New Burundi president does a U-turn on the pandemic

Évariste Ndayishimiye calls the coronavirus the ‘biggest enemy’ after World Bank gives the country $5m to fight Covid-19

DRC chocolate turns locals on to home-grown sweetness

Cocoa and coffee are experiencing a renaissance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Zimbabwean security forces ‘behind closure of stock exchange’

Government denies being sidelined by the securocrats over the halting of most mobile money transactions

Worries about African free-trade deal grow as date for launch is pushed back

AfCFTA has raised fears of a destructive effect on small manufacturers and family farms if borders are fully opened to imports

Africa’s WTO nominee feels ‘strong support’ from the continent

Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a former finance and foreign minister with more than 25 years experience at the World Bank

Gabon’s senate votes to decriminalise homosexuality

Prime Minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale congratulates parliamentarians on the vote

Angola’s Isabel dos Santos says ‘justice denied’ after losing appeal to unfreeze assets

Dos Santos is accused of diverting billions of dollars from state companies during her father nearly 40-year rule

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange suspends trading on Monday

Zimbabwe’s government ordered that the bourse and mobile money transfer agents temporarily halt business to allow for probe into illegal forex dealing

Lazarus Chakwera sworn in, promising to unite Malawi and stamp out graft

New president reaches out to opponents with promise of prosperity after winning rerun with 58.5% support

Miner is a millionaire after finding huge Tanzanite gems

The man sold the gems, weighing more than 5kg each, to the Tanzanian government

Police in Kinshasa disperse hundreds of protesters opposing proposed law

Proposed law is seen as a threat to the independence of the judiciary

IMF’s special drawing rights should be used to aid Africa, says Mo Ibrahim

A proposed $500bn SDR allocation was blocked in April by the IMF’s biggest shareholder, the US

AfCFTA will push on even if virus second-wave hits, says Wamkele Mene

AfCFTA secretariat will develop necessary public-health protocols to implement the deal and revive economic growth in Africa

Malawi votes in closely watched presidential re-run

New poll was ordered by the constitutional court in February

Liberia extends state of emergency as Covid-19 cases rise

Many countries in West Africa have eased restrictions despite rising case numbers

Opposition leader tipped to win Malawi poll rerun

Preacher Lazarus Chakwera is favoured to win the court-ordered election

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