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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.

Recent
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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
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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.
 
The move had prompted a backlash by parliamentarians,
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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
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Burkina Faso Army Dissolves Government
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.
 
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
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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.
 
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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
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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.
 
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
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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
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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.
 
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
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South Africa: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Behind Arms Deal Expose - Activist
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.
 
"One of the prime names, in fact the leader, was Ms Winnie Mandela," arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne told the
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Kenyan President Flies to ICC As an Ordinary Citizen
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.
 
Kenyatta, 52, is charged with crimes against humanity committed in his country in violence that followed elections at the
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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Is a 'Pastor' Anointed By God, Says Grace
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...

 
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.
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Kenya: Who Owns Kenya?
01 October 2014, All Africa.com

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
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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

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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 Africa.com/The 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 Africa.com/HRW

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
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Southern Africa: Is Mugabe Chairmanship a Risk for SADC?
08 September 2014, All Africa.com-Andrew 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.
 
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Africa: Nine Things We Should Know About the African Court of Justice an
08 September 2014, All Africa.com/ 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
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Africa: Who Are You Calling Corrupt? Good Governance Begins At Home
04 September 2014, Think Africa Press/All Africa.com

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
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S.Africa: Electoral Commission Chair Quits
04 September 2014, All Africa.com

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

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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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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U.S., African government officials and civil society leaders discuss strategies to improve governance and combat corruption
04 August 2014, OSF

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August 4, 2014)—The Open Society Foundations convened an impressive group of civil society advocates to urge African and the U.S. government to take meaningful steps to improve transparency and accountability. Those efforts are critical to ensuring a stable future where prosperity is widely shared and sustained in Africa.

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Nigeria: Ihedioha - How Parliaments in Africa Can Fight Corruption
28 July 2014, Thisday/allafrica.com

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has outlined concrete steps parliaments in Africa can take to support the battle against corruption in their countries.
 
Speaking at the 45th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (Africa region) in Arusha, Tanzania at the weekend, the deputy speaker
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Central African Republic: CAR Reconciliation Talks End This Day
26 July 2014, All Africa.com

Armed militias are expected to sign a deal ending hostilities before eventual negotiations on a comprehensive agreement.
 
After three days of frantic negotiations that began on July 21, 2014, international representatives and 170 Central African Republic, CAR, stakeholders are due to end discussions today, July 23,
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Africa: U.S.-Africa Summit Must Listen to Voices of the People
25 July 2014, All Africa.com

In a guest column for AllAfrica, E. Gyimah Boadi of Ghana's Center for Democratic Development says the vast majority of Africans who prefer democracy over authoritarian regimes deserve to be heard at the forthcoming U.S.-Africa Summit convened by President Barack Obama.
 
 
The child kidnappings
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Gambia: Impunity Persists - 20 Years of Fear in the Gambia
25 July 2014, All Africa.com

On 22 July 1994, a group of military officers led by Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew President Dawda Jawara, who had been in power in Gambia since 1970. Yahya Jammeh, supported by the army, proclaimed himself President of the Republic and, over time, took direct control of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior.
 
The
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Africa: An 'Integration Challenge' - How Does It Feel to Be a Global Problem?
22 July 2014, The South African Civil Society Information Service

Many South Africans see black immigrants as a threat to their privileges. African immigrants from a refugee background, in particular, are viewed as a social burden by societal institutions. These xenophobic attitudes are not unique in South Africa.
 
Historically, black African refugees received little help from the United Nations read more...

 
AU Official Anticipates Stronger Ties at US-Africa Summit
22 July 2014, VoA news

 A senior official of the African Union said next month’s U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership.

Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such read more...

 
Africa: Who Will Foot the Bill for Africa's New Intervention Force?
09 July 2014, ISS

The next time a major crisis that needs swift military action breaks out anywhere in Africa, an African force will be on high alert to intervene within days. This was the message from African leaders at the recently concluded 23rd bi-annual African Union (AU) summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
 
At the summit, South African President read more...

 
South Africa: Legal Grounds to Compel SA Government to Renew Zim Permits
09 July 2014, SW Radio/Allafrica.com

South African legislator Masizole Mnqasela has said Zimbabweans whose right to live there under the Special Dispensation programme has expired, should go to court if the South African government does not renew their permits.
 
Mnqasela who was a researcher for the Dispensation programme as a home affairs parliamentary portfolio read more...

 
Africa: AU Summit Decision a Backward Step for International Justice
04 July 2014, Amnesty Int'l

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said.
 
An official communiqué read more...

 
Africa: Role of Media in Security Sector Reform in Africa
04 July 2014, The Inquirer (Monrovia)

April 7th, 2014 hundreds of journalists gathered in front of the headquarters of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, United Kingdom to show solidarity for media colleagues of the Aljazeera International Television network that have been detained by the military backed government in Egypt in violation of their rights to report the truth. read more...

 

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