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Ugandan soldiers on Monday blocked the US ambassador from visiting the home of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine, a pop star whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, in the capital, Kampala. Bobi Wine finished second in last week’s election but rejected the results “with the contempt they deserve”. President Yoweri Museveni – who won a […]

The authorities in Uganda have cut off internet access in the country hours to a hotly contested presidential election pitting a pop star against one of Africa’s longest serving leaders. Internet monitoring group NetBlocks said on Twitter that the country descended into an internet blackout on Wednesday from 19:00 local time. The blackout came a […]

Nigeria expects to get its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of this month as part of its plan to inoculate 40% of the population this year and a further 30% next year, the head of the country’s primary healthcare agency, Faisal Shuaib, has said. The first batch would contain 100,000 doses of […]

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million Covid-19 cases. It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected. Some hospitals and medical centres have reported a huge rise in admissions, putting a heavy strain on resources. President Cyril Ramaphosa […]

Former President of Burundi Pierre Buyoya has died aged 71, his cousin and a diplomatic source have confirmed to the BBC. The family source said he died in Paris on Thursday due to Covid-19 complications. The retired army major had two spells in power for a total of 13 years after overthrowing his predecessors. In […]

Drought and human-wildlife conflict is forcing Namibia to auction off 170 “high value” elephants. “Due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, coupled with human-elephant conflict incidences, a need has been identified to reduce these populations,” an advert on state-owned New Era newspaper on Wednesday noted. The advert by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry […]

Aid agencies say that a low cost strawberry-flavoured tablet for children living with HIV will be rolled out in African countries next year. It is to be the first generic paediatric version of a key anti-retroviral therapy which will even be available for babies. The UN estimates that more than 1.5 million children around the […]

A well-known Christian preacher has skipped bail in South Africa and fled the country. Shepherd Bushiri, who had previously said he wanted to clear his name, has now returned to his home country, Malawi, with his wife Mary. Earlier this month they were released on bail after being charged with fraud and money laundering. He […]

South African Patrice Motsepe, one of Africa’s richest men, has announced his intention to become the next president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf). The chairman of 2016 African club champions Mamelodi Sundowns becomes the third person to bid for the role, after incumbent Ahmad and Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast. Motsepe is Africa’s […]

Former Tanzanian MP Godbless Lema spent Sunday night in a police station in Kenya moments after irregularly crossing the border, according to Kenyan media outlets. There has been a crackdown on opposition leaders following President John Magufuli’s re-election in a landslide victory. Mr Lema was arrested while being driven by his lawyer to Kenya’s capital, […]

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