Burundi – is there the possibility of genocide?

News of continued violence in Burundi keeps spreading and fears are rising about the security situation in the country. The European Union has announced that it plans to pull all staff and their families out for the country due to the violence. Whilst the United Nations has threatened sanctions and…

Malawi Government erred on the oil and gas exploration deal

New revelations show that Malawi’s Government has erred by issuing two exploration licences for gas and oil on the World Heritage site of Lake Malawi including the National Park marine protected area which could seriously dent the country’s image in environmental conservation. Godfrey Mfiti, Environmental Activist in Southern Africa says…

Owen has been a jounalist since 2001 and worked in a number of print and electronic media including the Malawi's lone news agency.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa: From unified voices to unified actions

Pre–SDGs (The Millennium Development Goals) The The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on addressing salient issues, which ranged from halving extreme poverty and providing access to universal primary education, to combating diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria by the end of 2015. The goals did not openly single out…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.

Addressing food security in Zimbabwe

The United Nations in Zimbabwe has sent out an appeal to humanitarian and development organizations to help raise $86 million that they say is urgently needed, reported the UN News Service. The money will help fill the gap between the $132 million needed for the food security response plan and…

South Sudan peace deal failing

Conflict in South Sudan is continuing to pick up even with the latest peace deal which seems to be quickly failing. The peace deal was signed in August this year between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar after 21 months of fighting. The peace deal started off with…

Mali: path to peace and stability is full of obstructions

Yesterday, the United Nations envoy in Mali told the Security Council that the path to peace and stability in the country is full of obstructions. Mongi Hamdi, Special Representative and head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in his statement to the Council said “Violations…

UN commends Rwandan peacekeepers in CAR

Stephen Feller, the Police Adviser at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Missions celebrated the Rwandan peacekeepers who work in the Central African Republic (CAR) for their commitment to bring peace and stability to the country as well as their professionalism, reported The New Times. Feller congratulated the Rwandan peacekeepers during…

Defeating flying toilets in Kenya

“Flying toilets” – what is this frightening concept and why does it even exist? Well in Nairobi’s informal settlement, Mukuru kwa Reuben, “flying toilets” are a part of everyday life. Africa Times reporter Lydia Limbe investigates. Mukuru kwa Reuben is an informal settlement at the heart of Nairobi’s industrial area,…

Lydia Limbe

Lydia Limbe is a freelance features writer who is based in Nairobi Kenya and has covered different parts of Africa, including the Indian Ocean Islands.

UN peacekeepers facing new rape allegations

United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic are facing new rape allegations when only a week ago the head of the mission was asked to step down. UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci told reporters on Wednesday that the charges against the members of the UN mission, MINUSCA, are “disturbing.” “These…

Head of UN peacekeeping mission in CAR forced to step down

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic was forced to resign due to allegations, brought by Amnesty International, of rape and murder committed by peacekeepers. At the request of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the general from Senegal, Babacar Gaye, submitted his resignation on Wednesday….