Burundi: Early tallies show landslide support for Nkurunziza referendum

Burundi: Early tallies show landslide support for Nkurunziza referendum

Early reports from Burundi’s national broadcaster show vote totals that overwhelmingly favor President Pierre Nkurunziza’s referendum to extend presidential term limits, which would theoretically allow him to remain in office until 2034. Burundi National Radio and Television began reporting returns early Friday from some half-dozen precincts that showed referendum “yes”…

DRC: New arrests in the killing of UN experts Catalan, Sharp

Congolese officials say two people arrested at the weekend are leaders responsible for the high-profile deaths of United Nations experts in the volatile Kasais a year ago – including a man who appears in the video recording of their murders. Vincent Manga, leader of the militia group Kamuina Nsapu, and…

Confusion in Zimbabwe as Mugabe impeachment plans move forward

President Robert Mugabe has called a cabinet meeting Tuesday in Zimbabwe, following a weekend speech in which the 93-year-old leader was expected to resign – but then, he never did. It’s the latest development in a confusing week that has seen the country’s military intervene and Mugabe’s own ruling Zanu…

Ethiopia’s Oromo hold peaceful memorial at Irreecha festival

In Ethiopia, this year’s Irreecha festival brought peaceful but powerful protest as the Oromo people marked the anniversary of last year’s massacre at Bishoftu. More than 1.5 million people were expected to attend the annual thanksgiving celebration. Despite the rainy skies, they came; once there, the crowds chanted anti-government slogans…

Arrests now at 42 in Ethiopia corruption crackdown

Eight more people have been arrested on corruption charges in Ethiopia, the nation’s attorney general said Saturday, bringing to 42 the number of government officials and business professionals caught up in the crackdown. The 42 suspects were arrested for alleged embezzlement of more than USD$58 million from the Federal Roads…

Morocco: Zafzafi, ‘hirak’ protesters due in court Monday

Nasser Zafzafi, the prominent activist of the “hirak” movement in Morocco’s restive Rif region, is due to appear in a Casablanca court on Monday. Zafzafi and 30 other protesters detained during the latest round of demonstrations spreading from Al Hoceima to other Moroccan cities will appear before Casablanca’s Criminal Chamber…

#Oromo news network in U.S. works to defeat Ethiopia’s media blackout

Ethiopia’s state of emergency dramatically reduces access to information about the Oromo population from within the country, where independent journalists and bloggers have been silenced for weeks. From outside Ethiopia, however, Oromo journalists and activists continue to provide news of what’s happening behind the veil of tightly controlled state media….

Deadly Anti-Kabila protests erupt in #Kinshasa, #DRC

Thousands of protesters clashed with security forces in Kinshasa Monday, demanding that longtime Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila step down. At least eight people died in the city, including three police officers, with reports that the body of one officer was burned in the suburb of Limete….