| A decade of citizen-led assessments of democracy
19 September 2013, International IDEA
By Lotta Westerberg, International IDEA’s State of Democracy programme
FG Commences Second Nigerian Peer Review
Some 80 people from around the world met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 16–18 September 2013, to discuss citizens as the driving force behind democracy assessment processes, at the conference ’Citizen-led Assessments of Democracy: A Decade of Experiences from Around the read more...
18 September 2013, This Day (Nigeria)
The federal government has commenced the second peer review of governance in Nigeria, which is aimed at providing a platform for Nigeria to showcase her achievements so far in the implementation of the National Plan of Action (NPoA).
Congo-Kinshasa: Justice Sector Is Failing
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, stated this yesterday in Abuja, read more...
17 September 2013, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Johannesburg)
By Richard Lee, 17 September 2013
NEPAD Steering Committee takes stock of progress
The justice sector is the most important pillar of the rule of law in any society. In a post-conflict society such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it plays the additional role of guaranteeing stability and peace but if it is unable to promote, safeguard and protect values of fairness and justice, read more...
11 September 2013, NEPAD
Centurion, South Africa, September 11, 2013 - Representatives of African governments, United Nations Agencies, the African Union Commission and other strategic development partners have concluded a two day meeting of the NEPAD Steering Committee in Centurion, South Africa, with a clear map of activities for the Agency.
Liberia: President Sirleaf Meets Nine-Member Panel of the APRM
The Committee is read more...
06 September 2013, Government of Liberia
The nine-member panel of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is proposing a retreat of peer members that will enable them brainstorm over key issues including the mechanisms for integration into the African Union (AU).
Kenya ICC Withdrawal Sets Bad Precedent
They said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf serving as chairperson of the APRM provides an opportunity for potential read more...
06 September 2013, All Africa.com/Observer Kampala
The Kenyan Parliament today passed a motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court statute, making it the first country to make such a decision.
Guinea poised to complete transition to civilian rule
Opposition MPs boycotted the vote; however, a bill to this effect will be introduced in the next 30 days.
Earlier, a coalition of NGOs across Africa had warned read more...
06 September 2013, IRIN
CONAKRY, 5 September 2013 (IRIN) - Guinea’s parliamentary election, to be held later this month, will establish a legislative assembly after almost five years without one, and formally complete a transition to civilian rule. But the long-overdue poll is fraught with political and ethnic tensions that analysts say hinder reforms and progress.
The read more...
Kenya May Withdraw from ICC
05 September 2013, VoA news
Kenyan lawmakers are meeting Thursday to discuss whether to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, just two months before the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
No incidents of xenophobia in Musina
A withdrawal would not interrupt any trials already scheduled.
Kenya's president and deputy president, William Ruto, are due to go on trial read more...
05 September 2013, Zoutnet
The MEC for Safety, Security and Liaison, Ms Joyce Mashamba, praised the people of Musina for their ability to embrace foreign nationals and live with them in peace and harmony.
Is Mugabe an Entrenched Leader or a Changed Man?
"The fact that not even a single incident of xenophobia has been reported in Musina should encourage people from other parts of the country to follow read more...
23 August 2013, VoA news
JOHANNESBURG — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been sworn in after another election that critics and observers say was marred. Mugabe was unapologetic as he took another oath of office despite widespread claims of rigging.
Zambia: African Mine Vision - AU Members Need Support
Robert Mugabe once said he would rule Zimbabwe until he is 100.
On Thursday, as read more...
23 August 2013, All Africa.com/Tmes of Zambia
DELEGATES to the 14th strategy and review meeting of the African initiative on Mining, Environment and society (AIMES) have acknowledged the need to support member States of the African Union in implementing the African Mining Vision (AMV).
Tchad : Déby décidé à gagner la rude bataille
The AMV was adopted by heads of State in 2009, to provide guidance as to how the read more...
23 August 2013, Afrique 7
Dans le cadre
du Nouveau Partenariat de Développement, le Tchad a lancé jeudi les activités
du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP) en vue de la promotion
et du renforcement de la gouvernance sur son territoire.
Uganda Groups Oppose Public Order Bill
08 August 2013, VoA news
Uganda’s civil society and opposition groups are scheduled to meet Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima today (Thursday) to complain about a proposed law they say could undermine the nation’s constitution.
Fledgling Website Brings Fact Checking to South Africa
"This meeting is to first of all educate this new minister about how bad this bill (Public Order Management Bill read more...
