S.African leader defends contested fundraising campaign

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday vowed to act against anyone involved in misconduct during controversial fundraising for his campaign to become ANC party leader. After taking over when graft-tainted Jacob Zuma was ousted in 2018, Ramaphosa led the…

NGOs urge Macron to call out Egypt’s human rights record

Rights groups Thursday urged French President Emmanuel Macron to denounce the “worsening human rights crisis” under Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the G7 Summit in France later this month. Sisi is slated to attend the international meeting where Macron…

African Health Ministers Agree To An All-fronts Push To Control The Rise In Vector-Borne Diseases

With countries in Africa experiencing increased cases and deaths due to malaria and other vector-borne diseases, 47 health ministers endorsed the region’s first aggressive plan for vector control across the continent that recognizes the need for an all-fronts push on…

Health milestone for Nigeria: polio-free for 3 years

Nigerian health officials have announced a three-year milestone in the fight against wild polio, a step that could see the African continent as polio-free by 2020. This success is “one which we must delicately manage with cautious euphoria,” said Faisal…

Hamdok, UN economist turned Sudanese premier

Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, is a seasoned economist who faces the daunting task of rescuing his country’s moribund economy. Hamdok built a career in international continental and international organisations, most recently as deputy executive secretary of the UN’s…

13 Females Begin Journalism and Leadership Training In Monrovia

At least 13 females have been selected to participate in journalism and leadership organized by SheWrites, SheLeads. The training is expected to inspire young women to find their voice, self-expression and tell their own stories by picking up writing as…

UN Economic Commission For Africa – Statement On Rwanda

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, through its African Centre for Statistics works with its member States to improve the production, dissemination and use of quality statistics for evidence-based planning and policy-making in support of Africa’s structural transformation, the…

Kenyan who swallowed 68 cocaine packets arrested in Thailand

A Kenyan man was stopped at Bangkok’s airport for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 60 packets of cocaine in his stomach, Thai authorities announced Wednesday. Authorities said Glenn Chibasellow Ooko, 43, had flown on Monday from Ethiopia to the…

Sirleaf’s son back in jail, slapped with new charges

Charles E. Sirleaf, the son of former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has been rearrested and jailed Wednesday at the Monrovia Central Prison, aka ‘South Beach’, in connection to the alleged unlawful printing of local currency worth millions of dollars…

As risks of outbreaks grow, African health ministers agree to new response strategy

Brazzaville, 21 August 2019 – With an acute public health event reported every four days on the continent, it is more important than ever before for African countries to be able to respond to health emergencies. African health ministers today…