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Kenya: Who Owns Kenya?
01 October 2014, All Africa.com

The 2010 constitution prevents foreigners from owning land in Kenya, but as Kenyans have come to find out, implementing these provisions is complicated by the ambiguous nature of the law and deliberate moves by the landed class to frustrate the process.
 
When Kenya's attorney general told the International Criminal Court
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Rwanda: Cracking On Corruption
01 October 2014, The Independent Kampala

A day after the former director general of Rwanda Social Security Board, Angelique Kantengwa, was arrested over alleged corruption, President Paul Kagame on Sept.12 directed all the responsible authorities to investigate and prosecute the corrupt government officials.
 
The president who was presiding over the review of the read more...

 
Kenyatta case: Trial Chamber V(b) vacates trial opening date; convenes status conferences to discuss pending issues
20 September 2014, The Star

Today, 19 September 2014, Trial Chamber V(b) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) vacated the trial commencement date in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, which had been provisionally scheduled for 7 October 2014. The Chamber also convened two public status conferences for 7 and 8 October 2014 at 10:00 (The Hague local time), to read more...

 
Kenya: EACC Calls On Church to Fight Graft
17 September 2014, All Africa.com/The Star

CHURCH leaders can play a major role in the fight against corruption, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has said. EACC education officer Dianah Mwangi said they are talking to church leaders in the country on the fight against graft in churches.
 
Speaking at Mombasa Beach Hotel yesterday during a training for more read more...

 
West Africa: Ebola Outbreak Tests Human Rights - HRW
17 September 2014, All Africa.com/HRW

West African governments are being urged to ensure human rights are respected as they battle the ongoing Ebola outbreak. Human Rights Watch says the response to the crisis has been slowed by ignorance, fear, denial and mistrust.
 
Human Rights Watch says protecting rights is "a crucial element in controlling the unprecedented
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Southern Africa: Is Mugabe Chairmanship a Risk for SADC?
08 September 2014, All Africa.com-Andrew Friedman

SINCE 1992 the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has attempted to "promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient productive systems, deeper co-operation and integration, good governance and durable peace and security among... " its member states.
 
The Community read more...

 
Africa: Nine Things We Should Know About the African Court of Justice an
08 September 2014, All Africa.com/ Sophie Van Leeuwen

There are three rather negative and six fairly positive aspects about the future African Court of Justice and Human Rights. 
 
 
The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, established in 1998, and the Court of Justice of the African Union, established in 2003, are to be merged into a single
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Africa: Who Are You Calling Corrupt? Good Governance Begins At Home
04 September 2014, Think Africa Press/All Africa.com

Is claiming to be a leader in international development whilst presiding over structures that facilitate the loss of billions from Africa not a form of corruption itself?
 
In July, I wrote about some research that Health Poverty Action published in collaboration with 12 other UK and African NGOs. This research compared
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S.Africa: Electoral Commission Chair Quits
04 September 2014, All Africa.com

Johannesburg — IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula has resigned, she announced on Tuesday.
 
"I have decided to resign from the Electoral Commission (IEC) and have submitted my letter of resignation to President Zuma," she said in a statement.
 
"I leave the IEC with a heavy heart and
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Africa: Citizens Call to Action on Ebola
01 September 2014, All Africa.com

As the Ebola virus becomes an overwhelming human catastrophe affecting public health, social institutions and and economic well-being in Africa, we stand in solidarity with our fellow citizens in the countries victimized by this deadly disease.
 
We also thank and salute the local and international health workers who are
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Rwanda: Increasing Arrests and Disappearances Rattle Rwandans
01 September 2014, DW

Fear is growing in Rwanda as top members of the military are arrested and ordinary people disappear. President Kagame appears to be determined to stifle all opposition. Human rights organizations are alarmed.
 
About a month ago, in late July 2014, Rwandan president Paul Kagame reshuffled his cabinet. He said a reorganization read more...

 
Civil Society Statement on the Current Ebola Crisis in West Africa:
01 September 2014, Afrimap

A Call for Appointment of ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola:

In light of the current epidemic of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, we the undersigned civil society organizations call on ECOWAS member states to appoint a leading, influential, strong and knowledgeable West African physician or health professional
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Ebola toll shows up crisis of governing in Africa
27 August 2014, Business Day

LIBERIA and Sierra Leone are two fragile countries in West Africa with long histories of civil wars that claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions. Decades after their brutal civil wars, both countries are confronted with their greatest test yet: the Ebola epidemic. Since the outbreak of the deadly virus in a remote town of Guinea, more read more...

