Former War Allies Challenge Museveni
October 8, 2015 - This 2016 election in Uganda is likely to be closely contested, with personal animosity seeping into the bigger political questions. Having removed presidential term limits in 2005 and, over 30 years, engineered a system in which he sits at the apex of decision-making, President Yoweri Museveni is not keen to leave. But the 'Old Man' will have to beat out his former doctor, Kizza Besigye, and former prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi to cling onto power.
Constitution Can Prevent Violence
October 7, 2015 - Tanzanians are going to the polls this month, and the constitution will be one of the biggest issues. Here’s the problem: the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party had agreed to reform it in ways that would loosen its tight grip on power — but delayed a constitutional referendum scheduled for last April until after the October vote.
Violence Looms in Guinean Elections
October 7, 2015 - As the Guinean presidential election draws closer, the population is growing increasingly nervous. Many fear a repetition of the 2010 unrest and violent clashes in the capital Conakry.
Pre-Election Tensions High in DRC
October 7, 2015 - The United Nations' envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo warned Wednesday that Kinshasa was clamping down on the opposition ahead of next year's elections and urged authorities to hold credible polls.
Burundi Expels Rwandan Diplomat
October 7, 2015 - Burundi has expelled a senior Rwandan diplomat, officials said on Wednesday, the latest sign of tension between the central African neighbors that share a history of ethnic conflict. Burundi was plunged into crisis six months ago, when President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement he would seek a third term ignited weeks of protests and a failed coup.
Tripple Suicide Attacks Hit Damaturu
October 7, 2015 - Suicide bombers killed at least 18 people in three dawn attacks in the northeastern Nigerian town of Damaturu, officials and witnesses said. Separately, Boko Haram attacked a rural military camp in northeastern Yobe state overnight but were repulsed by troops who killed at least 100 of their fighters, the military said. Seven troops died in the fighting and nine were injured in the village of Goniri, said army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman.
World Cup to Unite Divided South Sudan
October 7, 2015 - Since the euphoria that marked its independence from the north in 2011, things have not been easy for South Sudan. A power struggle between president Salva Kiir and his deputy vice president, Riek Macha, engulfed the new country in a new ethnic conflict that has left thousands dead and turned millions into refugees. A tenuous peace treaty agreed upon in August is barely holding. But all these divisions will be set aside as the country gets ready to play its first ever World Cup
100 Migrants Die Off Libya
October 6, 2015 - GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 100 migrants are reported to have died in the Mediterranean off Libya since Sunday, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday, citing unconfirmed reports from the Libyan Red Crescent.
Diamond Trafficking Not Fueling War
October 6, 2015 - A program involving more than 80 countries to stem the flow of diamonds trafficked by armed movements is succeeding in stopping the revenue from sales of the gems being used to stoke violence, World Diamond Council President Edward Asscher said.
Boko Haram Claims Abuja Bombing
October 6, 2015 - Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, the group said in a message posted on social media on Sunday evening.
Trouble in Peaceland
October 6, 2015 - By operating from a fortified bubble, dismissing local knowledge, and not speaking the language, peace missions are actually hindering the people they're trying to help.
Boko Haram Kills 11 Chadian Soldiers
October 6, 2015 - Boko Haram Islamists attacked Chadian soldiers on Tuesday, killing 11 and wounding 13, the Chadian army said, in the latest deadly raid by the militants despite a regional offensive against them.
Somali Militants Threaten Brits
October 6, 2015 - Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab pledged on Tuesday to greet British troops "with fire" when they arrive to provide support to a peacekeeping force in the conflict-ravaged country. Last week Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to deploy up to 70 troops and experts to provide logistical, medical and engineering support to the African Union-led peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Kenya, Tanzania Fight Poaching
October 6, 2015 - Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to scale up joint onslaughts against poaching, terrorism and drug trafficking. Elephant and rhino poaching has become a big concern in East Africa, affecting tourism which is a key foreign exchange earner.
Illegal Overfishing & Somali Pirates
October 6, 2015 - A hundred years ago, it was a bustling port that served the vibrant fishing community living along Somalia's coastline, the longest on mainland Africa. Now, Durduri is a sun-bleached, wind-swept, white-sand graveyard of stone structures. There is no harbour, no jetty. The drying and smoking house is just a tumble of bricks. This is one of many historical coastal trading towns that have risen and fallen with empires.
EU urges S. Sudan’s Kiir to suspend
October 6, 2015 (JUBA) – European Union (EU) has issued a strong-worded statement condemning the Friday’s unilateral decree issued by South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir which created 28 new states, saying this was a violation of the peace agreement he signed with the former vice president and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.
Kenyan Lawman Vow To Defeat Terrorism
October 6, 2015 - Can you fight terrorists the same way you battle ordinary criminals? A prominent Kenyan crime fighter, Mohamud Saleh, is betting you can. He's testing his theory in Garissa, a city in northeastern Kenya thrust into the spotlight this April when Islamist militants attacked a campus dorm, killing 147 students.
Africa's Displacement Crisis
October 5, 2015 - Boko Haram-related violence has forced 2.5 million people from their homes across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, turning it into Africa’s fastest-growing displacement crisis. Governments’ measures to counteract the armed group are starting to take effect, but the humanitarian response to the crisis that the violence has caused across the region is starved of funds and strained at the seams.
Guinea Elections: Conde, Diallo Supporters Clash
October 5, 2015 - Authorities in Guinea imposed a curfew in the city of Nzerekore overnight Monday following violent clashes between rival political groups ahead of the presidential election. Dozens were injured in fighting over the weekend and local media sources said one person was killed, according to Reuters.
Blood Diamonds and Conflict in CAR
September 30, 2015 - The Central African Republic (CAR)—one of the poorest countries in the world—has been embroiled in intense religious conflict since Dec. 2012. Fighting between the predominantly Muslim rebels (known as the Séléka) and Christian/animist anti-balaka militia broke out when the former accused Christian president François Bozizé of violating peace agreements laid down in 2007 and 2011.