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South Africa to become first African country to legalise cannabis
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Politics and Society South Africa to become first African country to legalise cannabis

South Africa is a country of many firsts. The rainbow nation will soon become the first African country to legalise cannabis sativa popularly called marijuana. The legislation is based strictly on medical grounds. The country’s Medicines Control Council (MCC) stated that it would soon publish its proposed guidelines on cannabis production for medicinal use.

South Africa high court rules ICC withdrawal plan as unconstitutional and invalid
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Politics and Society South Africa high court rules ICC withdrawal plan as unconstitutional and invalid

South Africa’s High Court has ruled that the country’s planned decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is unconstitutional and invalid. Last October, the government made an application to the United Nations (UN) indicating its intention to leave the ICC as a result of the court’s alleged bias against African nations. The High Court ruling is a setback for President Jacob Zuma’s government, which is likely going to appeal the ruling.

Zimbabwe rejects recommendation to reconsider stance on same sex-marriages
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe rejects recommendation to reconsider stance on same sex-marriages

The Zimbabwean government has shot down suggestions to allow same sex-marriages in the country, choosing to accept 142 recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group. The country’s Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa told local papers that the government will not soften its tough stance on homosexuality, despite suggestions by some European countries that Zimbabwe should reconsider its position.

The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China
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Politics and Society The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China

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

Tanzania:  30-years in jail for marrying or impregnating schoolgirls, parliament resolves
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Politics and Society Tanzania: 30-years in jail for marrying or impregnating schoolgirls, parliament resolves

Tanzania has passed a provision, which stipulates that men who impregnate or marry schoolgirls will face 30 years in prison as part of the government’s commitment to fight and prevent child marriage. The country has one the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world, and to eliminate the scourge, the government has resolved to take tougher measures in the form of lengthy jail terms to protect school-girls.