23 May 2014

US deploys military to help search for kidnapped Nigerian girls

US President Barack Obama has announced the deployment of about 80 military members to Chad to help find over 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

A senior Obama administration official said some of the force would maintain the unmanned aircraft involved in the mission, while the rest would provide security for the group. (Reuters).Mail and Guardian

Do no harm: seven pathways to fix broken US policies in Africa

In an open letter to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, who recently made a tour of several African countries, the Secretary of State is asked to address US policies towards Africa that are broken, counter-productive, and harmful. Pambazuka


16 May 2014

West ‘rescue’ may ignite entire region

Some welcome foreign intervention in Nigeria; others believe Africa must sort out its own issues. President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of foreign aid to track down the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in north eastern Nigeria more than a month ago is seen as opening up new possibilities for involvement by the United States, France and the United Kingdom in the region.

But a new anti-terror narrative could play into the hands of extremists, commentators say. A summit of heads of state has been convened by French president François Hollande, to take place in Paris on Saturday, to discuss the fight against the Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is holding the girls hostage. Mail and Guardian

Mugabe at odds with new Libya

With Muammar Gaddafi out of the picture, President Robert Mugabe ?is severing commercial and diplomatic ties with Libya.

A Libyan national has relinquished his board position at banking group CBZ Holdings, triggering speculation that this is a culmination of souring relations between President Robert Mugabe’s government and Libyan administrators who ousted Mugabe’s long-time friend Muammar Gaddafi.

The government is the largest shareholder in CBZ. CBZ Holdings announced recently that Mohamed Ibrahim Omar Ben Ghali, who represented Libya’s interests in the banking group held through Libya Foreign Bank (LFB), had retired. LFB is a Libyan government investment vehicle. The bank is 100% owned by the Central Bank of Libya, owned by the Libyan government. Mail and Guardian

What is Boko Haram and whence did it arise?

The terrorist group Boko Haram is a vital element in the fight over state power by various political groups in Nigeria. Both Nigeria’s continued politics of corruption and the Al Qaeda link to Boko Haram point to a grim future of continued insecurity

The kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram has outraged the world; particularly after their captors promised to sell the girls as slaves. They are portrayed as Muslim fundamentalists seeking to impose a harsh Sharia Law over the whole of Nigeria. They have murdered over a thousand Nigerians in the past few years and are acting with utter impunity against the pathetic forces arrayed against them by the Nigerian State. Pambazuka


8 May 2014

Nigeria president orders push to free kidnapped girls

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered top security chiefs and officials to secure the release of 223 schoolgirls abducted three weeks ago.

Anger at the government’s ineffectual response has fuelled protests at home and abroad.

Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists stormed the girls’ boarding school on April 14, forcing them from their dormitories onto trucks and driving them into the bush. Mail and Guardian.

A new Mozambican political system in the making?

Mozambique will hold national elections in October. Politics in the southern African nation has been dominated by two parties, FRELIMO and RENAMO. But now a young party is causing waves across the country, pledging to focus on ‘a development agenda’

In 2009 Mozambicans watched the birth of a new political party, the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (Movimento Democrático de Moçambique – MDM). In only four years the party has managed to gain control of three strategic municipalities. In the last municipal elections in 2013, it emerged as a serious challenger to the ruling FRELIMO, [1] one year ahead of the national elections.

Meanwhile, very little is known about MDM’s political orientation and the reasons behind its rise. To gain greater insight into MDM’s political thinking, Fredson Guilengue, project manager at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Southern Africa (RLS), interviewed the head of the national parliamentary group of MDM, Lutero Chimbirombiro Simango (LS). Lutero was born in 1960 and is the older brother of Daviz Simango, president of MDM. Pambazuka


2 May 2014

Angola’s hidden crisis

What exactly constitutes development for a post-conflict African country? Is it the built environment or investment in human capital?

