19 March 18

Burundi announces May 17 date for referendum

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has announced the country will hold a referendum on constitutional changes that could extend his rule on May 17.

17 March 18

Rwanda bans mosques from using loudspeakers in Kigali

Mosques in the Rwandan capital of Kigali have been banned from using loudspeakers during calls to prayer.

09 March 18

Kenya: ‘Brothers’ Kenyatta and Odinga vow to resolve differences

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition rival Raila Odinga have promised to resolve their differences and heal the country’s political divide.

06 March 18

Burundi: Two officials arrested after president ‘roughed up’ during amateur football match

Two officials in Burundi have been arrested after President Pierre Nkurunziza was “roughed up” by players for their town’s football team during an amateur match.

05 March 18

Rwanda closes 700 churches over noise pollution, building regulations

Rwanda has closed around 700 churches and one mosque for failing to comply with building regulations and creating noise pollution.

04 March 18

South Sudanese opposition leaders form coalition group

Leaders from nine opposition groups in South Sudan have formed a coalition group in a bid to accelerate the country’s struggling peace process.

03 March 18

UN official says Burundi isn’t ready to hold elections in 2020

Michel Kafando, the United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Burundi, says the East African nation isn’t ready to hold credible elections in 2020.

23 February 18

Burundi police forcing people to vote in referendum that could extend Nkurunziza rule

Police in Burundi are forcing people to enrol ahead of a national referendum on making changes to the constitution that would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a fourth term in power, according to opposition groups in the country.

21 February 18

Sudan releases students, activists arrested over ‘bread protests’

Sudan has released more than 80 students and political activist who were arrested last month during deadly protests over rising bread prices and government policies.

15 February 18

Ethiopia: Prime minister steps down after mass protests

Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced his resignation at the country’s leader and head, following years of anti-government demonstrations.


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