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Nairobi (AFP) Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two petitions to overturn the country’s October 26 presidential election re-run, validating the poll victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. “The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. As a consequence, the presidential election of 26 October is hereby upheld as is the election of the third respondent,” said Chief Justice David Maraga, referring to Kenyatta. The ruling paves the way for Kenyatta to be sworn in on November 28, bringing to a close what has been a divisive andRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two petitions to overturn the country’s October presidential election re-run, validating the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Celebrations erupted in ruling party strongholds, but tensions remained high in areas loyal to veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, which have been rocked by protests during the dramatic four-month election process. The ruling paves the way for Kenyatta to be sworn in on November 28. “The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. As a consequence, the presidential election of 26 OctoberRead More
Harare (AFP) Robert Mugabe faced the threat of impeachment by his own party on Monday, after his shock insistence he still holds power in Zimbabwe despite a military takeover and a noon deadline to end his 37-year autocratic rule. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old veteran leader defied expectations he would quit, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis. The speech provoked anger and disbelief among many Zimbabweans, fuelling concerns that Mugabe could face a violent backlash. His once-loyal ZANU-PF party — who has alreadyRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has defied expectations by not resigning, but the 93-year-old veteran leader could now face an impeachment process initiated by his own party. Following the army’s seizure of power last week, the ruling ZANU-PF party sacked him as its leader over the weekend and the influential veterans’ association has called for further mass demonstrations. Here are some of the possible routes by which Mugabe could leave power: – Resignation – Article 96 of Zimbabwe’s constitution says that the president can resign if he submits aRead More
The Hague (AFP) More than 5,000 victims of atrocities committed by troops commanded by former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba are calling for individual reparations, rights activists said Monday. International judges sentenced Bemba in June 2016 to 18 years in jail on five charges of war crimes committed when his troops went on a murderous and violent rampage in neighbouring Central African Republic between October 2002 to March 2003. Most of the victims “have lost everything, and continue to live with the physical and psychological consequences of the crimes, horrorsRead More
Paris (AFP) South Africa coach Allister Coetzee paid tribute to the character of his “unbelievable” players after they hit back from last week’s record defeat to Ireland to beat France in Paris. The Springboks have had a rollercoaster year with an all-time record 57-0 defeat to New Zealand in September before their worst reverse against Ireland, 38-3 a week ago. But they have also enjoyed some good moments, winning their first five Tests this year, pushing the All Blacks to within just one point last month and then edging outRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe was on Sunday facing the end of his 37-year rule, as the once-loyal ZANU-PF party sacked him as its leader and told him to resign as head of state. Mugabe’s grip on power was broken last week when the military took over, angered at his wife Grace’s emergence as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president. As ZANU-PF delegates cheered wildly, a party official announced at a meeting in Harare that Mugabe had been ousted as party chief. He was replaced by formerRead More
Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) When strongman Yahya Jammeh left The Gambia for exile after 22 years, new foreign minister Ousainou Darboe pledged the tiny nation would become the “human rights capital of Africa”. His remarks came days after Jammeh’s forced departure in January, and followed the release of droves of political prisoners from the country’s notorious jails — the face of years of flagrant rights abuses under the mercurial leader. But as the first anniversary approaches of the December 1 election that would eventually spell regime change for Banjul, AFP hasRead More
Tripoli (AFP) Libya will investigate alleged slave trading in the country, the internationally recognised government announced Sunday, following the release of video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off. Chaos-ridden Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse in the North African country at the hands of traffickers and others. US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men are presented to NorthRead More
Jerusalem (AFP) Israel’s cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. “The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country,” the public security ministry said in a statement. Israeli official figures from June 30 showRead More