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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.

They are

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

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.

But the court's deputy president

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.

At least five people

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

South Africa: Footage of Mob Attack Raises Alarm in South Africa
13 April 2015, All

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.

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

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

Zimbabwe: Mujuru to Form New Party, Head Gone Says Moyo
07 April 2015, All

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

Mali: The Egg and the Stone
07 April 2015, All

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.
But

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

Africa: Let's Chart Our Own Plan, Says Kagame at Addis Finance Confab
01 April 2015, All

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",

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

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

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

Senegal's Ex-'Minister of Heaven' Jailed
23 March 2015, DW/All

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

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

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...


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