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Mnangagwa flees Zimbabwe

By KITSEPILE NYATHI Former Zimbabwe vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to topple President Robert Mugabe after fleeing the country. President Mugabe fired his long-time deputy on Monday, accusing him of disloyalty and deceit. The following day, Mr Mnangagwa was reportedly blocked from leaving the country for Mozambique and on Wednesday, he issued a statement denouncing his dismissal,...

India wants to buy US drones to monitor China in the Indian Ocean

CNBC 28 September 2017 Indian Ocean New Delhi is looking to purchase naval drones from the U.S. in what experts say is a step intended to keep an eye on Chinese movement in the Indian Ocean The mainland has been steadily establishing a presence in countries near the Indian Ocean and increasing maritime patrols in the area Nyshka Chandran | @nyshkac Published 3 Hours Ago Updated 2 Hours...

How parties reacted to the court’s ruling

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO FILE | NMG The East African 23 September 2017 By FRED OLUOCH Kenya’s Supreme Court’s judgment on the nullified August 8 presidential election has been met with various reactions. First, the electoral body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has pushed the new presidential...

Kenya poll body’s credibility in question

The East African 3 September 2017 Kenya’s electoral commission, IEBC, chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing journalists in Nairobi in the wake of the ruling annulling presidential election results on September 1, 2017. With him are commissioners Margaret Mwachanya (centre) and Roselyn Akombe. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | In Summary Legal experts say it would be difficult to reconstitute IEBC...

What Are India and the US Afraid Of?

sunatimes.com 23 August 2017 Djibouti is in the limelight after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) recently commissioned its first overseas permanent logistical base off the Horn of Africa. This has major implications for the region and beyond, as it is close to one of the world’s busiest shipping routes, which matters for global commerce and energy. Also Read: Chinese Troops...

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Grace Mugabe absent from S.Africa summit as assault claim lingers

The East African 20 August 2017 Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first lady. PHOTO | FILE By AFP Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear Saturday at a summit in South Africa attended by her husband, an event overshadowed by her effort to obtain diplomatic immunity over assault allegations. The wife of President Robert Mugabe has not been seen since being accused of attacking...

Go west for democracy, stay east for the economy

NTV 14 August 2017 Since the July 2015 vote in Burundi, all the East African Community countries except South Sudan have had elections. The latest were Rwanda on August 4, and then Kenya a few hours ago on August 8. In all the elections, except Rwanda, the Oppositions rejected the result as rigged. Of course the opposite is also a possibility. That the incumbents win honestly and the Opposition,...

Anti-Zuma vote will be done in secret, says SA Speaker

The East African 7 August 2017 South Africa’s Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete. PHOTO | AFRICA REVIEW In Summary President Zuma faces his eighth motion of no confidence The ANC said they have no doubt that this “frivolous motion” will fail like the previous seven. The call for the motion of no confidence came after President Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet on March...

US delivers last choppers to Kenya Air Force

The East African 20 July 2017 The last two of eight Bell Huey II helicopters that were delivered by the US on July 19, 2017 to the Kenya Air Force. The helicopters have an exceptional capacity to operate in hot and high-elevation environments. PHOTO | COURTESY In Summary Six similar choppers were delivered on December 2, 2016, and are being used to deploy rapid response units to and from...

Zambian President Edgar Lungu invokes state of emergency

The East African 6 July 2017 President Edgar Lungu. FILE PHOTO | PHILIPPE WOJAZER | AFP In Summary Zambian President Edgar Lungu invoked a state of emergency on Wednesday after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism. Zambia has enjoyed relative stability in recent years, but political tensions have been high this year after...