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Does Kenya’s tea-rich Kericho county get ‘nothing’ for its green gold?

16th November 2018 How resources are shared can be a source of friction between Kenya’s central government and its 47 new counties. Established by the 2010... 

Has Buhari’s government plunged Nigeria into $80 billion in debt?

13th November 2018 Nigeria’s 2019 elections are just months away, and Peter Obi, the recently announced Peoples Democratic Party candidate for vice president, has... 

Buhari campaign gets its numbers wrong about ‘record’ Nigeria agricultural exports

1st November 2018 One of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s key promises in his bid for re-election in 2019 is to create more jobs in agriculture. A top official... 

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Is top ruling Jubilee Party official right about who is paying income tax in Kenya?

31st October 2018 Kenyan taxpayers are unhappy after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed off on a law that increased taxes on many goods and services, including an 8%... 

‘65% of females’ in Kenyan slum traded sex for sanitary pads? Unicef & UK newspaper pull stat from thin air

25th October 2018 Seven in 10 females in Nairobi’s Kibera slum have traded sex for sanitary pads, a British online newspaper claimed in a September 2018 article.... 

Do South Africa’s civil servants get R8 out of every R10 the government spends?

24th October 2018 South Africa’s newly minted finance minister is set to deliver his first budget speech today. Ahead of the speech, Tito Mboweni commented on the... 

Does one in 10 children in Nigeria die before their 5th birthday?

23rd October 2018 Nigeria’s social spending is shamefully low, states the ‘best and worst’ section of Oxfam’s commitment to reducing inequality index. The index... 

Digging up the numbers on informal mining in Nigeria

4th October 2018 Millions of people in Nigeria survive on artisanal and small-scale mining, the country’s minister of mines and steel, Abubakar Bwari, reportedly... 

Spectator Index tweet exaggerates Nigeria’s suicide rate

28th September 2018 Popular for the facts and figures it tweets, the Spectator Index posted a list of the suicide rates in different countries earlier this year. The... 

Check the stats, Ramaphosa – 62 people murdered on SA farms & smallholdings last year

27th September 2018 Speaking in New York, South Africa’s president claimed that farmers are not being killed in his country. Cyril Ramaphosa was commenting on a tweet... 

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