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December 8, 2015

THE RULE OF LAW AND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE: INVESTIGATING MOTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Various stakeholders from the Horn of Africa gathered in Djibouti to exchange views and contribute towards the promotion of regulatory measures in the field of investments for sustainable development in the region and the African continent in general. This forum was convened by the KAS' Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa in collaboration with the Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP) of the University of Stellenbosch and the Office of the President of the Republic of Djibouti. more…

December 7, 2015

ACHIEVING GENDER EQUALITY IN POLITICAL PROCESSES

Various stakeholders from Africa gathered at the Annual Jurists’ Conference 2015 that was held in Kwale County. The Conference organized jointly by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists and the National Gender Equality Commission sought to contribute towards gender equality in political processes by exploring the various practical steps that each member of the society can play towards promoting women participation in political processes. more…

November 9, 2015

STAKEHOLDERS’ CONFERENCE ON COMBATING CORRUPTION IN AFRICA

Stakeholders from over 10 countries in Africa convened in Cape Town to explore possible and viable steps towards effective fight against corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference was jointly organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Accountability Now (IFAISA). It was graced by Justices R. Goldstone, A. Sachs, Kate O’Regan, I. Farlam, Dennis Davis: Dr. A. Molokomme, AG-Botswana; Deputy Public Protector K. Malunga among others. more…

October 19, 2015
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FIRST AFRICA COLLOQUIUM ON ENVIRONMENTAL RULE OF LAW

Over 160 representatives of Africa's judiciary and law enforcement authorities converged in Nairobi for the 1st Africa Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law that was jointly organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Office of the Chief Justice of Kenya, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Judiciary Training Institute of Kenya (JTI). The colloquium was officially opened by Hon. Dr. Willy Mutunga, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

October 8, 2015

Ghana suspends seven high court judges because of corrupt practices

The undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas had produced an investigative film showing high court judges receiving bribes to dismiss cases and extorting money from litigants. After a thorough investigation, seven out of 12 high court judges have now been dismissed. Investigations are continuing and may result in further disciplinary actions. The suspended judges must now answer a case of misbehaviour.

October 2, 2015

Inter-religious clashes in Bangui, Central African Republic

On 26th Sept, a group of Muslims attacked a Christian neighbourhood in Bangui in reprisal for the killing of a Muslim man. The clash left at least 21 people dead and another 100 wounded. The wave of violence between Christians and Muslims had followed the putsch carried out by Muslim Seleka rebels in 2013 and has not decreased after the resignation of the Seleka-led regime in 2014. Voters will elect a new president and parliament on Oct 18 to replace an interim government led by C. Samba-Panza.

October 2, 2015

International Commission of Jurists: Many Kenyans unfairly jailed due to ignorance of court processes

According to the Commission, some inmates had only been convicted because they did not know how to avail themselves of any legal defence. A prison officer noted that many convicted persons could not afford hiring lawyers. There are serious gaps in the provision of legal services to the accused. Therefore, the ICJ is training inmates as paralegals to pass on skills on court procedures to those still undergoing trials. The project was launched last weekend (26 September) in Homa Bay GK Prison.

September 25, 2015

Ghana judges to be investigated over corruption allegations

The two-year investigation conducted by the journalist Anas Aremeyaw Ana has revealed that 34 judges have accepted bribes and extorted money. Ghana’s judicial council will now start an inquiry into corruption of the judiciary. Chief justice Georgina Theodora Wood has summoned the 12 high court and 22 lower court judges who are implicated in the corruption.

September 16, 2015

Tanzania's President applaudes African Court on Human and People's Rights

Jakaya Kikwete honored the achievements the court has accomplished in just a decade of existence. At the same time he criticized the push of African countries to establish an own court with a mandate to try crimes against humanity within the AfCHPR, as this would pose an aggression against the International Criminal Court (ICC). He also urged respect for the The Hague-based Court, which has recently come under heavy criticism from the African leaders as being biased towards Africa.

September 16, 2015

Referendum on reduction of presidential mandate in Senegal

In May 2016 Senegal will hold a referendum on the reduction of the presidential term from seven to five years. President Macky Sall thereby wishes to realize what his predecessor Abdoulaye Wade had initiated in the 1990s. The shortened mandate is hoped to encourage political reforms, strengthen good governance and entrench the democratization process. The referendum is expected to garner a majority "yes" vote.