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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.

May 7, 2014

US extends Djibouti military deal

The US has secured a 30-year lease for a key Djibouti military base it uses to fight terrorism in the Horn of Africa. This follows the visit of Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh to the US where he met president Barrack Obama. Since 2002, the US has used Camp Lemonier, the former French installation for air and sea surveillance operations throughout the Horn of Africa and for occasional strikes on militants believed to be associated with al-Qaeda or al-Shabaab groups.

May 7, 2014

Efforts to end the conflict in South Sudan continues

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced on Tuesday 6th May 2014 that the former Vice President Riek Machar who is reported to be the rebel chief in the war in South Sudan has promised to attend peace talks scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia aimed at bringing to an end the civil war in Africa’s newest nation. more…

April 30, 2014

Opposition moves to disband the Electoral body in Kenya

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has initiated a parliamentary process through a private citizen petition to remove the nine (9) commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over what the party insists was mishandling of March 2013 elections. It remains to be seen if the bid will be successful considering CORD’s inferior numbers in the National Assembly compared to the ruling Jubilee coalition. Some CORD MPs have already opposed the petition.

April 24, 2014

Top Anglican clergy challenges President Zuma

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has challenged President Zuma to explain to the nation what he knows about the Nkandla scandal and to take responsibility. He noted that South Africa needed a leader who is transparent, who acknowledges imperfection and has commitment to a life as a values-based leader. This call comes as South Africa prepares to go for polls on 7th May 2014 with reports indicating that only 33% of those born after 1994 (the ‘born-frees’)had registered as voters.

April 22, 2014

Deadly killings reported in South Sudan

The UN has reported that more than 200 civilians including children have been killed by rebel gunmen in the oil-rich town of Bentiu in what is believed to be ethnic attack pitting President Salva Kiir's Dinka tribe against militia forces from ousted former Vice President Machar's Nuer tribe. The massacre is reported to have been carried out in a mosque, church, hospital and within an abandoned UN World Food Programme compound.