Kenya: American NGO responds on its role in Odinga campaign

Kenya: American NGO responds on its role in Odinga campaign

The controversy over Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s trip to the United States and high-level meetings with American officials elicited a response Monday from Vanguard Africa, the nonprofit organization that facilitated the meetings. Odinga, the candidate of the National Super Alliance coalition (Nasa) and a former prime minister who is…

Africa’s C-10 leaders threaten boycott of UNGA over reforms

Africa’s C-10 leaders threaten boycott of UNGA over reforms

Heads of state serving on the African Union’s Committee of Ten have proposed a boycott of the United Nations General Assembly if their longstanding expectation of permanent representation on the UN Security Council is again disregarded. The summit, completed in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, brought together members of the African…

Ethiopian minister defends access refusal for UN human rights team

Ethiopian minister defends access refusal for UN human rights team

Negeri Lencho of Ethiopia, the country’s information minister, has defended the extended state of emergency in the East African nation and its refusal to allow United Nations officials access to investigate allegations of human rights abuses. Lencho’s comments came during an interview with al Jazeera broadcast Tuesday. “It is the…

France’s Macron plans Sahel trip later this week

Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron of France promised during his campaign that once in office, his first trip abroad would be to see French troops stationed in the Sahel in Operation Barkhane. Now he’s making good on that promise with a visit, expected to be in Mali, on Thursday or…

Macron defeats Le Pen in France’s presidential election

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron cruised to victory in the second and final round of national elections on Sunday, defeating the controversial National Front Party candidate Marine Le Pen. With 93 percent of the vote counted, the independent centrist Macron claimed 65 percent of the vote to Le Pen’s 35 percent in…

Kabila government dismisses CENCO opinion on PM selection process

A spokesman for Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed the importance of a National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO) bishops’ statement on Friday that said the appointment of Bruno Tshibala as prime minister was a breach of the December 31 political agreement CENCO mediated. Spokesman Lambert Mende told Congolese…

Angola sees influx of Congolese fleeing Kasai violence

More than 4,000 Congolese have crossed the border into Angola since Wednesday, seeking refuge from the fighting between Kamuina Nsapu rebels and government forces in the southern Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo. That’s according to figures provided on Saturday by the DR Congo consulate in Moshico, cited by…