| 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.read more...
Nigeria Shuts All Borders Ahead of Election
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
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.
Liberia: Trial Chamber Denies Taylor Motion to Serve His Sentence in Rwanda
Boko Haram militants are reported to have abducted hundreds of people in Damasak, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria read more...
26 March 2015, All Africa.com
A news release from the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL):read more...
Senegal's Ex-'Minister of Heaven' Jailed
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
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.read more...
Zimbabwe: Moyo On Parly Demands for ZBC Audit
A special Senegalese court jailed the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade on Monday, concluding that he had hidden
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.read more...
DR Congo: Mass Arrests of Activists
Crackdown on Free Expression Raises Election Concerns
The board had been
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.
Malawi: Lawyer Yambani Mulemba Arrested Over Cashgate
The arrests, including of foreign journalists and a United States diplomat, read more...
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.read more...
Nigeria: Switzerland Returns U.S.$380 Million Abacha Loot
It is said that Mulemba is slated to be questioned on allegations he attained
18 March 2015, Premium Times
Africa: Stolen Millions - Africa On Big Hunt for Illegal Deposits
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.read more...
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?read more...
Mozambique: Dhlakama Threatens to Seize 'Autonomy' By Force
Simone Gbagbo was tried alongside 82 other allies of her husband, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, in a case
11 March 2015, All Africa.com
South Africa: Zuma Broke Parliament: Maimane
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.read more...
Lesotho: Election Results Expected Soon
The governors spoke in Lagos Tuesday,
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.read more...
Boko Haram takes aim at Nigeria's elections
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
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
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.read more...
Nigeria: South-Easterners in Dilemma Over Polls
In debate on Zuma's state-of-the-nation address, Maimane said the main cause of South Africa's problems was that democratic institutions
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
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.read more...
South Africa: SONA - Who Cares What He Says, What's Zuma Done This Year?
Monrovia - Africa
10 February 2015, All Africa.com
By Khadija Patel
Nigeria: Vote Delay Divides Nigerians
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
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.
Kenyans Have Sh51 Billion Stashed in Swiss Banks
Presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria have been awitched from February 14 to March 28, 2015.
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).read more...
Zimbabwe: AU - Contradictions and Duplicity of the West
This is according to a leaked report titled Swiss Leaks, compiled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
03 February 2015, all Africa.com
By Nick Mangwana
Addis Ababa: ‘Take action now on Burundi or risk regional destabilization and loss of life’–civil society grouping urges the AU
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 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.read more...
Africa: AU Summit - the Men in Hats With Their Backs Against the Wall
He said after 50 years since the inception of the union, Africa is experiencing the most inspiring rebirth and the confidence
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
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.
"Words read more...
Africa: Crucial Year for Africa's Development
15 January 2015, All Africa.com
By James Mackie and Rhys Williams
US Charges 2 Citizens in Gambia Coup Attempt
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
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.
Malawi: ACB Issues Warrant of Arrest for Joyce Banda
The suspension included a section of the wide-ranging bill, popularly known as the ‘anti-terror’ read more...
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.read more...
ICC: We ‘Won’t Forget’ Kenya’s Post-Poll Violence Victims
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
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 Africa.com
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 read more...
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.
Nigeria: Obasanjo Rubbishes National Assembly, Says It's an Assembly of Thieves, Looters
Elections Director Paul Isaak said last night full results will be announced "at a convenient time" today.
With read more...
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.read more...
Clear and present danger signals
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
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.
Recent read more...
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.
As Elections Become More Regular in Africa, So Has Intolerance of Diversity
"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...
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 read more...
Botswana President's Bid to Name Brother as VP Blocked
13 November 2014, All Africa.com
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.read more...
South Africa: Police Investigate President
The move had prompted a backlash by parliamentarians,
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.read more...
Burkina Faso Army Dissolves Government
South African police confirmed on Monday they were looking into publicly-funded renovations
31 October 2014, All Africa.com/DW
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.
Gambia Must Heed UN Warning to Improve Its Human Rights Record
Burkina Faso's government was forced to resign on Thursday following increasingly violent protests against the country's read more...
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.read more...
Botswana: Khama Wins Botswana Polls
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
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.
Ethiopia: Nine Parties to "Cooperate" for Upcoming Election
The government-owned Daily News and the independent Mmegi newspaper said Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo had declared Khama elected president on Sunday.
This read more...
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 read more...
Botswana Goes to the Polls
24 October 2014, All Africa.com/SA 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.
Arrests Galore in Cashgate Scandal As ACB Sounds Coy On Arresting Joyce Banda
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...
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.read more...
Cote d'Ivoire: Simone Gbagbo On Trial in Abidjan
In an interview with Malawi24, ACB\'s spokesperson, Egrita Ndala was quick to rule
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.
Unity is the only solution to African problems – Keita
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...
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 read more...
Malawi: Joyce Banda's Treason Charges Not Imminent - Govt
14 October 2014, Malawi 24/All Africa.com
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.read more...
South Africa: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Behind Arms Deal Expose - Activist
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
08 October 2014, All Africa.com/SAPA
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.read more...
Kenyan President Flies to ICC As an Ordinary Citizen
"One of the prime names, in fact the leader, was Ms Winnie Mandela," arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne told the
08 October 2014, All Africa.com/Hirondelle 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.read more...
Zimbabwe: Mugabe Is a 'Pastor' Anointed By God, Says Grace
Kenyatta, 52, is charged with crimes against humanity committed in his country in violence that followed elections at the
08 October 2014, All Africa.com
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...