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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 […]

Kenyan Vice President Candidate Debates Himself After Rivals’ No-Show

Kenyan Vice President Candidate Debates Himself After Rivals’ No-Show

Kenyans hoping to watch a televised debate between vice-presidential candidates in next month’s election were left disappointed on Monday when only one of six meant to be on stage was left fielding questions alone for an hour. Surrounded by five empty podiums, Eliud Muthiora Kariara, a former banker turned running mate to independent presidential candidate […]

Presidential Contender in Rwanda Sees Intimidation as Test

Presidential Contender in Rwanda Sees Intimidation as Test

The last time Rwanda held presidential elections, opposition leader Frank Habineza’s deputy was killed and he fled into European exile. Seven years on, he sees his candidacy in next month’s vote as a cautious step toward greater political freedoms in the tiny East African country. The Aug. 4 election will be the first time Habineza, […]

‘Blind’ Preparations Seen Stoking Risk of Kenyan Election Unrest

‘Blind’ Preparations Seen Stoking Risk of Kenyan Election Unrest

Less than a month before Kenyans are due to go to the polls, electoral authorities are behind on everything from printing ballot papers to finalizing a voter list. That risks a disputed outcome and unrest a decade after post-election violence engulfed the East African nation. While the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission says the vote […]

Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha

Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to hold talks with Qatar’s emir and foreign minister on the second leg of his four-day trip to the Gulf to help seek a resolution to the ongoing GCC crisis. The US State Department said Tillerson would meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at 8:30 […]

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is seeking re-election amid a climate of fear that’s the result of two decades of crackdowns on the political opposition, media and human-rights defenders, Amnesty International said. A report from the London-based group released Friday said freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly have all been restricted since the Rwandan Patriotic […]

ANC Seeks Policy Middle Ground in South Africa, Top Leader Says

ANC Seeks Policy Middle Ground in South Africa, Top Leader Says

ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize , South Africa’s ruling African National Congress will come up with a comprehensive policy package to simultaneously boost growth, address racial inequality and tackle a 28 percent unemployment rate, a top party official said. The ANC is looking at “how you get growth, how you get job creation and how you deal […]