Category: Africa

African press review 22 September 2017

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has harshly criticised the country’s Supreme Court. According to the top story in this morning’s Nairobi-based Daily Nation, Kenyatta yesterday accused the country’s top court of subverting the will of Kenyans by failing to consider all the evidence presented by the electoral commission. He said it was incomprehensible that four judges

Marchers rally in rival Togo protests

Several thousand people thronged the streets of Togo’s capital Wednesday after the ruling party urged supporters to march at the same time as planned opposition protests demanding the removal of President Faure Gnassingbe. The rival demonstrations in Lome came after the opposition boycotted a vote Tuesday on constitutional reform which would have included a presidential

African press review 20 September 2017

Last August’s Kenyan presidential election was clearly marred by irregularities, according to Daily Nation reports on the findings of a random survey carried out by a team of experts appointed by the Supreme Court. Of the 30 constituencies selected, several tally sheets used to transmit the presidential results were clearly photocopies. Others had not been

Legal worries persist in Kenyan election re-run

“Any date after 1st November 2017 would be a violation of the constitution – it would lead the Republic of Kenya into a constitutional crisis,” says Isaac Okero, President, Law Society of Kenya. The re-run had originally been scheduled for 17 October, however the French company providing the biometric system said on Monday that the

African press review 19 September 2017

We begin in Kenya, where uncertainty continues to hang over the repeat Presidential election scheduled on October 17. Daily Nation reports that opposition leader Raila Odinga piled more pressure on the elections commission on Monday by calling for the dismissal and prosecution of 12 electoral officials it accuses of bungling the last month’s polls. According

African press review 18 September 2017

We begin in Kenya, where the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission is holding a plenary this Monday to consider the possibility to push back the election re-run. This is currently scheduled for October 17. According to The Star, the delay is at the request of the French firm that supplied the electronic vote management system,

African press review 16 September 2017

We start in Nigeria, where the Indigenous People of Biafra campaigning for a separatist Igbo state has been classified by the country’s military authorities as a “militant terrorist organization”. The Nation reports that the Defence Headquarters claimed in a statement issued in Abuja that IPOB poses security challenge to the country after the formation of

France’s top court bars access to Rwanda genocide files

Researcher and author François Graner, who has written a number of works on the genocide, cannot see the files because of a law protecting presidential archives for 25 years following the death of a head of state, the supreme court ruled. Kigali’s minority Tutsi-led government has accused France, under then president François Mitterrand, of supporting