Ethiopia: Govt Approves Law That Can Warrant Jail Time for Internet Posts That Cause Unrest

[CIO] The parliament of Ethiopia recently passed a law imposing jail terms for people whose internet posts stir unrest, a move the government says is needed to prevent violence ahead of elections.

West Africa: Who Will Help Solve Piracy Problem in the Gulf of Guinea?

[DW] Maritime piracy has increased off the west coast of Africa, in the Gulf of Guinea, despite preventative measures. The issues lie on land rather than at sea. Is it time for the international community to intervene?

Nigeria: IMF Cuts Country's 2020 Growth Projection to 2%

[This Day] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised downward its 2020 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecast for Nigeria to two per cent, from the 2.5 per cent it had predicted earlier.

East Africa: UK Seeks Trade Pact With Rwanda, EAC

[New Times] The United Kingdom is seeking to enter into a trade pact with the East African Community member countries.

Zimbabwe: U.S. Sanctions Are Crippling Zimbabwe

[Zimbabwe Standard] In early March, the United States of America sanctions imposed unilaterally on Zimbabwe in 2003 will expire.

Tanzania: SGR on Track After Govt Secures U.S.$1.46 Billion More for Project

[East African] Tanzania has had a breakthrough in its standard gauge railway (SGR) external financing and the government no longer has to dig into its pockets to complete the $7.6 billion project.

Kenya: Upaid Care and Domestic Work is Borne By Women and Girls in Kenya, Oxfam

[Capital FM] Nairobi -A heavy and unequal responsibility of unpaid care and domestic work is borne by women and girls in Kenya, a study by Oxfam Kenya has found.

Zimbabwe: MPs Tell Finance Minister to Subsidise Roller Meal As More People Go Hungry

[New Zimbabwe] Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has been advised to consider subsidising roller meal with more people going hungry as they cannot afford the price of the staple food.

Zimbabwe: Companies Call for Political Reforms As Economy Crumbles

[New Zimbabwe] Companies operating in Zimbabwe have bemoaned the continuous depreciation of the local dollar's value making the operating environment highly unpredictable.

Zimbabwe: Chipaz Demands U.S.$38 000 From Progress Chipfumo

[New Zimbabwe] Music promoter, Partson Chimbodza, owner of Chipaz Promotions, has dragged popular musician, Progress Chipfumo to the High Court following a hire purchase deal for music instruments went wrong.

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo City Council to Turn Graveyards Into Solar Farms

[New Zimbabwe] The Bulawayo City Council is considering turning its cemeteries into solar farms and create renewable energy in the city.

Zimbabwe: Army Generals Running Mining, Fuel Cartels - Report

[New Zimbabwe] The influence of the military in Zimbabwean politics is reported to be on the ascendancy in politics, economy and government while the army generals have also been reported to be heavily involved in mining and fuel sectors as they increase their control under President Emmerson Mnangagwa's rule.

Zimbabwe: Transport Crisis Hits Prisons

[The Herald] The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has been hard hit by a transport crisis, amid reports that the country's 46 prisons are being serviced by 11 security vehicles.

Zimbabwe: Kariba Water Challenges Worsen

[The Herald] The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has further reduced the allocation of water for power generation at Kariba hydro-power station for 2020, which will result in suppressed electricity supplies from the power station.

Zimbabwe: Govt Reduces Farm Sizes

[The Herald] Government has streamlined the sizes of all individual farms in the country's five ecological regions, in a move that will see more people having access to land.

Botswana: Plans Afoot to Attract U.S.$456,5 Million Worth of Investments

[Botswana Daily News] Francistown -Business Botswana is working on a strategy to attract P5 billion worth of investments and create a minimum of 10 000 jobs in Francistown.

East Africa: Kenya May Be in Breach of EAC, AfCFTA Rules in Proposed Trade Deal With U.S.

[East African] Kenya's proposed free trade deal with the US has put it in the crosshairs as critics say the planned bilateral agreement would be a breach of regional and continental trade protocols.

Africa: Not Just Emotional and Health Cost, Female Genital Mutilation Leads to $1.4 Billion Loss

[IPS] United Nations -When society doesn't act to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) it has a massive economic cost -- over $1 billion -- on communities globally. And while the practice is starting to become less common over time, experts say a large number of women and girls still remain affected.

Africa: Coming Down the Davos Mountain With a Gender Lens

[IPS] New York -In a recent report by World Economic Forum (WEF) shows women suffer a "triple whammy" in the workplace. Without drastic action, gender parity will take more than a lifetime to achieve. This is the challenge that Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver is staring down.

Uganda: Labour Minister Warns Youth Against Social Media Misuse

[Monitor] Minister of State for Labour, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana has warned 'idle youths' against what he described as increased tendencies of misuse of Social media platforms by posting hate and sectarian information aimed at frustrating government projects.

Nigeria: Ezekwesili Decries Monopoly Democracy in Nigeria

[This Day] A former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, yesterday stated that Nigeria cannot progress under what she described as monopoly democracy.

Nigeria: Govt Identifies 45 Sites for Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme

[This Day] The federal government has identified 45 out of 178 gas flaring sites in the country, which will be awarded to successful bidders for the commencement of the first phase of the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP).

Nigeria: Nigeria's Investments On Fixed Assets Hit $39.2bn in 5 Yrs

[Daily Trust] Nigeria's Fixed Gross Investments rose by $39.2 billion in five years, from $59.6 billion recorded in 2016 to $98.2 billion in 2020.

Nigeria: Lagos Okada Ban - Northern Elders Seek Support for Operators

[Daily Trust] The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has appealed to governors in the north to give the needed supports to okada and keke operators whose activities were recently banned by the Lagos State Government.

Kenya: Standard Chartered Launches Mobile Traded Bond

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Standard Chartered Bank Kenya has become the first commercial bank in Kenya to launch bond traded exclusively through mobile phone, the Bank announced Monday.

Rwanda: STEM Education Prioritised in Rwandan Schools

[CIO] In a country as rapidly developing as Rwanda, the country's education goals are clear cut and centralised around ICT, science and girls' education. Rwanda has given the teaching and learning of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a special place in the education system.

Kenya: SportPesa Terminates Another Multi-Million Shillings Deal With Formula One

[Nairobi News] Gaming firm SportPesa has terminated its sponsorship with Formula One team Racing Point.

Kenya: Karauri Blames Kenyans for 'Bringing Down' SportPesa

[Nairobi News] SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri has blamed Kenyans for not supporting the betting firm which currently is experiencing business turbulence.

Kenya: What Is It About This Road That Is Causing Cars to Plunge Into Nairobi River?

[Nairobi News] A bizarre incident occurred early on Saturday morning when a saloon vehicle plunged into Nairobi River along Outering Road.

Kenya: Motorist Dies After Vehicle Ploughs Through Trees and Burst Into Flames

[Nairobi News] A motorist was on Sunday morning killed after he lost control of his vehicle near Sunshine Secondary School on Lang'ata road and ploughed through several trees.