The internationally mediated new peace talks between the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) – its official parliamentary opposition as well as its enemy on the battlefield – began with great fanfare in Maputo on Thursday last week, but were suspended indefinitely just two days later.
What happens when the people who are supposed to protect you turn into your killers? That’s the question many Kenyans are grappling with after a well-regarded lawyer and two other individuals were killed last week. All the evidence points to a corrupt clique of police officers. On Monday there were protests across Kenya against extrajudicial Killings by the police. But many Kenyans say the issue is bigger and point to a culture in which executions have become the new normal
With just over a year to go before Kenya holds its next general elections, the political climate in the country seems to be reaching a peak.
I met Velabahleke (not his real name – meaning ‘amuser’ in Zulu) in Mangaung Correction Facility, near Bloemfontein. He was delightfully entertaining with a light, easy charm and a quick wit. By the time I met him, he’d already been in prison for many years and his hard life was etched into his face – making him appear much older than his 40 years. He was serving a 51-year sentence for murder, aggravated robbery, intimidation and possession of a firearm.
This year marks 40 years since the student uprisings of 1976, after which South Africa was never the same again. At the heart of the student protests was black consciousness – a political awareness of what it meant to be saddled with a grossly inferior education in segregated schools. Schools remain a prime a target for protest action. Just a few recent examples include: in April, angry students burnt down a technical high school in Port St Johns and in May, 28 schools were torched, some razed to the ground in Vuwani, Limpopo.
Sexual violence is a tactic of war, used to humiliate, dominate and instil fear. It is also increasingly being used as a tactic of terrorism. While the focus has largely been on women and girls as victims of sexual violence, boys and men are equally at risk.
The internet is a great space for community and interaction but it has also become another site of violence against women, with rape games, cases of revenge porn and verbal abuse. Kagure Mugo explores this dark side.
A UN report has exposed disturbing findings through testimonies of victims of rape in the conflict in South Sudan perpetrated by both government forces and rebels. The government has been accused of using rape as an instrument of terror and weapon of war. More than 1,300 reports of rape were recorded in just one state within five months.
Seven people in Malawi have been attacked and burnt to death by a mob after they were found in possession of human bones suspected to be of albino person/s. Only last month, four people in Malawi were convicted for possession of eight human bones also believed to be of an albino person.