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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

"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

Africa: Citizens Call to Action on Ebola
01 September 2014, All

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

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

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

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.

 She

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

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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