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

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

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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South Africa Opposition Party Appoints First Black Leader
12 May 2015, VoA News

South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has elected its first black leader.  Mmusi Maimane takes over from Helen Zille, who has been at the helm of the party for eight years.

At 34 years of age, the charismatic politician known for his sharp oratory skills and slick campaigns is often dubbed the "Obama read more...

 
Zimbabwe: AU Defence Forces' Meeting Starts
12 May 2015, Herald Zimbabwe

The 8th ordinary meeting of the African Union Ministers of Defence began here yesterday with defence, peace and security experts from the 54-member States keen to assess progress made towards the operationalisation of the Africa Standby Force (ASF).
 
The member-states have up to December to set up a continental peacekeeping read more...

 
Burundi: AU Warns Burundi Amid Renewed Clashes, One Dead
07 May 2015, All Africa/DW

Police have opened fire on protesters in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, leaving at least one dead and several others injured. The renewed clashes come a day after the president announced he would not seek a fourth term.
 
"The report we got this morning was that, so far, we have got nine people wounded and one person read more...

 
Mozambique: Charges Brought in 239 Cases of Corruption
07 May 2015, All Africa.com

Maputo — Mozambique's Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) handled 906 cases of corruption, diversion of state funds and similar crimes in 2014, compared with 876 cases the previous year, according to Attorney-General Beatriz Buchili, delivering her annual report on the state of the justice system in the county, to the Mozambican read more...

 
Burundi Court Approves President's Plan to Run for Re-election
05 May 2015, VoA News

Burundi's constitutional court has cleared President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term.

The court said Tuesday the president could run again without violating the constitution, saying "renewal of the presidential term through direct universal suffrage" is permitted.

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Burundi Shuts Down National University, Sends Students Home
30 April 2015, Voice of America

Burundi has unexpectedly closed its national university in the wake of political protests against the nomination of incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term.

Reports say the university in Bujumbura shut its doors on Thursday and sent home the students living in residence halls on campus.

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Tribunal to probe suspended EACC bosses sworn in
30 April 2015, Daily Nation-Kenya

The tribunal appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to investigate and determine the removal of two Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission bosses started its work Thursday after being sworn in by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

The four-member tribunal, led by retired Judge Jonathan Havelock, is starting against a backdrop of concerns as read more...

 
EAC remains silent as Burundi protests continue
30 April 2015, EAC remains silent as Burundi protests continue

East African Community governments remained quiet Tuesday as protestors opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office clashed with police for the third day in Burundi, and as the unrest spread to other parts of the country.

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading human rights activist arrested on Monday, was released read more...

 
'Xeno attacks not reflective of the South African character' - Thabo Mbeki Foundation
21 April 2015, Starr FM

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) has noted with grave concern, the ongoing attacks on fellow Africans – and other foreign nationals - from beyond our borders resident in our country.
 
As is our moral and political obligation, we join millions of South Africans in unequivocal condemnation of this criminality and commend efforts by read more...

 
Xenophobia in South Africa: A lack of visionary leadership
15 April 2015, AfriMAP

By Ozias Tungwarara, 14th April, 2015
 

The other day I was listening to people phoning into a show on South Africa’s talk radio 702. The animated discussion was about the recent flare-up in xenophobic attacks on black African foreigners in South Africa. This time the attacks were largely in
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South Africa: Footage of Mob Attack Raises Alarm in South Africa
13 April 2015, All Africa.com

A graphic video depicting a group of South Africans setting alight a group of bound young people, believed to be foreigners, after dousing them in fuel, has gone viral.
 
Saturday's development comes on the back of a series of incidents reported by local media, and after the South African Human Rights Council, a human rights read more...

 
Kenya: Read the List of Public Officers Implicated in Corruption and What the EACC Accuses Them of
13 April 2015, The Star

At least 12 governors have been implicated in the EACC corruption report table at the Senate on Tuesday.
 
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has been accused of abetting irregular county procurement and irregularly signing an MoU with vehicle manufacturer Foton East Africa.
 
He
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Clear Path to New Term for Bashir in Boycotted Sudan Elections
13 April 2015, Voive of America

National elections began Monday in Sudan with voters sure to give a new term to President Omar al-Bashir and a victory to his National Congress Party because of a boycott by the country's main opposition parties.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, has been in power since 1989 and won a 2010 read more...

 
Kenya: Uhuru Should Resign Over Insecurity - Owalo
07 April 2015, All Africa.com

AN aide of Cord leader Raila Odinga has said President Uhuru Kenyatta should resign over the Garissa terror attack.
 
In a statement yesterday, Eliud Owalo said Kenyans have not received meaningful answers to questions raised in relation to previous attacks such as the June 15 and 16 Mpeketoni massacre last year and the
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Zimbabwe: Mujuru to Form New Party, Head Gone Says Moyo
07 April 2015, All Africa.com

DIDYMUS Mutasa, who whimpers the loudest over the recent brutal Zanu PF purges, has claimed that efforts are underway to form a new political party which will be called Zanu (People First) with former vice president Joice Mujuru as its leader.
 
