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21 July 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Troubled waters as East Africa gears for key poll

East Africa's largest economy holds its general election on 8 August, a decade after bloody post-election violence left more than 1 100 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Legalbrief reports that there are growing concerns over the voter register ... Read More

Regional News

Was Catholic bishop murdered?

Church officials claim there were ‘signs of violence’ on the body of a Roman Catholic bishop found in a river in central Cameroon in June. A report on the News24 site notes that the claims, outlined in a statement by ... Read More

Poll hopes fading fast

A vote to replace President Joseph Kabila will probably not be possible this year, the head of the DRC’s electoral commission said in a move that will violate a deal that let Kabila stay on past the end of ... Read More

Waiters questioned over death of Cabinet secretary

Waiters who served Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery at Nairobi's Bomas of Kenya bar two Saturday nights ago are being questioned following his sudden death. The Daily Nation reports that Ndegwa Muhoro, the director of criminal investigations, also revealed that ... Read More

Africa International

Aggrieved foreign firms threaten Nigeria telecoms

A fresh crisis is looming in Nigeria's telecommunications sector, as foreign service providers and equipment suppliers have threatened to disconnect their West African counterparts over an alleged breach of agreement. The Guardian reports that foreign firms are lamenting the ... Read More

Rwandan academic gets life for genocide

A prominent Rwandan academic was sentenced to life imprisonment at the weekend after being convicted of genocide. Prosecutor-General Joh Mutangana confirmed that Leopold Munyakazi will be held in solitary confinement in Kigali. He was accused of playing a key role ... Read More

Minister under fire for targeting Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera has condemned comments by Sudanese authorities who claimed that the Qatari news channel is trying to bring down the Egyptian Government. In a letter to the Sudanese Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, the Khartoum office of Al Jazeera ... Read More


Ugandan bank manager jailed for graft

A Ugandan bank manager has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for his role in an elaborate scam which saw $1.55m siphoned from the accounts of two clients in South Sudan two years ago. Between March and April 2015 ... Read More

Mbeki slammed over Zimbabwe 'quiet diplomacy'

Former President Thabo Mbeki has angered Zimbabwean opposition parties after he claimed that the British regime change policy on Zimbabwe was not for the benefit of the local majority but for the welfare of its 'kith and kin'. In a ... Read More

AngloGold in battle over Tanzanian agreements

AngloGold Ashanti has announced its subsidiaries in Tanzania have initiated arbitration proceedings to protect their interests in case the government changes the terms of their long-standing agreement, says a Business Day report. Tanzania’s government recently passed three new laws ... Read More

Africa Analyses

ICC capitulated on SA waywardness

The International Criminal Court (ICC) judgment regarding South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir caught nobody by surprise, suggests lawyer Nicole Fritz in an analysis on the Daily Maverick site. The ICC didn't even pretend it ... Read More

How Lungu lost his way

Zambian President Edgar Lungu is not a dictator, and nor does he want to be. That’s his version, at least, and he’s sticking to it. ‘Zambia is the most accomplished democracy in this region or the whole of ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Judgment reunites family separated by law

In a ground-breaking new case the High Court in London has approved a Nigerian adoption order. The decision of Judge Anna Pauffley dealt with the unusual problem of a Nigerian couple studying in the UK and due to return home ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘You look around the wor

‘Zambia is the most accomplished democracy in this region or the whole of Africa. If this is dictatorship, there is no democracy in Africa.' – President Edgar Lungu   ‘You look around the world today and it seems to be okay for ... Read More

Book Review

At a Glance

First Lady warns 'hyenas'

* Nigeria's First Lady has warned the ‘hyenas and jackals’ will be banished in a cryptic Facebook post apparently aimed at her husband's officials. Aisha Buhari's comments seem to be directed at powerful ruling party politicians who are ... Read More

Delegation turned down

* A French diplomatic delegation were turned down by Rwandan authorities when they presented an application for a visa which bore a picture of the former Rwandan flag that was in use at the time of the 1994 genocide. The delegation ... Read More

Mugabe under fire again

* Zimbabwean opposition parties have reportedly accused President Robert Mugabe of ‘running the country from a hospital bed’ after he again left the country for health reasons. MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said Mugabe's retirement was long overdue. Mugabe's medical ... Read More