Kenya: Why Elite Cohesion Is More Important Than Ethnicity to Political Stability

[The Conversation Africa] Kenyan politics is often depicted as a battle between different ethnic “Big Men” who can mobilise their supporters with a click of their fingers. The ability of successive generations of the Kenyatta family to rally the support of the Kikuyu community, and of Odingas to command the loyalty of Luos, means that it is also seen to be dominated by a small number of dynasties – a Game of Thrones, if you will.

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South Africa: Correctional Services to Probe Facebook Activities of Jailed Killers

[News24Wire] The Department of Correctional Services is investigating apparent prison Facebook posts by two of the people sentenced for the murder and rape of Hannah Cornelius and the brutal attack on her fellow student, Cheslin Marsh.

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South Sudan: Leaders Appear Together to Say Yes to Unity Government

[VOA] Juba -South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar appeared together in Juba on Thursday to say that after several previous failed attempts and missed deadlines to form a unity government, they have agreed to create a new, transitional government by Saturday.

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Angola: Luanda Leaks Corruption Files ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Campaigners Say

[VOA] Johannesburg -Angolan activists say the recent “Luanda Leaks” investigation¬†– which uncovered billions of dollars’ worth of unscrupulous business dealings that made the daughter of Angola’s longtime president, the richest woman in Africa¬†– is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corruption in the oil-rich African country.

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