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Publish date: 13 May 2019
Issue Number: 823
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

 ‘The court's decision to acquit Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast and Jean-Pierre Bemba of the DRC who were before it for crimes against humanity, and its withdrawal of charges against President (Uhuru) Kenyatta and (William) Ruto in the face of a recalcitrant Kenyan Government have all left the mark of a court whose resolve has been shaken and is now focused on delivering politically correct judgements.’ 

– Analyst Fred Oluoch 


'This means all the decisions made under Nelson Chamisa's administration are null and void. He cannot preside over party matters.'

– Harare court reporter Fidelis Munyoro after the High Court ruled that Chamisa is not the legitimate leader of Zimbabwe's official opposition. Justice Edith Mushore said the MDC had not properly followed its own internal processes in appointing Chamisa as vice-president in 2016.


‘In spite of last week’s election and a perceived investor-friendly outcome, the rand has been largely driven by international factors with the election contributing only marginally to its direction.'

– Bianca Botes of Peregrine Treasury Solutions in an update to clients. Analysts say the rand will likely continue to take its cue from the US/China trade war this week, as talks between the world's two largest economies remain deadlocked over tariffs.