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  • Kenyan opposition decries 'draconian crackdown' after state revokes passports
    06 february 2018 16:39:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's opposition has decried a "draconian crackdown" targeting its leadership since Raila Odinga took the oath of People's President with the state taking an extra step to revoke the passports of key opposition figures. Full text...

  • Burkinabe President Kabore in Niamey for G5 Sahel, CILSS summits
    06 february 2018 14:06:28
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, arrived in Niamey on Tuesday to take part in the Summits of the G5 Sahel and the Interstate committee to fight against drought in Sahel (CILSS), according to a communiqué issued by his communication services. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation says Zuma 'not fit to govern'
    06 february 2018 11:48:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday joined the chorus of calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition crackdown intensifies, protests erupt over lawyer's detention
    06 february 2018 11:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have intensified a crackdown against opposition leaders days after the "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President," PANA reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU wishes to be leading partner of Tunisia, says Mogherini
    06 february 2018 09:56:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The European Union wishes to become the leading partner of Tunisia during the North African country's economic and democratic transition, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said on Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • ANC to decide Zuma's fate as SA President on Wednesday
    05 february 2018 19:38:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a day of high drama which included running street battles outside the Johannesburg headquarters of the ruling African National Congress, the party on Monday announced that President Jacob Zuma's fate will be decided by a vote at a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President Aziz in Niamey for G5 summit
    05 february 2018 19:12:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Monday left Nouakchott for Niamey, Niger, to attend a G5 Sahel summit, which runs parallel to the 18th Conference of the Heads of State and Government forming the Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Full text...

  • Clashes in Johannesburg as Zuma refuses to resign
    05 february 2018 09:21:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running sky-high as the governing African National Congress (ANC) prepares to hold urgent talks on Monday to find a way of removing Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. Full text...

  • Senior ANC officials in crucial talks to determine Zuma's fate
    04 february 2018 13:35:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Senior members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are locked in talks with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Sunday amid growing speculation that he will be forced to vacate his position. Full text...

  • UN, African Union voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau
    04 february 2018 05:34:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the national authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference. Full text...

  • Activist arrested as Kenya police crackdown on opposition intensifies
    02 february 2018 15:38:39
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - Police Friday arrested outspoken human rights lawyer-cum-poilitician, Miguna Miguna, who was one of the two advocates who administered the oath of office on opposition leader Raila Odinga at Tuesday's self-swearing in in Nairobi. Full text...

  • US expresses 'grave' concern about Odinga's self-'inauguration'
    02 february 2018 09:57:32
    Washington, DC., US (PANA) - The United States says it is "gravely concerned" by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s self-“inauguration” on 30 January. Full text...

  • AU rejects Odinga as 'People's president of Kenya'
    02 february 2018 06:08:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has rejected the "swearing-in" of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President" of the East African country. Full text...

  • ECONEC launches study on cost of elections in West Africa
    01 february 2018 16:55:20
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in Abuja on Thursday launched a study on Cost of Elections as part of its initiative to encourage reduction of electoral expenses in West Africa. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition leaders disarmed after controversial oath ceremony
    01 february 2018 15:13:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities withdrew the fire-arm licences to opposition leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the armed guards to opposition Members of Parliament and Governors, according to members of Kenya's opposition alliance. Full text...

  • France has role to play to restore stability to Libya, says Macron
    01 february 2018 12:07:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - French president Emmanuel Macron says his county has a role to play to restore stability to Libya. Full text...

  • Zuma's State of the Nation Address to go ahead – Parliament
    01 february 2018 10:13:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Parliament's presiding officers on Thursday said the State of the Nation Address will go ahead on 8 February as planned. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities accuse media of subversion
    31 january 2018 18:05:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities shut down three privately-owned TV stations on Tuesday because they colluded with a criminal group to overthrow the Government, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan gov't begins crackdown on key opposition allies after Odinga oath
    31 january 2018 17:35:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities arrested opposition Member of Parliament Tom Kajwang, the lawyer who led opposition leader Raila Odinga to swear an oath of office as the People's President of Kenya on Tuesday, his party said. Full text...

