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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 »

First kidnapped Chibok girl found in Nigeria’s Borno State

THE first of more than 200 young women abducted two years ago by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram from north-eastern Nigeria’s Chibok village has been found in Borno State. Falmata Mbalala was found Tuesday in Baale Village near the town of Damboa, only a few kilometres from where she was kidnapped in 2014, according to army spokesman Sani Usman. She is believed to have escaped ... Read More »

Uganda’s Museveni sworn in for sixth term

UGANDA‘s veteran president Yoweri Museveni 71, was sworn in for another five-year term on Thursday (May 12), extending his rule to 35 years after an election that was disputed and marred by protests against his rule by the opposition party. The president officially won 60 percent of the votes in the February election, which the opposition said was rigged. Protests ... Read More »

Step aside Nigeria and SA as Ethiopian hip hop takes over

ITS  long been considered a counter-culture to Ethiopia’s long, proud musical traditions, even though its foreign exponents are fairly popular in Africa’s second most populous nation of nearly 100 million. Hip Hop, the American urban culture that includes rap music and graffiti art as it’s main components, has always struggled in a patriarchal country, where conformity is valued and the ... Read More »

Zambian cops arrest journos for calling President a drunkard

ZAMBIAN police have arrested and detained the Zambian Post newspaper’s managing editor Joan Chirwa-Ngoma and reporter Mukosha Funga for alleging President Edgar Lungu was spending too much time clubbing and drinking. The two had been jointly charged with Eric Chanda, leader of the 4th Revolution opposition party, for defamation, in connection with an article published on May 9, 2015 in ... Read More »

Now is the time to market Africa as a tourist destination

NOW is the time to market the African continent as a market for leisure and business, says  SA’s deputy minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa Speaking  at the opening of the third annual World Travel Market Africa Exhibition in Cape Town on Wednesday,  Xasa says  that the trade show could play an important role in growing the tourism sector in South Africa ... Read More »

Ebola no longer a health emergency in West Africa says UN

THE Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is no longer a public health emergency because countries are now able to rapidly respond to new virus outbursts, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a statement on Tuesday. “Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, that the risk of international spread is now low, and that countries ... Read More »

Violence feared as DRC preps for elections -UN chief

THE Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) participation in joint operations with the UN peacekeepers is a welcome step to fight armed rebel groups ahead of its national elections, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday. The presidential elections are scheduled for November. “Due to the threat posed by armed groups, population displacements and human rights violations ... Read More »

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