[allAfrica] As Zimbabwe’s economy has gone from bad to worse in recent years, Robert Mugabe’s political and physical demise has been predicted many times but he has always confounded his many critics – so far at least. He has been seen as a revolutionary hero, fighting white minority rule for the freedom of his people, but some rank him among the continent’s worst.
[Guardian] Nigeria is said to have the highest incidence of diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa, with about five million people currently living with the condition, and about 50 percent of the cases still undetected.
[Guardian] Jos -Following a misunderstanding between suspected herdsmen and Irigwe community of Bassa local government of Plateau State, which led to imposition of curfew in the area, eight people were arrested yesterday by troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Jos.
[Guardian] The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has seized uncensored and unclassified films and video works, including pornographic films, valued at millions of naira in Benin City. The raid, which took place in collaboration with the men of The Nigeria Police, occurred in various locations in Benin City
[ISS] The South African Police Service (SAPS) is due to release the annual crime statistics in the next two weeks. These figures provide a useful indication of the country’s crime problem but don’t reflect the full reality of the challenge to public safety.
[New Zimbabwe] Troubled national carrier, Air Zimbabwe is set to dump its discredited name and further acquire new planes in a fresh government attempt to change the fortunes of the parastatal.
[New Zimbabwe] In a move which has irked political parties and residents, the MDC-T led Bulawayo city council has granted Zanu PF free use of the white City Stadium for the party’s forthcoming youth interface rally.
[Ethiopian Herald] Ethio-Djibouti railway project has started full rail ride trials completing unit ride trials prior to the commencement of passenger and freight services.
[The Herald] Zesa Holdings has paid South African power utility Eskom $12 million to avoid being switched off and will pay another $20 million this month as it battles to clear its arrears. The power utility also presented a payment plan of $5 million a week beginning next month to settle the $44 million owed to Eskom.
[Observer] The political leader of the opposition Liberia Restoration Party (LRP), Macdella Cooper, says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent statement on generational change is a clear endorsement of her presidency as the next person to succeed her.