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Monday, March 26th, 2018


LIBERIA gives citizenship to only blacks, Uganda should take a chapter

Image copyright AFP Liberia – the country where citizenship depends on your skin colour MONROVIA (BBC) – Tony Hage has lived in Liberia for more than 50 years. It is where he went to university. Where he met his wife. Where he set up his successful business. He has stayed when so many others have fled the country’s years of unrest- determined to see the country he loves and calls home succeed.But Mr Hage, it could be argued, is a second-class citizen in Liberia. In fact, he is not aRead More

ANGOLA:José Filomeno dos Santos named suspect in $500m fraud case

Image captionJosé Filomeno dos Santos was removed as head of a $5bn wealth fund this year BBC – The son of Angola’s ex-President José Eduardo dos Santos has been formally accused of fraud over the alleged illegal transfer of $500m (£350m) from the central bank to the UK. José Filomeno dos Santos is also barred from leaving the country, deputy Attorney General Luis Benza Zanga said. Mr Dos Santos is the highest profile person targeted in new President João Lourenço’s anti-corruption drive. He had led oil-rich Angola’s sovereign wealth fund duringRead More

FACEBOOK has your mobile / cell phone number!

If I’ve got your number, so has Facebook Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionFacebook logs data from unexpected places BBC – Suddenly lots of people are waking up and asking themselves questions about Facebook. How much data am I sharing with the social media giant? Did I really give permission for it to be collected and stored? And, even more seriously, have I handed over my friends’ data to be stored on some Californian server? I am one of those people and what I’ve discovered has left me somewhat shocked. Over theRead More

UGANDA: Museveni moves to strip youth of last resort of earning income

UCC wants all airtime bought electronically UCC bans airtime scratch cards KAMPALA (THE OBSERVER) – The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has set June 30, 2018, as the deadline for phasing out airtime scratch cards. In its communication dated March, 23, 2018, UCC says telecom companies should from July commence the use of electronic airtime. UCC executive director Godfrey Mutabazi in the release says telecom companies are also supposed to submit the current stock of airtime scratch cards including the scratch cards already purchased and enroute to Uganda.The telecom companies are alsoRead More

SOUTH SUDAN: IGAD agrees to end Machar house arrest, relocate him

RADIO TAMAZUJ – The IGAD Council of Ministers has decided to release South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar from house arrest soon once he agrees to denounce violence and work for peace. Under the new conditions, according to a communiqué issued following its 61st Extra-Ordinary Session held today in Addis Ababa, Machar will be allowed to relocate to any country outside the region and are not neighbouring to South Sudan. The IGAD ministers said they will propose and decide a possible location for the prominent South Sudanese rebel chiefRead More

SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma to appear in court on April 6 on graft charges

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma was due to appear in court on April 6 to face charges of corruption in a years-old $2.5 billion arms deal, his lawyer said on Monday. The National Prosecuting Authority earlier this month said it would seek to prosecute Zuma on 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering. The case is a dramatic development on a continent where leaders rarely face their accusers in court. “It was served at my Durban offices. The court date is April 6,” MichaelRead More

AFRIQUE: Signature du Protocole d’Accord pour l’opérationnalisation de la Force Conjointe du G5

Le Commissaire à la Paix et à la Sécurité de l’Union africaine et le Secrétaire permanent du G5 Sahel procèdent à la signature du Protocole d’Accord pour l’opérationnalisation de la Force Conjointe du G5 Sahel A travers ce Protocole d’Accord, le Secrétariat et la Force du G5 Sahel maintiendront une coordination permanente avec la Commission de l’UA, en vue de l’opérationnalisation effective de la Force Conjointe ADDIS ABEBA, Éthiopie, 26 mars 2018/ — Le Commissaire à la Paix et à la Sécurité de l’Union africaine(UA), SE Ambassadeur Smail Chergui auRead More

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban hit electric supply in Kabul, other provinces

FILE – A worker fixes damaged electricity cables the aftermath of Wednesday’s suicide attack and shooting in district police headquarters in Kabul, March 2, 2017. Taliban Attack Disrupts Power Supply to Kabul, Several Afghan Provinces ISLAMABAD (VOA) — The Taliban has destroyed a major electricity tower in northern Afghanistan, disrupting imported power supply to five provinces, including Kabul. The pre-dawn insurgent subversive action occurred in the province of Baghlan, plunging a vast area into darkness, including much of the Afghan capital. Residents, businesses and offices in Kabul, a city of nearlyRead More

SIERRA LEONE: Election runoff to proceed after all

Julius Maada Bio Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images Sierra Leone Runoff Vote to Proceed Tuesday, Court Rules BLOOMBERG – A Sierra Leone court ruled that a presidential runoff set for Tuesday must proceed even as a hearing into alleged fraud during the vote’s first round earlier this month continues.The declaration on Monday by High Court Judge Abdulrahman Mansaray in the capital, Freetown, follows after a member of the ruling All Peoples’ Congress party filed an injunction over irregularities during the March 7 election. The same court ordered the NationalRead More

RUSSIA: Putin mulling over revenge on diplomat expulsions by the West

The Latest: Kremlin: Putin to decide on expulsions response WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic fallout over the nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local):5 p.m. The Kremlin says Russia will likely respond quid pro quo to the expulsions of Russian diplomats by the United States and the European Union nations over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow will proceed from the “principle ofRead More