Lesotho: A year later, and no arrests in Thabane murder case

Lesotho: A year later, and no arrests in Thabane murder case

It’s been a year since Lipolelo Thabane, then the estranged wife of Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, was shot dead at her home and still there’s been no closure on the case. The 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane was killed on June 14, 2017  – immediately prior to Thabane’s inauguration  – in Ha Masana,…

No surprises in Egypt, where Sisi pulls 90 percent of vote

With unofficial results in, Egyptian authorities say President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has secured the expected landslide victory in the country’s presidential election. Sisi has received more than 90 percent of votes cast, with turnout at more than 40 percent of the country’s 59 million registered voters, according to state television. His…

Vote count begins in Egypt as busy last-minute polling closes

Egypt extended its voting times on Wednesday, the last of three days in the nationwide elections, after lines at the polls swelled following a last-minute announcement by the country’s National Election Authority that registered voters who failed to participate faced a fine. The directive found in an NEA guidelines publication…

Egypt set to begin this week’s presidential election

Voting in Egypt’s presidential election begins on Monday, but it’s appeared for months unlikely that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will risk any loss. Interior Ministry officials said Sunday they’re taking the final steps to secure 11,000 polling stations, which open at 9 a.m. for the first of three days of voting….

Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Fourteen human rights organizations, including the global Human Rights Watch NGO, have called on Western governments to speak out against presidential elections in Egypt they describe as “farcical.” “The United States, European Union, and European states, which provide substantial financial assistance to the Egyptian government, should consistently integrate human rights…

Kenya: Media closure, MP arrest and tear gas follow ‘subversive’ Odinga swearing-in

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi is considered “a well- choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow the legally constituted Government of the Republic of Kenya,” according to a statement released Wednesday. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said full investigations into Odinga and his Nasa “co-conspirators and facilitators” are…

In Egypt, another blow as Sisi challengers bow out of presidential race

As yet it’s still unclear exactly what happened to Egyptian politician Hisham Geneina on Saturday, but the country’s opposition leaders say it’s another attempt at intimidation by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as he pushes for a second term. Widely circulated images of the former auditor, who served a brief jail sentence last…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ethiopia drops charges against Oromo leader Merera, 500 others

Ethiopia on Monday said it was dropping charges against 528 political prisoners, the first such group since a decision announced earlier this month to release political prisoners. Among them is Merera Gudina, the Oromo scholar and longtime opposition leader. State-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), FANA Broadcasting and other news outlets…