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Lesotho: Election Results Expected Soon
02 March 2015, LENA

Lesotho's early elections went smoothly on Saturday and it is hoped results will be declared on Sunday, news agencies report.
The Lesotho News Agency (LENA) said soon after polls closed on Saturday that counting had begun in various constituencies around the capital, Maseru.
Despite the late opening

Boko Haram takes aim at Nigeria's elections
02 March 2015, IRIN

NAIROBI, 25 February 2015 (IRIN) - Three bomb explosions in the space of two days in northern Nigeria signal a resumption of urban terror tactics by Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to demonstrate it is still a force to be reckoned with despite recent military setbacks, according to analysts.
Two suicide bombings on Monday

South Africa: Zuma Broke Parliament: Maimane
18 February 2015, SAPA/All

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane on Tuesday accused President Jacob Zuma of "breaking Parliament" by letting police into the National Assembly and laughing as they dragged out EFF MPs.
In debate on Zuma's state-of-the-nation address, Maimane said the main cause of South Africa's problems was that democratic institutions

Nigeria: South-Easterners in Dilemma Over Polls
18 February 2015, Daily Independent/All

Many of the south easterners who returned home for fear of election violence are now trapped in the dilemma of whether to go back to their base or not.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many of the returnees arrived at the weekend, oblivious of the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections read more...

Africa: Stolen Millions - Africa On Big Hunt for Illegal Deposits
18 February 2015, Front Page Africa

With Liberia recorded as one of the countries in Africa with millions of dollars hidden in foreign banks, the onus is now upon the government to go after the illegal funds-with neighboring Ghana opting to begin the fight for recovery; several other countries will have to show up in recovering these funds.
Monrovia - Africa

South Africa: SONA - Who Cares What He Says, What's Zuma Done This Year?
10 February 2015, All

By Khadija Patel

As we approach another State of the Nation (Sona) address by President Jacob Zuma, there are sure to be the usual laments over his oratory skills. There will be the usual quota of criticism over his pronunciation. There may even be some advice dished out to his speechwriters. KHADIJA PATEL argues that

Nigeria: Vote Delay Divides Nigerians
10 February 2015, All

Authorities in Nigeria have postponed this month's elections because of security fears stemming from a chronic insurgency. While the move may have allayed the fears of some voters, others are more critical of the delay.
Presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria have been awitched from February 14 to March 28, 2015.

Kenyans Have Sh51 Billion Stashed in Swiss Banks
10 February 2015, All Africa

KENYA has been ranked 58th in a global list of countries with the most dollar deposits in Swiss banks, at a whopping Sh51.18 billion ($559.8 million).
This is according to a leaked report titled Swiss Leaks, compiled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
The report

Zimbabwe: AU - Contradictions and Duplicity of the West
03 February 2015, all

By Nick Mangwana
Last week, African leaders unanimously chose President Mugabe to be the face of Africa. This is was in spite of heavy lobbying, arm-twisting and downright blackmail by some Western diplomats who wanted to curtail this.
All these efforts did not succeed.

Africa: AU Should Stop External Funding - Uhuru
02 February 2015, All

Addis Ababa — President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday said the continent stands on the threshold of new rebirth and the African Union should stop depending on external funding to finance its programmes.
He said after 50 years since the inception of the union, Africa is experiencing the most inspiring rebirth and the confidence

Africa: AU Summit - the Men in Hats With Their Backs Against the Wall
27 January 2015, All

As African leaders meet this week for their bi-annual African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, the world will be watching to see whether the continent is united and pro-active in solving its own problems.
The question is whether leaders can find common ground on strategies to fight terror groups like Boko Haram and to deal


Addis Ababa: ‘Take action now on Burundi or risk regional destabilization and loss of life’–civil society grouping urges the AU
26 January 2015, CCPAU

Addis Ababa, January 26 2015-The situation in Burundi is spiraling out of control, with hundreds of civilians killed or disappeared, due to the ongoing political impasse over moves by President Nkurunziza to run for a third term in June.  This goes against constitutional provisions, despite arguments being advanced that his first term was read more...

Nigeria: Elections/Security Disconnect
15 January 2015, All

"These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world. Some two thousand innocent children, women and elderly reportedly massacred in Baga. A young girl sent to her death with a bomb strapped to her chest in Maiduguri. And lest we forget, more than two hundred girls stolen from their families, still lost.

"Words

Africa: Crucial Year for Africa's Development
15 January 2015, All

Guest column
By James Mackie and Rhys Williams

Decisive summits in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Paris and New York will make 2015 a year during which Africa's vision of its own future can start becoming a reality - but challenges lie ahead.
The next African Union Summit

US Charges 2 Citizens in Gambia Coup Attempt
06 January 2015, VoA News

Two U.S. citizens are facing charges for their alleged role in last week's coup attempt in the West African nation of Gambia.

