Politics - Governance
  • Arms dealer linked to Mandela movie
    27 september 2010 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A German arms manufacturer which is in the heat of corruption allegations has been identified as being a key investor in the US$37 million film of Nelson Mandela's autobiography, ''Long Walk To Freedom''. Full text...

  • Jonathan, in US assures Nigerians of good governance
    26 september 2010 16:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan over the weekend pledged not to play politics with the development of Nigeria, saying that as long as he remains the leader, the virtues of sincerity, commitment and the love to do what is right will guide all his actions. Full text...

  • AI urges Sudan to end curb on freedom of expression before referendum
    24 september 2010 11:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Sudanese authorities should halt the harassment and intimidation of journalists in the run-up to the referendum on independence of Southern Sudan in January 2011, Amnesty International (AI) said in a statement released Friday. Full text...

  • President Banda launches personal website
    23 september 2010 15:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Determined to reach the wider public with his personal and official messages, the Zambian President, Rupiah Banda, has launched a personal website. Full text...

  • Nigeriens to make inputs into new constitution
    22 september 2010 19:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Several Nigerien government officials on Wednesday took t he country's draft constitution to the people for their observations and suggest i ons at the end of which a new constitution, which would guide the next republic, would be inaugurated. Full text...

  • Malians celebrate 50th independence anniversary fiesta
    22 september 2010 16:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Head of State, Amadou Toumani Toure, Wednesday laid a wreath of flowers on the monument of independence in Bamako, on the occasion of the celebration of Mali's 50th independence anniversary, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigerians reflect on 50 years of self rule
    22 september 2010 15:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- With less than 10 days to the celebration of half a century of political independence in Nigeria, the people are taking stock of the country’s socio-economic, political and foreign relations achievements in the past 50 years, with the consensus that given the human and material resources, the country should have done better than it is doing. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes Niger's move to constitutional order
    21 september 2010 18:21:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday welcomed a commit ment by the transitional authorities in Niger to move swiftly back to constituti o nal order. Full text...

  • AU calls for unity in Somalia after PM quits
    21 september 2010 12:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Tuesday reacted to the dec ision of Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke to quit earlier in the day, by asking t he government to build stronger unity within its ranks. Full text...

  • Somali PM quits after months of political stand-off
    21 september 2010 11:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmake qu it Tuesday, citing the mounting insecurity in his country, as the world called on Somali insurgents to declare a temporary ceasefire in honour of the International Day of Peace, marked globall y on Tuesday (21Sept). Full text...

  • Angolans remember late President Neto
    17 september 2010 19:48:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Various activities have been held across Angola to mark the work and life of their former leader, President Agostinho Neto, PANA reporte d here quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Implementing new law a priority, says Kibaki
    16 september 2010 17:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has urged politicians to tone down the distractive debate on sharing of seats in the devolved and central governments and instead focus their energies on implementation of the new constitution. Full text...

  • Nigerian minister resigns
    16 september 2010 16:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Minister of Special Duties, Mr. Full text...

  • President Mugabe smiles to bank after pay rise
    16 september 2010 11:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, probably the world 's least paid leader, is now smiling all the way to the bank after getting a pay increase from US$400 to US$1,750 per month l ast month, his spokesman has said. Full text...

  • TI says failure to address corruption threatens MDGs
    15 september 2010 14:48:00
    Berlin- Germany (PANA) -- The global anti-corruption organization, Transparency International (TI) has warned that the failure by governments to address corruption is threatening the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

  • Commonwealth MPs seek more clout at club's bi-annual summit
    14 september 2010 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from the 54 Commonwealth member countries Tuesday called for widespread reform of the institution, saying its future leadership should follow the trends set by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN), in rotating top positions within the various regions. Full text...

  • Tanzanian govt to repossess privatised idle farms
    14 september 2010 12:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- آ Touched by the plight of landless peasants as he seeks re-election for a second five-year term, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has said his government will repossess thousa nds of hectares of idle sisal plantations which the state sold to private investors less than two decades ago. Full text...

