Politics - Governance
  • Kikwete announces review of Tanzania constitution
    01 january 2011 12:22:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Responding to a popular demand for a new constitution, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has announced his intention to set up a Constitutional Review Commission that will finally kick-start the process of re-writing the country’s supreme law. Full text...

  • President Jonathan promises Nigerians tangible benefits of economic growth
    31 december 2010 16:06:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan has promised Nigerians significant improvements in security, power supply, national infrastructure, education, health care and employment generation in 2011. Full text...

  • 2 more govt ministers resign in Nigeria
    22 december 2010 19:09:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Two more Nigerian government ministers Wednesday resigned their appointments to enable them pursue their ambition to contest for the governorship of their states in April's general elections. Full text...

  • Opposition says ruling party wants to "sink" Nigeria
    19 december 2010 14:10:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's most-vocal opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has raised an alarm over the worsening campaign for the presidential ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the unprecedented intra-party acrimony was threatening the very existence of the country. Full text...

  • Mugabe threatens foreign mines over sanctions
    17 december 2010 13:45:33
    Mutare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened that his government would take full control of foreign-owned mines if sanctions imposed on the country by the West were not lifted. Full text...

  • Kenya receives pass mark from APRM
    16 december 2010 14:29:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Kenya has received commendation for progress recorded in governance, socio-economic transformation and human rights ahead of the second peer review of its performance by a panel of eminent African persons next year, according to the latest edition of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development(NEPAD) Newsletter, made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Information Minister resigns
    15 december 2010 17:38:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, Wednesday resigned her appointment to enable her contest for a seat in the senate. Full text...

  • Top Mauritanian govt. officials to declare assets within 15 days
    14 december 2010 19:05:12
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's Commission for financial transparency in public life has called on all top government officials to declare their assets within a time limit of 15 days, expiring 31 December. Full text...

  • Zim legislators get huge pay hike
    14 december 2010 13:25:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - After protesting for months, Zimbabwean legislators Tuesday won a 200 percent pay hike, and a brand new car each. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President shifts budget presentation
    14 december 2010 08:16:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The presentation to the joint session of the National Assembly (parliament) of the 2011 Appropriation Bill Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, slated for Tuesday, has been shifted by one day. Full text...

  • African constitutional court mooted to deal with election crises
    13 december 2010 08:20:47
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Experts meeting at a conference convened here Monday, to reflect on the input of the African Panel of the wise to conflict prevention efforts, have proposed the formation of an African Union-run Constitutional Court to deal with election-related crises. Full text...

  • General Sekouba Konate returns to Conakry
    12 december 2010 19:29:43
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Head of Guinea's transition government, Gen. Sekouba Konate, Sunday returned to Conakry from Morocco, where he had been undergoing medical treatment for more than 10 days. Full text...

  • SA police chief under fire for racist comments
    10 december 2010 08:43:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's National Police Commissioner Gen. Bheki Cele has sparked an outcry in the UK after labeling a murder suspect as a ''monkey''. Full text...

  • President Kabila says DR Congo in better shape than 2009
    09 december 2010 12:56:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo is in much better shape this year than in 2010, President Joseph Kabila said in a state of the nation address to the parliament Wednesday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Zim parliament speaker elected to top regional legislature
    08 december 2010 12:59:38
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's parliamentary speaker Lovemore Moyo was Wednesday elected chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum, a top regional legislative body. Full text...

  • Malian health minister fired for embezzling AIDS funds
    06 december 2010 13:22:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's Health Minister Ibrahima Oumar Toure was fired Sunday by President Amani Toumani Toure, following the controversy over the embezzlement of money from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Full text...

  • Nigerian court voids suspension of MPs (Corrected)
    02 december 2010 17:46:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian court sitting in Abuja Thursday declared as unlawful the indefinite suspension of 11 members of Full text...

  • Tanzania Parliament elects first woman Speaker
    12 november 2010 15:17:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's newly-elected Parliament on Friday p icked one of its members, Anna Makinda, as its first female Speaker since the co u ntry gained independence from British colonial rule 49 years ago. Full text...

