Author: Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Divided ANC poised to elect new leader, closing Zuma’s era

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa–Nelson Mandela’s powerful African National Congress (ANC) is sinking, as division permeates its transition to new leadership. In subsequent days, the ruling ANC is meeting to elect a new leadership in a process that has divided the party at every level in its history before and the end of Apartheid. About 5,000 delegates will elect the party’s new top leadership–– a process that will herald the windup of the contentious rule of beleaguered party leader and South African president, Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been saddled with mounting corruption and sexual scandals, a curse that has fragmented the...

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Zimbabwe’s Manangagwe seeks to unite party and country

HARARE, Zimbabwe –President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new leader of post-Mugabe’s Zimbabwe on Friday pleaded with his ZANU-PF party to hitch ahead of next year’s presidential and legislative elections. The new leader addressed about 6,000 delegates at a ZANU-PF congress after delegates validated him as the party’s leader and its candidate for the 2018 elections. Under recently deposed President Robert Mugabe, the party was split for years over who should succeed the longtime revolutionary president. Current president Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed the presidency office less than a month ago after the country’s military forced Mugabe to step down in what international...

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Zimbabwe’s New President has already begun stumbling politically

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, swears in new ministers at State House in Harare, Monday PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA ––Zimbabwe’s newly appointed president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has already begun stumbling less than a week after taking office. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has already replaced two ministers, two days after announcing his new cabinet. Opposition critics and members of the civil society say the President Mnangagwa’s initial and existing cabinet lineup shows that he had no plan of instituting any real change to the country despite hailing a “new democracy.” Critics took serious exception to the appointments of two officials, the education and...

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Report: In 2018, 76m people would need food aid in 45 countries

NAIROBI, KENYA––As the world population grows, the need for food is becoming an increasing challenge for many countries. According to a new report, an estimated 76 million people will be in need emergency food assistance in about 45 countries, many of them would be mainly in Africa in 2018. The finding was contained in a food security assessment report released in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWs Net), a donor-funded agency which monitors food insecurity, cautions that four of the would-be countries – South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen – face a serious risk...

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Catholic Bishops Urged DR Congo president to pledge to stand down

NAIROBI, KENYA – Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been in power for almost a decade plus and from all indications, he wants to still even longer despite opposition protest and widespread political discontent marred seemingly turbulent social conditions. On Monday, influential bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo urged President Kabila to pledge he will not seek a third term in office to ease fears of unrest. The Roman Catholic bishops last year helped broker a deal under which elections for a new president would be held in 2017.  That deal paved...

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