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02 June 2020 Africa Legal News Watch

Africa Focus

A tale of three tragedies …

   ‘I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It's two words … it begins with “f” and it ends with “you”.’ – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot     16 June 1976: 13-year-old Hector ... Read More

Regional News

Judge in high-profile graft trial dies

A Congolese judge handling the graft case against Vital Kamerhe, a former top aide to President Felix Tshisekedi, has died. Judge Raphael Yanyi died shortly after being admitted to a Kinshasa hospital on Wednesday. ‘The judge was a victim of ... Read More

Militia leader arrested

DRC authorities have arrested a militia leader who is one of the main suspects in the murder of two UN experts in 2017. BBC News reports that he has been identified as Trsor Kankonde. A US national, Michael Sharp, and ... Read More

Former first lady’s bail revoked

Lesotho's Court of Appeal has revoked the bail granted in February to Maesaiah Thabane, the wife of former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. The New York Times reports that Maseru deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete said Thabane was currently out ... Read More

Africa International

Chinese hands in Gupta loco deal rip-off

The involvement of Chinese players in the great rip-off of SA taxpayers to the huge benefit of the Guptas is revealed in the latest investigation by amaBhungane. In two forensically-detailed reports the Chinese hand in kickback contracts worth R9bn paid ... Read More

Gas conversion deal with Russia in the making

SA and Russia are again considering an energy partnership – this time non-nuclear – according to Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in a Sunday Times report. It says SA has entered into discussions with Russian gas utility Gazprom ... Read More

Deep divisions over graft-accused AfDB boss

The US and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have fallen out over allegations of corruption against the bank's Nigerian head, Akinwumi Adesina. The board of governors of the 55-year-old institution last week met to discuss whether to bring in ... Read More


Bowmans expands its Africa footprint

The Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe is not stopping Bowmans from expanding its Africa footprint. Less than a year after it announced it was opening a new office in Mauritius and entering into an alliance with Assefa & Associates Law ... Read More

Uganda sued over Lake Victoria flooding

Five Kenyans have sued the Ugandan Government for allegedly failing to control flooding around the shores of Lake Victoria which resulted in the displacement of about 50 000 residents. Former president of the Law Society of Kenya, Isaac Okero, and ... Read More

Mozambique deports foreign sex workers

Police in Mozambique have deported 43 alleged sex workers who were arrested for violating coronavirus restrictions. They included Zambians and Zimbabweans who were detained last week. About 109 people were arrested for violating the State of Emergency rules in Beira ... Read More

Africa Analyses

Expat backlash reshapes Chinese perceptions

A black version of the Chinese flag swept across African Twitter this month, as users replaced their avatars to express their anger at the government of China. They were outraged not only by widespread reports of coronavirus-related discrimination against Africans ... Read More

How conspiracy theory gained traction

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide, including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's false online post has fuelled the spread of misinformation. Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in March published an old video ... Read More

Arrest of genocide fugitive brings some closure

Hassan Jallow, the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), has addressed the significance of the arrest of fugitive Felicien Kabuga, saying ‘justice is very important in bringing closure to the great tragedies of genocide’. As ... Read More

A Matter of Justice

Lesotho former first lady's bail hearing tainted

Lesotho’s former first lady, third wife of former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, has been charged with murdering the PM’s second wife. Though Maesaiah Thabane was granted bail by the country’s Acting Chief Justice, an Appeal Court – consisting of three ... Read More

Quotes of the Week


'The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sent a wave of grief and anger around the world. The US was built on African slavery and indigenous genocide and remains a fundamentally racist country.' – Analyst Imraan Buccus   ‘We ... Read More

Book Review

The Murder of Ahmed Timol: My

The Murder of Ahmed Timol: My Search for the Truth  By Imtiaz A. Cajee Jacana. $20   Follow Ahmed Timol’s nephew, Imtiaz Cajee, on his 20-year journey to find his uncle’s killer and bring him to justice. In 1971, a ... Read More