That’s a question I think about daily here in Luanda, Angola’s rapidly changing capital. On paper, Angola is a success story and a frequently cited example in the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative. It has enjoyed double-digit economic growth during the last decade, fueled by its plentiful crude oil deposits, and is experiencing a construction boom. It’s even attracting big-name luxury brands, such as Porsche, Gucci, Prada and Armani. Voices of Africa

Africa’s number one economy, for wealth evaporation

Jim O’Neill – the Goldman Sachs banker who in 2001 coined the idea of a Brazil-Russia-India-China ‘BRIC’ serving as “building bricks of the 21st century world economy” – has another bright idea. He recently announced a new fascination with the Mexico-Indonesia-Nigeria-Turkey countries, which “all have very favourable demographics for at least the next 20 years, and their economic prospects are interesting.” O’Neill is now completing a BBC series on the MINTs, and no doubt will profit handsomely from investments made in these countries’ financial assets, the way any scurrilous marketer does when, brandishing an insider-trading portfolio, he draws naïve consumers to a product with limited shelf life.

Understanding the genesis and impact of recent legislation in Uganda

Most recent commentary on Uganda has focused on the passing of the Anti-homosexuality Act (AHA) – a piece of legislation that drew a barrage of criticism from many countries in the West, but marshalled popular support and acclaim at home. Western reaction focused mainly on the human rights implications of the piece of legislation, once dubbed the ‘Kill-the-gays’ bill, which represents a significant step backward in the protection of sexual minorities on the continent. However, the nearly-exclusive focus on the rights of LGBTI individuals fails to take account of the broader political context within which the AHA was enacted. It also does not consider the passage of the law against the backdrop of the enactment of two other pieces of legislation which have significant implications for politics and the democratic struggle in Uganda. The first of these is the Public Order and Management Act (POMA), which came into force on 2 October 2013, while the second is the Anti-pornography Act (APA), which was signed into law on 6 February 2014, barely two weeks before President Museveni’s dramatic and public signing of the anti-gay law.


25 April 2014

World’s Media Chiefs Press African Leaders on Freedoms

Cape Town — Editors and publishers from across the world have singled out the governments of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Swaziland for threatening free expression and media freedom.

At a meeting in Cape Town this week, the general assembly of the International Press Institute (IPI) – a global network of editors, media executives and journalists – adopted resolutions which called on:

The Ethiopian government to stop arresting journalists under anti-terrorism laws and to review its anti-terror statutes to protect freedom of the press;

The Swazi government to release unconditionally the editor of The Nation, Bhekitemba Makhubu, and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, who have been arrested, released and re-arrested by a succession of judges, some with personal interests in their case, in recent weeks;

The Egyptian government to end arrests of journalists under anti-terrorism laws; and

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to submit a new secrecy law for court review. allAfrica

Tutu: ‘Unfinished business’ of the TRC’s healing

Nelson Mandela’s departure from office was a blow from which the commission never recovered. Desmond Tutu shares a light moment with the press during the days of the TRC, which he now believes failed in its objectives. (Reuters)

At the first gathering of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on Reconciliation Day in 1995, I spoke at some length of the importance of the political impartiality of the process if it was to succeed.

This was not the pious pleading of a priest; it was the truth commission’s legal mandate.

Ours was not to judge the morality of people’s actions, but to act as an incubation chamber for national healing, reconciliation and forgiveness. We were a wounded people, all of us, because of the conflict of the past. No matter on which side we stood, we all were in need of healing. As members of the commission we were, ourselves, wounded healers.Mail and Guardian

Tutu warns CAR ‘stands on the brink of genocide’

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has warned that the CAR’s struggles for power and resources has “degenerated into anarchy, hatred and ethnic cleansing”.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has warned that over the 13 months the country’s

The Central African Republic is on the brink of genocide and the power now lies with its citizens to end the political turmoil, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Sunday.

“The country stands on the brink of genocide; some would say it has already commenced,” he said in a statement released by his Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

“It is the people of [CAR] who hold the key to sustainable peace. It is the people who must re-learn to live together,” Mail and Guardian


20 April 2014

Africa’s economy resilient – World Bank

Economic activity in Sub- Saharan Africa remained robust in 2013, highlighting a significant increase in capital inflows and net direct foreign investment (FDI) inflows, the World Bank said in a report on Monday.

In its latest Africa’s Pulse report highlighting the continent’s economic prospects, the World Bank said the growth was essentially supported by the rising investment in natural resources, infrastructure and a robust private consumption. New Vision


Renamo nears deal on joining army

MOZAMBICAN rebel group, Renamo said on Thursday it had reached an understanding with the government to integrate its fighters into the national army and police under the supervision of international observers.

