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Botswana ex-president Sir Ketumile Masire dead at age 91 

Zimbabwe riot police evict white farmer to give farm to black bishop, more than 15,000 local villagers protest eviction and vow to protest future ones due to wanting the land for themselves, two reporting journalists detained 

Famine in South Sudan over says UN, was first official famine in world since 2011 

Around half the food aid sent to Nigeria refugees not delivered, according to government blaming theft — millions of people in the north risk starvation 

Nigerian vice president threatens growing secessionist movement of Biafra with full force of the law, president Buhari treated in London for unknown illness 

Zambia's president Edgar Lungu receives USD 1.2 billion rescue package from IMF despite increasing totalitarianism — has suspended oppositional MPs and arrested opposition leader 

Former president Thabo Mbeki tells South Africans to refrain from criticizing Mugabe, compares such statements with colonialism, references right of each nation to choose own leader 

Uganda runs out of passports following surge in labor export to Middle East, only issued in emergency cases  

South African mining industry threatened by proposed higher black ownership requirements and increased taxation, the producers' Chamber of Mines prepared to fight the plan in court already next week 

At least two dead after terrorist attack against luxury resort outside Malian Bamako, one of the dead French national while the other unknown, situation under control according to security ministry spokesperson 

Case of bishop found dead in water in Cameroon earlier this month to be investigated, previously suspected to be suicide, follows two other mysterious deaths of priests during last month 

Zimbabwean artist Cde Chinx dies of blood cancer, led the Zanla choir during liberation struggle and supported land expropriation, should be declared national hero according to comrades 

Lauren Graham: Low voting participation among young South Africans not due to lack of interest, youth engaged in communities but don't believe political parties or voting change anything 

Joseph Wandera: Direct and indirect buying of votes will determine Kenyan election, both sides bribe religious groups in order to get support, common for politicians to give small sums of money to poor individuals to buy their vote 

Thomas Thabane Prime Minister of Lesotho again after losing elections in 2015 shortly after he was chased out of country during military coup, inaugurated two days after wife was murdered 

Djibouti says Eritrea occupies disputed area after Qatar, which has mediated in the border conflict between the countries, pulled back its troops from the area 

Two outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in Congo, high risk of spreading nationally and medium risk of spreading internationally 

Acting president Osinbajo condemns increasing tension between northern and southern Nigeria, Igbo groups continue to make demands for secession 

Mining company Acacia accused by Tanzanian government of operating illegally and cheating the country of billions of dollars by understating the gold and copper concentrate levels in its mineral exports, negotiations have began in order to end export ban costing Acacia USD 1 million a day 

Owen Skae: South African power utility Eskom an example of how state-owned companies are used as instruments by the elite, scandals are common and the business is expensive for tax payers, partly privatized Telkom which just posted handsome profits should be a model for all state-owned businesses 

Tanzania signs USD 154 million contract with state-run China Harbour Engineering Company to expand and strengthen main port of Dar es Salaam in order to better compete with Kenyan Mombasa port, financed through World Bank loan 

Zambian speaker of the house of parliament suspends 48 MPs of the opposition who boycotted the President's state of the nation address, suggests they resign on moral grounds if they do not recognize the Head of State 

Peace talks between Somalian federal states Puntland and Galmudug start, on-going conflict since 1991 over who should get control over city of Galkayo 

Zimbabwe bans grain imports after having produced enough maize to cover domestic demand for the first time since 2001 

South African Arts and Culture minister says his department will no longer advertise in media criticizing the government, ANC or President Jacob Zuma 

Attacks on albinos in Malawi on the rise again, fueled by systemic failures in country's criminal justice system according to Amnesty International, historic cases of attacks remain unresolved 

State-owned South African TV-company SABC lifts criticized ban on showing violent protests and property destruction, fires the previously suspended executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng after he held own news conference criticizing parliamentary inquiry into SABC 

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba: The city currently has 1,083 open investigations on corruption, fraud and similar crimes, equivalent to 19% of annual budget, leaked e-mail conversations between crony capitalist Gupta family and government proof that these crimes didn't occur in a vacuum  

At least 14 dead and 35 injured as gunmen attack vehicles on highway near South Sudan capital Juba, unknown assailants flee as security forces return fire 

Police in Mozambique warn that bald men could be targeted for ritual attacks after recent killings, perpetrators believed to be looking for gold which according to superstition can be found in bald men's heads 

Zimbabweans benefiting from low-income housing scheme ordered to hang portraits of Mugabe in homes, loyalist groups with mission to spy on neighbors to be formed 

Robert Mugabe says Zimbabwe's few remaining white farmers will have their farms expropriated and given to the country's youth, and that small scale farmers and senior officials who underutilize their land might lose their property 

