Turns out Kenya’s ruling coalition is not completely sold on democracy. The Jubilee coalition, which is aiming to turn itself into a political party in September, has started a tawdry romance with the Communist Party of China (CPC). Many Kenyans are worried that Jubilee sees an “ideological ally” in China’s all-powerful, unelected, inscrutable party machine that is basically living every dictator’s wet dream. But there’s perhaps a simpler explanation for the new courtship. Jubilee just wants “Uncle Sugar” to pump in more cash. New roads and railways don’t just build themselves you know
Pupils at Pretoria Girls High in South Africa are protesting against alleged racist rules, which inhibit them from having hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids. Education authorities are probing the issue, and social media has been unrelenting, criticising the school for racism.
In a landmark case, two teenage sisters from Tanzania who are living with albinism have been granted asylum in the U.S. with help from students at the USC Gould School of Law. The sisters, Tindi Mashamba and Bibiana Mashamba have been in the U.S. to allow Bibiana to be fitted with a prosthetic leg after a horrible attack motivated by superstitious beliefs.
Opposition protests turned violent on Wednesday in central Harare as Zimbabwean police fired teargas and used water cannons and baton sticks to disperse demonstrators protesting against police brutality and the economic crisis facing the country.
Tanzania has started a programme to train tailors in anticipation of plans to implement a regional ban on the importation of second-hand clothes and footwear by 2019. The training is in accordance with the government’s industrialisation plan, and the East African Community’s plan to boost regional trade.
A crowdfunding initiative to support Ethiopian athlete Feyisa Lilesa, the Olympic men’s marathon silver medallist, who made a brave gesture in solidarity with Oromo protesters has raised $86,150. The campaign team set a new $100,000 target after reaching the two initial goals in less than 24 hours. Lilesa has been hailed for his “extra-ordinary heroism”.
British athlete Lynsey Sharp has raised the ire of social media with her remarks, which seems to suggest she lost to Caster Semenya because it’s “difficult” to compete against the South African because of recent suspended hyperandrogenism regulations. Sharp stirred a hornet’s nest with comments implying that the reforms, allowing hyperandrogenic athletes to avoid artificially controlling testosterone levels made it difficult to fairly compete.
The recent death of Fatmata Turay, a 19 year-old girl from Makeni, Sierra Leone, who died after a botched female genital mutilation (FGM) operation has continued to cause a public outrage. There are loud calls from rights groups for the government to take a tough stance on the harmful practice.
Ain’t no party like a This Is Africa website launch party! Just ask everyone in Nairobi where last week, This Is Africa put together the launch of the year to roll out our new-look website and debut the French version of the site. The launch was so ridiculously well attended our hosts, Nairobi’s swankiest new spot the Radisson Blu, had to make adjustments to contain the overflow. We’d love to tell you that the who’s who of Nairobi’s media, entertainment, civil society and industry attended the launch but why do that when we show you? Have a look for yourself