Renamo spokesperson Adriano Muchunga said international military experts would help identify eligible guerrillas to join the security forces in a bid to end fighting that has flared up again two decades after the end of the country’s 16-year civil war. New


11 April 2014

France outraged by Rwandan genocide blame

The French justice minister will not attend commemorations marking 20th anniversary of genocide, after Paul Kagame’s comments.

Preserved human skulls are seen on display at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. (Reuters)

France has reacted with fury after Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, renewed accusations of direct French involvement in the 1994 genocide, on the eve of ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary.

The French government announced that the justice minister, Christiane Taubira, would not attend the commemorations in Kigali after Kagame, in an interview with the weekly magazine Jeune Afrique, accused both France and Belgium of having a “direct role” in the genocide. Mail and Guardian

A story of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda

Emotional scenes played out in Rwanda this week as the country commemorated 20 years since the genocide that left close to a million people dead.

April 1994 is a long time ago, but physical and emotional scars remain fresh.

One wonders, every time the word Rwanda is mentioned, how the country managed to pull itself out of one of the darkest periods in the history of human existence.

Even more astounding is how people in Rwanda managed to find each other, forgive and bridge the gap that was left by the ethnic cleansing that happened 20 years ago. Voices of Africa

Which way forward for the BRICS in Africa, a year after the Durban summit?

This week’s special issue takes a gloomy look at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and their subimperialist extractive tentacles around the African continent. Social justice movements must start with a common critical analysis of the BRICS in order to intensify South to South resistance and solidarity

The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa bloc met in Durban at the end of March last year, expressing both continental and global ambitions. But things have not gone well since then. Extremely challenging financial, geopolitical, military and environmental problems emerged over the subsequent year – in Africa and across the world. Pambazuka


3 April 2014

II ASC Statement on Nairobi Eastleigh Attack~Revised


We condemn in the strongest terms the bombing in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area on the 31 March 2014. Action

CAR crisis casts shadow on EU-Africa summit

As African and European leaders head to Brussels for the EU-Africa summit, conflict and jihadist turmoil fears in the CAR are set to dominate talks.

African and European leaders held crisis talks on the escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday as some 80 nations gather in Brussels for a key summit.

Conflict, illegal migration and fears of more jihadist turmoil look set to dominate the mammoth gathering held a day after the European Union announced the launch of a rare military mission to restore peace in the CAR, scene of some of the worst violence seen in years on the continent. Mail and Guardian

Ebola ‘a regional threat’ as contagion spreads

Guinea’s capital Conakry is on high alert after a deadly Ebola epidemic that has killed dozens in the southern forests, spread to the port city.

All those infected have been put into isolation at the capital’s biggest hospital to avoid the highly contagious virus from getting into the population. (Reuters)

Eight cases have been confirmed in the capital, the Guinean health ministry said on Friday, including one fatality.

All those infected have been put into isolation at the capital’s biggest hospital to avoid the highly contagious virus from getting into the population. Mail and Guardian

Morocco and the Saharawi Republic participate side by side in an Africa-EU meeting?

Morocco appears to a adopt a schizophrenic behavior towards the Saharawi Republic by officially sitting down in international forums side by side with the Saharawi delegation. Yet behind closed doors it continues to wage a campaign to discredit the rights of the Saharawi for full independence

For the third consecutive time in less than four months, the Moroccan government participated in an event where the Saharawi Republic was fully taking part as an independent State, during the works of the 2nd High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership. The meeting was held between 11- 14 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Saharawi delegation chaired by the Saharawi ambassador to the AU and Ethiopia, participated side by side with a Moroccan delegation composed of the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines Water and Environment. This information may seem normal to anyone who doesn’t know how Morocco is normally very sensitive to any regional, continental or international forum where the Saharawi Government’s representatives participate. Pambazuka News


28 March 2014

SA, Rwanda agree to resolve row, says Zuma

Pretoria and Kigali have agreed to work out a diplomatic row sparked by attacks on Rwandan dissidents exiled in Johannesburg.

Pretoria and Kigali have agreed to resolve a furious diplomatic row sparked by attacks on Rwandan dissidents exiled in Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

Speaking after meeting on Tuesday in the Angolan capital Luanda with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, Zuma told public broadcaster SABC that the two leaders had “agreed to share some detailed information and deal with the issues”. Mail and Guardian

Egypt to bring mass trial of Morsi backers

More than 1 200 supporters of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi will face charges in the country’s biggest trial since his ousting by the army in July.

