African press review 1 February 2017

Still no end to the strike by hospital doctors in Kenya but the Labour Court has given union leaders another three days to negotiate a resolution. South Africa’s ruling party is under severe strain. And the Rainbow Nation’s immigration policy is a shambles, according to one paper.

ANC accused of spreading fake news in South African local elections

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been accused of a dirty tricks campaign to win votes during municipal elections held in August last year.

African press review 30 January 2017

More trouble brewing in Kenya as the hospital doctors strike continues. At least Nairobi is hoping for stronger ties with the United Nations. Are the military in South Sudan protecting the people or robbing them? And why has South Africa’s suspended national police commissioner gone to court?

South African President Jacob Zuma questioned by national corruption watchdog

South African President Jacob Zuma was questioned on Thursday by the country’s corruption watchdog over allegations he let wealthy business friends influence his political appointment decisions. This is the final questioning conducted by public protector Thuli Madonsela, who spent seven years in office and been highly praised for her role.

Fate of South Sudanese rebels in DR Congo hangs in the balance

The future of some 700 South Sudanese rebel fighters loyal to former vice president Riek Machar remains unclear after Congolese authorities said they no longer wanted them on their territory. The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says it is in discussions on what to do with the disarmed members of the opposition group, while the rebels themselves say they want their troops returned to South Sudan.

African press review 4 October 2016

Opposition figure Kizza Besigye is back in Uganda after more than a month in Europe and North America. He appears to be under house arrest. The South Sudan rebel faction led by Riek Machar accuses the Intergovernmental Authority for Development of fuelling the crisis in there. And Kenya names Amina Mohamed to run for the top job at the African Union Commission.

African press review 3 October 2016

Ugandan editors are to hauled before a parliamentary committee and told to treat the executive with more respect. Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has named a four-man team to reform the African Union. And South Sudan’s political and military elites are reported to be opposed to any effort to prosecute those suspected of committing atrocities in the three-year civil war.

African press review 1 October 2016

The UN Human Rights Council decides to take a hard look at killings and torture in Burundi. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it is unable to confirm claims by Amnesty International that Sudanese government forces had used toxic arms in Darfur. And Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini gets off the hook on hate speech charges.

African press review 30 September 2016

The International Criminal Court is to probe post-election violence in Gabon. What happened to Illuminée Iragena, the Rwandan opposition activist missing for the past six months? The World Bank becomes the latest institution to cut South Africa’s economic growth outlook for 2016. GDP is unlikely to grow by even half a percent. All this is in the African press today.

African press review 29 September 2016

Kenyan government agency names 32 counties which have broken the tribalism record. while South Africa’s MTN to sell 35 percent of its investments in Ghana.

African press review 28 September 2016

MT is in turmoil as Nigeria prepares to probe the alleged repartriation of 12 billion euros to South Africa.  Meanwhile, Indian Vice President ends Nigerian visit with pledge to pump four billion euros into the economy.

African press review 27 September 2016

 Recession-hit Nigeria contracts a budget serving loan of one billion dollars from the African Development Bank while  the #FeesMustFall Campaign turns violent in South Africa.

African press review 26 September 2016

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe slams “African cowards” who won’t help him reform the UN and  the foreign exchange scarcity hits Nigeria as Naira keeps tumbling in looming recession.

African press review 24 September 2016

The Chibok Girls are back in the news in Nigeria, with the president saying he’ll pay Boko Haram for their release. Riek Machar, banned from political activity in Sudan and refused asylum in Ethiopia, is running out of places in which to live in exile. Who’ll be the next head of the World Health Organisation? And will Uganda’s hydroelectric dams at Karuma and Isimba stand the test of time?

African press review 23 September 2016

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says South Africa’s ruling African National Congress needs to find a fresh way to tackle corruption. The country is one of eight bribery and corruption hotspots on the African continent. The United Nations refugee agency says some people fleeing South Sudan into Uganda are being forced to pay bribes at checkpoints run by South Sudan’s warring factions.

UNCTAD annual report shows mixed bag in African trade

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, has released its annual report, which this year looks at issues concerning the export of African raw materials to developed countries.

African press review 21 September 2016

Kenya’s central bank cuts interest rates for borrowers, to 10 percent! The UN says Burundi’s government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture. And ratings agency Moody’s warns that political divisions are now South Africa’s number one credit weakness.

African press review 20 September 2016

France and the United States pile pressure and threaten sanctions as DRC erupt into violence over President Kabila’s attempts to extend his rule.In Kenay, a hospital is shamed for holding the remains of a poor teenage girl over unpaid hospital bill.

African press review 19 September 2016

Zimbabwe’s main MDC-T opposition party accuses President Mugabe of “smelling blood” as the crisis over electoral reform worsens, while Nigerian politics block process to slash fat salaries of office holders.

Appealing to Zimbabwe’s ‘forgotten’ rural areas, Maxwell Shumba makes his ZimFirst party all-inclusive

In an effort to stand out from the new political parties on the scene, Maxwell Shumba, the founder of ZimFirst party, says he is appealing to all Zimbabweans, but has made a point of launching party intiatives in rural Zimbabwe in order to create an all-inclusive party. He speaks to RFI about the road to the 2018 elections, the party’s involvement in the electoral reform public protests, and the issues he has with former Zimbabwe vice president Joice Mujuru.