Politics

Somali impasse threatens regional peace

As last month’s deadline to choose a new president is missed, Somalia’s politicians are risking instability across East Africa. By Zachary Ochieng in Nairobi.   The crisis in Somalia continues to escalate as politicians squabble over elections in the war-torn…

West Africa Ebola fears

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on edge over fears of Ebola return. By Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia   It has been five years since the deadly Ebola virus was beaten out of the Mano River Union countries. The countries, which…

Refilling Lake Chad key to regional peace

Chad’s decision to withdraw its request for Unesco protection for the lake has raised questions among its neighbours, reports Zachary Ochieng.   In May 2017, the Chadian government applied to Unesco asking for Lake Chad to be named a World…

Mystery surrounds death of Tanzanian president

The government says John Magufuli died of heart problems, but questions abound over what really happened to the 61-year-old, who had a doctorate in chemistry and warned against devastating Covid-19 lockdowns in Tanzania.   After spending the last year disputing…

Independent MP becomes Ghana’s kingmaker 

Ostracised by the ruling party, a single lawmaker holds the balance of power in Ghana’s feuding parliament. Shunned by Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the rundown to the December election, independent MP Andrew Asiamah Amoako has become the…

News in brief

NIGER The West African nation looks set to see its first democratic transition of power next month, after a one-time Interior Minister, Mohamed Bazoum, won Niger’s second-round presidential vote. Niger’s Electoral Commission announced that Bazoum, the ruling party candidate, had…
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