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Zimbabwe:MDC-T Moonlighting in Mugabe's Library

[Zimbabwe Standard] Zimbabwe's political theatre, currently dress-rehearsing for the next act in the aftermath of Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai's vastly diverting title fight, is charged with irony. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Tillerson's Tour Is About China's Influence and War On Terrorism

[Nation] Of the Kenya-Ethiopia-Djibouti-Chad-Nigeria circuit United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is covering in his first official African outing, he is perhaps only familiar with Nigeria, where the company he headed before joining government - ExxonMobil - drills a lot of oil. (AllAfrica)

East Africa:Ethiopia Will Remain Committed to Its Own, Regional Peace

[Ethiopian Herald] The official visits paid by the foreign affairs ministers of Russia, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates were among the biggest events that made the news locally and abroad. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Uhuru and Raila Talks a Step in Right Direction

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga's surprise meeting that was followed by a joint statement on Friday shook the political establishment. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Dzamara Wanted Mugabe to Resign, So Why Is Mnangagwa Not Acting On His Abduction?

[263Chat] Exactly three years ago, on 9th March 2015, journalist cum activist Itai Dzamara was abducted in Harare - and has never been seen ever since - after presenting a petition for then Zimbabwe president Robert Gabriel Mugabe to resign. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:2019 - Will Buhari Surmount Challenges That Brought Jonathan Down?

[Vanguard] "AND 22 governors showed up to mark register when 110 daughters of citizens of your nation were captured by Boko Haram that you said you have already technically defeated? It just shows how insensitive our leaders are. We have gotten to a stage that our president has become a king and a monarch... (AllAfrica)

South Africa:State Surveillance a Threat to Journalism

[GroundUp] On Friday, the Mail & Guardian (M&G) disclosed that one of their journalists, Athandiwe Saba, had been spied on by a government agency that she had reported on. The story says a lot about how broken our surveillance laws are, the criminality in many parts of the public service, and how far-reaching the threat of spying on journalists may be. (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Culture of Deep-Seated Denial of Sexual Violence in Sudan

[IPS] United Nations -At the invitation of the Government of Sudan, I visited Sudan from 18 to 25 February 2018. The objective of the visit was to gain first-hand knowledge of the situation, assess the challenges of addressing conflict-related sexual violence in Sudan, and establish constructive dialogue with national authorities in this regard. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Measuring Progress in Women's Land Rights

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] On International Women's Day, eyes turn to the need to #pressforprogress towards gender parity in all areas, including women's access to land and property. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia:Ethiopia - Second Largest Refugees' Host Nation

[Ethiopian Herald] As a result, African refugees are covering long distances and settling in places that provide them with better opportunities. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Students in Cyprus - Journey of Broken Promises

[The Herald] An advert in a daily Zimbabwean newspaper is quite imposing. It is colourful, has catchy information which easily entices any student eager to take up university studies in Northern Cyprus. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Forthcoming Election Is a No Contest

[The Herald] Our politics is entering uncharted territory. In one day, a Presidential candidate wishes his putative opponent good luck in the coming elections and hopes that the campaign will be peaceful, and another unleashes his supporters on his political opponents resulting in several smashed heads and a number of people needing stitches. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Remove Barriers Stalling Women's Progress

[The Herald] Yesterday Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Women's Day running under the global theme: "Time is Now: rural and urban activists transforming women's lives", multitudes of women converged around various spaces to take stock of their achievements, challenges and possible areas of synergies. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Celebrating Women Should Go Beyond Human Rights

[Daily News] As Tanzania joins the rest of the world in celebrating women's day, we can all agree that despite the great efforts made in trying to make life easy for them, women still face a great number of challenges. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:South Africans Should Mobilise to Stop Murky Plans for Oil and Gas Drilling On the East Coast

[Daily Maverick] Unknown to many living in South Africa, the Department of Mineral Resources has signed away the soul of the East Coast. By KHALID MATHER. (AllAfrica)

Namibia:Hearing-Impaired Pupils Do Extraordinary Things

[Namibian] It is a warm Tuesday morning at Eenhana, and a teacher is attending to her Grade 5 pupils inside a quiet classroom at the Usko Nghaamwa Special School. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:No Husband, No Home - Women Face Eviction When Marriage Ends

