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Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa appoints former army boss as party deputy leader

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi as the ruling party’s vice presidents, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The appointments paved the way for the two to ascend to similar positions in government, officials said. Mnangagwa, who took over last month from …

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The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, generates N1 trillion in 2017

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has recorded its highest revenue collection ever of over N1 trillion as against N770 billion target set for 2017. The NCS Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, announced this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday. According to him, the revenue realised this year is …

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Egypt announces probe into torture claims

Egypt’s judiciary said Thursday it had launched an inquiry after Human Rights Watch accused security services of widespread torture of detainees in a probable “crime against humanity”. The New York-based rights group said in a September report that security services in the North African country used torture as a “systematic …

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Ugandan parliament revokes presidential age limit

Ugandan Parliament passed a controversial bill to remove the presidential age limit by a large majority on Wednesday, effectively paving the way for long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni to run again in 2021. Parliamentarians voted for the legislation after three days of rowdy debate, with great applause as the motion passed …

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Kenya watchdog says 92 people killed in election violence

A human rights watchdog says 92 people were killed during Kenya’s months of election turmoil and dozens of others were sexually assaulted. The independent Kenya National Commission on Human Rights says in a new report Wednesday that most of the victims “were felled by the bullet.” The group reports 86 …

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Somalia: President Mohamed Abdullahi promises extra efforts in equipping soldiers

The government of Somali will do all it can to pay salaries and buy equipment for its soldiers as it begins to lose international support, the country’s president said. The statement came several days after reporting that the U.S. was suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces …

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