University of North Florida (and VOTAC) to launch a Visiting Scholars Program for African Journalists.
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University of North Florida (and VOTAC) to launch a Visiting Scholars Program for African Journalists.
Details Here

Guinea: Guinea Risks 'Conflict and Confusion' With Mining Eviction Policy

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Civil society groups rejected Guinea's first policy seeking to protect people displaced by mines and dams on Thursday, saying it would worsen poverty and conflict in the mineral-rich nation.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 3:07 pm

South Africa: Ramaphosa Wants Accelerated Efforts to Deal With Ailing Commuter Rail System

[News24Wire] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for practical and urgent action to deal with problems plaguing the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 3:06 pm

Zimbabwe: Govt's Promise of 1,5 Million Houses Remains Pie in the Sky

[Zimbabwe Independent] PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa, who this week promised that government would soon roll out a new rural housing development plan that will result in the building of strong and durable houses, is so far failing to deliver on his 2018 electoral promise to construct 1,5 million houses in five years.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 2:54 pm

Zimbabwe: Govt Blocks U.S.$1 Billion Pipeline Project

[Zimbabwe Independent] The Ministry of Energy has blocked a plan by South African-owned Mining, Oil and Gas Services Company (MOGS) to construct a US$1 billion 550-kilometre fuel pipeline from Beira to Harare, arguing that the sector is oversubscribed and has no space for new players, an official has confirmed.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 2:54 pm

Zimbabwe: Court to Decide On Former VP Mphoko's Pension - Charamba

[Zimbabwe Independent] The government will decide whether to grant former vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko his terminal benefits after the High Court makes a determination on his application, a senior government official revealed.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 2:51 pm

Namibia: Cabinet Approves U.S.$39,8 Million for Drought

[New Era] Cabinet this week announced it has approved a comprehensive drought relief intervention worth N$572.7 million to assist drought-affected communities in communal areas, who are grappling with the prevailing drought.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 2:34 pm

Zimbabwe: Central Bank Boss Chiremba Off the Hook

[New Zimbabwe] Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) boss, Mirirai Chiremba who is facing criminal abuse of office charges, has been freed after the state failed to finalise investigations.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 2:30 pm

Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai Death Toll Rises to 142, Hundreds Still Missing

[New Zimbabwe] The death toll from the devastating Cyclone Idai, that barrelled through Zimbabwe's south eastern districts last week has gone up to 142, according to officials.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 2:29 pm

Zimbabwe: Businessman Chivayo Acquitted of U.S.$5.6 Million Fraud

[The Herald] Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo has been acquitted of a $5,6 million fraud charge in a botched Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) solar project deal after the High Court ruled that charges were contrived and properly excepted to.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 2:20 pm

Mozambique: 'People No Longer Take The Bodies to the Mortuary'

[Verdade] While national and international emergency team fly and swim against time to rescue about 350,000 Mozambicans still under siege for the fifth consecutive day in the districts of Buzi, Chibabava, Nhamatanda and Dondo, in Beira corpses accumulate in the mortuary because funerals are impossible.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 1:05 pm

Kenya: Emotional Scenes as Body of Kenyan Doctor Who Died in Cuba Arrives Home

[Capital FM] Mombasa -Emotions ran high as the plane carrying the remains of a Kenyan doctor who died in Cuba on Sunday touched down Friday at the Moi International Airport, Mombasa.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 12:10 pm

Kenya: Somalia, Kenya Headed Back to Court After Failed Mediation Over Oil Blocks

[Dalsan Radio] President Farmajo and Uhuru Kenyatta. The two have failed to agree on the location of oil blocks

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 9:52 am

Kenya: Govt Dilly-Dallies On Sex Education As Other Countries Reap the Benefits

[Nation] Countries where comprehensive sex education (CSE) is taught have the lowest teen pregnancy rates.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 9:30 am

Kenya: 12 killed in Kikopey Road Crash

[Nation] Twelve people have been killed after a truck and a 2NK shuttle collided at Kikopey on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 9:20 am