The former presidential affairs minister said members of the "original and
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Mali: The Egg and the Stone
07 April 2015, All Africa.com

Anton Op de Beke receives visitors in his first-floor office at l'Immeuble de la Dette Publique (Public Debt Building), an unprepossessing four-storey block adjacent to the central bank tower in Bamako, Mali's capital. The building feels stodgy and unthreatening, like a halfway house for civil servants who cannot be sacked.
 
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Nigeria: Buhari in Historic Election Win, Emerges Nigeria's President-Elect
01 April 2015, Premium Times (Abuja)

Abuja — After three previous failed shots at the presidency, Muhammadu Buhari is finally moving into Aso Rock, Nigeria's presidential palace,as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 
A retired Major-General, Mr. Buhari, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, polled a total of 15,416,221
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Africa: Let's Chart Our Own Plan, Says Kagame at Addis Finance Confab
01 April 2015, All Africa.com

External support should not be the determiner of Africa's development priorities, Rwandan President Paul Kagame told a gathering of finance and planning ministers and governors of central banks.
 
"We should first decide what we want to do and then apply the money to it, as oppose to doing what the money may dictate",
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Angolan Anti-Corruption Campaigner Faces More Charges
26 March 2015, Committee to Protect Journalists -CPJ

New York — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Angolan authorities to drop all charges against journalist Rafael Marques de Morais.
 
Marques de Morais told CPJ today that when he arrived in court on Tuesday for his scheduled hearing on charges of criminal defamation, he was told 15 additional charges of criminal
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Nigeria Shuts All Borders Ahead of Election
26 March 2015, Dutch Welle

In a sign of ratcheting tension, Nigeria has ordered the closure of land and sea borders before a tightly-fought presidential election. Uncertainty surrounds the fate of hundreds of alleged kidnap victims.
 
Boko Haram militants are reported to have abducted hundreds of people in Damasak, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria read more...

 
Liberia: Trial Chamber Denies Taylor Motion to Serve His Sentence in Rwanda
26 March 2015, All Africa.com

A news release from the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL):
 
Freetown - An RSCSL Trial Chamber has denied in its entirety a motion by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor requesting that the RSCSL terminate the enforcement of his sentence in the UK and transfer him to Rwanda to serve
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Senegal's Ex-'Minister of Heaven' Jailed
23 March 2015, DW/All africa.com

A six-year jail term has been imposed on Karim Wade, the son of Senegal's former president. The flamboyant 46-year-old ex-London financier had denied enriching himself while holding up to five cabinet posts.
 
A special Senegalese court jailed the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade on Monday, concluding that he had hidden
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Zimbabwe: Moyo On Parly Demands for ZBC Audit
23 March 2015, new zimbabwean online

INFORMATION minister Jonathan Moyo has described as "surprising and disappointing" the decision by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media to dismiss the ZBC board from a hearing after it failed to produce a forensic audit report expected to shed light on the goings-on at the parastatal.
 
The board had been
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DR Congo: Mass Arrests of Activists Crackdown on Free Expression Raises Election Concerns
18 March 2015, Human Rights Watch

(Kinshasa) – The arrest of at least 26 activists and others in Kinshasa on March 15, 2015, raises serious concerns of a broader crackdown on free expression before the 2016 Democratic Republic of Congo presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said today.
 
The arrests, including of foreign journalists and a United States diplomat, read more...

 
Malawi: Lawyer Yambani Mulemba Arrested Over Cashgate
18 March 2015, Malawi 24

The Anti- Corruption Bureau has arrested lawyer Yambani Mulemba over allegations he is part of the money laundering charges levelled against ailing former budget Director in the Ministry of Finance, Paul Mphwiyo together with his wife Thandie.
 
It is said that Mulemba is slated to be questioned on allegations he attained
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Nigeria: Switzerland Returns U.S.$380 Million Abacha Loot
18 March 2015, Premium Times

About $380 million Nigerian money, stolen and stashed in accounts in Switzerland by late Head of State, Sani Abacha, will be returned, Swiss officials said Tuesday.‎
 
The money was confiscated in 2014 after it was transferred to the country from Luxembourg where it had been seized since 2006, Geneva prosecutors said.
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Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorians Divided Over Simone Gbagbo Conviction
11 March 2015, DW/Allafrica.com

An Ivorian court has sent former first lady Simone Gbagbo to jail for 20 years on charges linked to post-election violence. Ivory Coast refused to send her to the ICC. What does the conviction mean for African justice?
 
Simone Gbagbo was tried alongside 82 other allies of her husband, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, in a case
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Mozambique: Dhlakama Threatens to Seize 'Autonomy' By Force
11 March 2015, All Africa.com

Maputo — Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, on Monday declared that the Renamo bill on establishing "autonomous provinces" is ready - and threatened that, if it is not rubber-stamped by the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, then he will seize the provinces he wants by force.
 
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Nigeria: Buhari Can't Fight Corruption - He's Lying - - PDP Governors
11 March 2015, Premium Times

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors have accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, of lying about their claim that Mr. Buhari will fight corruption if elected, saying the former military ruler's ideas are as old as his age.
 
The governors spoke in Lagos Tuesday,
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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
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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

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

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

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

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

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
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Nigeria: Vote Delay Divides Nigerians
10 February 2015, All Africa.com

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

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

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

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

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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 Africa.com

"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.

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

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
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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 Africa.com

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
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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...

 

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