  • Court sacks Nigerian state gov. few months to end of tenure
    09 november 2010 21:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian court Tuesday cancelled the election of Gov. Full text...

  • African Anglican bishops hail Kenya for fast-tracking reforms
    09 november 2010 15:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African Anglican Church bishops on Tuesday hailed Kenya' s Coalition Government for the strides made in its reform agenda. Full text...

  • Minister to explain 'botched' launch of Malawi's presidential project
    09 november 2010 13:23:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Transport and Public Infrastructure Development Minist er Muhammad Sidiq Mia is expected to explain to Malawi's 193-member Parliament events surrounding the ''no-show'' of a barge tha t would have signalled the inauguration of President Bingu wa Mutharika's pet project, the Shire-Zambezi Waterway. Full text...

  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation celebrates Africa in Mauritius
    09 november 2010 12:49:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will host a ceremony to celebrate Africa at the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Centre, near the Maurit ius capital, Port-Louis, 20 Nov. Full text...

  • French lawyers to defend former Niger junta member
    09 november 2010 08:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Many French lawyers will join the defence team of Col. Full text...

  • 'Constitution amendment incomplete without President's assent'
    08 november 2010 11:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A federal high court sitting in Nigeria's economic capit al city of Lagos ruled Monday that the amendments to the country's 1999 Constitution are incomplete without the assent of President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • Appointment of Nigeria police chief ratified
    05 november 2010 07:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's highest advisory body, the National Council of State (NCS) Thursday ratified President Goodluck Jonathan's appointment of Hafiz Ringim as the Inspector General of Police (IGP). Full text...

  • Niger launches national reconciliation campaign
    04 november 2010 18:07:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD) on Thursday launched a campaign for the restoration of democracy, the sta b ilization of the country's public finances and national reconciliation, which it promised when it seized power on 18 February, 2010, Prime Minister Mahamadou Danda, launching the campaign for national reconciliati on and political sensitisation, said the campaign should be taken across the cou n try to urge Nigeriens to subscribe to those essential values for the future of t h e country, local sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Gambian leader unseats National Assembly speaker
    04 november 2010 15:03:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Acting under the powers vested in him by the Constitutio n of the Republic of The Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh on Thursday revoked the n omination of Elizabeth Yamide Renner as member and Speaker of the National Assem b ly, a press release from the Office of The President, signed by Dr. Full text...

  • Youth League leader under fire over ''cockroach'' insult
    04 november 2010 09:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlant he Wednesday came down heavily on African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema for referring to Democratic Alliance leader He len Zille as a cockroach. Full text...

  • Chair, members of asset management firm approved in Nigeria
    04 november 2010 08:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of the former chairman of Afribank Plc Aliyu Kola Belgore as the first chair of the newly-created Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and Mustafa Chike Obi as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the body, according to state radio. Full text...

  • Kenyan Truth Panel Chief quits
    02 november 2010 12:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Embattled Kenyan Truth and Justice Commission Chairman B ethuel Kiplagat finally resigned Tuesday, losing a year-long battle to stay at the helm of the organisation tasked with uncovering evidence of human rights violations in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Zuma announces major cabinet reshuffle
    31 october 2010 19:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday a nnounced a major Cabinet reshuffle, which saw 10 ministers being replaced. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President denies plan to relocate ministries to Lagos
    31 october 2010 14:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday described a s ''ridiculous'' a local newspaper report that he plans to relocate some ''key ministries'' of the federa l government from the nation's capital to Lagos as a way to ''decongest Abuja. Full text...

  • Kenya's Interior Minister named new acting Foreign Minister
    28 october 2010 18:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has named Internal Security Minister George Saitoti his new Foreign Minister, a day after the office holder was forced to quit to pave way for an investigation into a series of scandals in v olving embassies. Full text...

