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29 May 2024 Africa Legal News Watch


Kenya abandons non-alignment to become key US ally

Kenya has steered away from its traditional non-aligned stance, choosing an alliance with the US which in the past week saw the country being declared a major non-Nato ally by President Joe Biden, making it the first sub-Saharan African country to ... Read More

Regional News

Military rule extended

The military junta in Burkina Faso will retain power for another five years, further delaying the transition back to democracy. The decision was announced after the signing of a new charter following national consultations in the capital, Ouagadougou, this weekend ... Read More

Keen interest in legislative poll

Madagascar will host legislative elections on Wednesday, six months after Andry Rajoelina secured a third presidential term in an election marred by a low turnout and an opposition boycott. This time around, according to Madagascar's Independent National Electoral Commission ... Read More

Tourism board investigates acting CEO

The Namibian Tourism Board (NTB) is investigating allegations against its acting CEO, Bonnie Mbidzo, for making several staff appointments without adhering to the board’s approval process and allegedly bypassing its recruitment policy. Board chairperson Janette Fourie told The Namibian the ... Read More

Africa International

Israel defiant despite ICJ order

Despite Friday’s ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, following a fresh application by SA, it appears to have dug in it heels. Legalbrief ... Read More

SA committed to ICC arrests order – Presidency

SA says it will comply with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which would mean arresting Hamas and Israeli leaders if they visit. ‘We have a legal obligation in terms of fulfilling elements of the Rome Statute ... Read More

US pledges to co-operate following botched DRC coup

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week made a ‘call of reassurance’ to DRC President Felix Tshisekedi after a foiled putsch that allegedly involved American citizens. So far, it has emerged that Christian Malanga, a naturalised American citizen, his ... Read More


UAE tightens visa requirements

The UAE has introduced stringent measures to deter individuals from entering the Gulf nation as visitors and subsequently working without the necessary documents. Dubai remains a popular destination for African job seekers due to its low incidence of labour disputes ... Read More

Two life terms for Ugandan killer

Ugandan national Sulaiman Kamya has been sentenced to two life terms by the Modimolle Regional Court for the murder of a South African couple in a revenge attack. On 4 January 2019, the charred remains of Joshua Mutaasa and his ... Read More

Mnangagwa associate secures Starlink contract

Zimbabwe has become the eighth African country to license Elon Musk's Starlink to provide satellite internet services, in a deal involving one of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's associates. News24 reports that Mnangagwa has confirmed that Starlink would partner with ... Read More


Lawmakers move to amend Constitution

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has won over key federal state leaders to amend the first four chapters of the Constitution, part of the promise he made when he came to power two years ago. But The East African reports ... Read More

Nollywood bans smoking in films, music videos

Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has announced that it will restrict the depiction of smoking, ritual killings and money rituals in movies and music videos. The Premium Times reports that executive director Shaibu Husseini this week addressed ... Read More

Africa Analyses

States must all be subjected to same legal standard

SA’s efforts at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) can be read as a potentially powerful resuscitation of the responsibility to protect doctrine. ‘Whatever hopes and enthusiasm that doctrine initially generated curdled to grave suspicion when it was used to ... Read More

How rare timber is fuelling Cabo Delgado conflict

Timber smuggling, from Mozambique’s ancient forests to China, estimated to be worth $23m a year, is helping to fund a brutal Islamist insurgency as well as a large criminal network in the north of the southern African country. This illicit ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Lecturers make bold stance over controversial law exam

Law teachers at Uganda’s Makerere University have taken a brave step – in the name of academic freedom, they have declared their unanimous support for colleagues who set a controversial constitutional law exam. The paper requires students to think critically ... Read More



  29: South Africa’s general elections. The Electoral Commission of SA is preparing for an increased voter turnout on Wednesday for the most closely contested general elections since 1994.   29: About 12m voters registered for Madagascar's legislative elections ... Read More




  ‘From the countries of the Sahel rocked by unconstitutional changes of government, uncertain political transitions, and a growing terrorist threat. To the spread of terrorism and violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin, Somalia and elsewhere. To the continued ... Read More



  ‘Africa will always be the Africa of the Victorian atlas, the blank unexplored continent the shape of the human heart.’ – Graham Greene, In Search of a Character Read More



  The White House says it chose Kenya for its first state visit for an African leader for many reasons – not least because the East African powerhouse has stepped up on the global stage, offering to staff a UN ... Read More



  The Maasai are famous for their striking red robes and rich traditional culture. Young Maasai men between the ages of 15 and 30 are known as moran, or ‘warriors.’ Moran live in isolation in unpopulated wilderness areas. During ... Read More

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