50 years since Biafra declared independence from Nigeria, recently released and increasingly popular pro-secessionist leader Kanu says Nigeria is not functioning and can never function 

Ethiopia shuts down Internet throughout country due to leaked exam papers for grade 10 

Robert Mugabe spends USD 3.5 million chartering plane to Singapore and Mexico as plane he usually uses is grounded for servicing, has so far this year spent more days abroad than in Zimbabwe  

South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane denied entry to Zambia and forced to return home, planned to visit detained Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema 

South Sudan president Salva Kiir declares ceasefire and promises to release political prisoners, uncertain whether statement could end civil war as no negotiations with rebels are in sight 

Gambian ex-president Yahya Jammeh believed to have stolen state assets worth USD 50 million during last ten years in power, luxury cars reportedly loaded on to Chadian cargo plane during escape to Equatorial Guinea 

Sorna Govender: South Africa at high risk of civil war, conditions alike those preceding the Arab Spring 

Sorna Govender: South Africa at high risk of civil war, conditions alike those preceding the Arab Spring 

King Letsie III of Lesotho hails Mugabe as wise and astute leader that has helped his country to stability and normalcy 

Death toll rises to 100 following riots in Central African Republic according to UN, militia fighting with religious and ethnic undertones began in 2013 

Rebelling Ivory Coast troops lay down arms, accept increased bonus proposal by previously popular president Ouattara — mutiny caused big disruptions for infrastructure and businesses 

Mutiny in Ivory Coast continues after spokesmen for soldiers reject government proposal, mutineers have taken control over country's second largest city Bouaké 

Soldiers in Ivory Coast revolt in protest against delayed bonuses promised by government, some mutineers thought to be former rebels who joined army after civil war ended in 2011 

Days of fighting between Christian and Muslim militia in Central African Republic kill at least 37, violence by armed groups has risen sharply since late last year 

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says he will not build houses to the poor but instead give them title deeds to build their own houses on city's own land 

At least eight killed and dozens injured after suicide attack on cafe in Somali capital, al-Shabaab claims responsibility and says two generals are among the dead 

Buhari returns to London for medical tests, doctors will determine for how long according to spokesman, vice president Osinbajo takes over leadership of government 

Saint Helena's airport used for first time by passenger plane a year after its completion, construction cost over GBP 60,000 per capita, opening was repeatedly postponed because of the area's unfavorable wind conditions 

82 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram released in exchange for imprisoned terrorists, Switzerland and International Committee of the Red Cross involved in negotiations 

Zimbabwe war veteran leader Christopher Mutsvangwa does about-face and starts backing Mugabe, will likely cause disunion among veterans who are usually counterforce against president 

Mugabe denies Zimbabwe being fragile country, blames economic troubles on evil West, calls own country second most developed on continent next to South Africa 

Former South Sudan general Thomas Cirillo says he is ready to enter civil war with rebel force, urges president Salva Kiir to resign 

Trial against Burkina Faso ex-president Blaise Compaoré and his allies begin despite Compaoré still in Ivory Coast exile – population disappointed in lack of development since coup two years ago 

Tanzania president sets deadline for 9,932 public employees with forged academic credentials to resign before May 15, will otherwise be exposed publicly and risk 7 years in prison, political appointees not affected since they are only required to be able to read and write 

Leader of Biafra independence movement Nnamdi Kanu released for health reasons after two years in custody, is accused of criminal conspiracy and belonging to illegal society 

South Africa ex-finance minister Pravin Gordhan warns ANC will lose power in next election unless course is changed, supports Cyril Ramaphosa as successor of Zuma 

Nobel laureate and leading Nigerian author Wole Soyinka demands Buhari make immediate and full disclosure of health condition, says country is becoming increasingly unstable and unsafe 

Namibia president Geingob expresses admiration for Zimbabwe land reforms and for Mugabe as iconic African leader, is inspired to implement similar radical redistribution 

International aid organizations worsen problems for voluntarily laboring children in Africa, accusations of slavery and trafficking tailored for Western audience 

More than 7.7 million Ethiopians need food aid after country is hit by severe drought, altogether 13 million people across Horn of Africa require assistance according to UN 

Primary election for ruling Jubilee Party in Kenya aborted after participation exceeds expectations and causes shortage of voting materials, police use tear gas and warning shots against protesters  

Cameroon ends internet ban in country's English-speaking regions after three months, same measures can be taken again if social media are used to stoke hatred and division says government 

Fragmented opposition seeks unity to challenge ZANU-PF and Mugabe, apathy among citizens named as key problem 

