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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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Nigeria`s President Buhari: My Wife Belongs in Kitchen and Room

      On his visit to Germany, Nigeria`s President Muhammadu Buhari triggered a hot debate with his controversial remark that his wife belongs in his kitchen and room. While responding to a rare criticism from his wife Aisha Buhari, who said she might not support her husband at the next election unless he took control of his government, President Buhari said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my…

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The Power of the Powerless Fans: Chris Brown Smashes Fan`s Phone in Kenya

To many, being a celebrity is not only synonymous with being above the law, celebrities are just independent of their fans because the fans are, to a large extent, not responsible for their success, many believe. Sadly, more often than not, many celebrities either through their actions or words tend to reaffirm these watery and indeed myopic misconceptions. But the reality is that fans are the backbone of every luminary; they make celebrities what they are, as well as…

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Zimbabwe Police Acquire U.S.$1 Million Vehicles: A Misplaced Priority?

 Ask some individuals of recent what they think about the situation in Zimbabwe, some tell you that the government is just like a busy man trying to pursue a rat in the house while the rest of the house is being burnt down. Is this really a true picture of the Zimbabwean situation? Well, looking at what is happening in the beautiful country of recent, one might not be entirely wrong to believe so. Recently, while many hardworking and…

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Gabonese Republic Refers Case to the International Criminal Court

Many have argued that there might perhaps be some elements of truth in the long-held perception that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is witch-hunting or selectively prosecuting only Africans and those from the third world. However, it is equally crucial to understand the modus operandi of the court. In many cases, the ICC starts an investigation / prosecution only after it has been invited by the affected country, which in most cases, must be a member of the ICC….

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The Democratic Republic of Congo: The Choice Between legacy and Annihilation

When Abraham Lincoln made the statement “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth“ to honour the soldiers that sacrificed their lives for their country, he effectively set a precedent for the democratic standard and the good governance around the world. However, one would be excused to ask where exactly the Democratic Republic of Congo belongs in relation to the statement. Not that the Democratic Republic of Congo is too…

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