The mass trial is part of a crackdown by Egypt’s military-installed authorities targeting Morsi’s Islamist supporters who remain steadfast in demanding his reinstatement. (AFP)

The mass trial is part of a crackdown by Egypt’s military-installed authorities targeting Morsi’s Islamist supporters who remain steadfast in demanding his reinstatement.

Morsi, Egypt’s first elected and civilian president, was removed by the army on July 3. His ouster triggered widespread unrest across a deeply polarised country. Mail and Guardian

Ethiopia next to pass anti-gay Bill

Lawmakers in Ethiopia are to pass a Bill that effectively makes homosexuality, which is illegal in the country, “nonpardonable” under its amnesty law.

Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers last week endorsed a measure by lawmakers to put homosexuality on a list of offences considered “non-pardonable” under the country’s amnesty law, and is widely expected to pass the Bill when it is put to the vote next week. Mail and Guardian


21 March 2014

Juba warns Khartoum from supporting rebels

South Sudan has asked its neighbour to the north not to support rebels led by former vice president Riek Machr.The South Sudan minister of defense Kuol Manyang Juuk who arrived in Khartoum on Wednesday and met with his Sudanese counterpart Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussien said the rebels should not be receiving support from

Dos Santos launches Great Lakes diplomatic offensive

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has launched a regional diplomatic offensive in which he has dispatched Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti to update other International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) leaders on developments in the region.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Chikoti is on a diplomatic mission that has so far taken him to Chad, with another stop planned … Star

Anan Environmental conflicts as Acholi return home

Dire poverty has pushed Northern Uganda communities that are recovering from war to massive cutting down of trees for charcoal. This is rapidly depleting native forests and posing environmental threats to the rural communities and the greater Uganda

Travelling the bumpy, rough roads of Gulu and Nwoya districts in Northern Uganda, one sees large swaths of bare lands with only scattered trees. These lands were once covered in thick forests of both hard and soft wood. Forests in the area flourished during the two-decade LRA conflict, when many locals were displaced from their villages. But today, communities have returned to their land, and the forest cover has steadily diminished. Pambazuka


20 March 2014



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14 March 2014

South Africa expels Burundi diplomat

The reason for SA expelling diplomat Jean-Claude Sindayigaya is not yet clear, but he has already left the country.

Burundi’s foreign minister on Saturday said one of his country’s diplomats had been expelled from South Africa, though the reason was not immediately clear.

The move comes after South Africa and Rwanda issued tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions on Friday amid a row over the attempted assassination of an exiled Rwandan general in Johannesburg. Mail and Guardian

Women’s Day event denied permission in Sudan

An activist said the event was denied despite President Omar al-Bashir’s vow that freedoms should be respected.

The March 8 event that was marked around the world had been held without incident for the past eight years at Khartoum’s Nubian Club, women’s activist Fahima Hashim told AFP. “We didn’t get the permission” from state security agents for Saturday’s planned event, she said.

EU backs sanctions on Uganda, Nigeria

Strasbourg – The European Parliament backed sanctions on Uganda and Nigeria on Thursday in protest at their recent passing of anti-gay laws.

MEPs approved a non-binding resolution by a large majority which said that the two countries violated the Cotonou accord on human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. News


07 March 2014


Heads of State and Government of the African Union, Members of the High Level Committee on the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

‘Rescuing’ gay people from Africa is no answer to homophobic laws

The recent passing of the anti-gay law in Uganda and the South African government’s mealy-mouthed reaction to it demand attention.

Internationally, South Africa sponsored and is leading the first ever UN resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity. South Africa also boasts a post-apartheid Constitution that explicitly affirms equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender. Yet our government cannot muster the political stealth to speak against (rather than just about) homophobia when it really counts – as is the case with the recent passing of the homophobic law.

ICC convicts DRC rebel leader

The Hague – The International Criminal Court has convicted a rebel leader of charges including murder and pillage during a deadly attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but acquitted him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.

Germain Katanga showed no emotion as judges convicted him as an accessory in the attack on the strategic village of Bogoro on 24 February 2003, in which at least 200 civilians were hacked or shot to death.

