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Kenya election Laboso Waiguru Ngilu in early lead

Posted On: 2017-08-09

Ms Joyce Laboso, Ms Anne Waiguru and Ms Charity Ngilu are leading in Bomet, Kirinyaga and Kitui gubernatorial races, an indication that they are on the path to become first women governors in Kenya.

Results from Bomet posted on the IEBC portal at 5.45 am shows Ms Laboso, the Jubilee Party candidate is leading with 149,976 votes.

Her rival, incumbent governor Isaac Ruto of Chama Cha Mashinani has 71,626 votes from 623 out of 728 polling Continue Reading »

South Africas President Zuma facing no confidence vote

Posted On: 2017-08-08

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma faces a motion of no-confidence as MPs start voting in a secret ballot.

The governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties traded barbs in two hours of heated debate on Tuesday, before voting booths were brought out on to the floor.

Mr Zuma has already survived seven no-confidence votes.

But the opposition hopes some ANC MPs will side with them as the vote is Continue Reading »

North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions

Posted On: 2017-08-07

North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme.

The sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the UN on Saturday, were a “violent violation of our sovereignty,” the official KCNA news agency said.

Separately, South Korea says the North has rejected an offer to restart talks, dismissing it as insincere.

The sanctions will aim to reduce North Continue Reading »

Trump US Russia relations are at dangerous low

Posted On: 2017-08-03

US President Donald Trump says his country’s relationship with Russia is at a “dangerous low”, amid a feud with Congress over new sanctions imposed against Moscow.

Mr Trump approved the measure on Wednesday, despite calling it “flawed”.

Russia said the new sanctions were tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war”.

The law aims to punish Russia for its Continue Reading »

South Africa Smugglers use donkeys to smuggle cars into Zimbabwe

Posted On: 2017-08-03

Police in South Africa have foiled an attempt to smuggle a stolen luxury car into Zimbabwe using donkeys to pull it across the Limpopo river.

The suspects fled into the bushes towards Zimbabwe after their efforts to free the car from the sand failed, local police say.

Last December a vehicle stolen in Durban was recovered on the same river, attached to a group of donkeys.

Local police are investigating whether a syndicate Continue Reading »

Trumps transgender military ban not worked out yet

Posted On: 2017-07-27

The White House has not yet decided how it will implement the president’s ban on transgender people serving in the US military.

Mr. Trump’s surprise Twitter announcement on Wednesday has been met with criticism from rights groups.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration would work alongside the Pentagon to decide how to proceed.

It is not yet clear how the announcement will affect current transgender service personnel.

Why Continue Reading »

Mugabe gives sister in law USD60000 birthday gift

Posted On: 2017-07-24

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has given his sister-in-law $60,000 (£46,000) as a birthday gift, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

It says that the gift was to thank Junior Gumbochuma, who is the first lady’s eldest sister, for helping to Mr Mugabe’s children.

Mrs Gumbochuma is a pastor and the Herald reports that the president used the opportunity of her birthday celebrations to criticise Pentecostal preachers who make money from Continue Reading »

OJ Simpson to be freed from Nevada prison

Posted On: 2017-07-21

Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

“Thank you!” said the 70-year-old, bowing his head as the board approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 10 other charges.

He is set to walk free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas Continue Reading »

Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon Amnesty says

Posted On: 2017-07-20

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have been “brutally tortured” by security forces in Cameroon, a rights group says.

Amnesty International said in a report that the suspects, including women and children, were beaten, water-boarded and forced into stress positions.

The cases allegedly happened between 2013 and 2017, and dozens of detainees died as a result, it added.

Cameroon’s government has not commented. Boko Haram frequently carries out Continue Reading »

Kenya TV election debate has just one candidate

Posted On: 2017-07-18

A TV debate for Kenyan politicians hoping to become deputy president in next month’s elections went ahead even though only one candidate took part.

Muthiora Kariara, a political novice who is running with independent presidential candidate Japheth Kaluyu, answered questions for about an hour.

Some of the candidates were not allowed to take part because they arrived late.

Political parties have accused the organisers of failing to consult them in the Continue Reading »

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