08 August 2013, VoA
JOHANNESBURG — The 'facts' in South Africa now have a kind of watchdog.
Liberia Ethiopian Envoy Briefs Ellen
Africa Check, a fledgling fact checking website, is attempting to pin down unfounded claims made by the country's leaders, media outlets along with read more...
08 August 2013, The New Dawn (Monrovia)
By Winston W. Parley,
The Economic Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minster and
ex-chairperson on the focal point at the African Peer Review Mechanism or APRM,
Mr. Newaye Cebreab Biadgilligan on Wednesday conferred with President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Mr. Biadgilligan is in Liberia at the invitation read more...
ZANU-PF Official Calls for Zimbabwe’s Unity
05 August 2013, VoA news
In Zimbabwe, the spokesman for ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe says his group is open to working with rival parties to unite the country after the opposition rejected the results of last week’s general election.
Mali's Election Goes to Second Round
"We must try and unite all Zimbabweans. The victory of ZANU-PF is a victory for everyone. Even the read more...
05 August 2013, All Africa.com/RFI English
Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on 11 August 11, the government said Friday. Former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was in the lead with 39.2 per cent of the vote in Sunday's first round, according to figures announced on live television.
Behold, the 24-hour good news SABC
Keita's main rival, Soumaïla Cissé, won 19.4 per cent, the read more...
05 August 2013, All Africa.com/Daily Mavrick
When Julius Malema addressed media at the launch of his Economic Freedom Fighters, he thanked journalists from the SABC for attending. He knows what it’s like to be both a darling and enemy of the ANC, he said, and understands what staff at public broadcaster are forced to put up with. The SABC is "run from Luthuli House,” he told media. "I know how read more...
APRM: Country plans good, doubts in implementation
05 August 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)
Tanzania has been commended for its Five Year Development
Plan 2011/2012-2015/16 which is meant to boost the agricultural sector in the
country but at the same time questions have been levied as to the country’s
ability to implement the plan.
The query was revealed by the Head of Media and
Communications, Hassan read more...
Zimbabwe Votes in Critical Test of Freedom
01 August 2013, All Africa.com
Harare — "We definitely can't miss this grand chance to cast our vote. It's like Zimbabwe is just gaining independence; the excitement to see a new government coming into power is just incredible and we hope we get a new Zimbabwe rolling again," 38-year-old Mildred Saungweme from Harare's Hatfield suburb, told IPS.
Former Malian PM Leading in Early Election Results
On Wednesday, read more...
01 August 2013, VoA news
Officials in Mali are expected to release full provisional results of the country's presidential election on Wednesday.
Tanzania tackling peer advice ahead of October APRM report
Sunday's polling was seen as a first step toward Mali's recovery from a year-and-a-half of unrest.
On Tuesday, territorial administration minister Colonel Moussa Sinko Coulibaly said partial read more...
29 July 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)
Tanzania has embarked on addressing governance issues raised by its people through the African Union governance assessment tool - the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) said its head of media and communications, Hassan Abbas.
Speaking at a press conference held yesterday in Dar es Salaam Abbas told the media that although the launch of read more...
Frustration and hope ahead of Mali's polls
29 July 2013, IRIN
BAMAKO, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) - Malians vote on 28 July in the first ever polls since a military coup and an insurgency 16 months ago, but complaints of missing voting cards and worries that the elections are rushed have marred the run-up to the ballot.
MAEP : Le « bâton de pèlerin » de Losseni pour recueillir les préoccupations des acteurs
Some 6.8 million Malians have been registered to vote. Two days to the poll, electoral read more...
29 July 2013, LeFaso.net
Le Mécanisme africain d’évaluation par les pairs (MAEP) a dix ans. Dix ans à œuvrer pour la bonne gouvernance dans des pays d’Afrique dont le Burkina Faso. A l’occasion, le secrétariat permanent organise une tournée dans les 13 régions pour présenter les défis et les perspectives pour une véritable read more...
North-West committed to APRM – Seyuba
28 July 2013, Times of Zambia
By MARTIN MUSUNKA -
Nigeria: Jonathan tasks African leaders as summit opens
NORTH–Western Province Permanent Secretary Augustine Seyuba says stakeholders in the province are committed to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process.
Mr Seyuba said, through the APRM consultation meetings, stakeholders should evaluate performance and contribute to fundamental objectives of read more...