World Bank’s block of Uganda loan is ‘blackmail’

The World Bank has joined various EU countries in cutting economic ties with Uganda over its anti-gay law, blocking a $90-million loan.

Uganda accused the World Bank of blackmail on Friday after the lender stalled a $90-million loan over the East African nation’s adoption of a draconian anti-gay law.

“World Bank is a multi-lateral institution that should not blackmail its members, however small,” government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said on Twitter.

The World Bank announced on Thursday that it was blocking the loan, which was intended to help Uganda strengthen its health care system.

Rwanda, SA expel diplomats amid shooting row

South Africa and Rwanda have both issued diplomatic expulsions as a row escalated over the attempted assassination of an exiled Rwandan general.


21 February 2014

Abuse of women escalates HIV infections in Africa

Violations of women’s rights escalates the rate of HIV infections throughout the continent. Sexual oppression combined with a high biological receptiveness of viral transmission, put women at risk. As a consequence, the violence against women threatens to destroy whole communities.

Afrol News

Women on the Rise in African Politics

Africa now has three female heads of state, after Catherine Samba-Panza of the Central African Republic took office in January. Though women leaders remain the exception in African politics, activists say things are looking up.



13 February 2014

Militants Claim Responsibility for Egypt Bombing

A newly formed militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police checkpoint in Cairo’s twin city of Giza that wounded six people.

Mail & Guardian


Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Threaten Mali as France Cuts Force

France is reducing the number of its troops in the West African nation to 1,000 from 2,500 now, with President Francois Hollande saying the intervention’s objectives “have been largely achieved.” Yet security in the north of Africa’s third-biggest gold producer is precarious.



09 February 2014

Tunisia Garners Praise for New Constitution

Global leaders attended the ceremony to formally adopt Tunisia’s new Constitution as international lenders released funds to the now stable country.

Mail & Guardian


Landmark Rwanda Genocide Trial Begins in France

Pascal Simbikangwa, a 54-year-old former intelligence chief, faces charges of complicity in genocide and war crimes. He could face a life sentence if convicted after the seven-week trial.

Mail & Guardian

Africa: New Development Goals

“Global income inequality stands at a very high level: eight per
cent of the world’s population earns half the world’s income, with
the remaining 92 per cent earning the other half. Such a
distribution is rightly viewed by global civil society networks as
unacceptably high, as it is both unjust and undermines development
progress.” – Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP)



03 February 2014

Egypt Army Backs Sisi as Presidential Candidate

Egypt’s top military body has given its approval for armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to run for the presidency.


Libya Congress Sets Feb. 20 for Constitution Assembly Vote

Libya will elect an assembly on 20 February to draft a constitution intended to advance transition to democracy and break political stalemate more than two years after a NATO-backed uprising toppled Gadhafi.

Voice of America


Tunisia Assembly Passes New Constitution

Tunisia’s parliament has adopted a new constitution, the first since the ousting of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The National Constituent Assembly passed the text by 200 votes from 216.



26 January 2014

Now Uhuru’s Case Put Off Indefinitely

The International Criminal Court has postponed indefinitely the trial of President Kenyatta that was to begin on February 5.

The Daily Nation


Tunisia’s Assembly Finishes New Constitution

Tunisia’s new charter and compromise between Islamist and secular leaders is seen as an example of political transition after the 2011 revolts.

Voice of America


20 January 2014

Guinea Government Resigns

Guinea’s Cabinet and prime minister have resigned as part of a transition to a new government after elections.

Mail & Guardian


Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan Sacks Military Chiefs

No reason was given but the dismissals come amid growing concern about the military’s failure to end the Islamist-led insurgency in northern Nigeria.




SALO NEWS BRIEF – 13 January 2014

Tunisia PM Ali Larayedh Hands Over to Mehdi Jomaa

Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh has resigned, fulfilling a pledge taken last year to help end the country’s political deadlock. The political crisis was brought about by the assassination of secular politician Mohamed Brahimi in July.



Mali Attack Leaves 3 U.N. Peacekeepers Wounded

The U.N. troops were from Chad and reportedly exchanged fire with the gunmen. The peacekeeping battalion had been searching for suspects from a separate attack at a nearby military camp



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 January 2014

Mali President’s Party Wins Parliamentary Election

The Rally for Mali (RPM) and its allies won 115 of 147 seats in the national assembly following a run-off on Sunday, officials announced on state TV.



