Africa News Roundup: President Kenyatta, Maiduguri Bombings, CAR, and More


Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding president, won the presidential election with a slim margin of 50.03 percent of votes cast, provisional figures showed, just enough to avoid a run-off.

Reuters again:

Seven loud explosions shook Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday, witnesses said, hours after President Goodluck Jonathan ended a trip there to try to galvanize support for his battle against Islamist insurgents.

The Punch: “Boko Haram Destroys 209 Schools in Yobe.”


French forces have seized a significant arms cache in northern Mali believed to have belonged to Islamist jihadist groups, including “tons” of heavy weapons, suicide belts and equipment for improvised explosive devices, France’s defense minister said Friday.

Magharebia: “Algeria Focuses on [AQIM Fighters in] Kabylie.”

IRIN: “Briefing: Militias in Masisi.”

RFI (French): “Central African Republic: Refugees Continue to Flee Fighting and Insecurity.”

What else is happening?

4 thoughts on “Africa News Roundup: President Kenyatta, Maiduguri Bombings, CAR, and More

  1. It’s very useful info but makes people to be afraid to go to some part area in Africa.
    Btw, is Taliban also exist in Iran? (refer to my book: Le Dessous Des Cartes, Atlas Geopolitique) n Algeria –> nuclear installation? Just asking 🙂

  2. Now the outside world has to decide exactly how it wants to treat Kenyatta. I think it’s obvious for African states, they made it clear what they thought of treaty obligations when Sudan’s Bashir was indicted. The same goes for most of Asia and the Middle East. The West has a somewhat trickier issue. It can be politically difficult if you’re facing election and a group spreads ads accusing you of helping a leader guilty of ethnic cleansing. On the other hand Kenya is a vital nation in an important and unstable part of the world. I suspect they’ll resolve it by giving low key congratulations and asking him not to travel to any place where they might have legal or political complications.

  3. What happens if the defense lawyers are successful and force the whole issue on both Ruto and Kenyetta back to the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC? If there are deceased witnesses without testimony preserved and if there are recanting witnesses, is there other evidence against these two men?

    If the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber says no evidence has been turned over to the defense by the prosecutor they therefore are dismissing the charges, then what is going to be the positions of these countries, or more accurately, the people at the top of the administration in these countries?

    • I’m not quite sure what you mean. If I understand you correctly; what would happen if the ICC ultimately drops it? In that case it’s fairly simple. Unless the nation has fairly strong human rights inclinations and no real interest in East/North African politics* then they’ll gladly do everything they can to continue friendly ties with Kenya (presuming that they are friendly). In the case of the three most important Western states** the U.S., U.K. and France strongly want to have Kenya’s help on multiple issues in Africa.

      *Which probably only applies to two or three nations on the entire planet and none of them are of international importance.
      **I’m leaving Germany out because in international politics it still punches well below its weight as a result of World War II and the Cold War. It’ll probably be another twenty years or so before it makes waves outside of Europe.

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