President Zuma’s Speech Was Full of ‘Alternative Facts’

[The Conversation Africa] South African President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation speech will be followed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech next week on February 22. They represent the country’s two main warring political blocs: patro…

[The Conversation Africa] South African President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation speech will be followed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget speech next week on February 22. They represent the country's two main warring political blocs: patronage versus prudence. But after the "radical economic transformation" rhetoric was ratcheted up by the president, both men may soon stumble on a terrain potholed by what a Donald Trump aide approvingly terms "alternative facts".

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Impending Election Fueling Fear of Hate Speech

[The Conversation Africa] In June 2016, eight members of Kenya’s parliament were locked up for several nights in police cells during a crackdown against what authorities described as hate speech. All were accused of stoking ethnic passions through publ…

[The Conversation Africa] In June 2016, eight members of Kenya's parliament were locked up for several nights in police cells during a crackdown against what authorities described as hate speech. All were accused of stoking ethnic passions through public statements and in social media posts. But in spite of all the drama leading to their court appearances, the lawmakers were soon freed for lack of concrete evidence.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Prepare for Tough Campaigns, Kihika Tells Women Eyeing Top Seats

[Nation] Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Susan Wakarura Kihika has challenged women to join the race for gubernatorial and senatorial seats in August 8 elections instead of waiting for nominations.

[Nation] Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Susan Wakarura Kihika has challenged women to join the race for gubernatorial and senatorial seats in August 8 elections instead of waiting for nominations.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Mugabe’s Ex-VP Mujuru ‘Fights for Political Survival’

[News24Wire] Zimbabwe opposition leader Joice Mujuru has moved with speed to consolidate her position in the crisis-riddled Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party after a dramatic fallout with founding members last week.

[News24Wire] Zimbabwe opposition leader Joice Mujuru has moved with speed to consolidate her position in the crisis-riddled Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party after a dramatic fallout with founding members last week.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Sh26 Billion to Cushion Agriculture

[Nation] The World Bank has approved a new loan totalling $250 million (Sh25.8 billion) to finance efforts to cushion Kenya’s agricultural sector from adverse weather.

[Nation] The World Bank has approved a new loan totalling $250 million (Sh25.8 billion) to finance efforts to cushion Kenya's agricultural sector from adverse weather.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya