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Storm over probe into UN experts murder



Doubts are growing about the UN inquiry into the killing of two of its experts in March as pressure mounts for an full investigation. Some link the government to the deaths

The United Nations' Board of Inquiry report on the murders of Congo-Kinshasa Group of Experts members Michael J Sharp and Zaida Catalán in central Kasaï on 12 March has come under sharp attack. Sonia Rolley, the Radio France International correspondent in Kinshasa whose credentials were revoked by the government shortly after the killings, is among those criticising the scope of the report and arguing there is important evidence the inquiry should have considered.

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The incumbent never loses

No sitting president has ever lost an election in Kenya, but no such election has ever been annulled. What happens next will be rooted in the history of the alliances and splits in Kenya’s previous presidential polls

Founding President Jomo Kenyatta and his successor Daniel arap Moi ruled in turn from 1964 until 2002 under the umbrella of the Kenya African National Union, the party which brough...


The next trial of strength

Supporters of Raila Odinga celebrate after the Supreme Court declared the presidential election null and void. Pic: Li Baishun/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The political class faces a severe test of its democratic credentials following the Supreme Court's judgement on the election

Praised across Africa as a triumph of judicial independence, the Supreme Court annulling of President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in last month's presidential election is a double-edg...

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Abuja's high hopes in New York

The Buhari government's diplomats and securocrats are looking to make deals at this year's UN General Assembly 

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Pretty vacant presidency

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Although the election to find a successor for President Ernest Bai Koroma takes place on 7 March next year, the country's two leading parties are yet to select their candidates. Ma...


The split that never was

Instead of weakening Al Shabaab, the defection of top jihadist Mukhtar Robow could intensify the war

How Mukhtar Robow Ali 'Abu Mansur', one of Somali Islamism's most prominent leaders, crossed to the government side is clear enough. He surrendered himself to Hassan Hussein Mohame...


'Dirty tricks' target Cyril

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Stalemate and stand-off

The leak of the full Kroll audit has revealed the extent of Maputo's lack of cooperation and leaves both sides unable to move forward

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FQM's missing figures

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No safe press haven

President Joseph Kabila's crackdown on reporters has claimed yet another victim and outraged the Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation du Congo (MONUSCO) in the process.


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Crisis over, crisis goes on

The State of Emergency may be over but there’s no sign of fundamental changes to address underlying problems

It's nearly a month since the ruling coalition's parliamentarians and their allies, who hold all the seats, voted to restore habeas corpus and suspend the State of Emergency (SoE)....


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The Presidential family’s media companies pump out propaganda, provide cover for spy agencies , troll political opponents on social media and control assets in the US, Portugal and Brazil


New elections, old battles

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After losing the war of words over the vote, the opposition has changed tactics and is taking its case to court


The state stays captured

The end of Tebboune's short premiership underlines who holds real influence in Algiers and could mark a deeper shift in the power structure


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Hacks against facts

As President Kenyatta heads for victory, the opposition claims skulduggery in the country’s high-tech election