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June, 2017

  • 21 June

    Ethiopia was colonised

    We kept the imperialists at bay, but it wasn’t enough. “Growing up in Ethiopia, fluency in English was considered a mark of progress and elite status.” Credit: UNICEF Ethiopia. Like many African countries that were colonised by the British, Ethiopia’s educational system strongly privileges the English language. I learnt this first hand going through school in the capital Addis Ababa. Along with my classmates across the vast country, I was taught in my local language from Grades 1 to 6 (ages 6 to 12). But after that, the language of instruction switched. History, maths, sciences and the rest were now taught in English, while Ethiopia’s official...

  • 21 June

    Mali: The stoning that didn’t happen, and why it matters

    Most media accounts depict an unequivocal reign of terror under Islamist rule in northern Mali. That’s inaccurate in some important ways. Malians in the north pray outside in Timbuktu. Credit: United Nations Photo. On 17 May, AFP reported that an unmarried couple had been stoned to death by Islamists near Aguelhoc in northern Mali. Details were provided: between “11 and 21 persons” had attended the stoning which was filmed; there were four executioners; “everybody was calm”. The next day, RFI confirmed the events. Both of the news pieces relied ...

  • 21 June

    Concourt decision on Zuma No Confidence vote anxiously awaited

    The Constitutional Court will on Thursday hand down judgement on whether a secret ballot can be used in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

  • 21 June

    DA wants conference money recovered after cancellation

    The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal says it has proof that the cancellation of the two-day Social Cohesion Conference by eThekwini Municipality, was due to political interference.

  • 21 June

    Police write to IEBC over Raila poll stations plan – The Star, Kenya

    The Star, KenyaPolice write to IEBC over Raila poll stations planThe Star, KenyaNASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga addresses residents of Naivasha during a rally in Kamere estate, June 21, 2017. /GEORGE MURAGE. Facebook · Twitter · Google+ · WhatsApp · Email. Alarmed by NASA's radical vote-protection strategy, the ...Draining diary for Raila Odinga's State House bidDaily NationTAMANDA: What next for Martha Karua after '

  • 21 June

    Many will go to jail for my recall, says Dino Melaye – Vanguard

    VanguardMany will go to jail for my recall, says Dino MelayeVanguardConstituents of Kogi West Senatorial District on Wednesday submitted a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding the recall of Dino Melaye from the Senate. Dino Melaye. ADVERTISING. inRead invented by Teads.Dino Melaye spits fire, says many will go to jail for his recallNAIJ.COMIs Dino Melaye about to be disgraced by his people?Pulse NigeriaRECALL: I'm laughing at the stupidity of Kogi govt –MelayeRipples NigeriaPremium Times -CHANNELS TELEVISION -Daily Post Nigeria -SIGNAL (press release)all 30 news articles »

  • 21 June

    MP tells IEBC rival’s supporters wanted to rape her – Daily Nation

    Daily NationMP tells IEBC rival's supporters wanted to rape herDaily NationKibwezi East MP hopeful Philip Kaloki gestures when he appeared before Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Code of Conduct enforcement committee on electoral complains on June 21, 2017 at Kenyatta International Convention ...7 candidates on the spot for violating electoral codeCapital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)Lusaka to meet IEBC team over breach of code of conductKDRTVall 7 news articles »

  • 20 June

    Slippage in the DR Congo: Where are the UN and South Africa?

    In past crises, the United Nations and South Africa have played important roles in stabilising the situation in the DRC. Credit: MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh In 2016, one of the defining terms when it came to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) political situation was “le glissement”. Meaning “slippage”, this word was popularly used to refer to President Joseph Kabila’s efforts to...

  • 20 June

    Something is happening in Congo-Brazzaville

    Amid opposition protests and a month before legislative elections, the internet has gone down, leading to an information blackout. There were protests in Brazzaville in the days running up to the internet going down. Credit: Oscar W. Rasson. On 11 June, citizens in the Republic of Congo lost access to the internet. President Denis Sassou Nguesso, in power for all but five years since 1979, blamed “technical difficulties”. A fishing vessel off the coast of ...

  • 20 June

    I am sick to my stomach of the games being played: Buthelezi

    Inkatha Freedom Party leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, lashed out at the African National Congress on Monday, for "obstructing reconciliation" and "playing games" with the country's stability.

  • 20 June

    Maphatsoe rubbishes reports of MKMVA conference paid for by Govt

    Kebby Maphatsoe on Monday rubbished claims that he had forced the department of military veterans to fork out R8 million to finance the associations 5th elective conference.

  • 20 June

    Parliament Committee seeks facts on Guptas’ naturalisation

    The Department of Home Affairs will Tuesday brief the oversight committee on the naturalisation process for the Gupta family.

  • 20 June

    SABC CFO must be suspended for dubious multi-million contract :DA

    DA parliamentary questions reveal that at least two tenders were awarded by the SABC in late December 2016 while Parliament was conducting hearings during the SABC inquiry.

  • 20 June

    What RET really means – Cyril Ramaphosa – Politicsweb

    PoliticswebWhat RET really means - Cyril RamaphosaPoliticswebDP says we need to fundamentally alter racial and gender composition of ownership, control and management of economy. Address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. 20 June 2017. “Unpacking Radical ...The co-pilot is ready to be the captain - RamaphosaNews24Ramaphosa slams abuse

  • 20 June

    Peter Kenneth blames DP Ruto for defeat – The Standard

    The StandardPeter Kenneth blames DP Ruto for defeatThe StandardNairobi governor candidate Peter Kenneth has dragged Deputy President William Ruto into Nairobi County's charged politics. A day after his rival Senator Mike Sonko (Nairobi) asked him to shelve his political ambitions, Mr Kenneth, who is running as an ...Ruto rigged me out of Jubilee, says KennethDaily NationRuto engineered my loss in

  • 20 June

    ‘It will be difficult to forget controversial High Commissioner Benjamin’ – Akufo-Addo – Myjoyonline.com

    Myjoyonline.com'It will be difficult to forget controversial High Commissioner Benjamin' - Akufo-AddoMyjoyonline.comPresident Nana Akufo-Addo has paid a glowing tribute to outgoing United Kingdom High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, whose stay in the country ends this month. He said, "it will be difficult to forget the controversial High Commissioner.".

  • 19 June

    Zambia’s authoritarianism deepens, emboldened by IMF support

    An opposition leader in jail. 48 MPs suspended. A $1.2 billion IMF package on the way. President Edgar Lungu is accused of embarking on a campaign against opposition voices across society. Credit: GCIS. The speaker of Zambia’s National Assembly, Patrick Matibini, has suspended 48 opposition legislators for 30 days as a punishment for unauthorised absence from parliament. Their offence? To have been missing for President Edgar Lungu’s state of the nation address in March. The suspension of the MPs does not come as a great surprise. Hardliners from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) have been pushing for something along these lines for some time. The ruling party was quick to try and disassociate itself from the Speaker’s actions. But, as...

  • 19 June

    ANC has to re-position itself by defeating factionalism: Ramaphosa

    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC has to re-position itself by defeating factionalism and infighting, if it wants to continue leading society.

  • 19 June

    President Zuma appeals to young people to take education seriously

    President Jacob Zuma has emphasised the importance of education to young people.

  • 19 June

    E Cape ANC pushes for national consultative conference

    The ANC consultative conference in the Eastern Cape has resolved to persuade the national leadership and veterans to convene the national consultative conference.