Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019


‘Elite police’ shot dead Mozambique poll observer

A group of elite Mozambican policemen have been implicated in the shooting of a prominent poll observer just days ahead of elections. Anastacio Matavel was shot dead as he left an election training session in the southern Gaza province on Monday. Five men armed with assault rifles shot Mr Matavel 10 times before fleeing in […]

Nigeria introduces anti-sexual harassment bill

The Nigerian senate has introduced a bill that aims to prevent the sexual harassment of university students. The proposed legislation follows a BBC investigation that uncovered alleged sexual misconduct by lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana. The senate’s deputy president said he hoped the BBC’s investigation would help energise support for the bill. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege […]

How ‘talking boxes’ help girls break their silence on abuse

Girls in Kenya’s biggest slum are breaking their silence about parental and sexual abuse, thanks to “talking boxes” placed in schools where they can share their secrets, writes the BBC’s Ashley Lime in the capital, Nairobi. “When my father goes out to the bar to drink alcohol, he comes back very angry and threatens to […]

Tunisian presidential candidate released from jail

A Tunisian court has released a presidential candidate days before he is due to stand in Sunday’s second round of national elections. A Tunis appeals court annulled the detention order for Nabil Karoui, who was arrested last month on charges of money laundering and tax fraud. The 56-year-old media mogul was still able to stand […]

Tunisia profile

Home of the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia was once an important player in the Mediterranean, thanks to its location in the centre of North Africa, close to vital shipping routes. The Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and French realised its strategic significance, making it a hub for control over the region. French colonial rule ended […]

Ghanaian lecturers suspended over ‘Sex For Grades’

Two Ghanaian lecturers who were secretly filmed sexually harassing undercover BBC reporters have been suspended pending an investigation. University of Ghana lecturers Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor propositioned journalists posing as students for a BBC documentary. Both Professor Gyampo and Dr Butakor denied any wrongdoing. The suspensions follow similar action against two lecturers […]

Letter from Africa: Why Kenyans never quit

In our series of letters from African writers, Kenyan journalist Wahiga Mwaura says heads must roll when tragic events happen, yet very few officials seem to be held accountable. The phrase “winners never quit and quitters never win”, coined by the late American Football player and coach Vince Lombardi, could also describe the mentality of […]

US pastor arrested in Rwanda for ‘illegal’ meeting

Rwandan police have arrested a controversial US pastor as he was about to conduct a news conference in the capital, Kigali. Evangelist Gregg Schoof was arrested for holding an “illegal meeting with journalists”, police said. Mr Schoof had been due to criticise the Rwandan government for shutting down his radio station and his church. The […]

Cameroon opposition leader walks free from jail

A military court in Cameroon has freed opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who had been in prison for nine months and facing charges of insurrection. His release, along with that of dozens of his supporters, comes as President Paul Biya is aiming to strike a more conciliatory tone. Mr Kamto was detained after organising protests in […]

Will the peace plan ends Cameroon’s conflict?

Life in Cameroon’s two English-speaking provinces has been been brought to a standstill by three years of conflict, which has cost about 3,000 lives and forced 500,000 from their homes. The dispute had been simmering for decades, but boiled over in 2016, when teachers and lawyers started to protest against the use of French in […]