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Burkina Faso: How to Get the Transition Back On Track
25 September 2015, All

When Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore introduced a bill in Parliament in October 2014 to modify the Constitution to extend his term in office, he never imagined that it would trigger an uprising that would end his 27-year-long authoritarian rule.
The transitional period that ensued was set to culminate with presidential read more...

Uganda’s Opposition Alliance Fails to Choose a Single Candidate
25 September 2015, Voice of America

In Uganda, the opposition Democratic Alliance (TDA) has failed to choose a single candidate to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 presidential election after nearly a week of deliberation.

The two main candidates for the alliance’s leadership were Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda’s main read more...

Rwanda Denies Existence of Unofficial Detention Centers
25 September 2015, Voice of America

Rwanda’s Justice Minister has described as obscene and preposterous a report by Human Rights Watch accusing the government of unlawfully holding some of its most vulnerable citizens in an unofficial detention center in the capital, Kigali.

Johnston Busingye said all detention facilities in Rwanda are run in accordance with United Nations read more...

Protesters in Washington Say No to Burkina Faso Military Junta
21 September 2015, Voice of America

Washington-based Burkina Faso citizens and friends of Burkina Faso held a demonstration in front of the White House Sunday to say "no” to the military takeover in their country and "yes” to the scheduled October 11 presidential election.

Meanwhile, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediators led by read more...

Burkina Faso soldiers crush protests
18 September 2015, IOL News

Ouagadougou - Heavily armed troops crushed protests in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou after a former spy chief seized power in a military coup on Thursday, derailing a democratic transition that had inspired many in Africa.

At least three people were killed and more than 60 injured, according to hospital sources, when members read more...

Government denied leave to appeal Bashir court order
16 September 2015, News 24

Pretoria - The government may not appeal the court ruling that it acted unconstitutionally when it did not arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Three judges of the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Wednesday that the Implementation Act did not give heads of state immunity from prosecution on criminal charges.

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UN Investigator Warns of Mass Atrocities in Burundi
16 September 2015, Voice of America

GENEVA— A U.N. special investigator warns Burundi could slip back into open warfare unless the international community takes urgent preventive action.

Pablo de Greiff, a U.N. special investigator on mass violations, said much has happened since he visited Burundi in December — and none of it good. He said Burundi has turned read more...

Africa: Cancelled APRM Summit Sends Distressing Signals
14 September 2015, All

By Sydney Letsholo and Steven Gruzd

The sudden cancellation of an Extraordinary Summit on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) raises serious concerns about the future of this important home-grown African governance and accountability tool.
Nairobi was scheduled to host the

Ghanaians Want Corrupt Judges Punished
14 September 2015, Deutsche Welle/All

Accra — The news that high profile judges were filmed while taking bribes has sent shock waves through Ghana. The revelations came after two years of undercover work by the country's foremost investigative journalist.
22 of the judges who took bribes sit in lower courts in Ghana. They were caught on video and audio recordings read more...

Zimbabwe: Mujuru Unsettles Mugabe
14 September 2015, The Standard/All

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's third Cabinet reshuffle in nine months shows that the embattled Zanu PF leader is struggling to keep the ruling party intact after an unprecedented purge that targeted suspected supporters of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
Mugabe on Friday appointed 14 ministers and deputy ministers, inviting read more...

Ban urges all parties in Burundi to ‘look beyond political differences,’ revive spirit of landmark peace accord
31 August 2015, UN News Centre

28 August 2015 – Fifteen years after the signing of a landmark Burundi peace accord, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all the country’s political leaders, including those in exile, to find common cause and commit to build on the stability that was ushered in by the Arusha Agreement.

"Today, Burundi

Africa: Uhuru Kenyatta to Revive Ailing African Peer Review Mechanism
31 August 2015, The East Africa/All

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is leading efforts to give a fresh impetus to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which was initiated 12 years ago to institutionalise good governance and democratic leadership on the continent.
The Kenyan leader, who was elected APRM forum chairperson in June, will convene a summit

Burkina Faso Bars Opposition Candidate From Polls
31 August 2015, All

Burkina Faso's Constitutional Council has rejected the chosen nominee of the ousted President Blaise Compaore's party prompting threats of a boycott of the presidential elections slated to be held in October.
Eddie Constance Konboigo, head of Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party, was among six candidates read more...