 
African States: Reject Immunity for Leaders 141 Groups in 40 Countries Speak Out
25 August 2014, Human Rights Watch

(Johannesburg) – African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, 141 organizations said today in a declaration in advance of an African Union meeting in Nairobi. The organizations include both African groups and international groups and have a presence in 40 African read more...

 
Kenya: Lawmakers Approve Harsher Penalties for Corrupt Officials
20 August 2014, All Africa/Sabahi

Kenya's National Assembly has approved harsher penalties to combat corruption, with public officials found guilty now required to step down and take a 50% pay cut, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Thursday (August 14th).
 
The changes are part of amendments to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, giving the Ethics and Anti-Corruption read more...

 
Africa: Ethiopia Overtakes Kenya As Africa's Biggest Refugee-Hosting Country
20 August 2014, UNHCR

Addis Ababa — The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering 629,718 refugees as of the end of July. Kenya, in comparison, is host to 575,334 registered refugees and asylum-seekers.
 
The main factor in the increased
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Southern African Leaders to Meet in Zimbabwe
15 August 2014, VoA News

Preparations are almost complete ahead of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) heads of state summit scheduled next week in Zimbabwe, according to Tanki Mothae, SADC Director of Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation.

He said the leaders will discuss deepening bilateral relations between member states.  Peace read more...

 
For Rwanda, EAC docket is for women
15 August 2014, The Arusha Times

Rwanda has a new minister for East African Community (EAC) Affairs, the third woman in a row to hold the portifolio since the country joined the bloc in 2007.

 Ms Valentine Rugwabiza was recently appointed by President Paul Kagame, the minister for EAC during a cabinet reshuffle in which a new prime minister was announced.

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Africa: The First U.S. Africa Summit - More Than a Birthday Party for President Obama
06 August 2014, Chatham House

The first ever US-Africa Leaders summit in Washington DC is an important political statement by the US and Africa that both value a deepened relationship.
 
This is best demonstrated by no threat of an African boycott despite Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe not being invited because of US sanctions on him. Earlier
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Nigeria: Presidential Aide Decries Weak Synergy Between NEPAD, Stakeholders
06 August 2014, Daily Independent

Mrs Fidelia Njeze, the Special Adviser to the President on NEPAD matters, on Tuesday decried the poor relationship between NEPAD Nigeria and the Governors' Forum on the State Peer Review Mechanism.
 
Njeze said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
 
She also
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U.S., African government officials and civil society leaders discuss strategies to improve governance and combat corruption
04 August 2014, OSF

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August 4, 2014)—The Open Society Foundations convened an impressive group of civil society advocates to urge African and the U.S. government to take meaningful steps to improve transparency and accountability. Those efforts are critical to ensuring a stable future where prosperity is widely shared and sustained in Africa.

Open read more...

 
Nigeria: Ihedioha - How Parliaments in Africa Can Fight Corruption
28 July 2014, Thisday/allafrica.com

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has outlined concrete steps parliaments in Africa can take to support the battle against corruption in their countries.
 
Speaking at the 45th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (Africa region) in Arusha, Tanzania at the weekend, the deputy speaker
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Central African Republic: CAR Reconciliation Talks End This Day
26 July 2014, All Africa.com

Armed militias are expected to sign a deal ending hostilities before eventual negotiations on a comprehensive agreement.
 
After three days of frantic negotiations that began on July 21, 2014, international representatives and 170 Central African Republic, CAR, stakeholders are due to end discussions today, July 23,
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Africa: U.S.-Africa Summit Must Listen to Voices of the People
25 July 2014, All Africa.com

In a guest column for AllAfrica, E. Gyimah Boadi of Ghana's Center for Democratic Development says the vast majority of Africans who prefer democracy over authoritarian regimes deserve to be heard at the forthcoming U.S.-Africa Summit convened by President Barack Obama.
 
 
The child kidnappings
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Gambia: Impunity Persists - 20 Years of Fear in the Gambia
25 July 2014, All Africa.com

On 22 July 1994, a group of military officers led by Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew President Dawda Jawara, who had been in power in Gambia since 1970. Yahya Jammeh, supported by the army, proclaimed himself President of the Republic and, over time, took direct control of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior.
 
