ICC responds on SA withdrawal as Africa wonders who’s next

ICC responds on SA withdrawal as Africa wonders who’s next

The International Criminal Court in The Hague acknowledged South Africa’s intent to withdraw from the Rome Statute on Saturday, while expressing its widely shared concern that other African nations will follow Pretoria’s lead and separate from their ICC treaty agreements. “Although withdrawing from a treaty is a sovereign act, I…

Morocco delegation begins East African tour

Morocco delegation begins East African tour

King Mohammed VI of Morocco began a visit Tuesday to East Africa, where the troubled nation of Ethiopia is on an itinerary that also includes Rwanda and Tanzania. His first stop is in Kigali. The Moroccan delegation includes a number of top-level ministers traveling with the king, including Minister of…

Burundi MPs vote to withdraw from ICC

Burundi legislators voted Wednesday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute agreement that authorizes and governs it. Burundi becomes the first African nation to vote to leave the ICC, as Kenya, South Africa and other African Union nations also have considered in recent years. The National…

Gabon’s Bongo sworn in to new term in Libreville ceremony

President Ali Bongo was sworn in to his second seven-year term in Gabon Tuesday, following a bitterly disputed election contest with opposition candidate Jean Ping. The ceremony at the presidential palace in Libreville came after a late-night decision Friday by the country’s Constitutional Court to uphold results that returned Bongo…

Zimbabweans scoff at rash Mugabe declaration on U.N.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s proclamation that the country will next year leave the United Nations has been met with derision from Zimbabwe citizens, political leaders and agency heads. The statement, made to Zanu PF supporters over the weekend as Mugabe returned from the UGNA in New York, variously has been…

Bongo victory in Gabon meets with muted response

International response was muted Monday following a weekend decision by the Constitutional Court in Gabon to uphold the contested August re-election results that return President Ali Bongo to office. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint and respect for human rights in a statement Sunday, while welcoming Bongo’s appeal…

Morocco files long-awaited AU membership request

Morocco has submitted an official request to join the African Union (AU), more than four decades after leaving the AU over the disputed Western Sahara territory and ongoing clashes over its sovereignty. Moroccan foreign affairs adviser Taieb Fassi Fihri, meeting Thursday with AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, told…

AU acts on election unrest in Gabon, DRC

The African Union plans to send observers to Gabon, to assist the Consitutional Court with a recount of votes cast in last month’s disputed presidential election. The Peace and Security Council of the AU has asked for observers from other French-speaking nations to assist, the Mail & Guardian reports. The…

Nigerian Dangote renews call to make African trade, travel easier

As world leaders gathered at the United Nations Monday to discuss the movement of refugees and migrants across the globe, Africans at home called for easier cross-border travel across their continent. Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest businessman said he needs 38 different visas to move across Africa and renewed his…

Africa-EU cooperation vital for energy transformation in Africa

Abel Rugaju runs RAN power, a social enterprise in Uganda that is dedicated to extending power to offgrid rural communities by building small hydro-power plants. Lois Gicheru is the founder of Solarfrique, a start-up that is dedicated to installing solar panels in Kenya’s rural areas “We are targeting rural offgrid…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

UN investigators sent to Burundi

A team of United Nations investigators have been sent to Burundi to look into abuses and arbitrary killings in the country, reported DW. The three investigators are from Algeria, South Africa and Colombia and reportedly are due to give their preliminary findings at the end of March. Since Pierre Nkurunziza…

The African Union and the European Union Part II: Security.

The African continent faces a number of visible challenges within the security sphere. From sizeable but straightforward battles against narcotics dealing and piracy, to issues of immense complexity based on identity and sectarian conflict. Yet, among the 54 states that comprise the African region there are three issues the loom…

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Africa is heading into an age in which it could potentially “leapfrog into the digital revolution” setting up the continent for major future success and prosperity. The fact that the continent now has access to new and exciting technologies could enable young visionaries to spring into a time of digital…