US sanctions Uganda’s ex-police boss for rights abuses

The US government announced sanctions against Uganda’s once-powerful police chief on Friday, citing evidence of corruption and human rights abuses including torture. The agencies said there was credible information that Kale Kayihura was involved in “torture and/or cruel, inhuman, or…

Mugabe to be buried in a month at Zimbabwe’s ‘heroes’ monument

Former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe’s family and the government on Friday said he would be buried in about a month after they agreed to entomb him at a monument for national heroes in Harare. Mugabe died in Singapore last week…

Thousands pay last respects to Mugabe, amid uncertainty over burial place

Thousands of Zimbabweans have filed past the open coffin of Robert Mugabe to pay their last respects to the country’s founding leader, as a family spokesman reveals the late former president will be buried in around 30 days. With members…

Amnesty wants justice for victims of Sudan protests

Rights group Amnesty International Friday called for justice for those killed during months of protests that rocked Sudan, insisting that demonstrators had faced “disproportionate and unnecessary” violence. Sudan has experienced unprecedentedly large rallies since December, first against now ousted leader…

World champ Kipyegon readies to defend title in Doha

Kenya’s Olympic and world 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon said she was fit and ready to defend her title in Doha after edging Winnie Chebet in the Kenyan trials on Friday. Kipyegon made a winning return to the track after a…

S.African protesters demand crackdown on femicide

With placards stating “Enough is enough”, hundreds of protesters marched in Johannesburg on Friday to protest at gender-based violence in one of the world’s most crime-ridden countries. Demonstrations in South Africa have been mounting over the rising toll of murders,…

Tunisians undecided ahead of Sunday’s vote

Campaigning for Tunisia’s presidential election wraps up on Friday, with voters across the board untouched and unconvinced by the line-up of candidates. With more than seven million Tunisians registered to vote in Sunday’s poll, turnout could be slightly higher than in…

Kenya Joins Ghana, Malawi To Roll Out Landmark Vaccine For Malaria

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world’s first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and…

Kenya becomes third country to adopt world’s first malaria vaccine

Kenya on Friday became the third country to start routinely innoculating infants against malaria, using the world’s first vaccine to combat a disease that kills 800 children globally every day. The vaccine — RTS,S — targets the deadliest and most…

cradle of the Arab Spring

Eight years after triggering the Arab Spring, Tunisia is held up as a model of democratic transition, while other countries that experienced the mass uprisings are gripped by chaos, repression or war. Despite the plaudits, the North African country of…