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AU Commission Chairpersonship: Rotational or by Merit?

Chad’s foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been appointed to succeed Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as the next African Union Commission Chairperson. Mr. Mahamat who contested against four other opponents from Kenya, Botswana, Senegal and Equatorial Guinea, received 28 votes in the final round of voting, to beat his closest rival Amina Mohamad, Kenyan Foreign Minister, who received 24 votes. The other contestants were Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, a veteran politician from Botswana, Abdoulaye Bathily, Senegalese diplomat and academic and Mba Mokuy,…

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Sierra Leone: Uncertainties Over the 2018 Election Dates

With the national elections billed for 2018, and the chairman of Sierra Leone`s National Electoral Commission (NEC) Mohamed Nfa Alie Conteh (photo) is yet to announce the dates for the elections, many are wondering what the reasons ““ or even motives ““ for the delays are. Mr. Conteh is being extremely pressurized by the opposition parties, civil society and the media alike to announce the dates for next year`s elections. His refusal till now to announce the dates has…

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Rwanda Ranked 3rd Least Corrupt Country in Africa

Rwanda has been ranked the third least corrupt country in Africa by the global Corruption Perception Index. Rwanda shares the third place with Mauritius, behind Botswana and Cape Verde, which are ranked first and second respectively. With 54 percentages, Rwanda is ranked 50th world-wide, while  Denmark and New Zealand emerged the least corrupt countries, according to the annual report, produced by Transparency International. The government of Rwanda welcomed the ranking and promised to do more to score higher next…

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President Adama Barrow and his Cabinet: The Right Choice?

Back in the Gambia to start his term, following his stay and inauguration in Senegal after ex. President Yahya Jammeh refused to give up power in the wake of his election defeat, President Adama Barrow eventually named his cabinet. While many applauded his cabinet choice, others argue that some of the appointed individuals lack the necessary qualifications to bring the much-needed quality changes to drive the economic locomotive engine to the right direction. The question is: Do the appointed…

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Zimbabwe: The 2018 Election and Grand Coalition

The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Zimbabwe has insisted that the only likely way to defeat President Robert Mugabe in the upcoming 2018 Presidential election is to form a strong united grand coalition, which will contest against the president. The leader of the PDP Tendai Biti  believes that to challenge President Mugabe by various different parties without a strong, cohesive grand coalition would be too fragmented a challenge, which is tantamount to helping Mugabe to win easily again….

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Gambia: President Jammeh Given last Chance Before Military Operation

In their long and many attempts to find a peaceful solution to the political crises in the Gambia, leaders of West African have given President Yahya Jammeh yet until noon on Friday to finally hand over power to the newly elected president Adama Barrow or face military actions from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) forces. The ECOWAS forces, led by Senegal ““ a country, which fully surrounds the Gambia – have entered the Gambia yesterday, without…

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Ecowas Defence Chiefs Prepare for Military Action in Gambia

While keeping to its promise to make sure the newly elected President of the Gambia Adama Barrow, takes over power, come January 19, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) defence chiefs are busy preparing for a possible military action in the country, to help actualise the goal. The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, revealed this on Saturday while hosting his military colleagues from other ECOWAS countries. The meeting, which took place at the Defence Headquarters…

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West Hinders Return of Abacha`s Stolen Money. Who is “Fantastically Corrupt?“

If Nigeria does not take a very strong stand against the USA, the country may soon lose more than $550 million recovered from the Abacha’s family; stolen money, which is hidden in the USA. The United States and the Western countries are reluctant to return the stolen money back to the countries of origin.   Prof. Itse Sagay, chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has said. Like the USA, other western countries, including Switzerland have been unnecessarily putting…

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe`s Family on a Month-Long Vacation in China

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is on a month-long vacation with his entire family in China. Mr Mugabe, who travelled with his large family entourage and security personnel, left for China last month via Singapore, where he often receives medical treatment. It is not the first time the 92-year-old president of Zimbabwe went on holidays abroad, however, why the present trip raised some eyebrows in many quarters is that the President will allegedly spend as much as $6m during his…

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DR Congo: Kabila – Opposition Deal and Challenges Ahead

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila has signed a deal with the opposition parties, which will hopefully, end his 15-year rule of the country. According to the deal, the president will remain in power until the end of 2017 when the elections must be held. President Kabila will be barred from contesting in the election. Constitutionally, President Joseph Kabila`s term expired in December 2016, and the constitution bars him from a third term in the…

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Nigeria’s Most Senior Muslim Cleric Rejects Gender Equality Bill

A proposed gender equality bill that would give Nigerian women and men an equal inheritance share, has been rejected by the Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria`s most senior Islamic cleric. Speaking at a Koranic recitation ceremony in the northern Zamfara state, the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar, said the proposed bill violates the Islamic Law, which guarantees a greater inheritance share to men, as such, Muslims would not accept the bill. On the other hand, Nigeria’s main Christian body,…

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Ex Wham! singer, George Michael Dies

Ex Wham! singer, George Michael has died, aged 53. Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, the talented star, who started his flamboyant and successful career with Wham! in the 1980s and later went solo, is reported to have “passed away peacefully at home.” Although George Michael had some encounters with the authorities due to his recent drug problems,   Police say they were treating the death “as unexplained” but there were no suspicious circumstances. In almost four decades…

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