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Kapsabet -Sitting in her half-stocked chemist on the outskirts of Kapsabet, a sleepy farming town in the Kenyan highlands, Joselyn Jelimo, watched pensively as people walked, cycled and rode motorbikes to and from the nearby market. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Parliament Should Intensify Oversight Role

[The Herald] Portfolio committees proceedings hogged the limelight in the past few weeks, with heads of various parastatals being grilled over goings on at their various institutions. Mr Speaker Sir, gone are the days of taking parliamentary business casually or as a formality given the seriousness that the President has adopted in carrying out Government business from the day he assumed office. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Marking International Women's Day 2018

[IPS] Abidjan -International Women's Day is a call to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women and a reminder that globally, we are a long way from achieving gender equality. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Opposition Must Respect President's Call for Peace

[The Herald] "In this new era, we need to be reunited, we need to love each other, we need to share and the best argument, the best idea should take the day." (AllAfrica)

East Africa:Judge Issues Landmark Opinion in Sexual Assault Cases

[Legalbrief] The judgment is written in a clinical, dispassionate tone even though it concerns an almost unspeakable crime. We have become used to stronger language from South Africa's  courts when it comes to rape, with judges often speaking out about the shocking actions of an accused and the horrific prevalence of rape, and so the lack of any acknowledgment of the child's experience jars at first reading. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives

[UN Women] Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women for International Women's Day (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia:Ethiopia's Growing Diplomacy, Strategic Importance

[Ethiopian Herald] Ethiopia's role in the international arena is not as it had been two or three decades ago. Now, the influence of the country in several aspects, including economic, political and peace and security spheres, has significantly increased. So does the attention the country receives from the international community. Ethiopia has also been striving to create a healthy and cooperative ties with countries, regional and continental blocs as well as prominent international institutions. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Standing Up for Change

[IWPR] Women's rights are a pathway to addressing social and political challenges around the world. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Seize This Chance to Let Police Play Their Right Role

[Monitor] On Sunday evening, President Museveni ended Gen Kale Kayihura's 13-year tenure as Inspector General of Police (IGP). Gen Kayihura did a great job in improving the quantity and quality of officers. We have many more educated police officers today than we ever had before. The Force is also better equipped, has better headquarters, training facilities and accommodation in some areas. Those testify to his good work. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:New Police Chiefs - a Change of Direction? Which Way?

[Monitor] Sunday's appointment of a new IGP, deputy and surprise appointment of Gen Elly Tumwine as Security minister were a public relations coup for the President. By releasing the news on a Sunday afternoon, it began the week's press cycle at the top until it was exhausted. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Good Cadre, Bad Cop - Kayihura Did a Great Job, but It Wasn't to Fight Crime!

[Monitor] When Gen Kale Kayihura was appointed Inspector General of Police in 2005, there were significant undercurrents whose study those interested in assessing his just-ended 12-year tenure might find useful. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda:Mushyimiyimana's Humble Rise to a Property Mogul

[New Times] "She is the owner of the 7-storey building where our offices are located," a colleague said pointing at a lady who was having a chat with one of the security people at the entrance. She cut a simple posture and had no trace of sophistication expected of a woman worth her name. (AllAfrica)

Lesotho:Lesotho Judges Strike a Blow Against Patriarchy

[Legalbrief] In a Valentine's Day gift to the women of Lesotho, that country's High Court has found it was illegal and invalid for the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to demand that women soldiers do not become pregnant during their first five years in uniform -- on pain of dismissal. (AllAfrica)

Namibia:Open Letter to German Ambassador Schlaga

[New Era] I am a descendant of the victims of the extermination orders by Imperial Germany aimed at Ovaherero and Nama, which constitutes an act of genocide by virtue of international statutes. I start off my response to you in this way in order to deal upfront with your closing question: what drives me to have written such "outrageous and preposterous" statements in my column two weeks ago. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:For Clean Drinking Water, Just Add Sunshine (And a Can)

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Emuchimi -"There is nothing that makes any woman happier" (AllAfrica)