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Poverty in Africa

How is it possible that Africa, which is blessed with daily sunshine, frequent rainfall, abundant fertile land and incredibly hard working people still live in an unacceptable poverty? Although provocative it may sound, but as an African living in Europe, I’ve always been confronted with the same question. The more I think of the answer to the question, the more worried – and sometimes, angry – I am. This is a subject that is very dear to my heart…

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Kenya’s Election Logjam: Judicial Independence, Security and Intimidation

The Chief Justice of Kenya David Maraga has accused the country’s Police of not providing security for the judiciary in the face of recent election tension in the country. The accusation was made, following the decision of the Supreme court of Kenya to nullify the August held the Presidential election, which the court declared null and void due to alleged charges “illegalities and irregularities” against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The court ordered a fresh re-election within…

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Free Secondary School Education in Ghana as President Nana Akufo -Addo Fulfils Election Promise

In honouring one of his core election promises, the newly elected president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has launched a new programme of free secondary school education in the country. The aim of the programme is to drastically reduce the number of school dropouts amongst children ““ especially amongst those with poor parents, who cannot afford the high costs of education. Presently, Primary school education is free in Ghana; with the new programme, it is expected that 400,000 new students…

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Togo: Will President Faure Gnassingbé Bow Out (Dis)gracefully?

In an unprecedented defiance of the brute force of the security apparatus and a clear challenge to President Faure Gnassingbé `s rigid authority, tens of thousands of Togolese have angrily protested on the streets of Togo’s capital, Lomé , demanding the introduction of a two-term presidential limit and the end of what they called the “Gnassingbé dynasty.” Never before has Togo, a country known for its little tolerance for demonstrations and freedom of speech, witnessed such a multitude of…

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Kenya Election and Legitimacy as Raila Odinga Gives Conditions for re-run Election Participation

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has vowed to boycott the upcoming presidential election re-run scheduled for 17 October “without legal and constitutional guarantees” that the election would be conducted free and fair. Last week, the supreme court of Kenya cancelled the August presidential election, won by the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, because according to the court, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had committed “illegalities and irregularities” in the transmission of results. According to the court verdict, the…

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Kenya Election Nullification: Interpreting President Kenyatta`s “We Must Fix it’ Vows

Following the nullification of his re-election by the supreme court on Friday, the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has vowed, a day after, to “fix“ the judiciary of his country. According to the president, who intimated that he totally disagreed with the verdict of the court, but will respect it, the court has “a problem,” which he promised to “fix” if re-elected. Following allegations of frauds, the Supreme court of Kenya on Friday declared the last month`s presidential poll…

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Liberian Election Fever And George Weah ‘Assassination’ Allegations

While Liberians are anxiously waiting and hoping for a peaceful political transition of power through the election come 10 October, after years of bloody civil war and political instabilities, which gave birth to relative political stability under the outgoing President   Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the news of the alleged assassination attempt on the life of George M. Weah, the opposition candidate, has caused different reactions amongst Liberians. Last week, Weah`s opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), reported that three…

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Nullifies President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Re-Election

In an unprecedented move, the supreme court in Kenya has unequivocally nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ordered a new presidential election within 60 days. The verdict of the supreme court means that the newly re-elected incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta who was declared the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes, will have to step aside, pending the outcome of the fresh pool. Delivering its judgment on Friday, a six-judge bench, by majority decision, intimated that…

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Aftermath Grace Mugabe SA Assault Scandal: Solidarity Rally or Condemnation?

In a usual sign of solidarity and allegiance to President Family, the Zimbabwean ruling party Zanu-PF party rallied in Harare on Wednesday in support of the First Lady Grace Mugabe, who is facing charges in South Africa after her much publicized physical attacks on 20-year-old South African model Gabriella Engels. The First Lady Grace Mugabe was strongly condemned by human rights groups, both in South Africa and Zimbabwe for the assaults and subsequent immunity the South African government granted…

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More Challenges For Grace Mugabe As Ms. Engels` Lawyers Challenge Her Immunity

As expected, lawyers representing Gabriella Engels, the South African model, who alleged that she was assaulted by Mrs. Grace Mugabe, the First Lady of Zimbabwe, have made an application in court, challenging the decision of the South African government to grant diplomatic immunity on Grace Mugabe. The application was officially filed in the high court in Pretoria by the AfriForum group, on behalf of Ms. Engels. In her submission, AfriForum argues, on behalf of Ms. Engels, that the immunity…

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Kenya: To Reduce Or Not To Reduce The Salary Of The MPs?

The moves by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) of Kenya to cut the salaries of the country`s MPs have been met with a strong resistance by some newly elected Kenyan MPs. The plan, which was tabled in June and supported by President Uhuru Kenyatta, would see a reduction of Kenya’s public sector wages by 35%. However, many newly elected MPs have rejected the plan and accused the SRC of   “unfairly targeting MPs“ and systematically reducing the MPs…

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Grace Mugabe Declared Wanted in South Africa Over “Attack“ on a Woman

The First Lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe is wanted in South Africa over an “attack“ on a woman. The South African police have issued a “red alert” at the country’s borders for Zimbabwe’s 52 ““ year-old First Lady Grace Mugabe, who is believed to still be in South Africa, although her whereabouts are unknown. The “red alert” followed Mrs. Mugabe`s failure to appear in the court on Tuesday to answer questions regarding her alleged assault on a 20-year-old woman,…

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