Tanzania threatens to shut churches after Magufuli criticism

Tanzania threatens to shut churches after Magufuli criticism

Tanzanian authorities have threatened to shut down churches which mix religion and politics after a cleric criticised President John Magufuli. The cleric, Zachary Kakobe, used a Christmas sermon to say the country was “turning into a one party state”. Days later, the Home Affairs Ministry warned religious organisations which dabbled in political issues would have their licence revoked. Critics complain of growing intolerance towards dissent in Tanzania. Some critics accuse […]

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Umaru Fofana: Can this ex-footballer answer Liberia‘s call?

Umaru Fofana: Can this ex-footballer answer Liberia‘s call?

Ex-footballer George Weah has been elected to the highest office in Liberia. But will he be equal to the country‘s many challenges, asks Umaru Fofana. On the highest point of Monrovia are the remains of what used to be an impressive five-star hotel – DUCOR. There stands the black-and-yellow statue of Joseph J Roberts, the country‘s first president, overlooking the city. The founding president would have glowed with pride at […]

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South African court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

South African court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

South Africa‘s top court has found that parliament failed to comply with its duties in holding President Jacob Zuma accountable over a public funding case. The ruling said parliament must now set out rules for impeachment proceedings, but it remains unclear whether this will lead to any impeachment. The court was hearing a case brought by opposition groups who wanted parliament to be compelled to begin impeachment. It relates to […]

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Zimbabwean family stranded in Bangkok airport for months

Zimbabwean family stranded in Bangkok airport for months

No-one really enjoys a long airport stopover, but for one Zimbabwean family, Bangkok‘s main airport has been home for nearly three months. According to the Thai immigration bureau, the four children under 11 and four adults arrived in Bangkok in May, but are refusing to return to Zimbabwe for fear of persecution. Their plight came to light after someone who said he worked at Suvarnabhumi airport posted a photo on […]

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Political pitch

Political pitch

One of Africa‘s all-time greatest footballers is set to clinch a new title – president of the west African nation of Liberia, his native country. George Weah rose from humble beginnings in a slum to play for some of Europe‘s best teams, garnering an array of footballing accolades along the way. He then turned his sights on politics and, after a number of failed attempts, won elected office as senator […]

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Liberia election run-off: George Weah versus Joseph Boakai

Liberia election run-off: George Weah versus Joseph Boakai

The first provisional results from Liberia‘s presidential election run-off election are due later. Unofficial results broadcast by local media suggest that ex-football star George Weah is ahead of Vice-President Joseph Boakai following Tuesday‘s vote. The electoral commission has warned against “premature pronouncements”. Armed police have been deployed around its headquarters in the capital, Monrovia, ahead of the release of official results. However, the mood in Monrovia is calm, and people […]

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