Africa’s part in the global energy transition

Africa’s part in the global energy transition

In a bid to adapt to climate change and provide cheaper electricity to the general population, Zimbabwe is boosting solar power, and to a lesser extent hydropower, as part of a government programme to cut energy-related emissions by about a third before the end of the decade. Authorities have set…

Ruto announced the winner in Kenya presidential election

Ruto announced the winner in Kenya presidential election

Deputy President William Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, has won the presidential election in Kenya, following a close race against his main rival, Raila Odinga of the Azimio Coalition Political Party. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced results on Monday, using the full seven days permitted…

Germany suspends UN peacekeeping role in Mali

Germany suspends UN peacekeeping role in Mali

Germany has suspended its participation in MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, after a rotation flight carrying soldiers to and from the Sahel nation didn’t receive overflight and landing rights from the government. “Once again, the Malian rulers have denied MINUSMA overflight rights,” said German defense minister Christine Lambrecht….

With no election results yet, Kenya’s IEBC calls for patience

Kenyans were still waiting for election results on Friday, with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) urging citizens to reject disinformation about the results and trust the vote counting and reporting process. Officials with the IEBC reminded Kenyans that by law, there is a seven-day window in which to…

Kenya tallies the vote with isolated reports of political violence

With polls in Kenya now closed and early results arriving, current Deputy President William Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, appeared to be holding a slim lead over main rival Raila Odinga of the Azimio Coalition Political Party. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said late Tuesday that…

Top U.S. diplomat Blinken set for three-nation African tour

South Africans will welcome United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken next week, as he begins a three-nation tour meant to strengthen U.S. relationships with African nations. While in Pretoria, Blinken plans to present the U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa. It reaffirms the U.S. position that “African countries are geostrategic…

Macron wraps up three-nation African tour in Guinea-Bissau

President Emmanuel Macron of France wrapped up a three-nation tour of West Africa with a visit to Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, meeting with President Úmaro Sissoco Embaló to discuss regional security issues. His meeting with Embaló, who took over this month as commissioner of the Economic Community of West African States…

Tunisia’s Saïed consolidates power with new constitution

Tunisian voters have approved a new constitution by referendum vote, one that further consolidates power for President Kaïs Saïed despite concerns from the political opposition over the future of the country’s democracy. The Tunisian government said that 94.6% of voters approved the measure, with turnout low in part because of…

Gambian case against Myanmar to proceed at ICJ

The Gambian case filed against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice will be allowed to proceed, following Friday’s ICJ ruling to dismiss objections presented by the Myanmar government. The case, filed in 2019 on behalf of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), argues that Myanmar military and security forces systematically…

Separatist ADF denies human rights violations in Cameroon conflict

A leading Anglophone separatist group has denied allegations made by the Amnesty International organization over threats and violence towards human rights workers in Ambazonian territories that have broken away from Cameroon. The response from Capo Daniel, defense chief of the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) aligned with the Ambazonia Governing Council…

AfDB chief agrees to help struggling Zimbabwe resolve debt

With Zimbabwe’s inflation rate running rampant, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe completed a two-day round of talks on Tuesday that focused on the country’s debt-laden economy. Mnangagwa met with Akinwumi Adesina, head of the African Development Bank (AfDB), to discuss ways to resolve some US$13 billion in debt. “Zimbabwe did…

African leaders express shock, sorrow over Shinzo Abe death

Condolences poured in from across the world over the death of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, with the leaders of African nations expressing sorrow over the tragic shooting Friday during Abe’s speech in the city of Nara. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, prime minister of Mauritius, said he was deeply shocked…