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June 3, 2014

News from Africa

Bring Back Our Girls Movement challenges a ban on their rallies in the Nigerian Capital; Gay Groups Protest the election of Ugandan Minister as the head of UN General Assembly and Top envoys voice fears over Burundi tensions more…

May 29, 2014

IMF 'Africa Rising" conference opens in Mozambique

More than 300 leading policymakers from Africa meet in Maputo between 29 - 30 May to take stock of the continent's economic performance. The conference is intended to focus on how best the continent can sustain the current growth which has exhibited increased resilience to shocks and ongoing economic policy challenges. Experts predict a 4.7% economic growth for Africa in 2014 due to increased investments in natural resources, ICT, financial services, transport and construction.

May 24, 2014

Congolese warlord sentenced to 12 years in prison by the ICC

Germain Katanga a warlord accused of war crimes and crime against humanity for his role in the attack on a village in DRC in 2003 in which more than 200 people died, was sentenced to 12 years in jail by the ICC on on 23/5/2014. The almost 7 years that Katanga has already spend in detentions will be deducted from the sentence. However, Katanga's lawyers had already appealed against his conviction and now have 30 days from 23/5/2014 to appeal his sentence.

May 20, 2014

East African Legislative Assembly MPs plot to remove the Speaker as call for justice in South Sudan is made

A section of EALA MPs have vowed to remove Speaker Margaret Zziwa when the House resumes sittings on May 27 despite interim court orders barring the House from debating the motion to remove her. The court ruling on the matter is expected to be made on May 29. Elsewhere,the UN Chief and some civil society activists in South Sudan are calling for the establishment of a ‘hybrid tribunal’ to investigate crimes committed during the ongoing civil war to ensure that impunity does not prevail.

May 20, 2014

A Kenyan Lawyer has been picked to salvage Tanzania’s Constitution Review Process

Prof. PLO Lumumba has been engaged by the Tanzania Constitution Council (Jukwaa la Katiba) to try and reconcile the parties in the Constituent Assembly in a bid to continue with the constitution review process. The process was thrown into disarray when members aligned to the opposition walked out of the proceedings of the Assembly as they could not agree on the structure of the Union. A Network of several civil society and NGOs has continued to exert pressure on authorities to rescue the process

May 20, 2014

Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Ministers of justice and Attorneys General from the AU members states met in Addis Ababa on 15 and 16th May to consider among other instruments, the Draft Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights that seeks to expand the jurisdiction of the African Court to include criminal jurisdiction similar to the International Criminal Court. more…

May 13, 2014

Malawi’s President faces uphill task to retain her seat

President Joyce Banda’s bid to be re-elected as the president of Malawi in the forthcoming elections scheduled for 20th May 2014 suffered a big blow over the weekend when her Vice President Khumbo Kachali, who resigned from her ruling party recently, appeared at a rally organised by the Democratic Progression Party (DPP) led by the opposition leading candidate Peter Mutharika. Mr. Kachali announced that he was joining DPP and called upon the people of Malawi to elect Mr. Mutharika.

May 13, 2014

Boko Haram offers to swap abducted girls for prisoners

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has offered to release the more than 200 abducted school girls in exchange of the Boko Haram prisoners. This announcement came as international pressure continued to mount for the release of the young girls. Nigeria has deployed two army divisions to hunt for the girls while several nations including the US, Britain, Israel, China and France have offered varied assistance including sending of experts to rescue the girls.

May 13, 2014

Question marks on the peace process in South Sudan as ANC wins in South Africa

President Kiir claims that the peace deal that was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday 9th May 2014 was done under duress; as ANC wins South Africa's 2014 general election, securing 62.15% of the national vote. more…

May 7, 2014

South Africa goes to the Polls

South Africa will hold its 5th elections since independence today amid concerns over voter apathy. A total of 28 parties will take part. ANC, Helen Zille-led Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters party led by Julius Malema are the three leading parties. It remains to be seen how the ‘born frees’ vote will influence the outcome and whether the minor parties will provide the critical swing vote especially in the hotly contested areas such as Gauteng province, the home to Johannesburg.