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Properties of President Obiang Nguema`s Son Seized in Switzerland

  His father is not only one of the richest African leaders, but Africa’s longest serving leader and indeed, one of most repressive leaders on the continent. But that is not why Teodorin Obiang Nguema, the son of President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea is making news in Switzerland of recently. Prosecutors in Switzerland have confiscated 11 cars (amongst them a Porsche valued at more than $830,000 and a $2m Bugatti Veyron) belonging to Nguema junior, who is…

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Proverb of the Week

Pein dan kan jo ya, di voorika an tua.   (Buli, Ghana ) If an arrow has not entered deeply, then its removal is not hard. ( English)   The Buli people of Ghana are known to be farmers, who have much knowledge of soil. The proverb helps demonstrate their wide understanding of the rocky soil. Literary, the proverb means that If an arrow has not entered deeply into the soil, it is easy to remove. However, if the…

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Could President Zuma Land in Jail Amid Corruption Accusations?

To many, the name “Zuma“ has different connotations depending on your world view or ideological spectrum. While some associate the name to fearlessness, stubbornness, resistance, to others, it connotes carelessness, corruption, nepotism, excessive libido, amongst others. Regardless what the word or name means to you, South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma, who is the godfather of scandals, is recently facing serious political challenges that could not only send him into political oblivion but equally land him in jail. Definitely,…

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The Consequences of Donald Trump’s Election

November 8, 2016, will be a historic day, not only in the USA but around the world. It is not just a day the USA public mortgaged its common sense and sensibility and elected an open and unapologetic racist, sexist, misogynist, cheat, authoritarian (and you name them); it is the day the American electorate has perhaps sheepishly invited anarchy, confrontation, tensions, economic recession and possible war around the globe through the election of Mr. Trump. It is a choice…

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The test of Kenyans` ‘generosity’ and Beggars` “Disabilities“

It is not unusual to hear politicians in the West complaining recently about illegal immigrants and vowing to close their borders to them. The USA Republican Donald Trump has just won the Presidential election in his country, by dehumanising foreigners, disabled and other minorities. On the other hand, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under increasingly serious attacks by her own party establishment for his Open – Door immigration policy, thereby putting incredible pressure on the liberal Chancellor to…

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Tanzania: One Year With President John Magufuli

This week marks the one-year anniversary of President John Magufuli`s presidency. The President of Tanzania won his election on the promise to weed out corruption and restore accountability in the public life. One year after taking office, many have praised President Magufuli for honouring his promise to bring sanity to the society. Others, however, have accused the President of dictatorial tendencies and to have “limited the democratic space” in the country, including fighting against perceived opponents and media critical…

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Liberia: Worrisome Cyber-Attack

While the whole world reacted with awe to the cyber-attack on the USA Democratic party and the malicious release of Hilary Clinton`s emails to the public, allegedly sponsored by the Russian Intelligence Service, Liberia is facing a similar problem. However, the difference between the USA cyber-attack and that of Liberia is seen by the degree of prominence given to the news of the attacks. Unlike that targeted at Liberia, the attack against the USA is, as usual, treated as…

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Malawi: President Mutharika`s Long Absence and Other Questions Arising

After a solid month-long absence, followed by the massive hashtag #BringBackMutharika tweets by Malawians on social media, demanding to know the whereabouts of their president, President Peter Mutharika (76) of Malawi, finally arrived home on October 16 from his unexplained oversea visit. Waving at his supporters at the airport with his left hand, President Mutharika, who is indeed right-handed, did, in fact, more to increase speculations on the reason behind his long absence. Since President Peter Mutharika, who landed…

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Is Nigeria`s Ruling Party Using the State Security Agency to Settle Political Scores?

  In pursuance of its anti-corruption crusade, the ruling government of Nigeria has announced recently, the arrest of some judges, whom they accused of receiving bribes from politicians in exchange for favourable verdicts during the election appeal cases. Using its State Security Apparatus, the Department of State Security (DSS), the government took a bold step never seen in Nigerian anti-corruption war. While many applauded the action of the government, others accused the ruling party of intimidation. In the Nigerian…

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Bemba et al. case: ICC Trial Chamber VII Finds Five Accused Guilty of Offences Against the Administration of Justice

  Today, 19 October 2016, Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its judgment in the case of  The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido and found the five accused guilty of various offences against the administration of justice. These offences related to the false testimonies of defence witnesses in another case before the ICC: The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Main Case). The judgment…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo “‹

  For a number of weeks now, I have been deeply concerned by the critical situation and recent incidents of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC“), particularly the events and certain alleged acts that took place in Kinshasa in September 2016, which could constitute crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“Court“ or “ICC“). Further to my public statement of 23 September 2016 on the recent violence in Kinshasa, I have deployed a delegation…

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Rwanda Introduces Drones for Medical Supplies in the Countryside

While many countries are busy using drones to fight opponents, including terrorists, Rwanda has gone further by rather effectively using drones to send much needed medical supplies to the countryside. The introduction of remotely piloted aircraft to deliver medical supplies to remote districts does not only ensure efficiency and timeliness, it equally saves many lives and increases productivity. The drone, which will be officially launched today in Rwanda, will fly food to Muhanga, located in the southern district of…

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