  • Commonwealth chief pledges support for Kenya's law reform
    14 september 2010 07:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has pledged to support the Kenyan constitutional reform process, his organisation said in a statement obtai ned here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese President reshuffles cabinet
    12 september 2010 15:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has reshuffled his c abinet, moving around key ministers in his government on Saturday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • President Wade seeks dialogue with opposition
    11 september 2010 10:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Friday appealed f or dialogue between the government and the opposition to ''build a Senegal of peace and progress'', in his message to the nation to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Dramatic new evidence in SA's arms deal probe
    09 september 2010 08:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Parliament on Wednesday heard dramatic new evidence suggesting that top politicians and businessmen pocketed about R480 million from the multi- billion-rand arms deal. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pilots' strike paralyses air travel
    09 september 2010 08:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Air Zimbabwe pilots went on strike Wednesday demanding payment of accumulated allowance and pay arrears, disrupting air travel to all local, regional and international destinations. Full text...

  • Top police, military chiefs sacked in Nigeria
    08 september 2010 15:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday effected major changes in the top hierarchy of the Nigerian Police, the Armed Forces and State S ecurity Services (SSS), firing all the service chiefs, including the Inspector-G e neral of Police, Mr. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's Police Chief sacked
    08 september 2010 14:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has fired the Inspe ctor-General of Police, Mr. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets new service chiefs
    08 september 2010 12:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday in Abuja named new service chiefs, replacing those who were appointed in August 2008 by his predecessor, the late Umaru Yar'Adua. Full text...

  • Togo opposition condemns 'abusive use' of non conventional teargas
    08 september 2010 11:31:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Republican Front for Alternative and Change (FRAC), grou ping five Togolese opposition parties including the Union of the Forces of Change (UFC), has condemned the abu sive use of non conventional teargas by the security forces in the country during opposition-led demonstrations. Full text...

  • Angolan ruling party denounces incitement to violence
    08 september 2010 08:42:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's ruling MPLA party has denounced the persistent calls for civil disobedience by the main opposition UNITA officials on ''Radio Despetar'', saying it poses "grave and worrying situation to the country". Full text...

  • South Africa police chief hits back after expenditure claims
    07 september 2010 08:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Police Commissioner Bhe ki Cele on Monday night denied lying to Parliament over expenditure for the police force which has severely emb arrassed the government. Full text...

  • Rwandan President sworn in for second term
    06 september 2010 17:58:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan Head of State, Paul Kagame, was sworn in Monday for a second seven-year term as the head of the Central African country, following his re-election with 93. Full text...

  • New govt. formed in Burundi
    30 august 2010 11:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has formed a new government following the re cent re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Full text...

  • Burundian Parliament approves 2 new vice-presidents
    28 august 2010 19:28:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The two chambers of the Burundian Parliament Saturda y approved the candidacy of Thأ©rence Sinunguruza as the first vice-president an d Gervais Rufyikiri as the second vice-president of the republic, PANA learnt fro m an official source in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Civil society demands good governance from new Burundian government
    25 august 2010 22:07:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- As Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza begins his second five-year term on Thursday, about 10 civil society organisations have released a memorandum detailing their expectations of the new government to enhance good governance. Full text...

  • Ethiopian rebels shun peace deal
    25 august 2010 12:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A separatist group in the vast desert region of S outh-eastern Ethiopia, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), has turned down a government's peace deal, which was announced by Addis Ababa re cently. Full text...

  • Minister demands full report on Tanzanian president's health
    25 august 2010 11:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Worried about the health status of President Ja kaya Kikwete following his collapse at a public rally last Saturday, Tanzania's Health Minister, Prof. Full text...

