Democracy Derailed? Botswana's Fading Halo

Botswana earned a reputation for political stability, electoral democracy, and economic growth in the 1970s and 1980s, when much of the African continent appeared to be mired in economic stagnation and authoritarian rule. This reputation has persisted despite contradictory developments. more»


Ebola Money Is Hot to Eat

James N. Verdier, Jr. LACC- Executive Chairperson. The LACC announces an investigation into misconduct on the part of some legislators and others entrusted with resources intended for the anti-Ebola drive in the country. more»


Tanzania Moves Closer to Gender Parity

According to the proposed Draft Constitution, women will have a 50 percent representation in all decision-making bodies in the country. more»


Cracking On Corruption

A day after the former director general of Rwanda Social Security Board, Angelique Kantengwa, was arrested over alleged corruption, President Paul Kagame on Sept.12 directed all the responsible authorities to investigate and prosecute the corrupt government officials. more»


President Zuma to Meet With Lesotho Leaders

South Africa President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to meet leaders of Lesotho's coalition government Tuesday in a bid to help resolve sharp political disagreements that led to last month's alleged attempt to overthrow Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's government. more»


South Sudan's Child Soldiers - a Step Backwards

The government of South Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN in 2012 to end the use of child soldiers but there is evidence the ongoing conflict is eroding any gains achieved. more»


Sudanese Opposition Parties Sign for Toppling Regime

The delegations of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), met in Paris August 8th to unite Sudan's opposition parties. more»


CAR Government Steps Down As Part of Peace Deal

The government of the Central African Republic has stepped down. The resignation comes as part of a peace deal aimed at ending months of sectarian violence more»


How President Jonathan Is Violating Nigeria's Electoral Law

New billboards urging Nigerian voters to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election have sprang up at strategic corners of Abuja against repeated warnings by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to politicians not to commence campaign before the stipulated time. more»


U.S.-Africa Summit Must Listen to Voices of the People

The United States-Africa Summit, to be convened on August 5 and 6, will cover a host of topics concerning the African continent. Among them, governance and the spread of democracy, which 7 out of 10 Africans prefer. more»


CAR Reconciliation Talks End This Day

After three days of frantic negotiations that began on July 21, 2014, international representatives and 170 Central African Republic, CAR, stakeholders are due to end discussions today. There was confusion yesterday when the Séléka militia failed to turn up for the negotiations. more»


Nigerians Say 'No' to U.S.$1 Billion Insurgency Loan

Citizens across the country have rejected President Goodluck Jonathan's request to the National Assembly for approval of a U.S. $1 billion loan to fight insurgency. (file photo) more»


Chibok Girls, Parents Shun Meeting With Jonathan

A meeting scheduled between President Goodluck Jonathan and the parents of abducted girls in Chibok, Tuesday, could not hold as the parents shunned the meeting. (file photo) more»


Ethiopia Rooting Out Corruption

The new fiscal year in Ethiopia must see an all-out effort by the government to eradicate bad governance and corruption, scourges which are a source of widespread public discontent. more»


President Kiir to Sign Yau Yau Peace Deal Into Law

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said he will sign a peace agreement with Jonglei-based rebel leader David Yau Yau into law. (file photo) more»

Lifting the Lid on Rwandan Repression

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, who is giving a speech at London's Chatham House today, is viewed by his admirers as the man who saved the nation - who brought stability and rapid economic development to a country devastated by genocide now 20 years ago. more»


Character and Credibility in African Leadership

What is Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan's worth? In a story on Africa's richest leaders, the website RichestLifestyle last week put it at $100 million. It implied that such a stunning figure, for a man who has only been in power for a few years, was plundered from the public till. more»


Nigeria Govt Urged to Negotiate on Chibok Girls

The government is being urged by Bishop Leonard Nwoma Umunna of the Bible Life Church to negotiate with Boko Haram militants for the rescue of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls. more»


Nobel Laureates Condemn South Africa Visa Denial to Dalai Lama

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has criticised the South African government for refusing a visa to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama - a move which has prompted the cancellation of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates which was to be held in Cape Town. more»


Is Africa Losing the Battle Against Corruption?

Corruption remains one of the most pressing challenges facing developing states and Africa in particular, as it substantially undermines development and general prosperity on the continent. more»


What Next for Lesotho?

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South Africans woke up on Saturday morning to the disturbing news that a coup d'état was taking place in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and that the country's prime minister had fled, fearing for his safety. more»


South Sudan Rebels Agree to Ceasefire

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to a fresh ceasefire at talks mediated by the regional group IGAD. more»


Goodbye Libya, Welcome to the Islamic Emirate of Benghazi?

Things have gone from bad to worse in Lybia. While the fighting in Tripoli continues, Islamist radicals succeeded in occupying Benghazi. more»


Obama's Africa Committment

Following the U.S.-Africa Summit the Obama administration left little doubt these past few days about its intentions toward Africa. more»


Libya Is Fast Following Somalia's Road to Ruin

With Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq dominating the news, nobody is paying much attention to the violence in Tripoli that is swiftly tipping Libya over the edge. more»


Hailing Recent Roadmap, Security Council Calls On Malian Parties to Advance Peace Efforts

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The Security Council today commended the parties to the inter-Malian dialogue on the recent adoption of a roadmap and called on them to fully comply with their commitments, including by engaging in comprehensive peace talks. more»


What's the Game Plan for U.S.-Africa Summit?

As the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit approaches, AllAfrica interviewed Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield for her perspective. She believes American officials are expecting actionable outcomes, including investment deals, from the busy week of official and related events. more»


Liberia's War Crimes Trap - Who's Next ?

Some diplomatic observers say, the Jucontee Woewiyu case points to a strong push by the United States of America to bring some prominent players of the Liberian Civil War to book. more»


Is the Niger Delta Region the 'Epicentre of Electoral Fraud' in Nigeria?

The chairman of Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reportedly claimed that the country's Niger Delta - also referred to as the "South South" region - has been the "epicentre of electoral fraud ... since 1999". more»


TY Danjuma to Jonathan - Boko Haram War Taking Too Long

Former Defence Minister Lt-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma has told President Jonathan that Boko Haram insurgents appear to be having the upper hand, as they choose where to strike and capture territory. more»


Why It's Difficult to Rescue Chibok Girls

President Goodluck Jonathan says the great challenge in rescuing the abducted schoolgirls of Chibok, Borno State, is the need to rescue alive. more»


Opposition Political Parties Rant Over Recent Crackdown

In a recent crackdown, Ethiopean police arrested four opposition political party members and leaders, and members of the parties they belong demand the immediate release of the detainees. (file photo) more»


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