  • Tensions high over Zuma's uncertain future
    31 january 2018 16:09:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are growing calls for President Jacob Zuma to throw in the towel and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday approached Parliament seeking to have the 8 February State of the Nation Address postponed until he is replaced. Full text...

  • French president expected Thursday in Dakar
    31 january 2018 16:02:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is expected in Dakar on Thursday for a two-day official visit to Senegal, within the framework of a tour of some African countries which which began on Wednesday with a two-day visit to Tunisia. Full text...

  • DR Congo commemoration of Tshisekedi
    30 january 2018 18:50:27
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Political associates and family members of the late Etienne Tshisekedi, who passed away a year ago, have organised a commemoration of the opposition leader on 1 February in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Kenya declares opposition pressure group a criminal gang
    30 january 2018 18:16:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Tuesday gazetted the National Resistance Movement, wing of the opposition NASA coalition, as an organised criminal group. Full text...

  • Is South Africa's Zuma on the way out?
    30 january 2018 16:07:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are unconfirmed reports that the National Working Committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on Tuesday instructed the party's top six leaders to tell President Jacob Zuma to step down. Full text...

  • Human Rights lawyer slams Gambia's president for being "sluggish"
    30 january 2018 14:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian human right lawyer, Assan Martin, has said the coalition government of President Adama Barrow has been sluggish in delivering democratic dividends to Gambians, one year after assuming power. Full text...

  • Presidents Kagame, Salva Kiir discuss ceasefire violations in South Sudan
    30 january 2018 14:27:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new Chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, on Tuesday met with the South Sudanese leader, Salva Kiir, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, amid warning by the continental body to impose sanctions on leaders violating ceasefires in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwandan Parliamentary elections set for September 2018
    30 january 2018 13:24:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has proposed parliamentary elections to be held not later than 4 September, saying that the electoral calendar is subject to approval by Cabinet, local media reported Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Breaking News: Kenya's opposition leader, Odinga, takes Presidential oath of office
    30 january 2018 13:12:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has taken the Presidential oath of office and vowed to end a culture of rigged elections. Full text...

  • EU says committed to peace in Congo's Pool region
    30 january 2018 11:34:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The representative of the European Union (EU) in Congo, Saskia de Lang, has expressed the commitment of the EU to provide financial and technical assistance to residents of the Pool region of Congo who have been victims of armed clashes between police and the Ninjas nsiloulou militia of Pastor Ntumi. Full text...

  • Kenyan television stations shut down over opposition swearing-in ceremony standoff
    30 january 2018 10:25:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan government shut down several private television stations on Tuesday to prevent the airing of a planned swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka as president and deputy president respectively. Full text...

  • Guterres says bridging gap between relief, devt can meet immediate needs
    29 january 2018 05:32:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A surge in conflict-induced needs in Africa and the Middle East, coupled with an increase in climate shocks that pummel the most vulnerable everywhere, have given fresh urgency to calls for the international community to work in a new way that not only ends humanitarian needs but reduces them over time, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Sunday. Full text...

  • Guterres lauds AU-UN partnership at AU Summit
    28 january 2018 16:20:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Hailing the partnership between Africa and the United Nations as “solid, and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance,” Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has told leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union Summit, that with Africa in the lead, “we can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Kenya gears up for second president as opposition spins new political narrative (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    28 january 2018 16:00:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya is gearing up for a second president on Tuesday, days after the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) released results it claimed were from the nullified 8 August presidential elections that gave victory of its leader Raila Odinga, who it plans to swear in president. Full text...

  • UN chief commends AU efforts to address violent extremism
    27 january 2018 19:31:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended the growing emphasis by the African Union (AU) and its Member States to address the drivers of violent extremism. Full text...

