Kevin Mwanza, 4:11 am AFKI Original
Yahya Jammeh is the outgoing president of The Gambia. He is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa, since he took power through a military coup in 1994. Jammeh surprisingly lost to Adama Barrow in Thursday’s presidential poll. He however, shocked the world by conceding defeat, barely a month after he vowed to lead the tiny West African nation for a billion years. Below are ten things to know about Jammeh.
Kevin Mwanza, 2:37 am
Ethiopia, which has been hit by months of protests by its two biggest tribes, Oromo and Amhara, restored mobile internet on Friday, just two months into a six months state of emergency that forced the horn of Africa country into an internet black-out. The government shut down access to social media platform such as Facebook, Instagram, Viber and WhatsApp in October, in accordance to the rules of the state of emergency
Kevin Mwanza, 7:14 am
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the second-longest serving president in Africa, has said he will not stand for re-election when Angola holds its presidential poll next year, according to a document by the ruling party, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Dos Santos, who has led Africa’s biggest oil producer since 1979, had previously hinted at resigning from politics in 2018.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:24 am
Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s long-serving president conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, a former security guard at a British catalogue retailer, Argos, in the United Kingdom, in a shock turn of events in the tiny African nation days after Jammeh declared he would rule for ‘a billion years’. The unexpected concession by Jammeh ends his 22-year old stay in power, which he took through a military coup in 1994.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:16 am
Gambia blocked international calls, internet and demonstrations as the nation went into presidential poll on Thursday, fueling fears of violence and election fraud days after President Yahya Jammeh vowed to crush any demonstrations after the poll. Jammeh faces the sternest opposition since he took over power in a military coup in 1994, after a coalition of opposition parties joined hands to support Adama Barrow, a businessman based in the capital, Banjul.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:47 am
South Africa, the biggest economy on the continent, could slip into junk rating due to political instability that has led to a weakened rand and slowed growth, according to Fitch Ratings Ltd who forecast the economy to grow by less than three percent in the next two years. The country’s debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 44 percent, while the rand and stocks took a hit last week, further increasing the country’s debt.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:35 am
Dangote Cement temporary shut down operations in its Mtwara plant in Tanzania last week, raising fears that the firm may be forced to exit the market, its only operational plant in the East African region after it closed its Ethiopian plant in October and it’s Kenyan foray failed to take off. The company attributed the Tanzanian plant closure to technical issues, even as sources privy to the government said Dangote Cement was caught up in political infighting.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:15 am
Immigrants to the U.S. from Ebola hit West African nations face deportation from May when their work permits expire after the Department of Homeland Security declared their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will end on May 21, 2017. The decision has spread fear amongst thousands of immigrants from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone who were hard-hit by the Ebola virus that killed more than 11,000 people and led to economic stagnation in the three nations.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:06 am
South Africa is set to legalize the cultivation and use of marijuana, locally called dagga, becoming the first nation in Africa to permit its medical use by April next year after the Parliamentary health committee pedaled implementation of a proposed bill. The use of high quality marijuana for prescribed medication will be legalized by February 2017, following efforts by the MCC to amend the Medicines and Related Substances Act
Kevin Mwanza, 8:44 am
Foreign investors in Tanzania are considering pulling out of the nation or expanding operations into other countries due to higher taxes introduced by President John Magufuli in efforts to drive the economy by cracking down on revenue evasion and corruption. Magufuli’s government has already increased taxation on mobile money transfers, banking, and tourism and cargo transport service providers.