South Sudan’s Kiir Signs Peace Deal
27 August 2015, Voice of America

JUBA— South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday added his signature to a peace deal aimed at ending more than 20 months of fighting between government forces and rebels led by his former deputy, Riek Machar.

But even as he signed the deal at a ceremony in the capital, Juba, Kiir expressed reservations about the terms read more...

DRC President Signs Legislation on Local Elections
27 August 2015, Voice of America

KINSHASA, D.R.C.— The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as the new U.S. envoy for the region urged respect for the constitution and electoral calendar.

President Joseph Kabila on

Angola: Relatives of Political Prisoners Decide to Go Ahead With Protest
27 August 2015, All

The mothers, wives and sisters of 15 Angolan political prisoners decided to appeal against the decision of the governor of Luanda, Graciano Domingos, who banned the march organised to take place on 28 August. The women vowed to take to the streets anyway.
"We are not going to sit and wait for our sons [to be released]. read more...

South Sudan Journalist Killed Days After Threat From President
21 August 2015, Voice of America

JUBA— A South Sudanese journalist has been shot dead in Juba, days after President Salva Kiir threatened to kill reporters who "work against the country.”

The body of 27-year-old Moi Peter Julius, a political reporter for The Corporate newspaper, was found in a residential area of Juba late Wednesday.

Peter

Burundi: Defying Protests, Burundi's President Nkurunziza Sworn in for Third Term
21 August 2015, Deutsche Welle/All

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a controversial third term. His re-election bid engulfed Burundi in a violent political crisis.
The re-elected president was sworn in for a five-year term Thursday in Bujumbura, the country's capital.

"Senior military officials knew nothing about

Rwanda: Role of Constitutional Review Team Explained
21 August 2015, The New Times/All

The lower House on Wednesday passed a draft Bill establishing an independent commission that will analyse the review of the Constitution, following the demands by over 3.7 million Rwandans to amend the 2003 Constitution.
The commission, which is subject to consideration by the Senate, will comprise seven people, with extensive read more...

South Africa: EFF to Take Zuma to Court Over Nkandla
08 August 2015, All Africa/News 24

The EFF is taking President Jacob Zuma to court in its bid to have him repay some of the money spent on his private Nkandla home, the party said on Thursday.
"The case number [CCT143/15] of the #EFF application to the Constitutional Court to force Zuma to #PayBackTheMoney #Asijiki," read a tweet read more...

Uganda: Prominent Names in Irregular Land Acquisitions in Hoima
08 August 2015, All

Communally owned land is secretly being parcelled out and registered in the names of rich and well connected individuals, leaving residents helpless.
We don't know these people (who hold titles), we have never seen them, we don't know them, but they have secretly processed land titles for our land - Alfred

Africa: Nigeria Leads UN Security Council
04 August 2015, Daily Trust/All

Nigeria has assumed the one-month rotational presidency of the United Nations Security Council.
Nigeria's permanent representative to the UN Prof. Joy Ogwu is taking over from Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, the permanent representative of New Zealand, who led the council in July, 2015.
A statement

Africa to Obama - Mind Your Own Business
04 August 2015, All Africa/Al Jazeera

By: Andrew M Mwenda

United States President Barack Obama is the most admired foreign leader in Africa because he has ancestral roots in our continent.
This is partly the reason his ill-informed and stereotypical admonitions of our leaders attracted

Tanzania: Mixed Reaction Greets Lowassa Move to Opposition Chadema
04 August 2015, Tanzania Daily News

As the defection of former prime minister, Mr Edward Lowassa, from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) continues to spark mixed feelings, CCM say the party will remain strong.
Instead, the party has said that it would register a landslide victory in the elections given that the opposition have received a person they have read more...

Africa Wants to Strengthen Security, Economic Ties with US
24 July 2015, Voice of America

An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular.

AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied read more...

