Ethiopia pardons prominent opposition figure, journalist

ADDIS ABABA. — The Ethiopian government yesterday pardoned 746 suspects including prominent opposition figure Andualem Arage and dissident journalist Eskinder Nega. The Ethiopian Federal Attorney General said the prisoners will be freed after their pardons are approved by President Mulatu Teshome and they will receive rehabilitation training, reported state media Radio Fana. Andualem Arage, Deputy Chairman…
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Namibia’s president reshuffles cabinet

WINDHOEK. — Namibia’s President Hage Geingob reshuffled his cabinet yesterday, announcing that Vice President Nickey Iyambo had asked to retire on medical grounds. Former secretary general of the ruling Swapo Party, Nangolo Mbumba, has been appointed in Iyambo’s place. President Geingob has also appointed former Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofinew as minister of Home Affairs, and…
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Kenya political crisis hits a new low

NAIROBI. — Kenya on Friday defied a court order to lift a ban on three private television stations and briefly detained an opposition politician, deepening a crisis sparked by a disputed presidential election. The media crackdown, criticized by the United Nations, the United States and former colonial power Britain, could set up a showdown between…
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Kenyan TV stations off air after fake inauguration

NAIROBI. — Three Kenyan TV stations will stay off the air indefinitely as the government investigates an illegal “swearing in” of opposition leader Raila Odinga, the interior minister said yesterday, following the symbolic but direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Independently owned Citizen TV and Radio, KTN News and NTV were switched off on Tuesday…
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Cape Town stock piling drinking water

JOHANNESBURG. — Officials in Cape Town yesterday tried to allay international concerns about the water crisis in the oldest South African city, saying tourists and investors are welcome despite fears that most taps could be turned off in April because of drought. In a “two-way conversation,” some diplomats who met officials managing Cape Town’s crisis…
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ANC calls for speedy start to state capture inquiry

CAPE TOWN. — The African National Congress (ANC) says the commission of inquiry into state capture must start its work immediately, now that the terms of references have been released. President Jacob Zuma’s terms for the inquiry were finally published and released in the Government Gazette yesterday. In it, he wants the inquiry to investigate all…
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