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19 August 2022 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus


Ruto wins 'un-Kenyan' presidential election

After an afternoon marked by delays and tensions, including a split in the Kenyan electoral body, Deputy President William Ruto was today declared the winner of the presidential election. BBC News reports that he narrowly beat his rival, Raila Odinga ... Read More

Regional News


More than 700 prisoners escape

Some 750 inmates have escaped from a prison in Congo after it was attacked by rebels. At least five people, including two policemen, were killed in the attack in the eastern town of Butembo, local officials said, according to a ... Read More

More than 40 killed in church fire

A fire sparked by an electrical fault at a packed church in a working-class district of Greater Cairo has killed at least 41 people and injured another 45, Egyptian officials have said. The Guardian reports that about 5 000 people ... Read More

Former Guinea Prime Minister faces fraud charges

Guinea will prosecute former Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana over the alleged embezzlement of more than $4m in public funds intended for economic, political and social programmes, the Justice Ministry said, according to an African Insider report. Fofana is also ... Read More

Africa International


Blinken concerned about jailed Hotel Rwanda star

Rwanda has rejected calls to release Paul Rusesabagina, who was found guilty of crimes related to terrorism, despite intense lobbying by the US which has termed his arrest as ‘wrongful’ detention. He, a permanent resident of the US who was ... Read More

'Ashamed' Bain fails to connect with SA tax authority

Bain & Co says it is ‘ashamed’ of its role in destabilising SA’s tax agency but SA Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has slammed the company for failing to ‘reach out’ to it. ‘Interesting that ?@BainAlerts? would take out ... Read More

Player v Player over golf legend’s memorabilia

Golfing legend Gary Player is taking action to recover trophies and memorabilia that were put up for auction by his son, Marc. News24 reports that the nine-time major winner said the items were placed on auction without his authorisation. ‘I ... Read More

General


Zimbabwe to welcome expats impacted by expired permits

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Frederick Shava, said his government was ready to welcome back its citizens who have lived in SA under the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP), reports IoL. ‘The Zimbabwe Exemption Permit will expire at ... Read More

Dubai buyer linked to ‘Farmgate’ scandal

Key details of the 2020 burglary at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm have started to emerge as investigations gain steam. And Ramaphosa’s insiders have begun to question how key information reached former spy boss Arthur Fraser. News24 has learned ... Read More

Rwanda and Zimbabwe sign extradition agreement

Zimbabwe and Rwanda have signed an agreement that will help expedite ‘two specific criminal cases’ as Kigali seeks the extradition of individuals suspected of involvement in the country's 1994 genocide. A statement from the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs ... Read More

Legislation


Gender bias in nationality law scrapped

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, praised Liberia for removing gender discrimination from its nationality law, granting women the same right as men to pass their nationality to their children. A Voice of America report says Liberian President George Weah amended ... Read More

New tobacco law expected this year – official

A senior Department of Health official says the Bill seeking to tighten SA’s anti-smoking legislation and to regulate e-cigarettes is expected to be submitted to Parliament before the end of the year. A Business Day report notes the Control of ... Read More

Laws against rising child abuse tightened

Tanzania is taking steps to tighten laws protecting children following a rise in incidents of child abuse, The East African reports. Officials say they will tighten penalties in the Child Act to enforce legal provisions that would protect Tanzanian children ... Read More

Africa Analyses


Impact illicit financial flows in Africa flagged

The US-Africa Summit set for later this year will enable African leaders and their US counterparts to deliberate on issues of concern, including illicit financial flows (IFFs) which remain the major challenges facing developing economies, particularly in mineral-rich Africa. In ... Read More

A Matter of Justice


Lesotho elections quandary after ConCourt ruling

Lesotho’s 7 October election date suddenly appears at risk. The date was announced by the country’s Independent Electoral Commission in July, but a new decision of the Constitutional Court has found that the delimitation of 20 constituencies doesn’t pass constitutional ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


Quotes

'It is still a little too early to start popping the champagne, but this is a huge leap forward for a country that just 15 years ago nearly collapsed in a frenzy of bloodletting over yet another stolen election.' – ... Read More

BOOK REVIEW


Rhino War

Rhino War   By Johan Jooste Pan Macmillan. $24 In 2012, retired South African general Johan Jooste was parachuted into the seemingly unwinnable war against rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. With poaching spiralling out of control, Jooste was ... Read More

At a Glance


Data demand drives MTN’s growth

* MTN saw mobile data revenue rise by 14.6% from R7.9bn to R9.04bn in its results for the half year to end June. Data revenue was up despite a 8.9% reduction in the effective rate of data ... Read More

Nigerian airline suspends flights to SA

* Nigerian carrier Air Peace has announced that flights to and from Johannesburg will be suspended from 22 August owing to visa processing delays, the rising price of jet fuel, and a ‘worsening forex crunch’. Air Peace's exit won't ... Read More

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