On 11 August, Kumsa Diriba, aka 'Jaal Marroo', the leader of the Oromo Liberation Army (known as OLF/Shene by Ethiopian authorities) announced ... the military alliance struck between his force and the armed wing of the outlawed Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) regional government.
In recent months, Central African politicians and journalists have shared images of the military posing in front of different town signs – ... seemingly as proof of the state regaining control over a country caught up in civil war for almost a decade.
Prominent South African opposition leader Helen Zille has attacked South Africa's highest court and the electoral commission (IEC) ahead of what ... could be the most difficult local government poll for her party in over two decades. The elections date has been set for 1 November.
A conflict arose between Afrinic, a wholesale distributor of blocks of IP addresses that allows access to the Internet on the continent, and ... Cloud Innovation, an obscure company registered in the Seychelles and controlled by a Chinese-based internet developer. At the heart of the matter: who has the right to use these addresses allocated to Africa?
Following Guinea's coup d'etat on 5 September led by Mamady Doumbouya, the regional bloc ECOWAS has just announced its suspension. A high-level ... mission will be sent over to evaluate the situation before any further decisions are made. But in the aftermath of the coup, there are questions that stand out: Why was it so easy to capture President Alpha Condé? Why did he ignore everyone’s warnings about Doumbouya? And where does Conakry’s new master really come from?
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Tanzania's Freeman Mbowe, leader of the main opposition party, Chadema, was sent to prison in July and is now on trial on charges of financing ... terrorism. He and his allies say these charged are trumped up and represent the bad old days of opposition intimidation under former president John Magufuli. What happens now is a crucial test of President Samia Suluhu Hassan's commitment to reform and levelling the political playing field.
In the blink of an eye, on 15 August, Afghanistan fell under the control of the Taliban, again, in just under four months. Despite US and British ... presence for two decades there, the Afghan army was unable to fend off the jihadist fighters; but the might of the Taliban did not just grow overnight. There are people from all over the world, particularly in Africa, and namely Egypt, who have helped along the way.
DRC's government under President Félix Tshisekedi intends to implement new measures to prevent foreign operators from illegally exploiting mining ... sites. Chinese companies are not the only ones being targeted by these measures.
After a lull of eight months following Uganda’s election season that ended with a presidential election in January 2021, many civil society ... and NGO sector actors were hopeful that they would regain the breathing space that the government had stifled and access funds that had been withdrawn. Instead, it's only gotten worse.
As the conflict in Tigray spreads to other regions in Ethiopia, a schism within the UN Security Council threatens to deal the final blow to Ethiopia's ... future prospects. Whilst the US and European nations firmly demand an end to the war in hope for a more peaceful future outlook, India, China, and Russia remain ambivalent about involving themselves in what they view as a domestic dispute.
A growing number of Kenyans are becoming increasingly incensed with Attorney General (AG) Kihara Kariuki for his determination to challenge activists’ ... demands in court for disclosure of the $3.2bn Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) contract with China. The move didn’t go down well with many people who felt betrayed and wondered why the government’s top lawyer is so determined to keep this information locked up and he is acting in violation of the same constitution that he’s supposed to uphold.
We went to sleep last night as CEOs of African agritech companies emerging from the pandemic crisis. Today, we woke up as winners of the AYuTe ... Africa Challenge, a competition run by Heifer International for businesses that brings technological innovation to the continent’s agriculture. Together, we will share $1.5m in cash grants to build our companies and help realise our dreams for Africa.
On Monday, 24 hours after overthrowing president Alpha Condé, Mamady Doumbouya and his men summoned former government members to a meeting. No ... one missed it. Former Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana was present, as was former Minister of Defense Mohamed Diané, and former Secretary-General of the Presidency, Kiridi Bangoura. Not even the former government spokesman, Tibou Kamara was left out - all had responded to the summons served the day before...not that they had much choice.