In Case You Missed It: 2/21/17 – 2/27/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on March 2, 2017

Konbini.com

17 year-old Nij Collins is a winner of the Google Code-In competition.

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news,  Nij Collins of Cameroon wins Google Code-In competition, the 19th Africa Energy Forum dates are confirmed, and South Africa remains in the International Criminal Court despite President Zuma’s notice of withdrawal.

Google Code-In competition sees first black-African winner

The Google Code-In competition is an open source project for pre-university applicants. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a pre-university program, between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and a possess a willingness to learn.…

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In Case You Missed It: 10/24/16 – 10/30/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on October 31, 2016

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Project

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, Kenya is set to have the largest wind farm on the continent and the International Criminal Court loses Burundi, Gambia and South Africa.

Kenya to host largest wind farm in Africa

There has been an influx of energy investment toward the African continent. The Lake Turkana Wind Project (LTWP) covers 40,000 acres and is set to be the largest wind farm on the continent by June 2017. This stems from the global push to move from existing conventional power generation toward renewable energy.…

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Africa VS the ICC – Are there more war criminals in Africa?

By Sarah Crozier on June 26, 2015

AP

An aircraft said to be carrying Mr Bashir takes off from an air base near Pretoria on Monday

Al-Bashir has escaped the clutches of the International Criminal Court (ICC) … again.

Leaving South Africa on his private jet after attending the African Union Summit last week, the President of Sudan, accused of war crimes over his conduct in the Darfur region, somehow felt safe enough to attend an event hosted by a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC in 2002.

So what is the deal? Are Africans willfully ignoring the ICC, or is the ICC just that incompetent?…

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Did the Obama administration and Western media try to influence Kenya elections?

By George Bamu on March 17, 2013

Kenyan president-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta
The Economist

Kenyan president-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta

On March 4, Kenyans elected Uhuru Kenyatta as their new president by a 50.07 percent vote. Runner up, Raila Odinga, the preferred choice of many Western governments, according to media reports, lost a close vote.  Odinga came close but fell short with 43 percent of the vote.

For good or for bad, the question going around now is whether the United States tried to play its hand to make Raila Odinga the president of Kenya. This was Odinga’s fourth try to win the Kenya presidency.

The issue about U.S. and European influence appears to linger and still probably a big news story as the Kenya results head to the country’s Supreme Court.…

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Its Uhuru, Kenya’s new president

By George Bamu on March 10, 2013

Kenyatta and his supporters: Courtesy: Time magazine
AllAfrica.com

Uhuru Kenyatta: Courtesy

There is disappointment among many Kenyans who wanted Raila Odinga to be their next president. The apparent disappointment comes as Uhuru Kenyatta, currently facing an indictment from the International Criminal Court (ICC), is set to be the next president of Kenya.

Kenyatta, who is the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, beat his main challenger and prime minister, Raila Odinga, after a hotly- contested March 4 presidential election. Uhuru was deputy president in the Nwai Kibika administration. Kibaki, the outgoing president, has already congratulated Kenyatta for his victory, according to the Kenyan Star newspaper.

“It’s Uhuru!”screamed one news headline from the AllAfrica.com website.…

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International community praying for peaceful elections in Kenya

By George Bamu on February 18, 2013

Kenyatta and Ruto in Nairobi
The Guardian newspaper

Kenyatta and Ruto in Nairobi

The memories of riots that rocked the African nation of Kenya after a disputed presidential result in December 2007 linger.

The demonstrations, property damage and resultant loss of lives pitted the country’s dominant tribes, the Luo’s, the Kikuyu’s and others against each other for the control of the Kenyan presidency. Six years have passed since that happened and now elections for who would take the reins from 81-year-old president Mwai Kibaki are set for March 4.

Eight candidates vying to take over from Kibaki shared the stage in an “American-style” presidential debate on February 11 in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital city.…

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