Africa (except North Africa)

Ugandan President Reshuffles Cabinet

KAMPALA, Dec 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, reshuffled his cabinet, dropping some ministers and appointing new ones.

Museveni maintained most of the ministers. He also maintained the vice president, prime minister, ministers of defence and foreign affairs, and minister of finance, among others.

The president reassigned some ministers to other portfolios.

The president appointed Kahinda Otafiire as minister of East African Affairs, removing him from the position of minister of justice and constitutional affairs.

Kenya launches Chinese-built 50MW solar power plant

NAIROBI, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a 50 MW solar power farm located in Garissa, northeast region, with the plant being one of the largest photovoltaic electricity stations in Africa.

The project was designed and built by the EPC contractor China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation (CJIC), in conjunction with Kenya's Rural Energy Authority (REA).

Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed picks up Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, Dec 10 (AFP/PTI) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will collect his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Tuesday, but as ethnic violence rises at home he has kept festivities to a minimum and refused media requests.

Hailed as a modern, reformist leader, Ahmed's decision to skip all events with the press has dismayed his Norwegian hosts.

Africa's youngest leader at just 43, he is to receive the prestigious award at a ceremony in Oslo's City Hall at 1:00 pm (1200 GMT), attended by the royal family and Norwegian public figures.

Nairobi governor pleads not guilty to graft charges

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Nairobi’s governor pleaded not guilty to corruption and other economic crimes involving millions of dollars in a Kenyan court on Monday.

Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was arrested on Friday and is accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Chief public prosecutor Noordin Haji has accused Sonko and his associates of the misappropriation of 357 million Kenyan shillings ($3.52 million).

Kenya police officers among 10 killed in bus attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police officers were among those killed when gunmen suspected to be from Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a bus on Friday near the border with Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office said on Saturday.

The vehicle belonging to the Medina Bus Company was attacked on a lonely stretch of road in the Kotulo area as it traveled between the towns of Wajir and Mandera.

“People, among them police officers, were brutally murdered,” Kenyatta’s office said in a statement.

DR Congo: 16 people beheaded in militia massacre

BENI (DR Congo), Dec 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Suspected militia fighters have decapitated 16 people in a new village massacre near Beni in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, civil society sources said Friday.

Three more civilians were wounded in Beni town by an explosive device on Thursday night, an official source said, in a new tactic in a region beset by militia violence for decades.

Zambia: Victoria Falls shrink to a trickle, feeding climate change fears

VICTORIA FALLS (Zambia), Dec 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa’s Zambezi river cascade down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views.

But the worst drought in a century has slowed the waterfalls to a trickle, fuelling fears that climate change could kill one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions.

Dozens of Gambian migrants die as boat sinks off Mauritania coast

NOUAKCHOTT, Dec 6 (NNN-AGENCIES) — At least 62 migrants travelling on a makeshift boat have drowned off the coast of Mauritania, in the worst loss of life this year along the increasingly travelled western Atlantic migration route to Europe.

Eighty-three survivors managed to swim to shore after their boat, which was heading for Spain’s Canary Islands, capsized when it hit a rock.

Ethiopia to establish naval base in Djibouti

05 Dec 2019; MEMO: Ethiopian newspapers revealed that the country’s military will establish a base on the Red Sea’s coasts.

Citing naval sources, local media outlets reported that Ethiopian authorities are preparing to start building a naval base on the coasts of Djibouti, by the Strait of Eden.

The naval base’s command will be located in Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region, to the northeast of Ethiopia. It is reportedly set to be led by Kendo Gizo as commander.

Zimbabwe court appoints Mugabe daughter to identify his assets

HARARE (Reuters) - A court in Zimbabwe on Thursday appointed Robert Mugabe’s daughter to identify assets left by the late former leader so they can be distributed to his beneficiaries, his lawyer said.

Zimbabweans are keen to know how much wealth Mugabe accrued during his 37 years in power. Many assume that he and his family amassed a vast fortune - perhaps as much as $1 billion, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable from 2001.

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