Will Lesotho rise to the challenge of a new SADC reform deadline?

Will Lesotho rise to the challenge of a new SADC reform deadline?

In early August, Prime Minister Tom Thabane of Lesotho promised that the small southern African kingdom would stop being the “bad boys” of the region and its 16-nation Southern African Development Community. “Enough is enough,” Thabane said, as he vowed to move forward with a framework for comprehensive reforms that…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Death toll rises to nine in Togo’s weekend protests

Death toll rises to nine in Togo’s weekend protests

The death toll has risen to nine following weekend protests in Togo that brought hundreds of protesters into the streets railing against President Faure Gnassingbé. The fatalities, two civilians and seven security personnel, occurred in Sokodé, according to Ghana News Agency. There were multiple injuries and many people detained as…

Odinga to announce post-election plans to an uneasy Kenya

Defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga of Kenya is expected Wednesday to announce his plans for moving forward and “dealing with election fraud” after last week’s disputed voting results. The Nasa opposition candidate, whose coalition has cried foul over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, had planned his address for Tuesday but postponed…

Kenyatta appeals for unity in victory speech, but Odinga rejects results

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has been declared winner of the August 8 presidential election, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga remained adamant that the results are fraudulent and rejected the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announcement late Friday. Kenyatta was declared president-elect with 8,203,290 votes, or 54.27 percent of…

The chilling effects of the Congolese press crackdown

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stop harassing and detaining journalists after at least 18 reporters were arrested while attempting to cover anti-government protests at the end of last month. Demonstrators across the country had gathered…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Kenya election: Odinga trailing, disputes ‘fake’ vote count

Election results coming in from Kenya’s Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) showed President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead in the tally with 54.6 percent of the vote compared with main challenger Ralia Odinga’s 44.5 percent. Those figures were reported early Wednesday with just under 90 percent of the vote counted. Kenyatta…