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Africa: A continent without democrats

In the past two decades, there have been many electoral transitions across the continent indicative of a pattern of democratic consolidation. In reality, however, mercenaries of democracy, dictators and a military culture dominate African politics.

Tanzania civil society decries ‘unprecedented’ violations

More than a hundred Tanzanian civil society groups raised their voices on Wednesday against "unprecedented" violations of human and democratic rights under the government of President John Magufuli.

Tanzania’s ‘dictator’ president threatening national unity – Catholic bishops

The Catholic Church of Tanzania denounced the violations of democratic principles and freedom of expression by the government of President John Magufuli, accusing him of endangering “national unity” in a pastoral letter published on Sunday.

Tanzania threatens to de-register churches that criticise President John Magufuli

Tanzania has threatened to revoke the registration of religious organisations that “mix religion and politics” after a cleric criticised President John Magufuli’s leadership in a Christmas sermon.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacks officials over failure to recall budget figures

President John Magufuli of Tanzania sacked two senior officials late on Monday after they failed to recall immediately how much money was allocated by the government in their respective districts for public road construction projects.

Tanzanian president rejects calls to extend tenure beyond two-term limit

While Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi) have all tinkered with their constitutions to extend their rule, John Magufuli, their Tanzanian counterpart, has rejected calls to extend his rule beyond the constitutional limit of two, five-year terms.

America on my mind

This much-needed vacation coincides with the invitations I had received from groups in the US that wanted to present me with awards during separate programmes.


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Chemical weapons experts heading to UK in Russia spy case

Britain is to target wealth linked to the Kremlin in response to the poisoning of a former spy, foreign minister Boris Johnson said Sunday ahead of a visit by international chemical weapons experts.

IGP Ibrahim Idris urged to stop Governor Wike from inaugurating ‘state police’ in Rivers

A group known as the Free Rivers Development Initiative (FRDI) has called on Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), to stop Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, from inaugurating the neighborhood corps.

Three killed, 23 injured in Philippine hotel fire

Three people were killed and 23 injured by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday, with others plucked by helicopter from the rooftop of the building engulfed in thick black smoke, authorities said.

Femi Fani-Kayode: Do not become evil to fight evil

I see Femi Fani-Kayode as a comrade of mine even though he has had occasion in the past to attack me. But I have moved on from that and I hope both FFK and Mark Zuckerberg have too.

Opposition, NGO cry fraud in Russian polls

Russian opposition activists and an NGO on Sunday reported ballot stuffing and multiple voting during the presidential election which is set to see Vladimir Putin win a fourth Kremlin term.

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Okechukwu Enelamah: Right policies, incentives in place to attract investors

Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, on Monday said right policies and incentives had been put in place to make the economy conducive to investors.

Former WWE champion Roman Reigns denies steroid allegation

Former three-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) heavyweight champion Roman Reigns has denied claims he was connected to a steroid ring that operated out of a gym in Miami.

NCC moves to regulate use of satellite communications services

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, said the commission would create a legal framework to regulate the use of satellite communications services and networks.

Governor Okowa: Delta farmers told to pay herdsmen before they can enter their farms

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday raised alarm that three communities in Uwheru, Ughelli North Local Government Area have been occupied by the ravaging herdsmen, charging security agencies to their curb nefarious activities in the state before it snowballs into crisis.

PDP links ‘illegal importation’ of military gadgets to Kogi massacre

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said there appeared a link between the attack in Kogi State that led to the death of 50 people and the illegal importation of military gadgets by persons allegedly linked to the state government.