SA opposition leader defies ANC and Zuma, heads for Israel

SA opposition leader defies ANC and Zuma, heads for Israel

South African opposition leader Mmuse Maimane is on a tour of Israel and is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials, during a visit that defies the African National Congress (ANC) and President Jacob Zuma’s public appeal to avoid travel to Israel. Maimane, head of the…

UNHCR: #Kabila needs to publicly endorse DR Congo agreement

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that President Joseph Kabila needs to publicly endorse the agreement to end his tenure – a development that the global community is still waiting to see. A successful mediation by Roman Catholic bishops of the nation’s National Episcopal Conference (CENCO),…

Gambian elections chief at odds with Jammeh’s stance flees to Senegal

The head of Gambia’s electoral commission has fled the country because of threats to his safety, after certifying December 1 election results that showed President Yahya Jammeh in defeat. Alieu Momarr Njai left the country on Friday for neighboring Senegal, Reuters reports. Jammeh initially accepted the results and congratulated the Gambian opposition…

South Africa’s President Zuma: ‘I will not resign on my own’

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma vowed Wednesday to never resign, while speaking at an African National Congress (ANC) youth gathering in Durban. Zuma, who has faced repeated calls to step down from office amid questions of corruption, made his remarks during an Economic Freedom Lecture event focused on economic transformation. “I…

Mohamud welcomes Somali-American Ilhan Omar to Mogadishu

Somalia welcomed newly elected American legislator Ilhan Omar home to Mogadishu on Tuesday, where she met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The Somali American left as a child and lived for years in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the United States in 1997. She is the…

Tanzania says it will back Kenyan in race for AU Commission chair

Tanzania says it will back Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed for the post of African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, a move that breaks from the expected support of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), of which Tanzania is a member, for candidate Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, the foreign minister of Botswana. The Daily…

Brahimi’s appeal on Algeria-Morocco ties gets the cold shoulder

Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has called for a reopening of the border between Morocco and Algeria in the context of regional cooperation, but that overture was quickly rebuffed by some in the latter country’s media outlets. Brahimi, a well-regarded elder statesman with close ties to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, suggested…

Uneasy Gambians wait as ECOWAS heads meet with Jammeh, #Barrow

In The Gambia, the political crisis caused by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept results of the December 1 elections continued Tuesday, but none of the day’s developments appeared to bring the West African nation any closer to a resolution. A delegation of regional heads of state, including Nigerian President…