25 July 2013, AfriqueJet information News
AU Special Summit - The African Union (AU) Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got underway here Monday, with host President Goodluck Jonathan challenging his fellow African leaders to look inward in the search of solutions to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other related infectious diseases.
Document Alleges Vote Rigging in Zimbabwe
24 July 2013, SW Radio/Allafrica.com
Sensational new evidence has emerged of how ZANU PF plans to steal the forthcoming elections aided by the Chinese and by the Israeli firm Nikuv.
Gilbert Médjè reçu hier par le Président Nago
The arrival of the MDC on the political scene in 2000, and its call for change in the way the country was being governed, spelt the beginning of the end for ZANU PF.
19 July 2013, La Nouvelle Tribune (Benin)
Écrit par Ismail Kèko
Tchad: objectif bonne gouvernance pour tous les secteurs
L’ancien ministre Gilbert Médjè, Président de la Commission Nationale de Gouvernance du Mécanisme Africain d’Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP), accompagné d’une forte délégation, a été reçu hier en audience à l’Assemblée Nationale par le Président read more...
18 July 2013, Journal du Tchad
De nombreux organes nécessaires à la promotion de cette idéologie ont été mis en place dans tous les services du pays
PM's Party Declares No Faith in Polls
Le gouvernement tchadien prend très au sérieux son adhésion au Mécanisme Africain d'Evaluation par les pairs (MAEP). En effet six mois seulement après son adhésion read more...
17 July 2013, VoA news
HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Voting for Zimbabwe's elections got underway this week with special early voting by police and security agents. That voting extended to a third day Tuesday - one more than originally scheduled - in what appears to be a violation of the constitution. The prime minister’s party says it will go to court in an effort to have the read more...
Zimbabwe: AU Calls Zim Summit After Pleas From MDCs
17 July 2013, All Africa.com/SW Radio
The African Union will convene a summit on the Zimbabwe election on Friday, after the continental leadership bloc was petitioned by the MDC formations.
'Multi-partyism suppressing women's advancement'
This was revealed by Robert Mugabe at a rally in Marondera on Monday, where he vowed that the elections will take place despite the AU summit outcome or the MDCs' objections.
17 July 2013, New Vision
The multi-party political dispensation is hindering advancement of women issues in Parliament and is one of the inhibitors to achieving substantial gains, women legislators have said.
Le Tchad résolu à améliorer sa gouvernance
The women legislators under their umbrella body, the Uganda women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), expressed concern that they are constrained read more...
17 July 2013, Xinhua
N'DJAMENA (Xinhua) - Près de six mois après son adhésion au Mécanisme Africain d'Evaluation par les pairs (MAEP), le Tchad s'active à mettre en place les organes nécessaires à promouvoir la bonne gouvernance dans tous les secteurs de la vie nationale.
East Africa: EAC Delegates Say Corruption Impeding Regional Integration
"L'objectif principal du MAEP est de stimuler l'adoption des lois, read more...
09 July 2013, The New Times (Rwanda)
By Eric Kabeera & Sarah Kwihangana,
APRM: People's views should prevail in new constitution
EAC Partner states must adopt a comprehensive mechanism to uproot corruption in the region if the integration process is to be fully undertaken, participants at the East African Community conference on good governance have said.
The two-day conference that is underway in Kigali has read more...
08 July 2013, IPPMedia / The Guardian (Tanzania)
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Tanzania chapter has said people’s views should prevail in the final document of the Constitution.
APRM said it was reviewing the document to see whether there were issues that needed to be enhanced so that the country finally gets a final document that would lead Tanzania into a more prosperous read more...
East Africa: Kigali Hosts EAC Good Governance Conference
08 July 2013, New Vision (Uganda)
The fourth edition of the East African Community (EAC) annual conference on Good Governance opened Monday in Rwandan capital, Kigali.
When is a Coup not a Coup
The two-day conference is run under the theme: "Sustaining the Fight against Corruption to promote Regional Integration".
"The Conference will focus on corruption as an impediment to the regional read more...
05 July 2013, AfriMAP
By Ozias Tungwarara, 05/07/2013
After months of protests against the government of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday, July 3, the Egyptian military announced that he had been removed from office. Twenty million protestors had poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square demanding that he resigns. He refused to budge and read more...
One word can help to end the attacks on foreigners
By Jeggan Grey-Johnson
05 July 2013, Business Day Live
IT SEEMS that it is government policy to steer clear, at all costs, from calling the attacks on foreign nationals, by their proper name: xenophobic. This attitude is nothing new, and has been the unstated policy of the African National Congress (ANC) since 2008, when riots left 62 people dead; although 21 of those killed were South Africans.
