Kabila challenger Katumbi to arrive in Lubumbashi on Friday

Kabila challenger Katumbi to arrive in Lubumbashi on Friday

With the announcement that exiled politician Moïse Katumbi will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo to challenge President Joseph Kabila for office, comes a request for his security once he arrives. Katumbi’s “Together for Change” coalition party announced on Monday that their candidate will arrive on Friday at the…

Somalia’s Farmaajo arrives in Eritrea for three-day visit

Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo arrived in Asmara on Saturday to begin a three-day visit with President Isaias Afwerki and members of his administration. The visit to the small Horn of Africa neighbor is the first for a Somali leader since Eritrea declared its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, and represents…

Ramaphosa, Xi begin talks in South Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Africa for what is his third state visit, ahead of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg to begin Wednesday. He’ll hold talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa today in Pretoria, with a focus on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two nations, according…

Poll shows Zanu PF with slight edge as Zimbabwe elections loom

With little more than a week to go before Zimbabwe holds the first elections without Robert Mugabe in a generation, the current President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) holds a slight edge in polls conducted by the Ghana-based Afrobarometer organization. Forty percent of registered voters…

Chinese president arrives in Rwanda

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan have arrived in Rwanda for a two-day state visit, where they were received by President Paul Kagame and the Rwandan First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.  The visit to Rwanda is the first for a Chinese president, and underscores the growing influence of…

Ahead of BRICS, China’s Xi Jinping begins Africa visits

President Xi Jinping of China begins Thursday a trip that will bring him to Senegal and Rwanda for state visits, before he heads to South Africa and the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. “The visits will promote the further deepening of political mutual trust, mutual development assistance, mutual learning on each…

After success against ISIS, can Haftar stabilize Libya?

General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has recaptured Derna, the last bastion of Islamist forces in the country’s east. The victory is not only an important strategic breakthrough in Haftar’s four-year-long campaign to rid Libya of extremist militias, but also carries important symbolic value: Derna, after all, was the…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

It’s a story with all the hallmarks of a supermarket tabloid: sex, betrayal, spies and smuggled cigarettes. Yet the turmoil at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has resulted in a very real crisis, centering on a deluge of illegal cigarettes which, according to a new report, have cost the…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Obama speaks on Mandela, as much the message as the messenger

The sense of gravity in the moment was hard to miss, even with a friendly joke about former United States President Barack Obama’s dancing ability, as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa introduced the speaker to thousands gathered for the Mandela Lecture at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The international community was…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

IOM: More migrants die after Algeria forces them into desert

Hundreds of migrants rounded up in Algeria have arrived in Niger, despite the Algerian government’s strong denials that it is forcibly removing the primarily West African migrants and dumping them in the desert. Migrants from Guinea, Cameroon and other nations tell the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that they are…