Kevin Mwanza, 9:02 am
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, one of the most celebrated African writers, failed to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016, losing to American artist and writer, Bob Dylan, mid-this month in a decision that drew condemnation from leading writers across the world. The Nobel Prize for Literature is usually awarded by the Swedish Academy to authors for their outstanding contributions in literature.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:45 am
Pope Francis has said he is willing to visit South Sudan to broker a peace deal if he is invited by the war-torn nation’s government. Church leaders from the Africa’s youngest nation sent an invite to the Pope on Thursday when they led a delegation from the nation to Vatican. “The Pope said he is ready to come to South Sudan. President Kiir is also very much in favour of a visit,”
Kevin Mwanza, 6:46 am
Ugandan police arrested two menbers of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), an opposition party, who marched outside the U.S. Embassy in Kampala in support of Donald Trump, the Republic presidential candidate in next month’s election. The party leadership however, distanced itself from the protesters who held placards with the words, ‘A vote for Trump is a vote against African dictatorship’,
Kevin Mwanza, 6:37 am
Gambia, the home nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has announced its decision to withdraw from the Hague-based court. The tiny West African nation’s decision is likely to fuel fears of possible violence as it heads to presidential election in December, where President Yahya Jammeh is eyeing a fifth term in office after he scrapped presidential term limits.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:27 am
Ethiopia has announced that tourists are not barred from travelling across the nation in a bid to boost its tourist numbers; just days after the U.S. government issued a travel advisory following the declaration of a six-month state of emergency by the horn of Africa nation. There have been fears that foreigners to the nation may face reprisals from security forces for violating the state-sanctioned decree.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:20 am
Air Zimbabwe, the troubled national carrier of Zimbabwe, is in talks with an un-named Malaysian airline over plans to lease a Boeing 787 jet as it plans to acquire long-haul aircrafts and match competition from more established airlines, at the continental and global routes. The loss-ridden airline is also targeting new routes including China, Malaysia and Singapore that are currently dominated by Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines, among other carriers.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:00 am
Ethiopia chose economic growth over the economic inclusion of its people, despite their persistent protests, and now it is paying the price through a state of emergency. After hundreds of deaths ignored by the international community and trampled upon by the government’s security forces, the next six-months are set to be key to the country. It will be a testing period for the nation to maintain investor confidence on the back of the Oromia protests.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:33 am
At least 12 people, including teachers, were killed on Tuesday morning after gunmen attacked Bishaaro Hotel in Mandera town, barely two weeks after a similar attack on a residential plot in the town that left six people dead. The militant group however, claimed that it had killed 15 people in the attack that targeted non-Muslims. “I counted nine bodies being removed from the building by colleagues, those dead could be more,” Reuters quoted a policeman who sought anonymity.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:42 am
Ethiopia, the fastest growing economy in sub-Saharan Africa is under a six-month state of emergency as the government tries to restore order after months of Oromia protests that are threatening to undo the economic gains in the country. The horn of Africa nation represents a familiar narrative across Africa where talk of economic developments has come at the expense of social and political oppression.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:26 am
Atlas Mara Limited, the banking firm set up by Bob Diamond, former Chief Executive Officer at Barclays Plc is in talks to buy a stake in Crane Bank Limited, the third biggest bank in Uganda which has faced financial problems since September last year. The financial services-focused investment firm said in initiated plans to buy stakes in the Ugandan bank last month but controversy surrounding its valuation has held back the move.