Ahead of 2021 elections, Zambian court won’t block reforms process

Opponents of a bill to amend Zambia’s constitution were dealt another setback on Friday, as the country’s Constitutional Court ruled against a legal team hoping to interrupt a process many believe is meant to consolidate power for President Edgar Lungu and his ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party. The court ruled by a 6-1 majority to dismiss a petition brought by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) and the Chapter One Foundation, saying it has no jurisdiction over a legislative bill that remains in deliberations in the country’s parliament. That bill,…

Read More

Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba tasks African entrepreneurs to grab e-commerce opportunities presented by African Continental Free Trade Agreement

By Amos Fofung Photo: UNCTAD South Africa Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses, has urged African entrepreneurs that they will find countless opportunities in e-commerce, logistics and e-payments as the continent prepares for the start of a free-trade deal brought about by the penning of historic African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA. A successful entrepreneur himself who make a fortune via e-commerce Jack Ma in an interview with Bloomberg Television said; while governments will be responsible for administering the African Continental Free Trade…

Read More

AfDB approves $210 mln loan for Nigeria

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $210 million loan to help Nigeria upgrade its dilapidated electricity transmission and distribution network. The loan to Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) will support construction of 330KV double circuit quad transmission lines and sub-stations across the country, the bank said in a statement late on Friday. The AfDB funded project will run across seven states and will improve the capacity of power grid where it is most constrained. Nigeria privatised most of its power sector in 2013 but retained control of its…

Read More

Namibia’s Geingob claims win but opponents challenge results

President Hage Geingob is claiming victory in this week’s election in Namibia, but opposition leaders already say they’re challenging the outcome and the country’s Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN). Geingob was holding a strong lead late Saturday as the ECN updated voting results. With more than 90 percent of the southern African nation’s constituencies counted, his ruling South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) party commanded 65.2 percent of the vote. His nearest challenger, independent Panduleni Itula, had 16.6 percent of votes cast while the third-place candidate, Bernardus Swartbooi of the…

Read More

Year of Return: Ghana Grants Citizenship to More Than 100 African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans in Special ‘Homecoming’ Ceremony

It was an occasion worth celebrating as over 100 Africans-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans made it official by becoming Ghana’s newest citizens in a special ceremony Wednesday. One by one, the new citizens crossed the stage to collect their citizenship certificates and shake hands with their new President Nana Afufo-Addo, Quartz Africa reported. Then, a judge administered the oath of allegiance in a moment highlighting The Year of Return 2019, a movement marking 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived to the modern-day U.S. Approximately 126 African diasporans were granted Ghanaian citizenship…

Read More

Somalia: Nation Furious at Apple for Not Listing Their Country in the World List

Somalia nationals took to social media to express their disgust at the country’s omission from among the world list of countries. The wondered why despite the mobile phone company opening a distribution office in the country for the past two years, the company was yet to recognize them. Although Somalia went in to anarchy in 1991, the country has made stready progress in the recent years. source: https://allafrica.com/stories/201911300116.html

Read More

Somalia: Over 500,000 People So Far Affected By Floods

Flooding in Somalia has affected 574,000 people, displacing 370,000 of them, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday. The October flooding, which was unusual for this time of year, has taken humanitarian agencies aback as there is less funding and flexibility in the humanitarian operation, said the OCHA. Prior to the flooding, much of the country experienced drought conditions. As a result, harvest yields were up to 70 percent below average in the south. In addition, many of the affected communities are the same ones…

Read More

Zimbabwe: Govt Turns to China and Cuba As Doctors Impasse Continues

HEALTH Minister Obadiah Moyo on Wednesday admitted government was hiring doctors from China and Cuba but denied this had anything to do with the sacking of 448 doctors over their participation in what the Labour Court has said was an illegal strike. Over 500 medical practitioners have been charged with offences relating to their embarking on a strike demanding a review of their salaries, allowances and working conditions. Moyo, during Wednesday’s Question and Answer session, told Parliament that the coming in of expatriate doctors was a government to government arrangement.…

Read More

MPost: Kenyans to use mobile phone numbers as post office boxes

Kenyans will now be able to rent out post office boxes using their mobile phone numbers and consequently receive letters and parcels through a service provided by the country’s biggest telecoms operator Safaricom. The company, which is part-owned by South Africa’s Vodacom , targets 5 million new users of the service as it ramps up infrastructure for its fledgling electronic commerce business. Dubbed MPost, the service will be offered jointly with the Postal Corporation of Kenya, which will rent out physical post office boxes to Safaricom customers using their mobile…

Read More

5 Least Visited Countries in Africa

Africa is any traveller’s go-to destination, boasting warm tropical conditions, friendly people, and interesting places to visit. Interestingly these countries are the least visited countries in Africa.  Not all countries on the continent have a viable tourism industry mainly due to political unrest and economic difficulties. Some African countries are relatively unknown to most as a viable tourism destination.  Below is a list of the least visited countries in Africa.  São Tomé and Príncipe [embedded content] The island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe, located off the western equatorial coast…

Read More