Friday, 6 Dec 2019


Mozambique elections ‘should be cancelled’

Mozambique’s main opposition party has called for Tuesday’s elections to be cancelled, citing violence and fraud. Renamo accused the ruling party, Frelimo, of violating the August peace deal between the two sides. A European Union observer mission said the elections were marred by an uneven playing field, violence and a climate of fear. A Frelimo […]

Abiy Ahmed: The man changing Ethiopia

The pace of change in Ethiopia has been so fast since Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in April 2018 that it is almost like observing a different country, and this is why he has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The reforms he has introduced were unthinkable not so long ago. For many years, the […]

The president and the pop star

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni seems to be worried about the popularity of musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine. Not long after I arrive at the recording studio of the Afrobeats star, a pick-up truck with soldiers pulls up. Bobi Wine was charged this week with treason – and tension is high in Kamwokya, a slum where he grew […]

Sharp rise in South Africa murder and sex offences

Sexual offences and murder rates have risen significantly in South Africa over the past year, according to new official crime figures. Murders recorded by the police have been rising every year for the last decade, and sexual offences including rape have risen 4.6% this year. The release of the figures comes amid growing concern about […]

‘I was raped, now I fear for my daughters’

South Africans have been outraged by a spate of gruesome rapes and murders of women in recent weeks – including that of a schoolgirl who reportedly had her head staved in, and a university student who was bludgeoned to death. The rapes and murders have led to street protests, the #AmINext campaign on Twitter, and […]

Morocco pardons reporter jailed on abortion charge

A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in jail for premarital sex and having an abortion has been pardoned by King Mohammed VI, officials say. The justice ministry said the king’s intervention in the high-profile case was “an act of compassion and mercy”. Journalist Hajar Raissouni, 28, made a victory sign as she left a […]

Follow the ‘yellow-brick road’ – in Ghana

If you follow the yellow-brick road in Ghana, it does not take you to the Land of Oz’s Emerald City, but rather to La – a district in the capital Accra. This is where artist Serge Attukwei Clottey periodically carpets the dusty streets with giant yellow plastic tapestries. Clottey told the BBC his work is […]

South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma faces court on corruption charges

PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (AFP) – South Africa’s embattled former president Jacob Zuma is expected in court on corruption charges on Tuesday (Oct 15), in what would be the first time he faces trial for graft despite multiple accusations. Zuma stands accused of taking kickbacks before he became president from a 51 billion rand (S$4.71 billion) […]

Retired academic wins Tunisia election – exit poll

Retired academic Kais Saied is set to become president of Tunisia, exit polls suggest. The poll said the law professor, 61, had secured 76% of votes. No official results have yet been published. He was up against media mogul Nabil Karoui, 56, who campaigned from prison after being arrested on charges of money laundering and […]

Deadly attack on Burkina Faso mosque

At least 15 people have been killed and two seriously injured in an attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen entered the Grand Mosque in the village of Salmossi on Friday evening as those inside were praying. The attack prompted many locals to flee the village which is close to the Malian border. […]