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Zuma’s Fight to Avoid Trial Goes to South Africa’s Appeals Court

Zuma’s Fight to Avoid Trial Goes to South Africa’s Appeals Court

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal will consider a case Thursday that may determine whether President Jacob Zuma should stand trial on graft charges that were dropped by the prosecutors eight years ago. Prosecutors probed allegations that Zuma took 4.07 million rand ($310,000) in bribes from arms dealers and brought 783 charges of fraud, corruption […]

Opposition Stays Away As Kenyatta Warns Against ‘Destructive Division’

Opposition Stays Away As Kenyatta Warns Against ‘Destructive Division’

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta opened parliament on Tuesday by warning against divisive and destructive politics, while opposition lawmakers boycotted the legislature and rallied to demand the resignation of election officials. Kenya held parliamentary, presidential and local elections on Aug. 8, but the Supreme Court nullified the presidential results three weeks later, citing irregularities in the […]

Clock Ticking for Kenya as Squabbling Overshadows Election Rerun

Clock Ticking for Kenya as Squabbling Overshadows Election Rerun

Kenya is running out of time to ensure a credible rerun of presidential elections that were annulled by the nation’s top court after the main opposition party alleged that they were rigged. With the next vote due in just five weeks, the electoral commission is mired in infighting over who should take the fall for […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa Steps Up Criticism Ahead Of AMC Leadership Vote

South Africa’s Ramaphosa Steps Up Criticism Ahead Of AMC Leadership Vote

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a leading contender to become head of the ruling ANC in December, stepped up his criticism of the government on Sunday, saying state-owned companies had been “captured” and funds looted from them. Ramaphosa’s remarks during a speech to an African National Congress meeting in the old diamond-mining town of […]

Violence Flares in Zimbabwe as Mugabe Readies Election Bid

Violence Flares in Zimbabwe as Mugabe Readies Election Bid

Political violence has flared in Zimbabwe as the southern African nation gears up for elections next year that may see a united opposition seek to end President Robert Mugabe’s near four-decade rule. The Zimbabwe Peace Project recorded attacks on 745 people last month, up from 435 in July. The ruling party, military, police and intelligence […]

Kenya’s Election Body Appoints Key Personnel For Presidential Vote Re-run

Kenya’s Election Body Appoints Key Personnel For Presidential Vote Re-run

Kenya’s election commission said on Tuesday that different staff will be in charge of the Oct. 17 re-run of the presidential election, after the country’s top court last week nullified the result of the August vote. The Supreme Court ordered on Friday that the vote be re-run within 60 days, saying incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s […]

Kenya Will Hold Rerun of Presidential Election on Oct. 17

Kenya Will Hold Rerun of Presidential Election on Oct. 17

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will face each other in a new presidential election on Oct. 17, the electoral commission said, after the Supreme Court annulled last month’s vote. Kenyatta and Odinga and their running mates will be the only candidates for the poll, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission […]

Kenya Opposition Leader Odinga Says He Will Not Share Power

Kenya Opposition Leader Odinga Says He Will Not Share Power

  Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Sunday that his coalition will not share power, two days after the Supreme Court annulled last month’s presidential election and ordered a new poll within 60 days. The court ruled on Friday that the election board had committed irregularities that rendered the Aug. 8 vote invalid, and […]

President Buhari Chairs First Cabinet Meeting Since Return From Medical Leave

President Buhari Chairs First Cabinet Meeting Since Return From Medical Leave

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday chaired his first cabinet meeting since returning from sick leave in Britain this month. Buhari returned to Nigeria on Aug. 19 after more than three months in London for treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Last week he cancelled a cabinet meeting, raising concerns that the president, criticised for inertia […]

Sudan President Pardons, Frees Rights Activist – Family

Sudan President Pardons, Frees Rights Activist – Family

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has pardoned and released a prominent human rights activists who had been jailed since last year on spying and other charges, his family said. The release of Mudawi Ibrahim Adam came after a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump’s aid administrator to Sudan and before an October deadline when the administration […]