Battle over Kenyan election corruption has commenced with vote in Parliament to ban the French vendor OT-Morpho/IDEMIA

IDEMIA f/k/a OT-Morpho before a name change (and previously Safran Morpho before the French defense conglomerate sold this division to the French technology group Oburthur Technologies in a transaction closed shortly before August 2017 Kenyan election) has been a fixture…

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East Africa is the pits for press freedom, but congratulations to Namibia, Ghana and South Africa for outranking France, the U.K. and the U.S. in the World Press Freedom index

Here is the new 2019 World Press Freedom index from RSF, with the United States down to No. 48 (!) and France and the U.K. at 32 and 33 respectively. Namibia at 23, Ghana at 27 and South Africa at…

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Ramping up air strikes after 12 years, does the Trump Administration have a new strategy for the war in Somalia or is this escalation “mission creep”?

Ramping up air strikes after 12 years, does the Trump Administration have a new strategy for the war in Somalia or is this escalation “mission creep”?
Kenyans going for water

The Trump Administration's escalation of the air power part of the war in Somalia in recent months has caught the attention of American journalists. See recent reporting in The New York Times and Amanda Sperber's investigative reporting in The Nation.…

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Challenging Nigeria International Election Observation may present tests of character (2nd update on lobbying/funding) #NigeriaDecides

International Election Observation Mission members, including those from IRI/NDI, are arriving in Nigeria for the general election Saturday in a difficult environment. Although invited by Nigeria's government there has been at least one unwelcoming statement and no one could deny…

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[Updated] Something afoot in Kenya: Nation newspaper is running investigative reporting on IEBC procurement corruption in 2017

Great, must read reporting by the excellent Ken Opala. 17 Dec. 2018 Daily Nation "Impunity reigned at IEBC in tenders scam whose theft "was beyond the imaginable". 16 Dec. 2018 Sunday Nation "IEBC: Anatomy of a cash cow with serial…

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(Updated) Tea Leaves and Poker Hands: Bolton at Heritage on Africa

In a relatively short speech Thursday morning at Washington's Heritage Foundation, President Trump's current National Security Advisor John Bolton was said to announce the administration's "new Africa policy". Amb. Bolton stuck out during the George W. Bush Administration as both…

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Kenya IEBC terminates Chief Election Officer over procurement irregularities

Kenya, after three problematic general elections (2007, 2013, 2017), might finally be showing some initial stirrings of organic action to start to address fraud within the Election Commission. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has announced today the termination of…

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“Another Fine Mess” in Uganda? Time to read Helen Epstein on “America, Uganda, and the War on Terror” if you haven’t yet

I first bought a copy of "Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror", by Helen Epstein, then "hot off the press" as a “sizzling indictment" of our policy in Uganda while evacuated to the Florida Panhandle from…

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