New Liberian law gives land to generations-old occupants

President George Weah signs the Land Rights Act into law after four years of debate in the legislature

Tense DRC awaits election clarity

Electoral commission to announce list of candidates as protests mount

Bemba to appeal against bribery sentence but will miss poll

The former DRC vice-president was barred from the elections because of his bribery conviction

Uganda on edge over return of Bobi Wine

The homecoming of Robert Kyagulanyi could present a significant challenge to the incumbent Museveni

eSwatini braces for ‘election’

The king wields absolute power, making parliamentary elections like no other

Kgalema Motlanthe takes oath for violence probe in Zimbabwe

At least six died in the military crackdown that followed the disputed July 30 national election

Zambia’s Edgar Lungu fires minister over graft scandal

Community development minister Emerine Kabanshi was fired for alleged misuse of funds meant for a social payments programme

Donors halt aid to Zambian social welfare scheme over suspected misuse

The UK and Finland have frozen funding of a social welfare scheme, suspecting that $4m has been misappropriated

Central banks shift course as turmoil shakes Africa

Banks are likely to usher in an end to the continent’s easing cycle

Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen a victim of terror group, court told

Lawyers say Ongwen was kidnapped by the LRA at the age of nine and held captive for nearly 27 years

Britain to help Zimbabwe get on interim IMF staff programme

The move will help the country clear its foreign arrears, which stand at $1.8bn

Babies born in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia nine times more likely to die than those in richer nations

A UN report shows half the number of children worldwide died in 2017 from preventable diseases and other complications compared with the number in 2000

Uganda to telecoms firms: you need to list to get a licence

The cabinet has agreed to renew MTN’s licence, but it is not clear whether the company will have to comply with the new requirements for operators

Zimbabwe’s opposition MPs walk out of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s address

During his first state of the nation address in parliament, opposition parties heckle Mnangagwa and then file out

Rapid population growth and attendant poverty will peak in Africa

A report by the Bill and Miranda Gates Foundation says by 2050 a full 40% of people living in extreme poverty will be in just two African countries

Attacks in Ethiopia targeting minorities leave scores dead

The violence targeting minorities is a blow to leader Abiy Ahmed’s efforts at reconciliation

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