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“My fellow MPs, the long awaited law against corruption has been finally passed, but the law alone will not be enough to eradicate corruption from our country…it needs to be strongly implemented,” this was how the Chairman of Benin’s National Assembly announced the passage of the country’s first anti graft law.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has described as “illogical and unfortunate”, assertions made by the country’s attorney general on homosexual acts, while a government official has urged the country to reject donors “rotten wealth” if it promotes the practice.
Senegal’s ruling Democratic Party (PDS) has strongly rejected claims by some local constitutional law experts that President Abdoulaye Wade’s plan to run for a third-term in next year’s election “is illegal”.
The heralded Freedom of Information law recently approved by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is facing its first major setback, with one of the country’s 36 states refusing to respect the new FOI law, a move the civil society group making the request says it will challenge in court.
Some 24 hours after former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his wife were indicted for economic crimes, Gbagbo’s lawyer has denounced the move.
Liberia’s Justice Ministry is preparing to prosecute some 10,000 people suspected of committing electoral fraud during the recent voters registration exercise, ahead of October’s presidential and general elections.
It’s now 10 years since Ghana repealed the criminal libel law that could give the media the latitude to operate freely.
A latest UN report says 26 people, including a 17-month-old baby, have been summarily executed in the Ivory Coast by pro-Ouattara revolutionary forces and the Dozo traditional hunters in the past month.
The Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) and the Mali Association of Human Rights (AMDH) have welcomed the Malian government’s commitment to support an action plan for the promotion of right to information in the country.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has pledged to assist the Ivorian government and civil society organizations in Ivory Coast to tackle challenges in social justice, human rights and democracy.