archives : December 2008


In a brief overview of events in Africa, 2008 has been regarded by some observers as a year of recuring wind rather than a year with a transitional wind. Critics say that there have been hardly any real premise in 2008 that indicates a direction towards better African days and most of the events whether political, economic or social have been stereotypical. - Wednesday 31 December 2008

In a decision which could put an end to months of on-off negotiations to establish a coalition government in Zimbabwe, a magistrate on Wednesday ruled that 16 human rights campaigners and opposition supporters must remain in custody pending a Supreme Court hearing of their case. - Wednesday 31 December 2008

The final results of the Ghanaian elections won’t be known until next week despite promises from the West African country’s Electoral Commission that the winner would be announced by Tuesday. According to the Commission the few votes separating the two candidates make it practically impossible to declare a clear winner. A new election, to be held in one of the remaining constituencies, will help ascertain a clear victor. - Wednesday 31 December 2008

Abdullahi Yusuf ended an ignominious four years as Somalia’s president by resigning on Monday, giving fragmented Islamist groups in the war-ravaged country a chance to exert new influence over its future. - Tuesday 30 December 2008

As blood-oil continues to drip in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian Military has made some progress towards restoring peace and order folllowing the arrest of Sobomabo Jackrich, the leading member of the most prominent militant group in the oil-rich region. - Tuesday 30 December 2008

DR Congo - Uganda
Following a collapse in the peace process between the Uganda’s army and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, 100 civilians in a Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been slaughtered in a show of rebellion and anarchy. - Tuesday 30 December 2008

"There is no food, we have malnutrition, there is cholera, now we are expecting a malaria outbreak,” said an exasperated Amanda Weisbaum, the emergency manager for Save the Children, UK, in Zimbabwe. - Tuesday 30 December 2008

Ethiopia is planning a law to limit foreign funding for non-governmental organisations to less than 10 percent and lock out foreign organisations from funding pro-democracy activities. - Tuesday 30 December 2008

Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has taken the lead in Sunday’s presidential runoff election in Ghana. - Monday 29 December 2008

Panafrica - Guinea
The 53-bloc members of the African Union, meeting in Adis Ababa, have taken a stand on Guinea follwing its military coup. The West African nation has been suspended from the AU until it is able to restore constitutional order in the country. - Monday 29 December 2008

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