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LIVE: Botswana’s Masire lying in state today

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP |  The body of Sir Ketumile Masire, Botswana’s second post-independence leader who passed away aged 91 on Thursday, is lying in state at the country’s parliament in Gabarone today. It will give ordinary Batswana a chance to pay their last respects to their former leader, ahead …

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Kenyatta puts jobs, industrialisation at top of Jubilee agenda

Nairobi, Kenya | PSCU |  President Kenyatta today unveiled the Jubilee Party’s robust plan to continue Kenya’s journey to prosperity, centred on more jobs and rapid industrialisation. The Jubilee Party Manifesto for 2017 was unveiled at a colourful ceremony at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, one of Kenya’s most iconic locations …

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Machar rebuffs call to join South Sudan national dialogue

Riek Machar, the chairman and commander in chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army SPLMA/SPLA (IO) has rebuffed a call to join the ongoing South Sudan National Dialogue. The South Sudan opposition leader said focus should be on ending the war, through a mediated peace process. He said …

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Nigeria’s ill president sends recorded greetings from London

  Lagos, Nigeria | AFP |  Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has marked the end of Ramadan with an audio broadcast to the nation, the presidency said, his first public statement since going on medical leave in early May. The recording attributed to the president features a tired-sounding and hesitant voice, …

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PRESIDENT CONDE: When Africans are united, we win

  CONDE: Museveni one of founding fathers of new dynamism in Africa Kampala, Uganda | PPU|  President Yoweri Museveni has commended President Alpha Conde of Guinea, and also Chairman of the African Union, for his personal efforts aimed at accelerating the implementation of strategic issues of high importance to Africa. “We have …

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South Sudan cancels independence day celebrations

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation gripped by civil war, has cancelled its official independence day celebrations for the second year running. “We are not celebrating… because our situation does not require us to celebrate at a time when there are people in need …

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Zimbabwe VP pledges ‘free and fair’ election in 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Zimbabwe’s Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday pledged that next year’s elections will be peaceful, “free and fair” despite opposition concerns about electoral interference. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference aimed at courting South African investors, Mnangagwa noted that the last election in …

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