Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) in their separate reports released on October 28, 2019, lambasted the government of Tanzania for alleged growing suppression of dissent. That was reported by various media worldwide. More specifically, the two prominent international human rights bodies accused the government of Tanzania of increasing suppression of: political opponents, human rights activists, journalists, independent researchers, and even ordinary citizens.
At least 16 people have been killed in Ethiopia as security forces attempted to clampdown protests against the government of prime minister and Nobel prize winner Aby Ahmed, reported some media on October 25, 2019. The protests that began on October 23, 2019, were reportedly triggered by arrest and alleged mistreatment by police of a prominent Ethiopian-American activist called Jawar Mohammed, on October 22, 2019. Paradoxically, the protesters are said to belong to the prime
Africa | Botswana October 25, 2019 Botswana's ruling party Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has won the country's closely contested general elections 2019 held on October 23, 2019, with a meagre majority so far. The results of the elections were announced by Botswana's chief justice on October 25, 2019. With votes from 73% of all constituencies counted at the time of the announcement, BDP had won 29 seats in the National Assembly, the minimum number of parliamentary seat
An Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767-200 passenger plane has been seized at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), reported some South African media on October 24, 2019. ACSA is said to have seized the plane on October 23, 2019, over unpaid landing fees, parking fees, and passenger service charges. Two months ago, an Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) Airbus 220-300 passenger plane was also seized at the same airport,
Africa | Botswana October 23, 2019 Voters in Botswana on October 23, 2019 went to polling stations to cast their votes in the country's 2019 general elections. In this Southern African nation, general elections are two-tier entailing two levels of voting, namely, national level and local level. At the national level, voters elect 57 members of the country's National Assembly, while at the local level they elect 490 local government representatives. The head of state is
Three year old Kamille McKinney who went missing after been abducted at a birthday party in Birmingham city, Alabama, on October 13, 2019, has been found dead, reported some US media on October 23, 2019. According to the reports, the body of the African American baby girl was discovered in a trash bin in a landfill in Birmingham city on October 22, 2019, by investigators. Two people, namely a 39 year old man Patrick Devone and his 29 year old girlfriend Derick Irisha Brown, h
Barrick Gold Corp on October 20, 2019 announced it will pay the government of Tanzania $300 million in settlement of, among others, a tax dispute involving its former subsidiary Acacia Mining. That was reported by various media on October 21, 2019. Barrick Gold will also offer the government of Tanzania a 16% stake in its new mining company called Twiga Minerals Corp. The latter takes over the operations of the now dissolved Acacia Mining. Whether Tanzania will accept Barrick
At least 9 people have been killed in Guinea after security forces opened fire on protesters opposing a proposed Constitutional amendment aimed at allowing the country's incumbent president Alpha Conde to contest for a third term in office. That was reported by various media on October 17, 2019. The protests began on October 14, 2019. Constitutional amendment aimed specifically at allowing an incumbent head of state to run for extra mandate period(s) is common place in Africa