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Nigeria's Buhari to check budget bill ‘ministry by ministry’ before signing ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will check the 2016 budget bill that parliament passed last week "ministry by ministry" before signing it, he said on Thursday, signalling further delays before the legislation takes effect. The budget for Africa's top oil producer has been held up for months as Buhari had to withdraw his original bill, which set spending at a record $30 billion, in January, due to an unrealistic oil price assumption and flaws in the draft. Last week lawmakers approved an amended bill which Buhari has yet to sign as parliament has so far only sent highlights of the new document to his office, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. "Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and replaced it with what they wanted," Buhari said, according to a statement from his office. "I have to look at the bill that has been passed ministry by ...

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Timeline of Zuma's home improvement troubles JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma must pay back part of a disputed, multi-million-dollar upgrade to his private compound, the nation's highest court ruled Thursday.Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said Zuma "failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land," in a ruling that sparked calls for him to be impeached.The court's rebuke comes on top of separate allegations that a wealthy Indian family weighed on ministerial appointments made by ...

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7 wounded in grenade attack on Burundi police bus NAIROBI: Seven people were wounded in twin grenade attacks on a police bus in Burundi on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a string of attacks in the troubled central African country.Hundreds have been killed and almost half a million people have fled Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial decision last April to run for a third term."There were seven wounded, six policemen and a child that his mother was taking to the clinic, and ...

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South Africa's top court says Zuma must reimburse state JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution when he ignored the order of an anti-corruption watchdog to repay some of the $16 million spent to upgrade his private home, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.After delivering a stinging rebuke to the scandal-plagued leader, the court gave Zuma 105 days to repay the "reasonable cost" of non-security-related upgrades to his sprawling rural residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.The unanimous ruling ...

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UN says 736 meningitis cases, 61 deaths this year in Niger NIAMEY: Sixty-one people have died of meningitis since January in Niger, the United Nations said Tuesday, despite mass vaccinations to prevent a possible epidemic.A total of 736 cases have been officially recorded this year, the local branch of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, adding that children under four comprised 30 percent of the total cases."From January 4 to March 13, 736 cases of meningitis have been recorded in Niger," OCHA ...