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20 September 2017 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus


Major hurdles ahead of election rerun

Doubts are growing over Kenya's ability to hold a rerun of its presidential election in just one month as key players remain unable to agree on how to conduct a credible vote. Legalbrief reports that there have been several ... Read More

Regional News


Government probes refugee massacre

The DRC Government has opened an inquiry after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens. Government spokesperson Lambert Mende said many of those killed during the clashes were members of an ‘armed group’, without ... Read More

Teen charged over dormitory inferno

A 14-year-old Kenyan girl has been charged with multiple counts of murder for allegedly starting a fire at a Nairobi school dormitory that left nine other pupils dead. A report on the News24 site notes that proceedings are being held ... Read More

Academics strike again

Lecturers at 31 public universities in Kenya have launched a nationwide strike over salary grievances. The Universities Academic Staff Union has issued a 21-day strike notice. The Daily Nation reports that the 9 000 lecturers are protesting against the delay ... Read More

Africa International


Washington queries Mugabe's 'bloated' delegation

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly arrived in New York for the UN General Assembly amid reports that he travelled with a bloated entourage of more than 70 people, including his family. News Day reports that opposition parties in Zimbabwe ... Read More

Rwandan poll flawed – UK ambassador

More than a month after Rwanda’s presidential election, the UK now claims there were irregularities in ballot counting and the registration of candidates. William Gelling, the UK’s ambassador to Rwanda, said he personally witnessed irregularities that may have ... Read More

High-profile Egyptian lawyer detained

A lawyer investigating the murder of an Italian student in Egypt is facing prosecution and up to five years in prison after being arrested at Cairo airport. Ebrahim Hegazy disappeared on Sunday last week while travelling to a session of ... Read More

General


Morsi gets 25 years in Qatar spying case

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to 25 years' imprisonment in a case in which he was accused of spying for Qatar. Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-General ... Read More

Obiang SA assets to be auctioned

Assets in the upmarket Cape Town suburb of Bishopscourt, belonging to the Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, who is at the centre of a court case in Paris for allegedly embezzling and splurging public funds, are to be auctioned off. This ... Read More

Rwandan genocide recalled in hate speech case

The Rwandan genocide – in which between 800 000 and a mi l l i o n people were butchered – was preceded by ‘hate speech’ on national radio which characterised Tutsi people as ‘snakes’ and not fit to be part of ... Read More

Legislation


Amnesty law considered

Gabon is considering an amnesty for those involved in last year's deadly post-electoral violence. President Ali Bongo's narrow re-election led opposition leader Jean Ping to accuse the administration of electoral fraud. Violence broke out days after the vote ... Read More

Legal challenge of Aarto Bill likely

Justice Project SA chairperson Howard Dembovsky has vowed to challenge the controversial Aarto Amendment Bill, which introduces a demerit system for road traffic offenders, in court once it has been signed into law. ‘Something is terribly wrong here. This not ... Read More

Medicinal dagga regulations ready soon, MPs told

Potential growers of cannabis for medicinal purposes could apply for licences before the year is out, it emerged in Parliament last week, says a report in The Citizen. Briefing the Heath Committee, the Medicines Control Council’s Griffiths Molewa said ... Read More

Africa Analyses


Gnassingbe bucks the trend

His family has ruled Togo for more than 50 years but President Faure Gnassingbe is facing unprecedented public pressure to step down. He and his country stand alone in West Africa in resisting calls for constitutional reform, even as parliament ... Read More

Addressing Kenya's not-so-credible elections

Accused of glossing over flaws in Kenya's election which later caused the result to be overturned, international observers are under a harsh spotlight ahead of a rerun next month. The 8 August poll, which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected ... Read More

A Matter of Justice


When judges go rogue …

Ever since her appointment as Chief Justice of the Seychelles in 2015, Mathilda Twomey, the first woman to hold this position, has been a target of sexist behaviour and threats by a particular senior colleague on the Bench. But though ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


Quotes

‘I have no further submissions to make to damage my case even further.’ – Hilton Epstein after being bloodied in the Supreme Court of Appeal, following his reiteration of the NPA’s 2009 argument that the prosecution of President Jacob Zuma ... Read More

Book Review


The Man Who Founded The ANC

The Man Who Founded The ANC Bongani Ngqulunga Penguin Books. R230 Bongani Ngqulunga’s biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme has been published at just the right time. The title is a misnomer as Nelson Mandela clearly states in Long ... Read More

At a Glance


UN condemns Sinai attack

* The members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned last week’s ‘heinous and cowardly’ terrorist attack in Sinai, Egypt, in which at least 18 policemen were killed. Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations ... Read More