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No place to hide: What reformed Swiss banking law and monitoring of local funds transfers means for grand corruption in Africa

Over the years, Africans have watched helplessly as large sums – sometimes in the billions of US dollars – were stolen with impunity from public coffers. This money then seemed to just vanish into thin air. However, as veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga reports from Nairobi, without much fanfare, the noose has steadily been tightening on all such beneficiaries of official corruption.

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International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: #EndRapeInWar

Conflicts are breeding ground for many atrocities, which often have long lasting effects on people’s physical, social and economic lives. Chief among these atrocities is sexual violence suffered majorly be women and girls. As we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual violence in conflict, let us think about how can prevent this injustice in our communities.


DRC mourns the death of preeminent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) main opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, has died in Brussels at the age of 84, the country’s embassy in Brussels, Belgium has revealed. His death comes at a critical time when incumbent president Joseph Kabila is facing intense pressure to step down. The country faces an uncertain future following the death of a key partner in the transitional council.


10 Pictures of Patrice Lumumba

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the death of one of Africa’s foremost liberation heroes and anti-colonial leader Patrice Émery Lumumba, murdered in a coup in 1961. As we remember the death of a remarkable African nationalist, we look at some important moments in Lumumba’s life captured on camera.

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Koffi Olomide arrested in Kinshasa over assault on dancer in Nairobi

Congolese singer Koffi Olomide has had rotten luck lately and things aren’t looking they are about to change. Days after his concert in Nairobi, Kenya was cancelled and his swift deportation from the East African country, he’s now been arrested in Kinshasa, Congo to face assault charges. Images of the popular singer in handcuffs and being manhandled by officers are currently doing the rounds on social media. Its been enough to make some of his fans to say “let the man be”. So is this what justice looks like or are authorities being too hard on Olomide?

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“But I soon learned that Africa is rife with hidden danger”. The web reacts to the “Whitest story of the year”

People are calling it patently “racist”. Others say it has so many offensive stereotypes about Africa assembled in one piece it’s almost a masterpiece. That’s how the internet is reacting to a piece by Louise Linton, a self-described ‘skinny white muzungu with long angel hair’ who somehow managed to turn the horror of the war in the Congo into a vacuous “White Saviour” personal growth story with all the attendant clichés. For many, it’s almost too infuriating for words.


ICC jails former Congo vice president Bemba for 18 years

They say your past always catches up with you and in the case of former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, it has done so in spectacular fashion. The man who got the second highest number of votes in Congo’s 2006 presidential election was today sentenced to 18 years in prison by the ICC. But Bemba, who still harbours presidential ambitions, might be back home sooner than you think.