Tunisia Begins Scrutiny of New Constitution

Politicians voted to approve the title of the charter, which will now be voted on article by article. They are due to examine the text’s preamble, before scrutinising its 150 articles and 225 proposed amendments.

Al Jazeera


Thousands of African Migrants Demonstrate in Tel Aviv
Thousands of African migrants and Israeli human rights activists protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, in a “march for freedom” aimed at raising awareness at Israeli government policy to detain and jail asylum seekers without checking refugee status
Times of Israel


Egypt Unrest: 11 Deaths at Muslim Brotherhood Protests

Eleven people have died in clashes between police and Muslim Brotherhood according to the health ministry, while the Muslim Brotherhood put the death toll at 17. Dozens of people, including police, have been wounded. The deaths were reported in the capital Cairo and the cities of Alexandria, Fayoum and Ismailia.



ICC Prosecutor Seeks Delay in Kenyan President’s Trial

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court,  Fatou Bensouda, has asked judges to delay the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta so she can obtain more evidence.

Voice of America


Nigeria’s President Struggling Ahead of Election Campaign

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an uphill battle if he seeks re-election next year, after a series of unprecedented setbacks that have included allegations of corruption and party defections to the opposition

Business Day


SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 December 2013

Mali Unrest: Kidal Attack Kills Two UN Peacekeepers

The blast hit a bank guarded by the peacekeepers and set fire to a UN armoured vehicle, eyewitnesses said.




SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela Death: South Africa and World Mourn

President Jacob Zuma has announced that Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Mandela was elected South Africa’s first black president after he spent 27 years in prison.



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 2 December 2013

ICC Agrees to Changes to Ease Tension with Africa

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) member states agreed to changes to the court’s trial procedures that will make it easier for suspects to participate in trial proceedings via video link and create a special exemption for top government officials.

Business Day


Egypt’s Draft Constitution Will See Change in Politics

Egypt’s new constitution, according to a draft text completed on Saturday, will bolster the military’s hand and ban religious parties.

Mail & Guardian


SALO NEWS BRIEF – 22 November 2013

Rockets Fired Days before Elections

Shots have been fired on northern Mali’s largest city of Gao less than a week before Malians vote in the legislative elections.

Mail & Guardian
Kenya Warns of ICC Threat to Eastern Africa’s Stability

At a debate to discuss the crisis resulting from the court’s cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, the Kenyan attorney-general said the court and its member states were playing “Russian roulette” with the country.



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 November 2013

U.N. Security Council to Vote this Week on Delay of Kenya Trials: Rwanda

As Africa urges the U.N. Security Council to take it more seriously, Rwanda plans to put to a vote this week a draft resolution to defer International Criminal Court trials of Kenya’s leaders for one year, despite lacking sufficient support.



Afrobarometer: Bribery Still Rife in Africa

Afrobarometer has found that nearly one-third of Africans in 34 countries have been forced to pay bribes, including for medical treatment. Read the report here.


SALO NEWS BRIEF – 8 November 2013

China Throws its Weight Behind Calls for Deferral

China’s ambassador to the United Nations has said that his country supports the Africa-backed resolution calling for deferral of the ICC cases against Kenya’s leaders.

Daily Nation (Kenya)


Tanzania Ponders Regional Ouster

The East African Community has been accused of forging trilateral deals between Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, excluding the country.

Mail & Guardian


SALO NEWS BRIEF – 1 November 2013

Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta: ICC Case Delayed

The trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court has been delayed following last month’s terror attack in Nairobi. His trial was due to begin on 12 November but it has been put back until 5 February.




SALO NEWS BRIEF – 25 October 2013

Sudan, S. Sudan Leaders in Deal over Abyei and Borders

South Sudanese President Salva and his Sudan counterpart, Omar al Bashir, agreed at a summit in Juba to speed up the demarcation of their common borders and the formation of the Abyei administration, including the Abyei area.

Daily Nation


Côte d’Ivoire Youth Leader Wants ICC Warrant Rejected

Lawyers for Charles Ble Goude, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, say he should be tried by a local court.

