[ISS] Burundi will hold a referendum in May 2018 on a constitutional amendment that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power past 2020. The proposed changes would weaken the representation of minority groups in Parliament and further threaten the Arusha peace deal that ended the 1993-2005 Burundian civil war.
[VOA] Armed separatists in Cameroon have abducted 40 people, including a government official. The abductions occurred as President Paul Biya dispatched a minister to the troubled English speaking regions on a peace building mission.
[Vanguard] Amnesty International has accused international oil companies, Shell and Eni of negligence when addressing spills in Nigeria, describing their actions as “serious negligence.”
[New Zimbabwe] The New Patriotic Front (NPF) formed by remnants of Zanu PF’s former faction known as G40 has demanded that former President Robert Mugabe be accorded his constitutional rights to association and other freedoms.
[Deutsche Welle] Rex Tillerson’s firing comes as the US secretary of state ended an African tour focused on security. His successor will take a similar approach, but with less Africa experience, says the Atlantic Council’s Aubrey Hruby.
[News24Wire] The EFF has already raised objections to the much-anticipated state capture inquiry even though it could be months before it kicks off.
[East African] Voting count continued Thursday in Sierra Leone with the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) presidential candidates taking an early lead.
[News24Wire] National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has been “invited” to Parliament to explain why the National Prosecuting Authority dragged its feet in giving the Hawks the go-ahead to make arrests in the Estina/Vrede dairy farm state capture case.
[News24Wire] A police captain was shot and killed during a business robbery in Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal on Friday afternoon, provincial police confirmed.
[Nairobi News] Fiery Nasa activist Miguna Miguna has announced the date of his return, less than a month after he was dramatically deported to Canada.