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21 July 2018 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Tensions grow as poll draws near

Tensions are growing as Zimbabweans head to the polls at the end of the month to elect a new government, writes Legalbrief. There are concerns that the country could be headed for a disputed poll as differences between political parties ... Read More

Regional News

Soldiers executed women and children – Amnesty

Rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday it had ‘credible evidence’ that Cameroonian soldiers carried out the extrajudicial killings of two women and two children, demanding the servicemen be brought to justice. A report on the News24 site notes the ... Read More

Biya (85) in bid to hold on to power

Cameroon President Paul Biya (85), who has been in power since 1982, has announced he will be a candidate in the next presidential election scheduled for 7 November. A report on the site says he made the announcement ... Read More

Bemba to contest presidential poll

The former Vice-President of the DRC, Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted last month of war crimes, was named on Friday by his party as a candidate in presidential polls planned for December, says a News24 report. Last week the DRC ... Read More

Africa International

Interpol issues red notices for arrest of Bobroffs

Disgraced and disbarred, father-and-son attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff are on a list of the world’s most wanted fugitives after Interpol issued red notices for their arrest, notes investigative journalist Tony Beamish in a report on the Moneyweb site. The ... Read More

Kenya governor welcomes ruling on wind turbines

Nyandarua County Governor Francis Kimemia has welcomed the ruling by the International Court of Arbitration in London that dismissed a claim for more than Sh31bn filed by Kinangop Wind Park Limited against the Kenyan Government, notes a CapitalFM report. The ... Read More


Eritrea, Ethiopia celebrate peace pact

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced warmly to the roar of a crowd of thousands yesterday (Sunday) at a concert celebrating the end of a long state of war. A report on the News24 site says a visibly moved ... Read More

Nigerians not being targeted in SA – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has dismissed suggestions that Nigerians living in South Africa are specifically being targeted for attacks. While in Abuja, he has had to answer questions on how his government would curb ‘persistent attacks against Nigerians’, notes a News24 ... Read More

Lekota urges government to set up refugee camps

COPE president Mosiuoa Lekota has called on the South African Government to introduce refugee camps for foreigners. According to a TimesLIVE report, he criticised government's handling of immigrants‚ saying that during the struggle against apartheid‚ ANC exiles were confined ... Read More


Kampala social media taxes decision reviewed

Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash, according to a BBC News report. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made the announcement soon after ... Read More

Private security Bill ‘being attended to’

The Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill remains in limbo four years after it was passed by Parliament, with former President Jacob Zuma delaying its signing into law. The Mercury reports the ANC took a resolution at its elective conference ... Read More

Minister to decide on minimum wage

Members of Rwanda’s lower chamber of Parliament have passed a new labour law that has left it to the Ministry of Labour to set up a minimum wage through a ministerial order, notes a report in The New Times. Though ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Africa on cusp of new legal order – author

Africa is on the cusp of a new continental legal order, Femi Amao argues in his forthcoming book, African Union Law. It’s evolving slowly but there are early signs that it’s showing traits similar to the development of EU law ... Read More

A Zimbabwe process for SA to replicate

Although the land debate in SA is fixated on the constitutional review process, it remains unclear how – once expropriated – land will be redistributed. In this regard, one can look at one successful aspect of Zimbabwe’s fast-tracked land reform ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Bid to protect school communities from politicking

As Zimbabwe moves into election mode for its 30 July polls, human rights organisations have brought several court applications. These aim to test crucial issues that will affect whether elections are perceived to be free and fair. In her A ... Read More

Quotes of the Week

‘It is a shame for the c

‘It is a shame for the country to continue to feed prisoners. All the prisons have fields, inmates must cultivate them.’ – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli speaking at the inauguration of new prisons chief Faustine Martin Kasike   ‘Nothing ... Read More

Book Review

African Muckraking

African Muckraking Edited by Anya Schiffrin with George Lugalambi Jacana. R245   Anya Schiffrin, director of the technology, media, and communications specialisation at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, writes in the introduction to African Muckraking that in ... Read More

At a Glance

ANC councillor gets life term for rapes

* ANC councillor Emmanuel Sipho Maselane was sentenced last week in the Ga-rankuwa Magistrate's Court in Tshwane to a total of 58 years in prison and one life term for four counts of rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Magistrate ... Read More

Obama praises Kenyan co-operation

* Former US President Barack Obama says Kenya is making progress in getting the government and opposition to work together. Obama, on his first visit to Africa since stepping down as President, today (Monday) praised President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader ... Read More