Africa – 1 April 2016

Darfur Forever War Defeats South Africa

There are not enough UN peacekeepers to protect refugee camps, monitor ceasefire violations in South Sudan and monitor the Sudan-South Sudan border. When the South Sudan civil war began in December 2013, frightened civilians took shelter near UN compounds, particularly those housing UN peacekeepers. The compounds were de facto refugee camps. UN bureaucrats dubbed several of them POCs, sites for the “Protection of Civilians.” Estimates for the number of refugees in and near POCs range from 160,000 to 190,000.

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Court bid to annul Ugandan poll fails

Losing Ugandan presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has lost his petition before Uganda’s Supreme Court to have February’s presidential elections overturned on the basis of alleged vote rigging and non-compliance with electoral procedure.

The nine justices of Kampala’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday afternoon that incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was validly elected while further dismissing Mbabazi’s petition with no orders to costs.

Uganda’s Electoral Commission (EC) on February 20, 2016 declared Museveni winner with 60.7 per cent of valid votes cast.



Libya unity govt looks to assert authority

Libya’s unity government was trying to assert its authority in Tripoli on Thursday after the new prime minister-designate’s sudden arrival in the capital sparked tensions.

Fayez al-Sarraj’s arrival at a naval base on Wednesday drew fury from the militia-backed authority in charge of Tripoli, which demanded he leave or surrender.

Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a Libyan television station late on Wednesday, apparently in support of the new government, but the capital appeared calm early on Thursday.