The U.S. Justice Department says Cherno Njie, 57, and Papa Faal, 46, are both in custody after making their initial court appearances Monday - Njie in Baltimore, Maryland, and Faal in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  read more...

Liberian Schools to Reopen After Ebola Shut Down
06 January 2015, VoA News

Liberian authorities said schools closed since July over the Ebola outbreak will reopen February 2.

Anthony Nimely, Deputy Minister of Education for Administration, Research and Development, said the decision followed the recent decline in the number of new Ebola cases.

"We have been paying attention to the whole epidemiology read more...

Kenya's security act threatens refugees
06 January 2015, IRIN

Human rights groups are warning that Kenya's controversial Security Amendment Act still poses a threat to refugees' rights despite a high court decision on Friday that suspends parts of the bill for 30 days pending a full court hearing.
The suspension included a section of the wide-ranging bill, popularly known as the ‘anti-terror’ read more...

Malawi: ACB Issues Warrant of Arrest for Joyce Banda
11 December 2014, Malawi 24/All

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday issued warrant of arrest for former Malawi president Joyce Banda.
Reports reaching Malawi24 indicate that the warrant of arrest has been issued following evidence compiled from the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the meeting Joyce Banda had with that the government

ICC: We ‘Won’t Forget’ Kenya’s Post-Poll Violence Victims
09 December 2014, VoA

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says victims of Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence will not be forgotten, even though charges against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta have been dropped.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda withdrew crimes against humanity charges against Kenyatta, citing witness intimidation, harassment read more...

Kenya: Bensouda Lying On Why Case Collapsed
09 December 2014, The Star/All

When ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda withdrew her case against Uhuru Kenyatta she told the world that one of the key reasons her case collapsed is because "the Kenyan government's non-compliance compromised the Prosecutor's ability to thoroughly investigate the charge, as recently confirmed by the Trial Chamber". In her

Namibia: Swapo, Geingob Victory
01 December 2014, The Namibian

Windhoek — The ruling Swapo Party and its presidential candidate, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, last night appeared on course to scoring an overwhelming victory in Namibia's national elections.
Elections Director Paul Isaak said last night full results will be announced "at a convenient time" today.
With

Nigeria: Obasanjo Rubbishes National Assembly, Says It's an Assembly of Thieves, Looters
01 December 2014, Premium Times

Nigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday lampooned the National Assembly, saying it is largely an assemblage of looters and thieves.
Mr. Obasanjo, who was speaking at the public presentation of the autobiography of Justice Mustapha Akanbi, in Abuja, regretted that every aspect of Nigeria's national life

Clear and present danger signals
24 November 2014, The Cable

It is no longer news that Nigeria is in an increasingly bitter war that continues to produce a growing list of casualties killed, displaced, abducted or raped and of communities overrun by murderous insurgents. What is surprising is the readiness of the political class, particularly from both leading parties, to squander the country and its people.


Zambia: Kaseba in
20 November 2014, Times of Zambia

FORMER First Lady Christine Kaseba has joined the race for the Patriotic Front (PF) candidacy for the presidential by-election set for January 20, next year.
"I am writing to offer myself as a candidate for the presidency of the PF.
"Since the death of my husband, I have watched with pain read more...

As Elections Become More Regular in Africa, So Has Intolerance of Diversity
17 November 2014, Economic Commission for Africa

Lusaka — Elections have become more regular in Africa, but no less problematic, often exacerbating the challenge of diversity. This is according to findings of the third edition of the African Governance Report (AGRIII), a joint report of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and UNDP which promotes electoral inclusiveness, social cohesion

Botswana President's Bid to Name Brother as VP Blocked
13 November 2014, All

Parliamentarians have welcomed the decision after claiming President Ian Khama is attempting to establish a dynasty.Cape Town — National leader Ian Khama's attempt to appoint his brother as vice president of the country has been blocked by a High Court ruling, the SABC says.
The move had prompted a backlash by parliamentarians,

South Africa: Police Investigate President
13 November 2014, All Africa/DW

Pretoria — South African authorities are investigating President Jacob Zuma over allegations of corruption. The probe relates to taxpayer-funded upgrades to the president's homestead, complete with a swimming pool and amphitheater.
South African police confirmed on Monday they were looking into publicly-funded renovations

Burkina Faso Army Dissolves Government
31 October 2014, All

The chief of Burkina Faso's army has dissolved the government and said that a transitional government will be formed. The announcement came shortly after the president reportedly declared a state of emergency.
Burkina Faso's government was forced to resign on Thursday following increasingly violent protests against the country's read more...

