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Southern African Judges Slam Regional Court Closure

Judge Ariranga Pillay, the former president of the Southern African Development Community’s [SADC] tribunal and three of his fellow judges are protesting what they say is the illegal dissolution of this regional court of last resort.The former tribunal judges note that among the court’s rulings were significant judgements against Zimbabwe...

African Countries Feeding Students With Local Produce

At least five African countries have set up "home grown school feeding" initiatives aimed at improving child nutrition and developing local agricultural markets.For Kenyan education official Nur Guleid, there is no food like home-grown food. "We have gone out to monitor at the school level.  They said they enjoy it [the food] because the food is...

SADC Mediators Prepare for More Madagascar Talks

As international mediators prepare for another summit on how to resolve Madagascar's two-year political crisis, Andry Rajoelina says his transitional government will push through with elections regardless of the decision.   The country's three main opposition parties say the acting president is trying to force through elections that will not be...

Zimbabwe State Media Increase ZANU-PF Propaganda

Zimbabwe’s state media have escalated propaganda for the party of President Robert Mugabe since southern African leaders met Friday in Namibia. Analysts say the high level of publicity, including alleged misrepresentation of facts, appears to be a reaction to the Southern African Development Community’s recent criticism of the ZANU-PF party.South...

Zimbabwe's MDC: Ready to Govern Alone

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has elected a new team to take the party into the next elections.  Thousands of exuberant delegates voted for a new executive and made resolutions to underpin MDC policy should it become the next government of Zimbabwe.The MDC says that before it holds its next congress in five years, it will be...

Desperation, Hope Mix in Zimbabwe Fight for Democracy

Though he has covered wars and conflicts, journalist Peter Godwin wasn't prepared for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland, in 2008. After ruling for nearly 30 years, President Robert Mugabe finally lost an election. However, instead of conceding power, he launched a brutal...

Zimbabwe Tensions Rise Before Regional Meeting

Political tensions are rising in Zimbabwe, where police cancelled a Movement for Democratic Change rally, while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made an unscheduled weekend visit to South African President Jacob Zuma before a regional security meeting this week.  MDC officials say they expect more senior members to be arrested this week.Zimbabwe’s...

Greater Support Urged for Private Sector in Post-Conflict Africa

“A strong private sector is crucial to broad based economic growth, and this is especially true to post conflict African states such as Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone as well as a host of others in Africa, ”says Hany Besada, a senior researcher and the head of the Development Corporation Program at the North-South Institute in Ottawa,...

Another Spark in Kudu Development in Namibia

PARTNERS in the Kudu gas field have taken another baby step in developing the project which will pump 500 megawatts of power into the Namibian grid and allow the country to export another 300 megawatts. Tullow Oil, on behalf of its partners Namcor, Gazprom International and Itochu, has concluded the terms of reference for a new petroleum agreement...

AU to Name Heads of State Panel to Settle Ivory Coast Leadership Dispute

Africa’s top peace and security body has decided to name a panel of five heads of state to negotiate a binding solution to the political standoff in Ivory Coast. A heads of state-level meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council has developed a formula for settling the leadership crisis that has paralyzed Ivory Coast since the November...

Zimbabwe’s Justice System Again Under Scrutiny

Zimbabwe Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku last week warned the executive to desist from trying to interfere with the judiciary. Judge Chidyausiku’s remarks, at the opening of the 2011 legal calendar, has caused concern in Zimbabwe’s legal fraternity as many say the public does not regard higher court judges as impartial. Lawyers say Judge...

Actors Jolie, Pitt Donate $2 Million to Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary

American actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are donating $2 million to a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, where they spent Christmas with their children.The donation to the Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary was made through the couple's Jolie-Pitt foundation in the name of their daughter, Shiloh, who was born in Namibia.In a statement, Jolie...

WikiLeaks: Namibia Allows Chinese Immigration to Repay Loans

The latest WikiLeaks revelations have Namibia in the spotlight.  Published reports say Namibia has been defaulting on possibly billions of dollars in loans from China.  As a result, Namibia is reportedly allowing thousands of Chinese families to settle in the country. The reports are appearing this week in Namibian newspapers. In Windhoek, Phil ya...