[The Conversation Africa] Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s court appearance carries huge significance for the country. That’s because his criminal trial is not merely about public outrage at state capture and corruption in high political offices.
[ISS] Burundi will hold a referendum in May 2018 on a constitutional amendment that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power past 2020. The proposed changes would weaken the representation of minority groups in Parliament and further threaten the Arusha peace deal that ended the 1993-2005 Burundian civil war.
[Vanguard] Despite its modest efforts at restoring the lost primacy of the Nigerian Prisons Service, the federal government has lamented the rot in in the system, saying it will take years of sustained and continued interventions by all stakeholders to reverse the trend.
[Premium Times] The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said on Sunday that it was not blown away by the Saturday afternoon media interview which the State Security Service arranged for its detained leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
[Nation] Opposition chief Raila Odinga has opened a new war front with President Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he accuses of abusing his powers by reshuffling top police officers last week.
[ISS] Migrant boat crossings in the Mediterranean usually peak around July and August but the number of boats dropped dramatically in 2017. This comes largely as a result of a migration-focused unilateral intervention by Italy, which needed to show results to a frustrated electorate that has borne a lot of Europe’s migrant burden.
[Monitor] The Assembly of the State Parties sitting in New York, the United States, on Tuesday elected Justice Solome Bossa, a judge of Uganda’s Court of Appeal, as ICC judge after four rounds of voting.
[Nation] Security chiefs from Kisumu, Kericho and Nandi counties have joined forces to ensure peace and security before and after the swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday.
[Deutsche Welle] During a visit to Russia, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said that his country needed protection from the US.
[Daily News] PRESIDENT John Magufuli has castigated the ICC for interfering with the Burundian affairs without consulting the leaders of the East African Community (EAC), a move that retrogress the progress realised by the regional block, so far.