  • Guterres says partnership with African Union is fundamental to work of the UN
    27 january 2018 14:36:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Strong cooperation with the African Union (AU) is essential for the United Nations to be able to fulfill its mandate, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the two organizations signed a new agreement to bolster their collaboration on range of global issues. Full text...

  • Kenyatta names new cabinet
    26 january 2018 20:04:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has named journalist Faridah Karoney minister of lands in a new list of cabinet nominees unveiled Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition calls for public grilling of Zuma, son
    26 january 2018 10:12:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday said it is imperative that Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane must testify at the state capture inquiry which was confirmed this week. Full text...

  • FAO chief to highlight need to end hunger at AU Summit
    26 january 2018 09:49:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, will attend the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that kicks off this weekend where the highlight of his mission will be the high-level meeting "Achieving Zero Hunger in Africa by 2025." Full text...

  • President Barrow vows to bring ex-president Jammeh to justice
    25 january 2018 14:42:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow, says his government is engaging the government of Equatorial Guinea in ensuring that they bring former president Yahya Jammeh to justice. Full text...

  • Buhari leads Nigerian delegation to AU summit
    25 january 2018 10:22:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will on Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • 'Ceasefire violations, hostile propaganda undercut regional peace push in South Sudan'
    25 january 2018 06:02:31
    New York, US (PANA) – While the signing last month of a ceasefire accord among South Sudan’s warring parties is a great stride forward, it is just a first step toward peace and stability, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday, warning that the 21 December deal has already been violated numerous times. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns double bombing in Libyan city of Benghazi
    25 january 2018 05:56:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the double bombing in the Libyan city of Benghazi, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored that there can be no military solution to the crisis plaguing the country. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges Somalis to make 2018 ‘year of implementation’
    24 january 2018 22:49:15
    New York, US (PANA) – Grappling with turbulent politics, persisting terrorism and the risk of famine, Somalia must make 2018 a year of carrying out reforms, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday, urging more international financial and technical support for the Horn of Africa country that underwent a peaceful transition of power to a new President a year ago. Full text...

  • UN chief reiterates call on implementation of DRC peace deal of 31 December 2016
    24 january 2018 16:41:32
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his appeal to politicians in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to fully implement the political deal signed on 31 December 2016, which remains the only way to holding of elections, peaceful power transfer and strengthening the country's stability, a spokesperson for the UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), Mrs Florence Marchal said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees to remain in Ghana - Minister
    24 january 2018 16:24:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Two former detainees at Guantanamo Bay, whose arrival in Ghana in 2016 caused a major uproar, are to remain in the country despite the expiry of the two-year agreement between Ghana and the US that allowed them to stay in the West African country, foreign minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • President Barrow calls on Gambians to learn from China
    23 january 2018 15:01:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has called on his compatriots to learn from China by opening up, saying that the Asian supper power country have been able to advance in less than four decades. Full text...

  • President Barrow's one-year in office, a total waste - Political commentator
    23 january 2018 14:40:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Political commentator, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, has described the first year of President Adama Barrow in office as a "total waste", saying the new administration has failed to get its priorities right. Full text...

  • Liberian President Weah appoints new ministers
    23 january 2018 14:02:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – President George Manneh Weah of Liberia has made his first appointments in government, including to the key posts of Finance, Defence and Foreign ministers. Full text...

  • Rights group demands investigation into 'brutal' crackdown on DRC anti-govt protest
    23 january 2018 06:10:41
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Amnesty International says the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must promptly and thoroughly investigate and hold to account those suspected to be responsible for killing and injuring dozens of peaceful protesters in the capital, Kinshasa, on 21 January. Full text...

  • Guterres urges DRC security forces to exercise restraint
    23 january 2018 05:44:41
    New York, US (PANA) – Amid disturbing reports that at least six people were killed on Sunday during political protests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Congolese security forces to respect the people’s right to free speech and freedom of assembly. Full text...

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