Former prime minister Roch Marc Kaboré was proclaimed the winner of the presidential election in Burkina Faso and will become the country’s first new leader in decades, the Independent National Electoral Commission said on Tuesday. The election of the former prime minister represents a pivotal moment for the West African nation, which has been ruled by leaders who came to power in coups for most of its history since independence from France in 1960. Kaboré served as prime minister and head of the National Assembly under President Blaise Compaoré, who was toppled by an uprising in October 2014 after 27 years in power. Kaboré split with Compaoré early last year and formed an opposition party. “My first thought is to recognise the honour of this high office and to feel the weight of its great responsibility,” Kaboré said in a speech to thousands of his supporters after being declared winner. […]
Nigeria’s Dasuki ‘arrested over $ 2bn arms fraud’ 1 December 2015 From the section Africa Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sambo Dasuki has denied any wrongdoing and says the allegations are politically motivated Nigeria’s former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been arrested for allegedly stealing $ 2bn (£1.3bn), his representatives say. Mr Dasuki is accused of awarding phantom contracts to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets and ammunition. He denies the allegations. The equipment was meant for the fight against Boko Haram Islamist militants. Mr Dasuki was picked up early in the morning by security agents, a PR firm representing him said. Africa Live: BBC news updates Two weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Mr Dasuki’s arrest after he was indicted by a panel investigating the procurement of arm under the last administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. PRNigeria said he was picked up by intelligence agents from his […]
[The Point] It has been stated by the Finance minister, in his presentation of the draft national budget at the National Assembly yesterday, that total revenue and grants for 2016 is projected at D12.994 billion, which represents an increment of 16 per cent over the 2015 figure of D11.197 billion.
[The Point] Spanish investors have established a medicines manufacturing company in Brikama.
[Liberia Govt] The Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has recognized and honored President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and several former chief executive officers (CEOs) and presidents of the bank, for their invaluable services, leadership and efforts in establishing and taking the bank from nowhere to somewhere over the last 50 years.
[RFI] France will give African countries two billion euros to develop renewable energy over the next four years, President François Hollande announced on the sidelines of the Cop21 climate change conference near Paris.
[Deutsche Welle] Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Zimbabwe to a high profile welcome. Harare has been keenly waiting for President Xi to finalize trade deals that have been under discussion.
[News24Wire] It was a miracle that no-one was injured when 14 silos collapsed at the Sentraal-Suid Koöperasie agricultural co-operative in Swellendam on Tuesday morning, its CEO Ernst Pelser said hours after the disaster.
[News24Wire] The country's patent law is yet again under the microscope in light of World Aids Day and following the recent shortage of HIV medicine Lopinavir/Ritonavir (LPV/r), which is a life-line for nearly 10% of the country's approximately 3 million people on HIV treatment.
[News24Wire] Nehawu said on Tuesday it felt cheated by alliance partner, the African National Congress (ANC), after weeks of negotiations around bonus pay for Parliament workers.