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Cartoon: Kenya faces further political uncertainty with possibility of lengthy legal battle
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Kenya faces further political uncertainty with possibility of lengthy legal battle

Kenya’s Supreme Court will once again be the centre of a likely lengthy legal battle following the recent re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta with opposition leader Raila Odinga refusing to accept the result. In his victory speech President Kenyatta who was declared winner of the poll with 98 percent of the vote said he expects his re-election to be challenged in the courts. The country remains in a precarious situation as it remains uncertain how the political crisis will unfold and if will be peacefully resolved.

Credible elections, the bane of democracy in Africa
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Politics and Society Credible elections, the bane of democracy in Africa

In the past Africans have been commended for conducting elections free from violence. The Kenyan elections have raised the standard, elections must be credible. The Kenyan case highlights the need to develop transparent and inclusive electoral codes, independent electoral commissions while strengthening the voting systems in the various African countries.

Africa keeps gasping for air
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Politics and Society Africa keeps gasping for air

The continent is facing major problems, from corruption, unemployment, lack of access to quality education and decent health care. The public health systems of many Africa countries are in shambles, in desperate need of financial investment but leaders travel to European and Asian nations to seek medical care. In August South Africa’s Health Minister Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said African leaders should be “ashamed” of the practice, and “We must promote our own,” public health systems. Corruption on the continent has also remained a major problem affecting social and economic development. This lack of political will and willingness to fight corruption has been fuelling the scourge on the continent, preventing millions of people from escaping the cycle of extreme poverty.

WHO cancels appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador
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Politics and Society WHO cancels appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador

The World Health Organization has rescinded its decision appointing Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following global outrage. The decision to revoke Mugabe’s appointment has divided opinion, welcomed and celebrated by the country’s citizens, who were most vocal against it. Mugabe’s supporters have called the cancellation of the appointment as a “disappointing decision”.

Cartoon: UN condemns violence in Cameroon and commends calls for dialogue
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Politics and Society Cartoon: UN condemns violence in Cameroon and commends calls for dialogue

The death toll has risen in Cameroon’s English-speaking region following clashes between security forces and protesters calling for independence. Rights group Amnesty International says at least 17 people were killed in clashes. People in the region have been pushing for independence from Cameroon after protesting of years of marginalization by the dominant French-speaking region. President Paul Biya on his Facebook page condemned the violence and called for dialogue. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also strongly condemned the violence and commended the calls for a discussion on the issues raised by protesters.

When the revolution is no longer revolutionary, but change is still needed
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Politics and Society When the revolution is no longer revolutionary, but change is still needed

It has been almost a year since the strike action against the overshadowing of the Anglophone Common Law and educational systems in Cameroon broke out. No one could predict that the protests would evolve into a debacle marked by violence on both sides and placing the very people who started them in a difficult dilemma.