Obama’s Visit to Africa Draws Fire From Human Rights Groups
24 July 2015, Voice of America

U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Ethiopia and Kenya - a first for a sitting U.S. president – is drawing criticism from human rights groups who fear his appearance will give backing to strong-arm governments that have been condemned for squeezing opposition parties, independent media and civil society.

Kenya is considered a valuable

Burundi: Violence Continues As Voting Gets Under Way in Burundi
21 July 2015, All

Polling stations have opened across Burundi for presidential elections boycotted by the opposition. Explosions and gunfire rocked the capital Bujumbura overnight, as anti-government protests continued.
President Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite the constitution's two-term limit. read more...

Zimbabwe: Female MPs Abuse Cases Rise
21 July 2015, The Herald

There are rampant cases of sexual harassment of female Parliamentarians in the form of comments passed by their male counterparts, National Assembly member (proportional representation), Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has said.
Speaking during a questions without notice time in the National Assembly last week, Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga read more...

Chad: Ousted Chad Dictator Hissene Habre Stands Trial for Crimes Against Humanity
21 July 2015, Chad: Ousted Chad Dictator Hissene Habre Stands Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has gone on trial in Senegal for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is the first time an African leader accused of atrocities has not stood trial in an international court.
A quarter of a century since he fled the central African country, Habre's hearing in front of the Extraordinary read more...

Africa: Addis Talks On Finance Crucial for Development, Says UN Chief
15 July 2015, All

Addis Ababa — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged delegates attending the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to put aside what divides them and work together for the common good of humanity.
"Let us build on our shared vision of a sustainable world free from poverty and read more...

Rwandan Lawmakers Back Referendum for Third Presidential Term
15 July 2015, Deutsche Welle

The Rwandan parliament has voted in favor of the referendum on constitutional change, which could allow President Paul Kagame run for a third term. A similar move in neighboring Burundi led to violent protests.
Lawmakers backed the motion on Tuesday, which paves the way for a referendum that would allow Kagame to seek a read more...

West Africa: U.S. $3.2 Billion Needed for Ebola Recovery
15 July 2015, The News

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will call for continued solidarity with the three West African countries most impacted by the unprecedented Ebola outbreak at tomorrow's International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York, which will seek to raise $3.2 billion over the next two years so that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone can fully read more...

US Envoy Warns Burundi Leaders Could Face Prosecution
09 July 2015, Voice of America

The U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues said Wednesday that those behind ongoing violence in Burundi could face prosecution.

In an interview with VOA’s Central Africa service, Stephen Rapp said peaceful demonstrators continue to be shot at in the streets of the capital, Bujumbura. He said the U.S. is particularly concerned read more...

Uganda Police Detain Former Prime Minister
09 July 2015, Voice of America

KAMPALA— Ugandan police on Thursday detained former a former prime minister who last month announced he would seek the presidency amid a political dispute with the country's long-serving leader.

Amama Mbabazi was arrested as he traveled from the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to a town in eastern Uganda where he planned to consult read more...

Burundi: UN Monitors Slam Burundi Election
06 July 2015, All

Burundi's parliamentary election has been declared neither fair nor free by UN monitors. Monday's poll was boycotted by opposition parties. The USA says Burundi's July 15 presidential election should be delayed.
In a preliminary report published on Friday, UN observers said this week's poll took place in a climate of fear read more...

SADC Calls Urgent Meeting About Lesotho
06 July 2015, All

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, will on Friday host a SADC meeting on Lesotho.
President Zuma will host the Heads of State of the SADC Double Troika for an Extra-ordinary Summit of the Double Troika, set to take place in read more...

Political Tension Grips Burkina Faso Ahead of Elections
06 July 2015, Voice of America

DAKAR— Nearly a year after a civilian uprising ousted Africa’s longest-ruling leaders, Blaise Compaore, Burkina Faso’s transitional government is gearing up for critical presidential elections next October.

With about four months to go before elections, observers say Burkina Faso’s transitional government must focus on organizing read more...

Burundi: Polling Booths Open in Controversial Burundi Elections
29 June 2015, All

Polling stations in Burundi's controversial parliamentary and local elections have officially opened, with the climate tense after two months of protests sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.
The polls opened at 6am local time (04:00 GMT) on Monday.

