DRC: Exit Ebola, Enter Coronavirus

Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa hit by the epidemic to seven. The patient is a Congolese citizen who lives in France and returned to Congo on March 8 with no symptoms of the virus, Health...

Here’s the Secret to Opposition Success in African Elections

Opposition parties around the world have had enough of taking defeat in dubious elections lying down. Instead, opposition leaders in low-quality democracies are using a new playbook — launching campaigns to discredit elections. In a previous article (“Discrediting elections: Why the opposition playbook carries risks”, M&G Online February 27), I...

Cameroon’s ruling party holds onto majority

President Paul Biya's party has retained an absolute majority in Cameroon's parliament, the constitutional council announced on Friday after the controversial February 9 vote. His Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (RDPC) won 139 out of 167 declared seats on "moderate" turnout of almost 46%, said the council's president, Clement Atangana. Elections...

China Southern Airlines suspends flights to Kenya

The Chinese Embassy in Kenya on February 28 announced that flights China Southern Airlines from China to Kenya were suspended.  The directive comes after the high court has suspended all flights coming to Kenya from China over the coronavirus threat. Justice Makau issued the order after two doctors filed a petition in...

Kenya courts block flights from China

Kenya's high court on Friday ordered the suspension of flights from China after an uproar over the government allowing travellers into the country without compulsory quarantine for the new coronavirus. On Wednesday, Kenya allowed 239 passengers to alight from a China Southern flight from Guangzhou, with the health ministry merely...

Govt to appeal UK court ruling against Air Tanzania

The government said yesterday it will appeal the ruling by a United Kingdom court that ordered the national carrier ATCL to pay $30.1 million (Sh69.23 billion) in compensation to a Liberian firm for breach of contract in an aircraft leasing deal. The case involved a 2013 agreement between Willis Trading...

Police raid Nigeria ‘baby factory’, rescue 24 babies

Nigerian police have rescued 24 babies and four expectant mothers from an illegal maternity home in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt, a spokesman said on Thursday. "In a covert operation on Tuesday, our men burst a child trafficking syndicate at Woji in Port Harcourt where 24 babies between...

Tanzania named Best International Wildlife Destination

Tanzania has cemented its status as one of the world’s best tourism destinations after scooping the Best International Wildlife Destination award at the Outlook Travellers Awards held in India at the weekend, its embassy said. The East African country achieved the feat ahead of its wildlife tourism rivals Kenya and...

Sokowatch lands $14M to reinvent Africa’s informal retail

Sokowatch, a Kenya based B2B e-commerce startup has raised $14 million in Series A funding toward its mission of revamping supply-chain markets for Africa’s informal retailers. From Nairobi, the company has created a platform that connects merchants directly to local and multinational suppliers — such as Unilever  and Proctor and Gamble — and...