South Africa, Somalia make statements on Khashoggi case

South Africa, Somalia make statements on Khashoggi case

The South African government has joined the global community in pressing for answers on what happened to Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even as new details provided by Turkey added information about the suffering in Khashoggi’s final moments. South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), issued…

Bobi Wine says Uganda is shutting down concert

Bobi Wine says Uganda is shutting down concert

Ugandan musician Bobi Wine – an opposition MP whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi – says he has a new reason to be frustrated, some two months after the Arua incident that left his driver dead and Wine himself facing treason charges and severely injured. After seeking medical treatment in…

Cameroon awaits election results with Biya win rumored

Cameroon awaits election results with Biya win rumored

Cameroon’s national election commission, ELECAM, submitted its final report Monday on the October 7 presidential election vote to the country’s constitutional council, but there are still no official results released. ELECAM has 15 days from the poll closing to report final results according to Cameroon law. That’s leaving a window to…

Khashoggi, the Gulf’s Qatar crisis and implications for Africa

Twelve days after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, there are still no definitive answers about what happened to the widely respected critic of Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the kingdom. What is clear is that what began as an incident involving Riyadh and Ankara after Khashoggi’s fateful visit to an…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

SA diplomat in Western Sahara for talks on Sahrawi issue

South Africa’s deputy foreign minister met with the prime minister of Western Sahara on Sunday as part of a four-day visit to the long-disputed government seeking independence from Morocco. The visit by Llewellyn Landers aims to deepen diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), according to…

There’s still no word on election results in tense Cameroon

There are still no official results in Cameroon’s presidential election, with the latest word from ELECAM — the West African nation’s electoral commission — reiterating that under the country’s constitution they have 15 days from the closing of Sunday’s polls to report the results. That’s kept tensions high in a nation that, for…

Morocco, Western Sahara talks set for December

Horst Kohler, the United Nations Special Envoy on Western Sahara, has invited the Polisario Front to a first round of talks with Morocco in December in Geneva, according to Sahara Press Service. The official media outlet aligned with Western Sahara independence said the Polisario Front received its invitation on Friday…

UNGA: Trump speaks 35 minutes, never mentions Africa

President Donald Trump of the United States spoke for 35 minutes at the United States General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, and never once mentioned Africa or its people. Trump’s speech drew laughter at the outset as he bragged about U.S. achievements under his administration – laughter the…

Mali: Beijing to send envoy for IBK inauguration ceremony

China confirms that it is sending a special envoy to Mali for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s inauguration on Saturday. Zheng Jianbang, the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, will represent President Xi Jinping in Bamako at Keïta’s invitation. “China and Mali enjoy profound…

DR Congo sets final candidate list for December elections

The electoral commission in Democratic Republic of Congo released on Wednesday its final list of certified presidential candidates, leaving 21 eligible to contest the December 23 elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) approved Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) candidate replacing President Joseph Kabila. They…

Equatorial Guinea still suffers as Brazil seizes Obiang cash stash

Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president and the country’s vice president himself, is immersed in scandal again. This time Brazilian authorities seized USD$1.4 million found in a suitcase as his delegation arrived at Viracopos International Airport in Campinas on Friday. Obiang also traveled with about 20 luxury watches…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Poll finds fear, distrust in Gabon ahead of legislative elections

Gabon’s 2016 election returned President Ali Bongo to office for a seven-year term while also bringing violence to the streets of Libreville. It left questions over the legitimacy of Bongo’s defeat of opposition candidate Jean Ping, and bitter divisions that his efforts at national dialogue ahead of postponed parliamentary elections…