MEET THE FIRST-EVER FEMALE GOVERNOR IN KENYA: DOROTHY NDITI

Dorothy Ndity makes history as the first-ever female governor in Kenya. She is the new governor of Embu State. This has been made possible by impeachment of the ex-Governor Wambora who coincidentally also made history first public officer to be removed through impeachment. The embattled Governor was forced out of office in a precedent-setting vote, despite pleading innocent to the procurement irregularities charges facing him. Mr Wambora was only in office for 10 months following recommendations of the Senate special committee that investigated and found him guilty of three of…

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Karamba Diaby becomes Germany’sfirst black African lawmaker

He was elected to the delegation of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) from theeastern state of Saxony Anhalt.The 51-year-old has lived in Germany for threedecades and became a naturalised citizen 12years ago.He joined the SPD in 2008, and became anelected councillor in the eastern city of Halle thefollowing year.Diaby’s bid for a constituency seat failed inSunday’s election, but he won a spot in the SPDproportional-representation delegation.He said hewould workin parliament to secure a legal provision inGermany mandating a minimum hourly rate ofpay for all workers, and would also focus…

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Zimbabwe’s Stock Market Plunges On Mugabe Win

The stock market of Zimbabwe plunged on Monday on the back of the announcement that President Robert Mugabe won last week’s elections with a landslide margin. Investors were sent packing on worries that the new government in Zimbabwe will reinstate the Zim dollar and deepen empowerment ambitions in the country. During Monday’s early trade, the bourse’s major industrials indicator plunged 11.09 percent and the overall market cap of the bourse tanked to $5.34 billion from $5.97 billion. Fin24 reports that many investors abandoned their “buy orders.” Stocks that were heavily…

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African Politics 

GHANA ELECT’S MAHAMA AS PRESIDENT

Ghana announced the results of its presidential election late Sunday. According to the country’s electoral commission, John Dramani Mahama has won reelection. But his opponent has not conceded defeat. Security forces with tanks and heavy artillery guarded Ghana’s electoral commission ahead of the announcement. Electoral Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan made the announcement at about 10 p.m. that John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress had won. “The results of the 2012 presidential election are as follows: John Dramani Mahama, NDC: 5,574, 761 votes representing 50.7 percent of total valid votes…

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ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN THE FORTH COMING GHANA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

There is no doubt that when it comes to ensuring peaceful election, the media as the Fourth Estate of the Realm has a major role to play. The success of every election therefore depends largely on the Journalist. That is why it is incumbent upon every Ghanaian Journalist to ensure that the forthcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections come through without any problem. Ghana is largely regarded as the beacon of hope when it comes to democracy in Africa and cannot afford to lose its credibility. There has been high espectations…

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WHY AND HOW JOHN MAHAMA WILL WIN THE 7TH DECEMBER 2012 ELECTIONS

In seven days time Ghanaians will be heading to the polls to vote for a President and 275 Parliamentarians. All indications are that President John Mahama and the NDC, against all odds, will be re-elected despite the hype of opposition commentators, spokes persons and some rented media speculations that the contest is too close to call. There are several related factors at play in President Mahama and NDC victory, come 7 December 2012. President Mahama’s campaign machine offers a rewarding template for understanding some critical aspects of Ghanaian elections, namely,…

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MBEKI WINS 2012 AFRICAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

November 11, 2012 (JUBA) – Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki was announced the winner of the 2012 Daily Trust African of the Year award, its Advisory Board announced on Thursday. Pagan Amum (left), chief negotiator from South Sudan, lead mediator for the African Union, Thabo Mbeki (centre) and Sudan’s head negotiator Idriss Abdu Qadir , attend African Union-led talks between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa on March 13, 2012. The annual accolade, the Advisory Board Chairman said, seeks to recognize and encourage an “ordinary and exemplary African…

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