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29 November 2023 Africa Legal News Watch


The Scramble for Africa – Part 2

Between November 1884 and February 1885, the world's powerful nations gathered in Berlin at the invitation of Germany to discuss the colonisation of Africa. Leaders of the world's biggest economies last week met in the same city as ... Read More

Regional News

Mining exploration concession signed

The Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority (EMRA) on Sunday signed an agreement with Canadian Lotus Gold Corporation for exploration concessions on 525 square km with $2.5m in investments. A report on the allAfrica site notes that Lotus won two rounds ... Read More

Probe into exiled ex-President

Guinea's Justice Minister Alphonse Wright has announced an investigation into former President Alpha Conde's alleged involvement in treason, two years after he was overthrown by the military in a coup. The Public Prosecutor reportedly received a letter from ... Read More

Court halts Parliament's Haiti troop deployment

The Kenyan Parliament last week approved the deployment of 1 000 police officers to Haiti to help deal with rising gang violence in the Caribbean nation – but later on the same day, the High Court upheld its stay on ... Read More

Africa International

ICC makes bid to revive Joseph Kony matter

The International Criminal Court (ICC) hopes to include further charges against fugitive Joseph Kony after judges issued a preliminary decision on the prosecution’s request to hold a confirmation of charges hearing against the LRA leader. On Thursday, Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala ... Read More

SA's AG lands Unesco post

The Auditor-General of SA (AGSA) has been elected as the external auditor of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). After a rigorous bidding process, Unesco announced SA’s supreme audit institution as its new auditors for the 2024 to ... Read More

Russian grain on the way to Africa

Russian shipments of donated grain are due to begin landing in Africa within days, giving fresh impetus to its bid to bolster its influence in the continent. President Vladimir Putin promised to send free grain to six African countries that ... Read More


Criminality rising across Africa – report

Criminality has risen across Africa, with growth in crimes such as human and arms trafficking. This, notes TimesLIVE, is according to the ENACT Organised Crime Index for Africa released on Friday. Democracies fare better than others. ‘Democracies, such as Cabo ... Read More

Signs of hope over Red Sea dispute

Ethiopia's talks with the self-declared republic of Somaliland about the possibility of using its port in Berbera town are progressing well, state-owned Ethiopian Press Agency has noted. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last month said access to the Red ... Read More

EAC bloc accepts Somalia

Somalia has joined the East African Community (EAC) in a move intended to boost economic growth in the country following three decades of war. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said joining the region al trade bloc was a ‘beacon of hope’ ... Read More


Committee rejects medico-legal Bill

Parliament’s Justice & Correctional Services Committee has rejected a Bill aimed at structuring the payment of medico-legal claims against the state as being undesirable, reports BusinessLIVE. The State Liability Amendment Bill was intended by government as an interim measure to address ... Read More

Nairobi moves on privatisation for state companies

Kenya was ready to privatise 35 state companies ‘trapped in government bureaucracy’ in a bid to boost productivity following a change to laws, President William Ruto said. Last month, Ruto’s government signed a revised privatisation Bill into law that makes ... Read More

Africa Analysis

A Matter of Justice



  27: The trial of the perpetrators of the 2009 Guinea stadium massacre continues today. On 4 November, armed commandos assisted former dictator Moussa Dadis Camara and other officials in their escape from prison. While Camara was recaptured, Colonel Claude ... Read More


Capture In The Court

      Capture in the Court – In Defence of Judges and the Constitution   By Dan Mafora Tafelberg. $11 (Kindle)   Dan Mafora’s new book, Capture in the Court – In Defence of Judges and the Constitution, likens ... Read More



  ‘I would argue that to be effective, we must expand these requirements to include permanent secretaries, directors-general, and all controlling officers and employees managing, responsible for, or involved in public procurement and contracts.’ – US ambassador Michael Gonzales ... Read More



  'The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields ... Read More



Caster Semenya is the women's 800m Olympic and world champion. Since 2009, she has withstood years of intense speculation and has become a catalyst who redefines the debate around gender and sport. In an interview with News24, Semenya's ... Read More



  Africa is the second-largest continent in the world, making up approximately 22% of the Earth’s total land area and 6% of Earth's total surface. Read More

At a Glance

Russia signs refinery agreement with Mali

* Mali's military government has signed an agreement with Russia that includes a gold refinery project in the Malian capital Bamako. The deal involves building the refinery to process 200 tons of gold annually. It is valid for four years ... Read More

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