Southern Africa

South African president announces new cabinet with former opposition leader

South African president announces new cabinet with former opposition leader

Re-elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the appointment of a new cabinet including former opposition leader John Steenhuisen. Mr. John Steenhuisen is now in charge of agriculture. It comes as Ramaphosa’s African National Congress was forced to join forces with rival parties to stay in power after losing …

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Zimbabwean opposition leader arrested with 80 young people

Zimbabwean opposition leader arrested with 80 young people

Zimbabwe security forces have on Sunday arrested opposition leader Jameson Timba and 80 youths, for holding a political gathering which authorities said was unauthorized, Reuters agency reported, citing their lawyer. Timba took over as interim leader of Citizens Coalition for Change after former leader Nelson Chamisa quit the party in …

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Heavy toll after accident of convoy carrying body of Malawi VP

Heavy toll after accident of convoy carrying body of Malawi VP

Four peopledied, twelve others were injured after a vehicle in the convoy carrying the body of the late Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima hit mourners, police say. It followed clashes between local people, the police and soldiers escorting the late vice-president’s funeral convoy from the capital, Lilongwe, to his home village …

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Malawi’s vice president Chilima died in plane crash

Malawi's vice president Chilima died in plane crash

Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and nine other people were killed when the military plane they were traveling on crashed, President Lazarus Chakwera said on Tuesday. The aircraft carrying Chilima, who was seen as a potential candidate in next year’s presidential election, went missing on Monday. “I’m deeply saddened, …

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More than 1,000 patients die in Mozambique due to health worker strike

More than 1,000 patients die in Mozambique due to health worker strike

More than 1,000 patients have died in Mozambique as health workers went on strike, local media reported. “The patients died because of lack of care,” the BBC quotes a union leader Anselmo Muchave, as saying. The strike by 50,000 union members began three weeks ago after negotiations over working conditions …

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