The
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Africa: An 'Integration Challenge' - How Does It Feel to Be a Global Problem?
22 July 2014, The South African Civil Society Information Service

Many South Africans see black immigrants as a threat to their privileges. African immigrants from a refugee background, in particular, are viewed as a social burden by societal institutions. These xenophobic attitudes are not unique in South Africa.
 
Historically, black African refugees received little help from the United Nations read more...

 
AU Official Anticipates Stronger Ties at US-Africa Summit
22 July 2014, VoA news

 A senior official of the African Union said next month’s U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership.

Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such read more...

 
Africa: Who Will Foot the Bill for Africa's New Intervention Force?
09 July 2014, ISS

The next time a major crisis that needs swift military action breaks out anywhere in Africa, an African force will be on high alert to intervene within days. This was the message from African leaders at the recently concluded 23rd bi-annual African Union (AU) summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
 
At the summit, South African President read more...

 
South Africa: Legal Grounds to Compel SA Government to Renew Zim Permits
09 July 2014, SW Radio/Allafrica.com

South African legislator Masizole Mnqasela has said Zimbabweans whose right to live there under the Special Dispensation programme has expired, should go to court if the South African government does not renew their permits.
 
Mnqasela who was a researcher for the Dispensation programme as a home affairs parliamentary portfolio read more...

 
Africa: AU Summit Decision a Backward Step for International Justice
04 July 2014, Amnesty Int'l

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said.
 
An official communiqué read more...

 
Africa: Role of Media in Security Sector Reform in Africa
04 July 2014, The Inquirer (Monrovia)

April 7th, 2014 hundreds of journalists gathered in front of the headquarters of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, United Kingdom to show solidarity for media colleagues of the Aljazeera International Television network that have been detained by the military backed government in Egypt in violation of their rights to report the truth. read more...

 
U.S., African government officials and civil society leaders discuss strategies to improve governance and combat corruption
04 July 2014, OSF

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August 4, 2014)—The Open Society Foundations convened an impressive group of civil society advocates to urge African and the U.S. government to take meaningful steps to improve transparency and accountability. Those efforts are critical to ensuring a stable future where prosperity is widely shared and sustained in Africa.

Open read more...

 
APRM Forum appoints interim CEO
30 June 2014, APRM Secretariat

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea – 26 June 2014, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism Forum, has announced the appointment of an interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, to steer the affairs of the APRM Secretariat pending the recruitment of a permanent CEO.
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25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council opens in Malabo: Discussions to focus on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa
26 June 2014, African Union Commission-AUC

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 23 June 2014 - "We are holding this meeting and the Summit on the theme Agriculture and Food Security, at a time when our vision for the next fifty years, Agenda 2063… the Africa we want, is taking shape”. This statement was made by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union read more...

 
Africa: Amnesty International Launches New APP to Fight Attack, Kidnap and Torture
24 June 2014, All Africa.com

At a Glance
 
A new Panic Button app, to give human rights defenders urgent help from their own networks when facing attack, kidnapping, or torture is now available for public download on Google Playstore, announced Amnesty International today.
 
The 'Panic read more...

 
Uganda Opposition Vows United Front Against Museveni
24 June 2014, VoA news

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said he will defeat the opposition in 2016, even if it is united under a single candidate.
 
Museveni reportedly told a Jinja radio talk show Sunday the opposition has proved to be inept and immature in its handling of critical national issues.
 
A recent meeting of opposition read more...

 
S Africa Elections Chief Should Step Down - Court
19 June 2014, SAPA

Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) chairwoman Pansy Tlakula should be removed from her position due to misconduct, the Electoral Court ruled on Wednesday.
 
Judge Lotter Wepener recommended her removal in his written judgment, but this was a decision for the relevant committee of the National Assembly.
 
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Cote d'Ivoire: Ivory Coast's Gbagbo to Face Trial
13 June 2014, All Africa.com

The Hague — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is to go on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), judges said on Thursday.
 
The 69-year-old, who is the first former head of state to have appeared at the ICC, is facing charges of murder, rape, attempted murder and persecution.
 
In the 131-page read more...

