Amid New Year celebrations in Ethiopia, questions still linger around the possibility for sustained peace and stability.
In a commendable humanitarian pledge, and exemplary act of Ubuntu Rwanda has signed a deal with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the African Union (AU) to host hundreds of African migrants currently being held in Libya.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Two people died during a stampede as shops were looted in Samora Machel, Philippi, Cape Town, at the weekend.
Nigeria has confirmed it will repatriate about 600 of its citizens from South Africa this week following the brutal wave of xenophobic violence. The Nigerian consul general in Johannesburg confirmed the development, which follows intermittent xenophobic attacks targeting Nigerians and other African nationals.
Gabon’s President Ali Bongo suffered a stroke in October last year. Since then an attempted coup and long absence from power has left many questioning if Bongo is still fit to continue governing the country.
There is a strong framework of international laws and conventions that defend free speech, but Uganda continues to limit freedom of expression especially when the people criticise their president.
Sierra Leone has introduced a new visa policy, which gives visa-on-arrival for all African nationals. The new policy offers visa-free entry for ECOWAS citizens, and AU citizens will pay a $25 fee to receive a visa-on-arrival.
Concrete measures to strengthen the rule of law are necessary to prevent outbreaks of public violence.