ECOWAS urges Gnassingbe to resolve Togo crisis

ECOWAS urges Gnassingbe to resolve Togo crisis

ECOWAS heads of state, following this week’s meeting in Niger, have called on Togo to begin an immediate dialogue on political reforms and curb the rising violence in the small West African nation. President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire said that he and other leaders of the Economic Community of…

Mozambique: Street protests follow Nampula mayor’s assassination

Protesters in Mozambique took to the streets of Nampula on Thursday, blocking traffic and burning tires while demanding justice in the aftermath of the assassination of Mayor Morreu Mahamudo Amurane. Police fired warning shots to try and keep the demonstrations under control, witnesses said. Residents joined youth dressed in black…

Poll: Ugandans don’t want presidential age-limit change

Voters in Uganda support an existing age limit for presidential candidates by a wide margin, according to poll results released by Afrobarometer over the weekend. The survey teams interviewed 1,200 Ugandans in late December and early January, the Ghana-based organization said. They found that 75 percent of voters favored keeping…

Standoff at Bamenda market a sign of rising Cameroon tensions

Tension is high in Cameroon as armed security forces sealed off a market district in Bamenda that’s been the site of ongoing protests by Anglophone activists. Cameroon media say that angry business owners blocked from entering their shops gathered outside the market, the site of weekly boycotts in what is…

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

The growing unrest in Mauritania ahead of Saturday’s vote on a contentious referendum to change the country’s constitution is getting attention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN agency, urged the Mauritanian government to ensure that the rights of peaceful protesters…

MONUSCO, media groups alarmed over DR Congo journalist arrests

More than 15 journalists were among those arrested or detained while covering protests in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, drawing the condemnation of both MONUSCO and media advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders. The arrests were among more than 120 documented by the United Nations in Kinshasa and other cities…