 
Liberia: LACC to Arrest Corrupt Officials
13 June 2014, New Democrat

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), determined to restore integrity, transparency and accountability especially as the anti-graft agency comes under continuing criticisms as a toothless bulldog, has vowed to arrest and prosecute corrupt officials without fear or favor.
 
The anti-corruption chief, Cllr. James Verdier, read more...

 
South Sudan: Another U.S. $227 Million Dollars Scandal Involving South Sudan's Chief Negotiator Nhial Deng Nhial
13 June 2014, South Sudan News Agency

As war rages on in South Sudan and peace negotiation stalled in Addis Abba, Ethiopia between the Government of South Sudan and SPLM -In Opposition, South Sudan is once again rocked by another alleged nasty scandal and embezzlement of $ 205 million US Dollars by its Chief Peace Negotiator, former Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs and Minister of read more...

 
Nigeria: This Crisis Must Not Be Wasted
09 June 2014, Premium Times

I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the #BringBackourGirls Coalition at this encounter. I want to thank the Nigerian women across the country who have inspired and sustained this movement, especially the mothers, families, and communities of the abducted school girls.

The call to #BringBackOurGirls has gained voice
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Malawi 2014 Elections: Post-Election Perspectives
06 June 2014, AfriMAP

Johannesburg, 5 June 2015- As Malawians recover from an election high, related to the May 20th poll, the big question being asked is whether Malawians got the government and leaders they deserve.  In other words do the outcomes of the elections reflect the popular will of voting Malawians?  Additionally Malawians should
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Kenya: African AGs Reject Popular Uprisings
06 June 2014, The Star-Kenya

ATTORNEYS General across Africa have rejected a clause which would have legitimised popular but peaceful uprisings by Africans. The AGs and ministers of justice who met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last month said the clause in the draft protocol of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights appears to provide an avenue for unconstitutional change of read more...

 
African Union Takes Stock of 51 Years As Terrorism Spreads Across Continent
26 May 2014, IPS


Harare — As the African Union is set to celebrate its 51st birthday on May 25, it does so as the continent remains caught up in a tide of terrorist conflicts, which many analysts feel the AU has done little to resolve.
 
"With unsolved conflicts dotted across our continent, really the efficiency of the AU is read more...

 
Malawi: UN Chief Urges Calm, Respect for Tallying Process After Elections
26 May 2014, UN News Service

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all candidates, political parties, and state institutions in Malawi to remain calm and to support fully the Malawi Electoral Commission in completing its work.
 
The country held simultaneous presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on Tuesday.
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Malawi Elections - Lack of Transparency Could Lead to Violence
19 May 2014, ISS

Tomorrow, 20 May 2014, Malawians head to the tripartite polls for what promises to be the country's most contested elections since the first multi-party elections were held in 1994.
 
President Joyce Banda, the former deputy president, came to power in April 2012 following the death in office of former president Bingu wa Mutharika. read more...

 
Guinea-Bissau Awaits Presidential Runoff Results
19 May 2014, VoA

Vote counting is under way in Guinea-Bissau after Sunday's second-round presidential election.
 
The poll is aimed at restoring constitutional order after a 2012 military coup, one of several to hit the country in its 40-year history.
 
Jose Mario Vaz of the dominant PAIGC party led the first round with read more...

 
Pre-election context In Malawi
19 May 2014, AfriMAP

The May 20th tripartite elections in Malawi take place five decades after attaining independence from British colonial rule and twenty years after return to plural politics.  The Elections Situation Room that is supported by OSISA has carried out analysis of the pre-election environment that highlights some gains regarding the integrity with read more...

 
Nigeria: GOC Redeployed After Soldiers' Mutiny in Borno
16 May 2014, Vanguard

Maiduguri--Few hours after some troops deployed to Borno on counter insurgency operations fired shots at the official vehicle of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Maiduguri, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed as he attempted to address them, Defence Headquarters, yesterday, announced his immediate redeployment.
 
The read more...

 
Africa: Black Rights Groups Urge Banks to Pay for Slavery, Hollande Stays Stum
12 May 2014, RFI

Some of France's top banking institutions and richest families are being asked to pay back thousands in compensation to victims of slavery.
 
French President François Hollande acknowledged France's role in the illicit trade but rejected calls for reparations. Paris marked the eighth edition of Remembrance Day on Saturday.
 
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