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Tchad : Déby décidé à gagner la rude bataille
23 August 2013, Afrique 7

Sumai Issa 

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.
"This meeting is to first of all educate this new minister about how bad this bill (Public Order Management Bill read more...

Fledgling Website Brings Fact Checking to South Africa
08 August 2013, VoA

Liberia Ethiopian Envoy Briefs Ellen
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

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.
"We must try and unite all Zimbabweans. The victory of ZANU-PF is a victory for everyone. Even the read more...

Mali's Election Goes to Second Round
05 August 2013, All 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.
Keita's main rival, Soumaïla Cissé, won 19.4 per cent, the read more...

Behold, the 24-hour good news SABC
05 August 2013, All 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)

By Correspondent

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

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.
On Wednesday,

Former Malian PM Leading in Early Election Results
01 August 2013, VoA news

Officials in Mali are expected to release full provisional results of the country's presidential election on Wednesday.
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...

Tanzania tackling peer advice ahead of October APRM report
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.
Some 6.8 million Malians have been registered to vote. Two days to the poll, electoral read more...

MAEP : Le « bâton de pèlerin » de Losseni pour recueillir les préoccupations des acteurs
29 July 2013,

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


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...

Nigeria: Jonathan tasks African leaders as summit opens
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.

'We must

Document Alleges Vote Rigging in Zimbabwe
24 July 2013, SW Radio/

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.
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.

Gilbert Médjè reçu hier par le Président Nago
19 July 2013, La Nouvelle Tribune (Benin)

Écrit par Ismail Kèko

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...

Tchad: objectif bonne gouvernance pour tous les secteurs
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

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...

PM's Party Declares No Faith in Polls
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 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.
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.

'Multi-partyism suppressing women's advancement'
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.
The women legislators under their umbrella body, the Uganda women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), expressed concern that they are constrained read more...

Le Tchad résolu à améliorer sa gouvernance
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.

"L'objectif principal du MAEP est de stimuler l'adoption des lois, read more...

East Africa: EAC Delegates Say Corruption Impeding Regional Integration
09 July 2013, The New Times (Rwanda)

By Eric Kabeera & Sarah Kwihangana,

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...

APRM: People's views should prevail in new constitution
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.

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...

When is a Coup not a Coup
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

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.

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.
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...

Liberia: Lacc Boss - Liberia Lost Opportunity to Fight Corruption
02 July 2013, Heritage/

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.
In order to overcome new challenges in the

Africa: Democracy, Transparency Are Not 'Western Exports' - Obama
02 July 2013, All

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

Stateless Zimbabwe residents gain citizenship
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

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.
The teachers' strike has disrupted classes in public primary and secondary schools across the country.
Labor Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi dismissed KNUT’s demands

African Peer Review Mechanism contribution to Africa applauded
26 June 2013,

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.
In a press release issued June 23, 2013, Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive read more...

Sudan: UN Human Rights Council Member States Accuse South Sudan of Violations
24 June 2013, All 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.
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...

Africa finally gets its turn with Obama visit
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

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.

Despite the significant progress made in the organization of peaceful and credible elections in West Africa, elections still remain periods read more...

Nigeria APRM: Nnamani Chairs 20-man Nigeria's Second Peer Review C'ttee
15 June 2013, This Day (Nigeria)

By 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 Mechanism (APRM).

APRM: Nnamani Chairs 20-man Nigeria's Second Peer Review C'ttee
15 June 2013, This Day (Nigeria)

Written by 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...

South Africa: Naming and Shaming Swings Into Action
11 June 2013, All

There can be no objection in principle to the Justice Minister's naming and shaming initiative, since all convictions occur in open court. Also, shame is in short supply in South Africa, where anything apparently goes - and we need the restoration of a clear moral compass. We hope that this public shaming will be extended to members of the executive read more...

Swaziland: Voices Silenced and Solidarity Stifled
11 June 2013, Gender Links

Siphofaneni — Members of the Swaziland Rural Women's Assembly (SRWA) along with gender activists in Swaziland and beyond are still reeling in shock after the Royal Swaziland Police Service (RSPS) effectively silenced activists and shut down a peaceful women’s solidarity march that the SRWA organised on 29 May.
SRWA

Kenyan Victims Withdraw From ICC Proceedings
11 June 2013, Institute for War & Peace Reporting

Development is a further setback to the court's work in Kenya, but does not halt legal process.
Three months before Kenya's deputy president is due to go on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, 93 victims of violence that followed a disputed election in late 2007 have pulled out of the proceedings.

Zimbabwe: MDC Questions Validity of Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court
06 June 2013, All Radio

The MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube has questioned the validity of the newly formed Constitutional Court saying the nine member judges who passed a ruling in the court last Friday ordering the running of elections by July 31st, has not been constituted yet.
MDC Secretary General Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga added more


Mali's Rush to the Ballot Box
06 June 2013, All

With a state of emergency about to be lifted, campaigning for Mali's elections on July 28 is poised to begin in earnest. Many potential voters are skeptical, but their country is poor and faces pressure from abroad.
Rokia Diarra Karambe is a women's rights activist and President of the Federation of Mali's Migrant Associations. Whenever read more...

Bensouda to Engage Kenya Over Hague Cases
03 June 2013, All FM

Nairobi — The International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says the court is ready to engage in any legal debate with the government of Kenya over deferral of the cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
The Office of the Prosecutor said in response to queries by Capital FM News that the Kenyan read more...

No room for coups in Africa
31 May 2013, SANews

Pretoria – The current trend in the continent of gaining political power unconstitutionally has to be halted, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

"Elections should not be a source of dispute and political instability, but a democratic path through which the people decide peacefully on who should govern them as read more...

Législatives du 30 juin : le président Alpha Condé fixe la date de la campagne électorale
30 May 2013, Guineenews

Comme nous l’annoncions dans l’une de nos précédentes dépêches, le président Alpha Condé vient de fixer la date du début de la campagne des élections législatives. Le décret a été lu sur les ondes des médias d’État ce soir. Un décret dont voici la teneur read more...

Africans Returning Home in Large Numbers
30 May 2013, VoA news

Many Africans are leaving the United States and other Western countries and returning to their respective countries.
Jacob Sax Conteh is editor of Cocorioko, a Sierra Leone online magazine, which recently carried an article about the topic.
He said economic decline and disappearing jobs in the West,

30 May 2013, The Tribune (Nigeria)

Written by  Leon Usigbe and Dapo Falade -Abuja
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday, presented the performance report of his administration in its first two years in office, with a call on his critics to develop objective assessment criteria rather than rate his government’s performance from their "heartbeats.”

Addressing

Sirleaf elected chair of the African Peer Review Mechanism
29 May 2013, Africa Review


Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been elected chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

She was elected by 30 African leaders whose countries have acceded to be part of the APRM.

APRM allows participating countries to peer review each other on governance read more...


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