Category Archives: East Africa

Somalia at “critical political juncture”

“The attacks in Somalia’s capital mark one of the worst the city has suffered in over a decade, leading to a large number of casualties and injuries to innocent civilians” – says the text of the statement by the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini on the attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish a full recovery to those injured in the attacks.”

“At this critical political juncture in the history of Somalia, the European Union reaffirms its long term commitment to the country and its people. It will be crucial that the government remains united to defeat terrorism and strengthen security. The achievements of past years, which the international community has supported, must continue.”

“The Federal Government of Somalia and its Federal Member States must enhance their joint efforts to fight terrorism and to build peace, stability, prosperity and inclusivity in the country.”

Easing of US sanction on Sudan

The easing of US sanctions on Sudan is an important step in Sudan’s efforts at reintegration into the international community. The EU expects Sudan to make further progress in addressing the several challenges that still remain.

In this regard, the EU encourages the Government of Sudan to progress further towards peace and reconciliation in Sudan. This includes the strengthening of the democratization process and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as the commitment to genuine political and economic reforms, addressing the root causes of conflict in Darfur and the Two Areas. Further efforts at respecting international humanitarian law and providing safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need remain also essential.

The EU is ready to accompany Sudan in this process, in particular towards free and credible elections and an inclusive constitutional review, in line with the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) roadmap led by President Mbeki, which the EU supports.

Continued cooperation in support of stability in the region remains critical.

EU praises Kenya’s judiciary independence

“The Kenyan Supreme Court’s ordering of a re-run of the Presidential elections is a strong demonstration of the independence of the Kenyan judiciary and the strength of national democracy. The appeal procedure is in line with the democratic process as prescribed in the Constitution of Kenya” – says the text of the statement released by the European External Action Service (EEAS), signed by its head Federica Mogherini.

“At this important time, the court decision requires all political forces and the Kenyan people to act with the highest sense of responsibility and full respect for the rule of law and the Constitution”  – the statement continues.

“All institutions involved in the re-run of the elections should now be given the space to continue to work independently and start preparing for new transparent, credible, inclusive and peaceful elections, fulfilling all the requirements of the Constitution and the election law. A peaceful election campaign will require political leaders to use their authority.”

“The EU is continuing to support Kenya in these efforts. The EU Election Observation Mission will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process.”

“Kenya is a key partner for the European Union in the region and we are committed to strengthening our relationship further after the elections.”

Kenya’s elections annulled

Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days.

The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta’s opponent, said the commission was “rotten” and demanded resignations and prosecutions.

President Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but also branded the judges “crooks”.

Other elections in Africa have been annulled or cancelled but this appears to be the first time on the continent that an opposition court challenge against a presidential poll result has been successful.

Lifting state of emergency in Ethiopia

The lifting of the State of Emergency, which was established ten months ago following violent protests throughout the country, by the Ethiopian Parliament is a step in the right direction, particularly in the run-up to the 2018 local elections, European External Action Service (EEAS) statement says.

“Continued efforts on all sides are still required to address the grievances that led to the protests. Sustainable solutions require inclusive, constructive dialogue and political reform, as well as a peaceful and democratic environment in which criticism and shortcomings can be constructively addressed in Ethiopia. Further violence would only hamper this process, ” EEAS.

Facebook au Kenya contre “fake news”

Facebook a mis à la disposition des Kényans cette semaine un outil pour aider les utilisateurs à repérer les “fake news”, à quelques jours des élections générales dans le pays.

Les Kényans sont appelés à se rendre aux urnes mardi pour élire leur président, leurs députés, sénateurs, gouverneurs et représentants aux assemblées locales. Le président sortant, Uhuru Kenyatta, 55 ans, brigue un second mandat face à Raila Odinga, 72 ans, le chef de l’opposition.

Une étude de Geopoll and Portland réalisée le mois dernier sur 2.000 Kényans montre que neuf personnes sur dix ont déjà vu, lu ou entendu une fausse information. La moitié des personnes interrogées consomme des informations sur les réseaux sociaux.

“La hausse du nombre de fake news est un vrai problème au Kenya”, constate Alphonce Shiundu, contributeur pour Africa Check, une association qui promeut le fact-checking en Afrique.

Les sept millions d’utilisateurs de Facebook au Kenya vont voir apparaître sur leur fil d’actualité un nouvel outil leur permettant d’évaluer les contenus.

Ils seront redirigés vers une page contenant des conseils pour repérer une fausse information, contrôler le domaine de la page internet, les sources et les autres articles sur le sujet, a dit Facebook dans un communiqué.

A l’approche des élections, les fausses informations ont beaucoup circulé sur les réseaux sociaux.

Par exemple, les Kényans ont pu voir la photo d’un pont en ruines sur une ligne de chemin de fer que le président Kenyatta revendique comme l’une de ses principales réalisations, un projet qui a coûté l’équivalent de 2,7 milliards d’euros.

Un autre faux document avance que la société qui a organisé un débat télévisé auquel le président Kenyatta n’a pas participé appartenait à des proches de Raila Odinga, indique Africa Check.

EU laments victims of Somalia attacks

The EU expresses its condolences to all the victims and their families.

Terrorist attacks against civilians in Mogadishu andon the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are another attempt to undermine Somalia’s determined course towards a stable and secure country. (Photo: illustration).

The EU pays tribute to all security personnel for their commitment to rebuild Somalia and ensure a peaceful environment for the population. These attacks will not deter our strong support of AMISOM and the Somali National Security Forces in their efforts to bring security and stability to the country. The EU will continue working with the Somali authorities, the African Union and other partners to enhance stability and Somalia’s capacity to fight terrorism.

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