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30 July 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Pandemic turmoil sees PM axed and Parliament suspended

A decade after Tunisian protesters sparked a revolution which swept across the Arab world, the north African nation is burning again. Like SA, which experienced vicious violence this month, Tunisia’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has fuelled tensions to breaking ... Read More

Regional News

Former ICC prisoner Gbagbo to meet his successor

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara will host his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo tomorrow – their first meeting since Gbagbo returned home in June following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court. Communications Minister Amadou Coulibaly said Ouattara had a telephone conversation with ... Read More

Another prominent eco-activist killed

Kenyan environmental activist Joanna Stutchbury has been shot dead while campaigning against developers encroaching on the Kiambu Forest near Nairobi. Friends said she had stopped her car to clear branches blocking her driveway and was shot several times. No arrests ... Read More

Suspect in attempted assassination dies

A man accused of attempting to stab Mali's interim President Assimi Goita last week has died in hospital while in the custody, the government has confirmed. Goita, a special forces colonel who orchestrated two coups in the last year ... Read More

Africa International

UK sanctions for top Mnangagwa aide

A year after the US imposed targeted sanctions against Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wealthy adviser, the UK has followed suit. An asset freeze and imposed sanctions have been effected against Kudakwashe Tagwirei which prevent him from travelling to the UK ... Read More

Namibian group challenges genocide accord at UN

The Ovaherero Traditional Authority says it has not ruled out taking legal action against the Namibian and German Governments over May’s joint declaration on the genocide of 1904 to 1908. The Namibian reports that the group said it was considering ... Read More


African Bee association drawn into honey spat

South African importers of sought-after organic Zambian honey are clashing with the government over claims that questionable bee-disease test results have led to import bans. It is a claim the Agricultural Department and Agricultural Research Council dismiss, with both saying ... Read More

SANDF troops arrive in Cabo Delgabo

An SANDF contingent has arrived in Mozambique’s troubled Cabo Delgado Province. A military aircraft has been seen offloading soldiers, military vehicles and equipment. The troops are believed to be special forces who will form part of the SADC’s standby force ... Read More

Minister approved operation linked to McBride suspension

The mystery of Robert McBride's suspension from the State Security Agency (SSA) is deepening as information emerges that Minister Ayanda Dlodlo had personally approved the ‘doomed’ intelligence operation, which led to the spy boss' suspension, says a News24 report ... Read More


Proposed anti-gay Bill causes stir

Draft anti-gay legislation submitted to Ghana’s Parliament proposes up to 10 years in jail for LGBTQ+ people as well as groups and individuals who advocate for their cause. In one of the most draconian and sweeping anti-gay laws proposed around ... Read More

Lawmakers votes to abolish capital punishment

Sierra Leonean lawmakers on Friday voted to abolish the death penalty. Capital punishment will be replaced with life imprisonment or a minimum 30-year jail term for crimes such as murder or mutiny. A report on the News24 site notes that ... Read More

Police issue weapons ban

The Zimbabwe Republic Police Force has banned the carrying of weapons in Harare, in terms of section 4 of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act. Police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza said some of the prohibited weapons included catapults, machetes ... Read More

Africa Analysis

Fresh tensions over mega dam project

As Ethiopia begins diverting 13.5bn cubic metres of water from the Blue Nile river to its controversial new mega-dam, residents of Sudan to the south fear a repetition of last year’s devastating drought. The second stage of filling the ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Judges arrested in battle between Bench and executive

The arrest of two prominent Kenyan judges has caused widespread concern, locally and internationally. The two were arrested and taken in for questioning, allegedly in relation to investigations of bribery, and released after a couple of hours in the ongoing ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘The President has spoken. It was an attempted insurrection. I confined myself to counter-revolution ... but ultimately remember, any element of counter-revolution ultimately may as well lead to an insurrection in the country.’ – Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who did ... Read More

Book Review

Why We Kneel, How We Rise

Why We Kneel, How We Rise   By Michael Holding Simon & Schuster. $27   Through the prism of sport and conversations with its legends, including Usain Bolt, Adam Goodes, Thierry Henry, Michael Johnson, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Makhaya Ntini, Naomi Osaka ... Read More

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