Election Front-Runners to Contest Runoff After First-round Stalemate

[VOA] Sierra Leone will hold a runoff presidential election in two weeks after the country’s 16 candidates failed to clinch the 55 percent of votes necessary to win in the first round. National Electoral Commission chair Mohammed Nfa’ali Conteh made th…

[VOA] Sierra Leone will hold a runoff presidential election in two weeks after the country's 16 candidates failed to clinch the 55 percent of votes necessary to win in the first round. National Electoral Commission chair Mohammed Nfa'ali Conteh made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday night, a week after the country went to the polls.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

Kenya Third Most Preferred Property Hub for Super-Rich

[Nation] Kenya emerged the third most preferred real estate investment destination globally for the super-rich after the UK and the US in a study that also shows that nearly a quarter of Africa’s rich have property locally.

[Nation] Kenya emerged the third most preferred real estate investment destination globally for the super-rich after the UK and the US in a study that also shows that nearly a quarter of Africa's rich have property locally.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Mnangagwa Insincere About Polls, Chamisa Tells SADC

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has been insincere in its commitment to holding a free, fair and credible elections, MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa, told Sadc envoys Tuesday.

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has been insincere in its commitment to holding a free, fair and credible elections, MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa, told Sadc envoys Tuesday.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Media Defies Ban on Political Debate

[VOA] Private media outlets in Cameroon are defying a ban on political programs imposed by the country’s National Communication Council. The council had ordered the ban, insisting political debates may cause conflict ahead of senatorial elections on Ma…

[VOA] Private media outlets in Cameroon are defying a ban on political programs imposed by the country's National Communication Council. The council had ordered the ban, insisting political debates may cause conflict ahead of senatorial elections on March 25.

source: AllAfrica News: Cameroon

African SMEs Set to Benefit From $74 Million Guarantee

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) has entered into a re- guarantee transaction of up to $74 million with GuarantCo to increase its guarantee capacity for SME financing on the contin…

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (AGF) has entered into a re- guarantee transaction of up to $74 million with GuarantCo to increase its guarantee capacity for SME financing on the continent.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Kenya Catering for 2000 Ethiopians Who Fled Moyale Killings

[Shabelle] Kenyan authorities are receiving Ethiopians fleeing violence back home after security forces killed nine people and wounded a dozen others in a mistaken anti-terrorism fight.

[Shabelle] Kenyan authorities are receiving Ethiopians fleeing violence back home after security forces killed nine people and wounded a dozen others in a mistaken anti-terrorism fight.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

University Lecturer Charged for Attacking Girlfriend With Acid

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Kyambogo University Lecturer James Kazungu Alupo was Monday charged before Nakawa Magistrates court with attempted murder of his alleged lover using acid.

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Kyambogo University Lecturer James Kazungu Alupo was Monday charged before Nakawa Magistrates court with attempted murder of his alleged lover using acid.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

OPINION: Does Pres. Lungu and HH Need the Commonwealth to be Talking to Each Other

Professor Ibrahim Gambari has criss-crossed between Lusaka and Nigeria since August 2017 when UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was released from prison from a Commonwealth mediated release. Gambari’s visit was on the back of Secretary General Patricia Scotland having brokered a … Continued

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Professor Ibrahim Gambari has criss-crossed between Lusaka and Nigeria since August 2017 when UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was released from prison from a Commonwealth mediated release. Gambari’s visit was on the back of Secretary General Patricia Scotland having brokered a deal to have the opposition leader be released after being charges with treason. Since August 2017 Zambians have been fed on a diet of the supposedly imminent dialogue that borders on arm twisting President Edgar Lungu to the negotiation table with his adversary in chief in the aftermath of the August 2016 elections. The grounds for the dialogue has been hinged on constitutional reforms, post-election disputes and the Public Order Act. Nobody has any illusion that the proposed dialogue wants to resolve a matter that the courts of law could have easily dealt with. However the question that begs an answer is did it have to really take the Commonwealth to bring President Lungu and Hichilema to a dialogue process? Did not the Kenyans show a few days ago that it was possible for sworn political enemies to meet without the instigation of foreign forces? Did anything good ever come out an externally negotiated truce between former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and late Morgan Tsvangirai? Can’t President Lungu and Hichilema spare the Zambian public this drama by simply coming to the table? Do they need Professor Gambari to fly all the way from his home country to bring them to the table? The dialogue could be much more worthwhile if it was self-instigated or locally championed. Has our society degenerated to such levels of political hopelessness that we need outsiders to make us talk to each other? Our leaders need to re-think this path they seem so proudly entrenched in and just come to the table at their own volition. Otherwise we are pessimistic that anything good will come off this dialogue process. The post OPINION: Does Pres. Lungu and HH Need the Commonwealth to be Talking to Each Other appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Ethiopian Refugees Speak of Horror, Agony as Soldiers Flushed Them Out

[Nation] The more than 8,000 Ethiopian refugees, who have arrived in Moyale Town, Marsabit County, Tuesday narrated how they were flushed out of their homes by soldiers.

[Nation] The more than 8,000 Ethiopian refugees, who have arrived in Moyale Town, Marsabit County, Tuesday narrated how they were flushed out of their homes by soldiers.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia