Tristan Mcconnell

Tanzania ferry disaster toll rises to 151

The vessel may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers — double the ferry's capacity

Tensions spike as Kenya opposition cries foul over election result

The contest between Odinga and Kenyatta is seen by pollsters as too close to call ahead of the vote.

Kenyan cattle herders defend ‘necessary’ land invasions

Violence has spiked in Laikipia this year, with smallholder farms and huge ranches alike invaded by armed herders, leaving dozens dead.

Uganda’s ruling party campaign sets stage for victory

President Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement are eyeing a fifth term in power as Ugandans prepare to vote in Thursday's election.

Africa and the ICC: A vexed relationship

A court order blocking the departure from SA of Sudan's president al-Bashir brings to the fore the troubled relationship between Africa and the ICC.

Almost the end for Kenya’s northern white rhino

With just five left on earth, the animal's end is inevitable, and experts argue whether it's viable to give the species a resurgence in captivity.

Living the highlife in Ghana

Historian Martin Meredith records that when Ghanaian independence leader Kwame Nkrumah learned he was expected to take the lead at an independence ball he "groaned, complaining he could only dance the highlife". He might have felt the same way if he were still alive to attend this week's official celebrations to mark Ghana's 50 years of independence from colonial rule.

Liberians waiting for peace dividend

Last week's donor conference in Washington was greeted as a triumph in Liberia, with more than $1-billion in debt forgiveness and pledges of aid. Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a former World Bank economist, is adept at getting what she wants on the international stage.

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