia over graft fears

2018-09-18 20:12

Britain has suspended aid payments to Zambia over concerns of alleged fraud and corruption by the government of President Edgar Lungu who has faced graft allegations from within his own party.

Plague outbreak kills two in Madagascar

2018-09-18 16:01

An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed two people, a health official has said, marking the official start of the season when the disease is considered to be at its deadliest.

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