Mail & Guardian



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 18 October 2013


Malawi President Dissolves Cabinet in Wake of Graft Scandal

Joyce Banda dissolved the cabinet on Thursday after police arrested several junior officials in her government in recent weeks on suspicion of stealing state funds.



SA, France in Agreement on CAR

South Africa and France agree that intervention is needed in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help stabilise the country.


African Governance Improving, Index Finds

Mo Ibrahim announced his seventh annual African Governance Index Monday, saying there are both positive and negative trends to watch. 18 of the 52 nations surveyed earned their best scores ever. For 94 percent of Africans, governance has notably improved since 2000, when data started being collected and analyzed, the report says.

Voice of America


UN Peace Force in Mali ‘Needs Troops and Equipment’

The United Nations has appealed for more troops and equipment for its peacekeeping force in Mali. The UN force, which took over security duties in July, has less than half of its mandated strength of more than 12,000 military personnel.



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 11 October 2013

South Sudan Presses for Abyei Referendum

South Sudan has called on the international community to ensure quick implementation of the agreement to hold a referendum to determine the final status of the disputed oil-rich border region of Abyei.

Voice of America


Egypt Army Chief ‘Must not Contest Presidential Poll’

Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with an Egyptian newspaper that now was the wrong time to raise the issue of whether he would stand for the presidency. But the general did not rule out taking part in any contest, and speculation has been rising that the former military intelligence officer under toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak could contest the vote.

Business Day


Africa to Review ICC Participation

African countries will meet this month to assess their continued involvement in the International Criminal Court (ICC). International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the special extra-ordinary summit of African states was scheduled for October 12 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 03 October 2013

Guinea’s Ruling Party takes Early Lead in Legislative Polls

The party of Guinean President Alpha Conde has taken an early lead, according to the first results from weekend legislative polls published by the elections commission late on 2 October.



Islamist Party in Tunisia to Step Down

Tunisia’s governing Islamist party, Ennahda, thrust into power by the Arab Spring, has agreed to step down after months of political wrangling with a hard-bargaining opposition. In three weeks, the Ennahda-led government is to hand over power to an independent caretaker government that will lead the country through elections in the spring.

New York Times


Sudan Protesters Call for President Omar al-Bashir to Step Down

Amid a national media blackout, thousands of Sudanese protesters have taken to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, renewing calls for their longtime autocratic president to resign after dozens of people were killed in a week of demonstrations. The Guardian

Statement of Solidarity with the People of Sudan

The Sudan Solidarity Network (SSN), troubled by the on-going brutal and inhumane events taking place in the Sudan, hereby call on President Omar Al Bashir and his ruling Islamist regime of the National Congress Party (the NCP) and the rest of the Sudanese regime’s leadership to take, with immediate effect, decisive steps to end the state of lawlessness currently prevailing in the Sudan. The Sudan Solidarity Network (SSN)

Rally in Paris to denounce assassination of Rashid Shin

Saharawi community in France staged Saturday a rally to show solidarity with Saharawi citizens in the occupied territories, as well as in the cities of Assa and Zak, Southern Morocco, which have recently seen bloody clashes with Moroccan occupation forces killed many unarmed civilians, including the Martyr Rashid Shin.

Saharawi News


SALO NEWS BRIEF – 27 September 2013

Zuma Backs Kenyatta, Ruto in Tiff with ICC

President Jacob Zuma has urged prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to compromise with Kenyan leaders by sparing them the obligation of sitting through their trials for crimes against humanity.

Business Day


Taylor Loses 50-Year Sentence Appeal

The Special Court for Sierra Leone has rejected an appeal against war crimes convictions by lawyers representing former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

RPF Sweeps Polls to Retain House Majority

A coalition dominated by the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) has swept this week’s parliamentary polls, with a convincing 76.22 per cent victory, meaning the ruling party has retained majority seats in the Chamber of Deputies.


Somalia ‘New Deal’: EU Pledge at Brussels Conference

Donors have pledged 1.8bn euros ($2.4bn; £1.5bn) at a conference in Brussels to help Somalia end more than two decades of conflict.



More Peacekeepers Head to Central African Republic

The Republic of Congo has sent 200 more soldiers to join a peacekeeping force in Central African Republic, which saw an upsurge in violence that killed dozens earlier this month.


