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South Sudan atrocities to probed

THE  United Nations has appointed retired Dutch major-general to investigate the violence, which engulfed South Sudan’s capital Juba in July, and the response of UN peacekeepers. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence. According to a statement issued by Ki-moon’s office on Tuesday the investigation ... Read More »

South Africa beats Nigeria to be Africa’s biggest economy

SOUTH  Africa is once again the African continent’s top economy, beating close competitor Nigeria. “For the past two years, Nigeria has claimed the top spot, but a re-calculation using current exchange rates has placed South Africa back on top,” reported the BBC. The new calculations are based on the International Monetary Fund’s gross domestic product numbers for the two countries ... Read More »

SADC to launch aid appeal for drought hit region

THE  Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) chairman and Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama will early next week declare the 2015/2016 regional drought a state of disaster and appeal for humanitarian aid to save more than 23 million people from imminent starvation. In a statement released in Gaborone, SADC said the state of disaster arose from poor harvests caused by ... Read More »

Khartoum concerned over South Sudan crisis, vowing to help end crisis

THE  Sudanese government expressed deep concern  (today) Sunday over the conflicts in South Sudan, announcing its participation in an emergency meeting scheduled in the Kenyan capital Nairobi (tomorrow) on Monday. “Sudan government would like to express its deep concern over the recent unfortunate events which took place in the sisterly Republic of South Sudan, and which led to military clashes ... Read More »

Zimbabwean newspaper editor shot in Lesotho

THE  editor of the Lesotho Times and Sunday Express newspapers Lloyd Mutungamiri has been shot and critically wounded at his home in the capital Maseru. He was shot around midnight on Saturday as he parked his car after coming  from work. His wife Tsitsi Mutungamiri said she heard several gunshots and then screamed for help before going outside after the ... Read More »

Hacktivists hack Zanu-PF websites

A GROUP  of hacking activists have claimed they are behind the crashing of the Zimbabwean government, the ruling party Zanu PF and the State broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation websites. The websites – www.zim.gov.zw, www.zanupf.co.zw and www.zbc.co.zw – were all not opening as  of  5pm on Wednesday. Anonymous Africa, on their Twitter handle @zim4thewin, said: “In support of #ShutDownZimbabwe we have ... Read More »

MP’s salaries are none of your business, says Namibian president

NAMIBIA’s  president Hage Geingob has reportedly said that the country’s parliamentarians should not be required to reveal how much they are paid. The Namibian, the country’s largest circulating newspaper, reported on Friday that Geingob told it that salaries were personal and that politicians were not obliged to declare them publicly. “Declaring one’s assets does not mean that your personal salary ... Read More »

Bostwana rejects EU’s calls to withdraw death penalty

THE  government of Botswana says it will only re-think the death penalty if the public, and not the European Union, demanded an end to the capital punishment laws which were enacted after consultations with the citizens. Responding to the European Union call for the government to re-impose a moratorium on executions and move towards the universal abolition of the death ... Read More »

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