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21 May 2022 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

‘Fearless and independent’ justice system saluted

South Africa’s courts have been described as ‘battlegrounds for contesting political forces’. Legalbrief reports that State of the Judiciary in Malawi, Namibia and South Africa, which was released last week, is based on data from Afrobarometer, a non-partisan, pan-African research ... Read More

Regional News

Emergency rule used to crush dissent – Amnesty

A year since the DRC Government enacted a state of siege in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces, the number of civilians killed by armed groups has doubled, Amnesty International says in a new report. It said the state of ... Read More

Top policeman sentenced to death for murder

A Congolese military court has sentenced a high-ranking policeman to death for his role in the 2010 murder of human rights activist Floribert Chebeya. BBC News reports that police commissioner Christian Kenga was found guilty of murder, desertion and misappropriation ... Read More

Lawyer takes aim at electoral commission

A lawyer has filed a case in court seeking to halt Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's directive for political parties to comply with a two-thirds gender rule. Capital FM reports that Adrian Kamotho claimed the commission never undertook ... Read More

Africa International

Rwanda recalls Indian medication

The Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (RFDA) has recalled India-manufactured batches of Amoxicillin 125mg/5ml Oral Suspension and Metronidazole vaginal 500mg due to quality issues. News24 notes that this followed ‘a deep investigation and laboratory quality control tests’. The medicines ... Read More

Leading Rwandan genocide suspect on trial in France

A former senior Rwandan official has gone on trial in Paris, accused of complicity in the 1994 genocide. Laurent Bucyibaruta is the most senior figure yet to face justice in France over the tragedy. Al Jazeera reports that the trial ... Read More

Clooney Foundation honours Albie Sachs

The Clooney Foundation for Justice has named its inaugural awards, which will be held on 29 September at the New York Public Library, after SA’s Justice Albie Sachs. The Daily Maverick reports that he will also receive a Lifetime Achievement ... Read More


Namibia launches sovereign wealth fund

Namibia has launched a sovereign wealth fund following oil discoveries by TotalEnergies and Shell off its coast. A Reuters report on the Al Jazeera site says President Hage Geingob said the Welwitschia Fund would get an initial injection of 262m ... Read More

Ex-Facebook moderator files lawsuit over Kenyan ordeal

A man who worked as a Facebook moderator in Kenya is suing the platform's parent company, Meta, accusing it of human trafficking and forced labour. Daniel Motaung was employed by Sama, a San Francisco tech-outsourcing firm that Facebook contracted ... Read More


Regional bank targets cryptocurrency

The Cameroon-headquartered Bank of Central African States (BEAC) has urged the CAR to annul a law it passed in late April that made the cryptocurrency legal tender. The bank warned that the move breached its rules and could affect monetary ... Read More

Africa Analysis

How top court stared Zuma down

A year has passed since the Constitutional Court ordered that former President Jacob Zuma be sent to jail for contempt of its ruling that he appear before the State Capture Inquiry. Zuma had refused to appear at the State Capture ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Quotes of the Week


‘We'll wait a month to see what decision the prosecutor makes with this case and then we'll be able to see what the next six months will be like.’ – Lawyer Kaarle Gummerus, after a Finland court ... Read More


An Ordinary Wonder

An Ordinary Wonder   By Buki Papillon Dialogue Books. $17 An inspiring and gut-wrenching story about an intersex Nigerian girl. With this page-turner, Papillon joins the chorus of African writers inventing a new language for unsilencing queer voices in African ... Read More

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