South Africa:Ramaphosa Delivers Message of Hope
[Deutsche Welle] South Africa's new president has delivered a rousing state of the nation address promising to clamp down on corruption. Jacob Zuma was scheduled to deliver the speech, but resigned in disgrace two days ago.
Somalia:Migrants in Libya Don't Want to Go Home
[VOA] Somali government efforts to evacuate a large number of Somali migrants from Libya hit a snag after the delegation sent there was unable to persuade migrants to abandon the dangerous sea journey to Europe and instead return to Somalia.
Libya:A Crisis Deepens in Libya but Where Are the Cameras?
[IPS] United Nations -Perhaps no major political or humanitarian disaster is as overlooked as the ongoing crisis in Libya. For example, although the New York Times in September 2017 published a total of seven articles mentioning Libya, only one of them touched on the violence ripping it apart. Even the Times' gesture merely highlighted the latest permutation of the US government's foreign military decisions.
Africa:Oxfam's Sexual Abuse Episode Must Inspire a Culture Shift
[IPS] Nairobi -Sexual abuse allegations against Oxfam staff, and failings in the charity's response to them, delivered a body blow to an organisation renowned for years of humanitarian and development work. At the very least the accusations will leave a stain on the reputation of a charity that works in some of the toughest environments in the world, and has made a positive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.
Africa:Airbnb Looks for Tourism Growth Across Africa
[Digital Content Africa] Airbnb is an international shared economy start-up that has built its presence in Africa without a lot of hoopla. At the end of last year, it released a progress report on where it had got to so far and set itself some ambitious targets for working with townships and rural communities. Russell Southwood spoke to its Regional Marketing Consultant (Southern Africa) Velma Corcoran about where it's headed.
Ethiopia:Ethiopia Rules Out Transitional Govt
[Addis Standard] A senior government official told Addis Standard that there will be no need for a transitional government, an idea widely entertained by many to steam growing fears of rupture within the ruling EPRDF.
Nigeria:Buhari Reinstates NHIs Boss Who Is Under Probe for Alleged Fraud
[Vanguard] This government really does not have any agenda to curb corruption as earlier promised. The decision to re-instate Prof. Yusuf shows how deep corruption has eaten into the fibre of our beloved society. It also concurs with the saying that "The pest that eats the vegetable is in the vegetable'.
Nigeria:I'll Not Keep Mum When Things Are Going Wrong in Nigeria - Obasanjo
[Vanguard] The Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that he will never keep his mouth shut whenever he sees things going wrong in the country. Obasanjo, however, said that when a leader in the country has vision, then that things will relatively be right because such a leader would take the right steps and make right policies especially by investing in the development of the people through education.
Zimbabwe:Vice Chancellor Arrested Over Grace Mugabe PhD
[The Herald] University of Zimbabwe (UZ)Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura was arrested yesterday on allegations of abuse of office involving the awarding of a Doctor of Philosophy degree to former First Lady Grace Mugabe. Prof Nyagura was arrested in Harare and is likely to appear in court today.
Malawi:Joyce Banda Intends to Return Home Next Month
[Nyasa Times] Former president Joyce Banda is scheduled to return home next month from United States of America where she had been operating from, and government is preparing her retirement home, Nyasa Times understands.
Nigeria:Be Honourable, Remove Zuma's Statue Now - I Go Dye Begs Okorocha
[Vanguard] Hotshot comedian, fast gaining enviable reputation as a social commentator, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye has begged and advised Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to toe the line of honour by removing the Statue of the erstwhile embattled South African president, Jacob Zuma, who was forced to resign from office days ago by his party on allegations of corruption and mismanagement.