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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

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...

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

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.

Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorians Divided Over Simone Gbagbo Conviction
11 March 2015, DW/

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

Mozambique: Dhlakama Threatens to Seize 'Autonomy' By Force
11 March 2015, All

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.

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,

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


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...


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