  • Ex-Congolese president not ready to return
    25 august 2010 09:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The return of former President Pascal Lissouba to Congo is not yet on the agenda, due to his health condition, his wife Jocelyne Lissouba has told the media. Full text...

  • Kenyan court dismisses case against referendum outcome
    24 august 2010 13:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan High Court has dismissed a case by a voter challenging the validity of the country's 4 August constitutional referendum, saying the application lacked jurisdiction The ruling by High Court judge Hannah Okwengu put to rest fears that the promulgation of the new constitution, to be attended by leaders from across the continent, would be put on hold following the case filed by Mary Aliviza on behalf of Christians. Full text...

  • France hails transition managers in Niger
    20 august 2010 18:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSR D) in Niger, which February toppled President Mamadou Tandja, has honoured all i t s commitments, Bernard Valero, Spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry, said he r e Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan business community seeks 'rapid' implementation of new Constitution
    20 august 2010 12:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and the wider b usiness community in the country Friday called on the government to allow ''the private sector to remain engaged through out the implementation process (of the new constitution) so as to give it added value. Full text...

  • Kenyan voter files suit against new constitution
    20 august 2010 12:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Discontented Kenya churches filed a case in Independent Constitutional Dispute Resolution Court here Friday challenging the validity of t he 4 August referendum, in which 70 per cent of nearly nine million voters who t o ok part ratified a new constitution. Full text...

  • Gambia to 'streamline' activities of NGOs
    19 august 2010 12:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A Bill to 'streamline' the activities of Non-Governmenta l Organisations (NGOs) in The Gambia is currently being finalised, according to the country's Minister of Interior and NGO Affairs , Mr. Full text...

  • Nigeria police slam HRW over corruption report
    18 august 2010 12:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has slammed the New York- based Human Rights Watch (HRW) over its report, released Tuesday, revealing pervasive police corruption in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President 'to declare candidacy for 2011 polls'
    18 august 2010 08:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan will next month an nounce his intention to run in the 2011 general elections, ending speculations on whether or not he will run. Full text...

  • Zuma's approval rating soars
    18 august 2010 07:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An opinion poll conducted by TNS Research Surve ys, released on Tuesday, has shown an increase in South African President Jacob Zuma's approval rating. Full text...

  • HRW urges Nigerian govt to rein in police corruption
    17 august 2010 14:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) Tue sday urged the Nigerian government to rein in the pervasive problem of police corruption in Africa's most populous nation, saying "it's time the Nigerian government at all levels took the devastating problem of police corruption seriously". Full text...

  • Togolese President to attend Congo's independence anniversary
    14 august 2010 19:00:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Togolese president, Faure Gnassingbe, arrived he re Saturday to participate in Sunday's celebrations marking Congo's 50th indepen d ence anniversary, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Gambians urged to go for new biometric ID Cards
    14 august 2010 17:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mr. Full text...

  • Jonathan urges Nigerian military to protect democracy
    13 august 2010 13:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Friday direc ted the Minister of Defence and Service Chiefs to ensure that necessary structures are put in place to enable the Armed Forces remain â?resolutely focusedâ? on their constitutional duty of defending Nigerianâ?s territorial integrity and protecti ng its democratic institutions. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling party throws open presidential contest
    13 august 2010 09:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thro wn open its presidential contest, paving the way for President Goodluck Jonathan and those opposed to him on the b asis of the party's 'zoning' pact to contest the PDP slot for next year's polls. Full text...

  • Niger moves to get new constitution
    12 august 2010 19:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's National Advisory Council, a legislative organ ov erseeing the country's transition, is reviewing a draft Constitution aimed at re t urning the landlocked west African nation to democracy, PANA learnt Thursday fro m an official source. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges Kenyans to unit after referendum vote
    12 august 2010 17:05:00
    Nairobi-Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki has urged Kenyans to effectively pl ay their individual and collective roles in building a new country under the new constitution which they overwhelmingly adopted in last week's referendum. Full text...

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