Some 3.8 million Burundians are eligible

Nigerian President Promises to Recover Stolen Funds
29 June 2015, Voice of America

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to recovering billions of dollars of stolen state funds embezzled and siphoned out of the country by former officials, says presidential spokesman Garba Shehu.

He says officials from the United States and other European countries have pledged support in Buhari’s bid to recover and repatriate read more...

Study: At 40, Mozambique at Crossroads
29 June 2015, Voice of America

JOHANNESBURG— Mozambique celebrated 40 years of independence on Thursday, holding military parades as it angled to emerge from generations of persistent, desperate poverty.

The recent discovery of an estimated 180 trillion cubic feet of off-shore gas — enough to supply Germany, Britain, France and Italy for nearly two decades read more...

Sudan: Zuma, Ministers Hatched Plot to Allow Al-Bashir's Escape - Report
22 June 2015, News 24/All

President Jacob Zuma and four Cabinet ministers hatched a plot to ensure Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's safe travel out of South Africa, it was reported on Friday.
Al-Bashir slipped out of the country moments before judges in the High Court in Pretoria ordered he be arrested. The Sudanese leader was in Johannesburg read more...

Liberia: Naciwa Wants Anti-Corruption Institutions Strengthened
22 June 2015, All

The Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) has called for the strengthening of anti-corruption institutions in the region in order to effectively curb corruption and promote economic and social development.
The call was contained in a communiqué issued at the Extraordinary General Assembly read more...

Mozambique: Agreement On Separation of Party and State
22 June 2015, All

The dialogue between the government and the country's largest opposition party Renamo, now in its 108th round, on 15 June finally achieved consensus on the third point of its agenda, the separation of political parties from the state.
The heads of the two delegations, Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco and Renamo parliamentarian read more...

Ethiopia: Blue Party Raises Serious Complaints, Rejects Election Results
09 June 2015, Addis Fortune/All

Blue Party, like Medrek, has denounced the preliminary results but has not announced its next steps
Blue Party has become the second party after Medrek to denounce the preliminary results of the election released by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) this week.
Despite both parties decrying

Burundi Opposition Rejects New Election Timetable
09 June 2015, Voice of America

A spokesman for Burundi’s independent opposition coalition said the proposal by the electoral commission to change the dates for national elections has no standing because Burundi has no legally constituted electoral commission. 

Francois Bizimana, spokesman for Mizero Y’Barundi, or "Hope for All Burundians,” said read more...

Africa: On the Agenda - What to Expect At the Johannesburg Summit
09 June 2015, ISS

The theme of the coming African Union (AU) summit is likely to be eclipsed by pressing peace and security issues. This includes the situation in Burundi and the crisis in Libya. Xenophobia, migration and terrorism will also be high on the summit's agenda.
The 25th ordinary session of the AU Assembly takes place in Johannesburg, read more...

Ethiopia Votes With Ruling Party Almost Certain to Return
25 May 2015, DW/

Ethiopians head to the polls on Sunday, with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn likely to stay in office as successor to the late Meles Zenawi. Rights groups say polling is unlikely to be free or fair.
Ethiopia's ruling party boasted economic gains as Africa's second-most populous country readied for its election on Sunday. read more...

Kenya: Now IEBC Boss On List of Shame
25 May 2015, The Star

The electoral commission chairman Issack Hassan has been included on the list of officials being investigated over graft by the anti-corruption agency.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO said Hassan is being investigated in relation to the 'Chikengate' scandal.
Former Independent Electoral

Odinga Calls For Reform of Kenya's Electoral Body
22 May 2015, All

ODM leader Raila Odinga has said that his party will boycott the next general elections if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is not reformed. Speaking during an interview on KTN on Wednesday, Raila confirmed that he will run for the presidential elections but stated that the IEBC must be reconstituted before 2017. Raila said

Burundi: Anti-Government Protests Rock Capital
22 May 2015, All

Protesters in Burundi have clashed with police in anti-government demonstrations against a third term bid for power by the president, a week on since a failed coup.
At least two protesters were killed and eight were wounded in Thursday's clashes with police in the capital Bujumbura, the Red Cross said.

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