Gambia Must Heed UN Warning to Improve Its Human Rights Record
31 October 2014, Amnesty Int'l

The Gambian authorities must heed a warning from the international community about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, Amnesty International said today.
This morning, 62 countries took the floor at the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva to urge Gambia to promote and protect human

Botswana: Khama Wins Botswana Polls
27 October 2014, All Africa

Botswana's President Ian Khama is to be sworn in for another term on Tuesday after winning the country's election, Botswana media report.
The  government-owned Daily News and the independent Mmegi newspaper said Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo had declared Khama elected president on Sunday.
This

Ethiopia: Nine Parties to "Cooperate" for Upcoming Election
27 October 2014, The Reporter

Nine opposition parties have formed a platform for cooperation to stand together in the upcoming election and, in the long run, to create a platform where the parties can work together to ensure the existence of free, fair, participatory and credible elections, to expand the political space and to work on issues related to human and democratic

Botswana Goes to the Polls
24 October 2014, All News Features

Close to a million Batswana will go to the polls on 24 October in parliamentary and local government elections that are expected to be closely contested.
With a day to go before the elections, which many say will present a stern test for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), the country's three main political parties read more...

Arrests Galore in Cashgate Scandal As ACB Sounds Coy On Arresting Joyce Banda
24 October 2014, Malawi 24

In its quest to get to the root of what transpired in the Cashgate scandal which saw up to MK20.3 Billion lost through fraud, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested several top notch figures in the country on miscellaneous charges.
In an interview with Malawi24, ACB\'s spokesperson, Egrita Ndala was quick to rule

Cote d'Ivoire: Simone Gbagbo On Trial in Abidjan
24 October 2014, Hirondelle News Agency (Lausanne)

Arusha — If all goes according to plan, former Ivorian First Lady and 82 other people close to her husband are due to go on trial Wednesday before the criminal court in Abidjan.
In this trial they face charges of undermining state security, attacking or plotting against the authority of the state, forming armed groups and read more...

Unity is the only solution to African problems – Keita
14 October 2014, New Era

JOHANNESBURG – President of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita yesterday urged African nations to work together to find solutions to challenges and problems plaguing the African continent.

He was addressing African lawmakers who yesterday convened in South Africa for the opening of the Fifth Ordinary Session of the

Malawi: Joyce Banda's Treason Charges Not Imminent - Govt
14 October 2014, Malawi 24/All

The arrest of Malawi's ex-President, Joyce Banda, for conspiring to hold a coup is not imminent, the country's Attorney General has said.
This is despite Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Maxon Mbendera making a controversial assertion that Joyce Banda had ordered the army to storm the national tally centre

South Africa: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Behind Arms Deal Expose - Activist
08 October 2014, All

Pretoria — ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was one of the "concerned MPs" who leaked information on the 1999 arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry heard on Tuesday.
"One of the prime names, in fact the leader, was Ms Winnie Mandela," arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne told the

Kenyan President Flies to ICC As an Ordinary Citizen
08 October 2014, All News Agency

Arusha — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday left as an ordinary citizen for The Hague, where he is due to appear Wednesday before the International Criminal Court (ICC), Kenyan media reported.
Kenyatta, 52, is charged with crimes against humanity committed in his country in violence that followed elections at the

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Is a 'Pastor' Anointed By God, Says Grace
08 October 2014, All

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is a "pastor" who constantly prays for his country, according to his wife Grace.

The First Lady made the stunning claim while addressing about 300 pastors and their wives who had visited her children's home in Mazowe to pray for her.

Grace claimed she therefore considered herself as a "Mai Mufundisi" read more...

Mo Ibrahim: ‘Political temperature too high’ in Ghana, Senegal
02 October 2014, citi fm online

International businessman, Mo Ibraham, has stated that the seeming high political temperature in Ghana is hampering the absolute democratic development of the country.
According to him, Ghana and Senegal would see more democratic improvement if the intensity in the political temperature in both countries was reduced.

Kenya: Who Owns Kenya?
01 October 2014, All

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

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


Malawi: Arrests Galore in Cashgate Scandal As ACB Sounds Coy On Arresting Joyce Banda
24 September 2014, Malawi 24

In its quest to get to the root of what transpired in the Cashgate scandal which saw up to MK20.3 Billion lost through fraud, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested several top notch figures in the country on miscellaneous charges.
In an interview with Malawi24, ACB's spokesperson, Egrita Ndala was quick to rule out 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 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

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

Southern Africa: Is Mugabe Chairmanship a Risk for SADC?
08 September 2014, All 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

Africa: Nine Things We Should Know About the African Court of Justice an
08 September 2014, All 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

Africa: Who Are You Calling Corrupt? Good Governance Begins At Home
04 September 2014, Think Africa Press/All

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

S.Africa: Electoral Commission Chair Quits
04 September 2014, All

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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