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18 June 2021 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

Regional News

Rape ordeals relived

Two Kenyan women who say they were raped by security guards in Kakuzi have spoken out about their ordeals. Their claims come as the Kakuzi agri-business seeks to sue rights groups over what it says are false allegations of abuse ... Read More

Former CJ takes aim at Kenyatta

Retired Chief Justice David Maraga says President Uhuru Kenyatta should have been impeached for allegedly violating the Constitution. Kenyatta reportedly ignored instructions to appoint 40 judges who were recruited by the Judicial Service Commission. The High Court (Nairobi) last month ... Read More

Vodacom flags fraudulent fund transfers

Mozambique's mobile firm Vodacom which oversees the money transfer platform, M-Pesa, says it blocks around 2 500 numbers a month linked to fraud. It says about 80 people are duped in fraudulent mobile money transactions daily. Peace FM reports ... Read More

Africa International

Twitter moves to resolve stand-off with Abuja

Twitter says it is ready to meet for an open discussion with the Nigerian Government to address ‘mutual concerns’ and ensure that the service is restored. Nigeria this month indefinitely suspended Twitter's activities after the social media giant removed ... Read More

Zimbabwean mines in crunch talks over US sanctions

Zimbabwe's mines are holding talks with banks, government and the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe to find a solution after operators reported that their funds had been withheld in MMCZ's foreign accounts by the US Government. The Standard ... Read More

Return of Lumumba’s tooth delayed

The return of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba’s tooth has been delayed by a new wave of Covid-19 in the DRC. A ceremony had been planned for 21 June, but President Félix Tshisekedi said ‘we have to prioritise the health ... Read More


Militants accused of abducting 51 Mozambican children

Armed groups targeting parts of northern Mozambique abducted at least 51 children during raids in 2020, British charity Save the Children said in a report this week. It said the ‘abduction of children has become a new and alarmingly regular ... Read More

Zimbabwean election film makes waves

Danish director Camilla Nielsson’s documentary, President, follows the election travails of Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC and its leader, Nelson Chamisa. Winner of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Verité Filmmaking, the film deploys an ‘in the moment’ technique ... Read More

Senegal may start making vaccines by 2022

Senegal could begin producing Covid-19 vaccines next year under an agreement with Belgian biotech group Univercells aimed at boosting Africa’s drug-manufacturing ambitions. According to a report in The Herald, as wealthy countries begin to reopen after securing vaccine supplies early ... Read More


Concern over bee farming Bill

Local leaders and bee farmers in Kenya’s Baringo County have opposed the proposed Livestock Bill 2021 that seeks to outlaw keeping bees for commercial purposes. The Nation reports that the proposed law drafted by National Assembly majority leader Amos Kimunya ... Read More

Medicinal marijuana legalised

The Moroccan Parliament last week passed a law legalising the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial uses. BBC News reports that the aim is to tap into a growing global market, boost agriculture and create jobs in underdeveloped rural ... Read More

Government moves to outlaw FGM

Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region has taken a first step towards banning female genital mutilation (FGM) in a country where almost all females are forced to undergo the globally condemned practice. Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni and his Cabinet has ... Read More

Africa Analysis

Zuma demanding the 'inconceivable'

Success for former President Jacob Zuma in his special plea in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) – in which he argues the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must be blocked from pursuing its racketeering, corruption and tax evasion case against him ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Kenya ruling a victory for state's 'integrity arm'

On Valentine’s Day, 2020, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an executive order that brought him no red roses from the country’s rights bodies. In fact, the order – purporting to ‘re-organise’ government and put various judicial bodies and independent commissions ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


‘The ratification of the two treaties symbolises a change of course and co-operation, a change of heart, and we are hopeful that a new dawn has begun.’ – SA’s Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on fast-tracked help from the United ... Read More

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