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Rwandans Vote in Poll That Looks Certain to Extend Kagames Rule

Rwandans Vote in Poll That Looks Certain to Extend Kagames Rule

Rwandans began voting Friday in a presidential election that’s all but certain to extend Paul Kagame’s 17-year rule of the East African nation. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m., with about 6.8 million people in the country of 12 million registered to vote. Electoral officials say the winner will […]

Ruling Party Can Win Only By Rigging Vote – Raila Odinga

Ruling Party Can Win Only By Rigging Vote – Raila Odinga

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said the ruling party cannot win next week’s national elections unless it rigs the result. “There is no other way that Jubilee can win elections other than through rigging and they know it – that is why they are making all the efforts,” he told Reuters as he left an […]

Gupta Family Denies Leaked South African Emails Are Real

Gupta Family Denies Leaked South African Emails Are Real

The Last Thing Kenya’s Economy Needs Is a Chaotic Election

The Last Thing Kenya’s Economy Needs Is a Chaotic Election

For Ike Ochiango, who sells long-life milk to informal traders in Nairobi’s sprawling Kibera slum, Kenya’s Aug. 8 presidential election is bad for business. “People are not buying,” says the 26-year-old, as he takes a break from pulling his makeshift handcart laden with cartons along a rutted dirt road in the traffic-choked capital. “They are […]

Zimbabwe Opposition Unity Talks Falter

Zimbabwe Opposition Unity Talks Falter

Negotiations to unite Zimbabwe’s opposition against President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party before elections next year are foundering on disputes over who’ll be the alliance leader and guarantees of seats for smaller groups, according to five officials involved in the talks. Former Vice President Joice Mujuru and ex-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are at loggerheads over who’ll […]

Kenyan President Fails To Show For Election Debate

Kenyan President Fails To Show For Election Debate

  – Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday fielded questions alone on stage after his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to show up for a debate between the two. Odinga, who is the flagbearer for the National Super Alliance coalition, said his top priorities if elected in the Aug. 8 general election would […]

South Africa’s Sisulu Says ANC Must Return To Its Roots, Fight Graft

South Africa’s Sisulu Says ANC Must Return To Its Roots, Fight Graft

South African housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched her bid on Saturday to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption. Sisulu, a veteran cabinet minister who comes from a prominent family in the struggle against apartheid, last week […]

Kenyan Election Body Fighting Over 300 Lawsuits As Vote Looms

Kenyan Election Body Fighting Over 300 Lawsuits As Vote Looms

  Kenya’s electoral body says it is facing more than 300 court cases from candidates, parties and civil society groups before elections on Aug. 8, raising concern about whether the disputes can be resolved in time. President Uhuru Kenyatta will once again face his arch-nemesis Raila Odinga, a veteran opposition leader. Kenyatta is the son […]

South Africa’s ANC to Discipline Member for Speaking Out on Zuma

South Africa’s ANC to Discipline Member for Speaking Out on Zuma

A provincial structure of South Africa’s ruling party is instituting disciplinary measures against a member who has called for President Jacob Zuma to step down and has been receiving death threats from the African National Congress’s Youth League. The public pronouncements by Makhosi Khoza, who is a member of parliament, “represented the worse form of […]

On South Africa’s Mandela Day, ANC MP Denounces “Disgraceful” Zuma

On South Africa’s Mandela Day, ANC MP Denounces “Disgraceful” Zuma

An ANC backbencher branded South African President Jacob Zuma a disgrace on Tuesday, adding one of his own MPs to the long list of detractors of all colours and political stripes who want an end to his eight scandal-plagued years in office. In a breach of party discipline that reveals the depth of anger within […]