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NIGER The West African nation looks set to see its first democratic transition of power next month, after a one-time Interior Minister, Mohamed Bazoum, won Niger’s second-round presidential vote. Niger’s Electoral Commission announced that Bazoum, the ruling party candidate, had…

Will Zuma bring down the ANC?

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is facing possible jail time for refusing to give evidence to an anti-corruption commission.  The investigation into Jacob Zuma’s alleged corruption took an unexpected turn in February, after the former South African president and…

ICC in the dock 

As a former child soldier is convicted of war crimes for his role in Uganda’s brutal conflict, Zachary Ochieng asks whether The Hague is a roadblock to peace in Africa.  The conviction of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic…

Liberia gripped by downfall of graft tsar

The country’s Nigeria-born anti-corruption head has been forced to quit after allegedly faking his own ID. By Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia. Liberia’s strict immigration laws have come under scrutiny, after the head of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission was forced to…

Tanzania’s wildlife gamble risks future pandemics

With poaching on the rise thanks to the pandemic, Tanzania has alarmed conservationists further by legalising bushmeat markets, writes Zachary Ochieng. The Tanzanian government has decriminalised bushmeat markets as part of an unusual strategy to control poaching in the East…

Nigeria sectarianism fears

As communities turn to militias for protection from rampaging herdsmen, Rosemary Udoh reports on the conflict tearing Nigeria apart – and asks what really lit the country ablaze.   Sunday April 16, 2019, will forever be remembered by the people of…
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