  • Calixte Beyala's candidature for OIF top scribe could be ruled out
    19 october 2010 21:39:00
    Montreux- Switzerland (PANA) -- Franco-Cameroonian novelist, Calixte Beyala, has not met a vital conditions to vie for the position of Secretary General of the I n ternational Francophonie Organization (OIF), which holds its 18th summit from 22 to 24 October in Montreux, Switzerland. Full text...

  • President Kibaki suspends Kenya's higher education minister
    19 october 2010 19:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya late Tuesday suspended th e Higher Education Minister, William Ruto, after a court ruled that the minister had a case to answer over corruption allegations. Full text...

  • Senegal seeks way to improve road network
    17 october 2010 14:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese parliamentarians have proposed a special tax on road users and a public-private partnership among a list of measures to raise funds for the const ruction of roads in the country. Full text...

  • Uneasy calm in Niger over recent arrests
    17 october 2010 13:15:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- There is uneasy calm in the West African nation of Niger, following recent arrests of some former members of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD) by Gen. Full text...

  • Angolan president vows to build 'democratic and modern nation'
    15 october 2010 22:43:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, on Frida y vowed to build a democratic and modern nation. Full text...

  • AU seeks ministerial approval for 20,000 Somali force
    15 october 2010 12:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Friday formally requested a hike in the number of Somali peacekeepers to 20,000, calling for the deployment of military units including an air force, a naval unit, an engineering component and an intelligence unit to stabilise Som a lia. Full text...

  • Congo MPs oppose plan to relocate population from Virunga park
    13 october 2010 13:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Most MPs from the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo are opposed to the plan to relocate from the Virunga Park some 3,000 households said to have violated the park's limits. Full text...

  • Leading civil society campaigner to head struggling Malawi post office
    11 october 2010 18:43:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A leading civil society activist has been appointed to head the struggling Malawi Post Office (MPC). Full text...

  • Malawi atheist group wants Mutharika to intercede for jailed 'witches'
    11 october 2010 18:39:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Malawian atheist group, called the Association of Se cular Humanism (ASH), has said it wants to approach President Bingu wa Mutharika to order the immediate release of a group of convicted 'witches' because the cou n try's laws do not recognize witchcraft. Full text...

  • EU hails release of Ethiopian opposition leader
    11 october 2010 10:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- European Union's Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton has praised the release of Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa from nearly two years in jail, saying it mark ed a new phase in democratisation in the African nation. Full text...

  • Mandela's latest publication goes on sale Tuesday
    11 october 2010 08:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) - â" Nelson Mandela's latest publication, "Convers ations with Myself", which contains excerpts of the letters he wrote while in jail for 27 years, is due to go on sale Tuesday in 22 countrie s and 20 languages. Full text...

  • Thabo Mbeki Foundation launched
    11 october 2010 08:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Thabo Mbeki Foundation was launched in Joha nnesburg, South Africa, on Sunday with the aim of making the 21st century an ''African century''. Full text...

  • Opposition slams Nigeria's ruling party over bomb blasts fallout
    10 october 2010 14:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) ha s slammed the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for ''failing the nation and overheating the polity, as usual,'' with a series of fa ux pas in the aftermath of the unfortunate bomb blasts in the capital city, Abuja, during the country's 50th independence anniversary celebrations. Full text...

  • US welcomes release of Ethiopian opposition leader
    08 october 2010 12:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US Friday welcomed the release of Ethiopian o pposition leader Birtukan Mideksa, who was freed Wednesday after 21 months in prison on treason charges related to the 2005 post-election violence. Full text...

  • Opposition leader freed in Ethiopian after two years in jail
    06 october 2010 11:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa was released Wednesday after serving nearly two years in prison for offences related to the post-election violence in 2005, members of her political party confirmed. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Detained Ethiopian opposition leader, Mideksa, to be freed
    06 october 2010 08:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa, re- arrested in December 2008, may be released from prison Wednesday afternoon, sour c es close to her party said. Full text...

  • SA ranks fifth in latest assessment of African governance
    04 october 2010 17:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 2010 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released M onday, has ranked South Africa fifth out of 53 African countries reviewed, scori n g higher than the continental average which was 49. Full text...

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