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South Africa appoints new acting prosecutor

South Africa appoints new acting prosecutor

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Silas Ramaite as acting chief prosecutor.

He replaces Shaun Abrahams, who left office after the country's top court ruled on Monday that he was not validly appointed and was a beneficiary of former President Jacob Zuma's abuse of power.

Burundi to ban plastic bags by 2020

Burundi to ban plastic bags by 2020

In 2020, Burundi will join a growing number of African countries to have banned fake bags.

President Pierre Nkurunziza issued a decree on Monday prohibiting the "manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging", according to a presidential order.

 

Two farmers stoned to death in Ethiopia

Two farmers stoned to death in Ethiopia

Police in Ethiopia say two members of the Tigrayan ethnic group have been stoned to death in the Oromia region.

The two farmers, who had lived in the area for decades, are said to have been killed by protesting youths.

Some of the attackers have been arrested while others are on the run.

Mnangagwa's lawyers unable to file court papers

Mnangagwa's lawyers unable to file court papers

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party'S lawyers failed to submit court papers to defend the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president yesterday.

The constitutional court was closed, presumably because the country was marking Heroes Day.

The opposition MDC Alliance alleges that the ruling party stole the election, but Mr Mnangagwa has said that he won fairly.

Anti-corruption unit arrests Nairobi's ex-governor

Anti-corruption unit arrests Nairobi's ex-governor

Anti-corruption officers in Kenya have arrested former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero over alleged crimes committed during his term in office, the chief prosecutor's office has said.

Mr Kidero, who is a senior member of the opposition, was among 11 government officials and businesspeople who were "criminally culpable" for mismanaging and embezzling public funds

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila not seeking third term

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila not seeking third term

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila will not be seeking a third term in December's election, his spokesperson has said.

The governing coalition has nominated former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to be its candidate.

Mr Kabila's second term ended in 2016, but elections have been delayed and there had been speculation that he would run again.

Nine presidential candidates to stand in Cameroon

Nine presidential candidates to stand in Cameroon

Cameroon's electoral body, Elecam, has cleared nine candidates to run for the country's top office. They are: Paul Biya (RDPC/CPDM), Garga Haman Adji (ADD) Maurice Kamto (MRC/CRM), Libi’i Li Ngue Ngue Cabril (Univers), Serge Espoir Matomba (PURS/UPSR), Muna Tabeng Akere (FPD/PFD), Ndam Njoya Adamou (UDC/CDU), Franklin Afanwi Ndifor (MCNC/CNCM), Joshua Osih (SDF/FSD).

Former DR Congo minister launches presidential bid

Former DR Congo minister launches presidential bid

A Congolese former minister has announced his candidacy for the presidential election scheduled for December, which he says he will contest as an independent.

Kin-Kiey Mulumba twice served as minister under President Joseph Kabila, who has remained in power despite his second and final term in office having expired in 2016.

South Sudanese celebrate peace deal signed by Kiir and Machar

South Sudanese celebrate peace deal signed by Kiir and Machar

Businesses are shut in South Sudan's capital, Juba, as people celebrate the signing of a power-sharing deal aimed at ending a brutal five-year civil war.

The deal will see rebel leader Riek Machar return to government as one of five vice-presidents.

He and President Salva Kiir signed the agreement in neighbouring Sudan.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the conflict which broke out about two years after South Sudan's independence.

Ethiopia appoints ambassador to ex-enemy Eritrea

Ethiopia appoints ambassador to ex-enemy Eritrea

Ethiopia has appointed its first ambassador to Eritrea in two decades.

Redwan Hussein, a former ambassador to Ireland and communication minister, had become Addis Ababa's representative in Asmara

On 9 July, the Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders, Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afwerki respectively, signed a declaration ending the "state of war".

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