Daily Archives: November 18, 2018

IGAD and IDEA sign an MoU

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) on the 17th of November signed a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The MoU was signed by the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Eng (Amb) MahboubMaalim and IDEA’s Africa and West Asia Regional Director, Prof Adebayo Olukoshi at the International IDEA offices.

The two organizations will collaborate on promoting sustainable peace and development in the region based on the shared principles and comparative advantage. It was remarked that two organizations will work under the framework and leadership of IGAD to complement the efforts of member states in consolidating and strengthening democracy and development.

Through this MoU IGAD and IDEA will cooperate on promoting sustainable peace, democracy and development in the East and Horn of Africa region in, but not limited to, the following areas,

1. Diaolgue and Research – to enhance dialogue and research in the IGAD Region by bringing together Research Institutions/Think Tanks, CSOs, Academia, private Sector/Business Community and Local Communities for consensus building

2. Strengthen and Enhance Early Warning Systems on Issues of conflict, elections and security for regional development

3. Promote Good Governance and strengthen capacities of national institutions

4. Enhance mechanisms for peace building and stabilization through knowledge management and awareness

5. Support IGAD in mainstreaming Gender in all activities, to promote women’s participation in political processes and decision making levels

Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- The African Union (AU), on Saturday, launched a peace fund, aimed to promote peace and security in Africa.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Rwandan President and current AU Chairperson, Paul Kagame, said, the fund will work towards ensuring that peace and security challenges are solved by African mechanisms.

Kagame was speaking on the sidelines of the 11th AU extraordinary summit of heads of state, from Nov 17-18, currently being held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“The peace fund would work at a starting budget of around 100 million U.S. dollars annually, with AU member states so far contributing 60 million U.S. dollars to the peace fund,” said Kagame.

Kagame praised 42 AU member states, who contributed to their share of the peace fund, while he urged the 12 remaining AU member states to fill the remaining quota.

MoussaFakiMahamat, AU Commissioner, for his part said, the peace fund will be overseen by a board of trustees, comprising five esteemed African personalities and two development partners: the European Union and the United Nations.

“The board of trustees would have a five-year term, with the option of extending it for another five-year term, and will monitor the proper utilisation of finances for peace and security activities,” said Mahamat.

The AU hopes to use the peace fund to work towards conflict avoidance, peace support and post conflict reconstruction talks.



TRIPOLI, Libya- The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Saturday, expressed concern over recent tribal clashes in south-western Libya.

“UNSMIL expresses deep concern, regarding recent clashes between Mashashiya and Megarha tribes, and calls for restraint, deescalation and dialogue,” said the mission, in a statement.

“Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, GhassanSalame, expresses his condolences to victims’ families, and wishes speedy recovery to the wounded,” the statement said.

Armed clashes erupted, Thursday, over property disputes between the tribes of Mashashiya and Megarha, in Libya’s south-western town of Abo-Gila, killing and injuring several people.


NDPP selection panel names preferred candidates

The advisory panel tasked with making recommendations to the President on suitable candidates for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has presented President Cyril Ramaphosa with the names of five candidates recommended for the position.

The nominees are:




Adv Rodney de Kock

Adv Andrea Johnson

The five nominees have been selected from 11 candidates who were interviewed � with media present – at the Union Buildings in Pretoria from Wednesday 14 November 2018 to Friday 16 November.

In October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa invited a number of legal organisations and independent public institutions to help him identify and select individuals for consideration as possible candidates for the position of NDPP.

This invitation formed part of the President’s effort to meet the deadline set by the Constitutional Court to appoint a new NDPP within 90 court days of August 13.

The organisations and institutions invited to assist the President in this endeavour nominated senior legal practitioners to serve on the panel headed by Minister Radebe.

The panel comprises:

MrThembekile Kim Makwethu (Auditor-General of South Africa);

Advocate BonganiMajola (South African Human Rights Commission);

AdvJaapCilliers (General Council of the Bar of South Africa);

Mr Richard Scott (Law Society of South Africa);

MrLutendoSigogo (Black Lawyers Association);

Mr Lawrence Manye (Advocates for Transformation), and

MrMvuziNyotesi (National Association of Democratic Lawyers).

On Wednesday 14 November 2018 the panel was informed of the withdrawal from the process by AdvGlynisBreytenbach.

The panel proceeded to interview:



Adv Matric Luphondo

AdvKhehla Andrew Chauke

Adv Andrea Johnson

Adv Rodney de Kock

Adv Dinah Noko

AdvNaome Manaka

AdvSimphiweMlotshwa and


Minister Radebe has expressed the appreciation of the panel to all interviewees for availing themselves to serve in a nationally critical role and to do so in a public, transparent process.

Minister Radebe said the nomination of five candidates reflected the confidence of the panel that the position of NDPP would be filled by a fit and proper national director and reflected the depth of leadership capacity and legal excellence in South Africa’s legal sector.

President Ramaphosa, who this week completed a three-nation working visit to the European Union and is currently participating in an African Union Summit in Ethiopia, will study the recommendations of the panel and make an appointment within the timeline directed by the Constitutional Court.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa


ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar- AndryRajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, went into the second round of the presidential election in Madagascar, which will take place on Dec 19, according to provisional results released Saturday, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Madagascar.

RandriamiarimananaSafidyOnisoa, head of the legal department at INEC, declared the official announcement of provisional results, during a press conference, saying that, the candidate of the political party, “Miarakaamin’ny President AndryRajoelina” (Together with President AndryRajoelina), AndryRajoelina, got 39.19 percent of the votes.

She also added that, candidate of “Tiako I Madagasikara” (I Love Madagascar), Marc Ravalomanana, received 35.29 percent of the votes, while HeryRajaonarimampianina of “HeryVaovaoan’iMadagasikara” (the New Force of Madagascar) gained 8.84 percent.

According to Ms. Onisoa, there were 9,913,559 registered voters, 5,367,447 voters participated in the first round of election, and 4,974,612 votes have been cast, with a participation rate of 54.23 percent.