53 men arrested in Nigeria for celebrating a marriage between two people of the same sex 

Nigerian military kill 21 terrorists and free 1,623 civilians in operation against Boko Haram in Borno state 

Zimbabwe education minister Lazarus Dokora announces schools will start accepting goats as payment of tuition fees 

Tens of thousands gather to listen to Mugabe's speech on Zimbabwe independence day, 93-year-old leader calls for unity and tolerance 

Zimbabwe legislation to force banks to accept cattle, sheep, goats and household appliances as collateral for loans to private individuals 

President Museveni opposes aid to people starving in Uganda as it diverts resources from infrastructure projects: "When you eat food, you are eating a road" 

Migrants from West Afria en route to Europe kidnapped and sold as slaves at auctions in Libya, old traditions reemerge as secular state of Gaddafi collapses, according to UN migration organization IOM 

Zambia opposition leader arrested on suspicion of treason after accusations of obstructing president Lungu's motorcade last weekend, charges not politically motivated according to police chief 

Benjamin Fogel & Sean Jacobs: Getting rid of Zuma will not solve South Africa's crisis, crony capitalists control large parts of ANC, South African Communist Party and the unions are weakened and lack an alternative vision for the country 

Bar owner in Nairobi wins process against Kenyan government, not allowed for police to randomly test guests for intoxication with breathalyzer, victory predicted to be short-lived as parliament works on rewriting law 

Nation-wide protests against South African president Jacob Zuma after latest cabinet reshuffle, government says laws are also there to protect the right of those who would not like to participate in protest action 

British DJ Dax J sentenced by Tunisian court to one year in prison after festival performance, played dance version of Muslim call to prayer Adhan, flees country and apologizes to everyone who was offended 

About 30 dead in South Africa as bus collides with truck and catches fire 

Somali pirates hijack Indian cargo ship with eleven crew members off Puntland coast, second attack in a month after five years without any reported cases 

South Africa finance minister sees radicalization of economy as main task, will not let anything distract from changing ownership structures 

Kamuina Nsapu militia decapitates 40 police officers after ambush in central Congo-Kinshasa, deadliest attack since insurgency erupted last December following president Kabila's refusal to step down 

Improved relations between Niger delta locals and central government after diplomatic visits by vice-president Osinbajo during Buhari's medical leave, appreciated different approach not to be seen as attempted break with the president according to spokesman 

Mass graves increasingly common in Congo-Kinshasa as military intensifies operations against local militias protesting president Kabila, government denies using excessive violence 

Pope Francis apologizes for Catholic priests' involvement in Rwandan genocide in 1994, current president Kagame says new chapter has begun in relations with Vatican 

8,000 year old cave paintings in Chad vandalized with graffiti, youths write own names in French and Arabic on world heritage 

South Africa government proposes legislation banning foreigners from buying agricultural land, wants to increase land ownership among blacks 

Domestic anger over Mugabe foreign travels while country struggles financially – during 2017 president has visited China, Mali, Ethiopia, Singapore, Ghana, Swaziland and Mauritius 

At least ten dead in northern Kenya as fighting erupts between pastoralist communities, president Kenyatta sends troops to curb conflict which has worsened due to severe drought 

Vice president Mnangagwa and wife Grace most likely successors to Mugabe, according to summary from The Standard, defense minister Sidney Sekeremayi considered outsider 

France rules out supporting secessionist movements in Biafra or other parts of Nigeria, says breaking up of current state is unthinkable 

Leader of Anglican church in Nigeria demands Buhari to take killings of Christians seriously 

Two UN officials, a Swedish woman and an American man, kidnapped in Congo-Kinshasa 

President Buhari returns to Nigeria after nearly two months of medical leave in London for unknown illness, says vice president will remain in charge at least over the weekend 

Poachers kill giant tusker elephant Satao II in Tsavo National Park in Kenya, arrested before theft of tusks, only 25 similar animals thought to exist 

Kenya government retracts offer of 50% salary increase for medical doctors as unions have not ended strike, says negotiations are over and doctors expected to return to work immediately 

Zimbabwe High Court declares child beating illegal in trial of teacher who struck six-year-old, case will proceed to constitutional court for confirmation 

Boer Afrikaner Volksraad warns ANC not to start civil war by accepting EFF motion which would allow nationalization of land without compensation 

Three ministers fired by Guinea's president Alpha Condé after seven dead and dozens injured in protest related to teachers' strike 

More than 31,000 South Sudanese migrants have fled to Sudan since start of year according to UN refugee agency, five million people in country expected to have no reliable source of food by July 

Poachers reduce number of forest elephants in Minkébé National Park by 81% since 2004, according to survey conducted by measuring elephant dung