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Civil Society Role Urged in Burundi Talks
17 November 2015, Voice of America

A Burundian civil society leader has called on the international community to help strengthen Burundian civil society groups so that they can effectively play their role as the voices of the people. Deogratias Niyonkuru, secretary general of ADISCO, a Burundian NGO that organizes farmers to mobilize resources for their own development, said civil read more...

Angola: Activists in Court Over 'Non-Violent' Book
17 November 2015, All

Seventeen Angolan activists are scheduled to go on trial on November 16. They are accused of conspiring to rebel against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power for 36 years.
Laurinda Gouveia is one of the activists who was arrested almost five months ago. She and a group of friends used to meet every

Africa: G20 Leaders Must Not Use Paris Tragedy to Fuel Anti-Refugee Agenda
17 November 2015, Amnesty International

World leaders must show true statesmanship and refrain from bowing to a knee-jerk anti-refugee agenda in the wake of the despicable attacks in Paris, urged Amnesty International today.
Amnesty's Director for Europe and Central Asia, John Dalhuisen said: "The tragic events in Paris have sickened and stunned the

Burundi Begins House-to-House Searches Amid Fear of Massacre
09 November 2015, All

Nine people have been killed by an unknown gunman in Burundi's capital, amid concern that a spiral of violence could hit the country. Neighboring Rwanda has warned of an impending massacre.
Police have started house-to-house searches for weapons in opposition areas of the capital, Bujumbura, on Sunday as the deadline set read more...

Nigeria: Avoid Waste, Impunity, Buhari Tells Ministers-Designate
09 November 2015, Vanguard

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday warned his ministers-designate against waste of resources and impunity, urging them to key into the change agenda of his government.
The president spoke at the ongoing retreat for the incoming ministers at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Abuja.
He also

Africa: Climate Change Poses 'Major Threat' to Food Security, Warns UN Expert
04 November 2015, Un News Service

Climate change poses severe and distinct threats to food security, and could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080, a United Nations human rights expert warned today.
"Increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather, rising temperatures and sea levels, as well as floods and droughts read more...

Uganda's Kizza Besigye Nominated Ahead of Elections
04 November 2015, Uganda Monitor

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer, Dr Kizza Besigye has also been declared duly nominated presidential candidate by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The IEC chairman Mr Badru Kiggundu declared Besigye a presidential candidate at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Wednesday after he (Besigye) fulfilled

Uganda: President Museveni Endorsed for Fifth Term
02 November 2015, All

Namboole — The ruling party's National Delegates Conference, protected by layers of security, on Sunday endorsed president Museveni as its official flag bearer in the nest year's presidential elections.
The endorsement witnessed by Opposition representatives (FDC, UPC, DP and Jeema) means President Museveni, who has ruled read more...

Tanzania: The Problem of Zanzibar Cannot Be Addressed Without Understanding the Revolution
02 November 2015, The East African/All

How many people in Tanzania can claim to know or have read the true history of Zanzibar? Until we understand it, we will never be able to prescribe a solution to the problems on the Isles.
Everyone knows that CUF has won every election in Zanzibar since the advent of multiparty politics but has never been allowed to rule.

Cote d'Ivoire: Turnout Decisive in Ivory Coast Vote
27 October 2015, All

Votes are being counted in an election in Ivory Coast seen as crucial to national recovery from years of violence and upheaval. President Alassane Ouattara is hoping for re-election amid a partial opposition boycott.
Sunday's (25.10.2015) poll in Ivory Coast is regarded as a key test of the West African nation's read more...

Tanzania to Announce Preliminary Election Results
27 October 2015, Voice of America

Tanzanian election officials say they plan to announce preliminary results Monday from Sunday's election for a new president and parliament.

Ahead of the vote, analysts predicted a tight race in the East African country, but suggested the ruling CCM party would win.

VOA correspondent Jill Craig, who visited several polling

South Africa: Students Cheered On As They Head to Union Buildings
23 October 2015, All

Students in Pretoria on the way to the Union Buildings for a mass demonstration against rising university fees received the backing of parents and ordinary South Africans as they made their way through the streets of the capital on Friday morning.
Students were running through Grobler Street on their way to Church Street, read more...

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande withheld for three years a report that found free university education was viable, according to a report.
23 October 2015, All

The Mail & Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that Nzimande received the study in December 2012 from a working group he appointed in 2010.

The group, chaired by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University vice-chancellor Derrick Swartz, investigated the best model for free tertiary education.

It proposed that the system would

Africa: Corruption Is Breeding Africa's Migration Problem
23 October 2015, All

The claim by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) that the death toll of migrants from Africa trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to seek greener pastures abroad, mostly in Europe, has hit a whopping 438,000 figure and still counting, must be a worrying news to any true African.
What is even more frightening

Rwandan Court Paves Way for Kagame Third Term
08 October 2015, Voice of America

Rwanda's Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Paul Kagame to run for a third seven-year term when his current term expires in 2017.

The court ruled Thursday that amending the constitution to remove the current two-term limit for presidents is legal, as long as the process respects the law.

The opposition Green

UN Envoy: Congo Political Tensions High Ahead of 2016
08 October 2015, Voice of

UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. envoy for Congo says political tensions are running high ahead of 2016 legislative and presidential elections and human rights violations related to the electoral process are increasing.

Martin Kobler, in his final briefing to the U.N. Security Council before stepping down, urged the Congolese government to ensure read more...

Burkina Faso General, Ex-Minister Charged Over Failed Coup
08 October 2015, Voice of America

The general in charge of the failed coup in Burkina Faso last month has been formally charged, along with one other top official accused of supporting the overthrow of Burkina Faso's government.
General Gilbert Diendere and Djibrill Bassole, a former foreign minister, were charged Tuesday with "attacking state security."

During

Liberia: Who Are Those Behind Liberia Purported War Crime List?
04 October 2015, All

There are reports that plans are afoot for some prominent Liberians to face justice for their alleged role played in the Liberian 14- year civil crisis. The Liberian civil crisis, which officially ended in 2013, claimed over 250,000 lives and brought the country to its knees.
Several warring factions now disbanded participated

Kenya: Stop Harassing Civil Society, State Told
02 October 2015, The Star/All

The government is punishing human rights and civil society groups that demand accountability and the rule of law, Human Rights Watch has said.
In a dispatch released on Saturday, the New York-based international rights group, said the Kenyan government seeks to silence the group, on the basis that they failed to account read more...

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.

On June 15,

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...


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