Namibia: Govt to Support Farmers Hard-Hit By Drought

[Namibian] PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said the government will assist farmers in areas hard-hit by the drought.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 8:57 am

Burkina Faso: Atrocities By Armed Islamists, Security Forces

[HRW] Atrocities by Islamist armed groups in Burkina Faso's northern Sahel Region and by security forces during counterterrorism operations have left scores dead and created widespread fear and displacement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The violence has forced tens of thousands of villagers to flee since early 2019.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 8:41 am

Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta Suspends His Social Media Accounts

[Nation] You will not be able to follow, like or comment on President Kenyatta's social media accounts, at least for now.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 8:23 am

Ethiopia: Survivor Recounts New Zealand Mosque Attacks

[VOA] Abdulkadir Ababora was sitting in the front row of a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week when a 28-year-old Australian gunman opened fire during Friday prayers.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 8:18 am

Ethiopia: Boeing Charged Extra for Safety Features - Report

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The New York Times is reporting that the downed Ethiopian and Indonesian 737 MAX jets may have lacked "two notable safety features" - because manufacturer Boeing charges extra for them.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 7:57 am

Rwanda: RwandAir to Launch Direct Flights to Kinshasa

[New Times] National Carrier RwandAir is set to launch direct flights from Kigali International Airport to the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) capital Kinshasa.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 7:11 am

South Africa: How a University Fairy Godmother Is Helping Needy Students

[News24Wire] A lecturer moonlighting as a fairy godmother is looking to expand her network of assistants as she helps fund needy students' travelling expenses, graduation attire and monthly groceries - all with the tap of a mouse.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 6:56 am

Kenya: Crash Victims' Families Seek State Help on Compensation

[Nation] Families of the victims of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 Boeing 737 Max jet have asked the government to make their lives easier as they mourn their loved ones.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 6:33 am

Nigeria: How Widespread Impunity Is Encouraging Rights Abuses - U.S. Report

[Premium Times] The failure and incapability of the Nigerian government to investigate and punish both state and non-state actors accused of human rights violations in the country has led to the entrenchment of abuses such as torture, illegal detention, human trafficking and sexual exploitations, the United States Department of State, 2018 Human Rights Practices report on Nigeria has observed.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 6:17 am

Nigeria: Japan Emerges Third Largest Donor With U.S.$1.4 Billion in 49 Years

[This Day] Abuja -The Japanese government has invested $1.4 billion as economic aids and donor funds in Nigeria between 1966 and 2015 -- a period of 49 years, making it Nigeria's third highest donor country.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 5:27 am

Ghana: The Village Where Childbirth Is Prohibited

[This is Africa] None of the about 5 000 inhabitants of Mafi Dove, a village in southern Ghana, was born there. The village is considered to be holy land and consequently has a myriad of customs and traditions that have been upheld throughout its existence. One of these is the belief that childbirth in the village is an offence to the gods.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 5:25 am

Nigeria: Asset Declaration Trial - Federal Govt Closes Case Against Top Judge

[Premium Times] The Nigerian government on Thursday closed its case against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 5:17 am

Mozambique: The City Has Been Destroyed - Beira's Mayor

[Deutsche Welle] The Mozambique city of Beira has been isolated since the arrival of Cyclone Idai last week. As telecommunications connections are slowly being restored, DW has spoken with the city's mayor, Daviz Simango.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 4:59 am

Sierra Leone: Opposition Accuse Electoral Body Chief of Rigging By-Election

[East African] Opposition parties in Sierra Leone have threatened to boycott future elections unless the head of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) resigns.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 4:50 am

Africa: 9 of the 10 Worst Global Risks Are Linked to Water

[IPS] Stockholm, Sweden -Every year, the World Economic Forum asks some 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, business, academia and civil society across the globe to assess the risks facing the world over the decade to come.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 4:47 am

Congo-Kinshasa: U.S. Places Sanctions on Three Top Election Officials

[The Sentry] Washington, DC -Today (March 21, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned three senior Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officials.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 4:30 am

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