DRC postpones elections until December 30

DRC postpones elections until December 30

The head of the national electoral commission (CENI) in Democratic Republic of Congo said Thursday that long-delayed elections scheduled for Sunday are now postponed until December 30. Corneille Nangaa, the CENI president, held a press conference in Kinshasa to explain that for technical and logistic reasons, the contentious elections must…

Masisi removes Venson-Moitoi in another Botswana shakeup

Masisi removes Venson-Moitoi in another Botswana shakeup

Botswana’s minister for local government and rural development was removed from her position Wednesday, one day after announcing that she intended to challenge President Mokgweetsi Masisi for leadership of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). “Yesterday I informed, in writing to the BDP and His Excellency the President, that I…

DRC: Will electoral commission postpone the elections again?

DRC: Will electoral commission postpone the elections again?

The head of the national electoral commission (CENI) in Democratic Republic of Congo plans a press conference for Thursday amid growing concerns that long-delayed elections could be postponed yet again. Corneille Nangaa, the CENI president, said as recently as Monday that he was confident the elections planned for Sunday would…

Madagascar set for second-round presidential election

It’s down to the wire in Madagascar as the country ended its campaigns Monday, in preparation for Wednesday’s runoff election to determine who will become president – or in this case, president again. Both candidates in the island nation’s election have served in the top office before. Marc Ravalomanana of…

The U.S. may wish otherwise, but what if Africa has chosen China?

China wasted no time in responding to accusations by top United States official John Bolton’s claim that its dealings with Africa are corrupt and predatory. It’s an oft-repeated charge, as the U.S. appears to realize too late that Beijing has spent decades courting the continent while Washington was, by and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Kinshasa goes to the polls

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a crucial turning point. Among the world’s most conflict-prone countries and with one of the lowest rates of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, the DR Congo will hold general elections on December 23. Congolese citizens will go to the polls to…

Paul Pryce is a Canada-based researcher specialized in security issues, election observation, and rule of law monitoring.

EU extends sanctions against Congolese candidate Shadary

The European Union on Monday approved a one-year extension on sanctions placed against 14 people for human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the hand-picked presidential candidate and close ally of outgoing President Joseph Kabila. Emmanel Ramazani Shadary, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) candidate…

Gambian leader Jammeh banned from entering U.S.

The United States has banned former president Yahya Jammeh and members of his family from entering the country, announcing on Monday a decision tied to “involvement in significant corruption.” The law enabling the decision is applicable when, the department said, the Secretary of State has credible information of such corruption…

DRC: Kabila says he won’t rule out return to power

President Joseph Kabila may have stepped aside for the moment, but he hasn’t ruled out a future run in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kabila told media outlets on Sunday that he may contemplate a return to power, with the next presidential election expected in 2023. The Congolese president stubbornly…

Zambia’s court clears Lungu for a third term

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu is the latest African leader expected to make another bid to stay in power, after a constitutional court decision Friday that paves the way for a possible third term in 2021. Lungu, who has presided over an increasingly repressive Zambia since 2015, will be able to…

Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking stance deserves nothing but contempt

As South African lawmakers press ahead with a range of tobacco control measures, some of the most vehement opposition has come from the tobacco industry itself. While the source of opposition is hardly surprising, the key message is: the manufacturers claim the new plans will stop people from quitting smoking….

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.

DA vows to fight as SA land reform plans move forward

South Africa is one step closer to implementing controversial land reforms through expropriation, after a majority in its parliament on Tuesday voted to adopt a recommendations report on amending the country’s constitution. “The National Assembly has agreed that section 25 of the Constitution be amended to make expropriation of land…

A united Tshisekedi, Kamerhe return to DRC

Top-ticket Congolese candidates Felix Tshisekedi, above, and Vital Kamerhe made a high-profile return to Kinshasa on Tuesday, with thousands of supporters crowding the streets in the rain to watch their motorcade come from the airport. While the day was mostly peaceful, there were a few conflicts between police and the…