Africa278 Videos

Algeria jails two ex-prime ministers

An Algerian court jailed two former prime ministers for corruption on Tuesday, two days before a presidential election which protesters want cancelled. Ahmed Ouyahia, who was prime minister four times, received a 10-year jail sentence and Abdelmalek Sellal, who was twice premier, was jailed for 12 years. They denied all charges, including “misappropriation of public […]

Pressured at home, Ethiopia PM picks up Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will collect his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, but as ethnic violence rises at home he has kept festivities and meetings with the media to a minimum. Hailed as a modern, reformist leader, Abiy’s decision to skip all events with the press has dismayed his Norwegian hosts. Africa’s […]

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa vows “drastic” steps to save state companies

South Africa’s president said on Monday he would take “drastic” steps if needed to prevent foundering state-owned companies from failing, as the government appointed an independent adviser to manage the country’s passenger rail firm. Cash-strapped and heavily indebted, state companies including South African Airways (SAA), power utility Eskom, defence firm Denel and Passenger Rail Agency […]

Sudan says it has reduced troops in Yemen to 5,000

Sudan’s prime minister said on Sunday Khartoum had reduced the number of troops it has in Yemen from a peak of 15,000 to 5,000, confirming a drawdown in a conflict which he said could not be solved militarily. Abdalla Hamdok, who heads a civilian government formed in September under a power-sharing deal with the military […]

Nairobi governor pleads not guilty to graft charges

Nairobi’s governor pleaded not guilty to corruption and other economic crimes involving millions of dollars in a Kenyan court on Monday. Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was arrested on Friday and is accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of […]

Malawians await ruling on contested presidential poll

Over the past four months, Malawians have eagerly followed live broadcasts of witnesses presenting evidence to judges of alleged rigging in an election narrowly won by President Peter Mutharika. For the first time in the southeast African nation’s history, the court proceedings were aired on private radio stations. The testimonies, which ended on Friday, challenge […]

Morocco’s poor left behind by development boom

Mohammed Akki left his home in Morocco’s Middle Atlas mountains to seek regular work and a better life in the town of Azrou, but he still lives on the margins in a country enjoying an investment boom. Every morning, Akki walks miles into Azrou, where he may or may not find work as a day […]

Sudan’s women hail end of strict public order law

Sudan has repealed a restrictive public order law that controlled how women acted and dressed in public. On Twitter, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok paid tribute to women “who have endured the atrocities that resulted from the implementation of this law”. The country’s transitional authorities also dissolved the party of former president Omar al-Bashir. Mr Bashir […]