John Magufuli’s pregnant schoolgirl ban angers Tanzanian women

Image copyright AFP Image caption John Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been condemned for comments that girls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up and a pan-African women’s organisation is mobilising to get the […]

SportPesa to end Kenya football league sponsorship over tax

SportPesa to end Kenya football league sponsorship over tax

Image copyright SportPesa Image caption SportPesa supports several top clubs in the Kenya premier League Sport betting company SportPesa has announced it will end sponsorship of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after the government imposed a hefty tax increase on gaming revenue. Company boss Ronald Karauri said the 35% increase would negatively affect its business […]

Magufuli ban on pregnant schoolgirls angers Tanzanians

Image copyright AFP Image caption John Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class Many Tanzanians have condemned President John Magufuli’s comments that schoolgirls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up to get the president to reverse his comments. Mr Magufuli warned […]

Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sir Ketumile Masire – the “architect” of Botswana’s stability Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports […]

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Media captionNew insight into development of chimp hunting habits Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those from the “Waibira” […]

Mauritius wins UN vote on Chagos Islands

Image copyright Science Photo Library A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands. The former […]

First UK African war memorial opens

Image copyright BBC Africa Image caption The memorial had been on display at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton in 2014. Britain’s first memorial to the African and Caribbean soldiers of the First and Second World Wars has been unveiled in London. An estimated two million Afro-Caribbean soldiers fought in both world wars. The sculpture, […]

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zuma has been implicated in corruption scandals but has survived previous votes of no-confidence South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a […]

Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference

Image copyright AFP Image caption It is not clear what triggered the latest cholera outbreak (file picture of Kibera slum in 2015) Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya’s capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four day forum organised by the Ministry of […]

Kenya’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government

Image copyright AFP Image caption All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads (stock picture) All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads, the government has said. It is hoped the move will improve access to education in a country where many cannot afford sanitary products like pads and tampons. The high cost […]