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Kenya Electoral Official Quits Saying Vote Won’t Be Credible

Kenya Electoral Official Quits Saying Vote Won’t Be Credible

A top Kenyan electoral official resigned and fled the East African nation a week before a scheduled rerun of an annulled presidential vote, saying it won’t be credible. Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission staff face intimidation by political actors and protesters, senior personnel are serving partisan interests and the training of presiding officers is being […]

Kenya Vote In Balance As Crisis Deepens After Odinga Quits

Kenya Vote In Balance As Crisis Deepens After Odinga Quits

Kenya lurched deeper into political crisis on Wednesday as a court ruling and a parliamentary vote appeared to ease Uhuru Kenyatta’s path to a second term as president, a day after his rival quit an election they were to contest. Kenyatta and Raila Odinga were due to face off in a repeat election on Oct. […]

Liberians Vote for New President As Johnson Sirleaf Steps Down

Liberians Vote for New President As Johnson Sirleaf Steps Down

Liberians vote Tuesday to choose a new legislature as well as a president to replace Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from among 20 candidates who include a retired soccer star, a former warlord and a wealthy chicken farmer. Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president who’s governed the impoverished nation for the past […]

Kenya Police Use Teargas, Shoot In Air During Opposition March

Kenya Police Use Teargas, Shoot In Air During Opposition March

Kenyan police fired teargas and shots in the air on Monday as hundreds of demonstrators marched through the capital Nairobi to protest against proposed legal changes that would make it harder for the Supreme Court to annul an election. Reuters television footage showed a sport utility vehicle ploughing into some of the protesters, severely injuring […]

Tanzanian President Splits Energy And Mining In Ministry Shake-Up

Tanzanian President Splits Energy And Mining In Ministry Shake-Up

    Tanzanian president John Magufuli split the energy and minerals ministry in two and appointed heads for the new ministries on Saturday, five months after sacking the previous minister. Two presidential committees had recommended the move to tighten supervision of natural resources in Tanzania, where Magufuli has sent shockwaves through the mining community since […]

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa, Possible Mugabe Successor, Says He Was Poisoned

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa, Possible Mugabe Successor, Says He Was Poisoned

Zimbabwe vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa said late on Thursday he had been hospitalised in South Africa in August because he had been poisoned, escalating confrontation in the country during a fight to succeed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, a former intelligence chief nicknamed “the Crocodile”, is the leading candidate to succeed Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe […]

De Guindos Says Catalonia’s Independence Push Is Doomed

De Guindos Says Catalonia’s Independence Push Is Doomed

Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos ruled out any sort of mediated talks with separatist leaders and said Catalan banks have signaled they may move out of the region if the push for independence continues. Speaking on Thursday in a Bloomberg Television interview, de Guindos slammed the Catalonia’s administration for its illegal actions and said […]

Law To Let Museveni Extend Rule Brought To Ugandan Parliament

Law To Let Museveni Extend Rule Brought To Ugandan Parliament

A law amending Uganda’s constitution to allow ageing leader Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule was introduced in parliament on Tuesday, at a session where nearly all its opponents were either barred or stayed away in protest. Museveni, 73, has ruled Uganda since 1986. He is as yet ineligible to seek re-election in the next […]

Kenyan Prosecutor Probes Vote Officials Over Botched Election

Kenyan Prosecutor Probes Vote Officials Over Botched Election

Kenya’s public prosecutor ordered an investigation into the country’s electoral authority over its handling of last month’s annulled presidential election. Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions investigators will seek to establish whether officials at the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission committed any crimes, according to a statement posted on its Twitter account on Saturday. […]

South African Minister Calls For ANC To Discipline Zuma

South African Minister Calls For ANC To Discipline Zuma

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress should discipline President Jacob Zuma for bringing the party into disrepute, housing minister and presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu said on Friday. Sisulu’s comments are the latest swipe taken at Zuma by former allies as the ANC fractures ahead of an elective conference in December where a new party leader […]

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