South read more...
African Union Hosts Public Dialogue on African Shared Values Critical to Africa’s Renaissance
04 July 2013, African Union
04 July 2013, Addis Ababa – Speaking during a public
dialogue with representatives of civil society and donor communities,
university students, workers’ associations, the diplomatic community, Addis
Ababa residents, and other Ethiopian citizens, Mr. Olabisi Dare on behalf of.
Dr. Aisha Abdullahi, AUC’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, called for read more...
Tanzania: U.S - China Competition Plays Out in Tanzania
02 July 2013, VoA news
U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tanzania as the last stop of his African tour, underscores a silent competition with China to tap the country's growing economic potential.
Liberia: Lacc Boss - Liberia Lost Opportunity to Fight Corruption
It's always a hard day's work at the Kivukoni fish market in Dar es Salaam. This place was once the center of business and trade in the city by the sea. read more...
02 July 2013, Heritage/AllAfrica.com
The Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson-Alison, has disclosed that the rejection of a bill seeking to grant the LACC direct prosecutorial powers by the 53rd Liberian Legislature is a lost opportunity to the fight against corruption.
Africa: Democracy, Transparency Are Not 'Western Exports' - Obama
In order to overcome new challenges in the read more...
02 July 2013, All Africa.com
Stateless Zimbabwe residents gain citizenship
An excerpt from President Obama's speech at the University of Cape Town:
[H]istory tells us that true progress is only possible where governments exist to serve their people, and not the other way around.
If anyone wants to read more...
26 June 2013, IRIN
HARARE, 21 June 2013 (IRIN) - Standing in a winding queue in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Judith Kapito, 38, cannot hide her excitement: she is waiting to receive a new identity document, one that will offer her rights and opportunities she has long been deprived of.
Kapito was born to Malawian parents who migrated read more...
Kenya Government Says Teachers' Strike Illegal
26 June 2013, VoA news
Kenya’s government has called for dialogue with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) after saying the group’s ongoing strike is illegal.
African Peer Review Mechanism contribution to Africa applauded
The teachers' strike has disrupted classes in public primary and secondary schools across the country.
Labor Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi dismissed KNUT’s demands read more...
26 June 2013, SpyGhana.com
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has been praised for its contribution to sustainable growth and development in the continent and has been described as a homegrown governance mechanism that has consolidated Africa’s ownership of its development agenda.
Sudan: UN Human Rights Council Member States Accuse South Sudan of Violations
In a press release issued June 23, 2013, Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive read more...
24 June 2013, All Africa.com/Sudan Tribune
Juba — South Sudan is under fire from powerful member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which accused the new country of serious violations of human rights.
Africa finally gets its turn with Obama visit
The acting spokesman of the government and telecommunications minister, Madut Biar Yel, on Friday told the press that the recent conference on human read more...
24 June 2013, Daily Nation
Barack Obama will visit Africa living a paradox: its blood runs in his veins, yet he has given the continent only passing notice as US president, while rivals like China eye the prize. Read (As Obama heads to Africa, Kenya eyes ICC trial impact)
In Africa, as elsewhere, Obama's election in 2008 sparked great read more...
Electoral commissions are meeting to curb electoral violence in West Africa
17 June 2013, OSIWA
Presidents of electoral commissions in West Africa and international experts are taking part in a regional workshop on the prevention of electoral violence from 18 to 20 June, 2013 in Cotonou, Benin.
Nigeria APRM: Nnamani Chairs 20-man Nigeria's Second Peer Review C'ttee
Despite the significant progress made in the organization of peaceful and credible elections in West Africa, elections still remain periods read more...
15 June 2013, This Day (Nigeria)
By Senator Iroegbu and Dele Ogbodo
APRM: Nnamani Chairs 20-man Nigeria's Second Peer Review C'ttee
The former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has been appointed Chairman of the National Steering Committee on Nigeria Second Peer Review, with a charge to appraise the level of progress made by Nigeria in addressing any observed gaps in the four thematic areas of the African Pear Review Mechanism (APRM).
15 June 2013, This Day (Nigeria)
Senator Iroegbu and Dele Ogbodo
The former Senate
President, Ken Nnamani has been appointed Chairman of the National Steering
Committee on Nigeria Second Peer Review, with a charge to appraise the level of
progress made by Nigeria in addressing any observed gaps in the four thematic
areas of the African Pear Review read more...