Click below for the latest Memorandum by the Saharawi Government on the Question of Western Sahara. – Memorandum by the Sahrawi Government September 2013


SALO NEWS BRIEF – 10 September 2013

Somalia Sets Date for General Election

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamnoud has stated that the Horn of Africa country will hold a general election in 2016.

Daily Nation


Egypt Shuts Down Four TV Stations
An Egyptian court has ordered the closure of four television channels, including one run by the Muslim Brotherhood, Ahrar 25. The Egyptian arm of al-Jazeera, Mubashir Misr, is one of those set to be shut down, along with the Islamist channels al-Quds and al-Yarmuk. Authorities have recently cracked down on media seen as sympathetic to deposed President Mohammed Morsi, and his Muslim Brotherhood.




SALO NEWS BRIEF – 29 August 2013

UN Mission Seeks to Stabilise Mali

A 12 600 UN peacekeeping force is being considered for Mali. It is unclear how suited the multinational mission is to a task which includes helping the government to re-establish itself in the north and eventually handing responsibility for security to Mali’s army.

Mail & Guardian


‘Boko Haram Fighters’ Kill Vigilantes in Borno, Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 20 members of vigilante groups trying to fight back against the group in north-east Borno state.



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 14 August 2013


Keita Wins Mali Elections

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, an ex-prime minister with a reputation for firmness, has won Mali’s presidential election.

Mail & Guardian


Nigeria’s Boko Haram is No Threat, says Abba Moro

Nigeria’s interior minister has said the army is making progress in the war against Boko Haram militants, despite the killing of 44 people in a mosque.



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 2 August 2013

Mali Election: IBK and Soumaila Cisse in Run-off

Following 22 months of unrest, no presidential candidate gained the 50% needed for victory. Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and ex-Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse will contest a second round on 11 August.



South Sudan Purge Leaves Two in Charge

Salva Kiir’s sacking of his entire government reveals the power struggle inside the ruling party.

Mail & Guardian



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 25 July 2013

South Sudan Calls for Calm after President Sacks Cabinet

Heavily armed South Sudanese troops and police guarded key government institutions in the capital of Juba after the president suspended his Cabinet.

Mail & Guardian


SALO NEWS BRIEF – 17 July 2013

Mali’s Tiebele Drame Withdraws from Election

Tiebele Drame said his party’s application to the Constitutional Court to postpone the vote had been met by a “deafening silence”. He said the electoral process was flawed and Mali needed more time to recover from last year’s coup.



SALO NEWS BRIEF – 10 July 2013

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Leader Mohammed Badie Arrest Ordered

Egypt’s state prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and at least nine other senior figures.




UN Green-lights Mali Peacekeeping Force

The UN Security Council has approved the July 1 deployment of a Mali peacekeeping force. The peacekeeping force will be tasked with helping the government regain control of rebel-held areas and organise crucial elections.

Mail & Guardian


Uganda Police Restrict Opposition Leader’s Movement

Uganda’s police briefly arrested a prominent opposition activist, Kizza Besigye, and have since restricted his movements.

Voice of America



Somalia UN Office Attack by Al-Shabab ‘Kills 15?

At least 15 people have been killed in an assault by militant Islamists on a UNDP office in the Somali capital.

BBC News


Boko Haram Drives 19 000 Farmers from Land in Nigeria

The rebel group has driven 19 000 rice farmers from their land, while a military crackdown is preventing thousands more from working their fields.

Mail & Guardian



Sudan Cancels Oil, Security Deals with South

Sudan has put on hold nine security and economic pacts with South Sudan but remains committed to good relations if the South ends support for rebels.

Mail & Guardian


ECOWAS Mission Assesses Mali Situation Before Vote

A team of officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is in Mali to assess the security and political situation in the approach to the country’s July 28 presidential election.

Voice of America



Nigeria: Jail Terms to Tackle Islamist Militancy

Nigeria has officially banned two militant Islamist groups, warning that anyone who helps them will face a minimum jail sentence of 20 years. The army has been waging an offensive against the militants in their northern strongholds since a state of emergency was declared last month.


Mali Military Claims Victory against Rebels

The Malian armed forces have attacked Tuareg rebels and succeeded in taking the village of Anefis, marking the army’s first victory without the help of French forces.

Al Jazeera